2001 – 08 (August)

08/31/01

Doub – Naomi F. Doub of Bedford, IN, died Friday, August 31, 2001, at the Hospitality House.  Born on September 22, 1921, in Martin County, IN, she was the daughter of Wesley and Amy (Wright) Roberts.  She first married Bill Flinn and he died in 1962.  She later married Buster Lee Doub and he died in 1991.

Surviving are two step-daughters, Linda King of Huron, IN, and Marlene Goodson of St. Petersburg, FL; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by two husbands, four brothers and six sisters.

She retired from GM Central Foundry after thirty years of employment.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church, U.A.W. Local #440, and A.A.R.P.

Services for Naomi Doub will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 2nd, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. Jon Lineback officiating.  Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Spires - Gaylord E. Spires of Bedford, IN, died Friday, August 31, 2001, at his residence.  Born on July 26, 1942, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Ervin and Eva (Livingston) Spires.  He married Carol Taylor on October 19, 1987, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are two sons, Joshua Spires, at home, and Justin Spires; one daughter, Jennifer; two step-daughters, Sandy Weldon and Kim Jones, both of Bedford, IN; one step-son, Jason Wray of Bedford, IN; his mother, Eva of Bedford, IN; two brothers, Rick Spires and Robert Spires, both of Bedford, IN; three sisters:  Mary Ann Graham of Bedford, IN, Junetta Goff of Mt. Gilead, OH, and Jewell Goldsberry of Mooresville, IN; and four grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his father; one brother, Donald Spires; and one sister, Joyce Lawsen.

He was retired from CSX Railroad and was a U.S. Army veteran.  He was a member of American Legion Gillen Post #33, Eagles Lodge, and attended the Free Methodist Church.

Services for Gaylord Spires will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 5th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Ronnie McLain officiating.  Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens with graveside military rites accorded by members of American Legion Gillen Post #33.  Friends may call from from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until the service time Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Wray – Ronald E. "Butch" Wray of Bedford, IN, died Friday, August 31, 2001, at his residence.  Born on August 5, 1939, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Bernard and Lucille (Higgins) Wray.

Surviving are one aunt, Gladys Foster of Indianapolis; two uncles, Foster Higgins of Indianapolis and James Wray of Bedford; and several cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was retired from the U.S. Navy and later worked as a deliveryman for Buck Lemon Furniture.  He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, the American Legion Gillen Post #33, the DAV, Paralyzed Veterans of American, 40&8 of the American Legion, and Serenity Club.

Services for Ronald Wray will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 4th, at St. Vincent de Paul Church.  Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by members of American Legion Gillen Post #33.  Friends may call from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.


08/29/01

Sims – Marty Sims of Williams, IN, died Wednesday, August 29, 2001, at Bedford Regional Medical Center.  Born on November 29, 1950, she was the daughter of Joseph and Barbara (Collins) Seaunier.  She married Jerry Sims on October 3, 1998, and he survives.

Surviving with her husband are one son, Phil Barlow of Bloomington, IN; one step-son, Ricky Sims of Bedford, IN; one daughter, Theresa Lacey of Mooresville, IN; her father, Joseph Seaunier of Yma, AZ; two sisters, Anita Granot of Eugene, OR, and Edna McCormick of Yuma, AZ; two grandchildren, Dominique Haggerty and Elijah VanHorn.  She was preceded in death by her mother.

She was an accountant and a restaurant owner in Heltonville.

Services for Marty Sims will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 1st, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. George Coffey officiating.  Cremation will follow.  Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.


08/28/01

Bundy – Dr. Roy Dale Bundy of Oak Ridge, TN, died Tuesday, August 28, 2001, at his residence.  Born on February 13, 1936, in Bedford, In, he was the son of Ralph and Lois (Reynolds) Bundy.  He married Lorraine Henderson on June 21, 1959, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are one son, Eric Andrew Bundy and wife Daisy of Clinton, TN; one daughter, Sandra Lynn Bundy Owens and husband Steve of Huntsville, AL; his father, Ralph Bundy of Bedford, IN; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his mother in October, 1995.

He retired in 1994 from K-25/Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, where he was a chemical engineer, and worked for one year as a consultant for UT Battelle after his retirement.  A 1954 graduate of Bedford High School, he earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and a master's and doctorate from the University of Tennessee.  He served with the U.S. Army in 1958-59 and for several years with the U.S. Army Reserve.  He was a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Rathcamp Match Cover Society, and the Claxton Church of Christ, where he served as an elder for many years.

Services for Roy Bundy will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 1st, at Weatherford Mortuary in  Oak Ridge with Mr. Tim Forlines officiating, and Mr. Mark Jernigan and Mr. Ralph Wilson III assisting.  Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Memorial Park.  Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Claxton Church of Christ, P.O. Box 535, Powell, TN   37849.

