Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Obituaries continued

John G. Williams
, 86, of Mesa, Ariz., died in his home October 2, 1979.
He was born February 4, 1893, in East Pike Run Township, a son of William M. and Matilda Watkins Williams, and was a lifelong member of Taylor United Methodist Church.
A farmer and businessman in Florida from 1920 to 1962, he moved to Arizona following his retirement.
In 1913 he was married to Marjorie Pepper of West Pike Run Township, who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Marion Murphy of Franklin, M.C.; a brother, David Williams of Homestead, Fla.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Three sisters, Jane W. Binns, Florence Stitt and Irene Williams, and a brother, Roger Williams, are deceased.
The funeral was held October 6 in Mesa, followed by private cremation. A graveside service will be conducted in Taylor Cemetery, Centerville, at 12:15 pm Sunday Oct. 21 bu the Rev. Robert Flack.

Marjorie P. Williams,
82, of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Centerville, died in her home Friday, January 18, 1980.
She was born in 1897 in West Pike Run Township, a daughter of J. William and Dora Allman Pepper.
She was a lifelong member of Taylor United Methodist Church, and had resided in Arizona the past 18 years.
In 1913, she was married to John g. Williams. He died October 2, 1879.
Surviving are a daughter, Marian W. Murphy of Franklin, N.C.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were a sister, Mrs. Stella Taylor, and three brothers, Taylor, Clinton and Eugene Pepper.
The funeral will be held in Mesa, followed by cremation. A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Robert Slack in Taylor Cemetery, Centerville, at 12:15 pm Sunday, Feb 3.

Dorothy Taylor Enlow
, 72, of 200 North Wade Avenue, Washington, died Sunday, October 14, 1979, at 11 am in the Washington Hospital Extended Care Facility.
She was born July 25, 1907, in South Strabane Township, a daughter of John R. and Eliza Jane Taylor.
She was a graduate of the East Washington Schools and Lindenwood College in St. Charles, MO. Following her graduation from Lindenwood she taught in the McKeesport schools.
She was past president of the Washington Lions Auxiliary, a member of the Current Events club of Washington, DAR, the ladies of Supreme Council, the Women’s Auxiliary of Washington Hospital, YWCA, and Neighborhood House Association.
In Greensburg on June 15, 1932, she married Charles E. Enlow, who survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Barbara, wife of Richard H Piatt, and Mary Jo, wife of David R. Andrews, both of Washington; three sisters, Helen T. Dinsmore and K. Jane Taylor or Washington, and Sarah, wife of William Bennett of Bridgeville; and six grandchildren, Jennifer and Julie Andrews, Laura, Richard Jr., Debra and Charles Ralph Piatt.
Deceased are two sisters, Gertrude Taylor and Elizabeth McMillen.

HATCHE – funeral card
Harriet Hatche
, date of death June 5, 1980, services from Stewart-Kyle Funeral Home, clergyman Rev Kenneth Hayes, burial Park Lawn Cemetery, Jamestown, PA

Lloyd O. Hart
, 88, of 114 North Wade Avenue, Washington, died at 5:35 pm Tuesday, September 12, 1978.
He was born February 19, 1890, in Butler County, a son of William C. and Katherine EllenbergerHart.
A resident of Washington all his life, he belonged to the Church of the Covenant. He taught Berean Bible Class at the Third Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years.
A veteran of World War I, Mr. Hart belonged to World War I Veterans, Washington Barracks No 676. He was also a member of Edwin Scott Linton Post No. 175.
Mr. Hart belonged to Washington Lodge No. 164, F & AM, Washington. In 1920 he was worshipful master. He also held membership in Washington Royal Arch Chapter no. 150, Washington Council No.1, Royal and Select Masters; Jacques DeMolay Commandery No. 3, of which he was past commander; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh; United States Premier Conclave Red Cross of Constantine; Syria Temple of Pittsburgh and the Legion of Honor of Syria Temple.
He received the 33rd Degree in 1940 and was a member of the Supreme Council Group of Pittsburgh.
Mr. Hart was district deputy grand master of the 29th District of Pennsylvania over 25 years.
In 1970 Mr. Hart graduated from West Washington High School. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1911 and received his degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1914. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1914.
Mr. Hart was the oldest living member of the Washington County Bar Association and was past president of the organization. He also belonged to the Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations.
He was active in the local YMCA for more than 60 years and for more than 25 years was president of the YMCA board. He was a founder of Camp Buffalo.
Mr. Hart was also a member of the Washington rotary Club for more than 40 years.
On May 24, 1918, he married Bertha Mae Zediker, who died April 14, 1958.
Surviving are a son, William C. Hart of Franklin Farms; one daughter, Jean, wife of Dr. William D. Cleland of Port Huron, Mich.; seven granddaughters; and nine great-grandchildren.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Obituaries continued

