Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Front Page Story - Virginia Bowen Car Crash

Car Flips in Chester
Crash Takes Life of Newell Woman

Contributed by Bonnie Ryan

Evening Review, Sept 20, 1972

A Newell Widow was killed Wednesday when her car went out of control in Chester and flipped near the entrance to the former Rocks Springs Park.
Mrs. Virginia Marie Bowen, 64, of 109 Grant St. was dead at the scene, West Virginia State Police said. Hancock County Coroner John Herron ruled accidental death due to head injuries.
Trooper James Plybon of the Weirton barracks of the state police said Mrs. Bowen’s car graveled down the steep Route 30 hill and turned left onto Carolina Ave., then continued left, crossed the street and went over an embankment onto the park property.
“Witnesses said they could see Mrs. Bowen sitting upright in her car as it went over the hill. The auto flipped end over end and came to rest on its roof.” Plybon declared.
The accident occurred at 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of Route 30 and Carolina Ave. Chester police summoned state police to the scene. Mrs. Bowen was pronounced dead on arrival at Weirton General Hospital at 6:45 p.m.
Chester firemen, returning from a dump blaze in Lawrenceville, remained at the scene to spray foam on gasoline leaking from the overturned car. Chief Hugh Lilly said firemen applied foam to the creek bed where gasoline was being carried to the river by spring-fed creek. He pointed out an accumulation of fumes in the culvert and tunnel could have caused an explosion.


Virginia Marie Bowen Obituary

Mrs. Bowen was born Oct. 7, 1908, in Tyler County, W.Va., a daughter of Mrs. Lillie Brewer Simmons of Newell and the late Hughie Simmons.
She had retired Tuesday from the Taylor, Smith & Taylor Co. after 25-years of employment. She attended the First Church of the Nazarene of Newell and was a member of the auxiliary of Chester American Legion Post 121 and local 321 of the IBPAW. Her husband, S. J. Bowen, died in 1968.
In addition to her mother, she leaves a son, Pete Bowen of Chester; two daughters, Mrs. Ermal (Charlene) Wallen of Salineville and Mrs. Ernest (Mary) Spurlock of Chester; two brothers, Hughie Simmons and Ray Simmons, both of Newell; two sisters, Mrs. Opal Saddler of Los Angeles and Mrs. Garnett Dunn of Mingo Junction, 12 grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Chester Chapel by the Rev. Guy Glendenning. Burial will be in Locust Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call at the chapel Friday afternoon and night.

Contributed by Bonnie Ryan


Mrs. Harriet Wedgewood Obituary
Evening Review

Contributed by Bonnie Ryan

Mrs. Harriet Wedgewood, 74, died in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Anson in 241 West Third St., Sunday at 7:30 a.m. following a short illness.
Born in Burslem, England in 1864, Mrs. Wedgewood has resided in East Liverpool for about 62 years. She was an honorary member of the National Brotherhood of Operative Potters, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal church and the Women’s Benefit association.
She leaves another daughter, Mrs. Harry Orr of Vandergrift, Pa.; one son, Edward Wedgewood of Burbank, Calif., five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in the Dawson funeral home Wednesday at 2 p.m. in charge of Rev. R. K. Caulk, rector of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal church. Burial will be made in Spring Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Dawson home Tuesday night.


James Hugh Simmons Obituary
The Evening Review

Contributed by Bonnie Ryan

James Hugh Simmons, 63, former potter, died in his home in Harrison St., Newell, Sunday morning.
Mr. Simmons was a member of the Newell Church of the Nazarene.
He leaves his widow, Mrs. Lily Simmons; four daughters, Mrs. Audrey Springer of Erwin, Tenn., Mrs. Marie Bowen of Newell and Lonnie and Opal Simmons at home; five sons Harry, Ray, Garnet, Hughie and Hartley Simmons, at home.
Funeral services have not been arranged. Friends may call that home at any time.


Eva Vidakovich Obituary
Evening Review, Jan. 6, 1992

Contributed by Bonnie Ryan

MIDLAND – A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated this morning for Mrs. Eva Vidakovich, 80, of Beaver Avenue, who died Friday, Jan. 3, 1992, at the St. Margaret Memorial Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa, following a lengthy illness.
She was born in Brownsville, Pa., April 21, 1911, a daughter of the late Martin and Jana Kisur Bosanac.
Mrs. Vidakovich was a member of the Presentation Catholic Church, the Circle of Serbian Sisters, Serbian National Federation Lodge 72, The Serbian Club and the Senior Citizens of Midland.
Her husband, Mico Vidakovich, died Aug. 10, 1966.
Survivors include three daughters, Anna “Anka” Vidakovich at home, Katherine “Kata” Vidakovich of Pittsburgh and Millie (Mrs. Rade) Vignovic of Frankfort, Ill.; a niece whom she raised, Debbie (Mrs. James) Gilmore of Dunedin, Fla.; a brother, Josip Bosanac of Yugoslavia; four grandchildren.
The Rev. Donald McIlvane was celebrant of the Mass at 10 at the church. Burial was in Beaver Cemetery.
The Schwerha Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Garnet Dunn Obituary
Evening Review, Jan. 6, 1992

