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Obituaries — August 2021

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Prasoon K. Samaddar, MD, died on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at the age of 87, surrounded by his immediate family.

Dr. Samaddar was born in Khulna, Bangladesh in 1934, when Bangladesh was still part of India. He spent his formative years in India, between Kolkata, West Bengal and Patna, Bihar, following his father's footsteps and earning his medical degree and eventually specializing in Ophthalmology.

He made his way to McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, for additional studies, where he would meet his eventual wife, Milagrosa. From there, they lived in several areas while they continued post graduate work in medicine and dentistry, including Manitoba, Saskatchewan, California, Kentucky and Indiana, where they settled to raise their 3 children, Sheila, Robin and Kris. By this time, Dr. Samaddar had switched his training concentration to Otolaryngology, which he would continue to practice for more than 50 years.

Sam, as his friends called him, was devoted both to his profession and to his family, never missing a dance recital, swim meet or other sporting event in which his kids were participating. Above all, he was most proud of his children and enjoyed traveling with them back to India and the Philippines.

Dr. "Sam" leaves behind extensive family in India, England and the US, as well as his immediate family including Milagrosa, Sheila (Terence), Robin (Christine) and Kris (Kristi), and 8 beautiful grandchildren to continue his legacy. A private memorial will be planned at a future date in India.

Any memories you may wish to share with the family can be sent to SamaddarFamily@gmail.com or c/o The Samaddar Family, 1313 S. Capitol Street SW, Washington, DC 20003.Mary R. Fisher Aug. 13, 1970 — Aug. 10, 2021 Mary R. Fisher, 50, of Bedford, passed away at 6:47 am on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Born August 13, 1970, in Virginia, she was the daughter of Ken and Judie (Brown) Armstrong. She was a Lead Solutions Advocate with J.A. Benefits for 28 years and had attended the Donica Church of Christ. Mary was a friend to all, having two daughters of her own, she raised countless others who lovingly referred to her as ‘Mother Mary’. She took in a band of misfits and turned them into a family. She was always up for an adventure and traveling to the beach. She was the perfect hostess, she planned amazing parties and loved a good theme party. Her home was always open to her daughters’ friends. She attended all of the sporting events any of her ‘kids’ were involved in. She was the biggest fan, cheerleader, supporter (sometimes for the other team). She was a great side-line coach and taught many life lessons. Mary was an avid reader and could finish a book in a night. Survivors include two daughters, Josie and Katie Fisher, both of Bedford; the father of her girls, Steven Fisher, of Scotland, IN; two brothers, Kenneth Brian Armstrong, of Bloomington and Mike Kern and wife, Michelle, of Bedford; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; her dogs, Duke, Buddy and numerous neighborhood animals. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Monday, August 16th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Celebrant Alex Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday, August 15th and from 9:00 am until the hour of service on Monday, August 16th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Josie and Katie Fisher. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com Kathleen C. Culbertson May 27, 1962 — Aug. 08, 2021 Kathleen C. Culbertson, 59, of Mitchell, passed away at 7:35 PM on Aug. 8, 2021 at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. She was born May 27, 1962 in New York, New York, the daughter of James W. and Helen (Parderlikes) Culbertson. She was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church in Mitchell. She is survived by two brothers, James Culbertson of Mitchell and John Culbertson of St. James, New York; two sisters, Peggy Tallman of Lindanhurst, NY and Mary Ann Culbertson of Arizona; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents. Her request was to be cremated with no services. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.ochstetrick.net Aug. 11, 2021 Betty B. Quackenbush Dec. 21, 1927 — Aug. 08, 2021 Betty B. Quackenbush, 93, of Bedford, passed away at 11:23 pm on Sunday, August 8, 2021, at Bliss Place in Bedford. Born December 21, 1927, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Walter and Pansy (Wagner) Terrell. She married Charles Logan Baker and he preceded her in death in 1983. She later married Doyle Quackenbush and he preceded her in death in 2002. She retired from NSWC Crane in 1984 after working for 26 years as a Production Estimator and Planner in the Explosive Operations Division. Early in life, she was a member of the Silverville Baptist Church and currently was a member of the First Baptist Church. Survivors include a daughter, Sondra Mosier, of Bedford; grandchildren, Erik Mosier (Tonya) and Reagan Mosier (Nichole); great grandchildren, Addison Mosier, Gavin Norman, Gracie Norman, and Logan Norman; a step-son, Rodger Quackenbush; a sister, Josephine Freeman, of IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; two brothers, John Logan Terrell and Harold “Hub” Terrell; a sister, Barbara Craig. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 14th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jason Filler officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Saturday, August 14th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com Aug. 10, 2021 Raymond Elmer “Ray” York Nov. 14, 1960 — Aug. 07, 2021 Raymond Elmer “Ray” York, 60, of Bloomington, passed away at 8:38 pm on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at his residence. Born November 14, 1960, in Bedford, he was the son of Ed and Katherine “Toots” (Groff) York. He married Deborah Holsapple on July 5, 2009, and she survives. He was a warehouse supervisor for CPI in Bloomington and one of the founders of the Soaring Angels Riding Club. He worked hard for his family, was a die-hard Colts Football fan, and was one of the most selfless people. He loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Deborah, of Bloomington; four children, Travis York (Kimberly), of Bloomington, D.C. York (Brittnay), of Bedford, Candy York (Quentin Moseley), of Newburgh, and Jacob York, of Bedford; two step-children, Shannon Troxel (Steve) and James Holsapple, all of Bloomington; 15 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; siblings, Frank Parsons, Rosemary Yother, Linda Ray, Debbie York Neely, Charlie York, Sissy York, Cecil York, Eddie York, David York, and Jerry York; several nieces and nephews; his dogs, Krisma, Sissy Pup, Phoebe Dawn, Lilly Rose and Little Bit. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Raymond York, Jr.; siblings, Connie York, Marsha Webb and Johnny York. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, August 12th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Lowder Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com Violet Louise Cummings Oct. 18, 1925 — Aug. 09, 2021 Violet Louise Cummings, 95, went home to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, at 12:30 am on Monday, August 9, 2021. She was born to William Everett and Susie (Weyer) Stevens on October 18, 1925, in Lawrence County. She married Harold Cummings on June 18, 1943, and he preceded her in death on October 8, 1962. Violet was a vibrant and active member of Englewood Baptist Church throughout her life. Her faith was the central theme of her life and was demonstrated through her relentless joy, trust in God’s provision, perseverance through adversity, and love for those around her. Despite the challenges of being widowed with 3 young boys at age 36, undergoing brain tumor surgery in her late 40s, and surviving a stroke at age 73, she remained faithful to God and used those situations as an opportunity to share His love and care with others. To support her family and be home with her boys during their childhood, she opened a home bakery, later going on to become a nurse’s aide at Dunn hospital and finally working as an assembler at Ford Visteon before retiring to enjoy her young grandchildren. She is still remembered by many for the beautiful special occasion cakes she baked for community members and organizations. She is survived by her three sons: Ronald (Sherry) Cummings of Avon, Bruce (Teresa) Cummings of Bedford, and Michael (Courtney) Cummings of Plainfield; granddaughters Heather (Daren) Wade, Laura Cummings, and Anna Cummings; great-grandson, Liam Wade; sister-in-law Suella Stevens; and several beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers - Ralph (Betty), James (Mary), Paul, and Johnny, and other siblings in infancy (Fred, Margaret, Anna, and Charles). Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 pm on Friday, August 13, at the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 am on Saturday, August 14, in the Elmwood Chapel at Day & Carter with Pastors Stephen Carter and David Ferry officiating, with visitation from 10-11 prior to the service. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may make donations to the Englewood Baptist Church Baptistry Project in her memory. Family and friends may express condolences to the family at www.daycarter.com Melissa Sue Slaughter Dec. 23, 1956 — Aug. 09, 2021 Melissa Sue Slaughter, 64, passed away Monday, August 9, 2021, at Indiana University Health Hospice House in Bloomington. Born December 23, 1956, in Crane Village, she was the daughter of Charles Laverne and Marilyn Sue (Jackman) Bentrud. She married John Edward Slaughter June 6, 1983. Melissa was a homemaker (domestic engineer) and loved being a wife, mother, and fisherman. She was a 1974 graduate of North Knox High School. Surviving are her husband, John Slaughter of Mitchell; children, Jennifer King of Mitchell, John Slaughter of Mitchell, Roxie L. (Jeremy) Barnes of Bloomington; grandchildren, Allie, Elizabeth, Joey, Layne, Keaton, and Tatum; four great-grandchildren; faithful companion, Melissa Sue’s Fishing with Cross Creek Grace, her Brittany Spaniel Her parents; beloved companions, Milo the Fat Cat, Bella, the Brittany Spaniel, and Cocoa, the English Springer, preceded her in death. Graveside service will at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 11, at Talbott Cemetery with Brother Wendell Phillips officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Contributions may be made to the White River Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed at www.chastainfuneralhome.com Thomas John Sukup Nov. 25, 1956 — Aug. 07, 2021 Thomas John Sukup, age 64, of French Lick, Indiana, entered into eternal rest on August 7th, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 25th, 1956 to John Peter Sukup and Janet Laura (Greger) Sukup. Tom was preceded in death by his Parents. He married Veronika Sukupova on July 24th, 1999 and she survives. Tom was a 1975 graduate of Lawrence Central High School and had attended Ball State University.  