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Obituaries

Obituaries – January 2015

January 25, 2015

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January 24, 2015

Rhonda Hamilton 

Sept. 7, 1957 — Jan. 22, 2015

Rhonda Hamilton, 57, of Bloomington, passed away at 1 p.m. on Thursday at her residence.

She was born in Columbus on Sept. 7, 1957, to Chester Hillenburg and Mattie (Sowders) Nicholson, she attended Heltonville High School. She was a homemaker.

She married Jeff Hamilton and he survives. Rhonda attended Life Mission Ministries Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jeff Hamilton of Bedford; her parents, Stanley “Buster” Nicholson and Mattie (Sowders) Nicholson of Heltonville; two daughters, Heather (Tim) Fleener and Jennifer Armstrong all of Bedford; five grandchildren, Lauren, Gabe, Madeline, Braydon and Trenton; two brothers, Chester “Randy” Hillenburg of Heltonville, and the Rev. Michael (Angel) Nicholson of Bedford; and two sisters, Lisa (Bob) McDonald of Bloomington and Detra “DeeDee” (Tim) Bennett of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her father, Chester Hillenburg, in 1963.

Celebration of life will be at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 1, at Life Mission Ministries Church on Bartlettsville road in Bedford.

THE DAY GOD TOOK YOU HOME

In tears we saw you sinking away, And watched you pass away.

Our hearts were almost broken, we wanted you to stay.

But when we saw you sleeping, so peaceful, free of pain,

How could we wish you back with us, to suffer that again.

It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone,

For part of us went with you, the day God took you home.

Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford is in charge of arrangements.

Larry D. Strange

Sept. 21, 1945 — Jan. 23, 2015

Larry Dennis Strange, age 69, of Bloomfield and of Burkesville, Ky., passed away on Friday at his cabin on Jones Ridge in Cumberland County, Ky.

He was born in Glasgow, Ky. on Sept. 21, 1945, the son of Commodore Alfred “C.A.” and Josephine Booher Strange. He was a member of Pleasant Kentucky Ridge Church.

He was owner of Larry Strange Trucking Company, co-owner of Libby’s Café and Strange’s Little Market for over 30 years and was a former employee of Wetterau Foods Distribution.

He was a member of the Burkesville Masonic Lodge No. 413 F.&A. M., a member of the Scottish Rite and a Shriner.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Elizabeth “Libby” Spears Strange and his brother-in-law, Ralph Raper.

He is survived by his children, Barry Dennis (Lisa) Strange of Bloomfield and Tonya Marie Fortner of Bedford; his brother, Joe (Diane) Strange of Burkesville, Ky.; his sister, Wandalyn Raper of Bloomfield; six grandchildren, Seth (Emily) Strange, Joshua Strange, Jordan (Amanda) Strange, Shelby Fortner, Samuel Fortner, Silas Fortner; two great-grandchildren, Hadley Strange, Hazel Strange; and one great-grandchild on the way, Emma Grace Strange.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. (CST) on Monday in the Memory Chapel of Norris-New Funeral Home with Brother Erin Raper officiating. Burial will be in the Jones Ridge Cemetery in Cumberland County, Ky. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. (C.S.T.) Sunday until the funeral on Monday.

Norris-New Funeral Home in Burkesville,  is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Online condolences at www.norris-new.com.

January 23, 2015

Tracy L. Hillenburg

Aug. 16, 1944 — Jan. 21, 2015

Tracy Lee Hillenburg, 70, of Shoals, passed away at 7:40 p.m. on Wednesday at his residence.

He was born Aug. 16, 1944, in Lawrence County to Earl and Rhea Dawn (Tims) Hillenburg.

Tracy enjoyed country music and singing. He loved to travel and made several trips to Texas and Alaska.

He was a retired self-employed contractor. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Wanda Sue (Hovis) Hillenburg of Shoals; one sister, Kelly Reed of Mitchell; daughters, Tina Marie and Joe Nichols of Bloomfield and Athena Ann and Wade Caudill of Bedford; sons, Triston and Tammy Baker of Silverville and Tracy and Susan Hillenburg of Oolitic; two stepsons, William R. Hamblin and Steve R. Hamblin of Shoals; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Rhea Dawn Hillenburg; brother, Kevin Hillenburg; and two sisters, Peggy Bundy and Marsha Horton.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hickory Ridge Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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

Condolences may be made online at www.queenlee.com.

January 21, 2015

Kathryn L. Crane

Oct. 16, 1925 — Jan. 18, 2015

Kathryn L. Ray Crane, 89, of Bedford, died at 4:01 p.m. on Sunday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.

Born Oct. 16, 1925, in West Baden, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Pearl (Burton) Elmore. She married Harry Ray on April 15, 1944, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 19, 1983. She later married Benjamin Crane in 1986 and he preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1999.

She was a graduate of Orleans High School with the Class of 1943.

She had worked in the Deli Dept. at Mill’s Market, at RCA and NAD Crane.

She was a 59-year member of the Englewood Baptist Church and the Women’s Missionary Circle.

Survivors include three sons, Jerry L Ray and wife Sue of Bedford, William L. (Bill) Ray and wife Connie of Carmel and Stephen D. Ray of Bedford; a daughter, Anita Walker of Bedford; three brothers, Dewey Elmore and wife Sybil of Evansville, Ralph F. Elmore and wife Barbara of Calhan, Colo. and Lloyd Elmore Jr. and wife Gwen of Livonia, Mich.; five granddaughters, Luci McFall (Rick), Jennifer Emmerson (Rob), Melissa Tackett (Greg), Jodi Terry (John) and Julia Lindsey; three grandsons, Jerry L. Ray Jr. (Crystal), Brian Ray (Misti) and Bradley Ray (Laura); 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; two brothers, Sterling and Donald Elmore; a daughter-in-law, Merryl Kramer Ray; and a sister, Juanita Sue Elmore (in infancy).

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor David Ferry officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Christian Church Cemetery.

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

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Rebecca J. Meadows

May 3, 1942 — Jan. 19, 2015

Rebecca Jean (Becky Corps) Meadows, 72, of Bedford, passed on from this life at 9 a.m. on Monday at her residence with her loving family at her side.

She was born May 3, 1942, in Bartholomew County, and soon moved to Bedford. She was the daughter of George Franklin and Jean G. (Robbins) Corps. She married Jack Meadows on Aug. 13, 1961 and he survives.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford. Her family, friends, and church family were the light of her life. She especially enjoyed the New Horizon Sunday School Class.

She was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1960. She attended Indiana University and held a certification in interior design/real estate staging. Interior design was her passion.

Both she and Jack renovated/built new over 60 homes in the Lawrence County area. They also owned and operated Bedford Paint and Wallpaper. In earlier years, she was employed by IU sports information and enjoyed the sports stat desk at IU basketball games. She was a licensed beautician and was owner/operator of Hair Designs by BJ, along with her mother Jean and daughter, Michelle.

She was known for her ability as a cheerleader (her entire school years) and dancing. She enjoyed the 1960 class reunions and the fellowship of her classmates.

She was so proud of her children, and grandchildren. Her top priority was being involved in their sports, cheerleading and dancing.

Survivors include her husband, Jack; daughters, Michelle Jean (Darren) Root, Mellonie Jan Dixon and Amy Leigh (Jon) Jeffries; nine grandchildren, Andy (Anna) Root, Meredith Root, Alex Root, Chelsea Dixon, Taylor Dixon, Mathew Garrison, McKenna Garrison, Averie Jeffries and Alivia Jeffries; and a brother, Robin D. Corps of Carmel, Calif.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, her parents and a brother, Larry G. Corps.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at the First Baptist Church in Bedford with the Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the First Baptist Church from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church or Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Frances P. Stafford

March 23, 1925 — Jan. 20, 2015

Frances Pauline Stafford, 89, of Bedford, died at 5:05 p.m. on Tuesday at her residence.

Born March 23, 1925, in Oolitic, she was the daughter of John Andrew and Lora (Miller) Tolliver. She married Wayne Stafford on Dec. 17, 1942, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 2002.

She was a wife, mother and homemaker. She had been a seamstress at the Turner Doll Factory in Heltonville.

She was a member of the Judah Church of Christ where she taught Sunday school for 30 years.

Survivors include three daughters, Fran Cobb and Claudia Treasa (Terri) Stillions both of Bedford, Anna L “Ann” (Donald) Hillenberg of Heltonville; two sons, Danial D. “Danny” (Evelyn) Stafford of Heltonville and Claude Thomas “Tommy” (Brenda) Stafford of Bedford; 18 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Wayne Franklin (Edith) Tolliver of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, June Owens and Joyce Holloway; four brothers, John Tolliver Jr., whom she cared for in her home from 1965 until his death in 2000, Delbert, Joseph and Jerry Tolliver; two sons-in-law, Opal Cobb and Joel Ward Stillions.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Lyman Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Judah Church of Christ Cemetery.

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

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

January 20, 2015

Darlene Stevenson

Dec. 29, 1951 — Jan. 17, 2015

Darlene “Mimi” Stevenson, 63, of Oolitic, died at 1:26 p.m. on Saturday at Westview Nursing and Rehab. in Bedford.

Born Dec. 29, 1951, in Centerville, she was the daughter of Robert and Mary Helen (Andrews) Alexander. She married James R. Stevenson Jr. on Jan. 15, 1972, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 19, 2008.

She was a graduate of Centerville High School with the Class of 1970 and where she was a cheerleader.

She was a food representative for several food corporations, most recently working for Arthur Bertel & Associates.

She had been active in the St. Ambrose Catholic Church and a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. She attended the Mitchell Wesleyan Church.

