Obituaries — May 2021

May 07, 2021

David M. Lee

March 17, 1922 — May 05, 2021

David M. Lee of Bedford passed away Wednesday, May 5 following a period of declining health. He was 99.

David was born in Lawrence County on March 17, 1922 to Charles and Orpah Lee. He grew up on a farm near Leesville, Indiana. After serving in the Army Air Corp during WWII, David first traveled to Alaska in 1947, and again in 1951 where he surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. He met Margaret Broady in Anchorage and the two were married on November 20, 1953.

Dave and Margaret had a pioneer spirit and were able to obtain land in Alaska under the Homestead Act. They raised their family in Alaska. Besides farming, David worked at a gold mine for a short time, commercial fished for several years, did maintenance work at Victory Bible Camp and operated school buses for a small, rural school in Alaska.

David loved the Lord and his family. He could often be heard singing his favorite hymns and sharing Scripture with those around him. He enjoyed his farm near Leesville and loved working in the forest.

David is survived by his sister, Donna Hennessee, sons, Brian (Lori), Dan (Sandy) of Glacier View, Alaska and daughter Sharon (Marlin) Beachy of Baltic, Ohio. He is also survived by grandchildren, Melissa, Travis, Rachel, Jeff, Chelsea, Jesse and Jennifer, five great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, wife Margaret and grandson Ryan.

A celebration of life service will he held at Englewood Baptist Church in Bedford at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 9. The family would like to thank the staff at Stonebridge Health in Bedford and Southern Care Hospice Services for their loving care.

Services for David have been entrusted to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.

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Jon Patrick Brown

Aug. 01, 1958 — May 01, 2021

Jon Patrick Brown 62, of Shoals passed away on Saturday May 1, 2021 at Jasper Memorial Hospital.

Born August 1, 1958, in Martin County, he was the son of John E. and Carrie Elizabeth (Arvin) Brown.

Pat was a 1976 graduate of Columbus North High School and attended Ball State University, where he was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity.

Pat had been an insurance agent in Shoals, Loogootee and Columbus for many years. Pat was a gifted trap shooter and belonged to several Gun Clubs in the Shoals/Loogootee area. Pat was an avid reader and he enjoyed history and genealogy. He was also a dog lover and always enjoyed the company of his Australian Shepherds, Trouble and Yogi.

Pat was an active member of the Bedford Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for many years and also was a member of the Loogootee Chapter of the Knights of Columbus.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his sister, Lisa Golay of Louisville; nephew, Benjamin (Katie) Golay; and great-niece and great-nephew, Isabella, and Jacob all of San Diego.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, David Hicks. Along with his parents, his shepherd Trouble would have greeted him in Heaven for his next amazing journey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Very Rev. J. Kenneth Walker at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Shoals. Burial will follow in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Shoals.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Hospital or the Martin County Humane Society.

The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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Carolyn Sue Vice

Sept. 08, 1937 — May 03, 2021

Carolyn Sue Vice, 83, of Tavares, Florida, passed from this earth to Heaven on Monday, May 3, 2021, with her family by her side.

Carolyn was born in Columbus, on Sept. 8, 1937, to Frank and Florence Sanders. She graduated from Columbus High School and attended Franklin College. She was married to James D. Vice and he preceded her in death.

She was employed and retired from Indiana Bell as a telephone operator and computer analyst. She was a member of Slayden Baptist Church in Slayden, Tennessee. She also attended Tavares First Baptist Church of Tavares, Florida. She was baptized later in life at Slayden Baptist Church in Slayden, Tennessee.

Carolyn was survived by her children, Mark E. Vice (Marta) of Tavares, Florida, Joseph E. Vice (Sharon) of Greenwood, Michael A. Vice (Cathy) of Oxford, Mississippi and Thomas F. Vice (Nancy) of Indianapolis. Carolyn had seven grandchildren, Julia Canter, Christopher Vice, Jordan Vice, Stephanie Vice, Mitchell Vice, Jamie Fortner and Morgan Thompson; as well as, 16 great-grandchildren and one brother, Donald Sanders.

