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2009-10 (October)

Oct. 31, 2009

John P. TeWalt Jr.

Feb. 3, 1930 — Oct. 29, 2009

John Paul TeWalt Jr., 79, of Bedford, passed away at 4 p.m. on Thursday, with his beloved wife of 57 years, Judy TeWalt at his side.

Born Feb. 3, 1930, in Vincennes, he was the son of John Paul TeWalt Sr. and Francis Ann (Edwards) Williams. He married Judy Ann Brown in 1952 and she survives.

He retired from Sarkes-Tarzian in Bloomington and was a member of the Bedford Boat and Sportsman’s Club. He served in the National Guard and enjoyed auto racing.

John was loved by his stepmother, Raye TeWalt; stepfather, Noble Williams; sister-in-law, Jean Roberts and husband Lewis and their children, Jill Heiser and Robby Roberts; his cousin Tom Edwards and wife Sandy; and his close friends Debbie and Larry Craig, Mike Sanders, and Barbara Moen.

He will forever be in the hearts of his wife, Judy, of Bedford; his son, Jay TeWalt of Virginia Beach, Va.; his granddaughters, Sarah and Jennifer; his grandson, Chris; his three great granddaughters; and three great grandsons.

The family would like to thank the compassionate and caring people at Garden Villa Nursing Home and to all of those who were so generous to John in his last days.

Per John’s wishes, no formal services are scheduled.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.daycarter.com.

Oct. 30, 2009

Michael R. Johnson

April 14, 1957 — Oct. 28, 2009

Michael Ray Johnson, 52, of Orleans, died Wednesday at his residence.

Mike was born to his parents, Cecil Eugene and Wanda Jean (Marshall) Johnson on April 14, 1957, in Bedford. He graduated from Orleans High School in 1975 and from Sullivan Business College in 1977.

He was co-owner with his brother, Guy Wayne, of the Paradise Pizza and Deli in Orleans which they opened in 1994. He was a member of the Orleans United Methodist Church and the Orleans Chamber of Commerce. He was a very devoted follower of the St. Louis Cardinals.

He is survived by his sister, Cecilia Lynn Gies and husband Andrew of Louisville; and by his three brothers, William D. Johnson and wife Brenda of Paoli, Dennis E. Johnson and wife Vickie of Orleans and Guy Wayne Johnson also of Orleans; five nephews; six nieces; and 11 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and his mother.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Orleans United Methodist Church with the Rev. Patrick Sinnott officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Orleans.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. on Friday at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society for Melanoma research.

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

Jack J. Fleetwood

Oct. 25, 1933 — Oct. 28, 2009

Jack J. Fleetwood, 76, of Bloomington and a Lawrence County native, died Wednesday in Bloomington.

He retired from Star Stone Company in 1993. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Survivors include his daughters, Nedra Fleetwood-Martin, Bloomington, and Jackie Buhr, Washington; one son, James W. Fleetwood, Bloomfield; one sister, Sarah Lone, Bloomington; one brother, Ned Fleetwood, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Allen Funeral Home in Bloomington. Burial will follow at the Clear Creek Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to www.allenfuneralhome.org.

Kimberly Kern

Kimberly Kern, 50, a resident of Mitchell Manor, died at 4:15 a.m. today at Mitchell Manor. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Oct. 29, 2009


Majel K. Easterday

Sept. 1, 1920 — Oct. 28, 2009

Majel K. Easterday, 89, Orleans, died at 4:25 a.m. Wednesday at Bloomington Hospital of Orange County.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Phillip Easterday Sr., Orleans; three sons, Phillip Easterday Jr., and Danny Easterday, both of Orleans, and Thom Easterday, Paoli; three daughters, Becky Cain, Orleans, Sheila Condra, Washington, and Joyce Hawkins, Mitchell; three brothers, Max Lewis Elliott, of Ohio, Arnold Vance Elliott, Orleans, and Robert Eugene Elliott, Waynesburg, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kemple Funeral Home in Paoli with Brother Jimmy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Syria Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Walter L. Owens

Walter Lee Owens, M.D., 83, died Sunday at his home in Bloomington. He was a native of Norman and a graduate of Heltonville High School.

He was a long-time physician.

He is survived by his wife, Charmain “Tommie” (Thompson) Owens; his sister, Marie Settle; four children, Katharine Whealton, Richard Owens, Caroline Owens, and Judy Owens; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Bloomington.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.allenfuneralhome.org.

Reginia H. Robinson

Jan. 19, 1911 — Oct. 27, 2009

Reginia H. Robinson, 98, Bloomington, and a Bedford native, died Tuesday morning at Bloomington Hospital.

She retired as an English and physical education teacher from M.C.C.S.C. after teaching for 29 years. She last taught at Bachelor Middle School and also at Smithville High School.

She is survived by her son, Robert J. Robinson, Oakdale, Calif.; a sister, Elizabeth Ann Girdley, Bloomington; and two grandchildren.

Private funeral services will be held on Friday at Valhalla Memory Gardens in Bloomington.

Day Funeral Home in Bloomington is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be given at www.mem.com.

Oct. 27, 2009

Donald R. Kern

Jan. 24, 1947 — Oct. 25, 2009

Donald R. Kern, 62, Spencer, died at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday at his residence.

He was born Jan. 24, 1947, in Bedford, the son of Frank M. “Peadad” and Mary (Boone) Kern

He was an insulating contractor.

He attended Bedford schools and went to high school at Martinsville. He also reclaimed old wood barns.

Surviving relatives include, a brother, Ronald J. Kern and wife Brenda of Bedford; a sister, Carolyn Spivey and husband Chuck of Martinsville; sons, Anthony Ray Kern of Martinsville and Christopher Kern of Lexington, Ky.; a daughter; his grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from noon until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to hospice.

Patricia G. Lee

Aug. 29, 1924 — Oct 25, 2009

Patricia Guest Lee a resident of Ardenwoods, age 85, died at John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center in Asheville on Sunday.

She was born in French Lick, a daughter of Fred and Emma Kibler. She graduated from Indiana University and received a masters degree at Northern Illinois University. She enthusiastically taught school for 25 years, 21 of which were for School District 41 in Glen Ellyn, Ill..

She was preceded in death by former husbands William Diedrich and Gordon Guest. Thomas J. Lee, her husband and friend from childhood as they grew up in Bedford, survives. She is also survived by one daughter, Deborah Diedrich and husband Bill Woolum of Eugene, Ore.; two sons, Brian Diedrich and wife Diane of Western Springs, Ill., and David Diedrich and wife Mary Lou of Arlington Heights, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Adrienne, Patrick, Ben, Molly, Danielle, Billy Samantha and Allison; one great-granddaughter, Olivia; two sisters, Fredrica Frank of Fort Wayne, and Emily Wood of Lutz, Fla.; and three nieces and two nephews.

After moving to Hendersonville in 1988, she enjoyed her association with Etowah Valley Country Club and participation in Life Long Learning, Single Women’s Club and the Blue Ridge Literacy Council’s Tutoring program. After marrying Tom in 2000, she enjoyed their life at the Oaks in Hendersonville and at the Ardenwoods retirement community in Arden and enriched each community with her personality and talents. During that time she grew in Christian faith at the First Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville, of which she was a member, and at Faith Fellowship at Ardenwoods.

A memorial service will be announced and held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Care Partners Hospice and Palliative Care, P.O. Box 25338 Asheville, NC 28813 or to Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, Inc., P.O. Box 1811, Hendersonville, NC 28793.

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian on Long Shoals Road is in charge of arrangements.

The memorial register is available at “Obituaries” at www.grocefuneralhome.com.

Alice E. McHugh

March 5, 1924 — Oct. 25, 2009

Alice Eleanor (Ferdig) McHugh, of Orleans, passed from this life into Eternity early Sunday morning at the Bedford Regional Medical Center in Bedford at the age of 85.

She was born March 5, 1924, to her parents, Mike and Hester White Ferdig of Mapleton, Iowa. She grew up in Iowa, graduated from Onawa, Iowa High School and normal school teacher training. On Aug. 12, 1942, she married the love of her life, Willis McHugh. They raised four children and one grandson while living in Iowa. She and her husband moved to Orleans in 1982.

She was a wonderful wife and mother, was always very faithful and active in church. She was a member of the Orleans Christian Church. She faithfully read, memorized and meditated on God’s Word and was a Sunday School teacher for many years. While in Iowa, she served many years in Parent Teacher Organizations and was honored with a “Mother Of The Year” award in Council Bluffs. She enjoyed reading, sewing, baking, family visits, and walking. It was a particular privilege for her to babysit and help raise other people’s children, who considered her a second grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Willis, of Orleans; her daughter, Eleanor (John) Emslie of Larimore, North Dakota; three sons, Larry (Theresa) McHugh of Fort Myers, Fla., Jerry (Lindia) McHugh of San Antonio, Texas, and Michael (Sue) McHugh of Fort Madison, Iowa; the grandson she raised, Larry McHugh, Jr. of Paoli; she has fourteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and her sister, Violette of South Dakota.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Orleans Christian Church with Brother Tom Bostic and Brother Nelson Lee officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Orleans.

Friends are invited to call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans and from 10 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the church.

The family requests memorials to the American Diabetes Association.

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

Kelsie D. May

July 19, 1956 — Oct. 24, 2009

Kelsie D. May, 53, Martinsville, died Saturday at Morgan Hospital & Medical Center from complications of pneumonia.

He was a machine operator at General Devices in Indianapolis.

Survivors include his wife, Rhonda L. (Cross) May; two sons, Christopher May and Adam May, both of Martinsville; one daughter, Kalie May, Martinsville; one brother, Richard May Jr., Bradenton, Fla.; two sisters, Diana Gonterman, Springville and Joy May, Bedford; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Costin Funeral Chapel in Martinsville with the Rev. Rick Miller officiating. Burial will be at Valhalla Memory Gardens in Bloomington.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made for the children in care of Citizens Bank in Martinsville.

Online condolences are available at www.costinfuneralchapel.com .

Oct. 26, 2009

Martha L. Regester

Sept. 1, 1917 — Oct. 23, 2009

Martha L. (Craig) Regester died Friday evening with family members at her side, singing her favorite song: “You are my Sunshine.” The song was an appropriate farewell for a woman who brought sunshine into so many lives. She celebrated her 92nd birthday Sept. 1.

Her accomplishments were many; her friends numerous; and her family forever grateful for her loving presence for so many years.

The youngest of seven children, Martha’s early years were spent on the family farm on Breckinridge Road near Bedford. She and her older siblings, along with their parents, Calvin and Myrtle Craig, worked hard to make the farm successful. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers and sisters, Walter Craig, Omer Craig, Idris “Buck” Craig, Theodore Craig and sisters Eva Cooper, and Joy Craig, and husbands Morris Conley and Francis Regester.

