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1998 – 12 (December) Obituaries

12/31/98 Smith – Charles David Smith of Bedford, IN, died Thursday, December 31, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on April 4, 1952, in Bedford, he was the son of Winford O. Smith and Betty J. Anderson Ritchison. He married Kathleen "Kate" Thompson, Bedford, on February 14, 1978, and she survives. Also surviving are his mother; one daughter, Karen Elaine Smith, at home; three sons: David Wayne and Daniel Alan Smith, both at home, and Austin Otis Smith, Bedford; several nieces and nephews; maternal grandmother, Clara O. Anderson, Bedford; one sister, Betsy Sheetz, Bedford; one brother, Ed Smith, Bedford; three step-brothers: Mike Ritchison, Decatur, Ralph and Nick Ritchison, both of Mitchell; and one step-sister, Terry Beaver, Bedford. He was preceded in death by his father. He was employed at A.O. Smith-UPPCO in Paoli, IN, and was a veteran of the Vietnam conflict, serving with the U.S. Air Force. Services for Charles David Smith will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 5, 1999, at the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with the Reverend Bob Cherry officiating. Burial will be in Lowder Cemetery. Friends may call from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday, January 4, 1999, and from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday, January 5, 1999, at the funeral home. Beyers – J. Emmett Beyers of Bedford, IN, died Thursday, December 31, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on March 14, 1910, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Howard and Olive (Fish) Beyers. He married Dorothy Taylor on April 16, 1933, and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters: Jacqueline Bailey and Kay Whitaker, both of Bedford,; a brother, Richard Beyers, California; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mae Fern McMorris and one in infancy; and a brother, Bill Beyers. He was the former owner of the Gulf Service Station, Bedford, and owned and operated Beyers Hardware. He had also been a delivery man for Johnson Creamery and a salesman for Elmex Corporation when he retired in 1975. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church, Bedford, and served on several boards at the local level and was the conference delegate for the church for many years. He was a founding member of the Bedford Jaycees and a three-term Bedford City Councilman. He also sang in the Lite Line Quartet. Services for J. Emmett Beyers will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday, January 4, 1999, at Day & Carter Mortuary with the Reverend Reed Beard officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 2, 1999, and from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service on Monday. Moore – Dale H. Moore of Bedford, IN, dien Thursday, December 31, 1998, at his residence. Born on January 1, 1939, in Monroe County, he was the son of Ollie and Mary Flora (Smith) Moore. Surviving are a companion, Jayne Ripley; two sons: Eric Moore, Bedford, and Herschel Donald Moore, Florida; three sisters: Dorothy Spears and Delpha Brown, both of Leesville, and Jan Southers, Bowling Green, OH; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. He retired from Otis Elevator, Bloomington, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Bedford. Services for Dale H. Moore will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, 1999, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford. Burial will be in the Linthieum Cemetery in Monroe County. Military rites will be performed by the American Legion Post 33. Friends may call from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday, January 4, 1999, at the funeral home. Hillenberg – Woodrow Wilson Hillenberg of Bedford, IN, died Thursday, December 31, 1998, at his residence. Born on February 28, 1913, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Grover and Ethel (Clark) Hillenberg. He married Eva Grace on April 7, 1934, and she survives. Also surviving are a son, Bob Hillenberg, Pittsboro; two sisters: Marie Stewart and Mae Williams, both of Bloomington; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, William Hillenberg, and one grandson, William Hillenberg. He was a farmer and a mechanic. He was also a member of the Judah Church of Christ and the Antique Car Club of Bedford. Services for Woodrow Wilson Hillenberg will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 1999, at Day & Carter Mortuary with the Brother Greg Eads officiating. Burial will be in the Gilgal Cemetery in Heltonville. Friends may call from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 1999, at the mortuary. 12/30/98 Brooks – Betty Jo Brooks of Bedford, IN, died Wednesday, December 30, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on July 13, 1947, in Oakland City, IN, she was the daughter of John W. and Mary Francis (Kays) Brooks. Surviving are her mother of Bedford; and two sisters: Lois E. Marsh and Brenda Harvey, both of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her father. She had been an employee for 28 years at the Indiana University accounting department, Free Methodist Church, in Bedford, Monroe County Library VITAL program, and Indiana School of Automation, in Bloomington. Services for Betty Jo Brooks will be at 1:00 p.m. at Free Methodist Church in Bedford. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, in Bedford. Friends may call from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home and from noon until time of service Monday at the church. Wilson – Jackie L. Wilson of Mitchell, IN, died Wednesday, December 30, 1998, at his residence. Born on May 23, 1942, in Mitchell, IN, he was the son of William E. and Nettie Marie (Hardwick) Wilson. He married Wilma Tidd on April 22, 1993, and she survives. Also surviving are a son, Sam Wilson of Mitchell; three daughters: Kim Tuddy and Robin Wilson, both of Huron, and April Marcourt of Dayton, Ohio; three step-daughters: Kelly Terrell, Glenda Parker and Iris Tidd, all of Bedford; a brother, William E. Wilson of Patricksburg; a sister, Nancy Duncan of Patricksburg; and 15 grandchildren. He retired from RCA, in Bloomington, and attended Mitchell Presbyterian Church. Services for Jackie L. Wilson will be at 1:00 p.m. at Haverly Mortuary with the Reverend Marge Braden officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. today and from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Sunday at the mortuary. Dixon – Col. Oliver O. Dixon of Indianapolis, IN, died Wednesday, December 30, 1998, at the Marquette Manor Health Care Center in Indianapolis. Born on May 19, 1910, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Guy and Lola (Crawford) Dixon. He married Grace Brooking in 1966, and she preceded him in death. He then married Helen C. Currie, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons: Max E. Dixon, Bloomington, and Stephen B. Dixon, Indianapolis; two daughters: Patricia Hannigan, Mountainside, N.J., and Cheryl K. Kelsey, Poenix, AZ; a step-daughter, Annette C. Donegan, Indianapolis; two brothers: Jim Dixon, Bedford, and David Dixon, Ferryville; two sisters: Lucille Weaver and Ida Fay White, both of Greenwood; 12 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. He retired after 31 years of services from the United States Army as a colonel in 1962. He taught high school math in Indianapolis, Rossville, and Arlington, VA. He was a member of the St. Luke's Methodist Church, Indianapolis, a 20-year member and past president of the Lions Club, Indianapolis. He was also a member of Phi Delta Kappa and the American Legion, Indianapolis. He graduated from Indiana University with bachelor and master degrees. Services for Col. Oliver O. Dixon will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 1999, at Day & Carter Mortuary with the Reverend Albert Nonery officiating. Burial will be in Pinhook Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Fort Knox Honor Guard. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Sunday. 12/29/98 Delpha – Marion Edward Delpha of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, December 29, 1998, at his residence. Born on March 15, 1917, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Matt and Addie (Stewart) Delpha. Surviving are one daughter, Mary Ellen Delpha Earl of Bedford, IN; one sister, Blanche Webb of Bedford; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Guy and Henry Delpha, and one sister, Mary Carmel. He had been a maintenance worker at the Greystone Hotel and at Indiana University. Services for Marion Delpha will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 2nd, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Glen Duncan and Pastor John Dodd officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the service time on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Gootee – Garrett M. Gootee of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, December 29, 1998, at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Born on August 5, 1993, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Greg A. Gootee and Beth (Vanatti) Gootee Walker. Surviving are his father of Bedford, IN; his mother and step-father, Beth and Robert Walker of Bedford, IN; one sister, Amanda Gootee at home; one step-brother, Robert Walker, Jr., of Orleans, IN; one step-sister, Haley Walker of Orleans, IN; paternal grandparents, Jerry and Ruth Gootee of Bedford, IN; maternal grandparents, Tim and Sue Vanatti of Brazil, IN; four step-grandparents: Robert and Suzanne Walker and David and Nancy Armstrong, all of Bedford, IN; paternal great-grandfather, James Gootee of Loogootee; maternal great-grandmother, Mary Knox of Brazil, IN; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was a member of the Hillcrest Christian Church. Services for Garrett Gootee will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 2nd, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Gary Cornwell and Tracy Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. 12/27/98 Baker – Michael Wayne Baker of Mitchell, IN, died Sunday, December 27, 1998, at the Orange County Hospital. Born on June 6, 1948, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Mildred and Pearl (Voorhies) Baker. He married Marvetta Kay Watson on December 8, 1973, and she survives. Also surviving are six sons: Mark Baker of Tell City, IN, and Michael, Micka, Phillip, Dustin, and Rocky Baker, all of Bedford, IN; two daughters, Pearl Puiddy of Bedford, IN, and Tessie Baker of San Diego, CA; four brothers: Joseph and Kenneth Baker, both of Needmore, IN, and Herbert and James Baker, both of Bedford, IN; four sisters: Elizabeth Fisher, Reva Munday, and Sharon Trueblood, all of Bedford, IN, and Dorothy Stancombe of Mitchell, IN; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Carolyn Sue Baker in 1994; two brothers, Robert Dale Baker and Harry E. Baker; and two sisters, Mildred Louise Hillenberg and Susie Baker. Services for Michael Baker will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 31st, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with burial in House of Prayer Cemetery. Friends may call from 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Barlow – Gladys Barlow of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, December 27, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on January 13, 1911, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Ross and Chloe May (Box) Terrell. She married Labon L. Barlow on October 10, 1928, and he preceded her in death on November 23, 1977. Surviving are one daughter, Ruth Esther Melvin of Mitchell, IN; one son, George David Barlow of Oolitic, IN; one sister, Ruby C. Pace of Bedford, IN; fifteen grandchildren, and several step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; three sons, Hillard Wayne, Charles Labon, and Herbert Barlow; and five brothers. She was retired from GM Powertrain and was a member of the UAW Local No. 440. She was a member of the First Church of God, the Church of God WCG and WCTU, the 700 Club, the Beacon Sunday school class, a former member of the sanctuary choir and a former Sunday school teacher. Services for Gladys Barlow will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 31st, at the First Church of God with the Revs. Alan Ree, Floyd Brick and Jim Woodward officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 9 a.m. until the service time Thursday at the First Church of God. Craig – Dorothy L. Craig of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, December 27, 1998, at her residence. Born on January 31, 1920, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Charles and Ruby (Tanksley) Pruitt. She married Harold J. Craig on January 30, 1930, and he preceded her in death on December 20, 1992. Surviving are three sons, Jim, Gerald, and Larry Craig, all of Bedford, IN; two daughters, Linda Corbin and Martha Hollars, both of Bedford, IN; ten grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers, Charles and Robert Pruitt. She was a homemaker and was of Protestant faith. Services for Dorothy Craig sill be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, December 31st, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Ken Ransom and Johnny Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Dive Christian Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Perry – Betty June Perry of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, December 27, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on June 29, 1936, in Carthage, IN, she was the daughter of the Rev. Bruce and Alma (Maddox) Jordan. She married the Rev. Elliott Perry on November 14, 1955, in Boston, KY, and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Bruce Perry of Elizabethtown, KY, and the Rev. Christopher Perry of Bedford, IN; one brother, C. Leo Jordan of Hodgenville, KY; two sisters, Neelenia Reynolds of Bedford, IN, and Joetta Fox of Boston, KY; one granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. She was a homemaker and a pastor's wife. For twenty-four years she was the minister of music at Christ Temple Pentecostal Church. Services for Betty Perry will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 31st, at Christ Temple Pentecostal