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Obituaries 2006 – 12 (December)

12/26/06

Noel – Ralph Noel of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, December 26, 2006, at the Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Born on April 10, 1928, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of Hobart and Lola (Cooper) Noel. He married Bernice Kirkman Butcher on May 13, 1986, and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Patricia Ann Buker; one step-son, Dennis Godsey of Springville, IN; two step-daughters: Patricia Super of Bedford, IN, and Beverly Keister of Martinsville, IN; two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, ten step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers: Donald and Delmar Noel; and two sisters: Mary Catherine Cox and Margaret Early. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army during World War II. He was retired from Central Foundry in Bedford. He was a member of the U.A.W. Local #440 and the Grace Baptist Church in Springville, IN. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 29, 2006, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford, IN, with Reverend Robert Phillips officiating. Entombment will follow in the Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Military rites will be accorded by members of the American Legion Gillen Post #33. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2006, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Walls – Norma Jean Walls of Mitchell, IN, died Tuesday, December 26, 2006, at her residence. Born on September 9, 1935, in Murdock, IL, she was the daughter of Clarence and Lucille (Fancher) Shafer. She married Donald O. Walls on September 17, 1957, and he survives. Also surviving are three daughters: Rhea Dawn Sons and husband, Steve, of Mitchell, IN, Rhonda Walls of Mitchell, IN, and Ranae Sanders and husband, Andy, of Bedford, IN; one brother, Kenneth Shafer and wife, Brenda, of Mitchell, IN; one sister, Iva Radcliff of Paoli, IN; one granddaughter, Stephanie Nicole Sons of Mitchell, IN; one great-grandson, Caden Dale Eli of Mitchell, IN; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, step-father, Alva Bill Whitney; one brother, Gerald Shafer; one great-nephew, Tyler Shafer; and several aunts and uncles. She was a homemaker. Graveside services will be at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2006, at the Cresthaven Memory Gardens with Brother Derrick Willoughby officiating. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the Cresthaven Funeral Home.

12/24/06

Corwin – Richard G. Corwin, Sr., of Beford, IN, died Sunday, December 24, 2006, at the Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington, IN. Born on October 29, 1918, he was the son of Norman and Ethel Corwin. Surviving are one son, Richard Corwin, Jr., and three grandchildren. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army during World War II. He was a retired postal worker and a member of the American Legion Post in Salem, IN. Graveside services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursay, December 28, 2006, at the Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford, IN, with Johnny Johnson officiating. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2006, at the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford. Military rites will be accorded by members of the American Legion.

12/23/06

Mann – Darla Kay Mann of Bedford, IN, died Saturday, December 23, 2006, at the Hospitality House in Bedford. Born on April 23, 1973, in Astabulla, OH, she was the daughter of Carl and Sandra (Mienke) Mann. Surviving are her father, Carl Mann and step-mother, Shirolet, of Bedford, IN; one sister, Carla Mann of Bloomington, IN; one brother, Robert Mann and wife, Dawn of Fort Wayne, IN; one step-sister, Kim Bridges and husband, Delbert, of Leesville, IN; one step-brother, Michael Kinser and wife, Katie, of Springville, IN; ten nieces and nephews; several aunts and uncles; and step-grandparents, Donald and Shirley Burch of Buddha. She was preceded in death by her mother and grandparents. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, IN, with Reverend Orville Mann and Reverend Donald Burch officiating. Burial will follow at the Dive Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

12/22/06

Baker – Lorna B. Baker of Bedford, IN, died Friday, December 22, 2006, at the Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford, IN. Born on June 10, 1913, in Martin County, IN, she was the daughter of John and Sarah (Johnson) Webster. She married William "Kenneth" Baker on February 2, 1934, an he preceded her in death on July 6, 1992. Surviving are one son, Delbert "Deb" Baker and wife, Connie, of Bedford, IN; three daughters: Phyllis Barlow and husband, George, of Oolitic, IN, Carolyn Melton and husband, Paul, of Mitchell, IN, and Janet Jones and husband, Ted, of Albany, OH; fourteen grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, twenty-seven great-granchildren, seventeen step-great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Arnold Webster; two sisters: Minnie Bennett and Mary Gee; two grandchilren and one great-grandson. She was a seamstress, serving for thirty-five years at M.F. Fines and Sons in Bedford, IN. She was a member of the Midtown Church of Christ in Bedford. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2006, at the Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford, IN. Burial will follow at the Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Kenneth and Micah Jones, Kevin, Brian and Brad Grow and Allan Baker. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26, 2006, at the Cresthaven Funeral Home. Kirkman – Jonathan "Big John" Kirkman of Scottsburg, IN, died Friday, December 22, 2006, at the Scott Villa Nursing Home in Scottsburg, IN. Born on January 29, 1951, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Vernie and June (Thompson) Kirkman. Surviving are one daughter, Angela Dawn Thorp and husband, Craig, of Bedford, IN; one sister, Bonnie Mullinax and husband, Don, of Mitchell, IN; three brothers: James Kirkman of Guthrie, IN, Vernie Kirkman and wife, Marsha, of Orleans, IN, and Orvis Kirkman of Indianapolis, IN; three grandchildren: Brett, Briana and Ashley Myers, all of Bedford, IN; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Alma Ruth, in infancy. He was a caregiver working for Rescare Group Home. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2006, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford, IN. Burial will follow in the Patton Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, ecember 26, 2006, at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

