The Minden (Louisiana) Herald (July 26, 1956)
L.P. Wren, 85, Buried In Services Held Today
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. this morning at Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home Chapel for L.P. Wren, 85-year-old prominent businessman who died Tuesday from injuries sustained in a Villa Rica, Georgia accident.
Officiating at the services were the Rev. W. Spencer Wren, a nephew who is pastor of the St. Luke's Methodist Church in New Orleans, and the Rev. Dan Robinson, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Minden.
Burial was in the Pine Grove Cemetery, near Minden, under the direction of Green-Kleinegger Funeral Home of Minden.
Mr. Wren, owner of Wren Mercantile Co., 203 South Broadway, died at 7:05 Tuesday morning in the Villa Rica City Hospital of injuries received in an accident occurring Monday afternoon.
Hospital authorities there said he died of internal injuries, fractures of both ankles, severe bruises and lacerations. His wife, Mrs. Frances Webb Wren, 70, suffered bruises and lacerations of the body and face. She was released from the Villa Rica hospital late Tuesday and flown back to Louisiana early Wednesday morning. Mrs. Wren arrived in Shreveport by plane at 11:40 a.m. yesterday and is now at home on Kirby Place.
The Villa Rica unit of the state patrol said the Wren car ran off the shoulder of the road and went out of control when the accident occurred. The vehicle struck an abutment of Hixon's bridge 2.1 miles west of Villa Rica on U.S. Highway 78 about 4:30 p.m. Monday.
The car, driven by Mrs. Wren, was completely demolished. Police reported that the couple were on their way to South Carolina for a short vacation.
Highway 78 is the main route from Atlanta to Birmingham and is considered to be one of the most dangerous highways in the state. A statewide move is now on in Georgia to get the road improved.
No other vehicles were involved in the accident and the Wrens were reported to be traveling only about 45 miles per hour at the time of the wreck.
Villa Rica is about 40 miles west of Atlanta.
Mr. Wren was born in Pine Grove Community near here and spent most of his adult life in Minden. He attended school at Pine Grove and Smith's Military School at Arcadia. He had been in business for 62 years and in the late 1920's and early 1930's was a partner in the Burnett-Wren and Turner mercantile store. His partners were W.T. Burnett and A.D. Turner.
Wren Mercantile was established under its present organization in 1934, but was first established in October, 1894 as the J.M. Miller Company, by Mr. Wren's father, himself, two members of the Miller family and W.T. Burnett.
Mr. Wren's father, G.L.P. Wren came from Macon County, Georgia in 1930 (note: misprint... they came to Louisiana in the 1850s) where he died in 1901. His mother, Ellen Carr Wren, was born in South Carolina. She died in 1940.
Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Wren were married on Nov. 12, 1913. Mrs. Wren came from Denver, Colorado where her father was one of the first settlers.
Mr. Wren taught school for a year in Vermillion parish in 1891 and the following year he worked in the U.S. Customs House in New Orleans as deputy collector. He trained for the Spanish American War but saw no actual service.
Mr. Wren was recognized by fellow businessmen and citizens of Minden in 1948 as being the oldest merchant in the city from the standpoint of age as well as length of time in business.
At one time Mr. Wren served as chairman of the board of stewards at the First Methodist church. He was an honorary member of the official board there. In former years he was active in Minden civic affairs.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Webb; one brother, Dr. F.C. Wren, Winnfield; and several nieces and nephews.
Thanks to Yon Hafer for obituary and correction
Frances Webb Wren
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