President Kennedy Assassinated

May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963

In Memory

This page is in Memory of a short lived life of a great man .

Paragould Daily Press

Paragould , Friday , November 22, 1963

10 cents a copy

77th year

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RESEARCHED BY : TINA EASLEY

Sunday, January 04, 2009

tina@grnco.net

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ar/county/greene/

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Can you just imagine setting in your classroom at school , when your High School Principal comes across the intercom and informs the whole student body that the President of the United States of America has just been assassinated . The silence the heart- ache , shock , and the anger that was felt in every family in our nation . This is how my parents heard the news about the assassination of President Kennedy . I have often wondered what it was like , when it must have seemed like the whole nation was at a loss for their beloved President . The respect and love for President Kennedy was felt thru the States and other Countries showing their respect with honor . Business , Schools , Factories , and offices were closed in Greene County and throughout the state . The churches opened their doors as the citizens entered to pray for the Kennedy Family and their Nation .

The flags were lowered to half-mast an event that signifies tragedy .

Below is information I found in the old newspapers The Front Page of "The Paragould Daily Press " read "NATION MOURNS KENNEDY " , PARAGOULD JOINS NATION IN MOURNING OUR PRESIDENT , " OUR STATE STANDS STILL " as everyone stood still in mourning the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy . The son of Joseph Patrick Kennedy and Rose Fitzgeral born in Brookline , Massachusetts ,on May 29, 1917 . Our 35th President of the United States of America .

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Tina, I was in med school at the time of JFK's death - had just walked in my door after classes, flipped on TV, and it came on like a bomb!   Pres. Kennedy had stopped (helicopter) just outside our window at the UAMS dorm the day before for a 30-min speech after dedicating Greers Ferry Dam.  We all got to shake his hand.  And here I am standing looking out the window at where the helicopter had landed!

Information above Contributed by Wayne Starnes

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The articles below from the Paragould Daily Press , are from the time the assassination of J.F.K took place till the day of his burial .

PRESIDENT KENNEDY ASSASSINATED

PARAGOULD DAILY PRESS

FRIDAY , NOVEMBER 22, 1963

DALLAS - PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS ASSASSINATED TODAY IN A BURST OF GUNFIRE IN DOWNTOWN DALLAS.

TEXAS GOV. JOHN CONNALLY WAS SHOT DOWN WITH HIM. THE PRESIDENT WAS KILLED BY A BULLET IN THE HEAD WHILE RIDING IN AN OPEN CAR THROUGH THE STREETS OF DALLAS.

HIS WIFE WAS IN THE SAME CAR , BUT WAS NOT HIT. SHE CRADLED THE PRESIDENT IN HER ARMS AS HE WAS CARRIED TO A HOSPITAL WHERE HE DIED.

VICE PRESIDENT LYNDON JOHNSON WAS IN THE SAME MOTORCADE AND WAS IMMEDIATELY SURROUNDED BY SECRET SERVICE MEN UNTIL HE COULD THAKE THE OATH OF OFFICE AS PRESIDENT.

THE PRESIDENT , 46 YEARS OLD , WAS SHOT ONCE IN THE HEAD . CONNALY WAS HIT IN THE HEAD AND WRIST.

THE IDENTITY OF THE ASSASSIN OR ASSASSINS WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY KNOWN .

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OUR STATE STANDS STILL

PARAGOULD DAILY PRESS

MONDAY , NOVEMBER 25, 1963

THE STATE OF ARKANSAS WHICH SEVEN WEEKS AGO , CHEERED A VIBRANT SMILING PRESIDENT KENNEDY , TODAY VIRTUALLY STOOD STILL IN THE MORNING OF HIS DEATH .

BUSINESSES , OFFICES , FACTORIES AND SCHOOLS CLOSED THROUGHOUT THE STATE . THE MOST NOTICEABLE ACTIVITY WAS IN THE CHURCHES , WHERE GRIEVING MOURNERS GATHERED IN SILENCE TO PAY FINAL RESPECTS TO THE MAN FELLED BY A BULLETT OF ASSASSIN .

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PARAGOULD JOINS NATION IN MOURNING PRESIDENT

PARAGOULD DAILY PRESS

MONDAY , NOVEMBER 25, 1963

PARAGOULD AND GREENE COUNTY CITIZENS JOINED THE WORLD TODAY IN MOURNING THE DEATH OF JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY - 35TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

AS IN EVERY NOOK IN THE NATION , CHRISTIANS ROSE EARLY TO PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE SERVICES IN THEIR CHURCHES.

IN PARAGOULD , MINISTERS REPORTED A STEADY FLOW OF WORSHIPPERS INTO CHURCHES. IN SOME FORMAL PRAYER SERVICES WERE OFFERED , WHILE IN THE MAJORITY , THE DOORS TO THE SACTUARIES WERE OPENED EARLY TO ACCOMODATE WORSHIPPERS WHO WANTED TO OFFER PRIVATE PRAYERS. .