12/21/06

Baker – Patricia L. (Dorsett) Baker of Williams, IN, died Thursday, December 21, 2006, at her residence. Born on January 21, 1936, in Mitchell, IN, she was the daughter of Louis E. and Gladys (Hendricks) Dorsett. Surviving are one son, Donald E. Baker and wife, Kathy, of Palm Bay, FL; one daughter, Kelleen R. Wilburn and husband, Tom, of Elkhart, IN; one brother, Carl "Sonny" Dorsett and wife, Hope, of French Lick, IN; four sisters: Helen Bauman and husband, David, of Mishawaka, IN, Hazel Thurmon of Georgia, Linda Bovee of Stroh, IN, and Judy Frenzel and husband, John, of San Diego, CA; one brother-in-law, Jim Widuch, of Chicago, IL; four grandchildren: Todd Baker and Chris, Leah and Misty Goodwin; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Peggy Widuch. She was a homemaker. A memorial service will be at a later date. There will be no visitation. Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell, IN, is in charge of the arrangements. Sweigart – Reverend William F. "Pastor Bill" Sweigart of Mitchell, IN, died Thursday, December 21, 2006, at his residence. Born on September 16, 1929, in Henry County, IN, he was the son of William F. and Elizabeth (Hickman) Sweigart. He first married Joan Kalis, and she preceded him in death. He later married Donna B. Dalton on August 16, 1992, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons: Fredrick Eugene Sweigart and wife, Peggy Rose, of Anderson, IN, and Anthony Wayne Sweigart and wife, Deborah, of Baton Rouge, LA; one brother, Pastor Ron Sweigart and wife, Barbara. of Hagerstown, IN; two sisters: Freida Turner and Jody Burk, both of New Castle, IN; four grandchildren: Holly Bpgausch and husband, Fritz, Christa Sweigart and Casey Sweigart, all of Floria, and Aaron Sweigart and wife, Sarah, of Michigan; and four great-grandchilren: Kristen, Collin and Caitlyn Slack, and Jade Madison Bogausch. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: Christian, Fred, Dale and John Sweigart; and four sisters: Maxine, Grace, Agnes and Patsy. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and also served in German. He had owned and operated the Redwood Restaurant in New Castle, IN, and had also worked for Jim Logston as an automobile supply salesman in southern Indiana. During his twenty-nine years in the ministry, he served Methodist churches in Milford, IN Whitewater-Middleboro, IN, Glen-New Salem, Mitchell, Trinity United Methodist Church in Oakland City, IN, and retired in 2000. He then served the Mitchell Presbyterian Church as interim minister. In June of 2001, he began his ministry at Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church in French Lick, IN, and served there until April of 2006. He was a member of the Southern Indiana United Methodist Church Conference. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 24, 2006, in the Jacob Finger United Methodist Church in Mitchell, IN, with Reverend Doctor Kenneth R. Burcham and Reverend Robert L. Ostermeier officiating. Burial will be in the Mitchell Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Pastor Kevin GIggy, Pastor Mark Sanders, Pastor Steve Singelstad, Pastor Dwight unbar, Pastor Steve Seitz and Pastor Gerald Fry. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 23, 2006, at the Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell an from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service at the Jacob Finger United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be considered to the Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church Building Fund in care of the Chastain Funeral Home.

12/20/06

Kern – Jim Kern of Bedford, IN, died on Wednesday, December 20, 2006, at his residence. Born on January 31, 1928, in Fayetteville, IN, he was the son of Roy and Bess (Myers) Kern. He married Rosemary Lytton in August, 1947, and she preceded him in death. Surviving are one son, L.C. Kern and wife, Linda, of Seattle, WA; one daughter, Kitty Waren and husband, Jay, of Georgetown, TX; three granddaughters: Kristen in Portland, OR, Megann of Seattle, WA, and Katie of Las Vegas, NV; three grandsons: Alex in Seattle, WA, Clint and Spencer James of Las Vegas, NV; one great-granddaughter, Hailey Kathryn of Las Vegas, NV. He was a veteran serving in the United States Navy during World War II. He retired as a teacher with the North Lawrence Community Schools in 1989. He taught math for many years at Bedford Middle School. Before that, he taught at Lincoln Elementary. He graduated from Indiana University with a B.S., M.S., and Ed.S. in Education. He was the principal of Fayetteville School from 1965 until 1971. He was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 826, Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. No. 14, the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33, Sons of the American Revolution, and the Phi Delta Kappa education honorary society. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, IN, with Johnny Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at the Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Military rites will be accorded by members of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Masonic rites will begin at 7:00 p.m.

12/19/06

Brown – Lela E. Brown of Orleans, IN, died Tuesday, December 19, 2006, at the Paoli Health and Living Community. Born on May 2, 1914, in Washington County, IN, she was the daughter of Willis C. and Rose (Wheeler) Lawyer. She married Carl H. Brown on September 3, 1973, and he preceded her in death on January 16, 2000. Surviving are one of her triplet sisters, Leta A. Myers of Orleans, IN, and another sister, Laura Keister of California. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters: Maude Boisen and Lena Hurst (triplet sister); and one brother, Lawrence Lawyer. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Mount Carmel Christian Church. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 22, 2006, in the Memorial Chapel of the Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell, IN, with Brother Joe Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Carmel Christian Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Friday, December 22, 2006, at the Chastain Funeral Home. DeArmond – Norma Fay (Dugger) DeArmond of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, December 19, 2006, at her residence. Born on December 21, 1944, in Butler, TN, she was the daughter of Ralph Dugger and Maudean (Brown) Inman. Surviving are her mother and step-father, Maudean Inman and husband, James, of Bedford, IN; three sons: David Smith and wife, Lili, of California, Sam Smith and wife, Linda, of Tennessee, and Ralph Cooper and wife, Shauna of California; two daughters: Lori Scheiderer and husband, John, of Washington state, and Tammy Buhl and husband, Dave, of North Carolina; five sisters: Melissa Myers of Louisianna, Kim Bravo of Florida, Pat Richmond of Indianapolis, IN, Sandra Vasquez of California, and Jean Correll of Illinois; three brothers: Walter Dugger of Orleans, IN, Gary Dugger of Tennessee, and James Inman of Bedford, IN; nineteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, one sister, Eva Eversole, and one brother, J.C. Dugger. She was a nurse's aide for many years, including ten years at the Bedford Hospitality House and several years at the Lodi Health Care Center in Lodi, CA. She attended Tallula Public Schools in Tallula, IL. She attended the Bedford Wesleyan Church. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 22, 2006, at the Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford, IN. Burial will follow at the Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2006, at the Cresthaven Funeral Home.

