Obituaries

Obituaries — September 2021

Sept. 19, 2021

Buford W. Drake

June 02, 1935 — Sept. 17, 2021

Buford W. Drake, 86, of Heltonville, died at 3:10 pm on Friday, September 17, 2021, at IU Health Hospice House.

Born June 2, 1935, in Trimble Co. Kentucky, he was the son of Birchel and Alene (Farley) Drake. He was raised by Shelby and Mary Farley. He married Stella Lois Riley on December 21, 1957, and she preceded him in death on January 29, 2011. Buford retired from RCA in 1998. He was a US Army Veteran, serving with the Third Armor Division of the 56th Infantry. He was a member of Mundell Christian Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Gray and husband Randy of Heltonville, Kelly Clymer and husband Steve of Martinsville; one son, James Drake of Columbus; seven grandchildren, Diana Humphrey, Josiah Hunter, Kristen Hunter, Emily Hunter, Brittany Prince, Nevaeh George, and Katrina George; nine great grandchildren; and one sister, Joann Hoskins of Bedford, KY.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois; one daughter, Kathy George; one brother, Carroll Drake; and three sisters, Louise Truelove, Oleta Mahoney, and Nieva Wheeler.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 22nd at Mundell Christian Church with John Wisley officiating. Burial will follow in Mundell Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 21st at Day & Carter Mortuary, and from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Wednesday at Mundell Christian Church.

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

Lois Maxine Parsley

Dec. 08, 1932 — Sept. 17, 2021

Lois Maxine Parsley, 88 of Owensburg, died at 1:48 pm on Friday, September 17, 2021, at IU Health Bedford.

Born December 8, 1932, in Greene County, she was the daughter of Dwight and Helen (Perkins) Craig. She married Edward Parsley on March 6, 1949, and he survives. Maxine was a member of Owensburg Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband Edward of Owensburg; children, Wilma Thurman (Steve) of Bloomfield, Darwin Parsley (Gloria) of Springville, Kathy Harper (Roger) of Springville, Kevin Parsley (Jane) of Springville, Jill Hays (Andy) of Owensburg; twenty grandchildren; Karen Inman, Neal Fielder, Chris Fielder, Kent Fielder, Caleb Thurman, Ben Sherfield, Cora Sherfield, Jeff Parsley, Corey Harper, Craig Harper, Katherine Kinser, Nick Parsley, Korisha Tillet, Justin Parsley, Dustin Parsley, Dustin Workman, Derek Workman, Amanda McPike, Alissa Hays, Amy Wilkerson; forty six great grandchildren; fourteen great-great grandchildren; and one brother, Donnie Craig of Bloomington.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Leland, Robert, Doyle, John and Roy Craig; two sisters, Mary Jean Chin and Betty Young; and two grandchildren, Kristen and Kayla Parsley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 21st in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Duane Terry officiating. Burial will follow in Owensburg Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Monday, September 20th at Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

William Tyree Moore

Aug. 06, 1953 — Sept. 17, 2021

William Tyree Moore, 68, of Bedford, died on Friday, September 17, 2021, at IU Health Hospice House.

Born August 6, 1953, in Bedford, he was the son of Homer and Jodie (Sears) Moore. He married Cassie Tolbert on December 15, 1973, and she preceded him in death on January 9, 2008.

Survivors include one son, Jeremy Moore and wife Heather; one daughter, Kylee Harding and husband Jason; grandchildren, Kennedy and Kadence Moore, Chloe, Isabelle, and Eliza Harding; one sister, Gina Owens and husband Doyle; one brother, Tod Moore and wife Angie; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 22nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Richard Tallman officiating. Burial will follow in Saltillo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 21st at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Sept. 18, 2021

Mona L. Bates

July 30, 1941 — Sept. 17, 2021

Mona L. Bates, 80, of Bedford, passed away Friday, September 17, 2021, at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

Born July 30, 1941, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Carl and Helen (Jenkins) Cazee. She married Danny “Bud” Russell and he preceded her in death. She later married Ronald K. Bates in 1967 and he also preceded her in death on November 10, 1990. She retired from Thomson Consumer Electronics. She was a member of I.B.E.W. Local 1424 and the Momentum Community Church in Bedford.

Survivors include two sons, Reno Bates and wife, Heather, and Billy Joe Russell, all of Bedford; two daughters, Julie Conley and husband, Christopher, of Bedford, and Rhonda Brock, of Paoli; eleven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Karlene Giddens and husband, Jeff, of Greenwood, IN; two brothers, Robert Cazee, of Oolitic and Ronnie Cazee and wife, Cheryl, of Nebraska.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, a brother, Kenneth, and a grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 21st at the Momentum Community Church with Pastor Reno Bates officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, September 20th and from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Tuesday, September 21st all at the church. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Momentum Community Church.

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

Alpha M. McKnight

Sept. 10, 1924 — Sept. 17, 2021

Alpha M. McKnight, 97, of Bedford, passed away Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at White River Lodge in

She was born Sept. 10, 1924, in Bedford, to John F. and Alpha (Bartlett) Manzenberger. She married William G. McKnight on Oct. 31, 1941, and he preceded her in death on April 18, 1976.

Alpha was a graduate of Heltonville High School and a member of Fairview Community Church. She was secretary for Heltonville School and later retired from the North Lawrence Community School System.

Alpha is survived by several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; great-great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-great nieces and nephews.

Preceding Alpha in death were her parents; husband; four brothers, Bill, Joe, Frank and Johnny Manzenberger; and six sisters, Kate Covey, Helen Reuter, Angie Sego, Luella Clampitt, Mary Jane Moses and Mildred Deckard.

Visitation for Alpha will be held from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, at the Mundell Christian Church. The funeral service will begin at 6:00 p.m., Monday, also at Mundell, with Pastor Kenny Fisher and Pastor Jon Wisley officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Mundell Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Mundell Christian Church Cemetery Fund.

Online condolences may be sent to www.FergusonLee.com

Gary L. “GL” Lyons

Nov. 17, 1949 — Sept. 16, 2021

Gary L. “GL” Lyons age 71 of Spingville, passed away on September 16, 2021 at 2:05 PM at IU Health in Bedford.

Born November 17, 1949, the son of John E. and Jane E. (Burkhart) Lyons. He married Nancy Jane (Janie) Hawkins on June 1, 1974 and she survives.

He retired from General Motors Powertrain after 30 years as a Machine Repairman. He was a 1968 graduate of Bedford High School, attended Indiana State University where he studied music as a Trumpet Major. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard and member of the UAW Local #440.

Gary was an avid collector of vintage Mopar vehicles buying, selling and restoring them for many years. He was known by many for his paint work.

Other survivors include sons, Mike (Jennifer) of Clayton, George (Carrie) of Indianapolis, Grandchildren, Ashley, Justin, Andrew, Hayden, Jason, Brody, Taylor and great granddaughter, Brooklyn. His furry companion Homer who was with him from 6 weeks old has gone over the Rainbow Bridge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles and several cousins.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday September 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM with Jerry Wheeler officiatin. Entombment will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held on Tuesday September 21, 2021 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home. The family asks in honor of Gary’s love of cars, that all hot rods and classic cars be driven to the services.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.

Sept. 17, 2021

Jackson Eugene Charles

Dec. 21, 1935 — Sept. 15, 2021

Jackson Eugene “Jackie” Charles, 85, of Avoca, passed away at 10:20 pm on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Westview Nursing and Rehab.

Born December 21, 1935, in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Ernest Emery and Marguerite (Link) Charles. He married Virginia Brock on January 24, 1965, and she survives. He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local #20 and worked at Bright’s Sheet Metal. He attended Gulletts Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia, of Avoca; a daughter, Kim Thompson and husband, Matt, of Springville; three grandchildren, Brooke Ritz and husband, Brandon, of Brownstown, Taylor Perry and husband, Jacob, of Leesville, and Garrett Thompson, of Springville; five great-grandchildren, Grace, Sawyer, Knox, Tripp, and McCoy; two sisters, Wanda Weilbaker and Gloria “Chink” Arthur.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert Charles and a sister, Betty Spires.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Monday, September 20th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Brian Stoll officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Cemetery in Silverville. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday, September 19th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Claudia May Hawkins

Jan. 03, 1940 — Aug. 06, 2021

Claudia was born on January 3, 1940 to Claude (Bushy) Beyers and Florence Anna (Harrell) Beyers in Bedford, IN. She married Vernon Dale Hawkins September 7, 1968 in Brownstown IN. He preceded her in death on August 6, 2007.

Claudia graduated from Heltonville High School in 1958 and Anderson College (now university) in 1963, earning a BA degree in Sociology and Psychology. She put herself through college by working in the university’s cafeteria and maintenance depts. and in catering and retail sales.

During her career she worked for the State of Indiana’s Offices of Welfare and Unemployment, YWCA, retail sales, catering, waitress, factory worker, North Lawrence Community Schools, and was manager of a health food kiosk in the Bedford mall.

