Funeral services for Donald Lee Eveland, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Eveland, of near Ridgely, were held from the home of his parents on Wednesday, December 9, at 2:00 P.M, [sic] The Rev. J.H. Blundon, pastor of Hillsboro-Queen Anne Methodist Church of which the deceased was a member, officiated. Burial was made in the family plot in Hillsboro Cemetery.
The pallbearers were: Albert and Eddie Greaves, cousins of the deceased, Oliver Todd, Russell Eaton, Milton Beaven, Roland Butler, Barton Butler and Tommy Rampmeyer.
Young Eveland met a sudden and untimely death on Sunday, December 6, at his farm home. While engaged in shooting pigeons in the barn with his cousin, Jimmy Eveland, of Hillsboro, the unfortunate youth left his gun propped against the staircase in the barn and went into the loft. Upon descending from the loft, it is thought that the lad either slipped or jumped down the stairs, thereby jarring the gun from its position against the side of the barn, causing it to discharge, send the full impact into his abdomen, causing almost instant death.
His cousin ran into the house and notified the family as to what had happened, but by the time they reached the barn the youth was unconscious and died within a few minutes.
Donald Lee was a student in the eighth grade at the Ridgely High School. His classmates expressed their sympathy by attending the funeral services in a body. He was a member of the school soccer team this year and was an aspirant for a berth on the basketball team. He was also a member of the 4-H Club and took an active interest in farm projects.
Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. Grayson Winstead, Ridgely, and a brother, Jackie, of the home. He also leaves a host of relatives in Talbot, Queen Anne and Caroline counties.
Source: Easton Star-Democrat, December 25, 1953.