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Paul Kilgo 

 Young Man Dies in Auto Wreck – Paul Kilgo Loses Life Near Newberry

Newberry, Dec. 12 – A deplorable tragedy happened last night on the Newberry-Whitmire highway, about nine miles north of Newberry, when Paul Kilgo of Laurens met with an accident that resulted in his death eight hours later. He and Earle Hearns of Laurens, had come down into Newberry county to call on some young women. Mr. Hearns, the owner of the car, stopped at Cal Baker's and Mr. Kilgo started along to Newberry. William E. Turner of Newberry and some friends were driving along the road a little later and found Mr. Kilgo lying in the road unconscious and the big car completely wrecked at the side
of the road, where it had turned over apparently more than once. About that time two men, coming this way in a car, came up, and they brought the
injured man to Newberry and placed him at the Newberry hotel, and medical aid was immediately summoned. The physicians found that there was a fracture of the skull on the left side and severe bruises on the face. The young man died at 3 o'clock this morning, never having regained consciousness. His parents reached his bedside before he died. The body was taken through the country to Laurens this morning and will be buried at there tomorrow.

Paul Kilgo was the son of the Rev. Pierce F. Kilgo, pastor of the First Methodist church of Laurens, and 18 years old. He was a student in the high school at
Laurens. Besides his parents, he is survived by three brothers: the Rev. P. R. Kilgo, Wallace Kilgo of Charlotte, James Kilgo of Laurens, and two sisters, Mrs. Paul B. Smith of Lagrange, Ga., and Miss Mary Kilgo, teacher in Greenville. His uncles are Bishop John C. Kilgo of North Carolina and Dr. James W. Kilgo, pastor of Grace church, Union.

Nobody saw the accident, and it is not known just how it occurred, but the indications are that the young man made too quick a turn of the wheel at a short curve in the road and upset the car when it was going at a rapid rate of speed. He had not driven this particular make of car before. He started off all right from Mr. Baker's, but had gone only about three miles when the accident happened, about midway between the homes of Mr. Baker and John Felker.  The car belonged to Mr. Solomons of Laurens, stepfather of Mr. Hearns, and he had lent it to the young men. 

Laurens, Dec. 12 – The body of Paul Kilgo, 18 year old son of the Rev. P. F. Kilgo, pastor of the First Methodist church of Laurens, who died early today at a Newberry hotel from injuries received in an automobile wreck on the highway near the town of Newberry last night, was brought to the home of his parents today. The funeral service will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock. He was a nephew of Bishop John C. Kilgo of Charlotte. (The State December 13, 1921)

Eldridge Kennedy
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Epworth United Methodist Church, with burial in Leesville Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Gray Funeral Home.  The family will be at the son's home, 109 Reeder St., Joanna.  Gray Funeral Home of Clinton is serving the family.  (Published in The Greenville News: 03-02-2005...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Funeral Services for Eldridge Kennedy will be held at Chestnut Ridge Church Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

He is survived by the following children: Misses Annie, Mae, Alice, Nellie and Ruth and L. C. and Harold Kennedy; and one sister, Miss Dora Kennedy.  (Published in The Greenville News on January 29, 1934...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Patty Kimsey
Marion, NC - Patty Jean Kimsey, 42, of Marion, NC, passed away on Monday, October 3, 2011.  Born in Woodruff, she was a daughter of Bobby Ray and Barbara Jean Hill Kimsey.  In addition to her parents, she is survived by her 3 children, Brandon Lee Farrow, Brittany Deanna Farrow, Johnathan Nathaniel Farrow; brother, Tommy Kimsey; sister, Tammy Helligas; 2 nieces and 2 nephews, Alston, David, Cayla, and Stephanie Woods; and a great-niece and great-nephew, Kaylee and Glenn Woods.  Funeral services will be 3 pm Friday, at Warrior Creek Baptist Church with Reverend Russell Freeman officiating.  Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6 pm until 8 pm at Fletcher Funeral home.  The family is at the home of her children, 1706 Riddle Town Road, Gray Court, SC 29645.  Fletcher Funeral Service. (Published in The Greenville News on October 6, 2011...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mary Kyzar
Laurens, July 6 – Mrs. Mary Kyzar, mother of the Rev. J. H. Kyzar, pastor of the First Baptist church here, died today at her home at Brookhaven, Miss. Funeral services will be held there at 3 o’clock Friday afternoon. The Rev. and Mrs. Kyzar had left Laurens for Brookhaven Friday night. (Herald Journal, July 7, 1941)

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