Name: Roland Lee "Rick" Willis, 53, of Cumberland, MD

Parents: Mary Ester (Willis) Walker and Joseph B. Walker

DOB: September 12, 1949, Romney, WV

DOD: Saturday, April 12, 2003, at the WMHS Memorial Campus Hospital, Cumberland, MD

Military: Vietnam Veteran serving in the U.S. Army 

Spouse: Angelina (Bullett) Willis

Predeceased by: father

Survived by: mother; wife; sons, Terry L. Bullett and his wife Loretta "Peaches," Cumberland, MD; Troy L. Willis and his wife Tori, Cumberland, MD; daughter, Zelda L. Younger, Cumberland, MD; sister, Billie A. Lang, Berryville, VA

Burial: Tuesday, April 15, 2003, Maryland Veterans' Cemetery at Rocky Gap

Source: Adams Family Funeral Home, Cumberland, MD
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted May 9, 2015


WILLISON, Clifford Earl

Clifford Earl Willison, 73, former resident, died early this morning at his home in Baltimore. A retired Western Maryland Railway engineer, he was a son of the late Jesse and Mary L (Parran) Willison. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Cora (Emerick) Willison, Baltimore; a son, Buford Willison, Helmer, Ind.; a daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Beerman, Baltimore; a brother, John R. Willison, this city, and four grandchildren. The body will be brought to the Hafer Funeral Home on Saturday. Services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p. m. by Rev. Carl H. Clapp, pastor of St. Mark's Evangelical and Reformed Church. Interment will be in the Hillcrest Burial Park.
The Cumberland Evening Times, January 20, 1955
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)

Posted July 27, 2011

WILLISON, Mrs. Cora Emerick
Mrs. Cora Willison, 89, formerly of Ridgeley, died Friday at her home, 222 East Barney Street, Baltimore. Born at Wellersburg, she was a daughter of the late Alec and Jane (Kennel) Emerick. Mrs. Willison was a retired employe of the Linen Thread Company of Baltimore and was a former member of Calvary United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, Clifton Willison; a son, Beaufort Willison, Helmer, Ind.; a daughter, Mrs. Kathleen Bierman, Baltimore; three brothers, Clarence Emerick, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Leroy and Walter Emerick, both of Mt. Savage; two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Robertson, Mt. Savage, and Mrs. Edna Moore, Cumberland; and seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The body is at the Silcox- Merritt Funeral Residence where friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted here tomorrow at 11 a.m. by Rev. Ronald R. Winterberg. Interment will be in Hillcrest Burial Park.
The Cumberland News, May 3, 1971
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted February 2, 2013

11 Feb 1880 Flintstone- Daniel L Willison, respected citizen of the area, shot himself. The only cause assigned to this rash end is illness. The family had locked up the rifles but he broke open the door and got out a gun. The family pleaded with him and his wife got the cap off the nipple, but he secured another cap, put in place, sat on the sofa resting the gun on the floor and the muzzle against his neck. He replied to his wife, "Don't be uneasy", and she, thinking that he had given up the idea, turned to speak to another member of the family. Then his foot was placed upon the hammer, discharged the gun and he died within minutes. 
11 February 1880; Excerpts from The Cumberland Times; transcribed by Charles Often
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted October 31, 2014

WILLISON, Mrs Edna Byros

FROSTBURG - Mrs Edna Willison, 67, of 99 1/2 East Main St, died yesterday at Frostburg Community Hospital where she had been a patient since March 30. She was a daughter of the late Edward and Margaret (Michael) Byros. She was a member of St Paul's Lutheran Church and was a native of Frostburg. Surviving are two sons, Joseph Connelly, Baltimore and Michael Connelly at home; a step-brother, John Gribbett, Baltimore and 3 grandchildren. The body is at the Hafer-Sowers Funeral Home where friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 until 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Tuesday, April 11, 1972 - pg 16, col 5
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted May 27, 2012