Church, with the Rev. Paul Mooney officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday, 2-9 p.m. Wednesday, and 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 12/26/98 Coulter – Lorena Mae Goen Coulter of Medora, IN, died Saturday, December 26, 1998, at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born on April 11, 1943, in Seymour, IN, she was the daughter of Lewis M. and Arietta Louise (Wilkerson) Goen. She married Stephen D. Goen on December 22, 1958. She married Arthur Coulter on March 16, 1968, and he preceded her in death on August 11, 1998. She is survived by two daughters, Bonita McPherson and Tamilla "Tami" Murphin, both of Medora, IN; two sons, Monte and Johnny Goen, both of Medora, IN; one brother-in-law, William E. Coulter of Gaston, IN; four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one half-sister, and one son, Dennis Dewayne Goen. She was a certified nurse's aide at local nursing homes and was of Pentecostal faith. Services for Lorena Coulter will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 29th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Proctor Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 Monday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. King – Shelby Merlin King of Mitchell, IN, died Saturday, December 26, 1998, at his residence. Born on February 25, 1924, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Idis and Cornelia (Tolbert) King. He married Nahna Irene Hauser on July 3, 1943, and she preceded him in death on February 12, 1998. Surviving are four sons, Gene, Kent, Vince, and Randy King, all of Mitchell, IN; two daughters, Tonya Gilbert and Annette Neely, both of Mitchell, IN; two brothers, John and Roy Ritchison, both of Mitchell, IN; and two sisters, Reba Barlow of Bedford, IN, and Louise Moore of Mitchell, IN. He was preceded in death by his wife; one son, Tim King; two brothers, and one sister. He retired from Mitchell Transport after twenty-five years of service. He was a member of the Fairview Church of Christ. Services for Shelby King will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 30th, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Port Williams Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. 12/25/98 Blackburn – Aela Younger Blackburn of Brooklyn Park, MN, formerly of Needmore, IN, died Friday, December 25, 1998, at the home of her daughter. Born on May 20, 1918, in Bedford, IN, she was the daughter of Remus and Lida (Stewart) Blackwell. She married Lawrence Younger, and he preceded her in death. She married Robert "Bob" Blackburn, who also preceded her in death. Surviving are one son, Howard Younger of Fayetteville; one daughter, Carol McKinney of Brooklyn Park, MN; two sisters, Freda Stewart of Ellettsville, IN, and Eva Hillenburg of Bartlettsville, IN; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by two husbands; one brother, Elmer Blackwell; and one sister, Avis Prince She retired after thirty-eight years teaching in the Lawrenceburg, Ellettsville, Springville, Needmore, Bartlettsville, and Oolitic school systems and was a former reading supervisor for Monroe County Schools. She was a former member of Gulletts Creek Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for several years. A graduate of Indiana Teachers College, she earned a Master's degree and remedial reading specialist's license from Indiana University. She was a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association and the Indiana University Alumni Association. Services for Aela Blackburn will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 30th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Revs. Jeff Williams and Kenny Waldon officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Bolding – Ted Bolding of Bedford, IN, died Friday, December 25, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on October 5, 1913, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Chester and Sarah (Dalton) Bolding. He married Dorothy E. Stephens on August 22, 1953, and she died on July 8, 1994. Surviving are one daughter, Robin L. Kirschner of Indianapolis, IN; and two sisters, Ruth Alexander and Catherine James, both of Bedford, IN. He was preceded in death by two sons, Ted Bolding, Jr. and Clifton Bolding; one brother, Chester Bolding; and two sisters, Lola Bolding and Elsie Bolding. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. Services for Ted Bolding will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 28th, at St. John's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Ron Sacco officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 408 p.m. Sunday and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Mueller – Matilda M. Mueller of Bedford, IN, formerly of Chicago and Centralia, IL, died Friday, December 25, 1998, at White River Lodge. Born on November 11, 1904, in Bedford, IN, she was the daughter of Martin and Paulina (Haller) Nagele. She married Herman H. Mueller, and he died in 1972. Surviving are two sisters, Emma Korzen of Bedford, IN, and Wilhelmina Pearson of St. Genevieve, MO; eight nephews, four nieces, and several great-nephews and great-nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, six brothers, and three sisters. She was a homemaker and a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and Altar Society, Silver and Gold Club, and the Homemaker Extension Club. Services for Matilda Mueller will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 29th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. Bernie Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Monday. 12/21/98 Sullivan – Dennis (Ameba) Sullivan of Springville, IN, died Monday, December 21, 1998, at his residence. Born on September 13, 1955, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Clavorn and Grace (Maxwell) Sullivan. He married Tina Crane on February 2, 1996, and she survives. Also surviving are one step-son, Travis Tarrants of Vincennes, IN; his parents of Bedford, IN, three sisters: Lynda Slate and Beverly Bundy, both of Bedford, IN, and Marsha DeVol of Bloomington, IN; and three brothers: Doug Sullivan of Florida, Gary Sullivan of Georgia, and Jon Sullivan of Bedford, IN. He was preceded in death by one sister, Janice Margiotta. He was employed by Dennis Hillenburg Construction and Front Runner and was a member of the First Christian Church. Services for Dennis Sullivan will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23rd, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Jimmy Crane officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until the service time on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Bedford Boys Club. 12/20/98 Ball – John Earnest Ball of Danville, IL, formerly of Mitchell, IN, died Sunday, December 20, 1998, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Danville. Born on November 8, 1924, in Mitchell, IN, he was the son of John H. and Minnie (Pipher) Ball. He married Anna Frances Slaten on November 17, 1967, and she died August 16, 1995. Surviving are two daughters, Angela Sneed of Decatur, IL, and Beth Ann Meneely of Salt Lake City, UT; his father, John H. Ball of Bedford, IN; five brothers, Leon, Charles, Henry, and Ronald Ball, all of Mitchell, IN, and Kenneth Ball of Bedford, IN, and James Walter Ball of Bloomington, IN; three sisters, Louise Williams and Mildred Terry, both of Mitchell, IN, and Lavonne Callahan of Bedford, IN; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Anthony Earnest Ball, and his mother. After forty years of service he retired in 1985 from Lehigh-Portland Cement Co. He was a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of Mitchell Church of the Nazarene and Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250, Mitchell. Services for John Ball will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 23rd, at the Mitchell Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Mark Bechtel officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by members of the Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107, Mitchell. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Haverly Mortuary and from noon until the service time on Wednesday at the church. Moore – George Franklin "Frank" Moore of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, December 20, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on April 11, 1943, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of George and Majorie (Pruett) Moore. He married Nita Carol Brown on October 4, 1969, and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Tony Stigall of Bedford, IN; one daughter, Stephanie Ryan, of Bedford, IN; one brother, Ronald Moore of Bedford, IN; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Michael Moore; and one sister, Nancy Moore. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran and an employee of the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Crane. He was a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church. Services for George Moore will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 23rd, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Leatherwood Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by members of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33, Bedford. Friends may call from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Owens – Andrew M. Owens, infant son of Paul and Gayle (Box) Owens of Bedford, IN, was stillborn Sunday, December 20, 1998 in Morton, IL. Surviving with the parents of Bedford, IN, are five sisters, Tara, Brittany, Samantha, Kindra, and Alexandra Owens, all at home; one brother, Brandon Owens, at home; the paternal grandparents, Ronald and Jeannette Owens; the paternal great-grandmother, Ilene Shirack, all of Morton, IL; the maternal grandparents, Michael and Terri Box, Dr. Steve and Joyce Hammel; the maternal great-grandmothers, Jewel Box and Marilynn Fountain, and the maternal great-great-grandmother, Grace Pate, all of Bedford, IN. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 22nd, at Pinhook Cemetery. Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. 12/19/98 Lyons – David Stanley Lyons of Bedford, IN, died Saturday, December 19, 1998, at Hospitality House. Born on November 7, 1930, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Hovey D. and Gertrude (Keynon) Lyons. He married Dorothy Russo on March 5, 1949, and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Marsha Kern of Bedford, IN, and Valerie Hester of Crawfordsville, IN; one sister, Shirley Harris of Fayetteville, N.C.; one aunt, Mattie Tannehill of Dayton, OH; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lorenda Lyons; one brother, Noel Jack Lyons; and one step-brother, Hovey Ray Lyons. He head retired from General Motors Powertrain in 1980 and was a member of the United Auto Worker Local 550 and the American Association of Retired Persons. He attended Old Union Christian Church. Services for David Lyons will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 22nd, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Josh Brumfield officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Day and Carter Mortuary. Rominger – Agnes Rominger of Bedford, IN, died Saturday, December 19, 1998, at the Hospitality House. Born on March 17, 1924, in Leipsic, IN, she was the daughter of Everrett and Lola (Durnill) Henderson. She married Clinton Rominger, and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Anna Rominger Lisak of Crown Point, IN, and Gayle Rominger Henighan of Dayton, OH; two grandchildren, and one nephew. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Clifford Henderson and Robert Henderson. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Ruth Circle. There will be a memorial service for Agnes Rominger at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 22nd, at the First United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Ames Chapel Cemetery in French Lick, IN. Friends may call from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home and may attend graveside committal services following visitation at the Ames Chapel Cemetery. The Rominger family will be at the funeral home Monday from 1-3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Women's Group or to the charity of the donor's choice. Sheeks – Kenneth William "Bill" Sheeks of Mitchell, IN, died Saturday, December 19, 1998, at his residence. Born on August 3, 1939, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Kenneth and Lorena (Bass) Sheeks. He married Janice Lee on May 27, 1961, and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Terri Mounce and Traci Horner, both of Mitchell; one sister, Phyllis Cleveland of Silver Spring, MD; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. A 1958 graduate of Mitchell High School, he was a machinist at Preferred Technical Group and had served eight years as a member of the Bedford Headquarters Unit of Indiana National Guard. He was active for twenty-five years in the Southern Trails District of Boy Scouts of America and was a recipient of the Order of the Arrow. He was a member of the Mitchell Church of Christ, and the Mitchell Masonic Lodge No. 228, F&AM. Services for Kenneth Sheeks will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 22nd, at the Chastain Funeral Home with Bro. Allen Burris officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Monday and from 9 a.m. until the service time Tuesday at the funeral home. Masonic rites will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Monday by members of the Masonic Lodge No. 228, F&AM. Master Masons will meet at the Masonic Lodge at 7 p.m. Wilson – Ruth Elizabeth Wilson of Mitchell, IN, died Saturday, December 19, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on June 22, 1919, in Jennings County, IN, she was the daughter of James I. and Gladys (Liddle) Kinder. She married Owen Wilson, and he died in 1960. Surviving is one daughter, Libby Howard of Mitchell, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Lola Kinder. A retired employee of Older Americans Services, she was a member of Tea Creek Baptist Church in Jennings County, Eight & Forty No. 638, Bedford, and a past president of the Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 Auxiliary, Mitchell. The body was