Henry Clay Fleming

Henry Clay Fleming, son of Jesse Fleming and Theora Cilia Tingler, was born September 20, 1894 and died after being hit by a C & O Railroad train on October 29, 1936. He served in the US Army during World War I as a sergeant in the 159th Depot Brigade.

Body of Veteran Found Near Track: Brother of Portsmouth Residents Killed By Train

“Greenup October 30 – The body of Henry C Fleming, 43, a World war veteran and a former brakeman employed by the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, was found at 9:30 PM Thursday alongside the eastbound C & O track at Limesville by Clyde Burns, an employee on the “pusher” at the Sciotoville bridge.

“Both legs were broken and the back of his head crushed.”

“Coroner Dr. HH Holbrook ordered the body taken to the LG Stapf funeral parlor where an inquest will be conducted today. The coroner said that a preliminary investigation revealed Mr. Fleming was struck by a train.”

“Mr. Fleming made his home with a sister, Mattie, at Limesville, Other brothers and sisters surviving are: Ben of Raceland; Mrs. Mary Craycraft, Miss Anna Fleming, Miss Mabel Fleming and James of Portsmouth; Miss Avanell Fleming of Minford and Mrs. Viola Belt of Limesville.”

“Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 PM at the home and burial is to follow in the Mt. Ebo cemetery under the direction of LG Stapf.”1

Henry Clay Fleming Death Certificate

  1. Body of Veteran Found Near Track. (1936, October 30). Portsmouth Times, p. 1.
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