Miscellaneous Lincoln County, West Virginia Obituaries


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    Born: November 15, 1935; Died: October 23, 1981; Age: 45 years, 11
months and 8 days.
    Funeral Services: Monday, October 26, 1981, at two o'clock pm, at the
Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, WV, with Rev. J. W. Burch officiating.
Interment in Lincoln Memorial Park.
    He was the son of the late Clate barton; a 1955 Graduate of Hamlin High
School; a Past Commander of American Legion post 111, Hamlin; a Veteran of
the US Army (Sgt., Special Forces); former employee of the Koontz Funeral
Home and the US Postal Service; member of Hamlin Baptist Church; and was
owner/operator of his trucking firm.
    Surviving: his wife, Antonia (Ulla) Kartmann Burton; a daughter, Karin
McComas; his mother, Nellie Barrett Burton; a brother, Ralph (Butch) Burton;
and a sister, Sue Ann Mullins.

DAVID LEE BIAS, 23, of Route 1, Buffalo Creek, West Hamlin, W.Va., was born
Sept. 26, 1969, died nov. 8, 1992.  He was a beloved son of Troy Edward and
Janet Leigh Justice Bias of the same address.  He was a member of the
Buffalo Baptist Church, and a graduate of Hamlin High School, a veteran of
the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.  Funeral
services will be conducted Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1992, at 11 a.m. at the Koontz
Funeral Home, Hamlin, with the Rev. Charles Markin officiating.  Burial will
be in Bias Cemetery, Route 1, West Hamlin, W.VA. Surviving, in addition to
his parents, are his wife, Joycelyn Bias from Manila in the Philippines; one
daughter, April Daleicia Bias of Manila in the Philippines; one brother and
sister-in-law, Gene Allen and Amy Bias of Oscoda, Mich.; maternal
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Columbus Justice of Delbarton, W.Va.;
great-grandmothers, Irma M. Butcher of West Hamlin and Pearl Justice of
Delbarton, W.Va.; two nephews, Jason and Andrew Bias; uncles and aunts, Gene
Bias, Mr. and Mrs. Junior Justice, Mr. and Mrs. Timmy Justice, Oscar
Hernandez, Bridget Gray, Lora Butcher and Anna Lou Butcher; and a special
cousin, Jesse Dale Butcher.  He was preceded in death by a special uncle,
Dale Butcher, and a special cousin, Phillip Butcher.  He is survived by many
beloved cousins and great-aunts, great-uncles and friends.  Friends may call
from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

    Born: July 1, 1894; Died: May 12, 1981; Age: 86 years, 10 months and 11
    Funeral services will be on Thursday, May 14, 1981, at two o'clock pm,
at the Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, W.V., with Rev. Emil Parker officiating.
Interment in Fairview Memory Garden, Hamlin.
    He was the son of the late William and Polly Rice Browning, the widower
of Verba Marie Tincher Browning, and a retired restaurant operator.
    Surviving are: 2 daughters: Mrs. Juanita Hall and Mrs. Helen
Christensen; 7 grandchildren: Richard Hall, Pam Dice, Curt and Margy
Christensen, Christine Lightman, Sue Tabernero and Carolyn Bills; and 7
great grandchildren: Caren Bills, Kent, Kimberly and Kerri Hall, Susi
Tabernero and Johnathan and Laurah Marie Dice.

    Born: January 16, 1908; Died: March 16, 1984; Age: 76 years, and 2
    Funeral services will be at the Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, W.Va.
Monday, March 19, 1984 - 11:00 o'clock a.m. with Reverend James Alley
officiating.  Interment will be in Franklin Cemetery near Branchland, W.Va.
    He was a son of the late Pad and Nettie Wysong Browning, and a retired
    SURVIVING:  Two daughters: Jeanetta A. McDonald and Dorothy Jean Huff;
Four brothers: Clifton, Paris "Brad", Elisha and Wilson Browning; Three
sisters: Lillian Lucas, Nellie Waldren, and Ollie Dailey; 11 grandchildren
and 10 great grandchildren.

