Obituaries — April 2022

April 30, 2022

Kenneth Bugh

March 31, 1963 — April 28, 2022

Kenneth Bugh, 59, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at his residence.

Born March 31, 1963, in Bedford, he was the son of Robert and Brenda (Ritter) Bugh. He had worked at Visteon and in HVAC field. He married Kristi Hanks and she preceded him in death.

Survivors include his children, Kevan Bugh and Bailey Bugh, Tara Morrow (Ben), Anna Maldonado, and Gabrielle Arnold (Stephen), all of Bedford, Adam Parks, of Loogootee, and Brooklyn Scalf, of Bedford; eight grandchildren; three brothers, Robert “Duke” Bugh (Lea), of Bedford, Matt Bugh (Leatha), of Tunnelton, and Mike Bugh; a sister, Lynnette Bugh; his step-mother, Christina Bugh, of Georgia; several nieces and nephews, and his K-9 companion, Mary.

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

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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

Sharon Kay Collins

Aug. 16, 1944 — April 25, 2022

Sharon Kay Collins, 77, formerly of Benton, Arkansas, left this earth to be with her heavenly Father on April 25, 2022, while residing in Bedford, Indiana.

Born on August 16, 1944, in Kansas City, Missouri, Sharon moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas as a young child where she graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1962.

Sharon loved taking care of horses during her teenage years and later in life, taking care of people as a registered nurse. But nothing surmounted her love for her late husband, Charles “Joe” Collins and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sharon’s Bible was never out of reach because even though she was legally blind, she could recite many passages as these words were embedded in her heart and mind. Sharon showed her love to others by creating beautiful artistic quilts, crocheting stockings, and dish towels. And although she didn’t drive after 1992, each of these creations were personally selected during her many trips to the craft stores.

Sharon is survived by her four children, Debra (Virgil) McKinney, Tamara (John) Dufresne, Kevin (Francie) Collins, and Douglas (Jeanna) Collins; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was pre-deceased by her loving husband of 53 years, Charles “Joe” Collins, her parents Eugene and Frances Manatt, and both her brothers, William and Robert Manatt.

At the wishes of Sharon, there will be no services at this time. Sharon will join her husband in burial at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family has established an endowment fund that will continue to give to others, just has Joe and Sharon Collins have done their entire careers. Donations can be sent in memory of Sharon or Joe Collins to Lawrence County Community Foundation, PO Box 1235, Bedford, IN 47421-1235.

Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford, Indiana has been entrusted with Sharon’s arrangements.

Online remembrances and condolences may be sent to the family at www.FergusonLee.com

April 27, 2022

Albert E. Eckert

July 17, 1932 — April 22, 2022

Albert E. Eckert age 89 of Bedford passed away at 4:25 Pm on Friday April 22, 2022 at Westview Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation in Bedford.

He was born on July 17, 1932 in New Carlisle to Kenneth “Shorty” Eckert and Bessie B. (Bennett) Eckert. Albert married Merilyn Jo Hold on January 24, 1953 and she survives.
He was a retired Industrial Machinist and Mechanic, and was an US Army veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Merilyn Eckert of Bedford, six children, Addam Eckert of Springville, Lana Eckert of Granger, Tami Eckert of Bedford, Brian Eckert of New Carlisle, Joshua Eckert of Hudson Creek, and Heidi Frantom of Hannibal, Missouri, three grandchildren, Matthew Eckert, Jeremy Eckert and Celia Eckert

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sons, Scott Eckert and Craig Eckert, one grandson, Seth Eckert

Cremation was chosen with no services.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.

Jack Thomas Walker

June 09, 1938 — April 25, 2022

Jack Thomas Walker, 83, of Bedford, passed away at 8:31 am on Monday, April 25, 2022, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.

Born June 9, 1938, in Sevierville, TN, he was the son of Thomas H. and Josephine (Moore) Walker. He married Lois E. Long on November 21, 1959, and she survives.

He retired as a construction maintenance representative from CRANE on January 4, 1994. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the Gillen Post #33 American Legion. He was a member of the Baptist Church in E. Tennessee, Mitchell Masonic Lodge #228 F & AM, and Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis.

Survivors include his wife, Lois, of Bedford; two daughters, Susan Marie (Chris) Walker King, of Fayetteville and Joyce Ann (Ed) Walker Murphy, of Williams; seven grandchildren, Christopher King (Desiree), Kayla King, Cameron King (Katie Shelton), Kaleb King (Ashley), Jennifer Fields (Chad), Brittany Murphy (Cory Hampton), and Jeremy Murphy (Megan); great-grandchildren, Sage King, Knox King, Kinley King, Everleigh King, Alissa Evans, Gracie Gott, Hannah Byford, Layla Nauertz, Annah Fields, Zoey Fields, Castle Fields, Fynn Murphy, Jack Murphy, Bo Murphy, and Linc Murphy; one sister, Wilma Walker Rush, of Knoxville, TN; one brother, James David Walker, of Knoxville, TN; several nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Biddy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 30th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with military rites accorded by Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery at a later date.

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

Nora Jean Moody

Jan. 02, 1945 — April 25, 2022

Nora Jean Moody, 77, passed away Monday, April 25, 2022, at IU Health Hospice House.

Born January 2, 1945, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Edward and Mary Ellen (Lime) McGinnis. She married Gale Edward “Bunk” Moody on July 9, 1979 and he preceded her in death.

Jean graduated in 1963 from the Our Lady of Grace Academy and was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was an avid reader. Jean loved her flowers and tomato plants. And she made the best angel food cake.

Surviving are children, Gary Edward (Debbie) Moody of Mitchell, David Moody of Mitchell, Lisa (James) Taylor of Mitchell, Michelle (Mike) Kern of Bedford, Michael (Lisa) Moody of Missouri, Lisa (Brian) Carrico of Bedford, and Vicki (Troy) Hamilton of Columbus; sister, Susie (Mike) Barthlomew of Beech Grove; sister-in-law, Jan McGinnis of Indianapolis; 17 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Bella.

Her parents; husband; brother, Lee McGinnis; and great-granddaughter, Nora Davis preceded her in death.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 29, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Jegan Peter and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m.

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

April 26, 2022

Allen Wayne Fields

Sept. 11, 1944 — Dec. 24, 2021

Allen Wayne Fields, 77, of Springville, passed away at 9:25 am on Friday, December 24, 2021, at his residence.

Born September 11, 1944, in Bedford, he was the son of Charles and Violet (Pierce) Fields. He married Loretta Lee Turner on December 1, 1962, and she survives. He was a heavy machine operator for Elliott Stone Co. and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Loretta, of Springville; two children, Cheryl Renae Fields-Wease and husband, Jerry, of Springville and Bradley Scott Fields and wife, Sharon, of Springville; five grandchildren, Joshua Paul Fields-Wells, Bethany Ann Wells, Kelsie Rae Buhr and husband, Joshua, Kaelie Renae Dobson and husband, Steve, and Victor Allen Fields; six great grandchildren, Taydin Fields-Wells, Tayleon Fields-Wells, Keagan Buhr, Ryder Buhr, Abra Dobson, and Hadlee Dobson; his beloved four legged baby, Emily, which he loved so much.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Dwayne Allen Fields on December 1, 2020; a grandson, Zecheriah Dane Wells; three brothers, Charles, Jr., Cecil, and Carl and a sister, Maggie.

A Celebration of Life will be from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the Company Concourse, 1402 ‘H’ Street, Bedford.

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

Diane Sue Bridwell

Sept. 24, 1948 — April 22, 2022

Diane Sue Bridwell, of Oolitic, IN, died on April 22, 2022, after her long battle with multiple illnesses.

Diane is survived by her significant other, Michael Meadows; her sister Ruth Ann Harrell; her three children, Angela Diane Sexton, Rusty Alan Bulliner, and Darrin Patrick Hatfield; her five grandchildren, Shane Donovan Phillips, Savannah Chantel Sexton-Wisley, Patrick Tran Hatfield, David Alan Bulliner, and Emma Renee Bulliner; and her great granddaughter Everly Rose Phillips.

Diane was preceded in death by her husband Robert Dean Bridwell; her parents, Frederick V. Fields, and Evelyn L. Fields (Underwood); and her brother Terry Wayne Fields.