A sister, Virginia Purdue, preceded her in death.

Carolyn loved cooking, gardening, riding her bike, attending her kids’ sporting events, visiting her friends in her park, playing dominoes, reading and being surrounded by family and friends.

Through the loving care of Joseph and Sharon Vice, Carolyn’s final days on this earth were ushered into Heaven with love and compassion.

A service will be scheduled in the future to remember “Mom” and her journey from this life to the next.

May 06, 2021

Dr. Brian Charles Barlow

Dr. Brian Charles Barlow, 64, of Indianapolis, formerly of Bedford, passed peacefully at his home on Tues, May 4th, 2021.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Belinda; his daughter, Grace, and son-in-law, Jordan. He is also survived by his siblings Steven (Sandy) Barlow, Lou Ann (Gregg) Morelock, Sherri (Paul) Robbins, Lori (Robert) Eaker and his stepfather, David Griffin.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles “Labon” Merle Barlow and Doris Jean Barlow Griffin.

Brian graduated from Bedford High School in the Class of 1974 where he excelled in baseball, basketball, marching band, and academics. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Anderson College, where he met his wife, Belinda, in 1978.

Brian continued his studies at the School of Theology located on the Anderson College campus, receiving his ordination as a Minister of the Church of God in 1983 and completing his Masters of Arts and Religion and Masters in Divinity in 1983 and 1984, respectively.

While he was a student at Anderson College, Brian had the opportunity to travel world-wide, including trips to The Holy Land, Japan, and Africa. One of Brian’s most honorable accomplishments was receiving his Doctorate of Philosophy degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 1992. While studying at Emory, he was awarded the Bobby Jones Scholarship and studied abroad at the University of St. Andrews.

Brian was an active member in The American Academy of Religion and The Soren Kierkegaard Society, where he regularly presented papers at their annual international conferences. One of Brian’s most treasured academic pursuits was spending many summers with his family researching at The Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

Following his graduation from Emory University, Brian held the position of Professor of Philosophy at Brenau University for 10 years, before returning to his alma mater, Anderson University, where he taught Religion, Philosophy, and Christian Ethics as a tenured professor from 2006 – 2017. In his final years, Brian returned to his true passion of research, studying the works of his favorite scholars, including Soren Kierkegaard and Karl Barth.

Brian was a deeply devoted husband and father, always calling his family his “pride and joy”. He cherished time with his daughter and son-in-law, Grace and Jordan, and was greatly anticipating the arrival of his first grandson in July 2021. Some of his most treasured pastimes included trips to Brown County and Spring Mill State Park, watching the Reds, and enjoying quiet evenings in Grace and Jordan’s backyard.

Funeral services will be held at Day and Carter Mortuary in Bedford, IN at 2pm on Wednesday, May 12th, with Visitation from 12pm until the hour of service. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Brian’s name to The Hong Kierkegaard Library at Please select “Other” and write in “The Hong Kierkegaard Library” with your donation. Checks can also be mailed to St. Olaf College, Hong Kierkegaard Library, 1520 St. Olaf Avenue, Northfield, MN 55057.

Randy Eugene Brooking

Aug. 03, 1953 — April 28, 2021

Randy Eugene Brooking, 67 of New Albany, passed away April 28, 2021, at Lincoln Hills Nursing Home.

He was born in Bedford, on Aug. 3, 1953, to the late Lora and Josephine Brooking.

Randy was raised as a member of the Baptist faith, attending White River Baptist Church in Buddha. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. For many years, Randy worked as an over the road truck driver. He liked fast cars and food, especially ham and mayonnaise sandwiches. For the last few years, Randy was taken care of by his daughter.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister-in-law, Linda Brooking; and brother-in-law, Don Terry.

He is survived by his daughter, Pamela (Jeff) Harris; grandchildren, Alexia, Peyton, Lily, Iris and Tristan; brothers, Eddie and Jim Brooking; sister, Pat Terry; as well as a host of other family.

Randy will be cremated and laid to rest in the White River Baptist Church Cemetery with his family.

Spring Valley Funeral Home is honored to be of service to the Brooking family.

