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July 1, 1955, Bluefield Daily Telegraph Newspaper, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV.

ALBERT F. STURMS
Albert Faye Sturms, 47, of Montcalm, died yesterday morning at Bluefield Sanitarium after a short illness.
He was born in Mill Creek, Aug. 25, 1907, the son of the late Cora Mae Tolbert and Albert Hansford Sturms.  He was a retired coal miner.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lillie Blevins: one daughter, Mrs. Charlotte *Wasser* of Bluefield, and one son, Leon Sturms of Montcalm.  Also surviving are three brothers, Francis Sturms of Columbus, Ohio: Carl of Baltimore, Md., and Hershall of Huntington.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Montcalm Christian Church by the Rev. Mr. Melvin of Bluefield.
Pallbearers will be:  Tom Hogan, Robert Hart, Donald Helmandollar, Jack Coburn, Henry Sargent and Miles Stafford.  Flower bearers will be ladies of the Adult Bible Class.
The body will be removed from Cravens Funeral Home at 2 p. m. today to the residence.
Note: *Wasser* is suppose to be Wassum



4-21-54 is hand written on this clipping as well as the # 82 (age)  with a circle around it.

Mrs. Cora Mae Sturms -
- died April 21st in her home at 4:30 a.m.  She was born April 18, 1872.  Duration of illness, about 2 years.  She was the daughter of the late Emory Talbott and Clara Stonaker Talbott.  She is survived by her husband, Albert H. Sturms and sons, Carl Sturms, Baltimore; Albert F. of *Mountcalm,* W. Va., Francis M. of Columbus, Ohio; Hersel of Huntington; one daughter deceased.  She was the last of eleven children.  She was a member of the Methodist Church of Flemington.  A resident for 31 years.  Funeral services will be held Sunday at the Methodist Church in Flemington at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. J. H. Carson officiating.  Interment in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery, Flemington.  The body will remain at Graham Funeral Home at Flemington and will be removed to the Methodist Church at 1:00 p. m. to lie in state until the funeral hour.  Graham Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
*Mountcalm* is actually Montcalm, WV



2-22-55 is hand-written on this newspaper clipping

Albert H. Sturms
FLEMINGTON-(S)-Albert H. Sturms, 76, died at his home in Flemington at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.  He was born Aug. 3, 1878, a son of the late Isaac and Miranda Johnson Sturms.  His wife, Cora Mae Sturms, died in 1954.
He is survived by his children, Hershel T. Sturms of Huntington; Carl of Baltimore, Md.; Francic M. of Columbus, O.; and Albert Faye Sturms of Montcalm; two brothers, Stafford of Grafton; and Tracy of Parkersburg; two sisters, Mrs. Jasper Kalar, Parkersburg, and Mrs. Chester Phillips of Parsons.
He was a member of the IOOF Lodge of Flemington, a member of Local Union 887, and a member of the Methodist Church of Flemington.  He had lived in the Flemington community for about 30 years.



