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Obituaries — August 2023




August 31, 2023



Joan Hawkins Obit

Joan Hawkins

CAMPBELLSBURG – Joan Hawkins, 70, passed away August 29, 2023, at Monroe Hospital in Bloomington. Born February 20, 1953, in Salem, she was the daughter of Ralph E. and Dorothy Evelyn (Purlee) Matthew. Joan married Greg Hawkins and he preceded her in death. Surviving are her grandsons, Joshua Paul Farler and Travis Gratzer; great-grandchildren, Raylan Farler, Abby Marie and Brantley Butch Lee Gratzer; and siblings, Charles E. (Carolyn) Holler and David Scott (Rene) Matthew. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Her parents; husband; children, Harvey Duncan, Travis Lee Duncan, Julie Marie Holler Ridener; grandson, Logan Farler; and granddaughter, Dottie Jo Holler, preceded her in death. Graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 5th, at Saltillo Cemetery with her brothers officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com




Steven James Stroud Obit

Steven James Stroud

WILLIAMS – Steven James Stroud, 69, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at IU Health Hospice House. Born May 24, 1954, in Bedford, he was the son of David Glen and Frieda Maxine (Enochs) Stroud. He married Mickey Quigley on June 22, 1979, and she survives. Steve retired from Baxter Pharmaceutical and had also worked at Carpenter Body Works. He was a 1972 graduate of Mitchell High School and a 1977 graduate of Indiana State University. Steve was a member of Cornerstone Worship Center. He was an avid sports fan, especially IU and Colts, and coached several sports teams over the years. Steve loved to watch his grandkids play sports and he played baseball for many years. Survivors include his wife, Mickey Stroud of Williams; children, Shane Stroud of Williams, Ashlee (Barry) Duncan of Mitchell, Wes (Sarah) Stroud of Bedford; brothers, Paul (Kathy) Stroud of Mitchell, Glen (Patty) Stroud of Bogard, Georgia, and Tim Stroud of Mitchell; grandchildren, Arionna, Ethan, Ally, Taylor, Izzy, and Mia Duncan and Davey Stroud; great grandchildren, Raylin Wright and Duncan Watson; mother-in-law, Frankie Quigley of Mitchell; brother-in-law, John (Teresa) Quigley; and sister-in-law, Pat Comingore of Bloomington. His parents; granddaughter, Marti Rose Stroud; and father-in-law, Mike Quigley, preceded him in death. Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 2, at Cornerstone Worship Center with Pastor T.J. Skiles and Pastor Matt Olson officiating. Friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the church. Memorial Gifts: Cornerstone Worship Center Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



August 30, 2023


Carolyn Jo (Gratzer) Lindley

July 20, 1950 – August 29, 2023


Carolyn Jo (Gratzer) Lindley, 73, of Bedford, passed away on August 29, 2023, at her residence. Born in Bedford on July 20, 1950, she was the daughter of William and Freida (Fox) Gratzer.


Carolyn worked for Regal Beloit for 18 years then for Stone City Products until her retirement. She graduated from Bedford High School with the class of 1968.


Surviving Carolyn is one sister, Paula Tyree; two brothers, Billy (Kiva) Gratzer and Jimmy (Melody) Gratzer; nieces and nephews, Lisa (Mike) Trobec, Michael (Kelly) Clark, Jase (Erin) Gratzer, Korey (Mykel) Flick, Kody (Tish) Lee, Kyler (Leah) Lee, Darinda (Kevin) Gross, and Kabrina (Julio) Metzler; along with several great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.


Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Cathy Clark; and sister in infancy, Patricia Gratzer.


Cremation was chosen with a celebration of life at a later date. The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the care for Carolyn.


Remembrances and condolences may be shared at www.FergusonLee.com.




William Jesse “Bill” Burton Obit

William Jesse “Bill” Burton

William Jesse “Bill” Burton passed peacefully in Bedford, Indiana on August 25, 2023. He was born to Erma Jo (Hendricks) and Thomas Burton in Bloomington, Indiana on March 29, 1960.

 

Bill married Kelly Ann Johnson in Peerless, Indiana on July 21, 1979. Bill worked for Mica Metals for over 20 years, loving his job and never missing a day. He found joy and pride in fishing, hunting, enjoying his mom’s apple pies, and being a good provider.

 

Preceding him in death were his parents and wife Kelly.

 

Surviving are sons; Jesse D. Burton of Greene County, William Robert Stewart of Lawrence County, and Brad A. Burton of New Jersey; siblings, Brenda Hoshaw of Florida, Debbie Burton of Bedford, Alice Herrington of Florida, and Tom of Bedford. Many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren also survive.

 

Per his final wishes, Bill is to be memorialized at Prospect Cemetery in Fort Ritner, Indiana. A celebration of life is to be held at a later date. The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford, IN has been entrusted with the care of Mr. Burton.


Memorial donations are appreciated and can be delivered to The Gentiva Hospice Foundation (https://www.gentivahs.com/about/donate/) and/or toward the preservation of Prospect Cemetery at the following address:

Prospect Cemetery/Dixon Chapel

c/o Bonnie Duffy

10148 W. US Hwy 50

Norman, Indiana 47264


Remembrances and condolences may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.




Patricia A. Dougherty-Fitzgerald Obit

Patricia A. Dougherty-Fitzgerald

December 8, 1946 – August 28, 2023


Bedford – Patricia A. Fitzgerald, 76, of Bedford, passed away at 7:55 pm, on Monday, August 28, 2023, at Stonebridge Health Campus.


Born December 8, 1946, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Virgil “Cotton” and Mary (Sipes) Pace. She married James Eugene Dougherty and he preceded her in death on November 5, 1995. She later married John Fitzgerald and he also preceded her in death on April 27, 2010. She had been a seamstress for M. Fine & Sons until they closed and had been a custodian for the First United Methodist Church in Bedford. Patty attended the First United Methodist Church and loved spending time with her grandchildren.


Survivors include one daughter, Jackie Lipscomb; a sister, Diane Anderson and husband, Ned; a brother, Danny Pace and wife, Carla; a sister-in-law, Shirley Pace; 6 grandchildren, Jeremy Stevens and wife, Ashley, Casey Smith, Hayden Smith, Michael Lipscomb, Seth Lipscomb and wife, Brooke, Ethan Lipscomb and fiancée, Kaitlyn Lewis; eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and both husbands, a brother, Nick Pace, and a son-in-law, Rob Lipscomb.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, September 1st in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Chaplain Kelly Carson officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, August 31st and from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



August 28, 2023


Austin Horner Obit Bedford, Indiana

Austin Horner

January 30, 2003 – August 27, 2023


Bedford – John Austin Sway Horner, 20, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2023.


