Mary "Adaline" (Miller) Shaffer was born on Feb. 19, 1850 in or near Kingwood, Preston County, WV, the daughter of Hezekiah and Keziah Ellen (Fawcett) Miller.
On Sept. 15, 1870, when she was about 20 years of age, Adaline was united in the bonds of matrimony with 21-year-old Nehemiah "Harvey" Shaffer (April 1849-1920?), also spelled "Nemiah." The wedding was officiated by M. McNeel at the home of Herman McGinnes. On their marriage license, the bride's father wrote on Sept. 12, 1870 -- "i this day gave my Daughter Mary A. Miller from under my hand And so Asign the Above Riten. Hezekiah Miller Sr."
The Shaffers together produced a family of at least six children -- Melissa Shaffer, Alice Fuller, John "Hezekiah" Shaffer, Isa Mae "Icy" Shaffer, Perry Shaffer and Carrie Belle Martin.
They resided for decades on a farm in Newburg, Preston County.
The U.S. census of 1900 shows that the family received its postal mail at Kingwood, with Harvey employed as a farmer and 27-year-old son John as a coal miner. In 1900, the census shows Harvey, age 61, working as a farmer and son Hezekiah as a coal miner.
When the 1910 and 1920 censuses were taken, the Shaffers lived in Kingwood, with Harvey continuing his lifelong labor as a farmer. Their son Perry lived next door during that time.
Harvey wrote his last will and testament dated March 18, 1919. He left all of his estate to Adaline and instructed that upon her death, what was left to was to go to their son Perry.
The couple was counted together in Kingwood when the census again was made in January 1920. The census-taker spelled his name "Nemi H."
Harvey died between January and March 1920.
Adaline outlived herhusband by almost five years. She died two days before Christmas 1924. Funeral services were held in the Hopewell church on Christmas day, said a newspaper, "in the presence of a large congregation of sorrowing friends and relatives."
A search of Janice Cale Sisler's book, In Remembrance Cemetery Listings for Preston County, was not successful for locating their burial site.
~ Son John "Hezekiah" Shaffer ~
Son John "Hezekiah" Shaffer (1873-1955) was born on Feb. 1 or 2, 1873 in Kingwood, Preston County.
Evidence suggests that he was joined in marriage with Elizabeth Belle "Lizzie" Cupp (Jan. 17, 1876-1905), daughter of Martin V. and Catherine Elizabeth (Nieman) Cupp of Preston County.
Together the couple produced a son, George Daniel Shaffer, born in July 1896 in Brandonville, Preston County.
But the marriage was short lived. The pair divorced during the late 1890s.
Hezekiah never married again. He was employed as a coal miner in Preston County in 1900 when he was 27 years of age. In 1910, he lived at home with his parents and labored as a coal miner.
When the census was taken in 1920, Hezekiah was marked as "married" at age 46 but living alone in his home on Church Road. That year, he continued his employment as a miner. In time he also earned a living as a building carpenter, and maintained a residence in Newburg, Preston County.
Hezekiah began to seriously suffer in about 1925 with a type of illness diagnosed as manic depressive psychosis. He bore this illness for the rest of his long life. As it worsened circa 1945, he was admitted to the Andrew S. Rowan Memorial Home in rural Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV. He remained institutionalized there for nine-and-a-half years, or 3,444 days in all, treated for most of that time by Dr. J.U. Rohr.
The facility also has been known as the Sweet Springs Hotel, located on State Route 311. Built in 1833, it served as a hotel until the 1920s and then became a tuberculosis sanitarium in the early 1940s and an "old people's home" in the mid-1940s.
Just a few weeks before his 82nd birthday, Hezekiah was felled by heart failure followed by a heart attack. Death carried him into eternity on Jan. 11, 1955. The remains were lowered into eternal sleep in the Memorial Home's cemetery.
