Stella E. Workman, 97, of Peebles, passed away Dec. 16, 1995, at Eagle Creek Nursing Center in West Union. She was born May 22, 1898, at Mineral Springs, in Adams County near Peebles, the daughter of the late Elmer and Laura (Nichols) Smalley. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Workman, in 1969; two sons, five brothers and two sisters. She is survived by one daughter, Bertha Thompson of Hillsboro; three granchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was a member of the Rarden Methodist Church. Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Brooke-Lafferty-Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Peebles with the Rev. James Davis officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.
Adams County has lost another of her oldest and most respected citizens in the death of Alexander Mitchell Wright, of North Liberty, who answered Death's silent summons last Thursday night after a gradual failing of energy for several weeks. He was born in Cherry Fork, Oct. 9, 1818, and there spent his entire life of more than 88 years. He was reared on a farm back of town and there spent his early manhood. In 1841 he married Susannnah Plummer who died in 1875. To them were born three sons, William N. (deceased), John L., now a physician at Peebles, and Jas. T., an engineer at Winchester. In 1877 he married Mrs. Jane Williams who survives him. At the age of 19 he learned the smith trade and for the last 30 years he has lived in town and conducted a gun and general repair shop, where he displayed the mechanical ability and originality of the high order. All through life he enjoyed remarkable health, never ceasing active work at his trade till a few months before his death. An enthusiastic gardenter and lover of flowers, through the summer his yard was a bower of beautiful flowers and plants. Health and physical bigor into old age where the matter of pride with him. Temperance in al things, industry, freedom from the use of tobacco or alchoholic stimulants, purity in life -- to these he gave much credit for his preservations far beyond the alloted three score and ten. Endowed with the strong spiritual nature, he united in early life with the Dessenter church, afterwards with the Seceders, in both of which he was an elder for years, and after the dissolution of the latter he united with the Presbyterian church in Eckmansville where he was a member till his death. He was the last survivor of the old family of Wrights who settled Cherry Fork and reclaimed it from the wilderness. About 103 years ago his grandfather came out of Kentucky back of Maysville and settled with his family in Cherry Fork when all was a wilderness inhabited by Indians. His nearest white neighbor lived where Decatur now stands, eight miles away. Here he puchased a large tract of land from the government, made clearings and built a water mill on almost the spot where Lewis Hunter's mill now stands. When a boy Mr. Wright made trips with his father and brothers to Maysville, Ky., which was their nearest trading point, with their stock, grain and produce, selling them at prices which might seem incredibly low to children of this day. Winchester was then a village of only three houses. He and his six brothers were members of the famous "Underground Railway" which enabled many poor slaves from Kentucky to reach freedom in Canada before the Rebellion. Mr. Wright's last surviving brother, James, died about six years ago near North Liberty as the ripe old age of 91, and the deed for the original tract purchased from the government was recently found among his papers. Samuel Wright, who for years kept the Bank Hotel on Main street, West Union, was ___ [paper torn at end of article]
The Adams County Record, West Union OH; 29 Jun 1905
Howard Shultz "Sparky" Young was born November 12, 1921 in Monroe Township near West Union and departed this life on Feb 18, 2001, at the age of 79 years, 3 months, and 6 days. After graduation from West Union High School in 1940, he worked for Roy C. Mosier until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942. He served his country both in the U.S. and overseas until his honorable discharge on February 1, 1946. As a staff sargeant, he received the following awards; Good Conduct Medal; Campaign Medal with two bronze stars; W.W. II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal with three battle stars; and Meritorious Unit Award. Upon his discharge from the army, he worked for Roy C. Mosier and Ella Dorton as a farm implement mechanic. From 1960 until his retirement in 1984, he worked for McGovney Construction Co. and Ferguson, Inc., as a construction equipment mechanic. On October 17, 1953, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Jane Lloyd. They shared 47 years of marriage and had three loving daughters. He was a member of the West Union Christian Union Church; West Union American Legion Post #100; lifetime member of Ohio Operating Engineers Local #18; and a lifetime member of the 12 Armored Division, 134th Maintenance Battalion. A hardworking, kind, caring, and sensitive man, he was a