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Obituaries 2007 – 02 (February)

2/28/2007

Sallade — George J. Sallade, 76, Springville, died at 10:46 a.m. Sunday at his residence. Born July 4, 1930, in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the son of George J. Sallade and Elizabeth (Rudick) Sallade Wright. He married Nancy Lane on April 17, 1952, and she survives. He was a graduate of Portage (Wisconsin) High School, with the class of 1949, and attended Lane Technical Institute in Evansville for two years. He was a mechanical engineering technician at N.W.S.C. Crane, retiring in 1993 and was currently working at S.A.I.C. Defense Contractor, Crane. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, was a U.S. Army veteran with the 11th Airborne; was a member of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33, F.O.P. Stone City Lodge No. 94, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Reserves, and National Rifle Association (NRA), and was an avid golfer and outdoorsman. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Sallade, Springville; three daughters: Jeanne Criswell and husband Mark of Indianapolis, Ann Maxwell, Bedford, and Beth Denney Lawson, Columbus; two sons: George Christopher Sallade and wife Lisa Faye, Bedford and John Allen Sallade and wife Tammy, Fairland; three grandchildren: Jarrod Sallade, Bedford and Hannah and Caleb Denney, both of Columbus; one sister, Peg Martin of California; and one brother, Delroy Wright of Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. Darrell Flynn officiating. Burial will be in the Lowder Cemetery in Springville with military rites accorded by American Legion Gillen Post No. 33. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home

Padgett — Harold Padgett, 83, of 6722 Leatherwood Road, Bedford, died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the White River Lodge in Bedford. He was employed at the Robertson Feed Mill in Bedford for 45 years and drove a school bus for Bedford North Lawrence Schools. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine (Haws) Padgett, Bedford; one son, Steven Joe Padgett, Bedford; two nieces; eight grandchildren; one brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Leatherwood Christian Church with Sherman Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Leatherwood Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 1 p.m. until the service on Saturday at the church.

George — Cathy L. George, 52, R.R. 1 Box 1780, Springville, died at 3:58 a.m. Wednesday at Monroe Hospital in Bloomington. Born August 2, 1954, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Maxwell Gene and Shirley Maxine (Briner) Holmes. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bethel Christian Church. Survivors include her mother, Shirley of Springville; two sons: Andrew George of Springville and Deric George and wife Michelle of Owensburg; one daughter, Sarah Kindred of Springville; seven grandchildren: Jordan and Brandon Breedlove, Tallen, Trenten and Spencer George, Michael Kindred and Alexis (Ali) Harper; one brother, Terry G. Holmes of Springville; three sisters: Karen Beasley of Owensburg, Rhonda Bell and husband Charley of Springville and Molly Ratliff of Bedford, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Bethel Christian Church with Rev. David Self officiating. Burial will follow in the Dishman Cemetery in Greene County. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service Friday at the Bethel Christian Church. Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of Cathy at www.daycarter.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Day & Carter Mortuary

2/26/2007

Roberts — Catherine A. Roberts, 76, Railroad Street, Huron, formerly of Bedford, died at 11:30 a.m. Friday at her daughter’s residence. Born Aug. 19, 1930, in Martin County, she was the daughter of Hugh and Alice (Clifton) Mefford. She married Kermit Roberts on Oct. 12, 1968, and he preceded her in death in 1990. She was a graduate of Huron High School with the class of 1948, was a member of the Central Church of Christ in Bedford and was a volunteer with the Pink Ladies Auxiliary at Dunn Memorial Hospital. She had worked at NAD Crane, the Bedford Nursing Home, White River Lodge and as a switchboard operator at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Survivors include one son, Hugh “Buddy” Pettyjohn and wife Mindy of Orleans; four daughters: Lois Schenk and husband Tom of Evansville; Linda Kay Passmore and husband Larry “Pug” of Mitchell; Suzanne Dumond and husband Gerald of Huron; and Nina Webb and husband Jeff of Campbellsburg; 18 grandchildren; 25 grandchildren; two stepsons, Ronnie Roberts of Colorado and Kenny Roberts of Wisconsin; two stepdaughters, Terry Gill and Ginger Davisson, both of Texas; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford with Clovis Parsley officiating. Burial will follow in Lowder Cemetery in Springville. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Church of Christ, Hoosier Uplands Hospice program or Dunn Memorial Hospital Home Health Care.

Jones — Charles R. “PeeWee” Jones, 82, Mitchell, (the man on the porch) passed away at 9:37 a.m. Saturday at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 28, 1924, in Mitchell, he was the son of William A. and E. Lucille (Woodward) Jones. He married Janice Ann Smith on March 18, 1951. He was a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and retired in 1980 with 36 years of service. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was a 63-year member and past commander of Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250, and was currently serving as historian. He was a member of Jacob Finger United Methodist Church and Mitchell Masonic Lodge No. 228 F&AM, and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1943. Survivors include his wife, Janice A. Jones, Mitchell; son, Barry R. Jones and wife Nancy of Bloomington; daughter, Terri L. Brown and husband Paul of Mitchell; sister, Ruth Barnes, Knightstown; brother, Harold Jones and wife Penny of Plainfield; three grandchildren, B.J. Jones, Tobie Rogers and Todd Rogers; four step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. His parents; brothers, John E. Jones, Biff Jones and Howard Jones; and sisters, Helen Sipe, Oweetah Scott and Norma Jean Jones, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home with Pastor Margaret Pruden and Chaplain Lee Hupp officiating. Entombment will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens with military honors accorded by Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home

Concannon — Rose M. Concannon, 78, of 2212 M Street, Bedford, died at 7:05 a.m. Sunday at the White River Lodge in Bedford. Born July 14, 1928, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Presto) Magnus. She married Philip Concannon on Oct. 27, 1951, and he survives. She worked at Bell Telephone as an operator and was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford. Surviving with her husband, Philip, is one daughter, Marianna Teague and husband Wayne of Bedford; one son, Philip Concannon and wife Cheryl of Bedford; six grandchildren: Lori Williams of Bloomington; Chad Teague and wife Brooke of Bedford; Shea Teague and wife Hollie of Bedford; Andy Dorsett and wife Melissa of Knightsville; Michael Walls and wife Christina of DeWitt, Iowa; and Christopher Walls and wife Angela of Evansville; and four great-grandchildren: Hadley, Campbell, Ava and Joel. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Rick Eldred officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. A Rosary service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