Allen D. Gray,
89, of Petaluma, Calif, formerly of Oil City and Centerville, died Saturday, July 8, 1978, in Petaluma.
He was born November 24, 1888, in Wheeling, W. VA., son of John e. and Emma Davis Gray.
He was a graduate of Carnegie Technical Institute and United States Steel’s Pittsburgh Academy. He was employed as a design engineer for the Oil Well Supply Co., a division of United States Steel, retiring in 1954.
He is survived by his wife, Ina Thistlethwaite Gray, whom he would have been married to 60 years this year; two sons, Allen D. Gray Jr., Denver, Colo, and John H. Gray, Scottsdale, Ariz; three daughters, Eleanor Wolfe, Oloee, Fla., Ruth Luzena, Mill Valley, Calif., Mildred Arehart, Columbus, Ohio; three brothers, John, Walter, and Clarence, all of St. Petersburg, Fla; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Gray – Funeral notice
Friends of Allen D. Gray
, of Petaluma, Calif., formerly of Centerville and Oil City, who died Saturday, July 8, 1978 in Petaluma, Calif, will be received in the Greenlee funeral Home, Beallsville, on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Services will be held Wednesday, July 12, at 1 pm. Burial in Taylor Cemetery.

Richard S. Cowan, O-R General Manager, Dies
Richard S. Cowan,
vice president and general manager of the Observer Publishing Co., died Sunday at 1:30 am in Washington Hospital, where he had been a patient since March 25. He was 67.
Mr. Cowan, who lived at 471 Third Street, Washington, joined the newspaper in 1947 as controller.
He became secretary-treasurer of the company in 1953 and was elected vice president in 1968. He was appointed general manager in 1976, on the retirement of James s. Lyon.
Mr. Cowan graduated from Washington High School, where he was president of the Class of 1929, and entered Washington and Jefferson College. He graduated from W & J in 1933 and received a fellowship in the department of economics, earning a master’s degree in 1936. While in college he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
He joined the former Citizens national Bank (now Mellon Bank) in 1937 and remained there until he joined the Observer Publishing Company.
Mr. Cowan served a year as president of the W & J General Alumni Association and was on the executive committee four years. He also headed the Washington County Alumni Association for a year.
He was a past president of the Washington Jaycees and the Washington Rotary Club and past president and campaign chairman of the Central Washington county United Way. He was also active in behalf of Pony League Baseball, the Washington YMCA and the American Red Cross.
Mr. Cowan served on the boards of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association and the Washington County Branch of the Pennsylvania Economy League, and was a past director of the Greater Washington Area chamber of commerce.
He was a member and had been an elder and a deacon in the Church of the Covenant. He was also a member of the Sunset Lodge No. 623, F & AM; 32nd Degreed, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Pittsburgh, and Washington Elks Lodge No. 776.
Mr. Cowan was born April 16, 1911, in Waynesburg, a son of the late Walter Cowan and Ocile Wiley Cowan, of Washington, who survives.
He was married March 24, 1940, to Flora Dale Miller, who survives.
Also surviving are one son, Dr. Richard S. Cowan Jr., chairman of the business Administration Department of Waynesburg College and a Greene county commissioner; one brother, Walter B. Cowan, Washington; one sister, Marjorie, wife of Walter Mollenauer, Rockaway, NJ, and two grandchildren, Ann and Richard S. Cowan III.

Richard Lee Thistlethwaite
, 51, of Minneapolis, Minn., formerly of Centerville, died Friday, July 7, 1978, in Minneapolis.
He was born August 16, 1926, in Centerville, a son of Miles Lee and Margaret Webeck Thistlethwaite.
He was a member of the church Evangelical Free Church, Minneapolis, a Koran War Veteran, a graduate of Washington High School, Washington and Jefferson College, Loyola University, Chicago, Ill., and was employed as a textile chemist in charge of quality for the Munsingwear Co., Minneapolis, Minn.
He was also a member of the American Society of Quality Control, the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, the Munsingwear Management Club, the Toastmasters International, American Legion Post 523, Golden Valley, Minn., the Illinois F & AM 921, Zuhrah Temple of Minneapolis, the York Rite at Lake Harriet, the Knights Templars, and Zuhrah Shrine Boosters.
Surviving are his wife, Betty (Theon) Thistlethwaite; one daughter, Deborah Lynn, both of Minnesota, two sisters, Betty, wife of Ronald Pettit, Washington, and Elaine, wife of Lloyd Knestrick, Washington, D.C.; two step children and three step grandchildren.

