Girl Killed By Shotgun Blast in 1970


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 2/26/1970.

2/26/1970 - Peggy Sue Conley, 8, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Noble Conley, Minnora, died Saturday, February 21, from effects of a gunshot wound in the forehead.

Officers investigating the shooting said that it appeared to have been an accidental shooting. The child was at home with her two brothers and two sisters, the parents having gone to a nearby house which was being consumed by fire when the accident occurred.

An ambulance was sent from Grantsville about 10:30 a.m., and the child was brought to Calhoun General hospital. She was sent from there to Charleston General hospital where she died a few minutes after arrival.

Survivors include her parents; two sisters, Judith and Shirley Conley; two brothers, Richard and Kenneth Conley, all at home; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Conley of Chloe and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Alfred of Arnoldsburg.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 24, at the Minnora Methodist church with the Rev. Kenneth Cruikshanks and the Rev. Johnny Alfred officiating. Burial was in the Minnora Cemetery.