Obituaries

Obituaries — April 2017

April 27, 2017

No obituaries reported.

April 26, 2017

Lois (Mims) Pless

Lois (Mims) Pless, 89, Mitchell, died Tuesday. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

April 25, 2017

Jerry Bell

Jan. 14, 1959 — April 18, 2017

Jerry Bell, 58, of Bedford, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at his residence.

Born Jan. 14, 1959, in Springfield, Mo., he was the son of Custer Bell and Norma (Webster) Meeks.

He was the owner and operator of the Vacuum Center in Bedford since 1980. He was a member of the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce, Monroe Co. Builders Assoc. and VDTA.

Survivors include his mother, Norma Meeks, of Camdenton, Mo.; two sons, Jeff Bell of Bedford and Jason Bell,of Bloomington; a daughter-in-law, Carrie Brinson Bell of Bloomington; grandsons, Cohen and Bennett Bell, both of Bloomington and Stanlee Bell of Bedford; three brothers, Wayne Bell of Camdenton, Mo., Randy Bell, of Bedford, Texas and Troy Meeks of Texas; a sister, Cindy Jorgenson of Dallas, Texas; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Custer Bell and stepfather, Douglas Meeks.

There will be a memorial service from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Following the service, there will be a Celebration of Life from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion where we will share food, happy memories, cry, hug, and console one another. We all loved him and will find comfort in being together in our time of mourning. His wishes were to be cremated. He wanted you all to remember him with his huge smile and happy personality. Following the celebration, his brother will take him to Missouri to rest in peace next to his father, Custer, who he loved, respected, admired, and who taught him to be the wonderful father and grandfather he will always be.

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

Rebecca Jill (Dye) Bowden

March 27, 1952 — April 16, 2017

Rebecca Jill Bowden, 65, of Bedford, passed away at her residence at 5 p.m. on April 16.

She was born in Daviess County on March 27, 1952, to Moses W. and Ruth I. (Wildman) Dye. Rebecca married Michael L. Bowden in Lawrence County on July 30, 1971 and he survives.

She was a homemaker and graduate of Needmore High School.

Survivors include her husband, Michael L. Bowden of Bedford; one son, Michael W. Bowden of Lawrence County; two sisters, LaDonna Tuell of Warren and Patty Mitchell of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Graveside rites will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday April 26, at Springville West Cemetery.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William F. Ford

Jan. 3, 1932 — April 20, 2017

William Frederick Ford, 85, of Gilbert, Ariz., passed into Glory on April 20, 2017.

Bill was born in Heltonville.

He is survived by his wife, Janice; daughter, Diana Miller and husband Doug of Gilbert, Ariz.; and two sons, Brad Ford and wife Linda of Edinburgh and Jay Ford and wife Wendi of Huachuca City, Ariz.; grandchildren; Frederick and wife Michelle, Tonya and husband James, Jess and wife Jessica, Clint, Christopher, Shane and wife Alexandra, Ashley and husband Conner, Jonathan, Jose, Samuel, Matthew and wife Courtney, Travis, and Jenissa, and 17 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death, by his son Denny and daughter Debbie.

Services are pending.

Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Mortuary, 7601 Mortuary Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Troy M. Stinson Jr.

Troy M. Stinson Jr., 61, of Bedford, died Thursday. Cremation with no services was chosen. Arrangements by Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford.

Lois E. Williams

Lois E. (Wagoner) Williams, 85, Pensacola, Fla., formerly of Lawrence County, died April 15. Funeral service was Monday in Pensacola. Arrangements by Faith Chapel Funeral Home and Crematory, Pensacola, Fla.

Nila E. Clements

Memorial service for Nila E. Clements, 89, Bedford, who died April 22, will be at 11 a.m. May 6 at Faith Mission Church, 1817 26th St., Bedford. Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford is in charge of arrangements.

April 24, 2017

Lowell K. Faubion

Oct. 8, 1952 — April 22, 2017

Lowell K. Faubion, 64, Bedford, died early Saturday morning.

Lowell was born Oct. 8, 1952, in Bedford to Clarence H. and Dorothy (Allen) Faubion.

He was a member of the Donica Church of God, an avid coon hunter and retired from the Indiana State Highway Department. During the time he worked for ISHD, he worked closely with the U.A.W. in organizing the State Labor Union.

Lowell is survived by brothers, Gary (Janet) Faubion and Roger Faubion; uncles, Richard (Hazel) Allen and Herbert Allen; nephew, Derek Faubion; nieces, Olivia Faubion and Alexis Faubion; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from noon until the service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville with Brother Kendall Hendrickson officiating. Burial will be at Gilgal Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions my be given to a charity of your choice.

Geneieve ‘Jenny’ (Edwards) Leonard

March 19, 1927 — April 21, 2017

Geneieve “Jenny” Leonard, 90, went to be with the Lord Jesus on Friday, April 21, 2017, at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford.

She was born March 19, 1927, to Beryl Edwards and Hallie Burton on a small farm in the Spice Valley area west of Mitchell. She attended Bryantsville School in early school years and received a double promotion while there. At an early age her mother married Menlo “Skinner” Brewer and moved to Mitchell.

She grew up on the corner of East Main and Fourth streets. She had many friends through school, but her dearest friend was Wanda (Cole) Sweeney. She was active in school and was a beautiful majorette with the high school band. She was always proud of the fact that she graduated with Gus Grissom.

Upon graduation, she married the love of her life, Jim Leonard, and began a career managing a family-owned restaurant in Paoli, called Handy Andy’s. It was a popular stop in the surrounding area for ice cream cones and malted milkshakes. In the late 1940’s, they moved to Muncie to manage another one of the family owned restaurants and in 1950 were blessed with a son, Larry. A year later they were again blessed with a little girl, Pam.

In 1955 they moved back to Mitchell and settled down. Jenny was a hard worker and began a career as a telephone operator for several years while trying to balance a career and raise her family. After the telephone office closed, she worked at Burton’s Store for many years.

She was a wonderful wife and mother. She was also a caregiver and great friend to many people. She was blessed with two grandchildren, Todd Leonard and Brittany Meadows, but both tragically died at a young age. She was the rock that held the family together through thick and thin and always there when you needed her most. Family and close friends called her “Moose.” Don’t really know for sure how that nickname got started, but it stuck with her for the rest of her life.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mitchell for about 75 years, and the Phi Beta Psi Sorority for many years. Later in life she was a caregiver for little Brittany, her mother, Hallie, and her dear friend, Bill Head. She was truly a wonderful friend to many people and could always be counted on for help, support, and a hot cup of coffee on the corner of 12th and Main.

As her health deteriorated, she moved to StoneBridge Health Campus where she was cared for by many wonderful people who she came to know and love and they all loved her.

Jenny was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; grandchildren, Todd Leonard and Brittany Meadows; parents, Skinner and Hallie Brewer; and sister, Colleen Edwards.

She is survived by her two children, Pam (Phil) Meadows of Mitchell and Larry (Francie) Leonard of Mitchell; stepgrandchildren, Curt Day, Marci Arthur, Jamie Meadows and Gena Maddox. She also leaves eight great-grandchildren, Evan, Riley and Kinley Day, Dylan and Shealyn Arthur, Camden Meadows, and Haley and Lindsey Maddox.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Reggie Clark officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center, and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the church.

Honorary Casketbearers: Jerry Hancock, Leon Williams, Richard Burton, Chris Burton, Rex Morris, and Trent Magner.

Casketbearers: Curt Day, Evan Day, Jamie Meadows, Camden Meadows, Scott Arthur, and Dylan Arthur.

Memorial Gifts: Shriners Hospital for Children

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

April 23, 2017

Geneieve ‘Jenny’ Leonard

Geneieve “Jenny” (Edwards) Leonard, 90, of Mitchell, died Friday. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Mitchell.

April 22, 2017

Suzanne (Lanz) Short

April 6, 1927 — April 20, 2017

Mrs. Suzanne Short (Robert W.) passed away at her home on Thursday, April 20, 2017, of natural causes. She was surrounded by her family. “Suzie”, as most people knew her, was born in Bedford, Indiana, on April 6, 1927, to Harvey Warren and Lelia Roth Lanz. She graduated from Bedford High School in 1944, and from DePauw University, Cum Laude, in 1948. Suzanne married Robert W. Short on July 24, 1949, at her family church, St. John’s Episcopal in Bedford. She had begun as a high school teacher at North Vernon High School upon her college graduation. She then taught at Martinsville High School while Robert finished law school, but after the Shorts started their family, she relinquished her teaching career. Later, after the Shorts’ three children were in their upper school years, she continued her teaching career as a substitute teacher in the Bedford School systems.

Suzanne was very active in the Bedford community. She was the first woman appointed to the Lawrence County Welfare Board by then Mayor C.J. Hauck. She was also the first woman to serve on the local governing council of St. John’s Episcopal church. Later in her life and until her death, Suzanne became a member of and supported the First Presbyterian Church.

