ELK GARDEN - Lavina Puffenbarger, commonly known as Grandma Puffenbarger, died at Oakmont on April 3, 1913, aged 83 years, 7 months, and 28 days. The remains were interred in Nethkin Hill cemetery on Saturday following, the funeral sermon being preached by the minister from Blaine. She leaves the following children: Jacob, John, Will, and Fred Puffenbarger, and Mrs. Sallie Parks.
Mineral Daily News, April 11, 1913
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted September 4, 2010

PUGH, Clarence Allan

BALTIMORE – Clarence Allan Pugh, 49, formerly of Mount Savage, died Nov. 20 at his home at 522 Bayside Drive, Baltimore. Born in Mount Savage, he was the son of Bessie M. (Petenbrink) Pugh, also of Mount Savage, and the late Russell A. Pugh. He was a retired officer of the Baltimore City Police Department, with 25 years service. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Patapsco Lodge AF&AM, Barrellville Outdoor Club, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Surviving besides his mother are his widow, Glenna M. (Bailey) Pugh; three sons, Russell Pugh, Richard Pugh, and Ronald Pugh, all at home; a sister, Letha Bridges, Mount Savage; and a brother, Robert Pugh, Akron, Ohio. Services were held at the DudaRock Funeral Home, here, Monday. Interment was private. The family requests that memorials take the form of donations made to Signal Six, a group of widowed police women associated with the Baltimore City Police Department.
Cumberland News, November 23, 1983
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted August 4, 2017

PUGH, A.Russell

FROSTBURG — A. Russell Pugh, 58, a former resident of Zihlman, died Saturday at his home, RD 1, Hampstead, Md. He was a member of Mt. Savage Methodist Church. He was a son of the late Edgar and Sarah E. (Kisner) Pugh. Surviving are his wife, Bessie (Petenbrink) Pugh; two sons, Clarence A. Pugh, Baltimore, and Robert E. Pugh, Akron; a daughter, Mrs. Eugene Bridges, Mt. Savage; two sisters, Mrs. Elsie Lucas, Barberton, Ohio, and Mrs. Sadie Wade, New Castle, Pa. The body is at the Hafer Funeral Home where friends will be received from 2 until 4 p.m. and 7 until 9 p.m. A service will be conducted at the funeral home tomorrow at 2 p.m. Rev. Ben F. Hartley will officiate and interment will be in Porter Cemetery, Eckhart.
The Cumberland News, July 13, 1964
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted March 28, 2010

PUGH, Mrs. Anna McGuire, nee McGrory

Wednesday, Mrs Anna Pugh Mrs. Anna Pugh, aged 82 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs Fred Kemp, Maple Street, late yesterday afternoon from complications. Mrs Pugh is survived by the following children: David Pugh, Richard Pugh, John Pugh, Mrs Fred Kemp, this city and Mrs Charles Ferguson, Baltimore, by her second marriage and Peter McGuire and Patrick McGuire, this place by her first marriage. She was a member of St Michael's Catholic Church and well known to hundreds of people in Frostburg as "Mountain City's Grand Old Woman". Her daughter, Mrs Fred Kemp, is seriously ill with pneumonia.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., January 9. 1929 - pg 6, col 3
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted March 12, 2011

PUGH, David

Frostburg, Feb. 17.—David Pugh, 65, coal miner, died at 6 p. m. today at his home, Eckhart. He had been ill since Monday. Besides his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth (Miller) Pugh, he is survived by a daughter, Laura, at home, and by several brothers and sisters. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic church, Frostburg.
Cumberland Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Sunday, February 18, 1940 - pg 14, col 5
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted March 26, 2011


PUGH, Mrs Elizabeth Miller
Frostburg - Mrs Elizabeth M Pugh, 82, of Eckhart died Wednesday at Miner's Hospital where she had been admitted December 1. She had been in failing health for several years. A native of Hoffman, she was born August 15, 1885, a daughter of the late William and Jane (Lewis) Miller. She was the widow of the late David Pugh. Surviving are one daughter, Laura E Pugh at home; two sisters, Mrs Annie Laber and Mrs Esky Miner both of Frostburg and three brothers, Edward and Raymond of Eckhart and William Miller of Akron, Ohio. The body is at the Durst Funeral Home where friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow. Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home by Rev Frederick J Gamble, pastor of the Welsh Memorial Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Eckhart Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Filsinger, Conrad Filsinger, Glenn Pryor, Thomas Lewis, Charles Lewis and Ronald Laber.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Thursday, December 7, 1967 - pg 30, col 4
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted July 20, 2012