Holmes – Maxwell "Gene" Holmes of Springville, IN, died Tuesday, August 28, 2001, at his residence.  Born on August 23, 1927, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Max and Myrtle (Long) Holmes.  He married Shirley Briner on October 31, 1952, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are one son, Terry Gene Holmes of Springville, IN; four daughters:  Karen J. Beasley of Bedford, IN, Cathy L. George and Mrs. Charley (Rhonda) Bell, both of Springville, IN, and Mrs. Danny (Molly) Ratliff of Avoca, IN; one brother, Keith Claude Holmes of Springville, IN; three sisters:  Gloria McArtor and Anna Marie Shelton, both of Springville, IN, and Florence Ashcraft of Bedford, IN; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and thirty-one nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald Sherman and Robert Wayne Holmes.

He retired from NWSC Crane and was an elder of the Bethel Community Church.  He was a veteran of WW II, serving with the U.S. Army and a member of the Solsberry Masonic Lodge F&AM.

Services for Maxwell Holmes will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 1st, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Scott Mollett and Gerald Shelton officiating.  Burial will follow in Dishman Cemetery in Greene County.  Friends may call from noon until 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.  Masonic services will be conducted Friday evening.


08/27/01

Drehobl – George F. Drehobl of Bedford, IN, died Monday, August 27, 2001, at Dunn Memorial Hospital.  Born on October 19, 1924, iin Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Vincent and Margarete (Allmansberger) Drehobl.  He married Vera L. Jackson on January 9, 1954, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are two sons, Donald Dean Drehobl of Seattle, WA, and George Francis Drehobl of Bedford, IN; two daughters, Georgetta Lynn Ledger of Addison, IL, and Valorie Bridgett Sarikas of Gaithersburg, MD; one sister, Mary East of Indianapolis; and seven grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Rudy, Ferdie, Bill, John, and Joe Drehobl; two sisters, Catherine and Grace Drehobl.

He was an engineer, retiring from RCA in Bloomington after 35 years, a 1942 graduate of Bedford High School, a graduate of the Purdue University School of Engineering, and a veteran of W.W. II, serving with the U.S. Navy.  He was a life-long member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, a member of Knights of Columbus, where he had served as Grand Knight and attained the third and fourth degree, a member of Gillen Post #33 American Legion, and had received a life-time award for blood donation from the American Red Cross. 

Services for George Drehobl will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 31st, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Bernie Cox officiating.  Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by members of American Legion Gillen Post # 33.  Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary, where the rosary service will be conducted at 7 p.m. that evening.  


08/26/01

Baugh – Robert F. Baugh of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, August 26, 2001, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.  Born on March 30, 1925, in Terre Haute, IN, he was the son of Floy and Anna (Collier) Baugh.  He married Betty M. Strunk on January 28, 1947, and she died February 19, 1999.

Surviving are his long-time companion, Kathryn Henschen of Bedford, IN; two sons, Greg (Butch) Baugh of Mt. Vernon and Brian Baugh of Indianapolis; one daughter, Beth Smith of Bloomington, IN; one brother, Richard Baugh of Bedford, IN; two half-sisters, Jane Kendall of Oolitic, IN, and Becky Woodsmall of Bedford, IN; five grandchildren:  Greg Baugh, Sarah Baugh, Stephanie Smith, Bailey Smith, and Lexie Smith.  He was preceded in death by his wife; one sister, Ruth Troy; one half-sister, Linda Cummings; and one half-brother, Jack Elkins.

He was a teacher in the North Lawrence School System, retiring in 1987 after 31 years and a director of the Bedford Boys Club, retiring in 1983 after 32 years.  He was a member and past president of the Rotary Club, Indiana State Teachers Association, American Legion Gillen Post #33, Dive Christian Church and attended the First United Presbyterian Church.  He was appointed grand marshal for the Heritage Festival Parade in 1999 and an honorary marshal in 2001.  He was awarded "Father of the Year" in 1965.

Services for Robert Baugh will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 30th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Jamie Allen officiating.  Burial will follow in Springville Christian Cemetery with military rites accorded by members of American Legion Gillen Post #33. 

Burgess – John H. Burgess, Sr. of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, August 26, 2001, at his residence.  Born on June 30, 1924, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of John Edmund and Lillie (Clouse) Burgess.  He married Mary Stevens on June 21, 1947, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are three sons:  Mark A. Burgess and John Burgess, Jr., both of Bedford, IN, and William R. Burgess, St. of Indianapolis; four daughters:  Donia M. Crumb of Memphis, TN, Vinie May Flora of Indianapolis, Nancy H. Long of Oakland, TN, and Jeane L. Arnold of Bedford, IN; two brothers, Carl Burgess of Lima, OH, and Asa Burgess of Bedford, IN; two sisters, Luella Casey and Margaret Lowery, both of Bedford, IN; twenty grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one daughter, Alice Dorene Burgess; one brother and sister in infancy; one brother, Robert Mark Burgess; and one grandson, William R. Burgess, Jr.

He worked at Ford Motor Company in Indianapolis for twenty and one-half years, retiring in 1984.  He was a member of the Friendly Bible Church (Bedford), UAW Chapter Local 1111 (Indianapolis), and was in the Merchant Marine during WW II.

Services for John Burgess will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 29th, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Stevens officiating.  Burial will follow in Bryantsville Church of Christ Cemetery.  Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Roach - Harry O. Roach of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, August 26, 2001, at Dunn Memorial Hospital.  Born on October 27, 1929, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Earl and Della (Lee) Roach.  He married Lillie Mae Douglas on May 15, 1952, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are two daughters, Penny (McArter) Thomas of Green County, IN, and Kate Shirley of Bedford, IN; one son, Harry (Rick) Roach of Indianapolis; nine grandchildren, including Danny, Jerry, Susan and Misty Garland who were raised in the home; six step-grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren, one nephew, and two great-nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one sister.

He was a farmer in Lawrence County and a member of Faith Baptist Church.

Services for Harry Roach will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 30th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Jim Lewis officiating.  Burial will follow in Dive Cemetery.  Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until the service time Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Wells – Paula C. Wells of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, August 26, 2001, at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX.  Born on February 10, 1969, iin Iroquois County, IL, she was the daughter of Paul and Ilene (Tuggle) Christensen.  She married Joe Wells on August 11, 1990, and he survives.

Surviving with her husband are one son, Brandon, at home; one daughter, Katelyn, at home; her parents, Paul and Ilene Christensen; three brothers:  Doug Christensen of Bedford, IN, Paul Christensen of Whiteland, IN, and Curt Christensen of Oklahoma; two sisters, Debbie Feathers and Kathy Coursey, both of Bedford, IN; three nieces and five nephews.  She was preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents.

A member of the Bedford Baptist Temple, she worked with the youth group.  She was a 1987 graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School and graduated from Ivy Tech in 1989 with a degree in office management.  She was listed in the American Book of Who's Who and was employed as a UPC Clerk for Walmart in Bedford.

Services for Paul Wells will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 31st, at the Bedford Baptist Temple with Pastor Steve Goens officiating.  Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Bedford Baptist Temple.  The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Bedford Baptist Temple in memory of Paula.  Arrmangements are under the direction of the Day & Carter Mortuary.


08/25/01

Stewart – Harold Benton Stewart of Bedford, IN, died Saturday, August 25, 2001, at Dunn Memorial Hospital.  Born on February 14, 1920, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Emery and Martha Lou (Tumey) Stewart.  He married Margaret V. Davis on May 3, 1941, and she died January 22, 2001.

Surviving are one son, Tim Stewart of Bedford, IN; one sister, Jeanette Franklin of Ft. Meyers, FL; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife; three sisters, Floe Owens, Thelma Diehl, and Mary Stewart (in infancy); and five brothers:  Delbert (Deb) Stewart, Clifford Stewart, Gordon Stewart, and Raymond and Daniel Stewart, both in infancy)

He was a retired electrician, having worked at Owens Electric in Bloomington, IN.  He was a member of Gulletts Creek Baptist Church.

Services for Harold Stewart will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 29th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Revs. Don Phillips, Lewis Williams and Russ Sage officiating.  Burial will follow in Judah Church of Christ Cemetery.  Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.


08/23/01

Cobb – Lester H. Cobb of Bedford, IN, died Thursday, August 23, 2001, at Hospitality House.  Born on January 6, 1920, in Oklahoma, he was the son of Henry and Elizabeth (Sasser) Cobb.  He married Lois Lee on January 18, 1945, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are one brother, Ralph Cobb of Oolitic, IN; one sister, Iris Jean Childers of Arkansas; five nephews, and two nieces.

He was retired from Crane.

There will be graveside services for Lester Cobb at 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 27th, at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with Bro. Merla Craig officiating.  Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.  The Day & Carter Mortuary is in charge of the arrangments.  There will be no calling hours at the funeral home.


08/22/01

Rainbolt  – Ivan Dale Rainbolt of Oolitic, IN, formerly of Springville, IN, died Wednesday, August 22, 2001, at his residence.  Born on October 20, 1938, in Greene County, IN, he was the son of Ivan and Zelma (Godsey) Rainbolt.  He married Connie Vest on June 16, 1967, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are two sons, Gary Rainbolt of Oolitic, IN and Steven Rainbolt, stationed in Camp Lejuene, NC; one daughter, Karen Ryan of Bedford, IN; two brothers, Robert Rainbolt of Kenton, OH, and James Rainbolt of Bloomington, IN; two grandson, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a farmer and a factory worker.  He was a member of Popcorn Christian Church, Sons of the American Revolution, Perry Twp. Fire Dept, where he served for several years.

Services for Ivan Rainbolt will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 25th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Merle Mullins officiating.  Burial will follow in Beyers/Rainbolt Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Wagner – Alva Wagner of Williams, IN, died Wednesday, August 22, 2001, at Dunn Memorial Hospital.  Born on May 20, 1911, in Martin County, IN, he was the son of Obel and Belle (Roberts) Wagner.  He married Helen Bundy on June 30, 1930, and she died September 23, 1992.

Surviving are one daughter, Doris Gilstrap of Mitchell, IN; two sons, Robert G. Wagner of Bedford, IN, and Jerry Wagner of Mitchell, IN; two sisters, Alma Terrell and Audrey Terrell, both of Bedford, IN; nine grandchildren, and nineteen great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his  wife and two brother, Arza and Arkanas Wagner.

He retired from Ralph Rogers and farming.  He was of Pentecostal faith.

Services for Alva Wagner will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 25th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Merla Craig officiating.  Burial will follow in Fayetteville Church of Christ Cemetery.  Friends may call from 3-9 p.m. Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

08/21/01

Craig – Alice Claudean Craig of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, August 21, 2001.  Born on April 22, 1920, in Celina, TN, she was the daughter of Richard and Dona (Gray) Key.  She married William Omer Craig on July 19, 1944, and he preceded her in death in 1986.

Surviving are four sons:  Gary O. Craig of Bedford, IN, Roy L. Craig of Heltonville, IN, William D. Craig and James Ambrose Craig, both of Bloomington, IN; five daughters:  Marie Baker Deckard of Mitchell, IN, Donna Scheffel of Columbus, IN, Janet Hall of Springville, IN, Reva Steele of Spencer, IN, and Eva Smith of Worthington, IN; one sister, Jackie Fields of Covington, IN; eighteen grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband; one brother, Leo Key; two sisters, Irene Conley and Dorothy Howard; one son, Kevin Craig; and one daughter, Teresa Craig.

She retired from Stone City Products and Montgomery Ward Store in Bedford and Sarkes-Tarzian in Bloomington.  She was a member of Donica Church of God and a volunteer at Bedford Nursing Home where she received "Volunteer of the Year" award.

Services for Alice Craig will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 24th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Farrell Sowder officiating.  Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until the service time Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.  The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions to Donica Church of God.

Edington – Guy W. Edington of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, August 21, 2001, at Bloomington Hospital.  Born on September 15, 1915, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Dodd and Addie (Wilson) Edington.  He married Eldred Fay Roberts in November 1937, and she died on July 18, 2000.

Surviving are one son, Dr. Dodd Edington and his wife, Kathy, of Bedford, IN; two granddaughters, Amanda and Kimberly; one grandson, Vance; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife; one daughter, Kimberly Gail Edington; four brothers:  Charlie, Sam, Glenn and Billy; and two sisters, Mildred and Virginia.

He was a retired businessman and a veteran of WW II, serving with the U.S. Army.  He was a member of American Legion Gillen Post #33, Bedford Elks Lodge #826, Bedford Lodge #14 F&AM, Eagles Lodge and the V.F.W. Post of Oolitic.

In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral service.  The family will welcome friends and family members to a celebration of his life from 1-8 p.m. Sunday, August 26th, in the Elks Club dining room.  The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the charity of one's choice.  Arrangements are under the direction of the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Howell - Roy J. Howell of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, August 21, 2001, at Dunn Memorial Hospital.  Born on April 4, 1923, in Indianapolis, IN, he was the son of Roy A. and Irene (Dodson) Howell.  He married Betty Dorsett Edwards on October 1, 1967, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are one son, Gary D. Howell of Bedford, IN; Judy Ellis and David Miller, both of Mitchell, IN, who were raised in the home; one granddaughter; one brother, Ralph Howell of St. Petersburg, FL; one sister, Beverly Thompson of Pinellas Park, FL.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jane.

He retired as an officer from the Bedford City Police Department and was a clerk and bailiff for Bedford City Court, a bailiff for Lawrence County Superior Court, and was a security officer for the Jockey Club in Las Vegas, NV.  He was a veteran of WW II, serving with the Army Signal Corps.  He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and the American Legion Gillen Post #33.

There will be graveside services for Roy Howell at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 24th, in the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum in Cresthaven Memory Gardens with Father Bernie Cox and Sister Joan Leurman officiating.  Military rites will be accorded by members of the American Legion Gillen Post #33.  Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Turpen – Glodean D. Turpen of Bloomington, IN, died Tuesday, August 21, 2001, at Bloomington Hospital.  Born on February 29, 1924, in Monroe County, IN (Chapel Hill), she was the daughter of Alonzo and Maude Alice (Kinser) Smith.  She married Marvin Turpen on February 15, 1942, and he died on February 14, 1999.

Surviving are one son, Dan Turpen and his wife, Joyce, of Ellettsville, IN; one daughter, Jenny Gay Stultz and her husband, Robert, of Bedford, IN; one grandson, Clinton Turpen of Ellettsville, IN; four step-grandchildren:  Tina Clark and Jeffrey Johnson, both of Bloomington, IN, Lisa Mair of Linton, IN, and Laurie Zimmerman of Kettering, OH; two sisters, Lois Kinser of Heltonville, IN, and Roberta Hayse of Bloomington, IN; one nephew, Floyd R. Morran of Fontana, CA, who was reared by Mr. & Mrs. Turpen; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband; one brother, Rex Smith; and several half-brothers and half-sisters.

She was a homemaker and a 1941 graduate of Heltonville High School.  She was a member of Valley Mission Church of the Nazarene.

Services for Glodean Turpen will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 24th, at Valley Mission Church with Pastor J.D. Pickett officiating.  Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. Thursday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home and from noon until the service time Friday at Valley Mission Church.  The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Gideon Society.


08/20/01

Gaiser – Wilma Gaiser of Bedford, IN, died Monday, August 20, 2001, at Bloomington Hospital.  Born on June 17, 1932, in Bedford, IN, she was the daughter of William (Bill) and Laura (Andis) Vowell.  She married Ralph Stickles and he preceded her in death.  She married Donald Murphy.  She married Gary Gaiser on September 8, 1978, and he survives.

Surviving with her husband are one son, Ralph Steven Stickles of Bedford, IN; two daughters, Pam Knight of Springville, IN, and Cheryl Chestnut of Bedford, IN; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five step-daughters:  Lauren Cooper, Luann Sargent, and Diane Maddox, all of Bedford, IN, Jeanne Davis and Patricia Brown, both of Williams, IN; two step-sons, Daniel Gaiser of Holland, MI, and Gary Gaiser of Indianapolis; eighteen step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; one brother, William (Bill) Vowell of Bedford, IN; two sisters, Barbara Borden of Ellettsville, IN, and Betty Henderson of Bedford, IN; one uncle, Elwood Vowell of Bedford, IN, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Ralph Stickles; and one sister, Carolyn Hampton.

She was president of Stone Clad, Ind., a member of the Indiana Limestone Institute, and a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Elks Lodge.

Services for Wilma Gaiser will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 23rd, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor John Dodd officiating.  Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until the service time Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Roberts - Marie S. Roberts of Bedford, IN, died Monday, August 20, 2001, at Bedford Regional Medical Center.  Born on April 2, 1909, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Joseph Clifford and Jeanette (Troxel) Skeen.  She married Raymond F. Roberts, and he died in January 1986.

Surviving are one son Joseph S. Roberts and his wife Elaine of Bellbrook, OH; three grandchildren, Kevin Roberts of Flagstaff, AZ, Lisa Hamblen of Versailles, KY, and Bryan Parker of Indianapolis; two great-grandchildren, Tasha Harbin of Versailles, KY, and Kindra Roberts of Flagstaff, AZ; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband and one daughter, Betty Parker in 1974.

She retired from Bell Cleaners in 1974.  She was a member of Fayetteville Baptist Church.

Services for Marie Roberts will be at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 23rd, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Kenny Walden officiating.  Burial will follow in the Fayetteville Church of Christ Cemetery.  Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 p.m. until the service time Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.  


08/17/01

McSoley – Gregory "Mick" McSoley of Bedford, IN, died Friday, August 17, 2001, at Bedford Regional Medical Center.  Born on December 22, 1939, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Edward and Josephine (Huff) McSoley.  He had been married to Tommi Glover.

Surviving are three daughters:  Kelley McSoley and Shannon McSoley, both of Bedford, IN, and Amy York of Ellettsville, IN; two sisters, Mary Carmichael of Indianapolis and Eva Duncan of Bedford, IN; and five grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers:  Joseph McSoley, Edward McSoley, and Vollie McSoley.

He retired from the Bedford Fire Department in 1988, had been an emergency medical technician for Dunn Memorial Ambulance, and had worked for the Bedford Parks Department and the mayor's office.  He was a member of the American Legion and the Bedford Boat and Sportsmen's Club.

Services for Gregory McSoley will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 21st, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Johnson officiating.  Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Walker – Ernest L. "Ernie" Walker of Campbellsburg, IN, formerly of Fort Wayne, IN, died Friday, August 17, 2001, at Washington County Memorial Hospital.  Born on September 17, 1907, in LaRose, IL, he was the son of Charles and Margaret (Goodson) Walker.  He married Leona Chastain on April 24, 1932, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife of Campbellsburg are one daughter, Karen Sue Walker of Fort Wayne, IN; one son, Kevin Gene Walker of Lubbock, TX; and two grandchildren:  Blaine Marmon Walker of Austin, TX, and Tristan Andrew Walker of Boerne, TX.  He was preceded in death by two sisters,  Clara and Minnie; and two brothers, William and Homer. 

He retired in 1971 after a total of forty years in the teaching profession, including Whitestown, IN, and Celina, OH, and thirty-four years of service as a teacher and head of the business department at South Side High School in Fort Wayne, IN.  After retiring he taught four years at Indiana University-Fort Wayne.  He was a 1938 graduate of Danville High School, a 1931 graduate of Central Normal College, and received a MBA from Indiana University.  A Lieutenant in the Navy in World War II, he served as a communication officer on Admiral Chester Nimitz' Pearl Harbor Staff.  Gov. Evan Bayh recognized him as a Distinguished Hoosier in 1992.  He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of Rob Morris Masonic Lodge #282 F&AM in Campbellsburg, Fort Wayne Scottish Rite, past Worshipful Master of Waynedale Masonic Lodge-Fort Wayne, the first Worthy Patron of Waynedale Chapter #600 Order of Easter Star in Fort Wayne, past president of the Fort Wayne Chapter of the Administrative Management Society, Phi Delta Kappa Honorary Education Fraternity-Fort Wayne Chapter, and past president of the Toastmaster's Club.  He resided many years in Fort Wayne before moving to Cambellsburg in 1983.

Services for Ernest Walker will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 21st, at Lost River Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Williams and Bro. Darrin Chastain officiating.  Burial will be in Claysville Cemetery.  Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at Chastain Funeral Home, where Masonic rites will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.  There will also be calling hours from 12:30 p.m. until the service time Tuesday at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to Lost River Missionary Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.


08/15/01

Starr – Debra Starr of Bedford, IN, died August 15, 2001, at Bloomington Hospital.  Born on September 27, 1956, in Bedford, IN, she was the daughter of Max and Sharon Sue (Walls) Hearth.  She married Steve Starr on July 15, 1972, and he survives.

Surviving with her husband and mother are two daughters, Stephanie Banks of Springville, IN, and Amanda Pruett of Bedford, IN; two sons, Mark Starr of Bedford, IN, and Micha Starr of German; two sister, Kim Kern and Paula Holmes, both of Bedford, IN; one brother, David Hearth of Bedford, IN; and two grandchildren, Averey Ann Banks and Tyler Turner.  She was preceded in death by her father and grandparents.

There will be a memorial service for Debra Starr at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 17th, at the Day  & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Clifton Coulter officiating.  Burial will follow at a later date in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.  Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the service time Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.


08/13/01

Wilson – Elizabeth M. Wilson of Bedford, IN, died Monday, August 13, 2001, at her residence.  Born on June 6, 1927, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of John and Nora (Taylor) Elkins.  She married Charles Wilson on June 6, 1948, and he died June 5, 1985.

Surviving are five sisters:  Henrietta Fields of Indianapolis, IN, Virginia Sowders and Linda Cox, both of Bedford, IN, and Rebecca Shumaker and Karen Merriman, both of Columbus, IN; five brothers:  John J. Elkins of Indianapolis, IN, Robert Elkins of Freetown, IN, William Elkins and Jack Elkins, both of Columbus, IN, and Roe Elkins of Bedford, IN; companion, Clifford Covey of Bedford, IN; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

She was a homemaker and was of Baptist faith.

Services for Elizabeth Wilson will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 15th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Leth and Tom Sowders officiating.  Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.


08/11/01

Hawkins – Richard Harold (Jack) Hawkins of Bedford, IN, died Saturday, August 11, 2001, at Dunn Memorial Hospital.  Born on June 4, 1917, in East Oolitic, IN, he was the son of Richard Arkley and Viola (Trustee) Hawkins.  He married Mary Helen Starrett on February 27, 1940, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are three sons:  Harold O. and Kenneth Eugene Hawkins, both of Bedford, IN, and Kenneth R. Hawkins of Coshocton, OH; one daughter, Joyce Marleen Totten of North Vernon, IN;  one sister, Ethel Chenault of Bedford, IN; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by two brother, Charles (in infancy) and Paul Hawkins; and three sisters:  Pauline (in infancy), Edna George, and Wyrtis Perry.

He was retired from General Motors in Bedford and was a member of the Free Methodist Church.

Services for Richard Hawkins will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 15th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastors Glenn Duncan and John Dodd officiating.  Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.  Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 11 a.m. until the service time Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.


08/10/01

Hamilton – Catherine L. Hamilton of Mitchell, IN, died Friday, August 10, 2001, at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehab Center.  Born on September 8, 1912, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Frank and Leatha (Williams) Batman.  She married William A. "Bill" Hamilton on June 8, 19930, and he died February 28, 1968.

Surviving are two sons, Kenneth W. Hamilton of Pal Harbor, FL, and Richard A. Hamilton of Bedford, IN; one sister, Fay Stevenson of Bedford, IN; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Frank Lee Hamilton; one brother, Lester Batman; and one sister, Geneva Jackson.

There will be a graveside service for Catherine Hamilton at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 14th, at Leatherwood Cemetery with Bro. Eugene Pruett officiating.  Chastain Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.  There will be no visitation at the funeral home.


08/09/01

Chapman – Betty Maxine Chapman of Bedford, IN, died Thursday, August 9, 2001, at Hospitality House.  Born on August 23, 1926, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Paul and Thelma (Jean) Dotts.  She married Melvin Chapman on April 24, 1975, and he died July 30, 1989.

Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Sue Elliott of Bedford, IN, and Sherry Hillenburg of Bedford, IN; two sons, Joe Bill Watterson of Bedford, IN, and Larry Wray of Mooresville, IN; her mother, Thelma Reynolds; two brothers, Gene Dotts and Jack Reynolds, both of 
Bedford, IN; one sister, Nancy Covey of Bedford, IN; thirteen grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, her father, and one son, Michael Wray.

She retired from M. Fine & Sons and was a member of the First Christian Church.

Services for Betty Chapman will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 13, 2001, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastors Glenn Duncan and John Dodd officiating.  Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Gennett – Gladys M. Gennett of Bedford, IN, died Thursday, August 9, 2001, at Dunn Memorial Hospital.  Born on September 1, 1909, in Williams, IN, she was the daughter of Amos and Laura (Roberts) Jones.  She married H. Wayne Gennett in 1928, and he died August 6, 1979.

Surviving are one son, Frank Gennett of Indianapolis, IN; one daughter, Barbara Robinson of Bedford, IN; five grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

She was a homemaker.

Services for Gladys Gennett will be at 11:00 p.m. Monday, August 13th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Doyle Henderson and the Rev. Paul Hoskins officiating.  Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.  Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Sunday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.


08/05/01

Gasaway – Virginia Frances Gasaway of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, August 5, 2001, at Bedford Regional Medical Center.  Born on February 8, 1917, in Williams, IN, she was the daughter of Clarence and Pearl (Lamb) Roberts.  She was married to Lloyd Stewart and to Morris Brooking, both of whom preceded her in death.  She married Turley Gasaway on September 1, 1979, and he survives.

Surviving with her husband are two daughters, Tammy Grigg of Dayton, OH, and Barbara Prow of Bedford, IN; one son, Robert Stewart of Lawrence County, IN; fifteen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Harrell; one brother, Dale E. Roberts; and three sisters:  Lily Mundy, Mildred Wagner, and Kathryn Bell.

A homemaker, she was of Baptist faith and was a member of the Moose Auxiliary.

Services for Virginia Gasaway will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 8th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Kenny Walden officiating.  Burial will follow at Williams Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until the service time Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.


08/03/01

Plummer – Georgia Plummer of Williams, IN, died Friday, August 3, 2001 at Kindred Indianapolis South Hospital in Greenwood.  Born on June 5, 1920, in Hazard, KY, she was the daughter of Boyd and Mary (McLemore) Cornett.  She married Dudley M. Plummer, Jr. on January 21, 1953, and he died on January 8, 2000.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Porter of Bedford, IN; two brothers, Fred Cornett of Williams, IN, and Leonard Cornett of Shoals, IN; and two sisters, Sally Davies of Talladega, AL, and Hattie Bowmen of Melbourne, FL; one grandson, and one step-granddaughter.  She was preceded in death by her husband; seven brothers:  Lawrence, Bob, Johnnie, Vernon, Walter, Troy, and Bill Cornett; and one sister, Bertie Keith.

She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Williams and an honorary member of Williams Homemakers Extension Club.

Services for Georgia Plummer will be at 6 p.m. Monday, August 6th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary.  Burial will be at 1p.m. Tuesday at Paris Cemetery in Paris, KY.  Friends may call from 2 p.m. until the service time and also after the service until 8 p.m. Monday evening.