Former wife Elizabeth married a second time on March 31, 1901, when she was 25 years of age, to 22-year-old Charles Henry Fike (March 24, 1875-1939), son of Joseph and Cecilia Josephine (Friend) Fike of Fayette County, PA. Jeremiah Thomas presided over the wedding, held in his residence. Three more offspring were born to this union -- Eula Guthrie, Ruby Pearl Cramer and Leslie V. Fike. Tragically, about six weeks after giving birth, she died at the age of only 29 on March 25, 1905. She reposes for all time in the Cupp Cemetery in Preston County. The widowed Charles married again to Lois May Guseman (1874-1939). The couple dwelled in Carmichaels, Greene County, and in 1939 he was employed by the Works Progress Administration. Double tragedy occurred when Lois died just four days before Christmas 1939. The very next day, despondent over her passing, and fearing facing the holidays alone, Charles "walked into the Monongahela river and was drowned," reported a newspaper. Charles and Lois were laid to rest in a double funeral with burial in Laurel Point Cemetery in Carmichaels.
Son George Daniel Shaffer (1896-1976) was born on July 12, 1896 in Brandonville, Preston County. His birth record in Preston County states his father's name as "John Henry Shaffer." When he was 23 years old, on March 5, 1921, George wedded 22-year-old Iva Eureth Early (1898-1979) of Preston County bur originally from Maryland. Methodist Episcopal church pastor Rev. S.E. Ryan officiated at the ceremony held at the home of John Cupp. Three known children born into this family were Marshall Van Buren Shaffer, Stanley John Shaffer and Isa Shaffer. The federal census enumeration of 1930 shows the Shaffers living in the Pleasant District of Preston County, with George earning a living as a farmer. He died the day after Christmas 1976 at the age of 80. Interment was in Shady Grove Union Cemetery in Brandonville. Iva lived for another three years as a widow and passed away in June 1979.
Great-grandson Larry Metheny was united in wedlock with Susan. They have lived in Bruceton Mills.
Great-grandson Robert Metheny was joined in matrimonial union with Judy. Their residence has been in Bruceton Mills.
Great-grandson Daniel "Danny" Metheny wedded Tammy. They planted themselves in Bruceton Mills.
~ Daughter Isa Mae "Icy" (Shaffer) Britton ~
Daughter Isa Mae "Icy" Shaffer (1879-1948) was born on March 31, 1879 in Newburg, Preston County, WV.
At the age of 23, on Christmas Eve 1902, she was joined in matrimony with 30-year-old Waitman T. Britton (1873-1948). The happy event was held near Howesville, Preston County, presided over by H.C. Howard.
Sadly, while digging out of a deep snow in the winter of 1948, the exhausted Waitman froze to death on Feb. 8, 1948. Burial was in Campground Cemetery near Tunnelton, Preston County.
Icy only outlived him by only eight days, and died at the age of 68, on Feb. 20, 1948.
~ Son Perry Shaffer Sr. ~
Son Perry Shaffer Sr. (1884-1955) was born on Sept. 14, 1884 in Kingwood, Preston County, WV.
On Aug. 3, 1907, when he was 22 years of age, and she 21, he wedded Effie "Nettie" Cook (1885-1946), the daughter of German immigrant Herman Cook of Preston County. The nuptials were officiated by J.W. Engle at his home.
The federal censuses of 1910 and 1920 show the family living in Kingwood, next to Perry's parents.
They bore a brood of 10 known children -- John "Ward" Shaffer, Alice Virginia Boyce, Walter Francis Shaffer Sr., Charles Shaffer, Mary A. Morris, Herman Harvey Shaffer, Clark Shaffer, Perry Shaffer Jr., Jessie Dean and Helen Louise Morris.
Perry was a saw mill laborer. The federal census enumeration of 1910 shows the family in Kingwood, with Perry earning a living as a laborer that year. They were next-door neighbors to his parents. When the census again was made in 1920, Perry worked as a lumberman in a sawmill, and the family dwelled along Birds Creek Road.
