Annie Wiley
and her
Obituary Scrapbook

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Killed In Action

Pfc. Charles Fisher, United States Army, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Fisher, of the Ash Grove pike, Jessamine county, was killed Sept. 24 during the fighting in Italy, the War Department has notified his kinsman. [picture included]

Death Claims Major Benton

Maj. Murray Benton, 37, son of Mrs. Frances Keller Benton of 158 Woodland avenue, and the late William Terry Benton, was killed in North African theater of operations on Aug 16, according to word received from the War Department yesterday by his mother.

Details of the manner in which Major Benton met his death were not revealed in the War Department communication which stated that he had been killed in a motor vehicle accident.

Major Benton, a graduate of Lexington high school and who attended the University of Kentucky, participated in the invasion of Sicily. Long interested in military life, he was a former member of the local cavalry unit and the National Guard. He also was a member of the Episcopal church and the Lexington bar.

Besides his mother, Major Benton is survived by his wife, Mrs. Pauline Bowman Benton of Louisville, daughter of the late A. H. Bowman for whom Bowman Field there was named, and two children, Betty Benton, 4, and Terry Benton, 7. His wife is with her mother in Louisville.

Major Benton's paternal grandfather, Mortimer Murray Benton, a priest in the Episcopal church, served as archdeacon of the Diocese of Kentucky. He also was an officer in the Confederate navy. His maternal grandfather, John Esten Keller, was a member of the staff of Gen. John Hunt Morgan. [picture included]

Mark Jacobs, Flier, Killed

Second Lieut. Mark E. Jacobs, 23, a master bombardier at the Army Air Base at Clovis, N. M., was killed Monday at Ballinger, Texas, during a routine flight, according to a telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Verna Sink Jacobs, 111 Conn terrace.

Lieutenant Jacobs, a native of Lexington and a graduate of Henry Clay high school, was a junior at the University of Kentucky when he enlisted in the Air Corps on May 9, 1942. He won his bombardier's wings at Williams Field, Chandler, Ariz., on Nov. 21, 1942.

He was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau school fraternity at the University and of Felix Memorial Baptist Church.

Efforts were being made today to notify Lieutenant Jacob's sister and brother-in-law, Sergt. and Mrs. G. P. Willis, formerly of Lexington, who are at the Army post at Pampa, Texas. Lieutenant Jacobs is survived by his mother, his sister and his father, Mark C. Jacobs, formerly of Lexington. The body will be brought to Lexington and will be taken to Kerr Brothers funeral home. [picture included]

Billy S. Kelley Killed in Crash

S/Sgt. Billy S. Kelley, 20 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Kelley of the Walnut Hill pike, was killed in an aeroplane accident at Sukkertoppen, Greenland, last Nov. 28, it was learned here yesterday. Sergeant Kelley was reported as "missing after a flight in the European area" by the War Department on Dec 1. That message was the last word Mr. and Mrs. Kelley had of their son until last week, when a War Department telegram informed them of their son's death.

A letter from the department, which Mrs. Kelley received yesterday, state that her son was killed while a passenger on a plane that crashed into an ice cap in western Greenland.

Young Kelley, who was sent overseas last July, was doing clerical work at an Army post in Greenland, and had recently passed examinations which qualified him for flight training. In his last letter to his parents, he wrote that he expected to be sent back to the United States for flying instructions.

A graduate of Athens high school and the Fugazzi School of Business, he was an employee at the Lexington Signal Depot before entering the Army Feb. 2, 1943.

Besides his parents, Sergeant Kelley is survived by a brother, Robert Adair Kelley; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. J. S. Kelley, Fayette county; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Minnie T. Scott, Walnut Hill pike and several aunts and uncles. [picture included]

Six Persons Killed When Auto
Hits Tree Near Lawrenceburg

Lawrenceburg, Ky., June 6 (Special)--Six persons were killed and two were critically injured about 1 o'clock this morning when an automobile in which they were riding ran off the Harrodsburg-Lawrenceburg highway and struck a tree about a mile and a half south of this Anderson county town.

