Mercer County West Virginia
Obituaries and Death Notices

M.C. Adams
Mr. M.C. Adams, the well known Choctaw Indian, of Bluefieed, W. Va. day. He was educated at Emory and Henry College, and his remains will be taken to Meadow View, in Washington county, for burial. Mr. Adams had been for the past eighteen years one of the most trusted employes of the Norfolk and Western Railroad. He was a full-blooded Choctaw, and on several occasions years ago was a leading member of embassies sent by the Choctaw nation to Washington to discuss Indian affairs.  [Tazewell Republican.(Tazewell, Va.), April 29, 1909]

Mary Ann Barrows
Mary Ann Barrows, 84, of the Woods at Cedar Run, Camp Hill, but formerly of West Virginia, passed away Saturday, in Manor Care, Carlisle. Born in Bluefield, West Virginia on December 7, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Daisy (Reese) Meyer. She retired as the Owner-Editor of the Calhoun Chronicle in Grantsville, West Virginia, was a member of the Calhoun County Historical Society and the Calhoun-Gilmore Writers Guild. She was the widow of Olin J. Barrows. Surviving are one son, David O. Barrows of Camp Hill; one sister, Bes Dunning of Norfolk, West Virginia; and a granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, West Virginia, at 3: 30 p.m. on Sunday. Inurnment will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Grantsville, West Virginia. Visitation will be Sunday from 3-3: 30 p.m., in Stump Funeral Home. Myers Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg, handled local arrangements. [The Patriot-News, July 2, 2002 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Jane Beamon
Funeral services were held at Thomas Memorial Church at 11 o'clock for Mrs. Jane Beamon, 66, who died at her home at the pinnacle operation in McComas Friday afternoon. Mrs. Beamon had been falling in health for a number of years.
Five Sons and two daughters survive as follows: J.E. Beamon of Harmonsville, PA.; Charley Beamon of Rhodell; George Beamon of Twin Branch; Claude and Lee Beamon of McComas: Mrs. Robert Gilley of Smithport, N.C., and Mrs. D.E Howell of McComas. Her Husband preceded her into her grave a number of years ago. two brothers and two sisters also survive.
Mrs. Beamon was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. The Funeral was preached by the Rev. Garland Anderson. of Matoaka, assisted by the Rev. J. R. Belcher of Montcalm. Burial was in Lambert Cemetery [Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Nov 22 1931 - Submitted by Tyler Beamon]

Alma Bond
MRS. V. A. (ALMA) BOND - 87, of 113 Dudley Street in Bluefield, Va., died Wednesday afternoon in a Glenwood Park nursing home following a long illness.
She was born in Pulaski, Va., a daughter of the late John and Rosa Pagan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor A. Bond, In August 1969. She was a member of the Memorial Baptist Church in Bluefield, Va., and was a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Helen Armour of Bluefield, Va., and Mrs. Gerald (Vivian) Hughes of Bluefield; four sons, James Bond of Texas City, TX, Curtis Bond of Santa Fee, NM, Leonard Bond of Carls Bad, NM and Kenneth Bond of Decatur, GA; three sisters, Mrs. Homer Lester, Mrs. Ruth Sanders and Mrs. Georgia White, all of Pulaski; two brothers, Homer Pagan of Pulaski and Gilbert Pagan of Akron, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Dudley Memorial Chapel in Bluefield, VA, with Rev. Allen Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Monte Vista Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim Lampert, Jim Rose, Jimmy Asbury, Howard Dean, Marvin White and Luke Mahood. Friends may call at the funeral home tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. [From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph Friday March 14, 1980 - submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Samuel Cagle
A Horrible Death
Samuel Cagle, A. N. & W. Brakeman, Meets a Terrible Death
Samuel Cagle, a brakeman on the Pocahontas Division, met a horrible death yesterday morning near Glen Allen. He was standing on the rear end of a backward moving train which slackened speed, just for a moment, throwing him from his footing onto the track many passing over him before he was discovered, tearing him almost asunder and grinding his arms, waist and legs into shreds. He was perhaps 22 years old and came from Bluff City, Tennessee only a short while since, acquiring employment with the railroad company. He had sent his application for apprenticeship to the Y.M.C.A. last Monday. The remains were sent to his home on No. 16 last night. [ Bluefield, WV Newspaper, March 12, 1896 - submitted by Frances Cooley]

