Annie Wiley
and her
Obituary Scrapbook

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Eugene Davis Died Suddenly In New York Versailles, Ky., Feb 1 (Special) -- Eugene Allen Davis, 57, president of the Woodford Bank and Trust Company since 1934, died unexpectedly about 9:30 o'clock this morning in the Central Hanover Bank and Trust Company at New York, according to word received here. Mr. Davis and his wife left Versailles Sunday for a business trip to New York, and later were to visit their daughter, Mrs. Wolford Ewalt (Betty Davis), at Niagara Falls.

According to information received here, Mr. Davis had gone into the New York bank to visit one of the officials and dropped dead while seated in the office. Mr. Davis, an extensive landowner, has been prominent in local business, civic and fraternal activities for many years. He had served as chairman of the Red Cross chapter here for more than 20 years; was past worshipful master of Landmark No. 41, F. and A.M.; past high priest of Webb chapter No 6, Royal Arch Masons; past eminent commander of Versailles Commandery No. 3, Knights Templar, and was a member of Oleika Temple and was a deacon in the Christian Church.

He was born Jan. 21, 1887, a son of the late John Allen Davis and Rose Lillard Davis of Woodford County. Besides Mrs. Davis and their daughter, survivors include his stepmother, Mrs. John Allen Davis, of Lexington; a son, Allen Davis, a student at the University of Kentucky, and a brother, Steve Davis, of Winchester. [Picture included]

 Versailles Cemetery, Versailles, Ky
Eugene Allen Davis, 1887-1944
Nelle Belle Davis, 1888-1985
Eugene Allen Jr., 1925-1982
John Allen Davis, 1850-1902

Amos Renfro Amos L. Renfro, 35, died Saturday morning at 1 o'clock at his home on Camden avenue, following an illness of about nine months of tuberculosis. He had been confined to his bed for seven months.

Mr. Renfro was born in Franklin county, a son of John and Nannie Renfro. He had spent most of his life farming in Franklin and Woodford counties. He was a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Funeral services were held at the Versailles Baptist Church at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. L. M. Roberts, pastor of the Mt. Vernon Church. Interment followed in the Versailles cemetery. The pall-bearers were Blain Hall, of Nicholasville; James Stevens, Jess Wiley, Omer Woolums, John W. and Clarence Renfro.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Alma Wiley Renfro, three children, Hubert, Goldie Mae and Leon Renfro; one sister, Mrs. Blain Hall, of Nicholasville; one brother, John William Renfro; a half-brother, Clarence Renfro; an aunt, Mrs. George Comley, all of this county.

 Versailles Cemetery, Woodford County, Ky.
Amos L. Renfro, 18 Oct 1895-26 Jun 1931

Calvin Wiley Winchester, Ky., Feb. 26 (Special)--Funeral services for Calvin Wiley, 34, who died Friday in Covington, will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the grave in the Winchester cemetery by the Rev. R. Don Gambrell, pastor of the Central Baptist Church. The body will arrive here at 9:30 p.m. Sunday and will be taken to the Scobee funeral home where it will remain until the hour of services.

 Winchester Cemetery, Clark County, Ky.
Calvin Wiley, 28 Jul 1909 - 25 Feb 1944
[Son of Ernest E. and Nannie Wiley. bf]

Lt. Jesse T. Mountjoy, Fighter Pilot, Killed Second Lt. Jesse Thomas Mountjoy, 28, United States Army Air Forces was killed in action over France July 31, according to word received Monday night from the War Department by his wife, Mrs. Runelle Palmore Mountjoy of Horse Cave, Ky., and his mother, Mrs. W. T. Reeves, 344 Campsle place. Lieutenant Mountjoy, former student at the University of Kentucky and widely known in Lexington, was reported missing earlier this month.

He was a pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane and had been stationed in England and France since last February. He had received the Army Air medal with four Oak Leaf clusters. In his last letter, written July 29, two days before his death, he described some of his activities. He received his flying training at Maxwell Field, Ala., and at Dale Mabry Field, Fla. He received his wings last Aug. 30.

Possessor of a fine tenor voice, Lieutenant Mountjoy for several years was a member of the Second Presbyterian church choir and of several choral organizations in Lexington. He sang with the University of kentucky men's quartet, glee club and choral groups and participated as soloist in the school's Easter and Christmas programs. He also was a member of the Lexington Fireside Singers, men's choral group which meets weekly with Miss Mildred S. Lewis as director. He appeared in a number of the plays at the University's Guignol theater.

In civilian life, Lieutenant Mountjoy was connected with the Time Finance Company. His wife, a University graduate, was connected with the city playground department as playground director prior to their marriage. They have one son, Tommy Jr., 18 months old.

Besides his mother, wife and one son, Lieutenant Mountjoy is survived by a sister, Mrs. Martha Ellen Sharp, Versailles; a half sister, Miss Fannie Reeves, Lexington, and three half-brothers, Cpl. William T. Reeves, Tampa, Fla.; Charles Reeves, Versailles and Frank Reeves, Lexington; his step-father, W. T. Reeves, Lexington, and an aunt, Mrs. B. L. Hagedorn, Versailles. [Picture included]

 [ Probably in France? ]

Billy Willmott Dies On Guam Marine Billy Willmott, 23, a former resident of Woodford county and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis L. Willmott of Cleveland, Ohio, has been killed in action in the South Pacific area, according to word received by Lexington relatives. He was a Marine paratrooper, attached to a unit fighting on Guam.

In his last letter home, written July 8, the Marine said the fighting had been rugged, but for his family not to worry. His parents for several years resided on a farm on the Pisgah-Mt. Vernon road in Woodford county. The youth attended school in Versailles and enlisted in the Marines shortly after the outbreak of the war. He served as a Marine guard at the United States embassy in London, England, and at the White House in Washington before he was assigned to paratrooper training. He had been in the South Pacific for several months and took part in the capture of Tarawa. His older and only brother, Lt. Curtis L. Willmott, II, United States Army Air Forces, also is in the Pacific area. Besides his parents and brother, the Marine is survived by two uncles, John Willmott and George Willmott, Fayette county, three aunts, Mrs. Robert Latham, Fayette county; Mrs. J. Berry Davis, Bourbon county, and Mrs. Sam Harrison, Wilmore; and a niece, Michele Willmott, Lexington. [Picture included]


Pvt. Arthur C. Minor Mrs. Dorothy Minor, 643 East Main street, was notified Friday that her husband, Pvt. Arthur C. Minor, 35, had died five days after he had been wounded in action in France on July 9. He was born in Fayette county, a son of Mrs. Cora C. Minor and the later J. T. Minor, and was educated at Versailles high school and the University of Kentucky. Before the outbreak of the war, he was employed by the Agricultural Administration and by M. J. LeBus. He then was employed by the Army Ordnance Division of the War Department and was sent to the University of Kentucky for special training before being assigned to ordnance headquarters at Dayton, Ohio, and Louisville. After two years with the War Department, he entered the Army in September, 1943. Private Minor had been overseas since April and was a member of the 79th Infantry Division.

Besides his wife and his mother, now a resident of Louisville, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Robert D. Haun and Mrs. Cecil Nolan, both of Louisville. [Picture included]


Mrs, Beulah A Franks