|Birth: ||Mar. 15, 1890|
|Death: ||Nov. 20, 1943|
Obituary read: "In ill health for some time, Mrs. Fern Dunavan apparently ended her own life with a .32 caliber revolver about 6 A.M. Saturday at her farm home northeast of Danville on Poland Road according to Coroner John D. Cole.
The woman, 53, was the wife of Willis Dunavan, tenant of the farm of Judge Casper Platt near the Illinois-Indiana state line. Husband heard shot - Coroner Cole, who with Sheriff William E. Wayland and Deputy Sheriff Robert Mead, investigated the shooting, said that the husband told them he had got up and built a fire in the kitchen range and had then called to his wife. About that time he heard a report of a gun and entering the bedroom found his wife's body in bed.
The bullet had entered the right temple, apparently causing instant death. Mr. Dunavan went to the home of a neighbor to call the authorities and report the tragedy. The Dunavans had resided on the Platt farm for nine years.
Coroner Plans Inquiry - Coroner Cole said he would hold an inquiry into the death. In addition to the husband, Mrs. Dunavan is survived by six children: Mrs. Opal Jones, Covington Route 2; Mrs. Mildred Richards, Danville; Ralph Dunavan, Kingman, Indiana; Mrs. Iva Chrisman, Alvin Rout 1; Mrs. Eva Story, Danville; and Betty Lue Dunavan at home. Also surviving are Mrs. Dunavan's mother, Mrs. Molly Hays of Perrysville, and two sisters, Mrs. Rella Depriest, Danville and Mrs. Stella Collins, Evansville, as well as six grandchildren.
Mrs. Dunavan was born at Clinton, Indiana, March 14, 1890, daughter of Albert and Molly McBee. Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Monday at Union Corner Church with the pastor officiating, after a short funeral services at the home at 1 P.M. Burial will be in the Niccum Cemetery, near Perrysville, with Shelby Funeral Home of Covington in charge."
Albert Francis McBee (1859 - 1925)
Mary Jane Young Hayes (1862 - 1947)
Willis Dunavan (1886 - 1944)
Opal Bertha Dunavan Jones-Dice (1906 - 2003)*
Mildred Agnes Dunavan Sydes (1908 - 1994)*
Ralph Willis Dunavan (1912 - 1994)*
Iva Estella Dunavan Chrisman (1914 - 1987)*
Eva Marie Dunavan Story (1917 - 2007)*
Betty Lou Dunavan Weller (1925 - 2011)*
Estella O. McBee Collins (1887 - 1966)*
Zerba Fern McBee Dunavan (1890 - 1943)
Aurella Florence McBee Dupriest (1891 - 1982)*
Created by: Lesa Epperson
Record added: May 12, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7435339