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Clippings from the Barbour Democrat

submitted by Linda Graham.

The Accident of William A. Davis

Flemington, August 10, 1939

Plunging from dizzy heights, a man, 40, suffered serious hurts last night. Little hope is held for the recovery of William DAVIS, 40, night watchman at the Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Kentucky Coal Company mine at Brownton, who fell 1000 feet after he broke through a board on the top of the mine tipple shortly after 8 o'clock. Davis, a patient in Myers clinic at Philippi, suffered fractures of both arms and both legs, and probably has internal hurts. He had gone into the tipple to turn on a light, before going up to the mine, when the plank gave way with him. The Brownton mine has been closed the last two months and Davis was the only workman about.

Obituary of William A. Davis

Funeral services were held at the Simpson Baptist church at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for William A. DAVIS, 39, night watchman at the Brownton mine of the W. VA., Pa., and Ky., Mine Co. His death came Thursday afternoon, at the Myers Clinic Hospital, less than twenty-four hours after he had both legs and arms fractured when he fell fifty feet from the top of the coal tipple at Brownton when rotting planks gave way. He was born February 16, 1900 in Taylor County, a son of Charles and Nancy NEWLON DAVIS. His mother died last December. He married Miss Mildred MOATS, of Webster, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin MOATS of Elkins. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge at Simpson and the Simpson Baptist church. Funeral services were in charge of Rev. Millard STUMP of the Simpson church with interment in a nearby cemetery. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Ethel; a son, Charles; his father, a resident of Simpson; and five sisters, Mrs. Josie LOPSCOMB, of Astor; Mrs. Eva LIPSCOMB and Mrs. Neva WILSON of Farmington, and Mrs. Lena COOPER and Miss Gertrude DAVIS of Simpson.


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