TENNESSEE, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1927
SHOOTING FRAY CLIMAXES
AGED FAMILY DISPUTE
Two of Frazier Family Dead;
Slayer is Held
By JQHN M. OLIVER Staff Correspondent
CITY, Va., Sept. 21.—A dispute, lasting over a period of ten years, was
ended yesterday afternoon with one of the most tragic shootings in the
history of Scott county.
Creed Frazier, sheriff of this county from 1920 to 1924, and his son Will
Frazier, are dead, and John Barnett, confessed slayer of the two, is being
held under close watch in the county jail here.
Will Frazier was killed instantly when
Barnett raised his high-powered 45.90 Winchester rifle and fired. Creed
Frazier received a mortal wound through the breast as Barnett shot again,
and died at 12:30 o'clock last night in the King's Mountain Memorial
Hospital at Bristol. Barnett surrendered to Sheriff Charles Palmer at the
river bridge at Speers Ferry, three miles from
of the shooting on the A. M. Irvin farm.
Joint funeral for the two Fraziers will be
held from the home of Creed Frazier near Daniel Boone Yard, west of Gate
City, at two o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Rev. W. H. Graybeal, Rev. J. B.
Craft and Rev. John Gulley, will be in charge of the services.
Interment will follow in a cemetery near the
bearers and flower bearers have not yet been named.
The body of the elder Frazier was removed to his home there about two
o'clock this morning. His
son's body was also taken there where they both lie in peaceful rest while
numbers of friends of the two men are gathered about the home.
Barnett, lodged in a very secure cell of
the jail, has not been questioned
surrender yesterday afternoon. His fear of mob violence was apparently the
reason for his surrender. The Fraziers were well known throughout this
section and their deaths have caused a profound shock to their many
Events leading up to the shooting thus far
have not been definitely
Sheriff Palmer today was in the vicinity of the shooting, conducting an
investigation into the affair.
The immediate cause of the trouble is said
to have been a dispute
timber purchase. John Frazier,
son of Creed and younger brother of Will, stated that Barnett appeared at
the saw mill operated by the Fraziers yesterday morning and threatened to
kill Creed and Will. Later, however,
Frazier, another son of Creed Frazier attempted to effect a reconciliation
between Barnett and his relatives and the three, Roy, Will and Creed, were
going to see Barnett when the latter's bullets stopped them.
Will Frazier was shot in the back, possibly
in turning to run when told to do so by his father. Creed Frazier was shot
just over the heart, the bullet penetrating the left lung and coming out
under the left shoulder blade. He bled to death, it is thought, there
being no possibility of stopping the internal
Barnett, in his brief statements to Sheriff
Palmer yesterday, said that the Fraziers were armed although this has
never been definitely proved. Thinking that they were coming to kill him,
he fired, he said and stopped only when Roy pleaded with him, Roy saying
that he had been trying ,to keep down trouble all day.
First reports of the affair stated that
Mahone Frazier, Creed's brother, had been killed also, but it later
developed that he was in the woods cutting timber at the time.
Barnett is 29 years of age. He is the son of Tom Barnett and has a
wife, formerly Lola Sloan, and several children.