1933 Tornado

70 Years Ago In Overton County

May 6, 1933 to May 12, 1933

20 dead, many hurt, in Overton Tornado
The little mountain settlement of Bethsaida bore the brunt of a tornado early Wednesday morning, leaving a score dead and many more injured. The Dead: Mr. and Mrs. Boss LACEY, Mrs. Mary REESER, Ed HOPKINS and daughter, Barbara HOPKINS, Eunice COLE, wife, and seven children, Millard ALLRED, Hughey BEATTY, Ray REAGAN, Hershell PHILLIPS, Mrs. Ambrose KING, and daughter, Epsie KING. While natives of this village, two miles East of Monroe, search the wooded hills for other bodies, residents predicts more deaths will be registered by the week-end. The tornado exceeds in death and destruction the one in Nashville several weeks ago, and is perhaps the worst the state has ever had.


May 13, 1933 to May 19, 1933

Services held for tornado victims

Funeral services for Mr. and Mrs. Una COLE and seven children were conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Red Hill Cemetery. Mr. COLE was a veteran of the World War and was wounded twice while in action in France. The entire family of nine were buried in one grave. This is the largest number ever to be buried in a single grave in this section. Mr. COLE is survived by two brothers, A.P. COLE, of Lum, Michigan, and J.H. COLE, of Oakley; and four sisters, Mrs. Laura TAYLOR, Creston, Mrs. Eva PARSONS, Crossville, Mrs. Meggie WINNINGHAM, Cookeville, and Mrs. Susie DUNCAN, McMinnville. Mrs. COLE is survived by her mother, Mrs. Martha PRYOR, and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral services of Mrs. Mary REESER and son-in-law, Edd HOPKINS, and her daughter, Barbara, were conducted Monday morning with burial in the Beaty Cemetery. Mrs. REESER is survived by four sons, Jasper, Walter, Manson, and Ridley; and four daughters, Mrs. Belle STEWART, Mrs. Rosetta THOMAS, Mrs. Porter REAGAN, and Mrs. Edd HOPKINS. Besides his wife, Mr. HOPKINS is survived by three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services for Huey BEATY were conducted Friday afternoon with burial in Beaty Cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Liza BEATY; one sister, Mrs. Ellen COOPER; and three brothers, Johnnie, Arter, and Virgil.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ambrose KING and daughter, Miss Eppie KING, and Ray REAGAN were conducted at the Smith graveyard on Friday. Miss KING and Mr. REAGAN were buried side by side as they were soon to be married. Mrs. KING is survived by her husband and the following children, Allard, Oral, R.D., Ward, Aline, Ericilla, William, and Mrs. Opal REAGAN. Ray REAGAN is survived by his parents.

Funeral services for Hershel PHILLIPS were conducted Thursday at Bethsaida, and the funeral service of his sister, Estelle PHILLIPS, 19, who died in a Nashville hospital Monday, were conducted at Poplar Springs in the Second District Tuesday. They are survived by their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe PHILLIPS; two brothers, Clarence Lee and Thurman; and two sisters, Arnia and Ozelle.

The funeral services of Mr. and Mrs. Boss LACY, who lived on West Fork in Pickett County, were conducted on Thursday. Mr. LACY is survived by his mother, Mrs. Frank LACY; a sister, Mrs. Garfield ROBBINS; and three brothers, Roscoe, Walter, and Clyde.

Funeral of M. Miller ALLRED, 69, was conducted on Thursday with burial in the Allred graveyard. He is survived by his wife and four sons, Corlo, Homer, Claude, and Garland, and two daughters, Mrs. Jimbo BIBEE and Mrs. Genie BOWERS.