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Obituaries 2007 – 05 (May)

May 31, 2007

Akin — Mary Louise Akin, 91, Mitchell, went to be with the Lord at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at Bloomington Hospital. Born Jan. 24, 1916, in Paoli, she was the daughter of Bert H. and Florence (Taylor) Roberts. She was first married to Arnold Shoopman. Her second marriage was to Austin Akin Sept. 8, 1956, and he preceded her in death May 13, 1990. She had been employed at Reliance Manufacturing and Central Foundry and was a member of the Mitchell Wesleyan Church. Survivors include daughters, Wilma M. Fox and husband Jim, Mitchell, Wanita M. Hopkins, Bedford, Evelyn Ruth Hawk and husband James, Orleans, and Janet G. Terry and husband Joe, Mitchell; son, Thomas Austin Akin and wife Vickie, Orleans; brothers, Carl Roberts, Mitchell and Charles Roberts, Fla.; sisters, Eula Blanton, Orleans and Alma Hall, San Jose, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren. Her parents; husband; a son and daughter in infancy; brothers, Cecil and Herman Roberts, and infant John Roberts; sisters, Edna Jones and Faye Pemberton, and infant, Thelma Roberts; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter preceded her in death. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mitchell Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Steve Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Chastain Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the church. Casketbearers will be Greg Chastain, Shannon Batchelor, Tyler Batchelor, Taylor Batchelor, Cody Akin, Jason Akin, Chad Terry, Kelly Hawk, and Jackie Merry.

Mason — Thelma L. Mason, 67, of Bedford, died at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Born August 18, 1939, in Huron, she was the daughter of Fred and Pearl (Hopper) Mundy. She married James Mason and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2002. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ in Mitchell. Survivors include one son, Randy Blackwell of Indiana; one daughter, Glenda Hall and husband Wayne of Mitchell; three sisters, Dorothy Workman and husband James, Maxine Pridemore of Mitchell and Frances Bosell and husband Henry of Shoals; five grandchildren, Cindy Hall, Nicole Jones, Randall Blackwell, Rachel Smith and Lance Blackwell; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Hershel Mundy; one sister, Virginia Bundy; and a brother and sister (in infancy). Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Brian Bolton officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

Smedley — Dorothy Maxine Smedley, 81, of Bedford, died at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday at Westview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford. Born Feb. 16, 1926, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Nina Tolliver. She married Frances C. Smedley in 1945 and he died on May 26, 1976. She was employed at Uniroyal for 34 years and was a member of the First Christian Church in Bedford. Dorothy was the best mother in all the world to her daughter, Pattie Bennett of Fort. Worth, Texas. Also surviving is one grandson, James F. Bennett of Fort Worth, Texas; a nephew, Ronnie Brock and a niece, Jerri Lynn Stewart, both of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters, Billie McHugh, Georgeanna Baker and Mary Brock. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Charlie Scott officiating. Burial will be at noon on Saturday in the St. Joe Valley Memorial Park in South Bend. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Friday at the mortuary. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

McAlhaney — Robert Darrel “Mac” McAlhaney, 79, Benham Lane, Springville, went to the with the Lord on Wednesday at 12:55 p.m. at Bloomington Hospital. Born April 11, 1928, in Greene County, he was the son of Edward and Jennie (Hamlin) McAlhaney. He married Delores Brinson on Nov. 14, 1951, and she survives. He was a graduate of Oolitic High School with the class of 1949. He was a lifelong electrician for Bedford Electric and M&H Electric. He was a member of the Avoca Baptist Church for over 40 years, where he taught Sunday School; was a member of IBEW Local No. 16 electrical union; and served with the Indiana National Guard from 1949-55. Surviving with his wife, Delores, of Springville are one son, Alan McAlhaney and wife Judy of Louisville, Ky.; three daughters, Beverly McAlhaney Pamela Rainey and husband Gregory, and Denise McAlhaney, all of Springville; two grandchildren, Mindy Rainey of Springville and Jennie McAlhaney of Louisville, Ky.; one sister, Lucille Davis and husband Robert Sr. of Springville; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marjorie, in infancy; and one brother, Ralph McAlhaney. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Avoca Baptist Church with Pastor Kyle Witmer officiating. Burial will follow in Avoca Baptist Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Avoca Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Avoca Baptist Church Children’s Ministry. Arrangements are under the direction of Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

May 30, 2007

Kern — Thomas W. Kern, 76, Bedford, died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at White River Lodge. Born Oct. 1, 1930, in Bedford, he was the son of Moses and Alma (Henderson) Kern. He married Marlene J. VanWinkle on July 26, 1952, and she survives. He worked as a mechanic at Elliott Stone Company, Bedford, retiring in 1995. He then opened a lawnmower/small engine repair shop. He was of the Protestant faith, a U.S. Air Force veteran; one of the founding members of the Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department, serving as chief from 1974-78. He continued in active membership until the present. Survivors include his wife, Marlene J. Kern, Bedford; one daughter, Linda D. Burton and husband, Steve of Mitchell; one granddaughter, Mia Burton, Mitchell; two brothers, Jim Kern and wife Betty of Fort Wayne and Louis “Corky” Kern and wife Beverly of Bedford; several nieces and nephews; and two step-grandchildren, Benjamin Burton of Mitchell and Lacey Burton of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ricky Kern in 1964; and one brother, Kenny Kern. Private family services will be held at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Indiana Volunteer Fire Association (IVFA) will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shawswick Volunteer Fire Department.