He was of the Catholic faith and was employed as a carpenter for Pritchett Brothers of Bedford, Indiana. Tom was a lifetime member of NRA, an Eagle Scout, and had previously done Motocross racing. He enjoyed reading, being outdoors, was a strong Republican, and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his Wife, Veronika Sukup of French Lick, Indiana; Sons, John Joseph Sukup of French Lick, Indiana, Adam Thomas Sukup of French Lick, Indiana; Brothers, James Walter Sukup (Mary) of Indianapolis, Indiana, William George Sukup of Indianapolis, Indiana. Visitation for friends will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 12th, 2021 at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home. Indianapolis arrangements will be in care of Shirley Brothers Funeral Homes and burial will be at Our Lady of Peace Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home 9640 W. State Rd. 56 French Lick, In. 47432. Condolences may be made on at www.brosmer-kemplefuneralhome.com Aug. 09, 2021 Jerry A. Waterford Sept. 06, 1946 — Aug. 06, 2021 Jerry A. Waterford, 74, of Bedford passed away Friday, August 6, 2021 at his residence. Jerry was born September 6, 1946 at his home in Harrodsburg, Indiana. The ninth of ten children to parents, Claude Earl and Lorene (Alexander) Waterford. He retired from Cummins Engine Company after 31 years. He served seven years with the Army Reserve. Jerry was a hard worker, having previously owned an insulation business as well as a gun shop. After retiring from Cummins, he found a true passion for raising feeder calves and farming, until his illness. Jerry had a love for many outdoors activities, including hunting, fishing, and shooting guns. He also enjoyed going to cattle sales. He married Janet Metcalfe on November 12, 1966 in Monroe County, and they were married almost 55 years. Survivors include his loving wife, Janet Waterford of Bedford and daughters, Lorna Waterford (Todd Spangler) of Martinsville, Lori Ann Snoddy (Greg Bartlett) of Bedford, seven grandchildren, Zayne, Jaidyn and Vance Spangler, Alexander Snoddy (Portia), Dylan Snoddy (Kelci), Coen Snoddy, and Estella Bartlett, four great-grandchildren, Asher, Nova, Revelry, and Charlotte Snoddy, two sisters, Shirley Stevens of Bloomington, and Doris Wilson of Spencer, sister-in-law, Deanna Waterford of Harrodsburg, and many nephews and nieces. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Claudia Greene, Ruth Floyd, Florence Jacobs, Betty Sawyer, and brothers, Joe Waterford, Jack Waterford, Don Waterford and his son-in-law, Shadd Snoddy. Jerry loved his wife, children, grandchildren and his great-grandchildren, and Jerry also enjoyed spending time with his extended family and friends. He was a faithful Christian and attended Mundell Christian Church, until declining health prevented attendance. Visitation will be 12-2pm Monday, August 9, 2021 at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St. in Bloomington. Funeral services will be 2:00pm Monday at The Funeral Chapel with Pastor Dennis Parsley officiating. Burial will follow at Clover Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Monroe County Veteran’s Honor Guard or to CIPD (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy). Condolences may be expressed at www.thefuneralchapel.net Aug. 08, 2021 Jenny M. Henderson Oct. 13, 1941 — Aug. 07, 2021 Jenny M. Henderson, 79, of Bedford, died at 8:44 am on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at IU Health Hospice House. Born October 13, 1941, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Vaughn and Mary (Ditton) Bowden. She married Robert Dale Henderson and he preceded her in death. Jenny retired from Dunn Memorial Hospital after working twenty- seven years. She was a member of Dive Christian Church. Survivors include two sons, Robert Scott Henderson of Bedford, Brian Henderson and partner Roger Wedig of San Diego, CA; t,wo daughters, Kelly Holder and husband Paul of Winston Salem, NC, Dawn Simmons and husband Chuck of Silverville; two sisters, Linda Ellis and husband Eddie of Orleans, Marilyn Walters and husband Paul of Muncie; one brother, Donnie Bowden and wife Judy of Orleans; three grandsons, Christopher Holder and wife Bethany of TN,, Caleb Blackerby and Joshua Blackerby, both of Mitchell; one granddaughter, Rachel Holder of Virginia; one great granddaughter, Ellie Rose. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Gail Bowden, and one brother, Michael Bowden. Graveside services will be conducted at 12:30 pm on Monday, August 9th at Dive Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 12 noon on Monday, August 9th at Day & Carter Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Family and friends may express condolences to the family at www.daycarter.com Faith Diane Staggs Aug. 01, 1954 — Aug. 06, 2021 Faith Diane Staggs, 67, passed away Friday, August 6, 2021, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born August 1, 1954, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Willis and Violet (Maginnas) Wessell. She married Lannie Staggs in 1988. Faith was a certified nursing assistant at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and retired with 35 years of service. She faithfully attended the Mitchell First Church of God and was an avid PPW wrestling fan. Surviving are her husband, Lannie Staggs of Bedford; siblings, Donna Livingston of Orleans, Judy Dalton of Bedford, Gerald Wayne Wessell of Bedford. Her parents and siblings, Willis Wessell, Jr., Gary Wessell, and Terry David Wessell, preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 12, at the Mitchell First Church of God with Dr. Robert C. Courson, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com Aug. 07, 2021 Jerry Conrad George Oct. 26, 1932 — Aug. 06, 2021 Jerry Conrad George, 88, passed away Friday, August 6, 2021, at his home. Born October 26, 1932, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Homer Marshall and Hazel (Ritchison) George.  