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Clifford Pendergrass, 91, of Connersville, IN died Sunday October 24, 2004 at Fort Hamilton Hospital, in Hamilton Ohio.

He was born July 4, 1913 in Buckcreek, KY to Thomas Morgan & Mary Elizabeth Sizemore Pendergrass. He had lived in Connersville and Mauzy, Indiana since 1940 and retired from McQuay-Norris Manufacturing in East Connersville. He was a member of the Blooming Grove Baptist Church and later the First Southern Baptist Church in Rushville.

Survivors include four daughters; Nancy Anderson of Cincinnati, OH, Marjorie Plummer of Straughn, IN, Delilah Rigsby of Connersville, IN, Elizabeth Sue Upchurch of Centerville, IN. one son; Thomas Morgan Pendergrass of Georgetown, KY; Eleven grandchildren; Theresa Hutchinson, James Phillips, Jeffrey Phillips, Denise DaSilveira, LaVonne Schlegel, Bobbi Plummer, Jeani Derrickson, Bradley Rigsby, Christopher Rigsby, Benedict Brunsman, Thomas M. Pendergrass III; Twenty-five great-grandchildren; a brother, Grover Cleveland Pendergrass of Olympia, WA; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of forty-one years; Gladys (Venable) Pendergrass, in 1977; a daughter, Deborah Jean Brunsman, in 1997; Five sisters:  Lillian Halcomb, Cassie Reynolds, Alberta Tracey, Pearl Schmitt, Carrie Stegner;  a brother William Pendergrass.

The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 AM Friday at Todd Funeral Home, 805 Main Street, Rushville, IN. The Rev. Kenneth Bates has been asked to officiate. Burial will be in East Hill Cemetery in Rushville. Visitation will be from 4-8 Thursday at the funeral home.

Mary Elizabeth Sizemore PENDERGRASS

Palladium-Item (Richmond, IN)
Thursday, 25 April 1974

Connersville - Mrs. Mary Pendergrass, 88, 1311 Central Ave., died Wednesday at the Connersville Nursing Home.  A native of Owsley County, Ky., she was the widow of Thomas Pendergrass and a member of the Blooming Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Clifford of Rushville and Cleveland of San Diego, Calif.;  three daughters, Mrs. Albert Murrell of Tacoma, Wash., Mrs. Carey Stegner of Connersville and Mrs. Cassie Reynolds of Largo, Fla.;  25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Services and burial for Mrs. Pendergrass will be in Owsley County, Ky., with the Myers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.  There will be no public calling.


Owsley County Courier
Friday, July 28, 1939

Wounds Prove Fatal to T. M. Pendergrass

Tom Morgan PENDERGRASS, 59, died at the Gurrant Clinic in Winchester, Ky, Sunday, July 23, at 4:30 a.m. he was admitted to the hospital on July 1 suffering from bullet wounds in the arm and head.

Funeral services were held at Pleasant Grove at 2:30 Monday afternoon by the Rev. Walters. Internment was in the family cemetery at Pleasant Grove. Garrett Funeral Home of Beattyville was in charge.

Pendergrass was struck by bullets fired during a fight July 1 between Charles Thomas and Wilgus Steele at Rowland's Inn on the Beattyville-Booneville Highway. He was brought to Beattyville where first aid was rendered and then rushed to the hospital where, for a while, it looked as if he would recover.

He is survived by his widow(Mary Elizabeth Sizemore): eight children: Lillian Halcomb, Kings Mill, Ohio, Mrs. Cassie Reynolds, Lancaster, Dessie Gabbard, Indiana, Clifford, Alberta Merril, Carrie and Cleveland, all of Booneville; two brothers, Bill of Dayton, Ohio, and Robert of St. Paul, Minnesota, and two sisters, Lou Daley, Dayton, Ohio, and Haddie Bowman, Scoville, Ky

William Thomas "Tom" PENDERGRASS

Friday, 12 July 1940

Two Men Killed in Owsley Battle

Tom Pendergrass, 57, Owsley County Deputy Sheriff was killed and Oscar Becknell 47, whom he sought to arrest was fatally wounded about 6:30  Wed. evening near New Hope.   Pendergrass was hit near the heart by a bullet fired by Becknell from a 22 caliber rifle.

According to Sheriff James Shepherd, Pendergrass was called to New Hope to arrest Becknell who was creating a disturbance.  Becknell fired upon him as he got out of his car.  Pendergrass returned the fire with two shots from his 38 caliber pistol. The first shot missed but the second struck him in the abdomen.

Following the shooting, Pendergrass rode about two miles down the road before he died.  Becknell was placed in a truck and started to the hospital.  He died a short distance from Beattyville and the body was returned to Owsley county.

The body of Pendergrass was taken to the Garrett funeral home in Beattyville for burial preparation.  Funeral services will be conducted at the home at Scoville at 2 today by Rev. Everett Ross.  Burial will be in the family cemetery near the home.

Pendergrass is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maggie Neeley Pendergrass;  four sons, Morgan, Ed and Clayton Pendergrass of Scoville and Trigg Pendergrass of Hamilton, Ohio;  four daughters, Mrs. Mary Hale and Mrs. Beatrice Brockman of Hamilton, Ohio, Mrs. Maude Thomas of Sturgeon and Miss Gertrude Pendergrass of Scoville;  two brothers, Roy Pendergrass, detective on the police force at Detroit, Mich., and Brown Pendergrass, who is connected with an oil refinery at Pryse, and 11 grandchildren.

Elsie Mae PETERS

Elsie Mae PETERS Mays, 85 d. Nov. 25, 2000. She was born Jan. 24, 1915 in Owsley County, Ky to the late Laney and Mary (MATHEWS) Peters. She was the widow of Jesse MAYS.

Survivors include her stepmother, Tawra PETERS of Jackson, KY; one son and his wife, Morgan and JoAnn MAYS of Wetumpka, AL; one brother, Dorsie PETERS of Hickory, NC; four grandchildren, Roger MAYS, Alexandria, VA, Lois SHUMAKER of Corpus Christi, Texas, Carol BUSBEE of Pace, FL, Richard A. MAYS of Montgomery, AL; 8 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.

Burial in the Addison Cemetery, Heidelberg, Ky.


Lexington Leader (Lexington, KY)
Monday, 18 February 1935

Beattyville, Ky., Feb. 18 --  Funeral services have been arranged for Tuesday afternoon for Thomas Porter, 60, who died Sunday of a heart attack.

He leaves three daughters, Miss Marion Porter, of the Louisville Courier-Journal;  Miss Daphney Porter, of the Newark, N.J. Ledger, and Mrs. Paul Capron Jr., San Francisco, who formerly was Miss Amy Porter of the New York Evening American.  A brother, William Porter, Beattyville, also survives.

Thomas C. PRYSE

The Park City Daily News
Friday, 18 October 1940

Beattyville, Ky., Oct. 18 --  Mayor Thomas C. Pryse, who during his 46 years also had been a state representative and county clerk, died yesterday.

Survivors inlcude his brother, Dr. Roscoe C. Pryse of Clinchmore, Tenn.

Funeral services are to be held tomorrow.


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