Obituaries — May 2019

May 31, 2019

Eugene Brown

Dec. 24, 1925 — May 28, 2019

Eugene R. Brown, 93, of Bedford, passed away at his residence on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Born December 24, 1925 in Lawrence County, Indiana, he was the son of Ralph and Lula M. (Fulps) Brown. Eugene served in World War II as a paratrooper for the United States Army 17th Airborne Division serving in the European Theatre. Eugene was a professional truck driver and a member of VFW Post #1686 of Oolitic.

He is survived by one son, Darrell (Ronda) Brown of Bedford; two step-daughters, Rose Garriott of Bedford, Patricia Levasseur of Big Rapids, Michigan; four grandchildren, David Wesley Brown, Gavin McCord Brown, Samantha Sue Brown, Stephanie Lynn Brown; two step-grandchildren, Matthew Hillis, Christina White; four great-grandchildren Zach McCord Brown, Gunner Brown, Gracie Brown, Jackie Brown; one brother, Earl Ralph Brown of Seymour; three sisters, Irene Sexton of Florida, Mary Alice (Donnie) Coffee of Salem, Evelyn Owens of Mississippi. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Edmund “Rocky” Brown, Ernest “P Dad” Brown, Estell Ray Brown; sister, Anna Faye Stephens.

Cremation was chosen and there will be a memorial service at a later date. 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.

May 30, 2019

Eugene Brown

Eugene R. Brown, 93, of Bedford, died Tuesday. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

May 29, 2019

Marvin Jenkins

Aug. 06, 1943 — May 23, 2019

Marvin L. Jenkins, 75, of Underwood, IN, died at 12:00 noon on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Baptist Health Floyd Hospital in New Albany, IN.

Born August 6, 1943 in Brownwood, TX, he was the son of Arthur and Nora (Wilson) Jenkins. He joined the Bedford Police Department in 1967 then the Indiana State Police in 1970. He retired as a Sergeant with the Indiana State Police in 2003. He then worked with INDOT for five years until 2011. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army in Korea and later in Fort Carson, CO where he served from 1963 to 1966 with the military police. He was a graduate of the Bedford High School with the class of 1961. He attended Indiana University in 1962 and was a member of the Marching 100.

Survivors include a son, Jeff Jenkins and wife, Nicole, of Washington Co., IN; his life partner, Mary Jo Williams, of Bedford; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial services will be conducted at 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 1st in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with ISP Chaplain Coffey officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Saturday, June 1st at the mortuary. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Indiana Troopers Youth Services, Inc. in support of the youth camps that Marvin was a proud volunteer. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Green Spicer Jr.

Green Spicer Jr., 86, of Mitchell, died Saturday. No visitation is scheduled. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Beech Grove Cemetery in Bedford. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary.

Michael Grissom

Michael E. “Lips” Grissom, 61, of Mitchell, died Sunday. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Dillman Scott Funeral Home in Paoli.

Norman Ownbey

Norman “Mr. Bee” Ownbey, 96, of Bedford, died April 2. A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Christian Church, 1130 Hillcrest Road, Bedford.

May 28, 2019

Green Spicer Jr.

Green Spicer Jr., 86, of Bedford, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

May 26, 2019

Francis Harding Jr.

March 06, 1932 — May 22, 2019

Francis Edward Harding, Jr., age 87, passed away Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Owen Valley Health Campus in Spencer, Indiana.

He was born on March 6, 1932 in Stinesville, Indiana to Francis Edward Harding, Sr. and Joan (Swafford) Harding. Francis served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953 in the U.S. Army. He was retired from Indiana University Building and Grounds Department. He was a faithful member of the Pentecostal faith.

Francis is survived by a sister, Linda (Ron) Eads of Bloomington, IN; brothers, Charles (Joyce) Harding and Robert (Alice) Harding both of Bloomington; sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Matlock of Bloomington and Betty Deckard of Bedford, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews. Francis was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Rosella Arthur Harding in 1999; his parents; two brothers and their wives, Paul L. Harding (Laura Mae) and Marvin Dean (Wilma) Harding; brothers-in-law, Lionel Deckard, Don Matlock and Pete Arthur; mother-in-law, Pansy Arthur; nephews, Ronson Eads, Ron Eads, Jr., Rob Covey and Charlie Johnson; and niece, Linda Lou Harding.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Heltonville, Indiana, with Rev. Jack Bruce Kelly officiating. Memories of Francis and online condolences may be shared at www.thefuneralchapel.net

Linda Deckard

Linda Darlene Deckard, 71, of Bedford, died Friday. Visitation is noon-2p.m. Wednesday at Burgoon Church. Service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Arrangements by Allen Funeral Home and Crematory.

May 25, 2019

Ileen Taylor

May 01, 1929 — May 24, 2019

Ileen (Amburgey) Taylor, 90, of Bedford, IN, went home to be with our Lord Jesus at 7:48 A.M. on Friday, May 24, 2019 at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Born May 1, 1929 in Knott County, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Carlos and Odie (Vance) Amburgey. She married George R. Taylor on September 6, 1947 and he preceded her in death in 2005. She retired from Thrift Dollar Store in Bedford after 20 years. Ileen was a member of Southland Church of Christ. She loved spending time in her yard and garden. She also loved cooking for her family and taking photos and videos.

She is survived by her sons, Vince (Vicky) Taylor, Westville, IN, Jerry (Sheila) Taylor, of Bedford,and Dean (Diane) Taylor, of Gary, IN; one daughter, Beverly (Eugene) Johnson, of Oolitic; eleven grandchildren, Shannon (Mark) Clark, Greg Taylor, Jeff (Candy) Taylor, Brent (Heather) Taylor, Jamie Taylor and fiance Wade Baker, Jared (Shanda) Taylor, Brandie (Jeremy) Gilson, Anthony (Heather) Gilliland, E.J. (Angela) Johnson, Eric Johnson and Dustin Johnson; twenty- two great- grandchildren; four great, great grandchildren; and several brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George Taylor; and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Southland Church of Christ with Pastor Bud Smith and Pastor Barry Day officiating. Entombment will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 5-7 P.M. on Tuesday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes and from 9 A.M. until the service hour on Wednesday at the Southland Church of Christ. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Deloris Lewis

April 16, 1938 — May 23, 2019

Deloris “Orie” Violet Lewis, 81, of Bedford, passed away on May 23, 2019, in Bedford, Indiana.

She was born April 16, 1938 in Martin County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Earl and Hazel (Baker) Parker. She married Walter Lewis on November 13, 1971 and he preceded her in death on April 20, 2001. She graduated from Williams High School in 1957. She worked at Travelers in Orleans and Dunn Memorial Hospital. She was also a housekeeper. She was a member of Williams Church of Christ. She loved going to church, spending time with her family and doing word search puzzles.

Surviving her are her two sisters, Wanda Kay (David) Fountain, Anna Jean Reeves; five nieces, Kathy Rumble, Elizabeth Pritchett, Jane Terrill, Denise Sandefur, Deana Priddy; two nephews, Melvin Reeves, Duane Fountain; six great nephews, Andrew, Saul, Jacob, Dane, Ky, Brycen; eight great nieces, Stephanie, Jennifer, Maria, Amanda, Kristina, Heather, Madison and Lexi. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Kathryn Marley; nephew, Rodger Marley; two great nephews, James Reeves, Jason Rumble; great niece, Shelby Priddy.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 11:00 A.M. until the hour of service at 2:00 P.M. at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Paul Guthrie and Steve Warren officiating. Burial will be at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com

Wayne Allman

Mr. Wayne Lee Allman, 75, of Seymour, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

He was born in Brownstown to the late Arnold E. Allman and Mary Evelyn (Reynolds) Fender.  On September 23, 1967 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Leesville, he married Mary Johnson, she survives. He was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus. Wayne retired from Cummins Engine Co in 2001 after 33 years of service. He enjoyed fishing and loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a fan of IU Basketball. He enjoyed designing and building Oak Knoll Golf Course with his friend. His favorite place to visit was Myrtle Beach, SC.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Mary Allman; mom, Elizabeth Allman; children, Nathan Allman (fiancee, Michelle) and Angela (Darrin) Harris; grandsons, DeMarco L. Mercado and Brody Harris; great-granddaughters, London Alayna and Arianna L. Copp; brothers, Larry R. Allman and Michael (Cathy) Allman. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Fender; and father, Arnold Allman.

