|Birth: ||Apr. 12, 1923|
|Death: ||Dec. 10, 1952|
The son of Russell D. Durham and Mary Lee Potter, husband of Norma Jean, he was a World War II veteran, he worked for Missouri Power and Light Co., and died when he came in contact with a high voltage wire and received a fatal shock, according to his death certificate which was signed by his wife.
Moberly Monitor Index, Wed. Dec. 10, 1952-Front page
LINEMAN IS KILLED BY CONTACT WITH HIGH VOLTAGE LINE
Floyd (Potsy) Durham, 29, Injured Fatally as Steel Bar Hits Wire
Floyd Eugene (Potsy) Durham, 29 year old Missouri Power and Light lineman, died about 11:05 o'clock this morning following an accident in which he came in contact with 4,160 volts of electricity while working with a utility company crew south of the city limits of Moberly, Mo.
City firemen were called at 10:46 o'clock and they rushed the department's inhalator and artificial respiration applied by one of Durham's co-workers, did not revive him.
Durham, a World War II veteran, was pronounced dead upon arrival at Woodland Hospital, where he was taken by ambulance.
The foreman of the crew with which Durham was working, said no one saw exactly what happened. He presumed however, that a 12 foot steel bar being hoisted by Durham, came in contact with a wire.
He said the victim remained consious for a short time after the accident. hanging by his safety belt. Durham was lowered to the ground by 2 co-workers who were working above him on the pole.
The bar which was being hoisted up the pole was part of a control air-break switch, the foreman explained. When Durham reached for the bar, the lower end swung around and came in contact with the high-voltage line, the foreman believed.
The coroner conducing an investigation, said burns on the palms of the victim's hands bore out the foreman's opinion. The most severe burn was on the left hand. No negligence was found, the coroner said.
Durham was born in Moberly and lived here his entire life except for 3 1/2 years of Army service during World War II, six months of which were spent overseas. He had been employed by Missouri Power and Light Company for six years.
Surviving are his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Durham of Moberly; two brothers, Albert Durham of Wichita, Kas., and Richard Durham of Moberly; a grandmother, Mrs. Lola Kohler, Milwaukee, Wis., and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Potter of Renick.
Funeral services were at the Snow Funeral Home, burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Russell Duey Durham (1899 - 1990)
Mary Lee Potter Durham (1902 - 1974)
Floyd Eugene Durham (1943 - 1943)*
Albert Duey Durham (1921 - 2007)*
Floyd Eugene Durham (1923 - 1952)
Richard Lee Durham (1925 - 2013)*
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