Selected Webster County Obituaries

Surnames Leach to Lewis

The Providence Journal-Enterprise

1948 - 1961

Mrs. Mary Mildred LEACH, 89, died at 3 a.m. Friday in the home of a daughter, Mrs. D.W. CUMMINS, near Dixon. Surviving besides Mrs. Cummins are another daughter, Mrs. S.H. DRIVER, of Slaughters; three brothers, James SIMPSON, of Shady Grave, Booth Simpson, of Memphis, Tenn., and Stonewall Simpson, of Hammond, Ind.; a sister, Mrs. Ruth DUNLAP, of Central City; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Baptist church at Shady Grove, with the Rev. E.G. SISK, of Siamond, officiating. Burial was in the cemetery at Shady Grove. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, February 17, 1949.

Word has been received here that Lt. Frank LEE, formerly with the 98th division at Camp Breckinridge, was killed in action on July 17 on his twenty-sixth birthday. Lt. Lee and Mrs. Lee lived in Providence while he was stationed at Camp Breckinridge and had an apartment in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. BENJAMIN and later in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Guy RICE. Mrs. Lee and their seven-months-old son, Francis X. Lee, jr., are now in Bardonia, N.Y. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, August 31, 1944.

W.W. LEE, 67, formerly Illinois Central agent here, who had been stationed in Marion for several years, died at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Illinois Central hospital in Chicago. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Louise DENNY, Mrs. Jake FOSTER, and Mrs. Kenneth ENOCH, all of Marion. Mrs. Lee died since the family left Providence. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at the home of Mrs. Foster in Marion with burial in the cemetery there. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, September 17, 1942.

The body of Pvt. Raymond LEEPER, 35, arrived here Tuesday morning and was taken to Melton Funeral Home to await funeral services. Pvt. Leeper was killed in action in North Africa on July 6, 1943. He was inducted into the army on Oct. 8, 1942 and received training at Camp Wheeler, Ga. In February 1943 he was sent overseas for service in North Africa. He wrote in June when the original campaign in North Africa was over and said he was safe, but that he was afraid "we'll have to finish the job." He was a former employee of Providence Coal Mining Company and C.H. BALL's service station. Survivors are the mother, Mrs. Sally Leeper, Providence; a sister, Mrs. Vernon ANDERSON, Murray; and a brother, Robert Leeper, Shawnee, Okla. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Cumberland Presbyterian church. The Rev. G.A. HESTER, pastor of the church, officiated, assisted by the Rev. Edd OAKLEY and the Rev. Frank MITCHELL. Burial was in Lakeview cemetery with military rites being conducted by members of Clarence McCoy Post 110, American Legion, and Jack McDowell Post 484, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Business firms were closed during the service. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, June 10, 1948. Compiler's note: Raymond Leeper's stone in Lakeview cemetery is engraved "Apr. 3, 1908-July 6, 1943; Pvt. Co. A 39 Inf. WWII; "Lost his life in action in North African Area in the Service of his Country." Buried next to Raymond Leeper is Sallie D. Leeper 1886-1974, probably the mother mentioned in his obituary. Read the article about him being killed in action from the 1943 newspaper.

Willie LEGATE, 67, of New Albany, Ind., formerly of Clay, died suddenly at 9 p.m. Saturday according to news received Monday by his brother-in-law, G.G. PARKE, of Clay. Mr. Legate for a number of years was with West Kentucky Coal Company in Sturgis. Surviving are the wife, Mrs. Georgia Parke Legate; a daughter, Mrs. Vera Mabel CAMPBELL of Tulsa, Okla; two sons, Pittman Legate of Chicago and William Howard Legate, at home; two grandchildren and two sisters. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in New Albany and burial was there. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, August 14, 1952.

Mrs. Amanda LESLIE, 80, died at 1 p.m. Sunday at her home near Dixon. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Goebel DUNCAN, Smith Mills, and Mrs. H.F. Duncan, Dixon; four sons, Noah and Fred, Dixon, Roy of Smith Mills, and Byrd Leslie, of Sebree; twenty-four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday in the General Baptist church in Poole, with the Rev. C. J. CARROLL of Earlington in charge. Burial was in Shady Grove cemetery, Poole. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, December 17, 1942.

Miss Mattie Jo LESLIE, 20, died at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 29, at her home near Dixon. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Byrd Leslie, are the only survivors. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at the General Baptist Church in Poole, with the Rev. E.Y. LASLIE officiating. Burial was in Shady Grove cemetery, Poole. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, July 10, 1952.

Thomas Sidney LEWIS, 75, retired farmer, was killed instantly at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday when he was struck by a Reed Trucking Company truck while walking on KY 109, about four miles south of Providence in Hopkins county. Otis TRAVIS was the truck driver. At an inquest conducted by W.L. BARNETT, coroner of Hopkins county, a jury reported that the accident was unavoidable. It was brought out at the inquest that Lewis was standing on the highway talking to his brother-in-law, the Rev. Abe RICH, as the truck approached. Evidently becoming confused when he saw the truck, Lewis stepped in front of the truck. Every effort was made by the truck driver to avoid hitting Lewis, with the truck being swerved into a four-foot ditch,it was stated. Mr. Lewis is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Roy PARRISH of the Beulah neighborhood where he made his home; a son, Raymond Lewis who is in the Navy and stationed at Boston, Mass.; five sisters, Mrs. Abe Rich, Mrs. Henry LEEPER, and Mrs. Earl McGUYER, Providence, Mrs. Willie Rich, Beulah, and Mrs. Will LANSDEN, Hopkins county; one brother, Jim Lewis, near Dixon; and three grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are incomplete but the body will remain at the Melton Funeral Home until time for the funeral services. Providence Journal-Enterprise, Thursday, November 4, 1948.

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