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1998 – 01 (Jan) Obituaries

1/30/98

Schreiner – Betty Jean Schreiner of Bedford died Friday, January 30, 1998, at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born March 23, 1917, in Morgan County, IN, she was the daughter of James and Bertha (Hedrick) Hubbard. She married J. David Schreiner, and he survives.

Also surviving are one sister, Emalee Powell of Elwood, one brother, James Hubbard of Monrovia, several nieces and nephews.

A music teacher, she taught violin, voice, and piano. She was a graduate of DePauw University, and she also studied at Indiana University and the University of Colorado. She studied choral conducting with Fred Waring. She was a member of Unity Missionary Baptist Church and the John Birch Society.

Services for Betty Schreiner will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 3rd, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Danny Goens officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Monday, February 2nd, at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

1/29/98

Wheeler – Louise B. Wheeler of Needmore died Thursday, January 28, 1998, at the home of her daughter in Fayetteville. Born on November 19, 1943, in Daviess County, IN, she was the daughter of William and Catherine (Colvin) Spaulding. She married Herbert Wheeler on June 7, 1964, and he survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Judy Hall of Fayetteville; one son, Herbert Wheeler Jr. of Bedford; four brothers: Silas Spaulding of Jasper, IN, Frank Spaulding of Scottsburg, IN, Jim Spaulding of Washington, IN, and Tony Spaulding of Mitchell; six sisters: Margaret Bridgewater of Loogootee, IN, Martha Cox of Sullivan, IN, Pat Crane of Vincennes, IN, Clare Batchlor of Plainfield, IN, Mary Reed of Buddha, IN, and Carolyn Blake of Springville, IN; and three grandchildren.

She was a 1964 graduate of Alfordsville High School, a nursing assistant at Bloomington Hospital, Westview Manor and Essex in Orleans. She was a member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church in Bedford for 34 years.

A Funeral Mass for Louise Wheeler will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 2nd, with the Rev. Bernie Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, January 31st, and from 1-8 p.m. Sunday, February 1st, at The Day & Carter Mortuary. The rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Sunday.

1/28/98

Howard – Minnie Howard of Bedford died Wednesday, January 28, 1998, at Westview Nursing and Rehab Center in Bedford. Born on September 21, 1927, in Kentucky, she was the daughter of Ruth Reeves. She married Elvis L. Howard on October 17, 1948, and he died April 15, 1997.

Surviving are one son, Louis Howard of Bedford and one grandson. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Clyde Reeves.

She was a homemaker and a member of Silverville Missionary Baptist Church.

A graveside service for Minnie Howard will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 30th, at the Silverville Missionary Baptist Cemetery with the Rev. Kenny Walden officiating. Friends may call from 10 a.m. t9 12:30 p.m. Friday, January 30th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

1/26/98

Fish – Robert Joe Fish, Sr, of Bedford died Monday, January 26, 1998. Born August 27, 1928, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Ralph and Frances (Browning) Fish. He married Imogene Baker on July 28, 1951, and she survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Janie Reynolds of Bedford; three sons: Rennie Fish, Robert Fish, and Jason Fish, all of Bedford; three sisters: Mary Jean Sloop and Mickey Brooking, both of Bedford, and Nancy Brudniak of Martinsville; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Fish.

He worked as a surveyor for the Indiana Highway Department for 42 years and was a member of Mount Pleasant Christian Church.

Services for Robert Fish will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 30th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with Jim Burks officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Christian Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. Thursday, January 29th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Pleasant Christian Church of the Mount Pleasant Christian Church Cemetery Association.

Tolbert – Georgia K. Tolbert of St. Petersburg, FL, formerly of Mitchell, died Monday, January 26, 1998 at Vencor Hospital in Tampa, FL. She was born July 21, 1926, the daughter of John and Delia (Johnson) Williams. She married Donald K. Tolbert on November 2, 1943, and he died June 28, 1995.

Surviving are two brothers: Lloyd Williams of Indianapolis and James E. Williams of Mitchell; two sisters: Mary Frances Stearns of Indianapolis and Betty Chaszar of St. Petersburg, FL.

She was a homemaker and a graduate of Mitchell High School.

Services for Georgia Tolbert will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 31st, at Forest Lawn Wilson-St. Pierre Funeral Home, Greenwood, with the Rev. Perry Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Friday, January 30th, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Central Indiana Area, 8730 Commerce Park Place, P.O. Box 78038, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

1/25/98

Grogan – Lula M. Grogan of Mitchell died Sunday, January 25, 1998, at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehab Center. Born October 20, 1909, in Brownsville, KY, she was the daughter of Andrew and Ruby (Root) Houchin. She married Marvin W. Grogan on January 27, 1945, and he preceded her in death on November 3, 1945.

