top of page

Obituaries — February 2023

Updated: Mar 1, 2023


Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Inc.

February 28, 2023


Bonnie Jean McCain

May 5, 1932 – February 26, 2023

Bonnie Jean McCain, 90, of Bedford, passed away on February 26, 2023. Born in Lawrence County, she was raised in the home of Violet and Herb Reynolds. She married Robert McCain on September 13, 1950, and he preceded her in death.


Bonnie was a graduate of Bedford High School. She retired from JC Penney and attended the First Baptist Church of Bedford where she was a member for 81 years.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Bonnie are four daughters, Robbie (Reed) Wrege of Georgetown, IN, Sherry (Arnold) Hughes of Bedford, Donna (Scott) Pritchett of Bedford, and Melissa (Dennis) Kissenger of Bedford; nine grandchildren, Michael (Emily) Wrege, Chad (Heather) Hughes, Megan (Nate) Hawk, Mallory and Hannah Pritchett, and Brock, Hallie and Maddy Kissinger; five great-grandchildren, Stella and Molly Wrege, Chloe Hughes, Ethan Humphrey, and Addison and Corbin Hawk; and cousins Jerry, Judy, Vickie and Nancy whom she was raised with.


Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and one grandson, Clay Wrege.


Funeral Services will be held at 12:00pm on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor Lee Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens in Bedford. A visitation will be held from 10:00am to 12:00pm also on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Contributions in memory of Bonnie can be made to the First Baptist Church.


Condolences may be shared online at www.FergusonLee.com



Phillip New

February 9, 1948 – February 24, 2023

Phillip New, 75, of Bedford, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2023 at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born February 9, 1948, in Somerset, KY, he was the son of Noble New and Rowena Brammer. He graduated from Oolitic High School with the class of 1966. He later married the love of his life, Linda Horner and she preceded him in death. He retired from NWSC Crane and was a caregiver to disabled young men. He was a devoted member of the Church of Christ in Oolitic.


Survivors include his daughter, Misty Sheetz; three granddaughters, Jessica Hackney, Camysha New and Destiny New; ten great-grandchildren, Arianna, Jaycie, Jayston, Hunter, Liam, Amiyah, Madilynn, Ezekiel, Aveyah, and Emberlynn. He was preceded in death by his parents, Noble and Rowena; his wife, Linda; a daughter, Cheryl New; grandchildren, Chelsee New, Tyler Meeks-New, and Hope New.


Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 2nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Walter Hunter officiating. Burial will follow Pinhook Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Patricia S. Limeberry

August 31, 1938 – February 26, 2023


Patricia S. Limeberry, 84, of Bedford, passed away on February 26, 2023, at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. Born August 31, 1938, she was the daughter of George Hanner and Florence (Browning) Parish. She married Gerald Limeberry and he preceded her in death.


Patricia was retired from General Motors and was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of American Legion Gillen Post #33.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Patricia is one son, Mark (Jennifer) Tumey; one daughter, Georgeann (Michael) Ruland; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Patricia is preceded in death by her parents, George and Florence; husband, Gerald; one brother; and one sister.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, March 3, 2023 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor Mike Ellis officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. A visitation will be held from 10:00am to 11:00am also on Friday, March 3, 2023.


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



Dennis Lee Phillips

August 25, 1957 – February 26, 2023

Orleans – Dennis Lee Phillips, 65, of Orleans, passed away, after a brief illness, at 10:42 pm on Sunday, February 26, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospice House.


Born August 25, 1957, in Bedford, he was the son of Homer and Delores (Flynn) Phillips. He was an advanced EMT at Dunn Memorial Hospital. He was a volunteer fire fighter and a carpenter-contractor. Dennis was passionate about lending a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He was an expert wood-worker who enjoyed making miniature barns and dollhouses. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved watching Andy Griffith reruns.


Survivors include his parents; a daughter, Rebecca Gulley and husband, David, of Bedford; grandchildren, Morgan, Camden, Kason, and Adelyn Gulley, and Bella and Paisley Karnes, whom he loved as his own grandchildren; a sister, Montra Myers and husband, Charles, of Bedford; a brother, Tim Phillips, of KY; nieces and nephews, Tyler Reinhardt, Christina Ward, Haleigh Phillips, Amanda Phillips and Allison Phillips. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bennie and Marie Flynn, Willie and Nancy Phillips; several aunts, uncles and cousins.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 4th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Adam Strauser and Larry Hawkins officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.



February 27, 2023


Jackie D. “Jack” Short

December 8, 1938 - February 26, 2023

Jackie D. “Jack” Short, 84, of Bedford passed away at 3:55 AM on Sunday, February 26, 2023 at his residence.


Born December 8, 1938 in Bedford, IN, he was the son of Richard B. and Beulah H. (Hall) Short. He married Barbara Ann Bex on February 24, 1961, and she preceded him in death in 1980. Jack was a graduate of Williams High School with the Class of 1957, following graduation he attended High Point College in North Carolina on a basketball scholarship from 1958 to 1961. After college he began his teaching career in 1963 at the Williams High School where he had coached in ’62 and ‘63, later that year he moved to Bedford High School where he coached Junior Varsity Basketball. In 1974 he moved to Bedford North Lawrence High School and began teaching business and typing and ended with teaching drivers education. He retired in 1998. Jack enjoyed basketball, golf, fishing, and hunting.


Survivors include a daughter, Carmen Johnson and her husband Rusty of Bedford; a sister, Suzanne Hardwick of Bedford; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Barbara.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 2nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Wayne Gaither officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday, March 2nd at the mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Beverly Ohl

October 1, 1928 – February 26, 2023

Beverly Ohl, 94, of Bedford, IN, passed away on February 26, 2023, at StoneBridge Health Campus. Born in Danville, IL, on October 1, 1928, she was the daughter of Vernon J. and Louise (Seim) Bell. She married Glen R. Ohl, and he preceded her in death on February 7, 2012.


Beverly was a graduate of Danville High School in Illinois. She was a homemaker and was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Beverly are four sons, Steve (Joan Freeman) Ohl of Bedford, Jeff (Colleen) Ohl of Dayton, OH, Tim (Azita) Ohl of Rancho Mirage, CA, and Greg (Laura) Ohl of Bedford; grandchildren, Justin of Bedford, Jordan (Brittany) of Westfield, IN, Jacob of Bedford, Philip (Cynthia) and Alex (Kasey) of Dayton, OH, Luke of Denver, CO, Mark of Salt Lake City, UT, and Amber of Park City, UT; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Beckham, Felix, Marsden, Rowen, Axel, Charlotte “Charlie”, Savannah, and Sloane; one sister, Helen (Lloyd) Moss; and several nieces and nephews.


Beverly is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Glen; sister, Patricia Cox; and two brothers, Fred Bell and Edward Bell.


Cremation was chosen with a Catholic Mass at a later date. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.


Contributions in memory of Beverly may be made to the Spina Bifida Coalition at 4259 N. Gensen Loop, Cincinnati, Oh, 45245.


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



Alma B. Tidd

Alma B. Tidd age 80 of Bedford passed away on Saturday February 25, 2023 at 4:50 p.m. at IU Health in Bedford, Alma won the victory as she stepped into glory surrounded by her loved ones. God is good, and we know she is no longer suffering. Alma was born on June 5, 1942 in Ottawa, Illinois to John F. Seibert and Mazel Marie (Sells) Seibert. Alma married Russell D. Tidd, Sr. on February 15, 1959 at the Nazarene Church in Marseilles, Illinois and he survives. She was a Homemaker and member of the Body of Christ Fellowship.


Survivors include her husband, Russell D. Tidd, Sr. of Bedford, two children, Russell D. Tidd, Jr. and wife Millie of Silverville, and Barbara “Barbie” Porter and husband Ralph of Beaver Dam, Kentucky, six grandchildren, Candace (David) Brown, Tana Marie Tidd and fiancé’ Ben, Ben Tidd, Amanda (Mary Ann) Finney, Crystal Jenkins and fiancé’ Brad and Melissa (Christopher) Pavey, ten great grandchildren, one brother, John “Sonny” Seibert.

Alma was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, Jean Johnson, Hazel Wooldridge and Rose Anderson, one brother, Thomas Seibert, three siblings in infancy.


A celebration of her life will be at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday March 2, 2023 at Cresthaven Funeral Home, burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens, visitation will be held on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.



