Maggie <I>Whillock</I> Parton

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Maggie Whillock Parton

  • Birth 5 Aug 1903 Clinton, Laurens County, South Carolina, USA
  • Death 28 Apr 1929 Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 64881518

Killed in an accident at a railroad crossing, car/ train collision.

Both she and her husband and their three sons, James, Jessey, and Bub, were killed.

Article from the Gaston Gazette newspaper, dated 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.

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  • Added: 30 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64881518
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maggie Whillock Parton (5 Aug 1903–28 Apr 1929), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64881518, citing Hollywood Cemetery, Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by MJ (contributor 47044880) .