Anderson — Imogene Anderson, 78, 148 Leesville Loop Road, Bedford, died at 12 a.m. Tuesday at her residence. Born March 9, 1929, in London, Ky., she was the daughter of Jeff and Daisy (Minton) Smith. She married Carl B. Anderson on Nov. 21, 1953, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 18, 2006. She was a homemaker. Survivors include one daughter, Lynette Martin and husband James of Bedford; one son, Randy Carl Anderson and wife Debbie of Bedford; three grandchildren, April Anderson, Jaime Young and husband Brian, and Danielle Anderson; two great-granddaughters, Jolee Young and Anelena Zeri; one brother, Festus Smith of Norman; three sisters, Foist Roney of Seymour, Corene Romine of Seymour, and Lois Cain of Dearborn, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; four sisters, Lena Brewer, Doris Brown, and Edith Bowling, and Pauline in infancy; and grandson, Joey Martin. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford with the Rev. Ted Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in Leesville Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Hanners — Leonard Norman Hanners, 79, of 11639 Williams Road, Williams, passed away at his residence at 7:30 p.m. Saturday after a 14-month illness. Born in the family home on January 28, 1928, in Leesville, he was the son of James Leonard Hanners and Emma Edna (Brown) Hanners. He married Ravenna June Kirkman on August 15, 1959, and she survives. He was retired from the Iron Workers Local 22 in Indianapolis, veteran of WW II serving in the Army, a past Master Mason of the F & AM White River Lodge 332, Shoals, and a member of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33 of Bedford. Surviving with his wife are five sons, Leonard Mark Hanners and wife Susan of South Carolina, Lionel Matthew Hanners of Florida, Timothy Morgan Hanners and wife Jo of Bedford, and Michael Norman Hanners and wife Beverly of Virginia, and Martin Jeffrey Hanners and wife Salli of Bedford; one daughter, Melanie June Hanners Zumhingst and husband Jed of Williams; 11 grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Samuel Joseph Hanners; and three sisters, Rebecca Helene Guilkey, Sandra Zoe Lindsey and Theresa Arlette Beedie. He was preceded in death by his parents; his twin brother, Lionel Norton Hanners; one brother, James Houston Hanners; and two sisters, Barbara June Anderson and Delema Twanette Reed. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Kenny Walden officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with military rites accorded at the grave by members of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the mortuary. Masonic services will be conducted at 7 p.m. by the White River Lodge No. 332.

Baker — Willie Faye Baker, 97, of 701 Fayetteville-Owensburg Rd., Bedford, died at 7:20 a.m. Monday at the White River Lodge in Bedford. Born March 25, 1910, in Martin County, he was the son of Noah and Martha Elizabeth (Roberts) Baker. He married Rose Smith on October 18, 1948, and she preceded him in death on December 21, 1991. He was a heavy equipment operator/engineer with the Operators Union 481 in Henderson, Ky. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 181 in Evansville and the House of Prayer Church in Fayetteville. Survivors include two sons, Ralph Eugene Baker and wife Janice of Brownsburg, and Bobby Baker of Olympia, Wash; one daughter, Nan Faubion of Bedford; two grandsons, Tony and Roland Stockton both of Bedford; four granddaughters, Phetney Ann Cleveland of Amburst, Mass., Debra Vangelder, JoAnna Rutenbeck of Port Townsend, Wash. and Jeanna Petry of Fishers,; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; one sister, Reba Raines of Bedford (who was his twin); and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one granddaughter, Jana Sanders; two brothers, Dophus and Millard Baker; and two sisters, Nellie Polk and Nannie Elizabeth Baker. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m Friday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bill Raines officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m Thursday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Friday at the mortuary. Friends may call at the Bowling Funeral Home in London, Ky. from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the McDaniel Cemetery in London, Ky.

