Summers County, West Virginia
Obituaries and Death Notices

Clyde E. Adkins
NIMITZ - Clyde E. Adkins, 71, of Ellison Ridge Road, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at his home following a long illness. Born Dec. 13, 1928, at Flat Top, he was the son of the late Basil G. and Versie Oakes Adkins. Mr. Adkins was a member and deacon of Little Bluestone Primitive Baptist Church and was a 1947 graduate of Hinton High School. He was a former employee of C&O Railroad and the Atomic Energy Commission of Ports-mouth, Ohio, and was retired from Mountaineer Gas in Beckley. He was preceded in death by a brother, Claron Adkins. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Imogene Pack Adkins; a daughter, Donna Adkins of Nimitz; three brothers, Luther Adkins of Shelbyville, Ind., Velmer Adkins of Norton, Ohio, and Basil Adkins Jr. of Jumping Branch; a grandson, Joseph Ross Meadows; and two granddaughters, Stephanie and Sarah Meadows. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton, with Elder Richard Hurst officiating. Burial will follow in Lilly-Crews Cemetery, Nimitz. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral parlors. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton. [Register Herald, January 29, 2000 - Submitted by Andrea Pack]

George W. Ames
Mr. Geo. W. Ames, a lumberman, died at Meadow Creek, Summers county, on March 13, 1909 of tuberculosis, aged 50 years. Interment at Wiggins. [Monroe Watchman, 18 Mar 1909, Sub. by K. Torp]

C.C. Boguess
C.C. Boguess aged 20, of Covington, Va., died in the Hinton Hospital last Tuesday morning, March 16, of meningitis resulting from an abscess in the ear. He was unconscious when brought to the Hospital. [Monroe Watchman, 18 Mar 1909 - Sub. by K. Torp]

Mrs. Boxley and her four-year-old son, of Hinton, West Virginia. were drowned in the Greenbrier river while trying to drive across the stream. Source: Murfreesboro Index (Murfreesboro, North Carolina) Friday, April 21,1893  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst

John Boyd
On Sunday, June 5th, 1898, of Messrs. A. R. ("Kellas") and John Boyd, brothers, the first-named residing between Union, Monroe county, W. Va. and Rocky Point, the latter near Alderson just across the line in Summers county, spent Friday together in Union and John said were drinking some alcoholic concoction, believed to be essence of cinnamon and Jamaica ginger. Their conduct, however, was orderly and not such as to indicate that they were intoxicated. On Saturday they were together in Rocky Point, and parting there "Kellas" returned to the home of his brother, Mr. P. A. Boyd, while John started for home his home near Alderson. "Kellas" seemed entirely sober but complained of sickness at the stomach and excrutiating pain in the head. During the night he grew worse, but refused to permit a physician to be sent for. Toward morning he was attacked with cramp and his eye-sight was also affected. A physician was sent for and arrived about 8 o'clock, but he found Mr. Boyd's condition hopeless. Messengers were dispatched with the sad tidings to his brother John, but on their way they met others bringing the doubly shocking news that John himself had died at exactly the same hour. John, it seems, had reached Alderson Saturday evening and complained of the same symptoms which his brother had exhibited. He obtained some medicine for his relief and went home. On Sunday morning his condition was much worse and he seemed smitten within partial blindness. A physician was sent for before his arrival Mr. Boyd died, passing away at 12:30 p. m. In both cases the facts indicate that death was caused by some species of poison, it is believed it was wood alcohol. [Staunton spectator and vindicator.(Staunton, Va.), June 16, 1898 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Wm. Burton
Death Caused by Jealousy
Charleston, W. Va., August 28 - Yesterday evening Wm. Burton, who resides near Hinton, Summers county was shot fatally by Chapman Farley. Jealousy of Burton was the cause. [Wheeling Register, August 29, 1889 - Transcribed by AFOFG]

