THOMAS EASLEY MEETS A HORRIBLE DEATH – Killed by Airplane Which Fell on his Car
Unconscious from injuries received when an airplane fell on his automobile Wednesday, about a mile and a half east of Park Field, J. E. Easley, (see last part of article for correction on name) 35, of Simonton, Tenn., is in a precarious condition at the field hospital, according to Maj. Mansfield, in charge of the ambulance corps. Easley suffered a severe fracture of the skull from being thrown against the steering wheel when the airplane struck his car. Flying Cadet William Hollis occupied the machine, which had got from under his control. He had ascended to participate in an aerial gunnery lesson. A Lewis machine gun was mounted on the front of his machine. At an altitude of 200 feet the machine suddenly went into a spin and struck the ground at an angle after turning over once. The impact with the ground caused the airplane to bounce about 30 feet, and it struck Easley’s auto, which happened to be passing. Hollis was uninjured. Easley was rushed to the field hospital, where little hope is held out for his life.
[Memphis Scimitar, July 4, 1918]
Easley died about 5 o’clock Thursday afternoon, never having regained consciousness after the accident. His name is Thomas, not J. E. Easley, and he is a carpenter. He had been employed at Park Field for several weeks and was on his way to that place to go to work when he met with his awful fate. He had two of his children in his car with him, but by some good fortune, neither of them were injured. The remains of the unfortunate man were buried at Randolph Campground graveyard Friday at 2 o’clock, Rev. L. R. Wadsworth conducting the funeral services. He is survived by his wife and six children, who have the sympathy of all who know them in their great grief. The deceased was a respected citizen and a very active man, having built a number of churches and schoolhouses in the county during the past 12 months.
[The Covington Leader, Thursday, July 11, 1918]