She was a life-long member of Tri Kappa where she served as an officer including president. She was also a 50-year member and officer of Ladies of the Round Table and its auxiliary. Suzanne was one of the charter members of Lawrence County’s Pink Lady Auxiliary, and served as an acting volunteer from its inception until 2006. Throughout her time as a Pink Lady, Suzie knitted and donated hundreds of baby sweaters to Dunn Memorial Hospital. She served as a Girl Scout Leader while her daughters were part of the local scouting organization, and was an active room mother for all her children during their primary school years.

Suzanne is survived by her children, Carl (Catherine) Short of Sarasota, FL; Julia Short of Bedford and Laura Short of West Palm Beach, FL; her grandson, Bradley (Melissa) Short, and great-grandchildren, Kayla, Thomas and Jake of Poughquag, NY. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Lelia Lanz; brothers Stewart and Harvey Jr.; her husband, Robert W., and her grandson Ryan Wesley Short.

Friends may visit the family at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017. A private family burial is to be held at the family’s cemetery in Springville, IN. The family requests that you please consider contributing to either The First Presbyterian Church or the Lawrence County Boys & Girls Club in memory of Mrs. Robert Short.

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

Linda Lou Patton

Dec. 9, 1947 — April 20, 2017

Linda Lou Patton, 69, of Washington, IN, died at 11:58 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Methodist Hospital.

Born Dec. 9, 1947, in Avoca, IN, she was the daughter of Enoch O. and Gertie (New) Patton.

Survivors include seven brothers, Donald Patton and wife, Patty of Solsberry, Samuel Patton and wife, Eloise of Ellettsville, Clifford Patton and wife, Sue of Heltonville, George Patton of Springville, James Patton of Springville, Ronald Patton and wife, Lora of Florida and Keith Patton of Bloomington, several nieces and nephews. She preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Kenneth Patton and two sisters, Mildred Stalker and Virginia Owen.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with John Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service at the mortuary.

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

Maxine (Johnson) Batchelor

July 20, 1927 — April 21, 2017

Maxine Batchelor, 89, after a faithful lifetime walk with God, went home Friday, April 21, 2017, at Indiana University Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born July 20, 1927, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Joseph L. and Elsie Mae (Butler) Johnson. She married Carey Dawson Terrell June 5, 1943, and he preceded her in death Sept. 24, 1947. Her second marriage was to Chester Batchelor on Nov. 5, 1949, and he preceded her in death Sept. 18, 2015.

Maxine retired from the Times-Mail. She loved writing human interest articles, traveling and reading. She was an avid camper and Spring Mill was her second home. Maxine was a member of Tulip Street Christian Church.

Survivors include her children, Patricia (Leon) Bennett of Mitchell, and Nelson (Charla) Terrell of Mitchell; grandchildren, Lynnette Lacny, Kathy Murphy, Kristie Decker, Heather Niehoff and Holly Davidson; 15 great-grandchildren; and sister, Victoria Chitwood, of Mitchell.

Her parents; husbands; great-granddaughter, Abigail Decker; and sisters, Mary Alford, Lavon McCart and Shirley Warren, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Jim Valentine and Brother Darrin Chastain officiating.

Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers: Eric Murphy, Matthew Murphy, Christopher Lacny, Daron Davidson, Kevin Murphy and Jack Tyree.

Memorial Gifts: Tulip Street Christian Church

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

April 21, 2017

Virginia Mae (Fountain) Batman

Feb. 9, 1928 — April 19, 2017

Virginia Mae (Fountain) Batman, 89, of Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at Garden Villa.

Born Feb. 9, 1928, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Charles and Mary E. (Blackburn) Fountain. She married Charles E. Batman on Nov. 19, 1951; he preceded her in death on Sept. 15, 1995.

She graduated from Shawswick High School with the Class of 1946.

Virginia was a member of Leatherwood Christian Church. She was a member of the Lawrence County Farm Bureau.

She worked as a CPA’s assistant and also as a Children’s Aid at North Lawrence Community Schools. Virginia was a homemaker.

Surviving are one son, Chester Batman of Bedford; two daughters, Cathy Clouse and Jane Pace, both of Bedford; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles; one son, Carl Batman; one daughter, Eva Batman; son-in-law, David Clouse; three sisters, Lois Pentzer, Mary Plake, and Hazel Brown; and two brothers, Kenneth and Louis Fountain.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 24, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Pastor John Wisley officiating. Burial will be in Crawford Cemetery.

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

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

Richard Lee Pierce

Richard Lee Pierce 83, Bedford, died Wednesday. Cremation was chosen. No services are scheduled. Arrangements by Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford.

Benjamin Pray

Benjamin Edward Pray, 53, Terre Haute, formerly of Bedford, died April 12. Cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be held at Hamilton Center Apartments in Terre Haute at a later date. Arrangements by Greiner Funeral Home in Terre Haute.

Suzanne Short

Suzanne (Lanz) Short, 90, Bedford, died Thursday. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

Linda Lou Patton

Linda Lou Patton, 69, Bedford, died Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Maxine Batchelor

Maxine Batchelor, 89, Mitchell, died today. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

April 20, 2017

Timothy ‘Tim’ King

August 26, 1953 — April 18, 2017

Timothy A. “Tim” King, age 63, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family.

He was born and raised in Bedford to Francis Tanny and Erma Jean (Richardson) King and was the oldest of three children.

Tim married the love of his life, Dietra Lynn Hardwick, on June 8, 1987. The two shared an inseparable bond of love and faith in Christ that is evident today throughout the King family.

He was an honest, hard-working man, hauling gasoline in a semi-truck for over 35 years at the Sprint Oil and Wischmeier Trucking Companies.

He was an active member of the Free Methodist Church in Bedford where he was given the opportunity to serve as a missionary in Africa from 1974 to 1976 to share Christ’s love to those in a foreign land.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Tyra Hardwick.

Surviving members of Tim’s family are his wife, Dietra and mother-in-law, Suzanne Hardwick; two sisters, Nina Jean McBride (John) and Pamela Kay McIntyre (Dale), both of Bedford; two children, William Jarad King (Megan) of Springville and Whitney Dawn Dyer (Jeremy) of Fountain Inn, S.C.; four grandchildren, Kaurianne Quinn King, Beckham Gray King, Emerson Dawn Dyer, and Adelyne Anne Dyer; brother-in-law, Trent (Bobbi) Hardwick; three nieces, Jordyn McIntyre, Bailey McBride, Trinity Hardwick; and two nephews, Ryan McBride and Braxtan Hardwick.

The family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the health care professionals at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, especially the critical care unit 4-East, for the unwavering and gentle care they provided Tim.

The family is also blessed to have the congregation of the Free Methodist Church in Bedford for the outpouring of prayers, the warm hugs, and meals provided throughout the family’s journey.

Funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 21, at Free Methodist Church, Bedford, with Pastor Mike Courtney and Pastor John Lane officiating. Burial will be in Williams Church of Christ Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Free Methodist Church, Bedford.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

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

Patricia Moss

July 3, 1943 — April 16, 2017

Patricia (Haley) Moss, 73, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at her residence.

Born July 3, 1943, in Paoli, she was the daughter of Carl and Grace (Burns) Haley. She married James Moss; and he preceded her in death in November, 2005.

She graduated from Paoli High School. She was a homemaker.

Patricia was of the Christian Faith.

Surviving are one daughter, Sheila; one stepdaughter, Mary (Ken) Berkshire; one stepson, Paul Moss; two grandsons, Matthew (Mary) Tafflinger and Michael Shane Tafflinger; two stepgrandsons, Martin (Amy) Berkshire and James Berkshire; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Burial will be in Dive Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral chapel.

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

Patricia Joan (Alexander) Miracle

April 3, 1935 — April 17, 2017

Patricia Joan Miracle, 82, formerly of Mitchell, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017, at her residence.

Born April 3, 1935, in Chillicothe, Mo., she was the daughter of Russell and Mildred Agnes (Wright) Alexander. She married C. R. Miracle Dec. 29, 1957, and he preceded her in death Aug. 26, 2014.

Pat was a homemaker and a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed gardening, canning, embroidering, and was an excellent seamstress. She was a 1953 graduate of Mitchell High School and a 1957 graduate of Indiana University where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Pat was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children, Alexander R. (Tracy) Miracle of Bloomington, Cynthia Dawn (Steven) Sipe of Lebanon, and Steven Ray (Brandy) Miracle of Springville; grandchildren, Adam (Kelsey) Miracle, Cassie (Logan) Wegleitner, Mimi (Tyler) Deckard, Preston (Valerie) Sipe, Landon (Hannah) Sipe, Taylor (Jake) Bernard, C. J. Bradley, Erin Bradley, and Emma Miracle; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert (Peggy) Alexander of Florida.