Rufus Brammer
Rufus Brammer, a prosperous farmer residing near Jumping Branch, died suddenly last Friday while on his way home to dinner from a field where he had been plowing. He was seen to fall from from his horse, but expired before aid could reach him. Mr. Brammer was about 65 years of age, and was the father of a large family, W. A. Brammer, of this place being a son, and Miss Lena Brammer, until very recently a resident of Beckley, being his daughter. [Source: Raleigh Register (Beckley, WV] Thursday, 25 July 1912; Page 1; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Rufus Brammer, who resided near Jumping Branch, died Friday morning about 11 oclock very suddenly. He was riding horseback to a field to oversee some farm work and fell from the horse he was riding. Other members of the family seeing his fall rushed to his aid, but he died within a few minutes. It is thought that his death was due to heart failure. Mr. Brammer was 63 years of age and leaves a wife, who was Miss Virginia Hale, and seven children. The daughters are Mrs. G. D. Burch, of Hinton, Mrs. Edmond Cock, of Beckley, and Misses Lina and Lottie of Jumping Branch. Three sons, George and Oliver, of Beckley, and Zed, of Jumping Branch. He leaves one brother, John Brammer, of near Mercer Salt Works, and two sisters, Mrs. John Griffith, of Virginia, and Mrs. James Lilly, of Dunns, Mercer county. Mr. Brammer was from near Franklin Court House, Va., and with his father moved to Flat Top many years ago. He settled near Jumping Branch later, where he has since resided. Mr. Brammer was an excellent citizen and will be greatly missed by the people of that section. He was very well known in Hinton where he leaves numerous friends, who will regret to learn of his sudden death. Hinton News Mr. Brammer is well known in Raleigh county where he resided for a number of years near Ghent. Two daughters, Mrs. Edmond Cook, of this city and Miss Lina Brammer, who until a couple of weeks ago held a position with J. E. Crouse, Insurance agent, are well known here. The sympathy of the entire community is with the many relatives of the deceased. [Source: Raleigh Register (Beckley, WV) Friday, 26 July 1912; Page 8; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

John Crawford
HINTON, February 19. The dead body of John Crawford, of Raleigh county, was found in the public road, a few miles from here, to-day. An inquest was held and the verdict was that he died from apoplexy. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Thursday, 20 Feb. 1890; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Nell Goff Davis
Mrs. Nell Goff Davis, 92, died at 1 a.m. Friday (June 2, 1995) at her home following a long illness. Born April 17, 1903 in Hinton, she was the daughter of the late William and Nannie Mae (Martin) Goff. Mrs. Davis was a lifelong resident of Hinton, was the last surviving member of nine children, was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hinton, a past president of the Philathea Class, attended Summers County Schools and graduated from Dunsmore Business College, was appointed as Summers County Clerk in 1941 and retired after 33 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Davis. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs, Don (Nancy) Davis Larrick of Beckley; three nephews, Dr. Owen Meadows, Jr. of Beckley, Mr. Jack Butler of Virginia Beach, Va., and Mr. Moody Goff, Jr. of Little River, S. C.; three grandchildren, Donna Dean of Charleston, Jane Price of Beckley and Alan Larrick of Beckley, and three great-grandsons, Scott and Chad Dean, and Christopher Price. Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor Chapel in Hinton, with Pastor D. D. Elwell officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton. Friends may call from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Rodney, Scott, and Chad Dean, Alan Larrick, Cecil E. Price, Moody Goff, Danny Foster. Honorary pallbearers will be Eldridge (Whitney) Ellison, Bobby Turner, Arnett Willey, Perry Mann, Amos Plumley, Pop Johnson, and Raymond Perry. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton [Submitted by Alice Horner]

Col. Jas. W. Davis, the oldest member of the Lewisburg, W. Va., bar is dead. He remained in active practice until his death, which occurred on the 11th inst., at Pences Spring, Summers county, at the age of 85 years. By marriage he was connected with many of the most prominent families of Virginia and West Virginia. His wife was Miss Mary Stuart of Greenbrier. One of his sons, Lewis Davis, now deceased, married a daughter of the late Senator John F. Lewis of Rockingham county. [Staunton Spectator and Vindicator. (Staunton, Va.), 24 July 1903 Sub. by K. Torp]

Ann Fraley
Parkersburg, W. Va., Jan. 1 Mrs. Ann Fraley, who lived in Summers county, died last Saturday at the age of 102 years from gangrene, caused by a corn on the foot. Mrs. Fraley had used tobacco for 90 years. She leaves nearly 500 descendants. [Marietta Daily Leader (Marietta, Ohio), January 2, 1896, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