friend to all who knew him. He was a loving husband, a kind and generous dad, and a papa who was special to each one of his grandchildren. He was the oldest son of Bert O. and Mary Shultz Young. He is survived by his wife Phyllis and three daughters; Marilyn Newman, Connie Bradford, and Debbie Newman. Also surviving are three sons-in-laws; David Newman, Ronnie Bradford, and Larry Newman; three grandchildren; Wesley Newman, Rachel Newman, Sarah Newman, and one step-granddaughter, Amy Bradford. He also leaves one brother, Edward Young; three sisters, Martha Ralston, Geraldine Buchner, Grace Young; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Young and Virginia Satterfield, one brother-in-law, Robert Buchner; several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Ione Mosier.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. for Thomas Arthur Armstrong, 51, who died at his home near Dunkinsville Sunday [09 Apr 1949] at 9 a.m. Mr. Armstrong, who was a brick mason, for some years was employed by Portsmouth Works, Wheeling Steel Corp. For the last 10 years, he had lived on a farm for his health. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mildred Armstrong; a daughter by a former marriage, Mrs. Alma Drake of New Boston; two grandsons; one brother, George, of Sabina; five sisters, Mrs. Minnie Brownless of Sabina, Mrs. Edna McCann of Charters, Mrs. Dora Evans of West Union Rt. 1, Mrs. Letha Meredith of Mt. Orab, and Mrs. Ada King of Hillsboro. The last rites will be conducted at Trefz Funeral Home with the Rev. Thomas Kerr in charge. Burial will be in Locust Grove Cemetery.
Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth OH; 11 Apr 1949
Edna Mae Bayless, age 86, of Hillsboro, died Thursday, April 27, 2000 at the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. She was born March 1, 1914 near West Union, the daughter of the late James F. and Myrtie Belle (Roush) Bissinger. She was a member of the Hillsboro Bible Baptist Church. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Ann Ross of Waverly, Aletha Fenner, Judy and Don Crago, Glenna and Dave Burkard, Janice and David Smith, all of Hillsboro, sons and daughters-in-law, Ed and Vickie Bayless and Dale and Joan Bayless, all of Hillsboro, one brother, Donald Bissinger of West Union, seventeen grandchildren, fourteen greatgrandchildren, one greatgreat-grandson, several nephews and one niece. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Oscar Black, on December 19, 1941, her second husband Carey L. Bayless on May 9, 1982, one grandson, Michael Ross, two brothers, Glenn and Sherwood "Woody" Bissinger and two sons-in-law, Dwayne Fenner and Bobby Ross. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Hamer Township Cemetery with Dr. D.R. Lamb officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland County Society for Children and Adults, 318 Chillicothe Avenue, Hillsboro, Ohio 45133 or to the charity of donor's choice.
Chris Bazler, 18, of West Union, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 1998, at the University of Cincinnati Hospital in Cincinnati. He was born Aug. 20, 1980, in West Union. He was a member of the senior class at West Union High School and a cook at Long John Silver's restaurant in Georgetown. Survivors include his parents, Tim Bazler of Peebles and Vickey Bazler of West Union; one sister, Jessica Eileen Hayslip-Holbrook; paternal grandmother, Edith Bazler of Rarden; four uncles and two aunts. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Lafferty Funeral Home in West Union, with Ronnie Green officiating. Burial will follow at the East Liberty Cemetery near Lynx. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 9, 6-9 p.m., at the funeral home.
Catherine Louise Beekman, 71, of 87 Second St., Peebles, died 10:58 a.m. Sunday [May 9, 1993] in the emergency room at Pike Community Hospital, Waverly. Born April 20, 1922, in New Holland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Charles Clyde Stulley and Emma Katherine Farmer. On Dec. 15, 1945, she married Charlie J. Beekman, who preceded her in death on March 7, 1972. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Charles E. Stulley, Richard H. Stulley and Ellis J. Stulley; and one sister, Verna Mae Stulley; and four stepdaughters, Versie Pauline Rollins, Elsie C. Hart, Eva Jean Hart and Esther C. Roosa. She is survived by three stepsons, Leonard Beekman of Sycamore, Ohio, Vessie "Newt" Beekman of Findlay, Ohio, and Dale Beekman of Bushnell, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Hazel Burgett of Peebles; 19 step-grandchildren, 35 step-great-grandchildren, six step-great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Luther (Helen) Donahue and Ada Bowman of Waverly; and one brother, Lloyd E. Stulley of Waverly. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Boyer Funeral Home, Waverly, with the Rev. Mason Dyke officiating. Burial will follow in Waverly Evergreen Union Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home today (Tuesday) from 4 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the service hour.