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May 05, 2021

Elizabeth Marie Smith

Sept. 09, 1964 — April 25, 2021

Elizabeth Marie “Liz” Doss (Smith), 56, of Bedford, passed away at 10:45 pm on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Garden Villa.

Born September 9, 1964 in Chicago, IL, she was the daughter of William Gilliam and Eliza Bailey. She was the sixth of thirteen children. She confessed to Christ at an early age and joined the Second Baptist Church in Bedford, IN.

Liz attended several elementary schools and went to Calumet High School. She didn’t have much of a youth. She had to learn motherhood at the age of 15. She tried her best, it wasn’t easy for her. Her first job was at Church’s Chicken and later worked at Nate’s Meat Market. She loved working at her family’s restaurant, Chuck’s Soul Food where she did her part to help do it all.

In 1983, she met Clifford Smith and to that union was born a daughter, Chauntia Smith. In 1986 Clifford asked Liz for her hand in marriage and they were blessed to be married for 34 years.

Liz enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, the summer vacations, and holiday trips to her daughter’s house (Chauntia) to watch her cook. Liz had such a beautiful soul and she didn’t play about her grandchildren.

Liz had 4 sisters, Lula Doss, Rose Mary Doss, of Chicago, IL, Linda Doss, Barbara Thomas, of Memphis, TN; 9 brothers, Richard Doss, Roger Thomas, David Thomas, of Chicago, IL, Robert Doss, Kenneth Doss, Rico Doss, Russels Doss, of Memphis, TN, Gilliam Green, Decatur, IL.

Liz leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Clifford Smith; 3 sons, Johnie Doss, William McKinley, Jr., and Christopher Smith; 4 daughters, Tammie Doss, Chauntia Smith, Ciara King, and Dominique Lee; 7 grandchildren of knowing, Ra’qwon Doss, Terrion, Doss, Tiadja Oldham, Sercey Oldham, Yazmine Oldham, Jorydon Doss, and Adonis Smith; 2 sisters, Lula and Barbara; 4 brothers, Richard, Roger, David, Gilliam; her step-brother, Kenneth Green; a host of aunties and uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends whom will miss her very dearly.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Rosa Mary Doss, Linda Doss; brothers, Robert Doss, Russels Doss, Rico Doss, Kenneth Doss; son, Christopher Smith; grandson, Jonathan Doss; granddaughter, Jermyla Holmes.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 8, 2021 in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Donald Griffin officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday at the mortuary.

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Harold W.”Bill” Bailey

Feb. 19, 1934 — April 30, 2021

Harold W.”Bill” Bailey, originally from Bedford, passed away on Friday April 30, 2021, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was 87 years old.

He was born in Indiana, but moved to Massachusetts in 1965. He served in the military as a National Guard member for six years. He was employed as a stone mason at the East Longmeadow Quarry until its closing in 1971. He then went to work at the Joseph Freedman Co. in Springfield as a supervisor. He worked there until his retirement 32 years later.

He was a loyal Patriots fan as well as a devoted fan of NASCAR racing. He also loved to go to the casinos where he played the slot machines. Most Sundays would find him in his favorite chair watching whatever sports were in season.

He was a kind, fair, generous, and honorable man. He was an extremely hard worker for all his life, both at work and at home. He will be terribly missed by all who knew him.

He leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Marjorie (Wells) Bailey; four children, Elizabeth, John, Steven, and Clara; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a number of nieces and nephews. He also leaves two siblings, Gene and Joanne, both of Indiana.

He was predeceased by a brother, Fred; a sister, Janet; and his parents, Mary and John.

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at a later date.

Nowak Funeral & Cremation Services is entrusted with arrangements.

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Mary L. Damm

July 24, 1929 — May 01, 2021

Mary L. Damm, 91, of Bedford, passed away Saturday, May 1, 2021, at White River Lodge.

She was born on July 24, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan.