Nancy Garten
Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy Nora Garten, 57 years old, who died at her home in Alexandria, Va., last Friday afternoon, were held in the Baptist church at Talcott Monday afternoon and burial followed in the cemetery at that place. Mrs. Garten was daughter of the late J. F. and Mary E. Woodrum. She was united in marriage to Mr. J. E. Garten in 1892 and to this union were born four children, Cleo and Mettie, of Talcott, Ola and Edna, of Alexandria. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Clara Grimmett and Mrs. Lillie Sims, four brothers, C E. Woodrum, Armstrong Woodrum, of Hinton, D. E. Woodrum and R. M. Woodrum, of Talcott and a host of other relatives and friends.
[THE MONROE WATCHMAN, 22 Dec 1932 - Submitted by Cathy Shultz]

Rev. Edward Francis Jenkins
Death Claims Rev. Father Edward F. Jenkins at Hinton, West Virginia
Pastor of St. Patrick's Catholic church, Hinton, West Virginia, and a native of Adams county, died Tuesday night at 9:30 o'clock. He had been in falling health for two months and had been seriously ill for a week. The Rev. Father Jenkins was born on August 7,1870, on the old Lilly farm, near Conewago. He was a son of John L., and Jane Riley Jenkins. The deceased received his early education in the parochial school at Centennial and attended Holy Cross college . St Charles college, near Baltimore: Mt. St. Mary's college and St. Mary's seminary near Baltimore.
The Rev. Father Jenkins was ordained into the priesthood in the cathedral in Baltimore by the late cardinal Gibbons on December 21,****. His first mission was in Wheeling, West Virginia, under Bishop Donahue. Later he was appointed chaplain to the Sisters of the Visitation, Wythville, Virginia. For the past 26 years, the deceased had served as rector of St. Patrick's church. He celebrated the silver jubilee of his ordination into the priesthood in Conewago chapel in 1927. His last visit to this section was in 1932 when he attended the two hundredth Lilly reunion.
Surviving are a brother, Bernard Jenkins, near Conewago, and four sisters, Mrs. John Livelsberger, Edge Grove: Mrs. Catherine MacAtee, Baltimore: Mrs. S.S. Lancaster, Charles county, Maryland, and Sister M. Caroline Jenkins, of the Order of the Sisters of Charity, St. Louis. Source: The Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) Thursday, October 3,1935  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst

Robert W. Lilly
Capt. Robert W. Lilly, known as "Shooting Bob," died at the home of his son, Rev. James Lilly, at Ellison, Summers county, Friday morning, at an advanced age, being about 90 years old. Mr. Lilly had been an invalid for a year and his death was not unexpected. He was a son of Thomas Lilly, one of the pioneer settlers of this section of the state, who came to Camp Creek about 150 years ago. Mr. Lilly leaves five children, as follows: Mrs. Drewry Farley, of Ellison; Mrs. W. E. Meador, of Hinton; Mrs. A. W. Pack, of Warford; Rev. Joseph Lilly, of Ellison, and Naaman Lilly, of Brooklin. In addition to the above he leaves a large number of more distant relatives in Summers and Mercer counties, where he was very well and favorably known. Mr. Lilly was twice married, his first wife being a daughter of Rev. Joseph Lilly, Margaret Tiffany Lilly who died at the close of the war. Later he married Miss Hallie Farley, who died some years ago. Mr. Lilly was a soldier in the Confederate army and was promoted to captain during the four years' struggle. He was known to many of the old soldiers of Summers and adjoining counties.
[From the Raleigh Herald, Friday, September 14, 1917 - Contributed by Andrea Stawski Pack who adds this note: Robert Washington Lilly was born May 1st 1830 in what was then Giles County, Virginia. 1st married Margaret Tiffany Lilly on June 5, 1856 in Mercer County, Virginia born February 23, 1832 in Giles County Virginia and died May 9, 1864 in Mercer County. Virginia. She was a daughter of Rev. Joseph L. Lilly born September 16, 1803 in Montgomery County, Virginia and Mary Elizabeth Shrewsbury born 1803 in Franklin County, Virginia. All these previous mentioned were direct descendants to my beloved late husband Walter Henderson Pack Sr. ]