cremated, and there will be no visitation or memorial service. Chastain Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 12/18/98 Byers – Myrtle Byers of Springville, IN, died Friday, December 18, 1998, at her residence. Born on August 25, 1924, in Lebanon, KY, she was the daughter of Emmett and Carrie (Bright) Gribbons. She married Burl E. Byers in October, 1943, and he preceded her in death on January 22, 1989. Surviving are one sister, Mabel Cole of New Castle, IN; one brother, Lewis Gribbons of Connersville, IN; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister, Frances Burris. She was a homemaker and of Protestant faith. There will be graveside services for Myrtle Byers at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 21st, at the Zion Cemetery in Raleigh. The Day & Carter Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Dean – Donald E. Dean of Mitchell, IN, died Friday, December 18, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on June 29, 1931, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Emett and Crystal (Graber) Dean. He married Della V. Pridemore on December 12, 1967, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, James M. Blackburn of Mitchell, IN, and Paul E. White, Jr. of Orleans, IN; seven daughters: Laverne K. Brown of Kissimmee, FL, Sue Bogers of Florida, Ruth Ann Bradley of Orangeville, IN, Crystal L. Baxter of Bedford, IN, Sandy Snyder, Donna Burgess and Sheila R. Mills, all of Mitchell, IN; twenty-one grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandchildren. He retired from Carpenter Body Works in 1981. A United States Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8302 of Mitchell. Services for Donald Dean will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 21st, at Haverly Mortuary. Burial will be in the Mitchell Community Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by the Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107 and the Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. until the service time on Monday at the mortuary. 12/17/98 Logsdon – Icy Mae Logsdon of Bedford, IN, died Thursday, December 17, 1998, at the Hospitality House. Born on July 1, 1901, in Green County, KY, she was the daughter of William and Ellen (Chaudion) Buckner. She married Homer Elbert Logsdon on July 17, 1926, and he died January 22, 1994. Surviving are one daughter, Ellen Frances Burks of Bedford, IN; three half-sisters, Emma Hall, Mary Ratliff, and Allison Eugene Berry, all of Summersville, KY; and one grandson. She was preceded in death by two sister, Valeria Thompson and Viola Skaggs. She was a homemaker and attended the Liberty Church in Kentucky and the Free Methodist Church in Bedford. Services for Icy Logsdon will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, December 19th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Bob Carder officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until the service time on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. 12/16/98 Fletcher – Eva Elizabeth Burford Fletcher of Bedford, IN, died Wednesday, December 16, 1998, at Hospitality House. Born on February 27, 1911, she was the daughter of Ephriaiam and Josephine (Williams) Burford. She married Bert H. Fletcher on September 30, 1933, and he preceded her in death on March 30, 1985. Surviving are four sons: Dale H. Fletcher, Michael L. Fletcher, Thomas R. Fletcher, and George A. Fletcher, all of Bedford, IN; one daughter, Jeanine Spaulding of Bedford, IN; one brother, Carl Burford of La Harpe, IL; two sister, Mary Brides of Bedford, IN, and Rebecca Chase of St. Petersburg, FL; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Duane E. Fletcher; one granddaughter, Christina Spaulding; two sisters, Lois Burford and Clara Brooking; and one brother, Bill Burford. She was a homemaker and a member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church. Services for Eva Fletcher will be Saturday, December 19, 1998, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Johnny Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. Friday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Hodges – Connie Hodges of Bedford, IN, died Wednesday, December 16, 1998, at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born on February 8, 1934, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Floyd H. and Christinia (McCracken) Wever. She married Ken Hodges on August 28, 1955, and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Kenna Hodges, at home; two sons, Chris Hodges of California and Kay T. Hodges of Bedford, IN; her mother, Christinia Wever of Bedford, IN; one brother, Guy Wever of Bedford, IN; one sister, Janis Nagenegast of Homestead, FL; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church and the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33 Auxiliary. Services for Connie Hodges will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 19th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Jon Lineback officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. until the service time on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. 12/15/98 Heironimus – Roy Heironimus of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, December 15, 1998, at Westview Manor Nursing & Rehab Center. Born on August 31, 1913, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Lee and Ada (Bruce) Heironimus. He married Catherine Heironimus in 1943, and she died August 6, 1998. Surviving are two sons, Roger Heironimus of Maryville, TN, and Tom Heironimus of Safety Harbor, FL; one brother, Walter Heironimus of Shoals, IN; four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Rose Strosneider, and one brother, Clarence Heironimus. A 1931 graduate of Bedford High School, he retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1980. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. There will be graveside services for Roy Heironimus at 11 a.m. Friday, December 18th at the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church Cemetery with the Rev. James Burkes officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be considered to the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church. Johnson – Russell Johnson of Oolitic, IN, died Tuesday, December 15, 1998, at South West Regional Hospital in Fort Meyers. Born on June 2, 1912, in Terre Haute, IN, he was the son of Clarence A. and Mae (Alcorn) Johnson. He married Maxine H. King on May 10, 1935, and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Tracy E. Johnson of Rochester Hills, MI; three grandchildren, two nephews, and three nieces. He was preceded in death by one son, Terry R. Johnson, and one sister, Hazel M. Riley. He was retired from the U.S. Post Office in Bedford. He was a member of Bedford First Baptist Church and an associate member of the North Side Baptist in Ft. Meyers, FL. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the American Legion Gillen Post #33. He was a member of Bedford Lodge #14 F&AM, York Rite, Scottish Rite, and the Gideons. Services for Russell Johnson will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 18th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Jon Lineback 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 2-9 p.m. on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Masonic services will be conducted at 7 p.m. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions to the Gideons Memorial Bible Plan. Sipes – Richard H. Sipes of Harrison, OH, formerly of Lawrence County, IN, died Tuesday, December 15, 1998, the Victory Park Nursing Home in Norwood, OH. He was born on January 5, 1911, in Springville, IN. He married Ruth Tanksley, and she survives. Also surviving are one son, John R. Sipes of Harrison, OH; one grandson, and two great-grandchildren. A World War II Army veteran, he was a retired postal employee. Services for Richard Sipes will be at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 20th, at the Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. Raymond Bunn officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Saturday and from noon until the service time on Sunday at the Chastain Funeral. 12/14/98 Embree – Cora Celia (Short) Embree of Mitchell, IN, died Monday, December 14, 1998, at Westview Manor. Born on January 18, 1905, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Samuel R. and Anna (Chase) Short. She married John Reed Embree on April 4, 1923, and he survives. Also surviving are three sons: Hollis R. Embree of Venice, Fl, Samuel D. Embree of Greenwood, IN, and Michael N. Embree of Marengo, IL; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers: Richard, Morris and Ermal Short; and two sisters: Mary Hall and Ava Short Terrell. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ in Williams, IN. She was a sixty year member of the Williams Home Demonstration Club and a a member of the Lawrence County Women's Chorus. Services for Cora Embree will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 17th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Leroy Inman officiating. Burial will follow in Williams Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the hour of service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. 12/13/98 Herrington – Charles R. Herrington of Mitchell, IN, died Sunday, December 13, 1998, at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehab Center. Born on November 29, 1921, in Hattiesburg, MS, he was the son of Benjamin H. and Cordia (Wilks) Herrington. He married Clara Exell Parker on February 15, 1943, and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Wanda Mills of Mitchell, and IN, and Sandra Bugh of Bedford, IN; one sister, Flossie M. Peacock of Mobile, AL; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by six brothers. He was a World War II Army veteran with the Dixie Division of U.S. Army Camp in Shelby, MS, and retired from AT&T. He was a member of Pioneers of America, the Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107, and the Mitchell First Baptist Church. Services for Charles Herrington will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 16th, at the Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. Raymond Bunn officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by members of the Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107, Mitchell. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until the service time on Wednesday at the funeral home. Williams – Harriet Thelma Williams of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, December 13, 1998, at the Hospitality House. Born on January 14, 1905, in Mitchell, IN, she was the daughter of Dennis W. and Ora J. (Smith) Talley. She married George O. Williams on June 23, 1923, and he died January 29, 1985. Surviving are seven grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, twenty-two great-great grandchildren, and two nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Williams; one daughter, Geneva Kern; one brother, and one sister. She was a homemaker and was a life-long member of the Free Methodist Church and the Missionary Society of the Free Methodist Church. There will be private graveside services for Harriet Williams at Green Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Bob Carder officiating. The Day & Carter Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements. There will be no visitation or service at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. 12/12/98 Cole – Marian Ellen Cole of Bedford, IN, died Saturday, December 12, 1998, at Bedford Medical Center. Born on April 9, 1954, she was the daughter of Arch and Kathleen (O'Brien) Bridwell. She married Stephen Wayne Cole, and he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Kelly Ryan and Susan Cole, both of Bedford, IN; two sons, Chris Ryan and Steve Cole, both of Bedford; one brother, John Bridwell of Bedford, IN, and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. She was a long distance telephone operator for AT&T. Services for Marian Cole will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 16th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Dirus Dustin officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 11 a.m. until the service time on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. 12/10/98 Holmes – Lois Electra Holmes of Bedford, IN, formerly of Pumpkin Center in Orange County, IN, died Thursday, December 10, 1998, at Westview Manor Nursing Center. Born on August 4, 1905, in Orange County, IN, she was the daughter of Herman Cornwell and Etta Burgess Cornwell. She married J. Earl Holmes on June 8, 1924, and he preceded her in death on December 25, 1983. Surviving are one daughter-in-law, Wuanita Holmes of Bedford, IN; two granddaughters, Julie Bloom of Holly, MI, and A.J. Holmes of Indianapolis, IN; two step-grandchildren, Rick Catlett of New Albany, IN, and Glenda Baker of Bedford, IN; and one great-granddaughter, Aimee Nickless of Indianapolis, IN. She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Durward Holmes; and one sister, Audra Trinkle. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford. Services for Lois Holmes will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 12th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Catlett officiating. Burial will follow in Stampers Creek Cemetery in Orange County, IN. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Staver – John Fredrick Staver of Bedford, IN, died Thursday, December 10, 1998, at the Westview Manor Nursing Center. Born on February 23, 1908, in Dayton, OH (Montgomery County, OH), he was the son of Fred M. and Ida M. (Wombold) Staver. He married Thelma Louise Willman on August 18, 1933, in Muncie, IN, and she preceded him in death on August 13, 1988. Surviving are two sons, Fred Staver of Bedford, IN, and John Staver of Manhatten, KS; four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife and one sister, Helen. He was a retired accountant. A graveside service was held on Monday, December 14th, at Ellerton Cemetery in Ellerton, OH. Arrangements and services were handled by Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. There was no calling. 