BIRCHWOOD YOUTH, 19, DIES OF INJURY
Donald Pendergrass Was Hit by 2 x 4, April 4, Building School Play Scenery
Donald Pendergrass, 19 year old Birchwood High School senior, died in a local hospital Sunday night from a head injury received when a 2 x 4 fell as he helped build stage scenery at the school April 4 for the school play.
His father, Orvele Pendergrass, said the youth did not complain of the injury, received on Monday, until the following Friday morning when he said he had a headache upon rising. The popular senior went to school that day and to the senior banquet that night. Returning from the dinner he became ill, but later rallied and was not carried to the P. & S. Hospital in Cleveland until Saturday, his father said.
He remained in the hospital 12 days, during which his spine was punctured 10 times, the elder Pendergrass said. Believed to be convalescing, he was allowed to return home and suffered no further attack until Sunday, when he was taken to the Cleveland hospital and later brought here. He died about four hours after admission to Erlanger Hospital. His father said the only evidence of the injury was a small knot on his son's head.
The elder Pendergrass said his son was struck by a 2 x 4 which fell when a companion's hand slipped, releasing the heavy timber also being held by young Pendergrass.
The youth was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church in the community.
He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Misses Betty Jean and Barbara Ann Pendergrass.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon at the East Chattanooga Baptist Church, with the Reverend J. N. Bull and Reverend Morros McClanahan officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Submitted by Susan Kendall