|Death: ||Aug. 13, 1926|
Vince Walls Is Killed When Struck By Auto
Young Bedford Man, Born in Smithville, Meets Death While on Motor-Cycle – Hit By Car He Didn’t See and Skull is Crushed.
There was a fatal and especially pathetic accident at Bedford late Friday when Vince Walls, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Walls, aged 20, while on a motorcycle was struck by an auto which he failed to see, his skull was crushed and he died a few hours later. A brief funeral service was conducted at the Walls home Sunday at 1 o’clock after which the remains were taken to the Harrodsburg Methodist church, where the funeral was conducted by the Rev. Raeborn at 2 o’clock followed by burial in the Harrodsburg cemetery.
The young man had been in a store a short time before the mishap and had permitted the proprietor to ride the cycle down the Dixie and back, who said he could not get the machine to shift in high and Vince started out at full speed driving south on the Dixie without taking the precaution of seeing if the road was clear. A. B. Derry, bond salesman of the J. F. Wild bank of Indianapolis, was coming into the city from the south just in time for the motorcycle to crash into the front end of his car, he not noticing the motorcycle until an instant before the crash.
The car was thrown on the cement road, Walls falling on his head crushing his skull. He was taken to the Dunn hospital and all that was possible in medical science was done to relieve him, but he never regained consciousness and died at 8:40. While Mr. Derry was not injured and is held blameless he was almost overcome with horror because of the accident. The motorcycle was badly damaged, the front being apparently junked.
Young Walls was born in Smithville, Monroe county, but soon the family moved to Bedford and received his education in the city schools, having been graduated from the high school with 1926 class. While he had finished his high school work in the mid-winter he was busily engaged in a correspondence course in electricity, receiving his diploma in the early summer. While small of statue and of a quiet disposition he had a strain of adventure in him for he was ever performing stunts on his bicycle and later on the motorcycle that excited the wonder of spectators. He is survived by the parents, two brothers and two sisters, Jesse and Guy Walls, Miss Martha Walls of Bedford and Mrs. Minnie Obey of Hutchinson, Ill. The father is employed in Bloomington when the fatal message called him home.
[Bloomington Daily Telephone, August 16, 1926, page 1, column 1]
WALLS BURIED IN MONROE CO.
Prominent Bedford Young Man Who Was Killed By Auto is Laid to Rest at Harrodsburg.
Funeral services for Luther Vincon Walls, 20-year-old son of Mrs. Margaret Walls, at Bedford who succumbed at the Dunn hospital Saturday night to injuries five hours earlier when a motorcycle he was riding collided with an automobile, details of which were given in The Telephone yesterday, were conducted Sunday afternoon and were largely attended.
Short services were first conducted from the residence at 1 o’clock by Rev. Raborn, pastor of the First Baptist church and a quartette of Mrs. Robert Murray, Mrs. Everett Asbell, Miss Gwendolyn Asbell and Miss Helene Williams sang two hymns, “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere,” and “Rock of Ages.”
The funeral party at the close of this service accompanied the remains to Harrodsburg where final services were conducted by Rev. Raborn at 2:30 from the Methodist church. At this service a quartet of Mrs. Robert Murray, Miss Francis Hutton, Jess Pace and Rev. Rayborn sang “It is Well With My Soul,” “Jesus Savior Pilot Me” and “Lead Kindly Light.” Many lovely floral designs were in evidence and these were cared for by Misses Mary Spoonmore, May Line, Rachael and Rhoda Jones, Helen and Lola Ray and Mrs. Frank McDaniel. Pall bearers were all close friends – Wayne Chapman, Ernest Todd, Ralph Chilton, Frank Brown and James Askew. The body was laid in its final resting place in Harrodsburg cemetery at the conclusion of the church service. Mr. and Mrs. Obey Hutchinson, of Newman, Ill., the latter a sister of the deceased, were here for the funeral.
[Bloomington Daily Telephone, August 17, 1926, page 3, column 2]
John D. Walls (1860 - 1935)
Margarett Jane Zike Walls (1870 - 1932)
Jesse M. Walls (1901 - 1994)*
Luther Vincon Walls (1905 - 1926)
Martha Melinda Walls Rabe (1908 - 1974)*
Clover Hill Cemetery
Plot: R 1, Blk 8
GPS (lat/lon): 39.01539, -86.5454
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