Thistlethwaite – funeral notice
Friends of Richard Lee Thistelthwaite, of Minneapolis, Minn, who died Friday, July 7, 1978, will be received in the Greenlee Funeral Home, Beallsville, Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Services will be held Thursday, July 13, at 1 pm in charge of the Rev. Raymond Jones of the Faith United Presbyterian Church. Burial in Taylor Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association.

Joseph U. Bigler
, 77, of 623 Donnan Avenue, Washington, died at 7:30 am Wednesday August 1, 1979, in the Washington Hospital after a short illness.
He was born October 17, 1901, near Scenery Hill, a son of Charles and Ella Donson Bigler.
He attended the Myers School, Scenery Hill High School, airplane mechanic school in Chicago and automobile mechanic school in Kansas city and had been associated with the oil and natural gas industry prior to his retirement.
On May 1, 1956, he married in Williamsburg, VA, to Gertrude Dicks, who survives.
Also surviving are a sister, Ruth , wife of Ranson Watson of Waynesburg R.D. and a nephew, Donald b. Watson of Houston, Texas.

NEWELL – funeral card
Elma D. Newell
, born February 11, 1901, died September 6, 1978, services at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, clergyman – Dr. H. Arthur Stephenson, burial Hillcrest Memorial park

Daniel M. Martin Sr
., 77, of 711 North Franklin Street, Washington, died Saturday, February 17, 1979,at 1:15 pm in Washington Hospital.
He was born in Paris, June 2, 1901, the son of James R. and Beulah Maude Wilson Martin. He lived his entire life in Washington.
He was employed at Jessop Steel for 25 years as an electrician. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. For 27 years he was scoutmaster for Troop 3 of the Boy Scouts. He was a member and past president and secretary of the Washington Camera Club, a member of the CB’s Senior Citizens Club, A.A.R.P., and the Washington and Greene county covered Bridge Association. He served on the Washington School board for six years.
He was married September 7, 1920, to Emma e. (Betty) Cummins of Midway, who survives.
Also surviving are four daughters and two sons; Margaret, wife of Charles Reynolds of Garden Grove, Calif., Beulah, wife of Robert W. Brownlee of Washington, James W. Martin of Spokane, Wash., Daniel M. Martin Jr. of Washington, J. Arlene wife of Walter Berry of Washington, J. Eileen, wife of Thomas Scott of Sunderland, Mass.; two sisters, Emma, wife of Kenneth Weirich of Canonsburg, Elsie, wife of Carol Knoke of Sun City Center, Fla.; one brother, Charles E. Martin of Fort Charlotte, Fla.; 22 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Elma Lora Hill
, 67, of 127 National Road, Fredericktown RD 1, died unexpectedly Sunday, December 21, 1980, in her home.
She was born August 24, 1913, in Centerville, a daughter of George and Flora Ward Hill. She was descendant of a pioneer family.
Miss Hill graduated from Centerville High School and California State College, and taught in the Richeyville and Beth Center schools. She was an active life member of Mt. Zion Methodist Church Women and Eliza Blair Bible class.
Miss Hill also was a member of the Deemston Grange, California University Women Old Trails Business and Professional Women’s Club and Retired Teachers Associations of Washington County and Pennsylvania.
Surviving are a sister, Enid Hill Miller of Fredericktown RD 1 and two nephews, Robert H. Miller of Cranford, NJ and Paul L. Miller Copley Ohio.
One sister, Iva Hill, is deceased.

