Thursday, June 4, 2009

Obituaries and Birthdays

BAKER (article appeared Monday Oct 8.)
County Seaman Killed While En Route Home
U.S. Navy man, Paul (Skip) Baker, of Centerville, was killed in an automobile crash Saturday near Romney, W. VA., in which four other sailors were killed.
Baker and the other navy men were en route to their homes or the homes of friends on a 72-hour weekend pass from the Naval Air Station at Norfolk, VA. The accident occurred at approximately 3 am when their speeding automobile skidded on a rain-soaked highway and crashed into a tractor-trailer loaded with 12 tons of coal.
Airman First Class Baker, 19, was a son of Clayton Baker, Centerville, and Mrs. Eugene Combs of Richeyville. He graduated from Centerville High School with the class of 1950.
He was born July 22, 1932, at Centerville, and was a member of Centerville Methodist Church.
Besides his parents he leaves a sister, Mrs. Evelyn Giffin, of Centerville; two brothers, William Baker, of Brownsville, and Kenneth Baker, of Martinez, Calif., and a step-sister, Sally Zaring, of Richeyville.
The accident report states a sixth sailor was tossed out of the auto just before it crashed into the truck and was slightly injured.
State Police Sgt. L. W. Kelly said the automobile was traveling at an excessive rate of speed on a straight stretch of U.S. Route 50 seven miles east of Romney when it went out of control on the wet surface.
The dead were Kenneth Ray, Newcomber, 19, Uniontown, PA.; Paul G. Baker, 19, West Brownsville, PA.; M. L. Soukup, 17, Ellsworth, Kans,; Millard F. Blood, 17, Ticonderoga, N. Y., and George A. Bischoff, 20, 938 Kirkbridge Street, Pittsburgh.
James E. Galderice, 20, Uniontown, PA.; was tossed out of the auto and was found walking dazed along the highway. He was taken to Cumberland Hospital where he was treated for shock.
Four persons, including a baby, were riding in the cab of the tractor-trailer but escaped injury. They included the driver, Lee Shobe, New Creek, W. Va., his sister, and her husband and their baby daughter. The truck was undamaged.
Shobe told State Police the sailors auto went into a long skid and he had time to pull over and stop on the shoulder of the highway before the crash.

BAKER – funeral notice
Friends of Paul Baker
, U.S. Navy, of Centerville, who died Oct 6, 1951, will be received at the home of his mother, Mrs. Eugene Combs, House 174, Richeyville, where funeral services will be held Tuesday Oct. 9, 1951, at 2 pm in charge of Rev. J. C. Cox, pastor of the Centerville Methodist Church, and Rev. D. C. Robbins, pastor of First Methodist Church of Brownsville. Burial will be in Westland Cemetery. John B. Greenlee, Beallsville, funeral director.

G. Dempsey Deaves
, 87, died in his home at Centerville, Monday June 21, 1954 at 1:30 am after an illness of several years.
He was born in West Bethlehem Township March 7, 1867, a son of Rev. A. H. and nancy Evans Deaves.
Mr. Deaves was Centerville’s oldest resident, having lived there since he was three months old.
He followed painting and farming.
He was a member of Centerville Methodist Church.
His wife Elta Mae Deaves, died in 1952.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Guy L. Horne, of Centerville, and Mrs. Walter F. Gray, of Waynesburg; three children are deceased. He leaves three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Mary L. Cleaver of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

William Woodrow Buckingham
, 65, of Bridgeville, died Wednesday, March 25, 1981, in St. Clair Hospital, Pittsburgh.
He was born June 21, 1915, in Marianna, a son of William and Laura Baker Buckingham.
Mr. Buckingham was employed by Universal Cyclops Corp., retiring in 1970. He was then employed by Mayview State Hospital, retiring in 1979.
His wife, Vera Yorty Buckingham, died in December 1979.
Surviving are three daughters, Donna Klemm of Greencastle, Marian Johns of Freedonia and Billie Byers of Herndon, VA.; two brothers, John Buckingham of Alabama and Guy Buckingham of Meadville; three sisters, Mary Crawford of Fredericktown R.D. 1, Evelyn Hartman of Florida, and Mildred Buckingham of Albuquerque, N. M.; and 10 grandchildren.

