McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV Families and Individuals

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James Russell Rice Jr

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1968); Page 66; WV Archives Web Site.
James Russell Rice, Jr; age 24; born 3 Oct 1943 in Welch, WV; single; no previous marriage; living
at Box 731, Welch, WV; son of James Russell and Mattie Bell (Datson) Rice; married on 19 Apr 1968
at Welch, WV; Elizabeth Chaos Cota; age 21; born 6 May 1946 at Filbert, WV; divorced; 1 previous
marriage; living at Box 114, Davy, WV; daughter of Benigno and Elizabeth (Renka) Chaos.
2. Douglas Mortuary, Welch, WV; Posted Obit.
" James Russell Rice, Jr., age 75 of Welch, departed his earthly life on April 29, 2019 at the Beckley VAMC after suffering from several illnesses for many years.
Born October 3, 1943, in Welch, Russ was the son of the late Mattie Bel (Mary) Datson Howlett and James Russell Rice. He attended McDowell County Schools and was graduated from Welch High School in 1964 where he enjoyed playing basketball and especially football for the mighty “Maroon Waves”.

"After his high school graduation Russell fulfilled a lifelong dream by serving his country. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1964-1967 during the Vietnam War. He attended Basic and AIT Training at Fort Knox, KY and served the remainder of his term at Fort Myers, VA where he worked at the Pentagon directly under the Joint Chiefs of Staff in communications.

"After his discharge, Russ worked for Southern Insurance Agency and then for U.S. Steel for five years after which he used his VA Educational Benefits to attend Bluefield State College where he earned a degree in Education. Russell felt it was a privilege to teach as he began his career at Hemphill Elementary in 1977 followed by twenty-five years at Welch Jr. High and Welch Middle School until his retirement in 2003.

"He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in Welch. He was a member of the Welch Lions’ Club, Knights of Columbus, Council 6180 of Welch where he served twice as Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus, Fourth Degree, Assembly 2232, Princeton, WV, American Legion Post 8 of Welch, and 40 & 8 Local 1171 of Welch.

"Russ was happily married to his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth “Betty” Chaos Rice for fifty-one years having their anniversary on April 19, during his hospital stay prior to his passing. He thoroughly enjoyed camping and traveling with his family to whom he was completely dedicated. He also loved rooting on his beloved Washington Redskins and watching boxing with his wife on Saturday nights.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Daisy Donce Hodge Rice and Sydney Rice and Nannie Rose Riley Datson Bishop and John C. Bishop; a sister Laura Daisy Osinski; precious grandson with whom he has now been reunited, Kenneth Russell “Rusty” Eastman; a wonderful son-in-law, Ashley Eastman; a special uncle who was more like a Dad to him, Hubert Rice; his very special aunt “Aunt Dot” Collins; and many other beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins who all enriched his life as he grew.

"Those left to cherish his memory in addition to his wife, Betty, are daughters, Anne Marie Prucha (Michael) of Roanoke, VA, Mary Elizabeth Eastman of Shady Spring, and Jami Kathleen Rice of Princeton. Surviving grandchildren are Bethany Veneble (Josh), Matthew Keasler, Abigail Eastmen, James Eastman, Piper Rain Bross, River Prucha, Benjamin Prucha, and great grandchildren Morgan and Logan Wingler.

"A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, May 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church with the Reverend Sravan Kumar Reddimasu, celebrant. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton where military grave side rites will be conducted by VFW Post 1144, Iaeger...."


Elizabeth "Betty" Chaos

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1968); Page 66; WV Archives Web Site.
James Russell Rice, Jr; age 24; born 3 Oct 1943 in Welch, WV; single; no previous marriage; living
at Box 731, Welch, WV; son of James Russell and Mattie Bell (Datson) Rice; married on 19 Apr 1968
at Welch, WV; Elizabeth Chaos Cota; age 21; born 6 May 1946 at Filbert, WV; divorced; 1 previous
marriage; living at Box 114, Davy, WV; daughter of Benigno and Elizabeth (Renka) Chaos.


