Kentucky Players: Missing Biography

The date of death of the following Kentucky players has been tentatively identified. Those with a (P) have a photograph available if useful. Those with a (**) have a biography or obituary, however those without do not. Any assistance in confirming this information or in obtaining or locating biographical information is appreciated. This type of information may possibly be available in appropriate local or national newspapers or from relatives.

For listings which have not been confirmed, a best guess has been made based on the uniqueness of the name, middle initial if known, age of person as it relates to the expected birth year and even place of death. A major source of this information comes from the KYrootsweb website which lists any person who died in the state of Kentucky between 1911 and 2000. Another useful site is the Social Security Death Index which provides DOB and DOD information on virtually anyone who received a social security benefit, along with FindAGrave. The hometown when the player was in college, the place of death and residence of death is given (if known) in order to assist in locating appropriate obituaries or biographies. If you have any relevant information, please contact me at the address below. For more information on the other type of data I am searching for with my site, please check the following page.

Status: Confirmed - Need Obit - The dates have generally been confirmed by an outside source, however an obituary is still desired.
PlayerLast Season
Played
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Death
Hometown
(at School)
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of Birth
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Place of Death
Notes
Carl Ellis Althaus (P) (A)1942-432/11/2009 (**)Louisville, KY4/20/19211921NANA--Born in Louisville in 1921. Check Santa Ana (CA) ( ) ask for lookup or Louisville KY LCJ (X checked Feb 12-15 nothing) Search newspapers (X - nothing)
Chester Edward Duff (P) (A)1944-455/17/2000Darfork, KY11/27/19241924NANAHazard, KY-from Perry County obits online/ Perry County News S/88-030) ( X ) Does not say whether he played at UK or not. Check with Clifford Duff or Roy Edward Duff of New Albany IN (Nephews) ( ) Per Obituary Search, check Floyd County Times (S-167) 26-MAY-2000.
Bernard Opper (P) (A)1938-392/24/2000 (**)New York, NY9/1/19151915NANA-Encino, CACheck NY papers or Encino, Los Angeles County, CA ( ) papers (outside library)
Bobby Lee Slusher (P) (A)1958-598/3/2008Four Mile, KY11/17/19381938NANA--Check Fort Wayne IN Newspaper Fort Wayne News Sentinel MF 1101 ( )

