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Sanborn, Clarence

Funeral services will be held here Tuesday for Chalres L. Sanborn, 40, father of 10 children, who committed suicide late Friday night at his home in New Lexington by firing a shotgun blast into his heart. Sanborn had been employed at the New Lexington foundry and was described as highly nervous. He had been under treatment at the Athens hospital for the mentally ill until a year ago. Sheriff Clair Butts said Sanborn sat on the edge of his bed and tripped the trigger on the gun with his foot. He was a member of the United Brethren Church here and was affiliated with Crooksville Aerie of Eagles, No. 1979. Surviving are his widow, Mary Ervin Sanborn; two sons, Jackie and Richard, and a daughter, Peggy, all of the home; five stepdaughters, Mrs. Donald Brown and Mrs. Albert Brown, both of this City; Mrs. Ernest Norris, New Lexington; Mrs. Chester Storts, New Lexington, and Mrs. Fred Drumm, Columbus; two stepsons, Howard and Robert of the home, and five sisters, Mrs. James Burley, Mrs. Georgia Wright, and Mrs. Frank Savage, all of this city; Mrs. Richard Hughes, London, O., and Mrs. Elsie Liff, of Zanesville. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in United Brethren Church with Rev. J. E. Huston, officiating, and burial will be made in Crooksville Cemetery. Friends may call at the residence Sunday evening.

Source: Unknown

Sanborn, Jack

Jack L. Sanborn, 71, of 124 Somerset St., New Lexington, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at Sunbridge Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. Born Feb. 6, 1930, in Crooksville, a son of the late Clarence and Mary Ann Erwin Sanbrown. He was a retired employee of Ludowici-Celadon Tile Co., where he had worked for 41 years and a member of United Pentecostal Church of New Lexington. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Barbara Shreves Sanborn, four daughters, Mrs. Jackie (Cleve) Burgess of New Lexington, Mrs. Nancy (Clarence) Hutchens of New Lexington, Mrs. Sharon (Terry) Phillips of New Lexington and Mrs. Robbin (Douglas) Clemons of Keyeser, W. Va.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Richard of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters, and four brothers. Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Chute-Wiley Funeral Home, 118 S. Jackson St., New Lexington, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Richard Young officiating. Burial will be in Rehoboth Cemetery.

Source: Unknown

Sanborn, Marilyn

Marilyn Sanborn, 51, of New Lexington, died Monday Feb. 11 at her home following a two-year illness. She was born Oct. 16, 1933 in Moxahala, a daughter of Ina Robinson Musick of Corning and the late Elza Musick. Mrs. Sanborn, a lifetime resident of New Lexington, was employed by Hamilton Standard of New Lexington, was a member of Bristol United Methodist Church and the church choir. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Richard of the home; two sons, Mike of Zanesville and Rick of Bristol; three brothers, Donald of Newark, Jack of Lancaster and Larry of Columbus; three sisters, Mrs. Violet Pauline Demp of Congo and Miss Rose Ann Musick of New Lexington and four grandchildren. Friends called at the Roberts Funeral Home in New Lexington where services were held with the Rev. Joseph Burnett officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memory Gardens near New Lexington.

Source: Zanesville Times Recorder, February, 1985

Sanders, Colleen J.

A funeral service for Colleen J. Sanders, 84, of Thornville will be held at 1 PM on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home with Pastor Patricia Abdalla officiating. Burial will follow at Wilson Cemetery.  Mrs. Sanders, a homemaker, passed away on June 15, 2012 at Arlington Care Center. She was born on September 29, 1927 to the late Clarence and Gladys (Bishop) Johnson in Newark, OH.  She is survived by her husband of 65 years, John Sanders; daughter, Terre (Larry) Lane; grandchildren, Richard (Julie) Asmo, Robert (Susan) Asmo and Michelle (Steven) Sirmans; great-granchildren, Cailin Asmo, Chandler Adams, Justin Adams, Jessica Sirman, Tanner Asmo, Payton Asmo and Paige Asmo.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Lloyd.  Mrs. Sanders was a member of the Ohio Eastern Star and the Thornville Methodist Church.  The family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 11-1 PM at Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St., Newark, OH.  Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, OH 43058-0430.  The Sanders family requests that all online guestbook condolences be signed at and click obituaries/guestbook entry.

Source:  (Newark Advocate, June 17, 2012)

Schull, Charles H.

Mr. Schull, 82, Junction City, died Sunday a. m. at Good Samaritan Hospital, where he had been a patient two weeks.  He was born August 5, 1881 at Washington Court House, a son of Henry and Lavina Seifert Schull. He was a retired pressman of the Ludowici – Celadon Co. He was a member of the Junction City Methodist Church and of its Men’s Brotherhood.  Survivors are his wife, Cleo; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Wednesday p. m. at the Junction City Methodist Church with Rev. Willard Noce Officiating. Burial will be made in the New Lebanon Cemetery by the Thomas Funeral Home, Somerset. 

Undocumented Scrapbook Clipping.  Dates taken from our cemetery and death publications.  (1881-1964)
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Scott, Matthew

Died – In this city on Tuesday evening last, at 6 ½ o’clock, Mr. Matthew Scott, merchant of this city, aged 72 years. Mr. Scott was born in the city of Kilkenny, Ireland and emigrated to the U. States about 50 years since, and resided in Baltimore and in Perry County, Ohio prior to his removal to Burlington.

Source:  (Burlington (Iowa) Hawk Eye, June 27, 1850)

Scott, Mrs.

Mrs. Scott, widow of Rev. Moses Scott, aged 80, lately died at her home in Jackson Township. 

Source:  Athens Messenger, May 8, 1879​
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Seals, Marilyn Jean

Seals Infant Dies of Pneumonia-New Lexington, O.-Marilyn Jean Seals, 18 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Seals of near Dixie, died at the home at 4 p.m. Sunday of lobar pneumonia.  Funeral services will be from the Birkimer funeral home, Mill Street, city, Tuesday afternoon with burial in Maplewood cemetery, here.

Source:  The Times Recorder, Zanesville, Oh, January 23, 1940
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Seiler, Celia Clark

Mrs. Celia Clark Seiler, of Hollister, formerly of Shawnee, died in Grant Hospital in Columbus, Tuesday of last week following an operation for the removal of gall stones. Mrs. Seiler, accompanied her sister, Mrs. Mark Rothery, to the hospital several days previous. She was found to be suffering from gall stones but did not undergo an operation until Tuesday. Mrs. Seiler has been in poor health for a long time and while at the hospital decided to have an examination. She also was found to be suffering from gall stones and one hour after her sister had been operated upon, Mrs. Seiler underwent a like operation, followed by death. The deceased was born in Shawnee, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Clark and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Palmer, all of whom are deceased. She is survived by her husband, two brothers and five sisters. She was an outstanding women in her community and was ready and willing at all times to respond to the needs of the ill and distressed giving freely of her time and means that suffering might be alleviated. Funeral services were held at the Holy Cross Church in Glouster, Thursday morning at 9 o’clock with Rev. Father Kessler saying the mass. Interment was made in Maplewood Cemetery.

Source: The People's Advocate, May 4, 1934
Submitter: Rob Dishon

Severance, L. E.