Ira Edward "Eddie" Justice

1. 1930 Census, Lawrence Co, KY; District 8; Louisa; taken on 9 Apr 1930; Page 108A; Image 3 of 30; Family #39/42.
Listed as Ira E. Justice; age 1 yr, 2 mons; born in WV; in household of mother, Haney Tackett Justice.
2. 1940 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Sandy River District; Krollitz; E.D. 24-57; taken on 12 Apr 1940; Page 1196A;
Image 27 of 74; Household #232.
Listed as Eddie Justice; age 11; born in WV; 2nd grade education; attending school; lived in Lawrence
Co, KY on 1 Apr 1935; in household of step-father, Roosevelt Hurley.
3. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1956); Page 344; WV Archives Web Site.
Ira Edward Justice; age 27; born at Matewan, WV; single; living at Iaeger, WV; married on 27 Feb 1956 at
Iaeger, WV; Katherine Evans; age 18; born and living at Iaeger, WV; widow.
4. Bristol, VA; Marriage License 70 017671; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Ira Edward Justice; age 41; born 8 Jan 1929 in WV; single; this was his first (sic, second) marriage; 8th grade
education; living at Iaeger, WV; son of Andrew and Haney (Tackett) Justice; married on 30 Jun 1970 at Bristol,
VA; Sue Ella Vanover; age 22; born 22 Nov 1947 in WV; single; this was her first marriage; 7th grade education;
living at Iaeger, WV; daughter of Hugh and Jettie (Taylor) Vanover.
5. McDowell Co, WV; Death Certificate #'72 006056; WV Archives Web Site via LDS Web Site.
Ira Edward Justice; age 37; born in WV; married; husband os Sue Vanover; living at Litwar, WV; manager of
apartment building; SS#235-38-1860; served in military from 1947-1950; son of Andrew and Hannie (Tackett)
died 4 Apr 1972 at home near Panther, WV; due to shotgun wound to chest; homicide; buried 7 Apr 1972 in
Iaeger Memorial Cemetery, Roderfield, WV.
6. FindAGrave.com Web Site; Iaeger Memorial Cemetery, Roderfield, McDowell Co, WV; submitted by
B. Walls; 21 Jan 2015.
Ira Edward Justice; born 8 Jan 1929; died 4 Apr 1972; buried here; grave marker photo shown; "WEST VIRGINIA *
PFC US MARINE CORPS".


Sue Ella Vanover

1. Bristol, VA; Marriage License 70 017671; Ancestry.com Web Site.
Ira Edward Justice; age 41; born 8 Jan 1929 in WV; single; this was his first (sic, second) marriage; 8th grade
education; living at Iaeger, WV; son of Andrew and Haney (Tackett) Justice; married on 30 Jun 1970 at Bristol,
VA; Sue Ella Vanover; age 22; born 22 Nov 1947 in WV; single; this was her first marriage; 7th grade education;
living at Iaeger, WV; daughter of Hugh and Jettie (Taylor) Vanover.


Benigno Chaos Sr

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1937); Page 193; WV Archives Web Site.
Belino (Belijno); born 12 Jul 1899 in Spain; living at Gary, WV; son of Manuel and Rose; was issued
a license to marry on 17 Aug 1937 in McDowell Co, WV; Elizabeth Renka; born 5 Jul 1916 in
Calumet, MI; living at Gary, WV; daughter of Fred and Antonia. (No return by a minister)
2. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947; Ancestry.com Web Site.
"Name: Benigno Chaos
Race: White
Age: 43
Relationship to Draftee: Self (Head)
Birth Date: 12 Jan 1899
Birth Place: Spain
Residence Place: Filbert, Mcdowell, West Virginia, USA
Registration Date: 16 Feb 1942
Registration Place: Filbert, Mcdowell, West Virginia, USA
Employer: United States Coal And Coke Co
Complexion: Ruddy
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Next of Kin: Elizabeth Chaos
Household Members:
Name Relationship
Benigno Chaos Self (Head)"
3. McDowell Co, WV; Petition For Naturalization; 24 Mar 1942; LDS Web Site.
Benigno Chaos; age 42; born 12 Jan 1899 in Gamis Spain; coal loader; living at Filbert, WV; height
5'5"; 180lbs; brown eyes; brown hair; medium complexion; married Elizabeth ______; 16 Deb 1940
in Bristol, TN she was born 28 Jul 1914 in Ahmeek (sic), MI; children: Mary, born 20 Aug 1938 in
Bartley, WV; living in Filbert, WV; Antonio, born 23 Feb 1940 in Filbert, WV; living in Filbert, WV; Rosa,
born 22 jan 1922 in Cabin Creek, WV; living in Lafarcada, Spain; and Manuel, born 12 May 1923 in
Weyben (sic, sp), Wv; living in Lafarcada, Spain; emmigrated to us from Vigo, Spain 16 Oct 1920
aboard the Manchuria; returned to Spain fron NY in Sep 1924 aboard SS Roussellion; returning to
NY on 27 Oct 1925 abord the SS Orizaba.