CHARLOTTE WASSUM POPE  *nee: Charlotte May Sturms*
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Charlotte Wassum Pope, 62, of Greensboro, formerly of Princeton, died Saturday, May 11, 1996, at a Greensboro hospital.
Born in McComas, she was a daughter of the late Albert Faye and Lillie Alice Blevins Sturms.  She was a retired licensed practical nurse.  She had been a resident of Greensboro since 1977 moving there from Princeton.
Survivors include her husband, W. Allan Pope, III, of Greensboro; three daughters, Susan Montgomery and her husband Scott of Milford, Pa., Beth Grurud and her husband Jim of Hinton, and Mary Quick and her husband Dean of Princeton; one step-son, Edward A. Pope and his wife Kim of Greensboro; one step-daughter, Vicki J. Pope of High Point, N. C.; one brother, Leon Sturms and his wife Faye of Montcalm; and ten grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a. m. Tuesday at......
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MR. HERSCHEL TALBOTT STURMS, SR., 68, of 312 Davis St., died June 12, 1978, at Sugarwood Country Club of an apparent heart attack.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a. m. Friday at Beard Mortuary by the Rev. Douglass M. Shepard.  Entombment will be in Woodmere Abbey of Peace.  He was born Feb. 20, 1910, in Mill Creek, W. Va., a son of the late Albert H. and Cora Talbott Sturms.  He was a retired letter carrier for the U. S. Post Office, a member of N. A. L. C. branch 359 and a memeber of Sugrarwood Country Club.  He was preceeded in death a grandson, Steven M. Sturms, 16, who died in September of 1977, and by a brother and a sister.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Virginia Marteny Sturms; a daughter, Mrs. Donald L. (Barbetta) Neal of Hunington; a son, Herschel T. Sturms Jr. of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Carl Sturms of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Francis M. Sturms of Columbus, there grandchildren, Alan B. Sturms, 19, Susan Sturms, 14, and Todd A. Neal, 13 and several nieces and nephews.  Pallbearers will be Jim Polling, James L. Anderson, James Cummings, Bob Vipperman, Angus Ross and Denver Walden.  Honorary pallbearers are Estil Arrowood, Donald Roberts, Lloyd Frankel, John Chittum, Miller Grove, Donald Beuhring, Howard Meadows and all other members of N. A. L. C. branch 359.  Friends may call from 6 to 9 p. m. at the mortuary.


Mon. Aug. 26, 1985, Bluefield Daily Telegraph Newspaper, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV

James J. Johnson
James Jeffery Johnson, 75, of North Tazewell, Va., died Saturday in a Bluefield hospital.
Born in Russel County, Va., he was a retired coal miner of the Pocahontas Fuel Co., Amonate.
Survivors: wife, Mrs. Olla Blevins Johnson; son, Ron R. Johnson of North Tazewell; daughters, Mrs. Dorothy M. Smith of Bluefield, Va., Mrs. Shirley Perry of Bluefield; brothers, William Johnson of Poland, Ind., sisters, Mrs Mable Lewis of Indianapolis, Ind., Mrs Mary Buchanan of Belleville, Ind., Mrs. Rosa Gibson of Fillmore, Ind., Mrs. Edna Ellis of Sumner, Texas, Mrs. Bonnie Kelly of Spencer, Ind., Mrs. Flora Kodak of Dante, Mrs. Lila Kelly of Clinchfield, Va., Mrs. Bessie Burks of Cloverdale, Ind., Mrs. Joella Berry of Speedway, Ind.; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a. m. at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Chapel, Tazewell, with the Rev. Wade Bishop officiating and burial at Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield-Tazewell Road.



Fri. Sept. 5, 1986, Bluefield Daily Telegraph Newspaper, Bluefield, Mercer Co., WV

Maude S. Jones
Maude Shrewsbury Jones, 82, of 2232 Avenue A N. W., Winter Haven, Fla., died Wednesday at her home.
Born in Mercer County, she was a daughter of the late Robert W. and Belle Shrewsbury.  She had lived in Duhring all her life, moving to Winter Haven in 1963.  She was a member of the Winter Haven Christian Church, and was preceeded in death by her husband, Smith Jones, one daughter, Pauline Owens, five brothers and one sister.
Survivors:  sisters,  Mrs. Claude (Frances) Garret of Princeton, Mrs. Paul (Alma) Mahaffey and Miss Grace Shrewsbury of Holly Hill, Fla.; brother, John Moore of Dublin, Va.; halfsister, Mrs. Dixie Dyer of Lynchburg, Va.; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be Saturday at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home in Winter Haven and burial in Winter Haven.
Information submitted by Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.