In time they later moved to Grassy Run, near Fairmont, Marion County, WV, where Perry made his income as a farmer.
Unfortunately, Nettie suffered from diabetes, and one of her feet became infected with gangrene. After surgery to amputate her right leg, she went into shock, and died at Fairmont General Hospital on Feb. 25, 1946, at the age of 60.
Perry outlived her by nine years. He died in Fairmont General Hospital at the age of 70 on June 22, 1955, caused by uremia. He is buried at Mt. Zion Cemetery, with an obituary published in the Fairmont Times.
Son John "Ward" Shaffer (1908-1975) was born in about 1908 in Kingwood or Newburg, Preston County. He grew up in the Kingwood area and circa 1927, when both were 19 years old, was united in wedlock with Artis Lewellen Conley (1908-1987), daughter of Edward Bunker and Dicke A. (Pratt) Conley. At least two children were the result of this marriage -- Betty Irene Shaffer and Lorena Mae Shaffer. The United States Census of 1930 shows the Shaffers in Kingwood, with Artis' unmarried sister Evaline B. Conley living under their roof. Ward earned income at that time as a coal miner. By 1935, the family relocated to Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV and in1940 in the Morgan District near Morgantown. The 1940 census lists Ward as a motor man in a coal mine, and the census-taker spelled the family surname "Schaffer." Ward passed away in August 1975 at the age of 66. His remains were laid to rest in Beverly Hills Memorial Park. The widowed Artis outlived him by 22 years. Death swept her away at the age of 88 on July 7, 1997.
Daughter Alice Virginia Shaffer (1909-1988) was born in about 1909 in Kingwood, Preston County. When she was 18 years of age, on Oct. 20, 1928, she married 19-year-old William "Burgess" Boyce (1909-1991), son of John Boyce of Fairmont. Rev. William R. Moyer led their ceremony. They dwelled in Grassy Run near Fairmont, Marion County. Seven known children produced in this family were Charles William Boyce, Chester Lee Boyce, Freda Mae Helms, Harry Brady Boyce, Rita Virginia Satterfield, John Perry Boyce and Carol Sue Duncan. The family was plunged into grief when eldest son Charles, who had suffered from congenital swelling of his left kidney due to a buildup of urine, underwent surgery at Fairmont Emergency Hospital. He died there at the age of three years, nine months and 12 days on May 8, 1933, with burial in Vincent Cemetery. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1940, Burgess was employed as a laborer in Marion County, working for the Works Progress Administration. The WPA was one of the ways President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the federal government tried to overcome unemployment and is widely considered one of the Roosevelt's largest and most ambitious undertakings of his "New Deal" to get the nation back on sound economic footing. Over the years, the WPA hired millions of out-of-work individuals to build public works projects, such as roads, bridges, retaining walls and buildings.
Great-grandson Jerry Allen Boyce (1963-2015) was born on May 2, 1963 in Marion County, WV. In young manhood he learned the trade of automotive technician. He was united in matrimony with Colleen Wolfe ( ? - ? ), daughter of Eugene and Jean Wolfe. Their three sons were Johnathon Allen Boyce, William Lee Boyce and Sean Swiger. The family settled in Shinnston, Harrison County, WV, where Jerry worked for Astro Buick in Fairmont. Said a newspaper, "He particularly enjoyed riding motorcycles and dirt bike racing in his younger years. He was a member of the Southern Cruiser Motorcycle Club. In addition, he liked taking care of his yard, going to auctions, projects with his father-in-law, and helping friends and family fix things." At the age of 52, Jerry surrendered to death in United Hospital Center in nearby Bridgeport on July 1, 2015. Interment of the remains was in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.
Great-grandson Robert Eugene Boyce was joined in wedlock with Phyllis Ann. Circa 2015, they made a home in Fairmont.