Elizabeth Renka

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1933); Page 21; WV Archives Web Site.
Frank Perecz; age 27; born in Spain; single; miner; living at Bartley, WV; son of Joe and Anna;
married on 28 Jan 1933 in Welch, WV; Elizabeth Renka; age 21; born in MI; single; living at Bartley,
WV; daughter of Fred and Antonia.
2. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1937); Page 193; WV Archives Web Site.
Belino (Belijno); born 12 Jul 1899 in Spain; living at Gary, WV; son of Manuel and Rose; was issued
a license to marry on 17 Aug 1937 in McDowell Co, WV; Elizabeth Renka; born 5 Jul 1916 in
Calumet, MI; living at Gary, WV; daughter of Fred and Antonia. (No return by a minister)


Benigno Chaos Jr

1. Melton Mortuary; Beckley, WV; Posted Obit.
"Beningo Chaos, Jr., age 77 of Welch, West Virginia passed away peacefully on June 8th, 2020, at the home of his sister in Daniels, West Virginia, while recuperating from recent health issues.

"The son of Benigno Chaos and Elizabeth Renka Chaos, Benigno was born on May 27th, 1943, at Welch. Benny was educated in McDowell County schools where he was a 1961 honor graduate from Welch High School and he was the first student to receive a dual diploma completing both college preparatory courses as well as the completion of the vocational requirements to become a certified welder. Benny began his college studies on a scholarship to WV Institute of Technology in Montgomery, West Virginia, after which he completed his four year degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson. He retired from Chevron Oil after a career as project manager of oil rigs off the coast of Louisiana as well as throughout the world. He enjoyed flying planes and helicopters and he loved traveling to different countries and interacting with people from many different cultures, but yet he was never happier than when he returned home to McDowell County where he cherished the solitude of mountain living, fishing in streams, stopping at flea markets and sharing his life with any dog that needed a home. Often he was affectionately referred to by some as the “the Dog Man.” Benny was a man of great faith and he loved living a simple life but he was not a simple man; brilliant, kind, and generous, he loved having a robust debate which he seldom lost! The “Dog Man” will be missed by his beloved dogs, but he will also be missed by his family as well as his many friends which he met along the way.

"In addition to his parents, Benny was preceded death by his beloved brother, Antonio Chaos.

"Survivors include one daughter, Danielle Deppisch Marks (Jim) and two granddaughters, Helena and Julia Marks of Appleton, Wisconsin and two sisters, Mary Barnett (Gene) of Roanoke, Virginia and Elizabeth “Betty” Rice of Daniels, West Virginia, in addition to a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, his many friends and his seven beloved dogs.

"Honoring Benny’s wishes, his body was cremated and a private memorial will be held at a later date."

Melton Mortuary in Beckley, West Virginia is serving the Chaos family.


Otis Cooper

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1958); Page 355; WV Archives Web Site.
Otis Cooper; age 23; born and living at Raysal, WV; single; married on 7 Jul 1958 at Raysal, WV;
Bessie Marie Brewster; age 17; born and living at War, WV; single; with consent of Clyde and Lou
Brewster, parents of Bessie Marie Brewster.


Bessie Marie Brewster

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1958); Page 355; WV Archives Web Site.
Otis Cooper; age 23; born and living at Raysal, WV; single; married on 7 Jul 1958 at Raysal, WV;
Bessie Marie Brewster; age 17; born and living at War, WV; single; with consent of Clyde and Lou
Brewster, parents of Bessie Marie Brewster.
2. Douglas Mortuary, Welch, WV; Posted Obit.
"Bessie Marie Cooper, 76, of English went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 14, 2017 in McDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Gary.
"Born September 10, 1940 in War she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Lou Brewster. She was a member of the Church of God, Atwell Mountain. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was a precious prayer warrior and loved talking and witnessing to everyone about Jesus.
"In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Otis Cooper; two brothers, Bill Brewster and Buck Brewster; and a sister Betty Click.
"Those left to cherish her memory are her son, David Alvin Cooper of Bartley; one daughter, Betty Lou Walsh of Hartwell, GA; two grandchildren, A.J. Walsh and Amber Knight of Athens, GA; and two great grandchildren. All whom she loved dearly.
"Bessie also had numerous special friends who loved her, and she loved them very much. We also want to thank all the first floor nursing staff of the McDowell Nursing home for the care and kindness during her stay there.
"Funeral service will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in the Jesus Church of Bartley with Rev. Hubert Sweeny and Rev. Pete Woods officiating. Burial will follow in Tom Sparks Cemetery on Bradshaw Mountain...."