Kanawha County, WV
Obituaries and Death Notices

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James Hamilton
James Hamilton, 59 Negro of 327 Sixth avenue, South Charleston died Thursday evening in a Charleston hospital. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge and had worked for the Charleston Transit company for several years. The body was removed to the Harden and Harden mortuary. Surviving are his widow Mrs. Dora Hamilton, two sisters Mrs. Maria Johnson and Mrs. Lillian Payne and a half brother Edward Spurlock all of Charleston [May 5 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va. ]
Hamilton Services:  Final rites will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the home of James Hamilton, 59, Negro, of Sixth avenue, South Charleston, who died Thursday. Burial will follow in Spring Hill cemetery. [May 7, 1939 The Charlotte Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

Mrs. Richard Hammock
Mrs. Richard Hammock died Wednesday at her home near Jarrett's Ford. The remains were interred today in the family burial grounds. [The Kanawha Gazette, Wednesday, April 5, 1893]

Mrs. E. M. Handley
The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. E. M. Handley, who died at 10 o'clock Wed-nesday night, will take place from the Baptist Church, Capitol Street, at 2 o'clock this after-noon. Interment in Spring Hill Cemetery. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Friday, March 11, 1892]

Handley (child)
The three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Handley, of Winfield, died Wednesday morning and was interred at 10 o'clock yesterday morning. The child was a nephew of Mrs. Wm. Peaco and she, with Mr. Peaco, attended the funeral. They returned home last evening. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Friday December 13, 1895]

Harrison (Infant)
William Harrison and wife lost a sweet little infant on Friday night, May 18th, aged about two years. Tuesday night at supper it caught hold of a cup of hot coffee and spilt it in it's dress sleeve, burning it fearfully. [The State Tribune, June 19, 1886]

Elizabeth Harrow
Departed this life in great peace, Mrs. Elizabeth Harrow, wife of Honorable M. K. Harrow, daughter of Lanty Kincaid. Sister Harrow was born August 14, 1830 converted September 1847; married April 12, 1849; she leaves a husband and eight children, two of them infants [Wednesday September 15, 1869, WV Journal - reprinted in KVGS Journal, Winter 1996]

Clara Maude Hartshorn
Service will be conducted at 11 a. m. Monday in the Bartlett mortuary chapel at St. Albans by Samuel B. Sink. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park, Mrs. Hartshorn, 71. of 2726 Furlong Ave., St. Albans, died Friday night after a three-year illness. A former resident of Clendenin, she was a member of; St. Peters Methodist Church in St. Albans, Survivors are three sons, Albert of St. Albans and Everett and Can of Charleston; four daughters, Mrs. Edna H. DeShang of Hollidaysburg Pa., Mrs. Anna Osborne of St. Albans, Mrs. Golda Johnson of South Charleston and Mrs. Geraldine Cochrane of Cincinnati a brother, John Edwards of Wheelersburg, Ohio: three sisters. Mrs. E. C. Crass, Mrs. Frank Haynes and Mrs. Virgil Barnhouse, all of Newport, Ohio: eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. [Sunday Gazette-Mail, Nov. 1, 1959]
Virginia B. Harvey
Mrs. Harvey, 67 years old, died early Wednesday morning at her home on Chandler's Branch after a long illness. The body was removed to the Cunningham mortuary.      Surviving are three sons, Monroe Harvey and Simon Harvey of Chandler's Branch, and James Harvey of Putnam county, and 16 grandchildren. [May 3, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.] Harvey Funeral-Rev. Edwin L. Parsons was to officiate Thursday at 1 p.m. at Davis chapel on Chandler's branch at funeral services for Mrs. Virginia B. Harvey, 67, who died Wednesday at her Chandler's branch home. Burial was to follow in Boggess cemetery nearby. [May 4, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

Al F. Hatcher
Al F. Hatcher died at his home on Baines Street, Sunday afternoon at 3.33 o'clock. He had been sick for some time but was able to be out up to a week ago when he was taken down. Deceased was in his twenty sixth year and was a young man highly respected by all who knew him. He was a son of C. H. Hatcher and a little over a year ago was united in marriage to Miss Kittie Cabell, who with a young child survive. The funeral will take place from Dickinson Chapel, M. E. Church at 2:30 o'clock p.m. today under the auspices of the Knights of Pythias, of which order deceased was a prominent member. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Tuesday, March 15, 1892]