Survivors include three sons, Craig Stevenson and wife Gretchen and Chad Stevenson, all of Oolitic, and Chris Stevenson and wife Trisha of Bedford; grandchildren, Sydney, Kaitlyn, Connor, Logan and Bradley Stevenson; two brothers, Pastor Todd Alexander of Gallatin, Tenn., and Erin Alexander of Savanah, Tenn.; and a sister, Melissa Murphy of Fort Worth, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother, Brian Alexander.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastors Todd Alexander and Drew Moorehead officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

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

 Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Jason Spinks

Oct. 30, 1970 — Jan. 16, 2015

Jason Spinks, 44, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Bedford, died Friday in Florida from injuries sustained in an aircraft accident. He died doing what he loved.

Born Oct. 30, 1970, in Bedford, he was the son of Gary and Vicki (Magnus) Spinks. He married Theresa Lewis on Nov. 22, 2014, and she survives.

He was a pilot with a passion for flying. He was co-owner of Light Sport Planes, which he built and sold.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa, of Ocala, Fla.; a son, Camden Spinks and wife Stephanie of Oolitic; the mother of his son, Tamara McCormick; stepchildren, Justin and Julie Andrews, both of Ocala, Fla.; a grandson, Curtis Mathews; a sister, Danielle Spinks of San Francisco, Calif.; and an uncle, Dan Magnus of Portland, Ore.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Brandi Spinks.

A celebration of life will be at 6 p.m. on Friday at Park Place Church of God, 519 W St. in Bedford with the Rev. Jay Bennett officiating.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the service on Friday at the church.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Kathryn L. Crane

Oct. 16, 1925 — Jan. 18, 2015

Kathryn L. Ray Crane, 89, Bedford, died at 4:01 p.m. on Sunday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Christian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at the mortuary.

Rebecca J. Meadows

May 3, 1942 — Jan. 19, 2015

Rebecca Jean “Becky” Meadows, 72, Bedford, died at 9 a.m. on Monday at her residence. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at First Baptist Church in Bedford. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday at First Baptist Church.

April A. Batman

Oct. 13, 1958 — Jan. 15, 2015

April A. “Apryl” Batman, 56, Williams, formerly of Shelbyville, died Thursday at Major Hospital in Shelbyville. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, Shelbyville. Interment will be at Crawford Cemetery near Bedford.

Memorials: Cancer Association of Shelby County

Bruce M. Wilcoxon

Sept. 6, 1949 — Jan. 17, 2015

Bruce M. Wilcoxon, 65, Mitchell, died at 4:35 a.m. Saturday at Indiana University Health Hospice House in Bloomington. Cremation was chosen with no services. Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Alma Fleenor Elsea

A service of remembrance for Alma Fleenor Elsea, Bedford, formerly of Bristol, Tenn., who died Dec. 13, 2014, will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday at Valley Mission Church of the Nazarene. Friends and relatives are welcome to attend.

January 19, 2015

Virginia L. Waggoner

Sept. 30, 1923 — Jan. 17, 2015

Virginia Love Waggoner, 91, Mitchell, passed away at 2:05 a.m. Saturday at White River Lodge in Bedford.

Born Sept. 30, 1923, in Lawrence County, Ill., she was the daughter of Asbury and Anna (Sanders) Mills. She married Harvey Russell Waggoner Nov. 15, 1947, and he preceded her in death May 17, 1996.

Virginia was a homemaker.

Surviving are her daughter, Delores A. Norrington of Bedford; grandchildren, Darren (Amy) Norrington of Mitchell and Angela Norrington of Bedford; great-grandchildren, Andrew Norrington, Ian Norrington and Jenna Norrington; sisters, Darlene Hanna of Montgomery, Ill., and Delila Dewey of Warrenton, Mo.; and sister-in-law, Joan Mills of Chauncey, Ill.

Her parents; husband; son-in-law, Darrell Norrington; infant sister, Regina Martella Mills; and brother, Artrel Mills, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with the Rev. Dr. Robert Courson officiating. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Goodwill Cemetery in Loogootee.

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

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

Margie E. Terrell

July 8, 1928 — Jan. 16, 2015

Margie E. Terrell, 86, of Bedford, died at 9:15 p.m. on Friday at Indiana University Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born July 8, 1928, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Melvin and Etta (Owens) Hodges. She married Leland “Skim” Terrell and he preceded her in death in 1980.

Margie was retired from Indiana Bell Telephone as a customer service supervisor. She was a graduate of Needmore High School.

She was devoted and very dedicated to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by a son, James (Marsha) Terrell of Bedford; three grandchildren, Kevin (Lindsey) Terrell of Franklin, Kurt (Brandi) Terrell of Franklin and Kelli Terrell of Bedford; and seven great-grandchildren, Austin, Ali, Carter and Mia Terrell, and Konley, Kline and Kale Woodward.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and great-grandson, Klay Woodward.

A private family service was at 11 a.m. today at Dive Church, with Johnny Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Dive Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Christmas at Dive Christian Church.

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

Wilda K. Wells

Oct. 12, 1924 — Jan. 16, 2015

Wilda K. Wells, 90, Mitchell, passed away at 5:05 p.m. Friday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born Oct. 12, 1924, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Gordon J. and Laura B. (Crane) Standley. She married Carl F. Wells Sept. 12, 1953.

Wilda retired in 1985 as manager of Spring Mill Inn. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1942, and was a member of Jacob Finger United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Carl F. Wells of Mitchell; son, James Mayfield of Jeffersonville; one granddaughter; sisters, Wallacia Schanz and Wuanita Holmes,  both of Bedford

Her parents and brother, Gorman “Bud” Standley, preceded her in death.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mitchell Cemetery with the Rev. Eric Kersey and Pastor Rick Catlett officiating.

There is no scheduled visitation.

Memorial Gifts: Jacob Finger United Methodist Church

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

Darlene Stevenson

Dec. 29, 1951 — Jan. 17, 2015

Darlene Stevenson, 63, Oolitic, died at 1:26 p.m. on Saturday at Westview Nursing and Rehab in Bedford. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesda at the mortuary.

Kathryn Crane

Kathryn L. Ray Crane, 89, of Bedford, died at 4:01 p.m. on Sunday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

January 18, 2015

Zelma Harden

June 22, 1915 — Jan. 15, 2015

Zelma Harden, 99, of Mitchell, passed away at Stonebridge Health Campus in Bedford on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

Born on June 22, 1915, in Brown County, she was the daughter of Otto and Ruth (Reed) Harden. Zelma retired from Indiana University where she worked at the Indiana Memorial Union. She was a homemaker. She was of the Baptist Faith.

Zelma is survived by son, Harold “Bud” Harden of Greene County; caregiver and granddaughter, Judy Taylor-Kinser and husband Bill of Mitchell; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, etc.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Johnnie Harden; children, Kenneth, Virgil, Robert Leon, Goldie, Earl, Wayne, Verna, Edith, and Johnnie “Bubby”; and siblings, Ester, Olive, Verna, Grover, Herbert, Hazel, Clyde and Edith.

Visitation will be at Chandler Funeral Home in Ellettsville on Monday, January 19, 2015, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at 1 p.m. with Brother Bruce Kelly officiating. Burial is to follow at Knightridge Cemetery. Visit www.chandlerfh.com to share condolences, memories and more with Zelma’s family.

Jeremy Duane ‘Wookie’ Morris

Feb. 23, 1976 — Jan. 12, 2015

Jeremy Duane “Wookie” Morris, 38, of Bloomington, died Monday, January 12, 2015, at his residence.

Born February 23, 1976, he was the son of Dennis Morris and Anita (Haste) Morris.

He was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School with the Class of 1994 and a self-employed contractor in construction. He was a big guy with a big heart, always offering to help anyone in need.

Surviving are his mother, Anita (Mike) Baker, of Indianapolis; his father, Dennis (Toni) Morris, of Bedford; one niece, Amaya Morris, of Danville; one nephew, A. J. Henry, of Hallendale, FL; one brother, Jay Morris, of Danville, IN; one step-sister, Jessica (Gilbert) Patrick, of Nashville, IN; his paternal grandfather, William Morris, of Bedford; his maternal grandmother, Dorothy Haste, of Bedford; one nephew, Jai Paul Patrick, of Nashville, IN; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Melphia Morris, and his maternal grandfather, William Haste.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, in Bedford, with Pastor Jordan Morris officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, in Bedford.

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

Memorial contributions may be considered to Lawrence County Patient Services in memory of Jeremy.

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

Virginia Love Waggoner

Virginia Love Waggoner, 91, of Mitchell, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. Calling will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, and 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, at Goodwill Cemetery in Loogootee.

Wilda K. Wells

Wilda K. Wells, 90, of Mitchell, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. There will be no visitation. Graveside service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, at Mitchell Cemetery.

January 17, 2015

Gregory F. Rollins

April 5, 1964 — Jan. 16, 2015

Gregory F. Rollins, 50, of Bedford, died Friday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born April 5, 1964 in Bedford, he was the son of Norman Rollins and Shirley (Stevens) Hedrick. He married Debby Kinser on April 16, 1987 and she survives.

He was self-employed and the owner of Greg Rollins Contracting. He was of the Protestant faith.

Greg enjoyed fast cars, music (especially Elvis Presley) and golf. He loved Big Bang Theory, Trivia and the History Channel. He was a pilot and an excellent craftsman.