BUCKINGHAM – funeral notice
Friends of William Woodrow Buckingham
of Bridgeville who died Wednesday, March 25, 1981, will be received from 7 to 9 pm. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Saturday, March 28, with the Rev. D. Michael Minter officiating. Burial in Beallsville Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association.

Lawrence W. Bailey
, 81, of 229 North Wade Avenue, Washington, died Tuesday, February 24, 1981, at 1 pm in Washington Hospital.
He was born October 6, 1899, in Washington, a son of Henry and Emma Swart Bailey.
Mr. Bailey was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. He was a retired employee of Pittsburgh national Bank and attended East Washington High School and Carnegie Mellon University, (then Carnegie Institute of Technology).
Mr. Bailey was a member of Washington rotary, Washington Lodge 164, F & AM, Washington Royal Arch Chapter No. 150, Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Pittsburgh, and Syria Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. He was a director of the Salvation Army, a member of the Washington county Historical Society and the Edwin Scott Linton Post 175, American Legion. He was a veteran of World War I.
On August 6, 1971, in Merritt Island Fla, he married Lois Walker, who survives. Also surviving is one niece, Mrs. Caryle (Margot) Maw of London, England.
Two sisters, Inez Bailey and Lena Bailey Bell, and one brother Harry Bailey are deceased.

BAILEY – funeral notice
Friends of Lawrence W. Bailey
, 229 North Wade Avenue, who died Tuesday, February 24, 1981, will be received Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm and Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm in the Richard H. Piatt Funeral Home, Richard H. Piatt, supervisor, 130 East Wheeling Street, where services will be held Friday, February 27, at 11 am in Charge of the Rev. H. Walton Voight, Interment in Washington Cemetery, Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Directors.

There are few people who can say they have lived through the terms of 19 U.S. presidents, seen the inventions of electricity and automobiles, and witnessed too, the first manned lunar landing.
Sarah Jane Andrews, of 600 Addison Street, is one person who can say she has seen all of those things. She will be 99 today.
Born July 22, 1875, in Mercer county, the former Sarah Jane Bromley came to Washington 84 years ago, where with her family, established the first general store in the area.
Just before the turn of the century, Sarah Jane became a teacher in West Washington, and can remember the construction of the present county courthouse in 1900.
Mrs. Andrews is one of seven children, and she, along with her younger brother Ray, are the only two family members surviving.
On July 24, 1901, she married John S. Andrews, who is deceased. She had three children, Miss Mary Thistlethwaite, Miss Jean Andrews and Ray Andrews, all of Washington. There are four grandchildren, one grandchild is deceased and seven great-grandchildren.

W. P. Wilson Marks 98th (1976)
W. P. Wilson
of 325 Duncan Avenue, Washington, quietly observed his 98thbirthday in his home Monday, Oct. 18.
Retired circulation manager of the Observer Publishing Company, where he was employed for over 50 years, Mr. Wilson resided with his daughter, Jean Robinson.
A number of birthday remembrances were received from relatives and friends during the day, including floral tributes and a pumpkin pie. Mr. Wilson reported that he spent a “pleasant and happy day.”

Mary B. Conner
, 86, formerly of 23 South College Street, died at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, 1977, in the Washington Hospital Extended Care Facility after a lingering illness.
She was born December 12, 1890, in Mt. Pleasant Township, Washington County, a daughter of William John and Cora Belle McCalmont Conner. She was a member of the Faith United Presbyterian Church and the Deborah Circle of the church.
A retired employee of Mellon National Bank, she attended Washington schools, Washington High School, and graduated from the Washington Female Seminary with the class of 1911.
She belonged to the Daughter of the American Revolution, Lincoln Chapter no. 112, Order of the Eastern Star, Current Events Club and the Washington County Historical Society.
She was the last of her immediate family.
Surviving is a cousin, Mrs. Ethel Manson of Washington.
Deceased are two brothers, Walter W. and Carlton A. Conner. A sister, Florence Genevieve, and a brother George, died in infancy.