Services for L. E. Severance, 76, of Columbus, formerly of McConnelsville, are to be held today in the Evans Funeral Home in Columbus with burial to follow in New Lexington Cemetery.  The body has been at the Evans Funeral Home in Columbus since his death, Saturday.

Source:  The Times Recorder, Tuesday, June, 11, 1957
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Shade, Norma E.

Thornville: A memorial service for Norma E. Shade will be held 2:00 P.M. Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, 985 North 21st Street, Newark. Friends and relatives will be received one hour prior to service time. Inurnment at Cedar Hill Cemetery will take place at a later date.  Mrs. Shade, age 81, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012 at Autumn at the Lake, Thornville, Ohio. She was horn August 18, 1930 in Newark, Ohio to her late parents, Carl and Rachel Boring. Mrs. Shade was a homemaker and a member of Am Vets, Thornville.  She was preceded death by her husband, Royce Shade; and son, Daniel; as well as a brother, Gerald W. Boring; and her parents.  Norma is survived by a, grandson, Daniel L. Shade; nephews, Jeremy (Crystal) Boring of Columbus, Josh Boring of Indiana and Justin Boring of Columbus; niece, Jennifer (Keith) Warnick of Columbus.  To send an online condolences please visited www.brucker-kishlerfuneralhome.corn and click obituaries/view full details/guestbook entry.

Source:  April 10, 2012, Newark Advocate

Shaffer, Harold W.

Harold W. Shaffer, 72, of New Straitsville Route 1, died at 7:20 a. m. Thursday (Nov. 18) in Good Samaritan Hospital. He apparently suffered a heart attack Wednesday.  He was a retired farmer and a member of New Lebanon Lutheran Church in Junction City and Rehoboth Central Grange.  Born Jan. 4, 1893 in Auglaize County, he was a son of Elza and Alice Wilkin Shaffer.  Surviving are his widow, Mabel; two daughters, Mrs. Franklin Wood and Mrs. Paul Snyder of Lima; two sons, Lavern of Spencerville and Donald of Hilliard; a brother, Guy of Spencerville; a sister, Mrs. Harvey Zimmerman of Portland, Ind., and nine grandchildren.  Friends may call at Roberts Funeral Home in New Lexington. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday at New Lebanon Lutheran Church with Rev. William Fritz officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Undocumented Scrapbook Clipping.  Dates taken from our cemetery and/or death publications.  (1893-1965)
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Sharp, Mrs. Edgar

New Straitsville – Mrs. Edgar Sharp, 80, died at the Perry County Home in New Lexington. Funeral services were held today at New Straitsville. 

Source:  Logan Daily News, Wednesday, July 18, 1956
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Shaw, S. M.

S. M Shaw, aged 56, a well known and respected citizen of Somerset, died last Saturday.  He was buried on Sunday by the Masonic fraternity.

Source:  Athens Messenger, July 14, 1881 (Interred in Somerset Methodist Cemetery - no dates on marker.)
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Shepard, Mrs. Anna

Mrs. Shepard Dies At Noon - Mrs. T. D. Shepard, aged 69, died at the home of her step-daughter, Mrs. Ethel Adam, near Thornville, at 12:30 p. m. today following a years’ illness. Her mother, Mrs. Eliza Simmers preceded her in death four months ago.  She is survived by two brothers, James Simmers of Shawnee and Frank Simmers of Youngstown; one sister, Mrs. Gertrude Cummins of Clairmont, Florida; the step-daughter, Mrs. Adams, at whose home she died and several nieces and nephews.  The remains were brought to the C. L. Chute Funeral Home where they will be kept until Friday morning. They will then be taken to the home of her niece, Mrs. Rex Allen on Elizabeth Street.  Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p. m. at the Methodist Church with rev. H. H. Wilbur officiating. Burial will be in the New Lexington Mausoleum with C. L. Chute Funeral Company in charge.

Note:  Undocumented Scrapbook Clipping.  Dates taken from our cemetery and/or death publications.  (Maplewood / New Lexington Cemetery – Anna Shepard – 1859-March 23, 1938. * Later she and her husband, Thomas D. were moved from mausoleum to Ward 19)
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

S. M. Shaw, aged 56, a well known and respected citizen of Somerset, died last Saturday. He was buried on Sunday by the Masonic fraternity. (Athens Messenger, July 14, 1881) *Interred in Somerset Methodist Cemetery – no dates on marker.​

Sheppert, Tarthena J.

Mrs. Sheppert Rites at New Lexington - Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at New Lexington Methodist Church for Mrs. Tarthena J. Sheppert, 75?, who died Saturday evening at her home in New Lexington. Burial will be in Oakfield Cemetery.  She was a member of the Methodist Church.  Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Snyder of the home, Mrs. H. L. Driggs of Columbus, Mrs. Anna Little, Zanesville and Mrs. Willard Rugg of Columbus.

Source:  Zanesville Signal, Monday, March 19, 1934
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Shrives, Rhoda

Rhoda Shrives recently died at the Infirmary of this county, at the advanced age of eighty-five years.

Source:  Athens Messenger, August 4, 1881
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Shumaker, Wayne A.

Thornville: Wayne A. Shumaker, 64, of Thornville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 23, 2012.  Wayne served his country in the United States Air Force during Vietnam. He was a 1966 graduate of Lancaster High School and he was a truck driver for 40 years.
Wayne is survived by his best friend and longtime companion, Debbie Arnold Shumaker; mother, Kathleen "Kay" Shumaker; brother, Gary (Teresa) Shumaker; children, Fredrick (Molly) Shumaker, Heather Lahrmer, Kevin Shumaker, Jessica (Dan) Wayble, and Anthony Shumaker; six grandchildren; and many other family members and close friends.  Wayne was preceded in death by his father, Paul Shumaker.  Funeral service will be held at 1:30 pm Friday at the FRANK E. SMITH FUNERAL HOME, Lancaster with Pastor Willie Booth officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens, Lancaster with the Lancaster Veterans Burial Detail conducting military rites. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Thursday at the funeral home.  Donations may be made in memory of Wayne to the American Cancer Society , 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017.

Source:  (Lancaster Eagle-Gazette on May 24, 2012) 

Simmers, Eliza J.

Mrs. Eliza J. Simmers, 89, died at her home here (New Lexington) after a lingering illness. 

Source:  Zanesville Times Signal – Sunday, Dec. 5, 1937
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Simmers, Mrs. Eliza

Mrs. Simmers Dies Monday - Mrs. Eliza Simmers, 89, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Shepard, Elizabeth Street, Monday at 1:30 p.m. of complications.  Mrs. Simmers was born and raised in New Lexington. She was a member of the Women’s Relief Corps and the Methodist Church. She has been in failing health for several months.  She is survived by four children, Mrs. Shepard, Frank Simmers of Youngstown, James Simmers of Shawnee and Mrs. Gertrude Cummins of Cedar Rapids, IA. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. 

Undocumented Scrapbook Clipping.  Dates taken from our cemetery and/or death publications.  (Maplewood / New Lexington Cemetery, 1848-1937, burial - Dec. 1, 1937)
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Simmers, Mrs. Nellie M.

