WHITE, ROXIE MAY - Benton County, Arkansas | ROXIE MAY WHITE - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Roxie May WHITE

Oakley Chapel (Rogers) Cemetery
Benton County,
Arkansas

May 19, 1907 - April 22, 1928
Wife of Alvin O White

*Obituary
Benton County Herald
Thursday, April 26, 1928

WHITE, Roxy - Mrs. Alvie White, aged 30 years, was fatally burned at her home two and one-half miles east of Bentonville Sunday morning when she poured coal oil on a fire in the cook stove. She attempted to quicken the fire by pouring the oil on some live coals when the stove exploded, catching her clothing on fire. Her husband, Alvie White, who was confined to his bed at the time with the flu, heard the explosion and when he got out of bed saw his wife running in the yard with her clothing on fire but in his weakened condition was unable to catch her. Mrs. White was taken to a hospital in Bentonville where she lived only a few hours. The house in which the White family lived was a tenant house owned by W.T. Ivy and was burned to the ground. None of the household goods or personal effects were saved and a small amount of money in currency was also burned. Mrs. White leaves surviving, besides her husband, two small children, Harley, aged four years, and Cecil, one year. The funeral was held at Oakley's Chapel Monday afternoon where interment was made.

*Obituary
Benton County Record & Democrat & Sun
Thursday, April 26, 1928

Mrs. Roxy White, the wife of Alvin White, living on the W.T. Ivy farm northeast of Bentonville, was fatally burned Sunday afternoon when a coal oil can exploded as she was pouring oil on a fire in her cook stove. Medical aid was summoned and she was rushed to Dr. Hurley's hospital where she died a short time afterwards. Following the explosion the house caught fire and both building and household goods were totally destroyed. About $25 in money was also burned. Mr. White was in bed, ill with the flu, and was taken by Mr. Ivy to his home where he is being cared for. His two little motherless children, one four years old and the other but a year, are under Mrs. Ivy's care. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. A.W. Henderson and interment made at Oakley Chapel. The accident occurred about 1:30 Sunday afternoon when Mrs. White picked up a two-gallon coal oil can and poured a quantity of oil on a slow burning fire in the cook stove. The flames burst from the stove into the spout of the can causing it to explode with terrific force, covering Mrs. White and the kitchen with the burning oil. Her entire clothing was burned off from her and her whole body horribly burned. On hearing the explosion Mr. White jumped from his sick bed and rushed to her aid. Mr. Ivy, who lived but about a hundred yards away, helped him carry the mother and babe from the burning building to his home. In a few minutes the house was completely destroyed. Mrs. White lived until about 9 o'clock Sunday night when death kindly ended her suffering. The White family have lived on the Ivy farm for about four years and are highly thought of by Mr. and Mrs. Ivy. About $60 was raised Tuesday by contributions collected by R.O. Cook for the unfortunate father who has the sympathy of this entire community.

Contributed on 3/7/09 by wfields55
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