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Nov 6, 1957

Joe W. Wooten, 61, of 330 Pearl street, a former local insurance agent, later an employee of Archie Cross' Cafe and in recent months a local agent of O'Daniel Coal Co., Henderson, Ky was found dead in the alley in the rear of the R. & M. Cafe at 311 Main street early today.


"Major" Grove, Evansville, a Sunbeam Bakery salesman and delivery truck operator, found the body at 6:15 a.m.


The head was against the cafe building and they body and legs lay in the alley in view from West Fourth street.


Coroner Ferrel J. Meinschein said there was no evidence that Wooten met a violent end and his verdict probably will be death from natural causes.  Wooten had been dead several hours when the body was found.


The body is at Weisinger Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 o'clock this evening.  Rev. Paul E. Turner pastor of Church of God Mission, will conduct the funeral service at 2 p.m. Thursday in Weisinger chapel.  The body will be moved Friday to Alexander Funeral Home in Gallatin, Tenn., where a service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday prior to burial in a Gallatin cemetery.


The deceased, a native of Gallatin, Tenn., came to Mt. Vernon from Evansville 11 years ago.


A daughter, Martha Wooten, was football queen of Mt. Vernon High school during the 1957 season.


Surviving, in addition to the daughter, are the wife, Eunice Leath Wooten' two sons, William, Nashville, Tenn., and Pfc, Joe C Wooten, U.S. Army, Fort Campbell, Ky; three grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Martha Lucille Scott, New York City and a brother, B.E. Wooten, Gallatin, Tenn.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers