APRIL - 1946
Husband of Local
Woman Is Victim
Blair, 47 husband of Loretta Mullett Blair, formerly of East Point, was
killed instantly April 14 when struck by C. & O. train No. 37 at
The accident occurred at 3 o'clock in the morning it was reported, when
the victim was struck by the passenger train while sitting on the end
a crosstie. Surviving are his wife and five brothers and sisters.
services were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of his
father-in-law, J. W. Mullett, at East Point, with the Rev. Beecher
officiating. Burial was made in the family cemetery at East
Paintsville Herald Thursday 4-25-1946
BLAIR, John W.
JOHN W. BLAIR
Services At Home
At Oil Springs
were held at the home at one o'clock Sunday afternoon for John W.
87 years old, who died Friday evening at his home at Oil Springs.
He had been a very active man in his life, following the trade of
in his community. Survivors are his wife, Hattie George Blair, six
Leonard and Farmer of Wheelersburg, O.; Dennie of Portsmouth, O.; Grant
and Ted of Oil Springs, and two daughters, Mrs. Mamie Litteral, Oil
and Mrs. Hazel Conley, of Baltimore, Md. One brother, Millard
of Barnetts Creek, one sister, Mrs. Enoch Caudill of Denver, 47
and 15 great grandchildren alos survive. Five children, Callahan,
Bsscom, Hannah, Ethel and Tera, have preceded their father in death.
Hargus Conley of Riceville and Furman Blair of Barnetts Creek conducted
the funeral. Burial was made in the Rice cemetery on Barnetts
Funeral and burial arrangements were by the Jones Funeral Home.
Herald Thursday 4-18-1946
DIES APRIL 28
26, daughter of John and Angie Webb Honeycutt of Meally died
morning at 10 o'clock, while enroute to her home. She was
from an operation and during her journey from her brother's home at
to the home of her father, she died very suddenly. Burial was
April 30, 1946 in the Butcher Cemetery on Butcher Branch under
direction of the Jones Funeral Home. Paintsville Herald Thursday
LEE, Ed, Jr.
ED LEE, JR ENDS
Fatal To 21-Yr. Old Youth
Ed Lee, Jr.,
21, formerly of Van Lear, died on April 1 of self-inflicted bullet
at the home of his sister in New Albany, Indiana. He had served
the U. S. Navy entering service on January 1, 1944 and had received a
on February 17, 1945. A note was found addressed to his sister in New
with whom he made his home, saying in effect, that death was the only
out, that no one was to be blamed, and that he was sorry to cause this
trouble. Prior to entering service, Lee attended Van Lear Schools and
a former employee of the Consolidation Coal Company at Van Lear.
are his mother, Minnie Spears Lee, Van Lear, one brother, Norman Lee,
Lear, and three sisters. His father and two brothers preceded him
in death. His wife and one child also survive. Funeral services
be conducted Friday by Rev. Moses Kitchen and burial will be made in
Van Lear Cemetery by the side of his two brothers, Roy and Marvin Lee
were killed in mine accidents. The Jones Funeral Home is in charge of
arrangements. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 4-4-1946
HUSBAND SHOT AT BETSEY LAYNE
21, is dead and her husband, aged 42, is seriously wounded, the result
of a shooting affray Tuesday night in a service station operated
by the Parsons at Betsey Layne. The wounded man named four
Columbus Compton, Floyd County teacher, Compton's two brothers, Charlie
and Basil Compton, and a brother-in-law, Dan Collins, who are all
lodged in the Floyd County jail. According to reports, Parsons stated
four men had been drinking when they drove to his place. They
involved in a quarrel pertaining to a dummy placed in the highway
by children in the neighborhood. Parsons said the men left the
station, returning later with guns and commenced shooting at random.
men were arrested at Wheelwright. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 4-4-1946
Dies At Home
63, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clifford Sturgill, Barnetts
Creek on Wednesday, April 17,1946, following a long illness from a
of diseases. Mr. Pelphrey was a member of the United Baptist Church.
wife had preceded him in death. Surviving are the following children:
Nollis Picklesimer, of Ohio; Mrs. Clifford Sturgill, of Barnetts Creek;
Mrs. Pearl Spradlin,of of Barnetts Creek; Mrs. Stambaugh, and Glen
of Sitka; Milford Pelphrey, of Van Lear; and John Pelphrey, of City.
services were conducted on Friday by Revs. Foster Riggsby,O. I.
