McDowell and Wyoming Co, WV; Families and Individuals

Notes


Edna Maynard

1. Evans-Calfee Funeral Home; Oceana, WV; Posted Obit.
"Edra Maynard Smith, 96, of Columbus Ohio, formerly of Clearfork WV left us on January 5th, 2021 at 3:23 a.m. at the hospice house at James Cancer Center of Columbus Ohio.

"Edra was born in Pilgrim Kentucky on November 17th, 1924 to the late Bert and Edna Harmon Maynard. Those who have proceeded her in death are as follows: Siblings: Wendle, Lewis, Elza, Wade and Sadie Maynard DeLong and two sons, Ronald Wade Smith and a five-month-old son who never made it full term but still had a soul. Three brothers-in-law, Frank DeLong, Ralph Whittington, Jean Alvin Lamb, one sister-in-law, Betty Neely Maynard. Several nephews and nieces, Dean DeLong, Clifford Whittington, Ricky DeLong, Ann Lamb Start Pritchard.

"Those left to cherish her memory are Kay (David) Bower of Ravencliff WV. Two sons, Randy (Debbi) Smith of Clearfork WV and Doug Smith, of Columbus Ohio, who she shared the last 10 years of her life with and Dr. Emilio Amigo, of Columbus Ohio, a friend she adopted as a son.

"Two sisters who always looked to Mother for advice, Lutia Lamb of Kopperston and friend Gary Mitchell of Oceana and Ruth Whittington and friend Ron Altizer, both of Oceana. Two special nieces who loved her in their own special ways, Ruth (Benny) Toler of Clearfork and Linda (Eddie) Cline of Moneta VA. and Greg DeLong of Columbia, Missouri, who grew up with us. A host of great nephews and nieces. One cousin, Barbara Ann Whitman of Portsmouth, who treated Mother like the Queen she was and Corey Fletcher, a cousin she grew up with and forever stayed in touch. A special thanks to our cousin Jean Murphy Nichols who we got to reconnect with in Columbus Ohio. I must mention a very special lady, Kathy Sanders of Memphis, who Mother loved as much as she did us. Kathy treated Mother as her best friend for over forty-eight years and thought of her as her own Mother.

"Edra’s greatest enjoyments in life were her two Grandkids, Shane (Jeanie)Bower and Brittany Smith and her three great grandkids, Jagger and Jett Smith and Regan Bower. Nothing did her heart better than to come home with a house full of family members waiting to see her. Jett would plow his way through the crowd like a tornado, until he made it to Grandma. Regardless how big he got, he still would jump into her lap and wouldn’t stop kissing. That was worth the trip in, just to see the glee on her face. Two step grand kids, Terri and James Bower, three step great grand kids, Emily, Megan, Hank and one step great great grand child, Payton. Mother and Emily shared a special bond with Emily.

"Edra attended the Clearfork Valley Church when she resided at her home in Clearfork WV.

"Edra was followed on Facebook by hundreds. People loved to see how this Diva was dressing up to go out. She loved her fashion and make-up. Thanks to each of your comments, it kept her wanting to look her best.

"Many patients and their families would often tell us how Mother was an inspiration to their family at the James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio. A special thanks to two women who worked at the James Mother loved dearly, Carmin and Shim.

"Mother was the kindest person one would ever meet. She never had anything but something good to say about someone she met. She lost most of her sight at the age of 39 and the rest in January 2020.

"That didn’t stop her from being the best Mother God could give one. Those who knew her, knew she was like a Mother Bear protecting her cubs and if anyone ever crossed her kids, they had to deal with her wrath. She never retired from this role until the end of her life.

"We three kids of Mother’s did what we needed to do in order to make her life as comfortable as possible. It was a group effort and a group success. I had the best part, looking after Mother while my brother took care of the yard work and home and my sister took care of her personal affairs.

"One of her greatest enjoyments from life were traveling. Mother loved traveling all over the USA and Mexico. We would no sooner get back home from a vacation and she was ready to plan our next vacation. Her vacations with her sisters were always the best. Mother once said if she had her life to live over, she would love to have been a Ranger in Yosemite Park. She loved the great outdoors.

"We had some hilarious and some scary stories throughout time together on our vacations that need to be told in a book about Mother one day.