Charles Ray Boldman, 38, of Lucasville, died Monday, Aug. 23, 1999. He was born Nov. 7, 1960, in Peebles, OH, the son of Johnny and Clarice (Daulton) Boldman of Peebles. He attended the Antioch Church. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. He is survived by his wife, Tonya Estep Boldman of Lucasville; one daughter, Kendra Nicole Boldman of Bridgeville, DE; one step-daughter, Lisa Dunaway of Lucasville; two brothers and sisters-in-law; Russell and Gail Boldman of Peebles; Carl and Dorothy Boldman of Peebles; two nephews, Jeremy and Matthew Boldman of Peebles; one niece, Lindsey Boldman of Peebles; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, 1999, at the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Peebles. Burial in Antioch Cemetery.
Russell Boldman, 78, of Blue Creek, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, in Georgetown OH. He is survived by one son, Eugene Boldman and wife, Sharon, of Blue Creek; one brother, Truman Boldman, of Peebles; and two grandchildren, April Sparks of West Union and Amber Godwin of Blue Creek. He has four great-grandchildren, Jessica, Miranda, Levi, and Kaylee. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, who died in 1983. He was buried at White Oak Cemetery.
Helen Jane Bradford, 79, of Winchester, died Tuesday, Oct 17, 2000, at the Adams County Hospital in West Union. She was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Adams County, the daughter of the late John Ernest and Sylvia B. (Downing) Day. She was a member of the Cherry Fork Presbyterian Church, graduated from the University of Cincinnati cum laude and taught school in the Winchester and Cherry Fork School systems. Survivors include her husband, Chester Bradford of Winchester, two sons, Don Bradford of Santa Monica, Calif., and Jack Bradford of West Union; two grandchildren, Michael and Amanda Bradford; one great-granddaughter, India Jane Bradford; and one niece, Laura Reeves. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Graveside services were held Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Cherry Fork Cemetery, with Gene Williams officiating. Visitation was held Friday, Oct. 20, at the Bradford-Sullivan Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Greater Cincinnati Chapter, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026 Cincinnati, Ohio 45203.
Albert W. Branham, 89, of Peebles, passed away Thursday, May 18, at Adams County Hospital. He was born in Peebles, October 13, 1905, the son of Jack and Fannie Jude Monroe Branham, who preceded him in death. Also, preceding him in death was his wife, Sarah Liston Branham, who he married December 31, 1923, and passed away February 27, 1942. He later married Ocie Dauglton, December 16, 1942, and she preceded him in death January 26, 1995. He was also preceded in death by two sons, Russell and Donnie Branham; and two daughters, Pauline Cook and Thelma Branham. Mr. Branham was a retired self-employed farmer, timber and sawmill operator, an avid trapshooter and attended the Antioch Baptist Church. Surviving are one son, Jack Branham of Eugene, Oregon; two daughters, Jean Frost of Peebles and Marjorie Augsburger of Middletown; a stepduaghter, Kathryn McFarland of Peebles; one brother, Sam Branham of Otway; one sister, Ethel Williams of Peebles; 21 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 21, at the Wallace-Thompson Funeral Home in Peebles, with Bill Christman officiating. Burial was in the Wamsley Cemetery.
Ocie Mae Branham, 89, of Turkey Creek Community [Adams Co], died Thursday, January 26, at the Adams County Hospital in West Union. She was born February 26, 1905, in Adams County, a daughter of the late Richard and Martha Tomlin Daulton. Survivors include her husabnd, Albert Branham of Peebles; one son, Jack Branham of Oregon; three daughters, Kathryn McFarland and Wilma Jean Frost of Peebles and Marjorie Augsburger of Middletown; one sister, Hattie Hayslip of Circleville; 18 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. Services were held Monday January 30, at the Church of God in Peebles, with Rev. Robert Rose officiating, and interment in Locust Grove Cemetery under direction of Brooke Funeral Home in Peebles.