COY, Allen B., Sr.

Date of birth: 5 Sep 1934 Bartholomew County, Indiana

Date of death: 15 Jul 1966 Bartholomew County, Indiana

Source: Columbus Evening Republican, Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, July 15, 1966

HOPE MAN KILLED AS CAR HITS POST, TREES

ALLEN B. COY, 31, VICTIM

  
    An Atterbury Job Corps center adviser on his way home 
to Hope after working late, was killed instantly early today 
when his car went off the County Line road, east of Edinburg, 
striking a fence post and two trees.
      Injured fatally was Allen B. Coy, 31, of 125 Jackson street 
in Hope, the father of two young children. 
      He apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his car about 
1:15 a.m.
      The car hit the posts and trees at the home of John P. Pruitt, 
Edinburg route 2.
      One 4 by 4 inch fencepost hit first by Mr. Coy's eastbound 
1963 Ford Galaxie sedan was snapped off at ground level and 
sailed 132 feet through the air punching through a window 
on a sun porch at the Pruitt house.
      The post narrowly missed Mr. Pruitt who was sleeping on 
the floor of the porch "to beat the heat".  He had gone to 
bed only minutes earlier. 
      After hitting the post the Coy car - registered to Mr. Coy's 
father, Virgil Coy of Hope route 2 - slammed into two trees about 
seven feet apart.  The car, a total loss, came to rest facing the 
County Line Road.  No skid marks were observed.
      Mr. Coy, the county's fourth 1966 traffic fatality, was pinned 
in the wreckage.  Cause of death was not given immediately by 
Dr. Kenneth Schneider, deputy county coroner, but Mr. Coy 
had head and cheek injuries, a fractured left arm and multiple 
cuts and bruises.
      Mr. Coy was a resident advisor in the orientation section 
at the Job Corps center northwest of Columbus, working a 
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. shift.
      He had left on time Thursday night, Atterbury spokesman 
said, but returned later to finish some work.  He was believed 
on his way home at the time of the mishap. 
      He formerly was employed by the American Insurance 
Company at Columbus, Ohio.
      Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Norman 
funeral home in Hope, conducted by the Rev. Ray Bozell.  
Burial will be at the Hope Moravian cemetery.      
Persons may call after 3 p.m . Saturday at the funeral home. 
      Mr. Coy was born in Bartholomew county Sept. 5, 1934, 
the son of Virgil and Ruby Andrews Coy.  He married the 
former Miss Henrietta Schuchsrdt Dec. 20, 1955.
      Surviving with the wife are two children, Allen Jr., 9, and 
Robin, 7 both at home;  the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Coy; 
the grandmothers, Mrs. Bessie Andrews of Hope route 2 and 
Mrs. Flossie Coy of Edinburg; a sister, Miss Carol Coy of Hope 
route 2, and two brothers,  Wayne Coy of Hope and Keith Coy 
of Columbus.    

Source: Franklin Daily Journal, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, July 15, 1966

Atterbury advisor killed in crash

Allen B. Coy victim; apparently fell asleep

EDINBURG - A 31-year-old Camp Atterbury Job Corps 
resident adviser died instantly of injuries received early today 
when he apparently fell asleep at the wheel en route home 
from work.
      Pronounced dead at the scene was Allen B. Coy, 31, Hope 
route 2, who had been employed in the orientation department 
of the Job Corps center for five months.
      The one-car crash occurred about 1:20 a.m. today, about 
two miles east of Edinburg on the Bartholomew-Johnson county 
line road when the Coy auto smashed into two trees.
      According to Bartholomew county Deputy Joe Kent, Coy 
went to sleep at the wheel as he drove east on county line road.
      Coy's car ran off the right side of the road, broke off 
a four-by-four fence post which shot 130 feet in the air and 
crashed through a window on the front porch of the John Pruitt 
farm.
      The fence post narrowly missed Mr. Pruitt who had just 
gone to sleep on the floor moments earlier, police said.
      After hitting the post the car continued about 25 feet, 
striking two trees before it came to rest  within 25 feet of 
the two-story farm home.
      Coy, the son of Virgil Coy, also of Hope route 2, is 
survived by his wife, Henrietta, and two children, authorities 
said.
      CoyÕs death was the fourth traffic fatality of the year 
in Bartholomew county.
      The 1963 Ford Coy was driving was owned by his father.  
It was reported a total loss by law enforcement authorities.
      The crash also was investigated by state trooper Ron Miller 
and Edinburg Deputy Town Marshals.
      Funeral services are to be held at the Norman Funeral Home 
in Hope at 2 p.m. Sunday, conducted by the Rev. Ray Bozell.
      Burial will follow at the Hope Moravian cemetery.
      Calling hours are after 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral
 home.
      Mr. Coy was born in Bartholomew County Sept. 5, 
1934, the son of Virgil and Ruby Andrews Coy.  He married 
the former Miss Henrietta Schuchardt Dec. 20, 1955.
      Surviving with the wife are two children, Allen, Jr. 9, 
and Robin, 7; the parents Mr. And Mrs. Virgil Coy; grandmothers 
Mrs. Bessie Andrews of Hope route 2, and Mrs. Flossie Coy 
of Edinburg; one sister, Miss Carol Coy, also of Hope route 
2; two brothers, Wayne Coy of Hope and Kenneth Coy of 
Columbus. 

Source: Hope Star Journal, Hope, Bartholomew County, Indiana, Jul y21, 1966

Allen Coy, 31, Accident Victim

      Allen B. Coy, 31, 129 Jackson Street, Hope, was killed 
instantly early Friday on County Line Road two and a half 
miles east of Edinburg as he apparently fell asleep at the 
wheel of his car while returning home from the Atterbury 
Job Corps Center.
      He had been employed at Atterbury since mid February 
as a resident counselor, and had returned to work Thursday 
night after completing a normal 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. shift.  
Investigating officers reported no skid marks at the scene.  
CoyÕs auto struck a fence post knocking it through the window 
of a house, and then slammed into two trees after grazing a 
culvert.  Pinned in the wreckage, Coy suffered multiple fatal 
injuries.  The car, a 1963 Ford registered to AllenÕs father, 
Virgil Coy, R.R. 2, Hope, was totally demolished.
      The 4x4 fence post was thrown through the window of 
a sun porch at the home of John Pruitt, R. R. 2, Edinburg, 
about 1:15 a.m. Friday.  Pruitt had just retired for the night 
on the porch shortly before the mishap.  He was not hurt.  
      Coy is survived by his wife, the former Henrietta 
Schuchardt, whom he wed December 20, 1955, and two 
children, Allen Jr., 9, and Robin, 7, at home; his parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Coy, R. R. 2; grandparents Mrs. Bessie 
Andrews, R. R. 2 Hope, and Flossie Coy of Edinburg; two 
brothers, Keith Coy of Columbus and Wayne Coy of Hope, 
and a sister, Carol Coy, R. R. 2.
      He was born September 5, 1934, and graduated from Hope 
High School.  He at one time operated an insurance business in 
Hope, moving to Columbus, Ohio, where he was employed by 
an insurance firm before returning to this community last year.
      Funeral services were held Sunday at Norman Funeral Home 
with Rev. Ray Bozell officiating.  Burial was in the Hope 
Moravian Cemetery.

Submitted by Mark E. Wirey

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