November 01, 2014
April 3, 1923 — Oct. 30, 2014
Donajean (Black) Hawkins, 91, Williams, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford.
She was born April 3, 1923, in Easton, the daughter of Thomas Wilcoxen and Mona Gail (Mitchell) Black. She was a graduate of Muncie Central High School.
She first married Robert Leonard Cline of Texas in 1942, then later married Robert Leroy Hawkins of Bedford in 1957.
She worked at various jobs over the years: drug store/soda shop assistant, running a boarding house in Muncie, waitressing in a big nightclub, bakery/deli assistant, employee at Essex in Orleans, a cook at Lincoln Elementary School, head cook at Mitchell Manor, a newspaper carrier for Heltonville and Norman, and an owner of several apartment houses in Bedford.
Her happiest position was as a mother and homemaker to her five children.
Donajean was a classy dresser, a good listener, an excellent cook and party planner, a formidable Scrabble player, an amusing poet, a piano player who loved to dance, and an hilarious one-line who loved to laugh.
Survivors include four children, Donal Gale (Elizabeth Ann) Cline of Chesterfield, Mona Elizabeth Cline, Dana Lea (Hawkins) Harper, and Lisa Nell Hawkins, all of Bedford; 11 grandchildren, Deanna McIntyre, Donna McCurdy, Pat Wagner, Darian Cline, Billy J. Spangler, Amanda Maze, Nathan Harper, Michael McVicker, Joseph McVicker, Mikayla Mundy and Cody Mundy; 24-great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one son, Robert Thomas Cline; her husband, Robert Leroy Hawkins; her parents; one sister, Helen Elizabeth (Black) Fitzgerald; and six brothers, Vergil, Edwin, Francis, John Donald, William Jay, and Jack Lavon Black.
A memorial gathering of friends and family will take place throughout the day, beginning at 1 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Wilson Park Shelter House.
Aug. 10, 1947 — Oct. 30, 2014
Martha Mitchell Davidson, 67, Mitchell, passed away at 9 p.m. Thursday at her residence.
Born Aug. 10, 1947, in Nicholasville, Ky., she was the daughter of Clayton and Hazel (Tudor) Rogers. Martha first married Louis Mitchell March 5, 1965, and, he preceded her in death July 25, 2003. She then married Ernest Davidson Dec. 16, 2005, and he preceded her in death July 12, 2014.
Martha retired from Dana Corporation. She was member of Woodville Baptist Church.
Surviving are her children, Jerry Wayne Watts of Mitchell, Lillian (Ken) Lesley of Bedford, and Rebecca Russell of Mitchell; stepchildren, Louis Wayne Mitchell of California and David Mitchell of North Carolina; siblings, William (Leeta) Rogers, James Rogers, Ada Bain, Judy Jordan, Malinda Watts, and Nancy Jane (James) Tate, all of Kentucky; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren
Her parents; husbands; son, Brian Mitchell Sr.; granddaughter, Candida Roberts; siblings, Mary Derm and Katherine Rogers, preceded her in death.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Haverly Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Glenn Hamer officiating.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Monday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com
Keri R. Umphress Smith
Aug. 16, 1970 — Oct. 29, 2014
Keri R. Umphress Smith, 44, of Bedford, died at 2:38 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis following a lengthy illness.
Born Aug. 16, 1970, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Wayne Umphress and Deratha “Dee” (McClintock) Smith.
She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include her mother, Dee Smith and husband Jerald of Utica, Ky.; her father, Wayne Umphress and wife Mary of Bedford; a daughter, Ceara Smith of Philpot, Ky.; a son, Chance Smith of Utica, Ky.; a granddaughter, Allie Raymer; a brother, Cody Umphress of Bloomington; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Jamie Umphress.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with John Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Spice Valley Cemetery.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday at Day & Carter.
Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Keri at www.daycarter.com.