From a Barbour County Scrapbook
submitted by Linda Graham.
Clippings from the Barbour Democrat
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
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