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Brandenburg,  Bessie Maude. 

Bessie Maude Brandenburg, 71, of Hirn Street, Chillicothe, died Sunday (March 7, 1999) at Westmoreland Place in Chillicothe.

She was born November 14, 1927 in Morgantown the daughter of the late Cleopas (Dick) Leeth and Maude (Dewey) Leeth. She was a former employee of Jamestown Royal Electric Corp.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 40 years: John H. Brandenburg who passed away February 5, 1998.

She is survived by one daughter: Trudy Ann Brandenburg of Columbus; one brother Richard (Lee) (Dorothy) Leeth of Latham; and three sisters; Farrell Stephenson of Waverly, Ottalee (Kenneth) Shelton of Williams Bay, Wi., and Charlotte (Skid) Montgomery of Piketon.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Boyer Funeral Home Inc., in Waverly with Rev. Bruce Viar officiating. Burial will follow in Waverly Evergreen Union Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.. today (Wednesday) and from 9 a.m until the service hour on Thursday.

1927 - 1999
P.C.O.G.S. Newsletter


John H. Brandenburg, Jr., 77, formerly of Hirn Street, Chillicothe, died on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Westmoreland Place, Chillicothe.

He was born on May 15, 1920 in Dayton, the son of John Haines and Emma Ida (Wilkening) Brandenburg. He is survived by his wife, Bessie Maude (Leeth) Brandenburg, whom he married on August 3, 1958, one daughter, and one sister. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Funeral services were held on Sunday at Boyer Funeral Home of Waverly with Rev. Bruce Viar officiating. Burial followed in Waverly Evergreen Cemetery.

1920 - 1998
P.C.O.G.S. Newsletter

CRABTREE, Ruth (White)  

Ruth (White) Crabtree, 79. of Arlington Ave., Waverly, died 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, November 24, 1993, in Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus.

She was born June 6, 1914, in Columbus, to William John White and Libby Alice Samson. On June 18, 1934, she married Bert T. Crabtree, who preceded her in death on March 28, 1977.

Survivors include two sons, James R. Crabtree, and Robert A. Crabtree, both of Chillicothe; three daughters, Mrs. George (Flora Alice) Rader, Lancaster, Mrs. Nancy Ann Thompson, Waverly, and Mrs. James (Jennie) Taylor, Chillicothe; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandaughter; two brothers, Raymond White, Jackson, and William T. White, Toledo. In addition to her husband; she was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Samford White.

Mrs. Crabtree was a former Piketon Elementary Teacher and a retired Elementary Librarian for Huntington Township Local Schools. She was a member of Pike and Ross Counties Genealogy Society, the Pike and Ross Counties Retired Teachers Association, and a member of the AAUW. She a Graduate of Ohio University Class of 1972.

She was also a member of Waverly Grace United Methodist Church, where funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, November 27, 1993, with Rev. Donald Pfeifer and Dr. James N. Spears officiating. Burial will be in Scioto Cemetery near Stockdale. Friends may call at Boyer Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. Friday, and a half hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

1914  - 1993
P.C.O.G.S. Newsletter

 Samson, Johanna A.  

Johanna A. Samson, 85, of Market Street Waverly, died Friday January 3, 2003, at the Pike Community Hospital. She was born on May 11, 1917, in Givens Station to the late Richard N. and Edna Louise (Adams) Samson. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
Surviving are her brother, Frank Samson and his wife Jayne, a nephew Richard and a niece Barbara Morris and her son Tyler, all living in Texas.

Ms. Samson attended and graduated from the Waverly High School and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She retired from the Waverly Schools where she taught both Music and English for many years.
As a member of Grace United Methodist Church, she directed and accompanied the Chancel Choir for many years and later served as the church organist. She was a life member of O.E.A. and O.R.T.A., a member of the AAUW and a charter member of Beta Tau Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday January 7, 2003, in the Givens Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Rodney Brower officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Botkin Funeral Home in Waverly.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Johanna Samson Music/English Scholarship Fund at Waverly High School c/o First National Bank P. O. Box 147 Waverly, Ohio 45690-0147.