12/18/06

Piper – Enid Piper of Bedford, IN, died Monday, December 18, 2006, at her residence. Born on June 19, 1909, in Martin County, IN, she was the daughter of Grover and Ina (Martin) Chastain. She married Glenn Piper on August 17, 1929, and he preceded her in death on January 16, 1997. Surviving are one daughter, Jeannine Piper of Bedford, IN; one son, Jerry Glen Piper and wife, Nancy, of Bedford, IN; one brother, Elmo Chastain; one sister, Roberta Baker of Bedford, IN; three grandchildren: Vicki Seroussi of Connecticut, Jeffrey Piper of California, and Alison Piper of Bedford, IN; three step-grandchildren: Tally Melvin, Chad Lessig and LaVerne "Butch" Lessig, all of Bedford, IN; eleven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Jasper, John Douglas and Leland "Jack" Chastain; and one sister: Mildred Borton. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Avoca Baptist Church. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2006, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford, IN, with Pastor Kyle Witmer and Reverend Bob Kirkman officiating. Entombment will follow in the Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2006, and from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service on Wednesday, December 20, 2006, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be considered to the Avoca Baptist Church building fund. Winkler – Mary I. (Hale) Winkler of Mitchell, IN, died Monday, December 18, 2006, at the Bedford Regional Medical Center in Bedford. Born on April 14, 1940, in East Oolitic, IN, she was the daughter of Floyd and Carrie Ann (Honeycutt) Hale. She married Herald Winkler on April 6, 1991, an he survives. Also surviving are two daughters: Trena (Evans) Nikirk and husband, Randy, of Bedford, IN, Christy (Evans) James and husband, Joe, of Eastern Greene County, IN; one son, Michael Evans and wife, Stefanie, of Bedford, IN; one sister, Wilma Stailey of Oolitic, IN; grandchildren: Brandy (Nikirk) Anderson and husband, Chris, Christopher Nikirk and wife, Amy, Jacob Nikirk, Lucas Hale Nikirk, Tanner Bough, Seth and Brice James, Jordan, Aaron, Nicholas and Mallory Evans; great-grandchildren: Bristol, Brooke and Christan Mary Trena Rose Anderson, Madison, Casen and Tanner Nikirk; step-children: Kathy Marie Moffatt and husband, Larry, of Mitchell, IN, David E. Winkler and wife, Tracy, of Mitchell, IN; step-grandchildren: Brian and Lori Moffatt, Melissa Key, Morgan and David Embree; and one aunt, Estie Wilson of Oolitic, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Floyd Jr. Hale; one sister, Wanda Stafford; and one grandson, Chad Michael Rumsey. She was a homemaker. She attended the Trinity Pentecostal Church in Oolitic, IN, and the Trinity Pentecostal Church in Little Cincinnati. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2006, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford, IN, with Reverend Keith Thompson and Reverend Mark Brock officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford, IN. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2006, at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

12/17/06

Ramsey – Kim David Ramsey of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, December 17, 2006, at his residence. Born on June 8, 1957, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Charles Ramsey and Janis (Sherrill) Patrick. Surviving are his father, Charles Ramsey, and his mother, Janis Patrick, both of Bedford, IN; two brothers: Kirk and Kevin Ramsey, both of Bedford, IN; and two sisters: Kelly Benton ad Karla Ramsey, both of Bedford, IN. He was preceded in death by his son, Aaron Martin, and one sister, Kristy Ramsey. He was a former employee of Frito-Lay, Inc. in Dallas, TX. There will be no service. The body will be cremated. Arrangments are under the direction of the Cresthaven Funeral Home.

