Easley, SC Boy Hit by Train, Apr 1957

An inquest into the death of Johnny Hooper 14 year old Easley boy who was killed when struck by a train last Friday, has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the Easley City Hall.

Young Hooper, the son of Mr. & Mrs. O. R. Hooper of 604 W 5th St., was instantly killed around 3:40 p.m. as he was crossing the tracks at the Chamber of Commerce Building.
He had just left a barber shop where he had got his hair cut, according to reports, and was heading accross the tracks to a feedstore to look at a lawn mower.
An eyewitness Ellis Owen of Rt.2, Pickens, said when he saw the victim, he was running and it looked like he was trying to beat the train accross.
Policeman Woodrow Nalley Quoted the trains engineer W.O. Couch as saying the boy was looking back over his shoulder. The engineer said he blew the whistle, but it was too late.
The youngster was struck by the cowcatcher and knocked 55ft., his body hitting a telephone pole.
The engineer No. 35, Washington to New Orleans, which does not stop in Easley, said the train was traveling about 25 miles and hour with the bell ringing and whistle blowing.
He said he applied emergency breaks immediately on seeing the youngster. The train, a two-diesel unit with nine coaches, traveled 1,033 feet from point of impact. Coroner Smith reported.
Mr. Smith said he planned to call as witnesses at the inquest, the engineer, the fireman John Crowley, Mr. Owen and one Easley policeman.
A jury empaneled at the scene is composed of R.B. Williams, Woodrow Nalley, Kenneth Holcombe, Jack Jameson, Gilbert McCall and Bobby Durham.

Funeral services were held at 5 p.m. Monday from the Robinson Funeral Home with Jehovah' s Witnesses ministers Gus Condus and B.H. Preston officiating. Burial was in the West View Cemetery. Pallbearers were Charles McAlister, Beattie Fincannon, Dennis Dalton, Tommy Lewis, Billy Ray Bolding and Ronald Nations. Surviving besides the parents are five brothers, Roosevelt Hooper of Spokane, Wash., Verlie V. Hooper of Greenville., Loyal L. Hooper of Charleston, Raymond Hooper of Detroit, Mich. , and Albert Hooper of the home; three sisters, Mrs. Vader Lee Hipps of Rt. 2, Wellford, Mrs. Willie Mae Vanconat of of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Carrie Lilly Rangos of Detroit, Mich.

Transcribed by Tammy Mellard Wheeler