Sunday, May 17, 2009


James R. Braden
, 74, a former Washington County school administrator, died at 4:15 am Saturday, February 26, 1977, in Washington Hospital after a three-week illness.
He was born August 27, 1902, in Ten Mile, a son of Dr. Leroy S. and Emma Sharp Braden. At the time of his death he lived at 755 East Maiden Street.
Mr. Braden attended the one-room Pleasant Hill School and graduated from Washington High School. In 1928 he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington and Jefferson College. He received a masters degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1938.
He formerly taught at Union High School, Burgettstown, and from 1936-46 was principal of Trinity High School. Twenty-three of his 43 years in education were spent as an assistant superintendent of Washington County schools – from 1946 to 1969. In June, 1969, he retired from this position. From 1969 to 1972, he served as court administrator of the Washington County Courts.
A member of the City Planning Commission, he served on the Washington County Retired Teachers Association and was a member of the Pennsylvania and National Retired Teachers Associations.
He taught Sunday school and served as an elder at the Church of the Covenant, where he was a member. He was a member of the Washington Presbytery Ministerial Relations Committee.
A member of the Washington Kiwanis Club for more than 32 years, he also belonged to the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He was a member of the civil War Round Table of Washington, D.C., and helped organize a local chapter of the Civil Was Round Table.
On June 6, 1938, in Washington, he married Camilla Adams, who survives along with a son, Dr. James A. Braden of Washington, D.C.; two daughters, Jean Claire, wife of Gary Reeder of Montoursville, and Camilla Margaret, wife of Patrick Briley of Barrlesville, Okla.; and three grandchildren.
A sister, Hazel Bennett, is deceased.

Vera Yorty Buckingham
, 64, of Bridgeville, died Sunday, December 16, 1979, in St. Clair Hospital.
She was born May 17, 1915, in Centerville, a daughter of Norman D. and Tryphena Scott Yorty.
Surviving are her husband, William Buckingham; three daughters, Donna Klemm, Marian Johns and bilie Byers; three sisters, Thelma Hill, Sara Roberson and Helen Montgomary; one brother, George Yorty, and 10 grandchildren.

Dr. David McCarrell Dunbar
, 81, of 418 Leonard Avenue, Washington, died at 5 am Wednesday, February 22, 1978, in Washington Hospital after a short illness.
He was born August 19, 1896, in Elderton, a son of the Rev. Joseph W. and Leila McCarrell Dunbar.
A member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, he was also an avid outdoor sportsman.
Dr. Dunbar was a practicing physician since 1924, beginning in the Buffalo Village and West Middletown area, later moving to Washington. He was the oldest practicing physician in Washington County.
A graduate of Chester High School, he graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1919, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, and from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, in 1923, where he was a member of Alpha Kappa Kappa medical fraternity.
He served his internship in Allegheny general Hospital, Pittsburgh, and was a member of Washington county Medical society, Pennsylvania Medical Society and American Medical Society. He was a staff member and former president of the staff of Washington Hospital.
Dr. Dunbar was a 50-year member of the University Club of Pittsburgh, and a member of Vaux Lodge No. 454, F & AM Burgettstown.
On September 14, 1929, he was married in Chester, W. Va., to Helen Allison, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, David M. Dunbar Jr., at home; one brother, Joseph S. Dunbar, martins Ferry, Ohio; and four nephews, Albert and Richard Rabenstein, Washington, Joseph S. Dunbar Jr., Martins Ferry, and Richard Dunbar, New York City. One sister, Mary D. Patton is deceased.

Rosetta K. Thomas
, 78m of 2894 Unclemorse Avenue, Akron, Ohio, died Sunday, November 6, 1977, in Akron.
Born March 6, 1899, in Lawrence County, Ind., she lived most of her life in Washington prior to moving to Akron six years ago.
She was employed at the Washington office of Mellon Bank for 32 years.
Surviving are two stepsons, David Earl Thomas of Frostburg, MS., and F. Lee Thomas of Akron, Ohio; two step-daughters, Eleanor Martins of Frostburg, Md., and Mrs. Anna Jenkins of LaBale, Md.; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be held in the Prentice Funeral Home, 1154 Kenmore Boulevard, Akron, Ohio, at 1 pm Wednesday, with the Rev. Dale O. Smith officiating. Interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Creta Sargent,
79, of 220 Dague Road, Brownsville, died at 11:30 pm Wednesday, February 4, 1981, in Brownsville General Hospital.
She was born September 19, 1901, in Centerville Borough, a daughter of Joseph and Emma Hess Harrison.
She was a member of Taylor United Methodist Church and order of Eastern star, California.
Surviving are her husband Francis (Buck) Sargent, and several cousins.