Funeral services will be conducted by Voss & Sons Funeral Service at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Leesville (4340 Leesville Rd., Bedford, IN 47421) on Tuesday, May 28 at 11 am with Pastor Patrick Galligar officiating. Burial will follow at Leesville Cemetery with full military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled Veterans 47, Korean and Vietnam Veterans, all of Seymour. Family and friends may call at Voss & Sons Funeral Service on Monday from 4-8 pm and Tuesday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church Leesville from 10 am until time of service.

Memorials may be written to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Columbus New Building Fund “Together We Live 2.0”, in care of Voss & Sons Funeral Service. Online condolences may be given on the funeral home website at www.vossfuneralservice.com.

Mary Taylor

Mary Elizabeth Taylor, 77, of Springville, died Friday. Burial will be at a later date in New York. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

Gary Hedge

Gary Edwin Hedge, 69, of Mitchell, died Thursday. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Mitchell Cemetery. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

May 24, 2019

Donna Moore

Oct. 10, 1938 — May 22, 2019

Donna Virginia (Pfaff) Moore, 80, of Bedford, died at 4:35 pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born October 10, 1938 in Monroe Co., she was the daughter of James and Thelma (Clay) Pfaff. She married Ralph Moore on January 1, 1956 and he survives. She retired from RCA after thirty-five years of service and was a member of the Crossroads Community Church.

Survivors include her husband, Ralph, of Bedford; a daughter, Teresa Allison, of Ellettsville; four grandchildren, Mistie Taylor and husband, Jerry, of Oolitic, Ryan Allison, of Bloomington, Cody Moore and wife, Brittany, of Bedford and Christie Schoenherr and husband, Cody, of Bloomington; six great-grandchildren, Lexi Greer, Alivia Moore, Zaidyn Taylor, Waylon Moore, Hudson Schoenherr and Jack Schoenherr. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; four sisters; and a son, Kevin Moore.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 25th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Lyndon Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Clover Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday, May 25th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Marvin Jenkins

Marvin L. Jenkins, 75, of Underwood, died Thursday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Deloris Lewis

Deloris Violet “Orie” (Parker) Lewis, 81, of Bedford, died Thursday. Visitation is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Juanita Sturgill

Juanita Sturgill, 73, of Leesville, died Thursday. Visitation is noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the Hague Funeral Home in Medora. Service is 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

May 23, 2019

Daniel Tirey

Dec. 19, 1936 — May 16, 2019

Daniel W. Tirey, born Dec. 19, 1936, age 82, of Metropolis, Illinois, passed away at 6:05 a.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Metropolis Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Spice Valley Baptist Church located in Mitchell.

Daniel was a native of Mitchell and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1956.  Mr. Tirey pursued a career in banking and was formerly a president of two banks, Clinton County National Bank and Brookport National Bank.  He was also in the National Guard and member of Kiwanis for over 30 years.

Daniel is survived by two sons, Scott Tirey and Chuck Tirey and wife Debbie; one daughter, Emily Honey and husband Cody; stepdaughter, Aime Schofield; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Joan Reynolds; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Edith Tirey; one daughter, Shelley Johnston; and two brothers, Norman and Wayne Tirey.  Arrangements are entrusted to Miller- Loftus-McManus Funeral Home in Metropolis, Illinois.

Elsie Prince

Sept. 30, 1930 — May 21, 2019

Elsie Irene (Harper) Prince, 88, of Heltonville, died at 9:06 am on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at her residence.

Born September 30, 1930, in Greene Co., IN, she was the daughter of Rex and Maude (Birch) Harper. She married Eugene Prince and he survives. She was a homemaker and of the Apostolic Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include her husband, Eugene, of Heltonville; a daughter, Mona Hannum; a son, Thomas Prince and wife, Vicki; grandsons, Alan Hannum, Michael Prince, and wife, Heather; great grandchildren, Jacob Prince, Abigail Prince, Evan Prince, and Isaiah Prince; sisters, Doris Eads and Nancy Prince. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Wilma Stewart, Margie Barger and Allie Ritter; two brothers, Thomas and Kenneth Harper.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 25th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Donald Gardner officiating. Burial will follow in the Chapel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, May 24th and from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday, May 25th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Betty Stone

Nov. 04, 1947 — May 20, 2019

Betty J. “Jeannie” (Wininger) Stone, 71, of Orleans passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7:37 AM at IU Health in Bedford.

She was born in Salem on November 4, 1947 to Charles Edward Wininger and Emily Jane (Owens) Wininger.  She married Darrell Stone on December 7, 1974 and he survives.  Jeannie was a home health aide with Hoosier Uplands.

Survivors include her husband Darrell Stone of Orleans; three daughters, Dawn (Dan) Morrison of Orleans, Denise (John) Porter of Camby and Susan (Scott) Sharp of Orleans; one son, Damon (Karen) Jones of West Baden; one sister, Cheryl Moore of Orleans; 12 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister Debbie Wininger.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday May 25, 2019 at 12:00 Noon at Bethel Cemetery in Orleans. Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Sexton

James P. Sexton, 79, of Mitchell, died Wednesday. No service is scheduled. Arrangements by Cresthaven Funeral Home.

Donna Moore

Donna V. Moore, 80, of Bloomington, died Wednesday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

May 22, 2019

Dean Blackwell

June 01, 1935 — May 20, 2019

Dean E. Blackwell, 83, of Bedford, died at 4:17 pm on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Stonebridge Health Campus.

Born June 1, 1935 in Bedford, he was the son of Birtle C. and Elsie L. (Lewis) Blackwell. He married Bonnie K. Stewart on December 2, 1955 and she preceded him in death on April 29, 2019. He was a graduate of Heltonville High School. He retired in early 2000 after working for the city as a police officer and City Planning Director. After retirement, he drove the city bus. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Bedford, the National Guard and the Bedford Masonic Lodge #14 F & AM.

Survivors include a son, Brian Blackwell and wife, Jamie, of Bedford; a granddaughter, Erin Gratzer and husband, Jase, of Bedford; a grandson, Brandon Blackwell and wife, Terra, of Bedford; two great grandchildren, Raelynn Grace Blackwell and Miles Dean Blackwell of Bedford. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Bruce Ervin officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Thelma Robbins

Dec. 22, 1927 — May 21, 2019

Thelma Maxine Robbins, 91, of Lafayette, IN, and formerly of Bedford, passed away at the home of her daughter at 8:28 AM Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Born on December 22, 1927 in Bedford, IN, she was the daughter of Estel L. Bell and Mary Marie Black. She married Norval D. Robbins on July 25, 1944 and he preceded her in death on October 21, 2002. Maxine was a homemaker and worked several years at Hansel & Gretel Clothing Store and was a member of First Baptist Church.