Her parents and husband preceded her in death.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the First Baptist Church with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating.

The family will receive friends at a reception in the Christian Life Center following the service.

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

Ruth Ann (Kirkman) McKinney

August 8, 1942 — April 18, 2017

Ruth Ann McKinney, 74, Martinsville, passed away at 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at her daughter’s home.

She was born on Saturday, Aug. 8, 1942, in Oolitic, to the late Ellery and Maudie (Reynolds) Kirkman.

Ruth was a 1960 graduate of Oolitic High School in Oolitic. She was a full-time mother of four and worked as a cashier at the Kroger’s in Martinsville. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

She is survived by her children, Robert E. McKinney Jr. and wife Rhonda of Martinsville, Randall McKinney of Savannah, Ga., Ricky McKinney and wife Traci of Martinsville and Robin Cunningham and husband Mike of Martinsville; brothers, Tom Kirkman and wife Beth of Michigan, Junior Kirkman and wife Warnetta of Oolitic and Charles Kirkman and wife Judy of Bedford; sisters, Mary Riley and husband Phil of Mitchell; sister-in-law, Wanda Kirkman of Illinois; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Ruth was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. McKinney Sr., whom she married on May 19, 1960, and he passed away on Dec. 14, 2005; brother, Kenny Kirkman; and sister, Margie Staggs.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at Costin Funeral Chapel with Pastor Mark Brock officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service starting at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Nebo Memorial Park in Martinsville.

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

Martha J. Holler

Martha J. (Jolliff) Holler, 94, Mitchell, died Wednesday. Cremation was chosen with no visitation. Burial will be at a later date in Mitchell Cemetery. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

Virginia Batman

Virginia Batman, 88, Bedford, died Wednesday. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

April 19, 2017

Nancy Theresa (Paledino) Schroeder

July 27, 1920 — April 15, 2017

Nancy Theresa Schroeder, 96, of Bedford, died at 2:20 a.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017, at StoneBridge Health Campus, Bedford.

Born July 27, 1920, in Altamonte, Calabria, Italy, she was the daughter of Frank and Theresa Paledino. She married Fred A. Schroeder on March 27, 1943 and he died Nov. 25, 1995.

She and her husband operated the Dog & Suds Drive-In, Bedford, in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. She also worked at NAD Crane, and Bedford Middle School. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Nancy was a very caring person who loved everyone. She was a very good cook.

Surviving are one brother, Jim Paledino of Dalton, Ill.; and two sisters, Mary Hall of Arlington, Texas and Rose Crane of Bloomington; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fred; her daughter, Karen; her son, Jim, who was her pride and joy; and three brothers, Joe, Frank and John Paledino.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Bedford with Fr. Rick Eldred and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Bedford.

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

David A. Tincher

Jan. 12, 1941 — April 15, 2017

David A. Tincher, 76, of Bedford, died on April 15, 2017, at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, Bedford.

Born Jan. 12, 1941 in Lawrence County, he was the son of Jesse L. and Gladys (Hobson) Tincher. He married Kay Jackson on Feb. 26, 1965, and she survives.

He was retired from General Motors and was a member of UAW Local No. 440.

He is survived by wife, Kay; daughter, Pamela Brown; grandson, Devin Brown; three sisters, Joan (Larry) Brown, Connie (Bill) Branaman and Jeanie (Jesse) Morris; and several nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Paul R. “P.R.” Brown; brothers, Jerry Tincher, Dean Tincher, Von Tincher and Leo in infancy; sister, Judy Perry; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Jeff Thayer officiating. Entombment will be at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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

Thomas J. Hopper

June 28, 1945 — April 13, 2017

Thomas J. Hopper, 71, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at his residence.

Born June 28, 1945, in Bedford, he was the son of John and Louise (Pelfree) Hopper.

He was a graduate of Bedford High School, Class of 1965. He was a former member of the Bedford Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Eagles.

Thomas was retired from the United States Air Force.

Surviving are two sons, Adam Hopper of Bedford and Matthew Hopper of Severn, Md.; grandchildren, Dezarae (Rick) Carpenter, T.J. Hopper II, Mason Hopper, Delaney Hopper, Adrienne Hopper and Owen Hopper; several nieces and nephews; one brother, Robert (Laura) Hopper; one sister, Dora Sears; and sister-in-law, Liz Hopper.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John Hopper; and one sister, Mary Reynolds.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

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

Tim King

Tim King, 63, of Bedford, died Tuesday. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

Patricia J. Miracle

Patricia Joan (Alexander) Miracle, 82, Springville, died Monday. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

April 18, 2017

Geneva M. Byrd

Sept. 22, 1933 — April 12, 2017

Geneva M. Byrd, 83, of Bedford, died at 7:27 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.

Born Sept. 22, 1933, in London, Ky., she was the daughter of Charles E. and Sara E. (Sproles) Grogan. She married James Byrd on Jan. 8, 1955, and he died Oct. 2, 2013.

She was a homemaker and had been employed at RCA.

Survivors include four daughters, Glenda Wellman Nicholson and husband, Bruce, Suzie Martinez and husband, David, Anna Henderson and husband, Raymond, Judy Reef and husband, Doug; two sons, Buddy Connerly and wife, Joy, and Donald P. Byrd; twenty-one grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce Douglas and husband, Gordon, and Michelle Bennett; one brother, John P. Jones and wife, Geraldine; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother, Buddy Grogan.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 at the Judah Church of Christ Cemetery with Sister Becky Ryan officiating. Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Shirley J. (Browning) Kindred

Nov. 2, 1933 — April 14, 2017

Shirley Jane (Browning) Kindred, 83, of Bedford, passed away at 8:48 a.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born Nov. 2, 1933, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Chromer and Georgia (Turney) Browning. She married Robert M. Kindred on Aug. 14, 1953; and he survives.

She graduated from Bedford High School, Class of 1951. Shirley worked many secretarial positions.

She was a member of the Davis Memorial Church of the Nazarene. She was deeply devoted to her church and God.

She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren. Shirley loved camping and was a member of the Good Sam’s Camping Club.

Surviving are her husband, Robert; one son, Mark Kindred; one daughter, Melinda (Brad) Scott; grandchildren, Aaron (Rachel) Kindred, Shelby (Chris) Easterday and Sydney Henderson; great-grandchildren, Garrett, Jayla, Oliver, Penelope, Eli and Treyton; one sister, Gladys Chastain; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Michael Kindred; two brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Pastor Ken Bushey officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Davis Memorial Church of the Nazarene.

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

Harry B. ‘Benny’ Demaree

Oct. 2, 1943 — April 15, 2017

Harry B. “Benny” Demaree, 72, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at his residence.

Born Oct. 2, 1943, in Bedford, he was the son of Eli and Anna (Kern) Demaree. He married Janet Dalton on Nov. 22, 1967; and she survives.

He was a graduate of Bedford High School with the Class of 1961. He was a member of Pinhook Christian Church.

Harry worked as a tool and die maker at GM Powertrain, where he retired in 1979. He was a member of SCAVI, South Central Association of Visually Impaired and UAW Local No. 440. Harry was a Veteran of the United States Navy, where he was stationed in Rota, Spain; serving on the USS Forrestal and USS Enterprise; he was also a member of the Blind Veterans Association.

He was a Promise Keeper.

Surviving are his wife, Janet; one son, Jonathan (Jennifer) Demaree of Bedford; two grandchildren, Chris J. Demaree and Hailey Nichole Demaree; two stepgrandchildren, Jamie (John) Sharp and Janelle Benham; one step-great-grandchild, Kayson Benham; and one brother, Alan Demaree, of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Jeffrey and Brent Demaree; and one brother, Dennis McCann.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Pinhook Christian Church with Ted Stucker officiating. Burial will be in Pinhook Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

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

Frank S. Bundy

April 27, 1946 — April 14, 2017

Frank S. Bundy, 70, of Heltonville, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017, at his residence.

Born April 27, 1946, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Robert P. and J. Maxine (Luttrell) Bundy. He married Penny Hughes on Sept. 4, 1965; and she survives.

Frank retired from General Motors as a layout inspector.

He was a graduate of Heltonville High School. He went in the Marine Corps in 1965 and spent 14 months and seven days in Vietnam.

Frank attended Work of God Church. He had a love for horses and enjoyed woodworking and playing guitar.

Surviving are his wife, Penny; one son, Shannon (Shelley) Bundy of Heltonville; one daughter, Tiffany (Billy) Grogan of Heltonville; grandchildren, Colten Bundy, Kallie Bundy, Elijah Grogan, Isaac Grogan, and Avery Grogan, all of Heltonville; one sister, Sandra (Ted) Kline of Bedford; several nieces and nephews; and one aunt, Jenny Flinn of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister at birth; and one nephew.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 21, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial will be in Gilgal Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel.