AT ST. MARY'S CATHOLIC CHURCH , REV. GEORGE A. KARNS , PASTOR , CONDUCTOR A REQUIEM HIGH MASS AT 7:30 A.M. BEFORE A CAPACITY ASSEMBLY . THE MASS IS IDENTICAL TO SERVICES CONDUCTED FOR DEAD PARISHIONERS.

REV. JOHN JUMP , GRIFFIN MEMORIAL PASTOR , CONDUCTED A SPECIAL PRAYER SERVICE FOR THE LATE PRESIDENT FRIDAY NIGHT.

PARAGOULD SCHOOLS WERE IN SESSION TODAY , BUT SPECIAL EMPHASIS WAS BEING PLACED ON THE EVENTS OF THE DAY REGARDING THE BURIAL OF THE LATE PRESIDENT AND THE WORLDWIDE IMPACT OF THE STATESMAN'S DEMISE.

SUPT. J.K. WILLIAMS SAID HE PONDERED THE DECISION TO SCHEDULE SCHOOL TODAY FOR A LONG TIME BEFORE MAKING A FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO THAT EFFECT. HE SAID COSULTATIONS WITH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS CONVINCED HIM STUDENTS WOULD BENEFIT MORE BY PARTICIPATING IN A FORMAL COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAM THAN BY STAYING AT HOME.

AT 8:30 A.M. THE ENTIRE STUDENT BODY AND TEACHING STAFF AT PARAGOULD HIGH SCHOOL FILED SOLEMNLY ONTO THE FRONT LAWN TO WITNESS THE LOWERING OF THE FLAG TO HALF MAST.

LATER IN THE MORNING THE STUDENT BODY PARTICIPATED IN A SPECIAL EULOGY TO THE LATE PRESIDENT IN THE GYMNASIUM .

THE PROGRAM :

PRESENTATION OF THE COLORS ; PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG , SCRIPTURE READING BY DONNIE GREENWAY , READING BY ANGELA CROSS , REMARKS PERTAINING TO THE LATE PRESIDENT'S LIFE BY PRINCIPAL ORVILLE ROBERTS , A TWO MINUTE SILENT PRAYER , BENEDICTION BY J.K. WILLIAMS , TAPS BY MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BAND AND RETIRING OF THE COLORS.

AT THE HIGH SCHOOL , ROBERTS ARRANGED TO HAVE TELEVISION SETS INSTALLED IN THE CAFETORIUM. STUDENTS ENTERED THE CAFETORIUM AT 10 O'CLOCK AND WATCHED THE FUNERAL ACTIVITIES UNTIL THE LUNCH HOUR.

AT PARAGOULD JUNIOR HIGH , PRINCIPAL L.L. WILLIAMS DIRECTED A SHORT COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAM . HAROLD BOYD , A STUDENT , PRESIDED OVER THE MEETING . DAVID DOVER , A STUDENT READ A RESUME OF THE LATE PRESIDENT'S ACCOMPLISHMENTS . MRS. OPAL STARR , TEACHER , OFFERED THE PRAYER . A GIRL'S CHORAL GROUP SANG TWO SELECTIONS , FOLLOWED BY GROUP SINGING BY THE STUDENT BODY .

FOLLOWING THE ASSEMBLY PROGRAM , STUDENTS WENT OUTSIDE THE BUILDING TO PARTICIPATE IN A FLAG CEREMONY. TAPS WERE PLAYED BY GEORGE SISCO AND COLOR GUARDS TOM WALEN AND TIM MARTIN , ATTENDED TO THE FLAG CEREMONY . THE STUDENT BODY RECITED THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE TO CONCLUDE THE PROGRAM.

AT ELMWOOD , OAKWOOD, L.W. BALDWIN AND WOODROW WILSON , STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE PROGRAMS IN BOTH THEIR ROOMS AND IN ASSEMBLY PROGRAMS.

MRS. GERALDINE DOVER , BALDWIN PRINCIPAL , REPORTED THE FLAG RAISING PROGRAM AT HER SCHOOL SEEMED TO HAVE SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE TO HER STUDENTS BECAUSE THE FLAG THEY USE ONCE FLEW OVER THE NATION'S CAPITOL BUILDING .

THERE WAS NO SCHOOL IN COUNTY DISTRICTS TODAY . IN PARAGOULD , ST. MARY'S DID NOT SCHEDULE CLASSES.

ALL COUNTY , STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICES WERE CLOSED FOR THE DAY .AS WELL AS THE CITY UTILITY OFFICES .

SEAMAN GARY WILLIAMS , 21 , SON OF MR. AND MRS. EWELL WILLIAMS , RFD 4 , IS REPORTED BY HIS PARENTS TO BE ON GUARD DUTY AT THE ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY TODAY.