Swango — Quincy E. Swango, 76, of 79 Sunny Acres Lane, Bedford, died Sunday at his residence. Born January 27, 1931, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Russell and F. Anna (Evans) Swango. He married Mary Louise Lambrecht on June 16, 1951, and she preceded him in death on February 27, 1989. He retired from Brunner Engineering in Bedford as a welder and was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the U.S. Army. He was a member of the New Union Christian Church. Survivors include three sons, Dwight Swango and wife Teresa and David Swango and wife Susie, all of Bedford, and Dale Swango and wife Ramona of Mitchell; six grandchildren, Brandon Swango, Heather Vinson, Ashley Swango, Josh Swango, Amanda Swango and Sarah Swango; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Felicity Vinson; two sisters, Mildred Stone and husband Carl and Doris Hampton, all of Bedford; his companion, Sherry Edgar of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and one brother, Olin Swango. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. John Turner officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary.

May 29, 2007

Mitchell — Esther S. Mitchell, 91, of 105 Heltonville Road East, Bedford, died at 7:55 p.m. on Thursday at the Hospitality House in Bedford. Born September 12, 1915, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Ed and Ethel (Sowder) Stipp. She married Glen D. “Bunk” Mitchell and he preceded her in death on April 28, 1970. She was a school teacher for 43 years in various schools in Lawrence County, mainly at Fayetteville. She was a member of the Pleasant Run Methodist Church, A.A.R.P. and Retired Lawrence County Teachers Assoc. Survivors include one daughter, Glenda Mitchell of Bedford; one son, Glen E. Mitchell of Bedford; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one sister, Mary Bundy; and one brother, John Stipp. Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Fayetteville Church of Christ Cemetery with the Rev. Kenny Walden officiating. Burial will follow. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Hanners — Leonard Norman Hanners, 79, 11639 Williams Road, Williams, died at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at his residence. He was retired from the Iron Workers Local No. 22, in Indianapolis. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Ravenna June (Kirkman) Hanners, Williams; five sons, Leonard Mark Hanners, South Carolina, Lionel Matthew Hanners, Florida, Timothy Morgan Hanners, Bedford, Michael Norman Hanners, Virginia, and Martin Jeffrey Hanners, Bedford; one daughter, Melanie June Hanners Zumhingst, Williams; 11 grandchildren; 11 step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Samuel Joseph Hanners; and three sisters, Rebecca Helen Guilkey, Sandra Zoe Lindsey and Theresa Arlette Beedie. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday from the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Kenny Walden officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with military rites accorded at the gravesite by members of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. Masonic services will be at 7 p.m. by White River Lodge No. 332.

Brooking — Josephine E. Brooking, 91, Bedford, died at 7:40 a.m. Saturday at Westview Manor Nursing Home. She was a homemaker. Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Terry, Bedford; three sons, Ed Brooking, Oolitic, Randy Brooking, Bedford, and James L. Brooking, Leesville; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday from the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in White River Baptist Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

Anderson — Imogene Anderson, 79, Leesville, died this morning at her residence. Arrangements are pending at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford.

Swango — Quincy Swango, 75, Bedford, died Monday at his residence. Arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Baker — Willie F. Baker, 97, Bedford, died at 7:24 a.m. Monday at White River Lodge in Bedford. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

May 27, 2007

Brooking — Josephine E. Brooking, 91, of Bedford, died Saturday at Westview Manor Nursing Home in Bedford. She was a homemaker. Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Terry of Bedford; and three sons, Ed Brooking of Oolitic, Randy Brooking of Bedford and James L. Brooking of Leesville. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Day and Carter Mortuary in Bedford. Burial will be at White River Baptist Cemetery in Bedford. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

May 26, 2007

Reveal — Glen Reveal, 88, Bedford, formerly of Paoli, died at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday at Core Nursing Rehab in Bedford. He was disabled. Survivors include his caretaker, Teresa Clark, Mitchell. Cremation was chosen. The McAdams Mortuary in Paoli was in charge of the arrangements.

Mitchell — Esther S. Mitchell, 91, of 105 Heltonville Road East, Bedford, died at 7:55 p.m. Thursday at the Hospitality House in Bedford. She was a school teacher for 43 years in various schools in Lawrence County, mainly at Fayetteville. Survivors include one daughter, Glenda Mitchell, Bedford; one son, Glen E. Mitchell, Bedford; several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Fayetteville Church of Christ Cemetery with Rev. Kenny Walden officiating. Burial will follow. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, and from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