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

David A. Tincher

David A. Tincher, 76, Bedford, died Saturday. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Services is at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel. Arrangements by Ferguson-Lee Chapel, Bedford.

Patricia Moss

Patricia (Haley) Moss, 73, Bedford, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

April 17, 2017

Charles Watson Pearson

March 13, 1925 — April 13, 2017

Charles Watson Pearson, 92, of Bedford, died at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis.

Born March 13, 1925, in Bedford, he was he son of Carl Edra Pearson and Alice E. (Ray) Pearson. He married Patricia Benckart Aug. 25, 1947; she died Feb. 24, 2014.

Watson was a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Chemistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude; he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II and was Chief Metallurgist at GM Powertrain, Bedford, retiring in 1986.

Watson was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Bedford and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council No. 1166, Bedford; he was also a member of the American Legion, Gillen Post No. 33, Bedford.

Surviving are two sons, Michael W. (Nikki) Pearson of Eliot, Maine and Stephen C. (Kathy) Pearson of Beavercreek, Ohio; one daughter, Patty Anne (Jim) Fossey of Lottsburg, Va.; four grandchildren, Eric (Stephanie) Pearson of Pasco, Wash., Hayden Pearson of Eliot, Maine, Kyle (Katie) Pearson of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Kory (fiancé Danielle Amason) Pearson of Montgomery, Ala.; four step-grandchildren, Jamie (Tim) Sampey of Chicago, Ill, Karin (Eric) Warden of Downers Grove, Ill., Ryan Fossey of Phoenix, Ariz., and Britt (Steve Wells) Fossey of Kailua, Hawaii; ten great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Carl E. Pearson of Dunnellon, Fla., and John R. (Cathy) Pearson, Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Patricia; and one sister, Anne Benckart.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford, with Father Rick Eldred and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens, Bedford. Military Rites will be accorded at the grave by members of American Legion, Gillen Post No. 33, Bedford.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m,. Tuesday, April 18, at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Bedford. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. with the Knights of Columbus.

Memorial contributions may be considered to St. Vincent de Paul Church, St. Vincent de Paul School, Becky’s Place, Bedford or Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County.

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

Shirley Ann (Marshall) Patton

March 23, 1936 — April 15, 2017

Shirley Ann Patton, 81, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Indiana University Health Hospice House, Bloomington.

Born March 23, 1936, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Owen “Ott” and Addie (Mosley) Marshall. She married Paul R. Patton; and he preceded her in death in July of 1987.

She was of the Christian faith. Shirley was a graduate of Shawswick High School. She was a homemaker.

Shirley absolutely loved her grandkids.

Surviving are four sons, Bobby (Susan) Spinks, Kevin Spinks, Tim (Chris) Spinks, and Scott (Polly) Patton; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

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

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, at River’s Edge Fellowship Church, 2900 35th Street, Bedford, with Pastor Tim Brown officiating. Burial will be in Patton Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at River’s Edge Fellowship Church.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the White River Humane Society.

Online condolences may be made to the family www.fergusonlee.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

Nelva Denise (Middleton) Sergent

June 1, 1952 — April 14, 2017

Nelva Denise Sergent, 64, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, at her home following an extended illness.

Born June 1, 1952, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Lloyd C. and Rose Ella (King) Middleton. She married Vernon Darrell Sergent Sept. 4, 1970, and he preceded her in death Nov. 11, 2007.

Nelva was a homemaker and a 1970 graduate of Mitchell High School.

Survivors include her daughters, Pamela Lynn (David) Perez of Henderson, Ky., Sandra Lynn (Randall) Lessig of Mitchell, and Caroline Dawn (Jeremiah) Herald of Mitchell; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two more due later this year; and siblings, Rhonda (Middleton) Baugh of Mitchell, Malcolm Middleton of Huron, Kevin Middleton of Huron, Paul (Dale) Middleton of Bellevue, Neb., and Gregory (Betsy) Middleton of Bedford.

Her parents and husband preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Cremation was chosen and burial will be at a later date in Port William Cemetery.

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

Shirley J. Kindred

Shirley Jane (Browning) Kindred, 83, Bedford, died Friday. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Service is at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel. Arrangements by Ferguson-Lee Chapel, Bedford.

Sherry Underwood

Sherry Joan (Drehobl) Underwood, 85, Bedford, died Thursday. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. today at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Service is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Arrangements by Ferguson-Lee Chapel.

Frank S. Bundy

Frank S. Bundy, 70, Heltonville, died Friday. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Service is at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral chapel. Arrangements by Ferguson-Lee Chapel, Bedford.

Thomas J. Hopper

Thomas J. Hopper, 71, Bedford, died Thursday. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

David Tincher

David Tincher, 76, Bedford, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

Nancy Schroeder

Nancy Schroeder, 96, Bedford, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

Harry B. Demaree

Harry B. Demaree, 73, Bedford, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

April 16, 2017

Chester Patton

May 9, 1949 — April 1, 2017

Chet Patton, 67, of Indianapolis, formerly of Oolitic, died Saturday, April 1, 2017. He was born May 9, 1949, in Sullivan, Indiana, to Chester and Dorothy Patton.

Chet graduated from Oolitic High School. He retired from Citizens Gas Co. in 2001.

He is survived by his wife, Terri; son, Todd Patton of Indianapolis; a daughter, Tricia Brock of Indianapolis; a stepson, Ryan Boring of Indianapolis; four sisters, Pauline Lenhart of Terre Haute, Linda Wilson of Plainfield, Sharon Harper of Bloomington and Dorothy Ollivier of Toledo, Ohio; and one brother, Ronnie Patton of Oolitic.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Vernon Patton.

It was his request no services be held.

Charles Watson Pearson

Charles Watson Pearson, 92, of Bedford, died Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

April 15, 2017

Lois Ann (McClellan) Fox

May 10, 1942 — April 13, 2017

Lois Ann Fox, 74, of Bedford, died Thursday, April 13, 2017, at her residence.

Born May 10, 1942, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Austin and Doris L. (Grant) McClellan. She married Howard D. Ragsdale in 1960, and later married Dale Fox in 1984, who preceded her in death in 2010.

She was a graduate of the Bedford High School with the Class of 1960 and received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Marian College and later received her bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Oakland City College. She retired as a registered nurse for the North Lawrence School System and had previously worked at the Bedford Medical Center and as a director of nurses at the Hospitality House.

She was a member of the Hillcrest Christian Church where she enjoyed attending Ladies Small Group Class. She was on the Patient Advocacy Board at the Bedford Medical Center. She was a Master Gardener and member of the Gardener’s Exchange and also a member of the Quarry Quilters.

She collected and toured lighthouses of the maritime coasts and Great Lakes.

Survivors include a son, William Ragsdale and wife Michelle, of Maysville, N.C.; two stepdaughters, Debbie Ellis and husband Ron of Mitchell and Amy Hiott and husband Jeff of Fishers; six grandchildren, Corey Himes, Jessica Cline, Adam Coulter, Sarah McNulty and Nate and Nick Hiott; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister, Mary Alice McClellan.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Charlie Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Monday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the White River Humane Society or Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.

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

Sherry Joan Underwood

May 27, 1931 — April 13, 2017

Sherry Joan Underwood, 85, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Oolitic Road.

Born May 27, 1931, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Michael and Minnie (Lantz) Drehobl. She married Walter “Ike” Underwood on Dec. 1, 1951; and he passed away on Nov. 14, 2005.

She worked as the secretary at the UAW Local No. 440, from which she retired after 30 years.

Sherry was a graduate of Oldenburg Academy of the Immaculate Conception. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, and the Altar Society. Sherry was also a member of the local No. 440 retiree chapter and a euchre club for over 60 years. She was a big sports enthusiast. She loved knitting and was a proud member of the Lawrence County Democrats.

Surviving are two sons, Jim (Deborah) Underwood of Springville, and John Underwood of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two daughters, Jane (Larry) Root of Mitchell, and Jo Ann Underwood of Bedford; five grandchildren, Chad (Lauren) Underwood, Ben (Laurel) Underwood, Jessica (Amit) Patel, Kristi (C.J.) Lee, and Amy (Westin) Williamson; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Sally (Jim) Bullock; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ike; daughter, Judy Underwood; son, Michael in infancy; granddaughter, Stacie; and infant grandson, Christopher.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 18, at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Bedford, with Father Rick Eldred and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. on Monday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, IN, or Becky’s Place, Bedford.

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

April 13, 2017

Clifford Gene Buckingham

Sept. 1, 1950 — April 10, 2017

Clifford Gene Buckingham, born in Carmi, Ill., on Sept. 1, 1950, to Leo Dwight and Belle P. (Quencas) Buckingham, passed away April 10, 2017.