12/16/06

Acton – Thomas E. Acton of Bedford, IN, died Saturday, December 16, 2006, at the Westview Nursing Home. Born on August 14, 1920, he was the son of Edgar C. and Alice (Hall) Acton. He married Virginia Morrison and she preceded him in death on September 15, 1968. He later married Mary Frances Dorsett Little and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Dr. Michael Acton of Indianapolis, IN; one daughter, Rebecca Snapp of Bedford, IN; one brother, Charles Acton of Aiken, SC; two sisters: Margie Stone of Fort Myers, FL, and Marilyn Guthrie of Bradenton, FL; four grandchildren: Dr. Bryan Acton and wife, Lara, of Indianapolis, IN, Clayton Acton and wife, Sharon, of Philadelphia, PA, Ryan Snapp of Bedford, IN, and Erin Snapp Lish and husband, Jacob, of Ellettsville, IN; and one great-grandchild, Aidan Matthew Acton. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army during World War II. He joined the military in 1942 and served as a Field Artilleryman for the 86th Infantry Division during World War II. He was stationed in fourteen different Army installations, in nineteen different states. He was in active combat in France, Belgium, German and Austria during World War II. After the war, he served a tour of duty in the Philippine Islands. Following active duty, he was active in both the Indiana National Guard and the Army Reserve, where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and head of the Army Reserve Unit in Bloomington, IN. He worked for Indiana Limestone for his entire life, retiring as credit and transportation manager in 1985. He was a member of the Bedford Christian Church, Bedford Masonic Lodge, High Twelve Club of Bonita Springs and the American Legion. A private family service will be held with Dr. Dennis Turner officiating. Burial will be at the Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Memorial contributions may be considered in the name of Tom Acton to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, IN. Smedley – Dolores Ann Smedley of Mitchell, IN, died Saturday, December 16, 2006, at her residence. Born on December 15, 1928, in Washington County, IN, she was the daughter of Gilbert and Mabel (Voyles) Gould. She married Richard E. Smedley and he preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters: Penny Buis and husband, Bill, of Salem, IN, and Pamela Murphy and husband, Ron, of Mitchell, IN; three brothers: Richard and Tommy Gould, both of Shelbyville, IN, and Tommy Gould of Alabama; four grandchildren: Shane and Jeremy Buis, Corey Murphy and Jessica Thompson; and three great-grandchildren: Karlie and Jeffery Dean Buis and Evan Murphy. She was preceded in death by her parents. She was a homemaker and self-employed. She was a member of the American Legion Post No. 250 Auxiliary and Veteran of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107 Auxiliary. She attended the Bride of Christ Fellowship. Graveside services will be at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2006, at the Mitchell Cemetery in Mitchell, IN, with Brother Jerry Allen and Pastor Dave Mikulsky officiating. There will be no visitation.

12/14/06

Mann – John H. Mann of Mitchell, IN, died Thursday, December 14, 2006, at the Mitchell Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Mitchell. Born on April 30, 1920, in Mitchell, IN, he was the son of Charley and May (Jones) Mann. He married Maudie E. Grunden on March 18, 1944, and she preceded him in death on December 1, 2002. Surviving are two sons: Charley P. Mann of Howell, NJ, and Rodney D. Mann of Mitchell, IN; one daughter, Patty Thoms of Mitchell, IN; one sister, seventeen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, one brother, and one grandson, Benjamin "Joe" Thoms. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army Signal Corps during World War II. He had worked for Carpenter Body Works in Mitchell. He retired as a stage hand at the Indiana University Auditorium in Bloomington, IN. He also repaired televisions at his home in Mitchell. He was a member of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33 in Bedford, IN, and the local union No. 618 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Moving Picture Machine Operators. He was a member of the Bryantsville Church of Christ. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Inc., Haverly Chapel in Mitchell, IN. Burial will follow in the Knott Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Inc., Haverly Chapel.

12/13/06

Cooper – Venita G. Cooper of Mitchell, IN, died Wednesday, December 13, 2006, at the Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford, IN. Born on April 9, 1930, in Bedford, IN, she was the daughter of Henry and Thelma (Sutherland) Sons. She married Earl Eugene Cooper on June 5, 1948, in Bedford, IN, and he preceded her in death on October 25, 1986. Surviving are two daughters: Cynthia "Cindy" Jones and husband, Robert, of Greencastle, IN, and Lisa Moncel of Indianapolis, IN; one sister, Wanda Martin of Oklahoma; four grandchildren: John Jones, Melissa Fulton, Mikey Howerton and Sammy Moncel; five great-grandchildren: Justin, Evan and Kayla Jones and Mena and Maya Fulton; one sister-in-law, Delores Gratzer of Mitchell, IN; one brother-in-law, Jack Cooper and wife, Joann, of Indianapolis, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents, six sisters: Laernia Ernestine Barkman, Henrietta Ilean Sons, Virginia Fuchs, Wilma Jean Sons, Carol Sue Melvin and Amelia Jo Sons; and two brothers: Darrell Dayton Sons and Wilbur Dean Sons. She was retired from M. Fines & Sons Manufacturing in Bedford, IN. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 18, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Inc., Haverly Chapel in Mitchell, IN, with Reverend Mark Bechtel officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Inc., Haverly Chapel in Mitchell.

12/12/06

Coleman – Hazel F. Coleman of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, December 12, 2006, at her residence. Born on June 17, 1929, in Greene County, IN, she was the daughter of Robert and Delphia (Holland) Jackson. She married James Coleman on June 16, 1951, and he preceded her in death on August 14, 1993. Surviving are one son, Andy Coleman of Bedford, IN, and one granddaughter, Abbi Coleman of Bedford, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents. She was employed at General Motors for forty years. She was involved with the White River Humane Society. In return for her dedication, the White River Humane Society named an award in her honor. The Coleman Award is given annually in her honor. Graveside services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2006, at the Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford. No calling hours are scheduled. Memorial contributions may be considered to the White River Humane Society. Gordon – Robert E. "Bob" Gordon of Mitchell, IN, died Tuesday, December 12, 2006, at his residence. Born on June 6, 1932, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of James and Elizabeth (Carter) Gordon. He married Lillian Opal Gilbert and she died March 30, 1999. Surviving are two daughters: Vickie Cole and husband, Gary, of Belvidere, IL, and Betty Robbins and husband, Irvan, of Mitchell, IN; two sons: Richard "Rick" Gordon of Mitchell, IN, and Gary Gordon and wife, Michelle, of Orleans, IN; one brother, Bill Gordon of Mitchell, IN; two half-brothers: Earl and Raymond Jeffries of Mitchell, IN; five grandchildren: Matthew and Kyle Robbins, and Kristin, Katelyn and Kendall Cole; two step-grandchildren: Jonathan and Noelle Stewart; and one great-granddaughter, Destiny Daniels. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army during World War II. He retired in 1994 from the CSX Railroad. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Inc., Haverly Chapel in Mitchell, IN. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Inc., Haverly Chapel. Graves – Victor M. Graves of Mitchell, IN, died Tuesday, December 12, 2006, at his residence. Born on May 28, 1952, in Canyonville, OR, he was the son of Robert I. and Marilou (Black) Graves. He married Rachel Sue (Fields) Green on March 20, 2004, and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Shadd Graves of Florida; two step-daughters: Tomi Carroll of Bloomington, IN, and Jennifer Fountain of Zelma, IN; four brothers: Glenn Graves and wife, Gail, of Clarksville, TN, Steve Graves and wife, Kristi, of Mitchell, IN, Allan Foster and wife, Dava, of Mitchell, IN, and David Graves and wife, Charlene, of Orleans, IN; his step-mother, Eleanor "Sis" Graves of Mitchell, IN; two grandchildren: Shandon Eisele of Bedford, IN, and Robert Eisele of Bedford, IN; eight step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Julie Graves. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army. He was a maintenance supervisor for Lawrence County, IN, and was formerly manager of the Elks Club in Bedford, IN. He was a member of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33 and the Elks Club No. 826. He was a member of the Jacob Finger United Methodist Church. A memorial service will be at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2006, at the Jacob Finger United Methodist Church with Pastor Margaret Pruden officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service on Thursday, December 14, 2006, in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Memorial contributions may be considered to the Jacob Finger United Methodist Church Sunday School Department, 139 North Eighth Street, Mitchell, IN, 47446, or the Hoosier Uplands Hospice, 1500 West Main Street, P.O. Box 9, Mitchell, IN, 47446. Wigley – Frank H. Wigley, Sr., of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, December 12, 2006, at the Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Born on February 2, 1917, in Durant, MS, he was the son of William Adelbert and Beulah (Posey) Wigley. He first married Evelyn Mitchell and she preceded him in death. He then married Annabelle Banks. He later married Janice Sue Martin and she survives. Also surviving are on son, Frank, Jr., and wife, Katie Sue, of Bedford, IN; one sister-in-law, Carolyn Wigley of Alabama; one niece, Marynelle Cole of Mississippi; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one step-daughter, Deborah Ann Widgeon and husband, Troy, of Tennessee; two step-sons: Michael Brent and Gregory Dean and wife, Michelle, all of Bedford, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Thelma Sue; one son, Bill Henry Wigley; three brothers, two half-brothers, four sisters, and one step-daughter, Tammara Sue. He was employed at the tank factory in Bedford, IN, during World War II and later at Stone City Steel. He retired after thirty years at Triangle & Leahy in Bedford. He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local #136 for fifty-eight years and a lifetime member of the Bedford Boat and Sportsmans Club. The Indiana University School of Art is teaching a folkart class in his name. He has many items on display at the Lawrence County History Museum. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 16, 2006, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford, IN, with Pastor Dave Colgan and Pastor Ronnie McLain officiating. Burial will follow in the Cresthaven Memory Gardens in Bedford. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2006, at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

12/11/06

Burgess – Mary Elizabeth Burgess of Bedford, IN, died Monday, December 11, 2006, at her residence. Born on June 27, 1933, in Bedford, IN, she was the daughter of James Lowell and Nellie (Weise) Stevens. She married John Burgess, Sr., on June 21, 1947, and he preceded her in death on August 26, 2001. Surviving are three sons: Mark A. Burgess of Bedford, IN, William R. Burgess Sr. of Indianapolis, IN, and John Burgess, Jr., of Bedford, IN; one daughter, Jeona L. Arnold of Bedford, IN; one brother, Reverend Joe Stevens of Bedford, IN; three foster daughters: Donia M. Crumb of Memphis, TN, Vinie May Flora of Indianapolis, IN, and Nancy H. Long of Oakland, TN; twenty grandchildren and twenty-six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daugher, Alice Dorene Burgess; one sister and three brothers. She was a homemaker. She attended the Friendly Bible Church. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, IN. Burial will follow in the Bryantsville Church of Christ Cemetery in Bryantsville, IN. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Quackenbush – Lora Wilma "Auntie" Quackenbush of Bedford, IN, died Monday, December 11, 2006, at the White River Lodge in Bedford. Born on June 9, 1913, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Lobe and Minnie (Smith) Deckard. She married William P. Quackenbush on July 3, 1930, and he preceded her in death on August 18, 1988. Surviving are one son, Howard Quackenbush; one sister, Wanwalah McCullough; one sister-in-law, Lavonia Deckard; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Ernest, Wayne and Vernon Deckard; and one sister, Ila Beavers. She was a homemaker. She attended the old Deckard School in Guthrie, IN. She attended the Donica Church of God. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, IN. Burial will follow in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

