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Obituaries 2002 – 01 (January)

01/30/02

Lake – Marie A. Lake of Bedford, IN, died Wednesday, January 30, 2002, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on December 10, 1928, in Huron, IN, she was the daughter of John Joseph and Dicie (Watson) Miller.

Surviving are nine daughters: Diane Hanners, Jane Sykes, Marvetta Baker, Carolyn Harrison, Merle Hughes, Bonnie Hughes, Karen Trowbridge, and Rosella Sons, all of Bedford, IN, and Vera Glasgow of Madison, IN; two sons, David Miller and Randy Lake, both of Bedford, IN; one brother, Virgil Holt of Arizona; thirty-nine grandchildren, fifty-five great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Donavon Watson; and two sisters, Elsie Cutter and Hazel Sims.

She was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal faith.

There will be a graveside service for Marie Lake at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2nd, at Patton Hill Cemetery with Pastor Steven Epley officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

McCain – Ross McCain of Bedford, IN, died Wednesday, January 30, 2002, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 5, 1910.

Surviving are his wife, Flora; one daughter, Nancy Kidd of Bedford, IN; two sisters, Grace Sylvester of Bloomington, IN, and Mannie Neal of Bedford, IN; and one grandson.

He was a former crane operator at Heltonville Limestone Company and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Services for Ross McCain will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 2nd, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by members of American Legion Gillen Post #33. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

01/28/02

Easton – Russell Allen Easton of Bedford, IN, died Monday, January 28, 2002, at the Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born on July 22, 1938, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Gaylous and Winnie (Bozoarth) Easton. He married Ruby Darlene Ashcraft on December 29, 1961, in Bedford, IN, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are two daughters, Misty Easton of Indianapolis and Aimee Beaty and her husband, Dennis, of Bedford, IN; two sons, Russell Andrew Easton and his wife, Donna, and Matt Easton, all of Bedford, IN; three sisters, Mildred Ball and Phyllis Miller, both of Bedford, IN, and Ann Henderson of Columbus, IN; one brother, Warren Easton of Springville, IN; and two granddaughters, Taylor Ralston and Laney Beaty.

A graduate of Shawswick High School, he was a self-employed construction worker in excavation.

Services for Russell Easton will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 31st, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

01/23/02

Adams – Letha W. Adams of Atlanta, GA, formerly of Bedford, IN, died January 23, 2002, in Atlanta, GA. Born on June 10, 1921, in Branson, CO, she was the daughter of W. Elmer and Beatrice (Swain) Humphrey. She married Chester Adams, and he survives.

Surviving with her husband of Fayetteville, GA, are are two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald G. and Pam Adams of Peachtree City, GA, and Kenneth W. and Harla Sue Adams of Oviedo, FL; one brother and sister-in-law, E. Edger and Lee Humphrey of Clinton, IN; four grandchildren, one niece, one nephew, and several great nieces and nephews.

She and her husband managed the Indian Creek Baptist Camp from 1960-1972, and she worked in Food Service for the Bedford North Lawrence High School from 1971-1983. She also taught in the BNL Vocational School for 13 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bedford Quilters Guild, First Baptist Quarry Quilters, Sunday school teacher, past state president of Baptist Youth Fellowship, Edna Martin Mission Circle, Indiana Teachers Association, and Lawrence County Teachers Association.

Services for Letha Adams were Monday, January 28th at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Terre Haute. In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made to Indian Creek Baptist Camp, R 12, Box 1000, Bedford, IN 47421, or to the Alzheimer's Association.

01/21/02

Hague – Merritt (Minard) Hague of Bedford, IN, died Monday, January 21, 2002, in Lawrence County, IN. Born on March 15, 1903, in Washington County, IN, he was the son of John C. and Kate (Phillips) Hague. He married Leola Reynolds on November 22, 1924 in Washington County, IN, and she died on June 8, 1964. He married Rennie Boring in 1966, and she died in 1988.

Surviving are one daughter, Maxine Zollman of Bedford, IN; two sons, James Allen Hague of Bristol, RI, and John M. Hague of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren; one step-daughter, Marcile Divilbiss of Greenwood, IN; two step-granddaughters, and four step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Horace Hague and Russell Hague; and two sisters, Daisy Denney and Lou Bennett Hinton.

He was a teacher and principal in many counties in Indiana, including Lawrence County, and retired after forty-nine years. A graduate of Salem High School and Central Normal College in Danville, he obtained a Masters in Education from Indiana University. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Local and State Historical Society, Indiana State Teachers Association.

Services for Merritt Hague will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 26th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. Curtis Hurley officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Salem, IN. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Bedford.

01/20/02

Chase – Paul Chase of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, January 20, 2002, at the Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born on November 24, 1907, in Medora, IN, he was the son of Thomas and Effie (Henderson) Chase. He married Thelma Green, and she died in 1985. He then married Lois Sowder, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Eva Chase of Albuquerque, NM, and Roger and Annette Chase of Indianapolis; one step-son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Dolly Sowder of Bedford, IN; one brother and sister-in-law, Ivan and Evelyn Chase of Bedford, IN; one sister and brother-in-law, Blanche and Jim Scherschel; five grandchildren: Steven Chase, Brian Chase, David Chase and Roger Chase, II and Jennifer Ucchino; four step-grandchildren: Chrissy Boyd, Missy Little, Terry Sowder, and Ladonna Sowder; ten great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Maurice, Roy, and Raymond Chase; three sisters: Alice Case, Ruby and Ruth Chase; and one step-son, Don Sowder.

He was a retired banker and president of the Bedford National Bank and formerly in the auto business. He served as Lawrence County Treasurer, a member of the Federal Reserve Board, and was involved in many other civic and community activities. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Bedford Lodge #14 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, Murat Shrine Club, Bedford Elks Lodge, Fraternal Order of Police and was past president of the Bedford Kiwanis Club.

Services for Paul Chase will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 24th at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Bob Dailey and Dr. John Buttz officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 2-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10 a.m. until the service time Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. A Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday by members of Bedford Lodge #14 F&AM.

Hart – Elsie H. Hart of Orleans, IN, died Sunday, January 20, 2002, at her residence. Born on August 16, 1911, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Robert Edward and Margaret (Maggie) Roland Tetley. She married Loyd Verne Hart on April 4, 1931, and he died June 26, 1997.

Surviving are one daughter, Norma Jean Hart of Orleans, IN; three sons, John Hart of Orleans, IN, Walter Hart of Georgetown, IN, and James Robert Hart of Scottsburg, IN; one brother, Robert Wilbur Tetley of Jeffersonville, IN; eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers, Berthold and Walter Tetley.

She was a homemaker and a member of Georgetown Christian Church.

Services for Elsie Hart will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 23rd, at the Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. Roy McLain officiating. There will be a graveside service at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Scottsburg Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until the service time Wednesday at Chastain Funeral Home.

Little – Dillard O. Little of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, January 20, 2002, at Hospitality House. Born on October 5, 1909, in Salem, IN, he was the son of Charles and Lydia E. (Allen) Little. He married Mary L. Speer on January 12, 1936, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are one daughter, Linda Moore, and her husband, Roger, of Bedford, IN; one grandson, Stephen Moore, and his wife, Gina, of Seattle, WA; and several nieces and nephews, including Lowell Little and his wife, Bessie, of Salem, IN. He was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.

A 1929 graduate of Bedford High School, he worked at the Greystone Pharmacy and Sherwood Pharmacy in Bedford in his earlier years. From 1942-1967 he was with the Bedford Police Department, and from 1964-1975 he was the Bedford City Plan Director until his retirement. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a former member of the Bedford Masonic Lodge and Bedford Elks Lodge, and a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Police in Bedford.

Services for Dillard Little will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 23rd, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. Curtis Hurley officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday.

01/18/02

Cox – Hubert "Jack" Cox of Bedford, IN, died Friday, January 18, 2002, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on April 5, 1919, in Trinity Springs, IN, he was the son of Thurman and Grace (Stines) Cox. He married Nina Huff on April 15, 1967, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are four daughters: Georgia Hoult of Lakeland, FL, Patricia Reynolds of Bedford, IN, Sandra Cranfield of Mitchell, IN, and Cathy Towle of Bloomington, IN; two sons, Don Cox of Owensburg, IN, and Michael Huff of Bedford, IN; eight grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by one sister, Lorna Dalton, and one brother, Winfred Cox.

He was employed at Robertson's Feed Mill in Bedford for forty-four years and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Englewood Baptist Church and the American Legion Gillen Post #33.