He retired from General Electric, Bloomington, after 36 years. He married C. Denise Perkins, daughter of Denny and Samantha Perkins, on Aug. 28, 1971.

Cliff was very proud of his family. Survivors include his wife. Denise; daughter. Catherine S. Buckingham of Yosemite National Park, Calif.; one son, Paul D. (Christine Birzer) Buckingham of Mason, Ohio; two grandsons, Connor and Ryan Buckingham of Mason, Ohio; one brother, Jeffrey D. (Eileen Smith) Buckingham of Tacoma, Wash.; two nieces, Elizabeth C. Buckingham (James Bowen) of Tacoma, Wash., and Victoria A. Buckingham of Lakewood, Wash.; one nephew, Christopher E. Buckingham of Tacoma, Wash.; and several great-nieces and nephews.

The Buckinghams have treasured our state and national parks throughout their marriage and had been serving as campground hosts since retiring in 2012. Cliff was especially proud to have been a volunteer on the US Missouri stationed in Honolulu for a week, helping to replace the teak decking on the ship his father was on during World War II. Buckingham also has been campground host in McCormick’s Creek and Guadalupe Mountains National Park for several years each.

Cliff was a member of the Bedford Dulcimer Society, enjoying performances using a washtub bass he designed and built. He enjoyed collecting coins.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday with funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Pastor Phil Thorne officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

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

Geneva M. Byrd

Geneva M. Byrd, 83, Bedford, died Wednesday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

April 12, 2017

Arthur Lee ‘Art’ Guthrie

Nov. 5, 1939 — April 9, 2017

Arthur Lee “Art” Guthrie, 77, of Bedford, died Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Born Nov. 5, 1939, he was the son of Raymond “Sharky” and Molly (Murphin) Guthrie. He married Imogene Guthrie, and she survives.

Art was retired from General Motors, Bedford Plant, as a machine repairman, and he was currently employed at Hubler Chevrolet in Bedford. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was of Christian Faith. He was also a farmer and enjoyed raising cattle and chickens.

Art was an avid coon hunter and deer hunter for many years and he made friends everywhere he went.

Art was loved by all.

Survivors include his wife, Imogene Guthrie of Bedford; sons, Michael D. (Lyla) Brown of Bedford and Gary L. (Tracy) Brown of Bedford; grandsons, Casey L. (Jencie) Brown and Cody R. Brown, both of Bedford; brothers James Guthrie of Bedford, George (Arlene) Guthrie of Columbus, Stanley (Brenda) Guthrie of Bedford; sister Clara (Jerry) Deaton of Bedford; sisters-in-law Mary Lorene Guthrie of Mitchell and Mary Rose (Don) Guthrie of Medora; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Art was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William “Mike” Guthrie and Patrick Joe Guthrie; and sister, Myrtle Arnold, and two infant siblings.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Bro. Kenny Dalton officiating. Burial will be in Pinhook Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Pall bearers will be Casey Brown, Cody Brown, Troy Guthrie, Mike Guthrie, Bill Deaton, Larry Deaton, T.J. Lee and Jan Kruse.

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

Linda K. (Roche) Arbuckle

Dec. 19, 1944 — April 10, 2017

Linda K. Arbuckle, 72, of Bedford, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at her residence.

Born Dec. 19, 1944, in Oakdale, Calif, she was the daughter of John and Minnie (Chapel) Roche. She married Ronald Arbuckle on Dec. 3, 1983, Bedford; and he survives.

She had worked as a machine operator at Regal-Beloit, Mitchell, retiring in 1996.

Surviving are her husband, Ronald of Bedford; one son, David Terrell of Bedford; one daughter, Annette Bruner of Ellettsville; stepchildren, Rhonda (Billy) Ryan, Amanda (Byford) Arbuckle and Donnie (Karmen) Arbuckle, all of Bedford; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Brenda Johnson and Dorothy Ditton; and one grandson, D.J. Arbuckle.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 13, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Bedford.

Harold Duane Vaught

Sept. 9, 1944 — April 7, 2017

Harold Duane Vaught, 72, passed away Friday, April 7, 2017, at his residence.

Born Sept. 9, 1944, in Mitchell, he was the son of George and Dorothy (Burgess) Vaught. He married Sandra Louella Neely Sept. 17, 1986, and she preceded him in death May 19, 2007.

Harold was a Canine Police Officer at Naval Surface Warfare Center — Crane. He enjoyed playing music and recently played at the Ryman Auditorium. Harold was a member of the Spring Mill Lodge Fraternal Order of Police No. 172, American Legion Post No. 250, and a veteran of the U. S. Army.

He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1963.

Survivors include his children, Peggy (Brian) Gerkin of Mitchell, Jim (Samantha) Fox of Mitchell, Brenda Freeman of Shoals, Jody Johnson of Mitchell, Vickie (Jon) Gilstrap of Campbellsburg, Jennifer Gammon of Mitchell, Tracey (Michelle) Vaught of Kansas, Duane (Melissa) Vaught of Kansas, and Todd Vaught of Kansas; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

His parents; wife; and siblings, Milton Dean Vaught, Gerald Lee Vaught, Donald William Vaught, twin brother, Howard W. Vaught, Gordon Dee Vaught, Susan Phyllis Vaught, Winifred June Kern, Pauline Ruth Cox, Jeralene Bonnie Hopkins, and Sharon Kay Campbell, preceded him in death.

Memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with the Rev. Mike Hester officiating. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

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

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

Kevin Ray Woods

May 1, 1961 — April 4, 2017

Kevin Woods, 55, of Mitchell, passed away on April 4, 2017, at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

He was born May 1, 1961, in Paoli, the son of Bruce and Sarah (Hawk) Woods. He married Cheryl (Foster) Woods on July 19, 1997, and she survives.

He is survived by his wife of Mitchell; one son, Cody Dobner (Stacy) of Orleans; one daughter, Erika Wilson of Bloomington; six grandchildren; one sister, Martha Jo Rufner (Ron); two brothers, Chuck Sears (Donna) and Roger Thacker; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Peggy Thacker; maternal grandparents; and one sister, Eldeena “Kay” Speer.

He was a member of Tulip Street Christian Church and member of UAW Local 440. He was employed at General Motors for four years as a SPM Tech and Essex in Orleans for 21 years. He was also a graduate of Orleans High School, Class of 1979 and a friend of Bill W.

A memorial service will be at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at the Tulip Street Christian Church in Mitchell. The visitation will be from noon until the service at the church.

Cliff Buckingham

Cliff Buckingham, 66, Bedford, died Monday. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel. Service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements by the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Bedford.

April 11, 2017

Geraldine ‘Jerri’ Johnson

July 20, 1936 — April 9, 2017

Geraldine “Jerri” Johnson, 80, of Bedford, died at 4:37 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Born July 20, 1936, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Roy Allen and Myrtle (Fullen) Chastain and stepfather, Hap Chastain. She married Bernard Johnson on Aug. 20, 1955, and he survives.

She had worked as a clerk at the 3-D Store and was a volunteer at I.U. Health in Bedford. She was a member of the Hillcrest Christian Church and former member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her husband, Bernard of Bedford; two daughters, Lynn Mullis and husband Brian and Lisa Mathews and husband Bill, all of Bedford; five grandchildren, Brad Burton of Washington, D.C., Jesse Burton, Adam Mullis and wife Christie, Scott Mathews and wife Ashley and Jake Mathews, all of Bedford; two great-grandchildren, Jenna and Averie Mullis; and a half-sister, Sharon McAfee, of Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jim Allen; and a daughter, Kelly Burton.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 13, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jamie Allen and Pastor Charlie Scott officiating and Mark Fugate providing music. Burial will follow in Dixon Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Betty Rose (Ratliff) White

Dec. 11, 1930 — April 10, 2017

Betty Rose White, 86, of Bedford, died at 4:25 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017, at Westview Nursing and Rehab.

Born Dec. 11, 1930, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Carl and Dorothy Glen (Burton) Ratliff. She married Muriel Edwin White on Jan. 29, 1949, and he preceded her in death on April 16, 2001.

She was a member of the Englewood Baptist Church where she served in the choir, with the missionary ladies, and Rosebud and Guild Girls Leader. She was a past Boy Scout Leader and 4-H Leader. Betty raised her family first then was a babysitter for over forty years. She loved and nurtured many children as her own. She had the patience of a saint. Her hobbies were sewing, quilting, and a card ministry.

