Sarah Grace Dodds Gailbreath 95, passed away Saturday March 28, at the Harrison County Home where she has been living the past three years. She was formerly from the Jewett, Ohio area. Born Feb. 24, 1920 near Bloomingdale, Ohio, daughter of the late James E. and Mary Ralston Dodds. She was part of the greatest generation that lived through the great depression and World War II. Sarah married William Leonard Gailbreath on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1947, he preceded her in death in 1981; five sisters: Mabel, Maud, Ruth, Florence Dodds and Edith Norquest and two brothers Arthur and Everett Dodds are also deceased. She was salutatorian of her 1938 high school class, which was the first graduating class in the new Wayne High School at Bloomingdale, Sarah was a member of the Mount Moriah Baptist Church near Bloomingdale and played the piano for over 40 years, also taught Sunday school. She was an avid gardener and letter writer. Sarah is a descendant granddaughter of early pioneer settlers of Jefferson county Ohio: John Dodds, Andrew Ralson I, and Nicklas Merryman. She is survived by her daughter Nola (Larry) Peebles of Canton, Ohio a son Alva (Carolyn Voich) Gailbreath of Cadiz, Ohio three grand children: Jamie Peebles of Canton, Ohio; Chad (Beth) Peebles of Lexington, Ohio and Tiffany Haynes of Follansbee, W.Va., and four great grandchildren: Kyler and Landyn Haynes and Ethan and Isaac Peebles. Special thanks to the Harrison County Home, Harrison Community Hospital, Trinity Hospital and Doctor Prasad for his excellent care of her for the last 40 years and Rose Delaney and other neighbors who watched out for her over the last few years. Friends may call at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church near Bloomingdale on Tuesday March 3 from noon until time of services at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Pastor John Oliver will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp CHOF in care of Canton, Baptist Temple, 515 Whipple Ave. N.W., Canton, Ohio 44708 Blackburn Funeral Home, Jewett, Ohio is in charge of arrangements. (740) 946-3351. www.blackburnfuneralhomes.com.
Six answer fire outside New Athens
By JD LONG NEW ATHENS – Fire and rescue departments from Harrisville, New Athens, Flushing, Cumberland Trail, Lafferty and Cadiz rushed to extinguish a brush fire late Tuesday afternoon that eventually spread to Bob Dumbroski’s barn. Dumbroski said it started with a simple bag of garbage he was burning and with the strong winds it eventually caught up to his barn burning it to the ground. Dark smoke could be seen from a distance as it began spreading to the next property, according to personnel on the scene. The fire took place just on the Harrison and Belmont County lines just off Ohio 9 where the smoke could be scene even before entering New Athens if coming from Cadiz. The strong winds were contributing to small flames that could still be seen well after the fire had been brought under control a little before 6 p.m.