PUGH, Evalene P. Wolfe
Evalene P. Pugh, 51, of Over Cheat died yesterday at the Vincent Pallotti Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born Dec. 21, 1906, in Monongalia County, she was the daughter of William and Laura Rishel Wolfe. She was a member of the Penecostal Church of Over Cheat. Surviving are her husband, Wilbur Pugh; two daugthers, Mrs. Fora Belle Lightner of Morgantown and Mrs. Helen Folwer of Over Cheat; one son, Dayne Paugh of Over Cheat; one sister, Mrs. Dora Colebank of Rt. 4, Morgantown; one brother, Raymond Wolfe of Smithfield, Pa., and six grandchildren. Hastings Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, which are incomplete.
SOURCE: The Dominion News; Morgantown, Monongalia Co., West Virginia; February 11, 1958; page 2.
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted May 31, 2013


PUGH, Malon M.

MEYERSDALE,July 1 — Struck by an eastbound passenger train as he crossed the tracks of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad near Sand Patch, Malon M. Pugh, 60, of Summit township, was killed at 11:45 o'clock Tuesday morning. Pugh, working on the five-mile section from Sand Patch to Meyeradale, waited for a westbound freight train to pass and then stepped into the path of the eastbound passenger train. He was on duty at the time. The victim was rolled under the train and his body badly mutilated. Born in Summit township, two miles northeast of here, June 10, 1882, Pugh was the son ot the late Daniel and Eliza Pugh. An active member of the Church of the Brethren, he leaves his widow, Mrs. Ida Alverda Pugh; four daughters, Mrs. Eugene McClary and Mrs. Richard Linderman, both of Detroit, and Ada and Ruth, at home; five sisters, Mrs. Peter Brown and Mrs. Perry Shrock, Meyersdale, Mrs. Edward Layman,
Pittsburgh, Mrs. William Brown, Shanksville, and Mrs. Joseph Day, Detroit, and five grandchildren.

The Daily Courier, Connellsville, July 1, 1942
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted March 28, 2010


PUGH, Richard, Sr.

"The funeral of Mr. Richard Pugh, Sr., who died at Frostburg, occurred here on Saturday. The remains were brought here here on the 10:40 train and were received by the Barton Lodge No.  94, I.O.O.F., of which the deceased was a member. Interment was made at the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Mr. Pugh was about 58 years of age and leaves a widow and several children to mourn their loss."
The Herald, Piedmont, West Virginia, Fri 3 Jul 1896
(Courtesy of Shawn McGreevy)
Posted March 26, 2011


PUGH, Richard A.

FROSTBURG - Richard Pugh, 92, of 195 Welsh Hill, died yesterdav at his home. He had been in failing health for several vears. Born in Barton, he was a son of the late Richard and Ann (McGory) Pugh. He was a member of St Michael's Catholic church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah (Freal) Pugh. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Paul Goldsworthy, LaVale; Mrs.Thomas Moore, Baltimore, and Mrs. Harry Smith, Mt. Savage; three sons, James Pugh, Frostburg, and George and John Pugh both of Baltimore; 16 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren. The body is at the Durst Funeral Home where friends will be received from 7 to 9 p. m. A requiem mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's tomorrow and 40 great-grandchildren. A requiem mass will be celebrated at St. Michael's tomorrow at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. The rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8:15 p.m. today. Pallbearers will be Richard Moore, Neil Moore, Thomas Pugh, Stephen Pugh, John Pugh and es Goldsworthy.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md., Monday, April 1, 1969 - pg 8, col 6
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted March 26, 2011

PUGH, Mrs. Ruth Ann Adams
Ruth Ann Pugh, 76, of Florida, formerly of Frostburg and Cumberland, died on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Born July 14, 1938 in Carlos, she was the daughter of the late George Griffin Adams and Rosetta Green Adams. She is preceded in death by two husbands, Ralph Edward Ramhoff and William Francis Pugh. She is also preceded in death by a son, Johnny Ray Pugh; a grandson, Mark Barron, Jr.; a granddaughter, Amber Ramhoff, and a sister, Peggy Anderson. Ruth Ann was a member of the Eckhart Baptist Church, and Awana Club Volunteer, and the NCHA Camping Club. She worked at The Bowler and was a youth bowling instructor for 29 years. She was a graduate of Beall High Scholl and Allegany College of Maryland. Ruth Ann enjoyed going on cruises. She is survived by sons, Ralph Ramhoff and wife Deanna, Germantown; Reford Ramhoff and wife Faith, Bloomingdale, FL; William Pugh and wife Maxee, New Creek, WV ; daughters, Roxanne Ramhoff Barron and husband Mark, Laurel, MD ; and Georganne Pugh Morris, Lithia, FL; 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Also surviving, a brother Paul Adams, Florida; and a sister Janet Harvey and husband, Robert , VA. Friends will be received at the Sowers Funeral Home on Sunday. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Monday, August 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Sandvick officiating assisted by Rev. Matt Eichhorn. Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.

