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The following obituary appeared in the Commonwealth Journal newspaper of Somerset, Kentucky on June 7, 2011:

Somerset — Lowell Gene Roy was born on June 11, 1938 in the Hickory Nut area of Pulaski County, Ky.  He departed this life on June 2, 2011 reaching the age of 72, after a long illness.

He was united in marriage on October 10, 1959 to Cynthia Schafran, who survives. To this union were born four children, Martina of Dearborn, Mich., Mark of Dearborn Heights, Mich., Mike (and Gerri) of Garden City, Mich., Marlene (and Greg) of Livonia, Mich..

He was the youngest of six children born to Vola T. Roy and Myrtle Spaw Roy, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Marcie Dye and Geneva Spencer, and one brother, Ether Roy. He is survived by one brother, Clair Lee Roy of Melvindale, Mich., and one sister, Rebecca (and Tom) Waddle of Monticello, Ky.

He is also survived by five grandchildren, Ryan, Stefanie, Brandon, Madilyn and Matthew and three great grandchildren, Samantha, Nicholas and Zachary.

He was saved as a young man and was a member of Mt. Lebanon Church in Kentucky. He joined the Army in 1958 and served two years of service to our country.

He worked most of his life as a truck driver, which he greatly enjoyed. His greatest joy was his farm back home, which he visited when he was able. He leaves a multitude of family and friends who will greatly miss him.

Funeral services were held at 9800 S. Telegraph at Howe-Peterson in Taylor with burial to follow on June 6, 2011 at Lakeside Memorial Gardens in Somerset, Ky., on West Ky. 80.

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PEDIGREE

Lowell Gene Roy (1938-2011)
. Vola T. Roy & Myrtle Spaw
.. James P, Roy & Martha Carter
… Rev. William Madison Roy & Martha Ann Shadowen
…. Samuel Shadowen St. & Sarah James
….. Rev. Joseph Martin James & Martha Betsy McAlister
…… John M. James & Clara Nalle


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☞Today in Old-West History — On today’s date 119 years ago, Sunday, October 19, 1902, notorious Old-West outlaw & fiddle player James Hardin “Uncle Jim” Younger (1848-1902) met his earthly demise at the age of 54 when he committed suicide by gunshot whilst on parole at Saint Paul, Minnesota.

☞Requiéscant In Pace, Jim Younger.

☞Jim Younger was one of the central figures of a band of the most desperate outlaws the Old West ever knew — the infamous James-Younger Gang, which was formed by Jim’s brother Cole Younger along with Frank & Jesse James.

☞Jim Younger joined the Confederate Army during the War Between the States (1861-1865) & served with Quantrill’s Raiders. In 1864, he was captured by Union troops & was imprisoned until the end of the War.

☞After the War, Younger worked on various ranches until he joined the James-Younger Gang in 1873. When his brother John was killed at Roscoe, Missouri in 1874, Jim left the gang & went out west where he worked on a ranch in San Luis Obispo, California.

☞In 1876, Jim returned to the gang, & on September 7 he participated in a bank robbery that became known as the Great Northfield Minnesota Raid. During that robbery he was shot & captured. The James brothers escaped, but Cole, Jim, & Bob Younger were shot up by a posse, arrested, & sentenced to long terms in the state penitentiary at Stillwater, Minnesota, where they were afforded celebrity status.

☞Jim Younger’s fiddle was one of the few possessions that he was allowed to have with him in prison, & he played it often. As time passed, Jim noticed that a little bird would appear most every day in the window of his jail cell. It seemed as though the bird came to listen whenever Jim played his fiddle. Jim was lonely & he befriended the bird which he named “Swipsy.” The bird would fly into the prison cell & Jim would always try to have crumbs to feed Swipsy. One day, a fellow prisoner killed the little bird just for spite. Jim then painted a picture of Swipsy on the back of his violin to remember his little feathered friend.

☞In 1898, the prison warden allowed the prisoners to throw a Christmas party at his own home, with Cole Younger portraying Santa Claus & Jim Younger playing his fiddle.

☞Paroled in 1901, Jim became engaged to his long-time lover Alix Mueller; however, because of the terms of his parole he couldn’t marry her.

☞On October 19, 1902, after a failed attempt to sell tombstones & then insurance, Jim Younger locked himself in his room, wrote a suicide note to Alix, picked up his revolver, & blew his brains out.

☞In 2013, Jim Younger’s fiddle, which was played by him at the famous 1898 Christmas party at Stillwater Prison, was sold at a Dallas, Texas auction for over $11,000.

☞The left-hand photograph depicts the image of Swipsy the Bird that Jim Younger painted on the back of his fiddle. The right-hand photograph depicts an undated studio portrait of Jim Younger.
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