|Death: ||Jan. 26, 1926|
THE LAST HANGING IN MUSCOGEE COUNTY
Howard Underwood was as salesman for McNess products. He lived in the small community of Pottersville, Georgia. Pottersville is near Butler, in Taylor County. Howard Underwood was married and had nine children. On Decemnber 3, 1923 Howard Underwood was murdered by Gervis Bloodworth and Willie Jones who were cousins.
Mr. Underwood picked up Bloodworth and Jones near the town of Ideal, Georgia. They needed a ride and money. They were running away to Florida along with two women. One of the women happened to be Willie's Brother's wife.Mr. Underwood was shot in the head while driving. Willie and Gervis left the truck along with Mr. Underwood's body along a road near the Flint River.
The Trial was moved from Taylor County to Muscogee County. On January 20, 1926 Gervis and Willie were hung in the Muscogee County Prison. But not before they became Christians and begged fo their lives, saying they could help others in prison. You can't help but wonder where their compassion and mercy were when it came to the life of Howard Underwood. The two are buried in Girrard Cemetery in Alabama. There are two separate caskets, but only one grave. It is in the plot of Fullerton. That was Gervis's Mom's second husband's last name. The odd thing is the marker is in the name of Willie Jones.
By 1926 Electrocution was the means of execution in Georgia. Willie and Gervis were hung because in 1923 the time of the murder and first trial the means of execution was hanging.
Created by: George S. Ellington
Record added: Sep 14, 2009
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