Selected Families and Individuals

Notes


Thomas Jeffries

1. 1920 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; Carswell; taken on 24/26 Jan 1920; Page 162B;
Image 17 of 24; Family #365/408.
Listed as Thomas Jeffries; age 11; born in NC; mulatto; in household of father, Eugene R. Jefferies.
2. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1929); Page 297; WV Archives Web Site.
Thomas Jefferies; age 22; born in Halifax Co, NC; single; black; brakeman; living at Kimball, WV; son of
Eugen and Rosa; married on 14 Sep 1929 at Big Four, WV; Thelma Boyd; age 21; born in Winston Salem,
NC; single; black; daughter of Roxie.
3. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; Laurel Creek; taken on 5 Apr 1930; Page 124B;
Image 8 of 68; Family #74/74.
Listed as Tom Jeffries; age 21; born in VA; married at 20; Negro; brakeman in coal mine; in household of
father, Eugene R. Jefferies, with wife Thelma Boyd Jefferies.
4. McDowell Co, WV; Death Certificate #6584; WV Archives Web Site.
Thomas Jefferies; age 31 yrs, 1 mon, 19 days; born in Marion, NC;(sic, Hailfax Co, VA) married; colored;
motorman for Koppers Coal Co, living at Kimball, WV; son of E.R. (born at Bethel Hill, NC, and Rosie
(Carrington), born at Cluster Springs, VA, Jefferies; died 22 May 1939 ain Stevens Clinic, Welch, WV;
due to tuberculous meningitis; buried 24 May 1939 at Kimball, WV; informant, Thelma Jefferies, Kimball, WV.


Thelma Elizabeth Boyd

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1929); Page 297; WV Archives Web Site.
Thomas Jefferies; age 22; born in Halifax Co, NC; single; black; brakeman; living at Kimball, WV; son of
Eugene and Rosa; married on 14 Sep 1929 at Big Four, WV; Thelma Boyd; age 21; born in Winston Salem,
NC; single; black; daughter of Roxie.
2. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; Laurel Creek; taken on 5 Apr 1930; Page 124B;
Image 8 of 68; Family #74/74.
Listed as Thelma Jeffries; age 17; born in NC; married at 16; Negro; in household of father-in-law, Eugene
R. Jefferies, with husband, Thomas Jefferies.
3. 1940 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Browns Creek District; Carswell; E.D. 24-33; taken on 20 Apr 1940; Page
658A; Image 11 of 44; Household #80.
Listed as Thelma Jeffries; age 27; born in NC; married; 4th grade education; Negro; lived in same place
on 1 Apr 1935; in household of brother-in-law; Edward L. Terry.


John Wesley Slack

1. Kanawha Co, WV; Marriage Registry, Vol #__(1904); Page 194; Line #729; WV Archives Web Site.
John Slack; age 23; born and living in Kanawha co, WV; widowed; married on 29 Oct 1904 in
Canelton, WV; Elizabeth Ferrell; age 21; born and living in Kanawha Co, WV; single.


Elizabeth Ferrell

1. Kanawha Co, WV; Marriage Registry, Vol #__(1904); Page 194; Line #729; WV Archives Web Site.
John Slack; age 23; born and living in Kanawha co, WV; widowed; married on 29 Oct 1904 in
Canelton, WV; Elizabeth Ferrell; age 21; born and living in Kanawha Co, WV; single.


Deanna "Dee" Watts

1. Douglas Mortuary; Welch, WV; Posted Obit.
"Deanna (Dee) Collins, 70, of Davy, left for her heavenly home on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Raleigh General Hospital, in Beckley. Born May 2, 1949 in Welch she was the daughter of the late Shirley and Ruth Williams Watts.

"Deanna was of the Pentecostal faith. She was a former employee of Magic Mart, Dollar General Store and K-Mart. She enjoyed life around her family.

"In addition to her parents Dee was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Roger Watts and one sister, Patricia Cornwell and one son Brian Reed.

"Those left to cherish her memories are two daughters, Tammy Reed of Bluefield and Selena Collins of Matoaka; one son, Jerry (Bub) Collins of Buchanan; two sisters, Brenda Hall and husband Keith of Davy and Lorena McCoy of Gloucester, VA; and seven grandchildren, Kim Dudleson of Martins Ferry, WV, Jonathan McCall of Bluefield, WV, Jared Roush of Texas, Megan McCoy of Princeton, Savannah Cantrell and Alexia Cantrell both of Martinsburg, WV, Jeramy Bennett of Davy; four great grandchildren, Lillian and Henry Dudleson, Brantley McCoy, Morgana Cantrell; several nieces and nephews.

"In honor of her wishes she will be cremated and the family will have a celebration of her life at a later time.

"The Douglas Mortuary in Welch is assisting the Collins family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.douglasmortuary.com."