Mrs. Peggy Paxton Esler
, 61, of Miami shores, Fla., formerly of Houston, died Tuesday, August 5, 1980.
She was born April 12, 1919, in Canonsburg, a daughter of Hugh B. and Merle Wallace Paxton. She was a former member of the Houston United Presbyterian Church. A graduate of East Washington High School, she also attended Westminster College.
Mrs. Esler was employed by Linsley Lumber Co. in Miami, Fla.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Patricia Amberg and Mrs. Amy Brock, both of Port Charlotte, Fla.; on brother, Hugh W. Paxton of Houston; and two grandchildren.
A twin brother, Joseph is deceased.
Services and burial will be held in Miami, Fla.

O’DONNELL (appeared in a 1977 paper – no date)
Francis O’Donnell
, Former Brownsville Banker, Dead
Francis H. O’Donnell, 73, 60 Shenango St., Sharpsville, formerly of Brownsville, died at 4:30 am today in Sharon General Hospital following an extended illness.
He was born Feb 6, 1904, in Centerville, a son of William D. and Mary Horner O’Donnell.
Mr. O’Donnell attended East Bethlehem Twp High School and was graduated from Chalfant Business College, Brownsville. He also had attended Seddon’s Secretarial School.
He was a 50-year member of Brownsville Lodge 60, F & AM., Uniontown Lodge of Perfection, American Association of Retired Persons and the First Presbyterian church of Sharpsville.
Mr. O’Donnell was a retired banker and began his career in Brownsville, August, 1933, at the former national Deposit Bank and later helped organize the First national Bank of Brownsville of which he had been cashier.
He moved to Sharpsville in 1955 as cashier at the First national Bank of Sharpsville of which he was later president. The bank was later merged with the McDowell National Bank of Sharon of which Mr. O’Donnell had been a vice-president and member of the board of directors, retiring in 1966. He remained on the bank’s Sharpsville advisory board.
In 1976, he was honored by the Pennsylvania Banker’s Association for more than 50 years of membership.
While residing in Brownsville he had been active in many civic and community organizations and had served as treasurer of the local Salvation Army service unit.
He had been a trustee of the former First Presbyterian Church of Brownsville.
Survivors include his wife, the former Rebecca Warren whom he married May 30, 1927.
Also surviving are three sons, William W. of Sharon, James A. of North Canton, Ohio, president of the United National Bank of Canton and F. Scott of Steubenville, Ohio, banking commissioner for the state of Ohio; a daughter, Mrs. Altha Brady, Greenville, and nine grandchildren.

Herman E. Robison
, 73, of 951 Old national Pike, Brownsville, died at 6:25 am Monday, August 16, 1976, in Brownsville General Hospital.
He was born August 25, 1902, in Somerset Township, the son of Jacob and Sadie Hill Robison.
He was a resident of the Centerville area for 47 years, and was a member of the Centerville United Methodist Church.
Mr. Robison was in the grocery business for 50 years, having worked for the Pittsburgh Mercantile Co. for five years in the 1920s followed by five years of employment with the Kroger Co.
He owned and operated stores in Centerville and Malden for 30 years, and was employed by the Ranch Market in California for six years. In 1975, he retired from Sheehan’s Ranch Market, California.
Surviving are his widow, Sara Yorty Robison; two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Ann) Miller and Miss Sandra Robison, both of Akron, Ohio; a sister, Miss Estella Robison of Beallsville; a brother, Alva Robison of Akron, Ohio and four grandchildren.

Hilda Hopkins,
79, of Washington County Health Center, formerly of West Pike Run Township, died at 4:30 pm Friday, August 1, 1980, in the health center.
She was born June 28, 1901, in West Pike Run Township, a daughter of Loren and Ella Williams Hopkins.
Surviving are a sister, Zelda McClatchey, and a brother, Gaylord Hopkins, both of Belle Glade, Fla.
One brother, Irwin Hopkins, is deceased.

Lewis Vincent Cochran
, 52, of 2442 Broadlawn Drive, Upper St. Clair, formerly of Centerville, was dead on arrival at St. Clair Hospital at 6:49 pm Thursday, September 28, 1978, of an apparent heart attack.
He was born August 29, 1926 in Clarksville, a son of Dean A. and Pearl M. Lancaster Cochran.
Mr. Cochran was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a member of Delta Sigma Pi. He was a regional claims manager for Chubb, Inc.
A Pittsburgh resident for the past 19 years, he belonged to Bower Hill Community United Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Cochran was a U.s. Army veteran of World War II and a member of elks Lodge No. 776 Washington.
Surviving are his wife, Roberta Ganoe Cochran, and three brothers, Edwin S. Cochran of Alexandria, Va., J. Maurice Cochran of Pleasant Hills and Donald L. Cochran of Carmichaels.