Mrs. Nellie M. Simmers, 79, of Shawnee, died Tuesday (Jan. 31) at Good Samaritan Hospital where she had been a patient since Nov. 26.  She was born at Glouster, Oct. 1, 1887, a daughter of Joseph and Clara McGee Thompson. Her husband died in 1944.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Carl (Velma) Critchett of Columbus; two sons, Earl Simmers of Toledo and Donald of Bucyrus; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson of New Lexington and Mrs. Dorothy Matthews of Canton, Ill.; two brothers, L. L. (Bob) and Joseph Thompson, both of New Lexington; a grandchild and three great- grandchildren.  Friends may call at Humphrey Funeral Home in Shawnee after 6 p. m. today. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday at Shawnee Methodist Church with Rev. Denver Noggie officiating. Burial will be in Shawnee Cemetery. 

Undocumented Scrapbook Clipping.  Dates taken from our cemetery and/or death publications.  (1887-1967)
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Simpson, Shirley

Shirley Simpson, aged five months, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Simpson, Shawnee, died from pneumonia. 

Source:  Zanesville, Times Recorder – Sunday Jan. 31, 1937
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Sines, Arthur S.

Arthur S. Sines, 64, Claimed by Death. - Arthur S. Sines, 64, a native of New Straitsville, died Friday at 2 p. m. at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital three weeks ago and underwent surgery.  He is survived by his wife, Grace; two sisters, Mrs. Mar Powers of Nelsonville and Mrs. Tessie Murday of Columbus; a brother, Walter Sines of New Straitsville and three ½ brothers, William and Leonard Sines of New Straitsville and Wayne Sines of Columbus.  Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p. m. at New Straitsville Methodist Church with the Rev. Walter Hillis officiated. Friends may call at the Mills & Brown Funeral Home, New Straitsville until time for service. 

Source:  Logan Daily News, Saturday, June 11, 1955
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Skinner, Anna

Anna Skinner, 85, of 95 W. Franklin St., Nelsonville, formerly of Glouster and long time Somerset resident, died Monday Jan. 27 at the Crestview Manor Nursing Home in Lancaster.  She was born Aug. 7, 1900 in Jacksonville, a daughter of William and Elizabeth Wilkes Van Hall.  Her first husband, Clarence Mingus, died in 1930, and her second husband, Leroy Skinner, died in 1976.
Surviving are a son, William Mingus of Nelsonville; two daughters, Dorothy Thompson of Columbus and Kathryn Trainer of Glouster; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  Services were held Jan. 29 at Guinther Funeral Home in Glouster with the Rev. Dennis Ditto officiating. Burial was in Maplewood Cemetery, Glouster.

Source not listed.  Dated Feb. 5, 1986

Skinner, Anna E.

Mrs. Anna E. Skinner, 92, Thornville, died in Lancaster Fairfield Hospital Friday evening.  She was a widow of the later William Skinner and was a retired school teacher.  Mrs. Skinner was born Aug. 27, 1884 near Indianapolis, Ind.  She was a member of Sixth St. Christian Church in Lancaster.  Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Ray (Zelma) Grave, Circleville; Mrs. Martha Heck, Clarksburg, O.; Mrs. Wayne (Carrie) DeLong, Columbus; Mrs. Gilbert (Juanita) Hogue, Indianapolis, Ind.; Mrs. Gerald (Billie) Royer, Akron and Mrs. Maurice (Rose Marie) Walser, Thornville; 31 grandchildren and 18 great- grandchildren.  Funeral services were held today (Weds) at the Charles R. Boring Funeral Home, Thornville with burial in Sabina, O.

No Source Listed.  Dated Jan. 12, 1977

Skinner, Donna M.

Donna M. Skinner, 73, of Jefferson Street, Corning, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Good Samaritan Medical center following a three-year illness.  She was born Dec. 24, 1909 in Roan County, W Va., a daughter of John and Martha Donahue, Sommerville. Surviving are her husband, Charles D.; three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Wanda) Wade of Parkersburg, W Va., Mrs. Thomas (Sandy) Fulk of Moxahala and Mrs. David (Brenda) Starner of Oakfield; one son, Charles Cokeley of Pickerington; two stepsons, Glenn McDonald and Ronnie McDonald, both of Columbus; one brother, Thomas Sommerville of Spencer, W Va.; one sister, Mrs. Herman (Waneta) Ferrell of Akron; 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Source not listed.  Dated Dec. 21, 1983

Skinner, Edgar

Edgar Skinner, 70, of 14 East Royal Forest Boulevard, Columbus, a retired furniture salesman for Lazarus stores, died March 26 at his home after a long illness.  Born May 27, 1903, in New Lexington, he was a son of Thaddeus and Adeline Eddington Skinner.
Mr. Skinner was a member of Clinton Heights Lutheran Church in Columbus, Lazarus 20 – Year Club and New Lexington Elks Lodge.  Survivors include his wife, Ruth Skinner; two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Nancy) Wells and Mrs. Frank (Judy) Lageman, both of Columbus.; three grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Harold (Gladys) Minshull of New Lexington.  Services were held Saturday in Chute – Wiley Funeral Home, New Lexington, with Rev. Charles Klinksick officiating. Burial was made in New Lexington Cemetery.
Elks services were held at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Source not listed.  Dated April 3, 1974

Skinner, George R.

Services for Mr. Skinner, 74, of Dorset, were held Monday p.m. in Cleveland with burial in that city.  Mr. Skinner, a native of New Lexington, died Jan. 18 in Ashtabula General Hospital where he had been a patient since Nov. 26.  He had been ill two years.
He was born June 11, 1892, a son of Myrtle and Charles Skinner.  He worked for the Newlon – Foraker Co. for 25 years.  He was a member of Dorset Methodist Church and a retired chemical engineer of Cleveland.  Survivors are his wife, Edith; one daughter, Mrs. Claudine Pletcher, New Lexington; two grandchildren, Mrs. Linda McMillan and Rich Pletcher, both of New Lexington; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Kathryn Theil, Mrs. Lucy Smith and Mrs. Lillian McCouley, all of Columbus; three brothers, Charles, Columbus; Phillip, Hartsville and Danile of Newark.

Source not listed.  Dated Jan. 25, 1967?

Skinner, Inez M.

Miss Inez M. Skinner, 74, Somerset, died Nov. 10 at the Perry County Home where she had been for the past 10 months.  She was born March 13, 1892 at Mt. Perry, daughter of E. W. and Mayme Kendall Skinner.  Survivors are three sisters, Catherine, Columbus; Rachael, Athens and Mrs. Miles (Ruth) Lattimer, Mt. Perry.  Funeral services were held Tuesday p.m. at the Thomas Funeral Home with Rev. James Dunaway officiating. Burial was made in Mt. Perry Cemetery.

Source not listed.  Dated Nov. 16, 1966

Skinner, Ray Dr.