Survivors include three daughters, Jacqualin Clark and husband Randy of Orleans, Trudy White of Bloomfield and Jody Manning and husband Roger of Oolitic; 11 grandchildren, Jaunni (Chad) Grimes, Jamison (Brooke) Clark, both of Orleans, Griffin Clark, Maria Konermann and Olivia Stewart, all of Bloomington, Molly Konermann and Elijah Konermann, both of Indianapolis, Casey (Angie) Konermann of Bloomfield, Brady Manning of Bedford, and Sadee Manning of Florida and Teresa White; 13 great-grandchildren, Sable Ledgerwood of Paoli, Sawyer Shelton of Eustis, Fla., MacKenzie Clark of Bloomington, Swayzee Grimes, Geneva Clark, and Willa Clark, all of Orleans, Dezaree Sparks, Nicholas Konermann, and Taylor Konermann, all of Bloomfield, Aksel Manning of Bedford, Lucca Konermann-Jones, Julian Konermann-Jones, of Indianapolis and Leota Kirkman-Clark, of Bedford; two great-great-grandchildren, Riley Shelton and Karma Ledgerwood, both of Paoli; four brothers, Mike (Judith) Concannon of Moore, Okla., Jeff (Linda) Ratliff, of Hanford, Calif., Kenny (Sharon) Ratliff and Donny Ratliff, all of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Monty; and a great-grandson, Oscar Clark.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, at the Englewood Baptist Church with Pastor David Ferry officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from noon until the service on Thursday at the church.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Lawrence County Historical & Genealogical Society or Lawrence County Child Abuse Prevention.

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

Gordon Gale Fish

July 26, 1926 — April 6, 2017

Gordon Gale Fish, 90, of Bedford, died at 4:22 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Westview Nursing & Rehab. Center.

Born July 26, 1926, in Bedford, he was the son of Raymond and Elizabeth (Cummings) Fish. He married Agnes Marie Wagner on June 17, 1944, and she died June 25, 2012.

He was a delivery driver for Hostess Bakery for over 40 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Mount Pleasant Christian Church.

Survivors include three daughters, Lana Wray and husband Joe, Diana Sego and husband Jerry, and Linda Olson and husband Larry, all of Bedford; a grandson raised in the home, Sean Benham and wife Sonya of Chicago; three sisters, Patsy Wever, Wanda McPike and Colleen Robbins, all of Bedford; a brother, David Fish of Bedford; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sisters, Maxine Dalton and June Roberts; and a grandson, Brian Olson.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 15, at the Mount Pleasant Christian Church with Pastor David Ferry officiating. No visitation hours are scheduled.

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

Larry David Brown

Sept. 18, 1946 — March 25, 2017

Mr. Larry David Brown, 70, of Lebanon, Tenn., died Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Larry, the firstborn son of William David and Faith Adams Brown, was born on Sept. 18, 1946, in Greencastle. He married his high school sweetheart, Elaine Orr, on June 26, 1965. He graduated Bedford High School in Bedford in May 1966.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force in June of 1966. He served during the Vietnam War from 1971 to 1972. He and Elaine lived in many states during his 20-year service to our country, finally retiring at Barksdale Air Force Base as a Master Sergeant in June 1986.

His hobbies included amateur radio, woodworking, reading, and riding motorcycles. He had earned an Amateur Extra Radio Class license, and his call sign was W4APH. He enjoyed hunting and his favorite fishing hole was Lake Bistanou, La. He volunteered with the Wilson County Sherriff’s Office SCAN Program, and participated in the Army MARS Program, FISTS, and the World Radio Relay.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Elaine Orr Brown; his brother, Darrell Duane Brown (married to Sherry Hall Brown) of Mooresville; his two children, Wendi Renee Mason of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Benjamin Lee Brown (married to Thuy Nguyen) of Bossier City, La.; his grandchildren Jared Mason (married to Amanda Clarke Mason) of St. Louis, Mo., and Jacob and Jeremiah Mason; his great-grandsons, Max and Alex Nhieu; two nephews and one niece.

He is preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

His Memorial Service was at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon, Tenn.

David Lee Flynn

March 31, 1936 — April 9, 2017

David Lee Flynn, 81, of Tavares, Fla., passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017.

He was born March 31, 1936, in Bedford, to Paul and Una Flynn. He married Corrinna Donica Flynn and they had two children.

He worked as a furniture salesman and owned his own lamp business.

He is survived by his daughter, Susan and Dana Arthur of Bedford; grandchildren, Brady and Mavis Arthur; and his sister Barbara Kelley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, J.D. Flynn; and a brother, Ed Flynn.

He was active in the Donica Church of God as a music leader and a long time gospel quartet singer.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, at THI Clubhouse in Tavares, Fla.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, 226 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL 32778, (352) 343-4444.

Online condolences may be left at www.steversonhamlinhilbish.com

Arthur Lee Guthrie

Arthur Lee Guthrie, 77, Bedford, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Chapel in Bedford.

April 10, 2017

Gordon Gale Fish

Gordon Gale Fish, 90, Bedford, died Thursday. No visitation is scheduled. Memorial service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Mount Pleasant Christian Church in Bedford. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Harold Duane Vaught

Harold Duane Vaught, 72, Mitchell, died Friday. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Memorial service will be at 1 p.m Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

Mearle (Clouse) McCoy

Mearle (Clouse) McCoy, 92, Scottsville, Ky., died Friday. Visitation is from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Funeral service will be at at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

Betty Rose White

Betty Rose White, 86, Bedford, died today. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Geraldine Johnson

Geraldine Johnson, 80, Bedford, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

April 09, 2017

Harold Duane Vaught

Harold Duane Vaught, 72, of Mitchell, died Friday. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

April 07, 2017

John Leonard Wathen

Nov. 5, 1928 — April 5, 2017

John Leonard Wathen, 88, of Bedford, died at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Born Nov. 5, 1928, in Morganfield, Ky., he was the son of John Gordon and Mary A. (Greenwell) Wathen.

He married Betty Brendel on Sept. 9, 1950, and she passed away on March 8, 2007.

John was the manager of A&H Truck Line in Bedford, retiring in 1986. He then worked at Otis Golf Course Pro Shop until fully retiring in 2008.

He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Bedford; Knights of Columbus Council No. 1166 and Assembly No. 1921 (4th Degree) of Bedford; John was an avid golfer and member of Otis Park Men’s Club, where he served as Treasurer.

Surviving are three daughters, Kathleen S. (Dennis) Foster of Cumming, Ga., Vicki Wathen of Bedford and Rebecca L. (Brian) Murphy of Ooltewah, Tenn.; two sons, James L. Wathen of Huntsville, Ala., and Michael R. Wathen of Evansville; four granddaughters, Heather A. Justen and her husband Keith of Spring Grove, Ill., Tracey White and her husband Isaac of Ringgold, Ga., Shauna L. Foster of Stanford, Ill., and Angie Rogers and her husband Adam of Rock Springs, Ga.; seven great-grandchildren, Allie, Maddie, and Parker Justen, Berkley, Valla, and Elliot Rogers, and Emory White; one brother, Gordon Ray Wathen and his wife Wilford of Nashville, Tenn.; and two brothers-in-law Tommy Cecil of Owensboro, Ky., and Bueford Dyer of Morganfield, Ky.

He was preceded in death by wife; parents; and two sisters, Jane Marie “Mickey” Moore and Mary Louise Cecil.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, April 10, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford, with Father Rick Eldred and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

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

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

George W. Fountain

Jan. 13, 1930 — April 5, 2017

George W. Fountain, 87, of Zelma, died at 12:37 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at his residence.

Born Jan. 13, 1930, in Zelma, he was the son of Ervin S. and Edith (Black) Fountain. He married Wilma Laverne Kinser on June 18, 1950, and she survives.

He was a farmer and North Lawrence Community School bus driver for 46 years. He had worked as a reporter for the FSA office and attended Donica Church of God.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma of Zelma; a son, George Michael Fountain and wife Bonnie of Zelma; a daughter, Paula Brooking and husband Louie of Zelma; five grandsons, Troy and Eric Fountain, both of Zelma, Cory Fountain and wife Cassidy of Turkey, Kevin W. Brooking and wife Robin of Ellettsville, Nathan Brooking and wife Kara of Pickens, S.C.; seven great-grandchildren, Hannah Fountain, Billy Fountain, Ella Fountain, Emma Fountain, Chloe Fountain, Benjamin Fountain and Kinsley Brooking; one great-great-granddaughter, Sadie Hollar; a sister, Marjorie Belle Whitted of Heltonville; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Billy Fountain; and a brother, Ervin Fountain Jr.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 10, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Nouhad Melki officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery in Jackson County.

Visitation will be from 2-7 pm on Sunday, April 9, at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Wendell H. Hopper

Wendell Homer Hopper, 75, Mitchell, died Thursday. Cremation was chosen with no visitation or service. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

Gordon Gale Fish

Gordon Gale Fish, 90, of Bedford, died Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

April 06, 2017

Iris Jean (Fish) Wood

May 28, 1915 — April 2, 2017

Iris Jean Wood, age 101, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017, at I.U. Hospice House, Bloomington.

She was born May 28, 1915, in Kahoka Mo., to Claude L. and Lily (Alexander) Fish.