She is survived by one son Brad Hawkins, Bedford IN; one daughter, Debbie Hawkins, Africa; grandchildren, Isaac Hawkins (Sydney) Bedford IN, Elizabeth Fowler (Josh) Mitchell IN, Rebekah Hawkins, Bedford IN, and Chloe Grissom (Alex) Bedford IN; one great grandson, Samuel Fowler; one brother, Fred and wife Jan Beyers, Owosso MI; Sister-in-law, Luella Potts, Bedford IN; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by parents; husband; two sisters, Maude Eva Hawkins (Robert) and Annabelle Chasteen (Earl); brother-in-law, Arthur Potts; sister-in-law, Pansy Foremen (Wayne).

Shadow, her faithful dog in life, preceded her in death. Now they will rest peacefully together with Claudia’s beloved husband Vernon.

Claudia attended Valley Mission Church of the Nazarene. She was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).

A graveside funeral at Cresthaven Memory Gardens is scheduled on Sept 21 at 11:00 a.m.; Rev. Roland Holtsclaw officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to White River Humane Society, Bedford, IN or Anderson University, Anderson, IN.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.

Sept. 16, 2021

Charles Wallace Peoples Jr.

June 27, 1934 — Sept. 15, 2021

Charles Wallace Peoples Jr., 87, of Shoals, passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Loogootee Nursing Center.

Born June 27, 1934, in Shoals, he was the son of Charles W. and Gethel (Tow) Peoples.

He married Naomi Jackson Honeycutt on August 14, 1971, and she survives.

Charles attended Shoals High School. He was a retired truck driver; attended Fairview Baptist Church; member of the Kentucky Colonels, Mitchell American Legion, Shoals VFW, and the Bedford Boat and Sportsman’s Club.

Surviving are his wife, Naomi, of Shoals; children, Susan Peoples, of Stockton, CA, Arlene (Jeff) Cundiff, of Shoals, Marnita (Mike) Arvin, of Loogootee, Colleen Stout, of Shoals, Charles R. Peoples and Rick Tishner, of Shoals, Pearl (Scott) Quinn, of Shoals, and Jackie (Eric) Harper, of Springville; step-daughter, DeeDee (Paul) Sanders, of Shoals; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; sister, Tima (Gary) Hickman; sisters-in-law, Sharon Peoples and Carolyn Brett; brothers-in-law, Rick Jackson and Roger (Faye) Jackson, all of Shoals; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Peoples; half-brothers, Nathan Peoples and Earl Peoples; half-sisters, Aileen (Peoples) Nichols, Mary (Peoples) Clift, Charlotte (Peoples) Harbin, Stella (Peoples) Holt, Elizabeth (Peoples) Hicks, and Pearl (Ross) Haynes.

Funeral service will be at 11:30 A.M. on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Queen-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Dustin Staggs and Matt Sullivan officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 P.M. Friday at the funeral chapel.

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

Burl R. Terrell

Feb. 11, 1936 — Sept. 15, 2021

Burl R. Terrell, 85, passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Mitchell Manor following a long battle with cancer.

Born February 11, 1936, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Burl R. Terrell, Sr.and Lillian (Ray) Terrell Jeans. He married Lois M. Ratliff March 7, 1953.

Burl owned B & L Auto Repair and retired in 1998. He was a member and deacon of Spice Valley Baptist Church. Burl’s favorite pass times were reading his Bible and playing golf where he achieved a hole-in-one.

Surviving are his wife, Lois Terrell of Mitchell; children, Terry W. Terrell and companion, Patricia Elkins of Mitchell, Sharon Terrell of Mitchell; grandchildren, Adam Terrell, Jason Ball, Julie (Jeff) Huntsman, Shannon (Amy) Terrell, Michael Terrell, and Kimberly Terrell and companion, Charles Pierce; ten great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 18, at Spice Valley Baptist Church with Pastor Roger Allen officiating. Burial will be Spice Valley Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the church.

Memorial Gifts: Spice Valley Baptist Church Cemetery Fund

The family requests that masks be worn.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

James Alan Sanders

Jan. 10, 1966 — July 12, 2021

James Alan Sanders, 55, passed away Monday, July 12, 2021, at St. Charles Health Campus in Jasper.

Born January 10, 1966, in Bedford, he was the son of Ernest E. and Marian Rose (Caraway) Sanders.

James graduated from Shoals High School in 1984 and was employed at French Lick Resort. He enjoyed repairing vehicles, car shows, and music. A special interest was landscaping and growing flowers.

Surviving are his children, Sarah Kathleen Sanders of Bloomington, Lucas Alan Sanders of Odon; siblings, Tony Eugene Sanders of Mitchell, Jeffrey William Sanders of Loogootee, Cynthia Sanders-Rincker of Shoals, John David Sanders of West Chester, Ohio; two nieces and four nephews.

His parents preceded him in death.

Following cremation, a graveside service will be at Mt. Horeb Cemetery on Monday, September 20th at 11:00am.

Condolences amy be expressd at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Glen Wayne Humphreys

May 01, 1943 — Sept. 14, 2021

Glen Wayne Humphreys, 78, of Orleans, passed away at 1:47 AM on September 14, 2021 at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

He was born May 1, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Hollie Leland and Elwanda (Evans) Humphreys.

He married Naomi (Simmons) Humphreys on April 10, 1969 and she survives.

He graduated from Orleans High School, class of 1962. He attended the Work of God Church for over 21 years. He served as chairman of Northeast Township Advisory Board for over 15 years. He worked at Travelers before going into the Army from April 1965 to January 1967, serving in Vietnam. He was Don Simmons substitute mail carrier until he went to Crane. Glen retired from Crane in 2003. He was a Lifetime Farmer and worked on his dad’s dairy farm. He was a family man, wonderful brother, enjoyed collecting many things especially old cars and enjoyed traveling.

He is survived by his wife of Orleans; three children, Darla (Lee) Hall of Orleans, Joni McCreary of Indianapolis and Hollie Aaron Humphreys of Orleans; six grandchildren, Andrew, Isak, Evangeline, Ian, Rachel and Aidan; seven great grandchildren; one brother, Lee (Lesa) Humphreys of Orleans and four sisters, Norma Humphreys of Orleans, Hazel (Dennis) Moore of Bedford, Mary (Scott) Mapes of Orleans and Anna Belle Dobay of Orleans; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The funeral will be on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans with Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial will follow in Freedom Cemetery, Orleans with military rites conducted by the Orleans American Legion Post 69.

Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home on Saturday from 12:00 until service time.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Work of God Church or Orleans American Legion.

Condolences may be expressed at www.ochstetrick.net

Sept. 14, 2021

Jeannine (Taylor) Easton

Jeannine (Taylor) Easton was born to Kenneth L. and Zelpha (Marriott) Taylor on February 5, 1931 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Being born at the beginning of the Great Depression, Jeannine would move across the country because her father worked as a carpenter at military installations. Consequently, Jeannine attended schools in Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Wyoming and Indiana. Her folks finally settled in Indiana where she attended Heltonville Jr. High and Shawswick High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Roland (Biscuit) Easton in July 1948 and they became parents to four children, Richard Easton and wife Kevin of Louisiana, Eric Easton and wife Susan of Springville, Terry Roberts and husband Randy of Bedford area, and Sherry Umphress and husband Jerry of Bedford.

Jeannine loved being a mother and was very active in her children’s activities, band, sports, PTO, 4-H, she found being a grandmother an even more delightful role in life, showering her love and attention on Kaelyn (Blaze) Carmouche of Louisiana, Aaron (Amy) Wells of Florida, Tina (Nick) Langbeen of Arizona, Stephen (Ariel) Easton of Bedford, Brian (Camila) Roberts of Maryland, Amanda (Josh) Rollins of Bedford, Kelly Wilson of Indianapolis, and Kenna (Jason) Allender of Bedford. Then her world expanded to include great- grandchildren, Neioh and Zaeda Carmouche, Rayne, Haley, Amry, Kaden, Brody and Elsie Wells, Emmett and Elliott Easton, Molly and Maddy Langbeen, Simon, Joaquin, and Victoria Roberts, Cam, Carson, Carter Rollins, Michal Wilson, Drew (Aaron) Stewart, Luke, Emma, and Beau Allender.

Jeannine worked briefly at RCA in Bloomington, Hoosier Christian Village, and Fit For Life Spa. She filled her days with volunteer work in schools, church and throughout her neighborhood. She was a skilled seamstress lavishing her talents upon her family and friends. Even as her health waned, she knitted and crocheted daily.

At 36 years of age, she gave her life to JESUS and never looked back. Her church was in her heart always and she sought whatever way she could convey God’s love to those around her.

Besides her children, she is survived by a sister, Paloma Kelley of Bloomington, a brother, Verl (Odie) Taylor of Bedford, sister-in-law, Alice Gates of Illinois.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband of 60 years, one brother, Gary Taylor, brothers-in-law, Joe Gates, Frank Axsom, Bill Kelley and one great granddaughter, Cadence Rollins.

Jeannine’s heart always leaned toward young people, so according to her wishes friends and family are asked to consider Wonder Valley Christian Camp or Mt. Pleasant Christian Church youth group instead of flowers.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday September 16, 2021 at 6:00 Pm at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church with Brother Jeff Huddelson, officiating, visitation will be held on Thursday from 3:00 Pm until service time at 6:00 Pm at the church.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.

Deborah Mengedoht-Knust

Oct. 27, 1957 — Sept. 12, 2021

Deborah Mengedoht-Knust, 63, of Washington, passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at her residence.

