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VAN HORN, Samuel R. AGED VETERANS ANSWERS "TAPS" The death of Samuel R. Van Horn occurred at 8:30 o'clock yesterday morning at the age of 72 years, following a protracted illness from the effects of an attack due to diseases incident to old age. The death removes from Huntington a splendid old citizen, an honored soldier and good man. One of the most distinguished honors of the civil war came to him upon the death of President Lincoln, he being placed in charge of a guard of twenty men who watched over the body of the martyred president until after it was laid to rest. He often spoke of that honor with a great deal of pride deeming it one of the finest things that came to him during the entire war.
The decedent was a member of Battery B. First West Virginia Artillery. He enlisted October the first, 1861, and was discharged June 28th, 1865. He is survived by a widow and three children, namely, Mrs. E. S. Koontz, of Proctorville, Ohio; Mrs. James Spicer of Sixth avenue, and Herbert Van Horn of this city. Two grand daughters, Misses Kathryn Jarrell and Ethel Keeney also made their home with him.
The funeral will take place Thursday afternoon from the home at 2:30 o'clock. -The Herald-Dispatch, Wednesday, November 9, 1910 Civil War Index

VANNATTER, Thomas F. Thomas F. Vannatter, 62, of Hurricane, died Wednesday at home after a sudden illness. He was a member and past master of Putnam Lodge 139, AF&AM; past DDG master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of West Virginia; member and most excellent high priest of Guyandotte Chapter 10, RAM, and was anointed high priest of West Virginia and super excellent master of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of West Virginia. He was a member of the Scottish Rite; White Shrine of Jerusalem; Legion of Honor, International Supreme Council, Order of Demolay; Grand Cross of Color, International Order of Rainbow and a member and past worthy patron of Hurricane Chapter 116 Order of the Eastern Star. Surviving: wife, Lillian Guthrie Vannatter, sons, David of Hurricane, Rodney of Manassas, Va.; daughters, Mrs. Kay Pate of Hurricane, Patricia Wallace of Kanawha City; brothers Ezra of St. Albans, Billy of Savannah, GA and 14 grandchildren. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday in First Baptist Church with the Rev. S. Ward Robinson and the Rev. Charles Bright officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olive Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane, where an Eastern Star service will be held at 7:30 p.m. -Charleston Daily Mail, February 18, 1982 FGS

VANNATTER, William A. Rev. William Vannatter Retired Minister, Dies - The Rev. William A. Vannatter, 74, of Hurricane, A retired Baptist minister, died Sunday at St. Marys Hospital in Huntington of an apparent heart attack. Rev. Vannatter was a native of Cabell County and had served churches in Cabell and Lincoln Counties for 28 years before retiring in 1970. He was a member of Hamlin Masonic Lodge. Surviving are: sons, Thomas of Hurricane, Ezra of St. Albans and William E. of Orlando, Florida; brothers Bob of Hurricane, Sherman of Charleston, and Jack of Milton; sisters, Mrs Della McComas of Salt Rock, Mrs Rosie Blankenship of Clear Fork, Mrs. Vicie Crank of LaFayette, Indiana; Mrs. Hazel Kelley of Barboursville; and several grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday at the Bethlehem Tabernacle at Pleasant View, Lincoln County, with the Rev. Hayes Ellis and the Rev. Russell Adkins officiating. Burial with Masonic rites was in Enon Cemetery at Salt Rock. The McGree Funeral Home of West Hamlin was in charge of arrangements. -source unknown, May 1971 FGS

VANNATTER, William A. REV. WILLIAM A. VANNATTER, 74. of Hurricane, died Sunday in a Huntington hospital. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Bethlehem Tabernacle at Pleasant View by the Rev. Russell Adkins and the Rev. Hayes Ellis. Burial will be in the Enon Cemetery at Salt Rock. Born Sept. 28, 1896, he was the son of the late George and Mary Boothe Vannatter. He was a United Baptist minister, and had retired in 1970 after 28 years in the ministry. His wife, Fannie Vannatter, died in 1970. He was a member of Hamlin Lodge No. 79, AF & AM. Survivors include three sons, Thomas Vannatter of Hurricane, Ezra Vannatter of St. Albans and William E. Vannatter of Orlando, Florida; three brothers Bob Vannatter of Hurricane, Sherman Vannatter of Charleston, and Jack Vannatter of Milton; four sisters, Mrs Della McComas of Salt Rock, Mrs Rosie Blankenship of Clear Fork, W.Va., Mrs. Vicie Crank of LaFayette, Indiana; Mrs. Hazel Kelley of Barboursville; and 20 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The body will be taken to the home of a grandson, David Vannatter of Hurricane today at 4 p.m. from the McGree Funeral Home of West Hamlin. -source unknown, May 1971 FGS

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