WILLISON, Mrs. Eleanor Martz

Mrs. Eleanor Willison, 60, Hyndman RD 1, died in the Cumberland Memorial Hospital, Thursday evening, July 3, 1969, where she had been a patient eight days. She was born November 4, 1908 in Hyndman RD I, a daughter of the late Newton and Hattie (ShafTer) Martz. She is survived by her husband Jesse L. Willison and six children: Mrs. Homer Troutman and Donald Willison of Hyndman RD 1; Dale Willison at home; and Gerald Willison and Mrs. Mary Ann Taylor, of Waynesboro; and Mrs. Maxine Rock, Mt. Alto, and a brother Lloyd Martz, of Cleveland, Ohio, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She belonged to the Calvary Bible Church, RD 1, and the Daughters of America 110 in Cumberland. Funeral services: Sunday, July 3 at 2 p.m. in Calvary Bible Church with Rev. Kenneth Korns, pastor, officiating. Burial in Hyndman Cemetery. Friends may call at the Zeigler Funeral Home, Hyndman today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and at the church from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
The Bedford Gazette, July 5, 1969
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted August 5, 2010

WILLISON, Mrs. Hilda Marie Gorman
"Mrs. Hilda Marie Willison, 73, of 4 Kennywood Court, died of a heart ailment about noon Friday in St. Elizabeth Hospital after a brief illness.  Mrs. Willison was born July 1, 1887, in Cumberland, Md., a daughter of John and Emily Dignan Gorman and came to Youngstown 47 years ago from Maryland.  She was a member of St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown Bridge Club, St. Monica Guild, and National Council of Catholic Women.  Her husband, Maurice C., to whom she was married 52 years ago, died last Jan. 23.  She leaves three sons, John C., Thomas G., and Maurice A., all of Youngstown; two sisters, Mrs. Hugh Tate of Greenville, Pa., and Mrs. Peter Long of Cumberland; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the cathedral. 
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m Sunday at the McVean Funeral Home."
Unknown Newspaper; abt. 1960 (no dated noted)
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted March 10, 2014


HYNDMAN - Ivan L. Willison, 64, a blacksmith at the B & O Bolt and Forge, Cumberland, died Sunday at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, after a lengthy illness. A native of Hyndman, he was born May 4, 1905, and was a son of the late Jesse and Matilda (Tharp) Willison. Besides his wife, Mrs. Ada (Kiser) Willison, he is survived by three sons, Robert and Freddie Willison, both of Hyndman; Daniel Willison, Springfield, Va.; three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Stuart, Arlington; Mrs. Delores Wolford, Cumberland; Mrs. Roxanne Lafferty, Hyndman; two brothers, Carl Willison, RD 1, Hyndman, and John Willison, Cumberland; two sisters, Mrs. Meredith Yates, RD 1, Frostburg, and Mrs. Caroline Lease, Corriganville, and seven grandchildren. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Hyndman, International Brotherhood of Blacksmiths, and the Hyndman Rod and Gun Club. The body is at the Zeigler Funeral Home where a service will be conducted today at 2 p.m. Rev. John H. Weaver, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, will be in charge. Interment will be in the Hyndman Cemetery. Pallbearers will be W. J. Dohrman, C. R. Crosten, Don Schaffer, Melvin Poland, Lloyd E. Norris and Woodrow Grimes.
The Cumberland News, April 7, 1970
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted July 27, 2011



Jesse LeRoy Willison, 66, of RD 1, Hyndman, died at his home Monday, July 21, 1969. He was born August 3, 1902 in Hyndman, the son of the late William L. and Sara Ella (Ranker) Willison. He was married to Lena Elnore (Martz) Willison who died July 3, 1969. He is survived by six children: Mrs. Helen Troutman and Donald L. Willison, both of RD I, Hyndman; Dale LeRoy Willison, at home; Gerald Willison, and Mrs. Mary Ann Taylor, both of Waynesboro; and Mrs. Maxine Rock, Mt. Alto, Pa. Also surviving are two sisters: Mrs. Edith Bible, Old Town, Md., and Mrs. Blanche Shoemaker, Bowman's Addition, Cumberland; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was a retired electrician for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and a member of the Calvary Bible Church, Hyndman.
The Bedford Inquirer, July 24, 1969
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted August 5, 2010