He married Cloie Ellen (Brown) Stigall October 9, 1982. Jerry retired from Duke Energy.  He was a carpenter, school bus driver for many years, farmer, barber, and a graduate of Needmore High School.  Jerry enjoyed farming and working with horses; he took his Clydesdale horses and wagon to parades and weddings.  He enjoyed traveling out west and loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Jerry was a member of Hillcrest Christian Church and a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Surviving are his wife, Ellen George of Bedford; children, Jonathan David (Kelly) George of Bedford, Shane Marshall (DeeDee) George of Bedford, Michelle Lyn (Gordon) Ritchey of Bedford, James David George of Bedford; stepchildren, Richard Stigall of Greencastle, Charletta (Steve) Turner of Bedford, Randall (Lana) Stigall of Alabama, Lisa (Bryan) Bailiff of Bedford; stepdaughter- in-law, Julie Stigall of Morgantown; 20 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; sister, Sandra Deckard of Bedford; several nieces and nephews. His parents and stepson-in-law, Mark Stigall, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 14, at Hillcrest Christian Church with Pastor Charles Scott officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the church. Memorial Gifts: Hillcrest Christian Church Building Fund Condolences may be offered to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com Aug. 06, 2021 Amy S. Lucas Oct. 21, 1976 — Aug. 02, 2021 Amy S. Lucas, 44, of Bedford, went to heaven on August 2, 2021. Amy was born to Lloyd K. and Beulah S. Lucas on October 21, 1976 at the Med Center in Bedford, Indiana. Amy enjoyed life with crafting, video games, and surfing the web for craft ideas. She also enjoyed spending the day with her family, friends, and her dog, Rufus. Amy is survived by her mother, Beulah S. Lucas; her sister, Rebecca Lucas; one brother, Phillip K. Lucas (Becca); two nieces, Kersten and Rachel Lucas, and many friends and family. She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd K. Lucas; her maternal grandparents, Hosie and Pauline Holtsclaw; and her paternal grandparents, Lee and Dorothy Lucas. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 9, 2021 at Allen Funeral Home and Crematory, 4155 S. Old State Road 37, Bloomington; with Jeff Huston Officiating. Burial will follow at Clear Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with family and friends at www.allencares.com James "Reid" Armstrong Oct. 16, 1930 — Aug. 04, 2021 James "Reid" Armstrong, age 90, of Plainfield, Indiana, passed away at 7:50 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, at the Kindred Hospital North, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was born on October 16, 1930, in Burns City, Indiana, to Reid Andrew and Alma (Queen) Armstrong. Survivors include his Wife, Olive (Simmons) Armstrong of Plainfield; children, David Armstrong and wife Nancy of Bedford, Ann (Armstrong) Rutherford and husband Bob of Longview, Washington and Loland Armstrong of Mitchell. Stepchildren, Laura Hazlett of Nashville, Lisa (Hazlett) Zehrung and Husband Marco of Indianapolis, Patsy (Divine) Foster of Louisville KY and Janet (Divine) Hardy and husband Mike of Louisville, Kentucky; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister; Martha Sue (Armstrong) Tincher; brothers; Jack L. Armstrong and Kenneth L. Armstrong; and beloved dog, Trixie. Reid was a 1948 graduate of Shoals High School. Reid had retired from the Army and the United States Postal Service. He was a 32 Degree Master Mason, member of the Masons (Boaz Lodge), Louisville Kentucky, the Murat Temple Shriners, and the American Legion, 101st Airborne, Jefferson Commander #52 Knights Templar, The Sojourners, and the Southwest Church of the Nazarene. Reid loved Shoals and making daily calls to longtime friends, old classmates and family members. He looked forward to the Shoals Alumin Banquet, Catfish Festival and the Hindostan United Methodist Church Ice-cream Social. A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 7th, at the Queen-Lee Chapel in Shoals, Indiana with Pastor Marty Evans officiating. Burial will follow at the Spring Hill Cemetery, Shoals, Indiana. Visitation is from 11:00 AM until the time of service on Saturday, August 7th at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Martin County Humane Society or the Disabled Veterans of America. Online condolences may be made at www.queenlee.com. The Queen-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the arrangements. Glenn D. Robbins Oct. 09, 1959 — Aug. 02, 2021 Glenn D. Robbins, 61, of Bedford, passed away Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, at IU Health Hospital, Bloomington. He was born Oct. 9, 1959, in Bedford, to Glen and Phyllis (Salmon) Robbins. Glenn was a factory worker and had worked at Visteon and Aisin. He graduated from Bedford-North Lawrence High School, class of 1977, and attended Southland Church of Christ. He was baptized at River’s Edge Church. Surviving to cherish Glenn’s memory are his children, Amber (John) Peterson, Matthew Robbins, Brittnee Robbins and Lukas Robbins; grandchildren, Taylor, Brady, Jacob, Alexander, Ella and Emberli Robbins; and two sisters, Lola Mills and Nelda Canada. Preceding Glenn in death were his parents: and one brother, Stanley Robbins. A graveside service for Glenn will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with Bro. Bud Smith officiating. There will be no visitation. The family requests that those attending please wear masks. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.FergusonLee.com. Services for Glenn have been entrusted to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford. Mark Edward Banks Dec. 11, 1958 — July 27, 2021 Mr. Mark Edward Banks, age 62, of Ocoee, Florida, passed away Tuesday, July 27 at his home. Mr. Banks was born December 11, 1958 in Salem the son of Herbert and Carolyn Edwards Banks. He was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School, Class of 1976. Mark was a Christian man and an active member of Concord Church of Christ in Orlando, Florida. He loved music and is remembered by friends as a beautiful and joyful man whose laugh was unforgettable. Mark is survived by his wife: Sandra Boutwell Banks of Ocoee, Florida, his mother: Carolyn Banks of Corydon, two brothers: Steve Banks of Corydon and Scott Banks of Bedford, and a sister: Tanya Ballinger of Largo, Florida. He was preceded in death by his father: Herbert Banks. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 7, at 1PM at Weathers Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Stampers Creek Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday from 11AM-time of service. Condolences may be expressed at www.weathersfuneralhome.com Aug. 05, 2021 John Allen Williams Aug. 28, 1936 — Aug. 04, 2021 John Allen Williams, 84, of Bedford, died at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at IU Hospital, Bloomington. Born Aug. 28, 1936, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Paul Canaan and Virginia (Baker) Williams. He married Roselyn Jean Armstrong on Nov. 2, 1958, and she survives. John proudly served the citizens of Bedford as Mayor for 24 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church. He attended Hillcrest Christian Church. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, a 50-year member of the Bedford Fraternal Masonic Lodge #14, Scottish Rite, La-Or-Ma Shrine Club, Rotary International and numerous other organizations. Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Webb and husband Allen of Bedford; a son, John A. Williams, Jr. and wife Tracy of Bedford; four grandchildren, Alexander Webb and wife Olivia, Andrew Webb and wife Jordan, Margaret Williams all of Bedford, and Elizabeth (Williams) Gouty and husband A.J. of Bloomington. Five great grandchildren, River Webb, Benjamin Webb, Harbor Webb, and Abram Webb of Bedford and Grey Gouty of Bloomington. He was preceded in death by his parents; Paul Canaan and Virginia Williams of Williams. Visitation will be from 2 – 8 p.m. on Friday, August 6, at Hillcrest Christian Church in Bedford. A Masonic Service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. by members of Masonic Lodge #14 F & AM. Funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 7 at Hillcrest Christian Church with Pastor Mark Fugate officiating with visitation from 11 – 1 prior to the service. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bedford Rotary Scholarship, John Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund, Lawrence County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1235, Bedford. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com Jerry Duane Rayhill April 26, 1951 — Aug. 02, 2021 Jerry Duane Rayhill, 70, passed away Monday, August 2, 2021, at his son’s residence. Born April 26, 1951, in Bedford, he was the son of Claude Allison and Agatha (McPherson) Rayhill. Jerry retired from General Motors and was a 1969 graduate of Mitchell High School. He had been saved. Jerry enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing, being outdoors, horse racing, music, and IU sports. His favorite thing was playing poker. Jerry loved his family and is survived by his son, Jarrett Dylan (Talisa) Rayhill of Loogootee; grandchildren, Dylan Shayne (Branagan) Rayhill, Daigan Scott Rayhill, Ian Kyler Rayhill; 4 great-grandchildren; twin brother, Terry Wayne Rayhill of Mitchell; sister, Jennifer Carter of Elkton, Kentucky; brother, Claude “Junior” (Jolene) Rayhill of Mitchell; half-brother, Chad (Kristi) Rayhill of Mitchell; step-siblings, Rick Haley of Paoli, Debbie (Harvey) Victor of Naples, Florida, Michelle (Larry) Magruder of Whiteland, Jeff Haley of Bloomington; and several nieces and nephews. His father; mother, Agatha Merry; and step-mother, Shirley Rayhill, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 10, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Dr. Robert C. Courson, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Monday and from 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com Aug. 03, 2021 Sandra Martindale April 17, 1935 — Aug. 02, 2021 Sandra Martindale, age 86, of Bedford died Monday, August 2 at 12:10 am at the