Martha is survived by her seven children, Jack (Rosemary) Conley, Ann (Bud) Umphress, Frank (Joyce) Regester, Julie (Greg) Fry, and Jim Regester all of Bloomington, Marilyn (Don) Jaquish of Traverse City, Mich., and Sarah (Bob) Mueller of Arcadia; and her 20 grandchildren, John Conley, Jim Conley, Chris Conley, Scottie Alora, Lee (Jeff) Sympson, David (Heather) Umphress, Carolyn (Todd) Hieftje, Craig Regester, Alisa Regester, Jennifer Regester and Amy Regester, all of Bloomington, Mark (Pam) Umphress and Ashley (Zach) Berg of Indianapolis, Whitney (Peter) Prettyman of Carmel, Laura Jaquish (Cal Steinorth) and Kate Jaquish of Traverse City, Mich., Allison Fry (Brad) Fogle of Richmond Indiana, Lindsay Fry of Charleston, S.C., Marcie Fry of Garmisch, Germany, and Adam Fry of Atlanta, Ga.

Her children and grandchildren were her greatest fans, along with her 15 great-grandchildren, and her two great-great-grandchildren.

Her own working career started in 1932 during the Depression. When she was just 15, she started working in a factory in her hometown. Martha left Bedford as a divorced, single mother with four children in the late 1940s after commuting to Bloomington for several years to support her family. For years she worked two jobs to keep her family together. One of her jobs was as a cocktail waitress at a popular restaurant in downtown Bloomington, the Dandale on the east side of the square. There, she met Francis Regester, son of local attorney Frank and his wife Alice. When Martha introduced “Franny” to her four children, the kids knew they had met a kind and gentle soul. Franny and Martha married in 1949, had three more children, and lovingly raised all seven to be productive, engaged citizens. Francis preceded her in death in 1978.

In the early 1950s, she started a nursery school in her home (a precursor to our modern Day Care Centers). She provided quality care not only for her own children, but also for other people’s children. Within a few years, Martha realized the need for another kind of child care service. She started Marty’s Babysitting service and brought together IU students who needed to work with families who needed reliable babysitters. It was not unusual for students to call the Regester home and ask her to help them get more work.

Her interest in the Bloomington community continued. She was instrumental in starting Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in Bloomington in the 1960s. She once again was tireless in her efforts to help others in need. She got her family involved in civic duty and politics in a variety of ways. In the mid- to late- 1960s, as she would drive in from the county to take her three youngest children to grade school, she would pick up children for Head Start and deliver them to school. She also got her family involved in election activities, especially on Election Day. Her husband Francis would drive the family’s VW bus around to polling locations and hand out free coffee and doughnuts to the poll workers. The younger children would go along and get a taste of the election process ... and a few doughnuts!

In 1967, Martha received her real estate license; she started her real estate career working for the former mayor of Bloomington, Tom Lemon. She also worked with Jimmy Owens and Bill Morrow. Eventually she ended up working at RE/MAX Realty Professionals when her son, Jim, started the company in 1991. She retired after 40 years in real estate in 2004. As a testimonial to her service, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award by the Bloomington Board of Realtors.

Martha continued her public service in many ways. She was elected to the Perry Township Board of Trustees in 1988 and remained on the board until her death. Through her work in Perry Township, she helped start the Community Kitchen and the homeless shelter next door. The shelter was officially named Martha’s House, in honor of her long-term commitment to those in need. Martha was also well known through her coat drives for the less fortunate. Her energy and efforts put coats on many families. She was especially pleased when a child who had no coat at all would proudly wear their new winter coat. One child was so thrilled just to have a decent coat that she wore it to bed for several days. She was a lifelong advocate for those in need.

Martha always had an interest in local politics and government. She held the position of chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary and treasurer over the years in the Monroe County Central Committee. She has worked extensively in virtually all local and state campaigns for nearly 50 years, from Birch Bayh to Evan Bayh, even Frank McCloskey mayoral and congressional race, just to name a few. Other social service entities that Martha supported with her time, energy and advocacy are Hannah House and the Crisis Pregnancy Center. She also had decades of active community service as a member of the Kappa Delta Phi sorority.

Her drive to help others was a force not evident in the average person. She always liked to quote the Bible when talking about her work, “The poor will be with you always.” She demonstrated a level of kindness that transcends the best of us. She will be greatly missed by her family and many others.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Day Funeral Home.

A funeral mass will be said at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on East Third St.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be sent to Martha’s House, 919 S. Rogers, Bloomington, Ind. 47401, in her name.

Patty S. Oakley

Oct. 8, 1937 — Oct. 24, 2009

Patty Sue Oakley, 72, Bedford, died at 9:05 a.m. Saturday at her residence.

She was born Oct. 8, 1937, in Bedford, the daughter of Gleonard and Florence (Rach) Scott. She married Fred Oakley on March 11, 1967, in Detroit, Mich., and he survives.

She was a homemaker and caregiver to her handicapped daughter, Ruth Ann, and a member of First Christian Church in Bedford.

She had two children, Elizabeth Ann, who died shortly after birth, and Ruth Ann.

They made their home in Detroit, Mich., until they moved to El Paso, Texas, in 1986, to be closer to family. When her mother, Florence, moved back to Bedford in 1993, they joined her. After her mother’s passing, they moved back to El Paso for retirement, and recently moved back to Bedford to be closer to family here and in Michigan.

She is survived by her husband Fred and daughter Ruth Ann of Bedford; a sister, Mary Ann Ranta and husband Robert of South Lyons, Mich.; a brother, Fred Scott of Bedford; nephews, Bruce Ranta and wife Lynn of Wisconsin, and Jeffery Scott and wife Shelly of Washington; and nieces, Sherry AuBuchon and husband Al of Michigan, and Nicole Scott of New Mexico; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Cremation was chosen.

No services are planned at this time.

Cards are welcome at the home, 1611 6 1/2 Street, Bedford, IN 47421.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

Teresa K. Reed

Feb. 22, 1945 — Oct. 25, 2009

Teresa Kay Reed, 64, Mitchell, passed away at 4:55 a.m. Sunday at her residence.

Born Feb. 22, 1945, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Betty (Hall) Turpin Sr. She married Larry Morris Reed Sr., May 19, 1962.

She retired from White River Lodge.

Surviving are her husband, Larry Morris Reed Sr. of Mitchell; sons, Larry Morris Reed Jr. and wife Pam and Shannon Blane Reed and wife Rhea, all of Mitchell; brothers, Ralph Turpin and wife Rose and Lloyd Turpin Jr, all of Mitchell; sisters, Martha Brim and husband Bill of Mitchell, Becky Thompson of California; and Kathy Sharp and husband Bart of Bedford; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Her parents and brother, Sam Turpin, preceded her in death.

Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mitchell Cemetery with Pastor Mike Holsapple officiating.

Friends may call from 4–8 p.m. Tuesday at Chastain Funeral Home.

Memorial Gifts: Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.

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

Norman H. Meredith

April 18, 1929 — Oct. 23, 2009

Norman H. Meredith, 80, Salem, died at 8:47 a.m. Friday at Floyd Memorial Hospital.

He was a former employee of W.R. Grace in New Albany.

Survivors include three sons, John and Barney Meredith, both of Salem, and Jeff Meredith, Pekin; a stepson, Howard Ridener, Mitchell; four daughters, Donna Potts, Borden, Connie Reynolds, Mitchell, Faye Meredith, Salem and Evelyn Meredith, Orleans; three stepdaughters, Pearl Corn, Deputy, Annie Wynn, Salem, and Judy Jonas, Mitchell; five brothers, Carl Meredith, Louisville, Ed and Donald Meredith, both of Leitchfield, Ky., Berthal Meredith, Palmyra, and Floyd Meredith, Salem; two sisters, Lillian and Reata; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nine step grandchildren; and 18 step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Weathers Funeral Home in Salem. Burial will be in Mentor Cemetery in Birdseye.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until the service on Tuesday all at the funeral home.

Virginia A. Smith

Oct. 4, 1910 — Oct. 24, 2009

Virginia A. Smith, 99, Bloomington, died Saturday at her residence.

She was a volunteer at the Opportunity House in Bloomington.

Survivors include one daughter, Anne Vondracek, Boulder, Colo.; four grandchildren, including Rex T. Barnes, Bedford; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

The Funeral Chapel of Powell, Deckard and Costin, 3000 E. Third St. Bloomington, is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 205 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408, or to Monroe County United Ministries, 827 W. 14th St., Bloomington, IN 47404.

Alice E. McHugh

Alice E. McHugh, 85, of Orleans, died Sunday at Bedford Regional Medical Center in Bedford. Arrangements are pending at Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans.

Oct. 25, 2009

Wayne J. ‘Dusty’ Miller

April 13, 1928 — Oct. 23, 2009

Wayne J. “Dusty” Miller, 81, of Bedford, died Friday at his residence.

He was born on April 13, 1928 to Marshall Miller and Lillie (Kinser) Miller in Monroe County.

He married Charlotte Hughes on Nov. 19, 1978, and she survives.

He was a machinist at General Motors Powertrain in Bedford for 31 years, retiring in 1980. He also enjoyed working around his farm.

He was a member of Life Tabernacle, Springville for 31 years. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army Corps and a member of Disabled American Veterans.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte Miller; five daughters, Diane Luttrell and husband Perry and Marcella Rollins and husband Jim, all of Springville, Mona Gates and husband David, and Becky Jones and husband Ricky, all of Bedford, and Teresa Maschino of Seymour; one son, Kenneth Jones and wife Sue of Bedford; 14 grandchildren, including Brian Luttrell, Lisa Elkins, Justin Sullivan and Jeremy Sullivan; and 23 great-grandchildren, including Tyler and Trey, who were raised on Miller’s farm.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Glandford Miller and Melvin Miller; one sister Darvel Sylvester; one grandchild Kevin Nowland; and his parents.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Life Tabernacle in Springville with Pastor Douglas Kelley officiating. Burial will be at Leesville Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded at the grave by American Legion Gillen Post #33 of Bedford.

Friends may call 4-8 p.m. today at Life Tabernacle.

Memorial contributions can be made to Life Tabernacle or Bloomington Hospital Hospice.

Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Leo Jenkins

Leo Jenkins, 84, of Purvis, Miss., formerly of Bedford, died Saturday in Purvis.

Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

Oct. 24, 2009

Wayne Miller

Wayne Miller, 81, Bedford, died at 11:50 a.m. Friday at his residence

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Life Tabernacle in Springville. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the church.

Complete obituary information will be released on Sunday.

Services are under the direction of the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

Helen Mylott

A graveside service for Helen L. Mylott, who died Oct. 11, will be at 10:a.m. Monday at Mitchell Cemetery.

Oct. 23, 2009

Lela Wood

Oct. 5, 1920 — Oct. 21, 2009

Lela Wood, 89, Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Bedford, and formerly of Mitchell, died at 10:43 a.m. Wednesday at Westview.

Born Oct. 5, 1920, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Benjamin F. and Martha Elizabeth (Price) Chastain. She married Harold Wood on Feb. 16, 1940, and he preceded her in death.

She was a homemaker and had worked at Trav-Ler Company in Orleans. She was a member of the Mitchell Church of Christ.