Sowers Funeral Home Obituary, posted August 23, 2014
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted September 25, 2017

PUGH, Mrs. Sallie

Elkins W Va -  Mrs Sallie Pugh, of Volga, Barbour county, is dead at the age of 103 years, having been born in 1809. She was married in 1825 to Morris Pugh, to which union 10 children were born, 5 of whom still survive.
Keyser Tribune, January 24, 1913
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted August 19, 2010

PULLIAM, Gabriel

Gabriel Pulliam died at Erwin, Preston Co, W. Va., aged 85 years. In the early fifties he was associated with ex-Senator Henry G. Davis, in business atNew Creek, now Keyser, W. Va. He was a merchant at Erwin, many years. He served as county assessor, also overseer of the poor. Mrs. Mollie S. Shore, of Baltimore, and Mrs. Maud C. Johnson, Frostburg, Md, are among the surviving children.
Keyser Tribune, April 26, 1912
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted August 14, 2010

PULLIN, Carlton Samuel

Carlton S. Pullin, 94, formerly of Hazelton, WV, died Tuesday, September 4, 2001, in the Uniontown Hospital, Uniontown, PA. The son of the late Alfred N. and Mary Catherine Turney Pullin, he was born March 2, 1907, iat Addison Township, Somerset County, PA. He is survived by his wife, Nine Estella Clister PUllin of South Fayette Nursing Center, Markleysburg, PA; a daughter, Elizabeth Wilson and spouse, William Guthrie of Pell, IA; and two brothers, Floyed E. Pullin of Addison, PA, and John E. Pullin of Friendsville, MD. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilbur E. Pullin and Howard J. Pullin. Friends may call at the Carl R. Spear Funeral Home, Brandonville, WV, Thursday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Friday, 5:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 8, 2001, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Timothy Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in the Addison Cemetery, Addison, PA. The family requests memorials be made to Mountaintop Foundation, 1432 W. 1st St. Pella, IA 50219

d.o.d. Tuesday, September 4, 2001; no source noted
FindAGrave Memorial #72262947
(Courtesy of Gene Brierly/transcribed by Genie)
Posted May 11, 2017

Name: Myrtle M. "Patsy" Pullin, 69, of Cumberland, MD
Parents: Alfred Roy Manges and Margaret Beatrice (True) Manges
DOB: June 16, 1934, in Cumberland, MD
DOD: Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Kamp Kare, Markleysburg, PA
Spouse: Donald W. Pullin Sr.
Predeceased by: parents
Survived by: husband; son, Donald W. Pullin, Jr., and wife Anita, Cumberland, MD; daughter, Carol Maria Galloway and husband Danny, Colonial Beach, VA; brothers, Roy Manges and wife Norma, Cumberland, MD; Roger Manges, Cumberland, MD; Ronald Manges and wife Candace, Frederick, MD; William Manges, CA
Burial: August 4, 2003, Sunset Memorial Park, Cumberland, MD

Source: Adams Family Funeral Home, Cumberland, MD
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted May 16, 2015

PULLIN, Mrs. Nina Estella Clister

Nina Estella Pullin, 87, of Confluence, PA, formerly of Hazelton, WV, died Thursday, June 27, 2002, in the South Fayette Nursing Center, Markleysburg, PA. The daughter of the late Sanford Gibson and Pansy Emma Laub Clister, she was born February 18, 1916, in Markleysburg. She is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth A. Wilson and spouse William Guthrie of Pella, IA; and a sister, Lorna Elizabeth Weller of Springfield, OR. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlton S. Pullin, September 4, 2001, and three brothers, William Harold Clister, John Laub Clister, and Sanford Gibson Clister, Jr. Friends may call at the Carl R. Spear Funeral Home, Brandonville, WV, Friday, June 28, 2002. Funeral services, June 29 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Timothy Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in the Addison Cemetery, Addison, PA.
[d.o.d. Thursday, June 27, 2002; Unknown Source]
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted February 24, 2017

Name: - Catherine Ann "Girt" Purbaugh, 83, of Frostburg, MD
Parents: Robert R. and Mary (Monohan) Welsh
DOB: September 26, 1923 in Frostburg, MD
DOD: Sunday, September 9, 2007, at her home
Spouse: Patrick Purbaugh, Sr.
Predeceased by: parents; husband, who died on September 13, 1998; sister, Mary Robinette
Survived by: sons, Patrick Purbaugh, Jr, at home; Jim Purbaugh, Frostburg; daughter, Kay Gaynor, at home; sister, Ellen Skidmore and husband "Buddy", Eckhart, MD
Burial: September 12, 2007, St. Michael’s Cemetery, Frostburg, MD
Source: Sowers Funeral Home, Frostburg, MD
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted June 21, 2014


PURBAUGH, Charles A.