Services for Hubert Cox will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 22nd, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Pastor David Ferry officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by members of the American Legion Gillen Post #33. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Monday and from noon until the service time on Tuesday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

01/17/02

Murray – Judith K. (Judy) Murray of Maumelle, AR, formerly of Bedford, IN, died Thursday, January 17, 2002, in Little Rock, AR, after a brief illness. Born in July 22, 1940, in Bedford, IN, she was the daughter of J. Robert and Jane (Burks) Flinn. She married Henry S. (Mike) Murray on September 5, 1959, and he survives.

Surviving with her husband are two sons, Michael Murray and his wife, Eleanor, of Chapel Hill, NC, and Patrick Murray of Dallas, TX; one daughter, Jane K. Murray of New York, NY; her parents, J. Robert and Jane Burks Flinn of Bedford, IN; and three grandchildren, Miles, Clare, and Eleanor Murray of Chapel Hill, NC.

She was vice president of Interstate Highway Sign Company in Little Rock, was a graduate of Bedford High School, and attended Lindenwood College in St. Charles, MO. She attended Christ the King Catholic Church and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Marche, AR, and was a member of Delphi (a woman's social club), and the Maumelle Country Club. She was a former member of the Florence Crittenden Home Auxiliary and the Indianapolis Junior Symphony Association.

Services for Judith Murray will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 22, 2002, at St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Bedford. Entombment will be in a mausoleum at Cresthaven Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Monday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Lawrence County Unit, P.O. Box 64, Bedford, IN 47421-0064.

01/16/02

Jones – John Paul Jones of Orleans, IN, died Wednesday, January 16, 2002, at his residence. Born on August 14, 1919, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Benjamin and Rosa Belle (Lynch) Jones. He married Edith M. Patton on June 9, 1941, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are five sons: Ronnie Paul Jones of Hemet, CA, Randal A. Jones and Michael Ray Jones, both of Mitchell, IN, the Rev. Danieul Dale (Chuck) Jones of Bloomington, IN, and James Leslie Jones of Orleans, IN; five daughters: Brenda Joyce Heath, of San Francisco, CA, Rachel Staggs and Connie Gail Coulter, both of Bedford, IN, and Penny Sue Hardin of Orleans, IN; one sister, Louise Brewer of Las Vegas, NV; twenty-three grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Ralph Menlo and Raymond Ivan Jones; three sisters: Ava Pruett, Mary Louis Andis, and Helen Pauline George; one brother, Clause; and one sister, Grace, in infancy.

He had been employed at Lehigh Portland Cement Company and Mitchell Crushed Stone. He was a corporal in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was a member of the Orleans Church of the Nazarene.

Services for John Jones will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19th, at the Orleans Church of the Nazarene with Bros. Walter Thompson and Paul Hoskins officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Chastain Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the church.

15/02

McKee – Charles D. (Don) McKee of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, January 15, 2002, at the Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born on March 2, 1931, in Springville, IN, he was the son of Charley and Pearl (Dishman) McKee. He married Helene Nakamura on September 1, 1970, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are one daughter, Marjorie Lynn of Arizona; two sons, Douglas A. McKee of Arizona and James N. Holmes of Washington, D.C.; one sister, Cleo Hehe of Indianapolis; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dale McKee; and four sisters: Dorothy Clampitt, Patricia Holmes, Helen McBride, and Ione Thompson.

He was retired from Ivy Tech as a computer data coordinator teacher and was a graduate of Bedford High School. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Services for Charles McKee will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, January 19th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Jon Lineback officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Newland – Beulah F. Newland of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, January 15, 2001, at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born on February 2, 1923, in Martin County, IN, she was the daughter of Harvey and Chloe (Baker) Taylor. She married Robert Newland on February 22, 1944, and he survives.

Surviving with her husband are one son, Larry Gene Newland of Springville, IN; two sisters, Lela Price of Bedford, IN, and Nova Thompson of Springville, IN; two granddaughters, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Free Methodist Church.

Services for Beulah Newland will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 17th, at the Free Methodist Church with Pastor David Colgan officiating. Burial will follow in Crawford Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 11 a.m. until the service time Thursday at the Free Methodist Church.

01/13/02

Kerr – Roberta "Berdie" I. Kerr of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, January 13, 2002, at the Hospitality House. She was born on July 21, 1930.

Surviving are three sons, Rick Kerr of Indianapolis, Steve Kerr of Mitchell, IN, and Ron Kerr of Bedford, IN; two brothers, Kenneth Root and Robert Root, both of Bedford, IN; two sisters, Mildred Fields and Evelyn McGregor, both of Bedford, IN; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Services for Roberta Kerr will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Cresthaven Funeral Home with burial following in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from noon until the service time Tuesday

McKee – David Mel McKee of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, January 13, 2002, at Dunn Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are his mother, Charlotte Rottet of Bedford, IN; four children, Melissa McKee of Needmore, IN, Braydon Deckard of Bedford, IN, Grayson McKee and Alexis McKee, both of Del Norte, CO; his fiance, Cynthia "Cindy" Chandler of Bedford, IN; three brothers, James McKee of Greenwood, IN, Curtis McKee and Steven Rotten, both of Bedford, IN; and one sister, Wanda Evans of Bedford, IN.

Services for David McKee will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 16th, at Cresthaven Funeral Home with burial following in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Cresthaven Funeral Home.

01/12/02

Decker – Frank Decker Jr. of Bedford, IN, died Saturday, January 12, 2002, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. Born on November 15, 1922, in Detroit, MI, he was the son of Frank Y. and Mary (Robb) Decker. Because his mother died during childbirth, he came to Bedford to live with his grandmother, Emma Sherwood, when he was only three days old. He married Jewell Day and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are one daughter, Teresa Anderson of Panama City Beach, FL; two sons, Frank R. and William Y. Decker, both of Bedford, IN; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Elizabeth Hobbs.

He was employed by G.M. Powertrain for thirty years, retiring in 1985, and drove a bus for North Lawrence Community Schools for thirty years, before retiring in 1998. He and his wife operated the Wishbone Restaurant on West 16th Street from 1953 until 1963. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of the Bedford Elks Club and the American Legion.

Services for Frank Decker will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 15th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Duane Brown of Valley Mission Church of the Nazarene officiating. Burial will follow in Gilgal Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by members of the American Legion Gillen Post #33. Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until the service time Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

01/11/02

Lee – Olan D. Lee of East Oolitic, IN, died Friday, January 11, 2002, at the Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born on March 14, 1928, in Arkansas, he was the son of Je3well and Nora (McKelvin) Lee. He married Isabel "Scottie" Rodger on April 15, 1959, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are three sons: Roger and Larry Lee, both of Oolitic, IN, and Bill Bond of Bedford, IN; two daughters, Barbara Ritchey of Arkansas and Nancy Kennedy of Montana; one brother, Houston Lee of Ohio; eight granddaughters, five grandsons, and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Doyle Lee; one sister, Louise Rhodes; and one grandson, Chris Kennedy.

He retired from GM Powertrain after thirty years and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean Conflict. He attended Unity Baptist Church.

Services for Olan Lee will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 13th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Dan Goens officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

01/10/02

Sipes – Ruth Sipes of Harrison, OH, formerly of Mitchell, IN, died Thursday, January 10, 2002, at her residence in Harrison. Born on August 6, 1915, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Noble and Ruby (Taylor) Tanksley. She married Richard H. Sipes on November 10, 1934, and he died December 15, 1998.

Surviving are one son, John R. Sipes and wife, Susan, of Harrison, OH; four brothers: Raymond, Roger, Ralph, and Russell Gene Tanksley, all of Mitchell, IN; one grandson, and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; one sister, Rowena Elrod; and four brothers: Roland, Rex, Ronald, and Roy Tanksley.

Services for Ruth Sipes will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 14th, at Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. Glenn Hamer officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Sunday and from 11 a.m. until the service time Monday at Chastain Funeral Home.

Tincher – Ermal E. Tincher of Bedford, IN, formerly of Fayetteville, IN, died Thursday, January 10, 2002, at his residence. Born on December 9, 1923, in Sullivan, IN, he was the son of Henry and Lela (Fox) Tincher. He married Nona Borden on July 2, 1954, in Mitchell, IN, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are two sons, Roy Kenneth Tincher and Terry Wayne Tincher and wife, Janis, all of Bedford, IN; three daughters: Brenda and Jerry Terry of Mitchell, IN, Barbara and Richard King and Pamela and Steve Underwood, all of Bedford, IN; two sisters, Roxie Eggers and Agnes Earl, both of Bedford, IN; fifteen grandchildren, one step-granddaughter, and thirteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joe and Paul Tincher; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

He was a blacksmith in the limestone business for forty years, working at Ingalls and then at Indiana Limestone, and in late years he had a blacksmith shop at his home in Fayetteville. He was a member of the Fayetteville Baptist Church.