Surviving are one daughter, Louise VanMeter of Mitchell; two brothers, Max and Earl Houchin, both of Indianapolis; three sisters: Maxine Taflinger of Mitchell, Wanda Stigall and Corrine Sander, both of Bloomington; five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, five brothers, and one great great grandchild.

She was a charter member of Woodville Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Lula Grogan will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 29th, at Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. Glenn Hamer officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 28th, and after 9 a.m. Thursday until the service at Chastain Funeral Home.

Jamison – Linda Lou Jamison of Mitchell died Sunday, January 25, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Born on January 1, 1952, in Bedford, IN, she was the daughter of Shirley White and Robert "Runt" Spires. She married Gilbert Lynne Jamison on December 27, 1966, and he survives.

Also surviving are two sons: Michael Jamison of Houston, TX, and Dustin Jamison of Mitchell; one daughter, Shannon Johnson of Mitchell; six grandchildren; five sisters: Donna May of Fayetteville, IN, Cathy Baker of Tunnelton, IN, Debbie Spires, Stormi Swartz, and Kristie Swartz, all of Bedford; six brothers: Tony Spires and Danny Spires, both of Houston, TX, Bobby Spires of Oolitic, Randy Swartz, Rickie Sprires, and David Swartz, all of Bedford; her mother and father, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was of Pentecostal faith.

Services for Linda Jamison will be Thursday, January 29th, at 11:00 a.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 28th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

1/24/98

Edwards – William K. Edwards of Mitchell Manor died Saturday, January 24, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Born on June 7, 1918, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Fred R and Bertha O.(Burton) Edwards. He married Marjorie I. Pennington in 1946, and she survives.

Also surviving are nine sons: Kenneth W., Roger F., Stanley E., Richard K., James A., and Gary D. Edwards, all of Mitchell, John W. Edwards of Edwardsville, IL, Larry Edwards of Salem, IN, and Michael Edwards of Bloomington, IN; four daughters: Vicky S. Jones, Rita J. Jones, and Sherri G. McClellan, all of Mitchell, IN, and Debra J. Carter of Orleans, IN; thirty-five grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, seven sisters, four grandchildren, and one great grandchildren.

A was a World War II Army veteran serving in the South Pacific, he retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane, and was a retired farmer. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, AFGE Local No. 1415 at Crane, Disabled American Veterans, Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107 of Mitchell.

Services for William Edwards will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 27th, at Haverly Mortuary in Mitchell with the Rev. Dale Hatfield officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Baptist Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by members of Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post Nor. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107, Mitchell. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday, January 26th, and from 8 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at Haverly Mortuary.

1/23/98

Porter – Mary J. Porter of Mitchell, formerly of Cocoa, FL, died Friday, January 23, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. She was born in Dexter, MO, on February 11, 1911, the daughter of Albert R. and Martha C. (Jewell) McElfresh. She married Kenneth Porter on May 1, 1930, and he died September 3, 1996.

Surviving are three daughters: Carol Mundy of St. Augustine, FL, Janet Hancock of Mitchell, IN, and Ann Jochem of Chicago, IL; one son, Kenneth Porter, Jr. of Melbourne, FL; eleven grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers.

She was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church in Cocoa, FL.

A memorial service for Mary Porter will be held at Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell with Brother Jerry Allen officiating. Burial will be Thursday at Brevard Memorial Part in Sharpes, FL. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, January 27th, at Chastain Funeral Home.

1/22/98

Simmerman – Elmer "Jake" Simmerman, formerly of Williams, died Thursday, January 22, 1998, at the home of his son in Bedford. Born on July 16, 1913, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Jacob and Grace (Terrell) Simmerman. He married Mary Owens on September 25, 1929, and she survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Gordon Simmerman of Harrodsburg and Kenneth Simmerman of Bedford, and three grandsons. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Merle Simmerman.

He was retired owner and operator of Simmerman Grocery in Williams for 31 years and was a member of Williams Church of Christ.

Services for Elmer Simmerman will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 24th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Leroy Inman officiating. Burial will follow in Williams Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. Friday, January 23rd, and from 8 a.m. until service time on Saturday at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

1/21/98

Riggs – The Rev. Elmer Donald Riggs of Bedford died Wednesday, January 21, 1998, at Bedford Regional Medical Center. He was born on October 2, 1910, the son of John H. and Anna (Davis) Riggs. He married J. Mariene Denbo and she survives.