"Even after 96 years of life, mother's life ended too soon due to the negligence of a six day stay at a nursing home. This is very important to mention because the same can and does happen daily to our loved ones. Selfishly even 96 Life will never be the same without this amazing Mother but we will hold our heads high and remember the great times God gave us together. Until we meet again Mother, fly high and enjoy your beautiful body with no pain and new eye sight...."


John Wesley Jones Sr

1. McDowell Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1925); Page 203; WV Archives Web Site.
John W. Jones; age 33; born in Franklin Co, VA; colored; miner; living at Worth, WV; son of William
and Esta Jones; married on 8 Jan 1925 in McDowell, WV; Lizzie Brown; age 24; born in Campbell
Co, VA; widow; colored; daughter of _________.
2. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Northfork District; Indian Ridge; taken 2 Apr 1930; Page 38B;
Image 4 of 56; Family #28/28.
Listed as John W. Jones; age 37; born in VA; married at 32; Negro; no education; laborer in coal
mine.
3. 1940 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Northfork District; Bear Wallow; E.D. 24-53; Page 1007A; Image
43 of 62; Household #371.
Listed as John Jones; age 48; born in VA; married; 4th grade education; Negrolived in same place
on 1 Apr 1935; coal loader in mine; head of household.


Mary Angie Jones

1. 1930 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Northfork District; Indian Ridge; taken 2 Apr 1930; Page 38B;
Image 4 of 56; Family #28/28.
Listed as Mary Jones; age 15; born in WV; Negro; in household of father, John W. Jones.
2. 1940 Census, McDowell Co, WV; Northfork District; Bear Wallow; E.D. 24-53; Page 1007A; Image
43 of 62; Household #371.
Listed as Marinda Jones; age 26; born in WV; single; 8th grade education; Negro; lived in same
place on 1 Apr 1935; in household of father, John W. Jones.


Everett Eugene Watts

1. Wyoming Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1966); Page 338; WV Archives Website.
Everett Eugene Watts; age 18; born 20 Jan 1947 at Bartley WV; no previous marriage; living at
Kopperston, WV; son of Everett and Carrie (Lester) Watts; married on 16 Jan 1966 in Kopperston,
WV; Liselotte Kinz; age 18; born 30 Sep 1947 in Germany; no previous marriage; living in
Schaafheim, Germany; daughter of George and Katharina (Rvimm) Kinz.
2. California, U.S., Divorce Index, 1966-1984; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Everett E Watts
Spouse Name: Lisalott Kinz
Location: Monterey
Date: Jan 1967"
3. Alexandria, VA; Marriage License #70 013448; Ancestry.com Website.
Everett Eugene Watts; age 23; born 20 Jan 1947 in WV; single; this is his 1st (sic, 2nd) marriage; 4
yrs HS education; living at Kopperston, WV; son of Everett and Carrie (Lester) Watts; married on 12
May 1970 in Woodbridge, VA; Janette Marie McDonald; age 24; born 15 Mar 1946 in VA; single; this
is her 1st marriage; 4 yrs HS education; living at 44 South Gordon St, Alexandria, VA; daughter of
Edward S. and Mary M. (Yahraes) McDonald.
4. Virginia, U.S., Divorce Records, 1918-2014; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Everett Eugene Watts
Gender: Male
Race: White
Divorce Age: 24
Birth Date: 20 Jan 1947
Marriage Date: 12 May 1970
Divorce Date: 13 Jan 1972
Divorce Place: Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Spouse: Janette Marie McDonald
Certificate Number: 1972000015
Number of Children: 0"
5. Evans-Calfee Funeral Home; Oceana, WV; Posted Obit.
"Everett Eugene “Squeak” Watts, 73, of Chapin, SC, formerly of Kopperston, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Columbia, SC.

"Born January 20, 1947 in Bartley, WV, he was the son of the late Everett Watts and Carrie Lester Watts.

"Everett was a proud veteran of the US Army and a Vietnam Veteran, where he earned a Purple Heart.

"Everett lived in Kopperston for over twenty-four years. He enjoyed coaching t-ball and volunteered to help maintain the ball fields. He was always very involved with the community and children. He was known to his neighbors as a person with a humble heart.

"He spent fifteen years working for Eastern Coal and was a member of the mine rescue team. After leaving Eastern, he and his wife moved to live on Lake Murray in Chapin, SC. where he loved to go fishing, water ski and ride jet skis.

