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Fred Parton
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Birth: Oct. 18, 1902
Haywood County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Apr. 21, 1929
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA

Killed in an accident at a railroad crossing, car/train collision.
Fred, his young wife and their three sons, James, Jessie, and Bub, died in the crash.

Article in the Gaston Gazette newspaper, date April 22, 1929:

North Carolina counted ten dead and five injured today as the toll of two Sabbath automobile accidents.
Six of them died in Gastonia, where the Crescent Limited Passenger train of the Southern Railway smashed an automobile carrying two families from Mt. Holly, N.C. to the Loray mill district there.

Mr. and Mrs. J.D. McCurry, along with their child, were traveling in a car with Fred and Maggie Parton, along with their three young sons. Mr. McCurry , the driver,attempted to cross the railroad tracks, apparently oblivious to a watchman's attempts to stop him. Upon realizing the train was coming, apparently in a panic, he stalled the car. The young Mrs. McCurry saw the impending crash and she flung her young baby out of the car and out of harm's way. The impact flung all of the occupants out of the car.
Mrs. McCurry was pulled from the blazing wreckage, along with her baby, and they both survived. They had only minor injuries. All other died at the scene. The article describes a horrific scene.

Fred Parton was a employee at Loray Mill.
J.D. McCurry worked for Catawba Spinning Company.

The accident occurred at the railroad crossing near East Baptist Church, Gastonia, N.C.

Family links: 
  James Harrison Parton (1872 - 1949)
  Artie Elizabeth Cagle Parton (1882 - 1944)
  Maggie Whillock Parton (1903 - 1929)
  James Parton (1923 - 1929)*
  Bub Parton (1925 - 1929)*
  Jessie Parton (1927 - 1929)*
  Grady L Parton (1893 - 1926)*
  Fred Parton (1902 - 1929)
  Elsie Etta Parton Harding (1902 - 1968)**
  Noble Paul Parton (1905 - 1985)*
  Cora Lee Parton Owensby (1911 - 1972)*
  Paul Dement Parton (1919 - 1964)**
*Calculated relationship
Hollywood Cemetery
Gaston County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: MJ
Record added: Jan 30, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64880003
Fred Parton
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Fred Parton
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- MJ
 Added: Jan. 30, 2011

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