Athens — Dr. Ray Skinner, 86, of Athens, passed away at Riverside Hospital in Columbus on Sunday, July 15, 2012. He was born on April 21, 1926, in Junction City, Ohio, the son of Ray Skinner Sr. and Naomi T. Edgerly Skinner.  Ray grew up around Reynoldsburg and Dumontville and graduated from Carroll High School in 1944. During his senior year, he enlisted in the Air Force and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.  Using the G.I. Bill, Ray earned his BS and MA degrees from Ohio State University. He taught math, biology, and earth science at the high school level in northern Ohio, as well as coaching basketball for 15 years. He then earned his Ph.D. from Kent State University.  Ray was a Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at Ohio University. He taught at OU for 30 years and during his first year, he submitted a proposal that was funded by the U.S. Department of Education to start the Upward Bound Program. It was successful and is still operating today. He directed many other programs through the years such as OU Governor’s Scholars for Talented and Gifted Students, the National Science Foundation Summer Institutes for Earth Science Teachers, and the Ohio Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.  Dr. Skinner received many distinguished service awards for his professional career as well as his service to the community from the College of Education, the Ohio Association for Gifted Children, the National University Continuing Education Association, the OSU Stadium Scholarship Dormitory Alumni Association, the OU Alumni and Friends, the Emeriti Association, the Hock-Hocking District Boy Scouts of America, the Southeastern Regional Council Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club. He is included in a number of Halls of Fame.  Ray was very active in the community and held many offices through the years for the following organizations: The Athens County Historical Society and Museum, the Kiwanis Club, the Emeriti Association, the Ohio Council of Higher Education Retirees, the Civil War Round Table of Athens County and the Tuesday Club. He also was a board member of the United Seniors of Athens County, and the founder of the Serendipitous Seniors Golf League. He wrote many newsletters for a number of organizations.  Ray is survived by his loving family, including his wife, Marilyn Lamont Skinner; two daughters, Sarah Jane and Suzanne Skinner of Florida; and a stepson, Sam DiLiberto, and his wife, Bunny, of The Plains.  His friends have referred to Ray as Dr. Serendipity — his favorite word — and described him as a man of many creative ideas, great energy, and a love of adventure and travel. He will be greatly missed by his family and will continue to be an inspiration for us to live life to its fullest, to provide service to others, and to let fortune guide our affairs.  A memorial service will be held at the Ohio University Walter Hall Rotunda on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Upward Bound Program, c/o Ohio University College of Education, McCracken Hall, Suite 124, Athens, OH 45701. Arrangements are with Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens. Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at  Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 12:00 pm 

Source:  Unknown

Skinner, Sarah A.

Died, at the residence of F. M. Wright, of the neighborhood of New Lexington, Thursday, July 29th, 1890, Sarah A. Skinner, wife of Samuel E. Skinner, of Zanesville, Ohio. Deceased was about forty years of age, and was a sister of Mrs. Wright. She was born and brought up in the neighborhood of New Lexington, and lived here until sometime after her marriage. She was a daughter of David Jones, who, at his death, owned the farm where Mrs. Skinner died. Deceased was married in 1859. She had been ailing for two or three years, but was not thought to be so near her end. She had many acquaintances and friends in New Lexington and neighborhood. Rev. Z. W. Fagan preached an appropriate funeral discourse at the M. E. Church, Saturday, after which deceased was interred in the burying ground adjacent, by the side of father and a child, dead many years. The bereft husband and children have the heartfelt sympathies of many friends. 

Source: Perry County, Ohio Democrat, August 5, 1880 (Harriet J. Jones married Francis M. Wright in Perry Co., 1862)
Submitter: Sue Saylor

Slatzer, Catherine

Mrs. Catherine Slatzer Died Sunday Evening - Mrs. Catherine Slatzer, age 71, died at her home Welsh Hill on Sunday evening of a heart attack. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Edward Thomas, pastor of the Methodist Church were held at the home at 2 o’clock Wednesday, and burial in charge of C. B. Gibbon, funeral director, were made in New Straitsville. She is survived by two sons, William McLain of Springfield, and John of Shawnee; and three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Huston of Springfield, Mrs. Mabel Patton of Barberton and Mrs. Catherine Pratt of Columbus. 

Source: Shawnee - People’s Advocate ca Jan 1941 (Unknown donor – Catharine Keck, d/o Jacob and Catherine Keck, married Wm. McLain, then ___ Slatzer.)
Submitter: Sue Saylor

Smith, Ellen L.

Mrs. Smith Funeral
Funeral rites for Mrs. Ellen L. Smith, 70, who died Sunday afternoon at her home in Roseville following four years illness, will be conducted Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Roseville. Rev. W. E. Buchholtz, pastor of the church, will officiate and interment will be made in the Roseville Cemetery. The body was removed to the home Monday evening from the Cannon & Cannon Funeral Home.

Source:  The Times Recorder, Tuesday, November 8, 1938
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Smith, Mary

Mrs. Mary Smith Dies-Mrs. Mary Bennett Smith, aged 26, of Junction City, died at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Zanesville, Wednesday afternoon of diabetes. The body was taken to the home of her mother, Mrs. A. J. Bennett at Junction City. Mrs. Charles Longstreth of Rehoboth, is an aunt of the deceased.

Source:  New Lexington Herald, Sept. 21, 1922
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Snider, Anna M.

Mrs. Anna M. Snider, 78, former resident of Somerset, died in Columbus. Funeral services were held Saturday in Somerset.

Source:  Zanesville, Times Signal – Sunday Dec. 27, 1936
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Sorrell, Martin

Shawnee- Martin Sorrell, 74, of New Straitsville, died Tuesday morning in Mount St. Mary Hospital at Nelsonville where he had been a patient since Monday. Death was due to a heart ailment.  Mr. Sorrell was a retired coal miner.  Surviving are his widow, Irma of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Gladys Seals of Shawnee and Mrs. Leona Hollingshead of Bristol; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Louise Craig of Shawnee; 12 grandchildren and several great, grandchildren.  The body was taken to Humphrey Funeral Home at Shawnee.

Source:  Zanesville Times Recorder, Wednesday, November 29, 1961
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Sowers, Benny

Benny L. Sowers, 65, of Zanesville, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, at Riverside Hospital, Columbus, following an extended illness. Born July 15, 1933, in Roseville, he was a well-respected businessman in Zanesville for over 25 years as the owner and operator of Ben Sowers Aluminum Company. Mr. Sowers was extremely well thought of throughout the community and was considered to be a multi-talented and creative individual. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Norma Brown Sowers of the home; one son, Danny Sowers, one daughter and son-in-law, Terry and Bill Audiss of Hawaii; one brother and sister-in-law, Bernard E. and Jo Anne Sowers; one sister, Thelma White; three grandsons, Canyon, Ben, and Danny; several nieces and nephews; and numerous friends. He is also survived by his beloved dog, Tag. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard B. and Mary L. Music Sowers. Memorial services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, at Bolin Funeral Home, 1271 Blue Ave., with Gary Carson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or to the charity of one's choice.

Source: Unknown

Sowers Stanton

Mr. Sowers, 80, died at his home in Crooksville Sat. evening of heart failure. He had not been ill previously.  He is survived by 3 daughters, Mrs. Harley Zinn, Crooksville, Mrs. Stewart Emory, White Cottage and Miss Delores Sowers, Crooksville; 21 grandchildren, 11 great – grandchildren; a brother, Beverly of Crooksville.  He was a member of the Crooksville Methodist Church.
Services were held at the Zinn residence, Crooksville, Tues. p. m. with Rev. J. E. Huston officiating, with burial in Crooksville Cemetery.

Source:  Perry County Tribune, Thursday, September 22, 1949
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Spires, Edward

Mrs. David Powers attended the funeral of Edward Spires in Lancaster Wednesday.

