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Ash, Glennis
     Spencer - Glennis Ash, 91, of Spencer, West Virginia died June 25, 2004, at Roane General Hospital in Spencer. He was born June 10, 1913, in Calhoun County, a son of the late James Jerome and Castena Virginia Marks Ash. He retired from Monarch Rubber Company as a supervisor. He attended Leatherbark Community Church. He is survived by one daughter, Loretta Russell of Clover, West Virginia; two sons, Lawrence and Bob Ash, both of Spencer; three half sisters, Barbara Marks and Frances Tanner, both of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia, and Nancy Starcher of Big Springs, West Virginia; 10 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dessie Price Ash, in 1994; three sisters, Ila Church, Evelyn Townsend and Melva Snyder; and five brothers, Cecil, Harley, Dennis and two infants. Service will be held 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 27, at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with the Rev. Leon Strickland officiating. Burial will be in the Clover Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.
[Charleston Gazette, June 26, 2004 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]


Bowman, Abram
Maj. Abram Bowman, of Spencer, Roan County W.Va., died at his home in that place, on Friday evening last, at 10 o'clock, aged 79 years, 2 months and 11 days.  He was a native of Shenandoah county, and was a brother of Mr. Nimrod Bowman, of near Maurertown, and of Rev. Wm. Bowman, of Florida.  Mr. bowman has been a valued subscriber of this paper for many years.  He was a truly good man, upright and honest in all his dealings with his fellow man, and his long life was filled with kindly deeds.  The good name which he leaves behind him is a far more enduring monument than one of bronze or stone.  He was the kind of man whose life reflected honor upon the county of his birth.  [Shenandoah Herald.(Woodstock, Va.), March 11, 1898 - KT, Sub by FoFG]


Drake, George
In Newton, on the 7th instant, of Typhoid fever George Drake, aged about 20 years. [Virginia Free Press, (Charlestown, WV) Thursday, September 24, 1857 - KT, Sub by FoFG]


Gainer, Lucille
     Lucille Gainer, of Edgewood Summit, died on November 7, 2010, after a short illness, surrounded by her immediate family and beloved caregivers.
     Born near Spencer, WV, on August 9, 1915, to the late Lora and Ray Reading, Lucille graduated from Calhoun County High School and married the late Denzil Gainer in 1935. After moving to Charleston in 1936, Denzil held several financial positions in state government, including budget director, before being elected West Virginia State Auditor, a position he held until his death in 1972.
     Lucille was foremost a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who loved cooking, gardening, and flowers. For eight years, she was employed by the West Virginia State Retirement System, and for more than 50 years was active in St. Marks United Methodist Church. She traveled extensively through the Elderhostel program and loved to cruise. Her Edgewood Summit friends were often frequent recipients of her thoughtful culinary delights.
     Lucille was preceded in death by older sisters Juanita Harris and Mildred Jarvis, and is survived by her brother Bill Reading and wife Betty of South Charleston. She is also survived by daughter Karen and husband Dean Silkwood of Charleston; their sons and daughters-in-law, Kristi and Eric Silkwood of Charleston and one great-grandson, and Vanessa and Brian Silkwood of Hendersonville, Tenn. and two great-grandsons; by son, Ken and his wife Jerri of Huntington and their children, Beth and Steve McCulley of Louisville, Ky. and two great-grandsons, Julie Branhan of Huntington and one great-granddaughter, Lee Gainer of Tampa, Fla. and three great-grandchildren, and by son Phil and his wife Andrea of Lewisburg and Sanibel, Fla.
     The family sends their special appreciation to Judy Buckner, Leona Keen, and Amber Casto, and our gratitude to Dawn Casto, Barbie Huffman, and Suzi Jones for their TLC.
     Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
     Friends may call at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 15, prior to services at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Eventide Cemetery in Spencer, at approximately 3:45 p.m.
[Charleston Gazette, November 24, 2010 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]


Gandee, Mrs. Berlie
Mrs.  Berlie GANDEE  - 84, of Spencer, died Saturday at the home of a daughter. Mrs. Eura Baugherty of Spencer, after a long illness. She was a   member of Rocky Branch Advent Christian Church near Walton. Surviving are two other daughters. Mrs. Lula Varner of Precious and Mrs. Lucille Hammack of Charleston. Service will be held at 2 p. m. Monday in Vandale mortuary in Spencer with Rev. Homer E. Baxter officiating. Burial will be in Rocky Branch Cemetery. The body is at the mortuary.
[Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]