The car struck an 18-inch locust tree in the yard of Robert Hanks' home, uprooting the tree and snapping it off 18 feet above the ground. The automobile, a 1939 model sedan, was literally wrapped around the tree trunk and the victims of the crash were imprisoned in the wreckage until a wrecker ripped open the body of the machine. Five of the occupants were dead when they were removed from the car and a sixth died a few minutes later, Coroner James B. Hughes reported. Coroner Hughes reported the following death list:

Charles Elliott Morrison, 19, Frankfort, driver of the car.

Mrs. Rosetta Trimble Sawyer Parton, 58, Somerset.

Charles David Sawyer Jr., 35, Frankfort, Mrs. Parton's son.

Mrs. Josephine Thurman, 25, wife of a Frankfort distillery worker, Leon Thurman. (Mrs. Thurman died a few minutes after she was removed from the wreckage.)

Mrs. Ruby Lee Gaither, about 24, Frankfort.

Roy Everett Gaither, 5, Mrs. Gaither's nephew.

Listed as injured and in a critical condition at the King's Daughters' hospital in Frankfort were the following:

Miss Pauline Bryant, 25, of Frankfort, broken arm, fractured leg and possible internal injuries.

Mrs. Vera Lee Wells, about 24, of Arkansas, probable skull fracture and other injuries.

According to Corner Hughes, Mrs. Parton and Mrs. Wells were visiting in Frankfort with other members of the party. Coroner Hughes said he learned that the party had been to a roadhouse located near the Mercer-Anderson county line and operated by Charles David Sawyer Sr., father of one of the crash victims. The car was enroute to Frankfort when the driver lost control on a steep hill and it crashed into the tree in the yard beside the highway, the Coroner said, adding that the machine apparently was traveling at a high rate of speed.

The bodies of all six victims of the crash were removed to the S. V. Gordon funeral home at Lawrenceburg.

John Page

Mrs. Tom (Annie) Wiley was called to Frankfort on account of the death of her father, Mr. John Page.

 Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort Kentucky
John Page, 01 Mar 1865-30 May 1943
Martha Clark Page, 25 Sep 1869-20 Nov 1921

Lida Mahoney

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wiley, Bobby Wiley and Jerry Brown attended the funeral services of Mr. Wiley's sister, Mrs. Lida Mahoney, in Henry County last Sunday.

Find Bodies In Creek

Frankfort, Ky., Aug. 11--Policeman Guy Wainscott reported the drowned bodies of Hardin Flynn, 11, and Cecil Housechild, 9, had been found today in Benson Creek near here. Absence of the youths from their homes since early Wednesday had caused officers to take up the search for them during the night.

 Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort Ky
Hardin K. Flynn, 09 Feb 1927-10 Aug 1938
Cecil L. Housechild, 19 Feb 1929-10 Aug 1938

Powell Funeral Rites To Be Held Wednesday

Versailles, Ky., July 8 (Special)--Funeral services will be held at the Glen Creek Baptist church at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon for Mrs. Nannie Powell, 60, of Versailles, who died at 10 o'clock today at the Woodford Memorial hospital. Burial will be in the Versailles cemetery.

Mrs. Powell's survivors include a daughter, Mrs. J. S. Woodford, of Lexington, and two brothers, J. M. Burgin, of Versailles, and W. J. Burgin of Winchester. Four grandchildren also survive.

 Versailles Cemetery, Versailles, Ky
Mrs. Powell died July 8, 1941

Mrs. Mattie Howard

Versailles, Ky., Oct. 25 (Special)--Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Boardman Howard, 76, will be held at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Versailles Christian church, conducted by the Rev. Jack M. Ervin, pastor. Burial will follow in the Versailles cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Charlton H. Graves, Albert Rose, Senator A. B. Chandler, D. G. Owen, Ben Hackney, Hardin Field, Miles Whittington and Frank Tanner.

Mrs. Howard is survived by three sons, State Purchasing Agent Marion C. Howard, Hugh F. Howard, Versailles merchant, and Fred Howard, Versailles postal worker.

 Versailles Cemetery, Versailles, Ky
Mrs. Howard died October 14, 1941

Mrs, Beulah A Franks