Services for Ermal Tincher will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 14th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Fayetteville Church of Christ Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

01/09/02

Owens – Ralph Wendel Owens of Milford, IN, died Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at his residence in Milford. He was born on July 24, 1910.

Surviving are two sons, Myron Owens of Indianapolis and Timothy Owens of Brownsburg, IN; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

A native of Bedford, IN, he was a stone carver, a sign painter, and owned and operated carnival rides. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Presbyterian Church, an alumnus of Indiana University and John Herron School of Art, and studied art under the direction of Norman Rockwell in New York City.

Services for Ralph Owens will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 13th, at Chastain Funeral Home with Dr. Timothy Jessen officiating. Burial will follow in Burton Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until the service time Sunday at Chastain Funeral Home.

Pennington – Eula B. Pennington, formerly of Mitchell, IN, died Wednesday, January 9, 2002, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born on November 9, 1909, in Mitchell, IN, she was the daughter of Samuel E. and Pearl (Toliver) Pennington.

Surviving is one sister, Margie M. Pennington of Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Geneva Reuter and Gladys Williams; and two brother, Claude and F. E. Pennington.

She retired in 1974 from Blue Cross Blue Shield with twenty-eight years of service. A 1928 graduate of Mitchell High School, she was affiliated with the First Christian Church.

Services for Eula Pennington will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 15th, at the Chastain Funeral Home with Bro. Josh Brumfield officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday and from 1:00 p.m. until the service time Tuesday.

01/08/02

Bruner – Alma Rae Bruner, a resident of White River Lodge in Bedford, formerly of Mitchell, IN, died Tuesday, January 8, 2002, at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born on October 14, 1917, in Lawrence County (Bono Township), she was the daughter of Noble M. and Olive L. (Neideffer) Smith. She married Morris A. Bruner, and he preceded her in death in 1977.

Surviving are two daughters, Jane R. Colvin of Jacksonville, FL, and Betsy A. Robinson of Bedford, IN; two brothers, Thomas N. Smith of Shoals, IN, and George L. Smith of Orleans, IN; one sister, Mary Jayne Cummings of Jackson, MI; three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and two brothers, Hugh L. and George Smith.

She was a retired waitress of the Cargas Cafe, Greystone Hotel and Colonial Inn and attended Mitchell Presbyterian Church.

Services for Alma Bruner will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 11th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Dr. Tim Jessen officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may cal from 2-8 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service time Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

01/07/02

Fish – Robert Dale (Bob) Fish of Bedford, IN, died Monday, January 7, 2002, at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born on December 18, 1921, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Fred and Iva (Ikerd) Fish. He married Alice Mize on April 19, 1940, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are three daughters, Mrs. Bob (Kay) Denniston, Mrs. Rick (Jan) Adams, and Mrs. Chris (Vicki) Chastain, all of Bedford, IN; one sister, Marguerite Fender of Indianapolis; six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers: Raymond, Clarence (Duke), Donald and Paul Fish; one sister, Mary (Fish) Abel; and one grandchild.

He was a life-long farmer and a school bus driver at Oolitic, IN, for thirty-seven years. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Christian Church.

Services for Robert Fish will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 9th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Mark Fish officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Christian Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until the service time Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

01/06/02

Coulter – William Coulter of Mitchell, IN, died Sunday, January 6, 2002, at his residence. Born on January 8, 1932, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Earl (Sr.) and Margaree (Huff) Coulter. He married Evelyn Golden on August 6, 1965, in the Englewood Baptist Church, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are one daughter, Twila Baldwin of Mitchell, IN; one step-daughter, Riva Lawson of Salem, IN; ten sons: Stacy Lee Coulter, Rath Alan Coulter, Martin Keith, Coulter, all of Mitchell, IN; William Emery Coulter II, Mark Anthony Coulter, both of Orleans, IN; William Dale Coulter of Paoli, IN; Richard Emery Coulter of Austin, IN; Michael DeWayne Coulter of Seymour, IN; Terry Russell Coulter of California; and Bryan Edward Coulter of Tennessee; one sister, Lois Taylor of Bedford, IN; twenty-seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and three brothers.

