Taylor County West Virginia
Obituaries and Death Notices


Alfred Brown
Died at the City Hospital, Thursday night. death was caused by cancer on the tongue,from which he had been suffering for a long time prior to his demise. Some months ago at Baltimore he underwent a surgical operation,which failed to benefit him. Mr. Brown has a host of friends in this city,which was his former home. He was married, last year to Miss Burwinkle, of the Island, and later removed to Grafton,where he was a large stockholder, in the Grafton Grocery Company. The funeral will take place from St. Matthew's P.E. Church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock. Cyrene and wheeling Commanderies, Knights Templar, will attend the funeral in a body. the remains will be buried near Sherrard, Marshall county. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling,West Virginia) Saturday, September 1,1894 Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Geo. W. Brown
At Grafton, W. Va., Saturday morning November 30, 1889, Gen. Geo. W. Brown, in the 50th year of his age. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Monday, 2 Dec. 1889; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Frank Crawford
Graftons, April 1. Mr. Frank Crawford, son of Brooks Crawford, of Baltimore, and formerly of Parkersburg and Grafton, died at his parents home on last Friday night. His remains will be brought here this evening and the funeral will take place from the M. E. church in this city to-morrow at 2 oclock P.M. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Tuesday, 2 Apr. 1889; transcribed by FoFG mz]

William Graham - Veteran Railroader Dead.
William Graham, one of the earliest settlers of Grafton, W. Va., who was born in Preston county,W. Va. died, aged eighty years. He spent fifty years In the service of the Baltimore & Ohio railroad, having been placed on the retired list in 1900. His family were among the first settlers to cross the mountains and seek homes in the western portion of what was then Virginia. He moved to Grafton in 1861, and entered the Union army, was discharged with honor and resumed work with the railroad. [Edgefield advertiser. (Edgefield, S.C.), December 03, 1913, Page 3]

Mr. Endress Hartman
Mr. Hartman, Who Died In City Of Grafton.
The Grafton Leader gives the following account of the death and burial of one who resided here many years. A very sad and sudden death was that of Mr. Endress Hartman, who was called by the grim reaper on Sunday morning. Mr. Hartman was found dead, from rheumatism of the heart, in the bathroom at about 9 o’clock, whither he had gone some time prior. The deceased was in his eight-third year, and was formerly a highly-respected citizen of Clarksburg, from where he went to North Carolina, but for the past six years has been making his home with his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary Hartman, in Capt. D. A. Litzinger’s residence on West Washington street, who has cared for him lovingly and tenderly ever since.Mr. Hartman, was highly esteemed and well liked by all who knew him, always cordial in his greeting and having a pleasant word foe his numerous friends and acquaintances. He leaves to survive him, besides his daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren, two brothers, Messrs, Fred, of Newport, Long Island, who is seriously ill at his home, and was unable to attend the funeral, and George, who is in New York, and numerous other relatives. The remains of this aged and courteous gentleman were laid in their last resting place in Bluemont Cemetery beside his wife, who died shortly after their coming to this city, on Tuesday afternoon. Source: The Daily Telegram, (Clarksburg, West Virginia), Monday, April 13, 1908  Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Mrs. John Hooper
GRAFTON, April 14. Mrs. Hooper, who had been dangerously ill for some time past, died on Friday morning, and to-day her remains were taken to Martinsburg where the internment will take place. She will be buried beside her husband, Mr. John Hooper, at one time proprietor of the Grafton House, and who died about seventeen years ago. Mrs. Hooper was 67 years of age and raised a large family, two of whom, Mr. Harry Hooper and Mrs. Rose Sullivan survive her. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Monday, 15 Apr. 1889; transcribed by FoFG mz]

John Keenan
At Grafton, Wednesday night, John Keenan down on one rail of the railroad track and went to sleep. Yard engine No. 91 came along and hit him, cutting off both feet. He died in a short time. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Monday, April 25, 1887; transcribed by FoFG mz]

George A.H. Kunst
George A.H. Kunst, Esq., one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Taylor county, died at his residence in Grafton on the 9th inst.  The deceased was the father of Dr. A. H. Kunst, Assistant Physician at the West Virginia Hospital for the Insane. [The Weston Democrat.(Weston, W. Va.), July 19, 1875 - TrbyKT]

