Daughter makes plea to Glenn, President Bush

Friday, July 12, 2002

INVERNESS, Fla. -- Ted Williams' oldest daughter is urging former Sen. John Glenn and President Bush to help stop her half-brother from keeping the body of the baseball great in deep freeze.

In an open letter released late Wednesday night, Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell said her father wanted to be cremated, not frozen at a cryonics lab in Arizona.

Ferrell has accused her half-brother, John Henry Williams, of having their father's body moved to Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ferrell has said Williams wants to preserve their father's body for possible future financial gain.

Williams, the last major leaguer to bat better than .400 in a season, died Friday in Florida at 83.

"I need anyone and everyone, famous or not, if they have knowledge about my daddy's wishes to be cremated to stand up and be heard at this time," Ferrell said.

She called on Glenn, a former senator and astronaut who flew with Ted Williams when both were fighter pilots in the Korean War, and Bush and his father, the former president, to help her fight her half-brother.

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