Asbury — Erma M. Asbury, 102, of L Street, Bedford, passed away at 5:35 p.m. Friday at the Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born on June 17, 1904, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Elzworth Bledsoe and Orvilla (Martin) Bledsoe. She married Herbert J. Asbury on June 28, 1923, and he passed away on June 14, 1964. She was a homemaker and member of the First Christian Church. Surviving are four children: Robert Donald (Don) Asbury and wife Violet of New Albany; Jackie M. Asbury of Bedford; Betty Neal and husband Donald of Fort Myers, Fla.; and Jerry L. Asbury and wife Mary Ellen of Mitchell; 17 grandchildren: Teresa Summers, Rhonda Asbury, Donald Asbury, William Asbury, Julie Edmonson, Amy Wiseman, Herbert Asbury, Harvey Asbury, James Asbury, Lisa Brazzell, Tracy Neal, Donna Harris, Jeff Neal, Kelly Neal, Paul Neal, Brian Asbury, Beth Kern; 39 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two grandchildren, Laura Asbury and Randy Neal; one brother, Clyde Bledsoe; and one sister, Iva Miller. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Lelia Dailey officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary

2/24/2007

Chambers — Herschel Ray Chambers, 89, Bedford, died at 1:40 a.m. Friday at his residence. He was born Oct. 27, 1917, the son of Jason and Pink (Hawkins) Chambers. He married Hazel Hawkins, and she survives. He was a truck driver and drove for Greyhound Bus Lines, Cummins Engine Company for 23 years, and was a jack of all trades. He was an elder at the Heltonville Christian Church and a volunteer at Hoosier Christian Village in Brownstown. He loved gardening and fishing. He was a U.S. Marine Corps. veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion. Surviving with his wife, Hazel (Hawkins) Chambers of Bedford are; three sons, Don Chambers and wife Mary of San Jose, Calif., Gerald Chambers and wife Nancy of Bedford, and Paul Chambers and wife Linda of Indianapolis; two daughters, Martha Hayes and husband Freeman of Hubbard Lake, Mich., and Mary Ann Kirtz and husband Lewis of Sunnyville, Calif.; five sisters, Louise Bailey and husband Jesse of Heltonville; Helen Davis and husband Bill, Betty Mallott, Marjorie Bartlett and Sarah Ann Bundy and husband Web, all of Bedford; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Roger Chambers; and three brothers, Billy, who died in infancy, Herman and Leonard Chambers. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Heltonville Christian Church with Brother Charley Scott officiating. Burial will be in Gilgal Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville and from 9 a.m. until the service Tuesday at the church.

2/23/2007

Sears — Irma Mae Sears, 77, of 1317 10th Street, Bedford died at 3:41 p.m. Thursday at Bloomington Hospital. Born March 2, 1929, in Tunnelton, she was the daughter of Willis and Rozella (Flinn) Williams. She married Merlin L. Sears on December 18, 1948, and he survives. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bedford Baptist Temple. Surviving with her husband, Merlin; are three sons, Michael L. Sears and wife, Gail; Jeff Sears and wife, Missy; and Timothy Sears, all of Bedford; two daughters, Rozella Ritchison and Patricia Sears, both of Bedford; seven grandchildren, Misty Wellman of Nashville, Tenn.; Keith Collins of Seymour; Dirk Sears of Indianapolis; Katie Sears of Mitchell, Robert and Alex Goldsberry and Brittany Stovall, all of Bedford; three great-grandchildren, Grant and Clark Wellman of Nashville, Tenn., and Ryan Collins of Seymour; and one sister, Wilma Wisley of Greenwood. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Loniel, Orin, Oscar and Harold Williams; three sisters, Evalou Root, Helen Williams and Oatie Perry. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Steve Goens and Brother Max Abel officiating. Burial will follow in the Tunnelton Cemetery. Friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Monday at the mortuary.

2/21/2007

Luallen — Norma June Johnson Luallen, 78, of Bedford, died at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday at Bloomington Hospital. She was a registered nurse and a graduate of Marion Co. General in Indianapolis in 1949. Survivors include one son, Bill Luallen, Greenwood; one daughter, Polly Ann Luallen, Washington, D.C.; and three grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Bedford with Dr. Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. until the service on Saturday at First Baptist Church. Online condolences are available at daycarter.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Day & Carter Mortuary.

2/20/2007

Jansing — Richard A. Jansing, 72, U.S. Highway 50 East, Bedford, died at 12:52 p.m. Saturday at his residence. Born Aug. 25, 1934, in St. Mary’s, he was the son of Richard L. and Bertha (Kruthaupt) Jansing. He married Wilma M. Bulach on Aug. 30, 1958, in St. Leon, and she survives He retired from Ford Motor Co. and Visteon in 1997 after 42 years of service. He also farmed and raised cattle. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, American Legion Gillen Post No. 33 and was a U.S. Army veterans as a SP4 Artillery Specialist. Surviving with his wife of 48 years, Wilma M. Jansing, Bedford; are two daughters: Kathie Rhorer and companion Buddy Scherschel of Bedford, Karen Hattabaugh and companion Shannon Mathews; two grandchildren: Kasey Barrett Jackson and husband Andrew of Ft. Polk, La., and Richard Branden Hattabaugh of Bedford; four brothers: Irvin Jansing and wife Marion of Brookville, Clarence Jansing and wife Laverne of Brookville, Elmer Jansing and wife Joyce of Connersville, and Mark Jansing and wife Janie of Osgood; two sisters: Clarissa Rennier of Indianapolis and Marilyn Smith and husband Danny of Batesville; and one sister-in-law, Sally Jansing of Batesville. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Cletus Jansing. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Thursday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

