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.Norris Greene Torner


Norris Greene Torner, 79 died Monday afternoon in Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born March 3, 1900 in Newport to William Victor and Jennie Greene Torner. He was an electrician in Newport where he lived most of his 1ife. He was also a school bus driver many years. He was a member of the Newport Baptist Church

He was married to Marjorie Christy. She preceded him in death, along with his parents two brothers and three sisters

He is survived by a brother Glen Torner of Cedar Rapids Iowa, ad a number of nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1 pm. Saturday at the McClure-Schafer Funeral Home with the Rev. Marvin Sallee  officiating Burial will be in Newport Cemetery Friends may call at the funera1 home.

L. Glenn Torner

L. Glenn Torner, 87, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Saturday in the Americana Care Center at Cedar Rapids following a long illness.

He was born Oct. 8, 1896, in Newport. He married Vina F. Burge June 15, 1927. He was retired from Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, and was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus the American Legion Hanford Post 5 and was a veteran of World War I.

He is survive by his wife; one son, John L. of Cedar Rapids; two daughters, Ann Rowe of Alburnett, Iowa, and Mary Burbach of Cedar Rapids; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services were at 9:30 am. today in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Rev. John Hemann officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery at Cedar Rapids. A memorial fund has been established. Teahen Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids was in charge of arrangements.

Unknown Newspaper, Sept 21, 1973

Harold L. Tice

Funeral services for Harold L. Tice, 61, Hammondsville were Monday afternoon with burial in Hammondsville Cemetery. Mr. Tice, who died early Friday morning from an apparent heart attack was a former resident of Wade, near Newport.

His wife, Estella Martin Tice, survives with four children, Harold Lee, Wellsville; Mrs. Haroleen K. Anderson, Salem; Mrs. Debbie Rogers, Hammondsville, and Mrs. Joy Mooorehead, Pittsburgh. Three sisters survive.

Everett R. Thomas, 1986


Everett R. Thomas, 87, of Myock, N.C., died Sunday evening at the Albemarle Hospital there following a brief illness.

He was a son of Alexander and Nettie Wise Thomas. He was a member of the Newport Baptist Church of Ohio and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in St. Marys, W.Va.

He is survived by a son, Richard E. Thomas of Newport; a daughter, Mrs. Shirley Rogers of Myock, N.C.; a brother, Alvia B. Thomas of Parkersburg, W.Va.; two daughters, Lulu Shai and Goldie Pritchett of Marietta, Ohio; six grandchildren: and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral arrangements are being made at the McClure-Schafer Funeral Home.

Unknown Newspaper, January 24, 1976

Wayne S. Thomas

Services for Wayne S. Thomas, 57, Newport Rt. 1, will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow in Newport Baptist Church, with Rev. Sherman Snider and Rev. Claude Matthews officiating. Burial will be in Newport Cemetery. Friends may call at McClure Funeral Home until the hour of services.

Mr. Thomas was born Sept. 16, 1918, at Deucher, a son of Arnold W. and Lula Marie Yost Thomas, who now reside on Newport Rt. 1.

He was married to Eileene Gracey, who survives with five sons and four daughters: Gerald W., William K., Lewis M. and Cecil A. Thomas, all of Marietta; Danny Thomas of the home; Mrs. E.T. Frye, Mrs. Jimmy Smith and Mrs. David Binegar, all of Newport, and Mrs. James Griffiths, Sandoval, Ill. Miss Melanie A. Thomas of the home is an adopted daughter. There are 12 grandchildren. One brother and two sisters are deceased.

Mr. Thomas had been employed as a calendar operator at B.F. Goodrich Co. from 1947 until he retired in 1961 because of ill health. He was a member of Newport Baptist Church.

Unknown Newspaper, May 11, 1985

NEWPORT — Lula Marie Thomas, 88, of Newport Rt. 1, Reynolds Run, died at her home at 10:20 p.m. Thursday.

She was born Nov. 19, 1896, in Pleasants County, W.Va., to Jacob and Margaret Garrison Yost. She spent most of her life in Washington County. She was a member of Christian Union Church.

On April 21, 1915, she married Arnel W. Thomas, who survives. They recently celebrated their 70th wed ding anniversary.

In addition to husband she is survived by a sister, Mildred McGee of St. Marys, W.Va.; 19 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Wayne and Raymond; two daughters, Betta and Mildred; two brothers; and two sisters. Services will be at 2:30p.m. Sunday in the Newport United Methodist Church with the Rev. Frank Conley officiating. Burial will be in Newport Cemetery.

