I don’t work on my husband’s side of the family all that much because he has absolutely no interest in genealogy whatsoever but he does tolerate my obsession with it so I guess that’s something. I decided to work on his family a bit and he told me that his great-uncle Jimmy died in a car wreck. He said he remembered it clearly. I found Jimmy’s obituary and this is what it says:
James W. Young
APPLING, Ga. - James William Young, 69, died in an Augusta hospital Sunday after an extended illness. Funeral services will be conducted at Lewis Memorial Methodist Church in Columbia County Wednesday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Robert Boyd officiating assisted by the Rev. W.L. Buffington. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Young was a native of Columbia County. He was retired and a member of the Hollow Creek Baptist Church in Aiken, S.C. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. G. S. Lewis, Martinez and a number of nieces and nephews.1
Well that posed a bit of a problem. There is a big difference between dying in a wreck and dying after an extended illness. My husband was a kid at the time so maybe he remembered it wrong. I ordered Jimmy’s death certificate to find out.
Well there you go. My non-genealogist husband did remember the events correctly. No clue why the paper got it wrong.
1 "James W. Young," The Augusta Chronicle, 06 December 1966, p. 5, col. 2.
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