    Walter Burk Bias, 95, of Wayne, W.Va., died Friday, Oct 9, 1992, at his
residence.  Funeral sesrvices will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Morris
Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Casey Stinespring.  Burial will be in
Elmwood Cemetery at Wayne.  He was born Aug. 23, 1897, in Lincoln County,
W.Va., a son of the late William Wesley and Serena Smooth Bias.  He was a
retired employee of the U.S. Postal Service.  He was also a former minister
of the United Methodist Church throughout Wayne County and served as
treasurer for the Wayne United Methodist Church for many years.  He was
preceded in death by his wife, Mae Sansom Bias.  Survivors include a
daughter, Ruth Gay Thayer of Wayne; three granchildren, Cynthia Lee
Sharretts of Monkton, Md., Jedffery Scott Thayer, both of Houston, Texas;
three great-grandchildren, Amanda Sharetts, Adam Sharetts and Jacob Evan
Thayer; and several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call from 2 p.m. until
service time Sunday at Morris Funeral Home, Wayne, W.Va.

    Mrs. Sadie Opal Monk, 69, of Green Valley Addition, Crab Orchard,
formerly of Sohpia, died Tuesday at a Beckley Hospital following a long
    Born Sept 30, 1917, at Egeria, she was the daughter of the late Samuel
T. and Victoria McKinney Shrewsbury.
    Mrs. Monk was a homemaker and a member of the Sophia First Baptist
    She was preceded in death by a son, James Garland Monk.
    Survivors include her husband, Garland Monk; two sons, Jack L. Monk of
Clarksville, Tenn., and Fred A. Monk of Manassas, Va.; three daughters,
Peggy Sue Burkhart of Big Rock, Tenn., Patty Wooten of Crab Orchard and
Barbara Jean Reid of Franklinton, N.C.; two brothers, Jasper Shrewsbury of
Stephenson and Walton Shrewsbury of Iaeger and Nola Akers of Matoaka; 11
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
    Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Sophia First Baptist Church
with the Rev. Jim Munday officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial
Gardens at Prosperity.
    Friends may call today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Williams-Blue Ridge
Funeral Home in Sophia and at the church one hour prior to services.
    Grandsons and son-in-laws will serve as pallbearers.

    Mrs. A. J. Barrett, 94, (better known by her many friends in Hamlin as
"Aunt Meck") died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. F. Morris, 2760 Third
Avenue, Huntington at 5 P.M. Monday.
    Mrs. Barrett, a sister of Brigadier General John S. Witcher of the Union
Army, who after the war of the 60's became paymaster general of the regular
army, was born in Virginia March 23 in 1846, daughter of Jeremiah and Polly
    Mrs. Barrett was preceded to the grave by her husband, Jefferson Barrett
many years ago.
    In early life she moved to Lincoln county and was a resident of Hamlin
until a year ago.  Then, because of enfeebled health, she went to Huntington
to live with her daughter.
    "Aunt Meck" despite her advanced years, resided alone in Hamlin up until
about a year ago, up until which time she did her own house work.  She was
known by every citizen of Hamlin and practically all the people of Lincoln
    Besides her daughter she leaves one son, Charles E. Barrett of Madison,
six granchildren and six great-granchildren.
    Funeral services were held at the Morris home at 3 P.M. Tuesday, the
Rev. W. A. Debar of the Hamlin Methodist Church officiating in the  presence
of a large crowd of relatives and friends.  Many from Hamlin attended the
services.  Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery, just east of Hamlin, with
Johnson-Koontz Funeral Directors in charge.

    Mrs. Nora Barrett, 95, of 213 Second St. N., St. Albans, died Saturday
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Esther McKinney in St. Albans after a long
    She was formerly of Lincoln County and she attended Good Hope Baptist
Church in Lincoln County.  She was a five-year resident of St. Albans.
    Also surviving: Sons, Joseph Barrett of Hurricance and Edward Billups of
Hamlin; step daughters, Mrs. Ermal Belcher of St. Albans and Mrs. Hattie
Campbell of Hurricane; stepson, Cebert Barrett of Culloden; sister, Mrs.
Maude Zeller of Sarasota, Fla.; 15 grandchldren; several great- and
    Service will be 2:30 p.m Monday at Casdorph-Curry Funeral Home, St.
Albans, with the Rev. Alvin Larck and the Rev. Don Strickland officiating.
Entombment will be in Cunningham Memorial park Mausoleum.  Friends may call
from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

    MRS LAURA BARRETT, 89, of Hamlin, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 1985, at home
after a short illness.
    Surviving:  sons, Lester Scites of West Hamlin, Haven Barrett and
Hercile Barrett, both of Hamlin: daughters, Juanita lucas of Huntington, and
Freda Weaver of Bucyrus, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-granchildren.
    Services held Tuesday at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, with the Rev.
Forest Cummings officiating.  Burial in Cites Cemetery, West Hamlin.