May 25, 2007

Schultz — Betty Sue Schultz, 57, of 2201 Washington Ave., Bedford, died at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born December 3, 1949, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Winferd and Valerie (Harden) Box. She married Roger Keith Schultz and he survives. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God of Prophecy. Surviving with Roger, her husband of 43 years, are daughters, Pennie Reynolds and husband Bob of Bedford, Kim Phillips and husband Jay of Williams and Teresa Schultz of Bloomington; a son, Bryan Schultz and wife Brandy of Bedford; 15 grandchildren, Jessica Bingham, Jason Phillips, Derek Schultz, Kyle Reynolds, Vernon Schultz, Travis Schultz, Ashley Schultz, Evalee Phillips, Jacob Fulkerson, Joseph Fulkerson, Kyle Holmes, Adam Schultz, Brittany Schultz, Debbie Stewart, and Kylee; six great-grandchildren, Ethan Robertson, Gavin Robertson, Chelsea Bingham, Alisha Stewart, Billy Stewart and Kasandra Stewart; two sisters, Mary Stevens and husband Larry and Louise Graves and husband Leroy all of Mitchell; four brothers, Chester, Jerry, Jackie, Charles David and wife Mary all of Mitchell. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Vernon Schultz; and her in-laws, Vernon and Nina Staggs. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dive Cemetery with Pastor Lewis Rice officiating. Friends may call from noon until 1:45 p.m. on Saturday at Day & Carter Mortuary.

May 24, 2007

Anderson — Myrtle Ann Anderson, 73, of Bedford, passed away at 9:16 a.m. Wednesday at her residence. Born April 1, 1934, in Eastern Shore, Va., she was the daughter of George F. and Vernice (Kelley) Bloxom. She married Dean Anderson on Dec. 12, 1953, and he survives. She was a homemaker and a member of the Avoca Baptist Church. She leaves behind a legacy of faith, love and devotion. Surviving with her husband, Dean Anderson are, one daughter, Libby Wilcox and husband Howard of Bedford; one son, Ricky Dean Anderson; one grandson, Chris S. Anderson and wife Michelle; two granddaughters: Crystal Marie Anderson and Olivia Kelley Wilcox; two great-granddaughters: Lauryn Michelle and Camryn Elizabeth Anderson. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Donna Marie Foos. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford with Pastor Kyle Witmer and Pastor Ron Hamrick officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the children’s ministry at Avoca Baptist Church.

May 22, 2007

Steele — Gerald G. Steele, 95, of Mitchell, died 10:18 a.m. Friday at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. He was a retired carpenter and a Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include one son, Gary Steele, Mitchell; one daughter-in-law, Sue Steele of Greenwood; his companion, Bea Skaggs of Martinsville; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Gosport Cemetery with Mary Lou Sipes officiating. There will be no visitation. Chandler-Whitaker Funeral Home in Gosport is in charge of arrangements.

May 20, 2007

Vaught — Sandra (Neely) Vaught, 64, of Mitchell, died Saturday at her residence. She had worked at Lonnie’s Restaurant. Survivors include her husband, Harold Vaught; one son, James Fox of Mitchell; five daughters, Peggy Gerkin, Cindy “Jody” Johnson and Jennifer Gammon, all of Mitchell, Brenda Freeman of Shoals and Vickie Gilstrap of Campbellsburg; three brothers, Charlie Neely of Greenwood, Ronnie Neely of Mitchell and Delmar Neely of Mooresville; and five sisters, Linda Rust of Fort Wayne, Mary Anderson of Arizona, Kathy Hadipour and Ina Guinn, both of Tennessee, and Jan Gregory of Bedford. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

May 19, 2007

Moore — Beula Faye Hatfield Moore, 95, Bedford, died at 7:01 a.m. Friday at Westview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She had been employed as a secretary and doctor’s assistant, and was also employed at NWSC Crane from 1968 until her retirement in 1981. Survivors include a granddaughter, Heather Dawn Thoroman of Bedford; several cousins; and a son-in-law, David Thoromon of Bedford. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Tim Ahlemeyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Bennett Cemetery in Avoca. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Monday at the mortuary.