Source: The People's Advocate, February 2, 1923
Submitter: Rob Dishon

Spohn, Joel

Residing a few miles west of Somerset, died on Wednesday at the age of 88 years. He was the last survivor in Perry County of the Mexican War. His wife, who preceded him in death, was a daughter of Peter Overmyer, who laid out New Reading, the first town in Perry County. The deceased is survived by eight children; Mrs. Lucy Crist, Millersport; Mrs. Sarah Fisher, Thornville; Mrs. Ella Stith?, Rushville; Mrs. Melissa Armentrout, Columbus; Mrs. Emma Ridenour, Mrs. Anna Reid, John and Charles Spohn of Somerset. Burial was made in Ridge Cemetery.

(Binkley Ridge Cemetery - Reading Twp. - Joel Spohn b. 21 April, 1828 d. 11 October, 1916)

Source: Somerset Press, October 15, 1936 (Twenty Years Ago Article, Joel’s year of death was 1916)

Spurbeck, Mrs. Sarah Ellen

Mrs. Spurbeck Is Summoned - New Lexington, O. – Sept. 5—Mrs. Sarah Ellen Spurbeck, 74, died Tuesday night at St. Anthony Hospital, Columbus, where she had been a patient for one day. She had been in poor health for the past four years, but seriously ill only one day.  A former resident of Bristol, the deceased was a member of the Bristol Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Ladies Aid Society of the church.  She is survived by four sons, Alfred B. of 923 Spring Street, Zanesville, Waldo of Newark and Clare and Keith of Columbus; six grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.  The body is at the C. L. Chute Funeral Home where friends may call after noon Thursday.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday from the Bristol Evangelical United Brethren Church with Rev. H. O. Thompson officiating and burial will be in the New Lexington Cemetery. 

Undocumented Scrapbook Clipping.  Dates taken from our cemetery and/or death publications.  (Sept. 17, 1881 – Sept. 11, 1956)
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Spurgeon, Frank M.

New Lexington, O. - Frank M. Spurgeon, Democratic representative from Perry county to the 87th general assembly, former mayor of New Straitsville and a former township clerk of Coal township, died here Friday morning.  A life long resident of Perry county, Mr. Spurgeon was born Sept. 19, 1857.  He is survived by his widow, a daughter Anna of Columbus, a son Floyd, of this city, four grand-children and four great-grand-children.  Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church in New Straitsville Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Friends may call at the home of the son, Floyd Spurgeon, on the Tile Plant road.  Burial will be at New Straitsville.

Source:  The Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio, 8 Jun 1940

Spurrier, Carl

Carl Spurrier, 55, former Soldier’s Home resident and native of New Straitsville, O. died at Crile (Orile?), VA Hospital Saturday.  Mr. Sprurrier served in WW II with Demolition Detachment SCU 1913. Surviving are 2 sons, Clem and Howard and a daughter, Florence, all of St. Bernard, O.; 2 brothers, Charles and Gerald of Cleveland.  Friends may call at the Keller Funeral Home, with military services at 10:30 a. m. Tuesday at the Soldier’s Home, the Rev. C. A. Sundberg officiating. Burial will be at the Home Cemetery.

Source:  Sandusky, Ohio. Register, Monday, May 11, 1953
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Stallings, Jack D.

Faces Firing Squad
Coalville, Utah --- Eliseo J. Mares, Jr. 20, must die before a firing squad Dec. 20 for the hitch – hike murder of Jack D. Stallings, sailor from Corning, Perry County, Ohio.  Stallings was en-route to San Jose, Calif., to be married at the time of the slaying. June 25, 1946.

Source:  (Mansfield (Ohio) News Journal, Oct 29, 1948

Stalter, Leo J.

​Canal Winchester: Leo J. Stalter, 85, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Pickering House. He was born on January 13, 1927 in New Lexington, Ohio; son of the late Leo Francis & Edna Marie Stalter. Leo was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Canal Winchester and retired after 42 years with Ruscilli Construction Company. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, Korea and served many years in the Army Reserve. Leo was a member of The American Legion Post 11, VFW Post 1516 and AmVets Post 1985. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.  He is survived by his daughter, Marsha Grey of Canal Winchester and three cherished grandchildren, Anthony (Calie) Grey of IN, Shelly Grey of Pickerington and Derrick Grey of Canal Winchester; sisters, Stella (Lee) Potter, Sharon (Don) Shaffer, Bonnie (Lloyd) Minnard and Marlene Vanatta; sister-in-law, Regina Stalter; several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Mae Stalter, parents; son-in-law, Michael Grey, brothers, Roderick and Loren Stalter.  Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Halteman-Fett & Dyer Funeral Home 436 N. Broad Street, Lancaster. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Peace Lutheran Church with Reverend Curtis Emerson officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Lancaster where the Lancaster Burial Detail will conduct military services.  Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church, 28 Elm St, Canal Winchester, OH 43110 or The Pickering House, 282 Sells Road, Lancaster, Ohio 43130. 

Source:  (Eagle-Gazette May 20, 2012)

Standiford, Rev. Roy

Rev. Roy Standiford of Junction City, pastor of Junction City and Salem Evangelical United Brethren Churches, died at 1:10 p.m. Sunday, November 7, in Bethesda Hospital after a six – week illness.  He had been an EUB minister 40 years, serving throughout the Ohio Southeast Conference and was pastor at Junction City and Salem eight years.  He was born January 9, 1889 in Union Furnace.  Surviving are his widow, Beatrice Shiplett Standiford; a son, Merle; two stepsons, Glenn Snelling of Ridge Road and Paul Snelling of Kalamazoo, Mich,; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Stanley (Laura) Merkle of Hopewell, Rt. 1, Mrs. Paul (Evelyn) Bostick of Delaware, and Mrs. Jack (Dorothy) Knight of 1229 West Military Road; two sisters, Miss Charlotte Standiford and Mrs. Myrtle Higgins of Logan; four brothers, Norwood and Harry of Logan, William of Lancaster and Clarence of Walbridge; two granddaughters and 18 step grandchildren.  Rev. Standiford was at the William Thompson and Son Funeral Home at White Cottage, Ohio.

Source:  Mission Church Extension Fund News
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Stansberry, Mrs. Lillie

New Lexington Woman Summoned - New Lexington, O. – Mrs. Lillie Stansberry of Fowlers Lane, died Saturday morning about 10:15 o’clock at her home.  She is survived by her husband, James H. Stansberry, of the home; five children, Orvile E., Ivor B., Mrs. Hazel Weber, and Mrs. Callie Baird, all of Akron, and Mrs. Alice Pemberton of Roseville; a sister, Mrs. Sam Crawford of New Lexington; a brother, A. B. Wilson of Clarksburg, W Va. Grandchildren, all of Akron.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10:30 o’clock from the New Lexington Untied Brethren Church.  The body has been returned to the residence from the Birkimer Funeral Home. 

Undocumented Scrapbook Clipping.  Dates taken from our cemetery and/or death publications.  (Maplewood / New Lexington Cemetery, Lillie B. -1873-1945)
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Stansberry, Robert Pickens

Robert Pickens Stansberry, Deavertown, died at Athens Hospital after a long illness. 