Born October 27, 1957, in Linton, IN, she was the daughter of Kenneth Mengedoht and Sylvia (Auberry) Thomas. She married Kenneth Knust on June 15, 1992, and he survives. She was a retired machine operator at General Motors.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth of Washington, mother, Sylvia Thomas of Conway, SC, one son, Curtis Smith and wife Jasmine of Vincennes, two grandchildren, Eleanor and Shelby, a stepdaughter, Shelly Knust and spouse Teresa Voorhees of Franklin, IN, two sisters, Connie Green and husband Jerry of Jasper and Heather Earl and husband Damon of Rockhill, SC and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth, a sister, Pamela Bontempt and a stepdaughter, Charity Knust.

Visitation will be from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Sunday, September 19, 2021 in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Ralph Harrell

July 04, 1927 — Sept. 13, 2021

On September 13th at 9:39 a.m. Ralph Harrell was called home to be with Jesus.

Ralph was born July 4th, 1927 at home, the baby of the family with his twin brother Ray, to William Larkin and Iva Belle (Hanner) Harrell. The twins added joy to the happy family already blessed with siblings Fred and Dorothy. Ralph was raised in the north end of Bedford but spent most of the first two years, every summer and many visits throughout his life enjoying the hills and pastures of the Hanner Hoosier Homestead Farm at Blind Horse Holler in Jackson County. He was able to take his final journey to the holler for his birthday in July 2021.

On June 27, 1948 Ralph married June Gilbert and after a honeymoon at the Haven of Rest on Hwy 50W, they set up housekeeping in a homestead they purchased with a down payment of a 1938 Oldsmobile coupe. Even though the newlyweds were relegated to driving a 1936 one ton flat-bed Dodge truck, they loved their new home.

As the Bible teaches, devout faith and servanthood to the Lord was to be the principal aim in life and through the years Ralph served with many initiatives to further the mission of the First Church of God and made lifelong friends in the Faith in Action class. It was routine to welcome friends, neighbors, and co-workers with visits to their home most often including a savory meal, always with the building of friendships, and usually with an invitation to church. They are known far and wide for their greathearted hospitality!

As a young fellow, Ralph passed papers in the north end of Bedford. When he was 14, he moved to his dear Aunt Ethel’s in Jackson County to set railroad ties through the county alongside Claude Akins and several other boys from the area. They worked hot 12-hour work days 7 days per week all summer and the stories were admirable but only in recent years did we learn that of all the boys who started the summer job, Ralph was the only boy standing to the end! A lifelong work ethic was born.

In the 40’s before and after service to the Army in the Pacific Theatre Ralph worked in his father’s auto repair shop on the alley of the family home. In the 50’s and 60’s Ralph operated his own auto repair shop on the Oolitic Road started with a weeks’ pay from his Dad to get the garage going. After years of persuasion, Ralph left the shop in the hands of his father-in-law and began a long career of teaching auto mechanics and auto body at the Bedford High School Vocational School where he mentored many young men to careers in auto service – several who visited him until the time of his death.

Most folks in the area are familiar with Ralph’s skill in restoring antique cars and have seen or ridden in the ’29 Model A Ford “Betsy Suz” or others of his beautiful restorations. If you knew Ralph, you’ve said, “Ralph, my car is making this sound”, or “jerking to the left”, or is “stuck out on such and so country road…please help” and he never said no to requests for a helping hand. June and the girls knew if they came upon a car broken down on the road, Ralph was going to stop.

Ralph was also a talented musician starting at a young age when he learned to play guitar and then mandolin from an “old fiddler” in the neighborhood. He and his friends started a jug band and played Monon railroad worker dances and political rallies. After conveniently marrying another music lover in June, Ralph continued the tradition with the Chuckwagon Christian western band, The Limestone Cowboys and also with bluegrass festivals and friendly house jams. In fact, Ralph admits that during a competitive courting with another fellow interested in winning June’s heart, he won only because he could play the guitar!

After 69 years of marriage, Ralph’s beloved June went to heaven on July 14th, 2017. Surviving are two daughters, Su Lynn “Suz” Frederickson of Bloomington and Beth (Larry) Mize of Martinsville and the Mize children Lezli (Steve) Phallen of San Diego, J.R. (Gretchen) Mize of Matthews, NC and Caron (Burke) Minsley of Boulder, CO. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, Jack & Sloan Phallen, Beckett Mize and Evalyn & Felix Minsley.

Ralph also leaves behind cherished cousins, nieces, nephews and friends and Ralph’s sweet dog Roxie who followed him down Spring Drive behind the John Deere when he could no longer take her on walks.

In addition to June, Ralph was also preceded in death by his precious family, Lark & Iva Harrell, brothers Fred and Ray and sister, Dorothy Brock. Ralph loved his family!

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the White River Lodge “family” of caregivers who made sure the final year of Ralph’s life was as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. A special thanks to Meg Huffman, Leslie Lintz, “Jasmine”, Brittany Woods, “Bootsie” & Vanisea Staley, “Wootsy” & Caleb Underwood whose above and beyond approach made his day just about every day. A special thanks as well to the devoted team at Johnson Christian Village where he maintained a treasured level of independence during his health decline and nurtured new and renewed friendships, and was also especially spoiled by Laura, Jessica, Cindy & Misty who routinely checked on him after he moved!

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 19th at the gravesite in Cresthaven Memory Gardens with Rev. Charlie Scott officiating. Due to Covid precautions, there is no visitation but an outdoor gathering where family can be greeted at the gravesite with a message by Rev. Scott, special music and military honors arranged by Day & Carter Mortuary. There will be seating in tents and open air standing for funeral.

For those who are inclined, a donation to Ralph’s favorite local charity, White River Humane Society can be made through Day & Carter.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: KN95 masks are required for the funeral event and will be provided by Day & Carter staff at the entrance. There are no exceptions to this requirement. If you cannot wear a mask, you are welcome to enjoy the service from your vehicle. Thank you for your understanding and for your consideration of this requirement. The family strongly believes it would be irresponsible to not take these precautions in light of the RED STATUS of Covid activity in Lawrence County and the destructive nature of this deadly virus. We love you and we want to keep you safe and healthy!

Richard “Dick” Cameron

Sept. 14, 1932 — Sept. 12, 2021

Richard “Dick” Cameron, 88, of Bedford, passed away Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 14, 1932, in Lawrence County, to Norman M. and Frances C. (McDonald) Cameron. He married Elizabeth “Betty” Shaff on July 25, 1953, and she preceded him in death on April 5, 2019.

Dick was a member and elder of Fairview Church, a 60-year member of American Legion Gillen Post #33 and a U. S. Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. He retired from General Motors and Stone City Bank as a Maintenance Supervisor.

Surviving to cherish Dick’s memory are his grandchildren, Joshua (Chiffon) Cameron and Dr. Erinn (David Edwards) Cameron; great-grandchildren, Korrinna (Layne) Holbrook, Autumn, Alivia, Joshua Jr., Riley, Lauren, Frances, Caitlin and Brooklyn; great-great grandchildren, Maivery and Avalynn; and daughter-in-law, Jill Cameron.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty; sons, Ric and Greg Cameron; brother, William Robert Cameron; and his best fur-legged friend, Samantha.

Visitation for Dick will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford. The funeral service will immediately follow visitation at 1:00 p.m., at Ferguson-Lee, with Pastor Lindy Hopkins officiating.

Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery with military rites accorded graveside by American Legion Gillen Post #33.

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

William F (Bill) Kern

July 22, 1927 — Sept. 12, 2021

William F (Bill) Kern, 94, of Bedford, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2021, at his residence.

Bill was born July 22, 1927, in Oolitic, IN, to William E Kern and Margaret H (Spinks) Kern. He married Beatrice Rawnsley in 1957 and they were married for 55 years.

Bill attended Oolitic High School where he graduated early in order to serve his country in World War 2. Upon returning from the Pacific Theater, Bill attended Purdue University where he obtained an advanced degree in Economics before embarking on a career at Citizens National Bank for over 30 years. Bill loved fishing for anything that swam, fine cigars, Purdue Basketball, telling his grandchildren stories and cattle farming which he pursued into his 80’s. He was a member of Jaycees, Rotary Club, the American Legion and Englewood Baptist Church.

Surviving to cherish Bill’s memory are children: Scott (Susanne) Kern of Bloomington, James (Rhonda) Kern of Bristow, Va ; sister Jolene (Dave) Fruit of Springville and grandchildren, Nathan Kern of Bloomington, Adam Kern of South Bend, Alex Kern and Abigail Kern both of Bristow, Va.

Preceding Bill in death were his wife, Bea Kern; parents, William and Helen Kern; and sibling, Eva (Billie) Simpson.

Funeral services will be held on Friday September 17, 2021 at 1:00 Pm at Cresthaven Funeral Home, with Brother David Ferry, officiating, entombment will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.  Visitation will be on Thursday September 16, 2021 at Cresthaven Funeral Home from 3:00 Pm until 7:00 Pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Bedford Rotary Club.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.

Steven Mark Chastain

March 09, 1956 — Sept. 01, 2021

Steven Mark Chastain age 65 of Bedford passed away at his residence on September 1, 2021.