Survivors include one son, Ronald Wood and wife Peggy of Terre Haute; a daughter, Brenda Dorsett and husband John of Bloomington; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Blanche Ingram, Mary Slaughter, and Rosa Nell Wood; four brothers, Benjamin Franklin, Herman, Herschel, and Carl Chastain; and one grandchild, Kim Dorsett.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ferguson-Lee Haverly Chapel in Mitchell. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Oct. 22, 2009

Norma J. Maxwell

Feb. 29, 1924 — Oct 19, 2009

Norma J. Day Brodhecker Maxwell, 85, of Bedford, entered eternal life to be with her Lord at 3:50 a.m. on Monday at her residence. It was Mother’s dying request to be home with her family and to go on to heaven. She wanted the Lord’s will to be done.

Mrs. Maxwell was born in Lawrence County on Feb. 29, 1924, at the “Boone Holler” home to James A. and Sarah M. (Craig) Day. She was the youngest of her siblings and wouldn’t let you forget that she was the ‘baby.’ She was of non-denominational Protestant faith and belonged to God’s church. She loved the Lord and instilled that legacy in her children to pass on for generations.

She graduated high school from Fayetteville in 1942 and went on to be a wonderful and loving wife, homemaker, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to work with flowers, to dance and was very patriotic.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion and V.F.W. Post No. 1686.

After high school, she moved to Indianapolis to work at the Tee Pee Restaurant where she met our father. She married Curtis G. Brodhecker on Jan. 2, 1943. She and Daddy moved to Davenport, Iowa, and Denver, Colo., before returning to Lawrence County. In 1961 they moved to Columbus, and resided there until 1969. Upon the death of her husband, she returned to Lawrence County, where she lived out her life.

She had four daughters. She loved to sing gospel songs with us and she had some “silly” songs, too. After the chores were done, we liked to walk or ride the sled in the snow from Boone Holler to Silverville, go on hay rides, picnics and swim in the “Blue Hole.” After Daddy passed away in 1967, she married Doyle “Hickory” Maxwell in 1974. She and Hickory loved to travel. They traveled to the 48 contiguous states never making it to Alaska or Hawaii. Mother had a spoon collection from each one.

She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Sondra Gilley and husband Roger of Columbus, Ellen Moutardier and husband Rick, Rebecca Nikirk and husband Reggie, and Susan Brodhecker, all of Bedford; four stepchildren, Greg, Barry, Connie and Bonnie Maxwell, all originally of Indianapolis; 10 grandchildren, Jeanne Anne Hopkins and husband Brian, Deborah Marling and husband Damon, Stephen Gilley and wife Jenny, Ryan Moutardier and wife Marci, Curtis Moutardier and wife Trisha, Kent Moutardier and wife Kara, Eric Nikirk and wife Julie, Scott Nikirk and wife Jamie, Nathan Nikirk and wife Amy and Jennifer Nikirk; 16 great-grandchildren, Jordan and Brandon Hopkins, Caleb, Megan and Tanner Marling, Cole, Cadence and Chloe Gilley, Abigail, Jack and Vincent Moutardier, Andrew, Brittney, Kaden, Allison and Elijah Nikirk; several nieces and nephews; also by a close cousin and friend, Miriam Wagoner.

She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; siblings, Earl Day, Blanche Short, Paul Day, Isabelle Akers, Rose Anne Chastain, Sarah Copeland and Marian Spray.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastors Damon Marling and Terry Bryant officiating, and special music by Sondra Gilley. A graveside committal will be at 1 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Brownstown, with grandsons and great-grandsons serving as pallbearers and granddaughters and great-granddaughters serving as flower bearers.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on today at the mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Bloomington Hospital.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Norma at www.daycarter.com.

James O. McPherson

Jan. 16, 1924 — Oct. 20, 2009

James Owen McPherson, 85, Shoals, passed away at 3:38 p.m. Tuesday at his son’s residence.

Born Jan. 16, 1924, in Lawrence County, he was the son Owen “Oney” and Avis (Russell) McPherson. He married Lina E. Reynolds November 7, 1942.

He retired from the logging industry.

He is a U.S. Army veteran of World War II Normandy Invasion.

Surviving are his wife, Lina E. McPherson of Shoals; daughter, Brenda Moffatt and husband Paul of Shoals; sons, Larry McPherson and wife Bonnie of Medora, Garry McPherson and his wife Vicki of Shoals, and Perry McPherson and wife Linda of Bloomington; a daughter-in-law, Sue McPherson of Mitchell; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

His parents; son, Terry McPherson; and daughter, Linda McPherson, preceded him in death.

Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Martin County with military honors accorded by Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today, at 12450 High Gap Road, Shoals.

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

Robert L. Williams

Oct. 21, 1926 — Oct. 15, 2009

Robert L. Williams, 82, of Largo, Fla., died Thursday, at Hospice House Woodside.

He was born in Bedford, and later attended Hanover College. He served with distinction as a corporal in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was also a proud member of the Elks Club and American Legion.

He is survived by his beloved wife RaeJeanne Cronin-Williams; stepchildren Vanessa Cronin-Radcliffe and Garrett Cronin.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday with the service at 11 a.m. at the Reese Funeral Home in Seminole, Fla.

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

Lela Wood

Lela Wood, 89, Mitchell, died at 10:43 a.m. Wednesday at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Haverly Chapel in Mitchell.

Oct. 21, 2009

Louise Kompst

Nov. 13, 1917 — Oct. 19, 2009

Louise Kompst, 91, Ellettsville, died at 5:14 p.m. Monday at Bloomington Hospital.

She was retired from Westinghouse.

Survivors include one granddaughter; one grandson, Jeff Lutes, Bedford; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Miller, Spencer; two brothers, Glen Stines of Bloomington and Bart Stines of Nashville; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Chandler Funeral Home in Ellettsville with the Rev. Frank VanAllen officiating. Burial will be at Valhalla Memory Gardens.

Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

James O. McPherson

James Owen McPherson, 85, Shoals, passed away Monday afternoon at his residence. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell.

Oct. 19, 2009

Stephen T. Hampton

Mar. 18, 1956 — Oct. 16, 2009

Stephen T. Hampton M.D. died peacefully at home on Friday. He had courageously been fighting cancer for the past year.

He was born March 18, 1956, in Saginaw, Michigan. He grew up in Argos, where his father was in family practice.

After graduating from Argos High School, he attended Purdue University and then attended Tulane University in New Orleans, La. He earned a degree in Biology and a master’s in Pharmacology. After working for the Department of Energy in New Orleans and Washington D.C. He graduated from Medical School at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. After completing his orthopedic residency in Chicago at the University of Illinois he moved to Anderson, and practiced 16 years before moving to Bedford and working for Dunn Memorial Hospital as part of South Central Indiana Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. He also covered the BNL teams with pride.

While he was in Anderson he was the team doctor for all athletics at Anderson University. He also taught and provided job shadowing opportunities for many high school and college students.

He is survived by his wife Julie (Snyder) Hampton, whom he married August 12, 1978; two daughters, Haley age 12 and Lauren age 8, who were the love of his life; his parents, Dr. James and Frances Hampton of Naples, Fla.; one sister, Peggy Annis and her husband Larry of Monon; two brothers, David Hampton and his wife Traci of Edmond, Okla., and John Hampton and his wife Darci of Plymouth; his father- and mother-in-law, Don and Marlis Snyder of Plymouth; brother- and sister-in-law, Doug and Kim Snyder, sister-in-law, Karen Snyder, and brother-in-law, Tim Snyder, all of Plymouth; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Marc and Michael Hampton; and his wonderful grandparents.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford. Graveside committal services will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Maplewood Cemetery in Anderson, on the campus of Anderson University. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Plymouth.

Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Limestone Girls Club where Steve was honored to be a member of the board, The Dunn Memorial Hospital Foundation, or to Anderson University Department of Sports Medicine.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Dr. Hampton at www.daycarter.com.

Larry Don Watson

June 22, 1941 — Oct. 18, 2009

Larry Don Watson, 68, of Bedford passed away at 2:10 a.m. on Sunday at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

Born on June 22, 1941, in Bedford, he was the son of Noble Watson and Bernice (Ward) Watson.

He worked at NWSC Crane for 31 years. He served in the U.S. Army from June 1958 to May 1961. He was stationed in Fort Knox, Ky. and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Surviving is his wife, Judith (Trowbridge) Watson; two daughters Kathy Gilbert and Karen Watson both of Bedford; grandson, Matthew Fields of Greenwood; one brother, Robert Watson and his wife Ella of Clearwater, Fla.; two sisters, Dorothy Dick of Columbus and Carolyn Watson Jones of Bloomington; and nieces and nephews, Keith Dick and his wife Lillian of Columbus, Steven Dick and wife Brenda of Englewood, Fla., Reva Deckard of Springville, Scott Tirey of Mitchell, and Cindy Shillingburg of Columbus, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Sara Tirey and Linda Watson; and one brother, Richard Watson.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hayes Cemetery with Pastor Larry Ritter officiating. Military rites will be accorded by members of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Larry at www.daycarter.com.

Jerry L. Reynolds

July 20, 1941 — Oct. 16, 2009

On Friday Oct. 26, after a brief illness, Jerry L. Reynolds passed away at the V.A. Hospital of Indianapolis.

Jerry was born July 20, 1941, at Claysville, in Washington County, to Arthur and Nora Baughman Reynolds, the youngest of six sons.

The family moved to Mitchell in 1943 and Jerry graduated from Mitchell High School and attended college in Louisville. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, stationed at Alaska.

After military service, Jerry was administrator for Victor Oolitic Stone Company 26 years. He was a Little League coach and a youth basketball coach and later became a referee. He officiated with IHSAA and ASA nearly 20 years.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 33 years, Elsie Gentry-Sims Reynolds; two stepdaughters, Sandy Glasscock and Carolyn Sims; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Mrs. Nancy Reynolds of Greensburg, Mrs. Thelma Reynolds of Tampa, Fla., Mrs. Mary Reynolds of Indianapolis and Mrs. Joanne Reynolds of Garland, Texas; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by parents; brothers, Richard, Lowell, Kenneth, Menelo, and Charlie Reynolds; stepson Harold; sister in-law, Jenny; and grandson Dustin Sims.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the family plot of Mitchell Cemetery. Military rites accorded by the Honor Guard of Mitchell Post 250 of the American Legion, of which he was a member.

Visitation from 4 until 7 p.m. today at Arlington United Methodist Church of Bloomington.

Memorial donations may be directed to Volunteer Services of the VA Hospital.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of Nathan Butler Funeral Home. Messages of condolence to the bereaved family at www.forevercare.org.

Dale Weddle

Nov. 12, 1939 — Oct. 18, 2009

Dale Weddle, 69, Springville, died Sunday at Garden Villa.

He was a retired custodian at Indiana University.

Survivors include two daughters, Sarah (Weddle) Smith, Bloomington, and Shelly Weddle, Springville; one foster son, Don VanMeter, Springville; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Weddle, of Louisiana; three sisters, Deloris Sparks of Kentucky and Reba Parker and Wanda Hawkins, both of Bloomington; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, Greene & Harrell Chapel in Bloomington, with the Rev. Joe Nelson officiating. Burial will be at Valhalla Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Bloomington Hospital or the Sanders Church Building Fund.

Norma J. Maxwell

Norma J. Day Brodhecker Maxwell, 85, Bedford, died at 3:50 a.m. today at her residence. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary, Bedford.

