|Hickman County News
Centreville, Hickman Co., TN
Thurs. Dec. 18, 1924
Humphreys Countian Victim of Drowning
Walter CARNELL, 29, Loses Life in Vain Attempt to Retrieve Slain Fowl from Tennessee River
News has been received here of the tragic death of Walter CARNELL of Waverly, well and popularly known in this county and whose death by drowning occurred on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Britts landing on the Tennessee River. The body was recovered twenty-four hours after the accident, following a search which was hampered by a downpour of rain thruout Sunday.
The remains were prepared for burial by a Waverly undertaker and delivered to the bereaved parents Mr. and Mrs. H. H. CARNELL on Monday morning, followed by funeral services and burial at the Wyley cemetery. Services were under auspices of Hickman-Patterson post American Legion, with a squadron of uniformed soldiers firing a salute and sounding taps at the grave. Among the pall-bearers was Thetus W. TAYLOR of this place.
Details of the tragedy indicate that death occurred after Mr. CARNELL had stepped into an unexpected depth of water in Tennessee River in an effort to secure a wild duck he had killed while hunting with Emmett JOHNSON. Having killed two of the fowls and retrieved one, he is said to have waded into the river in an effort to secure the second when a shout from the victim warned his friend of the perilous situation. Although only a short distance away, Mr. JOHNSON arrived too late to render assistance.
Deceased was a veteran of the late World-War, having been a member of Battery C, 20th Field Artillery, Fifth division. He saw distinguished service in such historic battles as those of St-Mihiel, Argonne Forest and the Meuse, escaping without injury except the result of a slight injury of Poison-gas. He is survived by his aged parents; several sisters and brothers, including Mrs. Edgar STANFIELD of Jackson, Tenn., Mrs. W. F. TURNER and Mrs. Jewell COLLIER of Waverly, and Ed, D. C. and Dr. Harris CARNELL.