Obituaries — May 2016

May 03, 2016

No obituaries reported.

May 02, 2016

Dennis L. ‘Denny’ Goodman

Nov. 19, 1945 — April 29, 2016

Dennis “Denny” Lane Goodman, 70, of Bedford, died at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the IU Health Hospice House.

Born Nov. 19, 1945, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Rusty and Phyllis Kay (Bridwell) Goodman. He married Marilyn South in August of 1980 and she survives.

He retired from General Motors Powertrain as a tool and die maker.

He was a member of the Harrodsburg Assembly of God Church, the UAW, and the Sons of the American Legion.

Denny loved his family dearly and spoiled his grandkids to no end. Never meeting a stranger, he had many acquaintances and was lucky enough to have a few close friends he loved dearly. He loved to hunt, particularly deer and was an avid fisherman. He loved golf, and Marilyn believes he was born with a club in his hands. Denny made every moment precious at the Hospice House, that we were blessed to share with him. He brought so much joy and laughter to every person that came to visit. He welcomed each and every one with a smile, and never tired of them. His family was told by many that they came to lift his spirits up, but were the ones who left with their spirits lifted instead. Denny passed with much grace.

Survivors include his wife Marilyn of Bedford; five children, Heather Goodman of Texas, Hope Goodman of Texas, Tammy Bartlett of Bedford, Kelly Powell and her husband Scott of Mauckport, and Alan Level of Bedford; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dianne Anderson of Spencer and Shona Turpin of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, David Goodman.

Funeral service will be conducted at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Mike Winters officiating. At Denny’s request cremation will follow.

Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. on Tuesday.

Friends and family may express condolences at

Joseph N. Tolbert

Feb. 9, 1937 — April 30, 2016

Joseph N. Tolbert, 79, passed away at 10:22 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Born Feb. 9, 1937, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Laurin and Helen May (Jacobs) Tolbert. He married Marcia Etchison March 31, 1961.

Joe was a farmer and a retired school bus driver for Mitchell Community Schools. He was a member of the Fairview Church of Christ and Huron High School Class of 1955. Joe was a veteran of the Indiana National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia Tolbert of Mitchell; children, Brian (Rebekah) Tolbert of Williams, Paula (Jeff) McKnight of Mitchell, and Christopher (Jenny) Tolbert of Mitchell; grandchildren, Andy McKnight, Laurin Perry, Christopher Tolbert II, Dominic Tolbert, Whitley Tolbert, and Alex Brown; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Sue Waggoner of Bedford, Jeff Tolbert of Williams, and Jim Tolbert of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents and siblings, David Tolbert, Harry Tolbert, Paul Tolbert, Rose Tolbert, Betty Robertson, Mary Frances Dumond, and Priscilla Tolbert, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Richard Holt and Brother Kris Beasley officiating. Burial will be in Port William Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers: Andy McKnight, Christopher Tolbert II, Dominic Tolbert, Joshua Perry, Brian Tolbert, Chris Tolbert, Bill Thacker, and Russell Tidd.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

May 01, 2016

Robert D. Howell Sr.

April 25, 1938 — April 28, 2016

LCDR Robert D. Howell Sr., (U.S.N., retired), passed away on April 28, 2016.

Bob was born April 25, 1938, in East Liverpool, Ohio, to Donald and Mae (Waters) Howell. Bob grew up in Coshocton County, Ohio, and graduated from West Lafayette High School in 1956. While a senior in high school, Bob joined the Navy Reserve, and he entered active duty upon graduation. He married Margaret “Marge” Craun on November 29, 1956.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy for 30 years and earned a degree in History and Political Science from the University of Maryland. In his years since his retirement, he was very active in the Daniel Guthrie Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He served as the State Registrar for many years and held a number of offices in the SAR, including State President. He enjoyed participating in school programs and color guard in parades. In addition, he was active and held offices in the Retired Military Officers Association.

He is survived by his wife, Marge; his sons, Robert D. Howell Jr., and his wife, Nancy, of Chesapeake, VA, and Donald Howell of Bedford; and his daughter, Dianna Ragsdale, and her husband, Cecil, of Shoals. Also surviving are grandchildren, Cori (Chris) Nicholson of Chesapeake, VA; Adam (Shelby) Divine and Alex (Erica) Divine of Shoals; Joshua (Kristen) Howell of Chesapeake, VA; Bobby (Hannah) Howell, of Bedford; and Evan (Lori) Divine, of Rushville. Also surviving are eight great-grandchildren. One son, Daniel, is deceased. He is also survived by a brother, William Howell and wife Doris of Maryland.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Final interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dennis Lane Goodman

Dennis Lane Goodman, 70, of Bedford, died Friday. Visitation is 2-5 p.m. Tuesday at Day & Carter Mortuary. Service is 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Joseph N. Tolbert

Joseph N. Tolbert, 79, of Mitchell, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Mitchell.

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