Kanawha County, WV
Obituaries and Death Notices


John F. Bailes
Mr. Bailes, 71, died Thursday morning at his home at 132 Eighth avenue, South Charleston, after a long illness. He was a member of the First Baptist church of South Charleston. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Rev. R. L. Parkinson will officiate and burial will follow in a cemetery at Evergreen, O., with the Snodgrass mortuary of South Charleston in charge. The body will be removed from the mortuary to the home Thursday at 6 p.m.
Surviving are a son, Stanley Bailes of Belle; five sisters, Mrs. Virginia O'Dell of Nettie, Nicholar county, Mrs. Mary Phillips of Mansfield, O., Mrs. Sarah Belle Wiseman of Nile City, Mont., Miss Ruth Bailes of Mount Nebo, Nicholas county, and a brother, Thomas Bailes of Bedwell, O. [May 4, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

Funeral services for John F. Bailes 71 who died Thursday morning at this home at 132 Eighth avenue South Charleston were held Friday morning at the First Baptist church at South Charleston Rev. H. Lloyd Parkinson assisted by Pat. B. Withrow officiated the body was sent to Evergreen O. for burial. [May 5, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

Frances M. Bailey
Mrs. Frances M. Bailey died at the home of daughter, Mrs. J. Talman Waters, yesterday morning at 3:55 o'clock. Services will be held at the residence, No. 570 Quarrier Street, at 4:30 this afternoon. The remains were prepared by Lovell and Killinger and will be shipped tomorrow morning to Charleston, South Carolina for interment. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Monday December 16, 1895]

Harry H. Bailey
Died of consumption yesterday the 15th instant, in this city, Harry H. Bailey, aged twenty six years. The deceased was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia and finishing his apprenticeship in the printing business on the Cabell County Press he came to this city about three years ago. For more than two years he had been a compositor and foreman in the Courier office. His mother died in this city two years ago last April.
Coming to this city an almost entire stranger to every one, his good qualities soon became recognized by all who knew him. His skill as a printer and his unusually good social qualities attached him to every one of the craft who knew him, and his death will be deeply mourned by them all. Frank in nature, gentlemanly and honorable in his demeanor it is no wonder that every one who knew him was his friend. Stricken down several months since with the fell disease which caused his death, though away from home and the endearment of kindred, his last days were cheered by the kindly and affectionate ministrations of friends who loved him. When he died, a noble-hearted man breathed his last. May the sod rest lightly on him. [The West Virginia Courier, Wednesday, May 17, 1876]
[The West Virginia Courier, Wednesday, May 24, 1876]
The last sad rites attending the burial of H. H. Bailey were performed at the grave at Spring Hill Cemetery, by the Rev. Mrs. Cleghorn Wednesday morning. Peace to his ashes. (Another column mentions that his funeral was preached by Rev. Mr. Cleghorn in the Kanawha Presbyterian Church).

Jennie Bailey
Miss Jennie Bailey, aged twenty six years, died at her home in Poca District last night of consumption. The funeral occurs this evening at 5 o'clock. [The Charleston Evening Mail, Friday, May 1, 1896]

Mrs. Lee Bailey
Mrs. Lee Bailey, aged thirty years, died at 1 o'clock this morning at her home on Poca River near the mouth of Rocky Fork. She leaves a husband and four children. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 10 o'clock a. m. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Thursday April 22, 1897]

Carol Marie Harper Baldwin
Carol Marie Baldwin, 58, of Charleston went home to be with the Lord April 26, 2011 at Hubbard Hospice House. She was a Cashier and Assistant Manager at Tudor’s in Kanawha City and was a Loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother. Carol enjoyed fishing. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Mark “Oak” and Pansy Harper; Infant Sister Phyllis Harper; Infant Son, Steven Quinn. She is survived by her Husband William H. Baldwin of Charleston.
Also surviving are children, David Quinn; Tina Butler; Sandra Daniels; Gary and Jerry Quinn; Brothers, Lewis, David, Roger and Roy Harper; Sisters, Linda Quinn; Patricia Fugate; Delores Daniels; Connie Bishop; and Bonnie Crouch. 11 Grandchildren.  Step-Children, William Baldwin, Jr.; Jamie Pennington; and Mary Beth Sigmund, and 5 Step-Grandchildren.
Graveside Services will be held a later date at the Hanson Cemetery, Bakers Fork with the Rev. Woody Harper officiating. There will be no Visitation; it was her wishes to be cremated. Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Baldwin Family.  [Unknown newspaper, c. April 2011]