May 16, 2007

Matlock — Carl Joseph Matlock, 85, 1492 Sunny Acres Drive, Bedford, formerly of Indianapolis, died at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at his residence. Born Dec. 23, 1921, in Indianapolis, he was the son of Walter and Anna (Melvin) Matlock. He married Christina Maxine Evans Sept. 23, 1943, and she survives. He was employed as a group leader at Allison Division of General Motors, Indianapolis, retiring in 1988. He was also a real estate broker in Indianapolis. He was a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School, in Indianapolis, with the class of 1940. He was in the Army Air Force during World War II and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 338 in Indianapolis and a member of the U.A.W. He was of the Wesleyan Methodist faith. He was saved at the age of nine in the Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include his wife, Christina Matlock, Bedford; two sons: Carl Kent Matlock, M.D., and wife Janet of Bedford and the Rev. Joseph Keith Matlock and wife Charlotte of Orleans; six grandchildren: Cynthia Matlock of Bedford, Diane Survance and husband Daniel of Mitchell; David Kent Matlock M.D. and wife Jilayne of Mitchell, Steven Matlock of Bloomington, Michael Matlock and wife Kim of Bedford and Susanne Mincer and husband Joseph of Orleans; seven great-grandchildren: Justin, Jonathan, Joseph Ryan, Jared and Janae Matlock and Cameron and Patrick Survance; one sister, Marjorie Sulgrove, Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters: Helen Matlock and Ruby Moulder. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford with the Rev. Leonard Sankey and the Rev. Steve Clemens officiating. Burial will follow in the Mundell Cemetery with military graveside rites accorded by the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Owens — Juanita P. Owens, 79, of Bedford, died at 11:55 a.m. Monday at the StoneBridge Health Campus. Born July 8, 1927, in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Herman Russell and Amy (Lutz) Louden. She married Bernard William (Bill) Owens June 28, 1947, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 4, 1999. She and her husband owned O & S Painting Contractors for 30 years and retired in 1993. She worked at Jeff’s Shoe Store for 30 years and at Walter Louden Produce. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford where she served as a deaconess and church volunteer. She was a charter member of a local Euchre Club since 1953. Juanita loved spending time with her family. Survivors include two daughters: Karen Hacker and husband Tom of Bloomington, Nancy Battaglia and husband Frank of Bedford; five grandchildren: Elena Isenhower and husband Jon of Lebanon, Eric Kramer and wife Cristine of North Carolina, Bryan Kramer of Colorado, Nick Battaglia and wife Brandi of Bedford, and Trisha Battaglia of Bedford; three great grandchildren; one sister, Betty Lou Sheetz and husband Bill of Pennsylvania; one brother, Flay Louden and wife Nancy of Bedford and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister, Norma Jefferies; and two brothers: Walter and Wayne Louden. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Dr. Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from noon until the service Friday at the mortuary. The family asks that friends consider making memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church Building Fund. Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of Juanita at www.daycarter.com.

Phillips — Bonnie Jolene Phillips, infant daughter of Lloyd J. and Donna D. (Stotts) Phillips, passed away at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Hospitality House in Bedford. She was born on November 18, 2006, in Indianapolis. Surviving with her parents of Williams are three brothers: Michael Spaulding of Mitchell, Eric Phillips of Williams and Brandon Phillips of Springville; and several aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by a brother, Junior Lloyd Phillips; maternal grandparents, Michael and Bonnie Stotts; and paternal grandparents, Junior and Evalee Phillips. Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Springville West Cemetery with Brother Wendell Phillips officiating. There are no calling hours scheduled. Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford is in charge of arrangements.

Cobb — Opal Melvin Cobb, 65, of Bedford, passed away at 9 p.m. April 16, 2007 when he fell into Salt Creek. Born November 28, 1941, in Bedford, he was the son of Melvin B. and Grace (Stigall) Cobb. He married Fran E. Stafford on July 2, 1960, and she survives. He was a plasterer and a farrier for 38 years. He was a member of the Plasterers Union Local #741 and the Bedford Baptist Temple. Surviving with his wife, Fran, are two sons: Wayne Cobb of Bedford and Vince Cobb and wife Tammy of Mitchell; one daughter, Paula (Cobb) Morris and husband Tim of Paoli; four brothers: Sonny Cobb and wife Rita of Illinois, Webster Cobb and wife Caroline of Mitchell, Jim Cobb and wife Rhonda of Illinois, and Donny Cobb and wife Phyllis of Bedford; one sister, Darlene Hudson and husband John of Bedford; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Beulah Burnette and Katherine Oliver; and one brother, Richard Cobb. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the Bedford Baptist Temple, 2417 N Street in Bedford with Dr. Steve Goens and Pastor Wayne Ward officiating. Burial will follow in the Judah Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m Thursday and from 11 a.m. until the service on Friday at the Bedford Baptist Temple. Arrangements are under the direction of Day & Carter Mortuary.

May 15, 2007

Hunsucker — Minerva Jane Hunsucker, 78, 3112 Illinois Street, Bedford, died at 6 p.m. Saturday at West Park Rehabilitation Center in Evansville. Born Oct. 17, 1928, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Marse Alexander and Zora Chapman Hunsucker. She was a supervisor in the manufacturing industry, and she came back to Bedford after retiring to be with her family and friends. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Mitchell and was a Pink Ladies volunteer at Dunn Memorial Hospital. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers: John, Bill, Marse Olin and Wilson Hunsucker; and one sister, Delpha Mills. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cresthaven Memory Gardens, with Pastor Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will follow. There will be no calling.

Owens — Juanita P. Owens, 79, Bedford, died at 11:55 a.m. Monday at StoneBridge Health Campus. She and her husband owned O & S Painting Contractors for 30 years and retired in 1993. She worked at Jeff’s Shoe Store for 30 years and at Walter Louden Produce. Survivors include two daughters: Karen Hacker, Bloomington and Nancy Battaglia, Bedford; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; one sister, Betty Lou Sheetz, of Pennsylvania, and one brother, Flay Louden, Bedford. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Day & Carter Mortuary with Dr. Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from noon until the service on Friday at the mortuary. The family asks that friends consider making memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Cobb — Funeral arrangements are pending at Day & Carter Mortuary for Opal Cobb, 65, Judah-Logan Road, Bedford, who died in April.