Also surviving are three sons: Dr. Donald Riggs of Greenwood, John Riggs of Bloomfield, and David Riggs of Oolitic; two daughters: Yvonne Sandefur of Bedford and Deidra Pitman of Lafayette; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four sisters: Josie Taylor, Sadie Funkhouser, Henrietta Ferguson, and Jessie Beeler; and two brothers: John and Harold Riggs.

He was a retired minister, serving the Free Methodist Church for more than 60 years. He pastored churches in Boswell, Kokomo, Evansville, Bedford, Bloomington, Anderson, Los Angeles, CA, and Artesia, CA. He was active for 50 years in Kiwanis. He was also active with Boy Scouts, Red Cross and Youth for Christ.

Services for the Rev. Elmer Riggs will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 25th, at the Bloomington Free Methodist Church with Pastor Dan Cloud officiating. Interment will follow in Valhalla Mausoleum in Bloomington. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. Saturday, January 24th, at Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, Green & Harrell Chapel in Bloomington; and from 1:00 p.m. until service time on Sunday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Bloomington Free Methodist Church or Youth for Christ.

1/20/98

Wagner – Barbara Wagner of Indianapolis died Tuesday, January 20, 1998, at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis. Born on December 1, 1955, she was the daughter of John and Marjorie (Feltner) Patterson.

Surviving are one son, Tivon Wagner, at home; three daughters: Kelsi, Haley, and Sophie Wagner, all at home; and her mother, Marjorie Patterson of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her father.

She was a sales clerk with Lazarus Department Store and a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Indianapolis.

Services for Barbara Wagner will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 24th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford. Burial will follow in Williams Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday, January 23rd, at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

1/19/98

Prentice – Elizabeth Ann "Whiff" (Crawford) Prentice of Brownstown, formerly of Bedford, died Monday, January 19, 1998, at her residence. Born on January 3, 1922, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Stanley and Sallie (East) Crawford. She married Bill Prentice on November 24, 1991, and he survives.

Also surviving are three stepchildren and four step-grandchildren.

She was a member of First Christian Church in Bedford and the Psi Iota Xi Sorority.

Services for Elizabeth Prentice will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 22nd, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Kevin Phipps officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 21st, and from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

1/18/98

Fisher – Frances Fisher of Springville died Sunday, January 18, 1998, at the home of her daughter in Mitchell. Born on December 15, 1913, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Charles Logan and Ethel (Inman) Martin. She married Joseph Lester Fisher on January 8, 1934, and he died June 2, 1984.

Surviving are three daughters: Jo Ann Watterson of French Lick, IN, Janice Arleen Baker of Cape Coral, FL, and Cheryl Denise Speer of Mitchell; three sisters: Jane Smith of Little Rock, AR, Patty Zimmerman of Sunrise, FL, and Betty Horner of Bedford; two grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters: Shirley Emma Martin and Violet Lucille Box; and two brothers: Fred Martin and John Edward Martin.

She was a homemaker and member of Gospel Lighthouse Assembly in Bedford.

Services for Frances Fisher will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 22nd, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Don Terry officiating. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 21st, at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

Lee – Morris Eugene Lee of Bedford died Sunday, January 18, 1998 at Bedford Regional Medical Center. He was born November 6, 1938, in Lawrence County, IN, the son of Farrell and Ruth (Hawkins) Lee. He married Julia (Judy) Onita Kline on August 20, 1958, in Louisville, KY, and she survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Jeff (Susan) Mundy of Bedford; one son, Bryan Lee of Plant City, FL; three grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. William (Maxine) Walls of Arcadia, FL; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Rosemary Curren.

A graduate of the Bedford High School Class of 1957, he was a machinist at W. F. Meyers Co. He was a member of Bedford Free Methodist Church and the U.A.W. Local #440, Member Retail Clerks Union.

Services for Morris Lee will be Wednesday, January 21st, at 11:00 a.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Carder officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, January 20th, from 3-9 p.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Riggs – Roy "Wimpy" Riggs, Jr. of Bedford died Sunday, January 18, 1998 at his home. He was born January 19, 1921, in New Albany, IN, the son of Roy and Ruby Marie (Claxton) Riggs. He married Dorothy Wampler on December 26m, 1941, and she survives.

Other survivors include two daughters: Mrs. Roger (Pat) Scott of Bedford and Mrs. John (Robin) Medlock of Sterling, VA; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Tom (Joann) Rosenberger of Haubstadt, IN.