Friends may call at the family home from this evening until the hour of the service Sunday. McClure- Schafer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  

Mary Alice Lightfritz Thomas

Marietta Times April 14, 2007

Mary Alice Lightfritz Thomas, 75, of Lord Street, died at her home at 11:25 a.m. Friday (April 6, 2007).

She was born May 11, 1931, in Washington County, to the late James Brady and Mary McDonald Lightfritz. She was a homemaker and had lived for her family. She was also a member of the Number 9 Community Church.

Rolla Earl Turner


Rolla Earl Turner was born on July 25, 1915 in Bens Run, Pleasants County, West Virginia to William Henry and Ada Irene Northcraft Turner. On July 4, 1939 he married Lillian Smith. Lillian was born in 1918 at Murphy, Washington County, Ohio and is the daughter of Comador Perry and Mary Angeline Edwards Smith. Rolla was inducted into the United States Army on November 2, 1943 in Clarksburg, West Virginia and stated active service on November 23, 1943. He served only 4 months as a Private and was promoted to Staff Sgt. in the Army's 1st Cavalry. On April 13, 1944 he entered in to the Cavalry School. He graduated from Cavalry' School on June 22, 1944.

He served as supervisor over 18 personnel in the radio operations section. His duties were to instruct and assign work to the men. He also tested and inspected their work, and kept a roster of the personnel within the section and the duties they performed. He also installed and operated field radio transmitting and receiving equipment. His schooling for radio operation was taken at Fort Riley, Kansas. One of Rolla's key jobs was to send and receive message by international Morse Code. These codes proved to be a very important part of World War II. He was soon to serve overseas and left for the Asiatic-Pacific Theater on June 10, 1945. He saw battle in Luzon. Rolla was the recipient of the Victory Medal World War II, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater with one Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal. He was Honorably Discharged at Camp Atterbury, Indiana on February 4, 1946, after serving as a Staff Sergeant for 19 months for the Army's 1st Cavalry. Rolla received a certificate of Honor from President Harry Truman.

Upon returning home Rolla went to work. He and Lillian raised a family of four children, Barbara Ann Turner Hutchison, William Perry Turner, John Franklin Turner and Timothy Earl Turner. Rolla retired from Marietta Metal Product Plant in Marietta, Ohio. Rolla Earl Turner died on July 9, 1984 at his home in Newport, Ohio. On October 19, 1984 Lillian Turner received a certificate in memory of Rolla from President Ronald Reagan with an American Flag honoring his service in the Army's 1st Cavalry.

Mabel Eileene Gracey Thomas


Mabel Eileene Gracey Thomas
Birth: Sep. 21, 1921
Death: Feb. 10, 1990 

Spouse: Wayne Simeon Thomas (1918 - 1976)

Had 10 Children in all.

Parents: Pearley Mason Gracey (1892 - 1951)
Elizabeth Martin Gracey (1890 - 1967)

Audrey A. Gracey Schultheis (1913 - 1994)*
Betty O Gracey Cross (1915 - 2004)*
Eleanor E Gracey Cline (1917 - 2012)*
Mabel Eileene Gracey Thomas (1921 - 1990)

Newport Cemetery

Marietta Times February 12, 1990- Mabel Elieene Thomas

Newport – Mabel Eileene Thomas, 68, of Newport Rt. 1, Reynolds Run, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born Sept. 12, 1921, at Schley, Washington County to Perley and Elizabeth Martin Gracey. She had spent her all her life in Newport Township and was a member of Faith Gospel Church.

She married Wayne Thomas on Oct. 27, 1939. He died in 1976.

She is survived by four sons, Gerald and William K., both of Marietta, and Lewis and Cecil, both of Newport; five daughters, Phyllis Long of Ravenswood, W.Va., and Linda Griffith, Mary Smith, Katherine Binegar and Melanie Tidd, all of Newport; 25 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Eleanor Cline of Newport, Betty Cross of Williamstown and Audrey Schultheis of Reno.

Her son and daughter-in-law, Lewis and Truda Thomas, had cared for her in their home for the last six years.

She was preceded in death by one son, Danny Thomas, in 1988; one infant brother, George Jacob Gracey; and one granddaughter in 1978.

Services will be at 2 p.m.., Tuesday in Newport Baptist Church with Re, David Dodridge and Pastor Paul Rice officiating. Burial will be in Newport Cemetery. Friends may call at McClure-Schafer Funeral Home until noon Tuesday and at the church one house prior to the services.