MINDEN PRESS HERALD - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1944
WRECK IS FATAL TO TWO MINDEN YOUTHS
Minden Herald - Friday, September 8, 1944 Front Page
 


JAMES LEE CHESHIRE, WILLIAM B. COLCLASURE SUCCUMB TO INJURIES.
 

BILLY JACK STANFIELD IN SERIOUS CONDITION

Two Minden Youths are dead and another seriously injured as the result of an accident in which the automobile they were riding in crashed head-on into a
transport truck trailer obstructing the highway a short distance west of McIntyre Wednesday night around 9:00 o'clock.

The victims James Lee Cheshire, 16 year-old high school student, and William Bryan Colclasure, 19, died at the Minden sanitarium a few hours after being
admitted. Billy Jack Stanfield was reported to be in serious condition at the time the paper went to press.

The accident occurred on Highway 80, just past McIntyre around 9:00 o'clock in the evening.  According to Dr. Thomas Richardson, assistant coroner, who
reported to the scene along with state troopers, the youths were driving west and ran into the truck trailer of the M. & W. Trailer, which had jackknifed across
the road.
 

CALCLASURE, William B. Pct. William B. Callasure, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Callasure, Minden, graduate of Minden High. Entered Marines, 1943, trained in San Diego. Served in Amer. Theater. Discharged in 1944. Killed in Auto. Accident, 1944.

                                               Circumstances

The driver, William D. Knight, 40, South Grand, Monroe, stated that he started to shift from third gear when something snapped. His truck rolled back down
the incline and jackknifed across the road. Knight stated that he was headed east at the time.

The cab of the truck remained on the right side of the road while the trailer hung out blocking the left side. Knight said that he got out of the cab to try to
flag traffic and succeeded in stopping one truck, which was turning around to help move the trailer when the accident happened. Knight said that he did his
best to flag the car in which the boys were riding but was forced to run to prevent being struck by the vehicle.

The truck was loaded with gasoline. It was the driver's first trip. Troopers and the coroner both stated that there was no evidence of drinking. The automobile,
believed to have been driven by Colclasure, was completely demolished. Knight is being held for grand jury investigation. Dr. Richardson stated that the
coroner's investigation is incomplete.

 

             CHESHIRE RITES
 

Funeral services for James Lee Cheshire, who died at the hospital at 10:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, will be held today at 3:00 p.m. at the Green-Kleinegger
Funeral home. Rev. B. H. Andrews, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will be in the Minden Cemetery. Pallbearers will be his
schoolmates, Billy Crabtree, Frank Griffith, Jimmie Williams, David Lindsey, Durwood Lunsford, Leonce Dupuy, Charles Boudeau and Bobby Collins.
Arrangements have been made by the high school principal to allow students to attend the services.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. M. D. Cheshire, one sister, Peggy Ruth; Mr. & Mrs. G. L. Cobb, maternal grandparents, Springhill; Mrs. Anna Cheshire, paternal grandmother; and Mrs. Clara Lee, great-grandmother.

 

                                                    JAMES LEE CHESHIRE
                                                 29 Feb 1928 - 06 Sep 1944

     MINDEN CITY CEMETERY SECTION F    

 

 



M. D. Cheshire                       17 May 1905                       07 Jan 1959
Ruth Cobb Cheshire Lowe       11 Nov  1906                       06 Oct 1991
Daniel T. Baldwin                    10 Nov 1963                       20 Jun  1979
John L. Cobb                          06 Mar 1906                       20 Apr  1958 
Ruby Rogers Cobb         

 

COLCLASURE RITES


Services for Wm. Bryan Colclasure, who died at 2:00 a.m. Thursday will be held at the Green-Kleinegger funeral home at 4:30 this afternoon
with Vernon G. Miles, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Minden City Cemetery.

He is survived by his parents Mr. & Mrs. B. B. Colclasure, one sister, Mrs. George A. Calvit, Minden; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs.
W. L. Agan, Minden.

Colclasure had recently been honorably discharged from service with the U. S. Marines. He entered the service on October 29, 1943, and trained
at San Diego. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

The condition of Billy Jack Stanfield, 16 son of Mr. & Mrs. Jack Stanfield, was reported serious and unchanged Thursday morning. He suffered a severe
concussion.

 

                                                               MINDEN CITY CEMETERY SECTION E

                                                    
                        William Bryan Colclasure
                                                                                  13 Jun 1925
                                                                                   07 Sep 1944


 

                 Marie Agan Colclasure      16 Jul     1902                09 May 1975
                 Bland Bryan Colclasure     17 May   1894               10 July  1966
                  Peggy Leigh Calvit            13 Jul     1948               30 Nov   1955

              

CALCLASURE, William B. Pct. William B. Callasure, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Callasure, Minden, graduate of Minden High. Entered Marines, 1943, trained in San Diego. Served in Amer. Theater. Discharged in 1944. Killed in Auto. Accident, 1944.