Alhorn — John Robert “Bobby” Alhorn, 46, Williams Road, Bedford, died at 3:46 a.m. Monday at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born Aug. 19, 1960, in Bedford, he was the son of John Howard and Barbara June Sears Alhorn. He married Pamela Jean Fish Oct. 9, 1982, and she survives. He was a machine operator at Visteon in Bedford. He was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School with the class of 1978. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, IUE-CWA Union at Visteon. He loved NASCAR and restoring automobiles and hanging out at Jackson’s Filling Station. He was loved and will be missed by his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Pamela Jean (Fish) Alhorn of Bedford; his father, John Howard Alhorn of Bedford; one daughter, Ashley Rachelle Alhorn, at home, and one sister, Katherine Ann Crane and husband Larry of Bedford; one brother-in-law, Mark Fish and wife Lynn of Bedford; his in-laws, David and Phyllis Fish of Bedford; four nephews: Andrew and Corey Fish and Christopher and Joseph Crane, all of Bedford; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and his dog, Ralston. He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Alhorn, on April 10, 1988 and his sister-in-law, Tamela Jane Fish. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford with Father Rick Eldred officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Christian Cemetery in Bedford. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

. Chase — Joe W. Chase, 77, of 5105 U.S. Hwy. 50 E., Bedford, died at 3:18 a.m. Sunday at the Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born June 16, 1929, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Tyree “Maurice” and Katherine (Hamilton) Chase. He married Delilia L. Myers on June 23, 1948, and she preceded him in death on July 22, 2002. He was a retired truck driver and a farmer. He was a member of the New Hope Church and former member of the Teamsters Union. After his retirement, he was active in the Senior Citizens Club and a local bingo group. Survivors include two sons: Gary Chase and wife Sheila and Mike Chase and wife Fran; two daughters: Elaine Tarr and husband Benny and LuAnn Williams all of Bedford; eight grandchildren: Brandon Chase who is serving in Iraq, Ryan Chase of Terre Haute, Lindsay Hilkey of Bloomington, Tradan Chase of Wilmington, Ohio, Michael, Tyson and Trevor Chase all of Bedford, and Tara Powell of Newburgh; 14 great-grandchildren; and two brothers: Robert and Richard Chase both of Bedford. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one grandson, Jacob Ray Powell; and one brother, John Chase. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Doug Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

2/19/2007

Isom — Gladys Isom, 87, Mitchell, passed away at 8:05 p.m. Friday at Hickory Creek Nursing Care in Rochester. Born Dec. 20, 1919, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of William Sr. and Lula (Price) Stevens. She married Stephen Escoe “Pete” Isom Dec. 31, 1938, and he preceded her in death Jan. 25, 2001. She was a bank teller and retired from the Bank of Mitchell. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1937 and was a member of Lawrence County Homemakers Extension Club, Fleur-de-Lis, Prim Priscilla and a 50-year member of Phi Beta Psi Sorority. She was an American Cancer Society volunteer and a member of Liberty Baptist Church. Survivors include children, Mary Lou Hoagland, Zionsville, Stephen E. Isom II, Mitchell, and Linda Terrell, Rochester; a sister, Hazel Wedgewood, Mitchell; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her parents; husband; sister, Kathryn Westfall; and brother, William “Bill” Stevens Jr., preceded her in death. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Liberty Baptist Church with the Brother Eugene Pruett officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Baptist Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at the Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell and from 10 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the church.

Chase — Joe W. Chase, 77, of 5105 U.S. Hwy. 50 E., Bedford, died at 3:18 a.m. Sunday at the Bedford Regional Medical Center. He was a retired truck driver and a farmer. Survivors include two sons, Gary Chase and Mike Chase; two daughters, Elaine Tarr and LuAnn Williams all of Bedford; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Robert and Richard Chase both of Bedford. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Doug Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the mortuary.

Jansing — Richard A. Jansing, 72, U.S. 50 East, Bedford, died Saturday afternoon at his residence. Arrangements are pending at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home

2/17/2007

Owens — Maudie I. Owens, 84, Springville, went home to Heaven on Thursday at Bedford Regional Medical Center, after a brief illness. Maudie surrendered her life to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in 1995 with Pastor Ken Ransom of Crossroads Community Church leading her to the Lord at age 72. Maudie loved to attend church at Crossroads Community Church before illness confined her to her home several years ago. She loved the Lord and could be found in her home with her Bible on her lap and watching God’s word being proclaimed by her favorite television ministers. She has completed her final journey to God’s eternal resting place, where she will never shed another tear, have another pain and nor be faced with another sorrow. Maudie has fought the good fight and has crossed over into the promised land of Glory to dance on the street of gold, reside in the house of the Lord, to behold His Glory and be in His presence for all eternity. Maudie resided at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford for the last year of her life. She eagerly looked forward to and enjoyed the church services at the Center, particularly the Tuesday night services with the Cornerstone Worship Center singers and Pastors Rodney and Angie Reynolds blessing Maudie and her fellow Center residents in praise and worship songs and proclaiming God’s Word. he was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker, raising seven children and at various times, fulfilling the role of mother, helping to raise several of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren in her home. Born July 20, 1922, in Lawrence County (Popcorn area), she was the daughter of Cleveland and Thelma (Walker) Arthur, and spent her entire life living in Lawrence County. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ray and Jimmy Arthur; her husband of 49 years, Clarence; her oldest son, Robert Dale Owens, in 2004; a granddaughter, Michele (Jones) Ozechowski in 2005; and a great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Mae Jolyn Miller, in 2002. Surviving are two brothers, Joseph Arthur of Koleen and Roy Arthur of Springville; along with three sisters, Margaret (Tom) Hess, Ann (Lester) Saunders and Jewell Reuter, all of Springville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Maudie is also survived by six children, sons Wayne (Sandi) and Estell (Cindy) of Springville, and Steve (Sue) of Kent; three daughters, Myrna (John) Jewell and Patricia Sue Owens of Bedford, and Barbara (Lonnie) Jones of Springville. Barbara was her mother’s loving caregiver for the last 21 years since the passing of Maudie’s beloved husband, Clarence, in 1986. Also surviving Maudie are 21 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren, including Christopher Dwayne Owens of Springville, whom she raised from birth; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. She will be sorely missed by her friends, the large Arthur and Owens families, as well as her special and dearest friend, Juanita Quillen, who has been her roommate at Westview for the past year. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

