Winfield, WV Auto Crash Kills Five, Dec 1957


High Point, N.C., Dec. 21 (AP) - The daughter of a furniture manufacturer philanthropist, her husband, and three of the four children of another couple were killed in a West Virginia highway wreck today on their way home to High Point for the Christmas holidays.
The victims:
MRS. JOSEPH P. DEAN, 21, daughter of Carson P. Stout, owner of Carsons, Inc., of High Point, one of the area's largest furniture manufacturers;
her husband, also 21, and three children of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie F. Harris.
Mr. and Mrs. Dean, and Harris, 36, were students at a furniture design school in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Three of the Harris children, MARSHALL, 8; MARYLIN, K., 10; and CHERYLE ELANIA, 12, were in the Dean's 1957 convertible.
The car had been following the Harris car throughout the night. The Harris' became concerned when they no longer saw the lights of the other car.
They went back to investigate and come upon the accident on State Rt. 17 near Winfield about 30 miles northwest of Charleston, W. Va.
The Dean car had collided with a tractor-trailer truck.
The DEANS were thrown some distance from the car. The children were crushed in the rear seat. They were not freed from the wreckage until more than four hours after the accident.
The driver of the truck was uninjured. His name was not available.
The mother of the dead children, MRS. AVA LORETTA HARRIS, 33, was hospitalized at South Charleston for shock.
Riding with the Harris's was their other child, LETHA, 2.
Police said it was believed MRS. DEAN was driving the convertible. They added that it appeared that the car ran off the highway, skidded on the shoulder, and then swerved back across the road into the path of the truck.
DEAN and his wife were first year students at the design school. She had attended Gardner Welsh College at Boiling Springs and Meredith College at Raleigh. He was a business administration student at the University of North Carolina before they enrolled at Grand Rapids.
MRS. DEAN leaves her parents, two brothers, Thomas and Darrell Stout, and a sister, Cathy, all of High Point.
Harris was known as an artist in this vicinity, and painted a number of church murals. He and his family lived between Albemarle and Oakboro before they moved to Grand Rapids for his design course. He was a second year student at the school. His mother is now Mrs. C. N. Davis, of High Point.
The bodies will be brought to High Point. Funeral services were being arranged.

Florence Morning News South Carolina 1957-12-22