Diane was born in Bedford, IN on September 24, 1948. She spent much of her life in the Bedford area. She moved to St. Louis for about five years. After her time in St. Louis, she moved back to the Bedford area where she spent the rest of her life.

Diane worked various jobs throughout her life, spending much of her time working as a bar tender and manager at both the American Legion and Shorty’s Den (Fox’s Den) in Bedford. She also worked at the Bloomington Hospital Laundry for several years.

Diane loved family gatherings and other events where she could spend time with her family. She especially enjoyed holiday parties and birthdays. She also enjoyed family vacations.  Diane said she felt like she got to do a lot in her life. She went to; New York City, NY; Las Vegas, NV; various places in Florida, and Aruba. She took a road trip to Las Vegas, where she got to see the Grand Canyon and other sites.

Diane received an Honorable Discharge from the Army National Guard in 1979.

Visitation is scheduled from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday April 28th and 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Friday April 29th at the Cresthaven Funeral Home, 3522 Dixie Hwy, Bedford, IN 47421.

Funeral service will follow the visitation at 12:00 PM on Friday April 29th.

April 25, 2022

Carl D. Hall

Jan. 11, 1953 — April 23, 2022

Carl D. Hall age 69 of Bedford passed away at IU Health in Bedford on April 23, 2022 at 3:17 PM.

He was born in Lawrence County on January 11, 1953 to Russel Hall and Margorie (Sheetz) Hall.

Carl married Bobbie L. Deckard on August 25, 1973 and she survives.

He was a graduate of Bedford High School class of 1971. He retired from General Motors in Bedford as a Die Cast operator. He mowed at Stonecrest Golf Course part time in his retirement. He was a member of Hillcrest Christian Church.

Carl loved to fish and golf. Most of all spending time with the love of his life Bobbie.

Survivors include his wife Bobbie Hall of Bedford; sons, Reed (Jacey) Hall of Mitchell, Drew (Angie) Hall of Martinsville, and Ross (Cheri) Hall of Bedford; brother, John Hall; sister, Debbie Brewer; eight grandchildren, Katlyn, Ryan, Lauryn, Mackenzie, Allyssa, Olivia, Atticus, and Aydan.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Robert Hall.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday April 27, 2022 at 1:00 PM at Cresthaven Funeral Home, with Brother Mark Fugate officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday April 26, 2022 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Cresthaven Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hillcrest Christian Church or Phi Beta Psi Cancer fund.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.

Deborah Loraine Holmes Ransom

Aug. 31, 1949 — April 23, 2022

Deborah Loraine Holmes Ransom, 72, of Avoca, passed away at her residence on Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Born on August 31, 1949, she was the daughter of Harvey “Cocky” and Marion (Blackburn) Holmes. She married Kenneth Ransom on August 4, 1967 and he preceded her in death on June 28, 2020.

Debby spent her life being a faithful Pastor’s wife. She was a member of Crossroads Community Church and was a graduate of Needmore High School with the class of 1967.

Surviving to cherish Debby’s memory are her children, Barry (Jennifer) Ransom of Bloomington and Missy (Jeff Key) Simpson of Avoca; grandchildren, Lizzie (Griffin) Williams, Gabrielle (Andrew) Carrico, Noah Ransom, Rieken Isom, Ashle’ (Derrick) Stalder, Scotty (Amanda) Simpson and Grant Simpson; great-grandchild, Ava Ruth Williams; her siblings, J.R. (Martha) Holmes of Bloomington, Mike (Jeanie) Holmes of Avoca and Jan (Jim) Kirk of Avoca; along with several nieces and nephews.

Debby was preceded in death by her husband, Pastor Ken Ransom; her parents, Harvey “Cocky” and Marion Holmes; and her great-granddaughter, Ella Grace Simpson.

Funeral services for Deborah Loraine Ransom will be at 11:00am on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at the Crossroads Community Church with Pastors Jeff Williams, Gary Thomas and Lyndon Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00pm on Wednesday at the Crossroads Church.

Arrangements for Mrs. Ransom have been entrusted to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

Online remembrances and condolences may be sent to the family at www.FergusonLee.com

Walter Eugene Merry

Feb. 03, 1934 — April 23, 2022

Walter Eugene Merry, 88, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2022, at his residence.

Born February 3, 1934, in Mitchell, he was the son of Orland Randolph and Josephine Delpha (Hicks) Merry. He married Rose Marie Lynch on July 2, 1955.

Walter was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed bowling and he loved animals. Walter retired from General Motors and was a member of the UAW Local 440. He was blessed to have many wonderful neighbors.

Surviving are his wife, Rose Marie Merry of Mitchell; siblings, Donald Merry of Mitchell, Doris Flath of Bloomfield, Darlene (Gary) Sullivan of Mitchell, and Kathy Wineinger of French Lick.

His parents and siblings, Vera Imogene Merry, Norman R. Merry, Francis Merry, Barbara Waltz, and Shirley Smith preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 28 in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Dr. Robert Coursen officiating. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Entombment will be at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 10:00 a.m. Thursday until the time of service at the funeral home.

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

Donna Jean (Root) Strunk

Oct. 31, 1949 — Dec. 17, 2021

Donna Jean (Root) Strunk passed away December 17, 2021 at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by loved ones.

Born Oct 31st 1949 in Valparaiso, IN. She was the daughter of Lebert and Dona Root who preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and married Delbert Strunk who preceded her in death.

Together they shared a son Alvin (Jaimee) Strunk and he survives. In addition to her son, Alvin, Donna is survived by two grandchildren, Daniel Strunk and Jordan Strunk. Siblings Ben Root, Jerry Root, Mike (Jody) Root, Deborah (Steve) Cain, Doris Weaver, and several nieces and nephews.

In her younger years, Donna enjoyed spending time with her beloved Dachshunds, fishing with her husband, and just spending time with her family on road trips or camping. Donna enjoyed reading a good romance novel or sitting on the front porch of her Springville home talking to the neighbors and waving at everyone that went down the road. She never met a stranger always welcome to share a drink or sit on the porch. Donna was a great story teller and would share a story anytime someone would listen. Donna spent her last years in the care of Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She spoke highly of her care and she loved the staff and the staff loved her.

She is loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed. Please consider donations be made in Donnas’ memory to the efforts to restore the Springville gymnasium in Springville, Indiana. Donations can be made to Gym Restoration Board and mailed to Gym Restoration, Springville Post Office, Springville, IN 47462. Day and Carter Mortuary will be handling all arrangements and donations may be sent to them for Gym Restoration also.

Graveside Services and a Celebration of Life will be conducted at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 30th at Springville Cemetery West. Immediately following the service, everyone is invited to the Springville Community Shelter House and Park for food and fellowship. Please come celebrate Donna’s life with her friends and family. Donations will be accepted for the Springville gymnasium restoration.

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

April 24, 2022

Stephen Carl Kerr

Oct. 02, 1951 — April 22, 2022

Stephen Carl Kerr, 70, passed away Friday, April 22, 2022, at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

Born October 2, 1951, in Bedford, he was the son of Morris Duane and Roberta “Birdie” (Root) Kerr.

Stephen graduated from Tunnelton High School. He worked in horticulture most of his life and loved being outside. Stephen had been the groundskeeper for Otis Park. He was a member of Sons of American Legion Post 250. He enjoyed socializing with his friends. Stephen liked to sing and was known for always singing “Desperado” on karaoke.

Survivors include his children; Cassie (JD) England of Mitchell and Clint (Samantha) Kerr of Mitchell; father, Morris Duane Kerr of Florida; and grandchildren, Austin (Jessica) Kesterson of Indianapolis, Myca (Makayla) of Bedford, Zander (Amber) England of Mitchell, Elodie Canfield of Mitchell, Caitlyn Menna of Mitchell, Dasen Kerr of Mitchell, and Brexten Kerr of Shoals; brother, Ronnie (Barbara) Kerr of Bedford; and sister-in-law, Cindy Kerr of Indianapolis. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

His mother; stepmother, Barbara Kerr; and brother, Richard Kerr, Sr. preceded him in death.

A Celebration of Life will begin at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2022, at the American Legion Post 250 in Mitchell.