Waverly News
1917 - 2003
P.C.O.G.S. Newsletter


PEERY, Thomas Wesley   

Thomas Wesley Peery is the only son of Thomas Henry Peery and Flora Alvena (Swickert) Peery.  He has one sister Sylvia Marie (Peery) Gilbert of Dayton.  He was born in Sciotoville, Scioto County, Ohio and began his education in the Sciotoville elementary school and attended school there 6 years.  In 1932 the family moved to Newton Township, Pike County, Ohio.  He attended school at Noname 1 year and entered high school in Waverly where he went his freshman, junior and senior years.  His sophomore year was spent at Piketon and he graduated from Waverly High School in 1937.  After graduating he entered in Bliss College in Columbus, Ohio for one year and attended General Motors School in Flint, Michigan after the family moved to a farm near Flint.  He furthered his education by taking classes at the Chillicothe and Portsmouth branches of Ohio University.  His first employment was with Ross County Agricultural Department and later with the Farm Bureau one season.  After leaving the Farm Bureau, he worked in Chillicothe, Ohio for the Chillicothe Implement Co. as bookkeeper and then as office manager of the Ralph Rogers Stone Quarry near Latham.  The Quarry was opened to provide material for the building of the new atomic plant.  In 1954 he was offered employment at the Goodyear Atomic Corp in the accounting department of the finance division and later transferred to the cashier department.  He worked there over thirty years and retired in June 1985.

Shortly after the United States entered World War II, Wesley was drafted into the armed forces and began his service in the army air force on February 4, 1942.  Five months later he was transferred tot he army engineers and on July 1, 1942 he boarded ship in New York harbor and began the dangerous journey across the Atlantic Ocean.  Two troop ships and two destroyers became separated from the convoy due to a heavy fog and found themselves off the shore of Halifax, Nova Scotia.  They laid over there one day before proceeding on to Glasgow, Scotland arriving there July 13 and from there by train to Henley, England.  They were at Henley until around the first of December when they boarded ship in Liverpool for Oran, Algeria (Africa), arriving there Dec. 5. 1942.  From there they went to Tunisia and shipped out of Bizerte, Tunisia to Palerno, Sicily.  From Palerno they were sent to Messina, Sicily where the regiment did roadwork for the British eighth army.  On Sept. 9, 1943 they joined the army under Gen. Mark Clark in Salerno, Italy where they built bridges and cleared mine fields.  Wesley was selected to work in regimental headquarters as a general clerk and court reporter.  These special county martial cases dealt with drunk and disorderly, absent without leave, etc.  The regiment went through Rome, Italy and north to Grosetto and pulled back from there to Naples.  They stayed in the Naples area one week preparing for the allied landing near St. Tropez, France where they were attached to the army along with the and divisions.  They then traveled up the Rhone River Valley through Lyon and on to Dijon and Nancy.  They were pulled back to central France because of the German attack at Bastogne, Belguim.  The battle of Bastogne began December 16, 1944 and continued into the new year.
    Wesley was promoted to Staff Sergeant, January 5, 1945 as platoon sergeant of headquarters platoon and message center chief responsible for all official mail and office supplies.
    The regiment entered Germany through Strasbourg and went to Ulm, Germany.   Later they moved to Mannheim where they built two wooden bridges over the Rhine River, one at Mannheim and one at Ludwigshafen.  One was built in nine days and the other one in ten days.  The unit received the Seventh Army Citation for this work.  After the end of the war on May 8, 1945, Wesley remained in Germany until August when the decision was made as to the system to be used to discharge the serviceman.  It required a credit of eighty-five points for discharge and Wesley had one hundred eighteen points.  He was given a jeep and a driver to deliver the regimental list to the Seventh Army Headquarters in Augsberg, Germany.  Given a choice as to the mode of transportation to return to the states he opted to go by air believing it would get him home quicker.  He left Mannheim, Germany on an army truck for Rheims, France where he boarded a French troop train for Marseille, France.  At Marseille he went by B-17 to Casablanca in Morocco (North Africa) where he boarded a C-54 for Natal, Brazil.  He spent three days in Natal before boarding a C-47 for British Guiana, Puerto Rico and Miami, Florida.  The rest of the via train, changing trains at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Uniontown, Pennsylvania.  He received his discharge at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation, August 22, 1945.  He had served a total of 42 months and 9 days having served, 37 months and 17 days in Foreign Service.  He continued on to Columbus, Ohio where he boarded a Greyhound Bus south to the Alma-Omega Road between Chillicothe and Waverly.  His parents were not expecting him and so on one was waiting to meet him.  He got a ride with a neighbor, A Mr. Gee, and arrived home early in the afternoon of the twenty-third.  Estimated travel time was in the neighborhood of two weeks.
    Sometime later he joined the American Legion and served as adjutant and finance officer of Merritt Post 142 in Waverly, Ohio.  He is also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars as member-at-large of the National Post No. 8923665.
    Wesley is a member of the Piketon-Jasper United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Men Society and the Pike Co. Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (charter member), Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and the American Legion of Waverly, Ohio.
    On August 12, 1951 he was united in marriage to Margie Ann Dean.  The wedding was held in the Piketon United Methodist Church with Rev. Waid C. Radford officiating.
    Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2003 at Howe Wheeler Boyer Hornback Funeral Home in Piketon, OH with Rev. John Richards officiating.  Burial will follow in Mound Cemetery, Piketon, OH.  Military graveside services will be conducted by the American Legion Post 142, Waverly, OH.
    Friends may call at the Howe Wheeler Boyer Hornback Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Friday and from noon until the time of the service on Saturday.

