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West Side -- Yesterday evening about 6 o'clock, two white boys and a colored lad named Wanzer, were riding in a jolly boat in Elk River opposite the old stave mill. By some means the boat overturned, throwing the trio into water. The white boys were rescued at once, and the colored boy was assisted to a log and would have been saved, but the log turned, rolling him back into the river. He sank and never came to the surface again. They have been dragging the river, but so far have not recovered the body.
LATER - The body was recovered this morning. [The Charleston Evening Mail, Tuesday, May 5, 1896]

Rev. Henry Dana Ward
...the following letter taken from the Southern Churchman, under date:
Philadelphia, March 3rd.
And on Thursday morning last, a venerable presbyter Rev. Henry Dana Ward, was stricken with paralysis, and fell in the street. He lingered until late on Friday the 29th prox., when he fell asleep in Jesus. The funeral services and interment will be on Tuesday March 4th, at Shrewsberry, Massachussets, as he was of New England lineage, a grandson of Gen. Aaron Ward, the competitor of Gen. Washington for the command of the American armies in the Revolution. [The Evening Call, March 1884]
Capt. Lawson Wells
West Charleston -- Capt. Lawson Wells, father of our fellow townsman, James Wells, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Sattes, near Saint Albans, yesterday morning. He was an old time boatman, and a good citizen. His remains were interred in the family burying ground on Two Mile today. [The Charleston Evening Mail, Thursday, May 7, 1896]

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]

Glenvil Wentz

Pfc. Glenvil Wentz Military funeral services for Pfc. Glenvil C. Wentz who was killed in action Feb. 8. 1944 in Germany will be held at the Arlington National Cemetery Thursday at 2 p.m. Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wentz of Rt. 6: five sisters, Mrs. Virgil McBride of Rt. 6, Mrs. Clyde Elmore of Belle. Mrs. L. L. Keeling of C e d a r Grove, Mrs. Ruby Hammock of Columbus and Mrs. Mabel Dangerfield of Charleston, and three brothers, Wilbur of Rt 6, Noah of Maiden and Clifford of Mount Hope. [The Charleston Daily Mail December 16, 1948 - sub. by The Obit Lady]

Harold "Skinner" Wentz, 88, of Campbells Creek died Oct. 22, 1997, in St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, after a short illness.He was a retired miner from Central Appalachian Power Co. and a member of Point Lick Gospel Tabernacle, Campbells Creek, and UMW.Surviving: wife, Thelma Wentz; sons, Ron of Winfield, Bob of Campbells Creek; daughters, Betty Moles, Marsha Keller and Myla Bayes, all of Campbells Creek, Joan Morrison of Dunbar, Pat Cox of Dacula, Ga.; sister, Madeline Hackney of Campbells Creek; 26 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren.Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Point Lick Gospel Tabernacle with the Rev. Larry Campbell officiating. Burial will be in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church. Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle, is in charge of arrangements. [The Charleston Gazette - Dec., 05, 2003 - sub. by The Obit Lady]

Stoney William Wentz, 84, of Blount died Sept. 30, 1995, at home after a short illness. He was a retired coal miner for Amherst and Hatfield Campbells Creek coal companies. He was a member of Grace Freewill Baptist Church, Blount, and a lifelong resident of Kanawha County. Surviving: wife, Eva Holstine Wentz daughters, Ruth Schoolcraft and Bunny George, both of Blount, Toni Wentz of Charleston; sister Madeline Hackney of Campbells Creek; brothers, Harold of Campbells Creek Jack of Pratt; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. [The Charleston Gazette, 06/22/1994 - sub. by The Obit Lady]

Thelma O. (Carrow) Wentz, 91, of Campbells Creek died October 29, 2004, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, after a short illness. Mrs. Wentz was a member of the Point Lick Gospel Tabernacle, Campbells Creek, and a native of Fayette County. She lived most of her life in Kanawha County. Preceding her in death was her husband, Harold "Skinner" Wentz; and a son, Harold Lee Wentz. Surviving are her sons and their wives, Ron and Viva Wentz of Winfield, W.Va., and Bob and Beulah Wentz of Campbells Creek; daughters and their husbands, Betty Moles, Marsha and Roger Keller, Myla and David Norman, all of Campbells Creek, Joan and John Morrison of Dunbar, Pat and Jim Cox of Vacula, Ga.; daughter-in-law, Shirley Wentz of Campbells Creek; 28 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at Point Lick Gospel Tabernacle, Campbells Creek, with the Rev. Larry Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, W.Va. Friends may call at the church after 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004. Fidler & Frame Funeral Home, Belle, is in charge of arrangements.[Charleston Daily Mail - Nov/1/2004 - sub. by The Obit Lady]