He was born in Bedford on March 9, 1956 to Curtis Chastain and Gladys (Browning) Chastain. He was retired from General Motors in Bedford, he was a graduate of Bedford High School and member of the U.A.W. Local #440, he was musically inclined and loved to play the guitar.

Survivors include one son, Dustin Chastain Brown of Martinsville, two sisters, Debra Chestnut and Terry Stevens of Springville, Amy (Bill) Sowders of Bedford, one brother, Jeff (Lisa) Chastain of Bedford, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services will be on Saturday September 18, 2021 at 4:00 Pm at Fairview Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held after the graveside services at his sister’s Amy Sowders residence.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.

Charles Edsel Jones

Sept. 14, 1931 — Sept. 11, 2021

Charles Edsel Jones, 89, Norman, died Saturday at his residence with his loving family by his side.

Charles was born September 14,1931 in Corbin KY. to John Stanley and Bertha (Moore) Jones. He married Nancy Baker on December 14 1950 and she preceded him in death.

He is survived by his sons James (Lila) Jones and Ronnie (Louise) Jones, daughters Phyllis Jones, Paulette Jones Diane Johnson and Doris Lynn (Mark) Turner, brother John Stanley Jones Jr., and sister Amanda Root.

Visitation will be from 10am until service time at 2pm Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville.

Burial will follow at Mitchell Cemetery with Brother Travis Jones officiating.

Sept. 13, 2021

Sarah Bernice Myers

April 29, 1931 — Sept. 11, 2021

Sarah Bernice Myers, 90, of Bedford, passed away at 4:20 pm on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at her residence.

Born April 29, 1931, in Oolitic, she was the daughter of William R. and Anna (Jarvis) Moore. She married Donald Eugene Myers on January 9, 1956, and he preceded her in death on May 24, 2020. She was a homemaker of the Christian faith and a dedicated Pastor’s wife.

Survivors include three sons, Mike Hall and wife, Norma, Donny Myers and wife, Mary Beth, and Billy Myers and wife, Kelly, all of Bedford; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Hall, of Bedford; sixteen grandchildren, Annee Fish (Jason), Toby Thurler (Andrea), missy Stevenson, JD Hall, Caitlin Brinkman (Andrew), Kelsey Colson (Jeff), Gracie Myers, Brett Myers (Aleshia), Briana Brooking (Branson), Ashley Allen (David), Eric Myers, Kaylee Myers, Austin Myers, Riley Spencer, Krystle Allyn (Nik), and Tristan Parmley; twenty great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Helen Wever, of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Timothy B. Hall; brothers, Homer and Kenneth Moore; a sister, Edith Blackburn.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 16th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jeff Gladson officiating. Burial will follow in the Saltillo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Wanwalah McCullough

June 18, 1920 — Sept. 12, 2021

Wanwalah McCullough, 101, of Heltonville, entered heaven on September 12, 2021, while residing at White River Lodge in Bedford, Indiana.

She was born June 18, 1920, in Lawrence County, Indiana, to Lobie and Minnie Deckard. She was a graduate of Needmore High School, Class of 1940. She married Frank McCullough on October 27, 1940, and he preceded her in death on November 14, 1983.

Wanwalah was a member of Donica Church of God. She worked at Westinghouse and Sarkes Tarzian in Bloomington, Indiana. She was also a caregiver for many family and friends throughout the years. Her most important job was serving her Lord, Jesus Christ. Wanwalah’s service was evident in how she cared for others. She put as much love and care into making a simple June apple pie for a grandson as she did when she prepared an enormous holiday meal for her entire family. She thoroughly enjoyed cooking the Thanksgiving meal for several years for her middle son, Ernie, at his shop, E & R Fabricating.

All who loved and knew Wanwalah, or “Wootsie” as known by many, have unique and special memories to share. Purple was definitely her signature color! She loved to share recipes, sketch pictures, and collect rocks. Her loved ones would bring her rocks from their adventures, and she would save every one of them by gluing them together on a piece of driftwood for them to admire. When she sang “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck,” you knew she meant it with all her heart!

Surviving are three sons, Edward (Barbara), Ernie (Amy) and Jay (Patty); Grandchildren Shawn McCollum (Nelson), Darin McCullough (Angie), Hannah McCullough, Sarah Stewart (Ron), Lucas McCullough (Whitney), Logan McCullough (Alexa) and Katie McCullough (fiancé Trace); Great Grandchildren Clay McCollum, Carson McCollum, Morgan Cessna (Kyle), Corbin McCullough (Charlie), Conner McCullough, Rosalie Jo McCullough, Jack Logan McCullough and Harper Grace McCullough; Great Great Grandchildren Mack Jacob Cessna and Mabel Mae McCullough.

She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers Earnest, Wayne, and Vernon; sisters Ila Beavers and Wilma Quackenbush; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 1pm at Donica Church of God, 1969 Donica Church Road, Bedford, with Pastor Kendall Hendrickson officiating. The family will greet visitors from 11:30 until the time of the service. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Donica Church of God or the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association.

The family would like to express our gratitude to the staff of White River Lodge and the many in home caregivers who cared for Wanwalah during her time of need.

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

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

Kenneth Burton

Oct. 29, 1924 — Sept. 09, 2021

Kenneth Burton, 96, of Bedford died Sept. 9, 2021. He was born Oct 29,1924 in French Lick to Harry C and Laura (Carnes) Burton.

He was a long time member and board member of Faith Mission Church.

He married Ferne (Hallaway) March 31, 1944 and they were married 61 years until her death Aug. 31, 2005.

Then he married Louise Speer, June 5, 2007 and she survives.

He is also survived by one son Tony of Mitchell, one daughter Sharon Justice (Ray), one granddaughter Tammy Carpenter (Jerry) of Frankfort. Also one great granddaughter, Jennifer Riccius and one great great granddaughter. Stepson, Randall Speer ( Carolyn ) of Bedford, Janet Matlock (Dr. Carl) of Mitchell, Charlotte Matlock (Joe) of Columbia Ky. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two brothers, Carl & Howard two sisters, Margie Henderson and Lois Burton.

The service will be at Faith Mission Church at noon on Tuesday, September 14 with visitation one hour prior. Rev. Leonard Sankey, Rev. Steven Hight, and Rev. Aaron Wardlow will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in French Lick Indiana. Memorial donations may be made to Stone City Christian Academy c/o Faith Mission Church, 1817 26th Street, Bedford IN 47421.

McAdams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements. For condolences visit mcadamsmortuary.com

Gloria Anderson

March 16, 1945 — Sept. 12, 2021

Gloria Anderson, 76 of Orleans, passed away September 12, 2021 at her sisters home in Orleans.

She was born March 16, 1945 in Pennington Gap, VA to parents, Samuel Ray & Jeanette (Campbell) Daugherty. She retired from the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency. Gloria was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She enjoyed sewing and painting, being in nature

Survivors include her Daughters, Jewell “J.J.” Wagner and husband, Terry of Orleans and Sincerae “Cerae” Aslinger of Bedford; Son, Jeremiah Anderson and wife, Summer of Mitchell; 6 Grandchildren, Heather Schenk (Nick), Christian Wagner, Linda Fitch, Annera Fitch, Macie Anderson and Noah Anderson; 1 Great Grandchild, Nova Lepinski; Sister, Nancy Reynolds of Orleans; Brothers, Marvin Daugherty and Brad Daugherty both of Paoli, and Glenn Daugherty of Madison.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Geraldine Nodine and brothers, Melvin and Jack Daugherty.

Services for Gloria Anderson will be private. McAdams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

For condolences visit mcadamsmortuary.com

Leonard Gilbert (“Gib”) Vance

Nov. 17, 1943 — Sept. 09, 2021

Leonard Gilbert (“Gib”) Vance, 77, of Freelandville, Indiana, entered the presence of the Lord on the morning of Thursday, September 9, 2021, with family by his side.

On November 17, 1943, Gib was born to the late Norval Harris and Martha Robertine (Gross) Vance in Mariemont, Ohio. The family moved to Knox County in 1955, and he graduated from Freelandville High School in 1962 and attended classes at Vincennes University and became a structural steel draftsman.

Gib wore his uniform of suspenders, a blue oxford shirt, and jeans well into retirement. He worked as a draftsman at Indiana Bridge in Muncie, Stone City Steel in Bedford, and as the owner of Merit Engineering in Freelandville. His steel detailing work can be seen throughout Indiana, including in the roof of Lucas Oil Stadium, the dome of West Baden Springs Hotel, and in handrails at schools, hospitals, and hotels throughout Indiana. He enjoyed trains, automotive repair, movies of all kinds, Christmas and shopping for those in need, and a good ice cream cone.

He was also actively involved in his community. He was a member of FBC Bicknell. As a founding member and first President of the Freelandville Regional Sewer District, he helped bring Freelandville’s wastewater system to environmentally safe levels. In the late 1990s, he worked with a group of parents in the North Knox Schools to introduce soccer teams as an extracurricular activity, a sport still played today in the school.

In addition, he was a member of the Freelandville High School Basketball team and FFA. Gib was also a 50-year Master Mason of Masonic Lodge #616 in Elnora and active in Junior Achievement.