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

April 23, 2022

Sharon Rose Davis

May 25, 1950 — April 20, 2022

Sharon Rose Davis, 71, of Bedford, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

Born May 25, 1950, in East Oolitic, she was the daughter of Merle and Zora (Gentry) Davis. She was a certified nursing assistant. She was a lifetime member of the Bedford Boat & Sportsman’s Club and the women’s auxiliary.

Survivors include four daughters, Victoria Perkins and husband, Wes, of Bedford, Meghan Freet and husband, Troy, of Illinois, Teresa Schmidt and husband, Frank, of Scottsburg, and Tammy Richey, of Scottsburg; eight grandchildren, Jackson, Cameron, Conner, Jasmyn, Maleah, Kaitlyn, Jessica, and Adam; several great grandchildren; siblings, Merle Davis and wife, Patty, Norma Ritchison, Patty Walls and husband, Richard, and Rick Davis and wife, Brenda; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a brother, Frank Duncan.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 pm, on Tuesday, April 26th at Breckenridge Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

April 22, 2022

Paul Alan Porter

July 12, 1962 — April 20, 2022

Paul Alan Porter, 60, of Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, at Bloomington Nursing and Rehab.

Born July 12, 1962, in Bedford, Indiana, he was the son of James Larry Porter and Rose Mary (Siedl) Stratton. Paul attended Bedford North Lawrence High School, was a US Army Veteran and worked as a security guard.

Surviving to cherish Paul’s memory are his mother, Rosemary Stratton; sister, Peggy Deckard; two half-brothers, Jim and Kevin Porter; aunt, Phyllis Brock.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Cremation was chosen with no services scheduled at this time.

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

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

April 20, 2022

Mark Allen Booker

Jan. 31, 1975 — April 17, 2022

Mark Allen Booker, of Norman, was called home on the evening of Easter on April 17, 2022, at home surrounded by his family. He was 47 years old.

Mark entered this life in Salem, Indiana on January 31, 1975. He was the second born to Ronnie and Rita (Huffman) Booker, the younger brother of Missy and the older brother to Matthew and Jason Booker. Mark spent his life in Jackson County never leaving far from his family from Medora. He was a graduate of Medora Community Schools, where he excelled in high school basketball. Mark became a member of the ”1000 Point Club” his Junior year. He was a member of the Brownstown Christian Church. On March 22, 2022, after 15 years together Mark made it official and married his love, Amber(Thompson) Booker.

Mark was a passionate man of many hats. And with these hats he had passion with every aspect of his life. He was a loyal son, beloved husband, a dedicated father, a hugging Papaw, an avid deer hunter, a cattle wrangler, a logger, log buyer, and a constant provider for his family.

As soon as Mark turned 18, his father put him in a truck hauling lumber and never looked back. The love of the outdoors gave him a career that spanned over 30 years buying and selling timber for Land of Indiana and Booker Company where he worked next to his father, Ronnie. He used this knowledge of the woods to find the best hunting spots for deer. As soon as his son Cayden was old enough, Mark and he would venture off to their hunting spot. And when hunting season was out, Mark could be found watching his Hereford cows on the farm.

Mark’s love for basketball gave him the opportunity to serve as coach for Medora Community Schools. After coaching for over five years at Medora, he was asked to help coach at Brownstown Middle School Basketball, where he was able to coach his son for a season. He also coached a season of baseball. Mark had a love of all sports, and was a big fan of IU.

He leaves a legacy of love with his wife, Amber (Thompson) Booker of Norman, children, Victoria Booker and Destiny Booker of Medora, Cayden Booker of Norman, Skylar Thompson and his wife Cami of Scottsburg, Kiana Thompson and her fiancé Derek of Nabb, and Hunter Browning of Norman, two granddaughters, Ibrianna and Mackenzie, his mother Rita Booker of Brownstown, father Ronnie Booker and stepmother Connie of Norman, sisters Missy Stewart of White Creek and Jamie Knight and husband Howard of Harrodsburg, three brothers Matt Booker and his fiancé Amber of Ft. Ritner, and Jason Booker and his fiancé Joanna of Medora, Brian Patton and fiancé Brandy of Heltonville, two uncles Bob Booker of Orleans and Mike Huffman and his wife Deb of Brownstown, and three aunts Lisa Wilkerson of Brownstown, Debbie Landreth of Lizton, and Sally Shafer of Brownsburg, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by two uncles Don Landreth and Lee Booker and a Cousin Bobby Booker.

Funeral service will be conducted at Medora Christian Church on Friday, April 22, 2022, at 11:00 am with Pastor Shannon Shaffer and Paster Mitch McIntyre officiating. Burial will be at Mt Carmel Cemetery in Campbellsburg.

Friends are invited to share memories of Mark on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at the Medora Christian Church from 4:00 – 8:00 pm and on Friday after 10:00 am until time of the service.

Memorials may be written in Mark’s name to the Booker Education Fund.

Final arrangements have been entrusted to Hague Funeral Home of Medora  (www.hagueandzabel.com)

April 19, 2022

Larry E. Randolph

Nov. 03, 1941 — April 15, 2022

Larry E. Randolph, 80, of East Oolitic, passed away at 10:26 pm, on Friday, April 15, 2022, at his residence.

Born November 3, 1941, in Oolitic, he was the son of Ernest and Ruby (Hillenburg) Randolph. He married Linda Gilbert on July 12, 1969, and she survives.

Larry retired from the shipping department at Otis Elevator in 2003. He was a graduate of Oolitic High School with the class of 1959. He was a member of the Bedford Eagles Club, the Moose Lodge, and a life member of the Bedford Boat & Sportsman’s Club where he served as Commodore in 1987.

Larry loved his family and would do anything to make them happy. He enjoyed playing cards, cooking and wood carving. He was known by all to be an expert cook, with his specialties being chicken and dumplings and peach cobbler using peaches he canned. He then carved cute monkeys and baskets from the peach pits. Larry Loved to make others happy with his cooking.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Linda, of Oolitic; a son, Joe Randolph and wife, Sharon, of Orleans; a daughter, Jeanie Tolbert and husband, Wes, of Mitchell; grandsons, Mason Brasher, Matthew Walker, and Nicklas Randolph.

A Celebration of Life will be from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 23rd in the family center of the Bedford Moose Lodge.

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

Thomas J. Lee and Patricia Lee

There will be graveside services for Thomas J. Lee and Patricia Lee at Leatherwood Cemetery on Saturday, April 23rd, at 1:00 p.m, with military rites accorded by members of the American Legion. Day Carter Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Thomas J. Lee, a resident of the Terraces Retirement Community in Boise, ID, passed from this life on Saturday, December 18, 2021, in Boise. Born on February 26, 1924, in Bedford, IN, Tom was the son of Gordon Box Lee and Mary (Quackenbush) Lee. He is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Leonardson and Lisa Ellis, both of Boise, ID; 4 grandchildren: Nicholas and Erin Leonardson and Kristina and Thomas Ellis; one great-granddaughter; two nieces, Judith Asbell McMillen and Julia Asbell Hale and their families, and close family friend, Debbie Grillo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Joan Wiley and Patricia Kibler; his sister, Frances Lee Asbell; his brother, William Spencer Lee; and 3 cousins, Robert M. Lee, Jean Powell, and Ann Rittmeyer.

Tom grew up during the Depression and a time when community bands were a very popular activity that served as a pastime as well entertainment for the community through parades and concerts. Tom’s family were active participants, his dad as a trombonist and baritone singer. He taught Tom to play trombone at an early age, and fostered an ability that defined many of Tom’s lifetime activities thereafter and one that he continued to develop until the end of his life. His favorites were Sousa marches, big band, Dixieland, and jazz. He played piano as well.

Early in his college life at Wabash College he was drafted, and during his service in World War II he suffered a combat wound in the Battle of the Bulge. Many years in military hospitals and multiple surgeries failed to save his injured leg. He completed his degree at Wabash College and a Master’s Degree at the University of Denver. He then contributed many years to the field of education as a teacher, administrator, and developer of curricula in schools in Divernon, IL, at The Colorado Academy in Denver, at The Ojai Valley School in Ojai, CA, and at the Idaho Department of Correction in Boise. His family enriched his personal and professional life.

When he was seventy-six years of age he married Patty Lee, a friend since grade school, and together they enjoyed music offerings in the Hendersonville, NC, area, as well as participation in the First Presbyterian Church, and the Faith Fellowship Church at Ardenwoods Retirement Community where they resided. It was during this time that Patty led him to write and publish his autobiography, Depression, War, Disability Be Damned: Praise God. After Patty’s death he relocated to Boise to be with his family there and to enjoy activities at the Terraces Retirement Community, where he was instrumental in organizing Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances, as well as Sunday morning church services for the residents of the Terraces. As a result of his Christian faith, he continued to write and publish for friends and family: Spiritual Reflections of Tom Lee; Seeds of Spiritual Reflections, Vols 1, 2, 3; and Snippets.

During his lifetime Tom touched many lives encompassing multiple generations–family, friends and students–through challenging conversations, teaching, and writing. He was a lifetime member of The Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Disabled American Veterans.

Rosemary Robertson

June 06, 1942 — April 15, 2022

Rosemary Robertson, 79, of Bedford, passed away Friday, April 15, 2022. Born on June 6, 1942, she was the daughter of Oma Hawkins.

Rosemary is survived by her son, Randy Robertson of Bedford; Daughter, Debbie Jackson of Mitchell; sister, Martha Hayes of Heltonville; grandson, Travis Howe of Mitchell; granddaughters, Akacia Howe, Akayden Howe, and Akaylie Howe.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Oma Hawkins; son, Billy Joe Robertson; brother, Gerald Dean Hawkins; and her niece, Jeannie Hayes.

Funeral services for Rosemary Robertson will be at 12:00noon on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Dr. Robert Courson officiating. Burial will follow at the Bartletsville Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00pm-8:00pm at Ferguson-Lee.

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

Owen L. Cosby

July 17, 1935 — April 05, 2022

Owen L. Cosby, 86, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at Stonebridge Health Campus, Bedford.

Born July 17, 1935, in Harrodsburg, KY, he was the son of Everett and Cornelia (Sanders) Cosby. He married Joyce Brummett on March 26, 1955, and she survives.

Owen was a graduate of Bloomington High School, member of the Bloomington FOP, retired Police Chief with Bloomington Police Department after 20 years. He was of the Assembly of God faith.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife, Joyce; three sons, Scott Cosby, Owen (Imogene) Cosby II, and Tom (Janet) Cosby; one daughter, Kathy Moore; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 11 brothers and sisters.

Graveside Services for Owen L. Cosby will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington at 1:00pm on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

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.FergusonlLe.com

April 18, 2022

Ty R. Vaught

Dec. 06, 1971 — April 15, 2022

Ty R. Vaught, 50, of Bedford, passed away at 3:00 pm on Friday, April 15, 2022, at his residence.

Born December 6, 1971, in Bedford, he was the son of Rick and Georgetta Mikels Vaught.

He was a volunteer at Stonebridge Health Campus and helped out at Four Seasons Sporting Goods Store. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church and BNL’s biggest fan.

Survivors include his parents, Rick and Georgetta Vaught, of Bedford; a sister, Heidi Williams and husband, Matt, of Bedford; three nieces, Kate, Anna and Sara Williams; his maternal grandmother, Nellie Mikels, of Bedford; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ralph Mikels; his paternal grandparents, Betty Spellings and Dick Vaught; a sister, Jamie Vaught.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 20th at the Free Methodist Church with Pastors Adam Strauser and Scott Salm officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 19th and from 9:00 am until the hour of service on Wednesday, all at the church.

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

Barbara Jean Bunch

July 08, 1929 — April 15, 2022

Barbara Jean Bunch, 92, of Bedford, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2022, at her residence.

Born July 8, 1929, in Bedford, Indiana, she was the daughter of David F. Hardin and Edith (Rayburn) Hardin Hemphill. She married Robert Dale Bunch on October 19, 1946, and he passed on February 26, 2019.

Barbara was a graduate of Bedford High School class of 1947, a member of the First Christian Church, Bedford, and a homemaker.

Surviving to cherish Barbara’s memory are her sons, David Dale (Claudine) Bunch, of Bedford, and Ricky Lee Bunch, of Dexter, KY; daughter, Cheryl (Jerry) Byrd, of Bedford; 7 grandsons, Michael, Brad, and Daniel Byford, Luke Byrd, all of Bedford, David and Stephen Bunch, of Baton Rouge, LA, and Robert Lee Bunch, of Dexter, KY; great-grandchildren, Tiffany, Hannah, Eric, Adam, Emily, Mason, and Ashlyn Byford and Cole Dennis; and great-great-grandchildren, Olivia and Savannah.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; stepfather, J.B. Hemphill; and one grandson, Eric.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. on Friday, April 22, 2022, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Rev. David Bunch and Brother Chris Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until the service hour Friday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.

Online condolences to the family may be sent to www.FergusonLee.com

April 16, 2022

Vicki Suzanne Flinn

July 13, 1948 — April 12, 2022

Vicki Suzanne Flinn, 73, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born July 13, 1948, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Hervey and Pauline (Fountain) Flinn.

Suzanne owned Corner Bookstore in Bedford for several years. She also worked at the Sunshine Greeting Card Company. She was close to all of her cousins.

Surviving are several cousins. Suzanne is preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation was chosen with burial at a later date at Green Hill Cemetery

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

Walter Lee Batman

June 07, 1936 — April 14, 2022

Walter Lee Batman, 85, of Shoals, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2022, at Poplar Care Strategies in Loogootee.

He was born June 7, 1936, in Bedford, to Roy and Dorothy (Fields) Batman. He married Anita Caviggiola-Hanners on March 22, 2001, and she survives.

Walter graduated from Shoals High School and was a retired truck driver. He loved to go dancing every Friday and Saturday night.

Surviving Walter is his wife, Anita; children, Karen (Ralph) Hewitt, Rebecca Batman and Preston Batman; grandchildren, Melissa Hewitt and Miranda Corbin; step children, Jamie Hanners, Edna Moore and James (Susan) Hanners; 14 step grandchildren; several great grandchildren; sister, Mary Ann Batman; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Walter in death were his parents, Roy and Dorothy; son, Walter Lee; six siblings, Marlin, Helen, Charles, Raymond, Elsie and Harold.

Funeral services for Walter will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford . Burial will follow in Crawford Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM, Tuesday and continue until the service hour, also at Ferguson-Lee.

Contributions in memory of Walter may be made to Crawford Cemetery.

Online condolences to the family may be sent to www.FergusonLee.com

William J. “Jack” Sears

Aug. 29, 1933 — April 14, 2022

William J. “Jack” Sears, 88, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at his residence.

Born August 29, 1933, in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Jesse A. and Flossie A. (Lee) Sears. He married Marcella J. Turpin on October 2, 1953, and she survives.

He was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1951 and retired from General Motors. He attended the Restoration Church of the Nazarene and was a member of U.A.W. Local #440.

Survivors include his wife, Marcella, of Bedford; two daughters, Amy Wray and husband, Tony, of Buddha and Julie Henderson and husband, Glen, of Clear Creek; ten grandchildren, Rusty (Kristina) Sears, Steven (Shannon) Sears, Timothy (Melissa) Wray, Todd (Stephanie) Wray, Ted (Alicia) Wray, Tyler Wray, Thomas (Leah) Wray, Jessica (Erik) Smith, Joni (Stuart) Ratcliff, and Jeni (James) Beasley; twenty-four great-grandchildren, Jackie L. V., Chase and Matthew Sears, Elisha Vanlew, Alex (Shannon) Jones, Ben, Kaitlyn, Ryan, Josiah, Reece, Riley, Jase, River, Madilyn, Vernon, Walter, Jeremiah and Eli Wray, Ali Lucie, Emberlee Smith, Mavda and Keeva Jacobo, Jolene Hunter, and Emma Kay Beasley and two great-grandsons due this Spring; a sister, Janice Wagoner; a sister-in-law, Vonda Reynolds and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Jackie Neal Sears; a sister, Barbara Alhorn; a half-brother, Bob Bottoroff; a half-sister, Betty Reuter; two brothers-in-law, Bob Waggoner and Harold “Butch” Turpin.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 20th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Gary Pate and Mark Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, April 19th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Traebor Champ Stromatt

March 09, 1935 — April 14, 2022

Traebor Champ Stromatt, 87, of Norman, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2022, surrounded by his wife and two sons at Autumn Trace in Bedford.