Great-grandson William Edward "Bill" Boyce entered into marital union with Eugenia Mae "Genia" West (June 20, 1959-2015), daughter of Eugene Garrett and Dorothy Mae (Kennedy) West of Marion County. Their marriage endured for 35 years until cleaved apart by death. They did not reproduce and dwelled in Monongah, WV. Eugenia was a country western singer who performed at local festivals and on karaoke nights at Mom's Restaurant. She belonged to the Salvation Army Home League and volunteered with literacy organizations. She earned a living through her work at Film Box, Solo gasoline station and Murphy Mart. Sadness blanketed the family when Eugenia passed away at home at the age of 55 on April 12, 2015. Her funeral service was conducted by Lt. Benny Carringer of the Salvation Army. An obituary was published in the Fairmont Times West Virginian.
Great-grandson Gary Ray Boyce has resided in Fairmont.
Great-granddaughter Jane Lee Boyce wedded (?) Swaino. She moved to Ohio.
Great-grandson James "Jim" Helms married Penny. Their home in 2007 was in Orrville.
Great-grandson Daniel "Danny" Helms dwelled in Orville.
Great-grandson Timothy P. Helms was twice-wed. His first wife was Cynthia Massie ( ? - ? ), daughter of James and Donna Massie. Together they bore at least one son, Timothy Arl "Tim" Helms. After a divorce, he married again to LaQuinta (?). Circa 2007, Timothy and LaQuinta were in Smithville, OH. Three other children were part of this family -- Joshua Helms, Amanda Helms and Larissa Helms. On the tragic day of June 12, 2016, son Timothy died at the age of 32 after a motorcycle accident. Rev. Arnie Kaufman led the funeral service at the First Church of God in Wooster.
Great-grandson Howard Maag was adopted into the family. He was joined in matrimony with Patty and has resided in Port Washington, OH.
Great-granddaughter Joyce Helms was united in wedlock with Terry Cotton. They put down roots in Creston, OH.
Great-grandson Steven Wayne Boyce married Regina and has lived in Monongah.
Great-granddaughter Rebecca Darlene Boyce was deceased by 2014.
Great-granddaughter Brenda Gay Boyce (1955-2019) was born on Sept. 2, 1955 in Fairmont. After high school, she was employed for 29 years as a nutrition service worker at Fairmont Regional Medical Center. She wedded Ronald Wayne Moore (Feb. 13, 1955-2021),son of Rex and Lucille (Jeffries) Moore. The couple's marriage endured for 45 years. Together, the couple bore two sons -- Ronald Wayne Moore II and Andrew Moore. Ronald ws a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. They made a home in Fairmont and belonged to Victory Baptist Church. Ronald was employed in a Westinghouse factory. Said the Clarksburg (WV) Exponent Telegram, Brenda was "a hard worker, and [would be remembered] for her love of sewing, reading, cooking, crocheting, coloring books, taking care of the house, but most of all, the love of family and friends.." Ronald in turn liked to play chess, listen to music, read, watch music and figure crossword puzzles. The family was plunged into grief when Brenda died in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown on Sept. 28, 2019. The funeral was co-officiated by pastors Nathan Barker and David Meyer. Burial of the remains was in West Virginia National Cemetry in Pruntytown, Taylor County, WV. Ronald only outlived his bride by two years. He also passed away in Ruby Memorial Hospital at the age of 65 on Jan. 12, 2021. Pastor Barker again conducted the funeral. The honor guard of the Marines and Marion County Veterans Council provided additional rites at the gravesite.
Great-granddaughter Sandra "Sandy" Boyce was joined in matrimony with David Raines. They have dwelled in Fairmont.
Great-granddaughter Sheila Boyce was united in wedlock with (?) Martin. Her home in 2014 was in Monongah.
Great-granddaughter Cynthia "Cindy" Boyce wedded (?) Minor. She put down roots in Fairmont.
Great-granddaughter Vicki Boyce married Thomas Connell. Thomas was deceased by 2014. She has resided in Belington, Barbour County, WV.