Status: Found Obit - Need Confirmation - An obituary has been located, however it does not provide enough information to confirm this is the same person who played basketball at Kentucky. Generally requires additional information or a more extensive obituary.
PlayerLast Season
Played
Known Date of
Death
Hometown
(at School)
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of Birth
Estimated
Birth Year
Unconfirmed
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Date of Death
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Place of Death
Notes
John Carr (A)1919-209/16/1974 (**)Somerset, KY9/22/18991899NANA--Believe John G. Carr. Check Somerset paper Somerset Observer S-76-085 ( ) Commonwealth Journal S-577 ( ). Danville Advocate Messenger confirmed he attended Somerset HS and UK. Still want to confirm he was the same who played basketball for UK.
Bill Morris Chambers (P) (A)1944-451/10/2017 (**)Huntington, WV10/10/19241924NANA---
Keith W. Farnsley (P) (A)1940-415/2/1990 (**)New Albany, IN2/11/19181918NANA--Checked New Albany IN library (outside library) (X - received) Asked for lookup. Still need confirmation.
Edward H. Gough (P)
[Edward] (A)
1937-388/1/1986 (**)Lexington, KY5/11/19151915NANA--Check WWII military records ( ) Check Palm Beach, FL ( )
William Heizer (P)
[William] (A)
1926-279/1/1994 (**)Lexington, KY4/29/19081908NANAFayetteFayetteTry William L. Heizer. Check Lexington LHL. 9/3/1994 B2 ( X ) LHL doesn't confirm he played at UK. Confirm with relatives ( ) or do search of Lexington Herald for other biographical info ( )
Roger Layne (P) (A)1950-51-McKamie, AR-19282/20/19296/16/2005--Check Oklahoma City, OK paper Daily Oklahoman LOC #1429 (X - small blurb on Sunday 19-JUN, no paid obit) or other ( ) - outside library. Ask for lookup ( )
Darrell M. Lorance (P) (A)1945-4610/20/2013 (**)Conway, MO2/28/19281928NANA--Check East Moline IL paper ( ) for confirmation. (Moline Dispatch has similar obituary to Lebanon (MO) Daily Record. Likely will need to confirm with relative.
Junior Marvin Lyons (P)
[Junior] (A)
1927-289/23/1985 (**)Ashland, KY5/23/19081908NANA--Likely name is Junior Marvin Lyons. Probably last established in Ashland in 1949. Check LHL ( ) and Ashland papers ( ).
Fred Louis McLane (P) (A)1929-305/19/1988 (**)Newport, KY4/11/19081908NANA--Check Fort Thomas Campbell County Recorder S81-075 ( X not mentioned in 5/25 edition) or Kenton County Kentucky Post S 365 (X - found short obit no confirmation) or Cincinnati papers. ( ) ( ) Need to confirm this is the right person. His father may have been mayor of Newport. Check WWII military records ( )
George Carter Montgomery (P) (A)1902-031/31/1951 (**)Liberty, KY10/11/18821882NANA--May have lived in Chicago.
William Lawrence Poyntz (P) (A)1923-249/2/1960 (**)Covington, KY7/25/19021902NANA--Died 3-SEP-1960 in Detroit MI but need to confirm right person. Thought to have lived in Cincinnati area, Scarsdale NY and Michigan.
Ruric Creegan Roark (A)1903-045/9/1962 (**)Lexington, KY3/13/18871887NANA--Likely Ruric Creegan Roark, died in Washington D.C. May 9, 1962. (X ) Check Canton PA ( ) outside library.
James S. Robertson (P)
[James] (A)
1940-415/11/1982 (**)Eminence, KY3/7/19221922NANAWilmore--
Robert Strohm (P) (A)1936-378/28/2002 (**)Chicago, IL3/16/19161916NANA--Name is J. Robert Strohm. Short obit in Winnetka IL paper available but need confirmation. Check Palm Beach ( ) / Boynton Beach ( ) Fl papers. Outside library.
Lawrence Brown Waters (A)1904-05-Middletown, KY-188412/24/18849/27/1933--May be Walters. Catalog lists Lawrence Brown Waters from Middletown. LCJ has short obit on 29-SEP-1933. Try Middletown KY paper ( ) - not at UK. Closest town is Louisville.
James E. Wilhelm (P) (A)1920-219/5/1982 (**)Paducah, KY10/28/18981898NANA--Short obit in Alameda CA paper (X - received) outside library. Check Lex. Herald ( X - nothing Sept 6-9 ) and Leader ( )
Charles Roy Wright (A)1904-0511/10/1952 (**)Lexington, KY4/11/18831883NANA--Assume is Charles Roy Wright. Check 10-NOV-1952 in San Francisco. San Francisco Chronicle (X) LOC # Self-Serve; San Francisco Examiner ( ) LOC #0984; Ask for Lookup. ( ). Check Lexington Herald (X - searched 10-20 NOV 1952) Leader ( )

Status: High - Based on the evidence at hand, it is believed that the estimated date is accurate. This is usually attributed to an uncommon name which matches an expected birth year or a solid matching of expected birth year, name (including middle initial) and location.
PlayerLast Season
Played
Known Date of
Death
Hometown
(at School)
Known Date
of Birth
Estimated
Birth Year
Unconfirmed
Birth Year
Unconfirmed
Date of Death
Unconfirmed
Residence
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Place of Death
Notes
Charles Edward Albert (P) (A)1925-26-Winchester, KY-190310/21/19036/7/1998--Likely moved to Houston TX in 1926. Check Kansas City Star 9-JUL-1998. ( )
John Campbell (P) (A)1910-11-Butler, KY-18881/29/188610/1/1947Morgantown (WV)Morgantown (WV)Last established living in Morgantown WV ~ 1921. Probably died in 1947 in Morgantown per find a grave for John P. Campbell (married to Viola Myrtle Hall). Check Morgantown Dominion News ( ) available on newspaperarchive
Robert Davis (P) (A)1936-373/14/1980Dayton, KY5/5/19141914NANA--Try Dayton KY / Campbell County Recorder S81-075 ( ) KY Post ( ) Cincinnati Papers ( )
Jay Harmon Gaiser (P)
[Jay] (A)
1911-126/18/1978Lexington, KY8/17/18901890NANANew York, NY-SS Residence in Westchester NY [Bedford County], issued in NY. Est. DOD is June 1978, no day given. Suggested DOB is 8/17/1890. Check outside library ( ) Greenwich CT June 18, 1978. Also check Lexington Herald (X searched 19-30 JUN 1978) and Leader (X )
Harry Curry Gorham (P) (A)1943-44-Lexington, KY-19242/27/19265/25/2003--Check Lex. Herald Leader (X - no ) - Doesn't appear in electronic search.
James L. Hughes (P) (A)1931-32-Georgetown, KY-1911-5/7/1980--Check Georgetown News & Times S 264 ( ). Try Lex. Herald ( ) and Leader ( ). For some reason checked May editions but need to check April 7 and later.
Herbert E. Jerome (P) (A)1933-345/12/1992 (**)Tulsa, OK9/26/19101910NANA--Most likely died in Tulsa OK 12-May-1992. Tulsa World ( X) LOC #1431. Short blurb on 13th, nothing after.
Robert Edward Lavin (P)
[Robert] (A)
1921-22-Paris, KY8/31/19001900-11/1/1972--WWI registration card gives dob as 8/31/1900. SSDI lists dod as Nov. 1972 in Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. Check New York paper ? ( ) Paris KY paper Citizen Advisor (weekly) S686 ( X - checked all of November and 1st week of December, not there.) Searched Lex Herald archives for Lavin 1-30-NOV-1972 No hits. Searched Newspapers.com on 5-JUL-1972 over month of November and into December, no hits.
John Ed Morris (P) (A)1932-33-Lexington, KY-1912-12/7/1992--Check Lexington Herald Leader ( )
Dan Perry (P) (A)1971-72-Lima, OH9/22/19511951-4/12/1982--Check LHL ( Checked April 12-15 of Lex Herald & Lex Leader, no info ). Died in Troy OH (Miami County), north of Dayton. Check Dayton OH paper. Dayton Daily News LOC 1418 (X -check 12-15, did not find )
Henry C. Thomas (P)
[Henry] (A)
1918-19-Lexington, KY-18989/4/189610/16/1956--Moved to Little Rock Arkansas sometime around 1920. Divorced from wife Albert Duncan sometime between 1920 & 1930, had daughter Martha G. (born ~ 1926) Check Little Rock paper ( )

