Woman Wounded by “Lover” Dies in Hospital
Shot twice by her alleged lover because she refused to take him for a ride in her new car. Mrs. Hugh T. Rodgers, 38, widowed mother of three children, died at 3 a.m. Saturday at Baptist Hospital.
H. Clifton King, manager of Mrs. Rodgers’ farm near Rosemark, shot himself in the temple after wounding her at 2:45 p.m. Friday. He died instantly. Mrs. Rodgers was shot in the abdomen and thru the back.
The only witnesses to the slaying and suicide were Mary Ella Davidson, niece of Mr. Rodgers, and Mr. and Mrs. W.C. King, aged parents of King.
The Rodgers farm is about one-half mile northeast of Rosemark, Mrs. Rodgers inherited it from her second husband, Hugh T. Rodgers, who died March 14 under what his relatives regarded as suspicious circumstances. His body was exhumed six months afterward but an examination failed to reveal any traces of poisoning.
Mrs. Rodgers’ first husband, William Bryan Moore, father of her three children died four years ago.
Mrs. Rodgers will be buried in Halls, Tenn., her former home. Funeral arrangements are in charge of R. S. Maley, Covington, undertaker.
Mrs. Rodgers is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Mattie Fiveash of Munford, Tenn., and two brothers, Claude Davidson of Quito, Tenn., and Barney Davidson, Pine Bluff, Ark.
King, a former conductor, lived at 3893 Central. He is survived by his wife, two children by a former marriage, Mrs. Mary Louise Farrell of Memphis and W. C. King of Graystone Park, N. J.; a brother, C. S. King, of Memphis, and two sisters, Mrs. W. D. Carvell, Allensville, Ky., and Mrs. G. H. Robson, Nashville.
Funeral arrangements for King are in charge of J. T. Hinton & Son.
[Memphis Press Scimitar, Memphis, Tenn., Saturday, December 19, 1931]