Oct. 18, 2009

Stephen Hampton

Dr. Stephen Hampton, 53, of Bedford, died Friday at his residence.

Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Oct. 17, 2009

Ivan R. Hobson

1929 — Oct. 12, 2009

Funeral services were Friday for Ivan “Reed” Hobson, 80, Adairsville, Ga., who passed away on Monday from complications from cancer.

Reed was born in 1929 near the small farming community of Fairview in Lawrence County. He was the son of Ivan Earl and Ellen Jean (Faris) Hobson. He grew up on the Hobson Family Farm, currently owned and operated by his brother, John T. Hobson and sons. He was the point guard on his high school basketball team and attended college at Indiana Central University.

He was a retired educator, builder, distinguished local civic leader and a veteran.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy “Dot” Louise (Bradley) Hobson.

He is survived by his children, Susan Louise Hobson Gilmore of Adairsville, and Ivan “Van” Reed Hobson Jr. of Mesa, Ariz.; daughter-in-law, Laura Ellen (Fuller) Hobson, and son-in-law, Douglas Lyle Gilmore; grandchildren, Christina Nicole Hobson, Bradley Hobson Gilmore, Carrie Leigh Hobson, Jessica Louise Gilmore, Jonathan Kyle Hobson, and Tyler Lee Gilmore; as well as his brother and sister-in-law, John Thomas and Janice (Fite) Hobson, and family of the Fairview area of Lawrence County; and in-laws, Dr. Gordon Bradley Jr. and Lois Boswell Bradley of Fort Worth, Texas and Dr. Walter McEarchern and Anna Bradley McEarchern of Mesa, Ariz., and their families.

Reed was a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Cartersville, Ga., where funeral services took place Friday. The Rev. Bob Ballance and the Rev. Tom Bledsoe officiated. Interment followed at the Bradley/Hobson family plot at Eastview Cemetery in Adairsville.

The R. Dudley Barton & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., Adairsville, Ga., was in charge of arrangements.

Oct. 15, 2009

Emma I. Fish

May 8, 1931 — Oct. 14, 2009

Emma Imogene Fish, 78, of Bedford, died at 11:34 a.m. on Wednesday at her residence.

Born May 8, 1931, in Martin County, she was the daughter of Oda and Lena (Inman) Baker. She married Robert Joe Fish on July 28, 1951, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 26, 1998.

She retired from the retail clerks union and had worked in various retail and grocery businesses. She was a member of the Mount Pleasant Christian Church and was the treasurer for the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association. She was a 50-year member of the Thursday Night Euchre Club.

Survivors include two sons, Rennie Fish and wife LeAnn, and Robert “Bob” Fish and wife Mary, all of Bedford; one daughter, Janie Westerfield and husband Mark of Bedford; six grandchildren, Brent Reynolds of Bedford, Jesse Reynolds and wife Kathalijn of Oakland, Calif., Amanda Wagner and husband Ed of Bedford, Sarah Fish of Carmel, Lindsey Wright and husband Ryan of Bedford, and Lauren Phillips of Bedford; eight great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Linda Hudson of Plainfield, Bonnie Dalton of Brazil and Margie Hodges of Franklin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Jason Fish; one brother, Gene Baker; and two sisters, Shirley Hill and Alice Baker.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Christian Church with Jeff Huddelson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Pleasant Christian Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 10 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the church.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association, Mount Pleasant Christian Church Fund, Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services or the American Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Imogene at www.daycarter.com.

Harriett M. Lee

July 28, 1938 — Oct. 14, 2008

Harriett Mae (Box) Lee, 71, of 422 G St., Bedford, died at 5:56 a.m. on Wednesday at Dunn Memorial Hospital.

Born July 28, 1938, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Milburn and Violet (Martin) Box. She married Russell E. Lee in 1957, and he preceded her in death.

She retired after working 29 years as an assembler and tester for RCA-Thomson Consumer Electronics. She was a member of the Moose Lodge and the Eagles Auxiliary. She was of the Apostolic faith.

Survivors include two sons, Russell Lee Jr. and wife April of Bloomington, and Robert Lee of Bedford; two daughters, Pam Wessel and husband Rickey and Georgia Craig, all of Bedford; two brothers, Don Box of Markelville, and Russell Lloyd Box and wife Linda of Seymour; 13 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Jeff Lee; and one sister-in-law, Norma Box.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Ward Humphrey officiating. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Harriett at www.daycarter.com.

Paul Kern

May 7, 1932 — Oct. 14, 2009

Paul E. Kern, 77, of 185 Judah-Logan Road, Bedford, died at 3:51 p.m. on Wednesday at the Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Born May 7, 1932, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Charles and Mary “Birdie” (Taylor) Kern. He married Donna Goens on Aug. 3, 1960, and she survives.

He was a self-employed heavy equipment operator and a veteran of the Korean War serving with the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the VFW and attended Highview Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Donna, of Bedford; their children, Tammy Thomas and husband Danny of Springville, Julie Quinn and husband Dale of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Jay Kern of Bedford, and Angela Morrow and husband Del of Bedford; grandchildren, Barry Ryan II, Jessica Bunch, Lance Thomas and Megan Morrow; great-grandchildren, Blake Carlisle, Gavin Pruett and Caine Bunch; sisters, Jane Ira of Bloomington, Wilma Jean Sickman, Naomi Stone of Bloomington, Etta Rose Beeler of California; and a brother, Kenneth Kern of Bloomington.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, David Kern; and sisters, Eula Gardner and Ruby Burns.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Danny Goens officiating. Military rites will be accorded following the service by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion. Cremation will follow.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the mortuary. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Paul at www.daycarter.com.

Faye L. Chastain

Feb. 3, 1917 — Oct. 13, 2009

Faye L. Chastain, 92, Mitchell, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday at Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Born Feb. 3, 1917, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Henry and Ida Mae (Burton) McPherson. She married Harold Chastain June 8, 1935, and he preceded her in death Feb. 20, 1980.

She was a homemaker and a turkey and hog farmer.

Faye was member of Order of Eastern Star No. 503 and the First Baptist Church.

Surviving are sons, Hollace D. Chastain and wife Loraine of Orleans, and Ronald B. Chastain and wife Diana of McCordsville; sisters, Rowanna Thompson of Ephrata, Wash., Katherine Parks of Mitchell, and Agatha Merry of Mitchell; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren

Her parents; husband; and brothers, Leland, Emmitt and Burton McPherson; half brother, Ivis Magner; and sister, Lorena Eversole, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home with Michael Collins officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Honorary Casketbearers: Charlie Bob Parks, Larry McPherson and Claude Rayhill, Jr.

Casketbearers will be her grandchildren: Hollace Chastain II, Doug Chastain, Greg Chastain, Rachelle Collins, Aaron Chastain and Heath Chastain.

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

Abigail M. Alcorn

Oct. 13, 2009 — Oct. 13, 2009

Abigail Marie Alcorn, infant daughter of Brandon Christopher Thomas and Lisa M. (Tolliver) Alcorn, was stillborn Tuesday at Dunn Memorial Hospital.

Surviving with her parents, of Bedford, are grandparents, Darrell and LeAnn Tolliver of Mitchell, Larry and Linda Alcorn of Houston, Texas, and Sabrina and Roland Martinez of Texas; great-grandparents, Don Nolan of Mitchell, Ruth Tolliver of Oolitic, and Harold and Sheila Jackson of Florida.

She was preceded in death by great-grandmother, Brenda Nolan and great-grandfather, Chester Tolliver.

Private graveside services are planned with Brother Mark Brock and Brother Brad Nolan officiating.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Abigail at www.daycarter.com.

Robert E. Boone

May 8, 1936 — Oct. 13, 2009

Robert E. Boone, 73, Noblesville, passed away Tuesday at his residence in Noblesville.

He was born May 8, 1936, in Mitchell, to Herbert and Lillian (McIntire) Boone.

Robert graduated from Indiana Business College and was a Purchasing Manager for O.O. McKinley and ASI Sign Systems in Indianapolis. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, in Noblesville.

His passion was restoring automobiles and he was a charter member of the Central Indiana Vintage Vehicle Club. In addition, he had been an avid golfer and fisherman. He also enjoyed woodworking.

He is survived by his wife, LaDean Boone, who he married on July 3, 1954; his son, Michael (Marie) Boone of Bloomingdale; his daughter, Julie (Robert) Fischer of Noblesville; four grandchildren, Rebecca and Stephanie Boone and Nicholas and Zachary Fischer; and two brothers, Charles Boone and Kenneth Boone.

He is preceded in death by his parents and an infant son, Richard Allen Boone.

Services will be at 7 p.m. on Friday at Randall & Roberts Funeral Home in Noblesville with Pastor Dave Scifres officiating.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. A graveside service and burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mitchell Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Foundation of Noblesville or Ruth Lilly Hospice of Clarian.

Oct. 14, 2009

Patricia L. Holt

Feb. 13, 1938 — Oct. 12, 2009

Patricia L. Holt, 71, of Bedford died at 9:45 p.m. on Monday at her residence.

Born Feb. 13, 1938, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Orville and Mary (Meadows) Pruett. She married Robert Holt on Aug. 3, 1955 and he survives.

She was a retail clerk and manager for Ralph’s Market in California. She attended the First Baptist Church in Bedford.

Survivors include her husband, Robert; one son, Alan Holt of Bedford; one brother, John Pruett of Bloomington; one sister, Mary Patrick of Bloomfield; two grandchildren, Robert and Becky Holt of Dongola, Ill.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Robert and David Holt; two brothers, Thomas and Howard Pruett; and two sisters, Carol Whyer and Helen Gerkin.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Dr. Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will follow in the Pinhook Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Hoosier Uplands Hospice.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Patricia at www.daycarter.com.

Tammy S. Lindley

Nov. 23, 1961 — Oct. 12, 2009

Tammy Sue Lindley went to be with Jesus on Monday after succumbing to a lifelong disease of muscular dystrophy.

She was born on Nov. 23, 1961, to Norman Junior “Bonehead” Lindley and Janet Carol Muterspaw Lindley, formerly of Orleans.

Tammy lived her childhood and teenage years in Orleans. A yearly Muscular Dystrophy Carnival is held in her honor by Barry Compton and family.

She graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School in 1980. She was also a member of the Fayetteville Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents, her father Junior, and her stepfather, Willie Owens, of Springville.

She is survived by her mother, Janet Lindley Owens Stewart and stepfather Robert Dale Stewart of Bedford, four sisters, Cheryl Lindley Holmes, Elkhart, Terry Lindley Basinger and Paula Lindley Butler, both of Bedford, and Hope Lindley Lindsey, French Lick; one brother, Mark Lindley, of Orleans; and several stepbrothers, stepsisters, nieces and nephews also survive.

Tammy was an inspiration to all who knew her. We will never forget her beautiful smile and the way she touched our lives.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans with Brother Kenny Walden officiating. Burial will follow in the Springville West Cemetery in Springville.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ochstetrick.net.

Steven J. Lewis

May 14, 1953 — Oct. 12, 2009

Steven Joseph Lewis, 56, Mitchell, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Monday at his residence.