John T. McGraw
McGRAW, DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEEMAN, DEAD
Washington, D. C. April 30. — John T. McGraw, Democratic national committee man from West Virginia, died suddenly last night on a train near Baltimore while en route from New York to his home in Grafton, W. Va. Death was due to heart disease. [El Paso Herald.(El Paso, Tex.), April 30, 1920, Page 13 - TrbyKT]

David C. Morrison
Mr. Morrison who lived on North Tenth street and came here last October from Grafton, West Virginia, died suddenly from consumption and was superintending the erection of a small building on his lot when he was seized with a hemorrhage and died within a few moments. He leaves a widow and three children here. Source: Albuquerque Citizen (Albuquerque, Mew Mexico) Friday, April 11,1902  Transcribed by: D. O.

J. J. Paxton
J. J. Paxton died at his home in Fetterman last night from consumption. He was about 55 years of age and has been employed as pattern-maker in the B. * O shops at this place for a number of years. Internment to-morrow. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Tuesday, 2 Apr. 1889; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Wade Poling -- Kicked to Death by Horse
Grafton, W.Va., Feb. 15 - Wade Poling, 18 years of age, died here today from injuries suffered when he was kicked by a horse recently at the Industrial School at Pruntytown, near here. Blows from both hoofs landed in the stomach. [The Washington times. (Washington [D.C.]), February 15, 1918, pg. 13 - TrbyKT]

Elmer Roller
GRAFTON, W. VA., August 16 Elmer Roller, bookkeeper in the National Bank, of this place, died at his home on Wilfred street, about 4 oclock last evening, of typhoid fever. The deceased was an excellent young man, about 24 years old, and leaves a wife and infant child to mourn his loss. The funeral services were held at his late residence at 8 p.m. by Rev. Maxwell, of the Baptist Church. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Sunday, 17 Aug. 1890; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Henry Sumers
A Man Killed By The Cars - Grafton, April 4,1879
Special Dispatch to the Register.
This evening a man named Henry Sumers,living at water station 96,was picking up coal on the track and was instantly killed by a freight train coming west,which he did not see or hear. He was about forty-five years of age,and leaves a wife and a large family with no means of support. Source: Wheeling Register (Wheeling,West Virginia) Saturday, April 5,1879 Transcribed by: D. Oberst

Betty Thayer
Miss Betty Thayer, sister Hon. Abel H. Thayer, of Grafton, died at her home near Walters Station last night, from pneumonia. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Tuesday, 2 Apr. 1889; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Mrs. John Thayer
Mrs. John Thayer, of West Grafton, died this afternoon at 1 p.m., after a lingering illness. She was aged about 50 years. [Wheeling Register (Wheeling, WV) Monday, 15 Apr. 1889; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Blanche A. Whitehair
Rosemont --- Blanche A. Whitehair, 75, of Rosemont, died Tuesday morning January 12, 1998 at the United Hospital Center. She was born in Taylor County, a daughter of the late Moses P. and Effie A. Wilcox Riffle. She is survived by her husband, Roland Whitehair, whom she married January 26, 1943. She is also survived by: one son, Larry Whitehair of Rosemont; two daughters, Fonda Burton of Bridgeport and Cora Spencer of Fremont, New Hampshire; one aunt, Addie Pollard of Coco Beach, Fla.; also six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by: two sons, Roland, Jr. and Jerry Lee; one brother, John S. Riffle, Mrs. Riffle was the last member of her family. She was a member of the Teens for Christ, a homemaker and has lived in the Rosemont Community for 48 years. She is buried in Flemington I. O. O. F. Cemetery.   [Unknown newspaper, c. Jan 1998, Sub. by Linda Grieg]