Born January 30, 2003, in Bloomington, he was the son of Dean Horner and Bridget (Davidson) Roach. He was employed at InLiner in Orleans.


Survivors include his father, Dean Horner and wife, Angie, of Bedford; his mother, Bridget Roach and husband, Bryan, of Bedford; siblings, Allie Deckard and fiancé, Tyler, of Bedford, Mason Horner, of Greenwood, William Roach, and Willow Roach, both of Bedford; his paternal grandmother, Marsha Horner, of Orangeville; his maternal grandparents, Kathy and Rodney Riggle, and Marty and Sherry Davidson, all of Bedford; three nephews, Kamin Banks, Karson and Klay Arthur; an aunt, Sherry Brazzell, a cousin, Holly Brazzell, both of Orangeville. He was preceded in death by an aunt, Kamie Ratcliff; a cousin, Michael Brazzell.


Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, August 31st at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



August 25, 2023


Ida Mae Jenkins Obit

Ida Mae Jenkins

May 12, 1936 – August 25,2023


Bedford – Ida Mae Jenkins, 87, of Bedford, passed away at 2:45 a.m. on Friday, August 25, 2023, at Autumn Trace in Bedford.


Born May 12, 1936, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Otto and Ruby (Fox) Warren. She married Joe Jenkins on April 2, 1966, and he survives. She was a homemaker and attended the Momentum Church in Bedford. She enjoyed events at the Senior Citizens in Mitchell and loved to dance. She loved her children, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren and the residents and staff at Autumn Trace.


Survivors include her husband, Joe, of Bedford; two sons, William “Bill” Jones and fianceé, Sherry, and Jack Jones and wife, Karen, all of Bedford; four daughters, Susan Coomer (Mike), of Bedford, Cathy Speer, of Oolitic, Tammie Tomlinson, of Bedford, and Nelsa King (Gary), of Huron; sixteen grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Carolyn Sue McElroy, of OK; two brothers, Charles Warren, of AL and Eddie Warren, of Martinsville. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Sherri Fish, a sister, Lena New and a grandson Jeff Coomer.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Reno Bates officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the hour of service on Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family would like to thank Autumn Trace, Village Caregivers, and Southern Care Hospice for their kindness and genuine heartfelt care. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



August 24, 2023


Gerry Housel Obit

Gerry Housel

May 3, 1943 – August 24, 2023


Gerry Housel, born May 3, 1943, to Carl and Bernice Baynes in Salem, Indiana, passed away peacefully in her home on August 24, 2023.


Gerry married Ray Housel on July 28, 1963. He survives, as well as her three children, Peter (Katherine) Housel of Irvine, CA, Joel (Debbie) Housel of Bedford, IN, and Timothy (Teresa) Housel of Wellington, New Zealand; grandchildren, Emma Housel of Chicago and Brendan Housel of Indianapolis. Also surviving is one sister, Marjoria Spaulding of Borden, IN.


Her parents; brother, Roy Baynes; and sister, Mary Huff, preceded her in death.


She was a 1961 graduate of Salem High School and a 1965 graduate of Indiana University, earning a degree in Elementary Education. She taught one year in the New Albany School System. She then retired to devote her life to her family.


Gerry attended the Bedford Free Methodist Church. She taught Sunday School and coached Bible Quiz Teams for many years. She helped start the church’s Preschool Program.


Gerry was a member of the Indiana University Alumni Association and the Bedford Free Methodist Church.


There will be a graveside service with the family at a later date.


Memorials in Gerry’s honor may be given to the Housel Family Scholarship through the Bedford North Lawrence School Foundation or the Bedford Free Methodist Church.


The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the care for Gerry.


Remembrances and condolences may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.




August 22, 2023


Dominick Scarfone Obit

Dominick Scarfone

BEDFORD – Dominick Scarfone, 58, after a brave and gallant three-year battle with an aggressive form of cancer, succumbed to the side effects and passed into glory on August 20, 2023. Dominick was born in the Bronx, NY in a middle-class melting pot neighborhood where all the families knew each other and looked out for one another. In the summer the adults would sit on someone’s stoop talking, while the kids played in the street (whiffle ball was Dominick’s favorite) and in the winter everyone would help with shoveling snow. After graduating from Mount Saint Michael Academy (a local all boy’s catholic high school) he went to Lehman College – CUNY and found his career: Speech-Language Pathologist. After graduating in 1987, he moved to Indiana to earn his master’s degree from Indiana University and graduated in 1990. He immediately started working in the area. Dominick treated clients of all ages and worked in facilities in Lawrnce, Monroe, and Orange counties. He very much enjoyed working in this field and helping people and their families, always hoping to make a difference in their lives. Dominick met the beautiful Tammy Roberts, also a Speech-Language Pathologist, while working at one of the facilities and they courted for many years. After many attempts for her hand, she finally agreed to marry him. While they had hoped for a picture perfect happy ending love story, what they got was a real love story. Dominick and Tammy married in 2003 and have a son, Andino Robert Scarfone, whom Dominick considered his hero, as Andino is so brilliant and kind. Dominick will be watching from above as he makes his mark on this world. He is preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Scarfone, who we are sure was waiting at Heaven’s gate with arms wide open to greet him. His mother-in-law extraordinaire, JoAnne Connell-Roberts also preceded him in death, passing away in 2016. Dominick leaves behind his wife Tammy and their son, Andino; father, Joseph Scarfone; brother, Jack Scarfone and his family; sister Roseanne Bent and her family; as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Dominick was always humbled by how the Connell Family (too numerous to mention) welcomed him into their family and immediately treated him as one of their own, even calling him by a unique nickname conjured by Tammy and Hollie: “O.” So Long O, we will all see you later. Funeral service will be at 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 25, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial will follow at Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may visit from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service, Friday, at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



August 21, 2023



Bobby A. Martin Obit

Bobby A. Martin

Bobby A. Martin, 42, of Bloomington passed away on Friday August 18, 2023, at 6:50 p.m. at IU Health in Bloomington. He was born in Bedford on June 30, 1981, to Rex A. Martin and Eva L. (Brown) Martin. He was a graduate of BNL High School.


Survivors include his mother, Eva L. Chenault of Bedford, his father and stepmother, Rex A. (Louann) Martin of Paoli, grandfather, Noble Martin, aunts and uncles, Pam (Tom) Moore, Debbie (Dave) Southern, Monty (Dawn) Brown, Annette (Bruce) Sturgeon, Linda Martin, Bobby Cox, several cousins, his caregiver, Stephanie.


Bobby was preceded in death by his brother, Billy Hensley, grandparents, Hurstle and Ocie Brown, grandmother, Mae Martin, aunts, Charlene Martin, and Millie Cox.


Funeral services will be on Wednesday August 23, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home with Brother Trent Freed, officiating, burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. The visitation will be on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



Stephanie Dawn Decker Obit

Stephanie Dawn Decker

BEDFORD – Stephanie Dawn Decker, 50, passed away Friday, August 18, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital. Born July 10, 1973, in Bloomington, she was the daughter of James Elliott and Pamela (Heaton) Mitchell. Stephanie worked as a caretaker for Comfort Keepers in-home care and loved her job. She attended First Pentecostal Church of Spencer. Stephanie enjoyed playing video games and going to Starbucks. She was a “Bougie Nana” and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Joshua (Christy) Gardner of Bloomington, Caleb (Kasey) Gardner of Bloomington, and Wendi (R.J. Bell) Elliott of Solsberry; grandchildren, Candice, Davinee, Isaac, Hadley, Jakob, Karleigh, Bentley, Rebekah, Brody, Scottlyn, and Nate; sister, April (Erin) Rosenberger of Bedford; and mother and pops, Pamela and Terry Mitchell of Springville. Her father and brother, Scott Elliott, preceded her in death. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 23, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at the Mitchell Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Teddy “Ted” Dwight Smith Obit

Teddy “Ted” Dwight Smith

July 14, 1941 – August 21, 2023


Teddy “Ted” Dwight Smith, 82, of Heltonville, passed away peacefully at his residence on August 21, 2023. Born in Monroe County on July 14, 1941, he was the son of Rex and Chloe (Hawkins) Smith. He married Judy Lee Smale on April 27, 1959, and she survives.


Ted retired from General Motors in 1992 and was a member of Bartlettsville Christian Church. He loved the outdoors, especially mushroom and ginseng hunting. He passed that love of the outdoors to his children and grandchildren.


Surviving Ted is his wife, Judy; children, Ted Jr. (Shawn) Smith, Tony (Joni) Smith, Terry D. Smith, and Tracey (Regina) Smith; grandchildren, Erin (Craig) Prince, Tyler (Kristen) Smith, Lauren Smith, Todd (Kaitlyn) Smith, Taylor Smith, and Alex Smith; great grandchildren, Ava and Cale Prince, Tinsley and Tankston Smith, Bryer Smith and Hayden Cowell; sister, Sandy Smith; as well as several nieces and nephews.


Ted is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert Smith; and sister, Gloria (Belle) Smith.


A funeral service will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, August 25, 2023, at Bartlettsville Christian Church. Burial will follow at the Bartlettsville Christian Church Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, August 24, 2023, also at the Bartlettsville Christian Church.


The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the care for Ted Smith.


Remembrances and condolences may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.




Ronald “Ron” W. Silvers Obit

Ronald “Ron” W. Silvers

December 18, 1945 – August 19, 2023


Bedford – Ronald “Ron” W. Silvers, 77, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, August 19, 2023, at his residence.


Born December 18, 1945, in Pottsville, PA, he was the son of William “Willie” M. and Bobbi (Cole) Silvers. He married Bonnie Strunk on September 16, 1965, and she preceded him in death on July 19, 2010. He was a factory worker for Cummins Engine, Visteon and retired from Cook Inc. in 2013. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the U.S. Navy and a member of the Williams First Baptist Church.


Survivors include two sons, Ron (Jayne) Silvers, of Oolitic and Jon (Cathy) Silvers, of Bedford; five grandchildren, Meighan (Dan) Fritch, Devin Silvers, Chelsie (James)Pond, Heather and Emily Daugherty; seven great-grandchildren, Lydia Fritch, Korbin and Sullivan Fritch, Logan and Lincoln Pond, Stevie Joe Shifflett, and Zarin Daugherty. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, Gaynell Silvers; two brothers, Donnie and William Silvers.


Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Thursday, August 24th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Perry East officiating and where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Burial will follow in the Springville Christian Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, August 23rd and from 9:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Dennis Wayne Martin Obit

Dennis Wayne Martin

SPRINGVILLE – Dennis Wayne Martin, 71, passed away Saturday, August 19, 2023, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born April 24, 1952, in Bedford, he was the son of Glenn Gilbert and Marguerite Louise (Millard) Martin. He married Valarie Lynn (Sullivan) on February 20, 1985, and she survives.

Dennis had been a heavy equipment operator in the local stone quarries and had worked for the Elliott Stone Company and Polycor Inc. for 17 years. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, being outside, fishing, tinkering on his front porch, and riding his lawn mower.

Surviving are his wife; children, Jessica Lynn Martin-Myers of Bedford, and Chelsey Diane Jones (Timothy) of Bedford; grandchildren, Paxton Polivick, Devin Jones, Zachary Jones, Corbin Jones, Hadlee Jones, and Waylon Jones; siblings, Gilbert Martin of Loogootee, and Bill Martin of Dewitt, Iowa.

His parents; and brother, Larry Martin, preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, August 26, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Cremation to follow.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



August 18, 2023


Alberta J. Brent Obit

Alberta J. Brent

September 14, 1934 – August 17, 2023


Alberta J. Brent, 88, of Bedford, IN passed away on August 17, 2023, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital. Born in Springville, IN on September 14, 1934, she was the daughter of Avery and Lina (Waggoner) Stevenson. She married Gerald “Jerry” Brent on May 4, 1952, and he survives.


Alberta was a graduate of Oolitic High School and had worked for Dr. L.E. Benham, MD for 50 years. She also worked a few more years for Dr. Pratap Singh. She was a member of the Avoca Baptist Church. Alberta always looked forward to Sunday family dinners and celebrating birthdays with all of the family. She enjoyed vacationing with family in Gatlinburg, St. Pete Beach, and Disney.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Alberta is her husband, Jerry; four children, Susan (Paul) Brown, Rebekah (Bryan) White, Larry Brent, and Thomas J. (Jenny) Brent; eight grandchildren, Ian and Colin Brown, Lacy (Brian) Hawkins, Cory (Mhelody) Brent, Coby Brent, Aaron Storm, Corbin (Brittany) Brent, and Moriah Brent; four great-grandchildren, Joeuelly, Kloey, Cory II, and Katy Jo; along with several nieces and nephews.


Alberta is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Marie Hampton and Wilma Deckard; and one nephew, Brian Hampton.


