DEATH OF OSCAR D.
Chief of Police, Oscar D. Duncan died Friday A.M. at 6:30 o'clock
at the Kings' Daughters Hosp. in this city of gangrene as a result
of diabetes. His death followed an operation for amputation
of his right leg between the ankle and knee, which was performed
on Monday afternoon. He had been a sufferer from diabetes for more
than a year. A month ago, gangrene developed in his great toe and
gradually spread until his entire right foot was affected, and the
operation was resorted to as a last resort in the hope of saving
his life. Being physically unable to withstand the shock he
gradually grew worse until the end came Friday morning.
Oscar Duncan was born near Jacksonville in this county fifty-two
years ago. His early life was spent on a farm in this county and
eighteen years ago he moved from Clay Village to this city. A
short time later he became a member of the police force of the
city and proved himself a brave and fearless officer. Six
years ago he was elected Chief, which post he held at the time of
his death. Several months ago he entered the race for the
Democratic nomination for Jailer of Shelby Co. and was prosecuting
his canvass, when over-taken by the fatal illness.
Chief Duncan is survived by his wife, who was formally Miss Belle
Peyton of Franklin Co. and seven children, four daughters, Mrs.
Stella Donahue of this city, Mrs. Geo. J. Bishop of Indianapolis;
Mrs. James Shackelford of Ashland, Ky.; and Miss Pauline Duncan
who resides at home, and three sons, William Duncan of Neward,
N.J.; Thompson and Frank Duncan of this place.
The funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church Sunday
afternoon at 2:30 o'clock by the pastor, Dr. T. H. Athey. The
internment was in Grove Hill Cemetery. The pall-bearers were
Lewis Carwile and C. B. Arnsparger, of the police force and
Everett Carter, Ed Amyx, Scott Moore and Ed Rice, of the fire
by: Phyllis Shackelford Hedges from the Shelby
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