Donna J. (Gehring) Blackburn

Donna J. (Gehring) Blackburn age 73 of Bedford passed away on Saturday February 25, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. at Mitchell Manor. She was born in Bedford on June 1, 1949 to Robert and Emma (Cummings) Gehring. Donna was a graduate of Shawswick High School, she was a member of the Bedford Elks Lodge, she was a beautician and owner of Hair Sensations in Bedford, she also made wigs for the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services. Donna married Larry Blackburn in May of 2001 and he survives.


Survivors include her husband, Larry Blackburn of Bedford, four children, Darin (Jo) Blackburn of Bedford, Lori (Scotty) Mollett of Bedford, Jamie (Susan) Blackburn of Kentucky and Alison (Matt) Easton of Bedford, nine grandchildren, Taylor, Alexis, Trey, Brittany, Jordan, Luke, Kaylie, Katelin and Codey, three great grandchildren, two cousins, Doug (Lori) Klumpp of Vincennes and Jimmy Hill of Medora.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Emma Gehring.


Funeral services will be on Wednesday March 1, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home, burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens, visitation will be on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.



David L. Gaither

February 8, 1967 – February 24, 2023

Shoals – David L. Gaither, 56, of Shoals, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2023.

Born February 8, 1967, in Bedford, he was the son of John E. and Grace (Dant) Gaither. He married Glenda Jewell and she survives. He was the owner/operator of David Gaither Excavating and a firm believer in God.


Survivors include his wife, Glenda, of Shoals; his parents, of Shoals; sisters, Suzan Garines and husband, Jim, of Bedford, and Jona Butler, of Williams: nieces and nephews, Cinandra McCleery and husband, Kenny, Deidra Brown and husband, Tony, Lucas Butler, and Desirae Brown ; four great-nieces and nephews, Ben and Mya McCleery, Collier and Mattingly Brown. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Gladys and Herschel Dant; his paternal grandparents, Pearl and Glenn Gaither; a brother, Johnny Gaither; brothers-in-law, Davey Butler and Mike Jewell; two sisters-in-law.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:30 am on Friday, March 3rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Trinity Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 am until the hour of service on Friday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the White River Humane Society or Martin County Humane Society. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Jackie (Jack) W. Dorsett

Jackie (Jack) W. Dorsett began life on June 21, 1946 and returned to his heavenly home on February 21, 2023 at 6:00 am.


Family and friends will celebrate his life on March 18, 2023, at 1:00 pm at Hillcrest Christian Church.


Donations can be made to the family or Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #172.



Charles Henry Ball

MITCHELL – Charles Henry Ball, 86, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2023, at Paoli Health and Living Community.

Born December 11, 1936, in Mitchell, he was the son of John Harrison and Minnie Ethel (Pipher) Ball. He married Rose Mary Winegar on December 27, 1954 and she survives. They were together for seventy years. Henry retired from General Motors, working in die cast operations. He attended the Mitchell Church of the Nazarene. Henry loved his grandchildren. He was a strong Christian man and a great husband, father, and grandfather. Surviving are his wife, Rose Mary Ball of Mitchell; son, Charles “Mike” Ball of Mitchell; siblings, James Walter Ball of Smithville, Ronald Ball of Indianapolis, and Mildred Lavere Henderson of Mitchell; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. His parents; daughter, Sherry Pless; and siblings, John Earnest Ball, Leon Ball, Lavonne Callahan, Mary Louise Williams, and Kenneth Eugene Ball, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Jerry Richardson officiating. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



February 26, 2023


Jamey Lee (Crane) Allen

1962 - 2023


Jamey Lee (Crane) Allen, 60 of Bedford passed away at 12:56 pm on Friday, February 24, 2023 at the I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Born June 12, 1962, in Bedford, she was the daughter of James L. Crane. She had worked for Westview Manor Nursing and Rehab for 39 years, the first 30 years she was a CNA, her last nine years she worked as the Activity Assistant.


She is survived by a daughter, Jordan Allen of Bedford; a son, Jeremy Allen and his fiancé Emily Shelly of Bedford; four grandchildren: Elijah Allen, Aundreyia Allen, Harley Allen, and Oliver Allen; a brother, Richard Crane and his wife Deanna of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her father, a grandson, Remington Allen, and a brother, Clifford Crane.


Memorial Services will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, March 10, 2023, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Frank Sheppard officiating. The family will welcome visitors from 2:00 pm until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. In lieu of flowers the family asks that friends consider contributions be made to the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services, or the Activities Department at Westview Manor. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



February 24, 2023


Martha M. Craig

December 17, 1923 – February 22, 2023

Martha M. Craig, 99, of Bedford, went to be with the Lord at 9:10 pm, on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at Garden Villa with her daughter by her side.


Born December 17, 1923, in Silverville, she was the daughter of Edgar and Lena (Wagner) Eggers. She married Raymond L. Craig on November 30, 1968 and he preceded her in death on May 29, 1994. She graduated from Beauty College in Muncie in 1951 and had worked at REC and NWSC Crane. She gave her heart to Jesus at the age of 40 and spent the rest of her life serving Him. In 2006, at the age of 82, she graduated from World Harvest Ministries in Columbus, OH, as the oldest to complete the 8 courses with straight A’s, with students from 70 foreign countries. She did missionary work in Israel and Haiti.


Survivors include two daughters, Myra Eggers-Butler Kendall, of Bedford and Beverly Hollon, of Haysville, KS; a step-daughter, Dee Smith (Gerald), of Utica, KY; grandchildren, Chris Butler and wife, Kelly, Tess Butler, Brooke Hollon, and Brittany Bruner; great-grandson, Andrew Butler, who was her caregiver for 5 years; several other great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a step-daughter, Kay Sipes; two sisters, Ella Frances Dalton and Ethel Leon Eggers (in infancy) and three sons-in-law.


Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, March 1st in the House of Prayer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Macular Degeneration Association. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Frank Dale Batchelor

CAMPBELLSBURG – Frank Dale Batchelor, 83, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2023, at Salem Crossing. Born May 27, 1939, in Washington County, he was the son of Hobart and Rosie Pearl (Mahan) Batchelor. He married Linda McDaniels and she preceded him in death. Dale worked as a tree trimmer and enjoyed fishing in his free time. Surviving are his children, Frankie Batchelor of Campbellsburg and Rita Kay Goller of Kentucky; grandchildren, Tony Bane of Tennessee, Jamanlyn Campbell of Kentucky, Natasha Brasher of Kentucky, and Gavyn Batchelor of Kentucky; several great-grandchildren; and brother, Marvin Ray Batchelor of Campbellsburg. His parents; wife; son, Larry Dale Batchelor; and siblings, Ruth Shipley, Robert Carl Batchelor, Richard Lee Batchelor, John Elmer Batchelor, Glenn Leon Batchelor, and Roy Elvis Batchelor, preceded him in death. Cremation has been chosen. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Michael Langley LeRoy

MITCHELL – Michael Langley LeRoy, 80, passed away Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital. Born July 12, 1942, in Dale, he was the son of Walter and Ava (Stewart) LeRoy. Michael was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during peacetime. He graduated from Heritage Hills High School and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University. Michael worked in insurance sales and car sales for Burton Pontiac. He enjoyed walking around town, sports, traveling, and McDonald’s breakfasts. Michael was an avid softball player and was a 1989 Amateur Softball Association champion. He was of the Christian faith. Surviving are his children, Michael Patrick Weyer, Bart Allen Weyer, Weston Lawless LeRoy, and Michael Trent LeRoy; grandchildren, Christopher, Ian, Cameron, Dilycia, Baily, and Hayden; and sister, Diana Clark of Dale. His parents and siblings, Eugene LeRoy, Robert “Bob” LeRoy, Steve LeRoy, Jan LeRoy, Barbara Seneff, Sue Cooper, JoAnne Balsmeyer, and Patty Hemmer, preceded him in death. Cremation has been chosen. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



February 23, 2023


Jeannette R. Lash

June 22, 1941 – February 22, 2023

Jeannette R. Lash, 81, of Mitchell, IN passed away peacefully on February 22, 2023, at her son’s residence. Born on June 22, 1941, she was the daughter of Harlan R. and Gladys Ruth (Kaiser) Boyd. She married Charles M. Lash, and he preceded her in death.


Jeannette retired from RCA. She was of the Christian Faith. She was very patriotic and loved her Country. She loved music and enjoyed playing the drums, keyboard, guitar, mandolin, and dobro.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Jeannette is three daughters, Teresa (Darrell) Hammock of Greene County, Cheryl Lash of Greene County, and Shelley (Shannon) Bundy of Lawrence County; one son, John (Carol) Lash of Greene County; nine grandchildren, Brandon, Charles, Colten, Cory, Kallie, Holly, Nevaeh, Allisen, and Breanna; three great-grandchildren, and one on the way; one brother, Harlan Boyd of Indianapolis; and two sisters, Doris Michael of Solsberry and Mary Piacenti of Clifton, IL.


Preceding Jeannette in death is her parents; husband; brother, James Boyd; and a sister in infancy, Carolyn Sue Boyd.


Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, February 27, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor Tim Sumpter officiating. Burial will follow at the Walnut Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00am to 1:00pm on Monday, February 27, 2023, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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



Richard N. Sluder

May 22, 1931 – February 22, 2023


Mitchell – Richard N. Sluder, 91, of Mitchell, passed away at 5:46 pm on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at Stonebridge Health Campus.


Born May 22, 1931, in Marion Co., he was the son of Keith and Marguerite (Brahaum) Sluder. He married Dorothy Ira on April 22, 1950, and she preceded him in death on October 30, 2017. He was a graduate of Shawswick High School where he was one of the first male cheerleader. He was a machine repairman at GE in Bloomington and a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford. He enjoyed camping, fishing and was an avid bowler. He was the past president of the Night Owl Camping Club.


Survivors include three sons, Richard K. Sluder and wife, Dian of Bedford, Kim E. Sluder and Timothy P. Sluder and wife, Tina, all of Mitchell; a daughter-in-law, Patty Sluder, of Bedford; ten grandchildren, Candice Schofield, Missy Collingsworth and husband, Shawn, Lara McGinness and husband, Jason, Sarah Evans and fiancé, Joe Shields, Jessica Garrard, and husband, Michael, Robin Holmes and husband, Ricky, Jennifer Sons, and husband, Greg, Erik Sluder, and wife, Tawana, Alex Sluder, Brandon Wiggington, and wife, Rosanne; several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a son, Kevin; a sister, Delores Fletcher and husband, Al; a brother, Al Todd and wife, Wilma Jean, and daughter-in-law, Julie Sluder.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Monday, February 27th at the First Baptist Church with Lee Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Leatherwood Christian Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday, February 26th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Phil S. Melton


CAMPBELLSBURG – Phil S. Melton, 73, passed away Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Born September 29, 1949, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Brance Allen Melton and Ethel “Essie” Florence (Thacker) Hackney. He married Lora Lee Page June 17, 2010 and she preceded him in death July 14, 2022. Phil retired from Lehigh Cement Company, working as a dump truck driver. He was a member of the Steelworker’s Union Local 7-00030, Sons of American Legion Post 250, and Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9107. Phil enjoyed woodworking and hunting. Surviving are his children, Adonica (Billy) Grissom of Mitchell, Philip Jacob (Melissa) Melton of Mitchell, Eli Brance (Hailey Lynn Brazzell) Melton of Campbellsburg, Shirley (Weston) Gabbard of Bedford, and Amanda Lynn (Jayce) Little of Bedford; grandchildren, Josh Grissom, Ethan Grissom, Keeley Goss, Savannah Riddle, Lacey Ryan, Nevin Mundy, Carson Brazzell, Lucas Melton, Miranda Dotts, Jordan Dotts, Shandalyn Asbury, Kodee Campbell, and Timothy Little; eleven great-grandchildren; and brother, Cecil Melton of Paoli. His parents; wife; granddaughter Shianna Marie Dotts; and brother, Paul Melton, preceded him in death. Cremation has been chosen with a Celebration of Life at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 5, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9107 in Mitchell. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



February 21, 2023


Jane H. (Carlson) Harp, 91

November 28, 1931 - February 19, 2023


BLOOMINGTON – Jane Helen Wilhelmina (Carlson) Harp passed away peacefully the morning of Feb. 19, 2023 in her senior living apartment where she happily spent the past year. She enjoyed visits from family up to the day before she passed, and she got to exit the way she wanted – to fall asleep and be reunited with her loving husband.


Jane was born November 28, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York to Esther (Gunnarson) and Ivar Carlson, with older brother Lennart Carlson born the year before. She gained a new “dad” when her mother remarried in 1941 to Gustav Wessel, plus two older stepbrothers – Stig Bertil “Russ” and LeRoy Wessel. Her sister Linda Ann Wessel arrived in 1946. By then, the family had moved from Brooklyn to Massachusetts to be with members of Esther’s Swedish-American family, before settling in San Antonio, Texas. It was there the 18-year-old Jane – who loved to dance – was set up on a blind date by Lennart with one of his Armed Service buddies for New Year’s Eve 1949. Jane later described the young man – George Wilson (“Buck”) Harp – as having “two left feet and no rhythm” – but her dad wouldn’t let her back out of the date. Less than a month later – Jan. 27, 1950 – Jane and George were married and the union lasted for over 67 years until George’s passing.


George and Jane raised their family in Kirksville, Indiana. Jane loved to fish, something her family did along the banks of the White River when they spent summer weekends near the Williams Dam. She worked hard and studied her Bible even when she wasn’t able to attend church. She was a devoted mother to her family and steadfast wife and partner to George, including his final years under nursing home care.


Jane leaves behind her children Peggy Hillenburg (Dennis), Don Harp (Richard Lewis), Tim Harp, and Terri Harp; grandchildren Denise Hillenburg, Devin Hillenburg, Patrick Hillenburg (Mary), Cheyenna Hillenburg (Durant), and Hanna Harp-Grissom (Daniel Crump); six great-grandchildren; her sister Linda Emory (John); sisters-in-law Sara Harp, Marie Medley, and Geneva Wessel; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her Evergreen buddies, Julia and Sammy. She was preceded in death by her husband George, her parents, and brothers.


A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford, with visitation from 12 noon-2:00 p.m. Jane’s wish was to be cremated and join George in their resting place at Kentucky Ridge Cemetery in Greene County. The family would like to thank the caring and dedicated staff at Evergreen Village of Bloomington for making Jane’s final year one of joy and comfort, and to IU Health Hospice Care for helping Jane to make her transition with grace and peace. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.daycarter.com



February 20, 2023


Roger L. Gales

May 10, 1950 – February 18, 2023

Roger L. Gales, 72, of Bedford, passed away at 2:00 am on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at his residence.


Born May 10, 1950, in Uniontown, PA, he was the son of Lester G. Gales and Wilma C. (Adams) Gales-Geiger. He married Susan Kern on June 8, 1996 and she survives.


He graduated from Greece Olympia High School in 1968 and Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY, with a major in music and a minor in education, in 1972. He graduated from Asbury College with a Master of Arts and Administration degree. He then received a Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He was ordained by the Free Methodist Church in 1983 and served as youth and music pastor in Lawrence, KS from 1983-1986. In 1986, he moved to Bedford and became the youth and music pastor at the Bedford Free Methodist Church from 1986-1991. He became a music educator for North Lawrence Community Schools from 1995-2017, where he served as band director at the Bedford Middle School and as associate director of music and bands and music department chair at BNL, retiring in 2017. He served as worship director at the Bedford First Baptist Church from 1999-2003. His life-long passion for tuning and repairing pianos was fulfilled in retirement with his full-time business, Roger Gales Piano Service, where he not only tuned and repaired pianos, but completely restored numerous pianos throughout the region. He was the former director of the Bedford Community Band from 2013-2019. He was a member of the Nostalgia Band, TAPS Across America, and Sons of the American Legion Gillen Post #33 where he served in the Honor Guard.


Survivors include his wife, Susan, of Bedford; children, Chris Gales and wife, Amy of Bloomington, Rachel Gales of Indianapolis, Katy Holmes and husband, Zac of Logansport, Bethany Bell and husband, Chris of Bedford, and Jordan Morris and wife, Mindy of Bedford; the mother of his children, Linda B. Gales; ten grandchildren, Ryan and Evan Gales, Calvin and Abigail Holmes, Michael Bell (Summer), Cierra Ashley (Skylar), Hannah Bell, Bennett, Beau, and Knight Morris; three great-grandchildren, Avery and Dallas Ashley and Harper King; a sister, Linda Zurick (Lee) of Rochester, NY; a brother, David Gales (Kathy) of FL; a brother-in-law, Dennis Hancock of Ohio. several nieces and nephews; He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Karen (Gales) Hancock.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 26th at the BNL Performing Arts Center with Pastors Tim Thompson, Eric Kennedy, Jordan Morris and Jon Lineback officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Saturday, February 25th at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Bedford and from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Sunday at the Performing Arts Center. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Roger L. Gales Music Excellence Scholarship. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Michael Don Taylor

March 28, 1971 – February 18, 2023

Michael Don Taylor, 51, of Bedford, passed away at 12:40 pm on Saturday, February 18, 2023, following a 2-year battle with Leukemia.


