LITTLE CHILD CRUSHED UNDER WHEEL OF TRUCK
50Year Old Son of Mr. and Mrs. L.C. Chastain Victim of Tragic
AT HOME OF PARENTS
Thursday Afternoon. – Died At Hospital Several Hours Later. –
A tragic accident which brings sorrow to the hearts of the bereaved
parents and hundreds of friends, was that which occurred last night
about dark, when Teddy, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. L.C.
Chastain, was fatally crushed under the wheels of a big truck driven
by his father, in the yard of their home, corner Cecil and Reid
According to a statement by Mr. Chastain this morning, he was
attempting to connect one of his large trucks to a big moving van.
At the time, some of his children were playing about in the yard. It
was during his efforts to maneuver his truck into position for
connection with the van that some of the children attempted to jump
on the running board of the truck, after they had been told to
return to their play. However, as he moved the truck forward just a
little, the little fellow, unknown to his father, attempted to get
on the running board and fell underneath the back wheels, which were
connected to the front part of the truck by a coupling, no load
resting on the rear wheels.
One of the wheels run across the chest and breast of the little boy
and in a instant, realizing what had occurred, Mr. Chastain stopped
the truck and picked up his little son. A doctor XXXXX XXXXX
immediately. The child was then removed to the hospital and lingered
until 3:40 o’clock this morning, when the end came quietly and
peacefully. The accident occurred about 7 o’clock, just as it was
getting dark and though fatally injured the little fellow remained
conscious throughout the night, giving hope to his anxious parents
that his injuries might not prove as serious as at first thought and
tha the would be spared to them. But this hope soon was dashed
against the reality that his little body was too badly crushed to
survive, and his soul slipped quietly back to the Master, who but a
few short years ago had given it life, and brought so much cheer and
happiness to his parents, who together with two sisters, Ilene and
Oresa, and three brothers, Billy L. C. Jr., and Patrick, survive, in
addition to a wide family connection, which includes many close
relatives. The little man was born December 27th, 1927 and, would
have been five years old in a few days.
Funeral services have been arranged for tomorrow afternoon at three
o’clock at the residence, Rev. T. F. Callaway, assisted by Rev.
Bruce Hall officiating. Immediately after the service at the home,
the body will be carried to Laurel Hill cemetery for interment.
The death of this little child has cast a pall of sorrow over the
community, especially the immediate neighborhood where he had spent
his short span of life, and where his bright, cheery face will be
missed so much by those little playmates and older folk who were so
attached to him because of his many fine qualities of childhood.
He was a beautiful and lovable child and centered the attentions of
his most affectionate parents who have been bowed in grief by his
untimely death, but they are reminded that while their burden of
grief seems impossible to bear, yet their loved one does not suffer
but is forever more held in the comforting arms of the Heavenly
Father, who makes it possible to bear the burdens of sorrow when
Teddy is but asleep now and the lives in that home where there is no
pain, no suffering, no night.