Thursday, May 19, 2016

Deaths of Lester JOHNSON and Martha Lucille (HAWKINS) JOHNSON (1950)

source: The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, September 21, 1950 - page 1, column 5:

Double funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Baker Chapel for Lester V. and Martha Lucille Johnson of Bainbridge.

Mr. Johnson shot his 28-year-old wife Saturday evening with a shotgun at their home northeast of Bainbridge and then took his own life. Dr. Gilbert Rhea, Putnam County Coroner, ruled the deaths as murder and suicide.

He was separated from his wife, and under court order not to return to their home. He was a former employee of Marmon-Herrington, Indianapolis, but at the time was unemployed. She was a waitress at a restaurant in Bainbridge.

Immediate survivors are six children, Shirley Ann, age 11; David, 10; Lester, Jr., 8; Bonnie Lee, 6; Caroline Sue, 5, and Diana Kay, 4.

Other survivors of Mr. Johnson include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Johnson of North Salem; five sisters, one of whom is Mrs. James Young of New Winchester, and four brothers including Vernon, Dudley and Wayne of North Salem.

Other survivors of Mrs. Johnson are her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Floyd Hawkins of Indianapolis, and two sisters, Mrs. Opal Crouch and Mrs. Grace Money of Danville.

Both bodies were interred in the West Newton Cemetery.

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