Born March 28, 1971, in Bedford, he was the son of Don L. and Marilyn A. (Fields) Taylor. He married Lisa D. Taylor on May 1, 1993, and she survives. He was a mechanic for Independent Limestone Co. and attended the Englewood Baptist Church. He was an avid drag racer for many years. He loved riding motorcycles and working on the family farm. He was also a very proud papaw.


Survivors include his wife, Lisa, of Bedford; two children, Alyssa Charles (Kane) and Dalton M Taylor, all of Bedford; one grandchild, Kolten E. Charles; a sister, Debra Taylor (Ernest), of Bedford; his father, Don, of Bedford. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn; a daughter, Amanda Marie (at birth); grandparents, Richard and Frances (Snow) Fields and Aden and Mamie (Roberts) Taylor.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 23rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Jeff Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the House of Prayer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 22nd and 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.



February 18, 2023


Martha Joyce Douglas

Martha Joyce (Jones) Douglas, a lifelong resident of Bedford, passed away at 11:58 pm on February 16, 2023, at IU Health Bedford Hospital after an extended illness.


Delivered at home in Oolitc by Dr. Dollens on December 6, 1938, she was the daughter of John Paul Jones and Sara Elisabeth Pearl (Sproles) Jones. Joyce was a 1957 graduate of Oolitic High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Phillip Gordon Douglas on December 6, 1957. A short eleven months later, she gave birth to her baby son, Gordon Scott Douglas, who resides in Bedford with his wife Eliana. Just over two years later, they welcomed a baby girl, Reba Diane Douglas, who resides in Bedford.


Rev. Snow of Faith Mission Church Bedford joined them together in matrimony for a marriage that lasted sixty-two years, two months, and sixteen days. Joyce always joked that while Rev. Snow was performing the ceremony, he started crying because he knew it wouldn’t last. Joyce also bragged they spent a total of $25 on the ceremony. She was a lover of giraffes and an avid collector of anything giraffe related, including a sweater decorated with a giraffe’s long neck and head.


Joyce’s favorite season was Christmas. She often decorated three trees in the house, and it was not uncommon for Christmas decorations to remain displayed throughout the year.


Her greatest passion and joy in life where her two children, Scott and Diane; her five grandchildren, Arron Douglas of Washington, Phillip Douglas (Carol) of Fort Lauderdale, Cody Douglas (Lindsey) of Shoals, Emily Douglas of Bedford, and Dustin Spencer of Greenwood, who preceded her in death.


Joyce is preceded in death by her mother, her father and younger brother Buddy, who both died in a swimming accident when Joyce was little, and a sister, Geneva Mae. She is survived by a younger brother, John Paul Jones (Gerry) of Bedford, and a sister, Michelle Bennet of Radcliff.


Joyce was adorned with nine great grandchildren, Landon Douglas, Elizabeth Douglas, Steven Douglas, Levi Douglas, Brayden Douglas and Bailor Douglas all of Shoals, Caitlin Aleman of Jeffersonville, and Carter and Greyson Fox of Bedford. She was also blessed with an extended family of several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be conducted in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary on Monday, February 20th at 1:00 pm with Pastor Adam Strauser of the Bedford Free Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Monday, February 20th, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Joyce, to the White River Humane Society.



February 17, 2023


Clayton Shane George

Clayton Shane George age 28 of Bedford passed away at his residence at 6:21 Am on February 16, 2023. He was born on December 28, 1994 to Shane George and Stacey (Deckard) Moore. Clayton married Kaylee Dalton and she survives. Clayton was an outdoorsman, he loved his family and friends and his dog, Tucker. He loved sports and was a hard worker, he was a member of the Bedford Boat and Sportsman Club, Laborer’s Hall #741, he attended Highview Baptist Church.


Survivors include his wife, Kaylee George, one daughter, Hayley Dalton, one step-son, Taylor (Kennedy) Dalton, his mother, Stacey (Chris) Moore, his father, Shane (Dee Dee) George, two brothers, Cody (Ali) George, nephew Axel, Kenny (Ashley) Niflis, nephew, Colton, grandparents, Rick and Debbie Deckard, Janice (Bill) Hamilton and Terrie Moore, great grandma, Thelma Deckard, several aunts, uncles and cousins.


He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law: Christine Wright, grandfather, Jerry C. George, great grandparents, Herman Deckard, Max and Billie York, George and Elta Mae Hughes, and Mamaw Jenny Flinn.


Funeral services will be on Monday February 20, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Highview Baptist Church at 60 Patton Hill, Bedford, with Bro. Danny Goens, officiating, burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens, visitation will be on Sunday February 19, 2023 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the church, Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.



Nita Jean (Green) Gilliatt

October 14, 1933 – February 15, 2023

Nita Jean (Green) Gilliatt, of Columbus, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at the age of 89. She was born in Eram, Oklahoma on October 14, 1933 to Opal Vivian (Elliott) Green and Albert Curtis Green. Nita lived life loving and serving Jesus, building faith into those God brought into her life. She especially loved children and taught Sunday School for many years. She retired in 1999 after a long career in the North Lawrence Community School System, working as a tutor at Lincoln Elementary School, secretary at Englewood Elementary School, and finally secretary at Parkview Primary School. She cared for the church and school children like they were her own. Nita was known for her yummy caramels and beautiful greeting cards. She loved to read and was known to read 2-3 books a day.


Nita is survived by her 4 children: Larry Dennis Holloway, Steven Russell Holloway, Barry King Gilliatt, and Penny Lynne Gilliatt, one sister Nancy Kathryn (Green) Johnson, 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-granddaughter, and many loving friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, Thomas George Gilliatt, her 6 siblings: Curtis Eugene Green, Betty Jo (Wayne) Young, LD (Verba Lee) Green, Joyce Wanda (Paul) Miller, Norman Cullis Green, and James Thomas Green, and her former spouse, Leroy Walter Holloway.


Visitation will be at the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford, Indiana, on Monday, February 20th, 2023 from 3 pm – 7 pm. Nita will be laid to rest at a private graveside service at Gilgal Cemetery in Heltonville, Indiana on Tuesday, February 21st. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.


February 16, 2023


Terry Lane Slinkard, Jr.


Terry Lane Slinkard, Jr, 57, of Newberry, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2023, at his residence.


Born July 31, 1965 in Bedford, he was the son of Terry Lane Slinkard, Sr and Sonja Kaye (Lantz) Blanton. He married Nancy Lynn (Holmes) Reed on April 7, 2011 and she survives.

Terry had previously worked at Elliott Limestone. He loved God and his family. Terry was a jack of all trades. He was an avid hunter and fisherman that loved the outdoors. He could always be found at the river or in the forest.


Survivors include his wife, Nancy Slinkard of Newberry; children, Teresa (Andy) King of Woodbridge, Virginia, Christian Slinkard of Bedford, Hannah (Tyler) Blackwell of Bedford, Sammy Harrison of Bedford, Elizabeth Reed of Bedford, and Jessica Reed of Bedford; grandchildren, Annason, Daxtyn, Colebin, Axel, Ivory, Brightlynn, Finley, and Alora; mother and father, Sonja Kay and Lawrence Blanton of Bedford; and siblings, Tammy (Doug) Hall of Bedford, Jathon Slinkard of Bedford, Jared Slinkard of Bedford, and Erin Slinkard of Indianapolis.


His grandmother, Teresa Barker and father preceded him in death.


Following his wishes, cremation has been chosen.



Emma Jane Sowders

Emma Jane Sowders, 88, of Greenwood, IN, went to be with the Lord February 15th at 1am. She was blessed with a large and loving family.


She was born August 25th 1934 in Lawrence County to Archie Thomas and Zetta Mae Brown.


She was proceeded in death by her parents Archie Thomas and Zetta Mae Brown, her 2 brothers Bobby Brown, Charles Bud Brown, husband Lovell Sowders Sr. , Son Phillip D Evans, Step- son Danny Sowders, Step-daughter Betty Sowders.