12/10/06

Hutchinson – Kenneth Earnest Hutchinson of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, December 10, 2006, at the Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Born on February 8, 1932, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Clyde Earnest and Essie Elizabeth (Hoar) Hutchinson. He married Norma Jean Turner on February 13, 1954, and she survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Kathy Hammel and husband, Rand, of Springville, IN; four sons: Kevin Earnest Hutchinson and wife, Teresa, of Springville, IN, Kent Emmerson Hutchinson of Bedford, IN, and Davenport, IA, Kurt Emery Hutchinson and wife, Debbie, and Kenny Dale Hutchinson, all of Bedford, IN; one brother, James Lee Hutchinson and wife, June, of Bedford, IN; one sister, Jean Lambert of Bedford, IN; sizteen grandchildren: Trevis Earnet Hutchinson and wife, Carla, of Bedford, IN, Douglas Gene Hutchinson of Portage, IN; Lucas David and Kevin Michael Hutchinson, both of Bedford, IN, Steven and Nicholas Minett of Springville, IN, Carrie Poole and husband, Aaron, of Oolitic, IN, Christopher and Casey Hutchinson of Bedford, IN, Amanda and Evan Hutchinson of Bedford, IN, and Keeghan, Kevin and Catherine Hutchinson of Davenport, IA; two great-grandchildren: Peyton and Trevan Hutchinson of Bedford, IN; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was member of the Class of 1950 of the Bedford High School where he was on the basketball and football teams. He served three years with the Army National Guard of Indiana as a member of the 138th Tank Battalion, being honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant Grade E-5 on May 25, 1953. He was a Thornton Memorial Boys Club volunteer for more than thirty-five years, having coached and officiated most of the club's basketball, football and softball programs. He was a long-time member and former-president of the Boys Club Board of Directors. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bedford, IN, and had also attended the Valley Mission Church of Nazarene. He was a charter member of the Little Theatre in Bedford, IN, and appeared in numerous productions. He was a member of the American Diabetes Association and the former Bedford Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was a manager of the 7-Up Bottling Company's Bedford operations. He retired as manager of the paint department at George's Gateway in Bedford in 1991. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2006, at the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford, IN, with Southern Care Hospice Chaplain Jeff Hauersperger officiating. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2006, and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Thursday, December 14, 2006, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memory cards will be available at the funeral home to enable visitors to share their memories of Mr. Hutchinson with his family. Padgett – Louis J. Padgett of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, December 10, 2006, at the Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Born on December 12, 1947, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Morris and Josephine (Seidl) Padgett. He married Ruth E. Edwards on November 7, 1970, in Bedford, IN, and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters: Margaret Jackey and husband, Wayne, of Belleville, MI, and Elizabeth Craig and husband, Benjamin, of Camby, IN; one son, Joseph S. Padgett of Bloomington, IN; two grandchildren: Calvin and Elliot Craig of Camby, IN; one aunt, Mary Frances Embree of Williams, IN; one cousin, Virgil Padgett of Bedford, IN; and one nephew, Perry Michael Edwards of San Francisco, CA. He was preceded in death by hus parents and one son, Louis J. Padgett, in infancy. He worked in bookkeeping and computer networking most currently for the Hoosier Hills Credit Union, and previously for the Rogers Group in Bloomington, IN, for twenty years. He was a member of the Class of 1965 of the Shawswick High School. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN. He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford and was a volunteer in both the church's school and parish. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2006, at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford, IN, with Father Rick Eldred officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, IN, with the Rosary beginning at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be considered to the St. Vincent de Paul Capital Campaign.

12/08/06

Blanton – Carl Olyus "Red Bird" Blanton of Huron, IN, died Friday, December 8, 2006, at the Bedford Regional Medical Center in Bedford. Born on July 27, 1932, in Lawrence County, IN, he was the son of William and Mary (Grissom) Blanton. He married Betty Jane Terry on July 28, 1951, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons: Robert E. Terry and wife, Alice, of Mitchell, IN, and Carl Daniel Blanton of Orleans, IN; two sisters: Peggy McNeely and husband, Bob, and Geneva Morris, all of Mitchell, IN; two brothers: Chuck Blanton and wife, Kathy, of Orleans, IN, and John Blanton of Shoals, IN; seventeen grandchildren: Johnny Terry and wife, Tricia, Sabrina Gonzales and husband, Ave, Robert Shawn Terry, Mary Hutslar, Katonya and Abbie White, J.D. Blanton, Johnny Blanton, Brittany, Ashley and William Blanton, Amanda and Michael Blunk, Kayton Pence, Rudy Magana, Elizabeth and Gilbert Suarez; and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Gene Grissom; two grandsons and one great-grandson. He was retired from the Rogers Group. He was a member of the Bonds Chapel United Methodist Church. Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 11, 2006, at the Bonds Chapel Cemetery with Reverend Bob Martindale officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, 2006, at the Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell, IN. Cassidy – Michael F. Cassidy of Bedford, IN, died Friday, December 8, 2006, at the Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Born on August 4, 1958, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Woodrow Carl and Mary (Daugherty) Cassidy. Surviving are his mother of Bedford, IN; three sisters: Rita Lane and husband, David, of Mitchell, IN, Anita Asbery and husband, Richard, of Bedford, IN, and Theresa Keith and husband, Roger, of Mitchell, IN; one brother, William Cassidy and wife, Patty, of Bedford, IN; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Carla Adams. He was handicapped. He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford, IN. Services will be at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, IN, with Reverend Rick Eldred officiating. Burial will follow in the Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday, December 13, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. Patton – Calvin D. Patton of Bedford, IN, died Friday, December 8, 2006, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Bloomington, IN. Born on July 3, 1924, in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Earl and Daisy (Spaulding) Patton. He married Anna Mollica Patton on October 27, 1944, in Maryland, and she preceded him in death on July 1, 2006. Surviving are two sons: Tim Patton and wife, Sheena, and Scott Patton and wife, Debbie, all of Bedford, IN; four daughters: Peggy Elmore and husband, Roy, of Montana, Marilyn Elmore and husband, John, of Sellersburg, IN, Linda Harrell of Lafayette, IN, and Pam Walden and husband, Matt, of Bedford, IN; one brother, Robert Patton of Muncie, IN; sixteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Sharon Rogers in 1987; brother, Odell Patton; two sisters: Roberta Tirey and Bernice Jamison, and one grandson. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army during World War II. He was retired from the City of Bedford Water Treatment Plant. He had also worked at the Naval Warfare Center-Crane. He was of the Pentecost faith. Services wi ll be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, December 11, 2006, at the Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford, IN. Entombment will follow at the Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33. Friends may call from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service on Monday, December 11, 2006, at the Cresthaven Funeral Home.