May 13, 2007

Lowther — Anna Lee Lowther, 95, of Bedford, passed away 6:25 a.m. Saturday at the Bedford Regional Medical Center. Born on January 28, 1912, in Medora, she was the daughter of Thornton Watts and Laura (Blackwood) Watts. She first married Raymond Shepard and he passed away on June 10, 1969. She then married John Lowther on April 24, 1977 and he passed away on September 17, 1994. She retired from Tiny Tots Clothing, was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Methodist Bible study group. Surviving are two daughters, Jean Anderson of Bedford and Carolyn Plummer and husband Jerry of Medora; seven grandchildren, Diane McCory, Susan Dowdy and husband Dan, Scott Plummer and wife Pam, Lisa Plummer, Richard Anderson and wife Kim, John Anderson, and Bryan Anderson and wife Debbie; 14 great-grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; one daughter, Marilyn, in infancy; one great-grandson, Joe Plummer; four brothers, Clarence, Clyde, James and Russell Watts; and one sister: Mae Persinger Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with the Rev. Tim Ahlemeyer officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the mortuary.

May 11, 2007

Henderson — Connie Lee Henderson, 55, Bedford, best friend, wife and mother, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Friday at her residence. Born Sept. 23, 1951, in Hazard, Ky., she was the daughter of Lee and Louise (Aldrige) Yother. She graduated from Mitchell High School and married Tommy D. Henderson on May 25, 1969. She had been a deli manager at Austin’s Midtown Grocery. She was a member of the Bride of Christ Fellowship. Survivors include her husband, Tom Henderson, Bedford; sons, Dusty Henderson, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Jamie Henderson and wife Devin of Bedford; her mother, Louise Yother, Mitchell; two grandchildren; brothers, Bill Yother, Orleans, and Jerry Yother, Bedford; and a sister, Theresa Pemberton, Mitchell. Her father preceded her in death. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Bride of Christ Fellowship, in Mitchell, with Brother Jerry Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrenceport Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Monday at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastain funeralhome.com. The Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell is in charge of the arrangements.

May 10,2007

Ingle — Ilena Eloise Ingle, 93, Mitchell Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Mitchell, formerly of Tunnelton, died at 2:10 p.m. Thursday at Mitchell Manor. Born May 15, 1913, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Cyrus B. “Ben” and Minnie Mae (Garrison) Barnett. She married Joseph Roy “Chick” Ingle on June 9, 1934, and he preceded her in death in 1988. She attended Lawrenceport and Mitchell high schools and had attended Pinhook Christian Church and more recently, the Tunnelton United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker. Survivors include several cousins, including Emily Cecil of Mitchell. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pinhook Christian Cemetery, where burial will follow

May 9, 2007

Nickless — Mary Pearl Nickless, 88, a resident of the Hospitality House in Bedford, died at 12:24 a.m. Wednesday at the Bloomington Hospital. Born December 7, 1918, in Benton County, she was the daughter of William and Goldie (Morris) Ellsworth. She married Francis A. Nickless on August 15, 1934, and he preceded her in death. She was a bus driver for Fayetteville School and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Bedford. Survivors include two daughters: Mary Frances Hutton and Avonda Mae Krause, both of Berrien Springs, Mich.; two sons: Michael L. Nickless of Charlotte, Mich., and John E. Nickless of Crestview, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; six step grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; three sisters: Virginia Moyer and Marge Webster, both of Illinois, and Lucille Bass of Georgia; one brother, John Ellsworth of Illinois; several nieces and nephews, including Bruce Nickless of Oolitic who was her caregiver. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter, Irene Ronk; one son, Austin P. Nickless (in infancy); and one great-great-grandchild, Michelle Walker. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Michael Nickless officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Union Christian Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. The family asks that friends consider making memorial contributions to the Bedford Seventh Day Adventist Church Education Fund.