Mary was a life time member of Order of the Owls and Germania Maennerchor in Evansville.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Darlene Lacefield; parents, Ernest and Alma (Suttner) Gimlich; and sister, Shirley Mounts.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Kathryn Reising (David); grandchildren, April Steber (Kevin) and Amy Miskuf (Jason); great-grandchildren, James Wilder, John David Miskuf and Elizabeth Miskuf; and brother, Earl Gimlich (Twyla).

A funeral service will be held at noon, Wednesday at Alexander West Chapel in Evansville, with livestreaming at with burial to follow in Alexander Memorial Park.

Friends may visit from 10 a.m. until the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Becky’s Place, 1108 Fifth St. Bedford, IN 47421.

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Elmer O “Butch” Rodman

Elmer O “Butch” Rodman, 80, of Hardinsburg, died Sunday, May 2. Graveside service is at 4 p.m. Friday at Bunker Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Weathers Funeral Home.

Steven B. “Blake” Coats

Steven B. “Blake” Coats, 18, of Salem, died Sunday, May 2. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the Weathers Funeral Home. Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Weathers Funeral Home.

May 04, 2021

Twila L. Cobb

Dec. 22, 1936 — April 30, 2021

Twila L. Cobb, 84, of Springville, died at 8:47 pm on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Monroe Hospital.

Born December 22, 1936 in Bedford, she was the daughter of John and Bertha Esther (Nolan) Faubion. She married Russell Cobb on February 24, 1957, and he preceded her in death on October 1, 2015.

Twila retired after thirty years from the U.S. Postal Service as a Postmaster. She was a member of the Springville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one son, John David Cobb and wife Penny, of Springville; one daughter, Janet Godsey and husband Mark, of Avon; four grandchildren, Alexandra Dair Evans, Jordan David Cobb, Erik Brendan Godsey, and Morgan Danielle Martin; great grandchildren, Josiah David Cobb, Madalynn Jolene Cobb, Calvin Michael Glynn, Jack Henry Godsey, Alexis Brooke Martin, Airy Ellen Martin, Liam Alexander Martin, and another great-granddaughter on the way.

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

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 6th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Kevin Giggy officiating. Burial will follow in Springville West Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 5th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family asks that masks be worn and social distancing observed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Springville United Methodist Church.

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Byron D. Feather

May 31, 1925 — April 26, 2021

USAF Lt.Col. Byron D. Feather, 95, passed away Monday, April, 26, 2021, at Stonebridge Health Campus.

He was born May 31, 1925, to Harry Paul and Violet (Shoemaker) Feather in King, Pennsylvania. On May 7, 1960, he married Betty J. (Woody) Feather in Baltimore, Maryland, and she preceded him in death in January, 2018.

Col Feather joined the Air Force (then known as the Army Air Force) in August,
1943. He received flight training at NC State and attended Navigation School in
Louisiana where he received his navigation wings and a commission as a Second Lieutenant.

A member of “The Greatest Generation,” he served as a navigator with the 67th Troop Carrier Squadron during WWII flying C-46 transport aircraft from the Philippines through the northern islands of Japan. As a USAF Reserve officer, he flew with the 71st Special Operations Squadron (SOS) on the AC-119 “Shadow” gunship in combat in Vietnam, eventually achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

He was the recipient of several combat medals, including the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight, the Meritorious Service Medal for his work in establishing the first aircraft munitions safety program for the 434th Tactical Fighter Wing, and the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight.

As a civilian, he worked as a supervisor and manager of the guided missile maintenance branch at Crane Naval Weapons Supply Center from 1959 until his retirement in 1979.

Byron enjoyed his retirement years golfing, fishing, mushroom-hunting, traveling, keeping up with his five grandchildren and their activities, and trying to “beat the odds” at the casino. Known as “Iron Byron” for walking the hills of Otis Park Golf
Course well into his 80s, he was particularly proud of his two holes-in-one at Otis.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister, many aunts, uncles, cousins,and friends.

Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Craig (Jim); a son, Larry Cole (Veronica); grandchildren, Neil Craig (Magen) of Indianapolis: Reece Craig (companion Kelsie) of Bedford; Logan Cole (Meghan) of Wilmington,NC; Lauren Albert (Jake) and Olivia Dickey (Ryan) of St. Petersburg, FL; and great-grandchildren Judah Cole, Ezekiel Dickey, and baby girl Craig (arriving August, 2021).