She was a 1932 graduate of Bedford High School and resided in Bedford most of her life. She was married twice, first to Tom Sargent in 1940, who preceded her in death in 1955, and to Charles L. “Chic” Wood, in 1964. He preceded her in death in 1968.

She retired as office manager of Thompson Dairy. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church and the I.U. Health Bedford Auxiliary. She was passionate about knitting, baking, and her family. She will be remembered for her sweet demeanor and loving spirit.

She is survived by her daughter, Ann (Byron) Steele of Bedford; her son, Timothy (Fran) Sargent of Goodyear, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Barbara (Scott) Mitchell and Bradley (Kim) Steele, M.D.; and five great-granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Lauren, and Molly Mitchell and Iris and Isabella Steele.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Richard Fish; and two sisters, Judith McCarrell and Betty Henderson.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, at the First Baptist Church, 1515 20th Street, Bedford.

There will be no public visitation.

Ferguson-Lee Funeral Chapel, Bedford, is entrusted with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to I.U. Health, Bedford Auxiliary or First Baptist Church.

Michael D. Saunders

Nov. 3, 1960 — April 2, 2017

Michael D. Saunders, 56, of Williams, died at 12:34 a.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at his residence.

Born Nov. 3, 1960, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Ronald Saunders and Cherlyn (Flynn) Schneider.

Michael was a graduate of B.N.L. High School and had attended Living Word Church in Bedford. Michael had worked at G.E., Bloomington and also worked at Dana Corp., Mitchell.

He is survived by his mother, Cherlyn Schneider of Ohio; daughter, Ashley (Sean) Burk of Plainfield; son, Jeremy (Vea) Saunders of Williams; grandchildren, Ethan and Asiah Saunders and Madison Burk; sister, Dawn; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Marie Flynn; father, Ronald; and brother, Rocky Saunders.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 7, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Burial will be in the Lowder Cemetery in Springville.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

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

Linda D. (Horner) New

Dec. 16, 1949 — April 5, 2017

Linda D. New, 67, of Bedford, died at 8:07 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at Kindred Hospital South in Greenwood.

Born Dec. 16, 1949, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Edward and Katherine (Crawford) Horner. She married Phillip New on Sept. 3, 1966, and he survives.

She was a former Faculty Secretary and Administrative Assistant for Oakland City College in Bedford.

Survivors include her husband, Phillip of Bedford; a daughter, Misty Sheetz of Bedford; her mother, Katherine; four grandchildren, Chelsee New, Jessica Hackney, Camysha New and Destiny New; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Marsha Silvers of Bedford; and a brother, Brian Horner of Paris Crossing.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edward; a daughter, Cheryl New; two grandchildren, Tyler Meeks and Hope New; and two brothers, Michael and John Horner.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Visitation will be from noon until the service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Ronald C. Crockett

April 6, 1932 — Dec. 26, 2016

Ronald C. Crockett, 84, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016, at his home. He was born in Bedford on April 6, 1932 to Ancil and Ruth Alma (Stalcup) Crockett. Ronald graduated from Bedford High School in Bedford, Indiana in 1950, going into the U.S. Army in 1952, and after retiring, settled down in Orange County, CA, with his family. 

Joining the Army at 20, Ronald began his lengthy army career first stationed in Mannheim, Germany, where he met his wife of 54 years, Marie. Ronald worked for eight years in communications and electronic warfare positions, while his remaining time in the army was spent in various data processing positions around the world.

The Crockett family moved every few years to a new location, which also turned out to be the birthplaces of many of Ronald and Marie’s six daughters: White Sands Missile Range, NM / El Paso, TX; Orleans, France; Fort Monmouth, NJ; and Heidelberg, Germany, before deciding to live and play in sunny Southern California. In 1969, Ronald was stationed in Korea for a year while his family remained in California.

After retiring from the army as a Master Sergeant in 1973, Ronald began his second career supervising software development for CSC Corporation and Transamerica. During this time, Ronald also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in data processing from Fullerton State University in 1979.

Around the 1980’s, with the Crockett name and hearing that his wife Marie’s family could trace their German ancestors to the year 1715, Ronald developed an interest in genealogy. From his research, Ronald learned of the family connections with the Browning, Stalcup, Murphy, Ooley, and several other families. Two notable stories he told were finding out that our branch of the Crockett family was descended from the uncle of Davy Crockett, and that the earliest American Stalcup relative was a 16-year-old boy that came to America in the 1640’s.

Ronald was predeceased by his mother, Ruth in 1957; his father, Ancil in 1979; his wife, Marie; his daughter, Diana Long; his son-in-law, John Worman; and his grandson, Camden Murphy. Survivors are five daughters and four sons-in-law: Christel Worman; Carol Crockett & Gary Benson; Deborah & Reggie Murphy; Tina & Brian Kammerzelt; Connie & Scott Taylor. As well as four granddaughters and one grandson-in-law: Sandra Worman & Robert MacNeil, Jennifer Garner, Michelle Long, and Paige Murphy; and three great-grandchildren, Caleb, Kaden and Kylee.

Ronald was an avid reader of all things printed, enjoyed the game of golf for most of his life, and gladly served as treasurer for the Costa Mesa Country Club in his senior years. Ronald was proud of his large family, and will be missed by those that loved and cared for him.

Cremation was chosen with the Neptune Society. A memorial gathering was held at Ronald’s home in Costa Mesa, California.
Family and friends may express condolences at http://obits.ocregister.com

Kevin Woods

Kevin Woods, 55, of Mitchell, died Tuesday. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans is in charge of arrangements.

George Fountain

George Fountain, 87, Norman, died Wednesday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

April 05, 2017

Elizabeth L. (Van Rheeden) Buttz

Oct. 13, 1923 — April 1, 2017

Elizabeth L. Buttz, 93, of Bedford, died at 6:58 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at the Johnson Christian Village with her loving family by her side.

Born Oct. 13, 1923, in Villa Grove, Ill., she was the daughter of Henry and Jessie (Metzler) Van Rheeden. She married Dr. John R. Buttz on May 30, 1942, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 2006.

She was an accomplished vocalist. A beloved wife and mother. She was the living example in both support of her husband and her family. She thrilled hundreds of people over her lifetime with her beautiful voice. She sang at the annual commissioning service for missionaries of the Church of God at the convention center in Anderson, with over 8,000 persons present. She was well-known throughout the state of Indiana and Ohio for her beautiful voice, not only in the church community, but in the secular community as well. She provided total support to her husband and sons. No task was too great, no burden too heavy for her family.

Survivors include three sons, John R. Buttz and his wife Carolyn, Charles E. Buttz and his wife Mary Ann, all of Bedford and James H. Buttz and his wife Regina of Albuquerque, N.M.; six grandchildren, Shauna Dalton, Erin Lewis, Amy Glenn, Scott Buttz, Dana Buttz, and Tara Elliott; 11 great-grandchildren, Macy Blackwell, Sable Dalton, Sadie Glenn, Connor Glenn, Ella Tran, Alexa Tran, Mason Buttz, Terek Lewis, Brae Lewis, London Elliott, and Lyla Elliott; two great-great-grandchildren, Lux Blackwell and Thea Blackwell; four stepgrandchildren, Jeremy Buck, Brandon Buck, Donnie Buck, and Trisha Morrow.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and eight siblings.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 7, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Lee Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Jeffrey Scott ‘Blacky’ Blackwell

Nov. 28, 1961 — April 2, 2017

Jeffrey Scott “Blacky” Blackwell, 55, of Bedford, died Sunday, April 2, 2017 at his residence.

Born Nov. 28, 1961, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Jackie Lee and Janice Kay (Smith) Blackwell. He was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School with the Class of 1980. While in high school, he was selected to the first team all-state in football and all conference in baseball.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and the First Baptist Church in Bedford. He enjoyed sports and his family, but what he loved most was watching his son, Logan play hockey, and his daughter, Jacke cheer. He loved deeply and was deeply loved.

Survivors include a son, Jeffrey Logan Blackwell and fiancé, Christina Beyerl; a daughter, Jackelyn Blackwell and boyfriend, Damian Lahr; their mother, Terri Blackwell, all of Fishers; a brother, Jim Blackwell and wife Julie of Atlanta; a sister, Julie Chase of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, at the First Baptist Church in Bedford with Pastor Kyle Chase officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the hour of service on Thursday at the First Baptist Church.

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

Mary C. (Cahill) Henson

Dec. 15, 1941 — April 4, 2017

Mary C. Henson, 75, of Bloomington, formerly of Bedford, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on April 4, 2017.

Born Dec. 15, 1941, in Bedford, she was preceded in death by her parents, Howard E., and Ruth (Williams) Cahill of Bedford, her sisters, Ruth Evelyn Baker and Lois Cahill and brother, Wendell Cahill.