He was a retired construction worker and a Korean War veteran. He was a member of the American Legion Post 250 in Mitchell; Disabled American Veterans Chapter #2, VFW Post 9107 Mitchell, Moose Lodge #689, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and National Order of Trench Rats.

Services for William Coulter will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 9th, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Weddleville Cemetery in Jackson County, IN. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Isom – Ruth Harrison Isom of Bryn Mawr, PA, formerly of Mitchell, IN, died Sunday, January 6, 2002 in Bryn Mawr. Born on November 9, 1911, in Mitchell, IN, she was the daughter of Albert T. and Florence (Sanders) Harrison. She married Warren Rex Isom in June, 1935, and he survives.

Surviving with her husband are two sons, Warren Richard Isom and wife, Cynthia, of Havertown, PA, and John Harrison Isom and wife, Harriet, of Hummelstown, PA; and three grandchildren, Hendrik, Peter, and Corrine Isom. She was preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Harrison.

She was a homemaker, a 1926 graduate of Mitchell High School, and attended Indiana University. She was a Baptist and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Services for Ruth Isom will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 11th, at Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. Dale Hatfield officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Baptist Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service time Friday at Chastain Funeral Home.

Wells – Wayne C. "Runt" Wells of Springville, IN, died Sunday, January 6, 2002, at Coro Nursing Home. Born on December 19, 1921, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Walter Wesley and Martha Elizabeth Wells. He married Betty Ruth Stockton on January 29, 1965.

Surviving are one son, Curtis Wells of Springville, IN; one daughter, Lisa Wells-Dixon of Springville, IN; one brother, Raymond Wells of Clearburn, TX; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Dixon; one grandson, Wesley Wayne Dixon; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, the Rev. Bradford Wells, and one sister, Helen Miller.

He was a retired janitor at Indiana University and was a veteran of U.S. Army, serving during World War II. He was of Protestant faith and a member of the Leesville Cedar Masonic Lodge #161 F&AM.

Services for Wayne Wells will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 9th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Roscoe Godsey officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens with graveside military rites accorded by members of American Legion Gillen Post #33. Friends may call from 1-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Masonic rites conducted at 7 p.m. by members of the Leesville Cedar Masonic Lodge #161.

01/04/01

Arensmann – Jeffrey A. Arensmann of Bedford, IN, died Friday, January 4, 2002, at his residence. Born on March 25, 1955, in Vincennes, IN, he was the son of Alviin H. Arensmann and Mary (Kenton) Sherman. He married Becky Manning on December 18, 1976, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are one daughter, Heather Arensmann of Bedford, IN; one son, Nicholas Arensmann of Bedford, IN; and his mother, Mary Sherman of Vincennes, IN. He was preceded in death by his father.

He was employee at Naval Surface War-fare Center, Crane, for sixteen years. He was a past-master of the Mitchell Masonic Lodge.

Services for Jeffrey Arensmann will be at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 9th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Gary Cornwell and Terry Willoughby officiating. A private burial service will be scheduled at a later day in Columbus, IN. Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Speer – Harold "Pete" Speer of Bedford, IN, died Friday, January 4, 2002, at his residence. Born on August 15, 1919, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Eithel and Gladys J. (Allen) Speer. He married Geneva M. Ray on November 6, 1946, and she preceded him in death.

Surviving are in-laws: Larry and Wanda Conolty, Margie and Louis Briscoe, Warren Ray, Bobby Ray, all of Bedford, IN, and Lewis Ray of Indianapolis, IN, and several nieces and nephews.

He worked for Tindel Hardware for forty years, had also worked for the D.N.R, and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Gillen Post #33, Bedford Boat & Sportsmen's Club, and Otis Park Golf Course.

Services for Harold Speer will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 8th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Johnny Johnson and Kenny Bundy officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by members of American Legion Gillen Post #33. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until the service time Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lawrence County Hospice.

01/02/02

Sheeks – Gilbert E. "Gib" Sheeks of Mitchell, IN, died Wednesday, January 2, 2002,at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehab Center. Born on April 4, 1924, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Mabel Sheeks. He married Doris E. Tincher King on September 11, 1976, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are two daughters, Evelyn Hill of Bedford, IN, and Jolene Caudell of Mitchell, IN; one son, Ryan King of Mitchell, IN; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother.