Born May 14, 1953, in Bedford, he was the son of Walter Thomas “Tom” and Elsie (Batchelor) Lewis. He married Connie L. (Doub) Johnson June 7, 1984.

He had been employed at General Electric, 25 years at Regal-Beloit, and most recently at Lehigh Cement Company. Steve graduated from Bedford High School in 1973 and was a member of the Sons of the American Legion.

Surviving are his wife, Connie L. Lewis of Mitchell; children, Keely Armstrong and husband Travis of Orleans, and Trevor Johnson and wife Ceji of Mitchell; grandchildren, Joshua and Megan Spradlin, and McKenzie and Kaiya Johnson; stepgrandchildren, Austin and Dillon Armstrong, Adam Kline, Alora Benge, and Madison Harrell; sister, Roxann McClung of Columbus; aunt, Diana Flo Sullivan of Lafayette; and niece, Kaylie Waggoner.

His parents preceded him in death.

Cremation was chosen. There will be no visitation.

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

Harriett M. Lee

July 28, 1938 — Oct. 14, 2009

Harriett Mae (Box) Lee, 71, 422 G St., Bedford, died at 5:56 a.m. on Wednesday at Dunn Memorial Hospital.

She retired after working 29 years as an assembler and tester for RCA-Thomson Consumer Electronics.

Survivors include two sons, Russell Lee Jr., Bloomington, and Robert Lee, Bedford; two daughters, Pam Wessel and Georgia Craig, both of Bedford; two brothers, Don Box of Markleville, and Russell Lloyd Box, Seymour; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Day & Carter Mortuary with Ward Humphrey officiating. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the mortuary.

Online condolences are available at www.daycarter.com.

Betty A. McCleery

Feb. 15, 1950 — Oct. 13, 2009

Betty A. McCleery, 59, Bedford, died Tuesday at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

She worked several years at Swifty Gas Station in Bedford.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda J. (Gonzalez) Ellsmore, South Paris, Maine, and Christy L. (McCleery) Chase, Bedford; one son, Michael J. McCleery, Bedford; five grandchildren; and a brother, Stanley Fuller of Connecticut. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Dive Christian Church in Bedford.

Cheyann L. Phillips

Oct. 10, 2009 — Oct. 12, 2009

Cheyann Lane Phillips, newborn daughter of Cody and Tanya Lee (Curl) Phillips died at 4:08 p.m. Monday at St. Vincent Women’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

Surviving are her parents, Cody and Tanya Phillips, Mitchell; half sister, Emmaleigha White, at home; grandparents, Jon and Traci Greathouse, Huron, Steve and Jetta Flick, New Port Richey, Fla., and Kevin Phillips, Huron; and great-grandparents, Pearl Duncan and Barbara Grider, both of Mitchell.

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Bonds Chapel Cemetery with Elder Will Ray officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com.

Kenneth D. May

Jan. 6, 1931 — Oct. 13, 2009

Kenneth D. May, 78, Whiteland, died Oct. 13, at Hickory Creek Health Care Center in Franklin.

He had been a self-employed trim carpenter for many years. He previously had been a diamond stone cutter for the Empire Stone Company in Bloomington for 18 years and was involved in the reconstruction of Old Main at Franklin College after the fires of the mid-1980s. He had also been a homebuilder.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah E. (McKinley) Reece-May, Whiteland; daughters, Anna York, Bedford, and Robin Moore, Franklin; a son, Robert Reece, Greenwood; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Victory Baptist Church in Whiteland with the Rev. Mark Felber officiating. Burial will be at Clear Creek Cemetery in Bloomington at a later date.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the service Friday at the church.

Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Franklin is handling the arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.swartzmortuary.com.

Faye L. Chastain

Faye L. Chastain, 92, Orleans, died at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home.

Oct. 13, 2009

William R. Davis

Feb. 12, 1927 — Oct. 10, 2009

William R. Davis, 82, died at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at his residence in Robin Hood Estates, surrounded by his family. He married Martha L. Adams on Oct. 22, 1976, and she survives.

Born in Lawrence County, he was the son of Earl and Mary Davis. Bill graduated from Needmore High School where he played basketball three years. Shortly after graduation from high school in 1945, he was drafted and sent to Camp Livingston, La., for basic training.

After World War II ended that same year, Bill was among the first Army replacement troops sent to Japan. He was assigned to the 242nd Port Company in Yokohama, where he spent 13 months helping to unload ships that had been readied for an invasion of Japan. After his discharge in January of 1947, Bill returned to Lawrence County and to Crane. He worked in the ammo stock control office until beginning his career with Indiana Petroleum in the fall of 1947. He served as manager of that firm for 41 years until his retirement in 1989. He also served in the National Guard from 1945 to 1981, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel.

He was a member of the Hillcrest Christian Church, Elks Club and the American Legion Gillen Post #33. Bill was a longtime fan of Indiana University basketball and Indianapolis Colts football.

Survivors include his wife Martha of Bedford; son William R. Davis of Bedford; stepson Jeff Adams and wife Michelle (Missy) of Bedford; grandson Andrew Davis and wife Melissa of Bloomington; stepgranddaughters Abby and Allyson Adams of Bedford; and stepgrandson Brian Pace of Boston, Mass.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother; sister Jean Snow; brothers: Charlie, Fred and George Davis; and stepdaughter Charlene Whittredge.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Charlie Scott officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Cemetery where military rites will be accorded at the grave by members of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of choice in Bill’s honor.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Bill at: www.daycarter.com.

Frances E. Clark

Nov. 2, 1916 — Oct. 12, 2009

Frances E. Clark, 92, Bedford, died at 6:35 a.m. Monday at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford.

Born Nov. 2, 1916, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of William G. and Mabel (Hill) Embree. She married Roy M. Clark on July 29, 1944, and he preceded her in death April 11, 1986.

She was a homemaker and dispatcher for the Bedford Police Department, retiring in 1982.

She was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1936. She was a member of the First Christian Church, American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 33, the Pink Ladies of Dunn Memorial Hospital, and the Mitzi Club.

Survivors include two daughters, Teri Ann Stevens and husband Kenny of Bedford, and Cheryl Rusk and husband Jerry of Jeffersonville; four grandchildren, Steve Davis and wife, Tonya, of Mitchell, Stephenie Davis of Bedford; Kimberly Haley and Matthew Haley, both of Jeffersonville; three great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; one brother-in-law, Wayne Mathews; and one sister-in-law, Edith Embree.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, George Embree; and two sisters, Dorothy Mathews and Mary Jane Mathews.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford with the Rev. Bob Dailey officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hoosier Uplands Hospice.

Helen L. Mylott

Dec. 12, 1926 — Oct. 11, 2009

Helen L. Mylott, 82, Mitchell, passed away at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Born Dec. 12, 1926, in Washington County, she was the daughter of John and Ida (Lowery) Elliott. She married Thomas Mylott in 1971 and he preceded her in death in October of 1993.

She was a food service manager and a member of Carters Creek Christian Church.

There are no survivors.

Her parents; husband; sisters, Mabel Voyles and Lillian Elliott; and brothers, Everett Elliott, Ralph Elliott, Glenn Elliott and Oren Elliott, preceded her in death.

At her request, cremation was chosen. There will be no visitation.

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

Ralph E. Carter

Dec. 23, 1938 — Oct. 9, 2009

Gene Carter, 70, left this world of pain behind on October 9, to be with his loving wife of 26 years, Edna Penelope “Penny” (Embree) Carter, who passed away Jan. 2005.

He was born in Lawrence County to Charles S. & Mabel (Sullivan) Carter, Dec. 23, 1938.

He married Penny Feb. 14, 1979. Together they loved and cherished their children; Melissa Carter, Melanie Longest and Ralph Carter II of Mitchell, and Joshua Carter and Taylor Carter, both of Bedford.

His grandchildren James Longest Jr., Lacey Longest, Christopher Carter and Cassandra Longest, Sierra Carter, Arilynn Carter and Cheyenne Carter will greatly miss their papaw.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1958. In 2000 he retired from U.S. Gypsum in Shoals.

When his health would allow he attended Old Country Church.

Brothers and sisters surviving are, Betty Mundy of Mitchell, Harold Lee Carter, Jimmy Carter and Larry Carter, all of Bedford, and Mary Crane of Indianapolis; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, wife and two brothers, Edward and Bob Carter.

He was the most wonderful father in the world and will be forever in our hearts.

He was an honorable man and taught his children how to work hard and hold their heads up high in this old world.

Pallbearers will be Ralph, Taylor, Christopher and Brent Carter, Corey Mooneyham and John Horton.

Viewing will be at Cresthaven Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until the services on Wednesday.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Sister Becky Ryan officiating. Burial will be at Bryantsville Cemetery.

Robert A. Maegerlein

April 30, 1938 — Oct. 11, 2009

Robert A. Maegerlein, 71, of Spencer, died Sunday at Owen Valley Health Campus.

He was a self-employed carpenter and also worked for Bowen Construction in Bloomington, retiring in 2003.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda (Ridgeway) Maegerlein; a son, Robert Maegerlein, Freedom; two daughters, Melanie Church, Brazil, and Angie Keith, Spencer; stepsons, Derik Robertson, Mitchell, and Charles Burlson, Solsberry; two stepdaughters, Melissa Criss, Spencer, and Lisa Woods, Bloomfield; a brother, Paul Maegerlein, Spencer; a sister, Sandy Smith, Bloomington; six grandchildren; and seven stepgrandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home in Spencer.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. until the funeral on Wednesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Research in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences are available at www.westparrishpedigo.com.

Patricia Holt

Patricia L. Holt, 71, of Bedford, died at 9:45 p.m. on Monday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Tammy S. Lindley

Tammy S. Lindley, 47, Bedford, died Monday at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at the Ochs-Tetrick Funeral Home in Orleans.

Oct. 12, 2009

Annabelle Jenkins

April 29, 1934 — Oct. 8, 2009

Annabelle Jenkins, 75, of Leatherwood Creek Estates, Bedford, died Thursday at her residence.

Born April 29, 1934, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Fate and Janie (Pemberton) Pemberton. She married Perry Jenkins on Jan. 20, 1954, and he died Jan. 21, 2009.

She was a homemaker and attended the Wesley Chapel Church.

Survivors include one son, Christopher Jenkins; one grandson, Jay Eric Jenkins of North Carolina; three great-grandchildren, Maxwell Hunter Jenkins, Alexandra Dade Jenkins and Ella Jayne Jenkins; one sister, Evelyn Brewer of Peru; and one brother, James Pemberton of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Adina Cooper; one son, Jeffery Scott Jenkins; three brothers, Charles, Dale and Robert Pemberton; and two sisters, June Tosti and Edna Eagen.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Jeff Hauersperger officiating. Burial will follow in Knott Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Annabelle at www.daycarter.com.

Olin H. Kirkman

Nov. 17, 1928 — Oct. 10, 2009

Olin H. Kirkman, 80, Bedford, died at 9 a.m. Saturday at his residence.

Born Nov. 17, 1928, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Harley and Iva (Inman) Kirkman. He married Janice Cooper on Nov. 14, 1951.

He was a retired plumber.