Born:  November 21, 1890; Died; May 13, 1977; Age, 86 years, 5 months, 23
days.  Funeral services 2:00 o'clock pm, Sunday, May 15, 1977, at the Koontz
Funeral Home, Hamlin, WV, with Reverend E.E. Hall officiating.  Burial will
be in the Scites Cemetery, West Hamlin, WV.
Son of the late Alonzo Barrett and the late Mattie Bostick Barrett.
SURVIVORS:  Widow; Laura Scites Barrett: Two sons; Haven and Hircle: Two
daughters; Juanita Lucas and Freeda Weaver: One sister; Ora Woodall:  One
stepson; Lester Scites; twelve granchildren and fourteen
Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, WV, in charge of Funeral Arrangements.

Born:  January 26, 1929; Died:  May 2, 1991; Age: 62 years, 3 months and 6
Funeral services will be at the Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, West Virginia.
Sunday, May 4, 1991 - 2:00 oclock pm with Reverend Clarence Hutton and
Reverend Frances Brown officiating.  Interment will be in Lincoln Memorial
Park, Hamlin, W. Va.
He was a son of the late Thomas and Laura Scites Barrett.  He was a former
Member of the Oriental band, Beni Kadem Shrine, Charleston, WV; was a Member
of Hamlin Lodge #79, F.F. & A. M.; was a Member of Trinity Methodist Church;
and was a member of Guy M Edwards Post #8886, Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He
was a former principal at Cabell High School; and was a former Coat at John
Adams Jr. High School and Charleston High School.  He was a Veteran of the
U.S. Army.
SURVIVING:  his wife; Jo Ann Turley Barrett; two sons: Stephen Frazier
Barrett and Michael Aaron Barrett; one brother: Haven Barrett; two sisters
Juanita Lucas and Freda Weaver; one half-brother: Lester Scites and three
granchildren: Stephanie Barrett, Tiffany Nicole Barrett, and Ian Frazier

Born:  September 4, 1923; Died:  April 25, 1992; Age: 68 years, 7 months, 21
Funeral services will be at the Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, West Virginia
Monday, April 27, 1992 - 1:00 o'clock pm with Reverend James Mounts and
Reverend John Losh officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Memory
Garden, Hamlin, W. Va. with Military graveside rites by Members of the U. S.
Army from Fort Knox, KY.
He was a son of the late Thomas and Laura Scites Barrett.  He was a retired
Veteran of the U. S. Army with Service in World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam.
He was of Foreign Wars, abd the Disabled American Veterans.  He was a
retired Barber; and was a member of the Central Methodist Church, Hamlin,
West Virginia.
SURVIVING:  his wife:  Geraldine Thaxton Barrett; one son: Thomas Barrett;
and one Daughter:  Trina Miller; two step-sons: Charles Dana Wilkinson and
Gary Wilkinson; one sister: Juanita Lucas; grandson: Joshua Miller;
step-grandsons: Jody and Chad Wilkinson; step-granddaughter: Missy

Born:  September 19, 1915; Died:  November 4, 1989; Age:  74 years, 1 month
and 6 days.
Funeral services will be at the Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, W. Va. Monday,
November 6, 1989 - 2:00 O'Clock P.M. with Reverend Walton Smith and Reverend
Milo Cummings officiating.  Interment will be in Goldsbury Cemetery, Sias,
W. Va. with Military Graveside Rites by American Legion Post #111, Hamlin,
W. Va.
He was a son of the late Garfield and Leila Adkins; was a retired school
teacher of 59 years; served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II;
was a Member of the Veterans Foreign Wars and American Legion Post #111; was
a member of Hamlin Lodge #79, A.F. and A.M.; and was a member and deacon of
the Bethel Baptist Church, Sias, W. Va.
SURVIVING:  his wife, Imogene Sizemore Adkins, Five Step-sons; Robert G
Sizemore, Jr.; SFC Ronnie Sizemore, Jeffrey Sizemore, Joseph Sizemore, and
Michael Sizemore; one Step-daughter:  Diana Sizemore Johnson; One brother:
Kermit Adkins; Four sisters:  Flawn Fletcher, Dorotha Ruff, Emiline
Krechting, and Doskia Everson; and nine step-grandchildren.