Mrs. John F. McClay
Rose Price McClay, 94, of 364 Burton Avenue, Washington, died at 2 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 1975, in the Jane Francis Nursing Home, Ravenna, Ohio.
She was born October 29, 1880, in Canton Township, a daughter of W. W. and Lucinda Clark Price, and had resided in Washington her entire life.
She was a member of Faith United Presbyterian Church and a past member of the Child Welfare Circle.
Her husband, John Ferguson McClay, died February 12, 1947.
Surviving are six daughters, Ruth M. Herwick, Ravenna, Ohio; Margaret M. Baumberger, Washington; Alice M. Siegfried, Mt. Lebanon; Eleanor Britton, Palm Springs, Calif; Sarah E. Stewart, Washington, and Josephine Meighen, with whom she made her home. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A son, Thomas C. McClay is deceased.

Ross E. Richardson
, 78, of 103 Oak Street, Bentleyville, died Tuesday, may 27, 1975, at 8:45 a.m. following an illness of 18 months.
He was born January 4, 1897, in Bentleyville, a son of John Elliott and Ruth Crumrine Richardson.
He was a former employee of the Bethlehem Mines Corporation, retiring in 1963 after 47 years of service.
He was a member of the Bentleyville United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his widow, Gladys Dague Richardson; two sons, Dr. Ross E. Richardson or Eighty Four, and James E. Richardson of Monroeville; one sister, Ether B. Richardson of Bentleyville; two grandsons and one granddaughter.
Three brothers, I. Barclay, Wayne W., and Charles K. Richardson, are deceased.

Harold C. (Buzz) Sharp
, 66, of 330 Shirls Avenue, died at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 1975, in Shadyside Hospital.
He was born in West Newton, a son of William Hallam and Ethel May Squibb Sharp.
Mr. Sharp was a resident of Washington since 1935. He was a member of the church of the Covenant, a past elder, a past trustee, and a past superintendent of the Sunday school.
He was a graduate of Monessen High School and a 1932 graduate of Grove City College. Mr. Sharp was a member of F and AM Sunset Lodge 623 and was a retired employee of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
On September 16, 1933, he was married to Ethel M. Purvis, who survives.
Also surviving are, one son, the Rev. William J. Sharp, Sunset Beach, Calif.; one daughter, Nancy, wife of Thomas W. tucker, Glendale, Calif.; one sister, Vernice, wife of Victor Renno, Sarasota, Fla.; one aunt, Jess Sharp, and one uncle, James Sharp, both of Mt. Lebanon and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Ralph H. Burt, (Elsie May Humbert Burt),
81, of 809 North Main Street, Washington, died at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 1971, in Washington Hospital, following complications from an illness in 1958.
She was born in Washington March 6, 1889, a daughter of the late Peter Preston and Nancy Sherrard Humbert, and was a resident of Washington all her life.
Mrs. Burt was a member of the Church of the Covenant, Washington Chapter 409, Order of the Eastern Star, and an active member of the Martha Paul Bible Sunday School Class and the Current Events Club as long as her health permitted.
On June 14, 1911, she was married to Ralph H. Burt, who died Feb. 26, 1964.
Surviving are four children, Florence, wife of Russell L. Kimberland, and Harold H. Burt, both of Washington, Elinor, wife of Arthur Kowell, Cumberland, Md., and Ralph H. Burt Jr., Butler; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Thomas and Joseph Humber, and one sister, Martha Jane, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Elizabeth Neale
, 85, of 290 Low Hill Road, Brownsville, died at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, February, 7, 1973 in her home.
Born July 19, 1887 in Centerville Borough, she was a daughter of Oliver and Annie Taylor.
She was a member of the Taylor United Methodist Church of Centerville and was past president of the United Methodist Women of the church. Active in church affairs, she was a Sunday school teacher for many years and served as church pianist.
Her husband, Charles H. Neale, died May 39, 1953.
Surviving are one son, Edwin E. of Brownsville; four grandchildren and five freat-grandchildren.

