Monday, May 4, 2009

More Washington County Obits

Dr. George Everett Hastings
, 64, a native of Washington county and author of the recent book, “Sally Hastings,” died suddenly Sunday night at his home in Fayetteville, Ark.
Dr. Hastings was born October 27, 1878, in Deemston Borough, a son of Frank L. and Matilda Fulmer Hastings.
Dr. Hastings was graduated from Southwestern State Normal School at California, now California State Teachers College in 1900. He attended Washington and Jefferson College for two years and then went to Princeton, from which he was graduated in 1904. After taking post-graduate work at Columbia University, he received his doctorate from Harvard.
He was employed for a number of years by the Bell Telephone company in Pittsburgh and later taught at Shattuck Military academy, Faribault, Minn. At the time of his death he was dean of the English department at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Mary Rudolph Hastings and three sisters, Miss Anna Hastings and Mrs. Thomas Overholt, both of Baden, of Washington county, and Mrs. B. Frank Emery, Washington, PA.

Prominent Washington Woman Succumbs Here
Mrs. George B. Davis
, 57, died at the home of her brother, Vincent Brown, 110 Gibson Avenue, at 5 o’clock this morning. She had been a resident of Washington for the past 20 years and was a member of the Nazareth Baptist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post No. 651.
Mrs. Davis is survived by two sons, Charles and Vincent Brown, both of Washington; one brother, Luther Hudgins of Matthews, VA.; four sisters, Miss Ella Hudgins, Matthews, VA., Mrs. Daisy Twine, Mrs. Lula Short and Mrs. Amanda White, of Newport, R.I.
Friends will be received at the late residence until time for the funeral services, which will be conducted at the Nazareth Baptist Church on Monday at 2 p.m., with the Rev. R. H. Rucker in charge. Burial will be made in Washington Cemetery.

Centerville friends have received word of the death of Dr. Lester H. Bayne, 76, who resided at 788 Cherry Avenue, Long Beach, Calif.
A retired dentist, he was born in Washington County, and moved to Long Beach, Calif., 33 years ago. He had practiced in Centerville, Washington, Scenery Hill, Jefferson and Marianna.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge, 888, and the Neptune Lodge, 619, F & A M and was a past president of the Executive Association. He was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.
Surviving are his wife, Nora, one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Fisher, Long Beach; and three sons, James S., Long Beach, Calif.; Dr. Donald Bayne and Capt. Lestor H., Jr., USAF; one sister, Mrs. Essie Breese, Long Beach; three grandsons and one great-grandson.

Bayne – Funeral Card
Memorial service for Lester H. Bayne, DDS born Washington County, PA, passed on September 19, 1953, Long Beach, California. Service held at Mottell’s Chapel, September 23, 1953 – 4:00 pm. Officiant Long Beach Lodge # 888, B.P.O.E. and Rev. Robert B. Shattuck. Interment private Mottell’s Crematorium, soloist: Henri Scanlon, Organist: Gene Driskill.

Jess Woodfill
, 58, died at his home on the National Highway, west of Centerville, at 11:20 am Saturday of heart trouble.
He leaves his wife, Mary Floyd Woodfill; a daughter, Helen, at home; and the following brothers and sisters; Miss Sally Woodfill, Miss Annie Woodfill, Lee, Charles and will, all of Centerville; Frank of Wilkinsburg, and Ollie of Rochester, N.Y.
Funeral was at the home at 2:30 pm today in charge of the Rev. W. H. Wetzel, pastor of the Beallsville, M.E.C. Church, assisted by the Rev. J. A. Forgie, pastor of the Centerville M.E. Church. Additional services will be in Taylor M.E. Church at 8 pm. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery.

