Annie Wiley
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Obituary Scrapbook

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Jockeys Are Pallbearers As Woolf Rites Held

Arcadia, Calif., Jan. 7--Funeral services for George (The Ice Man) Woolf, ace jockey, will be held this afternoon at Arcadia Community church, followed by interment at Forest Lawn Memorial park in Glendale. All of the jockeys active at Santa Anita will serve as honorary pallbearers. Woolf died last Friday of head injuries received when thrown from Please Me at Santa Anita the previous day.

Woodford Man Dies At Versailles Hospital

Midway, Ky., Oct 3, (Special)--James William Martin, 27, of the Leestown pike, died at 5:45 a.m. today at the Woodford Memorial hospital, Versailles, from injuries received Saturday night when he was hit by an automobile on the Versailles-Midway pike, near Nugents crossroads. He was a son of Everett Martin and the late Edna Ray Martin of Woodford county. Besides his father, Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anne Daulton Martin; an eight-year-old daughter, Ella Martin; a brother, Charles Martin, and two sisters, Miss Emma Jane Martin and Mrs. Herman Courtney, all of Woodford county.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of God, Camden avenue, Versailles, by the pastor, the Rev. Paul Littrell. Burial will be in the Midway cemetery. The body is at the Duell funeral home at Versailles.

 Midway Cemetery, Woodford County, Ky
Mr. Martin died October 3, 1944

Versailles Marine Is Killed In Action

Versailles, Ky., Sept. 1. (Special)--Pfc. Sam Howard, 20, U. S. Marine Corps, was killed in action in the Southwest Pacific theater of war, according to a War Department message received her by Mrs. Mary Belle Mastin, former superintendent of the Methodist Orphans Home here on the Versailles-Lexington pike.

Private Howard was born Nov. 11, 1923, in Hyman, Ky., and later came to the orphans' home. He was a graduate of the Versailles high school and attended Kentucky Wesleyan College, Winchester. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942.

Killed In Plane Crash

The war in Europe was brought closer home Friday when news was received that Sergeant James M. Maxon Jr., 33, who spent several years of his childhood in Versailles, had been killed in a crash during a test flight of a bombing plane in Great Britian.

Young Maxon, as a bomber and rear-gunner in the Royal Canadian Air Force, had made at least ten bombing trips over Germany in British air forays before the fatal accident. A month ago a story was cabled from London of how, in a spirit of mischief, Sergeant Mason "bombed" Berlin with milk bottles from his rear-gunner position while other members of a bomb crew were dropping real explosives.

A telegram from the Canadian air force to Tennessee Episcopal Bishop James M. Maxon, at his home in Memphis, notified him of his son's death on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the plane accident, but gave no particulars.

Sergeant Maxon was born in Galesburg, Ill., and was two years old when his parents came to Versailles in April, 1910, his father to become president of Margaret Hall. He was nine years of age when Mr. Maxon accepted a call in 1917, to become rector of St. Mark's Episcopal church, Louisville, and the family moved to that city. Mr. Maxon was rector of the St. John's church here as well as head of Margaret Hall when he accepted the Louisville call. From Louisville the family went to Nashville, and also lived in Chattanooga prior to going to Memphis. Bishop Maxon was bishop coauditor before succeeding to the bishopric.

After leaving college, Sergeant Maxon worked on newspapers and at one time was police reporter for the St. Louis Times, for which he handled the stories of a big kidnaping case. He went to Canada and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in May, 1940. His last visit to Woodford county was about eight years ago.

Besides his parents, Sergeant Maxon is survived by a younger brother, John Maxon, of Memphis. Their many friends in Woodford county feel the deepest sympathy for Bishop and Mrs. Maxon and John Maxon in their bereavement. [picture included]

Ellis Mann Dies

Ellis Mann, 46, died at 3 o'clock this morning at the Woodford Memorial hospital here after an illness of several months. He was a native of Ohio and prior to his illness was employed as guard at the Old Crow and Old Taylor distillery at Millville.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hallie Mann; four sons, James Ellis Jr., Kenneth and Harold Mann; three daughters, Mrs. Flora Mae White, Anna Lee and Edna Mann, all of Versailles and Woodford county. Other survivors are two brothers, Charles Mann of Cincinnati and Clifford Mann of Walton and a sister, Mrs. Marie Cross of Cincinnati.

Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Versailles Baptist church with Dr. John G. Dickson, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the Versailles cemetery.

Lexington Youth Drowns In River Near Clifton

Versailles, Ky., July 2 (Special)--Jack Delon Spencer, 15, of 194 Castlewood Drive, Lexington, drowned about 4:30 o'clock this afternoon in the Kentucky river near Clifton where he had arrived some 30 minutes earlier to visit a friend who was camping there.