Charles A. Purbaugh, 91, of Salisbury, formerly of Connellsville, died Monday in the Meyersdale Community Hospital, Meyersdale. Born Nov. 6, 1881, in Northampton Township, he was a son of the late Phillip and Ann Miller Purbaugh. He was a member of St. John's United Churcn of Christ of Salisbury and the Somerset County Historical Society, and was a retired auditor for West Penn Railways Company. Surviving are one son, Clarion of Pompano Beach, Fla.; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Alcinda Meyers Purbaugh, and
one daughter.

The Daily Courier, Connellsville, January 16, 1973
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 3, 2010



MT.SAVAGE — Earl B. Purbaugh, 83, died yesterday at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland, where he had been admitted September 27. He had been in failing health the past five years. Born in Fairhope, Pa., he was a son of the late Henry and Emma (Hutzell) Purbaugh. His wife, Theresa (Collins) Purbaugh, died in 1958. He was a retired coal miner and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, here, and the Holy Name Society. Surviving are three daughters, Sister Mary Pacifica, SSND, Baltimore; Mrs. Mildred Clark and Miss Alice Purbaugh, here; a son, Patrick W. Purbaugh, Frostburg; a sister, Mrs. Sadie Cordrey, Meyersdale; two brothers, William Purbaugh, Meyersdale, and Reford Purbaugh, Oakland; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The body is at the Durst Funeral Home in Frostburg where friends will be received today from 7 until 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m.
The Cumberland News, November 18, 1975
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted March 28, 2010


PURBAUGH, Mrs. H. Alcinda Meyers

Mrs. H. Alcinda Purbaugh, 85, of 509 Vine St., died Monday morning in Connellsville State General Hospital soon after being admitted. She was born in Northampton Township, Somerset County, June 19, 1882, a daughter of the late W. Jackson and Ellen Jane Poorbaugh Meyers. She lived in Connellsville about 30 years and was a former school teacher in Northampton Township and Garrett in Somerset County and in New Haven. She was a member of the Women's Culture Club, of which she was past president in 1946-48; a member of the Huguenot Society of Pennsylvania, Philip Freeman Chapter, DAR; Bushy Run Chapter, Daughters of American Colonists in Greensburg; and the United Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Historical Geological Society of Somerset County. Surviving are her husband, Charles A. Purbaugh, with whom she would have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary next May 5; a son, Clarion A. Purbaugh of Pompano Beach, Florida; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Harry (Ollie) Love of North Omstead, Ohio; Mrs. Frank (Idella) Kidwell of Glencoe. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Loreen A., in 1950. The body will be in the Brooks Funeral Home after 7 p.m. today where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. William Sheldon Blair officiating. Burial will be at the Mount Lebanon Cemetery at Glencoe. Philip Freeman DAR Chapter will conduct a memorial service in the funeral home at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Daily Courier, Connellsville, November 27, 1967
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted August 1, 2009



CONFLUENCE, July 31 - Harry E. Purbaugh, 74, died Sunday at his home at Harnedsville. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Blanche Shoemaker Purbaugh, and one brother, Charles A. Purbaugh of Connellsville. The funeral service was held today in Confluence with interment in Mount Lebanon Cemetery near Berlin.
Tuesday, July 31, 1951, The Daily Courier, Connellsville
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 3, 2010

PURBAUGH, Henry Wilson

MEYERSDALE, Pa., Aug. 5 — Henry Wilson Purbaugh, 86, a carpenter, died Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sarah L. Cordrey, following a prolonged illness. He was born in Somerset county, a son of the late John and Sarah (Hutzel) Purbaugh, natives of Germany. Besides Mrs. Cordrey he leaves five other children, Earl B. Purbaugh, Mt. Savage, Md.; William H. and Roy Purbaugh and Mrs. Marie Congleton, all of Meyersdale; and Reaford Purbaugh, Oakland, Md.; two brothers, Lee Purbaugh, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and Erastus Purbaugh, Akron; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The body is at the Cordrey residence where services will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. with Rev. Nelson C. Brown, pastor of Amity Evangelical and Reformed Church, officiating. Burial will be in Mt.