He attended Purdue University and had been employed at Fabricast (GMC) in Bedford; Roberts Brass in Mitchell; and as a Golf Pro/Greens Keeper in Kalamazoo, MI, Bad Axe, MI, Otis Park in Bedford, The Pointe in Bloomington, and French Lick Springs Resort in French Lick, IN. He was an Army World War II veteran, earning a Bronze Star. He was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church, the American Legion Gillen Post #33, and a former member of the Professional Golfing Association (PGA) of America.

Services for Roy Riggs will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21st, with Father Bernie Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 20th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. The scripture service will be at 7:30 p.m. Military rites will accorded at the graveside by the American Legion Gillen Post #33, Bedford.

1/17/98

Hughes – Betty JoeAnn Hughes of Tunnelton died Saturday, January 17, 1998. Born April 6, 1950, in Lebanon, KY, she was the daughter of Phillip and Geneva Tungate. She married Ollie Hughes on February 16, 1978, in Lawrence Co, IN, and he survives.

Also surviving are her mother, Geneva Curry of Franklin, IN; one son, Charles Stedam of Columbus, IN; five grandchildren; and one sister, Judith (?) of Franklin, IN. She was preceded in death by her father.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ at Easyville.

Services for Betty Hughes will be Tuesday, January 20th, at 1:00 p.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Sister Jeanie Pogue officiating. Burial will follow in Leesville Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, January 19th, from 4-9 p.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

McNabb – Mildred McNabb of Mitchell died Saturday, January 17, 1998, at Westview Nursing and Rehab Center in Bedford. She was born on November 14, 1906, in Lawrence County, IN, the daughter of Walter and Mae (Gerkin) Trueblood. She married Jackson McNabb in 1941, and he died in 1962.

Surviving are one son, Larry McNabb of Mitchell; one brother, Opal Trueblood of Bedford; four grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother, Orville Trueblood, and one sister, Marie Mundy.

She was a member of Port Williams Church of Christ and attended Huron Baptist Church. She was a 1925 graduate of Williams High School.

There will be a graveside service for Mildred McNabb at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 21st, at Mitchell Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Jones officiating. Friends may call from 308 p.m. Tuesday, January 20th, at Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell.

Tatom – Joe F. Tatom of Bedford died Saturday, January 17, 1998, at Bedford Hospitality House. Born on November 13, 1913, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of William Henry and Mary Olive (Pierson) Tatom. He married Ruth Root, and she survives.

Also surviving are one son, Bill Tatom of Bedford; one sister, Marilynn Fountain of Bedford; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five sisters, three brothers, and one grandchild.

He was a farmer and a carpenter and had worked for Bedford Ground Limestone Co., for 18 years. He was a member of Leatherwood Christian Church, where he was an elder and Sunday school teacher.

Services for Joe Tatom will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 19th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Lowell Roberts officiating. Burial will be at Leatherwood Christian Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, January 18th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

1/16/98

Lessig – Edna A. Lessig of Mitchell, formerly of Campbellsburg, died Friday, January 16th, at her daughter's residence in Mitchell. Born September 8, 1091, in Washington County, she was the daughter of Henry and Emma (Durnall) Trinkle. She married Ray Lessig, who preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Emogene Brown and Ethelene Wilcoxen, both of Mitchell; one son, Eugene Lessig of Campbellsburg; and several grand, great and great, great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sons and a brother, Harold Trinkle.

Graveside services for Edna Lessig will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 19th, at Claysville Cemetery near Campbellsburg with Brother Max Timbrook officiating. There will be no visitation. Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell is in charge of the arrangements.

1/15/98

Beavers – Larry D. Beavers of Bedford died Thursday, January 15, 1998, at his residence. Born in Lawrence County on March 29, 1937, he was the son of Emery W. and Ila S. (Deckard) Beavers. He married Rita Kay Howell on July 19, 1959, in Lawrence County, and she survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Susan Annette Jones, of Bloomington; one brother, Bill Beavers of Bedford; one uncle, two aunts, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a power sweeper operator at General Motors Powertrain and a member of United Auto Workers Loca 440, Donica Memorial Church of God, and Fellowship Community of Donica Church. He coached for the girls softball league in Oolitic and Bedford.

Services for Larry Beavers will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 18, 1998, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford with Pastors Kendall Hendrickson and Bob Cherry officiating. Burial will follow in Dive Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. Saturday, January 17th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

1/14/98

Atchison – George R. Atchison of Norman died Wednesday, January 14, 1998, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born in Lawrence County, IN, on December 10, 1926, he was the son of Delbert and Hattie (Johnson) Atchison. He married Norma Jane Curren on June 24, 1950, and she survives.