"He enjoyed taking care of his home and took great pride in the work he did. His favorite pastime was working along side his grandson on his 1976 Corvette Stingray, which they lovingly referred to as their baby.

"In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie and Dorothy and two brothers, Robert and Frank.

"Everett is survived by his loving wife of forty-one years, Drema Edwards Watts, his son, Everett E. “Gene” Watts II and grandson, Benjamin Aldan Watts, both of whom were his pride and joy. He is also survived by his sister, Roberta Hurman and a host of nieces and nephews."


Lisalotte Kinz

1. Wyoming Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1966); Page 338; WV Archives Website.
Everett Eugene Watts; age 18; born 20 Jan 1947 at Bartley WV; no previous marriage; living at
Kopperston, WV; son of Everett and Carrie (Lester) Watts; married on 16 Jan 1966 in Kopperston, WV;
Liselotte Kinz; age 18; born 30 Sep 1947 in Germany; no previous marriage; living in Schaafheim,
Germany; daughter of George and Katharina (Rvimm) Kinz.
2. California, U.S., Divorce Index, 1966-1984; Ancestry.com Website.
"Name: Everett E Watts
Spouse Name: Lisalott Kinz
Location: Monterey
Date: Jan 1967"


Roosevelt Osborne

1. Logan Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1949); Page 257; WV Archives Web Site.
Roosevelt Osborne; age 19; born in Boone Co, WV; single; living at Lorado, WV; son of McKinley
and Mae Osborne; married on 2 May 1949 in Logan, WV; Beulah Gibson; age 16; born in Boone
Co, WV; single; living in Lorado, WV; daughter of Clifford and Goldie (Blankenship) Gibson.


Beulah May Gibson

1. Logan Co, WV; Marriage Records; Vol #__(1949); Page 257; WV Archives Web Site.
Roosevelt Osborne; age 19; born in Boone Co, WV; single; living at Lorado, WV; son of McKinley
and Mae Osborne; married on 2 May 1949 in Logan, WV; Beulah Gibson; age 16; born in Boone
Co, WV; single; living in Lorado, WV; daughter of Clifford and Goldie (Blankenship) Gibson.


Arabelle Gibson

1. Stafford Funeral Home; Lynco, WV; Posted Obit.
"Arabelle Gibson Harris, 87 of Lexington passed away peacefully at her residence on Friday, May 08, 2020. Arabelle
was born March 21, 1933 to the late Clifford Gibson and Goldie Blankenship Gibson in Logan County, West
Virginia. Arabelle worked many years in the Home Health field and always loved assisting her patients; she was
also a self-employed business owner of the Du Drop Inn in Chicago. Arabelle got great joy from reading and
gardening, it always brought a smile to her face. She was such a loving mother, sister, grandmother,
great-grandmother and friend, she will be greatly missed. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by
one daughter, Diana Kay Daniels; one sister, Beulah May Osborne; one brother, Arnold Lee Gibson; and one
granddaughter, Angela Chandler. Surviving are her two sons, Ronnie Daniels and wife Mary of Lexington; William
Daniels, Jr. of Cyclone, WV, four daughters, Carolyn Chandler and husband Clarence of Vermilion, OH, Patricia
Evans and husband Charles of Cyclone, WV, Donna Daniels of Brandywine, WV and Teresa Paynter of Cyclone, WV;
two brothers, Van Gibson and wife Priscilla of Alabama and Jimmy Gibson of Oklahoma; one sister, Barbara
Osborne of WV; she also leaves behind many beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great
grandchildren. A family visitation will be held on Tuesday May 12th in the Chapel of Stafford Family Funeral
Home, Lynco, WV. She will be laid to rest in Home Sweet Home Cemetery, Buffalo Creek, WV. Online condolences
may be sent to the family at www.jcgreenandsons.com The Family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral
Home, Lynco, WV."


John Washington Ramsey

1. McDowell Co, WV; Death Certificate #8286; WV Archives Website.
John W. Ramsey; age 27; born 24 Sep 1918 in Wadesboro, NC; single; colored; miner; living at
Vivian, WV; son of George W. and Mary E. (Saunders) Ramsey; father born in Salisbury, NC; mother
born in Chester, SC; died 26 Jul 1946 at Vivian, WV; due to broken neck, caused by electrocution in
mine; buried 28 Jul 1946 in Oak Grove Cemetery, Bluewell, WV; informant, Pearl Ramsey, Vivian, WV.