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
Known Date of
Death
Hometown
(at School)
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of Birth
Estimated
Birth Year
Unconfirmed
Birth Year
Unconfirmed
Date of Death
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Residence
Unconfirmed
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)
Richard Hood Arnett (P) (A)1903-041/9/1955 (**)Troy, KY3/25/18831883NANASan Diego, CA-Check outside library (San Diego, San Diego County, CA) with DOD of January 9, 1955. (X - does not show up in index of San Diego Union) Try Yucaipa CA ( ) - outside library
Walter Velmer Hodge (P) (A)1936-372/10/1980Paris, KY-1916NANA--Check WWII Military Records ( ). Likely San Diego CA Feb 10, 1980 (X - does not show up in index of San Diego Union) San Diego Union ( ) LOC # 0976; Also check Covington KY paper Kentucky Post S365 (X looked from Feb 11 to Feb 13) Kentucky Messenger S 214 ( X - a religious newspaper, nothing useful) Check Lexington Herald ( X - nothing from Feb 11-13) and Leader ( )
Walter Marion Johnson (P) (A)1943-447/30/1945 (**)Mount Sterling, KY10/30/19251925NANAWWII-KIA WWII (Pacific) Check Mount Sterling Advocate S 215 ( X looked Sep 6 to Oct 11, didn't find ) or Mount Sterling Gazette S 600 ( ) or Sentinel Democrat S 239 ( ) sometime after July 1945, more likely September 1945 when reported killed in action. ( ); 19-AUG LCJ reports Johnson is MIA.
James Libern King (P) (A)1941-422/24/1944 (**)Sharpe, KY9/30/19191919NANAWWII-KIA WWII (Germany). Could check Benton Tribune Democrat S 251 ( ) sometime after Feb. 24, 1944 but need date.
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)
Known Date
of Birth
Estimated
Birth Year
Unconfirmed
Birth Year
Unconfirmed
Date of Death
Unconfirmed
Residence
Unconfirmed
Place of Death
Notes
Lawrence Marshall Crump (P) (A)1930-31-Fort Thomas, KY-190911/3/19062/20/1991FayetteFayette LHL has short obit on 2/21/1991 p. b8 Located. "Lawrence M. Crump, 84, 247 North Mill Street, retired manager of the Lexington Credit Bureau, husband of Lucy Shropshire Crump." Need to check further if this is same person. Try Campbell County Recorder (Fort Thomas, KY) S 81-075 (X - nothing on February 20 or 27 weekly edition) LCJ also has short Obit printed in 22-FEB-1991 paper.
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.
William Heizer (P)
[William] (A)
1926-27-Lexington, KY-19064/29/19089/1/1994FayetteFayetteTry William L. Heizer. Check Lexington LHL. 9/3/1994 B2 ( X ) LHL doesn't confirm he played at UK. Confirm with relatives ( )
Darrell M. Lorance (P) (A)1945-4610/20/2013 (**)Conway, MO2/28/19281928NANA--Check East Moline IL paper ( ) for confirmaion
Junior Marvin Lyons (P)
[Junior] (A)
1927-289/23/1985 (**)Ashland, KY-1907NANA--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 ( )
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.
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.
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 ( ) Leader ( )
George M. Yates (P) (A)1932-33-Elizabethtown, KY-1910-4/18/1982Carlisle-According to SSDI index, There is a George Yates born 1/28/1910, dod 18-APR-1982 Bardwell, Carlisle KY. LCJ has blurb that doesn't confirm on 20-APR. Try Carlisle County News S 144 (X - found but doesn't confirm) Try alternative dob 17-SEP-1912 Died Franklin, Simpson, dod December 1976 - Franklin Favorite S 169 ( ). According to biography, he was born in 1910 in Elizabethtown. (note Bardwell and Elizabethtown are not close, 200 miles away). Try Versailles - Woodford Sun ( X - not in April 22, 1982 edition ) S 261