E.E. Carter
Mayor E.E. Carter, of Bluefield, W. Va., died from the effects of pistol wounds made by miss Bessie Young, whose mother the mayor had frequently visited.  [The Interior Journal.(Stanford, Ky.), June 15, 1917]

Sarah Chapman
Mrs. Sarah Chapman, wife of T. L. Chapman, a well known and highly respected colored resident of Bluefield, W. Va., died at her home in that city on Monday last of dropsy. Her remains were brought to Tazewell on Tuesday and buried in the new cemetery north of town by the True Reformers, of which she was a member. The deceased was a sister-in-law to Allen Chapman, who is one of Tazewell's most honorable and upright colored citizens.  [Tazewell Republican.(Tazewell, Va.), April 01, 1909]

Cora James Coffman
Mrs. Cora James Coffman, wife of Mr. W. H. Coffman, of Bluefield, W. Va., died at her home in that city early Tuesday morning. Mrs. Coffman had been in declining health for several years, and for the last year had been an invalid, but no one thought the end so near. She was a native of Bland county, and was the daughter of the late Dr. B. A. James, and a niece of Dr. J. M. Lovell, of Bland courthouse, whose memory is yet revered by all who knew him in life. Mr. Coffman will have the sympathy of many of Tazewell's citizens, where he often visits and is very popular.  [Tazewell Republican.(Tazewell, Va.), January 28, 1909]

Eugene R. Harry
Bluefield, Nov. 5 -Eugene R. Harry, 33, hardware store proprietor, died. For years he was a railroad company employee at Williamson. Source: The Charleston Daily Mail (Charleston, West Virginia) Thursday, November 5, 1936  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Mrs. Samuel Harrop
Mrs. Samuel Harrop died at midnight of Thursday. She was born in Mercer County, West Virginia, some forty-six years ago. During the war Samuel Harrop was taken prisoner and incarcerated near White Sulphur Springs, Va. When released he was a physical wreck, and unable to work at his trade. He took up school-teaching in Southwest Virginia, and there he met the lady who afterwards became his wife. From Virginia they moved to Ohio, and thence to Illinois, coming to Quincy eighteen years ago, or more. For several years Mrs. Harrop had been ailing, but nothing serious developed until Friday of last week, when she was attacked by la grippe, and later, from that disease, by inflammation of the bowels, of which she died. Besides her husband, who is prostrated by the grief that is his by the death of a loved companion, there survive four children. They are Samuel, Jesse, Mamie, and Lizzie.
Mrs. Harrop enjoyed a wide acquaintance and was held in high esteem. She was a good wife and mother and a king-hearted friend. The funeral will be attended from the family home, 517 Jackson street, at 2 o'clock tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon. Rev. A. C. Byerly will officiate at the home and at the grave- in Woodland Cemetery. Friends of the family are invited to attend. [Feb 1 1890, Quincy Daily Herald - submitted by Debbie Lee]

Dr. Robert Hogg
Dr. Robert Hogg of Bramwell, W. Va., shot himself through the head. [Davenport Daily Leader, November 22, 1893; Davenport Iowa - submitted by Shauna Williams]