Blair, Millard O'Bryan, and John Crum. Burial was made in the family
near Manila by the undertaking departments of the Paintsville Furniture
Company. Paintsville Herald 4-25-1946 Thursday
Rice Dies April 24
Auxier Rice of East Point died Wednesday evening in the Prestonsburg
following a short illness. She was found in bed on Sunday morning in a
coma, and did not regain consciousness. She was the widow of Roy Rice
passed away on December 30 of last year, and had been a lifelong
of the East Point locality. Surviving are her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Auxier of Indiana, and a number of brothers and sisters. Funeral
will be held at the Christian Church at East Point at 2 P.M. Saturday
Herald Thursday 04-25-1946 Obituary Beatrice Rice was born February 5,
1897, in Johnson County, the daughter of Tobe and Belle Preston Auxier.
She departed this life on April 24, 1946. In 1944 she was married to
Rice who died on December 30, 1945. To this union was born one child,
Jewel, who was killed in a train accident, on October 26, 1927. Mrs.
was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. She leaves besides a
of friends, her parents, and two sisters, Mrs. Ollie Conley and Mrs.
DeLong of East Point, four brothers, Sam and Dick of East Point, Frank,
Collista, and Edgar, Vevay, Indiana. Paintsville Herald Thursday
Slone, wife of James L. Slone died Saturday, April 20, 1946, at a local
hospital following an operation for appendicitis. She was the
of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Salyer of Kerz. Besides her parents and
who is in the U. S. Army, she is survived by one sister. Funeral
were held at the home by Revs. Foster Rigsby and Harry Bruce Daniel on
Tuesday and burial was made in the family cemetery, under the direction
of the undertaking department of the Paintsville Furniture Company.
Herald Thursday 5-2-1946
ended his life Saturday when he hanged himself in his room in the Frank
Campigotto home at Van Lear. Despondency over ill health has been
given as the cause. Mr. Verbonic was about 63 years of age. He
a native of Austria and had made his home at Van Lear for more than 20
years. His wife, who died in 1935, was also an Austrian.
had no children, and after her death, Mr. Verbonic continued to live in
their home at Van Lear, taking his meals with the Campigottos.
weeks ago he sold the furniture in his house and moved in the
home. On Saturday afternoon, Mrs. Campigotto left the house to catch
four o'clock bus for Paintsville. Her son, Edward, came home
4:45 and found the dead man. Mr. Verbonic had no relatives in this
but was well liked and had many friends. Funeral services were
at the Catholic Church by Rev. Joseph Wimmers Wednesday morning, burial
being made in the church cemetery by the side of his wife. The Jones
Home was in charge. PAINTSVILLE HERALD THURSDAY 4-11-1946
R. H. (Ham)
53, died Friday, April 18, 1946, at his home after a five-day
He was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage on April 13, and was found
his family about 11 P. M. in a unconscious condition on the bathroom
of his home. At the time he became ill, he was preparing a sermon to be
delivered at Martin, Kentucky the following day, and had remained at
to study and make notes for the sermon. Mr. Witten was born in Johnson
County on August 18, 1893, the son of Wilk and Rachel Stambaugh
He taught in Johnson County for several years before taking employment
with the Consolidation Coal Company in Van Lear. He then was employed
the North Eat Coal Company in October 1919 and was auditor for this
at White House and Thealka, and was serving in this capacity at Thealka
at the time of his death. He was married to Verla Johnson on December
1917. Mr. Witten became a member of the Christian Church when he was 21
years of age, and had been a devout Christian and a diligent church
since that time. he was well-known throughout the country, and
a great number of relatives and friends who will regret to learn of his
passing. Surviving , besides his widow, are two sons, Dr. Raleigh E.
Huntington, W. Va., and Wendall Witten, recently recently returned from
overseas where he has been serving with the U. S. Army, one grandson,
Edwin II, one brother, Earl Witten of Harrisburg, Illinois, and one
Mrs. Lon Arrowood, Langely, Kentucky. Funeral services were conducted
Sunday by Rev. Spurgeon Honeycutt of Auxier, and burial was made in the
Johnson Cemetery at Thelma by the Jones Funeral Home. The Paintsville