Born March 9, 1935, in Chicago, IL, he was the son of Fred Champ Stromatt and Golda (Sears) Stromatt-Martin. He married Charlene Wood on September 21, 1973, and she survives.

He retired as Director of Manufacturing Engineering from Emerson Electric. He was a Captain with the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard and a member of the Free Methodist Church. He was a loving husband, dad, granddad and a great provider. He loved to travel the world.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene, of Norman; three sons, Jeffrey Scott Stromatt, Rick Dean Stromatt, and Scott Champ Stromatt; a daughter, Michele Lynn Fant; grandchildren, Jasmine Stromatt, Tara Stromatt, Brooke Stromatt, Lydia Stromatt, Jack Champ Stromatt, Audrey Stromatt, Julia Stromatt, Grace Stromatt, Chase and Tanner Fant, Jacob Champ Stromatt, Joseph Champ Stromatt and Joshua Champ Stromatt; a great-grandson, Colton Spalding.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Brett Champ Stromatt and a sister, Shelly Pausek.

It all boils down to this! The Purpose of Life. To have something to look forward to. To have someone to share it with. Paraphrased by T. C. Stromatt.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 16th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

April 15, 2022

Roger Dale Butcher

April 18, 1949 — April 12, 2022

Roger Dale Butcher, 72, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at his residence.

Born on April 18, 1949, he was the son of Elmer and Oweedah (Sowders) Butcher.

Roger was a maintenance man for many years at various places. He retired as maintenance from St. Vincent Dunn Hospital. He was a graduate of Needmore High School with the class of 1967. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and going to dirt track races. He loved the annual 4th of July Fireworks party.

Surviving Roger are his two sons, Travis Butcher of Bedford and Randy (Katie) Butcher of Carmel; two grandsons, Trenton Butcher and Davis Crain; two brothers, Rick (Toni) Butcher and Tim (Kelly) Butcher; along with several nieces and nephews.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Delores “Jean” Calvert.

Funeral services for Roger Dale Butcher will be held on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 1:00pm at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with David Adams officiating. Cremation will follow and burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be Monday from 10:00am-1:00pm at Ferguson-Lee Chapel.

Online condolences may be shared at www.FergusonLee.com

Robert Lee “Bob” Grissom

Aug. 24, 1962 — April 13, 2022

Robert Lee “Bob” Grissom, 59, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born August 24, 1962, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Ryburn and Karen (Chapman) Grissom. He married Lori Diane Brown, October 5, 2015.

Bob was the owner, operator, and driver of his own trucking company. He was a member of The Sons of American Legion Post 250, Legion Riders, Owner Operators Independent Drivers Association, and the American Association of Truck Drivers. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, and cleaning and shining his truck. Bob loved spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are his wife, Lori Diane Grissom of Orleans; children, two daughters; siblings, Nancy Anna White of French Lick and Walter “Toby” Emmons of Orangeville;

His parents preceded him in death.

Graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 16 at Hanson Cemetery with Brother Danny Kern presiding.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Bob’s wishes were for everyone to wear jeans and a T-shirt.

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

Patricia Griffin

The family of Patricia Griffin, would like to invite friends and family of Patricia for a Celebration of Life at 3:00 p.m. following a private burial on Saturday, April 23. The Celebration of Life will be held at the Hampton Inn Meeting Room, 1322 Becky Skillman Way, Bedford, IN. Please come and celebrate Pat’s life and fond memories with her family. We will be serving her favorite foods and hope to see you there!

Patricia Joan Griffin went to be with Jesus on October 29, 2021, in El Paso, Texas at the age of 90. Patricia was born on June 9, 1931, to Verna and Leonard Fender. She grew up in Bedford, Indiana and graduated from Bedford High School in 1949.

When she was in Bedford, she was a member of the Church of Christ and later was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was also a life-time member of Beta Sigma Phi. Pat received her bachelor’s degree from David Lipscomb College and her master’s degree from Indiana University and was an elementary teacher for more than 30 years. She never stopped learning and her love of learning was one of her greatest gifts. Pat had a love of music that stayed with her throughout her entire life. She was an accomplished musician and played multiple instruments.

Patricia was preceded in her death by her parents, Verna and Leonard Fender.

Patricia is survived by her brother Tommy Fender and his wife Myra and family, her daughter Amy Alarcon (Thrasher) and son-in-law Julio Alarcon of El Paso, Texas, her daughter Emily Millikin (Thrasher) DeKerchove and son-in-law Douglas DeKerchove of Richland Washington, and her grandchildren Emily Bailey, Mitchell Millikin, Robert Millikin, and Samantha Hall, along with her great grandchildren Hudson Walkuski and Julia Hall.

April 13, 2022

Karen Sue Pollock

Feb. 08, 1956 — April 11, 2022

Karen Sue Pollock, 66, passed away Monday, April 11, 2022, at her residence.

Born February 8, 1956, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Frank and Maude Violet (Burge) Kelly. She married Larry E. Pollock July 17, 1993.

Karen worked at King Chiropractic until her retirement. She enjoyed being with her family and socializing. Karen enjoyed landscaping and doing things around her home.

Survivors include her husband, Larry E. Pollock of Mitchell; children, Ashley (Ryan) Vaught of Angola, Kyle Pollock of Mitchell; grandchildren, Elizabeth Vaught, Logan Vaught, London Pollock, and Zoey Harris; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Her parents and siblings, Mark Kelly, Daniel Kelly, Timothy Kelly, Patricia Hennessey, and Emily Colwell preceded her in death.

Cremation was chosen with no service.

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

Peggy Rhodes

June 09, 1932 — April 12, 2022

Peggy Rhodes, 89, of Orleans, passed away at 2:30 AM on April 12, 2022 at Johnson Christian Village in Bedford.

She was born June 9, 1932 in Orange County, IN, the daughter of Clarence and Agnes (Wires) Pendegrast. She married Judge Rhys D. Rhodes in 1975 and he preceded her in death on October 23, 2004.

She was a member of Mitchell First Baptist Church. She loved her animals, especially cats. She also donated to many causes and charities.

She is survived by one daughter, Leslie Rowland (Mike) of Paoli, IN; one son, Matthew Rhodes (Nancy) of Canton, Michigan; three grandchildren, Meghan Boyls, Kaitlin Braun and Jennifer Rhodes; seven great grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 15, 2022 at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans with Pastor Reggie Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Ames Chapel Cemetery, Paoli. Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 PM until service time. Memorial contributions may be sent to Orange County Humane Society and Mitchell First Baptist Church.

To share a memory or offer condolences to the family visit www.ochstetrick.net

April 12, 2022

Jewel Keith

June 29, 1937 — April 10, 2022

Jewel Keith, 84, of Bedford, died Sunday, April 10th at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital in Bedford.

Born June 29, 1937, she was the daughter of Clyde Sanders and Ethel Sims Sanders. She married Paul Keith on September 8, 1955, in Lawrence County and he preceded her in death on February 25, 2015.

She was a school bus driver and teacher’s aide at NLCS. She was a charter member of the Bethel Baptist Church of Williams. Jewell loved to quilt and read.

Survivors include one daughter, Pauline Eads and husband, Rich, of Kokomo three sons, LaRon Keith and wife Rosangela, of Deland, FL, Micah Keith and wife Lori, of Bedford, and Mickey Keith and wife Angie, of Mitchell; daughter-in-law, Pamela Vowell and husband, Jim, of Bedford; seven grandchildren, Corey, Eric, Graham, Levi and Cody Keith, Jessica Goldburg, and Kyle Eads; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Hiram Sanders and wife, Patti, of Loogootee.

She was preceded in death by her husband Paul; three sisters; two sons, Andy Keith and Brian Keith; and one grandson, Leighton Keith.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 14th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Steve Kittle officiating. Burial will follow in the Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 13th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Melissa Sue Robbins McCluskey

Nov. 23, 1985 — April 04, 2022

Melissa Sue Robbins McCluskey, 36, of Bedford, passed away on April 4, 2022.

Born November 23, 1985 in Paoli, she was the daughter of Gary Gore and Cora (Cooney) Miller. She married Joey McCluskey on August 8, 2020, and he survives.

Melissa worked at Dollar General and had attended Bedford-North Lawrence High School.