He was a member of the Eagles and Bedford Boat Club.

Survivors include one daughter, Oletta A. Patton and husband Bill of Solsberry; two sons, Olin “Buddy” Kirkman and Larry Kirkman, both of Bedford; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Feguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Charles T. Hamilton

March 7, 1916 — Oct. 11, 2009

Charles T. Hamilton, 93, of Bedford, died at 4:55 p.m. on Sunday at Mitchell Manor.

Born March 7, 1916, in Brown County, he was the son of William and Hattie Frances (Weekley) Hamilton. He married Ruby Cummings in 1939 and she died in 1987. He later married Margie Houston on Feb.14, 1989, and she survives.

He retired after 30 years with Cuneo Press. He attended the Fairlawn United Brethren Church and the Morning Star Church in Kokomo. In 1990 he moved to Bedford and became a member of the Hillcrest Christian Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He loved life, everyone he met, his dog Nicki, and craft wood working. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.

Survivors include his wife, Margie of Bedford; one daughter, Peggy Richardson and husband John of Kokomo; one son, Jim Hamilton and wife Susan of Florida; three grandchildren, Beth Poznanski, Jamie Hurst and husband Eddie,, and Tom Hamilton and wife Kim; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Ruby; a son, Tom Hamilton; a daughter, Betty Hamilton; brothers, Harry, Herbert and Kenneth Hamilton; and a daughter-in-law, Kathi Hamilton.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Albright Cemetery in Kokomo.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary with a tribute service at 7 p.m. with Pastor Charlie Scott officiating.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Charles at www.daycarter.com.

Jowana ‘Jo’ Tritle

Oct. 31, 1939 — Oct. 9, 2009

Jowana “Jo” Tritle, 69, Mitchell, passed away at 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at her residence.

Born Oct. 31, 1939, in Orleans, she was the daughter of Arthur R. and Nadine (Riley) Kinser. She married William L. Tritle Feb. 14, 1959, and this year they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

She was a registered nurse and had been employed at Dunn Memorial Hospital, Hoosier Uplands and retired from General Motors as an occupational health nurse. Jo graduated from Mitchell High School in 1957 and Marion College. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star No. 352, Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa and the Mitchell First Church of God.

She is survived by her husband, William L. Tritle of Mitchell; one daughter, Traci L. Tritle-Bell and husband Chris of Bedford; one son, Bill Tritle Jr. of Spencer; mother, Nadine Kinser of Seymour; three sisters, Janice Ragsdale and husband Don of Bloomington, Jacquie Drummond and husband Dan of Seymour, Jayne Hillan and husband Greg of Greenwood; two granddaughters, Terra Tritle and Amber Williams, and several nieces and nephews.

Her father and daughter, Terri Jo Tritle Meadows, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Mitchell First Church of God, with the Rev. Paul Flores and the Rev. Roland Holtsclaw officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Monday at Chastain Funeral Home and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the church.

Casketbearers will be Don Ragsdale, Dan Drummond, Greg Hillan, Rob Yates, Michael Drummond and John Drummond.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.

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

Ralph E. Carter

Dec. 23, 1938 — Oct. 9, 2009

Ralph E. “Gene” Carter, 70, 2826 V St. Bedford, died at 8:30 a.m. on Friday at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford.

Born Dec. 23, 1938, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Charles S. and Mabel (Sullivan) Carter. He married Edna Penelope “Penny” Carter; she preceded him in death in 2005.

He was retired from U.S. Gypsum Plant in Shoals.

Survivors include two daughters, Melissa Carter and Melanie Longest, both of Mitchell; three sons, Ralph E. Carter II of Mitchell, and Joshua Carter and Taylor Carter, both of Bedford; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Harold Lee Carter, Jimmy Carter and Larry Carter, all of Bedford; two sisters, Betty Mundy of Mitchell, and Mary Carter of Indianapolis.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, two brothers, Edward Carter and Bob Carter.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Bryantsville Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

William R. Davis

Feb. 12, 1927 — Oct. 10, 2009

William R. Davis, 82, of Bedford, died Saturday at his residence.

He served in the U.S. Army and later, the National Guard.

He worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane and eventually retired from Indiana Petroleum after 41 years.

Survivors include his wife, Martha; son, William R. Davis of Bedford; a stepson, Jeff Adams, a grandson; and three step-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens with military rites by American Legion Gillen Post. No. 33.

Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences are available at www.daycarter.com.

Frances E. Clark

Frances E. Clark, 92, Bedford, died at 6:35 a.m. today at StoneBridge Health Campus. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

Oct. 11, 2009

Charles Edward Hillenburg, 74

March 1, 1935 — Oct. 9, 2009

Charles Edward Hillenburg, 74, of Bedford, passed away Friday morning (Oct. 9, 2009) surrounded by his loving family by his side. Charles was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Charles was born March 1, 1935, to Joseph David Hillenburg and Darvel (Kelly) Hillenburg. He was the owner and operator of the Bollweevil Sawmill for many years.

Survivors include his mother; wife Linda (Roll) Hillenburg; five sons, Charles David Hillenburg and Nikki of Clearspring, Garris Hillenburg and Candy of Needmore, Stewart Hillenburg of Evansville, Alan Hillenburg of Lawrenceport and Jeremy Hillenburg of Texas; three daughters, Sherry Spencer and Joseph of Freetown, Sharon Harris and David of Worthington, Michelle Thomas and Timothy of Texas and step-daughter Buffy Hancock and Kip of Heltonville; 22 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren; brothers Garris Hillenburg and Sue of Bedford, Bob Hillenburg and Brenda of Bartlettsville and Frank Hillenburg and Sharon of Mitchell; one sister, Loretta King and Gene of Mitchell.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today. Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville. Burial will follow at Todd Cemetery, with Bro. Bill Johnson officiating.

He was preceded in death by his father; two sisters, Peggy and Patty Hillenburg and one grandson, Garris “Spuddy” Hillenburg.

Infant Brier Wayne Stephens

Infant Brier Wayne Stephens died Wednesday at Bloomington Hospital.

Survivors include his parents, Brandon Stephens and April Ascherman; one sister, Nevaeh Stephens; one brother, Lane Stephens, all of Springville; maternal grandparents Steve and Regina McConnell, of Osgood; paternal grandparents Malcom Norris of Bloomington and Kathy Stephens, of Springville; maternal great-grandmother Emma McConnell of Pierceville; paternal great-grandmother Dianne Shepard of Bloomington.

Graveside services will be noon Tuesday at Valhalla Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family.

Jowana ‘Jo’ Tritle, 69

Oct. 31, 1939 — oct. 9, 2009

Jowana “Jo” Tritle, 69, Mitchell, passed away at 7 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at her residence.

Born Oct. 31, 1939, in Orleans, she was the daughter of Arthur R. and Nadine (Riley) Kinser. She married William L. Tritle Feb. 14, 1959, and this year they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

She was a registered nurse and had been employed at Dunn Memorial Hospital, Hoosier Uplands and retired from General Motors as an occupational health nurse. Jo graduated from Mitchell High School in 1957 and Marion College. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star No. 352, Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa and the Mitchell First Church of God.

She is survived by her husband, William L. Tritle, Mitchell; one daughter, Traci L. Tritle-Bell and husband, Chris, of Bedford; one son, Bill Tritle, Jr., of Spencer; mother, Nadine Kinser, of Seymour; three sisters, Janice Ragsdale and husband, Don, of Bloomington, Jacquie Drummond and husband, Dan, of Seymour, Jayne Hillan and husband, Greg, of Greenwood; two granddaughters, Terra Tritle and Amber Williams, and several nieces and nephews.

Her father and daughter, Terri Jo Tritle Meadows, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at the Mitchell First Church of God, with Reverend Paul Flores and Reverend Roland Holtsclaw officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Monday at Chastain Funeral Home and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the church.

Casketbearers will be Don Ragsdale, Dan Drummond, Greg Hillan, Rob Yates, Michael Drummond, and John Drummond.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.

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

Annabelle Jenkins, 75

April 29, 1934 — Oct. 8, 2009

Annabelle Jenkins, 75, of Bedford, died Thursday at her residence.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include one son, Christopher Jenkins; one sister, Evelyn Brewer of Peru, and one brother, James Pemberton of Bedford.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will be at Knott Cemetery.

Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary.

Ralph E. Gene Carter, 70

Ralph E. “Gene” Carter, 70, of Bedford, died Friday at Dunn Hospital in Bedford.

Arrangements are pending at Cresthaven Funeral Home.

Oct. 10, 2009

Denise M. Caraway

Jan. 14, 1961 — Oct. 7, 2009

Denise Michelle (Hudson) Caraway, 48, of 3427 Washington Ave., Bedford, died Wednesday at her residence.

Born Jan. 14, 1961, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Edwin and Brenda (Taylor) Hudson.

She was a teacher at Hoosier Uplands Head Start for 16 years.

Survivors include her parents, two sons, Robert (Rob) Michael Caraway and Mark Anthony Caraway both of Bedford; one sister, Cheryl Henderson and husband Charles; three brothers, Keith Hudson and wife Sherri of Toledo, Ohio, Michael Hudson of Norman, Okla., and Randy Hudson of Moore, Okla.; two nephews, Jeremy Fulk of Bedford and Cody Hudson of Moore, Okla.; one niece, Barbara Held and husband Keith of Henderson, Nev.; two great-nephews; one great-niece; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Jim Stevens officiating. Burial will follow in the Mundell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at the mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Denise at www.daycarter.com.

Annabelle Jenkins

Annabelle Jenkins, 75, Bedford, died Thursday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Oct. 09, 2009

Alta J. Bex

July 22, 1925 — Oct. 7, 2009

Alta Jeraldine “Jerry” Bex, 84, Kings Ridge Road, Mitchell, passed away at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.

Born July 22, 1925, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Barney and Roxie (King) Miller. She married Leonard R. Bex July 29, 1943.

She was a homemaker, quilter, author, artist, and a member of the Fairview Church of Christ.

Surviving are her husband, Leonard Bex of Mitchell; sons, Wesley C. Bex and wife Jackie of Spencer, and Randy D. Bex of Mitchell; brothers, Marvin Miller of Bedford, Robert Miller of Mitchell, and Norman Miller of Bedford; sisters, Ishmael Baker of Seymour and Sue Beasley of Mitchell; grandchildren, Wesley C. Bex Jr. and companion Kelli Chambers of Spencer, and Wende L. Bex and companion Eric Hinchman of Denver, Colo.; and great-granddaughter, Samantha L. Bex of Edmonton, Ky.

Her parents; and brothers, Harold Raymond Miller, Orville Miller, and Lester Miller, preceded her in death.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Port Williams Cemetery with Brother Richard Holt officiating.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. today at Chastain Funeral Home.

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

Ollie R. Burton

Dec. 31, 1933 — Oct. 8, 2009

Ollie Ray Burton, 75, Mitchell, passed away at 2:40 a.m. Thursday at Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Born Dec. 31, 1933, in Orange County, he was the son of Roy and Mildred (Tolliver) Burton. He married Charlotte Joan Willis Dec. 31, 1960.

