Vehicle Accident which killed my mother on October 27, 1968.
Two Injurtd Two Lose Lives in Collision Sunday Two Wellington residents died and two others were injured in a rear-end collision which occurred occurred 3.8 miles east of Wellington Wellington on Texas Highway 203 about 1:20 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Killed instantly were Mrs. Raymond Neeley, 37, and Jesse S. Branch, 58. Mrs. Neeley's husband is listed as in fair condition in St. Joseph's Hospital, Hospital, while Bill Benton, who underwent emergency treatment treatment at St. Joseph's was transferred transferred to Veterans Hospital in Amarillo. A passenger in the Branch car, his condition was described as critical. According to Patrolman Dale Fortune of Shamrock, who headed the investigation, the 1961 Chevrolet half-ton pickup in which Mr. and Mrs. Neeley had been riding, stalled on the highway. Mr. Neeley had been final Rites for Mrs. Neeley Held Wednesday Services in memory of Mrs. Raymond Neeley were conducted conducted at First Christian Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30. Mrs. Neeley lost her life in a two-vehicle accident 3.8 miles east of Wellington early Sunday. Sunday. Officiating at the service was Hiram Cassel of Oakley, Kan., formerly a minister of the dwrch ken aad a dote friend of Mrs. Heater's family. Burial was in Memorial Gardens Gardens under the direction of Kelso Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Z. J. Neeley, Neeley, Jr., Jack Neeley, Walter Neeley, John Carson, Sandy Parsons and Zook Thomas. The Quail School, where Mrs Neeley received her education, was dismissed all day Wednesday Wednesday in honor of her memory. Mrs. Neeley was the former Delma Jones, the daughter of Mrs. Treva Jones of Oakdale, Calif. She was born at Tulia Jan. 31, 1931, but came to the Quail area while she was a small child and grew up there. She and Mr. Neeley were married Aug. 31, 1947 in Wellington Wellington Mrs. Neeley was a leader in the First Christian Church, where she taught a Sunday School Class, directed the young people's activities and participated participated in the women's work. Her love for her church had a practical as well as a spiritual side. Most recently, when part of the church needed redecorating, redecorating, Mrs. Neeley did the work almost single-handed, asking no help. She was a member and officer officer of the Band Parents Club, and with her husband had handled handled the concession stands at the home football games this year. Mrs. Neeley had a deep compassion compassion for the unfortunate and the needy, a quality that extended extended back to her young adult years. Yet it was her nature that when ihe found need, she tried to do something about it. A number of times she has started action (hat resulted in medical aid for seriously ill children. The elderly also received a full sjiare of hre attention, most often in the form of short but regular visits to those no longer longer active. Her help to others went In many directions, and because of her acts of charity and love mn hidden behind a gay and snij$Ung nature, only those ctaftejf to her were ever aware of now much she did. She asked asked for no recognition. Surviving Mrs. Neeley are her hustywd, Raymond Neeley, and her three children, Billy, Deborah and Stacy of Wellington; Wellington; her mother, Mrs. Treva Jones of dWtdate, Calif.; three sisters and a brother: Mrs. Gene TrunneJl of Jamestown, Calif.; Mrs. Wanda Kendricks of Sacramento, Calif.; Mrs. Shirley iwz of Oakdale, CsJjl; and Paul Jones of Sacramento, Calif; and her grandmother, Mrs. Cora Gowiell of Wellington. Wellington. working on it, but at the time of the accident, they were standing beside the pickup attempting attempting to flag the approaching approaching vehicle. As nearly as can be deter mined, Patrolman Fortune said the 1962 Ford sedan driven by Mr. Branch struck the Neeley pickup from behind and it in turn struck the couple as they attempted to escape. The Branch car left no skid marks and both vehicles were totaled, he said. Both were west bound. The accident was witnessed by P. J. White of Wellington and N. E. Childers of the Marella Marella community. Patrolman Fortune said the two were driving west in a truck-tractor with a semi-trailer as they passed the stalled pickup. They stopped when they found n place where they could park on the shoulder of the road and were walking back to help Mr. and Mrs. Neeley. They were about 500 yards away when the accident occurred. Mr. Neeley's injuries include a broken rib and cuts and abrasions, a hospital spokesman said. Mr. Benton 1 received multiple fractures, according to Patrolman Patrolman Fortune. Assisting in the investigation were Patrolman James Haley of Wellington, Sheriff John Rainey, Deputy Alvin Minatrea and Police Chief Donald Nunnelley. Nunnelley. Festival Plans at Samnorwood Now Completed Plans for the annual Samnorwood Samnorwood Harvest Festival were completed by members of the Parent-Teacher Association, the sponsor, Monday, Oct. 28. The Festival, to be held Saturday, Saturday, Nov. 2, will begin with a Chili Supper from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The coronation will take place at 9, when queens from the grade school, junior high and high school will be crowned. Other entertainment will include include domino games and a costume costume contest for children. There will be a prize for the winning pre-schooler, grade school and junior high students. The PTA program was presented presented by Betty Coleman and Laura Whitson, who reported on the Attorney General's Youth Conference which they attended attended during the summer. Karen Waters told of her trip to Girls State. The room count was won by Miss Rama Camp's students. Heroism in Viet N*m Air Medal Billy F. The Air Medal with First Oak Leaf Cluster has been awarded to Billy Fred Cummings, one of this county's most decorated decorated young soldiers of the Vietnam Vietnam War. The award for heroism, given given by direction of the President, President, came 21 months after his rescue of a wounded soldier under enemy 1967. He was first class. fire, then Feb. 22, a private Now out of the Army. Cum- mipgs is enrolled in West Texas^ Texas^ state University. He is 24 and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Cummings. He was invited to receive the medal in person, but he requested requested that it be mailed to him. The citation which accompanied accompanied the Air Medal reads: "For heroism while participating participating in aerial flight: On this date during Operation Junction City, Private First Class Cummings Cummings was serving as a door gunner on an armed utility helicopter. "Learning that a wounded had bjan separated from his unit during an en- ga#ppictU with a Viet Cong force, Private First Class Cummings Cummings a*4 feU craw volunteered