DARLES CLYDE ADKINS, 65, of Sias, W. Va. died Nov 12, 1994 at his residence.
He was born Dec. 22, 1928, in Sias, a son of the late Roy and Thelia Bragg
Adkins.  He was also preceeded in death by his brother Orville Adkins.  He
was retired from West Virginia Department of Highways.  He was a U.S. Army
veteran who served two tours of duty in the field artillery in Korea.  He
was a member of Palermo Methodist Church.  Surviving are his wife, Merideth
Dotson Adkins; his mother-in-law, Ercy Dotson; three sons, Clyde Adkins and
his wife, Janet, Joe Adkins and Wendell Adkins, all of Sias; a newphew whom
he raised, Elba Adkins;  Elba's five children, Amanda, Ashley, Heather, Josh
and Brittany Adkins; a great-great nephew who called him Pa Pa, Cheyenne
Merritt; four sisters, Jewwll Adkins of Sias, Sally Adkins of Charleston,
Mildred Adkins of Sumerco, W.Va. and Betty Baker of Ranger, W.Va.; and one
granchild.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov 15,
1994 at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, W.Va. by the Rev. K.D. Bragg and the
Rev. Tommy Cooper.  Burial will be in Goldsbury Cememtery, Sias, with
military graveside rites by American Legion Post No. 111, Hamlin.  Friends
may call from 6 to 9 pm Monday at Koontz Funeral Home.

MR. DALLAS EUGENE ADKINS, 55, of Salt Rock, W.Va.  passed away at his
residence Oct. 6, 1992, after a long illness.  Funeral services will be
conducted Monday, Oct 12, 1992 at 2 p.m. at the Valley of Decision Church by
Rev. Dick McGlone.  Burial will be in the Ray Cemetery  at Bear Creek in
West Hamlin.  He was born April 9, 1937, in Palamo, W.Va., a son of the late
Dowe and Lilly Burgess Adkins.  He was retired from the CSX Railroad and was
a former chief of the Salt Rock Volunteer Fire Department and also an
honorary member of the fire department, and a fire warden with the West
Virginia State Forestry.  He was preceded in death by two daughters and one
brother.  He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Rowena Ray Adkins; four
sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Donnetta of Richmond, Va., Greg and
Misty of Salt Rock, Doss and his former wife Dianna of Barboursville, and
Eddie and Loretta of Barboursville; nine grandchildren, Brian, Jennifer,
Brent, Jason, Robby, Michael, Michelle, Jessica and Brittany Adkins;  four
sisters and brothers-in-law, Eloise and Carl Brunty of West Hamlin, Joyce
and Kenneth Jones of Columbus, Ohio, Judy Swimms of Delbarton, W.Va., and Jo
Helen and Gary Adkins of Salt Rock; one sister-in-law and one
brother-in-law, Doris and Glen McFann of Lesage, W.Va.; 17 nieces, 14
nephews, and a host of relatives and friends, and a special friend, Harry
Moore, Jr.  Friends may call Sunday from 6 to 9 pm at the Wallace Funeral
Home, Barboursville, and after 1 p.m. at the church Monday.  Nephews will
serve as pallbearers.

SIAS - Clayburn Garrett Adkins, 75, died June 3, 1993.  He was born June 12,
Funeral services were conducted at Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, June 6, with
the Rev. Howard Oxley, the Rev. Walton Smith, and the Rev. Milo Cummings
officiating.  Interment was in Walker Adkins Cemetery, Sias (Big Laurel).
He was a son of the late Benjamin "Ben" and Sallie Adkins.  He was a member
of the Bethel Baptist Church, Sias; was a retired coal miner, was a U. S.
Military Veteran of World War II.
Surviving:  his wife, Elba Stowers Adkins; two sons, Daynor Joe Adkins and
Clayburn Garrett Adkins Jr; three daughters, Icyline Plumley, Doris Jean
Carver, and Linda Lou Browning; three brothers, Jessie Adkins, Carles
Adkins, and Winford Adkins; two sisters, Ilene Plumley, and Lizzie Adkins;
four grandsons, Michael Adkins, Jason Adkins, Scottie Adkins and Butch
Plumley; three granddaughters, Sherrie Carver, Krystell Carver and Amy
Browning; special friends, Harold and Naomi Oxley, Linnie Adkins, Dottie
Cummings, Miles and Minnie Browning; and a special cousin, Hallie and Sybil

Born:  November 6, 1921; Died:  March 5, 1982; Age: 60 years, 3 months and
29 days.
Funeral services will be Monday, March 8, 1982, at Two O'Clock pm, at the
Koontz Funeral home, Hamlin, W.V., with Rev. Russell Adkins officiating.
Interment is Fairview Memory Gardens, Hamlin, WV.
He was the son of the late Grover and Laurette Wilson Adkins; was a well
driller for over 40 years; and was a Veteran of WW II.
Surviving are:  his wife, Eunice Lovejoy Adkins; 1 son, Charles Shannon
"Skip" Adkins; 2 daughters:  Deanna Bradley and R. Elaine Adkins; 5
brothers:  Abe, Sig, Haskell, Purleigh and Bill Adkins; 2 sisters, Edith
Prader and Thelma Lovejoy; 5 granchildren and 1 step-granchild.

