George H. Baughcum

Oconee Enterprise
Friday, May 18, 1928
Page One

Oconee Citizen Killed by Automobile

Mr. George H. Baughcum, 36, of Athens, died at a local hospital on Saturday afternoon at 6:15 as a result of being struck by an automobile on Oak street early in the afternoon.

Ralph Shellnutt, driver of the car which struck Mr. Baughcum was booked on police records with a charge of reckless driving before the accident victim died.

According to K.A. Hill, Lumpkin street merchant with whom Shellnutt is employed, Baughcum was riding along Oak street in a car which was traveling in an opposite direction to that of Mr. Shellnutt’s machine. The first car is said to have stopped suddenly, while Mr. Baughcum got out and ran around the back. As he stepped from behind the machine, the other automobile struck him, according to Mr. Hill.

Mr. Baughcum was carried to the hospital by Shellnutt, where he died of a fractured skull.

Mr. Baughcum was on his way to his residence at 145 Inglewood avenue at the time of the accident.

Funeral services were held at the Barnett Shoals Methodis (sic) church at 3 o’clock Sunday afternoon with Rev. Ben Smith of Atlanta in charge, assisted by Rev. S.P. Segars of Barnett Shoals church. Interment following in the Barnett Shaols cemetery, with McDorman-Bridges funeral home in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Baughcum was a member of the woodmen of the world and of the I.O.O.F. At the time of his death he was employed as a machinist.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ossie Baughcum; one daughter, Miss Irene Baughcum; one son, Ernest Baughcum; and a number of aunts, uncles, brother-in-laws and leaves a wide circle of friends to mourn his passing.