Ellihen Haynes
Charleston, W. Va, November 30 – Ellihen Haynes, a brakeman on the Kanawha and Michigan railroad, was crushed between two cars, near Red House, yesterday, died this morning from his injuries. [Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Wednesday, December 1, 1897; MZ - Sub by FoFG]

James Hern
It was reported here yesterday that James Hern, aged eighty years, committed suicide at Buffalo Monday by hanging. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Thursday December 19, 1895]

Minnie Belle Hickey
Mrs. Minnie Belle Hickey, 63 of Dry Branch, died yesterday in Charleston General Hospital after a long illness. She was a member of Assembly of God Church at Wet Branch. Surviving are two daughter Mrs. Gertrude H. Windy of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Frances Williams of Dry Branch; a son, Winfield of Dry Branch; a sister, Mrs. Annie Wise of Dry Branch; twohalf-brothers, Bert McCurd of Penns Grove, N. J., and Dewey Wise of Canton, O.; and a grandchild. Service will be at 2 p. m. tomorrow in Freewill Baptist Church a Dry Branch, Rev. Homer Sloan officiating. Burial will be in Red Warrior Cemetery. The body is at Pryor mortuary in East Bank and will be taken to the home of her son at 6 p. m. today. [The Charleston Gazette Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1952 - sub. by The Obit Lady]

John C. Hicks
, 62, Lawyer, Claimed.
John C. Hicks, 62, former prominent Logan attorney, died Wednesday evening at his home at 604 1/2 D Street, South Charleston, after a long illness. A heart attack was cited as the immediate cause of death.  Mr. Hicks had been in ill health for the last several years. He retired from law practice four years ago and moved to South Charleston. He was admitted to the state bar in 1897 after attending a law school at Louisa, Ky.  He was a member of Darlington M.E. Church at South Charleston, former exalted ruler of the Elks lodge at Logan, and a past grand master of the Odd Fellows lodge there.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Methodist church at Barboursville. Rev. O.H. Dorsey will officiate and burial will follow in a cemetery there, with the Heck mortuary in charge.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Cora L. Hicks; two daughters, Anna Jane Hicks, at home, and Mrs. Clinton Browning of Portsmouth, O., and five sons, William Hicks of Barboursville, Drew and Whitfield Hicks of Logan, Leonard Hicks of Catlettsburg, Ky., and John C. Hicks, Jr., of South Charleston. [May 4, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

Hicks Rites:  Final rites for John C. Hicks 62 former prominent Logan attorney who died Wednesday at his home at 604 1-2 D Street South Charleston were held Friday morning at the Methodist church at Barboursville. Burial followed in a nearby cemetery. [May 5, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

Thomas Hicks
About 9 o'clock this morning the lightning struck the stable of the Pioneer Coal Company instantly killing Mr. Thomas Hicks, the stable boss a Mason and Odd Fellow, and Peter Stevenson's boy, colored, in the employ of the company.  Our friend Mr. William Dils received a severe shock, but we are happy to report without more than seriously injuring him. Mr. Dils is the bookkeeper of the company. The friends of the stricken have our sympathy. Death often comes in a mysterious way, neither the manner nor the time thereof doth any one know. (Editor's note: The Pioneer Coal Company was located on Campbell's Creek.) [The Charleston Non Pareil, Saturday June 7, 1890]

Mrs. John D. Higginbotham
Mrs. John D. Higginbotham was found dead in bed at her home on Cross Creek, back of Buffalo, Wednesday morning of last week. She was about seventy years old, and the cause of her death is supposed to be heart trouble. [The Daily Mail Tribune - Saturday June 18, 1898]

Report reached here last night that an explosion occurred yesterday in one of the coal mines in Pocahontas, Virginia, in which one hundred and fifty lives were lost. A son of James Hix, of West End, is among the killed. Mr. Hix left on the train today to bring home the remains. [The Evening Call, Friday March 14, 1884]