Also surviving are two sons: Donald Atchison of Norman and Mike Atchison of Bedford; one brother, Marvin Atchison of Bedford; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Bud Atchison, and one sister, Virginia Stroud.

He was a retired employee of General Motors Powertrain, a World War II veteran, and a member of United Auto Worker Local 440 and Mundell Christian Church.

Services for George Atchison will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 17th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Mike King officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens with graveside military rites accorded by members of the American Legion Gillen Post 33. Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. Friday, January 16th, and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at The Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

Mitchell – Dariel Mitchell of Bedford died Wednesday, January 14, 1998, at Westview Manor Living and Rehab Center in Bedford. Born on May 7, 1909, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Ethel Mitchell. He married Maude Harden on February 4, 1928, and she died February 4, 1986.

Surviving are one half brother, Coval Tumey of Needmore; one sister, Gail Franklin of Avoca; and caregivers: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown and Mildred Hawk, all of Mitchell. He was preceded in death by his wife,; one daughter, Colleen Blevins, and three brothers, Morris, Carol, and Willard Tumey.

He retired from Oolitic Stone Mill in 1973 and was a member of Englewood Baptist Church.

Services for Dariel Mitchell will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 16th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. David Ferry and Carl Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, January 15th, and from 9 a.m. until service time on Friday at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

1/13/98

Hurley – Norma Hurley of Bedford died Tuesday, January 13, 1998, at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born in Salem on January 25, 1930, she was the daughter of Oren and Helen (Jones) Purlee. She married Coy Hurley on August 17, 1946, and he survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Judy K. Hurley-Feaster of Bedford; one son, Timothy C. Hurley of Bloomington; four sisters: Beulah Owens and Carol Purlee, both of Florida, Dorothy Matthew and Bonnie Gould, both of Campbellsburg; three brothers: Donald Purlee of Pekin, IN, Robert Purlee and Grant Purlee, both of Florida; six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, John V. Hurley; one brother, Eugene Purlee, and one sister, Vivian Burges.

She was a homemaker, and a member of the Christian Church of Austin.

Services for Normajane Hurley will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 17th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Saltillo Cemetery in Saltillo. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday, January 16th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

1/12/98

Burnette – Jackie R. Burnette of Williams died Monday, January 12, 1998. Born August 31, 1937, in Owensburg, he was the son of Bradley and Essie (Jackson) Burnette. He married Beulah Cobb, and she survives.

Also surviving are four sons: Jackie R. Burnette II, Joseph H. Burnette, and Mark O. Burnette, all of Williams, and Bradley D. Burnette of Bedford; one foster son, Timothy Shepherd of Bloomington; one daughter, Vaunda Prince of Mooresville; two brothers, Darrell B. Burnette and Billy D. Burnette, both of Bedford; one sister, Mary Rosalie Cecil of Bedford; sixteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A minister, he pastored churches in Grinnell, IA, Madison and Mitchell, IN, and started the Church of God in Cedar Rapids, IA. He was a member of First Assembly of God in Bedford, and was an electronic technician.

Services for Jackie Burnette will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 15th, at First Assembly of God with Brother Glenn Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 14th, at Cresthaven Funeral Home, and from 11 a.m. until the service Thursday at the church.

1/12/98

Zukunft – Al Zukunft of Sun City, FL, formerly of Bedford, died Sunday, January 12, 1998 at his home in Sun City. Born in Clinton, IN, on February 3, 1926, he was the son of Paul and Mary (Miller) Zukunft. He married Margel E. Bare, and she survives.

Also surviving are two sons: Mark Zukunft of Danville, IN, and Michael Zukunft of Beech Grove, IN; and a brother, Carl Zukunft of Brazil, IN.

He was a 28-year veteran of the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, serving as county agricultural agent in Ripley, Rush, Madison, and Clinton Counties, as well as twelve years in Lawrence County, where he was instrumental in the development of the Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds. Services for Al Zukunft will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 16th, at the Robert D. Loose Funeral Home, South Chapel, 200 West 53rd Street, Anderson, IN, with the Rev. Steve Wilkinson officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Anderson. Friends may call from 12-1 p.m. Friday, January 16th, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Hillsborough County, 3010 West Azeele St., Tampa, FL, 33609.