A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, August 25, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Ricky Hampton officiating. Alberta's visitation will be held from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, August 24, 2023, also the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Remembrances and condolences may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.



Philip Harold Mitchell Obit Bedford, Indiana

Philip Harold Mitchell

January 20, 1943 – August 17, 2023


Bedford – Philip Harold Mitchell, 80, of Bedford, passed away at 10:37 pm on Thursday, August 17, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born January 20, 1943, in Pensacola, FL, he was the son of Harold and Clarice (Hitchcock) Mitchell. He married Judy Faubion on July 5, 1963, and she survives. He was an engineer at General Motors for over 45 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Bedford Lions Club, and served on the Lawrence Co. Museum Board.


Survivors include his wife, Judy, of Bedford; children, Kimberly Reneé Ray and husband, Kyle, of Bedford; Philip Scott Mitchell and wife, Barbara, of Springville; five grandchildren, Kaitlyn Mitchell and fiancé, Matt Creeron, of Charleston, SC, Caleb Ray and wife, Avery, of Colorado Springs, CO, Lauren Ingoglia and husband, Niko, of Chicago, IL, Eli Ray, of Bedford, Molly Mitchell, of Chicago, IL; a sister, Janice Bedwell and husband, Denny, of Carbon, IN; a brother-in-law, Larry Faubion, of Heltonville; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Mike Mitchell and his wife, Donna; a brother-in-law, Jerry Faubion; his father and mother-in-law, Clarel and Zoretta Faubion.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 22nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastors Jason Filler and Lee Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Gilgal Cemetery in Heltonville. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, August 21st at the Day & Carter Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Club Ramp Building Fund, Bedford First Baptist Church, or the Lawrence Co. Museum. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Clayton S. Luttrell

Clayton S. Luttrell, 43 of Bedford passed away on August 17, 2023. He was born in Bedford on July 7, 1980, to Greg and Vanessa (Hackney) Luttrell.


Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Vanessa and Randy Arthur, brother, Jason Anderson, sister, Stacie Way, Nick Arthur & family, Maggie Bell & family. Myah Luttrell, Nolan Abrams and their mother, Kristina Taylor, Kirstin Dixon, her children Martinia, Hudson, Addi and Kinsley, T.J. Dixon.


He was preceded in death by his father, Greg Luttrell, brother, Erick, and his grandparents.


Cremation was chosen, Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care. Condolences may be sent to www.cresthavenfh.com.



August 16, 2023


Jane Marie Pace Obit

Jane Marie Pace

August 24, 1959 – August 15, 2023


Jane Marie Pace, 63, of Bedford, passed away on August 15, 2023, at West View Nursing and Rehabilitation. Born in Bedford on August 24, 1959, she was the daughter of Charles Edward and Virginia Mae (Fountain) Batman.


Jane was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School and had worked at Dunn Hospital as a Data Processor.


Surviving Jane are two sons, Brent Harrell and Brandon (Sarah) Harrell; grandchildren, Brent Harrell Jr., Dylan Harrell, Gunner Harrell, and Isabella Harrell; brother, Chester Batman; and several nieces and nephews.


Preceding Jane in death are her parents, Charles and Virginia Batman; and siblings, Carl Batman, Eva Batman, and Cathy Clouse.


Graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, August 18, 2023, at Crawford Cemetery in Bedford, IN with Pastor John Wisely officiating.


Condolences and remembrances may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.



Traleigh Elizabeth Henderson Obit

Traleigh Elizabeth Henderson

June 12, 2002 - August 12, 2023


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our daughter, Traleigh Elizabeth Henderson on Saturday, August 12th, 2023, at the age of 21.

Traleigh was born June 12th, 2002, in Bedford, Indiana.


Traleigh filled our lives with love from the moment she came into the world.

She was a beautiful soul with a heart of gold and a kind spirit.


She was a beloved daughter, grand-daughter, sister, mother, aunt, niece, and friend. 


Traleigh is preceded in death by her son: Ryker Dean Kern, grand-parents: Connie Henderson, Jeris Fry, Barbara Larrabee, and her nephew: Kyson


She is survived by her father: Jamie Henderson, and mother: Devin Henderson, two sisters: Mackenzie Henderson, and Cierra Jones, three brothers: Deston, Dayton, and Payton, two nieces, one nephew, numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Traleigh graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School in 2021.

She worked in Home Health Care and had a goal of pursuing a career in Nursing because she knew it would be the most rewarding way to fulfill her passion for helping others.


Traleigh loved spending time with her family and friends, loved animals and the ocean. 

She enjoyed reading a variety of books including her Bible, vacationing, crafting, cooking, listening to music, and country cruising.


She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.


Visitation will be from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm on Friday, August 18th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, at Green Hill Cemetery with Pastor Greg Isom officiating.

A Celebration of life will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, August 18th at The Bride of Christ Fellowship Church, 755 Diana Street, Mitchell, Indiana. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



August 15, 2023


Joyce E. Withers Barnett Obit

Joyce E. Withers Barnett

January 28, 1931 – August 12, 2023


Bedford – Joyce E. Withers Barnett, 92, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2023.


Born January 28, 1931, she was the daughter of John Withers and Wilma (Shipman) Sanford. She married Menlo J. Barnett on February 23, 1949, and he preceded her in death on March 6, 2001. She was a graduate of Mitchell High School with the class of 1949.She was a homemaker and helpmate to her husband as he pastored at several Southern Indiana American Baptist Churches including Burns City, Livonia, White River (Buddah), Mt. Horab (Orleans), West Baden, and Rikers Ridge (Madison). After retirement, they returned to Lawrence Co., to make their home in Bedford and became members of the Bedford First Baptist Church.


Survivors include sons, Robert M. (Barbara) Barnett, of Bedford, and Danny D. (Karen) Barnett, of Spencer; a daughter, Karen A. (James) Newlin, of Campbellsburg; grandchildren, Eric (Shannon) Barnett, Chris Barnett, Brandon (Tanya) Barnett, Jennifer (Gary) Baker, Travis Butcher, Randy (Katie) Butcher, Janson (Joy) Elmore; great-grandchildren, Chelsie (Joe) Keith, Chaz Barnett, Gavin Barnett, Christopher Barnett, Kirsten (Kyle) Massey, Kaylee (Caleb Andrews) Baker, Kaleb (Luci) Baker, Kortni Baker, Trenton Butcher, Davis Butcher, Kohl Fox, Jacob Elmore, and Coda Barger; great-great-grandchildren, Lilianna Barnett, River Keith, Evelyn and Nova Massey; nephews, Rick (Karen) Murr and Scott (Diana) Cummins; a sister-in-law, Helen Barnett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Menlo J. Barnett; her father, John Withers, her mother and step-father, Wilma and Harry Sanford; a brother, Robert Withers; a sister, Donna; a granddaughter, Lori Ann Barnett and a nephew, Roy “Bud” Murr.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, August 17th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastors Jason Filler and Lee Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, August 16th and from 1:00 pm until the hour of service on Thursday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Roberts H. “Bob” Ellison Obit

Roberts H. “Bob” Ellison

January 16, 1942 – August 13, 2023


Heltonville – Roberts “Bob” Ellison, 81, of Heltonville, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, August 13, 2023. Born January 16, 1942, in Bedford, he was the son of Thomas Hubert Ellison and Mary Roberts Ellison. He married Judith Wilson on July 13, 1962.


