|Birth: ||Jan. 26, 1900|
|Death: ||Jul. 7, 1935|
James Carey Atteberry, 9th child of 16 children born to Thomas J. and Eveline Atteberry and husband to Ila Feltman Atteberry, died all too young at the age of 35 in a car/train accident, leaving wife and 4 (living) children behind.
"Five men of the Braggadocio community were killed Sunday afternoon on Highway 25 a short distance north of Dixie Park, near Kennett, when an automobile in which they were riding crashed into the Frisco "Moose" at a crossing. Four of the men were killed instantly, and the fifth died in an ambulance a few minutes later. The dead are J.C. (Carry) Atteberry, 36, driver of the automobile; John Farmer, 24, farmer; Wendell Davis, 25, farmer and ball player; T.J. (Tom) Bell, 48, Justice of the Peace; W.S. (Chubby) Atkins, 36, farmer.
At an inquest held at Kennett, three witnesses were examined, Bert McAdams, conductor on the motor train; W.H. Hargrave, engineer of the train, and C.E. Martin. Martin stated that he was in a filling station when he heard the train whistle. He looked out an open window and saw both the train approaching and the automobile, the latter coming at a rapid speed. Thinking that an accident could not be avoided, Martin said he watched the train and the automobile until they collided. A tree and slight depression in the road limited visibility at the crossing, it is said.
The engineer and conductor testified that the train had left Kennett for Hayti on time and was traveling between 30 and 35 miles an hour. Hargrave testified that as the train neared the crossing, he saw the automobile coming from the north and traveling at a speed he estimated at 75 miles an hour. He was unable to stop the train quickly enough, and the automobile crashed into the side of the motor train cab.
The automobile was completely demolished, the motor being thrown out and the rest of the car telescoped. The car was turned completely around. None of the five men were thrown out of the car, testimony revealed, but the impact was so severe that their faces were crushed against parts of the car, and several of them had broken arms and legs. With the exception of Atkins, all were dead when aid reached them, and he died before he could be moved to Kennett. The men were so badly battered that identification was difficult.
The automobile struck the train with such force that the batteries in the undercarriage of the motor car were torn out, a steel rod on the train broken, and some timbers splintered motorbus into Hayti. The damage to the motor car was estimated at $2,500 by Frisco officials at Hayti. None of the fifteen passengers on the train were injured.
The bodies of the victims were moved to the offices of the two undertaking establishments in Kennett pending the inquest and funeral arrangements.
Davis and the other member of the party were returning home from Campbell where Davis had pitched for the Campbell Chicks against Piggott, Ark., winning the game 2-1. Atterbury, owner of the automobile, a new Chevrolet sedan, was driving.
Atterberry is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ila Atteberry, and four children, Pauline, Gladys, Georgia and James. He is also survived by his father, Tom Atteberry, and one sister, Mrs. Vanner Panter of Blytheville, Ark., three brothers, Buster of Hornersville, Willie of Crona, Ala., and Gene of Flint, Mich.
Davis was interred in Little Prairie Cemetery while the bodies of Atteberry and Farmer were laid to rest in the Culp Cemetery near Braggadocio."
The Republican - Caruthersville, Missouri - Thursday, July 4, 1935
Thomas J Atteberry (1862 - 1939)
Evelyn Johnston Atteberry (1866 - 1923)
Ila J. Feltman Barnett (1904 - 1990)*
James Carey Atteberry (1931 - 1931)*
Jimmie Atteberry (1935 - 1935)*
Alford Lee Atteberry (1886 - 1969)*
Savanah Elizabeth Atteberry Panter (1887 - 1976)*
Francis Loudella Atteberry Gurley (1889 - 1984)*
Cordilla Estelle Atteberry Griffin (1891 - 1993)*
George Alson Atteberry (1892 - 1895)*
Anna Mae Atteberry Brown (1896 - 1971)*
Emma Jane Atteberry Junkins (1898 - 1966)*
James Carey Atteberry (1900 - 1935)
Lilbourn Louis Atteberry (1901 - 1959)*
Alice Myrtle Atteberry Carter (1903 - 1980)*
Ada Atteberry Shirley (1905 - 1991)*
Arrorey Victora Atteberry (1907 - 1907)*
Virdis Eugene Atteberry (1908 - 2003)*
Wilma Lucile Atteberry Smith (1911 - 1999)*
Thomas O. Atteberry (1911 - 1975)*
Maintained by: Deborah Hearn Dugdale
Originally Created by: wanda
Record added: Apr 01, 2010
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