1/11/98

Hannum – Edna Mae Hannum of the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin, IN, and formerly of Bedford, died Sunday, January 11, 1998, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. Born December 12, 1908, in Blankenship, IN (Daviess County), she was the daughter of Daniel and Mary (Spurgeon) Smith. She married Charles Warren Hannum on December 19, 1925, in Green County, IN, and he preceded her in death on February 1, 1966.

Surviving are four sons: Raymond L. Hannum and Robert E. Hannum, both of Columbus, IN; Loren E. Hannum of Morgantown, IN; and Roger E. Hannum of Rollins, WY; sixteen grandchildren; and seventeen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister, one son, Warren Hannum, and one granddaughter.

She formerly worked at Kresge and at the Rosemont Motel and was a member of the Church of God.

Services for Edna Mae Hannum will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 15th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. James Woodward officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, January 14th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

1/09/98

Staggs – Margie Staggs of Bedford died Friday, January 9, 1998, at the Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born in Lawrence County on November 2, 1930, she was the daughter of Elory and Maude (Reynolds) Kirkman. She married Dwight Staggs on October 9, 1948, and he survives.

Also surviving are two sons: Jeff Staggs of Bedford and Wayne Staggs of Indianapolis; two daughters: Cathy Kopsho and Cynthia Cupps, both of Bedford; two sisters: Ruth McKinney of Martinsville and Mary Riley of Mitchell; four brothers: Charles Kirkman of Bedford and Junior Kirkman, Kenneth Kirkman, and Tom Kirkman, all of Oolitic; nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Tunnel Hill Pentecostal Church.

Services for Margie Staggs will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 12th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with the Revs. Keith Thompson, Bruce Roberts, and David Franklin officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Sunday, January 11th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

Watson – Judith Watson of Bedford died Friday, January 9, 1998, at her residence. Born in Hammond, IN, on January 3, 1943, she was the daughter of Joe Thomas and Nettie Lovin (Bush) Garland. She married Robert Lee Watson on January 20, 1960, and he survives.

Also surviving are two daughters: Vonda Gyger of Bedford and Jody Strain of Bloomington; one son, Sam Watson of Bedford; one brother, Charles Garland of Indianapolis; one sister, Mary Baker of Bedford; nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

She worked as a line operator at Thompson Consumer Electronics in Bloomington and was a member of the First Pentecostal Church of God.

Services for Judith Watson will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 11th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev Rodney Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Saturday, January 10th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

1/08/98

Calloway – Betty C. Callaway of Bedford died Thursday, January 8, 1998, at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born October 11, 1929, in Brownstown, she was the daughter of Frank and Anna (Shutters) Shelton. She married Lowell Callaway on June 13, 1954, and he survives.

Also surviving are are one daughter, Rachel Sheldon of Bloomington; one son, Darryl Callaway of Bedford; two grandsons, two step grandchildren; three sisters: Elnora Bahan of Brownstown, Christina Byers of Lexington, KY, and Mary Jane Desgrange of Flint, MI; two brothers: Fredrick Achelpohl of Brownstown and John Shelton of New Haven, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, David Callaway, and three sisters, Ruth Carter, Clara Mae Achelpohl, and Delores McEvoy.

She had been a volunteer for twenty years at the White River Humane Society and had been a specialty cake baker for 50 years. She was a member of Bedford Baptist Temple and Phi Beta Psi Sorority.

Services for Betty Callaway will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 12th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Steve Goens officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Saturday, January 10th, and from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, January 11th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions to the White River Humane Society.

Lee – Letha J. Lee of Mitchell, formerly of Oolitic, died Thursday, January 8, 1998, at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehab Center. The daughter of Roscoe and Clara (Keithley) Rose, she was born in Lawrence County on August 17, 1908. She married Fred E. Lee on January 17, 1925, and he died February 27, 1987.

Surviving are one daughter, Lois Cobb of Bedford; two sons, Donald Lee of Oolitic and Robert E. Lee of Springville; six grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, two brothers, Robert L. Rose and Carol Rose, and two sisters, Eula Hubbard and Frances Moore.

She was a former grocery clerk at Hildum's and Bob Sharr's Grocery Store in Oolitic. She attended Oolitic Pentecostal Church.

Services for Letha Lee will be at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, January 10th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Sharron Skinner officiating. Burial will follow at Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday, January 9th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

1/07/98

Browning – Anna Lucille Browning of Bedford died Wednesday, January 7, 1998, at Westview Manor Nursing Center. Born in Bedford on January 9, 1919, she was the daughter of Logan Browning and Mable Browning Fiddler.