WILLISON, John Gibson
John Gibson Willison, 44, died yesterday at the Southern Hotel, where he resided. A native of Fort Ashby, he was a son of Harvey W. and Susan (Pyles) Willison. Mr. Willison was a member of Fort Ashby Methodist Church, a veteran of World War II, and was formerly employed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Surviving, in addition to his parents are four sisters, Mrs. Charles Eyler and Mrs. Lawrence Alkire, both of Fort Ashby; Mrs. Pearl Brant, city, and Mrs. William Ambrose, Paw Paw, W. Va., and three brothers, Oscar, Hyattsville; Leo, Fort Ashby, and Max Willison, city. The body is at the Hafer Funeral Home, where services will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Alonzo Harman, pastor of Fort Ashby Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fort Ashby Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Ft. Ashby American Legion Post.
The Cumberland Evening Times, Thursday, March 28, 1957
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted September 18, 2015

WILLISON, Miss Laura V.

Miss Laura V. Willison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Willison, residing at the stone bridge, near Flintstone, died suddenly Sunday evening of heart trouble. Miss Willison was 40 years old and had been an invalid for the past year. She was well known in the community where she resided. Surviving her are her parents and the following brothers and sisters, C. W. Willison, of the Flintstone Hardware Co, C. N. Willison, near Flintstone, and a young brother at home, and Mrs. Ensley H. Hartsock, Mrs. C. Simpson, and Mrs. Josephine Henderson, of Cumberland, and Miss Blanche Willison, of Washington, D.C.
Keyser Tribune, April 5, 1912
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted August 14, 2010



Mrs. Lillie Twigg Willison

WILLISON, Mrs. Lillie Twigg

Eckhart- Mrs. Lillie (Twigg) Willison, 64, wife of Thomas Willison, died yesterday while visiting her sister, Mrs. Edward Smith, Washington, D.C.
Also surviving are eight children, William J. Willison, Frostburg; Thomas Willison, Mrs. James Winebrenner, Mrs. Ralph Schurg, Mrs. Henry Parsons, Mrs. Ross Porter and Mrs. Theodore Carr, all of Eckhart, and Miss Mildred Willison, at home; a brother, Oliver Twigg, Camden, Ohio, and 16 grandchildren. The body is at the residence here where services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Harold Zuck, pastor of Assembly of God Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Eckhart Cemetery.

October 24, 1949, Cumberland Evening Times
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie)

WILLISON, Mrs. Nancy Ann Robossen

WILLISON 05 Mar 1896 Mrs Nancy Willison of Plum Hollow, one mile north of Flintstone, died March 3 at age 63 years, 4 months, and 28 days. "Aunt" Nancy was interred at the ME Church cemetery with the sermon preached by Rev R S Williamson assisted by Rev Lee using a text selected by the deceased, 2 Timothy 4: 6-8.
05 March 1896; Excerpts from The Cumberland Times transcribed by Charles Often -1896
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted October 18, 2014


The funeral of Miss Nell Willison, who died Friday morning, was held at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon from her home, East Main street.  Rev. Allen T. Poore(?), pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, conducted the services.  The pallbearers were Harper Rankin, Owen Hitchins, George Jeffries, Lloyd Shaffer, Otto Bohing and John Atkinson.  Interment was in Allegany Cemetery.
Cumberland Evening Times, March 22, 1920


WILLISON, Thomas Hilleary
Thomas Hilleary Willison, one of Flintstone district's oldest and probably the best known man in it, died suddenly at his home on Martin's mountain, 9 miles from this city yesterday evening at 8 o'clock.  Mr. Willison had been out on a fox chase all day and had succeded in killing his ????.  In the evening he returned home and skinned his fox and went into the house and complained of feeling bad.  He laid down upon the bed and in five minutes was dead.  The funeral will take place at Fairview M. P. church on tomorrow afternoon.
Evening Times (Cumberland, Allegany Co., MD.); Tuesday, 2 January 1894
Posted June 23, 2012

