June 5, 1927
Cadiz Record
Delmos Joiner Drowned In Little River Sunday
Popular Young Man Meets Death While Swimming At White's Mill
Three Days' Vigilant Search Has Failed In The Recovery Of The Body
A tragedy that brought deep sorrow to hundreds of friends throughout all the surrounding country was the drowning of Delmos Joiner at White's mill in Little river last Sunday afternoon.
Young Joiner and Mitchell Cunningham went to the river for a swim. After donning their bathing suits, both humped from the o ld bridge into the turbulent waters of little river just below the dam of White's Mill.
After the first dive into the river both swam ashore and after a rest, young Joiner jumped into the water a second time, young Cunningham planning to follow him.
Quite a number of people were at the river, having gone down to see the new bridge. They saw the boys in the water, and when young Joiner dived the second time, they saw him struggling in the very, swift water just below the water fall from the dam. He called for help and a short rope with a small wire on one end was thrown to him. He grasper the wire in his struggle, but his hands soon slipped from it, and the last seen of him was about half way between the old bridge and the new. Several saw his head come above the water and sink again into the swift stream and that is the last that was seen of him.
The alarm was at once given, and in a short while hundreds of people had rushed to the scene.
Men in boats and others from the bank began to drag the river with hooks and poles with hooks on them. This was kept up until a late hour Sunday night.
Thompson Powell was put in charge of the rescue work to direct the activities, and Monday and Tuesday the river was dragged and wire placed across the stream in a number of places for some miles down the river hoping to land the body, but no trace of the drowned youth has yet been found.
A professional diver from the coast guards of Nashville reached here Monday night about two o'clock and several attempts were made to reach the bottom of the river, but nothing was accomplished and the man returned to Nashville.
The swift water as it pours over the mill dam made the search most hazardous and rescuers ran the change of being sucked into the swollen stream as had been the fate of the young man for whose body they were searching.
A number of men have taken part in the search all the week and boat trips down below Mershon's bridge have been made with no results. The search was kept up yesterday, but hope of recovering the body until it comes to the top of the water is due course of time has almost been abandoned.
It is the supposition that when the young man dived into the water a second time, he hit too near the suction caused by the water fall over the dam and was instantly drawn to the bottom and was unable to free himself from the water.
The tragedy has brought much sorrow and gloom to hundreds of friends of the young man and his family.
He was the second son of Jailer Dick Joiner and would have been nineteen years of age in July.
He was one of the grades from Cadiz High School a month ago and was one of the most popular and likeable young men of the class and of the community. He was a handsome young man, with an attractive personality and was a great favorite among his numerous associates. He was a member of the baseball and basket ball teams; and expert swimmer and a real athlete.
In the social life of the community he was popular and was a great favorite among his teachers.
He was a member ------- church and was a regular attendant at Sunday school and took part in all the activities of his church.
Besides the father, he is survived by three brothers, Orris, Conrad and Marion Joiner.
The sympathy of all goes out to the bereaved father and brothers in the tragedy that was

June 10, 1927
Cadiz Record
Delmas Joiner's Body Found Last Friday
Body Found Near Spot Where Friend Had Dreamed It was Night Before
Hundreds Attend Funeral And Burial Of Popular Young Man Drowned Here
The body of Delmos Joiner, who was drowned in Little river at White's mill on Sunday afternoon, June 5th, was found less than three hundred yards below the new bridge early last Friday.
And the finding came about in a most unusual way. It was located following a dream of Walter Williams, of Calloway county, who had come to Cadiz with Calloway county relatives of young Joiner to aid in searching for the body, and he had assisted in the search several days before.
Williams awoke during the night and told Cunningham he had dreamed that while Cunningham was dragging the spot where the young man dived into the river, that he, Williams, had located the body in some willows in an eddy some three hundred yards below. He suggested that they get up and go at once to the spot. AT the suggestion of the uncle, they remained in bed until daylight, and getting early breakfast, they went at once to the river, and within six feet of the spot where Williams dreamed the body was, it was found, having been caught in some willows near the bank, as Williams had dreamed.
The finding was soon notated and a small boat near was at once taken to the scene and the body carried to the iron bridge below and then taken to the undertaking establishment of T. H. Fuqua, and there prepared for burial.
The body had been in the water for more than a hundred hours, but had changed but little and the features of the young man were very natural when taken from the water.
After the body was prepared for burial it was taken to the home of the father, Jailer F. N. Joiner. At sic o'clock brief services were held at the home, conducted by Rev. E. R. Noel. Then it was taken to the East End Cemetery for burial. A fuller service was held at the grave, conducted by the pastor of the young man, Rev. C. C. Monin, of Christian church, and burial followed by the side of the mother who died some months ago.
The pallbearers were the intimate associates of the young man, who were his school mates and companions on the ball team and were: Prof. J. S. Byrd, Felix Ladd, Ralph Magraw, Billy Warren, Vernon Moore and Horace Bush.
One of the largest crowds ever seen at a funeral and burial service in Cadiz was present to pay a last tribute to the memory of one of the most popular young men of the community who had lost his life while swimming in Little river.
Among the relatives and friends from Calloway county who came to Cadiz to assist the many here who kept up the search from the time of the drowning until the body was discovered from the river were Albert Cunningham, an uncle, Walter Williams, whose dreams solved the where abouts of the young man, Troy Ahart, E. Farris, Elvin Giles, Elvin Lee.
The burial service held late in the afternoon, with schoolmates and classmates from all section of the county attending in a body, with hundreds of other friends from both the town and surrounding county, was most impressive, and sorrow shown by hundreds in the large crowd present indicated the high standing of the young man among his associates and companions among the people, both young and old.