Lucy H. Bailey
D on the morning of 26th January last, Lucy H. Bailey, consort of Isham Bailey and daughter of Greensville and Nancy Bobbett of Kanawha County. West Virginia - born in Greenbrier County on 14 February, 1844 She moved to Kanawha in 1864 . . . united in matrimony with Mr. Bailey. Took ill-26th of October ["Christian Observer", February 25, 1868 - BW -Sub by FoFG]

Hattie Mae Ball — 84, of 1130 Benamati Ave.. Nitro, Thursday at home following an extended illness. Member of the West Virginia Home Mission Church at Nitro. Surviving: husband,Floyd; brother. Dewey Carrow of Point Lick: sisters. Mrs. Dolly Fisher of Charleston. Mrs. Clara Williams of Marmet, Mrs. Cecil Bragg of Clothier, service 2 p.m. Saturday, West Virginia Home Mission, Nitro, the Rev. E. E. Parker and the Rev. Melvin Hayes. Cunningham Memorial Park. Casdorph-Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans [The Charleston Gazette Friday Nov. 21, 1969 - Sub. by The Obit Lady]

Joseph Barker
Died at the residence of his son, Mr. Joseph BARKER, Boone County, West Virginia, Mr. Isaac BARKER, in the 91st year of his age.
Mr. BARKER emigrated from Buckingham County, Virginia to Coal River (5 miles below Peytona) in 1808; the country then was a howling wilderness; his nearest neighbor was Mr. Joseph THOMAS, who reside near the Upper Falls of Coal.  Mr. B. was extensively and favorably known by the pioneers in settling this region; they shared many a hunt with him, when our hills abounded with bears, deers, elk, and etc.
Our main object however, in noticing so particularly Mr. B.'s death was to state the important part he had played, in populating this section; he was the father of 13 children, the grandfather of 115, the great grandfather of 129; and the great great grandfather of 2.  He certainly obeyed to the letter, the first commandment laid down in Genesis. [Unknown newspaper; August 27, 1870; reprinted in KVGS Journal, February 1988]

The remains of the seventeen year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Barrett, who died Saturday, were interred in the Catholic Cemetery yesterday afternoon. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Monday December 23, 1895]

Barrett (infant)
The infant child of Mrs. Sallie Barrett died Sunday and was buried yesterday. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Tuesday May 25, 1897]

Mass Service For 6 Victims Of Fire Slated
A mass service will be held at p. m. today in Snodgrass mortuary Chapel for Mr. and Mrs. Teddy Mack Bays and four of their children of Spring Hill Mountain, victims of a fire which destroyed their home early Sunday. Rev. Wade Webb will officiate and interment will be in Childress Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Forest Thomas, Sam Lilly, Raymond Holstein Thurmond Franklin, Junior Bays William Hughes, Cecil Thompson, Don Hoover, Junior and Tom Lyons, Robert Rhinehart and M. Childers The mother, Mrs. Imogene Bays and four children, Gloria Elaine, Evelyn Ann, Terry Marvin and Brenda Sue, perished in the flames of the burning home. Mr. Bays died 4 hours after the fire. He was burned over 90 percent of his body [The Charleston Gazette Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1952 - sub. by The Obit Lady]

Willie B. Bean
Miss Willie Belle, only daughter of John J. Bean, Esq. of Kanawha County, died July 24, 1872(?) - age 17 years and few months of typhoid fever...left father, 2 brothers, and a tender nursing of the matron of the family...educated at Marshall University some years before her mother passed away... [September 13, 1873, WV Journal, re-printed in the KVGS Journal]

