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William Burdine Webb
and Ida Franklin

William Burdine Webb
William Burdine Webb b 2 Sept 1874 Letcher Co KY d 27 Apr 1960 Letcher Co KY; s/o Jason Lewis Webb and Leudemia Hubbard. William Burdine Webb m. 1908 to Ida Franklin b 1892 Letcher Co KY d 18 Nov 1929 Sergent, Letcher Co KY; from complications of influenza and typhoid fever; buried Sergent, Letcher Co KY; d/o Byrd Franklin and Mary Jane Addington. Children of William Burdine Webb and Ida Franklin;

1. Edna Webb b abt 1909 Letcher Co KY

2. Delmer T Webb b 9 Apr 1911 Letcher Co KY

3. Edgar D Webb b 6 Jan 1913 Sergent, Letcher Co KY d 19 Mar 1941 Fleming, Letcher Co KY; buried Thornton Cemetery, Thornton, Letcher Co KY; m. 13 Jun 1936 to Bonnie Rhea Shores b 24 Jun 1919 Wise Co VA d 8 Feb 2001; d/o Ambrose Clinton Shores and Martha Caroline Maggard. Bonnie Rhea Shores m. 13 Jan 1950 Big Stone Gap, Wise Co VA to Davis L Shepherd b 3 Dec 1899 d 9 Mar 1975; s/o Henry Shepherd and Nancy Jane Arnold.

4. Violet I Webb b 13 Oct 1915 Letcher Co KY

5. Woodrow Webb b 19 Jul 1918 Letcher Co KY


More About Burdine Webb

Burdine Webb was a well known correspondent for the Mountain Eagle Newspaper and many other magazines and Eastern Kentucky news outlets. An article published in the Mountain Eagle Newspaper, July 22, 1909, Whitesburg, Letcher Co KY stated: A Newspaper Correspondent, W Burdine Webb. Regarding the photo at the top of this page: The above is a very good likeness of Burdine Webb, likely the best known newspaper correspondent in Eastern Kentucky. He is about thirty years of age and use to teach in the public schools, however, he early abandoned teaching and turned his attention to literature. He has wrote much for the leading magazines of the country. He has traveled extensively in many states of the Union taking notes of hill and dale and viewing the country in general. Over a year ago he was married to the youngest daughter of Byrd Franklin the Colly merchant and is now dividing his time in writing for the newspapers and magazines, writing Insurance and farming.

Obituary of Burdine Webb
Mt Eagle Newspaper,
Thursday, April 28, 1960
Death Takes Burdine Webb

William Burdine Webb, who reported news for The Mountain Eagle since it was founded in 1907 by his brother, Nehemiah, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning at Sergent. He was 85. The credit line, "By Burdine Webb," appeared in newspapers over several states for half a century with the news from Letcher County. The Burdine post office was named for him. He was a salesman and a school teacher during his lifetime, but his first interest was news reporting. An hour before he died he had called Alfred Adams in the office of Sheriff Johnny Fulton to ask "What's news?" He claimed that he had been "writing for the papers" since he was 12 years old.

Burdine was one of the 18 children of Jason S Webb, pioneer of Letcher County. A brother of John S Webb, 83, who is reported very ill in a hospital in Louisville, where he lives. John S Webb once custodian of the state capitol at Frankfort under the first Happy Chandler administration. A sister, Mrs. H. W. Salling, lives with a daughter, Mrs. Ida Franklin Webb, died in 1929. He is survived by three sons, Delmer and Ernest, of sergent, and Woodrow, of Fort Pierce, Fla.; three daughters, Mrs. edna Broughman, Mrs. Violet Ashbrook and Mrs. Jewel Broughman, all of Sergent; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Another son, Edgar, died several years ago. Funeral services were to be held tonight at the home at Sergent with William Browning, minister, and others officiating. Burial will be at 2 p. m. Friday at Thornton cemetery, with Johnson Funeral Home in charge.

Obituary of Edgar Webb, s/o Burdine

The Mountain Eagle, Whitesburg, Ky, Thursday, April 3, 1941: Edgar Webb: "I Am On My Way to Canaan's Land" was sung so beautifully and truthfully in the hospital yonder at Fleming by Edgar Webb, as he lay there in the last hours of his life. In the morning of a new day here, Wednesday morning, as the sun broke through the clouds and pushed them back to send its rays down into the valleys and recesses of these hills, Edgar Webb was thinking and singing of another new day, of another new land, where the Son of Righteousness with all His glory was calling for Edgar. As he moved out and away from his life, to a newer life, how sweetly and how beautifully he could sing, "I Am On My Way To Canaan's Land." Last Wednesday morning about five o'clock, the youthful, fearless spirit of our precious brother, son and husband moved out from an afflicted body and was winged away by the angels to ever rest and be with his Master, whom he loved, to live forevermore in Canaan's fair land.

Edgar Webb was born January 6, 1913, departed this life March 19, 1941, at the age of 28 years. He was the son of W. Burdine Webb and Ida Franklin Webb. Was born, reared and spen his life in the environ of Sergent, Ky. For ten years he was a member of the church, a Christian of the highest order. A friend to all. Some ten years ago, while a mere boy, he professed faith in the Saviour, confessed His name to his family, and his friends to ever live a shining diadem in the congregaion of the Lord. His greatest love and desire was to preach "Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life." Oft times he told others how precious He was to him and how precious. He could be to them. He oft times said, "Some day when I leave here My Saviour will take me to live with my mother." How true it became on that Wednesday morning and how thankful we all should be he was prepared in that way to go.

In his passing he leaves his wife, Bonnie Webb, his father, Burdine Webb; and the following brothers and sisters: Edna Webb, Delmer Webb, Woodrow Webb, Ernest Webb, Viola Ashbrook and Jewell Webb, and may other relatives and a host of friends who mourn his passing. In his last hours he talked continuously about the Bible, quoting Scripture and sung some several stanzas of the song, "I Am On My Way To Canaan's Land". He told his brother, in his concluding words, that Jesus had come after him and so today, he has gone, he has left us, but he is not dead. The death of such a young man as this is but the unloosening of his power. It is not despair, nor failure or collapse, but it is victory. His life, his good deeds will live on. He was a good man in the sight of the Lord and the walk, the work, and the words of Edgar Webb and the character he built and the influence he set in motion, will live on until the stars have faded from glory.

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