Survivors include his wife, Debby, of Bedford; a daughter, Kayla Jo Rollins of Bedford; two sons, Robbie Davis and girlfriend Bethany Bailey, and Jimmy Davis and wife Mandy; his parents, Norman Rollins and wife Kathie and Shirley Hedrick; three grandchildren, Austin, Alexis and Abby Davis; a sister, Kim Raines and husband Steve; a stepbrother, Garrett Tomak and wife Tracy; a stepsister, Lisa Robertson and husband Jeff; a brother-in-law, Steve Kinser and wife, Carol; nieces and nephews, Jessica Potter and husband Mike, Whitney Carroll and husband Nick, Amanda Goodman and husband Nick and Adam Kinser; his mother-in-law, Wilma Charles; his father-in-law, Herman Kinser and wife Bonnie; his best friends, Carey Deckard and wife Janelle and their children, Madelyn and Meredith, David Holmes and wife, Crystal, Ryan Sullivan and wife, Julie and their daughter, Rory, his daughter’s best friends, Hope Sowders and Samantha Storms who he thought of as his other two daughters, many other close friends and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Roy and Beulah Rollins, Roy and Ruth Stevens; a brother, Jeffrey Landon Rollins (in infancy); his stepfather-in-law, Buck Charles; a nephew, Brett Kinser; a great-nephew, Noah David Potter; two uncles; one aunt and several cousins.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Monday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jeff Hudelson officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca.

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. until the service on Monday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County.

Family and friends are invited to express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Beulah C. Davis

June 22, 1928 — Jan. 16, 2015

Beulah Catherine “Beedy” Davis, 86, of Heltonville, died at 5:55 a.m. on Friday at Indiana University Health Hospital, Bloomington.

Born June 22, 1928, in Cale, (Martin Co.) IN, she was the daughter of James Roy and Hazel (Taylor) Pipher. She first married Tip Mills, then Oliver “Pick” Chastain and then Maurice Qualkenbush, all deceased.

She attended Mundell Christian Church, Heltonville and had worked as a home health care worker for many years; and was a homemaker. She was an animal lover, especially her dogs and cat.

Surviving are two sons, Gary Dean Mills of Trinity Springs and Duane (Myra) Chastain of Williams; four daughters, Linda Lou Lewellen and her companion, Gary of Niles, Mich., Barbara (David) Newkirk of Valonia, Debra Sue (Kym) Davis of Medora and Jeannette Ann Kessinger and her companion Ron Abner of Bedford; nine grandchildren, Laura Sue, Jimmy Scott, Cathy Lynn, Davey Ray, Madelyn Carol, Marilyn Rose, Elizabeth Ann, Sherry Mae and Andrea Lynn; many great- and great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Betty Lou Echolls, and Marilyn Sue (William) Bevill, both of Niles, Mich.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; and one brother, James Ermal Pipher.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford, with Pastors Stan Thomas and Lennie Lawrence officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens, Bedford.

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

Memorial contributions may be considered to the White River Humane Society, Bedford.

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

Jeremy D. Morris

Jeremy Duane “Wookie” Morris, 38, Bloomington, died Monday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford.

Robert Daniel ‘Danny’ Leonard

Robert Daniel “Danny” Leonard, 61, of Bedford, died Wednesday. There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Monday at Nebo Memorial Park Cemetery in Martinsville. Costin Funeral Chapel in Martinsville is in charge of arrangements.

January 16, 2015

Donald Robertson

Sept. 14, 1927 — Jan. 11, 2015

Donald “Don” Robertson, 87, Carmel, passed away peacefully on Sunday.

Don was born Sept. 14, 1927, near Avoca, to the late Lionel and Zella Alice Spoonmore Robertson.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis Smith Robertson; three sisters, Phyllis Fry of Bedford, Rose Ann (Randy) Maloney of Midland, Texas, and Judith Tindall of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, William L. Robertson, Indianapolis; and two of his best friends, Glenn Wills and Eldon Berridge.

Survivors include his second wife, Virginia Robertson of Carmel; daughter, Belinda (Rick) Pflueger; granddaughter, Megan Pedersen; grandson, Roger Christian “R.C.” Pedersen; four stepsons, Jeffrey, Michael, Jason, and Sherwin Bocade; sisters, Sara Harp of Oolitic, Brenda Stewart of Mooresville, Patty (Mark) Robertson of Ellettsville; several nieces and nephews; and among his best friends, Mike and Janice Baugh.

Robertson served in the Merchant Marines from 1945 to 1947 and later in the U.S. Army. He was the founder and president of ROBCO Distributing, Inc.

Calling will be from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday at Flanner and Buchanan — Carmel, 325 East Carmel Drive, Carmel. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m., with Paul Wilbur, world renowned gospel recording artist and worship leader, and the husband of Don’s niece, Luanne, officiating. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Cresthaven Memorial Gardens Mausoleum near Bedford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and to the World War II Museum in New Orleans.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.flannerbuchanan.com.

Benson VonFeldt

Oct. 13, 1945 — Jan. 14, 2015

Benson “Von” VonFeldt, 69, of Mitchell, passed away at 6:53 p.m. on Wednesday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

He was born in Denver, Colo., on Oct. 13, 1945, to Ned and Anna (Bieker) VonFeldt. Von married Sharon (Smith) VonFeldt on Dec. 18, 1982, in Las Vegas and she survives.

Von was a farmer and member of the Lutheran Church of Johnstown, Colo.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon VonFeldt of Mitchell, one stepson, Bob VanDenburgh and wife Janie of Mitchell; one stepdaughter, Dawna Hathaway of Colorado, seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Wagner and Cindy VonFeldt, both of Colorado.

Von was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; two stepdaughters, Shellie VanDenburgh and Sherrie Wenzel; and one stepson, Donald VanDenburgh.

Cremation was chosen with services in Colorado at a later date.

Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford is entrusted with arrangements.

January 14, 2015

Patricia A. Thorne

June 25, 1930 — Jan. 13, 2015

Patricia Ann (Wadeking) Thorne, 84, of Bedford, died at 12:42 a.m. Tuesday at IU Health Hospice House, Bloomington.

Born June 25, 1930, in Metropolis, lll., she was the daughter of Jesse Laymen and Versie Bertha (Sleeter) Wadeking.

She married Tom Thorne on July 16, 1950, and he survives, of Bedford.

She was a graduate of Spencer (West Virginia) High School, with the Class of 1948 and was a homemaker.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Bedford, where she was active with the Mother’s Club, a Sunday School teacher, Deaconess, church cook, sang with the choir and was past president of the Women’s Missionary Society. She was a scout den mother, where she had been mother of the year. She was a member of Eastern Star, Red Hatters, and Englewood School PTO.

Surviving are her husband, Tom Thorne of Bedford; two sons, Phil (Amy) Thorne and John David (Kathy) Thorne; two daughters, Patsy (Ed) Moore and Angie (Jim) Turner, all of Bedford; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Marion Paige of Paducah, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Tom “Corky” Thorne Jr., and infant Thorne; two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Bedford, with the Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris and Phil Thorne officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Bedford.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday and from 1-2 p.m. Friday all at First Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be considered to the Corky Thorne Scholarship Fund, North Lawrence Community Schools.

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

Robert Wood Jr.

Dec. 1, 1923 — Jan. 13, 2015

Robert Wood Jr., 91, Mitchell, passed away at 2:23 a.m. Tuesday at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born Dec. 1, 1923, in Mitchell, he was the son of Robert Bruce and Edna (Clouse) Wood Sr. He married Elizabeth Maxine Terry April 5, 1943, and she preceded him in death March 6, 2014.

He worked at Commercial Motor Freight and retired from Smith Transfer in Louisville, Ky. Bob was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of American Legion Post No. 250.

Surviving: sons, Keith (Brenda) Wood and Kenny Wood, both of Mitchell; daughter, Terry (Rick) Naftzger of Bloomington; grandchildren, Monique (Bobby) East of Spencer, Luke (Emily) Naftzger of Greenwood, Tisha (Randy) Hitchcox of Bloomington, Judy (Ricky) Schrock of Orleans, and Aaron (Carly) Wood of Iowa; stepgrandchildren, Ricky Naftzger of Bloomington and Annette (Chris) Roberts of Camby; great-grandchildren, Hannah Hitchcox, Dylan Dumond, James East, Julia East, Madelyn Hitchcox, Lee Schock, Payton and Kieran Naftzger; step-great-grandchildren, Curran, Madisyn, and Amelia Roberts; and sister, Betty Speck of Mitchell.

His parents; wife; and son, Lonnie Dow Wood; and siblings, Kenny Wood, Glen Wood, Harold Wood, Chester Wood, Lowell Wood, and Mildred Baker, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Allen Burris 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 4-7 p.m. on Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

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

Cathy L. Clark

April 14, 1949 — Jan. 13, 2015

Cathy L. Clark, 65, of Bedford, died at 4:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the Bloomington Hospice House.

Born April 14, 1949, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Bill and Freida (Fox) Gratzer. She married Terry M. Clark on June 9, 1967; and he preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 2002.

Cathy was a graduate of Bedford High School, Class of 1967. She worked at Parkview School as a teacher’s aide for 12 years, and later worked at Shooting Stars Daycare and Preschool.

She was a member of Donica Church of God.

She enjoyed being outdoors and loved spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Surviving are one daughter, Lisa Kroll; one son Michael (Kelly) Clark; seven grandchildren, Kaine Clark, Phoenix Clark, Presley Clark, Chesney Clark, Megan Kroll, Ashley Kroll, and Haley Kroll; two brothers, Billy (Kiva) Gratzer and Jimmy (Melody) Gratzer; two sisters, Carolyn Lindley and Paula Gratzer; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Terry Clark; and one sister, Patricia Gratzer.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, with Pastor Ronnie McLain officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana University Health Hospice House, Bloomington.

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

January 13, 2015

Betty J. Hunter

Sept. 21, 1923 — Jan. 11, 2015

Betty Jewel Hunter, 91, of Bedford died at 4:05 a.m. on Sunday at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Bedford.