Status: Medium - Based on the evidence at hand, it is believed that there is likely that the date is accurate.
PlayerLast Season
Played
Known Date of
Death
Hometown
(at School)
Known Date
of Birth
Estimated
Birth Year
Unconfirmed
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Unconfirmed
Date of Death
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Residence
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Place of Death
Notes
Bill Congleton (P) (A)1930-31-Lexington, KY-19109/21/19113/8/1993FayetteFayetteLex H-L p B4 (3/9/1993) has short obit for William E. Contact W.T. Congleton company in Lexington. ( ) Check SSDI index for dob. Check Lex Public search. ( ) Also in kyweb a second person, dod 5/8/1977, yob 1913 (William S). Laudeman claims name is Vernon, check ( ) Check WWII military records ( )
Walter Wesley Morris (P) (A)1918-19-Lexington, KY-18992/1/189910/6/1984--Died sometime October 1984 in Shawnee OK. Find exact date. (outside library, ask for lookup). Also check Henryetta (OK) paper ( )
Kenneth Harold Polson (A)1926-27-Marion, KY-19069/2/19069/14/1975--May have transferred from Missouri May have moved to Dallas, Texas around 1940. Check Dallas Morning News ( X - nothing 15-18) LOC # 1494 or Dallas Times Herald (X - Nothing 15-16 ) LOC#1908; outside library
George M. Yates (P) (A)1932-33-Elizabethtown, KY-1910-6/4/1988Carlisle-Try Versailles - Woodford Sun ( ) S 261 Lexington Herald-Leader ( ) or St. Augustine (Fl) newspaper ( )

Status: Low - These are considered a low probability that the proposed date is accurate. This may be due to multiple possibilities due to a common name, an age which is different than what is estimated, etc.
PlayerLast Season
Played
Known Date of
Death
Hometown
(at School)
Known Date
of Birth
Estimated
Birth Year
Unconfirmed
Birth Year
Unconfirmed
Date of Death
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Residence
Unconfirmed
Place of Death
Notes
Henry Clay Kimbrough (P) (A)1911-12-Lexington, KY-18919/1/18938/3/1977--Either Henry Clay or Nelson Lee Kimbrough. Most likely Henry who graduated in 1914, as he was hoping to play varsity. But check Lexington papers when available to confirm. ( ) (X- already check Lexington Public Library site) Best lead is Henry Kimbrough died August 3 1977 in Douglas County, CO (Castle Rock) and buried in Los Angeles County. Check LA papers ( ) Outside Library. Asked for Lookup but no info.
Ed Pierce (A)1902-03---1882-1/11/1921Garrard-No age given at time of death. Low prob.
Lucian Cary Whitaker (P) (A)1951-52-Sarasota, FL8/29/19301930-8/1/1990--Believe may have died sometime in August 1990 in Greater London England area.
* Witherspoon (A)1920-21-Anderson County, KY-1900-5/16/1965--May be John Allen Witherspoon. Check 16-MAY-1965 in Jefferson County, Louisville LCJ ( X John A. Witherspoon. Does not confirm anything.)
Charles Worthington (P) (A)1931-32-St. Louis, MO3/19/1910191019109/12/1976BooneBooneBorn in Peoria, Il. Went to HS in St. Louis MO. Best guess is he died in Texas in 1976.


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