Surviving is her son, Denny Robbins and his wife, Chris of Bedford; three daughters, Judy Kidwell and her husband, Larry of Bedford, IN, Diana Megnin of Lafayette and Kim Howell and her husband, Joe of Bloomington, IN; Eleven grandchildren, Dale Lynn Ryan and her husband, Mark, Amy McGlocklin and her husband, Tony, Brian Robbins and his wife, Carie, Paula Stevens and her husband, Scott, Jason Kidwell and his wife, Lindsay, Anita Horn and her husband, Mike, Kelley Cantrell and her husband, Tom, Mackenzie Crooks, Brian Howell, Evan Howell and Jared Crooks; fifteen great grandchildren; several great, great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Sue Coleman and her brother, Wayne Bell.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Thursday, May 23rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Entombment will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation for friends will be at Day & Carter on Thursday, May 23rd from 9:30 until the hour of the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to hospice organizations of your choice or to any Dementia Alzheimer’s Charity. Family and friends may express condolences at: www.daycarter.com

Elsie Prince

Elsie I. Prince, 88, of Heltonville, died Tuesday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Betty Stone

Betty J. “Jeannie” (Wininger) Stone, 71, of Orleans, died Monday. Graveside service is noon Saturday at Bethel Cemetery in Orleans. Arrangements by Cresthaven Funeral Home.

Lara Hutchinson

Lara D. (Gassaway) Lake Hutchinson, 66, of Bedford, died Tuesday. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Crest- haven Funeral Home.

May 21, 2019

Irene Masterson

Dec. 27, 1934 — May 20, 2019

Irene Marie “Sue” (Hubbs) Masterson, 84, of Oolitic, died at 7:59 am on Monday, May 20, 2019 at her residence.

Born December 27, 1934, in Tell City, IN, she was the daughter of Charles and Esther (Strahl) Hubbs. She married Bob Masterson on July 31, 1954 and he preceded her in death on August 31, 2018. She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker.

Survivors include three sons, Kelly Masterson and wife, JoAnn, of Danville, IN, Kevin Masterson and wife, Denise, of Bedford and Kyle Masterson and wife, Josi, of Indianapolis; two daughters, Terry Rogan and husband, Jim, of Bardstown, KY and Lynn Brinegar, of Bedford; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Kitty Farquhar, Beann Spahn, Emily Weddle, Jane Meek, Vicky Smith, Ann Fowler, Linda Anderson, Meg Boswell, Mark Hubbs and Bill Hubbs. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Charlie Hubbs; and a sister, Marty Hubbs.

Irene’s wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 24 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service on Friday at the church.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Right to Life.  Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Betty Saferight

Jan. 03, 1926 — May 17, 2019

Betty Jean (Hicks) Saferight, 93, of Indianapolis, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019 at her home in the El Beulah Christian Retirement Community where she had lived for the past 9 years.

She was born in Houston, Indiana in Jackson County on January 3, 1926 to the late James Henry Hicks and Mary Jane (Hearth) Hicks. She had thirteen brothers and sisters.  Betty graduated from Mitchell High School in 1943.  After graduating she worked for Curtiss Wright Aircraft Manufacturers and Diamond Chain before marrying Emsley Eugene (Gene) Saferight on August 30, 1946.

The beach was her happy place, and Betty enjoyed watching the waves as they rolled to the shore, looking for shells and searching for shark’s teeth. She enjoyed the sea air, spotting a dolphin on the horizon and watching her family having fun in the surf.

Betty enjoyed dancing, both watching it and participating in it. Betty and Gene were members of the Laughing Squares Square Dance Club. Betty would make beautiful outfits for their dances. She got the whole family up on their feet and taught us how to dance! She enjoyed traveling, working puzzles, painting, tending her flowers, watching birds, going to plays, music and playing games. She was active in her community.

Betty was a homemaker and beloved Mother to sons, Gary (Jeanne) and Jim (Cindy) who survive. She was an awesome Grandmother to Christopher, David and Jennifer to whom she cradled, sang to, read stories and played games with.  She was a fierce competitor when it came to playing video games or any games with the grandkids!  She attended sports, band, church, special school events and always kept current with her grandkids. Her open arms, gentle hugs and smiling face will be missed by all.  She was a Great Grandmother to James, Anthony, Christopher Jr., Sophia, Jaymia, James, Savannah and Harper.

Preceding Betty in death are her husband, Gene; two grandchildren, Gregory and Eric; brothers, Stanley, Sherman, Lennie and Lloyd; and sisters, Charlotte, Delista, Alma, Verna, Ida, Myrtle, Martha, Kathryn and Frances.

Visitation will be on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 11:00am-1:00pm, with the service beginning at 1pm, at Fall Creek Baptist Church, 8901 Fall Creek Road, in Indianapolis. Reverend Clayton Knight will officiate. Burial will follow at 4:00pm at Maple Hill Cemetery, 709 Harding Street in Plainfield, Indiana.

The Saferight family has entrusted Randall & Roberts Fishers Mortuary with Betty’s care. Condolences: www.randallroberts.com

Paul Bagby

Paul Joseph Bagby OD, 66, of Port Charlotte, Florida, formerly of Bedford, died Friday. No services are planned.

May 20, 2019

Jordan Campbell

March 06, 1993 — May 17, 2019

Jordan M. Campbell, 26, of Bedford, died Friday, May 17, 2019 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born March 6, 1993, he was the son of Dwight and Rebecca (Clements) Keith. Jordan loved children’s church, Barney and camping.

Survivors include his parents, Dwight and Rebecca, of Bedford; two sisters, Rachael Lee and husband, Morgan and Michelle Keith, all of Bedford; nieces and nephews, Tayler Moore, Isaiah Moore, Sydney Thompson, Serena Thompson, Ezekiel Thompson, and Alexzander Thompson; his birth mother, Billie- Jo Frye.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 21st in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Steven Hight officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, May 20th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Robert Kinder

June 14, 1920 — May 18, 2019

Robert L. Kinder, 98, of Williams, died at 6:35 pm on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Garden Villa.

Born June 14, 1920 in Williams, he was the son of Ollie and Ivy Kinder. He retired as a truck driver from NSA Crane. He was an Army Veteran of the Pacific Theatre during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Gillen Post 33 and Williams Church of Christ. Robert married Ruby Terrell and she preceded him in death.

Survivors include two sons, Keith Kinder and wife Lisa of Bloomington, Terry Kinder and wife Dee of Iowa; one daughter, Kay Timling and husband Darrell of Bedford; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, three sisters and five brothers.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 22nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Paul Guthrie officiating. Burial will follow in Williams Church of Christ Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Gillen Post 33. Visitation will be from 12 noon until 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 22nd at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Carolyn Moffitt

June 17, 1957 — May 18, 2019

Carolyn Sue (Ellis) Moffitt, 61, of Bedford, passed away May 18, 2019 in New Albany, Indiana.

Born June 17, 1957 in Bedford, Indiana, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Norma J. (Underwood) Ellis. She married Timothy G. Moffitt on September 23, 1995 in Mitchell, Indiana and he survives. She was a cashier at Walmart and had also worked in the cafeteria at Dunn Memorial Hospital.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Timothy Moffitt of Bedford; one sister-in-law, Sherryl Tolbert of Mitchell; one aunt, Evelyn Fields of Bedford; one uncle, Don Underwood of Bedford; four nephews, Kevin Bowden of Mitchell, Justin Tolbert of Mitchell, Joshua Tolbert of Bedford and Nickolaus Tolbert of New Albany; one niece Susan McBride of Kansas; and numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, David Richard Ellis; two sisters, Sarah Alice Scott and Sharon Bowden; two uncles, Walter “Ike” Underwood and Dale Underwood; two aunts, Donna Brown and Sarah Tincher; and one nephew, Jerry Craig Bowden.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. A graveside service will follow at Beech Grove Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

James Canada

Feb. 09, 1940 — May 18, 2019

James Martin Canada, Sr., age 79, of Dale, Ind., formerly of Bedford, passed away at 8:00 a.m., on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at his home in Dale.

He was born February 9, 1940, in Lawrence County, Indiana, to Russel and Nellie (Shelton) Canada. James retired as a machinist at Crane Naval Weapons Support Center and was an avid fisherman. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one daughter, Sarah Kay Canada.

He is survived by three children, Evelyn Jean (Greg) Hampton of Bedford, Judith M. (Phillip) Hensley of Oolitic and James (Bridgette) Canada, Jr. of Dale; three siblings, Albert Canada of Mitchell, Ronald Canada of Alexandria, Virginia and Linda Smart of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; by (7) grandchildren and (5) great- grandchildren.