Source:  Crooksville Section - Zanesville Times Signal, Sunday March 14, 1937
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Steele, Mrs. Catherine

Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Steele, 92, Rt. 2, were held Tuesday a. m. at the Bristol E. U. B. Church with Rev. David Davis of Newark officiating. Burial was made in the New Lexington Cemetery by the Chute – Belford Funeral Home. Mrs. Steele died Saturday a .m. at her home after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage.  She was born Feb. 25, 1872 in Bristol, a daughter of Levi and Hester Brown, and was a lifelong resident of the Bristol community. She was a member of the Bristol E. U. B. Church.  Survivors are three sons, Richard and Burrel of New Lexington, and Lloyd, Junction City; three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Rarick & Mrs. Hester Cunningham, both of Akron and Mrs. Dorothy Hanecy?. Toledo; eight grandchildren, and 15 great- grandchildren. A daughter, Mrs. Claudine Deavers, preceded her in death. 

Undocumented Scrapbook Clipping.  Dates taken from our cemetery and/or death publications.  (Died Aug, 1, 1964)
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Stevens, Luther M.

Thornville, O.-Dr. Luther M. Stevens, 75, a native of Thornville, died Saturday morning at his sanitorium in Asheville, N. C.  Dr. Stevens graduated from the Thornville schools in 1885.  He attended John Hopkins university and was an interne at Baltimore, Md.  While attending school, he worked as a carpenter.  His death resulted from a heart aliment.  Surviving are his widow, Lulu; three sisters, Mrs. Miriam Batian and Mrs. Elizabeth Soliday of Thornville, and Mrs. Janette Edmund of Columbus.  Burial will take place at Asheville.

Source: The Times Recorder, Zanesville, Oh., Jan 22, 1940

Stiff, Sophia

Miss Sophia Stiff, a former resident of this place, died in a hospital at Youngstown, Ohio, Thursday of last week. Her body was brought here for burial and interment was made in Shawnee cemetery Sunday afternoon. The deceased was born in Shawnee and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stiff, both of whom are deceased. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Sadie Wilkie, with whom she made her home.

Source: The People's Advocate, October 20, 1933
Submitter: Rob Dishon

Stiles, Daniel

Daniel Stiles, 53, is Victim of Auto Tragedy - Frank Popovich, 21, is jailed following recommendation of coroner's jury he be held for death. - Daniel Stiles, 52 years old of Center township, near Homer City, was instantly killed when a Graham-Paige sedan, operated by Frank Popovich, 21, of Blacklick, crashed head-on into him on the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Highway between Coral and Rugh Station at 8:30 o'clock on Saturday night. Death resulted from a fractured skull. According to information obtained in an investigation conducted by a member of the State Motor Patrol, Mr. Stiles was walking north along the right side of the highway. When he attempted to cross to the left side of the road he is alleged to have stepped in the path of Popovich's car, which was also traveling north. Popovich made a quick left turn to avoid hitting the man, but on account of the short distance in chich to operate the car, he was unsuccessful and the machine crashed head-on into Stiles, hurling him to the right side of the pavement. Popovich stopped his car and he and his companions went to the assistance of the injured man. When they turned his body over they found he had been instantly killed. An examination revealed Mr. Stiles' skull had been fractured, his left leg broken, and he had sustained severe body contusions. According to statements made by Popovich and his companions, Mr. Stiles was staggering along the highway ahead of the car. When the car had approached within a few feet of him, the men claim Stiles staggered in front of the car and it was impossible to avoid the crash. A coroner's inquest investigating Mr. Stiles' death was held in the office of S. Ren Pollock, representative of the Department of Highways in the Municipal building here, at 11:00 o'clock yesterday morning by County Coroner Fred W. St. Clair. After hearing the testimony of witnesses the coroner's jury recommended that Popovich be held for action by the March grand jury. Mr. Stiles was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stiles and was born in Center township in 1880. He lived all his live in the vicinity in which he was born. He followed the occupation of a laborer. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church of Homer City. The deceased leaves his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Stiles and three children, Daniel at home, Mrs. Olive Gist of Blacklick, and Mrs. Ella May McClain of Indiana. The funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Source: Indiana Evening Gazette, February 15, 1932

Stiles, Harvey

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday afternoon, followed by interment in the Armagh Cemetery for Harvey F. Stiles, aged 70, of Brushvalley township, who died on Thursday at the home of his sister, Mrs. Emma Young, of Dilltown, from a complication of diseases from which he had suffered for sometime.The deceased, who was a retired farmer, is survived by his widow and these children: Albert Stiles of Indiana, Blair Stiles of Homer City, Mearlin, Carl, Boyd, and Edgar Stiles of Dilltown; Mrs. Harvey Matkin of Belsano, Bruce Stiles of Ebensburg, and Walter Stiles of Johnstown. He also leaves 24 grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Emma Young, of Dilltown.

Source: Indiana Weekly Messenger, October 15, 1936

Stiles, Merlin

Merlin H. Stiles, 66, of New Lexington, a retired construction worker, died at 8:45am Wednesday (Dec. 18) at his home following an apparent heart attack. He was born May 21, 1902, in Indiana County, Pa., a son of Harvey and Ida McCluen Stiles. Surviving are his widow, Ruby Bell Stiles; four sons, Leonard Stiles of Fort Wayne, Ind., Franklin D. Stiles of Heath, Harvey W. Stiles of Claysville, Pa., and Ira Stiles of New Lexington; a daughter, Mrs. Doris Carney of Dillontown, Pa.; three step-sons, Rolland Nutter of New Lexington, Kenneth Nutter of Lancaster, and William Nutter of Bremen; thre step-daughters, Mrs. Glenna King of Buckeye Lake, Mrs. Della Shipp of Jerome, and Mrs. Florence Hill of New Lexington; 21 grandchildren and a great-grandchild; four brothers, Bruce Stiles of New Lexington, Carl Stiles of Cramer, Pa., and Walter and Boyd Stiles of Johnstwon, Pa. Services will be held at 1pm Saturday at Chute-Wiley Funeral Home in New Lexington with Rev. John Colwell officiating. Burial will be in New Lexington Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6pm today.

Source: Zanesville Times Recorder, December 19, 1968

Stiles, Michael

Michael Stiles, a well-known resident of Indiana County, died on Friday afternoon, November 11, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Young, of Dilltown, aged 68 years, 8 months, and 27 days. Death was due to a complication of heart disease and liver trouble. Mr. Stiles was a native of Indiana County, where he spent his early days. From this place he enlisted as a member of Company G, 206th regiment, P.V.1. in the Civil War. The surviving brothers and sisters are: John Stiles of Dilltown; Charles Stiles of Mechanicsburg; and Mrs. Emma Cramer of Armagh. The surviving children are: Mrs. William Young of Dilltown; Mrs. Belle Johns of Mechanicsburg; Mrs. David Dearmin of Brushvalley; David Stiles of Vintondale; Daniel Stiles of Homer City; Harvey, Armor, and Lawin Stiles of Dilltown. He is also survived by 21 grandchildren. The funeral took place last Sunday afternoon from the Baptist church at Dilltown. Interment was made in the Armagh Cemetery.