12/09/98 Fields – Claty "Jake" Fields of Mitchell (Huron area), IN, died Wednesday, December 9, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on June 22, 1917, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Richard "Peck" and Maggie (Eagans) Fields. He married Mildred Carpenter on January 11, 1941, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons, Harley Fields of Westport, IN, and Phillip Fields of Mitchell, IN; one daughter, Sheryl Walton of Mitchell, IN; one sister, Emma Smith of Bedford, IN; six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Charles, Harley, Richard, and Ray Fields, and one sister, Bessie Robertson. He was a World War II Army veteran. Early in his life he worked in the stone mills in Lawrence County and retired from the Lawrence County Highway Department. He was a member of the Huron Baptist Church. Services for Claty Fields will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 12th, at Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. David Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Huron Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the funeral home. Inman – Norma Mae Inman of Bedford, IN, died Wednesday, December 9, 1998, at Hospitality House. Born on December 15, 1929, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Clovis G. "Buck" and Melva Louise (Craig) Lavender. She married Forrest "Johnnie" Inman on November 12, 1949, and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Melanie Rainey of Bedford, IN; one grandson, and one cousin. She was preceded in death by her parents. She was a homemaker of of Baptist faith. Services for Norma Inman will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 12th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Lowell Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. 12/08/98 Browning – Mary Elsie Browning of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, December 8, 1998, at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born on October 30, 1908, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of George and Evaline (Williams) DeFord. She married Roy Browning on June 29, 1929, in Jeffersonville, IN, and he died November 22, 1983. Surviving are one son, Richard R. Browning of Tulsa, OK; one daughter, Rebecca Wells of California; one sister, Mrs. Inez Ford of Akron, OH; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband; two daughters, Sue Neal and Rheadawn Klumpp; five brothers, Ray, Herbert, James, Walter, and Loran DeFord; two sisters, Ida DeFord and Estelle McCormick. She was a homemaker and attended the Bedford Calvary Chapel. Services for Mary Browning will at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 11th, at Calvary Church with Pastor Jim McDowell officiating. Burial will follow in Meadows Church of God Cemetery on SR 446. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Thursday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home and at the church on Friday morning from 9-11 a.m. Hawkins – Elsie Lucille Hawkins of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, December 8, 1998, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on April 7, 1924, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Stanley and Mettie (Bowman) Hunter. She married James W. Hawkins on December 19, 1946, in Lawrence County, and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Janice McCracken of Heltonville, IN; one son, William W. Hawkins of Springville, IN; two grandsons, Thad and Jamie McCracken of Heltonville, IN; two step-grandchildren, Hope Colburn and Ryan Poole; two sisters, Eunice Gratzer of Bedford, IN, and Helen Beyers of Heltonville, IN; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Hunter. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mundell Christian Church. She also attended Erie United Methodist Church. Services for Elsie Hawkins will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, December 10th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Mundell Christian Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until the service time Thursday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. 12/07/98 Maze – Eleanore Maze of Bedford, IN, died Monday, December 7, 1998, at her residence. Born on November 27, 1927, in Ebensee, Austria, she was the daughter of Ledwig and Sophia Klehschmid. She married Harold O. Maze on September 18, 1950, in Linz, Austria, and he survives. Also surviving are three sons: Harold W. Maze of Daphne, AL, Robert D. Maze of Bloomington, IN, and Ronald K. Maze of Kokomo, IN; one brother, Ludwig Klehschmid of Austria; two sisters, Hedwig Klehschmid and Christina Klehschmid, both of Austria; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters. She retired from M. Fine & Sons in Bedford after twenty-six years and was a member of the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. Services for Eleanore Maze will be at 10:30 Thursday, December 10th, at the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. There will be private visitation. 12/06/98 Gratzer – Freida F. Gratzer of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, December 6, 1998, at her residence. Born on January 23, 1930, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Lawrence and Martha (Blevins) Fox. She married Bill Gratzer on March 11, 1947, and he died in October, 1984. Surviving are two sons, Jimmy and Billy Gratzer, both of Bedford, IN; three daughters: Cathy Clark and Paula Tyree, both of Bedford, IN, and Carolyn Lindley of Mitchell, IN; two brothers, Charles "Tom" and Jerry L. Fox, both of Bedford, IN; three sisters, Judy Callahan and Kathie Wicker, both of Bedford, IN, and Pansy Dawson of Wisconsin; eleven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Patricia Ann Gratzer; one brother, James Fox; and two sisters, Juanita and Louise Fox. She retired from RCA in Bloomington and was a member of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33 Ladies Auxiliary. There will be private services for Frieda Gratzer on Wednesday, December 9th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery. There will be no visitation at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Thornton Memorial Boys Club. 12/04/98 Behringer – Russell W. Behringer of Mitchell, IN, formerly of Bedford, died Friday, December 4, 1998, at his residence. Born on October 16, 1973, in Terre Haute, IN, he was the son of Charles and JoAnn (Spies) Behringer. Surviving are his mother JoAnn Behringer of Heltonville, IN; two brothers, John Behringer of Bedford, IN, and Charles R. Behringer of Heltonville, IN; his maternal grandmother, Catherine Sies of Mitchell, IN; one nephew and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his father in 1989. He was a self-employed carpenter and also worked for Bill Jones Construction. Services for Russell Behringer will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 9th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Braden officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Rariden – Josephine A. Rariden of Bedford, IN, died Friday, December 4, 1998, at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis. Born on November 11, 1922, in Oolitic, IN, she was the daughter of Marshall and Roberta (Ellis) Miller. She