James D. Keith
1955

 

 

Victim of Wreck
Dies of Injuries

 

James Keith, 64, was hurt in a 3-car mishap
Friday at Alton Park Bridge.

 

James D. Keith, 64, of 600 E. Peachtree Street, Rossville died in Newell Hospital at 8:45 a.m. yesterday of injuries received in a three-car traffic accident at the north end of Wilson Bridge in Alton Park last Friday afternoon.  Keith received chest and internal injuries, including probably rib fractures and a fracture of the right collarbone.  He appeared to be in fairly good condition upon arrival at the hospital and discussed the accident with Traffic Patrolman Harry E. Schroyer, Jr.  The condition of the injured man took a marked turn for the worse Saturday and he was placed on the critical list.  Keith was the driver of one of the cars involved in the collision.  He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Pearl Keith, 63, and their two grandchildren, Jackie Keith, 10, and Judy Keith, 8, of 1715 Read Avenue.  The boy was injured seriously, suffering a basal fracture of the skull, a broken jaw and a fracture of the left leg.  His sister had a minor head injury.  Mrs. Keith received rib fractures, a broken leg and a severe cut across her right kneecap.  According to a report filed by Patrolman Schroyer, the Keith car was traveling south on Wilson Road and was halted at the north end of the bridge to permit a crossing by a northbound machine operated by Mack A. Mahan, 23, of 1605 1/2 Mitchell Ave.  The officer said Keith's car had the road partially blocked.  He reported that the evidence indicated Mahan was driving too fast over the one-lane wooden bridge.  The Mahan machine crashed into Keith's car knocking it back into a third car driven by Clyde Chastain, Jr., 25, of 207 Spruce St., Rossville.  Keith's automobile plunged into a ditch and the Mahan car caught fire.  Mahan was cited to court on a charge of reckless driving.  Surviving Keith are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. A. J. Martin, of Fairhope, Ala.; four sons, Billy Keith, Rockford, Ill., John Keith, Chattanooga, James C. Keith, U.S. Army, stationed in Korea, and David E. Keith, U.S. Army; a sister, Mrs. Maude Womack, Russell, Ark. and five grandchildren.  Funeral services will be announced.  The body is at the Turner Funeral Home.  Keith was a native of Ohio, moving to the Chattanooga area a little more than 45 years ago.  For about 20 years he was associated with the Lookout Paint Manufacturing Co. and was a foreman for a number of years.  He was later employed by the W. S. Dickey Clay Manufacturing Co,, retiring in 1948.  He was a veteran of World War I and was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.

The Chattanooga Times November 28, 1955.

 

Keith, James D., 64, of 600 East Peachtree Street, Rossville, died Sunday morning in a local hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident Friday.  He was a native of Ohio but had resided in this area for more than 45 years.  For some 20 years he was associated with the Lookout Paint Manufacturing Company and was a foreman for the company for a number of years.  Later he was employed by the W. S. Dickey Clay Manufacturing Company, from which he retired in 1948.  Mr. Keith was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and a veteran of World War I.  Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Pearl Lee Keith, Rossville; daughter, Mrs. A. J. Martin, Fairhope, Ala.; four sons, Billy Keith, Rockford, Ill., John D. Keith, Chattanooga, James C. Keith, U.S. Army, stationed in Korea and David E. Keith, U.S. Army, stationed in El Paso, Texas; sister, Mrs. Maude Womack, Russell, Ark.  Also surviving are five grandchildren.  Funeral arrangements will be announced.  The body will remain at the Turner Funeral Home.

The Chattanooga Times November 28, 1955.

Submitted by Paula Brewer Franklin
pkeith@alltel.net