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
Unconfirmed
Place of Death
Notes
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 looked June 19-21) 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.
Elmer Woodson Hopkins (P) (A)1914-15-Henderson, KY3/17/189318933/17/18935/26/1980HarlanHarlanCheck Henderson paper (Gleaner S-369) (X checked to May 30, no information ) Other ? ( )
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.
Paul Liberto Lansaw (P) (A)1950-51-Middletown, OH-192912/7/192812/4/1999--Looked in Middletown OH Journal (X).
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.)
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 )
James Marshall Sharpe (P) (A)1926-27-Lexington, KY-1906----Was living in Lexington as farmer as late as 1940. Last name may be Sharp. Father of Brown Sharp who played in the 1950s. Contact son. Check EX-FARMER'S TOBACCO WAREHOUSE PRESIDENT JAMES SHARP DIES AT 85 Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) April 9, 1993 ( )

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
Birth Year
Unconfirmed
Date of Death
Unconfirmed
Residence
Unconfirmed
Place of Death
Notes
Thomas Elmer Beatty (P) (A)1911-12-Smithfield, KY-18894/4/18913/1/1977--Check San Diego CA (X - does not show up in index of San Diego Union) 01-MAR-1977. Outside Library. Try local Smithfield KY paper Henry County Local S 185( X - not mentioned on March 3 or March 10)
Cecil Combs (P) (A)1929-30-Lexington, KY-1907-3/2/1954--Not likely to be person from 2-APR-1975 Tried Herald Voice (X) S76-102 and Hazard Herald (X - looked at 4 APR and 9 APR) S 183.. Try Lex Herald ( X checked March 2-5, nothing) Lex Leader ( X - nothing March 2-5 ) for 2-MAR-1954.
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 ( )
James L. Hughes (P) (A)1931-32-Georgetown, KY-1911-5/7/1980--Check Georgetown News & Times S 264 (X - not found checking 5/8, 5/15 and 5/22 editions). Try Lex. Herald (X - nothing May 8-10 ) and Leader ( )
Roger Layne (P) (A)1950-51-McKamie, AR-1928-6/16/2005--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 ( )
Walter Wesley Morris (P) (A)1918-19-Lexington, KY-18992/1/189910/1/1984--Died sometime October 1984 in Shawnee OK. Find exact date. (outside library, ask for lookup)
Wayne Plummer (P) (A)1909-10-Newport, KY-18899/24/18906/1/1964--Middle name is likely Wayne. First initial is W. (probably Willdredd Wayne Plummer, dob Sept. 24, 1890.) SSDI lists June 1964 dod in Dade County. Find exact date. Could check Newport or Campbell County paper for month of June but no holdings for that date in UK Library. Try Cincinnati Enquirer S-653 ( ) LOC # 1402. Will need to ask for lookup.
Kenneth Harold Polson (A)1926-27-Marion, KY-1906-9/14/1975--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
William Lawrence Poyntz (P) (A)1922-23-Covington, KY-190119039/1/1960--Believe died September 1960 in Ohio, but don't know location or exact date.
James S. Robertson (P)
[James] (A)
1940-41-Eminence, KY-1920--Wilmore--
Lawrence Brown Waters (A)1904-05-Middletown, KY-188412/24/18849/27/1933--May be Walters. Catalog lists Lawrence Brown Waters from Middletown. Check LCJ (X checked from Sep 28 to 30, no obits available.)

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
Unconfirmed
Residence
Unconfirmed
Place of Death
Notes
Robert Davis (P) (A)1936-37-Dayton, KY-1915-12/2/1999--Try Madison, Jefferson, Indiana outside library ( ) Dayton KY / Campbell County Recorder S81-075 (X Looked Dec 2 and 9 - nothing) KY Post ( )
Edward H. Gough (P)
[Edward] (A)
1937-38-Lexington, KY-19175/11/19157/23/1986--Check WWII military records ( ) Check Palm Beach, FL ( )
Henry Clay Kimbrough (P) (A)1911-12-Lexington, KY-18919/1/18938/1/1977--Either Henry Clay or Nelson Lee Kimbrough. Most likely Henry who graduated in 1914, as he was hoping to play varsity. Best lead is Henry Kimbrough died August 1977 in Douglas County, CO (Castle Rock). Outside Library. Ask for Lookup.
Ed Pierce (A)1902-03---1882-1/11/1921Garrard-No age given at time of death. Low prob.
* 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, MO3/19/1910191019105/18/1997BooneBooneBorn in Peoria, Il. Went to HS in St. Louis MO. Not likely given geography and spread. Try Boone County 18-MAY-1997 Boone County Recorder S139 ( Checked May 22 and 29. Nothing. )


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