Funeral services for James Martin Canada, Sr. will be held at 2:00 p.m., E.D.T., on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the Nass & Son Funeral Home located at 208 N. Main Street, Huntingburg, IN 47542.

Friends may call for visitation at the Nass & Son Funeral Home from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m., E.D.T., on Wednesday, the day of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to a cancer research charity of your choosing. Condolences may be shared online at: www.nassandson.com

Mark Terrell

Mark Anthony Terrell, 55, of Mitchell, died Friday. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

May 19, 2019

Phyllis Patton

Phyllis Ilene (Henderson) Patton, 82, of Mitchell, died Thursday. Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Service is 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Mark Terrell

Mark Anthony Terrell, 55, of Mitchell, died Friday. Visitation is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Jordan Campbell

Jordan M. Campbell, 26, of Bedford, died Friday. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday at Day & Carter Mortuary. Service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

May 18, 2019

Janice Hutchings

Feb. 28, 1948 — May 08, 2019

Janice Haskett Hutchings, of Bedford, passed away Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, surrounded by her family.

Janice was born February 28th, 1948, in Bedford, to Charles William Haskett and Wilma Delores (Evans) Haskett of Bedford, both who preceded her in death in February of 2007. Also preceding her in death was a great-granddaughter, Gionna Jones in 2012.

Janice graduated from Northeast High School in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1966 and spent one year studying at Florida State University. She spent the next twenty years raising five daughters in a Christian household, working in the church bookstore and teaching at Word of Life Academy. In the late 1980s, Janice earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geography from IUPUI, her Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1993, and worked toward her PhD in Cultural Geography at Indiana State University in the years following.

Janice was a teacher, teaching all levels of students, inmates and even other educators. She not only majored in Cultural Geography, she lived it as a world traveler. Her travels took her across the globe to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where she accepted a position as governess to a princess of the royal family. After several years as governess, Janice returned to Florida to care for her ailing parents. After their passing, she returned once again to Bedford, working on her family genealogy, documenting her father’s military service, and entertaining family and friends alike with her stories and teachings.

Janice is survived by her five daughters, Christa (Youssef) Jouani, Michele Hutchings Gray, Rebecca (Doug) Buffington, Abigail (Joey Johnson) Hutchings, Deborah (Arnold) Thurman; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Danny (Mary Barrios) Haskell; her sister Patricia Connor; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins whom she loved dearly.

On Saturday, July 13th, interment of remains will be at Fayetteville Community Cemetery at 4pm followed by a memorial gathering at the Bathhouse in Otis Park, Bedford, Indiana. In lieu of flowers, anyone interested can donate to the Wounded Warrior Project: https://fundraise.woundedwarriorproject.org/RTT/fundraising/individual/memorial-page-for-janice-hutchings

Jean Rook

Dec 25, 1929 — April 29, 2019

Jean Marie Pack Smart Rook passed away peacefully on April 29, 2019.

Jean was born on Dec, 25, 1929, to Lena Mae Preston Pack and Jacob Compton Pack in Williamson, West Virginia. Jean and her family moved to Tucumcari when she was 13 and lived here almost continuously for over 70 years. Jean and her good friend, Mary Keller, worked as early Mountain Bell switchboard operators before Jean became a loving mother raising two kids. Jean and her husband, Mutt, opened Smarts Sheet Metal; later she worked as an insurance clerk for Trigg Memorial Hospital.

A member of the Center Street United Methodist Church, Jean enjoyed many church services. Always willing to lend a helping hand, Jean did not limit herself to just the Methodist Church Enchilada dinner but volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul thrift store as well as helping with the Presbyterian Church annual sale. Jean could sell almost anything, loved to help in any way and worked hard all her life.

Jean is survived by her husband of 41 years, Curtis Rook; son, Gary Smart (Cathy) of Bedford; and daughter, Gayle Smart (Jim) of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Also surviving are Curtis’ son, Curtis “Jay” Rook Jr. of El Paso, Texas; and daughter, Debbie (Chris) Messner of Del Rey Beach, Florida; seven grandchildren, Michael and Teresa Messner, Samantha and Wesley Rook, Kara (Brent) Owens, Vincent Moore and Evelynn (Josh) Moore; six great-grandchildren, Aurora, Tamera, Dominic, Myles and Scarlett.

Jean’s many friends were dear to her and they will be greatly missed. Her three nephews and their families held a special place in her heart. Jean is predeceased by her parents; her first husband, A.L. “Mutt” Smart; as well as her brother, James Floyd “Smokey” Pack and his wife Alice. Services provided by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari, New Mexico

Phyllis Patton

June 01, 1936 — May 16, 2019

Phyllis Ilene Patton, 82, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Paoli Health and Living Community.

Born June 1, 1936, in Oolitic, she was the daughter of Jefferson and Zelphia (Coulter) Henderson. She was married to Kenny Patton and he preceded her in death. Phyllis had been employed 20 years at Ted’s Drive-in. She was a member of Order of Eagles Lodge No. 654 Auxiliary. Phyllis was very energetic and enjoyed landscaping and collecting Turner dolls and Longaberger baskets.

Survivors include her children, Betty Hancock of Mitchell, Blake Peary of Fort Ritner and Robert Canfield of Mitchell; grandchildren, Tiffany Jones of Bedford, William Jones of Huron, Darci Hancock of Mitchell, Nick Hancock of Mitchell, Kris Canfield of Bedford, Keisha Canfield of Bedford, Amber Canfield of Mitchell, Brandon Yeary of Bedford and Heidi Williams of Bedford; and five great grandchildren. Her parents; husband; daughters, Maxine Ashley and Kathy Norris; and siblings, Leroy Henderson, Leo Henderson, Wilbur Henderson, Bill Henderson, Denny Henderson and Lila Sullivan preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 20, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

May 17, 2019

Nancy Pugh

Nancy Jo Pugh, 67, of Bedford, died Wednesday. Visitation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Dawalt Funeral Home in Salem. Service is 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

May 16, 2019

Paul Stevens

Jan. 02, 1934 — May 14, 2019

Paul L. Stevens, 85, of Bedford, died Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Stonebridge Health Campus.

Born January 2, 1934 in Bedford, he was the son of William E. (Bob) and Susie A. (Weyer) Stevens. He married Suella Root on January 30, 1953 and she survives. He retired from Sears in Bloomington after thirty-six years and was a member of the Englewood Baptist Church and Bedford Masonic Lodge #14 F & AM.

Surviving with his wife, Suella are three daughters, Linnea Skeen and husband, Jack, Dana Osborn and husband, Scott, and Karen Deckard and husband, Kenneth, Jr. all of Bedford; four grandsons, Keith Deckard and wife, Kimber, Kevin Deckard, Justin Osborn and Jacob Osborn; great grandchildren, Londyn and Harper Deckard; a sister, Violet Cummings, of Bedford; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Ralph and James Stevens.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Saturday, May 18th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor David Ferry officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, May 17th and from 11 am until the hour of service on Saturday, May 18th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 17th. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Patricia Merriman

Nov. 20, 1937 — May 15, 2019

Patricia J. Merriman, 81, of Bloomington, passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Pat was born November 20, 1937 in Bedford, Indiana and was the daughter of the late Joe and Eunice (Row) Hawkins. Pat was retired from Crane Federal Credit Union where she worked as a Loan Receptionist. She was a member of Northside Christian Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir. She also enjoyed working in her flower beds at home. Pat loved going south in the winter with her husband Mel and they attended South Baldwin Church in Gulf Shores during that time.