Carmen Whitehair
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, December 17, 1967 at 2p.m. from the Whitehair residence in Flemington with the Rev. Philip Horne officiating for Mrs. Carmen (Carmie) Whitehair 79 of Flemington, who died at 7 a.m. Thursday, December 14 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Omer McNeff of Flemington, following a long illness. Burial was in the Simpson Cemetery. Mrs. Whitehair was born in Bridgeport September 8, 1888, a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Lee Ann Jenkins Marks. Her husband Elza Lawrence Whitehair, preceded her in death. Survivors include three sons; Walter Whitehair of Clarksburg, Rolland Whitehair of Rosemont and Robert Whitehair of Flemington, three daughters, Mrs. Viera McNeff and Mrs. Mary Lee Maxwell of Flemington, and Mrs. Alberta Exline of Salem, O. one brother, Ira Marks, 27 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Three sons, Hayward, Coy and Harry Whitehair, two brothers, Albert and Charles Marks; and two sisters, Mrs. Sally Dillon and Edna Marks are deceased. Mrs. Whitehair was affiliated with the Baptist Church and had lived in Flemington all of her life. [unknown newspaper, c. Dec. 1967; Sub. by Linda Grieg]

Ellen Rose Whitehair
Ellen Rose Whitehair, age 96, of Route 1 Flemington, WV (Astor Community), passed away on Monday, January 16, 2012 at the Hospice Care Regional Center in Elkins, WV. She was born on June 29, 1915 in Taylor County, a daughter of the late John and Edna G. Pepper Jenkins.
Mrs. Whitehair is survived by nine children: sons, Donald Whitehair and wife Eulevene of Kennsington, OH, Robert Whitehair and wife Shirley of East Rochester, OH, Delmous Whitehair and wife Shirley of Flemington, Patrick Whitehair and wife Debbie of Conway, SC, and Michael Whitehair of Louisville, KY; daughters: Violet McGuire and husband William of Hanoverton, OH, Donna Westfall of Flemington, Patricia McCloy and husband Sam of Flemington, and Deloris Davis of Parsons, WV. Also surviving are 29 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 38 great great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Whitehair was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Henry Whitehair; three children, Betty Pitts, Glen Whitehair and infant daughter Diane Whitehair; and seven brothers and sisters. Mrs. Whitehair was a life-long resident of the Flemington Community, and Methodist by faith. She enjoyed crafts, especially crocheting, and also enjoyed traveling. The family will receive friends at the Bradley J. Mayle Funeral Home in Flemington, WV on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and on Thursday, January 19, 2012 from Noon until the funeral hour. Funeral Services will be conducted on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Lois Sandy Officiating. Interment will follow in the Flemington I. O. O. F. Cemetery.  The Bradley J. Mayle Funeral Home is honored to serve the Whitehair Family at this time.

Ilian Whitehair
Ilian "Lena" Whitehair, 81, of 473 Walnut Street in Grafton, died Tuesday, August 22, 1989 at Grafton City Hospital. She was born November 14, 1907, in Taylor County, a daughter of the late Curtis and Mary M. Marple Kelley. She was employed as a laborer for the Grafton Manufacturing Co. for 16 years and was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Walter W. (Delores) Patton and Helen Whitehair of Newark, Ohio; a brother, Thomas Kelley of Wetumpka, AL; three sisters, Abbie Simonetti of Pittsburgh, PA; Forrest Dottellis of Clarksburg and Roberta Tertosky of Riversville; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick E. Whitehair in May 1956; three daughters, Carrie Louise Whitehair, Lottie Whitehair and Juanita Rushing; a son, James Curtis Whitehair; a brother, Louis Kelly; and two sisters Katherine Knotts and Dorothy Sherman. Friends may call at the Hoke Funeral Chapel from 2-9 pm Thursday and from 10 am – 1 pm Friday August 25, time of services with the Rev. Edgar H. Suite officiating. Burial will follow at West Virginal National Cemetery.  [unknown newspaper, c. Aug 1989; Sub. by Linda Grieg]

Jessie Ellen Whitehair
Jessie Ellen Whitehair, 89, of Flemington Rt. 1, Astor community, died Wednesday evening, February 7, 1990, in Broaddus Hospital, Phillipi. She was born October 9, 1900, in Barbour County, a daughter of the late Elonzo and Nancy Heatherley Keener. Her husband, Homer Whitehair, preceded her in death on May 23, 1940. Surviving are two sons, Paul Whitehair, Flemington, and Charles Whitehair, Oklahoma City, OK; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Stewart, Fawn Grove, PA, and Mrs. John (Nancy) Laughlin, Flemington Rt 1, and 15 grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one son, one grandchild, five sisters and six brothers. Mrs. Whitehair attended the Astor United Methodist Church and was a homemaker. She lived in the Astor community most of her life. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, at a Flemington funeral home chapel with the Rev. James Reed and the Rev. Stanley E. Knisley officiating. Interment was in the Flemington IOOF Cemetery. [Unknown newspaper, c. Feb 1990, Sub. by Linda Grieg]