Lana Paige Dempsey

1. Stafford Funeral Home; Lynco, WV; Posted Obit.
"Lana Paige Dempsey, left this world to play with the angels in Gods playground, just before she was born
on May 1, 2019 at Raleigh General Hospital, Beckley, WV. Lana is the daughter of Terry Joe Dempsey and
Francis Ann Massey of Oceana. She is preceded in death by an uncle Charles "Chucky" Smith; and great
uncle Lester Green. Also left to mourn her passing are her big brother Bryson Cole Dempsey; big sister Aria
Tyann Dempsey; grandparents Larry and Ellen Massey and Joe and Barbara Dempsey; aunts and uncles
Scotty Adkins, James and Kim Smith, Amanda Massey, Jody Dempsey, John Dempsey, Jerry Dempsey and
Christopher Dempsey; cousins Dominick, Daniel and Kaleb; and a host of other loving family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM on Monday May 6th in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral
Home, Lynco, WV with Rev. Hannibal Blankenship, Jr. officiating. She will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial
Gardens, Matheny, WV. Friends may gather with the family from 12:30 PM until time of services on
Monday at the funeral home. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco,
WV. "


James Norman Sigmon Sr

1. 1940 Census, Wyoming Co, WV; Slab Fork District; Glen Fork; E.D. 55-12; taken 12 Apr 1940; Page
313B; Image 26 of 82; Household #199.
Listed as James Sigmon; age 3; born in WV; in household of father, Peter T. Sigmon.
2. Wyoming Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1960); Page 353; WV Archives Web Site.
James Sigmon; age 23; born in McComas, WV; single; living in Glen Fork, WV; son of P.T. and
Georgia Sigmon; married on 25 Jun 1960 in Matheny, WV; Betty Stewart; age 18; born and living in
Matheny, WV; single; daughter of French and Littie Stewart.
3. Evans-Calfee Funeral Home; Pineville, WV; Posted Obit.
"James Norman Sigmon Sr., 83, of Glen Fork entered into eternal glory Friday, April 10, 2020 at Raleigh General Hospital following a series of illnesses.

"Born September 20, 1936 of McComas, WV, he was the son of the late Peter Talmadge “Tal” Sigmon and Georgia Belle (Sanders) Sigmon.

"James was a loyal, devoted, hardworking, compassionate, and Christ-centered man who cherished his family and friends all the days of his life. He always went out of his way to talk to everyone and show the love of Christ with all those he encountered. He was a faithful member of the Glen Fork Baptist Temple where he lovingly supported the various missions and ministries of the church for many years. He spent 37 years as a coal miner for Eastern Peabody Coal, was a small business owner, and a local union president for 9 years during his career. He was an avid trader and loved the outdoors. He always brought a smile to everyone he met and loved sharing the gospel with others. He selflessly helped those in need and supported many families, charities, and ministries throughout his life. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, uncle, brother, and friend to many.

"He was preceded in death by his son, James “Jim” Norman Sigmon, Jr. with late wife, Betty Gail (Stewart) Sigmon, and Betty Lou Acord Sigmon. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Betty (Sigmon) Norman.

"Left to cherish James’ memory and carry on his legacy are his granddaughters Molly Kate Sigmon and Chloe Grace Sigmon, both of Glen Fork, his daughter-in- law, Karen Sigmon, of Glen Fork, his brother, Talmadge Ray “Buddy” Sigmon and wife Dixie of Bristol, TN, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends.

"The Sigmon family would like to thank the loving staff of Raleigh General SICU, Fresenius Kidney Care, and the offices of Dr. Sulliman and Dr. Oye for going above the call of duty and giving incredible care and attention to James.

"In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a donation be made to a charity of one's choice in James' memory."


Betty Gail Stewart

1. Wyoming Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1960); Page 353; WV Archives Web Site.
James Sigmon; age 23; born in McComas, WV; single; living in Glen Fork, WV; son of P.T. and
Georgia Sigmon; married on 25 Jun 1960 in Matheny, WV; Betty Stewart; age 18; born and living in
Matheny, WV; single; daughter of French and Littie Stewart.


Helen Morgan

1. 1940 Census, Wyoming Co, WV; Clearfork District; Guyan; E.D. 55-7; Page 150A; Image 17 of 48;
Household #114.
Listed as Helen Morgan; age 4; born in WV; in household of father, Azzie Morgan.


Bessie Robinson

1. 1930 Census, Buchanan Co, VA; Rock Lick District; taken on 15 Apr 1930; Page 163A; Image 9
of 18; Family #84/84.
Listed as Bessie Robinson; age 8; born in VA; in household of father, Garfield Robinson.