married David Rariden, and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Marsha Rariden Horsak of Dallas, TX; one son, Stewart Rariden of Bedford, IN; one brother, Marvin Miller of Bedford, IN; and five grandchildren. She was a graduate of Stephens College in Columbus, MO, and the Chicago Art Institute. She was a member of the Psi Iota Xi and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 129. Services for Josephine Rariden will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 7th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence County Community Foundation or the Culver Education Foundation in Culver. Tolliver – John Tolliver, Jr. of Bedford, IN, died Friday, December 4, 1998, at the residence of his sister. Born on December 8, 1926, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of John Andrew and Lora (Miller) Tolliver. Surviving are four brothers: Wayne Tolliver of Bedford, IN, Delbert Tolliver of Bath, MI; Jerry Tolliver of Walters, OK, and Joseph Tolliver of Sinica, S.C.; three sisters: Paulice Stafford of Bedford, IN, June Owens of Portland, MI, and Joyce Holloway of Cadillac, MI; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. He attended the Judah Church of Christ. Services for John Tolliver will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 7th, at the Judah Church of Christ with Bro. Frank Binford officiating. Burial will follow in the Judah Church of Christ Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 9 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the church. 12/02/98 Boyd – Blanche Boyd of Mitchell, IN, died Wednesday, December 2, 1998, at the Orange County Hospital. Born on October 28, 1900, in Orange County, IN, she was the daughter of Jesse and Florence (Mahan) Boyd. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Lucille Wagner, Alma Reily, and Stella, and two brothers, Grant and Bruce Boyd. A 1919 graduate of Mitchell High School, she had a bachelor's degree from Central Normal College and received the master's degree from Indiana University. She taught fifty years in the Mitchell Community School. After retiring in 1969, she served as librarian at the Mitchell Public Library. She was a member of the Jacob Finger United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was a sustaining member and past president of the Gamma Epsilon chapter of Tri Kappa sorority, and a member of Fleur de Lis. She was a member of the National, Indiana, and Lawrence County Retired Teachers Associations. Services for Blanche Boyd will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 8th, at Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Shake officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the service time Tuesday at the funeral home. Melton – Daniel D. Melton of Williams, IN, died Wednesday, December 2, 1998, at Bloomington Hospital. Born on May 22, 1947, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Walter and Nina (Hughes) Melton. He married Deana Bell on November 5, 1994, and she survives. Also surviving are three sons: Zachary and Joshua Belton, both of Williams, IN, and Shannon Melton of Charlestown, IN; four daughters: Kelsey and Kendall, both of Williams, IN, Heidi Melton of Mitchell, IN, and Jessica Melton of Bedford, IN; one step-son, Cody Bell of Williams; his mother, Nina McDonald of Greenwood, IN; two sisters, Louise Lawrence of Indianapolis and Nada Lindley of Mitchell, IN; two half-brothers, Steven and Teddy McDonald, both of Greenwood, IN; and one half-sister, Stephanie English of Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his father, step-father, one son, and his grandparents. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran, an employee of C.M Bowman Trucking Co. in Indianapolis, and a member of ABATE. Services for Daniel Melton will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 5th, at Chastain Funeral Home with Bro. Frank Ira officiating. Burial will follow in Port William Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by members of the Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107, Mitchell. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 p.m. until the service time Saturday at the funeral home. 12/01/98 Bough – Rita Jo Bough of Bedford died Tuesday, December 1, 1998, at her residence. Born December 20, 1933, in Bloomfield, IN, she was the daughter of John and Mamie (Marshall) Krantz. She married Merle Bough on April 6, 1951, and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Kathy Brown of Bedford; two grandchildren, Dana Flinn and Jamie Brown, both of Bedford, IN; and one great-granddaughter, Carrie Flinn. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Don Krantz; and one son, Jeffery Scott Bough in 1971. She was a teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Bedford for 21 years, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford. She graduated with BA and MA degrees in Education from Indiana University. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, President of North Lawrence Education Association for 4 years, president of American Association of University Women for 4 years, and member of the State Teachers Association. Services for Rita Jo Bough will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 3, in the Elmwood Chapel of The Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. on Wednesday at The Day & Carter Mortuary. Byrd – Thelma Ethel Byrd of Bloomington, IN, formerly of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, December 1, 1998, at Bloomington Hospital. Born on February 3, 1907, in Avoca, IN, she was the daughter of James and Leslie (McAfee) McDonald. She married Manuel Paul Byrd on November 17, 1924, and he preceded her in death. Surviving are two sons, Paul Byrd of Bloomington, IN, and Larry Dean Byrd of South Carolina; two daughters, Betty Pennington of Altoona, FL, and Phyllis Finley of Bedford, IN; one sister, Luella Thomas of Bedford, IN; thierteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Wilmer Dale Byrd; two sisters, Gretna Mawwey, and Dorothy Seidl; one brother, Sam McDonald; two grandchildren,a dn one great-grandchild. She had worked at Tindal's Hardware Store and attended Dive Christian Church. Services for Thelma Byrd will be at 1:00 P.M. Friday, December 3rd, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. until the service time Friday at the mortuary. Wilcoxen – Irene Wilcoxen of Mitchell died Tuesday, December 1, 1998, at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born on December 23, 1922, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Ervil and Blanche (Chastain) Wilcoxen. Surviving is one sister, Shirley Coomer of Tenino, Washington. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and one sister. She was a homemaker and member of the Mitchell Church of the Nazarene. A graveside service for Irene Wilcoxen will be at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 4, at Mitchell Cemetery with the Reverend Mark Bechtel officiating. Friends may call from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at Haverly Mortuary in Mitchell.


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