Owen County Obituaries

Contributed By: Lori Powers

The News-Herald and Owen County Democrat, Owenton, Kentucky, Thursday, September 14, 1944

 Prominent Owenton Man Dies Suddenly at Home
 The uncertainty of life was again sharply demonstrated Monday morning when the word flashed from one to another of Owenton's people that Alvin Walter "Sonny" Slaughter had been found dead in his bed at home. Shortly before, he had been across the street to the Marathon Service Station and had complained of feeling badly. The day before, Sunday, he had been about his usual duties.
 Mr. Slaughter was born at Sweet Owen, the son of the late George and Eliza Martin Slaughter, and at the time of his death was 66 years old. He had lived at Sweet Owen, Pink Ridge, Long Ridge, and Owenton. The nickname "Sonny" is said to have been given to him by his grandfather but the one of "Sunny" would have suited him equally as well. His was a bright and cheerful disposition. Inclined to tease he was never offensive and was so quick at repartee that an opponent scarcely ever got the best of him in good-natured quipping.
 A farmer all his life Mr. Slaughter had made a success. He retired from active farm life a few years ago and moved from Long Ridge to Owenton. He had at the time of his death an interest in a large farm acreage. Scrupulously honest, kindly, witty, always a gentleman, "Sonny" Slaughter will be missed by his many friends outside the home, especially around the courthouse where he spent much of his time. A gentle husband and father, wise in counsel, devoted to his family, a pal of his grandchildren, his sudden passing comes not only as a shock, but an irreparable loss to them.
 Mr. Slaughter had been sick for several years with a heart ailment and while relative and friends knew that the end might be reached at any time they were entirely unprepared for it when death came. Funeral services were conducted at Long Ridge Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 13, 1944, with the pastor of the church, Rev. L.E. Aldridge, officiating. Interment was in the Owenton Cemetery.
 Survivors are the widow, Mrs. America Hammond Slaughter, Owenton, two sons, Marvin and Revel Slaughter, both of near Owenton, three sisters, Mrs. Ora McGibney and Mrs. Atha Huey, Cincinnati, and Mrs. Grace Baker, Glencoe, two brothers, Watson, Long Ridge, and Jake, Jonesville, two half-sisters, Mrs. Ethel Martin, Cincinnati, and Mrs. Hattie Wainscott, Lusby's Mill.


The News-Herald, Owenton, Owen County, Kentucky, November 9, 1950

 Mrs. Ora McGibney, 69, Dies Suddenly at Brother's Home
Mrs. Ora Frances Slaughter McGibney, died suddenly of a heart attack at the home of her brother, Watson Slaughter, Monday afternoon, November 6, 1950, at about 5:30 p.m. She had complained of indigestion earlier in the day but the end came very suddenly. She was 69. Mrs. McGibney made her home with a half-sister, Mrs. Ethel Martin in Cincinnati. She was on a visit here with relatives at the time of her death. She had lived in this county practically all of her life until the death of her husband in 1936. She was born at Sweet Owen the daughter of the late George and Eliza Martin Slaughter. Besides Mrs. Martin, she is survived by two children, Howard McGibney of Blue Ash, Cincinnati, and Mrs. Leroy Coates, of Covington; three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Wainscott, Lusby's Mill; Mrs. Grace Baker, Glencoe, and Mrs. Atha Huey, Cincinnati; two brothers Watson Slaughter of Owenton, and Jake Slaughter of Jonesville. Funeral services were conducted at the Redding funeral home yesterday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Harry L. Green, pastor of the Owenton Baptist Church, in charge. Burial was in the Owenton cemetery. Casket bearers were Martin, Marvin and Revel Slaughter, Winfred Rodgers, Charles Bishop and Fred Denham. Mrs. McGibney was an excellent Christian lady. She was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Church. A good neighbor, devoted mother, lovable sister and a kind and gentle disposition made her loved and respected by her host of relatives and friends.


The News-Herald, June 6, 1968

 Service Held at Macedonia for Jake Slaughter, Retired Famer
Jake Slaughter, 84, of Jonesville, died at 10:40 p.m. Saturday in Owen County Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was a native of the Jonesville area and for many years was well known as a livestock breeder. A retired farmer, he was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Vera Agee Slaughter; a daughter, Mrs. Bessie Mae Bishop, Glencoe; a son Martin, Holbrook; a brother, Watson, Owenton; a sister, Mrs. Grace Baker, Warsaw; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were 2 p.m. Tuesday at Smither-Coates with Rev. Dick Moeller and Rev. Forrest Taylor officiating. Burial in Jonesville cemetery.