He retired from Lehigh Portland Cement Company with forty-two years of service, a 1942 graduate of Mitchell High School, and was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the 96the Infantry Division in the Philippines and Okinawa. He was awarded the Silver Star,, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post #250, served as Post Commander and Adjutant, Ninth District Commander, Indiana Department Commander in 1964-65, chairman of the Department Finance Committee, National Vice Commander in 1973-74, past chairman of the National Committee on Committees, National Executive Committeeman from 1977-1998, and chaired the Mitchell Persimmon Festival in 1968.

Services for Gilbert Sheeks will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 5th, at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Kirkman, State of Indiana Director of Veterans Affairs Bil Jackson, Ninth District Commander Lee Hupp, and Lehigh Portland Cement Company retired plant manager Lee Ames presiding. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by members of Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post #250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9107. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the Chastain Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. until the service time Saturday at the church. The family requests that memorial gifts be directed to the World War II Memorial.

01/01/02

Carnine – Mary Jane Carnine, formerly of Mitchell, IN, died Tuesday, January 1, 2002, at White River Lodge. Born on October 25, 1921, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Burt and Mary F. (Chaney) Collier. She married Robert L. Carnine on May 24, 1945, and he died December 11, 1987.

Surviving are one daughter, Merilee Ann Cameron of Santa Fe, NM; and two grandchildren, Jeremy Emmons and Bethany Emmons, both of Santa Fe, NM. She was preceded in death by her husband; one sister, Katherine Lewis; and two brother, Guy P. and Nelson P. Collier.

She was an accountant and a 1939 graduate of Mitchell High School. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Fleur de Lis, and Gamma Epsilon Associate Chapter of Tri Kappa.

Services for Mary Carnine will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 4th, at Chastain Funeral Home with Bros. John Brumfield and Mike Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until the service time Friday at Chastain Funeral Home. Memorial gifts may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

Fox- Robert Gene (Foxy) Fox of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, January 1, 2001, at his residence. Born on July 10, 1939, he was the son of Robert and Wilma (Yost) Fox.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. John J. Elkins of Indianapolis; three brothers: Gary Fox of W. Columbia, SC, Kevin and Shawn Elkins, both of Indianapolis; three sisters: Sharon Baldwin and Rita Fodrill, both of Bedford, IN, and Kathy Beatty of York, SC; long-time friends, Donnie Gratzer and sons. He was preceded in death by his father.

He retired from Thomson Consumer Electronics and RCA in Bloomington, IN, and was a long-time member of the Otis Park Gold Course.

Services for Robert Fox will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 4th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Pinhook Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

12/31/01

Reuter – Raymon E. Reuter of Bedford, IN, died at his residence. Born on May 5, 1951, in Germany, he was the son of Gordon and Morgot (Diehl) Reuter.

Surviving are twin daughters, Alisha and Erin Reuter of Bedford, IN; one son, Casey Reuter of Bedford, IN; one brother, Ronald Reuter of Bedford, IN; one sister, Ramona Gould of Bedford, IN; and the paternal grandmother, Helen L. Reuter of Bedford, IN.

He was employed at Big Blue Store in Bedford.

Services for Ramon Reuter will be at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 4th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Jon Lineback officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until the service time Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

12/30/01

Ennis – James E. Ennis of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, December 30, 2001, at Bloomington Hospitality House. Born on March 4, 1945, in Arkansas, he was the son of James D. and Estine (Liles) Ennis. He married Patricia Blakely on October 25, 1986, and she survives.

Surviving with his wife are his mother, Estine of Evansville, IN; one son, Ricky Ennis of Evansville, IN; two daughters, Christine Chumley and Irene Ennis, both of Evansville, IN; one step-son, Jeffery Hawkins of Bedford, IN; four brothers: Lee Ennis of Spencer, IN, and Gary, Larry, ad Steve Ennis, all of Evansville, IN; and four grandchildren; He was preceded in death by his father and two sisters, Barbara Osborne and Geraldine Long.

He was a construction worker in Bloomington and Bedford and was a member of White River Baptist Church.

Services for James Ennis will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 3rd, at White River Baptist Church with Bros. Kenny Dalton and Chris Meadow officiating. Burial will follow in White River Baptist Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. unt8il the service time Thursday at White River Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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