Event Person

1971: Two Killed in West Portsmouth Crash

Orville Mosley was born September 27, 1909 and died August 29, 1971.

“Two local men were killed and two others injured in a traffic crash at 6:40 PM Sunday on Route 73, north of Galena Pike.”

“The deaths of Orville Mosley, 62, of Hill Road, West Portsmouth, and William Hanely of Wheelersburg, Route 2 boosts rural fatalities to nine, and the county’s toll for the year to 13.”

Waynard Mosely, 61, of 521 Fourth Street, is reported in satisfactory condition in the intensive care unit at University Hospital in Columbus, and Robert Eagle, 35, of McDermott, complained of injury but was not treated.”

“Highway patrolmen said the two Mosley men and Hanley were in a pickup truck that collided with a tractor trailer driven by Eagle. The pickup truck went down an embankment.”

“Patrolmen have not determined who was driving the track, which was demolished. The tractor trailer, owned by Taylor Lumber Company, sustained moderate damage.”

“Orville Mosley was dead on arrival at Scioto Memorial Hospital, and Hanley died at the hospital around 10 PM. Mosley suffered a skull fracture in the accident, and Hanley sustained multiple injuries.”

“A native of New Boston, Hanley was employed as a construction worker by Henry Hawkins Construction Company, of Wheelersburg and was a World War II Army veteran.”

“Surviving are his stepfather and mother, Roy and Lucy McNeal of Wheelersburg Route 2; three sons, John A., serving with the Air Force at Loring, Maine, William L., 2013 Seventh Street, and Richard L, of Grandview Avenue; three daughters, Mrs. Betty Reed of Calhoun, Kentucky, Mrs. Lucy Richendollar, 2013 Seventh Street, and Mrs. Mary Craft of Lucasville; a brother, Augustus Hanley of Wheelersburg route 2; a stepbrother, Leonard McNeal of Shively, Kentucky, and a sister, Mrs. Flora Dever, 1505 Bonser Avenue, Sciotoville.”

“Services are to be conducted Wednesday at 2 PM at Harrison Funeral Home, with Reverends Henry Hawkins and Calvin Smith officiating. Interment is to be in Wheelersburg Cemetery.”

“Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 PM tonight.”

“Arrangements for Mosley are pending at Roger W. Davis Funeral Home.”1

The Obituary of Orville Mosley

“Funeral services are to be held at 1 PM Thursday at Roger W Davis Funeral Home for Orville Mosley, 62, of Hill Road, Portsmouth Route 5, who was dead on arrival Sunday at Mercy Hospital following an automobile accident Sunday night on Route 73, north of Galena Pike.”

“Surviving are a son, Jackie O. Mosley of Hill Road, Portsmouth Route 5; and five brothers, McKinley and Harvey of Slab Run, Portsmouth Route 5, Waynard C. of Hill Road, Herbert of Port Clinton and Kelse of Columbus.”

“Interment is to be in Larkin Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 tonight.”2

Third Truck Accident Victim Dies

Waynard Cordell Mosley, 56, of Portsmouth Route 5, died Thursday at University Hospital in Columbus of injuries sustained in an August 29 traffic accident on Route 73, north of Galena Pike.”

“Mosley was one of three passengers in a pickup truck that collided with a tractor-trailer driven by Robert Eagle. Waynard Mosley’s brother, Orville, 62, and William Hanely were killed in the crash.”

“Mosley is survived by two sons, Jerry of Portsmouth Route 1 and Ralph of McDermott Route 1; three daughters, Mrs. Joann Webb and Mrs. Charlotte Webb, both of Fairborn, and Mrs. Delores Eltering of Slocum Station; four brothers, McKinley and Harvey of Portsmouth Route 5, Herbert of Port Clinton, and Kelse of Columbus; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.”

“Services are to be conducted at 2 PM Sunday at Roger W Davis Funeral Home, with Ernest Burton officiating, and interment in Scioto Burial Park.”

“Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 tonight.”3

  1. Two Killed in West Side Crash. (1971, August 30). Portsmouth Times, p. 1.
  2. Orville Mosley. (1971, August 31). Portsmouth Times, p. 9.
  3. 3rd Truck Accident Victim Dies. (1971, October 8). Portsmouth Times, p. 1.