Born:  August 19, 1906; Died:  November 3, 1991; Age 85 years, 2 months and
14 days.
She was a daughter of the late John H. and Lelia Collins Bryant.  She was
preceded in death by her husband:  Jessie G Adkins; and was also preceded in
death by eight brothers and three sisters.  She was a member of the Buffalo
Baptist Church, Rt. 1, West Hamlin, W.Va.
Funeral services will be at the Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, West Virginia
Wednesday, November 6, 1991 - 1:00 O'clock P.M. with Reverend Clifford
Wilcoxen officiating.  Interment will be in Fairview Memory Gardens, Hamlin,
West Virginia.
SURVIVING is one daughter, Mrs. Melvin (Nettie) King; three grandchildren:
Dewanda Reedy, Douglas King, and Roger King; and eight great grandchildren:
Yvonne McDowell, Michael King, Michelle Reedy, Amy King, Angela Roberts,
Donna King, Brent Reedy and Laura King.

Flossie M. Bias
WEST HAMLIN-Flossie M. Bias, 82 of West Hamlin, died June 25 in St. Mary¹s
Hospital.  She was born Jan 3, 1911, in Sheridan, WV., the daughter of the
late Lucian and Anna Hayes Midkiff.  She was a retired teacher of 44 years
for the Lincoln County Board of Education.  She was a member of the Rebecca
Lodge, the West Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department Women¹s Auxillary and the
West Hamlin United Methodist Church.  She was a devoted mother, wife and
teacher.  She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Willie D. Bias; one
son and daughter-in-law, William K and Sonia Bias of Texas City, Texas; one
daughter, Delois Preston of Huntington; one brother, Donald Gene Midkiff of
West Hamlin; one sister, Jewell Midkiff, also of West Hamlin; nine
grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.  Funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at
the McGhee-Handley Funeral home, West Hamlin, WV.  Burial was in Enon
Cemetery, Salt Rock.

Was Known Farmer of West Hamlin Route 1, And A Son Of
The Late Sheriff Dan Bias
Crosby E. Bias, fifty-three years old of West Hamlin, Route 1, who died
Tuesday night of last week at his home, was buried Friday at 2:30 P.M. in
Lincoln Memorial Park following funeral services at the West Hamlin Baptist
Church, with the Rev. R. P. Isaacs officiating.
Mr Bias was an excellent farmer citizen and was highly respected by all who
knew him.  He was a son of the late Sheriff Dan Bias, and spent most of his
life on a farm on Buffalo Creek, near Hamlin.
Surviving are the widow:  Mrs. Eva Johnson Bias; five sons, C. J. Bias of
Huntington, Forest Bias of Hamlin, Dorsey and Calvin Bias of the U. S. Army,
and Crosby Bias Jr, at home; six daughters Mrs. Oneida Bias of Huntington,
Mrs. Juanita Hodge of Culloden and Misses Glennith , Jessie, Doris and
Dendandalee Bias, all of West Hamlin; six brothers, Ross, Charley, Otis,
Chancey, mack and Shelby Bias, all of West Hamlin; a sister, Mrs. Queen
Sikes of Huntington, and four grandchildren.

Born December 14, 1892 died December 4, 1976.  Age 83 yrs. 11 months, 20
days.  Son of the late Daniel and Emily Alford Bias.  Funeral services 11
a.m. Monday December 6, 1976, Koontz Funeral home, Hamlin, W.Va. Rev. Roscoe
Bias, and Rev. Bobby Burns officiating.  Burial in Bias Cemetery, Route 1
West Hamlin, W.Va. Surviving, 1 son Wilford Bias, 3 daughters, Mrs. Nella
Mae Pridemore, Mrs. Eloise Kingery, and Mrs. Mildred Johnson.  24
grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren.

