Inquest In Siria Death On Tuesday
H Bertram Siria, 45, assistant foreman of Coiltown Mining Company, died in Hopkins County Hospital here at 7:47 am today from a self-inflicted bullet wound, the suicide attempt having been made in the Siria home around 11:15 last night.
Siria, a member of a prominent Hopkins county family, worked the night shift at Coiltown, but the mine's employees are on a long holiday weekend.
Coroner Hubert Reid, Earlington, said this morning that an inquest into the death has been set for 10 am next Tuesday, July 9, at the court house in Madisonville.
No Motive Established
Reid said that Siria's wound was inflicted with a ..2 caliber pistol, the bullet entering the left temple and ranging upward before lodging.
No motive was established this morning for the suicide, although it was known that Siria was not in good health and there had been strained relations between Siria and his wife for sometime, Mrs Siria having filed a divorce complaint against her husband in the spring.
City police reported that they received a call from Yellow Cab at 11:20 pm Friday night to send the emergency unit to the Siria home on Laffoon Trail. Patrolmen Kenneth Day, Larry Beck and Tom Browder called the emergency unit and followed it to the Siria home, where Siria was found with a bullet wound in his head. Records in the emergency room at the hospital show that he was admitted to the hospital at 11:30 last night.
The Madisonville police department reported that Mrs Siria had gone in a cab to get medicine for her husband, who had reportedly suffered a seizure earlier in the evening as they were dining together at a Madisonville restaurant. Siria had a history of heart trouble and Mrs Siria called a cab (she doesn't drive) when she discovered that he had none of his medicine at home.
It was when she returned from getting the medicine that she
discovered her husban's body. Mrs Siria caught the cab driver as he was turning around in the drive, and he radioed the office and the call was relayed to the police, it was said.
Mr and Mrs Siria were having dinner together last night, it was reported, in an effort to affect a reconciliation.
Siria is a native Hopkins countian, the son of Mr and Mrs George Siria, 835 Hanson street. Surviving are the wife, Mrs Marjorie Siria; the parents; a son, H Bertram Siria Jr., at home, and a daughter, Mrs Mark E Eastin III, Panama City, Fla.; a sister, Mrs Nadine Taylor, Nebo; and a brother, George W Siria, Uniontown, Ky.
The body is at Harris Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete pending the arrival of Mrs Eastin,who is enroute home from Florida with her husband and Bert Jr., who was visiting them.
Siria Funeral Rites Conducted
Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 this afternoon in Salem Primitive Baptist Church on Laffoon Trail for H Bertram Siria, 45, Madisonville, an assistant foreman for Coiltown Mining Company.
Elder J D Shain, church pastor, officiated, assisted by the Rev. H A Pullen Jr., pastor of First Methodist Church. Interment was in Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Pallbearers were John Q Adams Jr., Hopkinsville, and John T Johnson, Ronald Strader, Wiley Moore, Oscar Winders and Jim Nance, all of Madisonville.
He was a member of First Methodist Church and a veteran of World War II.
Inquest Tuesday Morning
Mr Siria, a member of a prominent Hopkins county family, died in Hopkins County Hospital here at 7:47 am Saturday from the effects of a self-inflicted bullet wound in his left temple administered shortly after 11 o'clock Friday night in Laffoon Trail home.
An inquest into the death has been set for 10 o'clock Tuesday morning in the court house here by Coroner Hubert Reid.
No motive was established for the suicide, although Siria was not in good health and there had been strained relations between Siria and his wife for sometime, Mrs Siria having filed divorce proceedings in the spring.
Siria and his wife had dinner together Friday night, in what was said to be an effort to affect a reconciliation, and during dinner he became ill. They returned to the Siria home on Laffoon Trail, and later Mrs Siria went to her apartment to get medication for him as he was said to be hightly nervous. Mrs Siria, who does not
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drive, made the trip by taxicab and when she returned to the Siria residence she found Siria on the floor.
Cab Driver Gets Help
She managed to stop the cab driver before he pulled away and the driver radioed to the cab office to notify police and the fire department's emergency unit. Police received the call from yellow Cab at 11:20 pm. Siria was admitted to the hospital ten minutes later.
Coroner Reid said that the .22 caliber pistol bullet entered Siria's left temple and ranged upward before lodging.
He was a foreman on Coiltown's night shift.
Matties note: died July 6, 1963.
Oddfellows Cemetery, Madisonville, Ky.
Horace B Siria
Ky. Cpl. 33 Bomb Sq. A.A.F. W.W. II
September 8, 1918 - July 6, 1963