Louisa Whitehair
Mrs. Whitehair Dies At Home In Flemington
Mrs. Louisa Whitehair, aged about seventy-three years, relict of James Whitehair, of Flemington, died at her home there on yesterday afternoon about 5 o’clock. She has lived there all of her life and was a very respectable old lady, and well known throughout that part of the country. Her husband preceded her to the grave several years ago. She leaves surviving her four sons and three daughters and a score of relations. The sons and daughters are as follows: Charles Arthur, Robert, and James Whitehair, and Mrs. Ethel Messenger of this city, Bertha Fitzhugh, and Mary Whitehair. She was the grandmother of Mrs. Ernest Dawson of this city. [Unknown newspaper, January 1920, Sub. by Linda Grieg]

Mary E. Whitehair
Mary E. Whitehair, 91, of Rt. 1, New Milton, Lick Run Community, Doddridge County, WV, died Monday, September 7, 1998, on Lick Run. She was born on July 3, 1907 at Newburg, Preston County. She worked taking care of elderly people in their homes and was a member of the former Rebekah Lodge of Pennsboro. She was a member of the Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church at Finch, and had attended the Trinity U. M. Church of Pennsboro. She is survived by a son, Robert (Bob) Whitehair of Pennsboro; and three grandchildren, Lilly Whitehair of Parkersburg, Mavis (Aggie) Moore of Lick Run community, Doddridge County, and Robert D. Whitehair of Kutztown, PA, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents George W. and Tacy Bell Poling Boylan; husband, William Darrell Whitehair; brothers, Meredith, Cyrl, George, Frank and Earl Boylan; and sisters, Rev. Gertrude Messenger, and Dorothy Watkins; and six infant siblings. Services were held Thursday, September 10 at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with the Rev. Gene Kerby officiating. Burial was in Terra Alta Cemetery at Terra Alta. [Unknown newspaper, Tuesday, c. Sept. 1998; Sub. by Linda Grieg]

Ora May Whitehair
Ora May Whitehair, aged 52 years had services in the Fairview Chapel and was buried in that cemetery. She was daughter of Lafayett Costilow and Inga (Cleavenger) Costilow. Born in Taylor County, September 25, 1885, her husband was Arthur Whitehair. Daughters were Mrs. Edward Womack, Edith McCauley of Brushy Fork, Mrs. Marshall Tacy, Mrs. Mike Stonko, Betty Jean at home. She was a sister to Mrs. Robert (Ada) Whitehair. [unknown newspaper, c. 1937; Sub. by Linda Grieg]

Paul David Whitehair
Paul David Whitehair, 84, of Flemington, WV, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 28, 2011, at his residence surrounded by his family.
He was born May 31, 1927 in Flemington, WV, a son to the late Homer S. Whitehair and Jessie (Keener) Whitehair. In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by one brother, William Whitehair; and one sister, Nancy Laughlin.He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Garnetta L. (Riffle) Whitehair, whom he married on September 2, 1950; one daughter, Paulette L. Whitehair, of St. Albans, WV; one sister, Helen Stewart, of Fawn Grove, PA; one brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Marge Whitehair of Edmond, OK; and several nieces and nephews.
Paul lived in the Flemington Community all of his life and attended Flemington Schools. He was drafted in 1945 and served his country proudly in the United States Army during WWII, serving 12 months in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1947.
He worked for the B & O Railroad for 18 years and then went on to work as a truck driver for 33 years for Purolator Courier Corporation until his retirement in June of 1992.
Paul was one of the original members of Grace Baptist Church, Bridgeport. He served in various offices in the church throughout his life. Paul loved sharing his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and his salvation testimony with everyone.Family will receive friends at the Grace Baptist Church, 1010 Oral Lake Road, Bridgeport, on Monday, from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Tuesday. A funeral ceremony will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jeff Vaughan, Pastor Stanley Knisley and Pastor Howard Harper presiding. Interment will follow at the Flemington I. O. O. F. Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the Harrison County Honor Guard and Camp Dawson Honor Guard.  [Unknown newspaper, Tuesday, October 2011; Sub. by Linda Grieg]

