July 31, 1921
J. E. WEST DIES ON PORCH OF HOME
Driver Of Hose Truck in Fire Department Suffers Fatal Heart Attack
J. E. West, 65 years old, for many years the driver of the hose truck in the Hampton fire department, died very suddenly yesterday afternoon on the porch of his home in Court street. Mr. West left the engine house to go in his residence, about 100 yards away, in apparently good health. A little later, he was found lying on the porch floor dead. It is believed that he attempted to sit in the swing, when he was suddenly stricken with a heart attack and expired. He had been a sufferer from heart trouble at intervals for the past few years.
Dr. George K Vanderslice, the coroner was informed of the death of Mr. West by the chief of Police Eugene C. Caton, and after viewing the body gave a certificate of death from heart failure.
Mr. West had been connected with the fire department for several years and was held in high esteem by the officers and members of the department, as well as by many people through out the city.
Mr. West is survived by the following children; Vaiden West, Mrs. J. W. Schwartz, R. H. West, Benjamin T. West, and Edward West.
The members of the Hampton fire department will attend the funeral services in a body.
The funeral services will be held from the Church of Christ at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon and burial will be made in Oakland cemetery.
The pallbearers will be; R. B. Tennis, J. W. Tennis, A. A. Patrick, Robert Allen, H. E. Keithley, and D. R. Keithley.
Capt. Charles W. Vail, Chaplain at the Soldiers Home, will conduct the services.