Mon. Jun. 2, 1986 Bluefield Daily Telegraph Newspaper, Bluefield, Mercer Co. WV

SMITH JONES
Smith A. Jones, 92, of Winter Haven, Fla., formerly of Duhring, died Saturday in a Winter Haven hospital.
A retired miner, he was a resident of Winter Haven for 20 years, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Winter Haven Christian Church.  He was preceeded in death by a daughter, Mrs. Pauline Owens.
Survivors:  wife, Mrs. Maude Shrewsbury Jones; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the O.H. Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven, with the funeral to follow in Winter Haven.
The family may be reached at 2232 Avenue A, NW Winter Haven, Fla. 33880


Wednesday Morning, January 23, 1957, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

D. L. LYNCH
Donald Lee Lynch, 22, of Route 1, Tazewell, Va., died yesterday in the Bluefield Sanitarium of burns suffered last Monday night at a Tazewell cleaning establishment.
Lynch, and employee of New Service Cleaners, was said to have been working on a boiler of the plant furnace when the accident occurred.  He was reported to have poured a fluid into the coals, resulting in an explosion.  He suffered severe third degree burns over most of his body.
Funeral arrangements will be made at Greever Funeral Home at Tazewell.
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Wednesday Morning, January 23, 1957, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

SOLOMON JACKSON BLEVINS
Solomon Jackson Blevins, 79, died yesterday morning in Bluefield Sanitarium.
Survivors include the widow, Della Jane Jones Blevins; one son, Oscar Blevins, of Northfork; nine daughters, Mrs. Hassie Gentle, Duhring, Mrs. Lillie Sturms, Montcalm, Mrs. Bertha Hill, Portsmouth, Va., Mrs. Olla Johnson, North Tazewell, Va., Mrs. Ethel Dalton and Mrs. Lois Sloan, of Jacksonville, Fla., Mrs. Janice Garrison, of Orlando, Fla., Mrs. Lorene Taylor of Elryria, Ohio; and Mrs. Hilda Redmond, of Danville, Va., five sisters, three brothers, 24 grandchildren, and 27 great-grand-children.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Cravens Funeral Home at Montcalm.
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Wednesday Morning, January 23, 1957, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

EARL SHELBY HIGGINBOTHAM
Funeral rites for Earl Shelby Higginbotham a former resident of Bluefield and brother of Mrs. J. E. Wagner of Bluefield, Va., who died at his home in DeLand Fla., Sunday will take place in DeLand today.
In addition to his sister, survivors include his wife, the former Miss Mary Byrd Sluss; three sons, Shelby, William and Richard, a brother, Bane Hensley, and another sister, Mrs. Douglas Griffin, all residents of Florida.
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Wednesday Morning, January 23, 1957, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

MRS. STELLA JAY CONAWAY
Funeral services for Mrs. Stella Jay Conaway, 69, of Sunrise Drive will be conducted tomorrow at 2 p.m. from the Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clyde Hensley officiating.  Interment will follow in the Monte Vista Cemetery.
Mrs. Conaway was a daughter of the late Charles and Florence Johnston Scott, and was born in Wytheville, Va., on October 8, 1887.  She was as member of Bland Street Methodist Church, Wingfield-Watts Bible Class and Mrs. S. M. Bernardís Circle, of the church, the Golden Age Club and Radford Chapter No. 92, Order of Eastern Star.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter, Mrs. C. E. Archer of Glen Lyn, Va.; two sons, Aubrey S. Conaway, Summersville, S. C., and Charles M. Conaway of Wilmington, Del.; and two brothers, S. A. and W. Noel Scott, of Wytheville.
Pallbearers are O. J. Hartwell, G. W. Rose, Willie A. Sarver, Robert Yost, F. G. Jones and J. L. McNabb.  Members of Mrs. Bernardís Circle and the Golden Age Club will serve as flower bearers.
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Wednesday Morning, January 23, 1957, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

