Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Following up on Sunday’s column about Winn of Winn’s Cut Rate, the retailer who scared little boys who were "just looking" by telling them to "get the hell out."...

Bill Green at the Jan Mar told me that Winn loved to play poker. In fact it was this love of poker that killed him, indirectly. Bill said Doc - a lot of people called him Doc, according to Bill - would ride the bus back to Kingsport after he retired to Harlan, Kentucky. At the time it was about a two hour ride. He said Winn got off the bus one morning and was crossing Stone Drive to the Eagle’s Club, where Winn played poker every Wednesday, when he was hit by a car. The collision didn’t kill him but it broke his hip and he eventually died of pneumonia.

Bill couldn’t remember when Winn died but thought he was about ninety.

I checked the Social Security Death Index (http://ssdi.genealogy.rootsweb.com/) but I never could figure out which David Silber was our Winn.

I tried all sorts of combinations - Kentucky as his last residence, Tennessee as his last residence, Kentucky as the state of issue for his Social Security card - and got no match.

If I use a simple search for David Silber, I get eight matches.

The closest match is a David Silber who was born June 28, 1903, got his Social Security card in West Virginia and died August 5, 1989 in Garner, North Carolina. Garner is near Raleigh. Perhaps he had a relative there.

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