Survived by her 2 daughters, Trudy Holtsclaw, Christie Sowders, Step-son Lovell Sowders Jr., 3 Step- Daughters, Shirley Ray and Kaye Kelly, and Carole Andis, Sister Georgia Roberts, Many grandkids, Great-grandkids, and Great- Great grandkids.

Services will be Monday February 20th 2023 at Cresthaven Funeral Home in Bedford. Kenny Waldon will be officiating. Visitation house will be from 10-noon. Funeral and graveside services immediately following. A small lunch will be provided for the family and friends back the funeral home after the graveside service. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.




February 15, 2023


Clayton Dale Harris


Clayton Dale Harris, 31, of Williams, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2023, at his residence.


Born January 14, 1992, in Bedford, he was the son of George Jr. and Edwenna (Turpen) Harris.

Clayton worked in assembly at Cook Medical. He enjoyed playing his guitar and video games. He was of the Pentecostal faith.


Surviving are his parents and siblings, Eric Turpen of Bedford, Cody Harris of Illinois, and Rachael Harris of Bedford.


Cremation has been chosen.



Charles T. Wilson, Sr.

1948 - 2023


Charles T. Wilson, Sr., 74, of Silverville, passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at his residence.


Born March 28, 1948, in New York, he was the son of Fred and Helen (Brostowski) Wilson. He married Rowena Craig on September 16, 2013, and she survives.


Charlie is survived by his wife, Rowena; three children, Lori and wife, Rhonda, of South Carolina, Charlie, of Williams, and Robert, of Bedford; his beloved dog, Dillon; a grandson, Keaton Wilson, who was raised in the home; four grandchildren, Jena and husband, Scott, of Bedford, Lacey and husband, Cody, Tarrah and Alyssa, all of Paoli. He is also survived by one brother, Fred, Jr., of Vermont; his daughter, Kristie, and family of Virginia and his son, Fred, III and his family of Georgia; a cousin, Tammy Reed and her family of Seymour, a cousin, Bernie, of Kentucky and a cousin’s wife, Marcella Sizemore. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Helen Wilson; two brothers, John and Robert Wilson; both paternal and maternal grandparents; cousin, Robert Sizemore and his mother and Harold Dean Wilson.


Charlie was a VietNam veteran serving from 1968 thru 1970 as a wheel and track mechanic and was attached to many units for his expertise along the way. He received many commendations during his tour. He loved his country and all it stood for. He also loved Harley Davidson. He was a carpenter by trade, especially proud of the horse stables he built at French Lick, and was a small time farmer.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 18th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Dennis Williams officiating and where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Burial will follow in the Silverville Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, February 17th and from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.


Barney Goins

September 14, 1940 – February 14, 2023


Barney Goins, 82, of Bedford, IN, passed away on February 14, 2023, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Born on September 14, 1940, he was the son of Brownlow and Cora (Collins) Goins. He married Carolyn “Sue” Blackburn on June 2, 1963, and she survives.


Barney was a U.S. Army Veteran, contract carpenter, former superintendent of Oolitic Water Works, volunteer fireman in Oolitic, and owned and operated Goins Construction where he built various apartments, hospitals, and homes around Lawrence County.


Barney is survived by his wife, Sue; three daughters, Debra Goins, Teresa Haase, and Shannon (Jim) Roach; one son, Darren Goins; seven grandchildren, Lindsay (Michael) Davis, Whitney Haase, Tasheena (Ryan) Sinclair, Jacob Roach, Hiley Roach, Zac Cooper, and Landon Cooper; 10 great-grandchildren, Emma, Haylee, Julian, Blake, Gavin, Ellie, Maya, Sophia, Wesley, and Isaac; sister, Rosalie Kerr; half-brother, Olen Goins; half-sister, Allene Wells; and several nieces and nephews in Indiana and Tennessee.


Barney is preceded in death by his parents, Brownlow and Cora; daughter, Krista Goins; brothers, Paris, Cecil, James, Woodrow “Crow”, and Elbert; and sister, Maggie.


Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, February 20, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Noah Crider officiating. Burial will follow at the Green Hill Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00am to the service time on Monday also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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



February 14, 2023


David “Dave” Dean Armstrong

July 24, 1944 – February 12, 2023


David “Dave” Dean Armstrong, 78, of Bedford, IN, passed away on February 12, 2023, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital. Born on July 24, 1944, he was the son of Otho and Isma (Hammersley) Armstrong.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Dave is his son, Brad Armstrong; three daughters, Brandee (Carl) Shelton, Missy Kern, and Leah (James) Prince; grandchildren, Samantha Hughes, Shanda Armstrong, Justin Armstrong, Jessie Shelton, Sydney Brazzell, Zane Grissom, and Kennah Kern; sister, Dana Daniels; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.


Dave is preceded in death by his parents, Otho and Isma; brother, Larry Armstrong; and son, David Burton.


Cremation was chosen with burial at Silverville Baptist.


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


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



Elizabeth “Fern” Mckeaigg

January 22, 1924 – February 13, 2023


Fern Mckeaigg, 99, of Lawrence County, passed away peacefully on February 13, 2023 at her

residence. Born in Lawrence County on January 22, 1924, she was the daughter of Elza and

Hattie (Wilkerson) Brock. She married Jasper Mckeaigg on December 12, 1940, and he passed

on January 27, 1992.


Fern had worked for BRMC in the dietary department and had also worked as a cook at

Tunnelton High School and Bedford North Lawrence High School. Fern attended Tunnelton

High School and completed a Dietary Certificate Program. She was a member of Emmanuel

Lutheran Church in Leesville and a member of Seymour Eastern Star.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Fern is her son, Larry J. Mckeaigg; grandson, Brandon

(Lisa) Mckeaigg; and two great-granddaughters, Jaylee and Aly Mckeaigg. Fern was lovingly

called Aunty Granny by Nedra Fleetwood (Scott), Robbin Green (Len), Shannon Brock (Kyla),

Brock Fleetwood (Jessi Lux), Britney Baker (Brett), Lacie Fleetwood, Jared Ricketts (Elise),

James Edward Sean Ricketts (Faith), Tianna Ricketts (Skylar), Haley Brock, and Ethan Brock.

Fern was preceded in death by her parents, Elza and Hattie; Husband, Jasper; daughter, Mary

Ann Grona, and son-in-law Bob; granddaughter, Debbie Mills; grandson, Jimmy Grona; brother, Jerry Brock; and daughter-in-law, Gloria Brock Mckeaigg.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday, February 16, 2023, at the Ferguson-lee

Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor Mark Thompson

officiating. Burial will follow at the Dixon Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be held from

10:00am to 2:00pm on Thursday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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



February 13, 2023


James V. McDonald

1961 -2023


James V. (Jim) McDonald, Sr., 61, of Oolitic, passed away on Friday, February 10, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital after a brief illness and with his children, whom he adored at his side. Born October 4, 1961, in Chicago, IL, he was the son of Tim McDonald, II and Alice (Hicks) Hartman. He had attended Bedford North Lawrence High School, Bedford Free Methodist Church, and Crossroads Community Church. Jim loved his family fiercely, and worked hard as a single Dad for his eight kids at many jobs in food service, I.U. Transportation, and the Bombay Co. He enjoyed traveling with his family to his hometown of Chicago to watch the Cubs. He loved playing cards and basketball. But most of all, his favorite thing to do was to be with his kids, grandkids and extended family.


Survivors include his children, Angelique Floyd and husband, Jay, James McDonald, Jr. and wife, McKenzie, Christopher McDonald and wife, Kristen, Jeremy McDonald and wife, Sabrina, Courtney McDonald and companion, Jamie Baker, Rebecca McDonald and companion, Cody Compton, all of Bedford, Richard McDonald, of Marion, IN, and Micheal McDonald, who is serving with the U.S. Navy; grandchildren, Chloe and Brenston Floyd, Isabella and Dawson Baker, Brantley Compton, Gauge, Maylee, Finley, Mason and Baby Boy McDonald expected to Chris and Kristen in April; step-grandchildren, Dallas and Paisley Compton; siblings, Tim (Melissa) McDonald, Teresa (Rob) Harris, Tammy (Karl) Max, Mary (Alan) Thomas, Lisa Wright (Brad May), all of Bedford and April Hartman (Case Copeland), of New Mexico; his mother, Alice Hartman, of Oolitic; aunt, Meg Hicks, of Chicago, IL; uncles, Ken McDonald, of FL and Bob Hicks, of Bedford; close family supporter, Kim Deckard-Morris; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, his step-father, Jim Hartman; a brother, Micheal McDonald (in infancy) and a grandson, Ryden McDonald who was still-born.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 16th at the Free Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Dive Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 15th at the Day & Carter Mortuary and on Thursday from 11:00 am until the hour of service at the Free Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Free at Last Ministry, Latter Glory House, or Saul to Paul Ministries. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



James "Pat" Craig

December 12, 1956 – February 12, 2023


Pat Craig, 66, of Mitchell, IN, passed away on February 12, 2023, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Born on December 12, 1956, he was the son of Aaron Craig Jr. and Doris (Rainey) Bartley.