He graduated from West High School in Madison, Wisconsin; the University of Wisconsin; and Troy State University. He had a distinguished twenty-year career in the United States Air Force. His numerous decorations include multiple Distinguished Flying Crosses, Air Medals, and Air Force Commendations. He also received the Vietnam Service Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross. During the Vietnam War, he flew 289 combat missions in the B-57 Canberra and had the honor of flying with then-Col. Charles “Chuck” Yeager.


He was predeceased by his parents and infant brother. Survivors include Judie, his wife of 61 years, and six adult children: Daniel Ellison, Kelly Locke, and Mary Scott, all of Heltonville; Robert, of Huntington, West Virginia; David, of Copperas Cove, Texas; and Dawn Dixon, of Southport, North Carolina. He was “Grandpa Bob” to William Cornell; Ace, Hunter, and Emmalee Ellison; Lillian Ellison-Hosburg; Janay Hanners; Tiffany, Alexander, and Dayequana Locke; and Nathan Scott, as well as seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Judy Hendrickson, of Alamogordo, New Mexico.


He was a foster parent, church youth leader, trustee of Erie United Methodist Church, and member of the Pleasant Run Volunteer Fire Department and Heltonville Area Veterans.


He was most proud of his lifelong association with the Boy Scouts of America. He started at the age of seven and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1958. He was a Pack and Den Leader, Scoutmaster, Trail-to-Eagle mentor, and member of the Order of the Arrow. He was on the staff of four National Jamborees; in 1998, he received the Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth.


Visitation will take place on Wednesday, August 16, from 4:00-8:00pm at the Day & Carter Mortuary in Beford, and again on Thursday, August 17, from 11am-noon at Erie United Methodist Church, 1718 Erie Church Road, Bedford. The funeral will be held immediately afterward; military honors will be rendered by the Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com; memorial donations may also be made to the Gilgal Cemetery Association (34 Railroad St, Heltonville, IN 47436; 812.834.6782) or the Hoosier Trail Council of the Boy Scouts of America (5625 E. State Route 46, Bloomington, IN, 47401; 812.336.6809).



August 12, 2023


Patricia “Patty” Elaine Clark Obit Bedford

Patricia “Patty” Elaine Clark

December 27, 1950 – August 10, 2023


Patricia “Patty” Elaine Clark, 72, of Bedford, passed away on August 10, 2023, at IU Health Bedford Hospital. Born on December 27, 1950, in Denver, CO, she was the daughter of Carl and Mary (Turpin) Dougherty. Patty married Kenny Clark on June 21, 1969, and he survives.


Patty had worked for 20 years at Prompt Care in Bloomington and later retired from IU Health Bedford. She was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1969 and was of the Christian Faith. Patty loved spending time with her grandchildren and family as well as playing slots at the casino.


Surviving Patty is her husband, Kenny of Bedford; two sons, Kurt Clark of Bedford and Keith Clark of Lone Tree, CO; four grandchildren, Kyra Clark (fiancé, Payton), Kary Clark (fiancé, Josh), Kennedy Clark, and Sydney Clark; one great grandson, Bronx; and several nieces and nephews.


Patty is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Carl Lee, Jim, Mike, and Shannon Dougherty; and sister, Sheila Brinegar.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor Kenny Waldon officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. The visitation will be held from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Monday, August 14, 2023, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.


Remembrances and condolences may be shared at www.FergusonLee.com.



Betty Jean McGill Obit

Betty Jean McGill

February 22, 1936-August 11, 2023


Bedford-Betty Jean McGill, 87, of Bedford, died Friday, August 11, 2023. Born February 22, 1936, in Lawrence County, Indiana. She was a graduate of Fayetteville High School with the class of 1955. 

 

Good and faithful servant, go rest now with Jesus. When her eyes closed, there was no doubt when she opened them, she saw the face of Jesus.  Her entire life was centered around what God would want, and was she doing good enough, to the point that she sometimes didn’t feel she measured up, which we know she did. We are at peace knowing that our mom, grandma, sister and aunt is in the presence of the Lord. She loved her grandsons as much as she loved her God! We will be forever grateful that we had her for as long as we did. We will choose to remember the kind, caring soul who would do anything for her son, daughter and grandsons, and many others. She can walk the streets of gold, wear the crown, and have the biggest mansion in heaven, she deserves that and much much more. No worries about us. She taught us all about God’s love. Momma – we’ve got it here on earth, thanks to your prayers for all of us. Until we meet again, we will love and cherish every good memory. In Jesus’ name.

 

She was survived by daughter Kimberly Watson, grandsons Evan (Jaci), Kyle, Tanner (Katelyn), great grandchildren Charlotte, Chloe, Graham, Cooper, and a baby boy coming in December. She is also survived by her twin sister Gerri Dunn (Jack), sister Sue Murphy, brothers Charles (Sue) Raines and Harold (Joni) Raines, and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her soulmate and husband, Joseph McGill, son Kelvin McGill, parents Henry and Reba Raines, special nephew Kenny Murphy, and brothers Donald, Wendell, Bill along with sisters Margaret, Martha, Lorena, Elizabeth.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 13th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Marty Speer officiating. Burial will follow in the House of Prayer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Sunday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Heart Assoc. or the White River Humane Society. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



August 10, 2023


Darrell W. Holt Obit

Darrell W. Holt

September 20, 1951 – August 9, 2023


Bedford – Darrell W. Holt, 71, of Bedford, went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, August 9, 2023.


Born September 20, 1951, he was the son of Elbert and Audrey (Matthews) Holt. He married Yolanda Perales on August 14, 1972, and she survives. Darrell was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving as a Seabee. He was a member of the Indiana National Guard, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Arie #654, White River Bow Hunters, Hoosier Hills C.B. Club, and American Red Cross. He retired from Visteon in 2008.