Harris — Ralph S. “Smitty” Harris, 77, of 133 N. First Street, Mitchell, died at 11:45 a.m. Monday at the Dunn Memorial Hospital. Born Nov. 17, 1929, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Ralph L. and Doris (Williams) Harris. He married Barbara Ballengee on January 20, 1953, and she preceded him in death on September 26, 1992. He retired in 1992 as the assistant street commissioner for the city of Bedford. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War and attended Friendly Bible Church. Survivors include his companion, Nancy Burlington of Mitchell; two sons: Ralph Smith Harris Jr. and wife Josie of Vancouver, Wash., and Chris Harris of Bedford; two daughters: Frances Porter and husband Barry of Huron, and Lucy Godsey and husband Danny of Bedford; seven grandchildren: Renee Strange, Jamie Hillenburg, Joe Hillenburg, Daniel Godsey, Joanna Salvaty, Sabrina Harris and Audrey Harris; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, George Harris of Williams; one sister, Rosalie Terry of Bedford; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one granddaughter, Barbara Godsey; one great-grandson, Daniel Olin Godsey; one sister, Mildred Smith; and two brothers, Wayne and Donald Harris. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Green Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Stevens officiating. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post No. 33 American Legion. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Wade — Harold Wade, 67, of 2328 29th Street, Bedford, passed away at 2:05 a.m. Monday at his residence. Born on January 22, 1940. in Lawrence County, he was the son of Everett E. and Sophia Wade. He married Geraldine Joyce Mitchell in July of 1959 and she preceded him in death. He was a body man for Sipes Body Shop in Bedford. Surviving is one daughter: Donna Phillips of Oolitic; six grandchildren: Andrea Phillips, Carl Leonard, Justin Mills, Rebecca Wallenberg, Richard Kyle Wade, Josh Dean Phillips; seven great-grandchildren: Lillian Wade, Anna Phillips, Shana Phillips, Devin Phillips, Gage Leonard, Jaden Leonard and Ava Mills. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two daughters: Rhonda Wade and Joyce Jones; and one great-grandchild, Haden Leonard. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Leatherwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the service Friday at the mortuary.

May 8, 2007

Sutherland — June R. Sutherland, 80, Mitchell, formerly of Bedford, passed away at 6:05 p.m. Sunday at Mitchell Manor Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born May 6, 1927, in Crawford County, she was the daughter of Lee and Lucy Jane (Luttrell) King. She married Herbert Dillon Sr. and he preceded her in death. She was next married to Bennie Sutherland and he preceded her in death Oct. 31, 2001. She was a homemaker and a quilter. Survivors include sons: Herbert Dillon Jr. of Bryan, Texas, and John Dillon of North Vernon; daughters: Joanna Crecelius of Hardinsburg, Jennie Govero of Port Charlotte, Fla,, and Jane Tolbert, Campbellsburg; stepchildren: Rev. Bennie Sutherland of Ohio, Sandi (Sutherland) Wycoff of Mitchell, and Dana (Sutherland) Pariser of Pennsylvania; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and one brother, Russell King, Monticello. Her parents, husbands, sisters: Faye Bragg, Leota Nicholson, Hazel Critchfield and Della Alspaugh; brothers: Ray and Lee King, and stepdaughter, Bobbie Jo Sutherland, preceded her in death. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Memorial Chapel of the Chastain Funeral Home with the Rev. Bennie D. Sutherland officiating. Burial will be in Hilltop Cemetery. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Harris — Ralph S. “Smitty” Harris, 77, 133 N. First St., Mitchell, died at 11:45 a.m. Monday at Dunn Memorial Hospital. He was retired as the assistant street commissioner for the City of Bedford and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Survivors include his companion, Nancy Burlington, Mitchell; two sons: Ralph Smith Harris Jr., Vancouver, Wash., and Chris Harris, Bedford; two daughters: Frances Porter, Huron and Lucy Godsey, Bedford; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, George Harris; and one sister, Rosalie Terry, Bedford. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday at Green Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Gary Stevens officiating. Burial will follow with military rites accorded by members of the Gillen Post No. 33 of the American Legion. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford.

Creek — Donna Lou Brewer Creek, 77, died Sunday at her residence. Allen Funeral Home in Bloomington is in charge of arrangements.

May 7, 2007

Mellinger — Russellena “Bobbie” Mellinger 78, of Bedford, died at 12:55 p.m. on Friday at the Waterford Place Health Campus in Kokomo. Born August 3, 1928 in Orleans, she was the daughter of Russell and Esther (Fields) Dawson. She married William R. “Dutch” Mellinger on August 15, 1947, and he preceded her in death on July 17, 2000. She had worked for Elder Beerman’s in Dayton, Ohio, the Bloomington BMV and also the Bloomington airport. She was a member and deaconess of the First Presbyterian Church in Bedford, a Pink Lady volunteer at Dunn Memorial Hospital, a member of the American Legion Gillen Post No. 33 Ladies Auxiliary, the Elks Lodge No. 14, and the Bedford Boat and Sportsman Club. She was also an avid Bobby Knight and IU basketball fan. Surviving are two sons, Jack L. Mellinger and wife Lisa of Kokomo, and William R. Mellinger and wife Janie of Dayton, Ohio; three grandchildren, Kelly Williams and husband Scott of Greentown, Mandy Mellinger of Noblesville, and Matthew Mellinger of Dayton, Ohio; two great-grandchildren Spencer & Lola Williams of Greentown; special companion Harvey (Cocky) Holmes of Bedford; and a dear friend of the family Susie Berwick. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one sister Helen “Jackie” Dawson Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Mark McDaniel officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. The family asks that friends consider making memorial contributions to the Dunn Memorial Hospital Ladies Auxiliary. Friends are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of “Bobbie” at www.daycarter.com.