Pat was a truck driver and graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School in 1975.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Pat is one son, Dustin (Stormi) Craig; four grandchildren; one sister, Terri (Mike) Miller; three nephews; and sister-in-law Diane Craig.


Pat is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Mike Craig; and stepfather, Morrel Bartley.


Cremation was chosen, there will be no services at this time.


The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with

Pat’s care.


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



February 12, 2023


David Bryan Hickerson

1956 - 2023


David Bryan Hickerson, a son of Arkansas and defender of the Big Ten, passed away in his sleep on February 5th at his new home in Oak Park, IL.

He lived in Hot Springs until his father took a transfer with General Motors to southern Indiana. There he completed high school playing football, basketball and baseball at Bedford North Lawrence High School. He attended Indiana University earning a Bachelors Degree from the new School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 1979. He went on to earn a Masters Degree (MPA) in labor relations in 1981 and went on to work for Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York after graduation. From there, David held various jobs in government affairs, most recently with IBM where he was closely approaching retirement. David’s proudest accomplishment was creating a family. He married his college love Elin Thorgren in 1981. They had a son Sebastian and daughter Isabel before settling in Oak Park in 1993. He is predeceased by his parents Lester and Vivian Hickerson and his brother Robert Hickerson, all of Hot Springs. He is survived by his wife of Oak Park; son and daughter of Chicago; and his sister and brother—in—law Sandi and Joe Jordan of Hot Springs.

Memorial Visitation Saturday (Feb. 18), 1:00pm - 3:00pm at Zimmerman-Harnett Funeral Home 7319 W. Madison St., Forest Park where Service will be held at 3:00pm. David was generous, thoughtful, and fiercely devoted to the people and causes he loved. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Feeding America and the American Diabetes Association.


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of David Bryan Hickerson, please visit our floral store.



February 10, 2023


Dianne Ruth Bellush

1944 - 2023


Every Christmas, every Thanksgiving, and most summers, Dianne Bellush’s house would be full of visitors. At the winter holidays, they’d gather around her large dining room table and share a meal. When the weather was nice, the adults would sit on her screened porch for hours, while generations of children ran through her backyard, looking for fireflies.


For nearly a half-century, Dianne was the heart of those gatherings. Her home was the perennial venue, and she would always open her doors to visiting relatives.


“She ran a bed and breakfast for her brothers and sisters and their families,” said her sister, Cindy Fountaine.


Dianne Ruth Bellush died Thursday morning at her home in Bedford, Ind. with her husband of 56 years and daughter at her side. She was 78.


Dianne was born in Elkhorn, Wisc., and moved with her family to Bedford in 1949. She graduated from Bedford High School, where she was homecoming queen, in 1962. She attended Indiana University, graduating in 1965, and later returned to the Bloomington campus to earn a master’s degree in education.


After graduating from IU, she married her high school sweetheart, Jim Bellush, whom she met in the first grade. She then began her teaching career in Terre Haute, where she helped pay for her husband’s college education. The Bellush couple then returned to Bedford where Dianne began teaching in Bedford schools. She taught at Stalker Elementary for most of her 40-year teaching career. She was awarded teacher of the year as well as other accolades. She is remembered for how much she cared for her students.


“She was positive, kind-hearted, and gentle-natured,” said her husband, Jim Bellush.


She enjoyed long walks — sometimes around Bedford, and sometimes at Spring Mill State Park — and trips to the beach. On one such vacation to Nags Head, N.C., she caught a baby shark with her bare hands, posing for a photo before tossing it back into the surf.


A member of the First United Methodist Church of Bedford, she sang in the choir for many years. She also loved reading — especially while sitting on her screened porch — and accompanied her children and grandchildren on regular excursions to the library. She spent countless hours in her garden, which she meticulously groomed each summer into brilliant blooms.


She was a good listener. She was never quick to judge.


From taking care of her parents in their final years to hosting those large, loud family gatherings in her home, Dianne was “the best of us,” her family says, every day of her life.


“My family sure means everything to me,” Dianne once wrote in her journal. “I’ve never really traveled much as I’ve gotten older, but the wonderful thing I’ve discovered is that I don’t need to ever travel to enjoy being alive and to see little things I’ve never seen before.”


She is preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Thomas and Ruth Fountaine of Bedford. She is survived by her husband Jim Bellush of Bedford, her daughter Kristine Bellush and Jon Aiken of Cincinnati, son JT and Stacey Bellush of Bloomington, son Michael and Jessica Bellush of Bedford, and grandchildren Maddie, Alex and Nick Bellush of Bloomington, Tyler and Ben Bellush and Ava, Addy, and Audrey Bunch of Bedford. She is also survived by sister Suzanne Fountaine of Columbus, Ind., brother Thomas II and Tamra Fountaine of State College, Pa., and sister Cindy Fountaine and Paul Scudder of Arlington, Texas, as well as many nieces and nephews who adored her.


Dianne will be remembered at a visitation from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, followed by a funeral service at 6 p.m., at the Day & Carter Mortuary, 1133 Lincoln Avenue in Bedford. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at https://www.alz.org/indiana/donate



February 9, 2023


Mildred Olive (Broady) White


Mildred Olive (Broady) White, 91, of Mitchell, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at Richland-Bean Blossom Health Campus in Ellettsville.


Born May 11, 1931, in Scott County, she was the daughter of Elmer Francis and Minnie Ethel (Mull) Broady. Mildred married Charlie Lee White on June 18, 1950 and he preceded her in death January 18, 2000.


Mildred and her husband were franchise owners, opening their first KFC restaurant in Paoli in 1974. Afterwards, they opened KFC locations in Mitchell and then in Bedford and Loogootee. Mildred loved crocheting and crosswords. She made everyone in her family afghans. She loved her family and cooking for family gatherings. She was a member of the Bride of Christ Fellowship.


Surviving are her children, Rosemary (Clark Pemberton) Hunsucker of Mitchell and Carol (Greg Hubbard) Reed of Bedford; grandchildren, Melanie Austin, LaDonna (David) Davies, Josh (Danielle) Reed, Mitch (Whitney) Reed, Whitney (Nathan) Edmonson, and Mindy (Scott) Smoot; great-grandchildren, Ian Austin, Emily Austin, Damien Davies, Isabelle Davies, Violet Reed, Kamen McDonald, Malia Edmonson, Corden Edmonson, Owen Smoot, Willie Smoot, Gunner McNabb, and Gracelyn Smoot; and sister, Cathern Broady of Mesa, Arizona.


Her parents; husband; children, Toni McNabb and Frances Lee White; and siblings, Elmer Broady, Bill Broady, Glen Broady, Alice Rose, Anna Pospisil, Agnes Rose, Pauline Broady, Carl Broady, and Mable Frye, preceded her in death.


Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 13, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.


The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Monday at the funeral home.


Memorial Gifts: Alzheimer’s Association



Roy Wayne Hall


Roy Wayne Hall, 65, of Mitchell, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at Kindred Hospital in Indianapolis.


Born September 3, 1957, in Decatur County, Kentucky, he was the son of Charles L. and Lola A. (Kidd) Hall.


Roy worked as a concrete finisher and did masonry work.


Surviving are his son, Charles Wayne Hall; grandchildren, Gracie McIntosh, Shalee Bouteiller, and Warren Bouteiller; and his four beloved cats.


His parents and siblings, Diana Hall and Donna Hall, preceded him in death.

Cremation has been chosen.



Pixie Ann Judah

1951 - 2023


Pixie Ann Judah, 71, of Bedford, passed away at 1:45 am on Thursday, February 9, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospice in Bloomington. Born May 27, 1951, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Bruce and Kathleen (Hayes) Judah. She retired from GE in Bloomington and was a member of I.B.E.W. Local 2249 and Gullett’s Creek Baptist Church.