Marie Eleanor Tuczynski

1. Stafford Funeral Home; Pineville, WV; Posted Obit.
"Marie Eleanor Tuczynski Olafson, 68, of Clear Fork, WV passed away on Sunday March 15, 2020 at Bowers
Hospice House, Beckley, WV. She was born on November 26, 1951 in Elyria, OH a daughter of the late Steve E. and
Dorothy Alice Joppeck Tuczynski. Marie was an employee of the Wyoming County Board of Education as a teacher
at Baileysville Elementary and Middle School. Marie attended Buckeye High School and graduated in 1970. She
was known as one of the “smartest girls in Litchfield” and was an active member of many clubs in high school
including band, choir, Latin Club treasurer, Future Teachers of America, Y-Teens, French Club, Girls Glee treasurer
and accompanist, and National Honor Society. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and received her
BA in Music Education in 1974. She later attended Stetson University in Deland, Florida and received a MA in
Education. She had certifications in Math and English and taught music for many years as well as elementary
children and was a Math and Reading Specialist in the Title 1 program. She excelled in all of her educational
endeavors. She spent a year doing her student teaching at an American Air Force base in Greece and began her
teaching career afterwards in Ohio. She later moved to Florida and began teaching at the Lake County Christian
School in Leesburg, Florida in 1978. She taught all subjects to the 4th grade class until 1989 when she moved to
West Virginia. She first taught at the Coal Mountain Grade School and later Baileysville Elementary and Middle
School until 1999 when she moved to Ephrata, WA and married Reuben on July 31, 1999. She taught part-time at
the Soap Lake Elementary School until 2002 when she returned to West Virginia to continue her teaching career.
She taught hundreds of students over her 33+ years of teaching. She was a beloved teacher of many students and
went above and beyond to create an engaging, fun, and memorable learning experience for her students. She
often would collect little gifts or momentos from wherever she traveled and would bring them back to create a
fun lesson for her students. She collected shells for all her students when she visited Hawaii—her students were
always the blessed recipients of her thoughtful gifts. The most important aspect of Marie’s life was her faith. She
was a faithful servant of the Lord and was known for her generosity in giving of her time and resources to serve
the church. She always donated to those in need even if she did not have an abundance herself. She trusted God
to provide for her needs. She was a faithful witness to many and shared her love for the Lord with all who knew
her. Her Christian life was the bond that connected her to many beloved friends and she nurtured relationships
with friends from all over the world. Marie loved learning and always made time to increase her knowledge. She
loved learning about her family history and connected to many people she met through ancestry discovery
websites and sought to learn more about her family origins. She had many hobbies and was a talented
seamstress. She made many Halloween costumes for Karen as well as a few prom dresses. She even sewed her
own wedding dress for her marriage to Reuben! She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Her hand was always busy
creating something wonderful. She also enjoyed watching movies and could never pass up a good love story. In
addition to her formal education, she was a great reader and believed in the value of libraries to educate the
world. She opened the first library in Coal Mountain, WV in a small renovated Train Caboose car—no small task
for her, but a great success. Marie was a talented musician—she sang and played the organ, piano, flute,
mandolin, and guitar (which she learned how to play left-handed). She grew up in the Catholic church and played
a large pipe organ for mass—sometimes three times on a Sunday. She often played the piano and sang at
whatever church she attended and developed her own comping style when playing hymns that added a dynamic
effect to the typical bar chords of that genre. She enjoyed playing with her friends in Florida and often got
together with them for some Bluegrass and Gospel jam sessions. She gave piano lessons to many children,
sometimes even exchanging piano lessons for handyman help while she was still single. She enjoyed traveling
and often made summer trips to visit her friends and family in Florida, Ohio, and Massachusetts. She and Reuben
traveled all over the United States and together visited 49 states. She’d hoped to see Alaska but didn’t get a
chance to visit. She was always up for an adventure, even when she started developing some physical ailments.
She loved to go to the beach in Florida, visit parks and museums, and was up for trying new things. She and
Reuben enjoyed visiting several Native American reservations on their travels and she always collected supplies
to donate when they visited. She was also the beloved mother of her daughter, Karen. Marie raised Karen as a
single divorced parent for most of Karen’s childhood. While a difficult task for any single parent, Marie poured all
that she had into her daughter’s life and her daughter was the joy of her life. She passed along to her daughter
many of her talents including her love of music—Marie first taught her daughter to play the piano and sing and
nurtured that interest in her—as well as interest in sewing, crafting, and many other arts. Marie also was her
daughter’s first teacher and passed along her love of reading and education, teaching her daughter to read from a
very early age. She was a wonderful woman, known by many, and led a full life, even while she was taken from
her loved ones far too soon. She will be greatly missed. Survivors include her loving husband of 20 years Robert
Dale Olafson; a daughter Karen Baird and husband Benjamin of Ayer, MA; two brothers Edward Anthony
Tuczynski of Minneapolis, MN and John Eugene Tuczynski of Elyria, OH; and a host of other loving family and
friends. Funeral services will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday March 18th at the Oceana First Baptist Church,
Oceana, WV with Pastor Jerry Cook officiating. Friends may gather with the family from 5 pm until time of
services on Wednesday at the church. In keeping with her wishes she will be cremated following the service.
Language in lieu of flowers. The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco."