2011-11 (November)

November 30, 2011

Andrea Nickless

Dec. 21, 1946 — Nov. 28, 2011

Andrea “Suzie” Nickless, 64, of Oolitic, died on Monday at 2:45 p.m. at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born Dec. 21, 1946 in Bedford, she was the daughter of Reed M. and Hester Jane (Hawkins) Blackburn.

She married Bruce Nickless on Dec. 15, 1966 in Lawrence County.

She was a teacher at Needmore Elementary School, retiring after 31 years of service.

She was a graduate of Bedford High School, Class of 1964, and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana University.

She was a member of the Bedford Seventh Day Adventist Church; Eastern Star of Bedford; Indiana State Teachers Association; Retired Teachers Association and a four-time award recipient of Who’s Who American Teachers.

Surviving are her husband, Bruce Nickless of Oolitic; two sons, Monty (Kim) Nickless of Bedford and Drew Nickless of Bloomington; one daughter, Mandie (Tony) Gonzales of Woodbridge, Va.; seven grandchildren; one brother, Doug Blackburn of Bedford; two sisters, Judy Carlson of Coral Springs, Fla., and Roxi Blackburn of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Monty Blackburn.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery. Following the burial, a reception will be held at the Seventh Day Adventist Church School Gym, located at 1700 North Pike in Needmore.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Clarence Dalton

Feb. 1, 1958 — Nov. 28, 2011

Clarence “Corky” Dalton, Jr., age 53, of Bedford, passed away at his residence at 5:30 p.m. on Monday. He was born on Feb. 1, 1958 in Portland, Ore., to Clarence and Gloria (Beadle) Dalton, Sr. Corky married Donna Simmons on March 1, 1996, in Tennessee, and she survives. Corky attended Bedford North Lawrence High School and served 10 years in the U.S. Navy. He was a truck driver for Relco in Bedford. He loved his pet dogs.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Dalton of Bedford; his mother, Gloria Dalton of Bedford; three sons, Don Earl Dalton of Utah, Danny Dalton of West Virginia and John Dalton of Utah; one stepdaughter, Anita Dennison of Mitchell; sisters, Cheryl Robbins and husband Jim of Bedford, Kathleen Baker of Bedford, Donnita Bell and husband Zendell of Bedford; one brother, Robert Dalton and wife Kathleen of California; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and cousins.

Corky was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Dalton, Sr.; his grandparents, Henry and Elizabeth Dalton, and Bill and Dorothy Henderson, and a nephew, Harry Baker III.

Cremation was chosen with a memorial service at a later date.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

November 29, 2011

Joe’l Cassidy

Sept. 25, 1975 — Nov. 27, 2011

Joe’l Lake Giardine-Cassidy, 36, West Baden Springs, passed away at 10:15 a.m. Sunday at Jewish Hospital, Louisville, Ky.

Joe’l was born on Sept. 25, 1975, to Joel Giardine and Shirley Jean Lake. She married Patrick Cassidy on June 9, 2002, and he survives.

She grew up in Levittown, Pa., and was a 1994 graduate of Pennsbury High School in Fallsington, Pa., where she was a proud flautist in the “Long Orange Line” Marching Band. She attended Bucks County Community College before working for Empire Blue Cross and later for Aetna. In Indiana she assisted in the dental practice of Dr. Sills. Joe’l was a happily adopted Hoosier and most enjoyed her immediate and extended family and her community. She was anticipating entering her emerald green pickles in next year’s county fair. Joe’l eagerly accepted the challenge of home schooling her adored daughter, Bella. She also was very involved with her daughter with Acorns to Oaks Home School Coop, Keepers at Home and 4-H. She is also a member of Dogwood Christian Church.

She is survived by her father, Joel Giardine of Levittown, Pa.; mother, Shirley Lake of Martinsville, and her loving husband and daughter, Patrick and Bella Cassidy of West Baden Springs; her in-laws, Jim and Judy Cassidy of Orleans; grandmothers, Irene Lake of Osprey, Fla., and Rose Giardine of Levittown, Pa.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Missy and Darren Tye of West Baden Springs; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends.

Funeral arrangements are by T.L. Pinnick Mortuary, French Lick, where the family will receive friends on Thursday from 2-8 p.m. and again on Friday from 9-10 a.m. The funeral service will be held, Friday at 10 a.m. at the mortuary with the Rev. Anthony Moore officiating. Interment will be in the Bethel Church Cemetery, West Baden Springs.

Family requests memorials be made to the Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.tlpinnickmortuary.com.

Victoria P. Kern

Feb. 22, 1918 — Nov. 25, 2011

Victoria P. Kern, 93, Gas City, died at 10:40 p.m, Friday in Twin City Health Care. She was born in Waipio Valley, Hawaii to the late Samuel and A’keao (Akana) Kaaekuahiwi. She married William L. Kern on Aug. 21, 1943. He preceded her in death on May 30, 1987.

Victoria retired from the Marion VA Medical Center where she worked as chief dietician. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Williams. Victoria enjoyed outdoor activities, gardening, canning, fishing, word search puzzles and animals, especially dogs. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 6 p.m., Wednesday at Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, Storey Chapel, 400 E. Main St., Gas City, IN with Mick Simpkins officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Church of Christ Cemetery, Williams. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Survivors include a daughter, Rosa (Rickie) Plummer of Gas City, grandchildren, Crystal Smith of Gas City, Kellie (Greg) Turner of Huber Heights, Ohio; Adam (Alicia Williamson) Plummer of Gas City, Cory Plummer of Gas City, great-grandchildren, Austin Smith, Cayleigh Turner, Cohen Turner, Athan Plummer and Xavier Plummer; sister, Ellie Balsimo, Nisswa, Minn.; brother, Ted (Nancy) Kaaekuahiwi, Honokaa, Hawaii; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William, and several brothers and sisters.

Online condolences may be made at www.nswcares.com.

Betty Jean Poe

June 9, 1925 — Nov. 27, 2011

Mrs. Betty Jean Poe, age 86, of Campbellsburg passed away Sunday at 11:40 a.m. at Mitchell Manor.

Mrs. Poe was born June 9, 1925, in Bedford, the daughter of Isaac and Gladys Fleetwood Drew. She was retired owner of P & F Wholesale Specialty Advertising and a Mary Kay consultant. She was a member of Livonia Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Perry Everett Poe and his wife, Cindy, of Campbellsburg and David Andrew “Andy” Dunwoody and his wife, Vicky, of Mitchell; a daughter, Rebecca Jean “Becky” Holt and her husband, Calvin, of Brownsville, Ky.; a brother, William Dean Drew of Batesville; 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Bernadene Jane Drew McIntosh.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Livonia Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Claysville Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 4-8 p.m. at Weathers Funeral Home and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Andrea Nickless

Andrea Nickless, 64, Oolitic, died Monday at 2:45 p.m. at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

November 28, 2011

William Donaldson

Feb. 15, 1922 — Nov. 26, 2011

Lifetime Lawrence County resident and local businessman William J. (Bill) Donaldson died Saturday evening at his birthplace. He was born Feb. 15, 1922, to James and Elisabeth (Selkirk) Donaldson. He was a 1939 graduate of Bedford High School and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Following his high school graduation, he attended Indiana University and worked at Montgomery Ward. He joined the Air Corps during World War II and was stationed in New Delhi, India, for three years. He served his country as a cryptologist, decoding invaluable messages to protect our country. Upon honorable discharge, he returned to work at Montgomery Ward and married Elisabeth (Libby) Cannon, who preceded him in death.

He was very interested in architectural and interior design, so he enrolled at Purdue University and completed his degree in the design field. For many years, he was employed by Triangle-Leahy, where he designed numerous kitchens for residences in and around Lawrence County.

His sister, Jessie (Jay), then owner of Jay Donaldson Real Estate, convinced him to get a real estate license and work with her in 1978. Following her death in 1987, “Mr. Bill,” as his friends knew him, took over the business, which became Bedford’s largest real estate agency in the mid-1990s and where he worked until his passing.

Surviving are a step-daughter, Peggy Andis; nephew, Tom Burks, and step-granddaughter, Susi Stevens (Mark) and family, all of Indianapolis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Libby; four sisters, Euphamia, Alyce, Jessie (Jay) and Elsie Donaldson Burks, and one brother, Gordon.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m.

“Mr. Bill” will be forever loved and missed by his real estate agents and close friends.

Online condolences may be sent to family at www.fergusonlee.com

Love Dunaway

March 13, 1917 — Nov. 25, 2011

Love Earlene Dunaway, 94, of Bedford, formerly of Decatur, quietly passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, in her daughter’s home.

Graveside services to celebrate Love’s life will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011 at Graceland Cemetery. Love was born March 13, 1917 in Enfield, Ill., the daughter of Curtis and Ethel (McCarthy) Clark. She had a long and fruitful life dedicated to her family, friends and community. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a founding member of Christ United Methodist Church. She was married to William Dunaway Sr. for 66 years. He preceded her in death.

She is survived and honored by her daughter Trudy Dunaway Brown, son William Dunaway Jr. and wife Karen, and grandchildren, Eric Brown, Lisa Brown and husband Wesly Berneberg, and Renee Fiscus and husband Paul, and great-granddaughter Skye Fasnacht.

The family of Love Earlene Dunaway is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, Ill. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at www.gracelandfairlawn.com.

Kenneth Mikels

Nov. 4, 1932 — Nov. 24, 2011

Kenneth Mikels, 79, of Springfield, Mo., passed away peacefully in his home Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011. He was born Nov. 4, 1932, in Bedford, Ind., to Ralph Sr. and Eula (Love) Mikels. Kenneth served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957. He retired from SMSU on Nov. 26, 1997. He was then employed with Midwest Security as a security guard from 1993 until 2009.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Ralph Jr.

Kenneth is survived by his wife Norma of the home; his daughter Mary and her husband David of Springfield; daughter Kelley and her husband Randy of Bois’D Arc and a daughter Rita and her husband Harold of Republic; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two sisters Frieda Wright and her husband Ray of California and Lovetta Baldwin of Indiana and a host of other family.

Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, at Missouri Veterans Cemetery under the care of Greenlawn Funeral Home East Springfield, Mo. No visitation is planned. Online condolences may be made at www.greenlawnfuneralhome.com.

Ruth Alyne Sorrells

May 2, 1931 — Nov. 26, 2011

Ruth Alyne Sorrells, 80, Shoals, died at 10:15 a.m. Friday at Indiana University Health Bedford. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals. Burial will be in Hindostan United Methodist Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the hour of the service on Tuesday.

November 27, 2011

Morris ‘Wes’ Norman

Sept. 8, 1935 — Nov. 25, 2011

Morris (Wes) Norman, 76, of Bedford, died at 12:40 a.m. on Friday, November 25, 2011 at his residence.

Born September 8, 1935, he was the son of John and Dorothy Helen (Crouch) Norman. He married Sharon Morron on August 22, 1961, and she survives. He was a quarry worker and had worked for M.J.B. and Norman Plastics. He had served in the U.S. Army for two years and the National Guard for two years. During this time, he was stationed in Germany for eighteen months. He was a member of the Old Chapel Hill Church and loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his grandchildren whom he loved dearly. He loved bluegrass music played by the Norman family.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon, of Bedford; two sons, Mark W. Norman and wife, Kristi, and Timmy Norman; one daughter, Melissa J. Norman-Barrett, all of Bedford; six grandchildren, Tegan Hall, Brittany Norman, Brandi Barrett, Bryant Norman, Sarah Norman and Emily May Norman; five great-grandchildren, Sierra, Carmine and Cole Salazar, Brooklyn Boone and Leighton Norman; two brothers, Gerald Norman and wife, Susan of Heltonville, and Clarence Norman, of Greenwood; three sisters, Norma Hillenburg of Greenwood, Shirley Hearth and husband, Lebert, Judy Quebbeman and husband, Ronnie, all of Bedford; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Norman of Bedford; and a son-in-law, Doug Barrett of Bedford. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wayne and Everett Dale Norman; and two sisters, Marge Todd and Glenda Sowders.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary, with Rev. Norman Evans officiating. Burial will follow in the Hawkins Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Monday, November 28, and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service on Tuesday, November 29, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Hospice of IU Health Bloomington Hospital, the Old Chapel Hill Church or Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Morris (Wes) at www.daycarter.com.

Emma J. (Williamson) Robertson

May 4, 1936 — Nov. 24, 2011

Emma J. (Williamson) Robertson, 75, of Nashville, died Thursday at her residence. She was born May 4, 1936, in Erwin, Tennessee, to George Alvin and Mary Williamson.

She is survived by three sons, Donald Lee Robertson and Shelly, of Indianapolis, Anthony Lee Robertson and Midge, of Bloomington, and Timothy Lee Robertson and Jill, of Bedford; two brothers, Harry Williamson and Alvin Williamson, both of Erwin, Tennessee; three sisters, Colleen Miller, of Jonesboro, Tennessee, Aubra Sawyer, of Swannanoa, North Carolina, and Beatrice Williamson, of Erwin, Tennessee; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son Danial Robertson.

No services are scheduled. Jones Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jeanna S. Heckman (Arthur)

Sept. 19, 1957 — Nov. 23, 2011

Jeanna S. Heckman (Arthur), 54, of Bloomfield, Ky. and formerly of Springville, died at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday at Kindred Hospital-Louisville at Jewish Hospital.

Born Sept. 19, 1957, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Roy and Virginia (Meadows) Arthur.

She worked as a call center supervisor at L&N Credit Union in Louisville, Ky.

She graduated from BNL, class of 1975 then attended Sullivan Business College.

Surviving are father, Roy Arthur of Springville; two sisters, Tina (Chuck) Moore of Springville, and Tiana Caraway (Terry) of Springville; two brothers, Robin (Nancy) Arthur of Springville, and Roy Dennis Arthur of Springville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her mother and one nephew, Kyle Davis.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday Nov. 29, 2011, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Frank Ira officiating. Burial will be in Byers-Rainbolt Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Jeanna Heckman.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

November 26, 2011

Leona F. Stroud

April 13, 1939 — Nov. 23, 2011

Leona Faye Stroud, 72, Mitchell, passed away at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday at her residence.

Born April 13, 1939, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Robert and Mary (Treadway) Kent.

She had been employed at Mitchell Manor for 20 years.

Surviving: children, Doyle Stroud of Anderson, Gary Stroud of Williams, Darla Puffer of Aurora, Colo,, Donavon Stroud of Greenwood, Robert Stroud of Statesville, N.C., Eric Stroud of Mitchell and Rhonda Randolph of Virginia Beach, Va.; 18 grandchildren, six grandchildren, and siblings, Robert “Buddy” Kent of Mitchell, Agatha Kimble of Mitchell, Joseph Kent of Mitchell, Roger Kent of Bloomington, Regina Long of Camby, David Kent of Mitchell and Donald Kent of San Francisco, Calif.

Her parents, daughter Donna Stroud and sister Ruth Kent preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Haverly Chapel with Rev. Steve Jones officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Monday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Tuesday.

Manley O. Wever

March 24, 1918 — Nov. 24, 2011

Manley O. Wever, 93, of Orleans, died Thursday at the StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford.

Manley was born March 24, 1918 in Lostant, Ill. He was the son of John N. and Leona Ethel Brown Wever.

He retired from Bruner Engineering in Bedford in 1981. He was an Army Veteran. He married Helen Book Wever July 4, 1974, and she preceded him in death on June 1, 2004.

He is survived by two sons, Gary Steve (Terri) Wever and Randy Wever, all of Bedford. One daughter, Susan (Doug) Tolliver of Bedford survives, and a stepdaughter, Sally Wycoff, also of Bedford survives. There are three brothers, William Wever of Neoga, Ill., Arthur Wever of Morris, Ill., and John Wever of Salem, Ill. A sister Jean Alexander of Effingham, Ill., survives. There are five grandchildren, Melissa (Dan) Nicholson, Marcy (Bud) Simmerman, Melanie (Mike) Prince, Troy (Stacey) Tolliver and Shawn (April) Tolliver. There are 14 great-grandchildren, two step grandchildren, Mike Hurd and Jennifer (Mike) Morales and seven step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Kibler and a brother Max Wever.

The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans. Pallbearers will be Troy Tolliver, Shawn Tolliver, Mike Prince, Bud Simmerman, Danny Simmerman and Josh Nicholson. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Orleans with military rites by the Orleans American Legion, Warren Brock Post No. 69.

Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-6 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ochstetrick.net.

Morris (Wes) Norman

Sept. 8, 1935 — Nov. 25, 2011

Morris (Wes) Norman, 76, Bedford, died at 12:40 a.m. Friday at his residence.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Norman Evans officiating. Burial will follow in the Hawkins Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions to Hospice of Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, the Old Chapel Hill Church or Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.

Jeanna Heckman

Jeanna S. Heckman (Arthur) of Bloomfield, Ky., formerly of Springville, died Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

November 25, 2011

James Williams

Feb. 17, 1917 — Nov. 21, 2011

James I. Williams, 94, Mitchell, died Monday at Garden Villa in Bedford of pneumonia.

Jim Williams was born in Lee County, Va., on Feb. 17, 1917. Jim graduated from Flatwoods High School in 1938. He enlisted in the Air Force on Oct. 24, 1940, and Jim “G.I.” Williams served as a Staff Sergeant air plane parts specialist in the Southwest Pacific Theatre with the 2nd Service Squadron 5th Air Force. He returned to the U. S. Jan. 19, 1945, and received an honorable discharge on Aug. 28, 1945.

Jim married his high school sweetheart, Wanda (Hedrick) Williams on Jan. 31, 1945. They lived in Bristol, Tenn., prior to moving to Mitchell, Ind. Jim retired from the Honey-Krust/Colonial/Bunny Bread Bakery in Bedford, in 1982 after 31 years. Jim enjoyed gardening, fishing and camping with family and friends.

He was a member of Jacob Finger United Methodist Church, and a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge No. 228 F&AM in Mitchell, an Indiana charter member of the Jolly Sam’s Camping Club, and an active participant in the 2nd Service Squadron 5th Air Force reunions.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Lillie (Grear) Williams; one son, James I. Williams, Jr.; and two sisters, Nancy Stiff and Alice Marcum.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 ½ years, Wanda Williams of Mitchell; one daughter, Patsy Porter (Ed) of Avon, Ind.; three granddaughters, Cathy Porter, Cheri Carver (Joe), Mandi Grubb; four great granddaughters, Ashlynn, Jessica, Allyson, and Kylie; two sisters, Ruth Gibson of Jonesville, Virginia Billie Leiberman of Sunrise, Fla.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jacob Finger United Methodist Church with Rev. Eric Kersey and Rev. Karen E. Devaisher officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the church.

Honorary casketbearers: Phil Tincher, C. R. Miracle, Frank Braman, John Paul Marcum, Mike Slagle, Teegee Chastain.

Casketbearers: Gary Graham, Greg Dalton, Brian Dalton, Tom Seeber, Troy Hardin, Joe Carver and Kenny Fish.

Memorial Gifts: Jacob Finger United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Leona Faye Stroud

Leona Faye Stroud, 72, died Wednesday at her residence. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Haverly Chapel. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Monday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Tuesday.

Morris Norman

Morris (Wes) Norman, 76, of Bedford, died at 12:40 a.m. today at his residence. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

James Porter

James Porter, 39, Bloomington, died Monday. Visitation will from 4-8 p.m. today at Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville.

November 23, 2011

Stephen L. Sowders

March 28, 1947 — Nov. 19, 2011

Stephen L. Sowders, 64, Leesville, passed away at 6:24 a.m. on Saturday at the IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born on March 28, 1947, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Delmar Sowders and O. Kathleen (Morrow) Sowders. He married Mary E. Keel on May 20, 1975, and she survives.

Stephen was a restaurant owner, member of the I.C. Mission Church and Masonic Lodge and was a Shriner.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Mary of Leesville; are one son, S. Brett Sowders and his wife Ginger A. of Heltonville; one daughter, Ginger Harrington and husband Jesse; one granddaughter, Shelby Sowders of Heltonville; two step granddaughters, Jessalyn and Emily Harrington; three brothers, Larry, Brad and Scott Sowders; and one sister, Rheadawn Inman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Norma Bridwell and Pat Hamilton.

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday from the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Dennis Temple officiating. Visitation will be from noon until the service on Saturday.

Following the service, from 3-5 p.m., family and friends are invited to a dinner at the community center in Leesville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the I.C. Mission Church of Medora c/o Charlotte Brewer, 10935 W. Co. Road 675 S., Medora, IN 47260.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Stephen at: www.daycarter.com.

Anna R. Cornelison

April 8, 1927 — Nov. 21, 2011

Anna Roberta Cornelison, 84, of 1115 T Street, Bedford, died at 9:50 p.m. on Monday at White River Lodge.

Born April 8, 1927, in Martin County, she was the daughter of Henry Aden and Mayme Ferrell (Roberts) Taylor. She married Eldon Lavern Cornelison on Sept. 15, 1947, and he survives.

She was a homemaker and member of the New Union Christian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Eldon of Bedford; three brothers, Lowell, Perry and Don Taylor; four sisters, Norma, June, Jane and Ada; a daughter-in-law, Wanda Cornelison; two grandchildren, Ryan Matthew Cornelison and Jenelle Ann Brooks; three great-grandchildren, Dalton Cornelison, and Luna and Gideon Brooks; two brothers-in-law, Delvin and Dorvin Cornelison; one sister-in-law, Joy Haun; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Eldon Eugene; one daughter, Brenda Darlene; three brothers, Robert, Chester and Karroll Taylor; a sister, Mayme Ferrell (in infancy); and one brother-in-law, Onel Cornelison.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Mike French officiating. Burial will follow in New Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Anna at www.daycarter.com.

James I. Williams

James I. Williams, 94, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Monday at Garden Villa in Bedford. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jacob Finger United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded at the gravesite. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the church. Chastain Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

November 22, 2011

Dylan C. Duncan

June 30, 1987 — Nov. 20, 2011

Dylan Charles Duncan, 24, of Bedford, died Sunday in Bedford.

Born June 30, 1987, he was the son of Charles Duncan and Anna Blackwell.

He was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School with the Class of 2006.

He was employed by J.M. Blackwell General Contracting and attended the First Church of God in Bedford.

Survivors include his mother, Anna Blackwell and husband Jason; his father, Charles Duncan and wife Dyan, all of Bedford; four sisters, Miranda Duncan, Grace Eggles, Jenna Blackwell and Addison Duncan, all of Bedford; his maternal grandmother, Linda Andis of Bedford; aunts and uncles, Jeff and Alicia Albietz of Heltonville, Barry and Carla Wade and Lana Eicle, all of Bedford; and a niece, Brylee Pursell.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Jerry Andis; and his paternal grandparents, Russell and Mary Frances Duncan.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Travis Inman officiating. Burial will follow in the Breckenridge Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. today at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family to assist with funeral expenses. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Dylan at www.daycarter.com.

Lester MacDonald

July 20, 1930 — Nov. 21, 2011

Lester MacDonald, 81, of Bedford, passed away at 11:46 a.m. on Monday at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Lester was born on July 20, 1930, in Elnora, to Lester and Madje (Wilson) MacDonald. He married Alice “Jackie” Daugherty on Nov. 27, 1947, at the First Church of God in Bedford; she preceded him in death on Aug. 22, 2008.

Lester was a 1947 graduate of Bedford High School, he was Bedford’s town Santa during the 1960s and 1970s, and he retired from the Bedford Block & Concrete Company.

Lester was a member of the Bedford Baptist Temple.

Survivors include four sons, David MacDonald of Winslow, Roy E. MacDonald and wife Jan of Ohio, Jon M. MacDonald and wife Jennifer of Mitchell and Victor MacDonald of Bedford; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sue Newport of Bedford.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents; wife Alice “Jackie” MacDonald; and one brother, Dean MacDonald.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford.

Friends may call from noon until the service at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Anna Cornelison

Anna Cornelison, 84, Bedford, died at 9:50 p.m. on Monday at White River Lodge. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

James I. Williams

James I. Williams, 94, Mitchell, died at 11:15 p.m. Monday at Garden Villa. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home.

November 21, 2011

Violet McMahan

June 16, 1921 — Nov. 20, 2011

The daughter of the late Fred and Pearl Alda Smith, Violet was born in Lawrence County 90 years ago.

Her death occurred peacefully at home in Bloomington, surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, The Rev. Donald F. McMahan, a retired Methodist minister. Also living in Bloomington are her son, The Rev. Larry W. McMahan; her daughter, Susan E. Stein; and her granddaughter, Jessica Anne Stein. Violet is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Marvin York in Mitchell; her sister-in-law, Ruth Evelyn Padgett of Bedford,; and many nieces and nephews.

She was graduated from Mitchell High School in April, 1939. She also married her husband, Donald, in 1939, and worked in the Registrar’s Office at Indiana University where he was a student.

Violet was an integral and gracious part of her husband’s pastorates in Greene and Monroe Counties, the Indiana towns of Raub, Remington, Crawfordsville, and Plainfield, as well as his administrative ministries as the Superintendent for the Greencastle, Lebanon, and South Bend Districts of the Methodist Church, and as a director of two Methodist homes for the aged, Haven Hubbard in South Bend and Asbury Towers in Greencastle.

Violet and Donald enjoyed traveling in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, cruising among the Caribbean Islands, and exploring Alaska.

She also loved gourmet cooking and welcoming people into her home. She was an avid reader.

As a pianist she delighted in the performances of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. She also liked art, especially paintings by Georgia O’Keefe and other modern artists.

At home she enjoyed her flower garden and playing bridge with friends.

In the 1990s, Violet was a member of the Board of Directors of the Bloomington Hospital. As a member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority in earlier years she participated in medical outreach programs. She also loved being a part of the local P.E.O. women’s organization for the last 20 years.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Allen Funeral Home in Bloomington. A final visitation will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Bloomington beginning an hour before her funeral from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday. The Rev. Mark Fenstermacher, the Lead Pastor of the congregation, will officiate. The Rev. Charles T. Dupree, Rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Bloomington, will assist. Interment will follow at the Cresthaven Cemetery in Bedford.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Bloomington or the First United Methodist Church in Bloomington.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.allenfuneralhome.org.

Robert W. Nikirk

Sept. 25, 1923 — Nov. 19, 2011

Robert Wayne Nikirk, 88, of Bedford, died at 12:10 a.m. Saturday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.

Born Sept. 25, 1923 in Silverville, he was the son of William Henry and Ona Louise (Turner) Nikirk. He married Phyllis Jackson on Nov. 10, 1946, and she survives.

He was a dispatcher for IRC&D Trucking in Richmond, retiring in 1983.

He was a 1942 graduate of Fayetteville High School.

He was a member of Sugar Grove Methodist Church in Dunkirk.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Nikirk of Bedford; two sons, Alan (Nelda) Nikirk of Bedford and Philip (Marcia) Nikirk of Anderson; three daughters, Nancy Nikirk of Fort Wayne, Clara Shaw of Redkey and Sara Nikirk of Bedford; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Morris (Virginia) Nikirk of Long Island, N.Y., Paul (Peggy) Nikirk of Fayetteville and James (Ann) Nikirk of Bloomington; and two sisters, Wanetta (Kenny) McCain of Elizabethtown and Roseann (Larry) Bell of Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Merle Nikirk; and one sister, Gail Feltner.

Private graveside services will be at Owensburg Cemetery. There will be no visitation hours.

Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Mary Frances Ball

May 8, 1922 — Nov. 19, 2011

Mary Frances Ball, 89, of Mitchell, passed away at 10 p.m. Saturday at her residence.

Born May 8, 1922, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Lester and Della (Sanders) Sloan. She married James Emil Ball and he preceded her in death in 1995.

She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1940. She and her husband both graduated from Central Business College in Indianapolis, and met while traveling to Mitchell on the weekends.

They worked at Allisons and lived in Indianapolis for several years. They resided in Mitchell for over 60 years, operating a car business for 40 years.

She was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Surviving are children, Marcy Brooks of Williams and James S. (Connie) Ball of Hope; grandchildren, Mary Ann Waggoner of Bloomington, Brian (Kelly) Waggoner of Mitchell, James R. (Megan) Brooks of Bloomington and Sloan K. Ball of Hope; great-grandchildren, Emily Waggoner and Thomas Waggoner; siblings, Charles Sloan of Linton, Dorothy Sears of Ohio and Robert Sloan of Loogootee.

Her parents; husband; and sister, Louise Stepp, preceded her in death.

A private family graveside service will be on Tuesday at Mitchell Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com.

Stephen L. Sowders

March 28, 1947 — Nov. 19, 2011

Stephen L. Sowders, 64, Leesville, died at 6:24 a.m. on Saturday at the Bloomington Hospital. Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary. Visitation will be from noon until the service on Saturday. Following the service, from 3-5 p.m., family and friends are invited to a dinner at the community center in Leesville.

Memorials: I.C. Mission Church of Medora.

Larry E. Kurtz

Larry E. Kurtz, 60, Mitchell, died at 8:50 p.m. on Saturday at Mitchell Manor. Private family services will be held at a later date. Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dylan C. Duncan

Dylan C. Duncan, 24, Bedford, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

November 20, 2011

Stephen L. Sowders

Stephen L. Sowders, 64, of Leesville, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

November 19, 2011

Paul Norman

Aug. 25, 1937 — Nov. 17, 2011

Paul Norman, 74, passed away at home with family on Thursday.

He was born Aug. 25, 1937, in Heltonville, to Roy Earl and Eva Norman and was the eighth of 11 children. Three of his siblings have preceded him in death.

Paul married Shirley Easton in 1955 and they had four children. His oldest son, Ronald died in 1999, middle child, Paula Rockwood in 1997, both from complications with their diabetes. Wife Shirley passed on in 2000.

His two remaining children are Kim Fein of Missoula, Mont., and his son, David, who resided with him in the Unionville area, were with him as he passed away at home.

Paul and his family moved to Bloomington in 1963 when he became co-owner of a service station. He also worked at the Cross Town IGA that was on 10th Street. He worked for 20 years for Wetterau Foods and entered retirement at its closing.

Paul will be deeply missed by family and friends. He centered his life around family and enjoyed traveling throughout the U.S. A Christian man who had an active church life, he loved to attend hymn sings.

Paul lead an exemplary life and was a blessing to many.

Funeral service to celebrate his life will be at 11 a.m., Monday, at Day Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Meadows Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to the Paul Norman Family at www.dayfuneralservices.com.

J. Carl Blevins

J. Carl Blevins, 69, Rowlett, Texas. formerly of Lawrence County, died Nov. 13. Service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Firewheel Church, Garland, Texas. Sat. Nov. 19, The Restland Funeral Home in Dallas is in charge of the arrangements.

November 18, 2011

Alberta M. Row

Sept. 13, 1924 — Nov. 17, 2001

Alberta Mae Row, 87, of Bedford, died at 3 a.m. on Thursday at Garden Villa.

Born Sept. 13, 1924, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Luehama (Williams) Flinn and Oliver Francis Flinn. She married Emerson Row on Aug. 17, 1940, and he passed away on Jan. 6, 2011.

She was a charter member of the Southland Church of Christ and a current member of the Central Church of Christ, a former Pink Lady and had worked at Trav-Ler Radio and Television and RCA.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Eugene Row and wife Kathleen of Bedford, Richard Donald Row and wife Mary Jane of Newville, Pa., and Timothy Alan Row and wife Martha of Huntsville, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday from the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Curt Parsley and Ken Row officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Alberta at www.daycarter.com.

Franklin D. Rains

May 12, 1933 — Nov. 17, 2011

Franklin D. Rains, 78, of Bedford, died at 9 a.m. on Thursday at his residence.

Born May 12, 1933, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of Samuel and Bertha (Harvey) Rains. He married Pearl (Brassine) Rains and she survives.

He retired from Indiana Laborers where he did limestone work, was a Veteran of the U.S. Army (active duty), a rabbit hunter and a good father.

Survivors include his wife Pearl; two sons, Brent Rains and wife Ann and Scott Bough; and grandchildren, Luke Rains and wife Lindsey, Amber Rains, Kylee Bough and Tanner Bough.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Vergie Wray, Josephine Johnson and Mary Sproles; and three brothers, Arvin Rains, Boyce Rains and Palmer Rains.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the mortuary.

Family and friends may sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Franklin at www.daycarter.com.

Kaye Jeffries

June 27, 1938 — Nov. 15, 2011

Virginia Kaye Jeffries, 73, of Bedford, died at 5 a.m. on Tuesday at her residence.

Born June 27, 1938, in Williams, she was the daughter of Everett and Ilena (Shelton) Chapman.

She retired from the Times-Mail, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, loved to play golf and enjoyed sewing.

Survivors include; one son, Dana Jeffries and wife Deb of Covington; three grandchildren, Kevin Jeffries of Covington, Sally Moore of Kingman, and Dustin Wilson of Bloomington, Ill.; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Eric Kennedy officiating. Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Monday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in Kaye’s memory at www.daycarter.com.

J. Carl Blevins

Word has been received locally of the death of former Lawrence County resident, J. Carl Blevins, 69, of Rowlett, Texas. The funeral service will be conducted on Saturday in Texas.

November 17, 2011

John W. Abel

Jan. 19, 1928 — Nov. 15, 2011

John W. Abel, 83, of Greenfield, passed away on Tuesday.

Born on Jan. 19, 1928, in Bedford, he was the son of Joseph S. and Mary I. (Dunn) Abel. John married Beverly M. May on June 19, 1954, in Indianapolis.

He worked as a welding technician and retired from Union Carbide Corporation in Speedway.

John was a member of the Knights of Columbus St. Joseph Council and St. Michael’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and playing cards.

Additionally, he was a veteran of the United States Navy who had served in World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Beverly M. May Abel of Greenfield; children, Pamela A. (William L.) Hutchinson of Mishawaka, and Joseph H. (Rose L.) Abel, Brian K. Abel, and Steven J. (Diana M.) Abel, all of New Palestine; grandchildren, Cody, Corey, Chad, Tiffany, Lindsey, Heather, Adam, and Nick; and three great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and brother, Joseph Abel.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield.

Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Greenfield with visitation taking place from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Entombment with full military rites will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 941 E. 86th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240. Friends may sign the online guest book at www.erleweinmortuary.com or email condolences to sympathy@erleweinmortuary.com.

Babette C. Stauffer

March 15, 1962 — Nov. 16, 2011

Babette C. Stauffer, 49, of Orleans, formerly of Springwater, N.Y., passed away at 3:30 a.m., on Wednesday at her residence.

Babette was born on March 15, 1962, in Dansville, N.Y., to William and Martha Sue (McChesney) Holmes. She married John Stauffer on June 7, 1984, and he survives.

She was a 1980 graduate of Wayland High School and received a degree in photography from Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y.

She enjoyed planting and taking care of her flowers, but her greatest love was doing animal rescue.

She is survived by her parents, William and Martha Sue Holmes of Cadiz, Ky.; her husband, John Stauffer of Orleans; sons, Joshua Stauffer of Evansville and Travis Stauffer of Orleans; and her sister, Chris Haefner of Dallas, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her in-laws, Ira and Joyce Stauffer.

Arrangements are being handled by T.L. Pinnick Mortuary, 785 South Bears Bend Road, French Lick. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to the Cancer Care Center of Southern Indiana, 9149 State Road 37, Bedford, Indiana 47421.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.tlpinnickmortuary.com.

Thelma Reynolds

Jan. 14, 1927 — Oct. 17, 2011

Thelma (Snow) Reynolds, 84, passed away Monday at Westchester Gardens in Clearwater.

Born Jan. 14, 1927, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Loy and Gladys (Minet) Snow. She married Kenneth G. Reynolds June 5, 1949, and he preceded her in death Aug. 1, 1980.

She had been employed as a secretary for the federal government and was a member of Skycrest Baptist Church.

Thelma graduated from Bedford High School in 1945.

Surviving are a son, Rick Reynolds, Kona, Hawaii; a daughter, Teri Reynolds, Clearwater; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Her parents; husband; son, Michael Reynolds; sister, Wilda Lack; and brother, Wayne Snow, preceded her in death.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, at Mitchell Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Bechtel officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com.

John C. Fry

John Clifford Fry, 79, Bedford, died Tuesday. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

V. Kaye Jeffries

Virginia Kaye Jeffries, 73, of Bedford, died at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Alberta Row

Alberta Row, 87, of Bedford, died at 3 a.m. today at Garden Villa. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

November 16, 2011

Eva ‘Kay’ Bingham

Nov. 21, 1942 — Nov. 12, 2011

Eva “Kay” Bingham age 68, of Bedford, passed away Saturday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital in Bedford. She was born on Nov. 21, 1942, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Woody and Billie (Craig) Beaver. She married Kenneth Bingham and he survives.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Bingham; her children, Belinda and Rick Dennis, Chuck and Elvadean Bickers, Ronnie and Mike Kast, Connie McAdams, Kelley and Gerald Baker, Kenneth and Sabrina Bingham and Katrina and Josh Fish; 21 grandchildren, Scott Bickers and Shameh Redman, Michelle Bickers and Joey Eisle, Kenny Dennis and Jessica Latida, Kevin Dennis, Kris Dennis and Megan Ernst, Amber Dennis, Maribelle Bickers, Amanda Bickers, CJ Bickers, Thomas Bickers, Billie Bickers, Kayla Prather and Elliot Denning, USMC LC Tiffany Prather and USMC LC Michael Pastore, Mackenzie Milner, Laura McAdams and Delaney Walker, Zachary Fish, Kameron Fish, Gerald Baker, Jr. and Danielle Tanksley, Trenton Chastain, Heather Parker and Eddie Parker, Jordan Bingham, Emily Bingham and Joshua Milner; great-grandchildren, Braxton Bickers, Nick and Woody Bickers, Alex Dennis, Cole Dennis, Eli Rudder, Michael Chastain, Abby Dennis, Summer Pastore, Makayla Parker, Gracie Dennis, Junior Dennis, and Haley Dennis; one brother, Charles and Donna Beaver; two sisters, Judith and Bill Long and Shirley Ann Gill.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Woody Bickers; one daughter, Lori Bickers; one sister, Glenda Mitchell; and one great-granddaughter, Madison Bickers.

Memorial service will be from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday with a celebration of life at 5 p.m. at White River Baptist Church at 7705 Tunnelton Road, Bedford, Pastor Robert Courson will officiate.

Flowers will be received at the church on Thursday. Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford is in charge of arrangements.

November 15, 2011

Patricia A. Endris

Sept. 14, 1927 — Nov. 14, 2011

Patricia Ann Endris, 84, Bedford, died at 7:23 a.m. Monday at Johnson Christian Village, Bedford.

Born Sept. 14, 1927, in Orleans, she was the daughter of Stanley Lewis and Avis (Fielder) Lewis. She married John L. “Jack” Endris on Aug. 19, 1950, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 8, 2004.

She was a high school educator having taught 42 years at Needmore, Shawswick, Bedford and Bedford North Lawrence high schools. She retired in 1993.

She was a 1945 graduate of Bedford High School and obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education from Indiana University, Bloomington. She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority.

She was a member of First Christian Church, Bedford, where she was active with the bell choir, an Elder, Deacon and Deaconess.

She was on the Bedford Public Library Board; a member of many educational organizations; past sponsor of the Stone City Student at Bedford High School; chairman of the English Department at both Bedford and Bedford North Lawrence high schools; an avid bowler and fan of IU, Indianapolis Colts and BNL teams; a Pink Lady of the Dunn Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; loved mushroom hunting and euchre and enjoyed traveling. She was a great friend to everybody.

Surviving are one daughter, Jackie (Kevin) Robbins of Bedford; and one son, Mark Endris and fiance’ Dawn Woods, also of Bedford; two grandchildren, J.K. (Brandi) Robbins and Jessica Bunch, both of Bedford; four great-grandchildren, Grant Robbins, and Ava, Addy and Audrey Bunch, Bedford; four nieces, Liz McKenzie and Nancy Strunk of Bedford, and Kelley Wingo of Arizona and Cindy Tomes of Evansville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two sisters, Mary Beth Dunihue and Linda Parsons.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, Bedford with Pastor Bob Dailey officiating. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford, and on Thursday from 1 p.m. until the service at the church.

Donations may be made to the Leukemia Society of America or to the First Christian Church, Bedford.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Denise M. Neidigh

Aug. 19, 1953 — Nov. 12, 2011

Denise Mary Neidigh, 58, of Hendricksville, died Saturday at Bell Trace.

Born Aug. 19, 1953, in Mishawaka, she was the daughter of William C. and Joanne (Mortensen) Carter. She married Joseph Neidigh on Nov. 21, 1998, and he survives.

She was employed by Bloom Marketing.

Survivors include a daughter, Laura Hughes of Bedford; stepson Chris Neidigh of Bloomington; three grandchildren Haley Hughes of Bloomington; Zachary Hughes of Bedford; Desirae Neidigh of Bloomington; one brother Daniel C. Carter of Arizona; her parents, Thomas and Joanne Hazen of Grand Island, Fla.; and her beloved dog Corona.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Mary (Doran) Mortensen and her father, William C. Carter.

Family and friends are invited to make in memory donations to Bloomington Hospital Home Health and Hospice.

November 14, 2011

Ruth I. Tatom

July 4, 1919 — Nov. 13, 2011

Ruth Irene Tatom, 92, of Bedford, died at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at White River Lodge.

Born July 4, 1919, in Bedford, she was the daughter of John Norman and Celia P. (Speer) Root. She married Joe Tatom on April 8, 1944, and he preceded her in death. She retired from Sarkes-Tarzian in Bloomington after 25 years.

She was a member of the Leatherwood Christian Church where she played the piano for many years and was a Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the Ludeans Ladies Group and a Key Lady for the Hoosier Christian Village in Brownstown.

Survivors include a son, Bill Tatom and wife Jill of Bedford; two grandchildren, Mark Tatom and wife April, and Melissa Tatom all of Bloomington; and a niece, Norma Smith and husband Art of Salem.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a grandchild, Teresa; a brother, Fred Root; and two stepsisters, Marie and Gertie.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Sherman Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Leatherwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the mortuary.

Memorial donations may be made to Leatherwood Cemetery Association.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Ruth at www.daycarter.com.

Georgia Fancher

July 1, 1925 — Nov. 11, 2011

Georgia “Teenie” Fancher, 86, Petersburg, formerly of Mitchell, died at 9 a.m. Friday at the home of her daughter.

Born July 1, 1925, in Orange County, she was the daughter of Otto and Sophie (Andrews) Mickler. She married Albert Alger Fancher on May 31, 1964, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 1979.

She had been employed as a waitress at Chase Inn and was also a nurse’s aide.

Surviving are daughters, Carolyn “Susie” Bigelow and husband John C. Bigelow of Hephzibah, Ga., and Melanie Ann Sullivan and husband Billy D. Sullivan Jr, of Petersburg; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Chapel of the Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell. Burial will be in the Lawrenceport Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday and from noon until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial gifts: American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com.

William K. Woods

Jan. 3, 1938 — Nov. 12, 2011

William K. “Bill” Woods, 73, Bedford, died Saturday. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the McAdams Mortuary in Paoli. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens in Bedford. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the mortuary.

November 13, 2011

Georgia ‘Teenie’ Fancher

Georgia “Teenie” Fancher, 86, of Petersburg, formerly of Mitchell, died Friday. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Chastain Funeral Home. Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

November 12, 2011

Lena Duncan

May 16, 1920 — Nov. 10, 2011

Lena Duncan, 91, of Bedford, died at 1:20 p.m. Thursday at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Cremation was chosen. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Georgia J. Fancher

Georgia J. Fancher, 86, formerly of Mitchell, passed away at 9 a.m. Friday at the home of her daughter. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home.

November 11, 2011

Nancy M. Jones

Jan. 16, 1940 — Nov. 9, 2011

Nancy Marie Jones, 71, of Bedford, died at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Bedford, after an eight-year illness.

Born Jan. 16, 1940, in New Castle, she was the daughter of Nathaniel and Margaret Tucker.

She was first married to Richard Perkerson; second to Mr. Sheets; and third to Russell David Jones in 1982.

She was a homemaker and retired from J&L Steel, where she worked as an administrative assistant.

She was a graduate of Washington High School in Indianapolis.

Surviving are her husband, Russell David Jones of Bloomington; one son, Dennis Perkerson of Nashville; and one sister, Libby Dean of Avon.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one grandson, Michael Perkerson.

There will be graveside service at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cresthaven Memory Gardens, with burial following the service.

There are no calling hours.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Steve Terry

July 3, 1946 — Nov. 9, 2011

Steve Terry, 65, Bloomington, formerly of Mitchell, passed away at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday at Indiana University Health Indianapolis.

Born July 3, 1946, in Bedford, he was the son of Asa and Juanita (Eager) Terry.

Steve graduated from Mitchell High School in 1964 and Indiana State University in 1968. He was a member of Spice Valley Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving are his children, Marcy L. (Bruce) Pedersen and Toni J. (Steve) Wade, all of Mitchell, T.J. (Sarah) Terry of Cary, North Carolina, and J. Stephen (Heather) Terry of Bedford; the mother of his children, Cheryl A. Terry of Mitchell; his parents, Asa and Juanita Terry of Mitchell; a sister, Charlotte “Sissy” Sproles of Mitchell; a brother, Tim Terry of Houston, Texas; and 13 grandchildren.

Celebration of Life service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home with Pastor J. Stephen Terry officiating.

Friends may call from 3 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: Indiana University Medical Center

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com.

Rita Smith

July 4, 1931 — Nov. 9, 2011

Rita Smith, 80, of Bloomington, passed away Wednesday at home with her loving family by her side.

She was born July 4, 1931, in Springville, the daughter of Erza and Esther (Zikes) Johnston. She married Vernon Smith on Feb. 25, 1956.

Rita attended Bloomington High School. She retired from RCA in 1992.

She was a beloved wife and mother who loved her family dearly and always had a smile on her face. Rita was an avid IU, Colts and Pacers Fan. She loved fishing, mushroom hunting, going on car rides to the overlook and spending time with her family. She enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and squirrels from her patio. She was well known for her persimmon pudding.

When she was able, she would donate blood to the American Red Cross and supported United Way and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Rita is survived by her husband of 55 years, Vernon Smith; two sons Steve Smith of Bloomington and Larry Smith of Indianapolis; two sisters Marie Pritchard and Shirley Bryant both of Bloomington and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, Randy J. Smith; three sisters, Helen Eads, Roxie Hessinger and Mary Fiscus; five brothers, Clovis, Fred, George, Ralph and Dewey Johnston; and one nephew, Sam Johnston.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at Allen Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens.

Family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Rita.

The family would like to thank Bloomington Hospital Home Health and Hospice for the loving care they showed Rita.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.allenfuneralhome.org.

Ella A. Price

March 16, 1918 — Nov. 9, 2011

Ella Alleen Vessell Price, 93, Kennett, Mo., departed this life on Wednesday.

She was born March, 16, 1918, in Charlestown, Mo., the daughter of the late Valentine B. and Alpha B. (Reed) Vessell. She married Paul Wallace Price on Oct. 3, 1937, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 7, 1995.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherry Ann Price Ford and husband Everett James Ford Jr. of Germantown, Tenn., and Sharon Alleen Price Naughton of Kennett; six grandchildren, Paula D. Massey and husband Kevin of North Richland Hills, Texas, Pamela L. Neri and husband Vince of Collierville, Tenn., Scott A. Ford and wife Michelle of Hernando, Miss., B. Keath Ford and wife Teresa of Lakeland, Tenn., Emma A. Naughton Price of Paducah, Ky., and Becky A. Naughton Wright and husband David of Bedford; 11 great-grandchildren, Amanda Armour Marsh and husband Mark, Alex Massey, Ashlyn Massey, Joshua Ford, Jacob Ford, Sarah Ford, Conner Price Ford, Zachary Brendon Ford, Ethan Chase Ford, Spenser B. Price and Matthew J. Price; three great-grandchildren, Channing Grace Marsh, Addie Ford and Eden Ford; two nephews, Tommy Price of Kennett, and Charles Price and wife Faye of Hillsboro, Mo.; and many other relatives and and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four brothers, Ralph, Ray, Roy and Cletus Vessell; and one sister, Inez Vessell Potts.

Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McDaniel Chapel in Kennett. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kennett.

November 10, 2011

John T. Brown

May 22, 1929 — Nov. 9, 2011

John Thomas Brown, 82, of Williams, died at 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born May 22, 1929, in Martin County, he was the son of Ralph and Agnes Levina (Wininger) Brown. He first married Annabelle Sims and she preceded him in death. He then married Mary Stuart on Dec. 22, 2003, and she survives.

He retired as a supervisor for Indiana University and was a farmer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He was an IU Alumni and a member of Crossroads Community Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mar,y of Williams; a daughter, Elizabeth Wilcox, of Mitchell; two stepsons, Michael Bruner of Williams and David Bruner (Janette) of Bloomington; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; a son, Russell; a sister, Bonnie Moore; and two brothers, Robert and Eugene (Junior).

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Williams Church of Christ Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of John at www.daycarter.com

Billy D. Sullivan

June 8, 1941 — Nov. 9, 2011

Billy D. Sullivan, 70, of Bedford, died at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at his residence.

Born June 8, 1941, in Bedford, he was the son of William McKinley Sullivan and Josie (Melvin) Sullivan Miller. He married Rita L. Hardwick on July 22, 1961, and she preceded him in death in May 2011.

He worked as a coal miner at B & L S Coal Mining Company for 15 years. He then worked for the State of Indiana Highway Department for 10 years, retiring in 2003.

He was a member of the Salvation Army Church, NRA, National Wildlife Association, and was an avid outdoorsman and lifelong hunter.

He also loved playing the harmonica.

Surviving are three sons, Billy Dean Sullivan Jr. (Melanie) of Petersburg, Robert M. Sullivan (Adrienne) of Jasper, and Tristan W. Sullivan of Bedford; four daughters, Victoria Zoelzer (Craig), Valarie L. Martin (Dennis), and Stacy Pruitt (Robert), all of Bedford, and Ashley Baker of Mitchell; 14 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Helen Good of Bedford, Ruthann Cain of Solsberry, Carol Manuel of Austin, and Lois Ritter, of Bedford; one brother, Joe Sullivan of Bedford; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Rita L. (Hardwick) Sullivan; and several siblings.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Maryann Bradley

March 24, 1933— Nov. 9, 2011

Maryann “Granny” Sutton Bradley, 78, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Wednesday. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Jim. Maryann was born March 24, 1933, in Indianapolis, to Charles and Helen (Keith) Sutton.

Maryann dedicated her life to her children and grandchildren and was a loving “Granny” to all who knew her and will be dearly missed.

Maryann worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk and was an avid supporter of St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.

Surviving family members include her children, Helen Lucas and husband, Steve, of Bedford, Jamie Smith and husband, Keith, of Indianapolis, Jennifer Mothersbaugh and husband, Jeff, of Rock Hills, S.C., Connie Johnson and husband, Michael, of Bloomington, James Bradley II and wife, Sherri, of Indianapolis, Bill Bradley and wife, Dana, of Bloomington, Kelly Bradley and wife, April, of Bloomington, Joe Bradley and wife Pam of Bloomington, and Christopher Bradley and fiancé, Jennifer Bailey, of Bloomington; sister, Beverly O’Brien and husband, Bill, of Beech Grove; and best friend, Augie Stillions of Bloomington. She is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Maryann is preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Kelly Bradley II.; and her sister, Pat Mitchell.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Lions Club.

Visitation will be 2-8 on Friday at the Allen Funeral Home 4155 S. Old Ind. 37 Bloomington.

Service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Friends can send condolences to www.allenfuneralhome.org.

Imogene Lantis

Jan. 6, 1925 — Nov. 8, 2011

Imogene Lantis, 86, of Orleans, entered into rest on Tuesday, at the Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital in Bedford.

Mrs. Lantis was born in Milltown on Jan. 6, 1925. She married John M. Lantis and they maintained a residence in Orleans for 48 years.

She was an active member of the Orleans United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women’s Organization and the Buisness and Professional Women’s Club.

She had interest in sewing, painting and poetry. Throughout her life she created several oil paintings, wrote numerous poems and enjoyed sewing clothing items for her family.

Imogene and John enjoyed traveling around the country and abroad. After retirement, they enjoyed wintering in Texas and Florida for many years.

Imogene’s husband of 68 years preceded her in death, along with her parents, four brothers, and a sister.

She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn (John) Wolf, of Bristol; two sons, John W. (Marilyn) Lantis of Mitchell and Steve (Candy) Lantis of Orleans; one sister, Glenna Mae Windell of Corydon; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Orleans United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jacqueline Foley officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Orleans.

Friends are invited to visit from 9:30 until the services at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Orleans United Methodist Church.

Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the Orleans United Methodist Women.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ochstetrick.net

Nancy M. Jones

Nancy M. Jones, 71, Bedford, died at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Steve W. Terry

Steve W. Terry, 65, formerly of Mitchell, passed away Wednesday evening at Indiana University Health Indianapolis. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home.

November 09, 2011

Jerry D. Carter

Nov. 21, 1928 — Nov. 7, 2011

Gerald Duane “Jerry” Carter, age 82, of Bedford, passed away peacefully at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital at 10:47 a.m. on Monday after a long illness from complications due to cancer.

Known to his friends as Jerry, he was born in Wheatcroft, Ky., on Nov. 21, 1928, the first-born child of his parents, Henry and Virginia Carter.

After graduating from Bosse High School in Evansville in 1946, Jerry served in the National Guard for nine years and was a fixture in his community as a volunteer and active member of organizations such as the Shriners, Jaycees, Elks, American Legion, and the Bedford Exchange Club. He also was a Mason and member of the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services. He was a Member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford.

Jerry’s life work was in the insurance industry, where he worked for the Indiana Insurance Company. Eventually, he joined Keach and Grove Insurance where he became an owner. His licenses included the Chartered Insurance Counselor and the acclaimed Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter for which he is the only CPCU license holder in Lawrence County.

Jerry was married twice, first to the late Helen Hitch in March of 1953, and later to the late Emma Mae Bultman of Bedford in November of 1977, who preceded him in death on April 12, 1991.

Always a lover of reading and travel, Jerry spent much of his young life reading about world history and historic faraway places, most of which he ultimately visited after his retirement. In fact, his travel literally spanned the world, including trips to all 50 United States and all seven continents, to Egypt where he cruised the Nile and visited the Valley of the Kings, and to China where he stood on the Great Wall. He also spent time in Russia, Germany, Iceland, England, Spain, Greece, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, Mexico, Guatemala, Jamaica, and Bermuda.

Jerry is survived by his children, David L. Carter of Indianapolis, Dan Carter and his wife Sherrie Bourg Carter of Coral Springs, Fla., and Sharon L. Wilson of Bloomington; his stepchildren, Susan (Charlie) Wier; Lester Bultman, Jr.; Wanda Lloyd, and Mark Bultman; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, and several stepgrandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; his brother, John (Sandy) Carter of Evansville; sister, Jackie (Charles) Presson of Pensacola, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, with Pastor Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, and 1-2 p.m. on Friday, at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services in Memory of Jerry Carter.

Jeremy S. Burnette

May 6, 1980 — Nov. 5, 2011

Jeremy Scott Burnette, 31, of Noblesville, entered heaven’s gates on Saturday.

Jeremy was born May 6, 1980, in Bedford.

Jeremy began his career as a critical care nurse in Bloomington. In 2004 he joined the nursing staff at the St. Vincent Heart Hospital and progressed to Process Leader of the PCU and ER. In 2009 he became a consultant with St. Vincent and was Director of Cardiovascular Services for Hancock Regional Hospital and Henry County Hospital. Jeremy received his MBA from Bellevue University.

A service celebrating Jeremy’s life will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center-Carmel.

Friends and family are invited to gather for a visitation from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday.

Jeremy is survived by his wife, Sandy; children, Evan S., Aidan M., Abigail Y. and Isabelle R. Burnette; parents, Russell B. and Carmen R. Staggs Burnette; brothers, Russell A. “Andy” (wife, Heather) and Justin B. (wife, Sandy) Burnette; grandparents, Kenny and Ann Staggs, Marilyn S. Burnette; father and mother-in-law, Gary M. and Teresa A. Bechtel; sisters-in-law, Sarah J. (husband, Stephen) Hatch, Regan A. Brown, Haley R. Bechtel, Stephanie L. (husband, Paul B.) Breeden; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Families Thru International Adoption (FTIA.org) or Northview Church Missions.

To sign the online guest register or view Jeremy’s video tribute, please visit www.flannerbuchanan.com.

November 08, 2011

Michael V. Rouse

Jan. 11, 1947 — Nov. 6, 2011

Michael Vern Rouse, 64, of Bedford, died at 2:47 a.m. on Sunday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born Jan. 11, 1947, in Crawfordsville, he was the son of Rollo Vern Rouse and Nora Evelyn (Scott) Cochran. He first married Evelyn Ewilda Stanley in 1969 and she preceded him in death. He then married Deborah Anne Clark and she survives.

He retired from the Bedford post office in 2008.

He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Army, retiring in 1988 after 20 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah, of Bedford; his mother, Nora Cochran, of Kentucky; one stepdaughter, Deborah Stanley Scott (Paul) of Terre Haute; two stepsons, Felix Andrew Flores of California and Steven P. Flores (Hope) of Bedford; grandchildren, Sergio, Esteban, Martel, Keanna, Riquelle and Alicea; stepgrandchildren, Amy, Kristina and P.J.; siblings, Rebecca Rickard of Illinois, Meridy Johnson of Florida; and four halfsisters, Pam O’Daniel of Kentucky, Cindy Chastain, Marilyn Cochran-Kase, and Elaine Linville, all of Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his father; first wife; and stepson, James W. Stanley.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris officiating. Military rites will be accorded following the service by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion. The family has chosen cremation with burial at the Green Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Lawrence County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1235, Bedford, IN.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Michael at www.daycarter.com.

Roberta P. Lenz

Feb. 20, 1915 — Nov. 6, 2011

Roberta P. “Bert” Lenz, 96, of Bedford, died at 7:49 a.m. on Sunday at StoneBridge Health Campus.

Born Feb. 20, 1915, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Harry C. and Mable K. (Sipes) Allen. She married Robert F. Lenz on Sept. 18, 1937, and he preceded her in death on July 20, 1973.

She retired after 35 years of service with Indiana Bell (Ameritech).

She was a member of the First Christian Church Lydia Circle, Ludeans, Telephone Pioneers and Priscilla.

Survivors include two daughters, Theresa Jane Ferguson and husband Gene and Deborah Kay Marrs and husband Dave, all of West Chester, Ohio; one sister, Marilyn A. Olson of Bedford; two grandsons, Jason and Matt Ferguson; and three great-grandchildren, Connor, Joshua and Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two brothers, Jack L. and Robert E. Allen.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Robert Dailey officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of “Bert” at www.daycarter.com.

Beatrice M. Carter

April 18, 1925 — Nov. 6, 2011

Beatrice M. Carter, 86, of 602 W. 10th Street, Oolitic, died at 10:40 p.m. on Sunday at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born April 18, 1925, in Virginia, she was the daughter of Fred and Sallie (Agee) Tillett. She married Jesse Carter on Sept. 27, 1952, and he survives.

She retired as an X-ray technician from Central Foundry after 20 years.

She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, Bedford Boat & Sportsman’s Club Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and U.A.W. Local No. 440. She attended the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jesse, of Oolitic; a daughter, Jonny Carter Parks of Marietta, Ga.; two grandchildren, Jessica Parks and Kyle Parks both of Georgia; one great-grandson, Aidan Mehrhof of Georgia; two brothers, Paul E. Tillett and Fred R. Tillett Jr., both of Indianapolis; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Lindsey J. Carter.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Beatrice at www.daycarter.com.

November 07, 2011

Marguerite Sheeks

July 7, 1915 — Nov. 5, 2011

Marguerite Mary Sheeks, 96, of Bedford, died at 6:45 p.m. Saturday at White River Lodge in Bedford.

She was born July 7, 1915, in Fall River, Mass., the daughter of Joseph and Mary (O’Brien) Banbille. She married Edwin Sheeks on Feb. 9, 1950, in Tiverton, R.I., and he survives.

She was a homemaker and a member of Hillside Mennonite Church.

Surviving are her husband, Edwin, of Bedford; one son, Roderick Sheeks of Bedford; a daughter, Nancy (Mike) Metz of Indianapolis; granddaughter, Crissie Metz of Indianapolis; great-granddaughter, Paige Mary Ann Everett; and one sister, Evelyn Santos of Somerset, Mass.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Kathleen Mellow.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals. Burial will be in the Sheeks Cemetery in rural Mitchell.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Condolences my be made to the family at www.queenlee.com.

Donald G. Weddell

Sept. 3, 1932 — Nov. 5, 2011

Donald G. Weddell, 79, of Medora, was called to his heavenly home Saturday morning at his home while surrounded by his family.

He was born Sept. 3, 1932 in Fort Ritner.

Don was a lifetime member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954. He was owner/operator of Weddle Logging and Trucking for many years.

He enjoyed restoring and showing antique cars. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He touched the lives of many people.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Myrtle (Cole) Weddell; one sister Alta Mae Reynolds; and one grandson, Chris Johnson.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Donna (Smith) Weddell; three daughters, Melinda (Morris) Hypes of Campbellsburg, Vicki (Mark) Norman of Heltonville, and Susan Brown (Tony Hamilton) of Brownstown; along with grandchildren, Amanda Wayman, Brad (Sarah) Brown, and Dusty Jonnson, all of Medora, Ashley (Chris Cowles of Campbellsburg, Nikki (Scott) Smith of Williams and Katie (Matt) Dittmer of Indianapolis; and 10 great-grandchildren; He is also survived by one brother, Ted (Sherry) Weddell of Florida; and sisters, Faye (Don) Lokey of Vallonia, Betty (Bill) Wilson of Brownstown, Judy Branaman and Bonnie (Everett) Bowman of Medora; along with many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Hague Funeral Home in Medora and from 9 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Medora.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with Pastor Jack Belk and Pastor Lindy Hopkins officiating. Burial will be at Weddleville Lutheran Cemetery with full military graveside rites.

Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Kitchen Fund, Gideons International or the Chris Johnson Scholarship Fund c/o the State Bank of Medora.

Roberta P. Lenz

Feb. 20, 1915 — Nov. 6, 2011

Roberta P. “Bert” Lenz, 96, of Bedford, died at 7:49 a.m. on Sunday at StoneBridge Health Campus. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Michael V. Rouse

Michael V. Rouse, 64, of Bedford, died at 2:47 a.m. on Sunday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Beatrice Carter

Beatrice Carter, 86, of Bedford, died at 10:40 p.m. on Sunday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Jeremy Burnette

Jeremy Burnette, 31, Noblesville, son of Russell and Carmen Burnette of Bedford, died Sunday as a result of a motorcyle accident. Arrangements are pending at the Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center of Carmel.

November 06, 2011

Mary Josephine Colbert Risley

JAN. 18, 1921 — NOV. 4, 2011

Mary Josephine Colbert Risley, 90, of Columbus, died at 5:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation in Columbus.