Pat is survived by her husband of 33 years, Melvin Merriman; daughter, Kathryn Dix; son, Stephen Bodkins; step daughter, Melanie Cassidy; step son, Micah Merriman; sister, Susan Starr; 8 grandchildren, Samantha Dix, Sarah Dix, Vincent Bodkins, Lila Bodkins, Matt Cassidy, Allison Cassidy, Jarrett Cassidy and Larissa Merriman. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation for Pat will be on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9:30 am until 11:00 am at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St., Bloomington. Services will be at 11:00 am Saturday at The Funeral Chapel with Rev. Tim Clarke officiating. Burial will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given in Pat’s name to, Northside Christian Church, 3993 N. Prow Road, Bloomington, IN 47408.
Memories of Pat and condolences to her family may be given at www.thefuneralchapel.net

May 15, 2019

Jerry Seidle

Sept. 28, 1934 — May 13, 2019

Jerry Edward Seidle, 84, of Bedford, died at 4:28 am on Monday, May 13, 2019 at his residence.

Born September 28, 1934 in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Walter and Dorothy (McDonald) Seidle. He married Twanette Fiddler on February 25, 1961 and she survives. He retired as a brick layer after thirty-one years at General Motors and he was a member of the U.S. National Guard and Englewood Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Twanette, of Bedford; three sons, Brian Seidle and wife, Catherine, of Jacksonville, FL, Brett Seidle and wife, Claudia, and Brad Seidle and wife, Natalie, all of Bedford; grandchildren, Alec Seidle, Alaina Seidle, Aaron Seidle, Christian Seidle, Alexis Seidle, Parker Seidle and Preston Seidle; two brothers, Rudy and David Seidle; a sister, Norma Jean Farrell. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald and Lloyd Seidle; and a sister, Loretta Speer.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, May 17th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor David Ferry officiating. Burial will follow in the Beech Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 16th and from 1:00 pm until the hour of service on Friday, May 17th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County or Englewood Baptist Church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Kelly Draus

Kelly Jean Draus, 50, of Bedford, died Friday. Graveside service is 10 a.m. Friday at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Arrangements by the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

May 14, 2019

Sue New

Dec. 31, 1936 — May 13, 2019

Sue Ann New, 82, of Bedford, died at 5:15 am on Monday, May 13, 2019 at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born December 31, 1936, in Oolitic, she was the daughter of Walter and Moneva (Lawyer) Staley. She married Gerald Dean New on June 24, 1955 and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2009. She was a teacher’s aide and librarian at the N. Western School District of Shelby County. She was a member of the Oolitic United Methodist Church.

Survivors include children, Mark Alan New and wife, Linda Anthony, of North Vernon, Cheryl Ann Williams and husband, Jerry Dejong, of Fountain Town, IN, Gary Scott New and wife, Jennifer of Lebanon, TN; ten grandchildren, Craig New, Lauren New, Andrew New, Bradley New, Brooke Williams, Ashley New, Haley New, Kelsey New, Alexander New and Jon Anthony; twelve great grandchildren, Olivia, Whitney, Timmy, Valarie, Joey, Jayler, Ryley, Jayleen, Rayden, Kessey, Shilo and Rheia; a sister, Linda Benson and husband, Richard, of New Palestine, IN; several nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Joy and Patsy New and April Staley; brothers-in-law, Larry New and wife, Judy, of Bedford and Jerry New, of Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Walter and Robert Staley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 16th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Harold Godsey officiating. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca. Visitation will be from 12 noon until the hour of service on Thursday, May 16th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Wallstreet Plaza, 88 Pine Street, Suite 2400, New York, NY 10005. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Perry Staggs

June 14, 1945 — May 11, 2019

Perry Lee “Bubby” Staggs, 73, of Camby, IN, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019 surrounded by his family and friends.

Born June 14, 1945, he was the son of Perry E. and Georgia (Bolding) Staggs. He married Mamie “Jeanette” Scalf on June 28, 1964 and she survives. He retired from the Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo in 1998. After retirement, he worked part time for BP gas station in Waverly, IN and as a security guard for Greenwood Park Mall.

Survivors include his wife, Mamie ‘Jeanette” Staggs, of Camby, IN; three children, Sandra (Randy) Huff, of Bedford, Terry (Tracy) Staggs, of Orange City, FL and Brian (Mary) Staggs, of Camby, IN; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a brother, William “Bill” Staggs and wife, Brenda, of Sanford, FL; a sister, Oneida Helm and husband, Jack, of Gosport, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kenny Staggs; a sister, Martha Hawkins; and a granddaughter, Kirsten Aline Huff. He was loved and will be missed by many.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, May 17th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Gorman Scalf, Rev. Mark Wright and Rev. William Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Hayes Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 16th at Spring Hill Christian Center in Mooresville, IN and from 9:00 am until the hour of service on Friday, May 17th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

June Quinn

June 12, 1931 — May 12, 2019

June (Mills) Quinn, 87, died Sunday at Stonebridge Health Campus in Bedford.

June was born June 12, 1931 to James Lee and Hazel (Curtis) Mills.  She married James Quinn on October 8, 1949 and he preceded her in death on December 28, 2013.

Survivors include her two daughters, Sherry Denbo and Maury Searcy of Camby, and Debbie Mason and her husband Kevin, of Bedford; five grandchildren, Quinn Mason and his wife Bethany, Kristen Johnston and her husband James, Annie Jones and her husband Dan, Brad Mason, Sean Denbo and wife Estee; three great-grandchildren, Masie Johnston, Addie Johnston, Lachlan Jones; one sister, Annalee Denbo of Palm Harbor, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James; three siblings, Darrell Mills, Katie Posey and Mary Wilson.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Green Hill cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to the hour of service. Family and friends may express condolences at daycarter.com.

Jerry Seidle

Jerry Edward Seidle, 84, of Bedford, died Monday. Visitation will be 4- 8 p.m. Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Service will be 2 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

May 13, 2019

James Alesia

May 15, 1939 — May 10, 2019

James Ronald (Ron) Alesia, Bedford, passed away May 10, 2019, at IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington, Ind., surrounded by family.

Ron was born May 15, 1939, in Bedford, to James J. Alesia and Bonnie Davis Alesia. He married Sally Kay Wood Aug. 20, 1961, and she survives. Ron and Sally would have celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary this summer.

Ron is also survived by two sons, James (Alice Wilson) Alesia, Warsaw, Ind., and Stephen (Tammy Kinser) Alesia, Columbus, Ind.; and four grandchildren, Alex (Abigail Boren) Alesia, Fort Wayne, Ind., Annie Alesia, Granger, Ind., Jacob Alesia, Indianapolis and Emily Alesia, Columbus. He is also survived by one great-granddaughter, London Rose, Granger; a sister, Jill (Larry) Fortner, Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.

Ron graduated from Bedford High School in 1957 before continuing his education at Indiana University-Bloomington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1961 and later a master’s degree, both in education. He taught at Oolitic High School for one year before changing careers to become owner of Indiana Petroleum Company after his father’s passing. Ron managed the family business from 1963 to 1986. He returned to teaching in 1987 and taught social studies at Bedford Middle School, as well as government classes during summer sessions at Bedford North Lawrence High School, before retiring in 2006. Ron was a member of the Bedford Kiwanis Club, serving as president from 1969 to 1970. He served on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County, and he was a member of the North Lawrence Community School board from 1983 to 1986. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee and Sunday school teacher.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at Day & Carter Mortuary. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Michelle White officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence County or the Lawrence County Museum of History. Family and friends may express condolences at daycarter.com.

Chelsea Cooper

Jan. 01, 1992 — May 10, 2019

Chelsea Elane Cooper, 27, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019, in Mitchell.

Born January 1, 1992, in Bedford, she was the daughter of David Michael and Cathy Ann (Lane) Cooper.  Chelsea was employed at Living Well Home Care.