home of her daughter, Paige. Born Sandra Joy Flinn on April 17, 1935 in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Orin and Hazel (Harp) Flinn. She married L. Eugene Martindale on May 25, 1956, and he preceded her in death on October 18, 2000. She was proud of being a direct descendant of a Jamestown settler of 1612, Alfred Houston, and of Jacob Flinn, who was in a group who settled what is now Lawrence County in 1810. She graduated from Shawswick High School in 1952 as valedictorian and earned a B.S. degree with high distinction in 1955 and an M.A.T. degree in 1958 from Indiana University. She taught at Bloomfield High School and Shawswick High School. She was a member of Central church of Christ, the John Wallace Chapter of the D.A.R. and had been a volunteer at the Lawrence County Museum of History, where she had displayed some of her collections. Survivors include daughter Paige (Steve) Tow, granddaughter Shelby Lamb (Garrett) and grandson Ryan Tow. Surviving sisters are Kay Waskom of Bedford and Helen Lozano of Griffith. Surviving stepsisters are Cecy (Keith) Dillman of Williams and Laura Voorhies of North Port, Florida. One uncle, Charles Harp of Hawthorn, Nevada. Also, surviving are sisters-in-law Linda Green (Don) and Mildred Martindale, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was known for her many hobbies (over 100), sweepstakes prizes, seeing and meeting famous people, and traveling to all 50 states and many foreign countries. She hoped she would be remembered for her love of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, the church of Christ, her country and her family. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Saturday, August 7th at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Rick Leach officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 on Friday, August 6 and from 11 until the service hour on Saturday at Day & Carter. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Lawrence County Museum of History. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com Beth Ann Staley April 22, 1968 — Aug. 01, 2021 Beth Ann Staley, 53, of Bedford, passed away at 6:07 am on Sunday, August 1, 2021, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Born April 22, 1968, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Jack Dorsett and Sharon (Dalton) Sons. She married Rodger Staley on October 10, 1998, and he survives. She was a homemaker and member of the Southland Church of Christ. She loved to garden, especially growing mint with her granddaughter, Keilynn. Survivors include her husband, Rodger, of Bedford; a daughter, Trenadee Hier and husband, Zachary, of Bedford; grandchildren, Keilynn and Ian Hier, of Bedford; her father, Jack Dorsett and wife, Danetta, of Bedford; a sister, Jacky Dorsett, of Columbus, IN; a brother, Denny Dorsett and wife, Cara, of Bedford; several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sharon, grandparents, Evelyn Dalton, Ilene Hardman, Paul and Catherine Dorsett; a brother, Jack W. Dorsett (in infancy). Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, August 4th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bud Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Christian Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Wednesday, August 4th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com Tomiko Teruya McDonald March 04, 1930 — July 31, 2021 Tomiko Teruya McDonald, 91 of Bedford died at 5:55 pm on Saturday, July 31, 2021, at the IU Health Bedford Hospital. Tomi was born on March 4, 1930, in Okinawa, Japan. She married Billy Joe McDonald on June 13, 1971, and he survives. She was a homemaker and loved attending church. Survivors include: her husband, Billy Joe, of Bedford; two sister-in laws: Patty Turner-Bex and Nancy Kern; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Kern; a cousin, Tracy Parr; and special Uncle and Aunt, Claude, and Sarah Kern; several nieces and nephews in Japan and in the United States. She was preceded in death by her father, her stepmother, her paternal grandmother, two sisters, two brothers, a nephew Matt Turner, father-in-law, William Kern, mother-in-law, Mary Kern, brother-in-law, Tim Turner. Following Tomiko’s wishes cremation was chosen. Arrangements are under the direction of Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends are invited to express condolences at www.daycarter.com Jeannette I. Dawson Nov. 11, 1940 — Aug. 01, 2021 Jeannette I. Dawson, 79, of Bedford, died at 1:54am on August 1, 2021 at her daughters residence. Born November 11, 1940 in Vicksburg, MS, she was the daughter of Allen T. and Mary (Bobbitt) Grover who preceded her in death. She was widowed. Jeannette was a Registered Nurse and had worked at Dunn Memorial Hospital. She retired from the medical department at General Motors. Jeannette graduated high school and attended Nursing School at Vincennes University. She was a member of Carter’s Creek Christian Church in Orleans. Surviving Jeannette are her children, Laraine Chastain of Bedford, Kathi Bartlett of Bedford, Scott Chastain of Bloomfield, Stephen Chastain of Kentucky, Keith Chastain of Kentucky, and Chris Chastain of Alabama; also several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Private services will be held at Leatherwood Cemetery in Bedford. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford. Condolences may be expressed at www.fergusonlee.com Eddalou Smith May 09, 1945 — Aug. 01, 2021 Eddalou Smith, 76, passed away Sunday, August 1, 2021, at her residence. Born May 9, 1945, in Shoals, she was the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Hart) Jones. Eddalou retired from Visteon and attended the Orleans Wesleyan Church. She was a graduate of Shoals High School. Eddalou enjoyed yard sales, playing with the grandkids, cooking, and visiting with the Amish. Surviving are her children, Cherri (Carl) Goller of Orleans, Anthony Smith of Bloomington, Travis (Alex) Smith of Bedford; 17 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, Josephine Szabo of Fort Wayne, Mary Bridges of Mitchell, Janet Jones of Paoli, Rosalee Bateman of Dover Hill, Carol Baker of Dover Hill, Bradley Jones of New Whiteland, Claude Jones of Loogootee, Luke Jones of Paoli, Edward Jones of Washington. Her parents and siblings, Jake Jones, Burl Jones, Georgie Jones, Ruth Tow, Sharon Baker, Naomi Jones, and Jean Holt, preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 5, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Pastor Mike Hester officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial Gifts: American Cancer Society Condolences may be offered to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com James Edward “Bud” Hart Sept. 14, 1944 — Aug. 01, 2021 James Edward “Bud” Hart, 76, passed away Sunday, August 1, 2021, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born September 14, 1944, Daviess County, he was the son of Chester Paul and Olive (Yarbough) Hart. He married Alverta Sue (Goad) Conley September 19, 1981. Bud retired from the Jay-C Food Store, and was a graduate of Shoals High School. He was a member of Spice Valley Baptist Church and Mitchell Masonic Lodge No. 228 F&AM. Bud enjoyed going to church, fishing, being outside, and loved his family. Surviving are his wife, Alverta Hart of Mitchell; children, Sharon (Junior) Nixon of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Jamie (Marty) Edwards of Mitchell, Gerald (Marlene) Hart of Bowling Green, Kentucky; step-children, Bill (Julie) Conley of Lebanon, Cheryl (Mat) Hardman of Mitchell; grandchildren, Ciera (Zach), Nick, Kelsey, Cole (Miranda), Sean, Addyson (Levi), Lauren, Clay, and Annsli; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Freida (David) Ricker of Shoals, Shirley Bauernfeind of Shoals, Barbara Payne of Shoals, Joe (Connie) Hart of Loogootee, Danny (Onnie) Hart of Loogootee, Brenda (Garney) Boyd of Shoals. His father, Chester Paul Hart; mother Olive Jones; step-father, Merle Jones,; and brothers, Chester Hart, and an infant, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 6, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Roger Allen officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home. A memorial service will be conducted by the Mitchell Masonic Lodge No. 228 F&AM at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Memorial Gifts: Spice Valley Baptist Church Masks are required. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com Aug. 02, 2021 Clifford Leon Pruett Nov. 29, 1973 — July 31, 2021 Clifford Leon Pruett, 47, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021, at his residence. Born November 29, 1973, in Salem, he was the son of Clifford Laverne and Sharon Louise (Green) Pruett. He married Lisa Dawn Grogan July 3, 2002. Clifford has been employed at GKN, was a 1992 graduate of Orleans High School, and a member of Lost River Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his kids and grandkids, and making people laugh. Clifford was a U. S. Navy veteran and a member of American Legion Post No. 250 and the Honor Guard. Surviving are his wife, Lisa Pruett of Campbellsburg; mother, Sharon Pruett of Campbellsburg; children, Clifford Scott (Tiffany) Pruett of Mitchell, Brandon Middleton of Campbellsburg, Tamara Gray of Mitchell, Kristy Anderson of Mitchell, Ethan and Haley Fields being raised in the home; grandchildren, Ryker, Clifford “Elijah”, Grayson, Lillian, Maxine, Beau, Jaden, Landon, Kaleb, Preston, Kymber, and Skylar; great-grandchildren, Amias and Ember; siblings, Jerald (Diane) Pruett of Hardinsburg, Lonnie (Dianna) Pruett of Livonia, Aron (Lori) Pruett of Campbellsburg, Remona (Jeffrey) Sayles of Hardinsburg, Rex (Ashley) Pruett of Campbellsburg; several nieces and nephews; in-laws, Dennis Grogan of Bedford, Viola (Daryl) Irwin of Mitchell, Cathy (Steve) Chapman of Oolitic, Debbie (Jim) Tincher of Bedford, Keith Grogan of Bedford; several nieces and nephews. His father, Clifford Laverne Pruett, grandson, Kyler; nephew, Rexy Pruett; great nephew, Baby Rexy Pruett; and mother-in-law, Norma Allbright, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 4, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Jeff Cook officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. The family requests that masks be worn. Condolences may be offered at www.chastainfuneralhome.com James Raymond Ernst James Raymond Ernst, 83, passed July 24, 2021. He was born in St. Meinrad, Indiana, to the late Edwin and Marie Ernst. Jim was a graduate of Bristow High School. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army. Jim was a career lineman and retired from Cinergy/PSI Energy. He was a lifelong member of Bedford Boat and Sportsmen's Club and an avid hunter. He is survived by his significant other Amy Ernst; daughter Theresa (Jim) Anderson; son Jim (Debbie) Ernst; daughter Susan (Jim) Liptak; daughter Megan Nicole Ernst; seven grandchildren; and brother David Ernst. Jim was preceded in death by his brothers Tom Ernst and Don Ernst. A private family service will take place later this year. David L. Sider June 21, 1944 — July 31, 2021 David L. Sider, 77, of Bloomington passed at 3:05 pm Saturday, July 31st at the IU Hospice House in Bloomington. Born June 21, 1944, in Duluth, Minnesota, he was the son of Melvin and Lorraine (Berglund) Sider. He was the loving husband of Barb Sider for 38 years, married on October 7, 1983. Early in life, David managed Charcoal Steakhouse and Sider’s Steakhouse. He went on to wholesale specialty coffee sales, where he won multiple awards and trips as a result of his sales. He enjoyed boating, auto racing, fast cars, and landscaping. Above all, he loved his family race parties. His favorite one liner was “two ducks walk into a bar.” He lived life to its fullest and never met a stranger. Special thanks to IU Hospice House in Bloomington and their wonderful staff. Survivors include his wife, Barb Sider of Bloomington; one daughter, Cotton Michelle Bolin and husband Ken, of Greenville; one son, William David Sider and wife Nancy Gallagher, of Westmont, IL; two step daughters, Natasha Maldonado and Kimberly Greenwell; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Linda Ferguson and husband Robert, of Brown County. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial gathering will be held from 4-8 pm on Wednesday, August 4th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. In Lieu of flowers, please donate to catshaven.org, 2603 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46205. Family and friends may express condolences to he family at www.daycarter.com Douglas Edward Gromer Aug. 07, 1956 — July 28, 2021 Douglas Edward Gromer, 64, of French Lick, Indiana entered into eternal rest on July 28th, 2021 at his residence. He was born in Jasper, Indiana on August 7th, 1956 to James William “Bill” Gromer and Agnes (Watts) Gromer. Doug married Mitzi Allen on June 19th, 1981 and she survives. He was preceded in death by his Parents. Doug was a 1974 graduate of Springs Valley High School and of the Christian faith. He had worked at the Springs Valley Herald for Jim and Dorothy Ballard and then for the Indiana Department of Transportation with the survey crew. Doug was a photographer for the French Lick Fire Department in the 1980’s and early 1990’s and part of the “Cherry Hill gang”. He enjoyed playing basketball, fishing and spending time at the campground with family and friends. What he loved the most was spending time with his grandchildren. Doug is survived by his Wife, Mitzi Gromer of French Lick, Indiana; Son, Jason Bird (Brandee) of French Lick, Indiana; Daughter, Brandi Bird of Winter Haven, Florida; Brothers, Danny Gromer (Anita) of French Lick, Indiana, Terry Gromer (Linda) of Minocqua, Wisconsin; Sister, Starr Gromer-Fish (Mark) of Bedford, Indiana; Aunt, Betty Gromer (Sue Jurin) of Dublin, Pennsylvania; Uncle, Robert Watts (Annetta) of French Lick, Indiana; Grandchildren, Darian (Zac), Kennedy, Iain, and Callen; Great-Grandchildren, Keira, Cree, Paisley, and Briella; Several Cousins, Nieces, and Nephews also survive. A Funeral Ceremony will be conducted by Rev. Darrell Wineinger and Pastor Caleb Moffatt on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home with burial to follow in Mount Lebanon Cemetery, French Lick, Indiana. Visitation for friends will be Monday, August 2nd, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 from 12 Noon until the time of service at the funeral home. The family requests all who attend the visitation and funeral ceremony to wear a mask or face covering. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to Charlie’s Angels, c/o Cathy Chaplin, 4380 S. Old State Rd 145, French Lick, IN 47432. Arrangements are in the care of Brosmer-Kemple Funeral Home in French Lick, Indiana 47432. Condolences may be made at www.brosmer-kemplefuneralhome.com Aug. 01, 2021 Peggy J. Box March 25, 1959 — July 29, 2021 Peggy J. Box, 62, of Bedford, passed away Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Golden Living Center, Bloomington. She was born March 25, 1959, in Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Bill and Louise Bilderback. She married Michael Eugene “Mike” Box on Jan. 30, 2008, and he preceded her in death on June 30, 2021. Peggy graduated from Orleans High School and was a homemaker. She was a member of the American Quarter Horse and Kentucky Ranch Horse Associations and enjoyed showing in ranch horse classes and teaching grandchildren to ride. Surviving to cherish her memory are daughters, Gayle (Paul) Owens of Mitchell and Michelle Evans of Bedford; seven grandchildren, Brandon Owens, Tara (Mike) Ramos, Brittany (Freddie) Brock, Samantha (Jason) Huck, Kindra (Ryan) Dalton and Alexandra and Andrea Owens; eight great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Jewel Box of Bedford; and two sisters-in-law, Diana Wigley and Cheryl Anderson, both of Bedford. Preceding Peggy in death are her parents; husband; son, John Box; and grandson, Andrew Owens. Funeral services for Peggy will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Phil Thorne officiating. Burial will follow in Pinhook Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Tuesday, from 11:00 a.m. until the service hour at Ferguson-Lee Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pinhook Cemetery Association. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.FergusonLee.com

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