Scott County Historical Society
Scott County, Virginia
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Times, Kingsport Tennessee,
By JOHN M. OLIVER
CITY, Va., Sept. 23—Attended by a throng estimated variously at between
two and three thousand persons-testifying to the popularity of the two men
and the interest that has been aroused over the killings, final rites for
Creed and Will Frazier, father and son, who met death at the hands of John
Barnett three miles west of Clinchport, Va. Tuesday afternoon, were said
yesterday afternoon at the home of Creed Frazier, near Daniel Boone Yard,
about four miles west of Gate City. In
separate loftings, the
the two men were lowered into the same grave on a hillside several hundred
The crowd at the funeral was considered the
largest to ever attend a funeral in this section. Nearly 1,000
automobiles, forming a line approximately two miles long, were parked on
either side of the road in the vicinity of the home. Many of the residents
of the surrounding community came afoot. There were people from throughout
Scott, Lee and Wise Counties, Va., and Sullivan County, Tenn.
In charge of the services were Rev. Jas.
Gilley, of Bulls Gap, Tenn., Rev.
The two caskets in which reposed the bodies of the two men were placed on the veranda of the Frazier home while the immense throng passed by and took final views of the victims of Barnett’s gun. Approximately an hour was required for the long line to pass by and still there were some who did not view the remains.
At the close
of the services, the caskets were carried to the grave on the hill where
they were interred. Both caskets were banked with a profusion of
floral offerings, the final tributes of friends of the dead men.
Creed Frazier was 48 years of age. From 1920 to 1924, sheriff of Scott
Will Frazier was 26 years of age. He leaves a widow and five children
Barnett in Jail
Barnett, the confessed slayer of the two,
awaits further action in the county jail here. His attorney has not as yet
been named. Commonwealth's
It is possible that the case will be
D u e to the profound grief of the Frazier families and the feeling which
has not entirely subsided, further action will be held off until next
week. Barnett is being held in a secure cell of the jail but no
special guard, is being kept over him. Sheriff Palmer commented on
Barnett's excellent behavior. He
is 29 years of, age, married and has two children. His father, Tom
Barnett, is making arrangements for a defense attorney in the case.