He was a great dad, Little Pap, Papaw, and great-grandpa who was happy to play a game of backyard football or baseball with his grandchildren. He loved them all dearly.

No public visitation is planned. A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.

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Jon P. Brown

Jon P. Brown, 62, of Shoals, died Saturday, May 1. Arrangements are pending at The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

Danielle (Boryca) Aikman

Danielle (Boryca) Aikman, 68, of Paoli, died Saturday, May 1. Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at McAdams Mortuary. Arrangements by McAdams Mortuary.

Mildred Eileen (Kleffman) Carter

Mildred Eileen (Kleffman) Carter, 101, of Seymour, died Saturday, May 1. Arrangements are pending at Burkholder Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Seymour.

May 03, 2021

Peggy L. (Brown) Bagshaw

Peggy L. (Brown) Bagshaw, 87, of Campbellsburg, died Friday, April 30. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. until the service Tuesday at the Weathers Funeral Home. Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Weathers Funeral Home.

Twila L. Cobb

Twila L. Cobb, 84, of Springville, died Friday, April 30. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Scott Anthony Stemle

Scott Anthony Stemle, 59, of French Lick, died Sunday, Dec. 17. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church. Arrangements by Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home.

May 02, 2021

Nancy Jane George

Oct. 06, 1929 — April 30, 2021

Nancy Jane George, 91, of Bedford, passed away on Friday, April 30, 2021 at Clark Memorial Hospital.

Born October 6, 1929 in Bedford, she was the daughter of William and Carrie (Ganaway) Wintersmith. She married Herbert Lee George in 1947 and he preceded her in death on August 5, 1999.

She retired from General Motors in 1992 and had worked at Day & Carter Mortuary. She was a member of Tabernacle of Praise Church, former member of Tulip Street Christian Church in Mitchell, the United States Bowling Assoc. (USBA) and The Bowling Hall of Fame.

Survivors include two sons, William W. “W.W.” George and wife Carol, of Princeton and Stephen L. George and wife, Mary, of Mitchell; a daughter, Suzanne D. White and husband, Gary, of Jeffersonville; six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 5th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Clarence Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 till the hour of service at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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Ronald C. “Ron” Pierce

Feb. 01, 1955 — May 01, 2021

Ronald C. “Ron” Pierce, 66, of Bedford, passed away at his residence on May 1, 2021.
Born in Marion County, Indiana, he was the son of Richard M. Pierce and Donna (Brooking) Boyles. He married Connie Cooper on February 14, 1976 and she survives.

Ron was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1974, was a member of the Sportsman’s Gun Club in Mitchell, and was a glazer at City Glass and Paint in Bloomington.

In addition to his wife Connie, Ron is survived by two daughters, Robin (Mike) Robertson and Desiree (Keith) Ottersbach; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; two sisters, Melanie (Tim) Wagoner and Lea (David) Havens; along with several nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter in infancy.

Cremation was chosen with no services at this time.

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

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CE Holt

CE Holt, 64, of Springville, died Nov. 30, 2020. Memorial service will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Harrodsburg Community Center on Popcorn Road in Harrodsburg. Arrangements by Indiana Green Burials, Bloomington Cremation Society.

May 01, 2021

John Wesley Russell

March 24, 1932 — April 29, 2021

John Wesley Russell, 89, of Mitchell, passed away at 3:27 PM on April 29, 2021 at IU Health Bedford.

He was born March 24, 1932 in Mitchell, IN, the son of Fay F. and Lucille (Hutchinson) Russell.

He married Roxie, Erma and Jenny and they all preceded him in death.

He worked twenty years as a superintendent at the Lawrence County Highway Department. He was a member of the Mitchell American Legion Post 250.

He is survived by one daughter, Becky Crosby of Mitchell; three sons, Mike Russell of Detroit, Jack Russell of North Vernon and Roger Russell (Sharon) of Mitchell; three step children, Dora Wittmer of Evansville, Larry Dixon of Mitchell and Phillip Dixon (Susan) of Oolitic; seventeen grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wives; parents; two sons, Jimmy and Brian Russell.