Spencer drowned near the private camp of Charles Morgan Harris, about one mile up the river from the Clifton ferry, while swimming with Russell Sammons, 22, of Tennessee avenue, Lexington.

The body was recovered some three hours later by Woodrow Wilson and John Hunter, both of Clifton, members of a party of volunteers dragging the river. Using grappling hooks, the men found the youth's body about 75 feet down the river from where young Spencer sank in the moderately swift, muddy stream.

Spencer, Sammons and Frank Frye, 21, of 218 Devonia avenue, Lexington, had gone to Clifton about 4 o'clock this afternoon to visit Sammons' brother, Edward Sammons, a member of a camping party at the river. Spencer and Sammons went swimming while Frye remained at the camp nearby. Sammons said he and Spencer swam to the middle of the river and started back to the Woodford shore with Spencer in front. Sammons stated he passed Spencer and a few seconds later heard him call for help. Spencer sank before Sammons could reach him, the youth related.

Sammons called Henry Green, Negro employee at the Harris camp, and Green notified Woodford Sheriff Frank Watts and Coroner Woodrow Gaines. A party of volunteers, all of them residents of Clifton, began dragging the river immediately under the direction of the coroner. Mr. Gaines said tonight he had returned a verdict of accidental death by drowning and added that he would not hold a formal inquest.

Young Spencer was a son of Henry A. and Anna Rogers Spencer. His father is a department manager for the Petroleum Exploration Inc.

Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Henry Rogers and Bobby G. Spencer. He was a native of Lee county and was a student at Lexington junior high school.

The body was removed to the Kerr Brothers funeral home at Lexington. Arrangements for services had not been completed tonight.

The Lexington-Leader, Lexington, Ky, July 2, 1941

Funeral: Services for Jack Delon Spencer, 15, of 194 Castlewood drive, who drowned Wednesday afternoon in the Kentucky river, near Clifton, Ky., will be held at 10:30 o'clock Saturday morning at the Grace Baptist church. The Rev. W. L. Shearer, pastor, will officiate. The body will remain at the residence until time for the services.

Woodford County Man Is Killed In Action

Versailles, Ky., April 20 (Special)--Pvt. Warren Mason, 22, son of Mrs. Grace Mason, 181 Frankfort street, and the late Warren T. Mason, was killed in action March 25 on Manus Island in the Southwest Pacific, according to a telegram received by his mother from the War Department.

Mason, a graduate of the high school at Lexington, N. C., enlisted in the Army on May 21, 1939 and received his basic training at Fort Bliss, Texas. From Fort Bliss he was sent in May, 1943, overseas and landed in Australia. From there he went to New Orleans.

Besides his mother, he is survived by three sisters, Miss Mary Mason and Miss Betty Mason, both of Tiffin, Ohio, and Mrs. Neville Galbraith, Frankfort; four half-sisters, Mrs. Robert Louis, Mrs. Charles Boler and Mrs. Garnett Campbell, all of Frankfort, and Mrs. Mammie Mefford; Peaks Mill; and two half-brothers, Yewell Moore, Frankfort, and Pvt. James Mason, U. S. Army, now in Alabama. [picture included]

Wounds Prove Fatal To Lexington Soldier

Pfc. Billy Joe Middleton, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Middleton, 117 East High street, is dead of wounds received July 29, in France, his parents have been notified. Private Middleton entered service Sept. 1, 1943, and received his basic training at Camp Gruber, Okla. He went overseas, to England, last May, and to France about the middle of June. He was a former student at Henry Clay high school and a former employee of the Glass stores. [picture included]

Wife Receives Word of Soldier's Death

Mrs. Margaret Brown Blakely, 494 East High street, has received a message from the War Department advising her that her husband, Cpl. Harold M. Blakely, was killed in action Aug. 2 in France. He arrived in England the latter part of February, 1944, and was sent to France on D-Day, June 6. He was awarded the Bronze Star July 23, for "Meritorious achievement in the military operations again the enemy" June 12.

Corporal Blakely, 22, was the nephew of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Horine, 340 Oldham avenue. He was inducted into the Army Nov. 30, 1942, and received his basic training at Camp Beale, Calif. He was stationed at Camp Bowie, Texas, before going overseas.

Before entering the Army, Corporal Blakely was employed by the Irving Air Chute Company. Mrs. Blakely's last letter from Corporal Blakely was dated Aug. 1. He has a brother, Sgt. Robert Lloyd Blakely, stationed in Australia. [picture included]

Mrs, Beulah A Franks