The Cumberland Evening Times, August 5, 1947
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 3, 2010


PURBAUGH, Miss Loreen A.

Miss Loreen A. Purbaugh, former school teacher, of 509 Vine street, died at 7:45 o'clock Sunday morning in Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh where she had been admitted three weeks before suffering from a heart condition. When her parents visited her Saturday night, she appeared to be coming along nicely. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Purbaugh, Miss Loreen Alcinda Purbaugh was born in Connellsville and attended the grade schools here. She went to junior high school in Pittsburgh and was graduated from Wilkinsburg High School after which she was graduated from Hood College. She received her master's degree at the University of Pittsburgh. Miss Purbaugh had taught in the schools of Sligo, Clarion county; Salisbury and Smithneld before going to Brentwood where she was a junior high school teacher until her failing health compelled her to give up her duties about three years ago. She was active in Pittsburgh music circles. She was a soprano soloist in churches in Greensburg, Wilkinsburg and Pittsburgh. She was a member of the Dramamcant Singers and Harvey Gaul's Chorus of Pittsburgh and for several years was with the Chautauqua Opera Chorus. When her health began to fail, Miss Purbaugh gave up her musical activities. Surviving are her parents and one brother, Clarion A., of Duluth, Minn. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical and Reformed Church and a branch of the Pennsylvania State Educational Association. Burial will be made in Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Somerset County.
The Daily Courier, Connellsville, 16 July 1951
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 3, 2010

PURBAUGH, Mrs. Mary Hahn

MEYERSDALE,July 29 — Mrs. Mary Hahn Purbaugh, 18 years old, wife of James Purbaugh of Meyersdale, R. D. 3, died Monday morning in Somerset Community Hospital where she was removed Sunday. A native of Summit township where she was born December 5, 1918, she leaves her husband, her parents, Adam and Julia Beal Hahn, three sisters and a brother. The funeral service will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Purbaugh home with Rev. George Detwiler, pastor of the Church of the Brethren, officiating. Interment will be made in Union Cemetery.
The Daily Courier, Connellsville, July 29, 1937
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)

PURDUER, Mrs. Laura Weaver

Tunnelton, W.VA., Sept. 17. - Word was received here by Clyde B. Weaver of the death of his siter, Mrs. Laura PurDuer[?], Charleston, who died Thursday at her home after a short illness. She was a daughter of the late Jacob Weaver and the late Mrs. Elixzabeth Evans Weaver Dent. The father lost his life in the shaft explosion at Newburg, January 21, 1886. Mr. and Mrs. Waver attended the funeral Saturday afternoon in Fairmont.
Monday, September 18, 1939; The Cumberland (MD) News
Posted December 22, 2018

PURDY, Mrs. Rosalie Ignatia Rafferty
CAMBRIDGE, N Y. - Mrs. Rosalie Ignatia Purdy, 79, here, died July 6 at Mary McClellan Hospital, here. Born in Nikep Oct. 8, 1905, she was a daughter of the late John Rafferty and Bridget (Condon) Rafferty. She was a 1923 graduate of Barton High School, a 1925 graduate of Frostburg Normal School and belonged to the Barton Alumni Association. She is survived by her husband, Ivan Purdy, Sr.; two daughters, Mrs. Eleanor Withers, Auburn, N.Y.; Mrs. Dorothy Miller, Marcellus, N.Y.; two sons, Ivan Purdy, Jr., Baldwinsville, N.Y.; Raymond Purdy, Cambridge, N.Y.; three sisters, Sister John Anthony, Philadelphia, Pa.; Mrs. Anna Clatterbuck, Deer Park; Mrs. Kathleen Winner, Lonaconing; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were held at St. Luke's Church, here. Interment was in Woodlands Cemetery, here. Ackley Funeral Home, here, was in charge of arrangements.
The Cumberland Evening Times, July 12, 1985
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted September 23, 2012


PURGIT, William S.

William S. Purgit, one of the oldest citizens of the county, died at his home at Purgittsville Friday last, after a long illness of Bright's disease. For some years following the war he was deputy collector of Internal Revenue for the District, and was postmaster at Purgittsville for nearly a half century, barring a few years. The funeral occurred Sunday from the church of Purgittsville, conducted by Revs. Neel and Burgess and interment in the family burying ground. -Hampshire Review of 6th.  The deceased was the father of I. P. Purgit, one of our well known citizens.
Keyser Tribune, November 12, 1912
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted August 7, 2010

PURGIT, William S.

