The following newspaper article was located in The Raleigh Register, Beckley, WVA, Tuesday Afternoon, July 19, 1949, Page 3, Column 1:
Shively Sisters Gather For First Time In 21 Years
The home of Mr. and Mrs. James Riner of 118 Reservoir Road, was the scene of the reunion of three members of the Shively family Sunday. This was the first time that Mrs. Riner and her sisters, Mrs. Paris Snead, of Beaver, and Mrs. Hattie Prince, of Affinity, had been together in 21 years.
Other guests of the day included: Paris Snead, Mrs. E. C. Meredith, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hurst, Jr., of Radford, Va.; Mrs. Dora Payne, of Gordonsville and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gilkerson and family, of Beckley.
Additional articles regarding the Shively sisters include:
The Raleigh Register, Beckley, WVA, Thursday Afternoon, November 11, 1954, Page 21, Column 3:
Mrs. Eva Riner, 78, Lanark, Dies
Mrs. Eva Lee Riner, 78, Lanark, died at her residence at 12:35 a.m. today after a long illness.
Born in Christiansburg, Va., June 12, 1876, she was a daughter of Fleming and Ellen Janey Shively, both deceased. She had been a member of the First Baptist Church, Beckley. Her husband, James Edward Riner, preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 1953.
Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Blanche Snead, Beaver; one son Sgt. James E. Riner, serving with the Army at Aberdeen, Md.; three daughters, Mrs. Violet G. Bailey, Lanark, Mrs. Vera W. Gilkeson, Beckley, and Mrs. Eva M. Leffel, Bluefield, 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted, at 2 p.m. Sunday from the First Baptist Church, Beckley, with Dr. Alvin J. Cook officiating. The body will be taken from the Keyser Funeral Home to the residence at 2 p.m. Friday where it will remain until one hour prior to the services.
The Beckley Post Herald And Raleigh Register, Saturday Morning, February 6, 1965, Page 5, Columns 3-4:
Church Worker At Beaver Marks Her 86th Birthday
A charter member of the First Baptist Church of Beaver, Mrs. Blanche Shively Trent Snead marked her 86th birthday on Jan. 31.
A patient in the Christian Nursing Home at Fayetteville for the past 30 days, she came to West Virginia in a covered wagon in 1909 with her husband, Charles Trent, whom she married Feb. 22, 1899. They were the parents of two children, Mrs. Agnes Decker of Detroit, Mich., and Pete Trent of Florida. They lived in Hinton where Trent was employed by the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, and after his death she moved to Beaver in 1913.
On Oct. 12, 1914, she married Paris Snead, who died in 1954. She made her home in Beaver until 1964.
An ardent worker in church, she organized the first Sunday school in Beaver in November of 1916. It was held in the grade school and she served as superintendent.
After that she helped promote the Sunday school at the Baptist Church in Daniels, and through her leadership lumber was secured and funds were raised for carpenters to build the Beaver Community Church. With the increasing need for Sunday school classrooms because of attendance, Mrs. Snead led a project to build classrooms, and with the cooperation of the area people they were built and paid for.
The years Mrs. Snead was able to attend services she was a faithful church member, and gave a helping hand to the ill in the community.
Unable now to attend church services, one of her friends says she continues to read her Bible and pray, and would like to hear from her friends in her former home at Beaver.
The Raleigh Register, Beckley, WVA, Monday Afternoon, September 9, 1974, Page 2, Column 6:
Mrs. Blanche Snead
The funeral for Mrs. Blanche T. Snead, 95, Beaver, will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Calfee Funeral Home with the Rev. L. A. Garten and the Rev. Gene Lowe officiating. Burial will be in the Calfee Cemetery, Mount Tabor.
Mrs. Snead died Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in a local hospital after a long illness. She was born Jan. 31, 1879 in Montgomery County, Va., a daughter of Fleming and Eleanor Jannie Shivley. Mrs. Snead was a member of the Beaver Baptist Church.
Mrs. Snead was preceded in death by two husbands, Charles Trent and Paris Snead, and two children, Everett Trent and Mrs. Agnes Trent Decker. Survivors include four grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Calfee Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. Pallbearers will be Jack, Frank and Jon Rakes, Henry Lilly, James St. Clair and Moot Rice.
From the Beckley Post Herald, Friday Morning, October 9, 1953, Page 1, Column 6:
Mrs. Prince, 80, Of Minden Dies
Mrs. Hattie Prince, 80, of Minden, formerly of Raleigh County, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Wilda Chambers of Minden, at 4:10 p.m. yesterday, following an extended illness.
She was born Sept. 25, 1873, and was the daughter of the late Jennings and Ellen Shively. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Scott Prince.
She was a member of the Baptist Church and a resident of Raleigh County for 70 years until about eight months ago when she went to live with her daughter.
She is survived by a son, Sylvian of Midway; five daughters, Brooke Spencer of Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Lois Wiseman fo Sophia, Mrs. Thelman Branson of Rupert, Mrs. Wilda Chambers of Minden, and Mrs. Ruby Vaught of Hornsbyville, Va., and two sisters, Mrs. Blanche Snead, and Mrs. Eva Rhiner of Lanark.
The body will remain at Calfee Funeral Home until funeral arrangements are completed.
A newspaper article for a brother to the above three sisters was located in the Raleigh Register, Beckley, WVA, Tuesday Afternoon, June 3, 1974, Page 12, Column 1:
Services Set For Mount View Man
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday for Powell Shivley, 76, Mr. View, who died at a local hospital Monday morning. The Rev. Charles Walker, of East Beckley, will officiate at the Mt. View Church. Burial will be at the Mr. View cemetery.
Shivley was born in Franklin County, Va., but has lived in Summers and Raleigh counties since boyhood. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Rosa Mae Ambra Shivley; one son, Rupert Shivley, Beckley; and three sisters, Mrs. Eva Riner, Beckley; Mrs. Blanche Sneed, Raleigh; and Mrs. Hattie Prince, East Beckley.