Betty was born on Sept. 21, 1923, in Lawrence County. She first married Raymond Whitted, who died in 1971; she then married George Hunter, who died in 1986.

She worked at GM Powertrain, Bedford, in production, and retired in 1984.

She was of the Protestant faith and had attended St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bedford.

Surviving are two daughters, Phyllis June (David) Lipscomb of Heltonville, and Deborah Ann (Robert) Lichtefeld of Bedford; six grandchildren, Brian Lipscomb and Rob (Jackie) Lipscomb, both of Heltonville, Bridget (Steven) Deckard of Bedford, Natalie Lichtefeld of Evansville, Kevin Williams of Bedford and Julie (Matthew) Pinnell of San Ociaso, Calif.; eight great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by both husbands; a daughter, Orita Williams; two sisters, Katherine Kittle and Frances Cameron; and a great-granddaughter, Hillary Deckard.

There will be no visitation or funeral services. Burial will occur in Beech Grove Cemetery, at a later date.

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

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

Ruth Edwards

Nov. 18, 1922 — Jan. 11, 2015

Ruth Edwards, 92, Bedford, formerly of Huron, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Sunday at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Born Nov. 18, 1922, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Loranzo Dow and Alsadie (Bridges) Stevens. She married Dorsey Edwards April 27, 1940, and he preceded her in death April 19, 1986.

Ruth was a homemaker and had been employed at Trav-Ler Radio Corporation, RCA, and retired in 1995 from Stone City Products.

She graduated from Huron High School in 1940 with 12 years of perfect attendance. Ruth was a member of the Huron Baptist Church.

Surviving are one son, Dorsey (Janet) Edwards Jr. of Norman; daughter, Judith Ann (James E.) King of Mitchell; grandchildren, Kimberly Ann (Doug) Whitted of Norman, James Dale (Marcella) Edwards of Heltonville, Kevin James (Cindy) King of Mitchell, and John Edward King of Mitchell; six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Margaret Stevens of Indianapolis; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Her parents; husband; daughters, Janice and Janet; son, David; brothers, Lowell, Bill, Paul, Loranzo Dow Jr., Joseph, Frank, Morlin, Emery, and Ray Stevens; and sister, Marie Eagan, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Burial will be in Liberty Baptist Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Sylvia S. Crane

Nov. 5, 1965 — Jan. 11, 2015

Sylvia Suette Crane, 49, of Oolitic, passed away at 3:27 p.m. on Sunday at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born in Bedford on Nov. 5, 1965, to Robert “Bob” Crane and Connie (Browning) Crane.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bob Crane; and her grandparents, Charles and Goldie Browning and Clifford and Pearl Boofer, all of East Oolitic, one great-nephew.

Survivors include her mother, Connie Crane; three daughters, Seanna Gonzales, Selena Gonzales and Maria Orozco; grandson, Lennox Major Alexander Gonzales; and brothers, Robert “Bob” Crane Jr., Rudie B. Crane, and Rodney B. Crane and their wives. She is also survived by five nieces; four nephews; three great-nieces; six great-nephews; and several cousins.

Sylvia enjoyed spending time with family and friends, she will missed by all.

Memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the East Oolitic Community Church, with Millard Jones, officiating. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the church.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James J. Green

Dec. 16, 1936 — Jan. 12, 2015

James Joseph Green, 78, Mitchell, passed away at 12:05 a.m. Monday at his residence.

Born Dec. 16, 1936, in Lawrenceport, he was the son of Leon and Rubie (Ray) Green. He married Shirley Jane Mattox July 24, 1959.

He had been employed at Indiana University Health Bedford and was the former owner of Green’s Drive-In.

He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1955. He was a member of the Bride of Christ Fellowship and Mitchell Masonic Lodge No. 228 F&AM.

James was a beloved husband and father.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Green of Mitchell; daughters, Shelley Ducker of Mitchell, Sherry (Michael) Williams of Orleans and Shawna (Marshall) McDonald of Mitchell; grandchildren, Jared Ducker, Matthew Ducker, Jacob Williams, Jessica Hammack, Jonathon Williams, Joseph Williams, Jennifer Willis, Jacob Willis, and  Lindsey McDonald; great-granddaughter, Gabriella Wolcott; and sisters, Peggy (Joe) Bundy of Salem and Sheila Flinn of Bedford.

His parents; son, James Anthony “Tony” Green; and brother, Tom Green, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bride of Christ Fellowship with Brother Jerry Allen officiating. Burial will be in Lawrenceport Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. today at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center and from 11 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the church.

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

Thomas W. Mitchell

Jan. 13, 1950 — Jan. 10, 2015

Thomas Warren Mitchell, 64, of Somerset, died at 7:26 a.m., Saturday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

He was born Jan. 13, 1950, in New Albany, to Warren and Harriett (Drake) Mitchell.

Tom was a graduate of Shawswick High School with the Class of 1968, and of Purdue University where he obtained both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

He married Donna Brinson on Nov. 15, 1969, at the Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Bedford.

He taught agriculture at Frankton and was principal at Covington before becoming principal at Southwood High School and retired from Marion Justice Thurgood Marshall Middle School. After retiring from the school building, he managed Asherwood Environmental Science Center and later worked part time at the Cabinet Place in Converse.

He enjoyed boating, golfing, racquetball, and playing pool. He was a Purdue University and Indianapolis Colts fan, and especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Mitchell of Somerset; two sons, Brad (Amy) Mitchell of Indianapolis and Dennis (Lauren Duryea) Mitchell of Noblesville; two grandchildren, Thomas Warren Mitchell II and Samantha Marie Mitchell, both of Noblesville; three sisters, Patricia (John) Gramling of Angola, and Lola Jean (Stanley Kozuch) Kozak and Mary Kathryn (Mark) Myers, both of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, longtime residents of Bedford.

Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Bruce Cameron officiating. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, and 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Rainbow Christian Camp, in honor of Tom’s love of children.

The memorial guest book for Tom may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.

Buddy Stevens

Buddy Charles Stevens passed away quietly on Jan. 8, 2015, after a lengthy illness.

Buddy retired from General Motors in Indiana after serving for over 30 years.

He was a member of Leonard Street Baptist Church of Hot Springs, an avid hunter, fisherman, and bird lover.

He is survived by his son, Terry C. Stevens of Bedford; granddaughters, Tana (Denny) Aubrey and Tiffany Stevens of Bedford, and Stephanie Stevens of Hot Springs, Ark.; brother, Don (Elsie) Terry of Hot Springs Village; sister, Brenis (Paul) Jones of Anderson, S.C.; great-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Jaylin, and Ethan Aubrey; and his longtime friend and cousin, Paul Hamilton.

 He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Jessie Terry, and George Stevens; his beloved wife, Lillie Burroughs Stevens; and his son, Russell Stevens.

The family would like to thank the staff of National Park Medical Center and The Pines Nursing and Rehab for their genuine love and care.

Funeral service was Monday in the chapel of Gross Funeral Home with Bro. Kevin Hunt officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Morning Star Cemetery.

The online obituary, guestbook, and memorial tribute are available at www.grossfuneralhome.com.

Ronald L. Patton

April 6, 1926 — Jan. 7, 2015

Ronald Lee Patton, 88, of Saint Cloud, Fla., passed away on Wednesday at his residence.

He was born on April 6, 1926, in Ellettsville.

He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942 and served during World War II.

In 1959, Ronald graduated from the Indianapolis Police Academy and worked as a Police Officer for the Indianapolis Police Department, where he retired in 1979 after 20 years of service.

He was a proud free Mason and was a member of North Park Masonic Lodge 646 of Indianapolis.

On May 21, 1983, he married Brenda Reynolds in Mitchell. Ronald and Brenda relocated to Saint Cloud.

He was preceded in death by his late wife, Phyllis Hope Patton; brothers, Wynn Patton and Robert Patton; and special brother, Harry Howland.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 32 years, Brenda S. Patton; sister, Odetta Patton of Orlando, Fla.; aunt, Virginia Ruth Cardwell of Orlando, Fla.; God-daughters, Tiffany Allen and husband Paul from Lake Mary, Fla., and Dr. Tina Tso of Lake Mary, Fla.; special sister, Eleanor Howland of Chesapeake, Va.; special long time friend, Don Berg; sister-in-law, Connie Reynolds Edmonson of Mitchell; nieces and nephews, Pam, Tony, Judy, Dennie, Sherry, John, Kevin and Vic.

Visitation was Sunday at Osceola Memory Gardens, Saint Cloud Chapel, and the entombment was on Monday at Osceola Memory Gardens Cemetery, Chapel of Light Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made In Loving Memory of Ronald Lee Patton to the American Cancer Society, https://donate.cancer.org/index.

Arrangements under the care of Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Homes, Cemetery and Crematory. Online condolences can be given at www.osceolamemgds.com.

John D. Cooper

Oct. 18, 1932 — Jan. 11, 2015

John Davis Cooper, 82, North Vernon, a native of Mitchell, died at 11:28 a.m. Sunday at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility in Columbus. Memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Second United Methodist Church in North Vernon. The Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials: Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Patricia A. Thorne

Patricia A. Thorne, 84, Bedford, died this morning at Indiana University Health Hospice House, Bloomington. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Cathy L. Clark

Cathy Lee Clark, 65, Bedford, died this morning at Indiana University Health Hospice House, Bloomington. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Robert Wood Jr.

 Robert Wood Jr., 91, Mitchell, died at 2:23 a.m. Tuesday at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

January 12, 2015

Roberta Thompson

Aug. 23, 1938 — Jan. 11, 2015

Roberta Thompson, 76, Bedford, died Sunday at her residence.

