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Democratic upon the implications him defeatist BECKLEY Minister With Slaying The Rev. M. H. Ball, Of Rock Creek, Is ,, After Wife Dies Of Shotgun Wounds, Man Says Fatal Wounding Was Accidental ; The Rev. M H. Ball, 35 pastor of the Mehtodist pal church at Hock Creek, was imprisoned at the jail early this morning charged with murder in conaecllojp? with the death of his wife, Mrs. Gay Ball, 29 years died of shot gun wounds yesterday afternoon at about o'clock. The Rev. Mr. Ball told a coroners jury, which examined the'-^ case at his home in Rock Creek:/! an hour or two after the.shooting;;'^f that his wife was fatally wounded^! when the gun discharged as sfaal^- was taking it from under 2 bed,\|; but "ranged his story while being3 questioned in the office of Prose*'-^ cuting Attorney W. A. Thornhill^ jr., last night explaining that he picked up the weapon to return'^ it to a neighbor^ from whom \bij'5i had borrowed it some time beforey-lf and the gun was accidentally dis~^l charged. An autopsy determined"^ the fact that Mrs. Ban had been^'i shot in the back. After a long session the ,,.,, ners jury decided that Ci Mrs,~3St§i did not take her own life." Questioning of the minister continued until almost 12:30 a. today when he was taken.to, county prison .and booked murder charge. Lieutenant Crawford and Sergeant M. M din. of Beckley post of the ,,_._ police, directed investigatib^FSfl the case and accompanied the·:ReT^ Mr. Ball to jail this morn the prosecuting attorney's the Memorial building. Lieutenant Crawford eut that there .vas'soi ancy in prisoners^ accounts .^,«. wife's sudden ceitfu explairJhpi onc e the minister said he'ai ""'"'''"' wife were walking near their when they saw a chicken flying overhead. It was.sa.^.. , Mrs. Ball returned to the house^foL get th= borrowed shot gUfi.fpr : uss!l in destroying the bird, but rTM.'wx*^ return to her husband ... when the weapon accidentally'disi^ charged .as she pulled it f------=·'-# der a bed. The state police officer Aged Local Man Dies Of Infirmities And Brief Attack Of Influenza Born At Prosperity Funeral sen-ices for Charles Joseph Hollandsxvorth, former assessor, who died at his home on West Neville street at 6:30 yesterday morning, of infirmities caused by his advanced age, complicated with an attack of influenza, wil be conducted by Dr. Ritchie Ware at the First Christian church at two o'clock Sunday afternoon. Burial will follow in Wild wood cemetery. Mr. Hol- was seventy-nine landsworth years old. A native of Raleigh county, he was born near Prosperity September 27, 1857. He resided in the county during his entire life. During his active years he was a stock farmer and served 12 years as assessor. Mr. Hollands worth moved to Beckley in 1906. For many years he was a prominent figure in the councils of the Democratic party in Raleigh county. He was a member of the Christain church practically all bis life. He is survived by the following xhildrerv : -French HoUandswor.th* Beckley; "Paul" Hollands worth,; Lundale; Claude Hoilaadsworth, Oak Hill: Mrs. Garriel Harvey,' Beckley, Mrs. W. L. Keyser, Kil- sythe; and Mrs. H. H. O'Neal of Oak HilL A brother, John Hollandsworth, the last survivor of the family of fourteen, lives at Winter Park Florida. Pallbearers were announced yesterday as follows: Active -- Jack Williams, Carl Toney, H. L. McCoy, Howard Meadows, William Cos, Ney Cald- weli, Paul Stanley and Crocket ^lullins. getting return it to its owner at'tEeTmlffi the trigger, snapped causing the.;full : -load" his wife's back. · The inquest gun charge had entered from the. back, just below the I shoulder. . ; ., -\ :: In view c-f the fact that she shot from the rear, the invesb'gat-^l ing officer said they decided ::,'5til would have, been a . physical- possibility for her to have, herself," even if she were rei ing the gun from beneath-the faed."^

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  1. Beckley Post-Herald,
  2. 06 Mar 1937, Sat,
  3. Page 1

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