H. L. Jessie
Bluefield, W. Va., March 14. H. L. Jessie, aged forty years, proprietor of the Fairmont, and St. Paul Hotel, dropped dead yesterday morning. He was buried in Cleveland, Va., today. [Richmond Times Dispatch (15 Mar. 1910) Transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Beulah Jones
Mrs. Beulah Jones, of Bluefield, W. Va, died last Thursday night of typhoid fever. She spent some time with her sister, Mrs. Wm. H. Fix, of this neighborhood, in the spring, and was then the picture of healthy young womanhood. She leaves a husband, a son about a year old, and two sisters in this county, Mrs. Fix and Mrs. Jno. H. Williams, of Basic City. [Staunton Spectator and Vindicator.(Staunton, Va.), August 31, 1899]

W. R. Linkens
Blurfield, W. Va., October 3.-W. R. Linkens, an engine inspector, was found dead on an engine here today. His death was due to an epileptic fit. Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati,Ohio) Thursday, October 4,1906  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Asa Samuel Miles
Funeral services for Asa Samuel Miles, 76, of Princeton Avenue, Bluefield, who died Wednesday in a Bluefield hospital, will be conducted today at 2 p.m. at Hawkins Funeral Chapel with Rev. Glenn Weaver officiating. Burial will follow in Monte Vista Cemetery. The Masonic Lodge will be in charge of graveside services.He was born in Bluefield, son of the late Thomas and Emma Southern Miles. He was a member of the Christian Church, the Masonic Lodge, the BLF and E and a retired employee of the Norfolk and Western Railway Company.Survivors include his wife, Lillie Bond Miles; two sons, Elwood A. Miles of Bluefield and Clifford Miles of Hampton, Va.; five daughters, Mrs. Charles Woods of Bluefield, Mrs. Mabel Woodard of Bristol, Va., Mrs. Oscar Cullop of Bristol, Phyllis Miles of Columbus, Ohio and Mrs. Arnold Whaley of Columbus; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. C.O. Gearhart of Bluefield. Pallbearers will be members of the Masonic Lodge and flower bearers will be granddaughters and nieces. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph Friday September 20, 1968 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Mrs. D. J. Phipps
Mrs. Phipp's Interment
Mrs. D. J. Phipps died yesterday morning early after a lingering illness and will be conveyed to Falls Mills this morning where the interment will be made. Funeral this a.m. at the Christian Baptist Church. [Bluefield, WV Newspaper, March 12, 1896 - submitted by Frances Cooley]

John Ruble
September 3, 1902
One Man Shot and Killed by Striking Miners at Bluefield, W. Va.
Bluefield, W. Va., Aug. 29-There is considerable excitement at Crane Creek and Simmons Creek over the recent shootings. John Ruble, a mine blacksmith, was shot by striking miners and killed. Reports were current during the day that a number of guards had been killed and wounded by the strikers, but investigation proves that Ruble was the only man killed. The non-union men are terrorized and a good many of them are leaving.
W.H. McQueal, president of the Turkey Gap Coal company, was fired at through a window, but was not hurt. [The Humeston New Era, Humeston Iowa - submitted by Shauna Williams]

Howard R. Sanson
July 29, 1899
Bramwell, W. Va., July 28-Howard R. Sanson, an emissary seeking miners for Missouri and Indian territory coalfields, was fatally stabbed last night. his assailants are unknown. [The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln Nebraska - submitted by Shauna Williams]

J. E. Spangler
A merchant of Princeton, West Virginia, was found dead in his bed at the Wasaga House, Baltimore, suffocated by gas.  Source: The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) Sunday, October 7,1883  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Jack Whitaker
On last Thursday Mr. Jack Whitaker was killed by a falling rock while at work on the tramroad up Madam's creek, in Summers county. For some time Mr. Whitaker has been in the employ of Miller & Co. at their lumber and stave works, on Madam's creek. On the day of the accident which resulted in his death he, with five or six others, had gone out to repair the tramroad, and while at work loosed a rock weighing some five tons, it rolled down and caught the unfortunate man, crushing the life out of him instantly, leaving the body a shapeless mass. The deceased was a native of Mercer county, but has lived in Summers county for several years. [Wheeling Register, Jun. 8, 1885 - Transcribed by AFOFG]


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