Samuel Hodge
Samuel Hodge, aged 16, was killed, by a log rolling over him, on Cooper's Creek, March 29th. [Staunton spectator. (Staunton, Va.), 15 April 1873]

R.G. Hodges

At a special meeting of Shining Star Lodge No. 83 Independent Order of Good Templars, at their Hall, Coalsmouth, West Virginia, on Monday July 19th, on motion, the Hall resolved to attend, in a body, the funeral of Bro. R. G. Hodges this evening; and further that a committee be appointed to prepare resolutions of respect to the memory of the deceased, and report at the next regular meeting. [Coalsmouth, West Virginia July 26, 1869 - WV Journal - reprinted in KVGS Journal, Winter 1996]

Clara Elizabeth Hoger
Mrs. Hoger, 40, died Saturday evening at her home at 17 Summers street after an illness of five months. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Holiness church. Rev. Fred Pauley, assisted by Rev. Earl G. Hissom, will officiate and burial will follow in Clark cemetery. The body will be removed from the Bartless mortuary to the home of Rev. Mr. Pauley of 207 Bibby street Sunday morning. Surviving are two children, Charles Hoger of Elk Two Mile and Mrs. Mary Casto of Charleston; three sisters, Mrs. Nellie Dailey and Mrs. Lilly Linkenhoger of Upton creek, and Mrs. Minnie Holstein of Charleston, and two brothers, John Myers of Charleston, and William Myers of Chandler's branch. [May 7, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

Jack Holmes
Jack HOLMES died this morning from injuries received in a fight. [Charleston Evening Mail December 19, 1893, Page 1]

Lucy N. Holmes

Miss Lucy N. Holmes died at the home of her parents on Kanawha Two Mile on the fourteenth inst. After a short spellof fever, at the age of eighteen years. Deceased was an estimable young lady and beloved by all who knew her andnone feel the loss more than her parents. [The Charleston Daily Gazette, Wednesday, March 16, 1892]

Alfred Warren Holstine

Alfred Warren Holstine, 68, of 3435 Point Lick Dr., Tuesday, McMillan Hospital. Retired miner, member UMWA. Surviving: widow, Mae; sons, Hildred and Kilmer, both of Campbells Creek, Ralph of Witcher, Bevil of Belle; daughters, Mrs. Zelma Eskins of Newark, Ohio, Mrs. Virginia Meadows of Akron, Ohio, Mrs. Freda Sizemore and Mrs. Elizabeth Selbe, both of Campbells Creek; brothers, Nathan of Blount, Harry of Campbells Creek, Earl of Charleston; sisters, Mrs. Margaret Hunter. Mrs. Helen Mack and Mrs. Eva Wentz, all of Blount, Mrs. Lola Dunlap of Dunbar, Mrs. Edith Wentz of Campbells Creek. Service 2 p.m. Thursday, Point Lick Gospel Tabernacle. Hunter Cemetery. Fidler-Frame Funeral Home, Belle. [Charleston Gazette Wed., Nov. 8, 1967- sub. by The Obit Lady]

Erma Jane Holstine
Mrs. Erma Jane Holstine, 66, of Sissonville passed away July 28, 2008, in Hubbard Hospice House. Mrs. Holstine is a Christian and a caregiver. She was loved by all who came to know her. She was preceded in death by her husbands, William McBride and Kilmer Holstine; and son, Rodney McBride. She is survived by her children, Bobby McBride of Sissonville, Manuel McBride of Campbells Creek, Ruth Crowder of Sissonville and Mary and husband, Bill Lanham, of Cross Lanes; sisters, Genevieve Igo of St. Albans and Dolly Peal of St. Albans; brothers, Albert Elliott of Jackson County, Bobby Elliott of Campbells Creek, Carroll Elliott of New York, N.Y., and Joe Elliott of Jackson County; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family would like to say a special thank you to all the staff of Hubbard Hospice House. A tribute to the life of Mrs. Erma Jane Holstine will be 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Johnson-Harding Funeral Chapel with Robert Elliott officiating. [Charleston Daily Mail Jul., 29, 2008 - sub. by The Obit Lady]