Survivors include a brother, Parker Judah and wife, Deana; two nieces, Ana Brown and husband, Matt and Heather Judah and wife, Chris; three nephews, Lance Judah and wife, Christie, Matt Judah and wife, Alana, and Todd Williams and wife, Patty; four great nieces, Aktyn and Westyn Brown and Averie Williams, and Bobbie Judah; three great nephews, Garrett Chaillaux, Kalub, and Antjuan Judah. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Pete Judah.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Monday, February 13th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial will follow in the Clover Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Monday, February 13th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.


Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Rosendo "Rock" Escobedo


Rosendo “Rock” Escobedo, 65, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2022, at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Born on May 21, 1957 in Corpus Christi, TX, he was the son of Jose J. Escobedo and Gloria H. (Herrada) Shepherd. He married Karlynn Curren on December 23, 2017 and she survives. Rock attended Bedford North Lawrence High School and graduated with the class of 1976. He was of Catholic Faith and retired from Bloomington Transit. Surviving to cherish the memory of Rock is his wife, Karlynn; one daughter, Sarah Roach; two grandchildren, Austin and Avery Roach; four brothers, Joe Escobedo Jr. and wife, Irma, Ricardo Escobedo and wife, Lollie, Carlos Escobedo and wife, Kathy, and Robert Johnson and wife, Darlene; two sisters, Diana Nicholson and husband, Barney, and Debbie Myers and husband, Lanny; and several nieces and nephews. Rock was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Gloria; and one sister, Maria Cavazos. A celebration of life will be held from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Monday, February 13, 2023 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Remembrances and condolences may be shared at www.FergusonLee.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Rosendo "Rock" Escobedo please visit our Sympathy Store.



February 8, 2023


Michael Dale Wright


Michael Dale Wright, 65, of Bedford, passed away Monday, February 6, 2023.


Born February 13, 1957, in Orange County, he was the son of John and Nadine (Wright) Sanders.


Michael was of the Christian faith. He was a lifelong construction worker and enjoyed mushroom hunting and fishing.


Surviving are his son, Michael (Kristie) Wright of Mitchell; grandchildren, Devin (Reanna) Wright of Mitchell, Bryton (Katie) Wright of Bedford, Brayton Wright of Bedford, Remmington Wright of Bedford, Jesse and Desiray Strother, Jaxon Strother, Madox Strother, Xaviana Strother, Nick and Shaylah Lindsey, and Emery Lindsey; siblings, Kenny Sanders, Tresa Sanders-Tarr, Randy Sanders, and Donnie Sanders; and his beloved dogs, Axel and Bowser.


His parents; son, Bryan Wright; and brother, Marty Sanders, preceded him in death.


Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 14, at Spring Hill Cemetery with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating. Burial will follow.



February 7, 2023


Jessie Kimmel

1949 - 2023


Jessie Kimmel, of Bedford, passed away at 4:06 pm on Monday, February 6, 2023, at her residence. Born May 26, 1949, she was the daughter of Audie and Clara (Siedle) Crawford. She married Kenneth Kimmel on June 20, 1998, and he preceded her in death on September 19, 2021.


Survivors include children, Melinda Crawford, of Bloomington, Bradley Crawford, of Bloomington, Kay Lavender and husband, Kenneth, of Martinsville; Scott Kimmel and wife, Tammy, of Bedford, Melinda Williamson and husband, Randy, of Springville; twelve grandchildren, Melissa Augilar-Perez, Heather Crawford, Dylan Crawford, Jackson Crawford, Linsey Taylor, Andy Kimmel, Cassie Peyton, Sarah Flynn, Connor Morgan, Justin Williamson, Kelli Hoff, and Leslie Batcho-Bullerdick; fourteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, February 10th at the Bedford Baptist Temple with Pastor Lyman Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Springville Cemetery West. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 9th and from 9:00 am until the hour of service on Friday, all at the Bedford Baptist Temple.


Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



February 6, 2023


Chester Lloyd Morris


Chester Lloyd Morris, 92, of Bedford, passed away peacefully at 11:45 am on Saturday,

February 4, 2023, at I.U. Health Paoli Hospital. Born September 27, 1930, in Salem, IN, he was the son of Arthur and Gladys (Swain) Morris. He married Barbara Lucille Wade on September 3, 1954, and she survives. He retired as an electronics technician at NWSC Crane and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Central Church of Christ.


Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of Bedford; three children, Dave Morris and wife, Annette, Sandy Buckman and husband, Mike, all of Bedford, and Cheryl Concannon and husband, Phil, of Owensville; grandchildren, Geoff Morris and wife, Erika, Michelle Hartman and husband, Andrew, all of Bloomington, Brandy Bell and husband, Jamie, of Martinsville, Jayme Buckman, of Bedford, Chelsie Buckman, of Ft. Collins, CO, Michael Walls and wife, Christina, of Iowa, and Chris Walls and wife, Angela, of Owensville; twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and three siblings, Ann, Leon, and Tub.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 9th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bud Smith and Rick Leach officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 8th and from 9:30 am until the hour of service on Thursday, February 9th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Children’s Hospital. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



James Telfer Oswalt


James Telfer Oswalt, Jr., 82, of Mitchell, passed away Saturday, February 4, 2023 at the Indiana University Hospice House in Bloomington.


Born December 18, 1940, in Muncie, he was the son of Dr. James T. and E. Lucille (Turner) Oswalt. He married Barbara Tirey on March 21, 1998.


James was a teacher, school administrator, and community volunteer. He earned several degrees from Indiana University including his bachelor’s degree in 1963, his master’s degree in 1966, and his specialist degree in 1977. James began his career as an educator with Mitchell Community Schools where he taught English at Mitchell High School from 1963 to 1972. He then became the Assistant Principal and acting Principal for Mitchell High School from 1972 to 1976. James continued his career as the Assistant Superintendent from 1976 to 1984 and then as the Superintendent of Mitchell Community Schools from 1984 until his retirement in 2004.


Along with his career in education, James also worked as a volunteer and member of many community organization, serving on several boards of directors. He was a member of the boards of Hoosier Uplands Economic Development Corporation, the Lawrence County Community Foundation, the Community Foundation Partnership, the Lawrence County Board of Health, the Bedford Regional Medical Center, and the Mitchell Community Scholarship Foundation. James also held several leadership offices within the Lawrence County Community Foundation as Vice President from 2006 to 2007 and President in 2008, Chairperson of the Board of Development Committee from 2006 to 2007, and as a member of the Grants Committee in 2006. He was also a member of the Lilly Scholarship Selection Committee from 2005 to 2007. James served on leadership committees within Hoosier Uplands as a member of the Finance Committee, the Planning Committee, and the Executive Committee from 2005 to 2007. He was also a member of the Indiana Association of Retired Public School Superintendents and the Indiana Retired Teachers Association.

Throughout his career, James received several recognitions and honors including being awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Mitchell Citizen of the Year in 1997 and 2003, Persimmon Festival Parade Grand Marshal in 2005, and the Indiana District VII Superintendent of the Year in 2004. James was also a lover of history and enjoyed reading. He was of the Christian Faith.


Surviving are his children, Alice Oswalt of Bloomington, Rebecca Thacker of Bloomington, Vincent (Jessica) Oswalt of Cumming, Georgia; grandchildren, Megan Oswalt of Jersey City, New Jersey, Ryan Oswalt, of Cumming, Georgia, and Lenzy Bass of Cumming, Georgia; sister, Evelyn J. Williams (Robert) of Mitchell; and his nephews.


His parents and wife preceded him in death.


The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 9th, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.


A private graveside service in Mitchell Cemetery will be conducted at a later date.


Memorial Gifts: The James and Barbara Oswalt Foundation



February 4, 2023


Minerva Yvonne Hubbard


Minerva Yvonne Hubbard, 83, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, in Indianapolis. Born January 24, 1940, in El Paso, TX, she was the daughter of Arthur and Refugio Harrison. She married Lee Hubbard on April 6, 1962 and he survives. She had been a cook at the Senior Center in Tonopah, NV and was a member of the Oolitic Church of Christ.


