Walter Lee Lunsford

1930–1975 (Age 45)
Kentucky, United States

The Life of Walter Lee

When Walter Lee Lunsford was born on 15 January 1930, in Kentucky, United States, his father, Luther Barnett Lunsford, was 35 and his mother, Bessie Mae Shepperson, was 25. He lived in Magisterial District 3, Boyle, Kentucky, United States in 1930 and Magisterial District 5, Boyle, Kentucky, United States in 1940. He died on 30 April 1975, at the age of 45.

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Luther Barnett Lunsford
Bessie Mae Shepperson
Luther Lunsford, Jr.
Walter Lee Lunsford
Ella Virginia Lunsford
Marvin Gragg Lunsford

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World Events (8)


Age 1

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.
1936 · The Last Public Hanging in Kentucky

Age 6

The hanging of Rainey Bethea on August 14,1936, in Owensboro, Kentucky was the last pubic hanging in the state and the United States. Anywhere from 15,000-20,000 people showed up for this event. The media was all over the hanging since the Sheriff of Davies county was a female, even though she did not pull levers. Because of the media coverage and the circus it caused, this was the last hanging.
1944 · The G.I Bill

Age 14

The G.I. Bill was a law that provided a range of benefits for returning World War II veterans that were on active duty during the war and weren't dishonorably discharged. The goal was to provide rewards for all World War II veterans. The act avoided life insurance policy payouts because of political distress caused after the end of World War I. But the Benefits that were included were: Dedicated payments of tuition and living expenses to attend high school, college or vocational/technical school, low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. By the mid-1950s, around 7.8 million veterans used the G.I. Bill education benefits.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name, probably from Lundsford in East Sussex, so named from an Old English personal name Lundrǣd + Old English ford ‘ford’, or possibly from Lunsford in Kent, although this was earlier called Lullesworthe (from the Old English personal name Lull + worð ‘enclosure’); it is not certain whether the development to Lunsford took place early enough to have produced the surname.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Walter Lunsford in household of Luther Lunsford, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Walter L Lunsford in household of Luther Lunsford, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Walter L Lunsford, "Find A Grave Index"

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