Killed By Train
Freight Train Strikes Truck
on Crossing North of Village
Mrs. Tillie Norris, 57, was killed at 10 o'clock this morning when a
small pick-up truck she was driving was struck by a C.B. & Q. freight
train at a private crossing a half mile north of Waltonville. The train
carried the truck about 100 feet south of the crossing, where the truck
went down an embankment. Mrs. Norris remained in the truck cab after the
crash. Dr. J.W. Wells was called to the scene and pronounced her dead
upon arrival. Coroner Ben Roeder was told that Mrs. Norris stopped her
truck and was waiting at the double-track crossing while a north-bound
freight train passed by She then drove up on the south-bound "extra" freight.
Mrs. Norris, who resided on a farm a half mile west of Waltonville, was
the widow of Stanley Norris, who was killed several years ago in a shotgun
accident. Mrs. Norris was a highly respected resident of the community
and her tragic death came as a shock to her many friends. The body was taken
to the Fry Funeral Home in Waltonville. Funeral arrangements were incomplete
early this afternoon.
Mrs. Norris is survived by two sons, John Harrison Norris of Waltonville,
with whom she lived, and Irvin Norris, of Tennessee; three brothers, Bryan and
Orville Dycus of Mt. Vernon and the Rev. Ernest Dycus of Granite City, Ill.;
and two sisters, Mrs. Hattie Howard of Mt.Vernon and Mrs. Paul Sulcer of Waltonville.
For Tillie Norris
Funeral services for Mrs. Tillie Dycus Norris, who met a tragic death as the
result of a train-truck collision at Waltonville yesterday morning, will be held
at the Waltonville Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock.
The services will be conducted by the Rev. Ruth Martin of Fairfield.
Mrs. Norris was the daughter of John A. and the late Elizabeth Walker Dycus, and
was born April 23, 1892. She was united in marriage with Stanley W. Norris, to whom
she was a loving and faithful companion, until his tragic, accidental death on
Nov. 16, 1939. To this union were born two sons, Irvin Stanley Norris and
John Harrison Norris. Since Mr. Norris' death. Mrs. Norris and her younger son have
operated their farm, with efficiency and success. Her first thought had always been
for the welfare of her two sons, and her little granddaughter, whom she adored.
Mrs. Norris was united with the Minson Methodist church when a young girl and was
organist for the church for many years. She was also a successful school teacher in
the rural schools fo this county for several years. She was a member of the Order of
Easter Star, and Royal Neighbors lodges, and numbered her friends by her acquaintances.
Her home was a bright and cheerful place where her relatives and friends loved to meet,
and where they always found a hearty welcome. She was a kind and gracious neighbor and
will be sadly missed by those in her community. She was a devoted daughter, for her
aged father, and living her religion, day by day.
Mrs. Norris is survived by her two sons, Irvin S. Norris of Trenton, Tenn., and
John Harrison Norris, at home; one granddaughter; her father and step-mother; two sisters,
Mrs. Paul Sulcer and Mrs. Roy Howard; and four brothers, Irvie, Orval, Bryan, and
Rev. Ernest Dycus.
Source: The Register News
Submitted by: Cindy Ford