The funeral will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 3, 2021 at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home with Jim Russell officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00 PM.

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Edward M. Branum

April 07, 1936 — April 29, 2021

Edward M. Branum age 85 of Bedford passed away on Thursday April 29, 2021 at 6:51 AM at IU Health in Bedford.

He was born on April 7, 1936 in Bartlettsville, Kentucky to Edward and Viola Branum. He was married to his late wife, Emeline for 35 years and then married Carolyn R. Edwards on July 1, 1998 and she survives.

Ed ran and operated Wilson Locker in Brownstown for 25 plus years and was a professional meat cutter for over 40 years retiring in July of 2020. He was an avid bowler and loved to go dancing with his wife. He was a friend of Dr. Bob and Dr. Bill for 38 years of sobriety, he was loved and admired by many. He was a member of the Mitchell First Church of God.

Survivors include his wife Carolyn Branum of Bedford, two sisters, Effie Johnson of Stinesville and Alice (Clyde) Dewiert of Dunn Reef, Indiana, two sons, Eddie Darrell (Tom) Branum and wife Betty of Kurtz, and Walter Barnum and wife Karen of Florida, Step-son, Mathanial Brown of Bedford, five sisters-in-law’s; Judy, Sherry, Branda, Cindy and Rebecca, brother-in-law; Rick (Diana) Kimanan, several grandchildren and great grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Emeline, daughter, Connie, son, Terry and wife Becky Branum, granddaughter, Penny, two brothers, and mother-in-law, Marjorie Linton

Funeral services will be on Tuesday May 4, 2021 at 12:00 Noon at the Mitchell First Church of God, burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens, with Dr. Robert Courson, officiating.

Visitation will be on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until service time at Noon, at the Mitchell First Church of God.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.

Kenneth “Kenny” Ashley

Dec. 17, 1962 — April 25, 2021

Kenneth “Kenny” Ashley, 58, formerly of Mitchell, passed away at home in Seffner, Florida on Sunday, April 25.

In his early years, Kenny was a mechanic at Ashley’s, his parents’ gas station and wrecker service in Oolitic. He enjoyed woodworking and sketching.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jeanetta and Donald Ashley.

He is survived by his daughters, Stormi and Misty; brothers, Donnie and Darrin Ashley; sister, Donna Feliciano; grandchildren, Bekah and Josh; grandmother, Lorene Ashley; and several extended family members.

No services are planned at this time.

James “Jimmy” Lee Sweigart

Oct. 08, 1964 — April 28, 2021

James “Jimmy” Lee Sweigart, 56, of Bedford, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at I. U. Health Hospice House of Bloomington.

He was born Oct. 8, 1964 in New Castle, Indiana, to James Sweigart and Jane (Lee) Davis.

Jimmy attended the First United Methodist Church and was a six-year member of the Tennessee National Guard. He was a retired large truck mechanic and enjoyed working on cars and riding his motorcycle.

Jimmy is survived by his son, J. Dalton Sweigart; two grandchildren; several cousins; and several aunts and uncles.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Memorial contributions for Jimmy may be made to Bedford First United Methodist Church or Garden Villa.

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Mark Duane Workman

Sept. 30, 1959 — April 28, 2021

Mark Duane Workman, 61, passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born September 30, 1959, in Bedford, he was the son of James Hubert and Dorothy Ruth (Mundy) Workman.

Mark had been employed at Indiana University and was an avid IU fan. He graduated from Mitchell High School in 1977.

Surviving are his daughter, Candace (Matthew) Medlock of Bedford; step-children, Mandie Gerkin of Bedford, Stephanie Gerkin of Bedford; father, James H. Workman of Mitchell; two grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren; siblings, Marilyn (Jim) Workman-Harkness of Mitchell, Mike Workman of Mitchel, Myra (Darren) Smith of Bedford.

His mother and partner, Patrick Enis, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 3, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Brian Bolton officiating. Burial will be in at Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

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