Willard F. Alexander
Willard F. Alexander, 77, died at his home, eight miles northeast of
Mt. Vernon on the Tolle road yesterday from a self-inflicted gun
shot wound. His body was found at 7:45 this morning by a neighbor
Russell Nelson. The body was in a rocking chair and nearby was a
.410 gauge shot gun. Mr. Alexander died from a head wound. Coroner
Ben Roeder conducted an inquiry and returned a verdict of death from
a self-inflicted wound. Friends told the coroner that Mr. Alexander, who
lived alone had been in failing health. He was a retired farmer.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 pm. at the Union Chapel Methodist
church. The Rev. Ross Partridge will officiate and burial will be in
Union Chapel Cemetery. The body will remain at the Osborn Funeral
Home in Dix, where friends may call after 6:00 pm Thursday.
Mr. Alexander was born in Jefferson County February 7, 1878, the son
of the late Benjamin and Matilda (Rogers) Alexander. He was a
lifetime resident of this county. He is survived by two brothers, Clarence
of Phoenix, Ariz. and George of Commerce, Texas. A son, Wilton, was
killed January 10, 1944 while serving in World War II.
Submitted by Janet Ridenour