Born:  September 10, 1914;  Died:  January 30, 1983; Age: 68 years, 4 months
and 20 days.
Funeral Services will be Wednesday, February 2, 1983, at Eleven O¹Clock Am.,
at the Koontz Funeral home, Hamlin, W.V., with Rev. Lawrence Duiley
officiating.  Interment in the Curry Chapel Cemetery, near Hamlin, W.V.
He was the son of the late Henderson "Bill" and Arguilla Carpenter Ashworth,
and the Widower of Fannie Baker Ashworth.
Surviving are:  3 Sons:  Roy, Billy and Guy Ashworth; 2 Daughters: Mary Ann
Pinkus and Sylvia Campbell; 2 Brothers:  Herman and Leslie Ashworth; 2
Sisters: Zola Blankenship and Louise Garrett; 9 Granchildren and 1 Great

Born:  September 25, 1899; Died: May 14, 1991; Age: 91 Years, 7 Months, and
19 Days.
Funeral Services will be at the Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, West Virginia,
Friday, May 17, 1991 ­ 11:00 O¹Clock A. M. with Reverend K. D. Bragg
officiating.  Interment will be in Bear Branch Cemetery, Spurlocksville,
West Virginia.
She was a Daughter of the late William and Laura Lovejoy Hill; was the Widow
of John W Adkins; and was a Member of the New Bethel Baptist Church,
Spurlocksville, W. Va.
SURVIVING:  Two Sons:  William C Adkins and Charles Dwayne Adkins; Two
Daughters:  Joyce Ramey and Nadine White; Two Brothers:  Eustace Hill and
Ronald Hill;  One Sister:  Irene Linville;  Seventeen Grandchildren,
Twenty-eight Great Grandchildren, and Two Great Great Grandchildren.

Born:  June 29, 1929; Died:  December 2, 1982; Age:  53 years, 5 months and
4 days.
Funeral Services will be Sunday, December 5, 1982, at Two o¹clock Pm., at
the Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, W.V., with Rev. Emil Parker officiating.
Interment in Enon Cemetery, Salt Rock, W.V.
He was a graduate of Guyan Valley High School, a veteran of the US Air Force
in the Korean Conflict, and was a pipefitter.
Surviving are:  his Parents, Romie and Opal Pridemore Bias; 2 Daughters:
Deborah Friberg, and Kathleen Bias; 1 Brother, Larry Bias; 1 Sister, Carolyn
Perry; and 1 Granddaughter Ileah Friberg.

Lincoln Monitor, Volume III, Hamlin, W.Va., Thursday, January 13,1910
   Last Friday, Mack Johnson, of West Hamlin, one of Lincoln's best known
and oldest pioneer citizens, passed from this life to the great unknown
beyond, after an illness of short duration.
    Uncle Mack, as he was familiarly known among his large concourse of
friends, was in the early days of our county, recognized as one of the
leading business men and democratic politicians of that day. He was for
several years one of the leading spirits of democracy in Lincoln County, and
on more than one occasion led his party to success. He was twice elected
sheriff of our county - 1876 and 1884. he retired from politics about the
year 1888 and devoted his time to business matters, in which he was as
successful as in politics. He has for the past few years been leading a quiet
life having accumulated a small fortune.
    Although he was 80, or more, years of age, he enjoyed the best of health
until his sudden illness some two or three weeks ago, which terminated in his
    He leaves an aged wife and a number of adopted children.
    He was a brother of F. M. Johnson, of Branchland, one of the leading
business men of our county and county clerk of our county for one term.
    The interment occurred Saturday in the West Hamlin cemetery.
    We tender our sympathies to the bereaved family and friends.

Born:  June 30, 1911;  Died:  September 17, 1994; Age:  83 Years, 3 Months,
17 Days.
She was a Daughter of the late Arvil and Lizzie Tabor Black; and was the
Widow of Leslie F Browning.  She was also preceded in Death by Two Brothers:
Harold R. Black and Odbert M Black.  She was a Member of the Walnut Grove
Methodist Church, Hamlin (Trace Creek), West Virginia.
SURVIVING:  Two Sons:  Leo M Browning and Leon F. Browning; One Daughter:
Elizabeth M. "Libby" Browning Lawson; One Sister:  Flossie Black Lawson; Ten
Grandchildren:  Grant Browning, Debbie Riggs, Chistina Hawks, Amy Speiss,
Greg Browning, Freddie Browning, Todd Browning, Lamont Lawson, Anita Miller
and Adam Lawson; and Twelve Great Grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be at the Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin, WV Monday,
September 19, 1994-11:oo O'Clock A.M. with Reverend Billy Browning
officiating.  Interment will be in Black Cemetery, Myra, West Va.  Friends
may call at the Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 O'Clock P.M. Sunday evening.

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