Great-grandson Jeffrey Bruce Satterfield (1956-2011) was born on Nov. 30, 1956 in Marion County, WV. He made his residence in adulthood in the Grassy Run section of Fairmont. Jeffrey made a living as a carpenter and painter. He was employed at one time as a maintenance foreman for Patton's Cleaning Service. At the age of 54, he passed away at home on July 20, 2011. His remains were cremated and placed for all time with his parents in Maple Grove Cemetery, Fairmont.
Great-granddaughter Janet Satterfield married Roy Jenkins Sr. Their one known son was Roy Jenkins Jr. Their home in 2011 was in Charles Town, Jefferson County, WV.
Great-grandson Mike Satterfield has dwelled in Fairmont
Great-grandson Roger Satterfield has made a residence in Fairmont
Son Walter Francis Shaffer Sr. (1911-1977) was born on Sept. 25, 1911 in Kingwood, Preston County. He wedded Myrtle Belle Turner (Aug. 13, 1910-1986). Three sons borne into this family were Walter "Francis" Shaffer Jr., Dale O. Shaffer and Theodore Alvin "Ted" Shaffer. Federal census records for 1940 show the family in Bentons Ferry in the Union District of Marion County, WV. At that time, Walter earned a living as a ware polisher in a glass factory. Walter died at the age of 65 on Feb. 20, 1977. Myrtle survived for another nine years in widowhood. Death claimed her on Jan. 9, 1986. They rest in eternity in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fairmont.
Great-grandson Brian Shaffer has resided in Fairmont. He is believed to be the father of Sydnee Shaffer and Payton Shaffer.
Great-granddaughter Elizabeth Shaffer wedded (?) Rollo. Her home has been in Fairmont.
Son Charles W. Shaffer (1913-1997) was born in 1913 in Kingwood, Preston County. He wedded Jeanne W. (1917-2002). Charles died in 1997. Jeanne lived for another five years. She passed away in 2002, believed to have occurred in Bradenton, FL on Sept. 30, 2002. The couple sleep side by side in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Fairmont.
Daughter Mary A. Shaffer (1916-1985) was born in about 1916 in Kingwood, Preston County. She entered into marriage with Floyd G. Morris Jr. (1922-1997), son of Floyd and Hazel (Hall) Morris Sr. Floyd was a veteran of World War II. The Morrises appear to have migrated to Ohio and lived in or around Richland County, OH. Evidence suggests they bore a daughter, Virginia Morris. Sadly, Mary died on Aug. 14, 1985. Interment was in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Lucas, Richland County. Floyd joined her in death in 1997.
Son Herman Harvey Shaffer (1918-1990) was born on May 12, 1918 in Reedsville, Preston County. At the age of 22, in 1940, he resided in Fairmont, Marion County, working for Meredith Lumber Company. He stood 5 feet, 9 inches tall and had brown eyes and black hair. On Nov. 26, 1940, when he was 22 years of age, he was united in matrimony with 24-year-old Roxie Belle Vincent (March 1, 1916- ? ), daughter of Clyde and Martha Vincent. Rev. E.H. Waters of Fairmont officiated. The couple relocated to McKeesport, near Pittsburgh, and in 1952 lived there at 323 Penny Avenue. Ohio. Children born to the marriage included Herman Harvey Shaffer Jr. and Barbara Sue Shaffer. Herman earned a living over the yeas as an operator of cutting and slicing equipment in the motor vehicle industry. Sadness cascaded over the family when infant daughter Barbara died at the tender age of three days in McKeesport Hospital on May 20, 1952. The baby's remains were laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery in McKeesport. From there the couple migrated to Ohio. After retirement, the couple appears to have moved to Charlotte, FL. Herman died in Barberton, Summit County, OH on May 7, 1990.