Margaret Grimes Wolf
, 95, formerly of Centerville died at 11:05 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 1974, in Washington Hospital. She had been a patient in McMurray Hill Manor Nursing Home.
She was born April 22, 1878 in West Brownsville to William S. and Elizabeth Dorsey Grimes. Her husband, Harry H. Wolfe died January 28, 1974.
She was a member of the Centerville United Methodist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Katharine Klingensmith, Ormond Beach, Fla. and Rheyma Fox and Elizabeth Bushyeager, both of Mt. Lebanon; a sister, Martha Crowthers, Detroit, Mich; a brother, Paul, Brownsville R.D.2; two grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mary Thistlethwaite Fisher
, 69, of Fredericktown, R.D.1, Centerville Borough, died at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 1969, in Magee Hospital, Pittsburgh.
She was born December 5, 1899, in Centerville, a daughter of Elmer T. and Lizabeth Eleanor Watkins Thistlethwaite.
Mrs. Fisher was a graduate of Centerville High School and was also a graduate of Indiana Normal School with the Class or 1919. She taught school for two years until her marriage, August 17, 1921, to William Fisher, who survives.
Mrs. Fisher was a member of the Centerville United Methodist Church, and was also a member of the WSCS of the church.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two sons: William Jr., of Washington, and Harold T., of Waukegan, Ill.; one daughter, Jean wife of Ralph H. Smith, of Glendale, Ariz.; one sister, Ina, wife of Allen D. Gray, of Seneca; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dr. Raymond E. Filby
, 76, of 700 Fayette Street, Washington, died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 1973, in Washington Hospital.
He was born May 7, 1896, in Greene County, a son of Samuel and Minnie Estella Carrel Filby.
Dr. Filby was a member of Broad Street Baptist church. An ordained deacon of the Baptist Church, he taught the Baraca Sunday School class of the church for many years.
A 1917 graduate of California State Normal School, he taught in Amwell Township in 1917-18, and in Noscoe Hall, 1930-31. In 1920, he graduated from Universal Chiropractic college, and had practiced chiropractics since that time. He attended Duquesne University in 1947.
Dr. Filby was a member of the American Chiropractic Association, Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association, Pennsylvania Chiropractic Association and the Allegheny county Chiropractic Association.
A veteran of World War I, he was a member of American Legion Post 175.
He served one term as school director in Washington.
June 29, 1921, he married Violet Lewis, who survives.
Also surviving are a brother, John C. Filby, and a nephew, John Filby, both of Billings, Mont. A son, Samuel E. Filby is deceased.

Rev. Hedley A. Burrell
, 73, a former pastor at Mt. Prospect Presbyterian Church and retired Salvation Army officer, died Saturday, January 20, 1973 in the Salvation Army Retired Officers Residence, 210 5th Street, Asbury Park, N.J.
He was born in Neyland, South Wales, and immigrated to Canada in 1912. He graduated from the Salvation Army Training college in Toronto in 1921, when he was commissioned an officer.
During World War I, he served with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces and served two years overseas.
Mr. Burrell came to the United Stated in 1928 where he served 10 corps appointments in various locations. He retired from Salvation Army duty in 1964. From 1964 until 1971, he serves as pastor at the Mt. Prospect Presbyterian Church, Thomas.
Surviving are his wife Linnie; one son Master Sergeant Hedley D. Burrell, Canon Air Force Base, Clovis, N.M.; four daughters: Mrs. Muriel Clay, Washington Boro; Mrs. Ruth Laws, Fr. Lauderdale, Fla.; Mrs. Marian Fritz, Barrington, N.J., and Mrs. Mrytle Brownston, Delta, Ohio; one brother, Colin Burrell, Toronto; one sister, Mrs. Marian Pearce, Toronto, and 17 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Salvation Army Citadel, Asbury Park, N.J. Burial will be held in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, N. Y.

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