Survivors include her children, Kyson Cooper and Marlee Kirk, whom she loved very much; parents, David and Diane Cooper of Mitchell and Cathy Ann Cooper and Thomas Poe of Marion; grandparents, Cliff and Gloria Compton of Paoli, Donnie and Linda Dunn of Mitchell, Charles Cooper of Mitchell and Barbara Knight of Mitchell; siblings, Megan Terrell of Marion, Carley Cooper of Marion and Micah Cooper of Mitchell; uncle and aunt, Darrin and Ruthie Lane of Mitchell; cousin, Marisa Lane of Oolitic; and nieces and nephews, Grayson Taylor, Averyl Maldonado, Arlo Terrell and Ainslee Terrell.

Funeral service will be at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Glenn Hamer officiating.  Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery at a later date.  The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

June Quinn

June (Mills) Quinn, 87, of Bedford, died Sunday. Visitation is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at Day & Carter Mortuary. Service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Jerry Seidle

Jerry Edward Seidle, 84, of Bedford, died today. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Perry Staggs

Perry Lee Staggs, 73, of Camby, died Saturday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

May 12, 2019

James Alesia

James Ronald “Ron” Alesia, 79, of Bedford, died Friday. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

May 11, 2019

David Pearson

Feb. 12, 1937 — May 09, 2019

David Franklin Pearson of Cloverdale (formerly Indianapolis), Indiana passed away early morning on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

David was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was born February 12, 1937 in Bloomfield, Indiana to Edith (Fuller) Pearson and Leslie Ray Pearson. His siblings were Gary (Joann), Tom (Paulette) and infant Kevin. Parents and brothers preceded him in death. David graduated from Ben Davis High School in 1955 and wed Mildred Elaine Graves of Springville, Indiana on June 6, 1959.

To this union, three children were born: Mona Denise (Pearson) Smith, husband Keith, Rita Dawn (Pearson) Rhine, husband Randy and Alan David Pearson, wife Nikki. David was grandfather to: Jenna Marie (Smith) Nees, husband Ryan, Antony David Rhine, wife Jenny, Sean Allen Rhine, wife Kayla and Lacy Nicole (Pearson) Chambers. Grandson Darren Michael Pearson preceded him in death in 2002. He was great- grandfather to: Kensi Rae Nees, Wyatt Antony Rhine, Jackson Dakota Chambers and Alaina Nicole Chambers.

David had a long- standing career in trucking and retired from Dean Foods (Maplehurst Farms Dairy) of Indianapolis. He was with Maplehurst Farms from 1972 through their transition to Dean Foods in the late 1990s. He retired in 1999.

Services will be held at Whitaker Funeral Home, 201 N. Lafayette Street, Cloverdale, IN 46120. Visitation will be Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 3:00-9:00p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 13th, at 2:00 p.m., with calling from noon to time of service.

May 10, 2019

Ida Parsley

Dec. 27, 1930 — May 07, 2019

Ida Adelene (Roberts) Parsley 88, of Owensburg, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born December 27, 1930 in Martin County, she was the daughter of Dewey “Vic” and Dora (Fisher) Roberts. She was a homemaker. She married Leo Parsley on October 3, 1946 and they had two children.

Surviving relatives include one son, Bill Parsley (Diana); three granddaughters, Gina Henderson (Patrick), Erica Hudson and Tessa Wolfger (Martin); and her great grandchildren, Jacob Henderson, Joseph Henderson, Kaitlynn Hudson, Emily Hudson, Will Hudson, Josie Wolfger and Finn Wolfger. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Leo Parsley on June 28, 1981; her daughter, Vickie Sue Thomas on August 16, 2018; four brothers, Dale, Kenneth, Elmer and Chuck Roberts; two sisters, Ruth Johnson and Arla Parsley; and her parents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Jenkins Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Interment will follow in Kentucky Ridge Cemetery in rural Bloomfield. Public visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

The family asks that all memorial contributions be made to the Greene County Humane Society. Online condolences to the family are available at www.jenkinsfuneralhomes.com.

James Albright

James Lee “Jim” Albright, of Speedway, passed away May 8 at the age of 81.

Jim was the loving husband to Karen (Layman) Albright of Danville, for 59 years. He was also the loving father to Lisa (Kleindorfer)-Eric, Lynn (Dever) and Jeff Albright-Cathy. Karen and Jim have eight grandchildren (Ryan, Eric, John, Rachel, Luke, Landon, Ava and Sophia) and two great-grandchildren (Theo and Cohen). Jim was the beloved son to Veda and Ivan Albright, and brother to Jack Albright.

He was a graduate of Plainfield High School ‘56, Hanover College (BA in Education & Chemistry) ‘60 and received his Masters from Butler University. He played football at Hanover (MVP ‘60) and was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Jim was instrumental in helping recruit many athletes to Hanover.

He began his teaching career at Hibberd in Richmond. He later taught at Northwest High School for 33 years where he taught Chemistry and served as the Department Head. Jim also served as a football, wrestling, men’s golf and girl’s basketball coach during his tenure at NHS.

Jim was a Christian and a member of Speedway Baptist Church where he served as Deacon for many years. As an educator and man of God, he helped make a difference in many of his students’ and fellow members’ lives. In his spare time, you could find Jim on the golf course, watching a Red’s game, attending the Colts’ games and most importantly following his grandchildren’s events. Jim will be greatly missed, but we know our loss is Heaven’s gain. We love you.

Visitation will be from 4-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 13, at Speedway Baptist Church. A brief memorial service will follow. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jim’s honor to the Speedway Baptist Church, 2986 Moller Rd., Speedway, Indiana 46224.

Larry Nolan

Larry E. Nolan, 69, of Bedford, formerly of Jasper, died Wednesday. Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper. Service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

May 09, 2019

Roberta Freeman

May 27, 1929 — May 08, 2019

Roberta Jean (Grimes) Freeman, 89, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at Mitchell Manor.

Born May 27, 1929, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Noah Sampson and Bessie Mae (Tolbert) Grimes. She married Rex Albert Freeman November 25, 1950, and he preceded her in death January 10, 2006. Roberta had been a telephone operator during World War II and was a homemaker. She attended the Mitchell Church of the Nazarene and was a graduate of Mitchell High School in 1947. Roberta loved birds, crocheting, reading, puzzles, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, C. Mark (Ila) Freeman of Mitchell, Taylor St. John of Chicago, Illinois and Gail Elizabeth (Martin) Miller of Indianapolis; grandsons, Ray Sexton, Matt Miller, Eric Miller and Cody Freeman; great grandchildren, Luke Miller, Jacob Miller, Michael Miller, Lidia Miller, Marco Miller and Cyris Freeman; sister, Virginia Bennett, Escondido, California; and lifelong family friends, Kim, Neal and Alisha Briner and Jordan Fultz. Her parents; husband; and siblings, Mary Rahn and Dean Franklin “Frank” Grimes, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Joel Parsons officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial Gifts: Relay Indiana for assistance with the hearing impaired. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

John Moore

Jan. 06, 1953 — May 07, 2019

John David (J.D.) Moore, 66, of Bedford, died Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at I.U. University Hospital in Indianapolis.

Born January 6, 1953 in Bedford, he was the son of Herbert and Frances Elwanda (Louden) Moore. He married Treva Kay Todd on August 16, 1974 and she survives. He attended Tunnelton High School, finishing and graduating from Bedford High School with the class of 1971. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard from 1972-1978 with a brief time in Germany for training. He retired as a millwright in 2006 after thirty years at General Motors. He worked out of the local 1076 Evansville Millwright until he went to work at GM.

After retirement, he was part owner of TMT Trucking where he was also a driver. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church and the Bedford Masonic Lodge #14 F & AM. J.D. enjoyed farming, gardening and participated in the Farmer’s Market. He also enjoyed spending time with his car friends at the Cruise In and driving his ‘48 Chevy truck and ‘33 Ford Roadster. He and his son remodeled homes. He also enjoyed traveling to different states for swap meets and recently spent time in Florida.

