|REMEMBERING VIVIEN AND BILLY MACK INGRAM
1967-2017 THE WRECK THAT TOOK OUR LOVED ONES
FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS WEEKEND
Yes it has been fifty years ago this weekend when the tragic accident took
place and those who knew them and loved them will never forget. Oct 14,
1967 Mack was driving to Corsicana with Vivien and her unborn child and
Mother in the back seat. Mother was the only one wearing a seat belt.
Vivien's pregnancy prevented her from wearing one so Billy Mack chose not
to wear one. They were heading to watch a certain young man play football
who was the brother of a Rainbow friend. A drunk driver pulled onto the 2
lane highway and Mack tried to avoid the drunk, but instead hit head on with
an on coming vehicle. Vivien and baby were killed outright and Mack was
taken to Waco where he died from a head injury October 16. Mother was
taken to the Corsicana hospital in critical condition. They removed a large
portion of her intestine and sewed her up quickly, thinking she was not
going to live.. It was touch and go for her and she was still in the hospital
when we had Viv and Mack's funeral at the Methodist Church in Malakoff.
My dear Aunt Martha stayed with Mother as the funeral was going on. After
time in the hospital (maybe two weeks?) she was released to go home back
to Pt. Neches, but she had to return because something was not right about
her stitches. As it turned out, they had left cotton in her because they sewed
her up so fast. Mother lived another 28 years, but died of liver cancer
caused by the blood transfusion received at the time of the '67 wreck. It was
theorized the blood contained Hepatitis C, causing her liver to be effected.
Blood was not screened for Hepatitis C then.