2/16/2007

Becherer — Frances Worrell Becherer, 91, the Bliss House, formerly of N Street, Bedford, died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford. Born Sept. 27, 1915, in Orleans, she was the daughter of Frank and Grace (Hollowell) Worrell. She married Joseph E. Becherer on Sept. 7, 1940, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 16, 1990. She was a schoolteacher at Huntingburg High School, 1937-40; and a homemaker. She was a graduate of Orleans High School with the class of 1933, and Indiana University in Bloomington, in 1937, with an A.B. in English and Social Studies. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Bedford; St. Vincent Altar Society; a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store; past president of Ladies of Columbus; member of Alpha Chi Omega and Phi Beta Kappa Sororities. Survivors include three sons, Joseph Becherer, Beaver, Pa., Patrick Becherer, Oakland, Calif., and Michael Becherer, Kasilof, Alaska; two daughters, Anne Hambly, Los Altos, Calif., and Jeannie Lewan, Golden, Colo.; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Joanne Bundy, Fort Myers, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Lee Worrell; and one grandson, Jesse Becherer. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Rick Eldred officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Orleans. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home. A Rosary service will be at 6:30 p.m

Root — Emma Elizabeth (Myers) Root, 98, 1421 13th St., Bedford, died at 9:38 p.m. Wednesday at Hospitality House in Bedford. Born Dec. 20, 1908, in Campbellsburg, she was the daughter of Arthur Burton and Nancy Ann (Wright) Myers. She married Orville Porter Root on Oct. 14, 1925, in Brownstown, and he preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church and Eastern Star. Survivors include one son, Morris Root of Bedford; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one son, Robert Root in 2002; two brothers and four sisters. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford with the Rev. Robert Dailey officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from noon until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Baker — Lois Jean Baker, 79, of Bedford, died at 7:56 p.m. Wednesday at Hospitality House in Bedford. Born April 12, 1927, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Hubert and Pearl (Eggers) Craig. She married A. Wayne Baker on October 18, 1947, and he died July 31, 1999. She was the manager of the Diana Shop Clothing Store in Bedford for over 32 years. She was a member of the Dive Christian Church and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. Survivors include two sisters, Lavella Foddrill of Bedford and Pam Neeley and husband Ron of Heltonville; one brother-in-law, Roy Baker of Bedford; six nieces: Sherry Baker and companion Charlie Lancaster, Kammi Norton and husband Brad, Bobbi Wigley and husband Troy, Patty Martin and husband Mike, Donna Holler and husband Dave, and Sondra Hubbard and husband David; several great and great-great nieces and nephews; several cousins; her caregivers, Laura Plachy, Tammy Randolph and Sharon Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one brother, Kenneth Paul Craig; one sister, Marcella Baker; and one brother-in-law, Albert Foddrill. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Phil McDonald officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the mortuary. A memorial service will be conducted by members of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the mortuary. Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of Jean at www.daycarter.com.

Owens — Maudie Owens, 84, Springville, died at 9:03 p.m. Thursday at the Bedford Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford

2/15/2007

Jenkins — Mary Frances Jenkins, 88, Bedford, passed away at 11:12 p.m. Monday at StoneBridge Health Campus. Born Jan. 31, 1919, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Glen A. and Beulah (Pendergrass) Hardman. She married William M. Jenkins Dec. 30, 1938, and he preceded her in death June 8, 2001. She was office manager at Jenkins Motor Shop. She was a member of the Mitchell Presbyterian Church and a former member of Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa. Survivors include one daughter, Marcia Baker of Westminster, Md.; two sons: Jim Jenkins and wife Mary Ann of Oolitic, and Danny Jenkins and wife Michelle of Bedford; grandchildren: Michael Jenkins, Michelle (Baker) Levine, Brian Jenkins, Brent Baker, Mark Jenkins, Jesse Jenkins and Matthew Jenkins; great-grandchildren: Blake Jenkins, Cameron Baker, Carson Baker, Brock Jenkins, Hailey Jenkins and Austin Jenkins. Her parents; husband; brothers: Harold, Leo, Fred, Russell, John, and Kenneth Hardman; sister, Freda Wright; and son-in-law, Gary Baker, preceded her in death. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Memorial Chapel of the Chastain Funeral Home with Pastor C. Allen Colwell officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Becherer — Frances Becherer, 91, Bedford, died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

Root — Emma E. Root, 98, Bedford, died at 9:38 p.m. Wednesday at the Bedford Hospitality House. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

2/14/2007

Price — Dexter Price, 90, Anderson Road, Bedford, died Monday at Westview Nursing Home in Bedford. He was a construction worker, a member of Union Local No. 741 and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors include his wife, Eula M. Price, Bedford; two daughters: Janice Mosier, Bedford, and Reba Butler, Bloomington; one sister, Geneva Harper, Bloomington; two brothers: Calvin Price and Richard Price, both of Bloomington; one grandson; two great-grandsons; and several step grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home in Bloomfield with the Rev. Glenn Stidd officiating. Burial will be in Carmichael Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Bullington — Garland B. Bullington, 74, Mitchell, formerly of Williamsport, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Monday at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born April 27, 1932, in Chase, he was the son of Samuel and Ethrie (Keown) Bullington. He married Betty Mae Gouge Aug. 15, 1958. He retired from Flexel Inc. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Betty Mae Bullington, Mitchell; one son, Mark Bullington and wife Cathy of Bedford; one daughter, Marsha McCormick and husband Ron of Independence, Ky.; and grandchildren, Cameron and Cassondra McCormick. His parents and sister, Wilma Douglas, preceded him in death. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Memorial Chapel of the Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell with Brother Scott Harvey officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded by Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home

