|Death: ||Jun. 24, 1950|
The Anderson Herald
DEATH OF INFANT BOOSTS TOLL IN CRASH TO THREE
Burns and injuries sustained in a three-car collision on State Road 9, three miles north of here, in which her parents were burned to death, proved fatal to Rebecca Ann, eight month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur C. Anthony, 1747 Meridian Street, yesterday morning at 3 o'clock. The child died at St. John's hospital three hours after the tradegy.
Mr. Anthony, age 26, and his wife Amy Jane, age 28, perished in the flames when they were trapped in the burning automobile after it had overturned following the collision.
Drivers of the other two cars involved in the collision were Grover C. Pruitt Jr., age 23, 2918 Central Avenue, and Ralph King, age 32, Orestes. Triple funeral services for the victims will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Albright funeral home be the Rev. S.J. Roberts, pastor of the Columbus Avenue Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be in East Maplewood Cemetery.
King and two companions riding with him, George King, age 36, Orestes, a brother, and Lloyd Ferguson, age 24, R.R. 3, Alexandria, suffered slight injuries and were treated at St. John's Hospital. Pruitt escaped injury.
Ralph King suffered injuries of the face, George King was hurt about the knees and Ferguson sustained facial lacerations. The Anthony infant and Ferguson were taken to St. John's hospital in the Harold E. Rozelle ambulance. The child was thrown from the car and was found about 25 feet from the wreckage.
Investigating the tragedy were State Troopers George Allen, Robert Adams and Robert Stewart, all of the Pendleton post; Sheriff Joe L. Brogdon, Coroner George Albright, Deputy Coroner Roy Davis and city police. Fire Company No. 5, under the direction of Capt. Herb Johnson were summoned to the scene and extinguished the flames. Officials stated that the wreck occurred several hundred yards south of the Drive-In Theatre and the theatre had been closed for some time when the cars collided. City firemen were assisted in their efforts by Jack Moore and Paul Mavity, employees of the Bontrager Construction Company, who provided water from a pressure tank used by the firm in construction of highways.
According to investigating officers, Ralph King told them he swerved off the highway in efforts to avoid a collision and that his car was sideswiped in the wreck. He said the Anthony car was overturned and burst into flames after being struck by the Pruitt vehicle. King, according to witnesses, rushed to the blazing car and climbed on the side of the vehicle in an effort to open a door and pull Mrs. Anthony to safety. He said he heard the woman scream. King was dragged from the burning machine by witnesses who said he was in danger of being enveloped by the flames. Mr. and Mrs. Anthony were natives of Anderson and had attended local schools. They were married in 1949. Mr. Anthony was employed as a foreman with the Building and Home Termite Control Company. Mrs. Anthony was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.
Mrs. Anthony is survived by her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Seib, 825 Lafayette Street; a brother, Earl Whitinger, at the same address; two sisters, Mrs. Adrine Hiday and Miss Norma Jean Whitinger, Ventura, Calif., and several aunts and uncles.
Mr. Anthony is survived by his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Ora Virgil Anthony, 2612 Fowler Street; four sisters, Mrs. Juanita Hewitt, Mrs. Mary Louise Parker, Mrs. Mildred Biddle and Mrs. Carmel Burnell, all of Anderson.
Wilbur Charles Anthony (1926 - 1950)
Rebecca Ann Anthony (1949 - 1950)*
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