Margaret Ann "Maggie" (Rankin) Fike was born on Jan. 3, 1879 in Wharton Township, Fayette County, PA , the daughter of Robert and Hester Ann (Minerd) Rankin.
On Nov. 10, 1902, at the age of 23, Maggie united herself in marriage with 26-year-old Charles E. Fike (1876-1940), a powder maker and farmer, the son of Jacob M. and Barbara (Thomas) Fike of Maryland.
They together bore four children – Legatha Dennis, Woodrow Fike, Samuel Edward Fike and Charles R. Fike.
The Fikes resided “near the Tent church” in Georges Township, Fayette County, PA. Charles was regarded as a "well-known Georges farmer," said a newspaper.
In October 1934, they suffered the death of their married daughter, Legatha Dennis, after an illness of about a year.
At the age of 64, in mid-October 1940, Charles fell at home and fractured his left leg. A few weeks later, the wound produced an embolism and he died on Nov. 2, 1940. Said a newspaper, "A few minutes after retiring to the living room at his home to read the morning newspaper he was stricken and death ensued." Rev. C.C. Sollenberger and Rev. David Hunter jointly led the funeral service. Burial followed in Uniontown's Park Place Cemetery.
Margaret outlived him by a quarter-century, and by 1959 moved to Norfolk, VA to be with her son Samuel.
She died on
Oct. 13, 1965, at the age of 86, and is buried with her husband at Park Place
Cemetery in Uniontown.
~ Son Woodrow Fike ~
Son Woodrow Fike (1912-1951) was born on June 27, 1912.
He appears not to have married. In adulthood he dwelled in Georges Township.
Woodrow made a living as an "occulist" (eye doctor), specializing in eyeglasses for patients.
In late 1950, he began to suffer from an abscess in the right frontal lobe of his brain. He endured the illness for three months as pressure increased inside his cranium. Sadly, he died in Uniontown Hospital at the age of 38 on Jan. 9, 1951. He also is buried at Park
Place Cemetery. A death notice was printed in the Uniontown Evening Standard.
~ Son Samuel Edward Fike ~
Son Samuel Edward Fike (1909-2000) was born on March 18, 1909 in Georges Township.
Samuel relocated to Virginia. He was united in holy matrimony with Kathleen M. Fisher (Sept. 22, 1914-2002), a native of Linden, NC.
One son born to this union was Ronald J. Fike.
Circa 1951, he resided in Portsmouth, VA and in 1959 in Norfolk. Kathleen earned a living in Portsmouth through her employment with Leggett Department Store.
The family later dwelled in North Chesapeake, VA. They belonged to the Brent-Lox Baptist Church.
The angel of death plucked him away at age 91 on Nov. 3, 2000. Burial of the remains was in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Suffolk, VA.
Kathleen outlived her spouse by two years and dwelled on the 1000 block of George Washington Highway North. She passed away on Dec. 2, 2002 in Chesapeake at the age of 88. Rev. Wayne Underwood led the burial service at Meadowbrook Her obituary appeared in the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.
Son Ronald J. Fike entered into marriage with Margaret Hogue. Their home in 2002 was in Alexandria, VA.
~ Son Charles R. Fike ~
Son Charles R. Fike (1920-1986) was born on July 31, 1920 in Smithfield, Fayette County.
Charles was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945.
He lived in Pittsburgh (circa 1951) and Uniontown, PA. Circa 1965, he made his home in Cleveland, OH.
He died on Dec. 6, 1986 in Pittsburgh. His remains were lowered into the soil of the family plot at Park Place in Uniontown.
~ Daughter Legatha (Fike) Dennis ~
Daughter Legatha Fike (1906-1934) was born on July 22 1906 in Georges Township..
She wed Chester Dennis ( ? - ? ). They did not reproduce.
The family was plunged into heartache when Legatha was diagnosed with cancer of the uterus and cervix circa 1932. She suffered for two years and underwent extensive X-rays. Her condition grew worse as the shock of the X-ray treatments induced heart failure. Sadly, she died in her parents' home at age 28 on Oct. 9, 1934 "due to complications following an illness of approximately a year’s duration," said the Uniontown Evening Standard.
Rev. C.C. Sollenberger, of the Uniontown Church of the Brethren, officiated at the funeral service. Her remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Park Place Cemetery in Uniontown.
Chester's fate is not yet known.
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