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DIXIE FLYERS AERIAL CIRCUS CRASH IN FAYETTEVILLE, TN; 27 APRIL 1930: VICTIMS & OTHERWISE
A Virtual Cemetery created by: The Mikado, et al.
Description: This is a way to "colocate" the people who were killed as the result of accident or negligence in Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee on 27 April 1930, as well as any of the flyers or other participants. The terrible tragedy is directly associated with an American Legion-sponsored air show (adjacent to the Lincoln County Fairgrounds) that featured Captain Albertus "Al" Gombert's "Dixie Flyers Aerial Circus"...and which went completely awry. It was said spectators had been warned away from a railroad embankment, but several were there anyway and, once the plane unexpectedly dove some 80 feet, it crashed into the the crowd, resulting in massive carnage. The debate afterwards centered on whether the crash was a mere accident and the result of wind shear OR whether, as was rumored, the 18-year-old pilot, Milton Phelps Covert, was attempting to buzz the crowd who'd refused to heed the warnings. Felix Campbell, a spectator whose family had been injured, claimed the pilot had flown too low and clipped a telephone wire (investigators later found a piece of the wire attached to the plane). Most of those who died were killed immediately; for a few others, there was little hope. The final count was six killed immediately (four decapitated, two crushed), with three fatally injured. Four members of the Ortner family were injured and little Nannie May, along with Rose Counts, had "little hope held" for her recovery, but they survived. The same can be said for Claude Copeland, who at first was not expected to live. (Created July/August 2012)
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Ashby, Marvin C. 69730468
b. Feb. 2, 1914 d. Apr. 27, 1930
Waid-Ashby Cemetery
Mimosa
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
Beard, Boone 87760939
b. Oct. 12, 1915 d. Apr. 27, 1930
Sandlin Cemetery
Camargo
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
Bonner White, Rufus Wade 94570519
b. Mar. 5, 1921 d. Apr. 27, 1930
Rose Hill Cemetery
Fayetteville
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
Campbell, Felix Monroe 29096466
b. Oct. 3, 1876 d. Mar. 12, 1945
Maple Hill Cemetery
Huntsville
Madison County
Alabama, USA
Campbell, Lela Nicklus Campbell 94304808
b. Dec. 9, 1882 d. Jul. 9, 1950
Maple Hill Cemetery
Huntsville
Madison County
Alabama, USA
Copeland, Claude Vernon 77794580
b. Dec. 24, 1900 d. Apr. 1, 1989
Woodhaven Memorial Garden...
Claxton (Anderson County)
Anderson County
Tennessee, USA
Covert, Alma Lee Johnson 94780580
b. Dec. 7, 1905 d. Dec. 3, 2000
Oak Hill Cemetery
Kingsport
Sullivan County
Tennessee, USA
Covert, Milton Phelps 103560703
b. Nov. 14, 1909 d. Feb. 1, 1969
Oak Hill Cemetery
Kingsport
Sullivan County
Tennessee, USA
Douthit, James Monroe 94569076
b. Mar. 2, 1853 d. Apr. 29, 1930
Shiloh Cemetery
New Dellrose
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
Gombert, Albert 24149550
b. Feb. 11, 1900 d. Sep. 30, 1970
Lenoir City Cemetery
Lenoir City
Loudon County
Tennessee, USA
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Grizzell, Rose Counts 77690997
b. Feb. 28, 1905 d. Jul. 19, 1992
Flintville Cemetery
Flintville
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
Hearlston, Jasper G 50644911
b. Feb. 1, 1897 d. Apr. 28, 1930
Beaver Moore Cemetery
Vanntown
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
Marberry, Jackson Monroe "Jackie" 88792502
b. Jun. 28, 1894 d. Apr. 27, 1930
Prospect Cemetery
Fayetteville
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
McCown, Verline "Linnie" McAlister 21154705
b. Apr. 7, 1906 d. Jun. 21, 1999
Macedonia Cemetery
Skinem
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
Pool, John Allen 102191263
b. Oct. 1, 1882 d. Jan. 13, 1955
Riverview Memorial Garden...
Fayetteville
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
Rhea, Mark W. 45185906
b. 1887 d. 1940
Mulberry Cemetery
Mulberry
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
Smith, James Lawrence 58420317
b. 1903 d. Apr. 27, 1930
Kirkland Chapel Cemetery
Taft
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
Spray, Hurley Horton 13064393
b. Oct. 23, 1906 d. Apr. 27, 1930
Sandlin Cemetery
Camargo
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
Stiles, Carl R. 111676066
b. Aug. 15, 1911 d. Nov. 19, 1986
Flintville Cemetery
Flintville
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
Towry, Harlan Kelley 74380232
b. Mar. 22, 1901 d. Apr. 27, 1930
Pleasant Grove Cemetery
Skinem
Lincoln County
Tennessee, USA
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