Circumstances

The driver, William D. Knight, 40, South Grand, Monroe, stated that he started to shift from third gear when something snapped. His truck rolled back down
the incline and jackknifed across the road. Knight stated that he was headed east at the time.

The cab of the truck remained on the right side of the road while the trailer hung out blocking the left side. Knight said that he got out of the cab to try to
flag traffic and succeeded in stopping one truck, which was turning around to help move the trailer when the accident happened. Knight said that he did his
best to flag the car in which the boys were riding but was forced to run to prevent being struck by the vehicle.

The truck was loaded with gasoline. It was the driver's first trip. Troopers and the coroner both stated that there was no evidence of drinking. The automobile,
believed to have been driven by Colclasure, was completely demolished. Knight is being held for grand jury investigation. Dr. Richardson stated that the
coroner's investigation is incomplete.

 
       MINDEN CITY CEMETERY SECTION E

       William Bryan Colclasure
       13 Jun 1925
       07 Sep 1944

These graves are in the newer part of the cemetery in Section E
 

 

Marie Agan Colclasure      16 Jul     1902                09 May 1975
Bland Bryan Colclasure     17 May   1894               10 July  1966
Peggy Leigh Calvit            13 Jul     1948               30 Nov   1955
 

Billy Jack Stanfield died a few days later. There is no obituary published in the Minden Herald. He is buried beside his parents on U.S. 371 between Heflin and Ringgold, La approx 11 or 12 miles from Minden.
 

                ANDREWS CHAPEL CEMETERY
             
               
Billy Jack Stanfield                
                28 Feb 1928
                11 Sep 1944
 


                                STANFIELD

    W. F. "FRANK"                                                GRACE S.
    May 12, 1883                                                    Aug. 8, 1900
    Apr.   5, 1944                                                    Jul. 25, 1983
                                 STANFIELD

   EDGAR L. (JACK) 1904 - 1982                           EULA O.  1907- 1991

    Willie Gene Jones          Nov. 07,  1934 - Jan. 06, 1994 

    Sue Stanfield                 Aug. 20, 1936 - Nov. 22. 1997                           

   

LEONARD E. STANFIELD                                                                            

PVT US AIR FORCE
OCT 20 1930
DEC  2 1975                                                                                                                                                              

 Article Photographs and Stanfield Cemetery Photographs submitted by Ann Mays Harlan

 

This is the Grave of Odessa Stanfield and her husband Leland E. Hortman

Leland F. Hortman  Nov. 24, 1925     Families are Forever     Beulah Odessa S. Aug. 1, 1933 - June 6, 1991

Odessa Stanfield is interred in the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church located on Highway 7 approx. 7 miles north of Dixie Inn. The church and cemetery were organized in 1872 and are still in use today. The cemetery is well kept and is used by many families in the community. This cemetery was full of Hortman graves.  Mrs. Odessa S. Hortman August 1, 1933 - June 6, 1991. All graves are required to be marked in this cemetery. No flowers or ornaments are allowed on the graves.


 

Billy Jack Stanfield died a few days later. There is no obituary published in the Minden Herald. He is buried beside his parents on U.S. 371 between
Heflin and Ringgold, La.

                ANDREWS CHAPEL CEMETERY
             
               
Billy Jack Stanfield                
    28 Feb 1928
   11 Sep 1944
 


                                STANFIELD

          W. F. "FRANK"                                                GRACE S.
           May 12, 1883                                                    Aug. 8, 1900
           Apr.   5, 1944                                                    Jul. 25, 1983
                                 STANFIELD

                       EDGAR L. (JACK) 1904 - 1982                           EULA O.  1907- 1991

                          

            Willie Gene Jones          Nov. 07,  1934 - Jan. 06, 1994 

                 Sue Stanfield                 Aug. 20, 1936 - Nov. 22. 1997  

   

                                        

 

LEONARD E. STANFIELD                                                                                                                                                

  PVT US AIR FORCE
OCT 20 1930
DEC  2 1975                                                                                                                                                              

 Article Photographs and Stanfield Cemetery Photographs submitted by Ann Mays Harlan

 

This is the Grave of Odessa Stanfield and her husband Leland E. Hortman

Leland F. Hortman  Nov. 24, 1925     Families are Forever     Beulah Odessa S. Aug. 1, 1933 - June 6, 1991

Odessa Stanfield is interred in the Pleasant Valley Methodist Church located on Highway 7 approx. 7 miles north of Dixie Inn. The church and cemetery were organized in 1872 and are still in use today. The cemetery is well kept and is used by many families in the community. This cemetery was full of Hortman graves.  Mrs. Odessa S. Hortman August 1, 1933 - June 6, 1991. All graves are required to be marked in this cemetery. No flowers or ornaments are allowed on the graves.