08/02/01

Lee – Joan Wiley Lee of Pinehurst, NC, formerly of Boise, ID, and Bedford, IN, died Thursday, August 2, 2001, at Manor Care Nursing Home in Pinehurst.  Born on April 30, 1927, in Hardy, KY, she was the daughter of John Burns and Levisia (Boyd) Wiley and was a direct descendent of Jenny Wiley.  She is the former wife of Thomas J. Lee, whom she married on December 19, 1953, at Trinity Methodist Church in Louisville, KY.

Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Leonardson and Mrs. Glen (Lisa Jayne) Ellis, both of Ft. Wainwright, Alaska; one cousin, Mrs. Edna Childers of Ashland, KY, who was raised by Joan's mother; one sister-in-law, Frances L. Asbell of Bedford, IN; one brother-in-law, William Spencer Lee and his wife, Jane, of Nampa, ID; four grandchildren:  Nicholas Lee and Erin Alexis Leonardson of Boise, ID, and Kristina Elizabeth and Thomas Jay Ellis of Ft. Wainwright, Alaska; two nieces, one nephew, a second cousin who was her caregiver, Mrs. Betty Thomas of Pinehurst, NC, and her former husband, Thomas J. Lee of Hendersonville, NC.

She earned a nursing degree in August, 1948, and worked as an obstetrical nurse in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Colorado, and Idaho before retiring in 1977.  Joan also had been active in the school and community work.

Joan Lee will be buried in a family cemetery in Gallup, KY.  Burial will take place at a later date.  Correspondences may be directed to either of the daughters at 4102 Cedar Street #1, Ft. Wainwright, Alaska 99703.

Ragsdale – Mike Ragsdale of Bedford, IN, died Thursday, August 2, 2001, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.  Born on October 13, 1946, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Charles G. and Dorothy I. (Lawhead) Ragsdale.  He married Carolyn Jean on April 22, 1978, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are two sons, Jim Ragsdale of Oolitic, IN, and Robert Ragsdale of Chicago, IL; two step-sisters, Susan Dowling of Bedford, IN, and Lori Ellett of Ellettsville, IN; two step-brothers, Harry Scott Duncan of Bedford, IN, and Steve Duncan of Bloomington, IN; his father, Charles G. Ragsdale and his step-mother, Anne Duncan Ragsdale of Bedford, IN; and one grandson.  He was preceded in death by his mother.

He retired from the Bedford City Police Dept. in 1995, and owned Mike's Appraisal Service in Bedford.  He was an estimator for Bedford Body & Paint.  He attended the First Church of God in Mitchell and was a member and past president of the Fraternal Order of Police #94, Stone City Sam's Chapter 66, and the National Guard.

Services for Mike Ragsdale will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 5th, at the First Church of God in Mitchell.  Burial will follow in Clover Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Saturday and from 1:30 p.m. until the service time at the church.  Services are under the direction of the Day & Carter Mortuary.


08/01/01

Smith – Sharon (Roll) Smith of Bedford, IN, died Wednesday, August 1, 2001, at her residence.  Born on February 12, 1948, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Claude and Leola (Pierce) Eagans.

Surviving are two sons, Arnold Jones of Wisconsin and Wade Jones of Bedford, IN; and four brothers:  Larry Eagans of Springville, IN, Marty Eagans of Oolitic, IN, Kevin Taylor of Bloomington, IN, and Brad Taylor of Bedford, IN, five grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Michael Eagans.

She was a homemaker.

There will be graveside services for Sharon Smith at 1:00 p.m. Monday at Bethel Cemetery in Orleans, IN, with Sister Becky Ryan officiating.  Friends may call from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Turner – Fred D. Turner of Bedford, IN, died Wednesday, August 1, 2001, at Bedford Regional Medical Center.  Born on April 6, 1909, in Avoca, IN, he was the son of Virgil and Maggie (Benge) Turner.  He married Bessie Denham and she preceded him in death.  He married Luverne Monroe on November 18, 1994, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are two sons, William D. Turner of Russell, KY, and Jack L. Turner of Bedford, IN; one step-daughter, Virginia M. Hobbs of Eustis, FL; one granddaughter, and one niece.  He was preceded in death by his first wife and two sisters, Wilma Gould and Pauline Allen.

He was a retired electrician for GM Powertrain.  He was a 50+ year member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, past president of local IBEW, Bay Street Baptist Church in Eustis, FL, Gideon International, former Mason, and attended the Free Methodist Church in Bedford.

Services for Fred Turner will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Glenn Duncan and the Rev. Ronnie McLain officiating.  Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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