Survivors include his wife, Yolanda, of Bedford, a son, Rudy W. Holt (Regina); a daughter, Sophia Grow (Jerry); grandchildren, Robert Anderson (Meghan), Nathan Anderson, Tommy Schoolcraft (Courtney), Amber Mosier (Jason), Autumn Arnold (Will), Micheal Parker (Sabrina), Jimmy Parker (Jayda); numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Jr. Holt and Robert Holt; sisters, Juanita Grubb and Alberta Chaffin; a great-granddaughter, Everly Faith Schoolcraft; a nephew, Rick Grubb.


Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, August 15th at the White River Baptist Cemetery with Clarence Brown officiating. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Tuesday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.


George E. “P.J.” Conley Obit

George E. “P.J.” Conley

March 3, 1967 – August 9, 2023


Bedford – George E. “P.J.” Conley, 56, of Bedford, passed away at 12:51 pm on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at his residence.


Born March 3, 1967, in Bedford, he was the son of Gail Eugene Conley and Ruby (Wheeler) Goins. He was a laborer for Austin Memorial Monument Company.


Survivors include his mother, Ruby Goins, of Bedford; siblings, Chris Conley and wife, Julie, of Bedford, Sandy Conley, of Medora, Gala Hatfield and husband, Rick, of Mitchell; several nieces and nephews; his fiancé, Patricia Rishforth, of Bedford. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.


Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, August 15th at Patton Hill Cemetery with Reno Bates officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 12:30 pm on Tuesday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Sharon Ann Waggoner Obit

Sharon Ann Waggoner

November 3, 1938 – August 9, 2023


Bedford – Sharon Ann Waggoner, 84, of Bedford, passed away at 12:12 pm, on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, at Stonebridge Health Campus.


Born November 3, 1938, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Oscar E. and Martha P (Benge) Turner. She was a CNA caregiver with Supportive Community Innovations. She attended the First Christian Church.


Survivors include two daughters, Marsha Ochs and husband, Gary, Amy Holbrook and husband, Jim, all of Bedford; two sons, James Waggoner and Jeff Waggoner both of Bedford; grandchildren, Stacey Ochs, Amanda Ochs, Adrian Waggoner and wife, Lillie, Josh Waggoner, Morgan McLarney and Michael, Daison Clemens and Gracie, McKayla Waggoner, A.J. Holbrook. Cameron Holbrook, and Sarah Holbrook; great-grandchildren, Gracie and Kade Walls, Kaitlyn and Wyatt Waggoner, Emily Jo, Colton, and Michael Waggoner, and Jocelyn Clemens. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Bernard Turner, Raymond Turner, John Turner, Kenneth Dean Turner, Henry Turner (in infancy); sisters, Bernice Baker, Mavis Jean Turner and Mildred Turner (in infancy).


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Monday, August 14th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor William Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Clover Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Monday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church Youth Group. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



August 9, 2023


Willie Eugene Cain

Willie Eugene Cain

August 18, 1959 – August 8, 2023


Williams – Willie Eugene Cain, 63, of Williams, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.


Born August 18, 1959, he was the son of Junior and Evalee Phillips. Eugene had many talents and worked at various places over the years. Starting young in his life picking up field stone, drilling water wells and pump service, Elliott Stone Quarry, Indiana Limestone and Terry Cain Fencing.

He was a true junker, always looking for his next treasure that others threw away. Travis and Ashley went on many of these adventures with him. Scrapping wire, metals, and old equipment to help others get rid of their junk always made him happy.


Survivors include his girlfriend, Donna (Spaulding) Phillips; children, Kylie Flinn, Ricky Cain, Jenny Stewart, Travis Cain (Sarah Pickens), Ashley Cain, and Hannah Chatham; grandchildren, Cody Flinn, Thomas Flinn (Paige), Tyler Flinn, Landyn Bowersock, Christopher Young, Ricky Cain, Jr., Austin Morgan, Brittany, and Samantha Bay, Hadalee Cain, Travis Cain, Jr., Madison Myers, and Bladan Major and others; great-granddaughter, Rya Jane Flinn; siblings, Charles Cain (Leora), Terry Cain, Ettamae Elliott (Kevin), Jay Phillips (Kim), Bryan Phillips, and Tammy Ketcham (Jason). He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Sheila Cain; a step-son, Joshua Bilyeu; siblings, Catherine (Phillips) Martin and Lloyd Phillips.


Visitation will be from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm on Friday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Following the visitation, the funeral procession will proceed to Springville Cemetery West for a graveside service with tent and chairs. Pastor Doug Phillips will officiate. Pallbearers are: Travis Cain, Ricky Cain, Billy Elliott, Doug Huffman, Nathan Hughes, Eric Phillips and Andy Truesdale. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



August 8, 2023


Norma “Sue” Ball

Norma “Sue” Ball

Norma “Sue” Ball, 92, entered into heaven on August 4, 2023. Born December 24, 1930, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Mary Alice (Ehringer) Day. She married Wilbur Eugene “Gene” Hedrick in June 1949, and he preceded her in death in June 2016. She was a cheerleader at Oolitic High School graduating in 1949. She enjoyed family time, camping, and attending Hillcrest Christian Church. Her career expands from loving mother, Crane, dental assistant, Lake Rudolf Campground and more. She set a Christian example for her family and friends as she loved all people. She always put others before herself.


Survivors include, two sons, Randall Hedrick of Chardon, Ohio, and Rick Hedrick of Bedford, two daughters, Sheila Hedrick of Chardon, Ohio, and Shannon Hedrick (Kevin) Mann of Bedford, grandchildren, Deanna Bailey (Matthew) Riley, Derrick (Kimberly) Hedrick, Morgan Mann (Tyler) Ridge, Dylan Mann and Carson Mann as well as several great grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Kenny (Margaret) Day of Bedford and Larry (Nancy) Day of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Hedrick and Kenneth E. Ball, brother, Jack Day and his wife Mable of Williams and her parents.


Funeral services will be on Monday, August 14, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home with Brother Charlie Scott, officiating, burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be on Monday, August 14th from 12:00 Noon until service time at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation online at www.htohhfoundation.org. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care, condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



Harold Hayes Sr.

Harold Hayes Sr.

January 13, 1947 – August 8, 2023


Harold Hayes Sr., 76, of Bedford, passed away on August 8, 2023, at his residence.


Harold is survived by his wife, Linda K. Hayes; two sons, Joey Hayes and Harold Hayes Jr.; daughter, Lisa Hurt; several grandchildren; and sister Marge.


Harold is preceded in death by his parents.


No services will be held according to Harold’s wishes. Cremation was chosen with a celebration of life at a later date.


