Orrel Amos "Oac" Church1

ID#407, b. 16 June 1909, d. 8 December 1983
Orrel Amos Church
Father: Eli Church
Mother: Lenora Susan "Nora" Summers

Birth date: 16 June 1909
Birth place: Roane County, West Virginia.2

Commonly known as Oac (rhymes with dose), a nickname derived from his initials.

Photograph of Orrel with his parents and siblings. Date taken: 1913. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Parents Eli and Lenora are shown with their first eight children: Anise, Vella, Nellie, Ollie, Elizabeth, Vera, Orrel and Lela. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.3

Photograph of Eli and Lenora Church with sons Ollie and Oac. Date taken: 1920. Location: Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Eli and Lenora were reportedly practicing for a play. Click on camera to view image, then use your browser's back button to return here.4

Orrel married Margaret Ruth Henderson, daughter of Thomas Edgar Henderson and Linnie Mae Reese, on 30 April 1938 at Moundsville, Marshall County, West Virginia. Vernon C. Cutright, a minister of the Methodist/Episcopal Church, certified that he united them in marriage.2

Orrel died at age 74 on 8 December 1983 at New Martinsville Health Care Center, New Martinsville, Wetzel County, West Virginia.5,6,1

An obituary was published on 9 December 1983 The Intelligencer, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia.5 The following is a transcription of that obituary:

"Orrel Church
CHURCH, Orrel A., 74, of 2405 Center St., Moundsville, died Thursday in the New Martinsville Health Care Center. He was a retired employee of Fostoria Glass Co. and was a member of the Cedar Avenue Church of Christ, Moundsville. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Henderson Church; a daughter, Mrs. Ken (Mona) Davis of New Martinsville; six sisters, Mrs. Homer (Lela) Leach, Mrs. Arnold (Elizabeth) Marsh, Mrs. Robert (Eileen) Clayton, Mrs. Allen (Lenna) Bonar and Mrs. Forrest (Zella) Alley, all of Moundsville, and Mrs. Herbert (Nellie) Kuhn of Glen Easton; two grandsons; several nieces and nephews. Friends received at the Grisell Funeral Home, 400 Jefferson Ave., Moundsville, 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Arrangements are incomplete"


[original spelling and punctuation retained]

Orrel's body was interred in the Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery, 8681 Fork Ridge Road, Glen Easton, Marshall County, West Virginia; his name appears on the gravestone as "Orrel Church."7

Click on camera icon(s) to view photo(s) of gravestone, then use your browser's back button to return here.8

Census Records

YearLocationEnumeration info as recorded
1910Pup Run Road, Roane County, West VirginiaOral Church, male, age 8/12, son, single, born in West Virginia
(Official U.S. Census Date: 15 April 1910)9
1920Moundsville, Marshall County, West VirginiaOrrel Amos Church, male, age 10, son, single, born in West Va, attended school
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 January 1920)10
1930Moundsville, Marshall County, West VirginiaOrrel Church, male, age 20, son, single, born in West Virginia, "carried in" in a glass factory (Fostoria Glass Company per family knowledge)
(Official U.S. Census Date: 01 April 1930)11
Family Line(s):
Church Index
Last Edited Date=6 Apr 2017

Citations

  1. [S230] Interview with Ruth (Henderson) Church by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton, 10 September 2000.
  2. [S505] Marriage License for Orrel A. Church and Margaret Ruth Henderson, Marshall County, electronic image by West Virginia Archives & History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_mcsearch.aspx, file 4130846_00035.jpg.
  3. [S68] Photograph of family of Eli and Lenora Church taken 1913. From collection owned by Lela (Church) Leach, inherited by her son, Robert H. Leach. Digital scan of original photo made by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  4. [S336] Photograph of Eli and Lenora Church with sons Ollie and Oac taken 1920. From collection owned by Nellie (Church) Kuhn, inherited by her daughter, Nancy (Kuhn) Logsdon. Digital scan of original photo made in 2006 by Jo Ellen (Kuhn) Dalton.
  5. [S616] Orrel Church obituary, The Intelligencer, Wheeling, West Virginia, 09 December 1983, page 14.
  6. [S103] Orrel Church, Social Security Death Index, compiled by Ancestry.com, online http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  7. [S450] Digital photograph of Orrel Church gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 September 2006.
  8. [S450] Digital photograph of Orrel and Ruth Church gravestone in Fork Ridge Christian Church Cemetery; photo taken by Jo Ellen Dalton, 04 September 2006.
  9. [S502] Eli Church household, 1910 U.S. Census, Roane County, West Virginia, Spencer District, Enumeration District 90, sheet 4B, National Archives micropublication T624_1696.
  10. [S507] Eli Church household, 1920 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington Township, Enumeration District 64, sheet 6B, National Archives micropublication T625_1953.
  11. [S1199] Eli Church household, 1930 U.S. Census, Marshall County, West Virginia, Washington District, Enumeration District 26-5, sheet 18B, National Archives micropublication T626_2543.