Survivors include her husband, Lee, of Bedford; two sons, Eric Lee Hubbard and wife, Leticia, of Greenwood and Karl Wesley Hubbard and wife, Susan, of Anderson; two grandchildren, Selena Spear and Erica Swisher; two great-grandchildren, Daisy and Daphne Swisher; two sisters, Vivian Waters, of Springdale, AR and Laverna Murphy, of Copalis Beach, WA; a brother, Arthur Harrison, of San Antonio, TX; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Camelyna Robertson and a brother, Xavier Harrison.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 9th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Jerry Jackson officiating. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Thursday, February 9th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the White River Humane Society. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



February 3, 2023


Jack Martin Dixon


Jack Martin Dixon, 83, of Bedford, IN, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Paoli Health and Living. Born on April 6, 1939, he was the son of Martin and Marjorie (Glover) Dixon. He married Ronda Grove on April 21, 2010 and she survives. Jack worked as a long-haul driver. He was a graduate of Shawswick High School and was a member of the National Guard. Jack’s life reflected his love of the Lord everyday and through his attendance at Fairview Community Church. Surviving to cherish the memory of Jack is his wife, Ronda; three daughters, Jacque (Doug) Raines of Bedford, Jennie Haley of Florida, and Jeri Lou (Steve) Menke of Florida; one step daughter, Korina Dusard of Bedford; two step sons, Brad Bough of Bedford and JJ (Glenda) Bough of Bedford; six grandchildren, Brice, Breanna, Brittany, Karington, Bristen, Bradly; two step grandchildren, Hank and Josie; six great grandchildren, Ellie, Scarlett, River, Colin, Cameron, and Trenton; and two step great grandchildren, Ollie and Nel. Jack is preceded in death by his parents; stepson, Trent Bough; grandson, Brandon Haley; and half-brother, David Dixon. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Monday, February 6, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford. Burial will follow at the Leatherwood Cemetery. Visitation will be on Sunday, February 5, 2023, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel, and from 10:00am to the service time on Monday. Remembrances and condolences may be shared at www.FergusonLee.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Jack Martin Dixon please visit our Sympathy Store.


February 2, 2023


Lee Karr


Lee Karr age 84 of Mitchell passed away on February 1, 2023 at 3:07 p.m. at IU Health in Bedford. He was born on July 22, 1938 in Osawatomie, Kansas to Earl Edward Karr and Blanche McKenzie. Lee married Mary Alice Karr on December 30, 1986 and she preceded him in death on August 24, 2022.


Lee retired from General Motors in Bedford, was an US Army veteran, a 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge, he was a reserve deputy with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.


Survivors include three sons, Marty (Wahneta) Karr of Plainfield, Todd Karr of New Palestine,

and Lonnie Johnson of Orleans, one daughter, Lisa (Michael) Reynolds of Mitchell, two brothers, Michael (Debbie) Karr of Biggers, Arkansas, Timmy (Anita) Karr of Fayetteville, Arkansas, one sister, Frances (Larry) Cox of Mountain Home, Arkansas, eight grandchildren,

Haley Karr, Nick Karr, Joshua (Sara) Johnson, Kayla Ann Johnson, Cole (Cameryn) Reynolds, Ethan (Jacklyn) Reynolds, Haleigh (Brad) Albin and Teighan Johnson, eight great grandchildren, Elijah Johnson, Ada Johnson, Lilly Reynolds, Charlee Reynolds, Joshua Bookwalter, Cleo Reynolds, Wyatt Reynolds and Brooklyn Reynolds.


Lee was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Pauline Virginia (Patterson) Karr, his wife, Mary Alice Karr.


Funeral services will be on Saturday February 4, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home, entombment will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens, military rites will be given by the Mitchell American Legion Post #250, visitation will be on Saturday from 12:00 Noon until service time at 2:00 p.m. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.



Phyllis Harris

1931 - 2023


Phyllis Harris, 91, of Plainfield, passed away on February 1, 2023 surrounded by loving family members. She was born on July 18, 1931 in Bloomington, IN to the late Ben Srygley and Louise Hiestand. Phyllis was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a dedicated homemaker. She enjoyed sewing and cross stitching in her free time. Phyllis loved spending time with her family as often as she could. She was a member of the Belleville Church of Christ. Phyllis was preceded in death by her loving husband, Raymond Harris.


Visitation will be on Monday, February 6, 2023 in Hampton-Gentry Funeral Home, Plainfield from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at Day & Carter Mortuary (1133 Lincoln Ave, Bedford, IN 47421) where friends may visit from 12:00 pm until the time of service at 2:00 pm. Burial will follow in Pinhook Cemetery.


Survivors include her sons, Jerry (Eva), Sam and John (Tammy) Harris; daughter, Loretta (Richard) Cummins; brothers, Terry and David Hiestand; sister, Connie (Steve) Conklin; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren.



Paul Barnes


Paul Barnes, 62, of Bedford, IN passed away on January 27, 2023, at his residence. Born on December 1, 2023, he was the son of Charles Barnes and Mary L. Walters Craig. Surviving to cherish the memory of Paul is his sister, Pamela (Paul) Brown of Bedford, IN; and his brothers, Emmanuel (Phyllis) Barnes of Bedford, IN, Lloyd of St. Louis, MO, Robert Baxter of Austin, TX, and Larry Walters of Mitchell, IN. Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mary; brothers, William Barnes and John Baxter; and sisters, Theresa Baxter and Mary Hoskins. Cremation was chosen and burial will take place at Beech Grove Cemetery. The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford has been entrusted with the arrangements for Paul. Remembrances and condolences may be shared at www.FergusonLee.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Paul Barnes please visit our Sympathy Store.



Lela Mae (Dotts) Helms


Lela Mae (Dotts) Helms, 78, of Bloomfield, passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington.


Born January 7, 1945, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Mancil Charles and Hautice Stella (Mustain) Dotts. Lela married Marvin King Helms April 16, 1993 and he preceded her in death May 5, 2016.


Lela worked at RCA and had been self-employed as a caregiver. She enjoyed the services of Springs Valley Wesleyan Church. Lela loved listening to music and being with family.

Surviving are her children, Dennis Dewayne Bradley of West Baden, Randall Joe Bradley of West Baden, and Rhonda Sue (Wayne) Bashaw of Hardinsburg; grandchildren, Brandi (Will) Smith, Christina (Tim) Dickerson, Nathan (Ashley) Bradley, Steven Bradley, Brittany (Jazz) Bashaw, Shelby (Marc) Samsil, and Robert (Ashley) White; siblings, Roger Dotts of Mitchell, Ruth Allen of Mitchell, Linda Edwards of Mitchell, and Kathy (Guy) Blake of Mitchell; bonus children, Ron and Veronica Day of Bloomfield; and ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.


Her parents; husband; son, Daniel Keith Bradley; grandson, Adam Bradley; siblings, David Dotts, Gini Chandler, Robert Dotts, Lee Dotts, Roy Dotts, and Stella Eisele; and daughter-in-law, Ann Dotts, preceded her in death.


Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 6, at Mitchell Cemetery with Mike Scalf officiating. Burial will follow.


Memorial Gifts: Springs Valley Wesleyan Church



Michael D. Arena

1945 - 2023


Michael D. Arena, 77, of Bedford, passed away on Monday, January 30, 2023. Born February 26, 1945, in Bedford, he was the son of Frank and Mildred (McDonald) Arena. Mike graduated from Bedford High School in 1963, and on October 23, 1966, he married Nancy Lynn Jeskewich, with whom he shared 56 wonderful years. Mike was a professional land surveyor who was licensed in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee. Mr. Arena served 11 terms as the Lawrence County Surveyer (1973-2017) and most recently worked with the firm of Bledsoe Riggert Cooper James until his passing. During his professional life, Mike was also on the Board of Directors of Green Hill Cemetery and was a member of the Bedford Exchange Club, having served stints as President for both organizations.


Mr. Arena was also a dedicated and devout member of the Church of Christ, having served as a Deacon for Central Church of Christ and, most recently, Southland Church of Christ, at which he also taught several Bible classes and delivered the occasional sermon. Mike also was a published author of religion, having written the book “Bumper Sticker Religion”, which can be purchased through Dorrance Publishing Co. Michael was a veteran of the U.S. Army and National Guard, and was an active member of the American Legion.


Michael was known by all as one of the most caring and kind individuals you could ever meet. Mike was loved dearly by his family and was a wonderful grandfather, father, uncle, brother, and husband. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Frannie, and his daughter, Mandy. Survivors include his wife, Nancy, of Bedford; his brother, Joe Arena, of Anderson; his sister, Donna Bridwell, of Bedford; his son, Sam Arena and wife, Azure, of Carmel; and his granddaughter, Alyson Arena, whom he loved dearly and bragged about on a near-daily basis.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm, on Saturday, February 4th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Bud Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Mike’s name to the American Cancer Society.



6,364 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Comentarios


bottom of page