The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford has been entrusted with Harold’s care.


Remembrances and condolences may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com.



August 7, 2023



Robert “Bob” W. Lantz

Robert “Bob” W. Lantz

Robert “Bob” W. Lantz age 91 of Bedford passed away at his home on Sunday August 6, 2023. He was born in Bedford on August 17, 1931, to Theodore William Lantz and Nettie Kathryn (Eddington) Lantz. Bob married Geneva Kathryn (Katie) Lantz on December 24, 1950, and she preceded him in death in 2019. Bob retired from NWSC Crane, was an US Air Force veteran and member of Hillcrest Christian Church.


Survivors include his children, John (Michelle) Lantz and Shelly (Mike) Leatherwood, grandkids, Mark (Chelsy) Lantz, Adam (Kala) Lantz, Devin (Tyler) Wagler, David Lantz, Jr., Evan Todd and Ethan Todd, eight great grandchildren, five siblings, Karen Christl, John Lantz, Daniel Lantz, Pamela Gonzalez, and Theodora Glen.


He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Geneva “Katie” Lantz, son, David Lantz, two sisters, Rita Norman and Jean Ryan


Funeral services will be on Thursday August 10, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Christian Church in Bedford, burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens, with Brother Charlie Scott, officiating. Military rites given by the Bedford American Legion Post #33. Visitation will be on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care. Condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



Joseph John Urso

BEDFORD – Joseph John Urso, Jr., 79, passed away Friday, July 28, 2023, at Core Nursing and Rehabilitation. Born February 2, 1944, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, he was the son of Joseph John Sr. and Mary (Padone) Urso. Surviving are his children, April Urso of Cincinnati, Ohio and Shalai Urso of Minnesota; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His parents preceded him in death. Cremation has been chosen. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com




Randall “Randy” Thomas Sokeland

Randall “Randy” Thomas Sokeland

ORLEANS – Randall “Randy” Thomas Sokeland, 83, passed away Sunday, August 6, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born April 21, 1940, in Gibson County, he was the son of Millard and Ruth (Noble) Sokeland. He married Darla Bowman on January 1, 1960 and she survives.

Randy was a 1958 graduate of Orleans High School. He grew up in Orange County in the Orangeville area. He was a member of the Church of Christ and preached several years in the smaller rural congregations. Randy retired from the Orange County Highway Department.

Surviving are his wife, Darla Sokeland of Orleans; children, Justin (Susan) Sokeland of Bedford, Aaron (Laurie) Sokeland of Bloomington, and Leta (Bryan) Horstman of Evansville; sisters, Peg (Tom) Stephens of Washington and Linda (Preston) Jeffiers of Taylorsville, Kentucky; twelve grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Ray Judy of Franklin; and four nieces and nephews.

His parents and daughter, Deanna Judy, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held 5:00 p.m. Saturday, August 12, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Jeremy Goen officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Riley Children’s Hospital.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



August 4, 2023


Donald Edward Pavey

Donald Edward Pavey

September 28, 1944 – August 3, 2023


Bedford – Donald Edward Pavey, 78, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, August 3, 2023, at his residence, surrounded by his family.


Born September 28, 1944, in Bedford, he was the son of Rosco James and Eula Belle (Hardwick) Pavey. He married Barbara Ann Boon on October 1, 1966, and she survives. He was a graduate of the Shawswick High School and a veteran of the Vietnam War serving with the U.S. Navy. He retired from NSWC Crane as an ammunitions destroyer. He was a member and past president of the Jaycees where he was known as “Ole Dad” and played on several of their teams. He enjoyed softball, basketball, pitching horseshoes, bowling, and golf. He totally immersed himself in his children’s lives, attending all their basketball, softball, and volleyball games. He was a fantastic husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.


Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann, of Bedford; children, Donald Edward Pavey, II, (Sonia Silva), Trisha Belle Webber (Pam), DeAnna Lynn Venzke (Daniel); a brother, Rev. Carl E. Pavey (Dolly), a sister, Malinda Jane Adcock; grandchildren, Lynette Roach (Matt), Jessica Barrett (Tom), Ryan Walker (Hannah), Gavin Venzke, and Cade Venzke; great-grandchildren, Kelan Roach, Aurora Walker, Aiden Walker, and Savannah Barrett. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Wesley Charles and Rosco James Pavey, II.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 8th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, August 7th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of the Cecil Martin Post #250 American Legion of Mitchell. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Gladys  Evans Regan

Gladys Evans Regan

BLOOMINGTON – Gladys Evans Regan, 82, of Bloomington, died peacefully Monday, July 31, 2023, at Majestic Care of Bloomington, surrounded by her loving family.


Gladys was born October 29, 1940 in Campbellsburg, IN, the sixth of nine children born to the late Roy Moss Evans and Martha “Ellen” Temple Evans, well-known farmers in Washington and Orange Counties.


Gladys was a 1958 graduate of Orleans High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1962 from Ball State University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education in 1966 from University of Michigan. As a pioneer in special education, Gladys was a respected educator, earning special education certifications in Indiana, Michigan, Colorado, Hawaii and California. She established the first special education program for Pearl Harbor Elementary School, Hawaii. Gladys retired in 2001 as the Principal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt Elementary School in Pacifica, California. Her students and staff wore t-shirts printed “You’re our pot of gold, Mrs. Regan.” Gladys’s varied interests included photography, traveling in her green van, exploring national parks, and boating. A self-taught artist, her passion was painting and expressing the beauty of her experiences through pencils and oils on canvas.


In addition to her parents, Gladys was preceded in death by five brothers, Harley Haskel, Gerald Lester (Rosalind), Dan Leland (Shirley), Cletis Ray (Rebecca), and Larry Alois (Linda); and three sisters Ethel Grace Evans, Edna Juanita (John) Bagley, and Carol Faye (Thomas) Erwin.


Surviving Gladys are her loving son Jason Roy Regan (Madonna), Redwood City, CA, and daughter Jennifer Marie Solari, Bloomington, IN, both of whom dedicated themselves to their mother’s care and comfort in her last years. Also surviving are her Regan grandchildren Sky Christian, Los Angeles, CA; and Dakota King, San Francisco, CA; Canyon Evans, Millbrae, CA; and Sedona Rain, of New York City, NY; and her Solari grandchildren Amberly Grace, Steven William, and Shawn Marley all of Bloomington, IN; three sisters-in-law Shirley Lou Wilcox Evans (Dan) Kielhorn (Bud) and Rebecca Mae Parish (Cletis) Evans of Orleans, IN, and Linda Cox (Larry) Evans of Paoli, IN; cousin Betty Martin Jackson of Andover, MN; and eighteen nieces and nephews.