Born Aug. 23, 1938, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Gorden R. and Delphia I. (Fleetwood) Henderson. She married Perry Thompson Sr. on March 22, 1963, and he preceded her in death on July 8, 1994.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, Perry L. Thompson Jr. of Bedford; a daughter, Brenda K. Ikerd of Bedford; and two brothers, Larry W. and Robert D. Henderson, both of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Graveside services will be at noon on Wednesday at Patton Hill Cemetery with John Lee officiating. There are no calling hours.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Dolores J. Elliott

Sept. 9, 1934 — Jan. 10, 2015

Dolores Joanne Elliott, 80, Fort Ritner, passed away at 9:50 a.m. at her son’s residence in Seymour.

She was born Sept. 9, 1934, in Campbellsburg, the daughter of the late Clifford and Leona Johnson Hughes. She married Henry Maurice Elliott, who preceded her in death on March 21, 2012.

She was a homemaker and had worked at the Medora Plastic Factory for 15 years.

She was a member of the Medora Pentecostal Church. She loved flowers, gardening, cooking and outdoor activities.

Survivors include one son, Brian Elliott, Seymour; three grandchildren, Justin Elliott, Codi Elliott and Bryan Elliott; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jerry Hughes of Tunnelton.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one brother, Farrell Hughes.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Hague Funeral Home in Medora with Pastor Timothy Gill officiating. Burial will be at Dixon Chapel Cemetery in Lawrence County

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Scott Hamilton

April 26, 1943 — Jan. 10, 2015

Scott Hamilton, 71, Paoli, passed away on Saturday at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington.

He was born April 26, 1943, in Paoli, to Jessie Earl and Pauline Coats Hamilton. He was married to Linda Little for 16 years.

He worked as personnel manager at Cornwell Company in Paoli, and retired from the Rogers Group in Mitchell  as a quarry dispatcher.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Orleans.

Survivors include his sons, James “Jim” Hamilton of Orleans and Greg and wife Renee Hamilton of Paoli; grandchildren, Sarah Hamilton Ehlers, Jamieann Hamilton, Megan Hamilton, Kate Hamilton, Hunter Hamilton and Luke Yoder; great-grandchildren, Levi Hamilton, Lindyn Hamilton, and Moxon Ehlers.

He was preceded in death by parents; one brother, James Hamilton; and three sisters, Ethelyn Comingore, Virginia Smedley Hook, and Becky Redenbaugh

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Dillman-Scott Funeral Home, Paoli. Interment will follow at Paoli Community Cemetery with Pastor Jimmy Johnson officiating.

Visitation to be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home .

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Kosair Children’s Hospital. Checks can be made payable to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, 234 E. Gray St., Suite 450, Louisville, KY 40202.

Online condolences may be made at dillmanscottfuneralhome.com.

Carolyn Pruett

July 3, 1945 — Jan. 9, 2015

Carolyn Pruett, 69, Bedford, died at 12:50 p.m. on Friday at her residence. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Beech Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Donald Richards

Sept. 15, 1929 — Jan. 7, 2015

Ray Richards, 85, Griffith, formerly of Terre Haute, died at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday at Core Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bedford. Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Bible Baptist Church in Terre Haute.

Ruth Edwards

Ruth Edwards, 92, Bedford, formerly of Huron, died at 11:45 p.m. Sunday at Garden Villa in Bedford. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

James Green

James Green, 78, Mitchell, died at 12:10 a.m. today at his residence. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

January 11, 2015

Betty Jean Ooley

Nov. 22, 1923 — Jan. 9, 2015

Betty Jean Ooley was born November 22, 1923, in Lawrence County to Ralph and Jessie Wiilliams Thomas. She died unexpectedly Friday, January 9, 2015, at her home east of Bedford.

She was married November 2, 1946 to Paul R. Ooley.

She was a 1942 graduate of Shawswick High School and a member of the Church of Christ at Pinhook.

During World War II, she worked as a civilian clerical employee of the U.S. Army at Camp Atterbury. After her marriage, she was a mother, homemaker and used her considerable bookkeeping, accounting, clerical and organizational skills to support her husband in the operation of the family farm with its herd of registered Holstein cattle, his DeKalb Seed Corn dealership, and later, the family herd of registered Angus cattle.

Betty was an active member of the Farm Bureau for more than 65 years, held various offices and leadership roles in Lawrence County 4-H and the Lawrence County Extension Homemakers, and volunteered at the third-grade farm fair since the program’s inception. She also volunteered at the Lawrence County Museum and energetically pursued genealogy research for her own family as well as many friends. For several years, she has enjoyed having a booth at the local Farmer’s Market selling hand-embroidered and hand-sewn items as well as baked goods, especially pies and divinity. She also enjoyed providing food for the IBEP workers and last November, she single-handedly prepared meals for Lawrence County poll workers at the Unity Missionary Baptist Church.

Since the passing of her husband in 2012, she has remained active in operating the family farm and maintaining the herd of Angus cattle with entries in the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program (IBEP) and Southern Indiana Angus sales.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Polly and Gerald Jean of Bloomington; and a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Louisa Baker Ooley, of rural Bedford. Also surviving are two grandsons, Benjamin and Christopher Ooley; two step-grandchildren, Scott (Lisa) Jean and Kimberly (Andy) Pope; and four step-great-grandchildren, Jacob, Nicholas and Clara Brekke, and Sam Jean. A brother, Dale (Norma) Thomas; and three sisters, Sue Alice Hunter, Jane (Donald) Turpen and Nancy (Thomas) Fletcher also survive, along with several dear nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two brothers, Donald Thomas and Harry Lee Thomas.

Funeral service will be on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at 1 p.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, with Bro. Walter Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Pinhook Cemetery.

Friends may call on Monday, 4-8 p.m., and Tuesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Historical and Genealogical Society.

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

Carolyn Pruett

July 3, 1945 — Jan. 9, 2015

Carolyn Pruett, 69, of Bedford, died at 12:50 pm on Friday, January 9, 2015, at her residence.

Born July 3, 1945, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Erving Hicks and Dessie (Wade) Hawkins. She married Danny L. Pruett on August 4, 1963, and he preceded her in death on August 13, 2012. She was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Victoria Fields and her husband Mike of Bedford, and Dian Livingston and her husband Terry of Paoli; five grandchildren, Chad Fields, Morgan Hunsaker, Hannah Fields, Christopher Pruett, and Brennan Hunsaker; three sisters, Virginia Wilcox of Bloomington, Evelyn Pruett of Bedford, and Anita Hamilton of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Jimmy and Daniel L. Pruett; and three sisters, Phyllis Lewis, Hazel Young, and Eva Sowder.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 13, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary, with Pastor Kenny Dalton officiating. Burial will follow in the Beech Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, January 12, at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Erma J. Bridwell

Aug. 28, 1921 — Jan. 8, 2015

Erma J. Bridwell, 93, of Greenfield, IN, passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015. She was born August 28, 1921, in Bedford, IN, the daughter of the late Crook and Rose Love.

Erma was a member of First Church of God in Bedford, IN. She enjoyed gardening, playing games, singing and dancing. She was an avid Indiana University fan.

Erma is survived by her three daughters, Shirley Steward and her husband Gabby of Greenfield, IN, Sandra Quinn and her husband Conrad of Ft. Myers, FL, and Carol Freeman-Knapp and her husband Scott of Bloomington, IN; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and beloved family members.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Van Bridwell; a grandchild, a great-grandchild, a sister, and five brothers.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at Deremiah-Frye Mortuary Greene & Harrell Chapel, 700 West Gourley Pike in Bloomington, IN. Interment will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held on Tuesday prior to the funeral service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

January 10, 2015

Kristi A. Miller

March 9, 1970 — Jan.9, 2015

Kristi Anna (Sanders) Miller, 44, of Bedford passed away at 5:20 a.m. on Friday at Indiana University Health Hospice House, Bloomington.

Born March 9, 1970, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Tom and Pam (Webster) Sanders. She married Gary W. Miller on July 12, 1997; and he survives.

Kristi was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School, Class of 1988, and a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana, Class of 1994.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church Bedford. She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Gary Miller, Bedford; two sons, Jacob W. and Davis A. Miller; parents, Tom and Pam Sanders of Bedford; one brother, Aaron Sanders and wife Angie of Bedford; one nephew, Cole Sanders; one niece, Olivia Sanders; grandparents, Wanda A. Roberts and Catherine Webster; and aunt, Marilyn Sanders of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by grandfathers, John Sanders and Charles D. Webster.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, Bedford, with the Rev. Daniel Watson officiating.

Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday at the church.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Center.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Kenneth Howell

Jan. 14, 1939 — Jan. 6, 2015

Kenneth Thomas “Tom” Howell, 75, Seymour, passed away Tuesday at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

He was born and raised in the Bedford area, the son of the late Kenneth L. and Charlene (Wright) Howell. He was a graduate of Oolitic High School.

He married Mary Sue Garret, and she survives.

Other survivors include one son, Eric Howell; two daughters, Gale (Steve) Rosberg and Yonda Gay (Lynn) Darlage; and one sister, Shirley Ann (John) Cummings of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Marilyn Sue Pritchett and Rita Kay Beavers; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. today at the Voss Funeral Home in Seymour. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until the service.

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.

Online condolences and a full obituary may be seen at www.vossfuneralservice.com.

Betty J. Ooley

Betty Jean Ooley, Bedford, died Friday morning. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

January 09, 2015

Donald Sanders

Oct. 30, 1923 — Jan. 8, 2015

Donald E. Sanders, 91, Mitchell, passed away at 3:35 a.m. Thursday at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.