Todd — Ayden Michael Todd, infant son of Stephen Todd and Sutton Chaillaux, was stillborn yesterday at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Survivors include his parents Stephen and Sutton of 216 East Powerline Road Norman; maternal grandparents, Scott and Shellie Chaillaux of Bedford; paternal grandparents, Mike and Jerri Todd of Norman; maternal great-grandparents, Joyce and Kenny Chaillaux of Fayetteville, and Albert and Karen Tolbert of Mitchell; paternal great-grandparents, Verla Todd, Richard Todd of Norman, and Dave and Donna Bartlett of Bedford; two aunts: Stephanie Metzger of Whitepine, Tenn., and Stacie Helbert of Knoxville, Tenn.; two uncles: Josh and Zech Chaillaux of Bedford; three cousins: Karlie and Brycen Metzger of Whitepine, Tennessee, and Olivia Chaillaux of Bedford. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Mundell Christian Church with the Rev. Jim Crane officiating. Burial will follow in the Mundell Christian Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the service at the Mundell Christian Church

2/13/2007

Martin — Robert “Bob” Martin Sr., 82, Mitchell, passed away at 5 a.m. Monday at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Born Nov. 18, 1924, in Lawrence County, he was the son of William Willie and Lulu (Allen) Martin. He married Marjoria Fay Hunsucker on Jan. 26, 1947, and she survives. He retired from Crawford-Morris Lumber Company and was a member of the Bono United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Surviving with the wife, Marjoria Fay Martin of Mitchell; are two sons: Robert Michael Martin and Gary Lee Martin and wife Linda, all of Mitchell; daughter, Tammy Jo Jones and husband Rob of Mitchell; sisters: Ruth Williams and Leulla Jean Gardner, both of Bloomington; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. His parents; brothers: Bill, Raymond, Roy, and Russell Martin; sisters: Mary Ticen, Lucille Helms, Rose Hoggatt and Ruby Payton; and a grandson, all preceded him in death. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Memorial Chapel of the Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell with the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow at Talbott Cemetery near Mitchell with military honors accorded by Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Ginger — Esther Spangler Ginger, 89, 3518 I Street, Bedford, died at 11 a.m. Monday at her residence. She was born Sept. 10, 1917, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Charles and Nellie (Naugle) Bickenheuser. She first married John Spangler on March 8, 1941. She later married John R. Ginger on Nov.. 30, 1963, in Blue Mound, Ill., and he survives. She was a homemaker and also was a clerk at Kresge Dollar Store, J.C. Penney Co., and was a supervisor at Lord’s Dress Shop. She was a graduate of Bedford High School; a member of the First Christian Church of Mount Zion, Ill., and a 50-year member of Campbellsburg Eastern Star. Survivors include her husband, John R. Ginger of Bedford; two daughters: Mrs. Ronald (Nancy Lane) Ritter of Bedford, and Mrs. Wallace (Becky Jeanne) Was of Tuscola, Ill.; nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert and William Bickenheuser. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford with burial following. Friends may call from noon until 2 p.m. Thursday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford

Liles — Jessie Liles, 89, of 179 Center Street, Avoca, died at 4 p.m. Sunday at his residence. Born on April 27, 1917, in Benton County, Tenn., he was the son of John Harper and Sophia (Chandler) Liles. He married June (Thompson) Richardson on Nov. 21, 1975 and she survives. He was a member of Avoca Baptist Church and Laborers & Hod Carriers Union Local 741 in Bloomington. Surviving along with his wife, June, are one son, Joe Liles and wife Judy of Bloomington; five stepchildren: Bobby Joe Richardson of Solsberry, Billy Gene Richardson and wife Rhonda of Bloomfield, Beverly Stalcup of Bloomington, Jessica Dawn Orman of Bloomington, and Leonard William Richardson of Bloomington; several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; two brothers: John Liles and wife Cathleen of Solsberry, J.T. Liles and wife Zenobia of Greensburg; five sisters: Irene Brewer of Arkansas, Faye Walls of Bloomington, Esteen Ennis of Evansville, Francis Liles of Bloomigton, Clara Mae Hollingsworth of Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Fairy Dean Ward, Maxine Liles; and four brothers: Cornell Liles, Albert Liles, A.J. Liles and Verdell Liles. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home in Bloomfield, with the Rev. Kyle Witmer and the Rev. Bob Kirkman officiating. Burial will follow in Solberry Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford and from 11 a.m. until the hour of service Thursday at the Jenkins and Sons Funeral Home in Bloomfield

2/12/07

Breidenback — Paul A. Breidenbach, 83, Bedford, died at 2:31 p.m. Friday, as a result of an automobile accident on U.S. 50, approximately one mile east of the U.S. 50/Ind. 60 junction, near Huron. Born Nov. 16, 1923, in Belleville, Ill., he was the son of Alloys Breidenbach and Barbara (Aydt) Breidenbach. He married Elizabeth J. “Betty” Drehobl on June 14, 1952, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford. He was an electrical engineer at GM Powertrain in Bedford for 37 years, retiring in 1989. He was a 1941 graduate of Bedford High School and a 1950 graduate of Purdue University. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford; the Knights of Columbus Council No. 1166 (3rd Degree); and Past Grand Knight and Assembly No. 1921 (4th Degree). He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; a member of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33 and an avid golfer. Survivors include two sons, Joe Breidenbach and his wife Judy of Brainerd, Minn., and Fr. John Breidenbach of Jasper; one daughter, Susie Breidenbach of Oolitic; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Paul Breidenbach, U.S. Coast Guard, Port Angeles, Wash.. and Jonna Lea Dunst and husband David of Newago, Mich.; one great-granddaughter, Margaret Louise Dunst; three brothers, William “Bill” Breidenbach and wife Pat of Mesa, Ariz., Tom Breidenbach of Phoenix, Ariz., and Joseph Briden and wife Mary, Phoenix, Ariz; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Rich Litzau O.P. officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens in Bedford. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford, with a Rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the International Crane Foundation or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Bedford.