Gib is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara (Boyd) Vance, and eight children, Gib (Cindy) Vance, Jr. of Mooresville, Dawn (Mike) Magdycz of Fishers, William (Rachel) Vance of Freelandville, Martha (Owen) Thomson of Freelandville, and Dennis, Paula, Lori, and Jennifer Vance; 5 grandchildren Heather (Nick) Davis, Nate and Aleris Crum, Ares Ramos, and Stuart Vance Thomson; step-grandson Michael Magdycz, Jr.; 2 great-grandchildren Remi Davis and Spenser Crum; siblings Billie (Bernard) Sager and Thomas Vance; nephew Larry (Becky) Bland, and several other nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his former wives and their children, Joyce (Smith) Neal, Gib Jr., and Dawn, and Jeannie (Lawyer) Vance, Lori, Jennifer, Dennis, and Paula.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Karen Bland, and grand-dog Medic.

Visitation will be at FBC Bicknell, 317 Washington Street, Bicknell, IN, on Sunday, September 12, 2021, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and Monday, September 13 at 10:00 AM until the service at 11:00 AM Burial will be in Freelandville Christian Church Cemetery following a graveside Masonic Service. The family requests that visitors wear masks to the visitation and funeral.

In addition to flowers, donations may be made in his name to FBC Bicknell’s Love Lights a Tree program, which provides Christmas gifts to children in need in Northern Knox County. Finally, the family wishes to thank Good Samaritan Hospital and Hospice, and Freelandville Community Home. They hope you will enjoy an ice cream with your family in memory of Gib.

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

Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Homes Bicknell Chapel is honored to assist the family of Gib.

Sept. 12, 2021

Richard Lee Stout Jr.

Feb. 04, 1934 — Sept. 09, 2021

Richard Lee Stout Jr., 87, of Mitchell, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at his residence.

He was born in Paoli, Indiana on February 4, 1934, to Richard Stout Sr. and Ruth Qualkenbush Stout.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Gary Stout, and son, Jerry Stout.

He was a former employee of Calcar Quarry and Hancock Construction. Richard was a US Army Veteran.

Survivors include his Sons, Marvin (Phyllis) Stout of Bedford, Indiana, Roger Stout of Mitchell, Indiana; Brother, Raymond Stout of French Lick, Indiana.

Cremation was chosen.

Online Condolences may be made at www.dillmanscottfuneralhome.com

Sept. 11, 2021

Jacqueline Ann Ford

March 16, 1943 — Sept. 08, 2021

Jacqueline Ann Ford, 78, of Springville passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at home with her family.

Born March 16, 1943, in Marion, IN, she was the daughter of James W. and Rosemary (Powell) Miller. She married Dempsey O. Ford and he preceded her in death on April 28, 2010. She worked at Carpenter’s Bus Service and later retired from Stone City Products as a machinist. She was very humble, modest, hardworking, and independent. She loved her family and put them above all.

Survivors include two sons, Steve Ford (Laura) of Bedford, and Randy Ford of Springville; eight grandchildren: Stephanie Ford (Robert), Jessica Hardwick (Dusty), Jeanetta Ford-Rummell (Stuart), Josh Smith-Ford (Shanea), Randi Kinser (Sheldon), J.T. Ford (Lacey), Emily Carter (Jeremy), Alan Shaw (Trinity); twelve great grandchildren; five sisters, Dixie Smith, Vickie Marple, and Mona Smith all of Kentucky, Lena England of Bloomfield, and Marlene Raines of Tennessee; two brothers, Frank Ford, and Eddie Miller of Springville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sons, Dee Wayne Ford, and Danny L. Ford; three brothers, James W. Miller, Joseph L. Miller, and Steven A. Miller; two sisters, Patricia Abram, and Donna S. Byers.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 14th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Dave Ferry officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, September 13th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Springville West Cemetery.

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

Norma Jean Williams

Sept. 02, 1930 — Sept. 10, 2021

Norma Jean Williams, 91, of Bloomington, passed away Friday, September 10, 2021, at the Stonecroft Health Campus in Bloomington.

Born September 2, 1930, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Charles and Blanche (Treadway) McFadden. She was a graduate of Needmore High School with the Class of 1948. She married Robert L. Williams on August 28, 1953, and he preceded her in death on February 6, 1993.

Survivors include a son, Bill Williams, and his wife Maryann of Bloomington; a daughter, Debbie Starks, and her husband Charles of Bloomington; six grandchildren, Robert (Bub) M. Shipley and wife Jamie, Andrew A. Williams and wife Leah, Charles Starks III, Dustin J. Starks and wife Samantha, Michaela Williams and her significant other Patrick Creech, and Jordan Williams; ten great grandchildren, three great great grandchildren; and her twin brother, Lloyd McFadden of Judah, several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Robert McFadden, and John McFadden, one sister Mari Lou McFadden in infancy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 16th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor David Ferry officiating. Burial will follow in the Clover Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Wednesday, September 15th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. In lieu of flowers the family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the White River Humane Society.

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

Susan Ann Bundy-Jones

Oct. 10, 1963 — Sept. 09, 2021

Susan Ann Bundy-Jones, 57, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021, at her residence

Born October 10, 1963, in Peru, Indiana, she was the daughter of George and Carmen (Sanchez) Jones.

Susan was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Susan liked going to the races.

Surviving are her children, Mary (John) Robbins of Salem, James Jones of California; stepdaughter, Donna Kay Froman of Bedford; grandchildren, Carol Dakota Tegarden, Candra ReneﹶeTegarden, Jacquelyn Marie Dawn Bundy, Dearl Trent Bundy, Feyd Christopher Dale Bundy, Carmen Hope Robbins, Bella Maria Lynn Robbins, Ryder James Pollen-Jones, and Chelsey Lynn Froman; companion, Jack Bundy of Mitchell; sisters, Maria Jones of California, Sylvia Shermer of California.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Cremation was chosen.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Whitney Dawn Smith

July 27, 1969 — Sept. 09, 2021

Whitney Dawn Smith, 52, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born July 27, 1969, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Byron and Sharon (Sanders) Tow. She married Randy Allen Smith at Fishing Creek Chapel on August 5, 2000.

Whitney was a fraud specialist at Hoosier Hills Credit Union in Bedford. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1987. Whitney was kind and her smile would light up a room. She enjoyed riding motorcycles with her husband.

Surviving are her husband, Randy Smith of Mitchell; daughters, Kaitlyn Dawn Sears of Bedford, Alaina Paige Smith of Mitchell; mother and step-father, Sharon and David Williams of Mitchell; father and step-mother, Byron and Carol Tow of Bloomington; grandchildren, Chance Michael Alexander Redmond and Hayes Timothy Redmond; sister, Shelley Tow of Scottsburg; step-siblings,
Mark (Michele) Williams of Mitchell, Marcy (Tony) Ellis of Mitchell, Melissa (Kevin) Tanksley of Loogootee; grandmother, Ruth Slaughter of Mitchell.

Her grandfather, William Sanders; step-grandfather, Henry Slaughter; and grandparents, Menlo and Carrie Tow, preceded her in death.

Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, September 13, at Talbott Cemetery with Pastor Kyle Stewart officiating.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Sept. 10, 2021

Elizabeth Ann Hickerson

Dec. 22, 1943 — Sept. 05, 2021

Elizabeth Ann Hickerson, 77, of Bedford went to be with our Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 5, 2021.

Born December 22, 1943, in Leavenworth, KS, she was the daughter of Hans and Mary Ann (Knab) Goetz. She married Charles “Doug” Hickerson on August 13, 1966, in Leavenworth, KS. They moved to Mitchell, IN in 1969. Doug preceded her in death in May of 1988. She retired as a sales associate from Wal-Mart after 28 years of service. Elizabeth was a member of St. Vincent De Paul and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She had played volleyball on leagues at the Boys and Girls Club for 45 years.

Elizabeth loved God, her family and friends, and she loved all animals.

Survivors include two daughters: Cheri Mannix and her husband Chris of Bedford, Kelly Spivey of Indianapolis, a granddaughter, Kenna Spivey of Indianapolis; a sister, Mary Louise “Blue Eyes” (Jack) Angello of Leavenworth, KS; two brothers, Alfred (Clara) Goetz, and John (Bobbi) Goetz both of Leavenworth, KS; a brother-in-law, Jim (Betsy) Hickerson of Mansfield AR; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a grandson Christopher L. Mannix II, a sister Anna Marie Heintzelman, and a brother George Goetz.

Following Elizabeth’s wishes, cremation was chosen. A Celebration of Her Life will be held at a later date in the Shamrock Center of the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to one of the charities Elizabeth supported: White River Humane Society, Becky’s Place, or the Men’s Warming Shelter.

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

Warren Cornett

Aug. 08, 1955 — Sept. 09, 2021

Warren Cornett, 66, of Williams, passed away at 12:10pm on Wednesday, September 9, 2021, at the Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper, IN.

Born August 8, 1955, in Bedford, IN he was the son of Walter and Allene (Adams) Cornett. He married Bobetta “Bobbie” (Crum) Johnson on May 10, 1986, and she survives.

He was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School and he graduated Purdue University with a BA in Agriculture Management. Warren was a farmer, and was employed by Valeo in Seymour, he had also worked for Visteon in Bedford until the time of the plant closing. Warren was a member of the Williams Bethel Baptist Church where he served as secretary as well as a deacon, a member of the Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity at Purdue University. Warren loved to travel, he had traveled to 47 of 50 states in the U.S., he was an avid hunter, and enjoyed riding his ATV.

