Madeline Price , wife of William Howard Mann suicide
wel- Mrs. Virginia Mann Shoots Dies In Restaurant Rest Mrs. Virginia Price Mann, 42, shot herself in the temple and died yesterday afternoon in the upstairs restroom of Eric's Restaurant on downtown Main St. The woman, who lived at 915 :iaiborne St., a short while earlier had convinced three offi- cers that she had purchased the 22 calibre revolver for protec- tion against prowlers. Mrs. Mann left a note in a sooth at the restaurant, at 238 Main St., before climbing up- stairs to the women's rest- room, police said. The note was rurned over to Dr. Kenneth 3. Sizer, medical examiner. Dr. Sizer could not be reached late yesterday afternoon or last last night. The note was ad- dressed to her son, "Bill." Mrs. Mann was separated from her husband, William How- ard Mann, who is living in Lexington Park, Md. Her son, William Howard Mann, Jr., lives here, and a daughter, Miss Karen Mann, resides in Baltimore, Md. Capt. N. H. Boswell, after discussing the case with in- vestigating detectives and offi- cers who went to the scene, gave the following account: Mrs. Mann went to Lowen- stein's yesterday and purchas- ed the German-made revolver. She then went to Eric's and sat down in a booth. Mrs. Frieda F. Rosenbaum, pro- prietress of the restaurant, no- ticed the woman had the gun in her hands and was trying to load it. Mrs. Rosenbaum called po- Wright Clarifies Bi-Racial Stand Council Candidate Raymond Wright clarified last night his lice headquarters, and three officers -- F. B. Riddle, C. L. Morris and R. J. Daniel -- went to the restaurant. They talked to Mrs. Mann, and were told she had been bothered by prowlers and intended to take the gun home and sleep with it under her pillow. "She must have told a convincing story/' Capt. Boswell said, because all three officers believed her.. They told her she was loadingi the gun improperly, but added that she had to take it home in the package and could not load it until she was at her home. The officers left, and im- mediately afterward, Mrs. Ros- 12 Additional Scholarship Atvards Made In addition to thos^ an- nounced previously, several members of the 1966 graduat- ing class of George Washington High School have been award- ed scholarships locally for their college studies. Â· They include: Rennie Lee Smith, Rotary Scholarship; Maurice Oakes, Thalhimers; Linda Boyd and Mary DeHaven, Averett Col- lege; Sandra Abbott and Julia Green, Stratford C o l l e g e ; Robert Agee, Key Club; Bar- bara Owen, Women's Society of Christian Service, M a i n Street Methodist Church; Janet Arnold and Becky Kendrkk, Schoolfield Methodist Church; Martha Sue Shelhorse, Moseley Memorial Methodist Church; and Fran Robertson, Piedmont Tuberculosis Association. enbaum told police, Mrs. wrote the note, left it in the booth and went upstairs. Mo- ments later, Mrs. Rosenbaum said she heard the sound of a gunshot from upstairs. At 2:44 p. m., Mrs. Rosen- baum again called police. The same three officers arrived to find the woman seated in the restroom, her head under a wash basin and a small amounl of blood on the floor. The pistol was on the floor, near her right hand. She had been shot in the right temple. The officers said the woman gasped for breath twice, then died while an ambulance was awaited. Detectives M. H. Henry. Wade Groff and B. C. Elliott Jr., were called in to take the investigation. Dr. Sizer also was called. The officers said one bullet had been fired and six re- mained in the chambers of revolver. A daughter of Harvey Price and Verna Haraway Price of 915 Claiborne St., Mrs. was born in Danville on Oct. 1923. She spent most of her life here and attended the local public schools. She was a mer employe of L. Herman's, now Thalhimers. In addition to her husband, daughter, son. and parents, she is survived by one sister, Cathleen Swinson of Norfolk; and four brothers, Horace of Danville, Melvin C. Price of Greensboro, N. C., Franklin D. Price of North Wilkesboro, N. C., and Ronnie D. Price Lynchburg. Funeral arrangements are in- complete. The body will be at Townes Funeral Home on St., and the family will be at her parents' residence at 915 Claiborne St.