Breidenbach — Elizabeth J. “Betty” Breidenbach, 77, Bedford, died at 2:31 p.m. Friday, as a result of an automobile accident on U.S. 50, approximately one mile east of the U.S. 50/Ind. 60 junction, near Huron. She was born March 29, 1929, in Bedford, the daughter of Vincent F. Drehobl and Mary Alberta (Bratcher) Drehobl. She married Paul A. Breidenbach on June 14, 1952, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford. She had worked at Ingall Stone Company, Indiana Bell Telephone and Indiana Employment Security Division, all of Bedford. She was a 1947 graduate of Bedford High School. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and Ladies of Columbus; a former member of Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority; a volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society; and loved bird watching, traveling and landscape/gardening work. Survivors include two sons, Joe Breidenbach and his wife Judy of Brainerd, Minn., and Fr. John Breidenbach of Jasper; one daughter, Susie Breidenbach of Oolitic; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Paul Breidenbach, U.S. Coast Guard, Port Angeles, Wash.. and Jonna Lea Dunst and husband David of Newago, Mich.; one great-granddaughter, Margaret Louise Dunst; and one brother, Robert F. Drehobl and wife Beverly of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Albert “Bud” Drehobl. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Fr. Rich Litzau O.P. officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens in Bedford. Friends may call from 3-8 p. m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the International Crane Foundation or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Bedford

2/9/07

Heinz — Larry E. Heinz Sr., 51, Mitchell, passed away at 6 a.m. Thursday at his residence. Born July 19, 1955, in Paoli, he was the son of Stewart F. and Mary (Parks) Heinz. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Survivors include daughters, JoAnne Heinz, Mitchell and Mandy Heinz, Orleans; a son, Larry E. Heinz Jr., Vincennes; mother, Mary (Parks) Heinz Parks, French Lick; brothers, Kenneth Heinz, Paoli, Darrell Heinz, Orleans, Gerald Heinz, Eckerty, and David Heinz, French Lick; two grandchildren; and his best friend and caregiver, Marsha Higdon, Mitchell. His father and brother, Stanley Heinz preceded him in death. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Memorial Chapel of the Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell with the Rev. Mike Williams officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded by Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post No. 250 and Marvin R. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Saturday and from noon until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Zajac— Cynthia Leigh Zajac, Bedford, died Thursday at her residence. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m., Saturday at the home, 1405 14th St., Bedford. Funeral arrangements are pending.

2/8/07

Simmerman — James Eldridge Simmerman, 88, of 1317 Rabbitsville Road, Mitchell, formerly of 501 Southwood Dr., Bedford, died at 5 a.m. today at Hospitality House in Bedford. Born Sept. 18, 1918, in Martin County, he was the son of John Everett and Carrie Mae (Inman) Simmerman. He married Eva Maxine Rainey and she preceded him in death in January 1999. He was a retired ordnance worker at NWSC Crane and a member of the Church of Christ. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Survivors include one son, Roe Gene Simmerman; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, three sisters, Viola Owens, Dovie Barnett and Mary Parsley; and one brother, Paul Joseph Simmerman. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Mike Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

2/7/07

Walton — Alice Margaret (Cooke) Walton, 55, Mitchell, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Bloomington Hospital. Born April 11, 1951, in French Lick, she was the daughter of Percy and Clara (Haps) Cooke. She married Ronald K. Walton Nov. 29, 1969, and he survives. She had been a Girl Scout leader, aerobics instructor, teacher’s aide in the Mitchell School system, K-Mart Portrait Studio photographer, Spring Mill Inn dining room manager, Mitchell Library children’s department worker, and administrative assistant at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she was on the parish council. She was also active in the Friends of the Mitchell Library and L.I.F.E. Pantry. Survivors include her husband, Ronald K. Walton, Mitchell; a daughter, Andrea Walton, Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Vince Cooke and wife Tammy, French Lick; and sisters, Louise Landers and husband Richard, Shoals, and Nancy Talbott and husband Donald, Bloomington. Her parents, and brothers Colin and James Cooke preceded her in death. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mitchell with Fr. Rick Eldred officiating. Burial will be in Moore’s Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Thursday at the Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell, where a Rosary Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mitchell

2/6/07

Lewis — Dorothy B. Lewis, 92, Bedford, formerly of Shoals, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Kindred Hospital in Greenwood. She was retired from NWSC Crane and was substitute postmaster in Indian Springs for seven years. Survivors include one son, Terry D. Wagner, Shoals; one granddaughter and two great-grandsons. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals. Burial will follow in Trinity Springs Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Blanton — Donovan Blanton, 78, Mitchell, passed away at 10:25 p.m. Sunday at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born March 16, 1928, in Harlan County, Ky., he was the son of Jonathan Jack and Mellie (Howard) Blanton. He married Katherine Turpin Oct. 27, 1945, and she preceded him in death on Jan. 7, 2001. He was a re-tired stonecutter and had worked for Ingalls Stone Company and Summitt-Evans Stone Company. He was a member of Faith Mission Church. Survivors include two sons, Johnny Blanton and wife Twilla of Mitchell, and Jackie Blanton and wife Robbi of Bedford; two daughters, Jewwana Carrico of Mitchell and Julie Darnell and husband Brian of Heltonville; grandchildren, Scot Blanton, Travis Blanton, Jeremy Blanton, Gabriel Blanton, Jason Blanton, Micah Barrett, Summer Carrico, J. Rhett Carrico, Rebecca Darnell, Bryson Darnell and Cindy Tolliver; great-grandchildren, Grant Tolliver, Jacinda Davis, Xavier Barrett, Braxton Barrett, Alexzania Barrett, Xaven Barrett, Keely Burgess, Chloe Robertson, Trey Blanton, Taylor Blanton, Katie Blanton and Brittany Blanton; sisters, Mabel Boger and husband Jack of Sellersburg, Irene Bryant of Shepherdsville, Ky. and Ann Kutzel and husband James of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister, Eula Wray; and brother, Cecil Blanton. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Faith Mission Church with the Rev. Leonard Sankey officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the church. Memorial gifts may be made to Stone City Christian Academy.