Gautha M. Holstine
MRS. GAUTHA M. HOLSTINE, 77, OF 3525. Point Lick Drive, Campbells Creek, died Tuesday in Memorial Division, CAMC, after a long illness. She was a native of Fayette County and lived and lived most of her life in Campbells Creek. Surviving: husband, Harry; sons, Carl, Eldon and Marshall, all. of Charleston; sisters, Mrs. Thelma Wentz of Charleston of Charleston, Marie Carrow of Dunbar; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. [Charleston Daily Mail 1985 - Sub. by The Obit Lady]

Hobert Basil Holstein
Hobert Basil Holstein, 75, of Buckhannon, formerly of St. Albans, died Oct. 14, 1997, in St. Joseph Hospital after a short illness. He was a retired electrician from Union Carbide Corp. with 41 years' service, a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, St. Albans, American Legion Post 73, Catholic War Veterans, Knights of Columbus, Cub and Boy Scout Explorers and the UMW, was former president of International Association of Machinists Local 598 and was a veteran of World War II. Surviving: wife, Gloria Holstein; sons, Hobert of Wytheville, Va., Wesley of Winfield; daughters, Carolyn Nuchims and Anne Ashley, both of St. Albans; mother, Mary Holstein Fauber of Montgomery; sister, Dorothy J. Foster of Pratt; brothers, Melvin S. of Campbells Creek, Elborn of London; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Service will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, with the Rev. Patrick McDonough officiating. Burial will be in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans. [The Charleston Gazette 15 Oct., 1997- sub. by The Obit Lady]

Melvin S. Holstein
The Rev. Melvin S. Holstein, 79, of Campbells Creek went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, at Hubbard Hospice House following a long illness. Melvin was born Dec. 27, 1927, in Fayette County to the late Basil and Mary Hitt Holstein; he was retired from Norandex with 18 years of service; he was a Church of God Minister for 58 years; attended the Point Lick Gospel Tabernacle and was a World War II Marine Corps veteran. Melvin is survived by his wife, Joann Bostic Holstein; children, Sherri Holstein Davis and husband, Fred, of Charleston, Gary A. Martin and wife, Lana, Ted Martin, John C. Martin and wife, Christi, all of Charleston, Ronald and William Holstein, both of Redding, Calif.; sister, Dorothy Foster of Pratt; brother, Bob Holstein of London; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held Monday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. at Stevens & Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with the Rev. Chester Easterling, the Rev. Larry Campbell and the Rev. Wayne Burch officiating. Entombment with military rites will follow at Kanawha Valley Memorial Gardens, Glasgow. [The Charleston Gazette Sept., 6 2007- sub. by The Obit Lady]

Nathan B. Holstine
NATHAN B. HOLSTINE, 84, OF BLOUNT died June 21, 1994, at General Division, CAMC, Charleston, after a short illness. He was a retired coal miner for Putney and Morris Creek mines . He was a member of Grace Freewill Baptist Church, Blount, and a longtime resident of Campbells Creek. Surviving: wife, Kathaleen Holstine; sons, Clyde of Blount, Leo of Campbells Creek, David of Hays, N.C.; sisters, Eva Wentz of Campbells Creek; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m Thursday at Grace Freewill Baptist Church, Blount, with the Rev. Forrest Cooper, the Rev. Fred Giles, the Rev. Clarence Turley and the Rev. Dwight Priestley officiating . Burial will be in Branard Cemetery, Blount. Friends may call after 7 p.m. today at the church. Fidler-Frame Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. [The Charleston Daily Mail October 01, 1995 - sub. by The Obit Lady]


Mrs. Honnaker, wife of Rev. Mr. Honnaker, residing about three miles below Charleston, was found dead on Monday morning about a half mile from her home. [Wednesday September 1, 1869, WV Journal - reprinted in KVGS Journal, Winter 1996 - reprinted in KVGS Journal, Winter 1996]