Centerville Youth Dies Early today
Jesse Yorty
Victim of Accidental Shooting at Home
When a shotgun he was carrying to shoot rats was accidentally discharged last evening Jesse Yorty, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Yorty of Centerville and a Telegraph newsboy received the full charge in his left side. He died in the Washington hospital at 4:40 am today.
The boy, with a smaller brother, Raymond, had gone to the rear of their home on Main Street, to shoot rats. Raymond drew away from his brother to watch a fire truck on its way home from a California firemen’s parade. Suddenly he heard the discharge of the shotgun and his brother cry out in pain and turned to see his brother fall writhing to the ground.
The lad was rushed to the Washington hospital where after examination of his wounds no hope was given for his recovery. The slugs from the shotgun had cut his left hand into ribbons and caused a gaping wound in his left side.
Just how the accident occurred no one has been able to learn. The younger brother was the only person near him at the time and was not able to tell how the accident occurred as the gun went off as his attention was drawn to the passing fire truck.
The body was returned to the Yorty home today. Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.
Jesse had been a faithful newsboy for a number of years, was widely known in the Centerville district.
In addition to his parents he is survived by the following brothers and sisters; George, Raymond, Thelma, Sarah, Dorothy, Vera and Helen.

Mrs. Olla Gertrude Jones
, 61, wife of Harry A. Jones, died at her home in Centerville Borough at 3 am, Sunday, Nov 17, 1940. She had been in ill health for the past three years due to a stroke and last Tuesday she was again stricken.
Mrs. Jones was born Dec 16, 1878 in Centerville Borough. She was a member of Centerville Methodist Church.
Surviving besides her husband, are four daughters; Mrs. Gene Baldwin of Omaha, Neb.; Mrs. C.c. Brooks, of Carmichaels; Mrs. George Sloan, of Richeyville, and Mrs. William Peach of Roscoe; three sons, Clarence Jones, of Moultrie, Fla., and Harry W., and Walter W. Jones, at home, and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Jones home with the Rev. L. A. Robinson, pastor of Centerville Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in maple Creek Cemetery.

Frank Baker
, 60, of 707 Crest Avenue, Charleroi, died in the Allegheny General Hospital this evening at 7 o’clock succumbing after a three weeks’ illness.
Mr. Baker was born near Fredericktown, a son of James and Mary Garrett Baker. He was widely known in Washington County. He had followed the trade of stone mason and brick layer.
Mr. Baker leaves his wife, Mrs. Jennie Baker, and the flowing children; Mrs. Muriel Jones of Charleroi, R.D.1.; Mabel, Helen, Lloyd, Paul and Russell Baker, all at home. Jess Baker, of near Erie is a brother, Mrs. Ora Hill of Centerville, and Mrs. Effie Hill, of Pasadena, California, are sisters.
The body will be brought to the late home. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

LEEPER [July 10, 1941]
Charles Ernest Leeper, 57, died at 6:15 pm yesterday at his home, Fredericktown, R. D. 1. He was a son of the late Hiram and Harriet Leeper and was born at Deemston February 10 (?) , 1884.
He leaves his wife, Mabel Wilson Leeper; three sons, Audrey, Fredericktown, R. D. 1.; Glenn, Baltimore and Roger, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Snyder, Beallsville and Evelyn, at home; a brother, Walter, Vestaburg; a sister, Mrs. P. B. Dever, Denbo, and five grandchildren. Two children, Kenneth and Dorothy, are deceased.
Private rites will be at the home tomorrow at 2 pm with the Rev. Mr. Miller, pastor of the Mt. Zion Methodist church, officiating. Burial in Beallsville Cemetery.

Mrs. Jennie Barnard Ward
, 69, widow of LeMoyne Ward and native of East Bethlehem township, died early Thursday of a heart ailment in a Charleston, W. Va., hospital.
Mrs. Ward was born near Clarksville, the daughter of Ignatius and Eliza Stintler Barnard. She lived in the Fredericktown section until going to Clay county, W. Va., 25 years ago. For a number of years her husband operated the Fredericktown ferry.
She leaves four sons, George B., Ralph W. Kenneth e., and LeMoyne, Jr., all at home; Mrs. Weidon Harshman, Fredricktown, and a sister, Mrs. Emma Barnard, Clarskville.

HILL – funeral card
Memorial services for Mrs. Ella Blair Hill. A native of Washington County, Pennsylvania. Date of passing August 19, 1943. Service held at Orange Grove Chapel, C. Hal Reynolds & John W. Eberly Mortuary. Saturday, August 21, 1943 – 3:30 pm. Officiating Dr. J. Andrew Hall. Grace Eckerman – soloist. “In the Garden,” ”No Night There” Lora Perry Chesnut – Chapel Organist. Interment Private.

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