Woman dies following pool incident at White Hall


WHITE HALL – Donna Beth Bradshaw, 58, of White Hall, who was pulled unconscious from a private swimming pool here Saturday afternoon, died Sunday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center Sunday, police said.

Patrolman Brent Bridges said he responded to a report of a possible drowning shortly after 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the residence of Carl and Debra Waits, 1101 McGehee St., and found two women attempting to pull Bradshaw from the in-ground pool.

The officer said he jumped into the pool and pulled Bradshaw from the water, but was unable to locate a pulse. He said he began to administer chest compressions in an attempt to revive the woman.

Bridges said he was joined by Fire Marshal Bill Beadle, Sgt. Sandy Castleberry and Police Chief Richard Wingard, who continued resuscitation efforts until an ambulance arrived to transfer Bradshaw to JRMC.

Bridges said officers were unable to determine how long Bradshaw had been in the pool, but were told she could not swim. The Waits, who were not at home, had given Bradshaw permission to use the pool, according to Bridges’ report.

The accident victim was placed on life support at the hospital, Bridges said, and admitted in critical condition. He said he inquired about her condition late Sunday and was told by family members that her condition had not improved.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Fuller Hale-South Funeral Chapel with Myron “Bud” Calhoun officiating. Burial will follow in Hickory Grove Cemetery at Star City.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.