Prominent Citizen is Killed by Lightning – Mr. John G. Baucum, a well known citizen of our county, who made his home two and a half miles northwest of Mason, was struck and instantly killed by lightning Thursday afternoon about 6 o’clock. He had gone to the pasture to repair the fence when there came a terrific flash of lightning, striking a fence post and the wire fence, and Mr. Baucum, being close by, was killed by the shock. A horse that was near by was knocked down, but was only slightly injured. Mr. Baucum was a highly respected man, a member of the Methodist church for the greater part of his life. He was born in Haywood county, but the greater part of his was spent in Tipton. He is survived by his wife, five sons and four daughters. A sister, Mrs. Sallie Pace, resides in Covington. The funeral services were held in the Phelan Methodist church Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Mr. DeShazo, of Mason, and the interment took place in the cemetery there. (The Covington Leader, May 2, 1918)

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