In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to My Sister’s Closet, 414 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403; Franklin Delano Roosevelt K-8 Parent-Teacher Assoc, 1200 Skyline Drive, Daly City, CA 94015; or Monroe County Special Olympics, 6180 N Bottom Rd, Bloomington, IN 47404.


Cremation has been chosen with graveside service 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 2 at Fairview Cemetery in Orleans with Rev. (Ret) Charles “Bud” Kielhorn officiating. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, at Spring Mill State Park, Red Cross Shelter, in Mitchell.


Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



August 3, 2023



Delores A. Spriggs

Delores A. Spriggs

Delores A. Spriggs age 76 of Shoals passed away at her residence on August 2, 2023. She was born in Bloomington on February 15, 1947, to Charles and Betty (Scales) Spriggs. Delores was a graduate of Edgewood High School, she also attended Indiana University, she was a retired Home Health Provider.


Survivors include her children, Tina (Mark) Franklin of Shoals, Ronald Byrd of Waunakee, Wisconsin, and Daid (Gigi) Byrd of Poynette, Wisconsin, one brother, Charles “Leroy” Spriggs of Springfield, Missouri. Nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren. She was preceded in by her parents, one sister, Peggy Spriggs, and one brother, Robert Spriggs.


A celebration of Delores life will be held on Saturday September 30, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Dolan Ridge Community Church, 4800 E. Robinson Road, Bloomington, Indiana. In lieu of flowers donations made to made to the Dolan Ridge Community Church. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care. Condolences may be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



Kevin E. Poole

May 18, 1962 – August 3, 2023


Oolitic – Kevin E. Poole, 61, of 79 Heartland Street, East Oolitic, died at 3:12 am on Thursday, August 3, 2023 at the Indiana University Health Hospice House in Bloomington.


Kevin is Preceded in death by both parents, Jerry and Emma Poole. Surviving is his wife, Pam Poole, one sister, Renee Arthur, brother-in-law, Roger Arthur of East Oolitic, two nieces, Kayla York and Emilee Arthur of Bedford, and several nieces and nephews, and brother-in-law, Dave Drumb of Oolitic.


Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, August 7, 2023 at 2:00 pm in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Visitation will be held from 11:00 am to the time of service on Monday with Brother Tom East officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends and family may express condolences at www.daycarter.com



Charles Dwayne Riggs

Charles Dwayne Riggs

MITCHELL – Charles Dwayne Riggs, 48, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2023, at Paoli Health and Living Community. Born March 19, 1975, in Bedford, he was the son of Charles Wayne Riggs and Helen (Bell) Sharpe. Charles worked in construction and was a member of UA Local 421 Laborer’s Union. He enjoyed dancing, cooking, and being around family. Charles could always make people laugh. He was willing to help anyone. Surviving are his children, Alec Riggs of Bedford, Breanna Riggs of Bedford, and Hannah Riggs of Bedford; sister, Christine Riggs of Mitchell; mother, Helen Sharpe of Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews. His father preceded him in death. Graveside service will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 7, at Mitchell Cemetery with Pastor Johnnie Herald officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com


August 2, 2023


Wanda Sue Pruett

Wanda Sue Pruett

MITCHELL – Wanda Sue Pruett, 80, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2023, at Stonebridge Health Campus.

Born January 27, 1943, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Bruce and Ettie Helen (Owen) King. Wanda married Carl Pruett on February 2, 1965 and he preceded her in death September 1, 2006.

Wanda was a 1961 graduate of Huron High School. She was a homemaker and a member of Bonds Chapel United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her son, Nelson Trent Pruett of Mitchell; and grandchildren, Emma Rose LaRoche and Justin Bruce Pruett.

Her husband; parents; siblings, Joseph James King, Mary Alice Terry, Francis “Plug” King, and infant sister, Edith Marie King; and daughter-in-law, Becky Pruett, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 5, at Bonds Chapel United Methodist Church with Reverend Robert Martindale officiating. Burial will follow at Bonds Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Saturday at Bonds Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Bonds Chapel.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Reba Mae Woods

Reba Mae Woods

9.18.1930–7.25.2023


Our sweet and precious Mom and Meme is with Jesus, her Lord and Saviour. She passed peacefully with her family by her side at Bliss Place/Cedar Creek on Tuesday, July 25th, 2023. She leaves us with beautiful memories of her lifelong kindness, generous and tender spirit, rich alto voice, the joy she had for anything that sparkled, and double joy she had for her family.


Reba was born in Russellville, Arkansas on the family farm where, in addition to picking cotton well before she was a teen, she loved to sing. She and her baby sister, Faith, walked to school and crossed a scary bridge while singing, “O Lord, Don’t Let Nothing Happen to Me.” While graduating from high school and attending Arkansas Tech College, she became known as the “Songbird of the South” and sang on the radio every Sunday with the Arkansas Valley Five.


She and husband, Jim, moved to Wichita, Kansas and started their family as they welcomed another songbird, daughter, Melody into their arms. Reba worked at First National Bank in downtown Wichita where her organizational and people skills soon promoted her to banking administration where she served for forty years. She and Jim served as Music Directors at Evangel Assembly of God where she also taught little ones in Sunday School. One of her special delights was when she, Melody, and Jim would harmonize in song for church and frequent nursing homes to sing while she played her accordion. When they retired from work and music ministry, the church honored them with a baby grand piano that graced their home with Jim’s playing and their singing for years. When they moved to senior living they took the piano with them and donated it to Bliss Place so that beautiful, worship music would fill the dining area.


Thrifty, frugal and consummate bargain hunter, Reba was well known at JoAnn Fabric where she purchased skeins of yarn by the trunk load (on sale, of course). She loved crocheting and made afghans for babies and adults and donated scores of them to churches and organizations.


Reba is survived by her beloved daughter, Melody (Denny) Turner; grandchildren, Austin James Malone, Needmore, IN; Monica (Hal) Kirkwood, Oxford, UK; Erich (Anne) Turner, Charlottesville, VA; great-grandchildren-Elle and Finn Malone, Garrett and Kenzie Kirkwood. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Addie Smith and siblings Violet Ruth, Virgil, Mary, Opal, Luke, and Faith.


Her memorial service will be conducted at 1pm on Saturday, August 5, 2023 at Day and Carter Funeral Home and officiated by Pastor David Wigington and Pastor Gary Thomas. Burial will follow at Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca. Visitation will be from 11am until the time of service on Saturday, August 5. Friends and family may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

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