Survivors include his wife, Treva, of Bedford; a son, Tyler Moore, of Bedford; a brother, Herbert Moore (Chris), of Bedford; two brothers-in-law, Toby and Tony (Sherry) Todd of Heltonville; several nieces and nephews; many close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Eddie Moore; and a sister-in-law, Debbie Todd.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 11th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jeff Hudelson officiating. Burial will follow in the Mundell Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, May 10th and from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday, May 11th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. A masonic service will be at 7:00 pm on Friday, May 10th. Contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Maxine Griffin

Maxine Mae (Blevins) Griffin, 78, of West Baden Springs, died Tuesday. Cremation was chosen with no service. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell.

May 08, 2019

Wilma Coffey

Wilma Eulene (Bryant) Coffey, 87, of Bedford, died Thursday. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Arrangements by Day & Carter Mortuary.

Michael Halporn

Michael “Fritz” Halporn, 57, of Bedford, died Friday. Burial will be at a later date in Valhalla Cemetery. Arrangements by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

May 06, 2019

Exxie Daugherty

May 13, 1925 — May 03, 2019

Exxie M. (Bolton) Daugherty died May 3, 2019 at Stonebridge Health in Bedford, Indiana.

Born May 13, 1925 in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Wesley and Anna Crane Bolton. Exxie was married to Verlin George, Frank ( Bud ) Delaney, Miles Bowman and Russell Daugherty, all of them preceding her in death. She retired from General Motors Powertrain after 30 years of service and was a member of Restoration Nazarene Church. She very much enjoyed fellowship with the Silver Bells ladies from the church and traveling to new destinations.

Survivors include one grandson, Troy E. Stotts and his wife, Denise of Bedford, IN; several step children; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Roberta (Bertie) Stotts; one granddaughter, Michelle Stotts; six brothers, Arthur, Everett, Roscoe , Rex, Emery and Guy Bolton; and two sisters, Elsie Turpen and Evadna Cummings.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8 at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Pastor Ken Bushey officiating. Friends may call from 10:00 am until time of service on Wednesday, May 8. Burial will be at Green Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to Restoration Church of the Nazarene or LIFE pantry. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

May 05, 2019

Robert Turner

Aug. 08, 1922 — April 23, 2019

Robert L. “Bob” Turner, of Oolitic, passed away at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at his daughter’s home in Bloomington. He passed away peacefully with his daughter by his side.

Born August 8, 1922 in Lawrence County, he was the son of Ernest and Laura (Porter) Turner. He married Dorothy Ray on November 29, 1944. He was a member of the Avoca Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for several years. He was also a member of the Masonic Temple. Bob graduated from Needmore High School. He served in the US Navy from 1942-1944. Bob retired from the Indiana Limestone Company after working there for 45 years. Bob enjoyed reading, listening to music, working crossword puzzles, traveling with family, sitting on his porch talking to his wonderful neighbors and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn McCart of Bloomington; two granddaughters, Michelle (Dan) Duncan of Bloomington and Shannon (Josh) Craig of Charlotte, North Carolina; two great grandchildren, Liam and Lily Craig of Charlotte, North Carolina. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brother, Morrell Turner; and son-in-law, Don McCart.

There will be no services at this time. Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford was in charge of arrangements.

Kelly Draus

Kelly Jean Draus, 50, of Bedford, died Friday. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

May 04, 2019

James Roach

Jan. 25, 1932 — May 02, 2019

James H. Roach, 87, of Orleans, died Thursday, May 2, 2019 at his residence.

Born January 25, 1932 in Lawrence Co., he was the son of William and Sarah Effie (Craig) Roach. He married Imogene Denny on August 7, 1954 and she preceded him in death on July 28, 2015. He retired after thirty years at RCA and was a farmer. He was a member of the Guthrie Creek Primitive Baptist Church for 73 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1950-1953, serving two tours of duty during the Korean War.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Lee Adams and husband, Tony, of Paris Crossing; two sons, Terry Roach and wife, Teresa, of Garden City, MO and James Edward Roach and wife, Pat, of Houston, TX; sixteen grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; a sister, Mary Louise Gore. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two daughters, Kathy Jean Bailey and Karen Joy Roach; a son, Neal Harold Roach; and twelve siblings.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Monday, May 6th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Terry Roach and Mike Chastain officiating. Burial will follow in the Guthrie Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery where military rites will be accorded. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the hour of service on Monday, May 6th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com

Warren Spicer

Aug. 20, 1965 — May 02, 2019

Warren Green Spicer, 53, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019 at his residence.

Born August 20, 1965, in Bedford, he was the son of Green and Edna Marie (Wagner) Spicer, Jr. He married Yolanda Wilkerson November 7, 1987. Warren had been employed 15 years at Cresthaven Cemetery. He enjoyed racing, hunting and fishing. Warren was a 1984 graduate of Mitchell High School.

Survivors include his wife, Yolanda Spicer of Mitchell; children, Audrey (Jeff) Jones of Greenwood and Brandon Lee Chastain of Mitchell; father, Green Spicer, Jr. of Mitchell; dog, Boo Boo; five step granddaughters; sisters, Chasity Marie (Kenny) Borum of Crystal River, Florida and Sharon Mullis of Bedford; half brother, Billy Super of Bedford; half sister, Melissa Spicer of California; nephew, Shae Mullis of Bedford; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. His mother; and brother, Jeffrey Spicer; preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Haverly Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Lawrenceport Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral chapel. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Exxie Daugherty

Exxie Daugherty, 93, of Bedford, died Friday. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

May 03, 2019

Bob Litten

Bob Litten, 92, of Franklin, NC, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Born in Bedford, he was the son of the late Herbert Dale Litten and Esther Ikerd Fish. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gwendolyn Powell Litten; and daughter, Sandra Dale Litten.

Bob was a U.S. Navy veteran serving on active duty during WWII and the Korean War and for an additional 38 years in the Naval Reserve. By his own account, when he retired from the Naval Reserve as a Chief Warrant Officer Four, he was the senior CWO in the Navy. He was a self-employed Master Electrician and Electrical Code Instructor. He served his community as a member of Rotary Club of Franklin, Boy Scouts of America, West Macon Volunteer Fire Department, the Freemasons, VFW Post 7339, and American Legion Post 108. At the time of his death, he was the oldest volunteer fireman in North Carolina.

Bob was particularly proud of his work on the Veterans Memorial Park of Macon County. He enjoyed playing music throughout his life, and a mandolin often accompanied him on his various adventures.

He is survived by his son, Joe Litten (Janice) of Orinda, California; and grandchildren, Jefferson Litten of Santa Barbara, California and Jamison Litten of San Francisco, California.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at American Legion Post 108, Franklin, North Carolina. Donations in his memory can be made to the Veterans Memorial Park of Macon County (c/o American Legion, PO Box 474, Franklin, NC 28744), West Macon Volunteer Fire Department (ph: 828.524.5925), or Boy Scouts of America – Daniel Boone Council (ph: 828.254.6189). Macon Funeral Home, Franklin, North Carolina is handling the arrangements.

Bob’s son and grandsons will be staying at his house for the near future, and family and friends are encouraged to visit. Please call first. Condolences can be made to the family at www.maconfuneralhome.com.

May 02, 2019

Frances Fields

Feb. 25, 1927 — April 26, 2019

Frances (Tony) Antionette Fields, 92, of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, passed away the morning of Friday, April 26, 2019 at Lutheran Medical Center Emergency Room in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Born, February 25, 1927 in Lawrence County, Indiana, she was one of seven children and the youngest daughter of Murl James Evans and Thelma Miller Evans. A 1945 graduate of Fayetteville School, Frances grew up in Fayetteville, Indiana on Burgers Point and Pinkston Hill. She married Kenneth (Kenny) Gordon Fields on May 17, 1946 in a double wedding in LaPorte, Indiana.
They lived in Lafayette, Indiana while Kenny attended Purdue University. They moved to Washington and then to Vincennes, Indiana. Kenny’s job took them to Indianapolis and then Des Plaines, outside of Chicago, Illinois. She also lived in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Frances worked as a floral designer for many years. She also worked at Procon, a division of Universal Oil Products, as the lead secretary for the Project Management Team. In addition, she worked as a hostess at Henrici’s Steak and Lobster Restaurant in Arlington Heights. She retired from Procon and moved to Zionsville, Indiana before moving to Colorado to be near her daughter, Cynthia and grandchildren, Michelle, Kevin and Matthew. Her love of playing slot machines took her to Las Vegas for several years before she returned to Colorado.