COCHRAN – funeral card – Clergyman – Dr. William Phillipe, burial La Fayette Memorial Park

Ina Thistlethwaite Gray
, 89, of Petaluma, Calif., formerly of Centerville borough, died Saturday, January 19, 1980, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
She was born December 29, 1890, in Centerville Borough, daughter of Elmer Timothy and Lizabeth Watkins Thistlethwaite.
Surviving are two sons, Allen d. Gray of Denver, Colo., and John H. gray of Scottsdale, Ariz.; three daughters, Eleanor Wolfe of Oloee, Fla., Ruth Luzena of Mill Valley, Calif., and Mildred Arehart of Columbus, Ohio; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Her husband, Allen D. Gray, died July 8, 1978.

GRAY – funeral notice
Friends of Ina Thistelthwaite Gray of Petaluma, Calif., formerly of Centerville Borough, who died Saturday, January 19, 1980, are being received in the Greenlee Funeral home, Beallsville, Tuesday, January 22, from 10 to 11 am., the hour of services, with interment in Taylor Cemetery.

Obituaries continued

Hazel Ann Peters
, 85, of 104 East Katherine Avenue, died Friday, March 7, 1975 in Washington Hospital following a lingering illness.
She was born May 23, 1889 in Ohiopyle, Fayette County, the daughter of Newton Willard and Alice Mary Bryner Rush, and lived in Washington since she was four years old.
She operated a grocery story on East Katherine Avenue until 1967, and had previously operated a dairy farm.
She had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Washington for more than 63 years.
In 1915 she married Theodore C. Peters, who died in 1936.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
Two brothers, Merrill P. Rush and Edgar L. Rush; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie V. Bryant and Mrs. Alice I. Watson are deceased.

Civic Leader Dead [died 6-29-1975]
Frank N. Stoner, 75, of Alverton RD 3, died Sunday morning in Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg. He was born May 9, 1900, in Alverton, the son of the late Lyman and Permelia Null Stoner.
He was a farmer in the Alverton area, and was a member of the Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church. He had served in the Army during World War I, was educated in the former East Huntingdon School District, and had attended Otterbein College. He was a member of the World War I Scottie Barracks No. 419, the American Legion Post 240, the Pleasant Valley Grange, and the Pennsylvania Economy League.
He was serving as director and vice president of Scottdale First National Bank, where he had worked for the past 35 years. He was a past director of Union Mutual Insurance Company, was a past member of the Selective Service Board (during World War II), the Scottdale-Mt. Pleasant Rationing Board, and Scottdale Rotary Club. He also served for six years with the Soil Conservation Service.
He was a promoter for the Scottdale YMCA, and was a past member and chairman of the East Huntingdon Township Planning commission, a past member of the East Huntingdon School Authority, and had served one term as an East Huntingdon school director. He was also a past director and member of the Westland Dairymen’s Cooperative Sales Association.
He was the first president of the Westmoreland County Agriculture Extension Association, serving for 10 years. He was awarded the Pennsylvania Master Farmer Award in 1957 and was the second Westmoreland county farmer to receive the award.
Surviving are his widow, Jessie Tedrow Stoner; three daughters, Mrs. Harold (Betty) Griffin of Chocranton, Mrs. Regis (Jane) Jackson of Greensburg, and Mrs. David (Virginia) Hill of Williamsville, NY.; four sons, Frank M. Jr. of Scottdale, Earl Richard of Alverton, John L. of Annarbor, Mich, and Robert T. of Greensburg; 20 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Friends received at the James Murphy Memorial Home, 303 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale, Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the memorial home with the Rev. Kenneth M. Lashen officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Tarrs.
Murphy Memorial Home, Scottdale, in charge.
The family requests that friends make contributions to Scottdale YMCA in memorium of Mr. Stoner.