12/06/06

Acton – April Acton of Williams, IN, died Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at the Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington, IN. Born on December 4, 1953, in Marion County, IN, she was the daughter of Walter and Pearl McArthur. She married Steve Acton on March 31, 1984, and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Stephanie Acton of Greenfield, IN; one step-daughter, Shallen Acton of Greenfield, IN; one brother, Walter "Charlie" Alsop of Bedford, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Scott and Gordon McArthur. She was a homemaker. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 11, 2006, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford, IN. Burial will follow in the Port Williams Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, 2006, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Fross – Faith A. Fross of Bedford, IN, died Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at the White River Lodge in Bedford, IN. Born on September 30, 1907, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of William and Amanda (Blackwell) Branaman. She married Clifford P. Fross in 1932, and he preceded her in death in 1965. Surviving are three nieces: Jo Ann Teague and husband, Bud, Phyllis Denson of Bloomington, IN, and Anna Mae Mood of Alpharetta, GA; one great-niece, Denise Barnett and husband, Jim, of Bedford, IN; two great-nephews: Denny Joe Chenault of Indianapolis, IN, and Charles Mullinax of Greenwood, IN; several great-great-nieces and nephews, including, Amber Fisher and husband, Jason, Amanda Claffey and husband, Jason, David Barnett and children, Hannah, Blake, Trey, Chesney and Kylar. She was preceded in death by her parents. She was retired from the Greystone Hotel. She was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Bedford. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2006, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Paul Neuman officiating. Burial will follow in the Beech Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Friday, December 8, 2006, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Webb – Chester C. Webb of Bedford, IN, died Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at the Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Born on August 27, 1918, in Martin County, IN, he was the son of Stanley F. and France (Parker) Webb. He married Sarah L. Caracciolo on June 4, 1943, in Oolitic, IN, and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Larry D. Webb and wife, Georgetta "Jo", of Bloomfield, IN; three daughters: Mary A. Trask and husband, Marty, of Bloomington, IN, Susan G. Davis of Norman, OK, and Elizabeth A. Prine and husband Richard, of Freedom, IN; eight grandchildren: Stacey M. Webb, Larry Webb, Jr., Jason A. Collins, Joseph M. Collins, Eric D. Pyle, Lesly S. Pyle, April M. McArtor and Matthew C. McArtor; six great-grandchildren: Ashton Webb, Alexis Gage, Sydney Webb, Dylan Webb, Brendan Webb and Joshua Collins. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons: Stanley Matthew Webb and Chester Carl Webb, Jr.; eight brothers and sisters, and one grandson, Ryan J. Webb. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army during World War II. He was a stonecutter and had worked for the Ingalls Stone Company and the Indiana Limestone Company. He cut the stone for the George Washington Crossing Monument for the Bicentennial. He was a member of the Crossroads Community Church and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 1686 in Oolitic, IN. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 11, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, IN, with Pastor Kenny Ransom officiating. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca, IN. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

12/05/06

Duncan – Johnny Ray Duncan of Bedford, IN, died Tuesday, December 5, 2006, at his residence. Born on July 21, 1945, in Rumsey, KY, he married Donnetta Lee on February 25, 1984, and she survives. Also surviving are one son, Robert Ray Duncan of Louisville, KY; and six grandchildren: Robert Ray Duncan, Jr., Sara Duncan, Emily Duncan, Maggie Duncan and Aaron Duncan, all of Louisville, KY, and Jessyka Kidwell of Mitchell, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents and one step-son, Wesley Scott Beasley. He was a veteran serving in the United States Army. He attended Calhoun High School in Calhoun, KY. He was a machinist for eleven years at the Stone City Products. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 64 in Calhoun, KY. Services will be at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, IN. Burial will follow in the Hopkins Cemetery in Needmore, IN. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33 in Bedford, IN. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. George – Patricia Joan "Pat" George of Mitchell, IN, died Tuesday, December 5, 2006, at the Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington, IN. Born on December 8, 1936, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Albert and Geraldine (Childers) Watson. She married Robert Junior George and he preceded her in death on January 13, 2001. Surviving are two daughters: Tammie Jo Bennett and husband, Curtis, of Bedford, IN, and Sandra Kay Shoopman and husband, William, of Mitchell, IN; one son, Robert Anthony George and wife, Rebecca, of Mitchell, IN; one sister, Janet Armstrong of Mitchell, IN; one brother, David Watson of Mitchell, IN; five grandchildren: Michael George, Jessica England, Kara Shoopman, Christopher George and Kayla George; and five great-grandchildren: Tina George, Reagan George, Darian George, Alexis England and Jaedan England. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two sisters in childhood; and two other sisters: Margaret Sue Webb and Norma Jean Cook. She was a member of the Class of 1954 of the Mitchell High School. She attended the Mitchell Church of the Nazarene. She had worked at Annie's Old Place and the VFW in Mitchell, IN, and the Seventh Street Lounge in Bedford, IN. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Inc., Haverly Chapel in Mitchell, IN, with Brother Jerry Allen officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Inc., Haverly Chapel.

