Rogersville Woman Dies By Own Hand
An attractive 28-year-old Rogersville woman, Leota Leonard, who had been despondent for the past several weeks died shortly before midnight last night in the Greene County Memorial Hospital from a bullet wound said to have been self-inflicted.
Coroaner Raymond Adamson was awaiting at 1 o'clock this morning for the arrival of the body at the Ralph H. Scott Funeral Home, but said that he would have no announcements to make on the case until this afternoon.
Miss Leonard was admitted to the hospital last night at 6:50 o'clock suffering from a bullet wound in the head. The bullet which had been fired from a .22-calibre rifle entered the right side of the head and lodged in the brain. The girl never regained consciousness following the shooting.
She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Leonard and is survived by one sister.
Attaches of the office of Sheriff Henry Flowers who were called to the scene almost immediately after the shooting said that from their investigation the fatality was an attempt at self destruction.
Democrat Messenger, February 1, 1939 (Waynesburg, PA)
Miss Leona Leonard
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Ralph Scott Funeral Home in Rogersville for Miss Leona Leonard, aged 29, of Rogersville, who died at 11:30 o'clock Tuesday night, Jan. 31, 1939, in the Greene County Memorial Hospital of a self-inflicted bullet wound in her head. Miss Leonard shot herself about 5:30 Tuesday evening in the bedroom of her home, using a .22-calibre revolver.
She was a daughter of WIlliam and WInifred Crouse Leonard, who reside on what is known as the Throckmorton farm, on Route 21, a mile west of Rogersville. SHe was born near Rogersville July 28, 1909, and spent all her life in the Rogersville community. Besides her parents she leaves a sister, Katherine, at home.
Democrat Messenger, February 2, 1939 (Waynesburg, PA)
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