Frances (Tony) made a favorable impression on everyone she met. She loved baking, sewing, knitting and crocheting. She won a local pie competition several years in a row, receiving numerous blue ribbons and was considered the “one to beat”. The Denver Post did a full page article on her and identified her as the “Pie Lady”. An exciting time was when the Denver Radio Station KOSI interviewed her about her pie success. She had never been in a live radio station before. She not only made pies but the best Strawberry Cake which became the cake of choice for several of the family members birthdays. She sewed and customized aprons, knitted and crocheted numerous beautiful baby blankets, created one-of-a-kind Quilling Wedding Pictures that couples continue to cherish to this day as one of their favorite wedding keepsakes.

Tony loved Las Vegas, and while she was there, enjoyed playing the “Wheel of Fortune” slot machines, going to Margaritaville and eating buffets. She celebrated several birthdays in Las Vegas, including her 88th and 90th. During these celebrations, her family would wheel her around the casinos with her tiara and margarita glasses on and her wheelchair decorated with birthday signs. As a result, Tony was a hit and received many hugs and well wishes from everyone that she passed.

Tony loved hats. She had glittery baseball caps for every outfit and would put on the larger beautiful hats for special occasions. Over the past several years, she would purchase a beautiful hat at the hospital gift shop when she went for her blood draws and auction the hat at her family reunion each summer to raise money for the next year’s reunion.

She loved playing Scrabble. If no one was around to play with, she would play against herself. As a result, she became very good and was always the one to beat in the family. Cracker Barrel was one of her favorite places to go for breakfast and shopping. She valued family time and enjoyed cooking her favorite meals. Sitting, talking and completing jigsaw puzzles and playing Sudoku was an enjoyable way for her to stay constantly busy.

She was a strong woman who taught her family what it was like to live and survive the depression and grow up in the country. This resulted in her deep appreciation of life. She loved to laugh and have fun. She was a strong family supporter, identifying what was important in everyone’s life and always found a way, on a limited budget, to constantly give and support her family. She will be missed more than words can express.

She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Jane Fields King; five grandchildren, Michelle Frances King Colaizzi (Richard), Kevin Michael King (Trisha McGee), Matthew Evans King (Hannah LaForest), Douglas Everett Fields, Gregory Allen Fields Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Ryne Christopher Colaizzi and Erik Kevin King; and another great-grandchild on the way in October; one brother, William (Bill) Edward Evans; and 10 nieces and nephews, Danny Haskett, Janice Haskett Hutchings, Patty Haskett Conner, Trudy Evans Holtsclaw, Toby Evans, Treena Evans Nikirk, Christy Evans James, Michael Evans, Melissa Evans King and Melinda Evans May. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, Murl James Evans (deceased 1977); mother, Thelma Miller Evans (deceased 1970); one son, Gregory Allen Fields (deceased 2010); five siblings, Wilma Delores Evans Haskett (deceased 2009), Elmer James (Jim) Evans (deceased 1993), Benjamin (Ben) Alva Evans (deceased 2004), Robert (Bob) Eugene Evans (deceased 2010) and Charles David (David) Evans (deceased 2018); and one nephew, Philip Evans (deceased 2006).

Funeral services will be conducted at the Fayetteville Baptist Church on Friday, May 3rd, 2019. Public viewing 10-12 a.m with service at noon. Burial to follow at the Fayetteville Community Cemetery, Fayetteville, Indiana.

May 01, 2019

Michael Andis

June 17, 1952 — April 26, 2019

Michael Kenneth Andis, 66, of Bedford, passed away on April 26, 2019 at 3:25 AM at the IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington, after a year long illness.

He was born in Springville on June 17, 1952 to Curtis and Bertha (Blake) Andis. He was a welder foreman at Steel Tech in Mitchell.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Edwards; children, Holly (Matt) Scherschel, Dena Andis and husband Cory Terrell, Missy Andis and fiance Jeremy Gulley; step-children, Shawna Albertson, Nyoka Albertson, Cody Edwards; grandchildren, Danny Garland Jr., Tyson Garland, Heather Garland, Destinee Andis, Dakota Terrell, Dason Andis, Alexis Jones, McKenzie Jones; 6 step-grandchildren; two brothers, James Andis and David (Susie) Andis; three sisters, Janet Morrow, Teresa (Rick) Turner, and Bobbi (Bill) Perry; several nieces, nephews and cousins Mike was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Janice Carol Kern and Donna Meadows.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Cresthaven Funeral Home, with Bro. Rick Turner officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be on Thursday May 2, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Cresthaven Funeral Home.

Bonnie Blackwell

Sept. 17, 1937 — April 29, 2019

Bonnie K. Blackwell, 81, of Bedford, died at 9:21 pm on Monday, April 29, 2019 at Stonebridge Health Campus.

Born September 17, 1937, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Gordon and Ruth (Hillenburg) Stewart. She married Dean E. Blackwell on December 2, 1955 and he survives. She had worked as the office manager at Robert’s Studio in Bedford for many years. She later worked at Bedford National Bank. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Bedford.

Survivors include her husband, Dean, of Bedford; a son, Brian Blackwell and wife, Jamie, of Bedford; a granddaughter, Erin Gratzer and husband, Jase, of Bedford; a grandson, Brandon Blackwell and wife, Terra, of Bedford; a great granddaughter, Raelynn Grace Blackwell, of Bedford; a great grandson, Miles Dean Blackwell. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Bill Stewart and his wife, Sue.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Friday, May 3rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Bruce Ervin officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 2nd at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Mary Robbins

Mary Doris (Lea) Robbins, 86, died April 28, 2019 with her family by her side.

She is preceded in death by her devoted husband of 67 years, Bill Robbins; and parents, Ed and Liller Lea. All nine of her beloved older siblings, Emma, Lester, Rayburn, O.D., Doyle, Garland, Mattie, Calvin and Betty Jean also preceded her in passing.

Born and raised in Sparkman, Arkansas, she played on her high school’s women’s basketball team. After marrying Bill, the couple first settled in Malvern, Arkansas, and later spent 17 years in Bedford, Indiana before returning to Arkansas in retirement. Together, they enjoyed camping, fishing and traveling. Her friends from Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Malvern, and from her high school days in Sparkman, brightened her entire adult life.

Among her many talents, Mary quilted dozens of blankets for her family and made the best sweet potato, lemon and coconut cream pies. Mary was an exceptional caregiver, whether she was tending her beautiful flower garden or rocking babies in the nursery on Sunday mornings at Mount Zion.

Most of all, she loved and cared for her children, Rex (Sandy) Robbins and Peggy (John) Thomas; her grandchildren, Jamie (Shawn) Nikirk , Brett (Jaclyn) Thomas, Megan (Brad) Weatherford, Kelly, Mary; and her great-grandchildren, Dalton, Dylan, Tori, Tobin, Jax, Stella and Weston.

The family wishes to thank her caregivers at Twin Rivers in Arkadelphia, and in the last few months at Stonebridge in Bedford, Indiana, as well as members of the congregation at Mt. Zion and their pastor, Doris Smead. Family and friends are invited to visit, remember and celebrate Mary’s life on Saturday, May 4 at 10 am with services to begin at 11 am at Ruggles Funeral Home in Arkadelphia. Local arrangements provided by Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

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