Born Oct. 30, 1923, in Mitchell, he was the son of William Henry and Hazel (Isom) Sanders. He married Sherry Louise Scoville June 20, 1954, and she preceded him in death May 20, 2006.

He retired from General Electric and had also been employed at Roberts Brass and General Motors.

Don was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. and was the body guard of Rear Admiral Jerauld Wright. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 250, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107, the First Baptist Church, and Mitchell Masonic Lodge No. 228 F&AM.

Surviving is one son, Brett D. Sanders of Mitchell; two granddaughters; and a brother, William (Dorothy) Sanders of Paoli.

His parents; wife; and sisters, Roberta Lynton, Olivia Anderson, Eunice Slosher and Mary Fisher, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with the Rev. Dwight Dunbar 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 noon until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers: Norman Anderson, Jan Tomlinson, Jeff Ray, Tanner Ray, Mike Bales and Andy Bales

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

James L. Rainey

James Leland Rainey, 51, Bedford, died Saturday. Cremation was chosen with a memorial service to be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

January 08, 2015

Carol A. Scott

May 27, 1935 — Jan. 7, 2015

Carol Ann Scott, 79, of Bedford, died Wednesday at her residence.

Born May 27, 1935, in Paoli, she was the daughter of Lotus R. Vest and Helen Margaret (Maris) Jones. She married William Scott on Jan. 19, 1957, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 25, 2013.

She had worked at Bedford Regional Medical Center and formerly as a school crossing guard.

She attended the First Baptist Church and was a member of AARP.

Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Holbrook, Patricia A. Holmes and husband Wayne, and Sandi Leigh Smoot and husband Tony, all of Bedford; one son, William Bradley Scott and wife Melinda of Bedford; 15 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great- great-grandchildren; one brother, Jeffrey Lee Jones of Paoli; two nieces; and a nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, William R. Jones; her husband; a daughter, Marsha Lynn Moore; a brother, Dale M. Vest; a granddaughter, Jami Moore Fleenor; and a son-in-law, Earl Holbrook.

Funeral service will be at noon on Saturday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris officiating. Entombment will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Assoc.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Kermit Walker

Oct. 21, 1919 — Jan. 6, 2015

Kermit P. Walker, 95, Mitchell, passed away at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday surrounded by family at his home.

Born Oct. 21, 1919, in Mitchell, he was the son of John and Blanche (Dalton) Walker. He married Velma M. Barnes Dec. 20, 1942, and she preceded him in death Dec. 12, 2009.

He served honorably in the 9th Air Force of the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a 70 year-member of American Legion Post No. 250 and a past member of the Mitchell Lions Club.

Kermit was proud of his contributions to the town of Mitchell, which included construction and design for the Carpenter Body Works building, Tri Kappa building, Lehigh, and the former Roberts Brass Company to name a few. He developed the Walker Addition and the former JayC shopping center.

Surviving are his children, Gary Walker of Bedford and Diane Dixon of Mitchell; grandchildren, Andrea Rose, Ryan French, Shelly Abel and Stephaney Washington; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Bill Walker of Grand Junction, Colo., and Don Walker of Daytona Beach, Fla.

His parents; wife; and daughter, Vicky S. Kinney; preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Lee Hupp 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.

The family will receive friends from noon until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

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

Phyllis Ayers

June 14, 1943 — Jan. 5, 2015

Phyllis Ann Ayers, 71, Bloomington, died Monday at her residence. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday at Calvary Baptist Church, Bloomington. Burial will be at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Family visitation from 11 a.m. until noon, and open visitation from noon until the service on Friday at the church.

Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford is entrusted with arrangements.

Donald Sanders

Donald E. Sanders, 91, Mitchell, died at 3:35 a.m. today at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

January 07, 2015

Kenneth M. Plummer III

April 15, 1954 — Jan. 4, 2015

Kenneth Martin “Marty” Plummer III, Bedford, died at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born April 15, 1954, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Kenneth M. Jr. and Ruth (Stailey) Plummer. He married Ellen Roberta Canada on Aug. 4, 1972, and she survives.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford, and Oolitic Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and reading.

Survivors include his wife, Roberta of Bedford; two sons, Jeremy Martin Plummer of Bedford and Jesse Martin Plummer of Bedford; his mother, Ruth Plummer of Bedford; and one sister, Lee Ann Plummer of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his father; paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Amy Lee Plummer; and maternal grandparents, Jesse and Pearl Stailey.

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris and the Rev. Richard Tallman officiating.

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

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Family and friends can offer condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Mattie ‘Frances’ Gambrell

April 1, 1928 — Jan. 4, 2015

Mattie “Frances” Gambrell, 86, of Bedford, crossed over to be with her Lord at 11:35 a.m. Sunday at the Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford.

The devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was born April 1, 1928, in Sayre, Okla.; the daughter of Gus and Ida Carlile.

Frances married J.L. “Jack” Gambrell on April 18, 1948. During their 42 years together, Jack and Frances made their homes in Oklahoma, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Mississippi where Jack preceded her in death on July 4, 1991. During her lifetime, Frances worked as a telephone operator, a homemaker and a partner in Jack’s career.

Frances was a member of the Donica Church of God in Bedford. Both Frances and Jack were founding members of the Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Vincennes.

Surviving are one daughter, Nancy Elaine Gambrell of Bedford; and one son, Michael Ray (Cassie) Gambrell of Austin, Texas; two grandchildren, Myriah (Shonn) Gambrell-Glenn, Downers Grove, Ill., and Mycah (Jeff) Gambrell-Ermak, Kirkland, Wash.; and three great-grandchildren, Ainsley Glenn, Carter Glenn and Jackson Glenn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Jewel Armbruster; and one brother, Gus Carlile Jr.

There will be no funeral service or visitation at this time. Graveside services and burial will occur at a later date in Bay Saint Louis, Miss.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that memorials be made to the Ridgecrest Southern Baptist Church, 1820 McKinley Avenue, Vincennes, IN 47591. Donations should be made directly to the church in memory of Frances Gambrell. Funds are designated to the children’s crisis ministry outreach.

Services are under the direction of Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford.

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

Mary A. Seegel

Nov. 3, 1921 — Jan. 5, 2015

Mary Ann Seegel, 93, Bedford, and formerly of Indianapolis, passed away on Monday. She was born Nov. 3, 1921, in Chicago, Ill.

Mary Ann retired from Marion County Criminal Court I and was a Democratic precinct committeewoman.

She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Mitchell.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Seegel; and three brothers.

She is survived by her children, Charles Seegel Jr. (Susan), Dana Seegel (Theresa), Michael Seegel (Mary), Melissa Taylor (Bob), Barbara Donehue Ramos (Rafael Ramos Alvarez), and Susan Mumford (Kenneth); 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Flanner and Buchanan-Memorial Park, 9350 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis, with visitation from noon until the service. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter, 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240 or St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 777 S. 11th Street, Mitchell, IN 47446.

A tribute to Mary Ann’s life may be viewed online at www.flannerbuchanan.com, where condolences may be shared with her family.

Kermit Walker

Kermit Walker, 95, Mitchell, died at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday at his residence. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

January 06, 2015

William J. Taylor Jr.

Aug. 25, 1940 — Jan. 3, 2015

William James “Bill” Taylor Jr., 74, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, Bedford.

Born Aug. 25, 1940, in Bedford, he was the son of William J. Sr., and Helen O. (Hubbard) Taylor. He married Vicki P. Hanson on Nov. 13, 1965; she preceded him in death on March 14, 2014.

He was a graduate of Shawswick High School, Class of 1959. He was a member of River’s Edge Fellowship Church. He worked at Johnson’s Creamery and Wal-Mart.

Surviving are two sons, Tom (Shelly) Taylor and Todd (Cheryl) Taylor; one daughter, Aimee (Dave) Mellott; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Vicki.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, with Pastor Phil Thorne officiating. Burial will be in Clear Spring Baptist Church Cemetery in Jackson County.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions 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.

Richard Reistter

Nov. 4, 1932 — Dec. 31, 2014

On the evening of Dec. 31, 2014, Dick passed peacefully at Hendricks Regional Medical Hospital in Danville. He was 82 years of age.

Dick was born in Danville, Ill., on Nov. 4, 1932. He was the first born of Edna and Harold Reistter.

He leaves his loving wife of 52 years, Carol (Gracey) Reistter; his sister, Linda (Reistter) Spaulding; nephew, Greg Spaulding; grandnephew, Reese Spaulding; niece and nephew, Sherry (Spaulding) Pfeiffer and Tom Pfeiffer; niece and nephew,  Tina and Jeff Gracey; nephew, John Gracey; niece, Jan (Gracey) Williams; and countless close friends.

As a young man, Dick worked with his father in their family petroleum delivery business. He served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. After the war, the family purchased a service station out on Washington Ave. He and Carol would run this until his retirement.

Dick was always active in his community. A former president of the Jaycees and a member of the Elks Lodge and American Legion. As a HAM radio operator, he and Carol spent many memorable times with other HAM enthusiasts.

Dick was loved and respected, not only by his family, but by all that had the privilege to know him. He was a loving and gentle man. Always with a kind word for friends and strangers alike. His unwavering love and devotion to his wife, Carol, set an example of what it means to be a husband. He will be missed terribly and remembered with full hearts and many smiles.

A celebration of life will be from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday at Cresthaven Funeral Home, Bedford. Interment will follow.

Condolences and well wishes may be sent to Carol Reistter, 443 North Odell St., Brownsburg, IN 46112.

Kenneth M. Plummer III

April 15, 1954 — Jan. 4, 2015

Kenneth Martin “Marty” Plummer III, 60, died at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation. Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service on Friday at the mortuary.

Memorials: Alzheimer’s Association.