Mrs.Rev. Lee Racy of Winchester Va, who was called to Purgittsville by the death of her father, William Purgit, spent last Friday night here, as a guest, at the home of her brother, I. P. Purgit, on her way home.
Keyser Tribune, November 22, 1912
(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted August 7, 2010

PURINTON, George Dana

George Dana Purinton, 84, of 1211 Rosebury Circle, Charleston, died Sunday at home after a brief illness. He was a native of Independence, Preston County and a retired school teacher, having taught in Arkansas, West Virginia and Virginia. He was a member of the National Retired Teachers Association and the Jehovah's Witnesses. Mr. Purinton attended Morris Harvey College and was a graduate of William and Mary College in Virginia. Surviving: wife, Stella Hickman Purinton; daughters, Mrs. Irene Cagle of Alma, Ark., Mrs. Anna Board of Ashland, Ky., Mrs. Helen Potter and Mrs. Mona Belcher of Charleston, Mrs. Virginia Burd of Mount Pleasant, Pa., Mrs. Betty McAllister of Lexington Ky., Mrs. Martha Perry of Louisville, Ky, Mrs. Bernice Frye of Twin Peaks, Calif.; sister, Mrs. Agnes Larew of Lynchburg, Va.; 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m., Wednesday in Steven and Grass Funeral Home, Malden, with Ronald R. Hoertz officiating. Burial will be in Belcher Cemetery, Route 6, Charleston, (Kanawha County, West Virginia). Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
d.o.d.2 October 1978; no source noted
FindAGrave Memorial #145359037
(Courtesy of Gene Brierly/transcribed by Genie)
Posted May 11, 2017

PYLE, Donald R.

Donald R. Pyle, 84(??), longtime cowboy and rancher in southwestern Montana, died Jan. 9 in Arizona at Phoenix Veterans Hospital. Mr. Pyle was born in Marlinston W.Va., April 8, 1897, a son of Lemuel and Mollie Pyle. The family moved to the Ekalaka area in 1909. When he was 17 he began breaking horses for W.G. Payne on the H Cross H Ranch. Later he started repping with several cow outfits, the LO, the TN, the Diamond A and the TA. He joined the Army in 1918 and was stationed in France with the 412th Motorcycle Dispatchers Unit which supported the 77th Division in the Meuse Argonne forest. After his discharge he returned to Miles City and went into business as a rancher and stockman in this area in 1924. He retired in 1966 and had spent his winters in Phoenix for the past 20 years. He married Elsie Payne Dec. 27, 1943, in Sheridan, Wyo. Mr. Pyle took the Scottish Rite at the Al Bedoo Temple in Billings and became a 32nd degree Mason Oct. 25, 1963. He was a member of the First Baptist Church here, and also the Range Riders and Half Century Club. Surviving are his wife, Elsie; a son, Donald L. of Miles City; two daughters, Mrs. John (Gloria) Feickert of Phoenix and Mrs. Joseph (Beryl) Hahn of Cullom, Ill.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of J. E. Graves Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Starburg of the First Baptist CHurch officiating. Burial will be in Custer County Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Range Riders of Miles City or to the United Parkinson's Foundation, 22 S. State Street, Chicago, Ill. 60604

d.o.d.January 9, 1982; no source noted (Custer Co., Montana)
FindAGrave Memorial #179172959
(Courtesy of Gene Brierly/transcribed by Genie)
Posted May 20, 2017

PYLE, Hamilton H.

Hamilton H Pyle, aged 63, died at 3:30 o’clock Friday afternoon at his home, a short distance southwest of the county seat.  The deceased spent practically all of his life in the vicinity of Somerset and was highly esteemed by all who learned to know him.  He is survived by his widow and one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Deal, of Addison.  Funeral services were held in the local Church of the Brethren at 3:00 o’clock, Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. John M. Brougher, of Greensburg, and Rev.  John Weighley of Somerset.  Interment was made in the St. John’s cemetery in Somerset township.
Somerset Herald, October 29, 1924
Transcribed by Vernon A. Miller, November 18, 2010
Posted June 14, 2011

