Miami Crash Injuries Fatal to Waynesburg Woman
Mrs. Emma Williams Succumbs in Miami Hospital to Injuries Received Last Wednesday.
SISTER ALSO HURT
A head-on automobile collision near Miami, Florida, last Wednesday in which a Miami salesman was killed and three women, two of them sisters from Waynesburg, were seriously injured, claimed its second victim shortly after midnight Saturday when Mrs. Emma K. Williams, of Waynesburg, died in University Hospital, Miami, of injuries received in the wreck in which her sister, Mrs. Clara Inghram, wife of W. Ray Inghram, was also seriously hurt.
The wreck occurred last Wednesday on the Tamiami Trail, about 20 miles outside of Miami, when the automobile driven by Mrs. Williams was struck head-on by a car driven by James E. Farrington, 25-year-old Miami salesman, who died of his injuries soon after the collision in which both automobiles were completely demolished.
Mrs. Williams received a broken nose, bothlegs were fractured and also sustained a spinal injury as well as other lesser hurts. Her knees were practically crushed, it is understood, and little hope for her recovery was held from the first. Mrs. Inghram, who was riding with her sister, suffered a fracture of one hip while the other was badly wrenched, one shoulder was broken, and she was severely lacerated and bruised about the head and body. X-ray pictures also indicated the possibility of a fracture of the pelvic bone, it was learned yesterday, but this could not be definitely ascertained until the pictures had been examined by an X-ray specialist. Mr. Inghram flew to Miami Wednesday night, arriving in the resort city early last Thursday morning. The message from Mr Inghram announcing the death of Mrs. Williams was received here early yesterday morning.
Mrs. Williams was the widow of the late Dr. S. T. Williams, and was one of Waynesburg's prominent women. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Waynesburg and was prominently identified with the activities of the church and Sunday School for many years, being a past president of the Wesleyan Society, a member of the Women's Foreign Missionary Society, the Worth While Bible Class and taught in the Sunday School for a number of years. She was a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Greene County Medical Society; the Pleasant Hour Club, the Emerald Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, and Bethesda No. 25 White Shrine of Jerusalem.
Mrs. Williams was born in Wayne Township and spent all her life in Greene County, having resided in Waynesburg since 1914. She was a daughter of John and Francina Phillips King, deceased, and was married in 1898 to Dr. Samuel Teal Williams, whose death occurred August 4, 1939. She is survived by one son, J. Thomas Williams, of Flint, Mich.; one grandson, Samuel Williams, and the following brothers and sisters: Dr. W. H. King, of Terra Alta, W. Va.; Dr. D. L. King and Dr. A. E. King, both of Waynesburg; Silas King, of Johnstown; Mrs. Lettie J. Schlagg, of Somerset, and Mrs. Clara M. Inghram, of Waynesburg. One brother, Richard King, is deceased.
Funeral arrangements had not been made last night, but the body is expected to arrive here Wednesday.
Democrat Messenger, March 18, 1940 (Greene County, PA)
WILLIAMS - Funeral services for Mrs. Emma K. Williams will be held at the residence, 555 Walnut street at 2 p.m. Thursday in charge of the Rev. L. S. Cass. Emerold [sic] Chapter and Bethseda Chrine O. E. S. will hold memorial services at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Interment will be in Oakmont Cemetery. Friends will be received at the Williams home from Wednesday noon.
Democrat Messenger, March 19, 1940 (Greene County, PA)
Well Known Watnesburg Woman Was Active in Church and Lodge Circles - Sister Hurt in Same Collision
ENTIRE LIFE IN COUNTY
WAYNESBURG, March 17 - Mrs. Emma K. Williams, widow of Dr. S. T. Williams, of Waynesburg, died shortly after midnight this morning in the University Hospital at Miami, Fla., of injuries received in a collision near Miami last Wednesday, March 13.
Her sister, Mrs. Clara M. Inghram, wife of S. Ray Inghram, of Waynesburg, was also injured in the accident, in which a Miami man was killed and another woman injured. Mrs. Inghram was reported as getting along well in the Miami hospital, despite a fractured hip and shoulder, as well as various bruises. She will remain in the hospital for some time.
Mrs. Williams was born in Wayne Township, and was a daughter of John and Francina Phillips King. She spent her entire life in Greene County.
She was married to Dr. S. T. Williams, who died Aug. 4, 1939. For a number of years they resided at Nettle Hill, where Dr. Williams was engaged in the practice of medicine. They moved to Waynesburg a number of years ago.
She was one of the most widely known women of Greene County and was quite active in a number of organizations. She was a member of the First Methodist Church and was active in all divisions of the church, being a past president of the Wesleyan Society and a member of the Ladies' Aid Society. She was a member of the Emerald Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of Bathsaida Shrine No. 25, White Shrine of Jerusalem. She was a past president of the Ladies' Auxiliary to the Greene County Medical Society, and since the death of her husband was an honorary member of the organization. She was a member of the Pleasant Hour Club. She was a graduate of the Department of Expression at Waynesburg College.
Surviving are one son, J. Thomas Williams, of Flint, Mich., and a grandson, Samuel Thomas, of Flint, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Lettie J. Schlagg, of Somerset, Dr. W. H. King, of Terra Alta, W. Va., Dr. D. L. King and Dr. A. E. King, both of Waynesburg; Silas E. King, of Johnstown, and Mrs. Clara M. Inghram, of Waynesburg. One brother, Richard C. King, is deceased.
The body will be brought to Waynesburg for burial.
Newspaper obituary, date and source unknown (Greene County, PA)
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