Survivors include his wife, Bobbie of Williams; a daughter, Deanna Sue (Johnson) Caswell and her husband Brian of Springville; a granddaughter, Natasha Sue “George” Caswell of Springville; a brother-in-law, Barry Dale Crum of Danville, IN, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Monday, September 13th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Rick Presley officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Martin County. Visitation will be from 12 noon until the hour of service on Monday, September 13th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Tammy Renee Strange

March 10, 1970 — Sept. 08, 2021

Tammy Renee Strange, 51, passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born March 10, 1970, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Edmond Joe and Donna Jean (McPherson) Hackney.

Tammy had been employed in manufacturing.

Surviving are her children, Travis White of Greenfield, Shanna Miguel of Seymour; father, Joe Hackney of Mitchell; several grandchildren; brother, Kevin Hackney of Mitchell; stepsiblings, Tina Hackney of Milltown, Ohio, Bridgett Hackney of Seymour, Kimberly Hackney of Columbus, Tim Hackney of Miamisburg, Ohio.

Her mother and brother, Ricky Stirratt, preceded her in death.

Cremation was chosen.

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

Sept. 09, 2021

Gary T. Swenson

July 26, 1949 — Sept. 06, 2021

Gary T. Swenson, 72, of Williams, passed away on September 6, 2021 at IU Health Bloomington.

Born July 26, 1949 in Iowa City, IA, he was the son of Earnest L. and Dolores (Schneberger) Swenson. He graduated from Bedford High School with the class of 1967. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving during the Vietnam War from 1968 until 1972. He married Teresa Patton on July 28, 1972 and she survives. He retired as an Electronic Technician from Crane.

Gary was of the Christian faith, attending Williams Baptist Church. His hobbies included CB radios and electronics.

Survivors include his wife Teresa, of Williams; daughter Ariana Teresa Wilson and husband Bobby, of Wiiliams; grandson Peyton A. Felix, of Williams; two sisters, Mary Lou Gilland and husband Jesse, of Bedford and Kathy Swenson, of Noblesville; one brother James Scott Swenson and wife Jan, of Bedford; three nephews, J.R. Randolph, Andrew, and Alexander Swenson, all of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two children in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Perry East officiating. Burial will follow in Patton Hill Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Gillen Post #33. Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 10th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Sherri Lea Bartlett

Oct. 24, 1956 — Sept. 08, 2021

Sherri Lea Bartlett, 64, of Bedford passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born October 24, 1956, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary (Parsley) Girdley. She married Jerry Don Bartlett on July 28, 1990, and he preceded her in death on August 22, 2021.

She retired from the United States Postal Services as a Rural Mail Carrier. She attended Guthrie Creek Christian Church. Sherri enjoyed road trips and gardening and loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Keesha (Chuck) Presser, and Hannah Hudson all of Bedford; a son, Lucas (Mickeynze) Bartlett of Bedford; six grandchildren, Lane, Kinslee, and Kase Hudson, Kiya Bartlett, Paige and Parker Presser; two sisters, Rita Key of Bedford, and Marsha Girdley of Owensburg; a brother-in-law, Dale Caswell of Springville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Tammi Caswell and Brenda Girdley, a brother in infancy Mark Girdley, a nephew, Travis Caswell, and a brother-in-law, Marshall Key.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 15th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Dennis Parsley officiating. Burial will follow in the Bartlettsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 14th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Sept. 08, 2021

Andrea Yvonne Caraway

Nov. 12, 1952 — Sept. 07, 2021

Andrea Yvonne Caraway, 68, passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at her residence.

Born November 12, 1952, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Lester and Marge (Norman) Todd. She married James Anthony Caraway, July 7, 1979, and he preceded her in death October 1, 2014.

Andrea was a dietary aide and retired from Garden Villa. She was a 1971 graduate of Heltonville High School. She loved her grandsons and enjoyed spending time with them. Andrea was a very kind person.

Surviving are her daughter, Jamie (Josh) Dotts of Mitchell; grandsons, Noah, Jay, Jamison, and Daison; siblings, Gloria (Larry) Mack of Avoca, Scott (Tammy) Todd of Heltonville.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 11, at Meadows Church of God Cemetery with Pastor Deb Doyle officiating.

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

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

Matthew Wayne Jones

May 17, 1982 — July 24, 2021

Matthew Wayne Jones, 39, of Ft. Wayne, formally of Norman, Indiana, passed away July 24th 2021.

Born May 17th, 1982; he was the son of Gary and Delores Jones of Norman. He graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School in 2000, Manchester College in 2004 and Indiana University with a master’s degree in 2006. He was a behavioral consultant.

He married the love of his life Heather Selby of Avilla on August 2006. Their son Willem Scott Jones was born October 2018.

He is survived by his wife, son, parents and Aunt and Uncle Jim and Thelma Morrison.

He was preceded in death by his sister Alissa, grandparents Herb and Ruby Morrison and Gerald and Winnie Jean Jones.

A graveside service will be held Sept 11th 2pm at Mundell church cemetery. All friends and family are invited.

Sept. 07, 2021

Alan J. Ross

July 02, 1939 — Aug. 31, 2021

Alan J. Ross, 82, of Columbus, passed away at 11:55 a.m. Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at Columbus Regional Hospital.

Alan was born July 2, 1939, in Rushville, Indiana, the son of Robert J. and Violet L. Linville Ross. Mr. Ross graduated from Bedford High School in 1957. He served in the United States Army as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division until he was honorably discharged and retired from the Indiana Guard Reserves as a Colonel.

Alan went on to graduate from Indiana University in 1979, eventually graduating from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and the Bartholomew County Sheriff Department Academy (reserve deputy from 1980 to 1983). He worked as an engineer at Cummins Engine Company for 33 years until his retirement. He then worked at Lowes Home Improvement Store for another seven years and was the Hartsville Town Marshall from 1983 until 1986.

Alan was also a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Columbus. In addition, Mr. Ross was a life member of the St. Johns Masonic Lodge #20, Scottish Rite, Indianapolis, National Rifle Association, Ohio Gun Collector Association and the United States Parachute Association (since 1961). His memberships and activities continued with the Fraternal Order of Police, Sons of the American Revolution, Hoosier Hills Rifle and Pistol Club and ABATE of Indiana.

Survivors include his daughters, Lisa Hahn of Columbus, Alana (Charles W.) Garnett of South Carolina; grandchildren, Christopher (Laci) Hahn, Charles “Will” Garnett III, Matthew Garnett, Morgan Garnett; great-grandchildren, Charles Garnett and Ryan Love.

In keeping with the family’s wishes, cremation will take place and a graveside inurnment service will be conducted Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Garland Brook Cemetery with Rev. Mark Teike officiating. Military honors will be presented by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church Together We Grow Fund.

Online condolences and special memories may be shared with Alan’s family and a video tribute may be viewed at barkesweaverglick.com

Arrangements entrusted to Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.

Sept. 04, 2021

Lavern Meadows

July 05, 1942 — Sept. 01, 2021

Lavern Meadows, 79, of Springville, passed away at 5:45 pm on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at Stonebridge Health Campus.

Born July 5, 1942, in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Jasper and Thelma (Kirkman) Meadows. He was an auto body worker.

Survivors include a brother, Jerry Meadows.

No services are scheduled. Cremation was chosen.

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

Lester “Dale” Goodman

Feb. 18, 1931 — Sept. 02, 2021

Lester “Dale” Goodman, 90, of Bedford, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021.

Born February 18, 1931, he was the son of Norman Burlin and Della Lucille (Johnson) Goodman. He married Georgia Marie Hoskins on December 30, 1947. He was a millwright for Burch and Lamb Construction for 45 years and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church, Masonic Lodge #14 F & AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, Gillen Post #33 American Legion, Shriner, and Millwright Local #1080 of Greenwood, IN.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia, of Bloomington; 2 daughters, Monia Gail Lewis and Diannia Jo Ratkovich; grandsons, Matthew Lee Hicks, Robert Stephen (Bobby) Lewis and James Whitcomb Lewis; six great grandchildren, Chelsey N. Hicks, Dawson Wade Hicks, Josey E. Hicks, Emilee Lewis, Hannah Lewis, and Madison Rose (Maddy) Lewis; sisters, Norma Hercamp, Patti Ann Freeman and Joyce Davis; nine great grandchildren. He was looking forward to seeing his first great-great granddaughter, Oaklie Elizabeth Brennaman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jimmy Dean Goodman; a grandson, Robert Dale Hicks.

A masonic service will be conducted at 1:00 pm and funeral services will immediately follow on Tuesday, September7th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jeff Hudelson and Jo Ratkovich officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Larry Lee Kirk

April 26, 1946 — Sept. 02, 2021

Larry Lee Kirk, 75, passed away Thursday, September 2, 2021, at his residence.

Born April 26, 1946, in Mexico, New York, he was the son of Joseph and M. Faye (Freeman) Kirk. He married Brenda Jean Gilbert September 20, 1969, and she preceded him in death June 8, 2009.