Wells | Berry
There is an epidemic of measles in Brownstown and several children have died within the past few days. On Saturday Chas. Wells lost a small child and on Monday Will Berry's little child died with the disease. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Thursday, March 17, 1892]

Thomas Christian Beury, Sr. Death Victim
Coal Operator Dies of Heart Disease
Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday for Thomas Christian Beury, Sr., 65 year old prominent Charleston resident and coal operator, who died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in a local hospital of heart disease after a week's illness. Services will be held at the home of her sister, Mrs. Thomas Nichol of 1300 Kanawha street.
Mr. Beury came to Charleston in 1898 and later acquired extensive interests in the New River soft coal field.
A native of Treverton, Pa., Mr. Beury was born Aug. 1, 1873, the son of Joseph Lawton Beury-pioneer coal operator-and Julia Foulds Beury. He received his education at Hill School at Pottstown, Pa.
He is survived by two sons, Thomas C. Beury, Jr., of Huntington and C. C. Beury, III, of Alexandria, Va.; four daughters, Mrs. Dewitt Gallaher and Mrs. D.K. Flynn of Charleston and Mrs. Charles G. Watt and Mrs. Harold Adams of Lancaster, pa.; and one sister, Mrs. Nichol.
The body has been removed to the Simpson mortuary. The family requests that flowers be omitted.
Active pallbearers will be G.T. Thayer, Jr., William R. Johnson, David M. Giltman, Tucker H. McFall, Bernard E. Barnes, Harry B. Beury, James Beury and Lawton Beury. [May 3, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

Beury Services-Funeral services for Thomas Christian Beury, Sr., 65, prominent Charleston resident and coal operator, who died Tuesday in a local hospital of a heart ailment, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the home of a sister, Mrs. Thomas Nichol of 1300 Kanawha street. Rev. Warren S. Stone, pastor of the Kanawha Presbyterian church, will officiate and burial will follow in Spring Hill cemetery. [May 4, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

Emeline Bibby
BIBBY - Died on the evening of the 31st of August, 1869, of consumption, Mrs. Emma Bibby, wife of Mr. James Bibby. [Wednesday September 1, 1869, WV Journal - reprinted in KVGS Journal, Winter 1996]

EMELINE BIBBY, daughter of John W. and Jane M. Stark and wife of James Bibby, in Charleston, West Virginia, August 31st, 1869, aged 22 years, 11 months and 11 days. [Wednesday September 8, 1869, WV Journal - reprinted in KVGS Journal, Winter 1996]

Margaret Bibby
Mrs. Margaret BIBBY, relict of the late Joseph BIBBY, died this morning.  She was born Lancaster, England in 1813 and was married in 1830.  They emigrated to this country in 1831.  She was the mother of twelve children, seven sons and five daughters, six sons still living.  She will be buried in the Spring Hill Cemetery. [Charleston Evening Mail, December 18, 1893, Page 1]

Everett Blake
Everett Blake, aged about twenty three years, and who formerly worked for the Electric Light Company, died yesterday morning at his home in Porter's Hollow. The remains will be interred near the family residence today. The hour for interment has not been named. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Tuesday December 24, 1895]

Greenville Bobbitt
Died at the residence of his son-in-law, R. K. Burford, Rocky Fork, Pocatalico River, Kanawha County, West Virginia on December 14, 1873 after a protracted illness of 11 months, Greenville Bobbitt died - 71st. year; born in Amherst, Virginia but removed early in life to Monroe. Married Miss Nancy Yoce. They joined Miss. Baptist Church until 1855. Removed to Kanawha and joined M. E. Church.....wife remains.....lived together nearly 40 years.....3 grown daughters died, besides some infants preceded him.....
[February 21, 1874, WV Journal, re-printed in the KVGS Journal]