He retired from General Motors and was a member of UAW Local 440. Ollie was a member of the Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107, Bedford Boat and Sportsmen’s Club, and was former president of the Mitchell Little League and Babe Ruth League. He was a member of the Mt. Horeb Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Charlotte Joan Burton of Mitchell; children, Kevin Ray Burton and wife Jerri Lynn of Bedford and Kelli Burton Borer and husband Michael of League City, Texas; two children by a former marriage, Judy Burton and Danny Ray Burton, both of Bloomington; grandchildren, Ashley Lea Burton of Memphis, Tenn., Baron Oliver Fields, and Bryce Alan Borer, both of League City, Texas, and Desi Ray Burton of Bloomington; a brother, LeRoy “Peewee” Burton of Orleans; and sisters, Linda Blankenship of Greenwood and Ruth Ann Pate of Kokomo.

His parents; brother, William Ralph Burton; sister, Betty Hackney; and grandson, Courtney Burton, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Williams officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services

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

Denise Caraway

Denise (Hudson) Caraway, 48, of Bedford, died Wednesday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Jowanna “Jo” Tritle

Jowanna "Jo" Tritle 69, Mitchell, died at 7 a.m. Friday at her residence.

Oct. 08, 2009

Betty L. Fish

July 3, 1926 — Oct. 7, 2009

Betty L. Fish, 81, Bedford, died at 6:25 a.m. Wednesday at Dunn Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 3, 1926, in Jackson County, the daughter of Claude and Marie (Brown) Arthur. She married Edward “Bud” Fish on Nov. 5, 1948, and he survives.

She was a graduate of Bedford High School. She was a homemaker and had worked in food service for the North Lawrence Community Schools for several years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. Together with her husband, she had been a member of several camping clubs.

Surivors include her husband, Edward “Bud” Fish of Bedford; one son, Mark Fish and wife Starr of Bedford; one daughter, Kimberly Hall and husband Damon of Bedford; three grandchildren, April Straughn of Kentucky, Alafair Hall of Bloomington, and Ben Hall of Bedford; four great-grandchildren; and one stepsister, Mary Jane Coryell of Bloomington.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Robert D. Rager

Jan. 22, 1923 — Oct. 7, 2009

Robert D. “Bob” Rager, 86, Mitchell, passed away at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday at his residence.

Born Jan. 22, 1923, in Bedford, he was the son of Walter and Hazel (Rogers) Rager. He married Helen (Brewer) Heise April 15, 1968.

He was a self employed entrepreneur, a 1940 graduate of Mitchell High School, and a member the First Christian Church.

Bob was a U. S. Air Force veteran of WW II and is a member of Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250.

Surviving are his wife, Helen Rager of Mitchell; children, Roger Rager of Pequot Lakes, Minn., Carol Mann Johnson and husband Carl of Bedford, Jackie Stillman and husband Neal of Mitchell and John Heise and wife Valerie of Lincoln, Neb.; brother, Walter Rager and wife Wanda of Mitchell; sister, Wanda Murphy of Mitchell; seven grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

His parents preceded him in death.

Friends may call from 4–7 p.m. on Saturday at Chastain Funeral Home.

Memorial Gifts: Hoosier Uplands Hospice. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Alta J. Bex

July 22, 1925 — Oct. 7, 2009

Alta Jeraldine “Jerry” Bex, 84, Mitchell, died at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Leonard Bex, Mitchell; sons, Randy Bex, Mitchell and Wesley Bex, Spencer; brothers, Marvin Miller, Bedford, Robert Miller, Mitchell, and Norman Miller, Bedford; and sisters, Ishmael Baker, Seymour, and Sue Beasley, Mitchell.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Port Williams Cemetery.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at Chastain Funeral Home.

Online condolences are available at www.chastainfuneralhome.com.

Ollie R. Burton

Ollie R. Burton, 75, Mitchell, died at 2:40 a.m. today at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home.

Oct. 07, 2009

Alice Terrell

Sept. 10, 1930 — Oct. 5, 2009

Alice Terrell, 79, of 2604 Brinegar Blvd., Bedford, died at 8:35 p.m. Monday at the Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Born Sept. 10, 1930, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of William Riley and Eva (Beck) Mason. She married Paul J. Terrell on February 24, 1947, and he survives.

She retired from the Indiana Laborers Training Institute and was a member of the First Church of God in Bedford.

Survivors include her husband, Paul of Bedford; a daughter, Ronda Sargent and husband Dennis of Bedford; two sons, Alan Terrell and wife Linda of Rochester, Danny Terrell and wife Beth of Guthrie; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 9 at the Green Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Glen Snider officiating. Burial will follow.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Those wishing to join the fight against breast cancer may make contributions to the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services in memory of Alice.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Alice at www.daycarter.com.

Robert T. Kearns

April 6, 1942 — Oct. 5, 2009

Robert Thomas Kearns, 67, of 116 Maple Run Estates, Springville, died Monday at his residence.

Born April 6, 1942, in Potsdam, N.Y., he was the son of James and Elda (Spencer) Kearns. He married Diana Beatrice Denny on June 29, 1973, and she survives.

He was a retired shipping and receiving manager.

Survivors include his wife, Diana, of Palm Bay, Fla.; two sons, Luke Kearns and wife Jennifer of Springville and Chris Kearns of Bloomington; five stepchildren, Ricky Goolden of Ogdensburg, N.Y., Roseann Lapine and husband Tom of Palm Bay, Fla., Bonnie Roberts and husband John of Palm Bay, Fla., Robert Goolden of Ogdensburg, N.Y., and Darrell Goolden of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; two brothers, Don Kearns of Texas and Chuck Kearns of New York; one sister, Sandy Kennedy of New York; and 17 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ed Kearns; and two sisters, Margaret Kearns and Betty Fish.

Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Jeff Hauersperger officiating. No calling hours are scheduled.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Robert at www.daycarter.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Vivian M. Watterson

March 4, 1914 — Oct. 5, 2009

Vivian M. Watterson, 95, of Mitchell Manor and formerly of Ind. 60 West, Mitchell, died at 8:46 p.m. Monday at Mitchell Manor.

Born March 4, 1914, in Washington County, she was the daughter of Elva Williams, who preceded her in death. She married George Watterson in February of 1936, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2007.

She was a graduate of Mitchell High School and a member of Spice Valley Baptist Church.

She delivered buses for Carpenter Body Works in Mitchell and worked as the curator of the Lawrence County Museum for several years.

Survivors include one son, James P. Watterson and wife Sharon of Mitchell; one daughter, Marilyn Sue Brown and husband Lawrence of Pekin; eight grandchidren, Susan King and husband Steve of English, Lisa Morrow and husband David of Salem, Mark Watterson of Dallas, Texas, Tina Wyatt and husband Marty of Mitchell, Tracy Brewer and husband Barry of Palmyra, Theresa Clements and husband Brady of Indianapolis, Becky Niemann and husband Mark of New Albany, and Cathy Williams and husband Tim of New Albany; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and one half brother, Richard Darnell of Clarksville.

Her mother; husband; stepsister, Brenda Love; stepbrother, Paul Thomas Darnell; half brother, Noble Darnell; half sister, Virginia Darnell; and infant daughter, Mary Ann, preceded her in death.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mitchell Cemetery with the Rev. Lewis Williams officiating. Burial will follow.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Ferguson-Lee Haverly Chapel in Mitchell.

John E. Newkirk

Sept. 11, 1924 — Sept. 17, 2009

John Everett Newkirk, 85, of Silver Springs, Fla., passed away Sept. 17, at his residence in Silver Springs.

Born Sept. 11, 1924, in Bedford, he was the son of Charles E. “Tints” and Ruby (Bell) Newkirk. He married W. May Johnson on Nov. 3, 1955, and she survives.

He taught Business Education at Bicknell High School in Bicknell and Washington High School in Washington before moving to Indianapolis in 1960. He was employed by Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, first teaching at Lawrence Central High School then as Business Manager for the School District for 24 years.

He was a veteran of WW II serving with the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, May of Silver Springs; two brothers, Robert A. and James Newkirk, both of Franklin; stepsisters-in-law, Eva (Gould) Silvers and Jeanne (Gould) Young, both of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby in 1936; and his father, Charles “Tints” in 1979; his stepmother, Cora (Gould) Newkirk in 1983; two stepbrothers, John William and Robert Gould; and two sisters, Barbara Stapleton and Jeannette Sheek.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Sherman Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in Leatherwood Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of the Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the mortuary. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of John at www.daycarter.com.

Doyle E. Bough

April 23, 1938 — Oct. 5, 2009

Doyle E. Bough, 71, Loogootee, died at 11:05 p.m. Monday at Martin County Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center.

Born April 23, 1938, in Knox County, he was the son of Claude and Lucy (Jewell) Bough. He married Barbara J. Tedrow on Oct. 31, 1959, in Bedford.

He was retired from United States Gypsum.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of Loogootee; two sons, Ronald and Vickie Bough of Bloomfield, and Randall and Ronetta Bough of Washington; three brothers, Joe Bough of Martinsville, and Gordon “Pike” Bough and Bernard “Bunny” Bough, both of Shoals; and three sisters, Linda Melton of Arizona, and Velma Tharp and Loria Mae Wilson, both of Shoals.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals. Burial will be in Trinity Springs Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

Betty E. Standish

1926 — Sept. 26, 2009

After a long, wonderful life and a courageous battle with cancer, Betty Erwin Standish passed away in her home in River Hills, South Carolina, on Sept. 26, surrounded by her family. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 10, at the River Hills Community Church with the Rev. Bruce Jones officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

Betty, as she was known to all, was born in Mitchell in 1926. She graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, where she was a member of the Tri Delta sorority. In 1947, she married William Rariden Standish of Bedford. She enjoyed 62 happy years as a wife, mother, and grandmother and is proud of what she and her husband have accomplished with their lives.

While in Bedford, Betty served on the Library Board and started the Thrift Shop to support it. She also worked with area officials to begin a local Mental Health Association because so little was understood about mental health illness at that time. In 1960 Betty, her husband, and her two sons moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, purchasing the John J. Morton Company and later establishing The Marble and Stone Shop. In 1979, the family relocated to River Hills on Lake Wylie in South Carolina.

In addition to her family, Betty drew great satisfaction from her career as an educator with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Betty began teaching in 1969 at South Mecklenburg High School where she began the Fashion Merchandising Program and was selected Outstanding Vocational Teacher of the Year. Betty subsequently served as the first woman Director for all Vocational Programs for junior and senior high schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Revered by her teachers, Betty credits them with all that was accomplished under her guidance.

After retirement in 1991, Betty went on to serve her friends and neighbors in River Hills by establishing an adult education program known as the River Hills Communiversity. Most especially, she has enjoyed the women of her book club.

Betty was well-loved as a wife, mother, grandmother, and pending great-grandmother, a career woman, friend, neighbor, and passionate animal advocate. She taught all who knew her by leading them to be kind and generous to others, especially those in need.