January 05, 2015

Dorothy I.Bradway

Aug. 13, 1924—Jan. 2, 2015

Dorothy I. Bradway, 90, of Bedford and formerly of Wichita, Kan., died at 7:40 p.m. on Friday at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born on Aug. 13, 1924, in Winfield, Kan., she was the daughter of Leonard Simpson Dobkins and Minerva Jane (Fletcher) Dobkins. She married Carl Howard Bradway on Nov. 26, 1943, and he survives.

While living in Wichita, Carl and Dorothy were charter members of the Pawnee Avenue Church of God.

Surviving with her husband, Carl of Bedford, is her son, Ray Bradway and wife Charlene of Bedford; two grandchildren, Kevin Bradway and wife Mandy of Bloomington and Carla Hutchinson and husband Trevis of Bedford, three great-grandchildren, Peyton, Trevin and Carter Hutchinson; and two sisters, Maxine Folmer of Colorado and Mildred Lerner of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents; infant daughter, Mary Ann; and nine siblings.

Funeral service will be at 2: p.m. on Tuesday in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Kendall Hendrickson officiating. Visitation will be from noon until the service on Tuesday at the mortuary. Burial will be in the Wichita Park Cemetery, Wichita, Kan. on Jan. 12.

 In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Johnson Christian Village.

Family and friends can offer condolences at: www.daycarter.com.

Lois M. Walters

Sept. 7, 1920—Jan. 3, 2015

Lois Mae Walters, 94, of Bedford, passed away at 7:25 a.m. on Saturday at Westview Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Bedford.

She was born in Oolitic on Sept. 7, 1920, to Charles and Martha (Miller) Miller, she attended Oolitic Schools, Lois married Orlando (Bill) Walters on Feb. 16, 1935, in Lawrence County and he preceded her in death.

Lois was a homemaker and was a longtime member of Englewood Baptist Church. She loved her bingo, loved her family, enjoyed watching her birds and squirrels, and was an avid Pacer fan and IU fan.

Survivors include one son, Steve (Norma) Walters of Bedford; brothers, Dean Miller of Bedford, Holbert Miller of Indianapolis and Charles Miller of California; sisters, Reva Roberts of Bedford and Sharon Lucas of Arizona; six grandchildren, Mike Terry of Springville, Patty Walls of Bedford, Angela Survance of Bedford, Christie Cook of Bedford, Tami Maddox of Bedford and Terry Walters of Florida; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Homer and William Miller; sister, Rose Cooney; son, Raymond Walters; daughter, Iris Jean Terry; and two daughters in infancy, Martha and Evelyn

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Cresthaven Funeral Home; entombment will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 11 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at Cresthaven Funeral Home.

Jessica Daugherty

Aug. 20, 1985—Jan. 2, 2015

Jessica Layne Daugherty, 29, Indianapolis, passed away Friday at her residence.

Born Aug. 20, 1985, in Bloomington, she was the daughter of Kevin and Rita (Box) Daugherty.

Jessica was a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.

Surviving are her parents, Kevin and Rita Daugherty of Indianapolis; fiancé, Brian Leach of Indianapolis; sister, Kaytlin A. Daugherty of Indianapolis; half sister, Sara Langley of Owensburg; grandparents, Roy and Roberta Box of Williams and David and Gretna Daugherty of Mitchell; and several aunts, uncles and cousins

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Tony Hansen officiating. Burial will be in Lawrenceport Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: The family of Jessica Layne Daugherty

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

William J. Taylor

William “Bill” James Taylor Jr., 74, Bedford, died Saturday. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Kenneth Plummer III

Kenneth Martin “Marty” Plummer, III, 60, Bedford, died Sunday at Westview Nursing and Rehab. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

January 04, 2015

Jean Hawkins

April 1, 1924 — Jan, 1, 2015

Eva Jean Hall Hawkins, 90, of Bedford, died at 4:15 am on Thursday, January 1, 2015, at her residence.

Born April 1, 1924, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Dewey Stanford and Oda Blanche (Roberts) Hall. She was a graduate of Bedford High School. She married Richard Dale “Dick” Hawkins on November 25, 1942, and he preceded her in death. They lived in St. Louis, MO, while Dick completed medical school and in San Antonio, TX, while Dick served in the military. They relocated to Wharton, TX; Biloxi, MS and ultimately back to Bedford for Dick’s private practice in pediatrics. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bedford, where she taught Sunday School for many years.

Survivors include her children, Karen Jean Weaver and husband, Bill, of Birmingham, AL, Richard Drew Hawkins and wife, Peggy, of Greenwood, IN, Penny Hawkins Taylor of Carmel, IN, Bret Hawkins and wife, Barb, of Bedford; eight grandchildren, Emily Kay Weaver Johnson, Derek Lane Weaver, Lawrence Pictor Taylor, Erin Nicole Taylor King, Bret David Hawkins, Rachel Susan Hawkins Stiffler, Kate Lauren Hawkins Holmstrom and Mary Emma Hawkins; 10 great grandchildren; her caregivers, Jeanie Judah and Jackie Short. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and siblings Carol Lamb, Ray Samuel Hall and Chloe Alice Embree.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 6 at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends are invited to express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Robert W. Johns

Sept. 28, 1922 — Jan. 1, 2015

Robert W. Johns, 92, passed away peacefully at Hearthstone Health Campus on Thursday, January 1, 2015. Robert was born in Bloomington, IN, to the late Earl and Docia (DeFord) Johns on September 28, 1922. He married his high school sweetheart, Jean McArtor, on September 19, 1942. He was retired from Crane Naval Ammunition Depot, where he worked for 31 years. He also worked for Purolator.

Robert was a World War II veteran, where he served under Gen. George W. Patton during the Battle of the Bulge. He received 5 Bronze Stars during the European campaign, where he landed on Utah Beach on June 16, 1944, A Co., with the 607th Tank Destroyer Battalion.

He was a member of the American Legion #18. He joined Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in 1994.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Jean, of 72 years; one son, Steve Johns and girlfriend, Janet Curry; and one daughter, Shannon (Dan) Wagoner, all of Bloomington. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Jamie (Kenny) Willis of Springville, IN, Erika (Darrick) Willoughby of Bedford, IN, Aaron (Karlie) Johns and Andy (Nikki) Johns of Baytown, TX, Carisa Whittak of Short Hills, NJ; and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jack Johns; and sister, Helen Brown.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at Deremiah-Frye Mortuary Greene & Harrell Chapel, with Tom Ellsworth officiating. Burial will follow at Garrison Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Deremiah-Frye Mortuary Greene & Harrell Chapel, 700 W. Gourley Pike in Bloomington and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday prior to the funeral service.

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

Bryne Kliff Richardson

Nov. 15, 1959 — Jan. 2, 2015

Bryne Kliff Richardson, 55, of Bloomington, passed away January 2, 2015, at the Richland-Bean Blossom Nursing Home in Ellettsville, where he had been residing for several weeks due to health-related issues sustained over a long period of time. He was born in Smithville, Indiana, on November 15, 1959, to John Willis and Elizabeth “Betty” Pauline (Skirvin) Richardson.

He loved animals and worked for a period at the Monroe County Animal Shelter. His dog, Homer, was his beloved companion and will miss him greatly.

He was survived by siblings: John Robert Richardson, of Florida, Richard Richardson, of Spencer, Debra Kirby, of Monroe County, Gary Richardson, of Monroe County, and Keith Richardson, of Lawrence County.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Raymond, who died in infancy; and a sister, Cherie Moore Riggins.

Services will be 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at Allen Funeral Home, with visitation 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to service on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Monroe County Animal Shelter.

Allen Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Friends can send condolences to www.allenfuneralhome.org.

Dorothy I. Bradway

Dorothy I. Bradway, 90, of Bedford, died Friday, January 2, 2015. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

January 03, 2015

Jeanette Bridwell 

Nov. 8, 1931 — Dec. 31, 2014

Jeanette (Acton) Bridwell, 82, Bedford passed away at 9:15  p.m. on Wednesday at Garden Villa in Bedford.

She was born in Lawrence County on Nov. 8, 1931, to Orville L. and Katherine Belle (Marley) Trueblood.

She was a 1950 graduate of Huron High School and was a member of the Port Williams Church of Christ and attended the First Baptist Church in Bedford later in life.

Jeanette worked as an accounts receiving clerk at Bedford Regional Medical Center retiring in 1997

She married George Edward Acton in September 1950 and he preceded her in death in September of 1978, she then married Jack Bridwell in November of 1995 and he preceded her in death in July 2013.

Survivors include two daughters, Leann (Michael) Acton-Anderson of Springville and Diane Acton of Bedford; one son, Steve (Nancy) Acton of Ownesburg; five grandchildren, Cinnamon (Fred) Howell and Stephanie Acton, both of Greenfield; Jamie Clark (Joe Penwell) and Kyli Chenault, both of Bedford, and Shallen Acton of Morristown; 10 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Gordon (Lucy) Trueblood of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, George Acton; and second husband, Jack Bridwell.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford, burial will follow in Port Williams Cemetery.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until service at 2 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home.

Ronald V. Essex

June 26, 1932 — Dec.31, 2014

Ronald Virgil Essex, 82, of Bedford, passed away at his residence on Wednesday.

Born June 16, 1932 in Bedford, he was the son of Leslie and Alice (Smith) Richardson. He married Virginia Sue Fisher, on June 21, 1980; and she survives.

He was a warehouseman for Boise Cascade Corp. in Idaho, and also worked at Crane Naval Base.

Mr. Essex was a member of the VFW of Mitchell Post No. 9107; the Lebanon Moose Lodge No. 1269; Mitchell Senior Citizens; Hope Methodist Church; he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy; and a member of the Stone Country Band.