Surviving to cherish the memory of Melissa is her husband, Joey; her mother, Cora (Richard) Miller; her father, Gary Gore; Sons, Justice and Tyler Kruchten; siblings, Chris Cox, Michael Coulter, Jennifer Coulter, Julia (Brandon) Shoults, Jon (Ashley) Miller; stepchildren, Joseph and Elizabeth McCluskey; her paternal grandmother, Betty Gore; her maternal grandmother, Ruby Mesarosh; along with several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Melissa was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather and an uncle.

Visitation for Melissa Sue Robbins McCluskey will be held from 10:00-12:00am on Tuesday April 12, 2022 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford. Cremation will follow with burial at a later date in Lawrenceport Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes to offset costs of the funeral.

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

William Alan Martin

Sept. 13, 1965 — April 10, 2022

William Alan Martin, 56, of Bedford, passed away at 10:10 am on Sunday, April 10, 2022, at I.U. Health Hospice House.

Born September 13, 1965, in Bedford, he was the son of William Edward Martin and Amanda Jane (Russell) Hopkins.

He retired from Granite Inliner as a field mechanic. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion in Bedford and enjoyed riding side-by-sides with friends. He loved spending time with his family and friends, and especially watching the activities of his grandkids.

Survivors include a daughter, Andrea Chaillaux and husband, Zechariah, of Bedford; grandchildren, Azailea and Felix Chaillaux; three brothers, Larry Martin, of Spencer, Gary Martin, of Mitchell, and Richard Martin, of Kentucky; his step-father, Cleet Hopkins, of Kentucky.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, April 15th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, April 14th and from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

April 11, 2022

Jimmie Wayne Williams

July 22, 1947 — April 09, 2022

Jimmie Wayne Williams, 74, of Bloomington, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2022.

He was born July 22, 1947 in Bedford to Richard Earl and Florence Schaefer Williams. He graduated from Bedford High School and attended Indiana University. He served in the US Army from 1968 until 1972. Jim married Janice Marie Jones, August 9, 1973 in Indianapolis and she survives.

Jim retired from Ford (Visteon) after 22 years of working in the Industrial Maintenance area. After retirement, among other jobs, he worked for Heartland Automotive in Greencastle for 12 years. His hobbies included crocheting, which his grandmother taught him when he was little, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving to cherish Jim’s memory are his wife, Janice, son Jason and his wife Rachel, son Jay and his wife Emily, and grandchildren Ella and Rory Williams.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family from 4:00-8:00pm, Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, 818 18th Street, Bedford, Indiana. Graveside services will be at 11:00am Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at Moffett Cemetery, Milton, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers, Jim’s family suggests memorial donations be made to ASPCA.

Please share memories and condolences at www.FergusonLee.com

April 10, 2022

David Peña

Dec. 25, 1979 — April 08, 2022

David Peña, 42, of Bedford passed away on Friday, April 8, 2022, at the St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born December 25, 1979, in Mission Hills, CA, he was the son of Fernando and Lilia C. Peña.

He retired from General Motors. He was a member of Cornerstone Church in Bedford.

Survivors include his parents, Fernando, and Lilia Peña of Bedford; a sister, Melissa Peña, and her husband John Carter; a brother, Josh Peña, a stepbrother, Danny Gonzales; five nephews: Abel Peña, Adrian Peña, Angelo Peña, Santino Peña, and Johnny Carter; a niece, Isabella Carter.

He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Brittani Peña.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Rodney Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in the Dive Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service on Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with medical expenses.

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

Grace R. Wolfe-Kirkman

May 06, 1933 — April 09, 2022

Grace R. Wolfe-Kirkman passed away at 12:30 am on Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the Westview Manor.

Born May 6, 1933, in Corydon, IN, she was the daughter of Harry and Levacy (Crecelius) Feller. She married Glenn W. Wolfe on August 18, 1951, and he preceded her in death on July 5, 1996, she later married William S. Kirkman on March 8, 2004, and he preceded her in death on March 4, 2014.  She had worked at Day & Carter Mortuary as a greeter for several years.

She was a member of the Bride of Christ Fellowship, and an active member of NARFE. Grace held a fondness for Corydon, IN where she grew up, she always referred to it as “down home”. She found joy in cooking and baking for her friends and family, she baked cakes for all the special occasions in her family, including the wedding cake for her daughter.

Survivors include one daughter, Karen Dorsett, and her husband Gary of Bedford; a stepdaughter, Rita Kirkman and her husband David Beaver; four grandchildren, Brooke Lipoff and her husband Jason of Louisville, Cari Isom and her husband Jon Carl of Mitchell, Amber Eads, and Jordan Wolfe both of Bedford; 11 great grandchildren, Norah and Charlotte Isom, Theodore and Winston Lipoff, Bailey Wolfe, Alivia, Levacy, Draven, and Zayden Eads, Gavin Scott Glenn Wolfe, and Daylin Jordan Scott Wolfe; several nieces, nephews, and cousins “down home”.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Glenn Wolfe, a son Scott Wolfe, and her husband Bill Kirkman, six siblings, Keith Feller, Pauline Hoehn, John Feller, Betty Voyles, Alice Curts, and Lloyd Feller.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at The Bride of Christ Fellowship with Pastor Greg Isom officiating. Burial will follow in the Springville West Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on Tuesday. Memorial contributions can be made to the Bride of Christ Fellowship.

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

Jerry Lee Hancock, Sr.

Dec. 28, 1936 — April 08, 2022

Jerry Lee Hancock, Sr., 85, former longtime mayor of Mitchell, Indiana, passed away peacefully Friday, April 8, 2022, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born December 28, 1936, in Mitchell, he was the son of Milton “Pete” and Edna Mae (Lucas) Hancock. He graduated Mitchell High School in 1955.

Upon graduating from Mitchell High School, he worked with his father as a carpenter. In 1957, he bought his first backhoe, dump truck and trailer and created Hancock Construction Company. He was a self-made man and one of a kind. As the construction business grew, trucking was added, along with Hancock Grain & Feed.

In 1967 at age 31, he was elected mayor of Mitchell. He served 32 years, being elected to 8 terms and was the longest serving mayor in Lawrence County. Jerry was very dedicated and gave many tireless hours striving to always make Mitchell a better place. He was always ready to step up if someone needed a hand. While serving as mayor some of his accomplishments included Mitchell’s city park, swimming pool, community building, new city hall, and the Mitchell Industrial Park on the east end of town.

In his early years, he was involved with many clubs and organizations. Jerry was active in the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce, the Mitchell Development Commission., A.R.A., Southern Indiana Mayor Roundtable, Salvation Army Board, Kiwanis Club, Moose, Elk & Eagle Clubs, and the Young Jaycees. Over the years he received many noteworthy awards including being named a Kentucky Colonel, the Distinguished Service Award from the Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department, awards from American Legion Post No. 250, Indiana Green Thumb, Mitchell Slo-Pitch Association, Orleans Dogwood Festival, Mitchell Manor, Lawrence County Mental Health Association, United States Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, and the Mitchell Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award. He was a member of the 1975 Hancock Construction Team All-State Champions. He was also voted most influential person in Mitchell.

In retirement, he enjoyed operating his dozer, fishing, raising cattle, country music, and talking with people. He loved his family and enjoyed being together.

Surviving are his children, Debbie Christie of Madison, Cathy (Ron) Blackwell of Williams, Jerry L. “Buck” (Betty) Hancock, Jr. of Mitchell; grandchildren, Elizabeth Kennan, Jeremy (Shelley) Blackwell, Cory Blackwell, Darcy Hancock, and Nick Hancock; great-grandchildren, Samuel, Sadie, Adeline, Raylee, Rhylee, Corydon, Emma, Taylar, and Andrew; mother of the children, Janet (Porter) Hancock of Mitchell; sister-in-laws, Beverlee Hancock of Mitchell, Barbara Blackwell of Mitchell; two nieces; and several great-great-grandchildren. Also, his best friend, his dog, Dozer.

His parents; son, Mark Hancock; brothers, Gearry Hancock, and Milton O. Hancock, Jr.; and son-in-law, John Christie, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 14, at the Mitchell First Baptist Church with Reverend Reggie Clark and Pastor Dwight Dunbar officiating. Entombment will be at Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may visit at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center on Wednesday, April 13, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Thursday.

