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Mrs. Fannie B. Wilhoit

Mrs. Fannie B. Wilhoit, 45, formerly of Versailles, died at 8 o'clock Tuesday night at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Covington. She had been ill about two months. The body was brought here late yesterday to Duell's Funeral Home. Funeral services Friday afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock at the Versailles Baptist church, will be conducted by the Rev. W. G. Hammock, of Peewee Valley, former pastor of the local church. Burial will be in the Versailles cemetery. Pallbearers will be Madison B. Duncan, Dr. S. A. Blackburn, Dr. Olson Parrott, James B. Heird, Jennings Brown and R. G. Williams.

Mrs. Wilhoit was the widow of Melvin Wilhoit, of this county, who died a number of years ago. She was born in Woodford county, a daughter of Abe Brown and the late Mary Ellen Corman Brown. A professional nurse, she was a member of the staff of the Woodford Memorial hospital for over 17 years. She had lived in Covington for the last year and a half. Mrs. Wilhoit was very capable in her profession, a woman of gentle disposition, warm heart and deep sympathies, who endeared herself to her patients and to a host of friends. Her passing will be mourned and she will be remembered for kind words and good deeds. Mrs. Wilhoit was a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors are her son, Andrew Wilhoit, of Covington; a grandson, Anthony Wilhoit, her father, Abe Brown, of Versailles; for sisters, Mrs. John Etherington and Mr. J. W. Rich, of Covington; Mrs. Dorothy Norman, of Chicago, and Mrs. Omar Chandler, of Versailles, and a brother, Robert Brown, of Versailles.

 Versailles Cemetery, Versailles, Ky
Fannie Wilhoit, 08 Aug 1895-17 Sep 1940

Lightning Bolt Slays Farmer

Lightning striking a feed barn on the farm of F. H. Stone, on the Elkchester road, eight miles from Lexington, resulted in the death of Hugh Hill, 47, farmer, yesterday afternoon shortly after 4 o'clock. Claude Works and his son, Luke, who work on Mr. Stone's farm, were with Mr. Hill when the bolt struck. They escaped unhurt although they were standing within 10 feet of the victim and saw him go to his death.

Despite the fact that the bolt seemed to come down the side of the barn, the building was not torn up in any way and a quantity of hay and other feedstuff was not destroyed.

According to Claude Works, he, his son and Mr. Hill had been working in a nearby field during the afternoon and fled to the barn to escape a drenching when the rain storm suddenly came up. They had been there only a short time when lightning seemed to come down through the eaves of the barn, striking Mr. Hill, who was at that time standing in the front doorway, watching the progress of the storm.

Mr. Works and his son rushed to a nearby telephone to notify Coroner J. H. Kerr, of the Kerr Brothers undertaking establishment in Lexington, of the fatality. Mr. Kerr left immediately for the scene and upon his arrival gave Mr. Works permission to remove the body from the barn doorway to his home an eighth of a mile away. When examined by Mr. Kerr the body of Mr. Hill showed no outward signs of injury.

Mr. Hill had been employed on the farm of Mr. Stone for about five years and was always respected as a citizen in his particular community. He has been quite successful with his farm work during the time he has been a tenant on the farm, friends state.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Lou Hill; his mother, Mrs. Maguire and several brothers and sisters. Funeral arrangements had not been made by the family last night.

Versailles Boy Lost In Action

Versailles, Ky, Feb 3--Staff Sergt. Vane H. Brown, 23, gunner on a Flying Fortress has been killed in overseas action according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Brown of Route 4, Versailles. The War Department recently stated that the gunner was "killed in action in defense of his country in western European area on Jan. 13."

Sergeant Brown was inducted into the Army Feb. 12, 1942, and left in September for overseas duty. He received his training in camps in Indiana, Texas and Arizona.

 Versailles Cemetery, Woodford County, Ky.
Vane Hampton Brown, 10 Feb 1919-13 Jan 1943

Girl, 15, Kills Herself When Lad Rejects Her

Chicago, Sept. 2--Fifteen-year-old Betty Smith shot and killed herself only a few moments after she had received a note from a boy of 16 saying he no longer wished to see her, police reported today. Authorities said the girl spent most of Monday with Edward Bearby, 16, at a beach. The youngsters quarreled, and when he arrived home Bearby sent Betty a note telling her of his decision to break off their friendship. Not long afterward, young Bearby decided perhaps he had been hasty, and rode his bicycle to Betty's home. He found the girl dead, with a bullet wound in the chest. Beside the body was a hunting rifle, and Bearby's note.

Mrs, Beulah A Franks