She is survived by her husband, Bill of the home; her son, William R. Standish, II, of Charlotte and West Jefferson, her son, Myles E. Standish and wife Shelley J. Crisp of Summerfield, N.C.; six grandchildren, William “Trey” R. Standish, III, and wife Kate of Raleigh, Katherine Standish Graves and husband Drew Graves of Atlanta, Ga., Edward Reid Standish and Alice Starr Standish, of Summerfield, and Nigel R. Standish and Nora Elizabeth Standish of Concord; and her brother, Dr. Robert Beverly Erwin of Greenfield, and family.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS, 4 Heritage Dr., Lake Wylie, SC 29710, or to the charity of your choice.

M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Lake Wylie, S.C., is serving the family of Mrs. Standish.

Robert D. Rager

Robert D. Rager, 86, Mitchell, passed away at 5:45 a.m. today at his residence. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home.

Oct. 06, 2009

Ray A. Blackwell

Aug. 19, 1926 — Oct. 4, 2009

Ray Arnold Blackwell, 83, Heltonville, born Aug. 19, 1926, to Noah Everett Blackwell and Dertha Ann Todd, died at 3 a.m. Sunday at his family’s side.

He was a loving husband, father and papaw.

He was a lifelong farmer, a member of the Baptist Church in Heltonville and a member of the Heltonville Area Veterans. He worked for Heltonville Limestone Company for 25 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He enjoyed being outdoors. He will be greatly missed.

On Sept. 18, 1948, Ray married Essie Dell Cummings, and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Stephen Blackwell and Beth of Heltonville; three daughters, Sharlene Christenberry and John Ford, and Sharon Johnson and Stephen, all of Heltonville, and Susan Brock and Jack of Norman; two brothers, Darrell Blackwell and Gleatha and Wayne Blackwell and Roberta, all of Bedford; two sisters, Cleta Murphy of Norman and Betty Todd of Seymour; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Marion Blackwell; and four sisters, Wilma Allen, Marie Fish, Reatha Seiverling, and Lena Murphy.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville with the Rev. James Stevens and Brother Randy Corbin officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 11 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home for one of Ray’s daughter’s leukemia treatments.

John E. Newkirk

John Everett Newkirk, 85, Silver Springs, Fla., died Sept. 17 at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Alice Terrell

Alice Terrell, 79, Bedford, died at 8:35 p.m. Monday at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

Vivian Watterson

Vivian M. Watterson, 96, Mitchell, died at 8:46 p.m. Monday at Mitchell Manor. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Haverly Chapel in Mitchell.

Oct. 05, 2009

Spencer E. Ellis

May 4, 1936 — Oct. 4, 2009

Spencer E. Ellis, 73, of 1424 17th Street, Bedford, died at 5:05 a.m. on Sunday at the Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Born May 4, 1936, in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of Homer and Ruth (Heskitt) Ellis. He married Suzanne Alexander on Dec. 8, 1990, and she survives.

He was a retired inspector for Otis Elevator in Bloomington and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He attended Gulletts Creek Baptist Church in Needmore.

Surviving with his wife, Suzanne of Bedford; are his stepmother who raised him, Donna Mizer Ellis of Colchester, Vt.; a stepdaughter, Sarah Hassler of Mitchell; a sister, Martha Harris of Toledo, ; a brother, Tim Ellis of Colchester, Vt.; two nieces; and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jim.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Knott Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of the Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Spencer at www.daycarter.com.

Ray A. Blackwell

Ray Arnold Blackwell, 83, Heltonville, died at 3 a.m. Sunday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville.

Oct. 04, 2009

Betty E. Myers, 85

June 10, 1924 — Oct. 2, 2009

Betty E. Myers, 85, of Bloomington died on Friday, October 2, 2009 at Core Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bedford. She was born on June 10, 1924, in Coshockten, Ohio, the daughter of Litton D. and Gertrude R. (Rooney) Thomson. Betty and her husband Merle “Bud” Myers moved from Dayton, Ohio, to the Bloomington area in 1954 and began farming in southern Monroe County. After her children were raised, she began working at the former RCA, Sarkes Tarzian Corp. and Standard Grocery Store in Bloomington. She retired from Bryan Hall mail service at Indiana University.

Survivors include two sons, Merle L. Myers, Jr. and David L. Myers, Sr., both of Bloomington; one daughter-in-law, Patricia Myers of Holland, MI; nine grandchildren, John D. Myers, Patrick R. Myers, Eric Myers, Kurt Myers, David Myers, Jr., Travis M. Myers, Tonya D. Measel and Woodrow W. Hatchett and eleven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Merle L. “Bud” Myers; two sons, John C. Myers and Jackie Myers; three brothers, Kenneth Thomson, Louis “Red” Thomson and Lytten D. Thomson, Jr. and five sisters, Lena Horst, Mary Crossley, Dorothy Richter, Nancy Blakley and Frances Gojack.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at Allen Funeral Home, 4155 S. Old State Rd. 37 with Pastor Glen Stidd officiating. Burial will be at Valhalla Memory Gardens. Friends may call on Monday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.allenfuneralhome.org.

Oct. 02, 2009

Alpha Ratliff

Oct. 21, 1912 — Oct. 1, 2009

Alpha Ratliff, 96, Vallonia, died Thursday, Oct. 1 at 12:30 a.m. at the Lutheran Community Home in Seymour.

Born Oct. 21, 1912 in Letcher County, Ky., she was the daughter of Issac Con Jones and Bettie Frazier Jones.

She married Hassel Ratliff on Aug. 6, 1934 in Letcher County, Ky. He died in 1998.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Tampico Homemakers Club. She was also a member of Tampico Baptist Church and Eastern Star of Brownstown. She loved to crochet.

Survivors include two sons, Earl (Sharon) Ratliff of Brownstown and Carl (Ruth) Ratliff of Bedford; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Thumblisa Williams of Kentucky, Sarah Tormoehlen of Brownstown, and Mary Lou Tormoehlen of Vallonia.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Elbert, Edgar, John, Casey and Charlie Jones; six sisters, Alma Fields, Minnie Simpson, Marie Jones, Mavis Jones, Reva Lumsford and Faye Simpson, and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Zabel Funeral Home in Brownstown, with Pastor Harold Morrow officiating. Burial will follow in Valley Home Old Regular Baptist Church near Freetown.

Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Oct. 01, 2009

N. Florence Ashcraft

Sept. 21, 1930 – Sept. 30, 2009

N. Florence Ashcraft, 79, of Bedford, died at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at her residence.

Born Sept. 21, 1930 in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Max and Myrtle (Long) Holmes. She married Harold Ashcraft on April 29, 1950 and he preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 1992. She was a group leader for RCA in Bloomington and retired in 1978. She attended the Wesleyan Church and was a former volunteer at the Bedford Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Mosier of Bedford, Christy West and husband, Dennis of Springville; four grandchildren, Cody Mosier and wife, Jessica of Columbus, Kimberly Earl and husband, Damon of Springville, Steven West and wife, Sheyanne of Dubois, IN, Stacey Osborne and husband, Bryce of Springville; 10 great-grandchildren, Baylee, Layton, Hayden and Emilee Mosier, Dakota, Dalton and Dawson Earl, Addisyn and Reece Osborne, Alyvia West; one brother, Keith Holmes of Springville and one sister, Anna Marie Shelton of Springville. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Gene, Robert and Donald Holmes; a sister, Gloria McArton and a son-in-law, Tony Mosier.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Phil McDonald officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 and from 9 a.m. until the hour of service on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Hoosier Uplands Hospice. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Florence at www.daycarter.com.

Beverly Jane Miller

Oct. 23, 1937 – Sept. 30, 2009

Beverly Jane Miller, 71, of Springville, died at 9:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009 at the Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington.

Born Oct. 23, 1937 in Bedford, she was the daughter of Peter Joseph and Anna (Bex) Mercier. She married Otis Laverne Miller on Aug. 31, 1957 and he preceded her in death. She retired from Visteon in Bedford after 20 years. She was a member of the Oolitic Church of Christ and enjoyed painting and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include one son, Kent Miller and wife, Michelle of Springville; one daughter, Ann King and husband, Terry of Bedford; two grandchildren, Lance and Lacey King; two sisters, Rosalie More of Bedford and Bettie Ann Kern of Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter, Michele Miller; two brothers, John and A. Joe Mercier.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Larry Hammersley officiating. Burial will follow in the Beech Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 and from 12 noon until the hour of service on Saturday, Oct. 3 at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Beverly at www.daycarter. com.

Betty E. Standish

1926 — Sept. 26, 2009

After a long, wonderful life and a courageous battle with cancer, Betty Erwin Standish passed away in her home in River Hills, South Carolina, on Sept. 26, surrounded by her family. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 10, at the River Hills Community Church with the Rev. Bruce Jones officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.

Betty, as she was known to all, was born in Mitchell, in 1926. She graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, where she was a member of the Tri Delta sorority. In 1947, she married William Rariden Standish of Bedford. She enjoyed 62 happy years as a wife, mother, and grandmother and is proud of what she and her husband have accomplished with their lives.

While in Bedford, Betty served on the Library Board and started the Thrift Shop to support it. She also worked with area officials to begin a local Mental Health Association because so little was understood about mental health illness at that time. In 1960 Betty, her husband, and her two sons moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, purchasing the John J. Morton Company and later establishing The Marble and Stone Shop. In 1979, the family relocated to River Hills on Lake Wylie in South Carolina.

In addition to her family, Betty drew great satisfaction from her career as an educator with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Betty began teaching in 1969 at South Mecklenburg High School where she began the Fashion Merchandising Program and was selected Outstanding Vocational Teacher of the Year. Betty subsequently served as the first woman Director for all Vocational Programs for junior and senior high schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System. Revered by her teachers, Betty credits them with all that was accomplished under her guidance.

After retirement in 1991, Betty went on to serve her friends and neighbors in River Hills by establishing an adult education program known as the River Hills Communiversity. Most especially, she has enjoyed the women of her book club.

Betty was well-loved as a wife, mother, grandmother, and pending great-grandmother, a career woman, friend, neighbor, and passionate animal advocate. She taught all who knew her by leading them to be kind and generous to others, especially those in need.

She is survived by her husband, Bill of the home; her son, William R. Standish, II, of Charlotte and West Jefferson, her son, Myles E. Standish and wife Shelley J. Crisp of Summerfield, N.C.; six grandchildren, William “Trey” R. Standish, III, and wife Kate of Raleigh, Katherine Standish Graves and husband Drew Graves of Atlanta, Ga., Edward Reid Standish and Alice Starr Standish, of Summerfield, and Nigel R. Standish and Nora Elizabeth Standish of Concord; and her brother, Dr. Robert Beverly Erwin of Greenfield, and family.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the River Hills/Lake Wylie EMS, 4 Heritage Dr., Lake Wylie, SC 29710, or to the charity of your choice.

M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Lake Wylie, S.C. is serving the family of Mrs. Standish.

Susanne A. Davis

April 30, 1946 — Sept. 28, 2009

Susanne Anneliese Davis, 63, Williams, died at 8:45 p.m. Monday at her residence.

She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Clyde Davis, Williams; daughters, Donna Davis, Williams, and Sandra Ann Davis-Thorp, Williams; a son, Brian Lee Lempke, Springville; two grandchildren; and several brothers and sisters in Germany.

There will be no visitation or funeral.

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

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