WILLISON, Thomas Hilleary

Funeral of Thomas Hilleary Willison
Flintstone, Jan 4, [Special],- Thomas Hilleary Willison, who died so suddenly, Monday evening, was buried yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock, at the family burying ground, at the M. P. (Brick) church, near Stone House.  The funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. Edmonston, from 1st Cor. 13 chap., 35th verse.  The pall bearers were David L. Rice, Norman McElfish, John Knight, Walter Fisher, Lloyd Bucy and John Long.  Mr. Willison had been out fox hunting all day, had gone since morning without eating, and after eating a very hearty supper he started to go home with his brother Richard A. Willison, living on the same farm, a short distance away to spend the evening.  On the way he complained of feeling unwell.,  Upon arriving at the home of his brother and still complaining of feeling badly, he was nvited to lie down.  He did so and died in a few minutes after.  Mr. Willison was a widower with one child, a son grown up.  He was a prosperous farmer, was well and favorably known.  His age was 66 years, 8 months and 4 days.  Many years ago his father died very suddenly also of heart trouble.
Evening Times (Cumberland, Allegany Co., MD.); Thursday, 4 January 1894
Posted June 23, 2012


Thomas R. Willison


Frostburg- Thomas R. Willison, Eckhart, died last night in Miners Hospital. Born in Eckhart, he was a son of the late Thomas W. and Lillie (Twigg) Willison.  He was a member of Midlothian Assembly of God Church and an employe of the Heiskell? Moror Company. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Edith (Beitz/Beltz) Willison; four sons, William Willison, Frostburg; Paul and Robert Willison, both of Eckhart; and James Willison, Midlothian; two daughters, Mrs. Ervin Yutzy, of RD 2 and Mrs. Harry rosenberger, Mt. Savage; five sisters, Mrs. James Winebrenner, Mrs. Henry Parsons, Mrs. Ross Porter and Mrs. Ted Carr, all of Eckhart and Mrs. D. E. Nichols, Silver Spring, and 17 granchildren. The body is at the Hafer Funeral Home where friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The Cumberland Evening Times, May 11, 1962
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie)

Thomas W. Willison


Frostburg - Thomas W. Willison, 70, a life-long resident of Eckhart, died yesterday at Miners Hospital where he had been a patient two days. Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Henry Parsons, Baltimore; Mrs. Ted Carr and Miss Mildred Willison, both of Washington; Mrs. James Winebrenner, Mrs. Ralph Schurg and Mrs. Ross Porter, all of Eckhart; two sons, William Willison, also of Baltimore; and Thomas Willison, Eckhart; two sisters, Mrs. John Muir and Mrs. Fred Porter, both of Eckhart, 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The body is at the home in Eckhart.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
The Cumberland Evening Times, March 23, 1953
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie)


William J. Willison

WILLISON, William J.

Frostburg- William J. Willison, 55, of 170 West Mechanic Street, died yesterday in Miners Hospital following an extended illness. Born at Eckhart, a son of the late Thomas and Lillie (Twigg) Willison, he owned and operated an ornamenta iron business. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Edna (Byroads) Willison; a stepso, Joseph Connelly, Baltimore; a brother, Thomas Willison, Eckhart; five sisters, Mrs. James Winebrenner, Mrs. Henry Parson, Mrs. Ross Porter and Mrs. Theodore Carr, all of Eckhart, and Mrs. D. E. Nichols, Silver Spring and four granchildren. The body is at the Hafer Funeral Home where friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted at the funeral home tomorrow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. James L. Tate officiating.  Interment will be in the Eckhart Cemetery.
The Cumberland Evening Times, Apri 23, 1961
(Courtesy of Dave Gracie)


WILLS, Deg*an

Cut His Throat with a Razor - A dispatch to the Balto. Sun says: On Mon Deg*an Wills, a farmer living by North River, Hampshire County West Va, cut his throat with a razor. The injuries will probably prove fatal. He was seventy years old. Aberration of mind caused by bad health is supposed to have led to the act.
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted July 19, 2010


Name: Kenneth C. Wills, 81, of Cumberland, MD

Parents: William Wills and Maude E. (Herring) Wills

DOB: December 21, 1920, in Mount Savage, MD

DOD: Wednesday, December 18, 2002, at The Kensington, Cumberland, MD

Military: United States Army Veteran of World War II

Predeceased by: parents; sisters, Edith B. Korwan and Verna Wills; brothers, Victor, William Gerald, Raymond, Paul, and Robert Wills, Sr.