In Memory of Lelia Joiner

The death angel visited the home of Mr and Mrs Willie Joiner on the first day of March and took from them their fourteen year old daughter than was burned very badly.
She suffered six weeks and one day.

She was a prosperous young girl and all that knew her loved her. She had father, mother, two sisters, two brothers to mourn her death. She was buried at the old Jonathan Joiner grave yard. Mar 1905 - Cadiz Record


             Mary Alice Thomas Joiner, 59, Fountain, Fla.,
             formerly of Hopkinsville, died at 6:06 a.m.
             Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at Bay Medical Hospital,
             Panama City, Fla., of natural causes.

             Arrangements are incomplete at Hughart and Beard
             Funeral Home, Hopkinsville.

             MARY A. JOINER

             Services for Mary Alice Thomas Joiner, 59,
             Fountain, Fla., formerly of Hopkinsville, will
             be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hughart and Beard Funeral
             Home, Hopkinsville, with the Rev. Donald Rogers

             Burial will be in Powell Cemetery. Visitation will
             be from 4 until 8 tonight and from 4 until 8
             Saturday night.

             A native of Christian County, she was born Oct.
             20, 1940, the daughter of Raymond L. Thomas,
             Fountain, Fla., and the late Francis Joiner Thomas
             Mason. She was a daycare operator and a member
             of the Round Lake Baptist Church, Round Lake,

             In addition to her father, survivors include her
             husband, Roy Dorris Joiner; stepmother, Mary
             Thomas, Fountain; a son, Dorris Joiner,
             Clarksville, Tenn.; seven brothers, Robert Lee and
             Thomas Ray Thomas, both of Kent City, Mich.,
             Raymond L. Thomas Jr., McIntosh, N. Mex.,
             Joseph Lee Thomas, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.,
             Raymond Mason, Carl Franklin Mason and Frank
             Boyd Mason, all of Kentucky; four sisters, Nadin
             Coleman, Nashville, Tenn., Louise King, Cedar
             Springs, Mich., Margaret Ann Mason and Mae
             Frances Mason, both of Kentucky; three
             stepbrothers, Earl Thomas, Waterford, Mich.,
             Robert D. Bonner, Fountain, and George Bonner,
             Panama City; two stepsisters, Linda Dargie and
             Rose DeYoung, both of Kentucky and four

             Memorials may be made to Gideon's International.

Rebeckah JOINER

KY Death Record # 30118 1911 (DELAY)
Born: Apr. 14, 1899 in Trigg County, KY
Died: Oct. 19, 1911 in Trigg County, KY
Aged 12 years, 6 months, 5 days
Cause of Death: Tubercular Arthritis of Hip Joint
Contributor: Typhoid Fever
Buried: Trigg County, KY
Informant: Clemins JOINER of Weaver's Store, TN
Father: Clements JOINER b. Trigg County, KY
Mother's Maiden Name: Bettie JOINER b. Stewart County, TN

Pennyrile Deaths - April 9, 1999
Ora Elizabeth Joiner, 84, LaFayette Road, died at 8:32 a.m. Thursday at Jennie Stuart Medical Center following a long illness.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Flat Lick Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Robert W. Dixon officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation. will be from 5 until 8 tonight at Hughart and Beard Funeral Home, Hopkinsville.
A native of Trigg County, she was born Nov. 16, 1914, the daughter of the late Giley and Lilious Williams Boren. She was a homemaker and a member of the Flat Lick Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Her husband, Ervin Spence Joiner, died in 1983.
Survivors include a son, Ervin Eugene Joiner, Hopkinsville; a sister, Francis Joiner, Hopkinsville; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
August 9, 1926
Cadiz Record - Trigg Co Ky
Long Illness Proves Fatal
End Came To Mrs. Dick Joiner Tuesday Afternoon At One O'clock
Splendid Lady With Many Friends Had Suffered For Many Months Past
Mrs. Vangie Cunningham Joiner, a splendid Cadiz lady and wife of Mr. R. N. Joiner, Jailer of Trigg county, died Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock after a lingering illness of several years.
For many weeks past her condition had become quite critical and her death had been expected for several weeks.
Mrs. Joiner was forty three years of age last December and was a daughter of the late E. Alex Cunningham, for many years a prominent citizen living near Canton, and who died in Cadiz some years ago, where he had lived for a brief time.
She is survived by her husband and four sons, Orris, Delmus, Conrad and Marion Joiner. She is also survived by four brothers and five sisters.
Mrs. Joiner was a devoted member of the Baptist church. She was a woman held in high esteem by her host of friends and until declining health came to her, did much for the good of others and always proved a devoted wife and mother, and a kind and helpful neighbor.
Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at two o'clock conducted by Dr. W. E. Mitchell, pastor of the Cadiz Baptist church, and Rev. John T. Cunningham of Princeton.
Burial took place at East End Cemetery, a large crowd of sorrowing friends and relatives being present.

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