                                   Thomas Wesley Peery

Thomas Wesley Peery, 84, of Oak Street, Piketon, died Tuesday, September 23, 2003, at this home.
     He was born September 1, 1919, in Sciotoville, the son of the late Thomas Henry Peery and Flora Alvena (Swickert) Peery.  On August 12, 1951, he was married to Margie Ann (Dean) Peery who survives.
     Also surviving is 1 sister, Sylvia Marie (Peery) Gilbert of Dayton.
     Wesley was a retired Cashier, Goodyear Atomic Corp., Piketon with over 30 years of service, a member of the Piketon-Jasper United Methodist Church, United Methodist Men Society, Pike Co. Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and the American Legion Merritt Post # 142, Waverly.  He was a Veteran of WWII having served in the U. S. Army.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2003, at Howe Wheeler Boyer Hornback Funeral Home in Piketon with Rev. John Richards officiating.  Burial will follow in Mound Cemetery, Piketon.  Military gravesite services will be conducted by the American Legion Merritt Post 142, Waverly.
     Friends may call at the Howe Wheeler Boyer Hornback Funeral Home from 6 to 8 pm Friday and from noon until the time of service on Saturday.

PCOGS Newsletter
Waverly News Watchman


Wilburn, Fred 

83 years old, of State Route, Latham died at 6:20 a.m. Monday in the Pike County Hospital, where he had been a patient since Saturday.  He was rushed to the hospital Saturday by the Emergency Squad.

Mr. Wilburn was a retired farmer, born on December 3, 1890 near Bourneville, a son of Moses & Alphe (Sherrow) Wilburn.

In June, 1918, he married the former Flossie Yoakum, who survives at home.

Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Blanche Husted of Route #4, Waverly, Mrs. Bessie Nace of Latham, and Mrs. Freda Satterfield, Route #2, Bainbridge; 11 grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren; one brother, Otto Wilburn of Bainbridge; and two sisters, Mrs. Effie Finley of Washington Court House and Mrs. Christena Gillespie of Cincinnati.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, and one sister.

Funeral services are scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. wylie Funeral Home in Sinking Springs, with Rev. Tom Wade officiating.  Burial will follow in Washburn Cemetery, near byington.  Friends may call at the funeral home 2 until 9 p.m. Wednesday.

 Waverly Newspaper
September 1974

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