Annie Wiley
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Mrs. Harris Courtney

Mrs. Emma Sharp Courtney, 70, wife of Harris Courtney, died at 1:30 a.m. Monday at her home on the Midway pike, about four miles from Versailles, after a long illness. Mrs. Courtney was born in Scott county. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Mrs. William Ray, of Fayette county; five sons, Herman, Charles and Vernon, of Woodford county; Joseph, of Fayette county, and Orville Courtney, of Jessamine county, and by 38 grandchildren.

Funeral services conducted by the Rev. Paul Eppler were held at 10 a.m. at the Assembly of God church in Versailles. Burial was in the Versailles cemetery. Pall-bearers: Leon, Vernon and William Pettit, John Courtney, Grover Simpson, Walter Staley.

 Versailles Cemetery, Woodford County, Ky
Mrs. Courtney died January 12, 1942

Man Missing A Year Presumed To Be Dead

S/Sgt. Virgil W. Wells, 28, gunner on a B-24 Liberator bomber who has been missing in action more than a year, is officially presumed to be dead, according to notice received by his mother, Mrs. B. F. Wells, from Maj. Gen. J. A. Ulio, adjutant general.

Sergeant Wells formerly lived in Fayette county and attended school at Picadome and University high school. His family had moved to Woodford county and he was working on a farm there when he entered service in September, 1942.

According to the notice received from General Ulio, Sergeant Wells was lost when his plane collided with another during an air battle over the sea about 60 miles north of Holland on Oct. 4, 1943. The letter stated that nothing had been heard from him since, and that he must be presumed to be dead.

Sergeant Wells received his training as an aerial gunner at Atlantic City; Fort Myers, Fla.; Salt Lake City; Topeka, Kan., and other Army Air Forces schools. He went overseas in August, 1943.

Besides his mother, he is survived by a brother, Marvin Wells, also of Woodford county.

Woodford Officer Is Killed In Italy

Versailles, Ky., Aug. 4 (Special)--Capt. Hugh S. French, 24, husband of Mrs. Christine Lewis French, Route 4, Versailles, was killed in action July 12 in Italy, according to a telegram received this morning by his wife from the War Department.

Captain French attended the University of Kentucky and enlisted in July, 1941. He graduated from K.M.I. with the commission of second lieutenant and took advanced training at Fort Knox, Camp Shelby, Miss., Fort Benning, Ga., and Camp White, Oregon, where he received his commission. Captain French left the United States in April, 1944, and landed in North Africa. When last heard from, about three weeks ago, he wrote that he was in Italy and had at that time been in the firing line for three weeks, but had "not been hit."

Besides his wife, Captain French is survived by a four-year-old son, Norman French; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh French, Woodford county; three sisters, Mrs. Guy Reynolds, Huntington, W. Va., Mrs. Gladys Perkins, Versailles, and Mrs. Henderson Owen Jr., Woodford county; and one half-brother, Earl Clough, also of Woodford county.

 Versailles Cemetery, Versailles, Ky
Capt. Hugh S. French, 05 Mar 1920-12 Jul 1944

Parents Told Of Son's Death

Georgetown, Ky., Feb. 9 (Special)--Mr. and Mrs. Buford Munson have been notified by the War Department that their son, Sgt. Gene H. Munson, 22, who previously had been reported missing in action over Germany, had died Dec. 31. Sergeant Munson, who had been stationed in England, who had been stationed in England, was a tail gunner on a Flying Fortress. Besides his parents he is survived by a brother, Richard Munson, and one sister, Miss Joyce Munson,his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hinton, and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Lena Munson, all of Scott County. [picture included]

Lexingtonian Killed In Action In France

Pfc. Fred Bryant was killed in action in France June 30, according to word from the War Department received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Bryant, 302 Richmond avenue. Bryant entered the service in October, 1942, and had served overseas since March, 1944. Besides his parents, he is survived by three brothers, Conley and Lester Bryant of Frankfort and Luther Bryant of Lexington. [picture included]

Killed In Action

Lieut. Cornelius L. Reagan, 26, of Florence, Ky., a former student at the University of Kentucky, was killed in action Feb. 25 in the Far East. It was learned here today. He is a son of Mrs. Bertha Nuckols Bauer of Florence. Lieutenant Reagan received an appointment as a flying cadet while he was attending the University. He completed his aviation training at Kelly Field, Texas, and in October, 1941, was commissioned a second lieutenant and ordered to active duty at Hamilton Field, a fighter-plane base near San Francisco. From there he was sent overseas and when last heard from was in Australia. [picture included]

Sunday Mishap On Scott Road Fatal To Three

Georgetown, Ky., March 24 (Special)--Three persons were killed in a head-on collision between a truck and an automobile early Sunday on the Dixie highway four miles north of here. Two others, one a three month old baby, were critically hurt.

The dead, all natives of Breathitt county, were listed by Coroner R. C. Johnson as follows: Mrs. Charles R. Moore, 22; her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Short Terry, 18, and Mrs. Terry's husband, Edward Terry Jr., 19. The Terrys were married two months ago.

With Mrs. Moore's husband and the baby, they were en route from their home near Marine City, Mich., to Breathitt county for a visit with relatives. Mr. Moore, 26, and the baby, one of the Moore's two sons, were still in a critical condition today at the John Graves Ford Memorial hospital, attendants said.

Sheriff Horace Gatewood and Deputy Plummer Vance reported that both vehicles apparently were being driven at high speed when the collision occurred. The driver of the truck, listed as Granful Brewslaugh, about 30, of Corinth, Grant county, was in the county jail today, charged with manslaughter and drunken driving. His bond on the two counts totaled $2,300. A hearing for Brewslaugh and a coroner's inquest will not be held until later, officials said today.

Services for Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Terry will be held jointly at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the home of a kinsman, Roger Callahan of Canoe, Breathitt county.

The two sisters are survived by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bradley Short of Breathitt county; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Carter of Long Beach, Calif., Miss Lucille Short of Chicago and Miss Elvira Short of Breathitt, and three brothers, Isaac and Blackburn Short of Breathitt and Roger Short of Texas. Mrs. Moore leaves also a son, Charles Jr.

Terry, for whom services will be held Tuesday afternoon at the Terry home at Oakdale, Breathitt county, is survived by his parents; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Kimbrell and Miss Lilla Terry of Newport, and two brothers, Roy and Roscoe Terry of Breathitt.

Lexington-Leader, Lexington, Ky March 24, 1941

Mrs, Beulah A Franks