Stancombe — Betty M. (Chenault) Stancombe, 76, of 3001 Bud Stipp Road, Bedford, died at 2:15 a.m. Monday at Bloomington Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born July 9, 1930, in Bedford, to the loving parents Dewey and Pearl (Covey) Chenault. She married Robert D. Stancombe on September 6, 1947, whom she has dearly loved for fifty-nine years and he survives. She was a homemaker for most of her life and a member of the Leesville United Methodist Church. Surviving with her husband, Robert; is one son, Timothy Paul Stancombe and wife Susette; one daughter, Rita K. Waggoner and husband Herb all of Bedford; one son-in-law, Robert J. Robinson of Bedford; the greatest reward in life, her five grandchildren, Monte D. Terry and wife Regina, Michael L. Terry and wife Stacey, all of Bedford, Marty S. Terry and wife Mary of Avon Park, Fla., Brittany Boyer of Bedford and J’Vonne Stancombe of Page, Ariz.; two step-grandchildren, Darren Waggoner and wife Mindy of Bedford and Deidre Deckard and husband Greg of Springville; six great-grandchildren, Brenna Nikirk, Layna S. Terry, Braden Terry, Chase Terry and Logan Boyer; eight step-great-grandchildren, Chris Edie, Tiffany Powell, Brianna Donovan, Jarod, Drew and Haley Deckard, Evan and Annie Waggoner; two sisters, Dorothy Elder of Bargersville and Erma Haws of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews, whom she loved very much. She was preceded in death by her father and mother; one daughter, Reva Jane Robinson; great-grandson, V.J. Edie; one brother, Dale Chenault; and one sister, Melvina Ryan. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Rob Kirts officiating. Burial will follow in the Leesville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Friday at the mortuary.

Allen — Rilla Jo Allen, 69, our beloved mother and grandmother, went to be with the Lord at 4:07 a.m. on Sunday. Born March 30, 1937, in Owensburg, she was the daughter of Herbert and Olive (Daw-son) Baker. Rilla Jo graduated from Shawswick High School with the class of 1955. She married her soul mate, Marvin L. Allen on October 19, 1956, and preceded her in death on August 17, 2006. Rilla Jo was an abstractor in Lawrence and Monroe counties for over thirty years. She was the former owner of A & B Trophies and was a former member of the D.A.R. She attended the Oolitic United Methodist Church and was an avid bowler. She will be greatly missed by two daughters, Dana L. Pruett and husband Philip of Oolitic and Debbie Jo Ikerd and husband Steve of Bedford; one son, Darren Allen and wife Theresa of Springville; grandchildren, Michael Pruett, Craig Pruett, Amanda Jo Ikerd, Cody Ikerd, Kayla Jo Allen and Benjamin Sparks; great-grandchildren, Seth and Shelby Pruett; and her beloved cats, Missy and Annie. Rilla Jo was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Dan Voorhies officiating. Burial will follow in the Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

Trueblood — Opal E. Trueblood, 91, of 1021 R Street, Bedford, died at 12:50 p.m. Monday at the Hospitality House in Bedford. Born November 11, 1915, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Walter L. and Mae (Gerkin) Trueblood. He married Lenna H. Reuter on November 7, 1939, and she preceded him in death on July 15, 2006. Opal began working in the office at Buttercrust Bakery and later became manager after graduating from business college in 1935. The bakery became Honeycrust Bakery, then Colonial Bakery. Opal began working in the office at Buttercrust Bakery and later became manager. The bakery became Honeycrust Bakery, then Colonial Bakery. In March 1980, Opal retired after forty-five years from the Holsum Bakery. Survivors include two sons, Jon Trueblood, Westerville, Ohio, and Phil Trueblood, Diamond Bar, Calif.; one daughter, Suellen Trueblood Griffith, Bedford; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Darrell Simon officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

Walton — Alice Walton, 55, Mitchell, died Monday at Bloomington Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell.

2/5/07

Allen — Rilla Jo Allen, 69, Bedford, died at 4:07 a.m. Sunday at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Stancombe — Betty M. Stancombe, 76, Bedford, died at 2:15 a.m. today at Bloomington Hospital. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Turner — Samuel Turner, 75, Mitchell, died at 1:50 p.m. Friday at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center in Mitchell. He was retired from the city of Mitchell. Survivors include his wife, Barbara C. (Janes) Turner, Mitchell; daughter, Sammie Patterson, Greenwood; son, James Willoughby, Indianapolis; stepdaughters, Debbie Alton, Vincennes; Cathy Lee, Bedford; Shelley Wigley, Mitchell; and Lori Parker, Bedford; brother, Ralph Turner; and sister, Marie Tillet. Cremation was chosen.