He adored his family and playing country music, he enjoyed hunting and fishing trips with his friends, and driving his white Dodge truck for coffee runs all through town. His greatest accomplishment was being friends and playing music with Merle Haggard.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia Sue Essex, of Bedford; one daughter, Donna Case, of Bedford; three sons, Rick (Brenda) Ratliff, of Orleans, Mickey (Becky) Ratliff, of Heltonville, and Danny (Ruth) Ratliff, of Avoca; nine grandchildren, Sarah (Billy) Roach of Bedford, Tiffany Sanders of Bedford, Chelsea Bridges of Bedford, Jeremy (Brooke) Ratliff of Fayetteville, Jason (Lisa) Parsle, of Bedford, Emilee (Jamie) Meadows, Jill (Tim) Robertson of Bedford, Amanda (Steven) Gore of Avoca, and Danielle (Dave) Self; and 14 great-grandchildren, Avery, Austin, Gracie, Brooklynn, Ava, Camden, Savannah, Miranda, Haley, Braden, Jarrott, Kelsey, Addison, and Emma.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Tracey Ratliff.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. on Monday at Dive Cemetery.

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

Juanita M. Shepperd

Nov. 15, 1927 — Jan. 1, 2015

Juanita Marie Shepperd was born on Nov. 15, 1927, to Hubert Earl Speer and Lois Ellen Kindred Speer in Lawrence County, and she went to be with her Heavenly Father on Jan. 1, 2015.

She was of the Pentecostal faith and was active in various Pentecostal churches and was a cook at the Pentecostal campground for many years.

Mrs. Shepperd had been a resident of The Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation in the Alzheimer’s Auguste’s Cottage for the past four years and received excellent care during her stay there (Her family is very thankful for each and every one of the staff that treated Juanita as their own family).

Before she was ill, Juanita was the owner of the Plaza Motel and Truck Stop in Bedford and after selling the business, she worked at NAD Crane as an Ordnance Worker, the Pentecostal Orphanage of Barbourville, Ky., and retired as a care giver to Dr. and Mrs. Richard P. Austin, she was a registered dietician.

She married Russell W. Shepperd on Nov. 22, 1946, and they had three daughters, Gwendolyn Norman, Jacqueline Rollins, and Karen (Larry) Dalton all of Bedford; who survive her along with seven grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Edward “Bud” Speer, David (Janet) Tidd, and a sister, Gail Connerly of Mitchell, a stepsister, Virginia Willowby of Virginia, two sisters-in-law, Louise (Kenny) Burton of Bedford and Mona Speer of Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews.

Juanita was preceded in death by a grandson, Nathan Wade Dalton; two granddaughters, Angela Sullivan and Melissa Sullivan; her parents, Hubert Earl and Lois Ellen Speer; her stepmother, Mary Tidd Speer; seven brothers, Everett (Odella), Wilburn (Inez), Jasper, Edwin, Delbert (Alma), Curtis, Leroy (Marline), and Gerald (Susie) Speer; one sister, Geneva (Herman) Henderson; four stepbrothers, Paul, Raymond, Charles, and Bobby Tidd; one stepsister, Eva Sears, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, with Brother Larry Dalton officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Friends may call from 1-6 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

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

Emily Johnson

March 28, 1926 — Dec. 31, 2014

Emily C. Johnson, 88, of Columbus, died at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Miller’s Merry Manor in Hope.

Born in Bedford, March 28, 1926, Emily was the daughter of Lee and Beulah Vaught May. She married Paul Victor Johnson, Feb. 12, 1948, in Indianapolis. He preceded her in death on March 10, 2004.

Emily was a member of the Millrace Senior Center. She enjoyed camping, gardening, playing Bridge, painting and loved Nature.

Emily is survived by her daughters, Phyllis C. (Michael) Hess of Columbus and Nanci V. Johnson of Bothell, Wash.; and sons, Nelson L. Johnson of Bristol, England and Kenneth A. (Michelle) Johnson of Holly Springs, Miss.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; brothers, Jack and Bob May; and a sister, Phyllis May.

The Rev. Dennis Aud from Westside Community Church will conduct a private graveside service for Emily. There will be no calling or funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Westside Community Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences may be sent to Emily’s family at www.myers-reed.com.

David A. Lewis

July 8, 1955 — Jan. 1, 2015

David A. Lewis, 59, of Bedford, died at 4:52 p.m. on Thursday in Bedford.

Born July 8, 1955, in Bedford, he was the son of William C. and Charlotte R. (Smith) Lewis. He worked at the Bedford Public Library and later at Walmart in Bedford. He was formerly married to Rhea Dawn Lewis, who has remained a dear friend.

David was a brilliant man and a very kind soul. To know David was to love him.

Survivors include a son, Rhett Lewis of Bedford; a daughter, Talia Blake and husband Joe of Bedford; granddaughters, Drew Gilbertson of Linton, Jade and Samara Wessell of Bedford; sister, Brenda Cleary and husband Woodie and two nephews, all of NC; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gladys and Hazel Lewis and Otho and Addie Mae Smith; his parents, William C. and Charlotte R. Lewis; and a brother, Billy Ray Lewis.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider donations be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Bedford Public Library.

Family and friends are invited to express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Maxine Covert

Feb. 22, 1921 — Jan. 1, 2015

Maxine Covert, 93, Mitchell, passed away at 6:34 p.m. Thursday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital in Bedford.

Born Feb. 22, 1921, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Artie and Vanice (Arnold) Pruett. She married Russell Covert Dec. 25, 1950, and he preceded her in death Dec. 19, 1963.

Maxine had been employed in the cafeteria at Emerson School. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1939, and was a member of the Tulip Street Christian Church.

Surviving are one son, Steve Covert of Mitchell; and three nieces, Susan Mayden and Debbie Watterson of Bedford and Karen Urig, of Charlotte, N.C.; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Pruett of Mitchell.

Her parents; husband; brother, Eugene Pruett; and sister, Evelyn Watterson, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Greg McBride officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

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

Richard ‘Rick’ E. Bruce

Aug. 30, 1957 — Jan. 1, 2015

Richard “Rick” E. Bruce, 57, of Westport, was called home to be with God at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 1, 2015. He was born on August 30, 1957, in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from Bloomington High School South and Wabash Valley College. He worked at FloLine Architectural Systems, LLC in Hope and B&L Roofing in Bloomington. Rick loved all sports ,with baseball and golf being his passion. His big wonderful heart and concern for others will always be our memory. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Rick is survived by his parents, Robert E. and Sally J. (Schoenoff) Bruce of Bloomington; daughter, Brigitte Bruce of Greensburg; son, Anthony (Tony) Bruce of Westport; sister, Christine (Ray) Humphrey of Bloomington; brothers, Jon (Darlene) Bruce of Bloomington and James Bruce of Bedford; granddaughter, Izzabella Bruce-Kirtman of Greensburg; nephews, Jason Bruce, Shelby Miles, and Raymond Humphrey, all of Bloomington. He will be sadly missed by his best friend and companion of 20 years, Pam Jordan, and her family, Chris (Erica, Garrett, Alivia, and Kole) Jordan of Columbus, Amy (Scott, Taylor, and Kiley) Best and Matt Jordan, all of Westport.

A special thank you to the Wyalossing Creek Golf Course and members and to Our Hospice of Decatur County for their support. Private services will be held for Rick and he will be laid to rest in Valhalla Memory Gardens in Bloomington, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to Rick’s family through the Bass & Gasper Funeral Home, 402 East Bennett Street, Westport, Indiana.

Eva J. Hawkins

April 1, 1924 — Jan. 1, 2015

Eva Jean Hall Hawkins, 90, Bedford, died at 4:15 a.m. on Thursday at her residence. Funeral service 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 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at the mortuary.

January 02, 2015

Jean Hawkins

Jean Hawkins, 90, Bedford, died at 4:15 a.m. on Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

David A. Lewis

David Alan Lewis, 59, Bedford, died Thursday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Maxine Covert

Maxine Covert, 93, Mitchell, died at 6:34 p.m. Thursday at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital in Bedford. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

January 01, 2015

Betty L. Kirkman

March 28, 1926 — Dec. 30, 2014

Betty L. Kirkman, 88, of Lebanon, formerly of Bedford, died at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Witham Hospital in Lebanon.

Born March 28, 1926, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Hobart and Sally (Harrell) Hawkins. She married Charles B. Kirkman on March 25, 1945, and he preceded her in death on April 28, 2005.

She had worked as a teller in area banks and had been a member of the Oolitic Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Tim C. Kirkman and Danny B. Kirkman and wife, Vickie, all of Florida; two daughters, Susan E. Kirkman of Florida and Sally A. Waggoner and husband Brad of Lebanon; 10 grandchildren, Rochelle, Jody, Jackie, Kyle, Kelly, Jessica, Viola, Amanda, Audra and Anna; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four sisters; and one brother.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Bill Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca.

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

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

John M. Owens

Dec. 26, 1955 — Dec. 31, 2014

John M. Owens, 59, of Heltonville, formerly of Hawaii, died Wednesday.

Born Dec. 26, 1955, in Bedford, he was the son of John M. and Sybil (Carmichael) Owens.

He was a former manager of nightly custodians for dormitories at Indiana University.

He was a member of the Morman Church on Kauai, Hawaii, and an avid photographer.

Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Marie Crawford and partner Lauren of Pagosa Spring, Colo.; a son, John Owens of Bloomington; and a sister, Jami Ryan of Heltonville.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. on Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Visitation will be from 1 a.m. until the  service on Friday at the mortuary.

He was a member of the Bedford Boat and Sportsman’s Club and memorial contributions may be made to the White River Humane Society.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

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