Robert Whitehair
Flemington -- Robert Whitehair, 74, of Flemington died on Sunday, August 29, 1999 at his home. He was born June 14, 1925 in Taylor County, son of the late Lawrence and Carmie Marks Whitehair. He is survived by his wife, Maxine Riffle Whitehair, whom he married on August 3, 1949 – 50 years ago. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Darla Whitehair of Beckley, W. Va., David and Mary Whitehair, of Rosemont and John and Maria Whitehair, of Flemington; two daughters, Jeanne Bell of Bowie, MD and Mrs. Leroy (Robin) Stanley, of Flemington; one twin brother, Roland Whitehair of Rosemont, three sisters, Mary Lee Maxwell, of Galloway, W.Va., Vieva McNeff, of Clarksburg and Alberta Exline, of Salem, Ohio; eight grandchildren: Robbe and Jeremy Whitehair, Nathan and Isaac Whitehair, Kristan, Karolyn and Kelly Davis, Adam Raschella; four step grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: four brothers, Hayward, Harry, Coy and Walter. Mr. Whitehair was a Protestant by faith, worked for 22 years for the West Virginia Department of Highways and has lived in the Flemington community all of his life. Burial will follow in the Simpson Cemetery.  [Unknown newspaper, Tuesday, c. August 1999; Sub. by Linda Grieg]

Rose Marie Whitehair
Rose Marie Whitehair, age 78 of Columbia, SC, formerly of Grafton, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2012.  She was born in Grafton, November 24, 1933, a daughter of the late Thomas Peters and Flora (Shahan) Peters. Her first husband, Sgt. Major David Whitehair preceded her in death. She is survived by her current husband, Ronald Hall of Columbia, S. C.
Also surviving are: her son, Rev. David Whitehair and wife Amanda, of Columbia, SC.; one brother, Thomas Peters and wife Joan, of Grafton; one sister: Betty Robinson of Grafton; three grandchildren: Spec 4 David Whitehair, Lacie Whitehair and Halie Whitehair; and one great-granddaughter, Rylee Whitehair. Friends may call at Bartlett Funeral Home 202 McGraw Ave, Grafton on Thursday from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 9, 2012, at the funeral home with Rev. David Whitehair officiating. Interment at Woodsdale Memorial Park.   [Unknown newspaper, March 2012; Sub. by Linda Grieg]

Willard L. Whitehair
Willard L. Whitehair, 57, of 602 View Ave, Fairmont died 9:45 p.m. Saturday in the Fairmont General Hospital. He was born February 20, 1916 at Flemington, a son of the late Benjamin and Mona Whitehair. He is survived by his widow, Delsie Vandergrift Whitehair; two sons, Robert Lee Whitehair, Fairmont and Ralph Whitehair, St. Augustine, Fla; three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Moore, Copley, Ohio, Veda Willis, at home, and Mrs. Marie Carne, Fairmont; two grand- children and one cousin, Mrs. Madge Cold, Flemington. One sister and one brother is deceased. [Unknown newspaper, Tuesday, October 9, 1973; Sub. by Linda Grieg]

M. B. Wolverton
Munday, P.O., Wirt county, W. Va., March 15 - Mr. M. B. Wolverton died at his home in this place last week. The cause of his death was supposed by the physician to be heart failure. He was born in Taylor county, W. Va., on May 30, 1832. He left Taylor county with his father when about sixteen years of age, and went to Calhoun county, where he lived about ten years, then returned to Taylor county. He was married August 18, 1859, to Miss Mary J. Rogers. he lived at various places in West Virginia, and came to this place in 1877, where he lived until the time of his death. he leaves a wife and seven children, all grown. [Wheeling Register, March 19, 1896 - Transcribed by AFOFG]






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