Toni Wentz passed away on Dec. 31, 2004, Hospice House, Charleston. Having been raised on Campbell's Creek, she was the youngest daughter of Stoney and Eva Wentz. She attended Spring Fork Missionary Baptist on Campbell's Creek. She was preceded in death by her father, Stoney W. Wentz. Toni is survived by her mother, Eva Holstine Wentz; and her two sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and Alfred Schoolcraft and Bunny and Marvin George. She is also survived by five nieces and nephews, Tracy George Stover and husband, Gregory Tonya George Burke and husband, Danny, Randy Schoolcraft and wife, Patty, Daryl Schoolcraft and wife, Kelli, and Schoolcraft and wife, Patty, Daryl Schoolcraft and wife, Kelli, and Joseph George and wife, Sarah Colby Schoolcraft, and Kile Burke. She graduated from DuPont High School in 1967. Directly after high school, she worked for the WV Division of Highways, as an executive secretary, until 1981, when she accepted an active duty military position with the United States Air Force. She had joined the West Virginia Air National Guard in 1976, and was able to continue her active duty career with the WV Air National Guard, 130th. Tactical Airlift Wing Operations Group in until her military retirement in 2000. She served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield (Persian Gulf War) in 1990 through 1991. After her military retirement, she was blessed by by being able to return to the WV Division of Highways as executive secretary to the Deputy Commissioner. Toni loved being a secretary. She found it to be a rewarding and self-satisfying experience. [The Charleston Gazette, Jan 2005 - sub. by The Obit Lady]

William Henry WENTZ - 82, of RFD 3, Elkview, died Wednesday at his home after a long illness. He was a retired employer of Blubaugh Bakery and member of Elkview Church of Christ. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Nancy Evans Wentz; three sons, Noah of Tad, Wilbur of Elkview and Clifford Wentz of Charleston; five daughters, Mrs. L. L. Keeling of Cedar Grove, Mrs. Clyde Elmore of Belle, Mrs. Elmer Dangerfield of Charleston, Miss Ruby Wentz of Columbus, Ohio, and Mrs.Virgil McBride of Elkview; one brother, George Wentz of Tad; two sisters, Mrs. R. F. Woods of Coco and Mrs. George Matheny of Pinch; 20 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. Service will be conducted at 1:30 p. m. Friday in Hafer Funeral Home at Elkview by Hoy Cavender and Bruce Reed. Burial will he in Montgomery Memorial Park at London. [Charleston Gazette Thur., Jan. 14, 1960 - sub. by The Obit Lady]]

Lena White
WHITE, Mrs. Lena — Service will be at 2 p. m. Monday in Christ Methodist Church at Sutton with Rev. Carl Doddrill officiating. Burial will be in Sutton Cemetery. Mrs. While, 52, of Cross Lanes, died at her home Friday after a long illness. The body will be taken to the church from Alkire mortuary at Sutton one hour before the service.
[Sunday Gazette-Mail (Charleston, West Virginia), Nov. 1, 1959 - Sub. by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Mary White
The Colored People - Miss Mary White, who has been sick for a long time on Court Street, and was taken to the County House a few days ago, died yesterday. [The Daily Mail Tribune - Monday June 19, 1898]

Mrs. Margaret F. Whittington
Mrs. Whittington, 89, member of a prominent Kanawha county family, died Saturday evening at her Guthrie home after a short illness.      The Whittington family has resided at Guthrie more than 70 years. Mrs. Whittington was born in Fayette county to the late Dr. Fenton G. and Margaret Fielder.      Surviving are two sons, Owen N. Whittington and C.L. Whittington of Guthrie; a daughter, Mrs. E.S. Casdorph of Guthrie, and 15 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.      The body was removed to the Noble Long mortuary. [May 7, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]

James Whorton

Another very sudden and singular death occurred in this city last Sunday. James Whorton, an old gentleman who lived with his son-in-law, Mr. R. P. Warren, on Brooks Street, retired to his room, after eating a hearty dinner, to get a brief repose in sleep, and when Mr. Warren went in the room to awake him a few hours afterwards, found him dead. He had been well and cheerful during the day, and had for some time previous enjoyed moderate good health, except a slight rheumatic affection. He was seventy years of age and born in Virginia, and formerly lived in Richmond. Since he came to Charleston, about five years ago, he has worked steadily at his trade as saddler. [The State Tribune, July 1882]

