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Byrl Dewey Ashlin
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Birth: May 20, 1899
Sugar Grove
Smyth County
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 2, 1947
Mercer County
West Virginia, USA

Authorities are continuing their investigation into the gunshot death of Dewey Ashlin, 49-year-old father of eight children of Yards, Va., who was found dead in his own taxicab at Coopers, W. Va., about 9 o'clock Tuesday night, in what officers termed the result of a triangle love affair. Ashlin's car was found in a hollow about 100 yards off the main highway at Coopers. No arrests have been made by officers', although several persons were questioned throughout Tuesday night, yesterday and last night. Police Chief W. F. Shumate of Pocahontas, Va., who was in on the investigation with West Virginia officers, said Ashlin had been shot through the head by a German Luger pistol, which, with the empty cartridge, was found in the taxicab. Shumate said the bullet entered the man's head and came out the left forehead. Chief Shumate said he was informed that Ashlin and his brother, Gilbert, of Bluefield, W. V., were friends of the same girl at Coopers. Shumate said the girl told him that Dewey Ashlin came to her home Tuesday night and tooted the horn, and that she went out and talked with him. She related, Shumate said, that Dewey asked her for a date and that she refused. Then she said Dewey told her he "would end it all." The police chief quoted the girl as saying she "guessed he would just have to end it all" because she couldn't have the date with him; that his brother was a single man and that Dewey should go back to his wife and children. She turned then, and started back up the walk to the home, she told officers. Before she reached the front door, she heard a shot. The girl, who was not identified by the officers, related that she and some of her family then went to get Dewey's brother and they called the officers. Mrs. Ashlin, wife of the deceased, learned only yesterday morning that her husband was dead. She knew nothing of the events of Tuesday night until officers went to the home yesterday morning to question her. From her, the officers learned that she had not seen her husband since Tuesday morning when he left home to come to Bluefield to borrow money. She said he took the deed to the home in order to obtain the loan so he could buy out his brother's part in a taxicab business they owned together. Chief Shumate said he had the deed on his person at the lime he was found, and that he had a sum of money, he did not know the exact amount. She said he seemed to be worried when he left home and that when she questioned him about it, he replied that he "hoped she'd never find out" what was wrong, Chief Shumate said. In addition to the partnership cab business Dewey had his own taxi business, operating out of Pocahontas, Chief Shumate said. West Virginia state police at Princeton, the Mercer County sheriff's office and the prosecuting attorney still are conducting an investigation, according to Cpl. M. C. Yoak of the state police detachment. Chief Shumate said experts on powder burns were called and that the investigators talked with Chief Arnold Porterfield in Bluefield. The body was taken to the Pocahontas Union Funeral home at Pocahontas, but funeral arrangements have not been made as yet, pending the arrival of a son in the state of Washington. This is the second violent death in the Coopers-Simmons area in less than a week. An ex-soldier was shot and killed with a German Luger at the Simmons pool room on Thanksgiving Day. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph, December 4, 1947, Page 1]

Funeral services for Byrl Dewey Ashlin, 49, of Yards, Va., who was found dead Tuesday night of a gunshot wound in the head in his taxicab near Coopers, W. Va., will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Midway Methodist church at Yards. The Rev. Mr. Foote will be in charge, with the Rev. Mr. Bowden of Bluefield, assisting. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Mr. Ashlin was born in Smyth County, Va., May 29, 1898 (incorrect). He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Ashlin, both of whom preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Margie Lee Grogan, and eight children; Mrs. Charles Noland, Chesapeake City, Md.; Mrs. Joseph Baum, Takoma Park, Md.; Pfc. A. Robert Ashlin, 20, overseas; Everett W., 17; Nellie H., 14; Byrl, Jr., 12; Ollie Marie, 9, and Bruce E., 1 year and 10 months: also two sisters and five brothers: Mrs. Ollie M. Gilliam, Bluefield-Princeton road; Mrs. Adam Leontuk, Landgraff; Floyd, Princeton; Walter and Gilbert of Bluefield-Princeton road; Samuel Ted, Rockford, Ill., and Marvin J., of Yards. Two brothers, Garland D. and Louis E., and a sister, Mrs. Bessie Noel, preceded him in death. Mr. Ashlin was a member of the U.M.W.A. and the Knights of Pythias Lodge No. 60, Pocahontas, Va. Pythias will serve as pallbearers and flower bearers will be the Sunday school class of the Midway church at Yards. [Bluefield Daily Telegraph, December 6, 1947, Page 2]

Gladys Carter, 19-year-old daughter of a coal miner at Coopers, was held today on a murder charge in the fatal shooting of a taxi cab driver whose body was found in his cab last Tuesday night, Sheriff Perry L. Dye reported. Her arrest, Dye said, followed an investigation of the death of Byrl Dewey Ashlin, 49, of Yards, Va., who owned a taxi company at Pocahontas, Va. Ashlin's body was sprawled in the front seat of the car parked near the Carter home at Coopers, 10 miles west of Bluefield. Officers said he died of a single bullet wound. An automatic revolver was in the seat. Dye said the girl, upon questioning, told officers that Ashlin came to her house and she refused him a date, leaving him when he intimated he was going to kill himself. Miss Carter related that as she walked toward her house, she heard a shot from the car, Dye added. The warrant for her arrest was sworn out by Mrs. Audrie Baum, one of Ashlin's six children. [Charlston Gazette, December 12, 1947, Page 12]
Family links: 
  William German Ashlin (1862 - 1946)
  Willie Anna Lyon Ashlin (1868 - 1945)
  Floyd Campbell Ashlin (1886 - 1962)*
  Lewis E Ashlin (1893 - 1946)*
  Byrl Dewey Ashlin (1899 - 1947)
*Calculated relationship
Woodlawn Cemetery
Mercer County
West Virginia, USA
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Byrl Dewey Ashlin
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