Surviving are one sister, Virginia High of Ft. Myers, FL; two step brothers: John Fiddler of Bedford and Floyd Fiddler of Tennessee; one niece, Carol Williams of Ft. Myers, FL; two step nieces: Patty Hirnos of Richmond, IN, and Susie Woody of Bedford; one step nephew, Jay Fiddler of Bedford; three great nephews, and two great nieces. She was preceded in death by a step sister, Helen Deacon.

She was a homemaker and a member of Midtown Church of Christ.

Services for Anna Browning will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10th at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Howard – Cheryle Lynn Howard of Mitchell died Wednesday, January 7, 1998, at her residence. Born December 24, 1967, in Paoli, she was the daughter of Jacob C. (Jr.) and Linda Sue (Roberts) Tussey. She married Stephen Raye Howard, and he survives.

Other survivors include her mother of Mitchell; two sons: Stephen Raye Howard, Jr., and Michael Richard Howard, both of Mitchell; one daughter, Kima Lynn Tussey of Mitchell; and six brothers: Terry L. Tussey of Campbellsburg, Jacob Allen Tussey and Russell Ray Tussey, both of Fredericksburg, IN, Gregory Scott Tussey of Salem, IN, Eric Anthony Tussey and Thomas James Tussey, both of Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her father and one brother, Randy Tussey.

She was a homemaker and a member of Souls Harbor Church.

Services for Cheryl Howard will be at noon Saturday, January 10th, at Kemple-Dillman-Hunter Funeral Home in Hardinsburg with Rodney Chastain officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-9 p.m. Friday, January 9th, and from 9 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

Speer – Rosalind "Rose" Speer of Bedford died Wednesday, January 7, 1998, at Hospitality House. Born in Lawrence County on July 25, 1919, she was the daughter of Everett and Amy (Owens) Judah. She married R. "Ed" Speer on August 2, 1941, and he died March 10, 1991.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews, including Michael W. Bryant, who lived in her home. She was preceded in death by three sons at birth; one brother, Laurel Judah, and two sisters, Mary Frances Goen and Gretchen Bryant.

She was a retired beautician and a member of First Baptist church in Bedford.

Services for Rose Speer will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 10th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. John Lineback officiating. Burial will follow in Pinhook Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday, January 9th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

1/06/98

Hall – Anna Grace Hall of Bedford died Tuesday, January 6, 1998, at Bloomington Hospital. Born on August 28, 1931, in Oolitic, she was the daughter of Floyd and Gertie (Nicholas) Thompson. She married Leonard A Hall on August 29, 1953, and he survives.

Also surviving are three daughters: Gayla Davis of Indianapolis, Kathy Wade and Lenya Hall, both of Bedford; her mother, Gertie Thompson of Oolitic; one brother, Raymond Thompson of Martinsville; five sisters: Faye Wolfe of Santa Rosa, CA, Maxine Woodward of Charlestown, IN, Opal Hooker of Jeffersonville, IN, Irene Fulkerson of Mount Washington, KY, and Wilma Fields of Bedford; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father and two sisters: Betty Miller and Dorothy Roll.

She was a homemaker and a member of Englewood Baptist Church.

Services for Anna Hall will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 8th at The Day & Carter Mortuary with the Revs. Merla Craig and Kenny Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Silverville Missionary Baptist Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 7th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

Wilson – Donald Wilson of Oolitic died Tuesday, January 6, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Born on December 22, 1925, in Elnora, IN, he was the son of Jesse and Maude (Parsley) Wilson. He married Kay Spoonmore on September 10, 1946, and she survives.

Also surviving are three sons: Ken Wilson of Martinsville, Ron Wilson of Hephzibah, GA, and Mark Wilson of Bowdon, GA; one sister, Eva Webber of Clinton, IN, and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Burt and Max Wilson, and two sisters, Madge MacDonald and Norma Osha.

He was retired and was a volunteer for Dunn Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. A graduate of Williams High School, he was a World War II and Korean War Army veteran. He was a member and elder of Judah Church of Christ.

Services for Donald Wilson will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 10th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with Frank Binford and Logan Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Springville Christian Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-9 p.m. Friday, January 9th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Judah Church of Christ.

1/04/98

Johnson – Julie C. Fiddler Johnson of Portage, MI, died Sunday, January 4, 1997, at her residence. Born May 10, 1958, in Bedford, IN, she was the daughter of Walter and June (Benham) Fiddler.

