William McKinley Caudill
and Georgia Helen Parsons

William McKinley "Little Bill" Caudill
William McKinley "Little Bill" Caudill Death Certificate
William McKinley "Little Bill" Caudill Tombstone Jim Brown Cemetery, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY
William McKinley Little Bill Caudill b 1 Oct 1918 Letcher Co KY d 6 Nov 1938 Fleming, Letcher Co KY; buried Jim Brown Cemetery, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; s/o William McKinley Big Bill Caudill and Rebecca J Becky Adams. William was slashed to death by Lester Amburgey; s/o Monroe Amburgey. William McKinley Little Bill Caudill was only 20 years old at the time of his death. William McKinley Little Bill Caudill m. 23 Aug 1937 Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY to Georgia Helen Parsons b 23 May 1923 d 20 Feb 2002; buried Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher Co KY; d/o Willis Burton Parsons and Ruby Evelyn Kilbourne. Child of William McKinley Little Bill Caudill and Georgia Helen Parsons;

1. Frank Richard Caudill b 3 Nov 1939 Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY d 24 May 1992 Bowling Green, Warren Co KY.


Georgia Helen Parsons
and Hillard Roberts

Georgia Helen Parsons b 23 May 1923 KY d 20 Feb 2002 Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY; d/o Willis Burton Parsons and Ruby Evelyn Kilbourne. Georgia Helen Parsons m. Hillard Roberts b 1922; s/o Frank Roberts and Nervesta Bolling.


Young Man Slashed To Death By Knife
Mountain Eagle Newspaper Whitesburg, Kentucky
Thursday Edition 10 Nov 1938

A sensation was created in the County Seat Saturday night when a young man, Billie Caudill, 22, of Dry Fork, seriously cut and slashed on the head, face and throat and apparently nearly bled to death was brought to Dr. Collier's office here and after slight surgical attention was rushed to Fleming hospital. The badly butchered young man died from his wounds Sunday morning without gaining consciousness.

The cutting took place on Little Colly about dark Saturday (5 Nov 1938) night. It is said that Billie Caudill and Dana Smith, daughter of the late Hocker Smith were walking down the road when Lester Amburgey, 18, son of Monroe Amburgey, residing in the neighborhood walked up and began using a knife on young Caudill. In the fray Miss Smith was cut in the arm. Jealousy on the part of young Amburgey is said to have prompted the tragedy.

William Caudill, Jr., was a son of William Caudill, a grandson of Mrs. Bettie Adams of Dry Fork and a nephew of Dock and Alvin Adams, well-known citizens of near the County Seat. He was a graduate of the Whitesburg High School, class of 1936, and regarded as a very excellent young man.

Soon after the cutting, young Amburgey fled from the scene. Officers have been on the lookout for him but so far he has not been arrested. A reward of $100 has been poster for his arrest. He has a great number of relatives and friends in the county.

LATER: Officers succeeded in arresting young Amburgey and placing him in jail here. An examining trial will be held this week.


"Grand Jury Reports Three Indictments"
The Mountain Eagle Newspaper
5 Jan 1939, page 1, column 1

The Grand Jury made its first report on Tuesday and returned three indictments one of which charged young Lester Amburgey with the murder of William Caudill, a young man who lost his life When severely shot (stabbed) on Little Colly a few months ago. Young Amburgey was brought into court and his trial set for Thursday, Jan. 12th (1939). On the same page of that issue, in column 7, the members of the Grand Jury are listed as follows: Lawrence Webb, James Fields, Dawson Dixon, Sherman Baker, Delzie Collins, Troy Stamper, Frank Mullins, Elihu Blair, Beckham Bates, John H. Campbell, John H. Craft, and Sam Blair - foreman.


"Young Man Gets Life Sentence"
Mountain Eagle News
29 Jan 1939, page 1, column 1

Lester Amburgey, edging around 18, charged with the murder of William Caudill another young man on Little Colly about two months ago confessed to the charge in Circuit Court a few days ago and was given a life sentence in the state penitentiary. Young Amburgey heard the verdict of the jury without flinching glad to escape a worse penalty - and was soon after sentenced by the Court. He belongs to one of our best families, one of the leading ones of the mountains and one of the first settlers.


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