12/03/06

DeVoss – Betty (Fultz) DeVoss of Gosport, IN, died Sunday, December 3, 2006, at the Gosport Nursing Home. Born on January 2, 1923, she was the daughter of Raymond and Thelma (Fiscus) Turner. She married Joseph DeVoss on April 5, 1942, and he preceded her in death in 1993. Surviving are one daughter, Shelia DeVoss of Indianapolis, IN; and one son, Joseph S. DeVoss of Chicago, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Juanita Jennings. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bedford, IN. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, 2006, at the Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford, IN. No calling hours are scheduled. Arrangements are under the direction of the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford. Merrill – Rose Lee Merrill of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, December 3, 2006, at the StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford. Born on April 29, 1936, in Chicago, IL, she was the daughter of Charles F. Merrill and Dallas Thomas. Surviving are her step-father, Harold Thomas of Indianapolis, IN. She was retired from Buger King, where she had worked as a hostess. She was a member of the Dive Christian Church. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at the Dive Christian Church with Reverend Johnny Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Dive Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at the Dive Christian Church. Mitchell – Hilda R. Mitchell of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, December 3, 2006, at the StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford. Born on November 28, 1930, in Oolitic, IN, she was the daughter of David and Inez (Lewis) Miller. She married Robert M. Mitchell on October 16, 1949, and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Connie Diaz and husband, Walt, of Indianapolis, IN; one sister, Mary Stewart of Springville, IN; one grandson, Mitch Diaz; three step-grandchildren: Tammy Hart, Sara Diaz and Andrew Diaz; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Marie Bingham. She had worked in the Recorder's Office for Betty Edwards, the Auditor's Office for Bob Adamson, the City Clerk's Office for Pauline Craig and as office manager for Mayor John Williams for sixteen years. She was active in the Republican Party and the Women's Business Association. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2006, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Stan Day officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be considered to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation. Webb – Yvonne Betty Marie Webb of Bedford, IN, died Sunday, December 3, 2006, at the Bedford Regional Medical Center in Bedford. Born on June 23, 1925, in Aldershot, England, she was the daughter of Frederick Stephen and Maria Almalia (Schmit) Hamman. She married Gordon Baker Webb on March 3, 1945, and he survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Penny Sowders and husband, Lovell, Jr., of Bedford, IN; one son, Brian Webb and wife, Jill, of Mitchell, IN; five grandchildren: Michelle Zenow and husband, Keith, Gretchen Gebhard and husband, Terry, of Indianapolis, IN, Kyle Smith and wife, Amy, of Bedford, IN, Chad Smith and wife, Missy, of Greenwood, IN, and Jeanna Small and husband, Corey, of Indianapolis, IN; five great-grandchildren: Hannah Smith, Cameron Smith, Dylan Smith, Zachary Haltom and Nicholas Haltom. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Sulvia Hamman Lee. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the St. John's Episcopal Church for over sixty years. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford, IN, with Father Charles Carpenter officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Pleasant Baptist Cemetery in Silverville, IN. Pallbearers will be Lovell Sowders, Jr., Terry Gebhard, Keith Zenow, Chuck Kopp, Richard Cameron and Steve Sons. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2006, and from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service on Wednesday, December 6, 2006, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be considered to the White River Humane Society.

12/01/06

Hardwick – Vestal "Butch" Hardwick of Bedford, IN, died Friday, December 1, 2006, at the Bedford Regional Medical Center in Bedford. Born on September 3, 1943, he was the son of Manuel and Kathleen (King) Hardwick. He married Sharon Goodman on September 22, 1961, and she survives. Also surviving are two sons: Kevin Hardwick and wife, Joyce, of Springville, IN, and Troy Hardwick and wife, Jill, of Terre Haute, IN; one brother, Dencil Hardwick and wife, Janice, of Danville, IN; one sister, Carolyn Muir and husband, Sidney, of Tennessee; one granddaughter, Amber Hardwick of Terre Haute, IN; two step-grandchildren: Kendra Wilkins and husband, Jan, of Springville, IN, and Kyle Sneed of Mitchell, IN; and four step-great-grandchildren: Michael, Rachael and Danielle Wilkins, all of Springville, IN, and Karl Sneed of Mitchell, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers: Estel, in infancy, and Wilford Hardwick. He had worked at RCA and General Electric in Bloomington, IN, and at Carpenter Body Works in Mitchell, IN. He was of the protestant faith. Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2006, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford, IN, with Reverend Lewis Williams and Reverend Don Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 1006, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Payton – Evelyn Ruth Payton of Mitchell, IN, died Friday, December 1, 2006, at her residence. Born on August 23, 1937, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Roy and Wanda (Compton) McNeely. She married Mervin Leon Payton on August 21, 1951, at the old Holiness Church in Mitchell, IN, and he survives. Also surviving are three daughters: Myra King and husband, Bradley, of Sheboygan, WI, Debra Neideffer and husband, Jim, of Loogootee, IN, and Sheryl Grow and husband, Kevin, of Columbus, IN; her mother, Wanta McNeely of Mitchell, IN; three sisters: Marianne Luttrell and Judy Allen, both of Mitchell, IN, and Sharon Downham of Bedford, IN; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy McNeely, and her brother, John McNeely. She was employed at the former Just Kids Daycare in Bedford, IN. She was the owner/operator of the former Dairy Bell Drive-In in Mitchell, IN. She was a member of the Bride of Christ Fellowship in Mitchell. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Inc., Haverly Chapel in Mitchell, IN, with the Reverend Jerry Allen officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service on Sunday, December 3, 2006, at the Ferguson-Lee Inc., Haverly Chapel.

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