MRS. ANNABELLE DESKINS
Mrs. Annabelle Deskins, 65, of Bushnell, Fla., died Monday at her home following a long illness.
She had been a resident of McDowell County for the past 60 years being one of the pioneer members of this section before moving to Florida five years ago.  She had been in failing health for the past few years.
She was the mother of Deputy Sheriff George Deskins and was preceded in death by her father and mother, one brother, and three children.
Survivors include her husband, George Frank Deskins, of Florida; five daughters, Mrs. Ethel Lockhart, of Richlands, Va.; Mrs. Bernice Perdue, of Iaeger, Mrs. Zelta Vance, of Iaeger, Miss Helen Deskins, of Bluefield, Mrs. Betty Chafins of Detroit, Mich,; two sons, George, of Gary, and Bobby B., of the U. S. Marine Corps of Miami, Fl.; one sister, Mrs. P. H. Bailey, of Iaeger; two brothers, Daniel Roberts of Williamson, and Thurmon Roberts of Iaeger; 31 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
The body will arrive Wednesday night  on train number 3 at Welch and will be taken to the Fanning Funeral Home at Iaeger.
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Wednesday Morning, January 23, 1957, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

BROWN SCOTT
Brown Scott of Roanoke, Va., and a former resident of Athens died at his home Tuesday following a lingering illness.  He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George W. Scott of Athens.  Mr. Scott attended schools in Athens and had been a merchant there until moving to Roanoke where he followed his trade until he becoming ill.
He was also a member of the Methodist Church of Athens and was married to the former Hattie Jane Pettery, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Pettery also of Athens.
Surviving, other than the wife are two daughters, Miss Helen Scott of Roanoke and Mrs. Mildred Palmer also of Roanoke, one sister, Mrs. Minnie Pennington of Princeton and two brothers, John I. and L. B. Scott, both of Athens.  Two grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services will be held in Roanoke tomorrow at 2 p.m. and interment will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery there.
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Wednesday Morning, January 23, 1957, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

POLLY JANE YATES
Polly Jane Yates, 79, of Haysi, Va., died at the home of her son at Harman, Va., yesterday.
Survivors include seven sons, Dewey, of Haysi, Autie and Malcolm, both of Harman, Frenchman, Huffard, Irving, and Charlie, all of Prater, Va., one daughter, Mrs. Haden Stiltner, of Grundy, Stiltner Pearly, Va., Mrs. Isom Viers, of Haysi, and Mrs. John Raines, of Harmon; two brothers, Charlie Deel, of Lee Master, Va., and Bert Deel, of Viney, Va., 51  grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Regular Baptist Church at Bull Creek, Va., with the Revs. Basil Bailey, F. M. Stiltner Henry Looney, and Charlie Deel in charge.
Interment will be at the Yates Cemetery at Haysi.
The body will be removed from the Virginia Funeral Home in Grundy to the residence of a son at Harman today.
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Wednesday Morning, January 23, 1957, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

WILLIAM BEVERLEY BRITT
Funeral services for William Beverley Britt, 54, of Yards, Va., who died of a heart attack while working in the Pocahontas Fuel Co. mine at Bishop, Va., Monday night, will be conducted tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Falls Mills, Va., Christian Church, with the Rev. Joseph Bachman, in charge.
Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Bluefield, Va..
Survivors include the widow, the former Miss Helen Thompson; four sons, W. B. Jr., James Lee, and Donald, all of Yards, and Kenneth, of McDonald, Pa.; four daughters, Mrs. Boyd Rogers, of Seymour, Tenn., Mrs. John Murray, of Doran, Va., and the Misses Dorothy and Patricia, at home; two brothers, Kenneth, of Leesburg, Fla.; and 25 grandchildren.
He was preceeded in death by his parents, one sister, and two daughters.
The body will be removed to the home at 2 p.m. today from the Pocahontas Union Funeral Home and will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
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Wednesday Morning, January 23, 1957, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