Memorial Gifts: Mitchell Fire Department

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

April 09, 2022

Arnold Lee Harrison

July 18, 1936 — April 06, 2022

Arnold Lee Harrison, 85, of Bedford, passed away at 11:00 pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born July 18, 1936, in Jackson County, he was the son of Henry A. and Loyett (Woods) Harrison. He married Vicki Jane Glover on November 15, 1991, and she survives.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and worked for Mitchell & Starks. He attended the Apostolic Faith Assembly in Bedford. He lived to fish. He was an avid crappie and bluegill fisherman. He took so much pleasure in taking his little dog, GiGi on daily trips down to the river.

Survivors include his wife, Vicki, of Bedford; daughters, Christy (Joe) Elam, Amber Johnson, Jaynell (Jeff) Simmons Clark, Pam (Steve) Bays, Melissa McPike, and Pandi (Ali) Salmon; a son, Greg (Mary) Simmons; eleven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia (Bill) Fish.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Mike Simmons.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Monday, April 11th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Kenneth Allen officiating. Burial will follow in White River Valley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Monday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity on one’s choice.

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

April 07, 2022

George Thomas Kirkman

April 02, 1937 — April 04, 2022

George Thomas Kirkman, 85, of Grand Rapids, MI, passed away at 1:10 am on Monday, April 4, 2022, at the Oakes at Byron Center – Hospice Care.

Born April 2, 1937, in Oolitic, IN, he was the son of Elery and Maudie May Kirkman. He married Sarah Elizabeth Kirkman at the Presbyterian Church in Bedford on September 26, 1970.
He received a Master’s degree in Education from Indiana University in Bloomington. He was a teacher and coach at Oolitic High School, Oolitic Junior High, and Lincoln Elementary School in Bedford.

Survivors include a daughter, Heather Noelle Kirkman and son-in-law, Arthur Hurst, III, of Goshen, KY; a son, Jonathan Scott Kirkman and daughter-in-law, Lisa Marie Kirkman, of Ada, MI; grandchildren, Brandon Thomas, Collin Joseph Kirkman, and Julia Elizabeth Kirkman.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 9th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Marty Speer officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm until the hour of service on Saturday at the mortuary. A celebration of life dinner will be at the Milwaukee Depot on Saturday at 6:00 pm.

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

April 06, 2022

Danny J. Gore

Nov. 29, 1963 — April 03, 2022

Danny J. Gore, 58, of Bedford, passed away at 8:45 pm on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at his residence.

Born November 29, 1963, he was the son of James and Icis (Brock) Gore. He married Laura Eagan on September 26, 1981, and she survives.

He was a truck driver and coal miner with Rogers Group. He was a member of the Union Local 841 International Union of Operating Engineers. He loved his grandchildren and working on cars in his garage.

Survivors include his wife, Laura, of Bedford; two sons, Steven Gore (Amanda), of Mitchell and Samuel Gore, of WV; five grandchildren, Brayden, Jarrett, Kelsey, Elizabeth, and Landon; two sisters, and his very best friend, Alan Kern, of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Noah, a brother, Alan, and a sister, Debbie Cox, his father and mother-in-law, Charles and Elizabeth Eagan.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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

Mary Lou Anderson

April 18, 1936 — April 04, 2022

Mary Lou Anderson, 85, passed away on Monday April 4, at her residence.

Born April 18, 1936 in Lafayette, Indiana, she was the daughter of Lavina and Jim Smith. She married Ralph Edward Anderson on June 19, 1953 and he survives.

She worked with her husband for many years at Crowder’s Pharmacy after moving to Bedford in 1957. They purchased the pharmacy on Lincoln Ave and lived in the apartment upstairs with their two young sons. Mary delivered medications during the day with the two young boys. In the 1980’s they opened the Ben Franklin store downtown where she worked and became involved in the Downtown Merchants Association. She was also active in Bedford Revitalization, The Strawberry Shortcake Festival, Mums the Word and the Wiley House. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church and active with the Ladies Guild and Preschool.

Survivors include her husband Ralph, of Bedford; five children, Dale Anderson, Mike Anderson, Carol (Fred) Harris, Steve Anderson and Ann Garrison all of Bedford. Eight grandchildren; Crystal Anderson of Key Largo, Fl, Brontee Anderson of Bloomington, Josh (Laura) Anderson of San Diego, CA, Jennifer (Justin) Inman, Sarah (Jason) Mathis of Bloomington, Brooke (Paul) Mosqueda, Whitney Jacks, Tony (Cynthia) Wray of Arizona. Thirteen great-grandchildren; Maverick, Connor and Colton Anderson, Tucker, Wesleigh, and Kutter Inman, Layla and Sawyer Mathis, Lily Mosqueda, Gabriel and Marceline Jacks, Jackson and Haley Wray.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, two brothers and a daughter-in-law Missy Hall Anderson.

Private family services will be conducted on Friday April 8th at Calvary Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Calvary Lutheran Preschool (3705 Austin Drive, Bedford, Indiana) with the Mary Anderson Scholarship in the memo.

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

Owen L. Cosby

July 17, 1935 — April 05, 2022

Owen L. Cosby, 86, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at Stonebridge Health Campus, Bedford.

Born July 17, 1935, in Harrodsburg, KY, he was the son of Everett and Cornelia (Sanders) Cosby. He married Joyce Brummett on March 26, 1955, and she survives.

Owen was a graduate of Bloomington High School, member of the Bloomington FOP, retired police chief with Bloomington Police Department after 20 years. He was of the Assembly of God faith.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife, Joyce; three sons, Scott Cosby, Owen (Imogene) Cosby II, and Tom (Janet) Cosby; one daughter, Kathy Moore; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 11 brothers and sisters.

There will be no services at this time.

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

April 05, 2022

Nancy J. Wade

Nov. 27, 1935 — March 31, 2022

Nancy J. Wade, 86, of Columbus, IN, passed away at 1:27 am on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at Bell Trace Health & Living in Bloomington.

Born November 27, 1935, she was the daughter of Bruce and Lena Brown. She married Robert E. Wade and he preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of Bedford High School and was a homemaker. Nancy enjoyed sports and was a tennis player and avid golfer boasting a hole in one at the Harrison Lake Country Club in June 2003.

Survivors include a sister, Peggy J. Greene, of Indianapolis; nieces and nephews, Rudy Fields (Kay), of Bloomington, Anthony Greene (Sheryl) of Palm Beach, FL, Rodney Fields (Bonita), of Bedford, Roland Fields (Shelley), of Nineva, IN, Robin Wells (Jim), of Lafayette, IN, and Timothy Greene (Laura), of Cutter, IN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a sister, Patricia Carrico.

No services are scheduled.

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

April 04, 2022

Rebecca Sue Chase

Dec. 18, 1976 — April 03, 2022

Rebecca Sue Chase, 45, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Bloomington, IN.

Born December 18, 1976, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Joe and Karen (Lake) Speer. She was a stay-at-home mother who loved her kids and cooking.

Survivors include her mother, Karen, of Bedford; two daughters, Alyssa Davis (Tyler), and Hannah Chase, all of Bedford; six grandchildren, Dayson, Daxton, Dawson, and Emery Jo Davis, Bennett and Barrett Blake; two sisters, Jennifer East (Jody) and Kayla Barger Arron, all of Bedford; a brother, Joey Speer, of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her father, Joe; her grandmother, Lucille Lake and her dogs waiting for her in Heaven.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 8th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Dive Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

William D. May

Sept. 21, 1927 — April 01, 2022

William D. May, 94, of Bedford, died at 3:40 pm on Friday, April 1, 2022, at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

Born September 21, 1927, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Curtis and Emma (Wilson) May. He married Linetta Terrell in 1952 and she preceded him in death on July 12, 1996.

He was a self-employed roofer and gun shop owner. William was a US Army veteran, serving during the Korean War from 1951-1952. He was a member of the Springville Grace Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the VFW, FOP, and DAV.

Survivors include one son, Nathan May, and several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Harry and Keith May; and two sisters, Mary Jo Southern, and Wanda Rush.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 1:00pm on Wednesday, April 6 in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Bob Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens with military rites accorded by Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 11:00 until the hour of service on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

April 03, 2022

Larry Joe Brinegar

Dec. 08, 1943 — March 31, 2022

Larry Joe Brinegar, 78, of Bedford, passed away at 4:54 P.M. on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at IU Health Methodist Hospital.

