NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Kingsport News (Kingsport, Tennessee); Sunday, 28 Aug 1955; page 1, by Bill Huff (Ancestry.com)
TWO KILLED IN AUTO CRASH
Two Others Hospitalized
BOONES CREEK -- Two men were fatally injured, one was critically injured and a fourth man was less seriously hurt in a head-on collision at the Boones creek-Jonesboro roads intersection here Saturday afternoon.
Janes V. Breeding, 37, RFD Jonesboro and his brother-in-law Elon DeVault, about 25, Route 10, Kingsport. Breeding died of chest and head injuries about half an hour after reaching Memorial Hospital, Johnson City. DeVault also suffered head and chest injuries and died about six hours after being admitted to the hospital.
See picture of smashed automobile on page 8-A
In critical condition late Saturday night was john W. Correll, about 42, 128 Boone St., Jonesboro, who suffered chest injuries and head lacerations.
Less seriously hurt was Gus Breeding, 34, Bloomingdale Rd., Kingsport, brother of James and driver of the car, according to investigating officers. He was admitted to Memorial Hospital for treatment of small head lacerations.
The Washington County Sheriff's Department at Johnson City said a manslaughter charge had been placed against Breeding.
The accident occurred about 5 p.m. at a dangerous intersection about one forth mile off Route 23. Correll, a worker in heating units and guttering was alone in his 1948 model car and apparently driving towards Jonesboro.
The 1950 model car in which two were to be fatally hurt evidently was traveling towards Gray Station.
The roads leading to the intersection are straight.
The right front of the Breeding car struck the left front of Correll's vehicle, knocking it about 20 feet from the point of impact, according to the first person on the scene after the accident, Clarence Mattingly, an auto repairman from Jonesboro.
The Breeding car had stopped after breaking through a panel fence to the left of the road, Mattingly said, and two men lay near it, one whose feet were in the car and his head on the ground. He did not see a third man near or in the car, he said.
Correll was lying in the road curled up, Mattingly stated.
As others arrived and stopped, Mattingly advised Mrs. B. D. Young, whose home is nearby, to call an ambulance and the Highway Patrol. He said he also advised against moving any of the victims until an ambulance came.
Saturday's fatal crash was investigated by Sheriff John R. Deakins, Deputies Ed Phillips, Milt Sluder, and Chief Deputy Bill Taylor and Highway patrol Cpl. Jim Long.
James Breeding was a native of Sullivan County and an Air Force veteran of World War II. He owned and operated Williams Machine Shop at Litz Manor. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Janie Breeding; two children, Carolyn and Jimmy; his mother, Mrs. J. K. Breeding, Route 2, Kingsport; three brothers in addition to Gus - Ernest, Sydney and Kemper, all of Route 2, Kingsport; three sisters, Mrs. I. E. Bevins, Bristol, Mrs. Mabel Peters, San Diego, Calif. and Mrs. Parker Lovelace, Route 1, Kingsport.
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Kingsport News (Kingsport, Tennessee); Monday, 29 Aug 1955; page 1 column 4; (Ancestry.com)
One Survivor Of Fatal Car Wreck 'Poor'
The two survivors of Saturday afternoon's fatal auto collision at he Boones Creek-Gray Station roads intersection in Washington County were reported "poor" and "fair" respectively at Memorial Hospital at Johnson City late Sunday.
The accident was fatal to Elon H. DeVault, 37, of Rock Springs Community, and James V. Breeding, 37, RFD Jonesboro. Both were passengers in a car driven by Gus Breeding, 34, Bloomingdale Road, listed Sunday in fair condition. He suffered head lacerations.
Still in poor condition was John W. Correll, about 42, 128 Boone Street, Jonesboro, driver and lone occupant of the second vehicle. Correll suffered chest and head injuries.
The Washington County Sheriff's Department reported a manslaughter charge would be placed against Breeding.
OBITUARY - The Kingsport Times (Kingsport, Tennessee); Monday, August 29, 1955; page 8 column 8; (Ancestry.com)
Elon H. DeVault
Funeral services for Elon Horace DeVault, 27, Rock Springs Community, who died at 11 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, following an automobile accident, will be Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at Rock Springs Methodist Church.
The Rev. I. G. Crowder assisted by the Rev. J. B. Overbay will officiate. Burial is to be in the adjoining cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Paul Lizenby, Claude Chase, Denzil Lady, John D. Trivette, Don Strong, Joe Price, M. G. Cale, and Bill Godsey.
Devault is survived by his widow, the former Roberta Bellemy of Kingsport, and one son, Jason Earl, both of Rock Springs; his mother, Mrs. Nannie Deakins DeVault, Rock Springs; four brothers, Paul, Verlin, and J. C. Jr., all of Kingsport, and David of Sacramento, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. J. W. Fink, Rock Springs, and Mrs. Gus Breeding, Bloomingdale Road.
He attended Rock Springs School and Sullivan High and served the Navy following World War II. He was a member of Hammond Post No. 3, American Legion.
He had been employed at Mountain Bay Construction Co.
The body was to be removed to the home Monday at 2 p.m.
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - "$15,000 Damages---," Kingsport News (Kingsport, Tennessee); Thursday, 29 November 1955; page 8 column 5; (Ancestry.com)
".....The trial of another damage suit over a fatal traffic accident was recessed late Monday until Tuesday morning.
In it, Roberta DeVault, widow of Elon DeVault, asked $50,000 damages from Augustus Breeding and Billy Joe and John W. Correll. At the end of testimony for the plaintiff Judge Shelburne Ferguson directed the suits against Corrells be dismissed, leaving Breeding the defendant.
The suit arises from a wreck Aug. 27 near Boone's Creek in which two men were killed."
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE - Kingsport News (Kingsport, Tennessee); Thursday, December 1, 1955; page 10 column 1; (Ancestry.com)
Judge Grants New Trial In Case Here
Judge Shelburne Ferguson granted a motion Wednesday for a new trial for a damage suit in which a widow was awarded $15,000 Tuesday in the traffic death of her husband.
The judges action came just before the November term of Kingsport Law Court adjourned here shortly before noon.
The motion for a new trial filed by the defendant, was made in the suit over the death of Elon DeVault in an auto collision Aug. 27 near Boones Creek. The attorney for the defendant charged the deceased was guilty of contributory negligence.
It was a Law Court jury which awarded $15,000 Tuesday to the widow of Elon DeVault.
The widow, Mrs. Roberta DeVault, asked $50,000 damages from Augustus Breeding and Billy Joe and John W. Carroll. At the end of Monday's testimony Judge Shelburne Ferguson directed the suits against the Carrolls be dismissed, leaving Breeding the defendant. .......
ELON H. DeVAULT
S2 US NAVY
WORLD WAR II
FEB. 13, 1928 - AUG. 27, 1955.