Survived by: his brother, Walker T. Wills, GA; his sister, Mary Lois Newcomb, Vandalia, OH

Source: Adams Family Funeral Home, Cumberland, MD
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 30, 2016

WILLS, William

HAMPSHIRE COUNTY NEWS - William Wills died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Susie Largent at Glebe, Hampshire Co, on Friday, October 25, 1912, owing to a complication of diseases due to old age. Uncle Billie, as he was familiarly known, will be greatly missed by many of the older residents of Hampshire co. Mr. Wills had reached the age of 75 years.
Keyser Tribune, November 8, 1912
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted August 1, 2010


Meyersdale, Dec. 5 — Alfred Wilmoth, 52, died Tuesday evening, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alice (Wabrick) Wilmoth; three children, Henry, of Hawaii; Miss Anna Mary, student nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital, Pittsburgh, and Alfred, Jr., at home; his mother, Mrs. Jennie Wilmoth, Beachley street; one brother, Barney, of Glen Campbell, and the following sisters: Mrs. Clara Cook, Meyersdale; Mrs. Margaret Quillman, Norristown, Pa.; Mrs. Florence Baldwin, Miss Mary Wilmoth, Meyersdale, and Miss Gretchen Wilmoth, Washington, D. C. His father, Henry J. Wilmoth, and brother Frederick, died some years ago. He belonged to the Masonic lodge in Coahora, Texas, where he resided a number of years. He was a member of Amity Evangelical and Reformed Church of Meyersdale and his pastor, Rev. Nelson Brown, will conduct the funeral services at his home tomorrow afternoon.
The Cumberland Evening Times, December 5, 1940
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted July 27, 2011


Phillippi, W Va, Aug 7 - Henry Lancaster, who killed Chief of Police Bud Wilmoth at Womelsdorff two weeks ago, has been captured after a desperate chase through the mountains. Bloodhounds were repeatedly put on and taken off his trail and all hopes of his capture were abandoned, until yesterday, when the negro was found near Montrose, and he was captured there by 20 men today. A large reward was offered for him dead or alive. He served several terms in prison. A lynching is feared when he is taken to Elkins.

(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted July 19, 2010


Fred Wilmoth of Meyersdale, 45, member of Somerset County's wealthiest family and a brother of Barney Wilmoth of Glen Campbell, was almost instantly killed shortly before 9 p. m. Saturday, when a coupe containing four young people crashed head-on into his car on the old plank road about four miles from here. Authorities say Eldon Lehman of Somerset was driver of the car which struck Wilmoth's, and Ted Shaffer the owner. Jacob Miller, driving a third coupe which was struck by a car driven by Lehman, escaped injury when the Shaffer car sheared off a front wheel and careened into that of Wilmoth's . . . Wilmoth was owner and operator of the Somerset Bus Company, which he purchased about six months ago in a large investment. He was accompanied yesterday by his 10-year-old son, Fred, Jr. Because the father expected to be detained by business until a late hour, the boy was sent home by bus, thus escaping injury and possible death. Fred Wilmoth was regarded as one of the most capable business men in Somerset county, as well as one of the wealthiest. His father, the late H. J. Wilmoth, was a pioneer lumberman and 30 years ago bought the Meyersdale electric light plant. The senior Wilmoth died about 15 years ago and his son succeeded him in the management of his coal, lumber and other enterprises in addition to the light plant. About ten years ago the light plant was sold to the Associated Gas & Electric Company for a price reported to have been $425,000. The accident victim is survived by his aged mother, his widow, the former Hazel Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Miller of Meyersale, one son, Fred, Jr., and the folowing brothers and sisters: Barney Wilmoth of Glen Campbell; Alfred Wilmoth of Texas; Mrs. Charles C. Cook and Mrs. Harry Baldwin of Meyersdale; and Misses Mary and Gretchen Wilmoth of Meyersdale.
The Indiana Evening Gazette, Indiana, Pennsylvania, April 30, 1934
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted February 26, 2011

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