Son Clark Shaffer (1921-2008) was born on July 25, 1921 in Preston County. He earned income as a young man as a logger in the West Virginia mountains and laboring in a coal mine operated by a brother. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, assigned to the 236th Ordnance Ammunition Company in the European Theatre. After the war, circa 1950, he relocated to Mansfield, Richland County, OH. He drove a Model A Ford around town and became attracted to one young woman in particular. On Nov. 8, 1952, he was joined in matrimony with June ( ? - ? ). Together, they produced a family of three daughters -- Sheila Henson, Shirley Ball and Pam Wisenbarger. Clark was first employed with Westinghouse Company until the opening of the General Motors plant. He earned a living with GM for almost 28 years, as a salvage repairman and press relief operator, and belonged to the United Auto Workers Local 545. He retired in 1986. The family were members of Ontario Free Methodist Church. Said a newspaper, Clark "enjoyed hunting, and was always into some remodeling project. He’d tear-up some walls, 'whether they came back together or not.' And he was quick to lend a helping hand when others had a project to tackle. So picky was he at painting, that his finished work looked professional." He surrendered to death at the age of 86, as a patient in Mifflin Care Center of Mansfield, on Jan. 16, 2008. Rev. James Carder presided over the funeral service, with interment in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Lucas. The Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail assisted in graveside rites. In an obituary, the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Son Perry Shaffer Jr. (1923-1968) was born on Oct. 3, 1923 in Preston or Marion County, WV. He received a grammar school education as a boy. In young adulthood he stood 5 feet, 5 inches tall, and had brown hair and brown eyes. Circa June 1942, as an 18-year-old, he lived in Fairmont but had no occupation. He later served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was married and widowed and the father of Robert P. Shaffer. Perry dwelled near Fairmont and made a living as a maker of neon signs. He was diagnozed by a physician as schizophrenic, chronic, paranoid type. Sadly, at the age of 45, he died suddenly on Nov. 14, 1968. An examining physician was unable to determine a cause of death. Robert P. Shaffer of Fairmont signed the official West Virginia certificate of death. The remains were lowered into the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Fairmont.
Daughter Jessie Shaffer (1927- ? ) was born in about 1927. She married (?) Dean ( ? - ? ).
Daughter Helen Louise Shaffer (1931-2005) was born in 1931. She was joined in matrimony with Donald Gene Morris Sr. (March 16, 1928-1973), son of Floyd and Hazel (Hall) Morris of Fairview, WV. Two sons born into this union were Donald Gene Morris Jr. and James Wesley Morris. Donald ws a veteran of the Korean War. The couple relocated to Ohio and settled in or around Lucas, Richland County, OH. Donald earned a living as a sheet metal worker for McKinley Roofing Company. He also belonged to the Antique Automobile Club of America. Sadly, on the fateful day of July 30, 1973, the 45-year-old Donald and a co-worker were killed instantly when their company pickup truck was rammed head-on by another truck. The tragedy occurred at the corner of Main and Melick Street in Mount Vernon, Knox County, OH. Rev. Ray Anglea led the funeral service, with an obituary published in the Mansfield News-Journal. Interment of the remains was at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Lucas. Helen Louise survived her spouse by more than three decades. She succumbed to death in Mansfield, Richland County at the age of 73 on July 11, 2005.
~ Daughter Carrie Belle (Shaffer) Martin ~
Daughter Carrie Belle Shaffer (1889- ? ) was born on Jan. 22, 1889 in Kingwood, Preston County, WV.
At the age of 21, on June 5, 1911, she married 19-year-old Frank Martin (1892-1966). He was a native of Reedsville/Browns Mill, Preston County, and the son of George T. and Sarah Frances (Zinn) Martin. The nuptials were held at the home of Methodist Episcopal Church pastor Rev. John W. Engle near Newburg, Preston County.
The couple bore six known children -- Thomas J. Martin, Max Martin, Howard Martin, Oliver Zinn Martin, Juanita Victor and Richard Lee "Dick" Martin.