Larry retired from General Motors and was a member of UAW Local 440. He enjoyed going to auctions and collecting various items.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army Reserves.

Surviving are his daughters, Virginia F. (Chris) Chastain of Mitchell, Kerri E. (Jason) Furnace of Bedford; grandchildren, Alexa Chastain and Brendan Furnace; step-grandchildren, Logan Furnace and Victoria Furnace; brothers, Gary (Mary Ann) Kirk of Florida, Lowell (Phyllis) Kirk of Tennessee.

His parents; wife; brother, Ivie Kirk; and sister, Virginia Kirk, preceded him in death.

Cremation was chosen.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

David William Chastain

Feb. 22, 1949 — Sept. 02, 2021

David William Chastain, 72, of Mitchell, passed away at 5:05 AM on September 2, 2021 at University of Louisville Hospital.

He was born February 22, 1949 in Salem, IN, the son of Herman E. and Margaret Ann (Finley) Chastain.

He married Taffy (Hardman) Chastain and she survives.

He was employed at White River Co-op for over thirty years. He graduated from Orleans High School, class of 1967.

He is survived by his wife, of Mitchell; one son, Josh Chastain of Mitchell; one brother, Buck Chastain of Brownstown; two nephews, Justin Chastain of Bedford and John Lincoln Chastain of Brownstown.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

The funeral will be at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans with Pastor Lindy Hopkins officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

Friends are invited to visitation at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11:00 until service time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Orange County 4-H.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ochstetrick.net

Steven Mark Chastain

Steven Mark Chastain, age 65 of Bedford, passed away at his residence on September 1, 2021.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.

Sept. 03, 2021

David W. Harlan

Dec. 05, 1955 — Aug. 30, 2021

David W. Harlan age 65 of Bedford passed away on August 30, 2021 at his residence.

He was born in Hamilton, Ohio on December 5, 1955 to Wayne C. Harlan and Betty (Gephart) Harlan. He graduated from Liberty High School in Ohio and was a self-employed Painter.

Survivors include two sons, Douglas E. Harlan and Daniel W. Harlan, two brothers, Steven Harlan and Theodore Harlan.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Harlan Franklin.

Cremation was chosen, Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.

Diana Faye McCloud

Jan. 24, 1944 — Aug. 31, 2021

Diana Faye McCloud, 77, passed away August 31, 2021 at her residence in Owensburg, she was born on January 24, 1944 to Frank and Lavera Brummett.

Diana worked at RCA, Sarkes Tarzian and Crane Officers Club for many years of her life. Diana was baptized in the late 1950’s by Merlie Craig in a creek called McClouds hole in Owensburg. She married Donald McCloud when she was sixteen and soon after they started their family. They were married for fifty-three years before Donald passed. Diana loved her family, kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. They surrounded her on Sundays for great meals and she taught them unconditional love. Diana was always giving and never asking for anything in return. Back in the day she could sing like Kittie Wells and Loretta Lynn. She loved playing euchre, rook, rummy, going to the casino and playing quarter at a time and fishing.

Diana is survived by her daughter, Debbie (Fred) Wright, sons, Dwane McCloud, Danny (Sherry) McCloud, one brother-in-law, Robert (Linda) McCloud, three sister-in-law’s, Judy Taylor, Pattie (Rick) Abel, Jessica Brummett, her grandchildren; Delaine (Adam) Brown, Delisa (Mike) Hintz, Darren (Jordan) McCloud, Dawn Jessie (Chazz) Pate, Dalton McCloud, Megan (Steve) Mersinger; her step-grandkids, Amy Dobbs, Jennifer Harshey; her great grandkids, Vivian, Jace, Addelynn, Amelia, Ava, Riley, Chris, Shorty, Dude, HarleyNoah Cammy, Joey, Dustie, Connor, Adam and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Diana was preceded in death by her husband Donald McCloud, Parents, brothers; Roger and Billy Bob Brummett, sisters, Linda Kidd, Amy Brummett, brother-in-law’s, Melvin Kidd, Phil Taylor, Demon McCloud, Bobby Skinner, sister-in-law’s, Sandy Skinner, Betsy Harris, mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bob and Anna McCloud and nephew Allen Kidd.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 P.M. on Friday and 9 A.M. Saturday until the hour of service at Jenkins Funeral Home in Bloomfield.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday at Jenkins Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Adam McCloud officiating. Burial will follow at Owensburg Cemetery.

Online condolences and memories can be shared at www.jenkinsfuneralhomes.com

Patricia Ann St. Onge

June 26, 1938 — Nov. 15, 2020

Patricia Ann St. Onge, 82, of Oolitic, passed from this life on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at IU Health Morgan Hospital in Martinsville. She was born in Bedford, on June 26, 1938, to the late Samuel C. Spinks and Anna Belle (Adamson) Spinks.

She graduated from Bedford High School and attended college in Indianapolis. She worked for IU Health Bedford for over 33 years as a supervisor in the medical records department.

Patricia was an avid sports fan. A true Hoosier, she was an Indianapolis Colts fan, an Indiana Pacers fan, and loved all Indiana University sports.

Her family will forever remember her loving and supportive nature.

She leaves behind her family including her daughter, Kimberly (husband, Mark) Johnson of Orleans; son, Jon “J.T.” (wife, Michelle) Hall of Yorktown; brother, Gary (wife, Vicky) Spinks of Bedford; sister, Terri (husband, Steve) Wever of Bedford; grandchildren, Courtney Spinks of Bloomington, Ashley Medlock Bilyeu (husband, Levi) Bilyeu of Stafford, Virginia, and Cody (wife, Jamie) Medlock of Gulf Breeze, Florida; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

We are having a celebration of life for Patricia (Pat) St.Onge, this Saturday, September 4. This celebration of life will take place from 2:00 – 4:00 in the dining room at the American Legion, 515 X Street, Bedford, IN.

Michael K. Parker, II

July 27, 1972 — May 22, 2021

Michael K. Parker, II, 48, of Bedford, passed away on May 22, 2021.

Born July 27, 1972, in Bedford, he was the son of Michael K. and Vickie Mae (Brock) Parker. He was a graduate of the Bedford North Lawrence Class of 1992. He married Charity Henderson on October 8, 1994, and she survives. He was a glass installer at Sipes Body & Glass and a member of Dive Christian Church. He was an avid Alabama football fan. Michael loved to hunt rabbits, squirrels, and raccoons. He was a mentor to young hunters, teaching them about safety and animals. He had been a little league baseball and basketball coach. Above all, Michael was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, and a friend to all.

Survivors include his wife, Charity, of Bedford; two daughters, Madison and Michaela Parker; two brothers, Larry Parker and wife, Lori, Dustin Parker and wife, Robin; a sister, Micah Parker; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; In-laws, Jim and Nicki Henderson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, Anna Mae Parker, Ervin Parker, Joy Hacker, and Bob Hacker; a sister, Candy Parker (in infancy); a brother-in-law, Cory Henderson.

Family will greet friends at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 5th at the Wilson Park shelter house. A celebration of life service will begin at 3:00 pm with dinner to follow.

Mary Ann Lucas

Mary Ann Lucas, of Mitchell, 47, passed away September 28, 2021. Allen Funeral Home and Crematory are in charge of arrangements.

Sept. 02, 2021

Marigrace Bennett

Aug. 20, 1945 — Aug. 27, 2021

In Loving Memory
Of Our Beloved Wife,
Mother, Grammy, and Great Grammy

Marigrace Bennett passed peacefully at IU Health Hospital in Bedford, IN on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 9:46pm. She was surrounded by family with love and prayers as she moved on to be with Our Heavenly Father.

Marigrace was born in Columbus, IN on August 20, 1945, to her loving parents, Reverend Lester and Grace Vanest. After the death of her father in November of 1993, she moved to Bedford, IN to care for her mother through February 2011 when Grace joined her husband of 56 years in Heaven.

She married her soulmate, Nick Bennett, on July 31, 1999, on Lake Monroe. They had just celebrated their 22nd anniversary. She was a dedicated wife and mother. Earlier in life she worked hard, endless hours as a bartender to support her family. Later, she put herself through college and became a Physical Therapy Assistant. She worked in several facilities within the area to including Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford, IN where she was loved by both her patients and her co-workers.

Marigrace is survived by her husband Nick Bennett & furbaby Harley, her daughter Vaughna Tokarz & husband Terry, her son Tony Parks & wife Sheri, her grandchildren Ryan Parks, Ashley Parks, Chelsea Standiford & husband Aaron, Chaz Fernandez & wife Beth, Kaylee Tokarz, Tara Tokarz and her great-grandchildren Chloe, Zaxton, and soon to come Adilyn.

Marigrace is also survived by her loving brothers Bud Vanest & wife Joyce and Tom Vanest & wife Kristin along with her niece and nephews and her many great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her beloved sister Wanda Griffin & her husband Herb.

Marigrace was always full of love and laughter. She loved her furbabies, her garden and big porch, her hummingbirds, catching fireflies & baking with the grandchildren and sitting with her husband Nick on their bench by the field in the evenings to watch the deer. She had the biggest heart and always put everyone before herself. Rest easy, we got it from here until we see you again. We love you so very much!

We will be having a celebration of life for Marigrace in the following spring when her flowers are blooming again.