Joanna Mahoney
Miss Joanna Mahoney died at Hinton, WVa, Sunday, and the remains were brought to this city for interment Tuesday. Deceased was an aunt of Thomas Mahoney, and was well advanced in years. His remains were accompanied by her two half-brothers, Patrick and Timothy Scaulon.
[Staunton Spectator and Vindicator(Staunton, Va.) April 20, 1900]

G. L. Morris
Hinton, W. Va., February 14 -- G. L. Morris, C. & O. agent at Kanawha Falls was fatally shot last night by Esquire E. L. Rigg, who caught him with his wife at a late hour at Deep Water. Morris died at 3 p.m. this evening. Rigg has left the country.
[Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Monday, 15 Feb. 1897; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Mark A. Pack
NIMITZ -- Mark A. Pack, 44, of Nimitz, died Monday, Jan. 23, 2006, at Charleston Area Medical Center. Born July 16, 1961, at Hinton, he was the son of Sandy Shirey Pack Ellis and husband, Bill, of Jumping Branch and the late Ray Dean Buck Pack. Mark had lived most of his life in Summers County. He was the general manager of Whittaker Auto Machine Shop in Nimitz. He was a loving husband, son, father and brother and will be sadly missed by all. Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Tresia Surbaugh Pack; a daughter, Tristen Pack at home; a stepson, Timmy Duncan of Raleigh, N.C.; two brothers, Mike D. Pack of Pensacola, Fla., and William H. Pack of Crestview, Fla.; his stepbrother, DeWayne Ellis of Forest Hill; and father and mother-in-law, Charles and Margaret Surbaugh of Hinton. Service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel, Hinton, with Pastor Billy Ballengee officiating. Burial will follow in Lilly-Crews Cemetery, Nimitz. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral parlors. Pallbearers will be Walter Pack Jr., Keith Surbaugh, Seth Allen, Nathan Trout, James Keever and Raymond Allen. Arrangements by Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, Hinton.
[Raleigh Register Herald, Jan 2006 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Robert Joseph Pack
NIMITZ -- Robert Joseph Bobby Pack, 43, of Nimitz, died Saturday, May 3, 2008, at his home, following a sudden illness. Born March 14, 1965, at New Britain, Conn., he is the son of the late Walter H. Pack Sr. and Andrea M. Stawski Pack of Nimitz. Bobby was a member of the Saint Patricks Catholic Church of Hinton and was a former member of the Jumping Branch-Nimitz Volunteer Fire Department. Bob was an Extra Class Ham Radio Operator who enjoyed hunting, fishing and four-wheeler riding along with spending time with his family and friends. He was a former trustee of the Lilly-Crews Cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Kathleen Kathy Lilly Pack; two sons, Joseph Andrew Pack of Nimitz and Bradley  Alexander Pack and wife Maria of Nimitz; one granddaughter, Wendy Marie Pack of Nimitz; two brothers, Ricky R. Pack and wife Martha of Nimitz and Walter H. Pack and wife Betty of Nimitz; four nieces, Amanda, Ella, Sarah, Melissa; and two nephews, Wesley and Johnny also survive. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlor Chapel with Pastor Elmo Alderman officiating. Burial will follow in the Lilly-Crews Cemetery at Nimitz. Friends may call at the Funeral Parlor from 12 noon until time of service on Wednesday. Family and friends will service as pallbearers. Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton. [Raleigh Register Newspaper May 2008 - Submitted by a Friend of Free Genealogy]

Walter H. Pack Sr.
NIMITZ -- Walter Henderson Pack Sr., 56, of Nimitz died Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at home after a long illness. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Hinton, the machinists union and UAW, head trustee of Crews Cemetery, Nimitz, former commander of the DAV, former president of Jumping Branch Ruritan Club, an Army Signal Corps veteran, a Class A machinist/tool and die maker and an amateur pilot. Surviving: wife, Andrea Marianne Stawski Pack; sons, Ricky R. of Jumping Branch, Walter H. Jr and Robert J. "Bobby" of Nimitz; sisters, Ina Mae Pack of Ansted, Imogene Adkins and Maxine Bragg of Nimitz; four grandchildren. Service will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with the Rev. David Schmitt officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Ronald Meadows Funeral Home, Hinton, where a vigil prayer and rosary service will be held at 8 p.m.
[Newspaper Article from Raleigh Register May 1998 - Submitted by a FoFG]