Chas. Boso
"Uncle" Chas. Boso, of Pond Creek, died at the home of his son the other day aged one hundred and seven. He was born on a flat boat lying at the mouth of the Mississippi River in 1791. [The Daily Mail Tribune - Saturday June 18, 1898]

Bowles (child)
A small child of Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Bowles, of North Charleston, died on Monday. [The State Tribune, Saturday July 9, 1887]

Wm. Bowman
Wm. Bowman is the name of the colored boy who was killed at Coal Valley by the cars Saturday. [The Evening Call, Monday March 10, 1884

John R. Bowyer
Blind John Dies At South Charleston
J. R. Bowyer, well Known newspaper dealer succumbs at 71
The voice of John R. (Blind) Bowyer, familiar to thousands of Charlestonians, was stilled in death yesterday. For more than 40 years, prior to his illness three years ago, Blind John sold newspapers in post office square in all kinds of weather. He was born 71 years ago, the son of Sampson Bowyer, a native of Virginia and a Union army soldier and Amanda Farmer Bowyer. Shunning financial aid from relatives, Blind John preferred to sell newspapers for a livelihood, often in blustery weather that sent pedestrians indoors. Since October, 1934, when he became seriously ill, he was confined to his home, 24 Ninth Avenue, South Charleston.
Followed the News---His many friends remembered him with gifts on Christmas and his chief diversion was the reading of newspapers for him by members of the family. During slack hours of his newspaper selling days, his newsboy friends read to him in post office square. Blind John, at the age of 10,entered the Romney School for the blind and during vacation periods worked for a local meat concern as a youth, delivering orders and making collections. A life-long Democrat, Mr. Bowyer expressed happiness last November in the reelection of President Roosevelt.
Knew Prominent Citizens---Many prominent persons were familiar to Blind John by their footsteps. Among the survivors are his widow; two sons, Kenneth H. Bowyer of South Charleston and Edward Bowyer of New Westford, O.; three daughters, Mrs. S. L. Fisher of South Charleston, Mrs. E. A. Miller of North Charleston and Mrs. L. G. Woodson of St. Louis; a sister, Mrs. Alice Ellis of Charleston and a half brother,James Hogue. Funeral services will be conducted at the Owen and Barth chapel tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. The Rev. F. M. Ryburn, pastor of South Charleston First Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Blind John's eyes were his many friends. Citizens helped him cross busy intersections. He was made happy in 1925 when the first two traffic lights were installed at Capitol and Virginia streets and Summers and Virginia streets. That event was recalled by one of the friends, W. F. (Tommy) Thompson, city electrician. Thompson recollected. "I used to buy The Gazette from Blind John every morning for 15 years when, I went to the post office for mail." "In 1925, bells were operated on the traffic lights when the amber lights went on. Blind John asked me how he could tell when the lights would change. I told him traffic running east and west would be 50 seconds and north and south, 30 seconds." "I walked him across the intersections three or four times so he would get used to the bells when traffic changed directions." "When the public kicked about the bells four years later, we had to cut them off." "Blind John asked me if the people have no hearts as now he would have to ask help again to cross the streets when the bells were taken off."
[Source: The Charleston Gazette--March 23, 1937 - Sub. by Michael Shaffer]

Catherine A. Brawley
Died at the her residence on Elk River in Kanawha County, West Virginia on Friday, January 16, 1874 - Catherine A. Brawley in 49th year of her age; daughter of Rev. John Snyder of Kanawha County; married W. M. Brawley.....joined M. E. Church previous to 1.844.....leaves husband and five children, 7 of her children passing on before her. [February 21, 1874, WV Journal, re-printed in the KVGS Journal]