Mary was retired from University Publishing Corp. and then became a caregiver for her mother and babysat for all her grandchildren, as well as several friends of the family’s children. She saw all children as a member of her own family and opened her home to them. She was known to them as Gmaw and they all knew they would be welcomed with open arms.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, William “Bill” Henson; one brother Edwin (Donna) Cahill; two sons, Mark Butcher and Scott (Jennifer) Butcher; four daughters, Lisa Butcher (Scott May), Tracy (Gary) Meadows, Angel Butcher and Monice Henson, all of Bloomington; grandchildren, Jordan (Keisha) Butcher, Shane (Katie Denny) Meadows, David Butcher, Jared (Natasha Carter) Meadows, Emily Butcher, LaMonte Henson, William Henson, Julian Henson, Dakota Hawkins, Madison Hawkins and Kinsey Presley-Hornung; great-grandchildren, Alliyah Butcher, Ezra Butcher, Adalynn Butcher, Nola Meadows, Amelia Meadows and Foster Meadows; six nieces; and five nephews.

Service for Mary Henson will be at 1 p.m. Friday, April 7, at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, Bloomington, with the Rev. Michael Douglas officiating. Burial will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens, Bloomington.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and noon until the service Friday at The Funeral Chapel.

Contributions in Mary’s memory may be given to the Banneker Community Center or Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Memories of Mary and condolences to her family may be given at www.thefuneralchapel.net.

Philip Lloyd Brim

Jan. 31, 1943 — April 2, 2017

Philip Lloyd Brim, 74, of Bedford, died Sunday, April 2, 2017.

He was born and raised in Heltonville, the son of Leonard Harvey and Bernice (Croucher) Brim. He was a graduate of Heltonville High School, a U.S. Air Force veteran and a retired union sheet metal worker.

He married Blanche Ruth (Sears) Brim on Dec. 14, 1990, and she survives.

Also surviving are two brothers, Robert Brim Sr. of Heltonville and Harold Brim of Homasass, Fla.; two sisters, Mable Bryant of Florida and Willabelle Hunter of Grandbury, Texas; two stepdaughters, Ginger Mae Roach and companion David Luttrell and Scarlett (David) Baker, all of Bedford; two grandchildren, Megan Ernst and her companion Kristopher Dennis of Bedford, and Dalton Baker of Louisville, Ky.; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Carl Brim of Heltonville; three half brothers, Ervin Brim and Perry Croucher of Florida, and Onis Brim of Bethell, Wash.; one sister, Emogene Fountain of Norman; and one half sister, Mary Shankland of Connecticut.

A celebration of life will be held at Gulletts Creek Baptist Church in Needmore at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday with the Rev. Billy Brim officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

Gerald Dean ‘Jerry’ Bundy

Aug. 6, 1938 — April 4, 2017

Gerald Dean “Jerry” Bundy, 78, Mitchell, passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born Aug. 6, 1938, in Mitchell, he was the son of Millie Jacob and Ethel (Ramey) Bundy. He married Carolyn Sue Bell June 23, 1960.

Jerry was a bus driver for the Mitchell Community Schools and retired after 33 years. He was a bus driver for the City of Mitchell, owner of Bundy’s Auto Detail Shop, and was a member of River’s Edge Fellowship.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Sue Bundy of Mitchell; his children, Vivian (Russell) Blackwell of Mitchell; Kimberly Bundy of Bedford, and Edward Dean Bundy of Seymour; grandchildren, Zachary Blackwell, Joshua Blackwell, Tamara Walls and Jessica Spain; eight great-grandchildren; and a half brother, Doug Wilcoxen of Mitchell.

His parents; daughter, Tammy Sue Smale; and siblings, Stanley Bundy, Mervin Bundy, Jack Bundy, Robert Bundy, Junior Bundy, Marie Gilbert, Linda Sue McCain, Wanda Jones, Betty Bundy and Ruby Bundy, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 7, in the Memorial Chapel of the Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell with Pastor Phil Thorne officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

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

Casketbearers: Zachary Blackwell, Joshua Blackwell, Jacob Bundy, Dough Wilcoxen, Reggie Johnson, Josh Walls and Austin Spain.

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

Clora Mae Baker

Jan. 21, 1948 — April 3, 2017

Clora Mae Baker, 69, of Orleans, passed away on April 3, 2017 at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale in Carbondale, Ill.

She was born Jan. 21, 1948, in Bedford, the daughter of Howard P. and Bethel N. (Newlin) Baker.

She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. She was an esteemed associate professor for the Department of Workforce Education and Development at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill. She was an alumnus of the Ohio State University, she held a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in professional development in business and vocational education. She was active in the Illinois Business Education Association, Indiana Business Education Association, National Business Education Association, Society for Human Resource Management and Phi Delta Kappa International.

She also spent time showing her strength as a cancer survivor by volunteering with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

She was survived by nine cousins, Kenny Newlin of Orleans, Marilyn Powers of Illinois, Mark Newlin (Joyce) of Plainfield, Joel Newlin (Vicki) of Orleans, Paul Newlin of Seymour, Evelyn Hittson of Maine, Anna Cason of Florida, Lavonna O’Korn of Colorado, and Jarome Hudleson of Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 7, at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans with Pastor Corey Rash officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Orleans.

Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at ochstetrick.net.

Michael D. Saunders

Michael D. Saunders, 56, of Williams, died Sunday. Visitation is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel. Service is at 1 p.m. Friday at the chapel. Arrangements by Ferguson-Lee Chapel in Bedford.

Iris Jean (Fish) Wood

Iris Jean (Fish) Wood, 101, Bedford, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Chapel in Bedford.

April 04, 2017

William L. Wires

Oct. 4, 1928 — April 1, 2017

William L. Wires, 88, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford.

William was born Oct. 4, 1928, in Lawrence County and was the son of the late Lewis and Audna (Henderson) Wires.

William was a homebuilder and loved to be out in his shed working in his free time. He also enjoyed riding around StoneBridge in his motorized wheelchair and talking to everyone.

Survivors include two sons, Ed Wires (wife Jean) and Jim Wires (wife Wanita); daughter Kelly Riley (husband Kevin); five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Arlena Fay Wires in September 2016.

Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Clear Creek Cemetery with Pastors Kenneth Allen and Harold Godsey officiating.

Memories of William and condolences to his family may be given at www.thefuneralchapel.net.

Elizabeth L. Buttz

Elizabeth L. (Van Rheeden) Buttz, 93, Bedford, died Saturday. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday at the mortuary. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Jeffrey S. Blackwell

Jeffrey Scott “Blacky” Blackwell, 55, Bedford, died Sunday. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service on Thursday at First Baptist Church in Bedford. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the church. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Michael D. Saunders

Michael D. Saunders, 57, Williams, died Sunday. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Chapel in Bedford.

April 03, 2017

Elizabeth L. Buttz

Elizabeth L. (Van Rheeden) Buttz, 93, of Bedford, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

April 01, 2017

Nita F. (Elliott) Pruett

Feb. 16, 1924 — March 30, 2017

Nita F. Pruett, 93, of Oolitic passed away peacefully at her home at 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, 2017. She was born in Lawrence County on Feb. 16, 1924, to Lacy and Inez (Allison) Elliott.

Nita retired from Stone City Products in Bedford and RCA in Bloomington. She was a lifelong member of the Oolitic United Methodist Church. She married John Pruett on May 23, 1942, in Lawrence County and he preceded her in death on May 17, 1992.

Survivors include two sons, John H. Pruett of Williams and Philip Pruett of Oolitic; four grandchildren, Lisa Hughes, Louie Pruett, Michael Pruett and Craig Pruett; 14 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and four siblings.

Private chapel services will be held at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Oolitic United Methodist Church.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ilene Lou Hardman

Feb. 3, 1937 — March 30, 2017

Ilene Lou Hardman, 80, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born Feb. 3, 1937, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Roland Lewis and Myrtle Alberta (Naugle) Mendenhall. She married Daniel E. Hardman June 14, 1953, and he preceded her in death Aug, 24, 1995.

Ilene was Marion Township Trustee for more than 20 years, and had also been manager of the Mitchell License Branch. She was a member of the Mitchell Lions Club, Lawrence County Republicans, Indiana Township Association, United Township Association, American Legion Post No. 250 Auxiliary and Jacob Finger United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her children, Dennis Eugene Hardman of Mitchell, Danetta June (Jack) Dorsett of Nashville, and Larry (Michele) Hardman of Bloomington; grandchildren, Beth Ann Staley, Jacklyn Dorsett, Dennis Dorsett, Destiny Duke, Devon Cassidy, Joshua Hardman, Kelsey Hardman and Logan Hardman; eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Marlene Boyer of Bedford.

Her parents; husband; and sister, Loretta June Mendenhall, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 3, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Brenda L. Ludwig officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 1-6 p.m. Sunday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

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

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