Walter Henderson Pack Sr
NIMITZ-Walter Henderson Pack Sr., 56, of Sand Knob Road, died Tuesday, May 12, 1998, at his home following a long illness. Born March 11, 1942, at Streeter, he was the son of the late Winnie Henderson and Jamie Lee Lilly Pack. Mr. Pack was a lifelong resident of Summers County, member of the St Patrick Catholic Church, Hinton, head trustee of the Crews Cemetery, Nimitz, past commander and was a lifelong member of the DAV. He was past president of Jumping Branch Ruritan Club, life-long member of the Machinist Union, UAW. He was an advanced class amateur ham radio operator. Army veteran of the Signal Corps, Class A Machinist Tool and Die Maker, Amateur Pilot. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy Lee Pack on June 19, 1994, and Ray Dean Pack on Nov 28, 1992. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Andrea Marianne Stawski Pack; three sons, Ricky R. Pack and his wife, Joyce Ann, of Jumping Branch. Walter H. Pack Jr., and wife Betty, Of Nimitz, and Robert J. "Bobby" Pack and his wife Kathy, of Nimitz; four grandchildren, Joseph A. and Bradley A. Pack of Nimitz, and Amanda A. and Wesley C. Pack of Jumping Branch; three sisters, Ina Mae Pack of Ansted, Imogene Adkins of Nimitz, and Maxine Bragg of Nimitz; and several nieces and nephews. Mass of the Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at the St Patrick Catholic Church, Hinton, with Father David Schmitt as celebrant and Father John Duhaime as co celebrant and Joseph A. Pack, grandson, as altar server. Friends may call 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors, where a Vigil Prayer and Rosary service will be conducted at 8 p.m.. Pallbearers will be Roger Pack, Bobby Pack, Billy Don Farley, Kenny Meador, Rick Blevins, Doug Epperly, Donnie Neely, Mark Pack, Jimmy Bragg, and members of the DAV.
[Raleigh Register Herald, May 1998, Submitted By: Andrea Pack]

Mrs. Peterfish
Mrs. Peterfish, of Ohio, mother of M.F. Peterfish and F.R. Peterfish of this city and of J.A. Peterfish of Hinton, W.Va., died suddenly Wednesday night of last week while visiting her son in Hinton.
[Staunton spectator and vindicator., April 21, 1898, (Staunton, Va.) - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Little twin grandchild dies in West Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Mack Hughes received a message yesterday morning that one of the little twin children of Mrs. W. F. Preston, of Hinton, West Virginia, had died at 6 o'clock Sunday morning of the measles. the other little child, a boy, has also been sick with the measles, but is some better. Mrs. Preston is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Hughes, and the sympathy of the Messenger and the entire community goes out to the grief stricken parents. Source: The Advocate-Messenger (Danville, Kentucky) Monday, Jun 16,1924  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst

Thos. Smith
Last Saturday, at Hinton, a colored man, named Thos. Smith, dropped dead while laughing and talking with some friends.
[Wheeling News, October 20, 1890, Transcribed by C. Anthony]

W. C. Sublett
W. C. Sublett, a witness attending U. S. Court, died suddenly last night in West Charleston. He lived in Summers county and was a member of Concord Lodge of Masons. His remains were sent home by the Masons of this city to day.
[Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Saturday, November 19, 1887; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Jack Whitaker
Crushed to Death -- The Fearful Fate Befalling a Summers County Citizen
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 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 had lived in Summers county for several years.
[Wheeling Register, Jun. 8, 1885 - Transcribed by Therman Kellar]

John Wise
Died In The Tunnel
Asphyxiated Near Hinton, West Virginia.
Hinton,W. Va., December 29.--John Wise, an engineer on the Chesapeake & Ohio, of Clinton Forge, Va., was asphyxiated in the tunnel here today. Two other trainmen may die. Source: The Indianapolis News (Indianapolis, Indiana) Friday, December 29,1899  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst


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