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Obituaries : Esther Ann Dobbs Starcher
Posted by Webmaster on 2007/9/6 20:40:00 (1338 reads)

Mrs. Esther Ann Dobbs Starcher, widow of the late Jesse Starcher, was born Nov. 7, 1849, in Marshall county. She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F .R. Chambers, Charleston. she was 85 years three months and nine days old at the time of her death.

She was reared by her aunt, Mrs. Jordan McMillan, of Roane county.

She was married in the year 1870 to Jesse Starcher, who preceded her in death on March 12, 1933.

This brief sketch is the record of a life of loving, devoted, self-sacrificing service, seldom equaled. It is not within our power to adequately portray the life and character of a woman who possessed the characteristics of Heaven and endeavored to do her duty.

The high ideal which she exemplified is Heaven's own. The reward that awaits her in the better world is the measure of her value. She believed life, whether in this world or another, is the sum of our attainments, and its course through fatherhood, motherhood, friendship, and legitimate relation of whatever kind. The flowers we seek to lay in grateful tribute upon her broken altar of home and friendship are sad reminders of the beauties that are no more, songs whose cadences are hushed, and loves from life disjoined.

While it is not mete that deep thinking man should express grief for the dead in silence, yet no words can ever speak the grief we feel. It has been said that God keeps a place in Heaven for our idols, for those who serve to bless His creatures in the earth. Measured by these sentiments, Esther Ann Starcher had gone to receive her promotion in the appointed place in God's everlasting temple of love.

She was a devoted wife and mother, and made her home radiant with joy. She never lost an opportunity to impress upon those about her the importance that all lasting happiness must be founded strictly upon religious principles. No person ever came to her in sorrow that she did not give comfort; no suffering was known to her, that she did not minister consolation and help. She did not wait to be informed of distress but as an Angle of Mercy she sought where she might find someone to cheer.

There are homes darkened by sorrow and distress that shall miss her and wonder if God will send another so thoughtful and true. Such a life, gemmed with the fruits of charitable deeds and loveliness of character, make up the record in the realms forever blest. She sang life, a song sweetly and endeavored to perform its duties, hoping in some way to enrich the world with a sense of love and to attune human souls to celestial harmonies. Her mission was to do good wherever she is, Heaven is. Sister Starcher's faith and devotion to her Savior led her to unite with the Baptist church in Parkersburg. In the folds of this church she remained a level and faithful member until her labor ended and God in His wisdom called her home to the Church of Triumphant.

She is survived by the following. One son, M. P. Starcher of Otto, one daughter, Mrs. F.R. Chambers of Charleston: grandchildren: F. R. Starcher, Mullins; Carl, John, Fred, and Billy Starcher, Otto; W. K. and and Edgar Chambers, Charleston; Mrs. C. C. Graybill, Mrs. F. A. Snyder and Mrs. Rae Gilmer, Charleston; Mrs. W. P. Suttle, Looneyville; Miss Esther and Claire Starcher, Parkersburg; Mrs. Boyd Wallbrown, Akron; Bernice and Azaline Starcher, Otto. She also leaves 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Burial services were conducted by the Rev. Herbert Spencer on Thursday, February 28 after which the body was laid to rest in the Otto cemetery, there to await the resurrection of the just.

Written by a friend, E. H. Bissell

(Esther Starcher passed away February 1935)
(Submitted by Evelyn Starcher)

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Obituaries : Otto McMillan
Posted by Webmaster on 2007/9/6 20:34:14 (1262 reads)

In Memoriam

Otto McMillan, son of Jordan R. McMillan and Bathsheba Knox McMillan. Born February 27th, 1808, died July 1st, 1904. Thus much will be often read from the marble that loving hand will soon erect to mark the spot in the little cemetery at Reedy where rest only the dust of the subject of this sketch, for these bodies of ours are but tabernacles for the indwelling of the holy spirits, "And if this earthly house of our tabernacle were dissolved we have a building, not made with hands, but eternal in the heaven; and in this faith our brother died."

Otto McMillan, life was one of singularly sincere and modest virtue, continually growing stronger and more beneficial to his country, his home, loves, and kindred down to the day of his last to the living. He was a member of the Reedy M.E. Church with which he placed his membership about the year 1890, his business, and residence being then at that place; where he also found her, the worthy companion of his life, Clara Roberts, with whom he was united in the holy bonds of wedlock, November 18th, 1802, three children came to bless these loving hearts, of whom two yet survive, Ulva and Earnest and are with the sorrowing mama, in lineaments and feature, bearing much to remind of him who is laid to rest; we regret we have not the third child but it is with its papa, having gone on before to make, if such could be, heaven only sweeter.

To this bereaved widow and these fatherless, we are bound in bonds of sympathy that bid us speak out just appreciation of the life and memory of this upright Christian Gentleman.

His once teacher, H.E.B.

(Submitted by Evelyn Bissell Starcher)

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Obituaries : Jordan McMillan, Esq.
Posted by Webmaster on 2007/9/6 20:30:00 (803 reads)

Wealthy West Virginian
Father of Mrs. Vandevener of This City Dies at Washington, D.C.

Saturday's State Journal: The remains of Jordan McMillan, Esq., who formerly lived in Roane county, but who had resided for the last several years near Washington, D.C., arrived here at 8 a.m. today from the latter place. They were removed to the residence of C. E. Vandevener on Gould avenue, where they remained till morning when they were taken at 10:20 o'clock to Ravenswood. From there they will be taken to Spencer, and thence twelve miles south of Spencer to the deceased's old home, where funeral services, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow, the internment being in the family cemetery.

The remains of Mr. McMillan were accompanied here from Washington by his wife and three of his sons, Orville, William, and Walter. Mrs. C. E. Vandevener, who is a daughter of the deceased and her own daughter Miss Bertie accompanied the funeral party from here.

Mr. McMillan died in a hospital in Washington, where he had been receiving treatments. He is survived by a wife, four daughters and five sons. He was one of the most prominent and w*ealthy citizens of Roane county, where he resided until recently, when he went to Washington.

(Jordan McMillan passed away August 25, 1898)
(Submitted by Evelyn Bissell Starcher)

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