John Brawley
Wednesday evening between five and six o'clock, John Brawley, aged about twenty six years, fell from the 'comb" of the roof of Mrs. Watkin's new dwelling at the corner of Quarrier and Broad streets, and sustained a fracture at the base of his brain, a broken jaw and internal injuries, from which he died at 8 o'clock last night. It appears that wile at work rooking the building he made a misstep and fell about thirty feet striking the joists in his descent and lighting on the ground floor. The unfortunate man was take to his home on Brown street where he was attended by Drs. Patrick and Davis, but all that medical skill could do did not save him. His sufferings were great. Mr. Brawley was a brother of D. A. Brawley, for who he worked and highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was a member of Nokomis Tribe of Red Men et., and was buried by the lodge Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Wednesday, February 8, 1893]

James Bream
Died at his residence near Charleston, Kanawaha, Va., on the 5th inst., in the 75th year of his age, JAMES BREAM, Esq., a native of England. After his removal to the United States, resided in Richmond, Va., and engaged in the mercantile business. He removed to Kanawha Co. in 1818. In June 1832 ordained an Elder in the Presbyterian church. (20 January 1842 - "Watchman of the South" - Submitted by B. Ziegenmeyer)

Henry Brientenhart
The body of Henry Brientenhart, the stone mason, was found early this morning ... [The Charleston Evening Mail, Friday, May 8, 1896]

James Britt
James BRITT, of Malden, was killed Friday morning in the new mine at Campbell's Creek. [Charleston Evening Mail December 14, 1893, Page 2]

Calvin S. Brown
Calvin S. Brown, colored, 62 years old, died Saturday at his home at 1335 Lewis street. He is survived by a brother, Chastine Brown. [The Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, WV)31 Dec 1932, p6]

Matthew C Buchanan
Matthew C Buchanan, 64, of 6623 Roosevelt Ave, SE, died yesterday shortly after admission to a Charleston hospital. He was an inspector at the Liberty-Owens-Ford glass plant where he had worked for the past 29 years. A native of Stockdale, PA, Mr. Buchanan was a member of St. Agnes Church in Kanawha City. Survivors are his wife, Jean, a sister, Mrs. Viola Might of Charleroi, PA and a brother, Stephen of Charleroi. The body is at the Simpson-Chandler Funeral Home where the rosary will be recited tonight at 8 o'clock. Tomorrow the body will be taken to the Frye Funeral Home at Monongahela, PA, for requiem mass and burial Thursday from the Transfiguation Church. [24 July 1962, "The Charleston Daily Mail" - Sub. by Cindy Denniston]

Albert Burdette
Mr. Burdette, 76, of South Park, died Monday in a Charleston hospital. The body was removed to the Cunningham mortuary. Surviving are three brothers, Clinton Burdette of Dunbar, Frank and Harvey Burdette of Clyde; two sisters, Mrs. Angeline Baxter of Brosius, Morgan county, and Mrs. Jeff Medley of Charleston; a grandchild, and two great-grandchildren. [May 1, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

Burdette Rites-Final rites for Albert Burdette, 76, of South Park, who died Monday in a Charleston hospital, were to be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Cunningham mortuary chapel, Rev. Hooson D. Fisher was to officiate and burial was to follow in Sattes cemetery. [May 2, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

Medley | Burdette
The remains of the persons, viz: Miss Annie Belle Medley, J. A. Medley and Felix Burdette, who were drowned at Peerless Saturday after-noon have been recovered. The body of the young lady was found about 10 o'clock Sunday morning and taken to Slaughter's Creek for interment, and the body of Medley and Burdette were recovered - the former Sunday evening, and were brought to this city yesterday and will be interred today on Cooper's Creek. Burdette's body was brought down on the Sonoma last evening. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Tuesday, March 15, 1892]

William T. Burdett
CHARLESTON, W. VA., August 15. Senator William T. Burdett died at the Greenbrier White Sulphur Springs today at 2:25 P.M. His remains will be brought here tomorrow for internment. [Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Friday, 16 Aug. 1878; MZ - transcribed by FoFG]

Mary Magdalene Busby
Mary Magdalene, daughter of E. M. Busby and wife, aged nine months, died in this city on Wednesday last, and was buried Thursday in Spring Hill Cememtery. [The State Tribune, Saturday August 5, 1882]


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