Athens Free Press, May 23, 1930
OTIS YOAKUM DIES SUDDENLY
Otis Yoakum was stricken with a heart attack while at work in the Barr mine last Friday morning and died before workmen could bring him to the top. He had been taking medical treatment for heart trouble for some time, but he appeared to be in his usual health when he entered the mine that morning. After working for some time he began to complain of not feeling well and it was thought best to bring him out of the mine. He was placed on a stretcher and started for the top. He died while the cage was coming up.
Otis, son of Robert and Victoria Yoakum, was born at Athens, September 28, 1883, and died Mary 18, 1930, aged 46 years, 7 months and 16 days.
On March 2, 1907, he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Neff. To this union seven children were born, His wife preceded him in death six years ago. He was then united in marriage to Miss Edith Ferguson. To this union two children were born.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Victoria Yoakum, who resides west of this city; three brothers, Allen, Alfred and Thomas Yoakum all of Athens, one sister, Mrs. Mary Ferguson of Athens; his wife, three sons, Kenneth, Jackie and Allen and three daughters Velda, Willetta and Betty Yoakum at home, and one daughter Mrs. Lester Cantrall, of Petersburg.
Funeral services were held at the residence in West Athens, Sunday afternoon, May 18, at 2 o'clock, Rev. Paul J. DuBois, pastor of the Athens Methodist church officiating. Interment was made in the West Cemetery.
Transcribed by:Rajean Gallagher