The News-Herald, Owenton, Kentucky, April 26, 1973

 Watt Slaughter, 87, Dies Following Long Illness
Watson Slaughter, 87, Owenton, died 5:40 a.m. Monday at Owen County Memorial Hospital following a long illness. A native of Sweet Owen, the son of George and Liza Martin Slaughter, he was a retired farmer and trader and a member of First Baptist Church, Owenton. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Willie K. Bishop, Cull Road, Ruth Slaughter, Sparta, Mrs. Mary Watt Denham, Richmond, Va., and Mrs. Allyne Lynn, Elizabethtown; a son, Winfred Slaughter; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held yesterday (Wednesday) 2 p.m. at Kemper and Arnold with Rev. Harry Green officiating. Burial was in Owenton Cemetery.


The News-Herald, Thursday, Oct. 1, 1970, page 5, col. 3

 Services Held Friday for Sister of Owenton Resident
Mrs. Grace S. Baker, 81, Glencoe, died 2:45 p.m. Wednesday in the rest home at Carrollton. She was the widow of Alfred Baker. Surivors are a son Elmo, Warsaw, and a brother, Watson Slaughter, Owenton. Funeral services were held Friday at Warsaw.


The News-Herald, Owen County, Kentucky, Thursday, November 4, 1937

 Robert Slaughter Takes Own Life Sunday Morning
Robert Slaughter, 45, killed himself by placing a shotgun against his heart and pulling the trigger Sunday morning at his home at Elk Ridge on the Lusby Mill pike. Worry about marital troubles was given as the cause of his act. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Beech Grove by Rev. William McGibney, with burial in the Owenton cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ima Wash Slaughter; two daughters. Mrs. Irene Steen of Milton, Del., and Frances, and a son, Wilton; five sisters, Mrs. Ethel Martin and Mrs. Atha Huey, both of Cincinnati, Mrs. Ora McGibney of Covington, Mrs. Alfred Baker of Glencoe, and Mrs. Elzie Wainscott of Lusby's Mill, and three brothers, Alvin of Owenton, Watson of Long Ridge, and Jake of Jonesville.


The News-Herald, Owenton, Owen County, Kentucky, March 9, 1967

 Mrs. Hattie Wainscott Dies Suddenly at Lusby's Mill
Mrs. Hattie Wainscott, 70, died suddenly of a heart attack at her Lusby's Mill home Friday afternoon. She was an Owen County native and a member of the Lusby's Mill Baptist Church. Surviving the widow of Elzie Wainscott are a son Bobby Ray of Ft. Mitchell; two step-sons Charles of Cincinnati and George of Ft. Mitchell; two half-brothers Watt Slaughter of Owenton and Jake Slaughter of Jonesville. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at Smither-Coates funeral home, Rev. Orlie Hale officiating. Burial was in Owenton cemetery.


The News-Herald, Owenton, Owen County, Kentucky, November 16, 1950

 Mrs. Ethel Martin Second Sister to Die Suddenly
Mrs. Ethel Martin passed away after a few days of lingering with hemorrhage of the brain. Her death came at about 11:45 Friday night at her home in Cincinnati. She was born at Sweet Owen and was the daughter of the late George and Eliza Slaughter (actually, she was the daughter of Perry Wilhoite). She was 52. Early in life she united with the Lusby's Mill Baptist Church and later moved her membership to West Side Baptist Church in Cincinnati where she has made her home for the last 25 years. She is survived by her husband, Edgar Martin; two sons, Marvin and Early; three sisters, Atha Huey, of Cincinnati; Mrs. Grace Baker, of Glencoe; Mrs. Hattie Wainscott, of Lusby's Mill; two brothers, Watson Slaughter, of Owenton, and Jake Slaughter of Jonesville. Funeral services were conducted at the Owenton Baptist Church Monday at one o'clock in the afternoon by Mrs. Martin's pastor. Burial was in the Owenton cemetery. A sister, Mrs. Ora McGibney, preceded Mrs. Martin in death by only four days.


The News-Herald, Thursday, July 13, 1933

Former Resident Brought Here for Burial
The remains of John Slaughter, who died at his home in Covington, Ky., Friday, were brought here for burial Tuesday. Mr. Slaughter was 75 years old and formerly lived at Sweet Owen. His wife preceded him to the grave several years ago. Besides a son and and two daughters, he leaves numerous relatives and friends in this county who will regret to learn of his passing.