JAMES HARLIN HARRISON
James Harlin Harrison, 56, of Steinman, Va., died Monday at an Abingdon hospital, after a long illness.
He is survived by is wife, Hettie; two sons, William and Lawrence, both of Steinman; four daughters, Mrs. Beulah Irene Turner of Steinman, Mrs. Ermal Apprice Artrip of Powell, Tenn., and Miss Shirley Temple Harrison and Miss Faye Harrison of Steinman; two half brothers and two sisters.
The body was removed to the residence today.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
Colley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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Wednesday Morning, January 23, 1957, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

MONROE MULLINS
Monroe Mullins, 55, died at his home, Norland, Va., Tuesday after a lingering illness.
He is survived by his wife and nine sons, Wilford and Alford, both of Cleveland, Ohio, Bill of Pound, Va., Lewis, with the Army in Arizona, Franklin D., Fred, Johnny, Delzie, Frankie Dean, all of Clintwood; five brothers, George of Baltimore, Md., Butler of Florida, Jasper of Haymen, Ky.; two sisters, Bika Couch of Appalachia, Va., Mrs. Virgie Mullins of Pound.
Colley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Wednesday Morning, January 23, 1957, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

MRS. ALICE NOEL HARLESS
Mrs. Alice Noel Harless, widow of W. L. Harless of Narrows, Va., died yesterday at the home of her daughter Mrs. C. L. Shrewsberry of Narrows following a short illness.
Surviving, other than her daughter are three sons, O. C. Harless of Narrows, R. H. Harless of Hopewell, Va., and R. E. Harless of Rising Sun, Md.  One other daughter, Mrs. T. C. Bailey of Davey and 13 grandchildren also survive.
The body will remain at the Riffe Funeral Home in Narrows  until 12:30 tomorrow when it will be taken to the Baptist Church at Bozzo, where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. with the Rev. B. F. Sublett, pastor of the church officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pennington Cemetery at Bozzo.
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Wednesday Morning, January 23, 1957, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

DOROTHY FRANCES BRITTS McLAUGLIN
Dorothy Frances Britts McLauglin, 43, of Charleston, S. C. died at the home of her sister, Mrs. W. J. Cochran, in Washington, D. C., Monday while visiting there.
Born May 5, 1914, at Crozer, she was employed by the Greer Wholesale Drug Co., in Charleston, S. C.
Survivors include the father, Curtis Britts, of Front Royal, Va., her mother, Mrs. Ocie Mills, of Princeton, a daughter, Mrs. Jo Ann Williams, of Moncks Corner, S. C., two brothers, Joseph Edward Britts, of Ohio and Harry Nelson Britts of Key West, Fla., a sister, Mrs. W. J. Cochran, of Washington, D. C., and her grandmother, Mrs. J. E. Smith of 300 Kee Street, Princeton.
The body will arrive at Seaver Mortuary in Princeton, this morning where funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Wednesday Morning, January 23, 1957, Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, Mercer County, WV

DUNGLINSON, George Jr., 74, of Roanoke, Va., services today at 10 a.m. from the St. Johnís Episcopal Church in Roanoke.  Interment at 2 p.m. in the Monte Vista Park Cemetery in Bluefield.
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CONAWAY, Mrs. Aubery T., 69, of Sunrise Drive, tomorrow at 2 p.m. from Hawkins Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Monte Vista Park Cemetery.
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SHAFFER, Mrs. Agnes Burke, services tomorrow morning at 10 from the St. Maryís Church in South Wheeling.
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STOWERS, Dailey D, 79, of the Falls Mills Road at Bluefield, Va., today at 2 p.m. from the Dudley Memorial Mortuary Chapel at Bluefield, Va.  Interment will follow in the Maple Hill Cemetery at West Graham, Va.
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HURLEY, Mrs. Arthur, 37, of Kelsa, Va., today at 1 p.m. from the residence.  Interment will follow in the Charles Cemetery at Kelsa.
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COKER, Denny Ray, four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Haskell Coker, Pilgrims Knob, Va., 11 a.m. today from the home of Mrs. Shirley Chambers of Mavisdale, Va.  Interment in McGlothlin Cemetery.


 

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