PYLE, Mrs. Laura Catherine Murray

Mrs. Laura Catherine Pyle, 90, of 306 Harrison Street, died Monday at Colton Manor Nursing Home, Hagerstown. Bom in Glencoe, Pa., she was a daughter of the late William and Alice (Martz) Murray, and was the widow of Cleveland George Pyle. Surviving are three sons, Homer Pyle, Parcoal, W. Va.; Vernon W. Pyle, Kitzmiller, and Robert Pyle, Morgantown; two daughters, Mrs. Alverta Smith, city, and Mrs. Loretta M. Hershberger, Blaine; 21 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren. The body is at the David A. Burdock Funeral Home, where friends will be received from 2 until 4 and 7 until 9 p.m. A service will be conducted there Thursday at 1 p.m. Rev. Arthur Leaker will officiate and interment will f ollow in the IOOF Cemtery, Elk Garden.
The Cumberland News, July 20, 1977
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted November 12, 2011


PYLE, Mrs. Matilda Miller

Mrs.Matilda M. (Miller) Pyle, 80, widow of Hamilton Pyle, died at 11 Thursday night at her home on Somerset, R.D. 1, after an illness of two years. Her husband preceded her to the grave in 1924 and a son died in 1909.  Surviving is a brother, Jonathan Miller of Somerset, R.D. 4. Funeral Services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Pyle home by the Rev. Galen R. Blough, pastor of the Somerset church of the Brethren.  Interment will follow in St. John’s cemetery in Somerset township under the direction of Charles R. Hauger, Somerset mortician.
Somerset Daily American, January 18, 1941
Transcribed by Vernon A. Miller, November 22, 2010
Posted June 14, 2011


PYLES, Charles and Hannah

Mrs. Hannah Pyles, age 75 years, of Buckhorn W. Va., on the B&O main line, was killed by passing train No 71, near Buckhorn siding at eleven o'clock Sat morning, and shortly after two o'clock that afternoon, her husband Charles Pyles, aged 76 years, was killed on the railroad at Buckhorn, siding, within several hundred yards of where his wife was killed. The accidents were peculiarly similar. Mrs. Pyles was walking on the east bound track and by mistake, stepped to the west bound track directly in front of the passenger train, which killed her instantly. The remains were taken to the residence of her son, John, whose parents resided with him. Saturday afternoon, Mr Pyles was walking in a path along the track while a coal freight engine was setting a couple freight cars in the siding. He stepped on the track in front of the cars, was ran over and killed.

(Courtesy of Patti McDonald)
Posted July 18, 2010


PYLES, David Gibson

Fort Ashby, W. Va.. Dec. 3 — David Gibson Pyles, 81, a retired farmer of the Fort Ashby section, died last night at his home after an illness of three weeks. He was a son of the late Thomas and Jane Orndorf Pyles who were among the early settlers of Fort Ashby. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Harvey Willlson; three sons, James L., Earl B. and Charles D. Pyles; sister, Mrs. Hannah Dowden; brother, Samuel Pyles; nineteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The body was taken & the home of his son, Charles D. Pyles.
3 December 1940, Cumberland Evening Times
(Courtesy of Ruth Sprowls)
Posted November 26, 2009

PYLES, Edgell F.

FORT ASHBY, W.Va. — Edgell F. Pyles Sr., 88, of Fort Ashby, W.Va., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at the Dawn View Center. He was born in Alaska (Fort Ashby), W.Va., on July 14, 1923, to the late Thomas F. and Alice (Corbin) Pyles. Edgell was the last surviving person to have been born in The Fort. Mr. Pyles was also preceded in death by his three sisters, Irene Pyles, Louise Wagoner, Frances Buser, and Helen Rohman. He was the last member of his immediate family. Edgell was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He spent time in the European Theater. Mr. Pyles was retired from Allegany Ballistics Laboratory. He belonged to Trinity United Methodist Church and Fort Ashby Post 6667, V.F.W. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Irma R. (Haines) Pyles; two sons, the Rev. Dr. Edgell Franklin Pyles Jr. and wife Marty, of Snowmass, Colo., and Thomas E. Pyles and wife Rhoda, of Fort Ashby, W.Va.; one daughter, Roxy A. Whitacre and husband Wallace, of Short Gap, W.Va.; grandchildren, Kathy Herrell and husband Mark, of Richmond, Va., Thom Pyles and wife Linda, of Denver, Colo., Todd Pyles and wife Cindy, of Richmond, Va., Seth Whitacre and wife Keri, Lori Cross, and Kristen Pyles, all of Short Gap, W.Va., Ashley Haddix and husband William, of Fort Ashby, W.Va., and Sarah Welsh and husband Tommy, of Centreville, Pa.; and 16 great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, Route 28, Fort Ashby, W.Va., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011. The funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Mark Hickman officiating. Interment will be in Fort Ashby Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard. Edgell’s greatest love was for his family. He was a loving, dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. The family thanks his caregivers and the staff at the Dawn View Center, as well as the care given to the family during his passing. 
Published in The Cumberland Times-News, October 25, 2011
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted May 11, 2017