Brafford — Barbara B. (Spires) Brafford, 80, 220 E. Vine Street, Mitchell, died at 2:15 a.m. Sunday at Paoli Health & Living Center in Paoli. She was born Nov. 15, 1926, in Lawrence County, the daughter of Granville “Grant” and Maude (Flynn) Spires. She married Delmar Brafford, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 4, 2003. She was a hairdresser and owned a beauty shop in Columbus, and also worked at the Tiger’s Lair Beauty Shop in Oolitic. She was a member of the Oolitic V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include three daughters, Wanda Le Clear and husband Roland of Mitchell, Dana Sutherland of Mechanicsburg, Penn., and Sandra Sutherland of Mitchell; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Barbara Schapker; five brothers; one sister; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from noon until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Sutherland — June R. Sutherland, 80, Mitchell, died at 6:05 p.m. Sunday at Mitchell Manor Living & Rehabilitation Center. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell.

Wade — Kenneth Harold Wade, 67, Bedford, died this morning at his residence. Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary

May 4, 2007

Childers — Zona Childers, 86, of Bedford, formerly of Avoca, died at 6:40 p.m. Thursday at the Hospitality House in Bedford. Born July 9, 1920 in Sprule, Ky., she was the daughter of Henry and Martha (Helton) Cobb. She married Creed Childers on Oct. 17, 1938, and he died Feb. 9, 2004. She was a homemaker and a member of the Springville Pentecostal Mission. Survivors include two sons, Hurshel Childers and wife Wanda of Judah, Dale Childers and wife Carolyn of Springville; three daughters, Betty Flynn and husband Don, Nancy Kluesner and husband Linus, all of Springville and Minnie Sue Flynn of Debary, Fla.; two sisters, Elizabeth Ledford and Ellen Davidson; one brother, Marvin Cobb; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Jim, John and Kenneth Cobb; two sisters, Effie Hackler and Maude McBride; one brother (in infancy); and a great-granddaughter, Brittany Boshears. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Wendell Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

May 3, 2007

Leach — Evelyn Jaunita Leach, 76, Bedford, went to be with the Lord at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bedford Regional Medical Center. She was born Nov. 14, 1930, in Bloomington, to Flavio Gigli and Carrie Ruby (Feltner) Gigli. she married Billy Dale Leach on Feb. 21, 1948, and he preceded her in death in 1968. She attended Bloomington High School and was baptized at Country Church in Harrodsburg. She was an avid bowler, but her life was her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother and homemaker, who devoted her life to raising her children and some of her grandchildren. Survivors include two sons: Mike Leach and wife Bobbi Jean of Williams and Bill Leach and wife Brenda of Bedford; two daughters: Jane Leach of Bedford and Jeannette Thompson and husband Richard of Oolitic; eight grandchildren: Jeff Prow of Washington, D.C., Justin Leach and wife Stacie of Williams, Eric Thompson and wife Michelle of Fishers, Lisa Meadway and husband Eric of Bedford, Erika Barnhill and husband Jeff of Bloomington, Jessica Crane and husband Jim of Bedford, Natalie Forte and husband Mike of Bargersville and Sara Scalf and husband Jeremy of Bedford; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Linda Frye and husband Les of Bloomington and Eva Mae Marshall and husband Jim of Missouri; one brother, Ray Gigli and wife Peggy of Indianapolis; three sisters-in-law: Peggy Gigli of Whiteland, Jean Kennedy of Greenfield and Gladys Leach of Texas; and one brother-in-law, Don Leach and wife, Margaret of Greenfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers; and three sisters. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. Greg Bowman officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

May 1, 2007

Hilderbrand — Susan Alice Hilderbrand, 57, of Springville, died 7:42 a.m. Monday at Bedford Regional Medical Center. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Cosby Carl Hilderbrand; one son, Cosby C. Hilderbrand III, Doans; one daughter, Caryn L. Hilderbrand, Bloomington; her mother, Marian L. Green, Douglasville, Ga.; one sister, Barbara Park, Douglasville; one brother, Michael Green, Jonesboro, Ga.; and three grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Jenkins Funeral Home in Bloomfield. Burial will be at Dishman Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and from 11 a.m. until services Thursday at the funeral home.

Scott — Thomas R. Scott, 71, Bedford, died at 1:17 a.m. Monday. Arrangements are pending at Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville.

Pemberton — Loretta Pemberton, 66, Mitchell, died at 9 a.m. Monday at Indiana University Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell.

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