Source: Indiana Evening Gazette, November 18, 1910

Stiles, Richard

Richard E. Stiles, 24, of Shawnee, died at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1987, in University Hospital in Columbus. Mr. Stiles was a 1980 graduate of Miller High School and attended the University of South Carolina. He was employed with Dan River Inc., in Danville, Va. And was a member of the Hocking Valley Tabernacle. Mr. Stiles was born Feb. 12, 1962, in Nelsonville, a son of Glenn and Wilma Simpson Stiles. Surviving in addition to his parents are three brothers, Larry Stiles of Lancaster, Greg Stiles of Corning, and Kevin Stiles of Nashville, Tenn.; six sisters, Sheryl Stiles, Brenda Stiles, Vonda Stiles, and Traci Stiles, all of the home, and Mrs. Jack (Treva) Gould of Stewart; maternal grandmother, Laverna Simpson of Shawnee; and maternal great-grandmother, Phobie Stickdorn of Logan. Friends were received Thursday and Friday at the Humphrey Funeral Home in Shawnee. Services were held Saturday at the Hocking Valley Tabernacle with the Rev. E.V. Baker officiating. Burial was in the Shawnee Cemetery.

Source: Unknown

Stiles, Ronald

Ronald B. Stiles, 51, of 123 N. High St., New Lexington, died at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 1995, at his residence. Mr. Stiles was born Nov. 28, 1943, in Indiana County, Pa. He was a U.S. Army veteran and employee of the Baillie Corporation. Mr. Stiles was a member of Local No. 1790 UAW and New Lexington Eagles No. 2070. Surviving are his fiancée, Melinda Dodson and her children, Nicole, Patrick, and Nial (J.R.); four daughters, Vicki Stiles, Shelby Stevenson, and Melissa Stiles of New Lexington, and Rebecca Altier of Junction City; two brothers, Glen Stiles of Shawnee and Wayne Stiles of Mineral Ridge; five sisters, Twila Gramling, Lois Mills, and Bonnie Shiplett of New Lexington, Judy Bradford of Nelsonville, and Betty Deerfield of Grayson, Ky.; and eight grandchildren. Mr. Stiles was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Viola Mitchell Stiles. Services were held Monday at Chute-Wiley Funeral Home, 118 S. Jackson St., New Lexington, with the Rev. Ralph Post officiating. Burial was in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, with full military rites.

Source: Unknown

Stiles, Taylor Bruce

Mr. Stiles, 57, New Lexington, died Friday at Good Samaritan Hospital following a long illness. He was born Dec. 19, 1911, in Indiana County, Penna., a son of Harvey and Ida McCluen Stiles. He was a heavy equipment operator for Peabody Coal Co. Survivors include three sons, Wayne, Swedland, Penna., Glen, Shawnee and Ronald, New Lexington; five daughters, Judy of the home, Mrs. Bonnie Shiplett, New Lexington; Mrs. Twila Gramling, Falls Church Va.; Mrs. Betty Lou Deerfield, Grayson, Ky., and Mrs. Lois Gibbon, Shawnee; three brothers, Carl, Cramer, Penna.; Walter and Boyd, both of Johnstown, Penna., and 25 grandchildren. His wife, the former Viola Mitchell, preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Sunday p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Franklin Dunkle officiating. Burial was made in New Lexington Cemetery by the Chute-Willis Funeral Home.

Source: Unknown

Stiles, Viola

Mrs. Viola V. Mitchell Stiles, 53, of New Lexington was dead on arrival at Good Samaritan Hospital Friday afternoon with injuries suffered in a two-car collision at 1pm on rain-slickened Ohio 345 at Saltillo. She sustained a crushed chest and internal injuries. Also injured in the collision was the other drive, Thomas L. Dumolt, 17, of New Lexington Route 2. He complained of chest pain and knee injuries. Dumolt was dismissed after treatment at Good Samaritan. Mrs. Stiles was taken to the hospital in a Chute-Wiley ambulance from New Lexington. Perry County Sheriff Tom Wilson said Mrs. Stiles' northbound car slid left of center when she apparently applied her brakes at a hillcrest. The two cars collided head on. Mrs. Stiles, who was alone, reportedly was en route to Zanesville on a shopping trip she was employed as a nurse's aide at Good Samaritan. She was born Dec 18, 1913, in Indiana County, Pa, a daughter of the late Charles and Elsie Gressley Mitchell. Mrs. Stiles was a member of New Lexington Church of the Nazarene. Surviving are her husband, Bruce Stiles, five daughters, Misses Bonnie and Judy Stiles, both of the home, Mrs. Twila Gramling of Falls Church Va., Mrs. Betty Lou Deerfield of Grayson, Ky., Mrs. Lois Gibbons of Shawnee; three sons, Wayne Stiles of Swedland, Pa., Glen of Shawnee, and Rolland of Somerset; three brothers, Wilbur Clarence and Blair Mitchell, all of Indiana County, Pa., five sisters, Mrs. Florence Stiles, Mrs. Mary Seasock, Mrs. Leora Cramer, Mrs. Dorothy Brendlinger, all of Indiana County, Pa., and Mrs. Pearl Juart of Niles, and 21 grand-children. Friends may call after 7pm today at Chute-Wiley Funeral Home in New Lexington. Services will be held at 2pm Monday at New Lexington Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Franklin M. Dunkle officiating. Burial will be in New Lexington Cemetery. The body will be taken to the church an hour before services.

Source: Zanesville Times Recorder, October 7, 1967

Stine, Mrs. C. N.

Mrs. C. N. Stine, age 71 years, formerly of this place, died at her home in Somerset Sunday morning. She is survived by one son William and two daughters. Her husband and two sons Garland and Thomas preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at Holy Trinity church in Somerset Tuesday morning and interment made in the church cemetery.

Source: The People's Advocate, March 8, 1935
Submitter: Rob Dishon

Storts, Ira

Ira Storts, 70 years of age, a resident of near Moore’s Junction, died at 4 p. m. Wednesday following an illness of paralysis. Surviving are two brothers, Tom and Chas; one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Shiplett, all of the home and one aunt, Mrs. Mary Allen, New Lexington, where the funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 with Cannon & Cannon in charge. Burial will be made in New Lexington. 

Source: Crooksville Messenger, Friday, April 17, 1931
Submitter: Sue Saylor

Strawn, Mrs. Arminda Anne

New Straitsville – Mrs. Armida Strawn, 72, of West Union Street, died at 4 a. m. at her home.  She was born at McCuneville in Perry County, the daughter of Phillip and Eliza Warner, and was a member of Daughters of America, Pythian Sisters, Rebecah and Pocahantas Lodges of Logan and Priscilla Class of New Straitsville Methodist Church.  Surviving are her husband, Peter of the home; a son, William of Newark; a granddaughter; one brother, Herbert Warner of McCuneville and three sisters, Mrs. Dora Spencer of New Lexington, Mrs. Blanche Johnson of McCuneville and Mrs. Ella Thompson of Coshocton.  Services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday at Leonard Funeral Home in Logan. Burial will be in New Lexington Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home. 