PYLES, James
Alaska, W.Va., Feb. 25 -
Mr. James Pyles, a well known and respectable citizen of Frankfort, died Friday evening of brain fever. Mr. Pyles was aged about 40 years and leaves to mourn his loss an aged mother, four brothers and one sister, a wife and seven children. His remains were laid to rest in the Frankfort cemetery Sunday evening. The funeral, which was a large one, was preached in the M.E. church South by Rev. H.M. Strickler. This is three Sabbaths in succession that Rev. Mr. Strickler has been called upon to officiate funerals in this church and nine funerals in all since Christmas.

Published in the Cumberland Evening Times, February 28, 1901
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted August 19, 2017

PYLES, Leona Frances Wagoner

FORT ASHBY, W.Va. — Leona Frances (Wagoner) Pyles, 91, of Fort Ashby, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, at Sacred Heart Hospital. Born March 14, 1913, in Middle Ridge, she was the daughter of the late William Michael and Ethel (Davis) Wagoner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Leland M. Pyles; two sisters, Dorothy Wagoner and Helen Berry; and three brothers, Donald Wagoner, Joe Wagoner and Herb Wagoner. Mrs. Pyles had been a housekeeper and nanny for Dr. Cook. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she belonged to the United Methodist Women and had been a Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Pyles had also been a leader for the 4-H Goal Seekers Club. Survivors include three sons, David Pyles and wife Donna, Fort Ashby, Dennis Pyles and wife Rose, Phillippines, and Dale Pyles and wife Sharon, Short Gap; one daughter, Nancy Luzadder and husband Ross, Mount Carmel, Ill.; two sisters, Ruth Morris, a resident of Devlin Manor and Mary Knotts, Meyersdale, Pa.; two brothers, Sam Wagoner, Springfield and Jimmy Wagoner, Bowling Green; nine grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, Inc., Route 28, Fort Ashby, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral serivce will be conducted at Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dallas Forren officiating. Interment will be in Fort Ashby Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to either the United Methodist Women, Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1080, Fort Ashby, WV 26719 or
the 4-H Goal Seekers, c/o Harriett Lewis, HC 86, Box 404, Springfield, WV 26763.

Cumberland Times-News, Thursday, November 04, 2004
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted December 20, 2010

PYLES, Mrs. Rosa Fralix

Mrs. Rosa Ellen Pyles, 82, of Fort Ashby, died yesterday in Memorial Hospital. Born at Springfield, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fralix and was the widow of Charles W. Pyles. Mrs. Pyles was a member of Berean Independent Baptist Church, Fort Ashby. Surviving are two sons, John W. Pyles, Fort Ashby, and Raymond R. Pyles, Short Gap; five daughters, Mrs. Dorothy L. Reel, Romney; Miss Evelyn E. Pyles, Fort Ashby; Mrs. Mary Belle Bennett, Springfield; Mrs. Mildred Ullery, Cumberland, and Mrs. Leona T. Lechliter, Arnold, Md.; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home today and tomorrow. Services will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. at Berean Independent Baptist Church, Fort Ashby.
Published in The Cumberland (Md.) Evening Times, Wednesday, March 8, 1978
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted April 22, 2017


OAKLAND - John A. Pysell, 64, died Saturday at Garrett County Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient six days. He had been in failing health five years. Born in Garrett County, he was a son of the late Charles W. and Dora (Rodeheaver) Pysell. A retired farmer, he was a member of Deer Park Camp 21, Woodmen of the World. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Floretta M. Pysell; a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Mysinger, Aurora, Mo.; four brothers, Earl Pysell, Tunnelton, W. Va.; Edward Pysell, Barton; Arthur Pysell, Deer Park, and Ralph Pysell, Hagerston, and seven sisters, Mrs. Blanche Shahan, Tunnelton; Mrs. Bessie Poland, Grafton, W. Va.; Mrs. Rose Sines, Oakland; Mrs. Ruth Robinson, Barton; Mrs. Mary Wilson and Mrs. Helen Vest, both of Akron and Mrs. Nora Shaffer, Baltimore. The body is at the Leighton-Durst Funeral Home where a service will be conducted today at 1:30 p.m. by Rev. E. H. Wilt and interment will be in Deer Park Cemetery.
Source: The Cumberland News; Cumberland, Maryland; Monday, December 6, 1965; page 9.
(Courtesy of Wendy Mammoliti)
Posted August 2, 2014


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