Surviving are her parents of Portage, MI; two daughters, Lisa Lindsley and Aries Warner, both at home; friend, Michael Rehe; three sisters: Coralesa Horne of Illiopolis, IL, Lezlie Cook of Broken Bow, NB, and Beverly McGee of Decatur, IL; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A 1997 graduate of Davenport College with a degree in medical records administration, she was a supervisor in Medical Records at the Family Health Center in Kalamazoo, MI. She was a member of Portage United Church of Christ.

Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, January 8th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Graveside services and burial will immediately follow at 3:30 p.m. at Hopkins Cemetery in Needmore, IN, with Dr. Lawrence Benham officiating. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo, the Portage United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, or to her children in care of Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, IN.

Shedd – Robert Clark Shedd of Bedford died Sunday, January 4, 1998. Born January 19, 1924, in Akron, N.Y., he was the son of the Rev. C. Clark and Gertrude (Amidon) Shedd. He married Elaine Sautter on October 19, 1952, in Toledo, OH, and she survives.

Also surviving are two daughters: Mrs. Christopher (Priscilla) Veeder of Woodlands, TX, and Mrs. Thomas (Amy) Perrin of Indianapolis, two granddaughters, and two step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a twin brother, Richard G. Shedd, and a sister Elaine Stull.

A graduate of the University of Toledo, he was a salesman for pharmaceutical/hospital supplies and floor covering. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as a medic in the Pacific Theater Guadalcanal. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Bedford, Barton Smith Masonic Lodge in Toledo, the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Greencastle, IN, and the Scottish Rite, Valley of Indianapolis.

A private committal service for Robert Shedd with be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 9th, at Toledo Memorial Park Mausoleum in Toledo, OH. Friends may call at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford on Tuesday, January 6th, 4-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Dunn Hospital Hospice Program, Hospice of Bloomington (P.O. Box 1149, Bloomington, IN 47402), or to Scottish Rite Fund.

1/03/98

Smith – Frances Myrtle Nicholson Smith of Bedford died Saturday, January 3, 1997, at Hospitality House. Born April 24, 1918, in Peerless, she was the daughter of Melvin and Etta (Owens) Hodges. She married Otis O. Nicholson, and he died in 1972. She married Sherman Smith, and he preceded her in death.

Surviving are four sons: Harold Nicholson of New York, John Nicholson, Jim Nicholson, and Don Nicholson, all of Bedford; two daughters: Frances Barrett of Mitchell and Betty Jo East of Bedford; one stepdaughter, Beulah Helton of Williams; two sisters: Betty Parker and Margie Terrell, both of Bedford; one brother, John Hodges of Bedford; twenty grandchildren, and twenty-nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both husbands; two sons: Melvin and Claude Nicholson; four stepsons: Bob, Bill, Frank, and Otis Ervin Nicholson; and one grandson.

She was a cook for twenty-two years at the Greystone Hotel in Bedford. She was a member of Dive Christian Church for fifty-two years and was a member of the Bedford and Mitchell Senior Citizens.

Services for Frances Nicholson Smith will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 6th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary with Johnny Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday, January 5th, at The Day & Carter Mortuary.

1/02/98

Hack – Hazel I. Hack of Danville, IL, formerly of Mitchell, passed away Friday, January 2, 1997, at United Samaritans Memorial Hospital in Danville, IL. Born January 1, 1907, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Frank and Nora (Edwards) Barnes. She married Hobert Hack on June 15, 1925, and he preceded her in death July 10, 1984.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Gordon (Betty) Bryam of Danville, IL; one sister, Mrs. Kermit (Velma) Walker of Mitchell; three grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and two sisters, Rowena Reuter and Leona Green.

She was a member of the First Christian Church in Mitchell.

A memorial service for Hazel Hack will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 8th, at Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. David Shephard officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home following the service.

Taylor – Brenda K. Taylor of Bedford died Friday, January 2, 1998, at her home. Born in Lawrence County on February 2, 1948, she was the daughter of Arthur and Lois Marie (Beasley) Coulter.

Surviving are five daughters: Laura Ann Gray of Bloomington, Melissa Marie Tanner of Bedford, Dottie Jane Troutman of Shoals, Kimberly Sue Collins of Daytona Beach, FL, and Sara Marie Tuttle of Dover Hill; two sons: Paul Anthony Watts of Lost Creek, KY, and David Johnson of Shoals; two brothers: Arthur Coulter of Medora and Billy Coulter of Gasden; twenty-one grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, one grandchild, and one great grandchild.

She was a homemaker.

Services for Brenda Taylor will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 5th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Revs. Roscoe Godsey and Hollie Dickerson officiating. Burial will follow in Kurtz Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, January 4th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

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