The Martins resided in Fairmont, Marion County, WV circa 1930-1955. Frank earned a living as a truck driver for a Fairmont transfer company.
The federal census of 1930 shows them living on Grafton Road. During World War II, all five of their sons served concurrently in the U.S. Armed Forces.
In the 1960s, Carrie and Frank made their home at 701 Oliver Avenue in Fairmont.
Frank died in Fairmont General Hospital at the age of 75 on Dec. 15, 1966, just 10 days before Christmas. At his funeral, the pallbearers included Ronnie Lee Martin, Thomas Martin, Kenneth Martin, Kenneth Martin Jr. and Morley Martin Jr. He was laid to rest in Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens, with his obituary published in the Fairmont Times West Virginian.
Carrie Belle's fate is not yet known.
Son Thomas J. Martin (1915- ? ) was born in about 1915 in West Virginia. He lived in Fairmont circa 1966-2001.
Son Max Martin (1920- ? ) was born in about 1920. He made his home in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH in 1966. He was deceased by 2001.
Son Howard Martin ( ? - ? ) resided in 1966 in Newburg, Preston County, WV. He was deceased by 2001.
Son Oliver Zinn Martin (1923-2001) was born on March 24, 1923 in Fairmont, Marion County. He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed in England. At the age of 26, on June 4, 1949, he entered into marriage with 18-year-old Joan Moore (Sept. 15, 1931- ? ), daughter of Eugene and Evelyn Moore of Rivesville. Rev. M.C. Johns officiated the wedding, held in Fairmont. The Martins stayed together for a remarkable 52 years until the separation of death. The three sons born in the family were Thomas Martin, Denny Martin and Fred Martin. The couple established a home in Fairmont and remained for good. Their address was 1096 Charles Avenue. For 35 years, Oliver was a truck driver and was last employed by Owens-Illinois in Fairmont. He retired in July 1981. The family belonged to Monongah Baptist Church. Sadly, Oliver contracted Parkinson's Disease. Toward the end, he was admitted to Fairmont General Hospital and died there at the age of 78 on Aug. 25, 2001. Pastor David Huckins officiated the funeral service. Burial was in Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover near Morgantown.
Daughter Juanita Martin (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925. She married (?) Victor. They made their residence in 1966 in Fairmont. She was deceased by 2001.
Son Richard Lee "Dick" Martin (1927-2016) was born on Sept. 3, 1927 in Fairmont. Upon graduation from East Fairmont High School, he joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. Richard was united in the bonds of holy wedlock with Carrie L. Woodyard ( ? -1982), daughter of Thomas and Florence Woodyard. They made a home for years in Barrackville, Marion County, WV. The couple were the parents of Linda Straight Logan and Ronald L. Martin. Richard earned a living working at the Rivesville Power Station, and retired in September 1986. The family belonged to the Bethesda Baptist Church in Barrackville, with Richard serving as a trustee. Sadly, Carrie died on July 17, 1982. Richard outlived his wife by 34 years. He enjoyed attending luncheons of the power plant retirees. Said a newspaper, Richard "loved the town of Barrackville and all his friends and neighbors within it, often saying 'Barrackville is the best place to live.' He remarked many times that he had a blessed life... He walked at Morris Park or the mall when weather was bad, worked on his cars and trucks, and enjoyed seeing his friends daily for his evening meal at Say Boy’s Restaurant." As his health declined, Richard was admitted to the Genesis Fairmont Campus of the Tygart Center, where he succumbed to death at the age of 88 on Aug. 29, 2016. Rev. Dr. David Cyphers preached the funeral sermon, and the Marion County Veterans Council provided graveside rites at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover near Morgantown.
Great-grandson Eric James Straight lived in Las Vegas in 2016.
Great-granddaughter Shannon Straight married Timothy Brimmer. They have made a home in Gilbert, AZ and are the patents of Brittany R. Brimmer and Cassidy L. Brimmer.
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