Great Grandpa Death

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Great Grandpa Death - Rural Resident Dies Of Accidental Rifle Shot A....
Rural Resident Dies Of Accidental Rifle Shot A. rifle shot fired by a 14-year old youth Sunday morning apparently apparently resulted in the death of D. H. (Deck) Smith, 83-year old resident of the Honey Hill community. Officials say the shot was apparently apparently fired by Kenneth Funburg, Funburg, son of Mr and Mrs Claud Funburg, neighbors of the slain .man. According to the report of Adair county attorney Owen Grant, \ Smith was found on the county' road near the Funburg farm by George Gladden, who was on his way to visit his sister, Mrs Orcn Willhite. Gladden shouted to Willhite who sent his son to notify Dean Smith, son of the injured man. Together, with-Ed Gladden, they brought Smith to the Stilwell Mqnicipal hospital, where he died a few minutes later. . Smith had previously been subject to minor heart trouble and, although^ he told the men he had bedh shot, they believed he had. Suffered another attack. No sound of a shot had been heard by neighbors and it was not until after his death that the wound was found. The bullet had entered his body in the left hip and traveled into his left "side. The wound had sealed over and he apparently died from internal bleeding. There was no blood on his clothing, clothing, it was said. Later in the evening when. Kenneth Funburg returned homer his father asked him if he had fired £he i-ifle and he said he had' shot at a crow sitting on a fence post. The boy and his father reported reported to Alton tGirdner; Adair county sheriff. The boy had not heard of Smith's death until this time,'it was said. It was this shot that killed Smith, officers believe. The gun had ben fired from a window in the barn which aecountd for the muffling of the sound. Willhite said that Smith never missed a Sunday from attending Sunday School at the Ewirig Chapel church. He was accustomed accustomed to walking the three miles to the .Church every Sundnay, regardless regardless of the weather. Investigating officers stated there is a clump of trees that obscured obscured the view of the Funburg boy from seeing anyone on the road. The barn is approximately 300 yards from where Smith was found. I The bullet and rifle have been sent to Oklahoma City for examination examination by ballistics experts to determine if the Funburg gun was the one that killed Smith. ^.Regardless of the report, however, however, no charges are expected to be filed as officers are confident the shooting was "purely accidental." accidental." r Funeral services for Smith vvet&i. conducted Tuesday, February February 25, in the Roberts Funeral home chapel with Rev. Allen officiating. Burial was in the Chalk Bluff cemetery. He was born November 28, 1875 in the state of Indiana. Survivprs include six sons, Oliver, Johnny, Dean and Raymond Raymond Smith, all of Stilwell, Noble and Vernon Smith, both of Wichita, Kansas; three daughters, Mrs Bill Campbell, Mrs Alvis Workman and Mrs Ale>: McHar- lin, all of Stilwell; 24 ;;randchil- dren and 10 great-gram ! ;hildren.

Clipped from Stilwell Democrat-Journal27 Feb 1958, ThuPage 1

Stilwell Democrat-Journal (Stilwell, Oklahoma)27 Feb 1958, ThuPage 1
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