Elliott — M. Frances (Cook) Stephens Elliott, 66, Springville, died at 9:33 p.m. Saturday at her residence. She was a former employee of Cook Inc. in Bloomington. Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Stephens and Kathy Jo Stephens, both of Springville; one sister, Mary Kathryn Harlow, Loogootee; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the McAdams Mortuary in Paoli. Cremation was chosen. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

2/4/07

Hammel — Mary E. Hammel, 77, a resident of Northwood Drive, Bedford, for 37 years, died at 6:35 a.m. Friday at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. She was born April 21, 1929, in Bedford, the daughter of Ernest and Margarett (Huff) Harris. She married Melvin Hammel on March 25, 1956, and he survives. She was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1947, and was a member of the Orleans Christian Church. She was the retired bookkeeper of Stephenson’s Clothing in Bedford. Surviving with her husband, Melvin Hammel of Bedford, is one son, Tevis Hammel and wife Patti of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; three daughters, Sarah “Sally” Warren and husband William of Bedford, Amy Hill and husband Henry of Bedford and Laura Bostic and husband Tom of Orleans; nine grandchildren, David Hammel and wife Julie of Georgetown, S.C., Beth Sellers of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Holly Kimbley of Bedford, Heather Figg and husband Jim of Bedford, Casey and Cory Hill of Bedford, and Katie, Kyle and Jacob Bostic of Orleans; 10 great-grandchildren, Brianna, Jeffery and Mackenzie Clifton, Kaleb Johnson, Jathan Howe and Madison Figg, all of Bedford, Samantha and Benjamin Hammel of Georgetown, S.C., and Kimberly and Reagan Sellers of Murrells, Inlet, S.C.; and one nephew, Michael Horan and wife Sharon of Indianapolis. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Earl Harris and Paul Harris. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Brother Charlie Scott officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens in Bedford. Friends may call from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Frazier — Nancy Jean (Hardin) Frazier, 53, was born on Aug. 30, 1953, in San Francisco to loving parents, Ochs and Frances Pauline (Grissom) Hardin, formerly of Mitchell. She took her final breath and peacefully entered into the Pearly Gates of Heaven in the arms of our Heavenly Father’s Angels to spend eternity in his Kingdom on Thursday. Our Heavenly Father released her of years of suffering and pain due to extended health problems. She lived 15 years in Blountville, Tenn., where she obtained her GED in 1984 from Sullivan East High School, then attended one year of college at East Tennessee State University in 1991. She was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Blountville and was a homemaker and a retired security guard. Her family will always remember how she fought a courageous battle her entire life. As her loving family, those she leaves behind will greatly miss her. Her survivors include her children, Frances Marie Russell of Mitchell, Stephany Renee (Russell) Carr and husband Aaron of Orleans, Daphanie Elaine (Russell) Carty and husband David of Bluff City, Tenn., Melanie Dawn (Russell) Edmonson and husband Robbie of Mitchell, and Steven Leroy Russell and wife Laura, Bainbridge. She also leaves behind grandchildren, Elalee Dawn Smith, Natasha Jean Carr, Dominic Joseph Ochs Smith, Brooke Estel Edmonson, Brittany Kay Edmonson, Andrew Steven Russell and Zachary Walker Russell; she also leaves behind sisters, Diane (Hardin) Tincher of Shoals, Connie (Hardin) Stewart of Mississippi and Rosa (Hardin) Volt, Caseyville, Ill.; brothers, Jack Hardin of Arizona, Donnie Hardin of California and Jesse Hardin of Huron; and special friends, Helen Parker and Steven Russell (former husband). She was preceded in death by her parents, Ochs and Frances Pauline (Grissom) Hardin; her late husband, William Joseph Frazier; brothers, Gene Hardin and Ochs Hardin Jr.; and sister Sue Hardin. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Memorial Chapel of the Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. James Lewis officiating. A private family burial will follow Monday in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Neideffer — Hazel Priscilla (Freed) Neideffer, 99, of Mitchell, died Friday at Mitchell Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center in Mitchell. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her daughter, Jennie I. Walcott of Bloomington; and her son, Ronald D. Neideffer of Mitchell. Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell. Burial will be in Talbott Cemetery. Friends may call 11 a.m. until services Monday at the funeral home.

2/2/07

Ingram — Viola “Ruth” Ingram, 90, Washington Avenue, Bedford, died at 1:25 a.m. Thursday at StoneBridge Health Campus Bedford. Born March 23, 1916, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Elgan and Amanda (Vaught) Bruce. She married James V. Ingram on Sept. 11, 1944, in Bedford, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 12, 1994. She was a graduate of Bedford High School and a retired bookkeeper from S.S. Kresge Company. She was a charter member of the Southland Church of Christ and a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Survivors include one nephew and six nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and three brothers, James L. Bruce, Robert D. Bruce and Wendell Bruce. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Brother Bud Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Ritchey — William D. Ritchey, 76, of 1617 M Street, Bedford, died at 2:20 a.m. Thursday at the Hospitality House in Bedford. Born March 14, 1930, in Avoca, he was the son of Glenn Thomas and Mamie (Perry) Ritchey. He married Charlotte B. Bailey in 1970, and she survives. He was first employed at Central Foundry in 1948, where he received acknowledgment for a number of winning suggestions on production lines. He studied mechanical engineering through Purdue University and worked at Sarkes-Tarzian in Bloomington and Reese Pulley in Columbus. A life-long methods engineer, he received patents on a number of his ideas, which he promoted with his business, WDR Enterprises Inc. In the 1970s, he started Better-Bilt Homes Inc. and concentrated in the Eastern Heights Addition. In 1993, he retired from his auto dealership, Ritchey Auto Sales. He attended the Hilltop Pentecostal Church with his family, and later in life, he attended the New Hope Community Church. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion. Surviving with his wife, Charlotte, is one sister, Margaret Spaulding of Phoenix, Ariz., and her children: Rudy, Robin, Randy and Rusty Spaulding, Judy Cantrell, Rita Berkwitt, Julie Murphy and Tonya Macik; the children of his brother, Paul Ritchey: Paul David, Gordon, Claude and Mark Ritchey and Madonna Gaye Martin. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Paul and Robert Ritchey. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Doug Martin and the Rev. Bill Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

Hammel — Mary L. Hammel, 77, Northwood Drive, Bedford, died at 6:35 a.m. today at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

Frazier — Nancy J. Frazier, 53, Bedford, died at 1 a.m. Thursday at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell.

2/1/07

Ingram — Viola Ruth Ingram, 90, Bedford, died at 1:25 a.m. today at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

Ritchey — William D. Ritchey, 76, 1617 M Street, Bedford, died at 2:20 a.m. today at the Hospitality House in Bedford. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary.

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