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W. Curtis Funk and Elizabeth Jane Argabright


2009 Senior King and Queen
Jack H. Nigh and Clara (Holcomb) Woods

Jack H. Nigh was born August 30, 1928 to Herbert and Helen Nigh. Jack has two sisters, Marylou Fuller (Harold) and Jeannie Sprague. Jack grew up in Columbus, Ohio and served his country during the Korean War. In 1955, he married Carolyn King who passed away on April 2, 2006. He has two daughters, Jackie Merrill (Jeff) and Julie Haynes (Tom). His grandchildren are Brett Merrill (Holly), Brodie Merrill (Erika), Hilary Haynes, and Hayley Haynes-Bradley (Adam). Jack's great grandchildren are Krysta Merrill, Shi Ann Merrill, Keegan Merrill, and Quincy Jack Merrill. In 1967, Jack and his family moved to Wellston when he worked for Ralston Purina then retired from Riepenhoff Distributing. He has always been active in basketball, baseball and golf. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and woodworking. Jack is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Wellston.

Clara (Holcomb) Woods was born to Levi and Ruby Holcomb on September 18, 1933 in Minerton, Ohio. She was born into a family of twelve siblings. Clara attended school in Wilkesville, and her graduating class, the Class of 1951, was the last class to graduate from Wilkesville High School. After graduation, Clara married James R. Angles. They have two children, Brenda Danver and Richard Angles. Clara and James divorced and Clara later entered into a second marriage to Robert "Bob" Woods. Together they have two children, Michael and Brian. Clara has three granddaughters, Dawn, Erica, and Shayna, two great-grandsons, Justin and Adam, and twin great-great-granddaughters, Alexis and A'Lia. Clara spent the majority of her years being a mother and a homemaker. Today, she spends her time being involved with the Wellston Senior Citizens, The Wellston Wranglers and visiting with her family and friends.

The Wellston Ohillco Society would to congratulate Jack and Clara on being named the 36th Annual Wellston Coal Festival Senior King and Queen. It is a very deserving honor.

  1. 1973 - Mr and Mrs Claire N Bierly

            (Centennial Celebration)

  1. 1974 - Unknown

  2. 1975 - Jessie Angel

  3. 1976 - Pearl Tucker

  4. 1977 - Goldie Eckley

  5. 1978 - Anna Ayers

  6. 1979 - Carole Chatfield, Ed Downard

  7. 1980 - Helen Maloy, Charlie Keck

  8. 1981 - Pearl Marietta

  9. 1982 - Katie Montgomery, William Gentry

  10. 1983 - Lyda Carpenter, Gordon Morrow

  11. 1984 - Bessie Richards, John Julian

  12. 1985 - Mr and Mrs Daniel Cope

  13. 1986 - Mr and Mrs Ralph McManaway

  14. 1987 - Mr and Mrs Edwin Davis

  15. 1988 - Walter and Rozella Preston Walsh

  16. 1989 - Mr and Mrs James Ohman

  17. 1990 - Mr and Mrs Howard Grace

  18. 1991 - Helen Hudson, Gordon Morrow

  19. 1992 - Alma and Ralph McKinniss

  20. 1993 - Martha Deck, Charlie McCoppin

  21. 1994 - Gladys Peoples, Willard Friedenmaker

  22. 1995 - Doris and Jim Fox

  23. 1996 - Charity Alice Dickerson, Myron D. Beck

  24. 1997 - John Conger, Jolene Snyder

  25. 1998 - Harry and Sue Canter

  26. 1999 - Audrey Parker

  27. 2000 - Viola Gettles, Jerry Rice

  28. 2001 - Eileen Jacobs, William V. Davis

  29. 2002 - Virginia Scites, Henry Gilliland

  30. 2003 - Nina Glass

  31. 2004 - Lawrence and Jeanette Atwood

  32. 2005 - Verna Fulton, John "Ed" Harris

2005 - 1973



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The 2015-16 Wellston Senior Citizen Club Queen is Linda Compston. A graduate of Wellston High School with the class of 1963, Compston is married to Earl Compston and is the mother of one son, Tony Newman. She states that cooking and line dancing are her hobbies. As a line dancer instructor at the Wellston Senior Citizen Center she invites anyone interested in learning to dance to join her on Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. at 407 S. New York Avenue.

Harold Vickers has been chosen as the 2015-16 Wellston Senior Citizen Club King. Vickers was a star football player for the Wellston Golden Rockets and helped to lead the team to a S.E.O.L. championship in 1953-54 season. He still exhibits loads of energy as he line dances and keeps very active. He has worked hard all of his life and now he says “line dancing keeps me in shape for working.”

Compston and Vickers are both fun-loving and are a joy to have as representatives of the Wellston Senior Citizen Club.

Congratulations to both and may the coming yer as Wellston Royalty be memorable.