Fount Horner
Fount Horner, aged 20, while crazy drunk, ran through the streets of Charleston, W. Va., Tuesday with a club, hitting everybody he met.  He struck Edward Ames, who stabbed him to death. [Saturday, January 12, 1889 - The Eugene City Guard (Eugene, OR)]

A. B. Hundley

A. B. Hundley, died this morning at 4 o'clock at her residence at 162 Donnally Street. Mrs. Ennis was in her 84th year. The funeral services will be heal tomorrow at the residence at 11 o'clock.[The Charleston Daily Gazette, April 19, 1897]

Margaret Ann Hunter
WALTON - Mrs. Margaret Ann Hunter, 77, of Walton, Roane County, died Tuesday in Roane General Hospital. She formerly lived on Campbells Creek most of her life and was a member of the Freewill B a p t i s t Church. Surviving: husband. Wiliam: sons.J.B. of Melbourne. Fla. the Rev. Lester Hunter of Campbells Creek, Burl of Grand Rapids, Mich.; daughters, Mrs. Frances Rose of Titusville, Fla.. Mrs. Ernestine Watson and Mrs. Marie Rhoades, both of Campbell Creek, Mrs. Pauline Vandall of Melbourne Fla., Mrs. Jewell Burke of Walton; brothers. Harry and Nathan Holstine. both of Campbells Creek, sisters, Mrs. Eva Wentz and Mrs. Etta Wentz, both of Campbells Creek, Mrs. Helen Mack of Maiden. Mrs. Lola Dunlap of South Charleston; 26 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.... [The Charleston Gazette March 11, 1975 - sub. by The Obit Lady]

William Harrison Hunter

William Harrison Hunter, 85, of Walton, died Thursday at home after a short illness. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA. Surviving: sons, Rev. Lester Hunter of Campbells Creek, Jay of Melbourne, Fla. Burl of Witcher; daughters, Mrs. Ernestine Watson of Tad, Mrs. Pauline Vandall of Fellsmere, Fla., Mrs. Eva F. Rose of Titusville, Fla., Mrs. Jewell Burke of Walton; sister Mrs. Gaysel Ladford of Beckley.Fidler and Frame Funerral Home, Belle, is in charge of arrangements. [Charleston Daily Mail, Friday 30 Dec 1977 - sub. by The Obit Lady]

Warren Jasper Holstein, 77, retired coal miner of Blount, died late Tuesday night in McMillan Hospital after a long illness.He was founder and a member of Grace Freewill Baptist Church, at Blount, where service will be at 2:30 p. m. tomorrow. Rev. U. G. Wolfe will officiate and burial will be in Branard Cemetery at Blount. The body is at Fidler and Frame mortuary in Belle and will be taken at 1 p. m. today to the home of a daughter, Mrs. William Mack of Blount. Also surviving are four other daughters, Mrs. Stoney Wentz of Blount, Mrs. Charles Wentz of Spring Fork, Mrs. W.M. Hunter of Coal Fork and Mrs. Joe Dunlap, of South Charleston: four sons, Alfred and Harry of Rensford, Earl of Cinco and Nathan of Blount; two brother Alfred of Reed and William of Charleston; 44 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. [Charleston Gazette Thursday Oct., 2, 1952 - sub. by The Obit Lady]

William R. Holstine
William Ralph "Possum" Holstine, 69, of Charleston died Oct. 2, 1999, at home after a long illness. Surviving: daughters, Vanessa Booth of Boiling Springs, N.C., Brenda Eudy of New London, N.C., Beverly Grigsby of Germany; sons, Mark of Fort Pierce, Fla., Dennis Holstine of Charleston, Ralph "Willie" Holstine of Hamlin; sisters, Elizabeth Selbe of Belle, Freda Sizemore of Charleston, Virginia Meadows of Akron, Ohio, Zelma Eskins of Alexandra, Ala.; brothers, Kilmer Holstine and Buril Holstine of Charleston; 12 grandchildren. [The Charleston Gazette October 5, 1999 - sub by The Obit Lady]

James H. Howard

James H. HOWARD is dead at Piedmont, aged 94 years. [Charleston Evening Mail December 20, 1893, Page 1]


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