She was born in Daviess County, Indiana, to Cornelius Colbert and Amelia Miller Colbert.

She married Ralph William Risley Jr. on April 9, 1939. He passed away March 15, 2011.

Survivors include her grandchildren, Kathryn (Floyd Smith) Floyd of Bloomington, IN and Kurk (Stacey) Sylvester of Bloomfield, IN; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Donna R. Hopewell of Bedford, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Brenda Gayle Sylvester; brothers, John E. Colbert and Levi O. Colbert; and sisters, Bernice V. Devine and Bonnie M. Thompson.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Monday, November 7, 2011, at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 9 a.m. Monday until time of service.

Burial will be 2 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2011, at Plainville Cemetery in Plainville, IN. David Armstrong will officiate.

Memorial donations can be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana & the Alzheimer’s

Association.

She was a member of East Columbus Christian Church.

Mary was the oldest of six children. She lived most of her life in Daviess County, Indiana. Mary and her husband Ralph were married for 72 years, during which time they were partners in farming. Upon retirement, they lived in Lakeland, Florida for several years before returning to Indiana to be close to family. She was a member of the Eastern Star, was an excellent seamstress, and was an accomplished artist and painter. Mary had been a 4-H leader and 4-H judge in cooking and sewing in Daviess County.

You are invited to view her video tribute after 9 a.m. Monday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet.

www.jewellrittman.com.

November 04, 2011

Ada Mae Hamilton

Oct. 14, 1926 — Nov. 2, 2011

Ada Mae Hamilton, 85, of Bedford, died at 9 p.m. on Wednesday at StoneBridge Health Campus.

Born Oct. 14, 1926, in Greene County, she was the daughter of Joseph and Blanche (Wright) Ashcraft. She married Ora B. Hamilton on Feb. 28, 1947, and he preceded her in death on April 13, 2010.

She retired from NWSC Crane and was a member of the Hillcrest Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Ora Hamilton and wife Vickie of Heltonville, Timothy Mark Hamilton and wife Teri of Springville; four grandchildren, Traci Graves of Springville, Crystal Siegfred and husband Kyle of Trafalgar, Traven Hamilton and wife Annette of Bedford and Hunter Hamilton of Heltonville; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruby Easton of Bedford and Margaret Allen of Owensburg; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Harold G. and Walter L. Ashcraft; and two grandchildren (in infancy).

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Owensburg Cemetery with Pastor Charlie Scott officiating.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Hillcrest Christian Church.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Ada at www.daycarter.com.

Hazel I. Terrell

Aug. 6, 1924 — Nov. 2, 2011

Hazel I. Terrell, 87, passed away at 10 p.m. Wednesday at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Born Aug. 6, 1924, in Chaplin, Ky., she was the daughter of Nevel and Osie (Moore) Coulter. She married Ruel Terrell and he preceded her in death February 1980.

She had been employed at Essex and was a member of the Orleans Church of the Nazarene.

Surviving are her children, Kathy Ashabraner of Orleans, Jeff (Ladeanna) Terrell of San Leon, Texas, Tim Terrell of Orleans and Martha (Kenneth) Terry of Bedford; a daughter-in-law, Lisa Terrell of Vidor, Texas; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Her parents; husband; son, David Terrell; sister, Edith Terrell; and brothers, John Coulter and Royston Coulter, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. Claude Chastain Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers: Jeremy Ashabraner, Chris Terrell, Dylan Terrell, Dakota Newbolds, Jacob Sears, Trey Terrell, and Derrick Hobson.

Memorial Gifts: Alzheimer’s Association.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com.

November 03, 2011

Mary Ruth Lewis

Oct. 15, 1919 — Nov. 2, 2011

Mary Ruth Lewis, 92, of Bedford, died at 12:02 p.m. on Wednesday at Johnson’s Christian Village.

Born Oct. 15, 1919, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Ray and Rose (Wagoner) Simmons. She married Bert Lewis on Nov. 16, 1935. After 72 years of marriage, he preceded her in death on Feb. 18, 2008.

She was a homemaker and a life-long member of the Bedford Free Methodist Church. She was a member of the Department Club and Phi Beta Kappa Sorority.

Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Rose Colgan and husband David of Bedford; grandchildren, Mark (Kathy) Colgan of Upland, Deron (Jennifer) Colgan of Terre Haute, Amy Colgan of Bedford, Bryan (Brenda) Lewis of Buckley, Ill., Ann Marie Lewis and Thomas Lewis; great-grandchildren, David, Katie, Mary, Maggie and Molly Colgan; foster daughter, Ruthie Sanders and husband Lloyd and their children, Kim Schmidt and husband Jay, and their children, Jason Sanders and wife Becky and their children, all of Seymour; two brothers, Ray Simmons, Jr. and wife Peggy of Bedford and Viv Simmons of North Manchester; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Billy Ray Lewis; three brothers, Lowell, Forty and Doyle Simmons.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Free Methodist Church in Bedford with Pastors David Colgan and Deron Colgan officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 10 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the Free Methodist Church in Bedford.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Mary Ruth at www.daycarter.com.

Thomas C. Hughes

March 14, 1944 — Nov. 1, 2011

Thomas C. Hughes, 67, of Bedford, died Tuesday at his residence.

Born March 14, 1944, in Bedford, he was the son of Cecil C. and Josephine (Taylor) Hughes. He married Merle Ann Watson on Jan. 8, 1983, and she survives.

He retired from NWSC Crane and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a SFC 1st Class Sgt. during the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife, Merle of Bedford; three sons, Jesse Hughes, Bryan Hughes and Tommy Lee (Laura) Hughes, all of Needmore; three daughters, Rhonda (Mike) Blanton, Vonda (Brian) Bunch and Fonda (Max) Drehobl, all of Bedford; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother, Denny (Joyce) Hughes of Crane; and one sister, Joyce (John) Sams of West Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Jerry and David Hughes.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with David Sams officiating. Burial will follow in Patton Hill Cemetery with military rites accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Thomas at www.daycarter.com.

Stanley McVicker

July 30, 1936 — Nov. 1, 2011

Stanley B. McVicker, 75, of Bedford, died at 4:07 p.m. on Tuesday, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born July 30, 1936, in Illinois, he was the son of Cecil Brenton and Georgia (Wright) McVicker. He married Mabel Frances Wagner on Oct. 19, 1956, and she survives.

He retired as a supervisor from Ameritech after 35 years.

He was a member of the Bedford Masonic Lodge No. 14 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, Telephone Pioneers of America and past president of the White River Humane Society.

Survivors include his wife, Frances, of Bedford; a daughter, Belinda Swango and husband Mike, of Bedford; two sisters, Anne McVicker and Brenda Carol Sowers, both of Arizona; a brother, Joe McVicker of Canton, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Pat McVicker of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Roy McVicker.

Graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with Pastor Jim Stevens officiating. Burial will follow.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. A Masonic service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the White River Humane Society.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Stanley at www.daycarter.com.

Ada Hamilton

Ada Hamilton, 85, of Bedford, died at 9 p.m. on Wednesday at StoneBridge Health Campus. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

November 01, 2011

Michael D. Baker

Jan. 24, 1952 — Oct. 30, 2011

Michael Dale Baker, 59, of Bedford, passed away at 11:28 p.m. on Sunday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital in Bedford.

Born Jan. 24, 1952 in Lawrence County, he was the son of the late Dale Baker and Lorene (Etchison) Mitchell. He married Cathy Spires on July 8, 1995, and she survives.

He retired from Otis Elevator as a welder.

He was a member of the Bedford Boat and Sportsmans Club, Eagles No. 654 and of the Protestant faith.

Survivors include his wife, Cathy of Bedford; his mother and stepfather, Lorene and Robert Mitchell of Oolitic; one stepdaughter, April Imhausen; three grandchildren; one brother, Pat Baker of Texas; two sisters, Anthonette “Toni” Hedge of Mitchell and Barbara Jane Hill of Bedford; two stepbrothers, Gary Mitchell of Avoca and Terry Mitchell of Oolitic; two stepsisters, Diana Edwards of Oolitic and Brenda Lambrecht of Bedford; two aunts, Marcia Tolbert of Mitchell and Lucille Lynch of Williams; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Richard Holt officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and from noon until the service on Thursday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Mike at www.daycarter.com.

Frances L. Davis

Sept. 8, 1930 — Oct. 30, 2011

Frances L. Davis, 81, of Bedford, passed away Sunday at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

She was born on Sept. 8, 1930, in Martinsville, the daughter of Griffith L. and Dessie E. (Manley) Burkett.

Frances graduated from Martinsville High School and was an artist.

Survivors include her son Jeff Davis (Cheryl) of Bedford; daughter Jill Hovious (Terry) of Springville; three stepdaughters MaryAnn Lucas of St. Petersburg, Fla., Rebecca Norris and Nancy Crohn both of Indianapolis; two sisters Mary Rose Walker of Frankfort and Shirley Lockman of Plainfield; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred Davis, stepson Freddie Dean Davis, two brothers Bob Burkett and Jim Burkett, and two sisters Betty Lucy and Vivian Stanger.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Allen Funeral Home in Bloomington with Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will follow at Clear Creek Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.allenfuneralhome.org.

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