Born December 8, 1943, in Bedford, he was the son of Joe and Ilene (Moore) Brinegar. He married Sheila Dougherty on June 15, 1961, and she survives.

Larry worked for Indiana Gas from 1966-1972; Public Service Indiana where he retired in 2012 after 40 years of service with Duke Energy serving as a lineman for 25 years and was a service man for the last 15 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving from 1961 -1964 and later joined the National Guard for 14 years to finish his retirement.

He was a member of the IBEW Union, Patriot Lodge #750, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, and American Legion Gillen Post #33. He was raised and baptized at Leatherwood Christian Church.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Sheila; one daughter, Christi (David) Yeary; one son, Tim (Michele) Brinegar; three grandchildren, Vanessa (Dustin) Moloy, Evan (Jessie) Yeary, and Sabrina (Josh) Sumpter; five great-grandchildren, Vivian and Finley Moloy, Natalie Yeary, and William and Katherine Sumpter, with another little Sumpter due in July; one sister, Carole Baker; several nieces and nephews; and his cat “Lucy Cat.”

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Donald, and Kenny Brinegar.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Tim Sumpter and Clarence Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded at the grave by members of the American Legion Gillen Post #33.

Visitation will be from 3-8 P.M. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

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

April 01, 2022

Ashley Maxwell

Feb. 04, 1987 — March 29, 2022

Ashley Maxwell, 35, of Bedford, passed away the morning of Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in her sleep.

Ashley Renee Maxwell was born February 4, 1987, in Bloomington, Indiana to Jack and Christie (Speer) Maxwell.

Ashley grew up in Bedford. Ashley is survived by her parents, Jack and Christie (Speer) Maxwell of Bedford; sister, Megan (Omid) Maxwell-Ranjbar of Zionsville; grandmother, LaVerne (Jim) Speer of Bedford; aunt, Jamie (Brian) Blackwell of Bedford; aunt, Susan (Darren) Lewis of Bedford; nephews and nieces, James Jett, Rachel Ranjbar, Claire Ranjbar, and Sam Ranjbar, cousins; Brandon (Terra) Blackwell, Erin (Jase) Gratzer, and Maggie B Lewis.

She was preceded in death by grandparents James E. (Jim) Speer, James (Art) and Myra (Mamma My) Jackson Maxwell also pet dogs, Sam, Duke, Elliot, Muffin, and Augie.

An active member at Bedford First Christian Church, she enjoyed participating in the choir and bells, running the sound board and live-streaming as well as being a youth group leader. Ashley worked at Bedford Camp and Conference Center as a lifeguard and cook assistant while in high school and college. She graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School and attended the University of Southern Indiana. Ashley worked for SAIC (Crane) and Hoover’s Candy Shop. She was a dedicated adoptive dog mom to Buffett and a beloved aunt, sister, daughter, niece and friend. She spent her summers attending concerts where she felt truly at home. Ashley also known as “Ducky” had a special way of befriending dogs and cats and caring for a variety of animals. She was an active volunteer and supporter of the conservation efforts of Ducks Unlimited.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m on Saturday April 23 at Bedford First Christian Church. Internment of her ashes will be conducted at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Bedford First Christian Church (audio video I.T.) or Bedford Camp and Conference Center.

Donations can be sent to Bedford First Christian Church, 1512 K St., Bedford, IN 47421 or Bedford Camp and Conference Center, 33 Church Camp Road, Bedford, IN 47421 or online at campbedford.com

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

Terry Ray Tanksley

March 25, 1947 — March 30, 2022

Terry Ray Tanksley, 75, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.

Born March 25, 1947, in Bedford, he was the son of Roy “Red” and Norma (Eager) Tanksley. He married Trudy Suzanne Snow September 3, 1966.

Terry worked at Carpenter Body Works and later retired from NWSC—Crane. He was a 1965 graduate of Mitchell High School and received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwood University. Terry was a proud U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of American Legion Post No. 250. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 228 F.&A.M and a member of the Mitchell First Baptist Church. He loved his family and being active in his grandkids sports.

Surviving are his wife, Trudy Suzanne Tanksley of Mitchell; children, Todd Rex (Holly) Tanksley of Mitchell, Tessa Leigh (Brad) Abplanalp of Mitchell, Ty Kenneth (Kathy) Tanksley of Mitchell; grandchildren, Hannah Tanksley, Brody Tanksley, A.J. Abplanalp, Emma Kate Abplanalp, Harley Tanksley, Tate Tanksley, and Norah Tanksley; and sister, Joni Pridemore of Orange County.

His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 4, at the Mitchell First Baptist Church with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Monday at the First Baptist Church.

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

Terry Wayne Rayhill

April 26, 1951 — March 31, 2022

Terry Wayne Rayhill, 70, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2022, at Autumn Trace Assisted Living.

Born April 26, 1951, in Bedford, he was the son of Claude Allison and Agatha (McPherson) Rayhill.

Terry retired from General Motors and was a 1969 graduate of Mitchell High School. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing, Rock & Roll music, and was an avid sports fan.

Survivors include his daughter, Allison (Trent) Boruff of Mitchell; grandchildren, Bentley Rayhill, Acelynn Rayhill, Corbyn Rayhill, and Lenix Boruff; sister, Jennifer Carter of Elkton, Kentucky; brother, Claude “Junior” (Jolene) Rayhill of Mitchell; half-brother, Chad (Kristi) Rayhill of Mitchell; step-siblings, Rick Haley of Paoli, Debbie (Harvey) Victor of Naples, Florida, Michelle (Larry) Magruder of Whiteland, and Jeff Haley of Bloomington.
His father; mother, Agatha Merry; twin brother, Jerry Rayhill; and step-mother, Shirley Rayhill, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 6, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Dr. Robert C. Courson, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

Cindi Brand

Local entrepreneur, Cindi Brand, left her earthly body to walk with Christ, her Lord and Savior, on Monday, March 28 while surrounded by her family at IU Hospital in Bloomington.

In just 50 short years, Cindi created an immensely beautiful life with her husband Chris. Together they had two children, whom Cindi loved unconditionally. Most weekends throughout their youth, it was easy to find Cindi poolside at Alexis’s swim meets or behind the dugout at Avery’s games. More recently, she liked to spend time with her granddaughter, Scout, and her lifelong friends, who became her chosen family. One of Cindi’s hobbies was to browse furniture stores online to get inspiration for the breathtakingly beautiful homes that she and Chris built.

Family and friends would describe Cindi as the most generous, most loving, most patient, most supportive, most forgiving, and the kindest person with the biggest heart. Anyone who met Cindi felt that if more people could love like her and be open to new experiences, the world would be a better place. Cindi had a curious mind and enjoyed learning from others, as she knew there was always more to know.

Cindi not only dedicated her life to her husband and children, but she was a faithful servant to God. She spent more than 20 years as an active member of Crossroads Community Church, and had recently been attending Highview Baptist Church. Cindi frequently said God gifted her the call to give. As a business owner, Cindi often spearheaded many fundraisers with her staff to help organizations with their needs. She regularly helped family, friends, and even strangers with anything they may have needed. The most precious gift she gave many people was her time. No matter how many tasks Cindi needed to accomplish, she always made time to listen and offer support and an encouraging word or two. We will never forget, her witnessing to family members the last few moments of her life.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Cindi’s spirit of giving be honored and donations be made to the “Cindi Brand Scholarship Fund” which will be an annual gift to a Lawrence County graduating senior that is attending college. Or gather with your loved ones over chips and salsa to share stories that will make you laugh.
Cindi leaves behind her beloved husband, Chris; daughter Alexis Ramsey (Brett); son Avery Brand; granddaughter Scout Ramsey; mother Karen Axsom (Mike); father Kenny Edwards (Marsha); four sisters, a brother, several nieces and nephews, and many friends who became family. For the lives she’s impacted so greatly with her generous love, she will be cherished by them all.

Her celebration of life will be held at Bedford First Church of God (Bedford, IN) on Monday, April 4th at 1:00 pm. Visitation will be Sunday, April 3rd, from 3-8 pm in the same location.

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