Undocumented Scrapbook Clipping.  Dates taken from our cemetery and/or death publications.  (Arminda Minnie Strawn per cemetery interments – Arminda Anne on her death certificate- died Dec. 21, 1961)
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Sturgis, Isa Greene

Beloved Woman Dies After Long Illness-Funeral Wednesday For Mrs. O. J. Sturgis-One of the district’s most beloved residents, Mrs. Isa Greene Sturgis, widow of O. J. Sturgis, a local newspaper publisher a number of years ago, died at 5:30 Sunday morning, December 23, 1945 at the family residence in the Colonial Hall (?) Apartments, 33 West Fayette Street.  Mrs. Sturgis, mother of Edith E. Sturgis, society editor of the Morning Herald, had been in failing health several years. News of her death, following a several days’ of influenza, proved a distinct shock to her wide following of friends.  Mrs. Sturgis was born May 2, 1850, at Bristol, Perry County, Ohio, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Wilson Greene. The family later moved to New Geneva, Fayette County. She was educated in Monongahala College and graduated from Dana’s Musical Institute, Warren, Ohio, where she studied piano and voice. She possessed fine talent for vocal and instrumental music and had a clear, sweet musical voice.  On December 27, 1882, she was married to O. J. Sturgis, who later was editor and publisher of the Republican Standard here. Upon taking residence in Uniontown, Mrs. Sturgis became a member of the Great Bethel Baptist Church. She served as teacher of the Dorcas Class and was a former member and director of the church choir. Mrs. Sturgis was particularly active in the affairs of the young people of her church. She taught piano until five years ago. For the past two years, Mrs. Sturgis attended church services in a wheel chair when possible.
Mrs. Sturgis, in spite of the failing health, enjoyed that rare distinction of keeping abreast the times.  She was preceded in death by her husband in 1908; a son, Harold Greene Sturgis in 1925, and one brother, W. W. Greene in 1927. Harold Sturgis was president of The Fayette Publishing Company and editor of the Morning Herald and The Evening Genius at the time of his death.  Friends are being received after noon today at the Johnston Mortuary, 65 North Gallatin Avenue.  The body will be removed at 11 o’clock Wednesday morning to the Great Bethel Baptist Church where services will be conducted at 3 o’clock in charge of Dr. Carey S. Osborne. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Source:  The Morning Herald, Uniontown, Pa. December 24, 1945
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Sturgis, Isa Green

Funeral Rites For Mrs. Sturgis Today-Was Active Member OF Great Bethel Baptist-Funeral services for Mrs. Isa (Ida?) Green Sturgis, one of the most widely known women of the city, will be conducted at 3 o’clock today in the Great Bethel Baptist Church with Dr. Carey S. Osborne, officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.  Serving as pallbearers will be Dr. L. W. Brownfield, Charles A. Ellis, J. Harry Gorley, E. Gadd Snider, Cecil Connelly and Joe L. Dickson.  Friends are being received in the Johnston Mortuary Chapel, North Gallatin Avenue until 11 a.m. when the body will be removed to the church.  Mrs. Sturgis died at 5:30 Sunday morning, December 23, 1945 in the family residence, Colonial Hall Apartments, West Fayette Street. She leaves one daughter, Miss Edith E. Sturgis, society editor of The Morning Herald.

Source:  The Morning Herald, Uniontown, Ps., December 26, 1945
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Suttle, Charles "Sonny" H.

New Lexington: Charles "Sonny" H. Suttle, 78, of New Lexington, Ohio passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012 at Autumn Healthcare of Somerset.  Born March 18, 1934 in Williamsburg, W.Va to the late Hubert Suttle and Virginia Holcomb.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1956-1958.  Charlie is survived by three daughters, Wilma (John) McClintock, Pamela (Pennie) Skeese and Teresa Owen; two sons, Charles (Rock) and Wesley Cole; seven grandkids, Annissa Winn, Angela Carbaugh, Natasha Day, Teran Owen, Josh Skeese, Luke Owen and Hunter Suttle; seven great-grandkids; four sisters, Janice Horner, Betty Loudermilk, Marsha Heyman and Connie Reynolds; three brothers, Jim Holcomb, Jerry Suttle and Tom Suttle.  Preceded in death by step-dad, Ronald Holcomb.  No Calling hours will be held and a family memorial servcie will be will held at a later date.  Obituary information provided by Roberts-Winegardner Funeral Home, 304 Mill Street, New Lexington, Ohio.

Source:  (Newark Advocate on May 4, 2012)

Swartz, Jess

Thornville: A graveside service for Jess Swartz of Thornville will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday May 18, 2012, at Wilson Cemetery with full Naval honors.  Jess was born in Newark on October 2, 1921 to the late Carl and Pearl Swartz. He passed away Tuesday May 15, 2012 at the Forest View Nursing Home in Zanesville. He was 90.  Jess grew up near Jacksontown where he graduated with the Class of '39 and was the Valedictorian. He went to serve in the US Navy during WWII of which he had special memories. He returned home and worked his entire life as a farmer. He loved to work with wood, loved baseball and the Cincinnati Reds. He was a very independent man and led a very private life. He was fond of animals, especially dogs, and developed a strong bond with "Hillary" in his later years.  He is survived by his sister Ruby Bergdall of Middletown, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; and his good friends, neighbors and caregivers John and Mariann Holman.  There are no calling hours. Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please go to to sign an online guestbook or share a special memory. 

Source:  (Newark, OH Advocate)

Swinehart, Lafe

Hangs Himself to Tree on His Neighbor’s Farm
Lafe Swinehart, a well known farmer of about 60 years, lived near Ziontown, committed suicide on a neighbor’s farm by hanging himself to a tree. He was found by two men passing through the field. Family trouble is thought to have caused the rash act. He leaves a wife and three children.  

Source: Somerset Press, Jan. 6, 1910 (Lafe = Lafayette, May 1852- Jan. 3, 1910, is buried in St. Paul’s Lutheran / Smith’s Church Cemetery in Hopewell Township with his wife and son.)
Submitter: Sue Saylor

Swinehart, Paul M.

Thornville – Paul M. Swinehart, 54, of Route 2, died at 11:35 p. m. Saturday in Lancaster – Fairfield Hospital after a three – week illness of cancer. Mr. Swinehart was born Sept. 21, 1909 near Glenford, a son of Wallace and Martha Mack Swinehart, and had lived his entire life in the Glenford – Thornville area. He had worked 22 years as a pumper for the Preston Oil Company, and was a member of Good Hope Lutheran Church near Glenford. Surviving are his widow, Erma; two brothers, Harold Swinehart of Thornville, and Claude of New Richmond; and three sisters, Mrs. Guy Paulson and Mrs. Kenneth Boring of Thornville, and Mrs. Frank Palmer of Columbus. The body was taken to Ross Henderson Funeral Home in Newark where friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 today. Services will be held at 1 p. m. Wednesday in the funeral home with Rev. James E. Graeser officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Glenford. 

Source: Zanesville Times Recorder, Tuesday, June 23, 1964
Submitter: Sue Saylor

Szekes, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Szekes Dies At Congo-New Lexington, O.-Death Sunday summoned Mrs. Elizabeth Szekes, 65, at her home in Congo, following an illness due to complications.  Her husband preceded her in death five years ago.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Myiri, Detroit, Mich.; a brother, Seven Toth, Elsie, Mich.; three grandchildren at home, Frank, Erma and Elizabeth Toki; nine other grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be hled at the Hungarian Reformed church at Drakes Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, in charge of Rev. Hungodi, the pastor.  Interment by S. T. Conn will be in the Monroe cemetery.

Source:  The Times Recorder, Zanesville, Oh., January 30, 1940
Submitter:  Sue Saylor