Mrs. Lula A. Henry
, 92, of 121 Springfield Avenue, Washington, died at 9:25 p.m. Monday, July 16, 1973.
She was born September 10, 1880, in Houstontown.
Mrs. Henry had been employed for 12 years as a matron at the Washington County Juvenile Home.
She was a member of the Jefferson Avenue United Methodist Church where she taught the Overcomers Sunday School Class for many years. She was a member of Lady Hogue Rebekah Lodge No. 102, and Dames of Malta Lodge No. 127.
Her husband, Calvin Lewis Henry, died September 10, 1935.
Surviving are six sons, Mack R. Henry of Washington, Willis w. Henry, Chaplin, S.C., Wallace (Bob) Henry, Washington, Vance Henry, Eighty Four R.D. 2, H. Calvin (Bud) Henry, Columbia, S.C., and Harry Carlton (Tort) Henry, Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Grace Kettering, Greensburg, and Mildred, wife of Charles W. Hamilton, Washington; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. One son Rush S. Henry died August 14, 1939, and a sister also deceased.

Robert F. Litle Sr
., 60, Sheraton Drive, Washington, died at 2 a.m. Thursday, February 12, 1976, in Washington Hospital where he had been a patetient since las December.
Mr. Litle was born February 26, 1897, in Washington, a son of William A. and Minnie McClelland Litle.
He attended Washington schools and Washington and Jefferson College before being called for World War I and service in Europe.
Following World War I , he began work with his father at the W.A. Litle Lumber Company in Washington and remained with the company until his retirement in the mid 1950s. On retirement of his father from the firm following World War II, Mr. Litle operated the lumber company as a partnership with two brothers until the company was sold in 1965.
Mr. Litle was a member of First Christian Church, Washington, and was a charter member of the Washington Kiwanis Club, Pittsburgh.
He served on the Board of Trustees of the Washington Hospital from 1939 and was named a Trustee Emeritus on January 15, 1974. He was also a retired member of the advisory board to the Washington office of Mellon National Bank.
Surviving are his widow, Ella Mollenauer Litle; a son, Robert F. Litle Jr., Copperas Cove, Texas, a retired Colonel from the U. S. Army; two sisters, Miss Helen Litle and Marian, wife of Sheldon H. Kelley, both of Washington; two brothers, William M. Litle, Washington, and J. Francis Litle, Zanesville, Ohio; two grandsons, Michael G. Litle and Gregory E. Litle, both of San Francisco, Calif; a great grandson and several nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Milton M. Allison
, 86, formerly of 355 Duncan Avenue, Washington, died at 5:05 p.m. Monday, September 22, 1975, in the South Hills Convalescent Center.
He was born May 5, 1889, in Canonsburg, the son of Jesse Spencer and Nancy Jane Kennedy Allison.
He attended Princeton Theological Seminary; Columbia University, N.Y. and Muskingham Academy, Ohio. While at Columbia he was the Pittsburgh Alumni Scholarship man.
He organized the Brooke County Bible Teachers Training course in 1928, and from 1934-35 served as official investigator for the state archivist of Pennsylvania.
His historical research gained him listings in index volumes, the Bibliography of Pennsylvania History and an American Historical Association citation.
In the years 1937 to 1952, he served a term as pastor and treasurer of the board of trustees at Knoxville College, served as field secretary for Illinois at the National Council of Civic Recovery and was commissioner to the general assembly in New York.
Before coming to Washington in September, 1957, he spent 16 years in the ministry in Ohio, and was Minister of Visitation at Church of the Covenant from 1957-70.
He was a member of Wellsburg Lodge No. 2 F&AM Kiwanis International, Chartiers Historical Society, Upper Ohio Valley Historical Society and the Fortnightly Club of Washington.
On July 26, 1919, he married Elizabeth Osborne Laing, who died May 25, 1971.
Surviving are a son, Lt. Col. (USAF Ret) Samuel A. Allison, Washington; two daughters, Jane, wife of Dr. Leonard A. Graham of Chicago, Ill., Virginia, wife of G.H. Brevoort of Louisville, Ky.; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Romaine Theakston
, 85, of Farmington, Conn., formerly of Washington, died Wednesday, August 3, 1977, in Farmington where she had resided for the last three years.
Born in 1892 in Centerville, a daughter of William and Cora Welsh Theakston, she was a graduate of Florida State University and had taught mathematics and science in the Washington Seminary.
She was later employed by St. Margaret’s school in Tappanhannock, Va.
Surviving are four nephews, Andrew Linn Jr., Joseph Linn, summers Hunter and Richard Hunter.

THEAKSTON – funeral announcement
Graveside services for Romaine Theakston of Farmington, Conn., formerly of Washington, who died Wednesday, August 3, 1977, will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday August 14, at Taylor Cemetery, Centerville. Arrangements are in charge of the Greenlee Funeral Home, Beallsville.