Princeton, IN Kings Mine Coal Mine Shaft Explosion, July 1948 - Funerals planned
Bodies Are Claimed
Bodies of eight of the dead, after being claimed by relatives from the armory which Coroner Charles Cooper set up as an emergency morgue, were taken to the Colvin and Son funeral home.
At the Colvin establishment were the remains of Giles Hillis, John Shaw, Joseph Miller, William DeCoursey, Pat McCannon, Ray Williams, Elgie Malone, and Ebert Stapleton.
Funeral arrangements for two of the victims had been completed last night.
Services for Joseph Miller, 49, Princeton, will be held at 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Church of God. Rev. John L. Magness will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows cemetery.
Surviving are the wife, Helen, three daughters, Jo Anna, Carol and Lynn, a son, John; three sisters, Mrs. Tim Davis and Mrs. Galen Sloan, of Princeton, and Mrs. Everett Kirby, of Kokomo.
Ray Williams Rites
Last rites for Ray Williams, 52, will be held at :30 o'clock [sic] Saturday afternoon at the Colvin and Son funeral home. Dr. L. C. Jeffrey will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows cemetery, Benton, Ill.
He is survived by the wife, Gladys; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Hayes, of Evansville; a son, Paul R., of Dallas, Tex.; three sons, Claude, of Benton, Ill.,and Dewey and Avda, of Gallatia, Ill.; a sister, Mrs. Floyd Cotton of Gallatia, and a grandchild.
Survived by Wife
The body of Floyd Walter Church, 34, Oakland City, was removed to the Lamb funeral home there.
He is survived by the wife, Norma; a daughters, Dixie Lee; a son, Thomas Ray; parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Church; five brothers, Porter, Ellis and Oliver of Petersburg, and Ralph and Don of Jellico, Tenn.; and two sisters, Mrs. Esther Ellis, of Jellico, and Mrs. Elsie Edwards, of Evansville.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
The bodies of two other victims are at the Corn and Reed funeral home at Oakland City.
They are Herman Charles Moore, 33 [or 55], Buckskin, and Leon (Les) Bush, 51, Oakland City.
Mr. Moore is survived by the wife Gladys; seven children, Mrs. Joyce Nelson, Somerville and Nina Lee, Lois May, Laura Jo, Charles William, Herman Newley and Earl Edward at home; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Moore, of Evansville; four brothers, Raymond and Dorris of Evansville. Iron. of Stanley and Sam of Chandler, and a sister, Mrs. Evelyn Grismon, of Evansville.
Mr. Bush is survived by the wife, Josephine; two daughters, Mrs. Bernice Lawson of Brazil, and Mrs. Marie Steel, of St. Louis, Mo.; two brothers, Eugene and Elwood of Velpen, and five sisters.
Funeral arrangements are not completed in either case.
Evansville Courier and Press, Evansville, IN 28 Jul 1948