Contributed by Bonnie Ryan

NEWELL – Services are planned Tuesday for Mrs. Garnet Ruth Dunn, 73, of Harker Avenue, who died Sunday, Jan 5, 1992, at City Hospital following a lengthy illness.
She was born July 25, 1918, in Tyler County, W.Va., a daughter of the late James H. Simmons and Lillie Ellen Brewer Simmons.
Mrs. Dunn was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.
Her husband, Hiram N. Dunn, preceded her in death.
Survivors include two stepsons, Russell Dunn of Mingo Junction, Ohio and Hiram Dunn of Oceanside, Calif.; two brothers, Ray Simmons of Newell and Hughie Simmons Sr. of Chester; five grandchildren; and a niece, Mrs. Beverly Springer, with whom she resided.
The Rev. Charles Maker of the church is to conduct the services at 1 p.m. at the Nixon Funeral Home. Burial is to be in Locust Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today.


Opal Saddler Obituary
Evening Review August 9, 1982

Contributed by Bonnie Ryan

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—Services are being arranged at the Arner Funeral Chapel in Chester, W. VA., for Mrs. Opal Belle Saddler, 76, of Van Ness Ave.
She died Saturday evening after becoming ill suddenly while visiting friends in Rilchfield, Ariz.
A retired restaurant worker, Mrs. Saddler was born Oct. 2, 1905 in Tyler County, W. Va., a daughter of James H. Simmons and Lillie E. Brewer Simmons.
She was a member of the Roman Catholic Church and the waitress and Chef’s Union.
Mrs. Saddler moved here from Newell, W. Va., 42 years ago. She was the widow of Rade Saddler.
Survivors include two brothers and a sister, Ray Simmons and Hughie Simmons and Mrs. Garnet Dunn, all of Newell.


Nancy Lee Carroll Patterson Obituary

Contributed by Bonnie Ryan

Nancy Lee Carroll Patterson, 60, of Carroll Road, died at 8:55 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Beaver Medical Center following a lengthy illness.
She was born in East Liverpool Oct. 27, 1940, a daughter of the later Ross A. and Ruth R. McGonigal Carroll.
A lifelong area resident, she worked at the former Crooks Furniture in East Liverpool for 13 years. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Apostle and Prophet Ministry of Jesus Christ, where she was a volunteer for the Joy School at the church.
She is survived by her husband, Neil W. Patterson, at home, whom she married Nov. 24, 1971; three daughters, Clara Davis of Glenmoor, Mrs. Ronald (Ethel) Miller of Virginia Beach, Va., and Mrs. Clyde H. (Amanda) Campbell at home; a sister, Mrs. Fred (Ruth) Blessing of Florida; two brothers, Eugene A. Carroll and John Carroll of Calcutta; a brother-in-law, Bill B. Patterson at home; and six grandchildren, Cora L. Davis of Glenmoor, Megan M. Miller, Ronnie K. Miller and Hailey E. Miller of Virginia Beach, Hanna L. Easterday of Glenmoor and Josiah L. Campbell at home.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Paul Carroll, and a sister, Jane Young.
Pastor Robert Jackman of the church will conduct services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Dawson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
View this obituary and send condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com.


Paul Daniel Pelley Obituary

Contributed by Sharon Coleman Hall

EAST LIVERPOOL – Services will be held Saturday for Paul Daniel Pelley, 72, of Avondale Street, who died at 8:15 Thursday, June 22, 200, at the home of his son Jay Pelley, following a brief illness.
He was born in Chester June 14, 1928, a son of the late Charles and Goldie Swisher Pelley.
A lifetime area resident, he was employed at Kiddings A&M Auto for 18 years and several years at Homer Laughlin China Co. as a foreman. He served with the U. S. Army during World War II. He was a Nazarene. With Sound mind and full understanding, Paul gave his life to Christ on May 27, 2000.
He is survived by three daughters, Ms. Sandy Hardy of Webster, Fla., Brenda (Rick) Reynolds of Lisbon, Cindy (Richard) Miller of Ligonier, Pa.; four sons, Mike Pelley of Webster, Robert Pelley of Gainesville, Texas, Mark Pelley of Cleveland and Jay Pelley of East Liverpool; two sisters, Grace (William) Grimm of Leetonia and Barbara (Donald) Foster of Lisbon; two brothers, Edward Pelley of Warren, Ohio, and Donald Pelley of Tarpin Springs, Fla.; 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Garnet Stillwell.
The Rev. Gordon Hall, associate Pastor of First Church of the Nazarene, will conduct the services at 11 a.m. at Columbiana County Memorial Park.
Friends may call at the Dawson Funeral Home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today.