Due to her love of animals, we ask in lieu of flowers, please send donations in her name to the Lawrence County Humane Society.

Arrangements entrusted to Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, 818 18th Street, Bedford, Indiana 47421.

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

Sept. 01, 2021

Bonnie F. Edwards

April 17, 1935 — Aug. 30, 2021

Bonnie F. Edwards, 86, of Leesville, passed away Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.

She was born April 17, 1935, in Lawrence County, to Lawrence and Hattie (Pate) Speer. She married Gerald Edwards in 1953 and he preceded her in death in March of 2011.

Bonnie attended Shawswick High School and was a member of Pinhook Church of Christ. She retired from the Listo Pencil company in California and had worked at Kresge’s and the Dollar Store.

Surviving to cherish Bonnie’s memory are her children, Diana (George) Thym, Pamela (Victor George) Sepulveda and Gerald (Sandra Lee) Edwards; nine grandchildren, Daniel, Michelle, William, Amanda, Katherine, Emily, Sara, Garrett and Jeffrey; fifteen great-grandchildren, Sophia, Isabella, David, Steven, Joseph, Kayla, Marissa, Makayla, Michael, Charlotte, Beau, Eli, Ethan, Robert and Katherine; and four great-great-grandchildren, Michael, Lauren, Gabriel and Braden.

Preceding Bonnie in death were her parents; husband; great-great-grandson, Landon; nine siblings, Melvin, Helen, Arthur, Carolyn, Catherine, Betty, Robert, Marie and Harold; and longtime companion, Charlie Myers.

Funeral services for Bonnie will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3, 2021, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Phil Thorne officiating. Burial will follow in Pinhook Cemetery. Visitation for Bonnie will be Friday, beginning at 10:00 a.m and continuing until the hour of service, also at Ferguson-Lee Chapel.

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

Charles “Charlie” E. Myers

Aug. 13, 1932 — Aug. 30, 2021

Charles “Charlie” E. Myers, 89, of Leesville, passed away Aug. 30, 2021, in Indianapolis.

He was born in Lawrence County to Merle and Thelma (Brewer) Myers. He married Marilyn Browning on April 20, 1959 and she preceded him in death on July 4, 1995.

Charlie attended Tunnelton High School and was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, having served during the Korean Conflict from December 11, 1952 – December 11, 1954 where he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was owner of Charlie’s Frame Alignment in Leesville until he retired in 1999 and had previously worked at Bear Alignment in Bedford. Charlie loved fishing, hunting and operating equipment.

Surviving to cherish Charlie’s memory are his sons, Brian E. (Angela) Myers and Brad (Sherry) Myers; six grandchildren, Kristy Myers, Dakota (Kaelynn) Myers, T.J. (Katie) Martin, Rob Martin, Clayton (Bretta) Myers, Leah (Edward Carnes) Myers; nine great-grandchildren; 2 step great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and one sister, Wilma Fields.

Preceding Charlie in death were his parents; wife, Marilyn; and his companion, Bonnie Edwards; brother-in-law Ralph “Bud” Fields.

Funeral services for Charlie will be held at Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 11am at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Don Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Dixon Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8:00pm at Ferguson-Lee Chapel.

Memorial contributions for Charlie may be made to Dixon Chapel Cemetery.

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

Ermal Earl Pridemore

March 27, 1939 — Aug. 30, 2021

Ermal Earl Pridemore, 82, passed away Monday, August 30, 2021, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born March 27, 1939, in Mitchell, he was the son of Alice (Pridemore) Parker. He was reared in the home of Delbert and Lucy Pridemore. He married Marilyn Kidwell-Pridemore December 2, 2016.

Ermal retired from construction and was a member of Crossroads Community Church in Bedford. He was a graduate of Huron High School. Ermal had served as president of Mitchell/Orleans Exchange Club and was a member of the Huron Volunteer Fire Department. He loved music and enjoyed his grandchildren and family get-togethers.

He was a U. S. Army veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Kidwell-Pridemore of Bloomington; children, Paul Pridemore of Mitchell, Dianna (Lonnie, Sr.) Pruett of Campbellsburg, David Pridemore of Orleans, Darlene (Michael) Hunter of Kingwood, Texas; step-children, Jim (Alta) Hollars of Bloomington, Don Hollars of Bloomington, Michelle (David) Strange of Mitchell; grandchildren, DeeDee (Justin) Fields, Charlie Pruett, Heather (Casey) Porter, Cortney Hunter and Christopher Pridemore; great-grandchildren, Josh Pruett, Mikey Fields, and Everett Swearengen.

His mother; Delbert and Lucy Pridemore; and former wives, Linda (Smith) Pridemore and Linda (Bragg) Pridemore, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 4, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Lindy Hopkins officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

John K. Anderson

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of John K. Anderson of Springville on Sunday, August 29th at the age of 72.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Connie; children, Tony Anderson and Chris Anderson; grandchildren, Bristol, Brooks, Blane, Christan, and Breanna; brother, Randy Anderson and wife, Judy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis “Jiggs” Anderson and Doris Harper; son, Chris Anderson.

John was born in Bloomington, IN. He served in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army in the Vietnam War. He received a purple heart for his bravery and his sacrifice. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and brother. He was a true man of God and a wonderful mentor. He will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.

A visitation will be held from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 2nd at Crossroads Community Church in Bedford, Indiana. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 3rd at Crossroads Community Church in Bedford, Indiana.

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

Elizabeth Jane Eagan

June 19, 1933 — Aug. 30, 2021

Elizabeth Jane Eagan, 88, of Bedford, passed away at 7:35 pm, on Monday, August 30, 2021, at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.

Born June 19, 1933, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Herschel and Sarah Alice (Canada) Lake. She married Charles Eagan on June 17, 1950, and he preceded her in death on April 25, 2021.

She was a homemaker and loved to cook and spend time with her grandchildren. She attended the Old Country Church in Harrodsburg.

Survivors include five children, Charla Key, of Salem, Randy Eagan and wife, Nancy, of Orleans, Dana Hazel and husband, James, of Freedom, Dawn Douglas and husband, Carl, and Laura Gore and husband, Danny, all of Bedford; sixteen grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice Johnson, of Bloomington.

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

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, September 2nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Kenneth Allen officiating. Burial will follow in the Fayetteville Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Sandra F. Clay

Sept. 18, 1947 — Aug. 30, 2021

Sandra F. Clay, 73, of Bedford, passed away Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, at her residence. She was born Sept. 18, 1947, in Bloomington to Carl and Dorothy (Bells) Hobbs.

Sandra was of the Pentecostal faith and a homemaker. She had been a bartender at the Office Lounge and Round Table and had worked at Krogers.

Surviving are daughters, Sandra (Dennis) Hamm and Penny (Bill) Grubbs; son, Darrell Mullis; grandchildren, Ashley, Billy, John, Michael Roo, Cassie, Michael Shane, Devon, Josh, Heather and Alicia; thirteen great-grandchildren, Jonathon, Caleb, Skyler, Colton, Payton, Lila, Levi, Jamien, Kaison, Kaicee, Kailion, Kinley and Quinn; sister, Christy (Dave) Lancello; and brother-in-law, Gary Wampler.

Preceding her in death are her parents; son, David Runyan; husbands, Frank Runyon, Darrell Mullis and George Clay; and siblings, Donny, Diana, Joyce, Keith, Kenny, Clayton, Alberta, Geneva, Wilma, Jack and Mason.

Funeral services for Sandra will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford. Burial will follow in Duncan Cemetery in Brown County. Visitation will also be Thursday at Ferguson-Lee Chapel, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and continuing until the service hour of 1:00 p.m.

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

Carol Sue Edmonds Henderson

Aug. 24, 1942 — Aug. 28, 2021

Carol Sue Edmonds Henderson, 79 of Memphis, died on August 28, 2021 after a battle with cancer.

Carol was born August 24, 1942 to Kendrick and Mary Knoll Edmonds in Dayton, Ohio. She and her three siblings were raised in Bedford, Indiana where her father practiced medicine.

After graduating from Bedford High School, class of 1960, she studied at University of Evansville and Indiana University. She joined a sorority, Alpha Xi Delta at IU and met future husband, Stephen Douglas Henderson when he worked as a houseboy at the sorority. After graduation, they married August 22, 1964 and moved to Detroit, Michigan. They shared 51 wonderful years together and raised three boys, Stephen, Kendrick and Craig.

Together, they relocated several times to locations in Indiana, California, New York, South Carolina and Mississippi. Carol worked as a teacher in underserved communities for many years and earned a masters in education. She later worked as an interior designer and as an ombudsman, again advocating for others.

Through all of the house moves Carol was a master of designing each new space and they were both involved in renovating all of their homes.

Carol is predeceased by her parents and her husband, Stephen Douglas Henderson. She is survived by her brothers Jim Edmonds and David Edmonds (Mary); her sister Barbara Florjancic (Fred); her three children Stephen Henderson (Paula), Kendrick Henderson (Kelly) and Craig Henderson (Laurelin); her six grandchildren, Skyeler Rance, Chaz Halsell (Elizabeth), Alexah, Isabella, Asher and Jasper Henderson; and her two great grandchildren, Victoria and Stephen Halsell.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date to release Carol’s and Doug’s ashes together. True love stories last forever. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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