Martha J. Williams
Died Oct. 29, 1867 at the residence of her father in Charleston, Kanawha County, Miss Martha J Williams, daughter of Elisha and Susan Williams - 29th year. ["Christian Observer", Nov ember 19, 1867 - BW -Sub by FoFG]

Charles F. Wise
Charles F. Wise, 67 years old, of Charleston, died un-expectedly after an illness Friday evening at Louisville, Ky. He had been employed as a steward on the steamer Tom Greene. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mabel Gebhart Wise, two daughters, Mrs. O. K. Mairs, of Montrose, South Charleston, and Mrs. Agnes Thompson, of Charleston, and four sons, Charles Rex, George, Morris and Spencer Wise. The body will be brought to Charleston for funeral services and burial. [The Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, WV) 11 Nov 1933, Page 20]

P. H. Withrow
P. H. Withrow died July 7th, 1882, aged forty eight years six months and eighteen days. He was afflicted with nervous fever eight weeks. The night before he died it was thought by those around his bed, that he was passing into the chilly waters of death. He awoke and handed his hand to his brother John, and said "Oh, John I was almost in heaven, I was making up my mind to make my step in to the eternal world, I could almost see the nail holes in the blessed Savior's hands." He passed away without a murmur.
He leaves a wife and nine children and five grand children to mourn their loss. [The State Tribune, Saturday July 15, 1882]

Pinkston Willcox

Died in Kanawha Co., Va., 28 May last, of consumption. Mrs. Pinkston WILLCOX, consort of Luke WILLCOX. Esq., in her 53rd year. The daughter of William and Lucy KENNER. the dec'd was born 27 April 1896 in Gloucester Co.. but removed to Kanawha in 1816 and was married there 6 Jan. 1820. Children survive.
[Source: Abstract Obituary Notices from the Virginia Conference Sentinel and Richmond Advocate, pub in "Magazine of Virginia Genealogy" by The Virginia Genealogical Society Volum e 23 February 1985 Number 1]

Charles M. Williams
Died in this city the 22nd inst. of cholera infantum. Charles Melville, infant son of Jesse and Maria WILLIAMS. (N.S. v. I. no. 26. 1 July 1847. p. 103.)
[Source: Abstract Obituary Notices from the Virginia Conference Sentinel and Richmond Advocate, pub in "Magazine of Virginia Genealogy" by The Virginia Genealogical Society Volume 23 February 1985 Number 1]

William Williams
William Williams died on June 21st, and was buried on the 22d. He was seventy one years of age, and leaves a large family to mourn his loss. [The State Tribune, June 1887]

Laura Wood

Funeral services for Miss Laura Wood, 72 years old, retired St. Albans school teacher, who died at her home there Friday, were to be held at the residence Saturday at 2:30 o'clock. Burial was to be in the Teays Hill cemetery. One sister, Miss Mary E. Wood, of St. Albans, survives. [The Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, WV)31 Dec 1932, p6]

America Woods
Mrs. America Woods, wife of Merida Woods, died at Lock Six on Monday last, and was taken to Coalburg for burial. [The State Tribune, Saturday July 22, 1882]

Catherine Woodward
Died Mrs. Catherine Woodward, daughter of Mr. James Hogree. Died in Kanawha County age 36 years., consumption on April 22, 1867. ["Christian Observer", May 14, 1867 - BW -Sub by FoFG]

Mary Workman was born in Orange county, Virginia December 3d, 1782. Her parents were Elijah and Mildred Ballard. She married Abraham Workman on the 15th day of March 1807, who died January 19th 1857. A forty year member of the M. E. Church. She resided with her youngest daughter, Amanda Clay. Mrs. Workman died on the morning of the 10th day of April, 1869 being 86 years, 3 months and 7 days old. She rests in the silent tomb in the graveyard owned by the Protestant Episcopal Church, some two miles from this place, to which place of rest she was conveyed on the 11th of April, 1869.
R. Brooks, Kanawha City, West Virginia [Wednesday July 28, 1869 - reprinted in KVGS Journal, Winter 1996]

Catherine P. Wright

Died suddenly in Charleston, Kanawha, on the 7th day of April 1863, in the 59th year of her age, Mrs. Catherine P., wife of Mr. John G. Wright. [Staunton spectator.(Staunton, Va.) May 05, 1863]



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