Holland, Grace G.
HOLLAND, Mrs. Grace G.—60, of Spencer, died Saturday in her home of a heart ailment. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband Clarence: two stepdaughters, Mrs. Wilma Young ol Palestine and Mrs. Wilda Boatwright of Orville, Calif.: one stepson, Harold Holland of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. Jennie Chapman of Parkersburg; four brothers. Brooks Simmons of Tariff, Charles Simmons of Belle, Smith Simmons of Clover and Talmadge Simmons of Linden: two half brothers. Frank Simmons of Looneyville and P. M. Simmons of Spencer. Service will be conducted at 2 p. m. Monday in Hardman-Conrad mortuary chapel at Spencer by Rev. Carl Morris. Burial will be in Simmons Cemetery near Looneyville. The body will remain at the mortuary until service time.
[Sunday Gazette Mail, Nov. 1, 1959 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]


Jarrett, Lem
Lem Jarrett, a prominent Roane county farmer, died recently from bleeding of the nose.  
[The Weekly Register (Point Pleasant, (W)Va), May 01, 1895 - KT, Sub by FoFG]


Lynch,Talitha Loventia
      Mrs. Lynch, 84, prominent Roane county resident and mother of Walter M. Lynch, Charleston insurance agent, died Sunday at her Countsville home after an extended illness. She was a lifelong resident of Roane county and a member of the Advent church.
     Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gandeeville church. Burial will follow in Gandeeville cemetery with the Vandale mortuary of Spencer in charge. Surviving also are four other sons, John A. Lynch of Countsville, William L. Lynch of St. Albans, Lloyd B. Lynch of Mount Sterling, O., and Edison R. Lynch of Wyco; four daughters, Mrs. Dora A. Summers and Mrs. A.A. Smith of Clay, Mrs. Myrtle Shaffer of St. Albans, and Miss Stella Lynch of Countsville; a brother, Henry V. (Bub) Allen of Charleston, and a sister, Mrs. I.L. Summers of Charleston.
[May 1, 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston W. Va.]
     Lynch Services-Funeral services for Mrs. Talitha Loventia Lynch, 84, prominent Roane county resident, who died Sunday at her Countsville home, were to be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gandeeville church. Burial was to follow in a cemetery there. Mrs. Lynch was the mother of Walter M. Lynch, prominent Charleston insurance agent, and a sister of Henry V. Lynch and Mrs. I.L. Summers of Charleston.
[May 1939 The Charleston Daily Mail, W. Va. - Sub. by Shauna Williams]


McGlothlin, Don C.
     Don C. McGlothlin, 74, of Chicago, Ill., died Feb. 10, 1988.
     Born in Tariff, W. Va. April 8, 1913, he moved to Akron after completing high school and some courses at Glenville (West Virginia) Teachers College. He worked at Goodyear while completing his B.A. at Kent State, returned to West Virginia to teach, and became principal of Calhoun County High School. In 1942 he joined the U.S. Navy, serving actively in the South Pacific until the end of World War II, and retired as a lieutenant commander U.S.N. in 1955. During this period he completed his Master's degree at Ohio State University, and all but the dissertation for his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He resumed his teaching career at Taft High in the Chicago area, retiring in 1979, but continued as a substitute teacher for several years.
     Don is survived by wife, Grace; daughter, Hope; sons, Gerald and Paul, all of Chicago, Ill.; son, Mark of California; brother, Claude; sister, Opal Criner, both of Akron; and sisters, Chloe Helmic of Otto, W. Va., Geneva Parsons of Jackson, Mich.      There will be no calling hours. Interment will be in Tariff, W. Va.
[Akron Beacon Journal, February 12, 1988 - Transcribed  by Therman Kellar]


Vandale, Wm.
Death of a Pioneer
Spencer, W. Va., December 12 – Wm. Vandale, a pioneer resident of Roane county, died near here Friday, aged 72 years. The deceased was the father of Prosecuting Attorney J. A. A. Vanale, of this county, and leaves a daughter, Miss Williams, of Wirt county.
 [Wheeling Register (Wheeling , WV), December 13, 1897, Volume 36, Issue 150, Page 6 – Transcribed by FOFG]


Waugh, Andrew
Andrew Waugh, Commonwealth's Attorney of Roane county, Va., died of small pox on the 12th instant.  
[The Daily Dispatch.(Richmond [Va.]), June 21, 1858 - KT, Sub by FoFG]


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