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Obituaries — February 2024


Ferguson Lee Chapel


February 20, 2024




Donna Carol (Gerkin) Kendall Obit

Donna Carol (Gerkin) Kendall

MITCHELL –Donna Carol (Gerkin) Kendall, 75, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024, at Majestic Care of Bedford.

 

Born November 24, 1948, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Jessie Collen (Carroll) Gerkin. 

 

Donna was a 1966 graduate of Mitchell High School and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Oakland City University. She was prolific artist, and won national recognition in high school. Donna worked for the Mitchell Tribune for many years. She was a master at crocheting and created so much beautiful artwork. Donna enjoyed traveling and being outdoors to garden, fish, and go mushroom hunting. She was loved by her family and community. Donna was a wonderful role model as a mother, and as a hardworking and independent woman.

 

Surviving are her children, Douglas (Sandra) Kendall of Orleans, Carol Lynn Conley-Barber of Frankfort, Illinois, and Michael Kendall of Mitchell; grandchildren, Andrew (Rebecca) Barber, David (Kelsey) Kendall, Angela (Luis Luna) Kendall, and Aaron Barber; great-grandchildren, Luke, Gabriel, and one on the way; siblings, Julie (Steve) Drake of Lebanon, Steve Gerkin of Mitchell, Brian (Peggy) Gerkin of Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews, whom she loved very much.

 

Her parents and son, Phillip Kendall, preceded her in death.          

 

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 24, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

 

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Memorial Donations:  American Lung Association

 

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




Elizabeth Ilene Knight Obit

Elizabeth Ilene Knight

MITCHELL – Elizabeth Ilene Knight, 55, passed away Monday, February 19, 2024, at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

 

Born February 26, 1968, in Fort Hood, Texas, she was the daughter of William Samuel Sr. and Connie Sue (Helton) Edmonson.  Elizabeth married Thomas Wayne Knight on September 19, 1987 and he survives.

 

Surviving are her husband, Thomas Wayne Knight of Mitchell; children, Jenessa Knight of Mitchell and James William (Erin) Knight of Scottsburg; grandchildren, Jacie Elizabeth Knight, Peyton Anthony Knight, Halie Rose Terrell, John Robbins, Jaystin Bowden, and Jaxon Terrell; siblings, William Samuel Edmonson, Jr., Jenelle Brooks, and Kenneth Tolbert; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Her parents; sons, Sherman Wayne Knight and Joseph Lee Edward Knight; and siblings, Melissa Pemberton and James Ritchison, preceded her in death. 

 

Cremation has been chosen.

 

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




Linda Sue Ritter Obit

Linda Sue Ritter

May 28, 1949 – February 16, 2024


Bedford – Linda Sue Ritter, 74, of Bedford, passed away at 2:31 am on Friday, February 16, 2024, at her residence.


She was born May 28, 1949, in Monroe Co. She married Danny Ritter on January 4, 1969, and he survives. She was a loving homemaker and attended the Tabernacle of Praise in Bedford. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren and attending their sporting events.


Survivors include her husband, Danny, of Bedford; three sons, Jay (Joy) Ritter, Jeff (Summer) Ritter, and Jade (Beth) Ritter, all of Bedford; six grandchildren, Shawn, Jathan, Faith, Carter, Jacob and Lexie Ritter.


Private funeral services were held with Pastor Gary Thomas and Larry Ritter officiating. Burial was in Hilltop Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tabernacle of Praise Youth Group, 1381 U.S. Hwy. 50 E., Bedford, IN 47421. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.





Ronald D. Neal Obit

Ronald D. Neal

May 20, 1945 - February 19, 2024


Bloomington - Ronald D. Neal, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend, peacefully passed away in the early morning of Monday, February 19th, at the age of 78. Ron was known for his quiet strength and profound kindness, leaving behind a lasting impact on his family and all who knew him.


Born on May 20th, 1945, in Bedford, he was the son of Vernon P and Lois Neal. Ron is survived by his devoted wife, Dorrine Neal of Bloomington; his brother, Leland Eugene Mundy (Theresa) of Indianapolis; his son, Rickie Neal (Denise) of Bedford; grandchildren Aiden Neal, Kaitlin Langlois and Jason Rodwich; his stepdaughter, Dawnette Meredith (Les) of San Diego; his stepson, Corey Plunkett (Nicole) of Bloomington; along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Sue, Jackie, Sharon, and brother Dennis Neal.


Ron graduated from Oolitic High School and later earned his Associate degree. He served in Vietnam as a medic, dedicating 20 years of service as a first sergeant in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Following his military career, he served as the Executive Director of Care in Florida for twenty years, overseeing the drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for the state.

Ron enjoyed spending time with his loved ones. He had a passion for music and once had the opportunity to play guitar for Gene Simmons. Ron also had a love for watching IU basketball, even in the current season.


Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, February 23rd, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 24th, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery where military rites will be accorded.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the IU Health Bloomington Hospice House at 2810 S Deborah Dr, Bloomington, IN 47403.


Ron will be forever remembered and deeply missed by all.




February 19, 2024



Everett “Dean” Fleetwood Obit

Everett “Dean” Fleetwood

September 14, 1937 – February 17, 2024


Everett “Dean” Fleetwood, 86, of Heltonville, passed away on February 17, 2024 at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour. Born on September 14, 1937, he was the son of Lessly and Helen Fleetwood. He married Karen Lipscomb on January 16, 1959 and she passed away on December 14, 2021.


Dean was a North Lawrence bus driver, Lawrence County Solid Waste Station Attendant, and owned and operated a sawmill. He was a graduate of Heltonville High School. He was a member of Heltonville Baptist Church and the National Guard.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Dean are two sisters, Tammy Reuter and Rickie Anderson; three brothers, Ray, Rex, and Kevin; his caregiver and niece, Sherry Todd; along with several nieces and nephews.


Dean is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Karen; two sisters, Martha Davis and Louise Meadows; four brothers, Bob, Willard, Ronnie, and Dale.


Funeral services for Dean will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 1:00pm at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor Duane Brown officiating. Visiting hours will be from 11:00am to the service time on Thursday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel. Cremation will follow the service and burial will be at a later date at Gilgal Cemetery.


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





Barbara A. Lee Obit

Barbara A. Lee

August 1, 1943 – February 19, 2024


Bedford – Barbara A. Lee, 80, of Bedford, passed away at 5:26 am on Monday, February 19, 2024, at Westview Nursing and Rehab. Center.


Born August 1, 1943, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Lee Edward and Phyllis Marie (Smith) Allen. She retired as a clerk at NWSC Crane. She had volunteered at the Lawrence County Museum and enjoyed genealogy, sewing, and crochet.


Survivors include a son, Gregg Taylor (Aleta), of Bedford; a daughter, Lora Patton (Armel), of Orleans; four grandchildren, Dustin, Devin, and Dillon Chumley, and Emily Taylor; great-grandchildren, Gracie and Paisley Chumley; a brother, Jack Allen, of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter, Kaci Crabtree; great-grandson, Waylon Crabtree.


Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 21st at Mt. Pleasant Christian Church Cemetery. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




February 16, 2024




Monta Sue Wagner Obit

Monta Sue Wagner

September 30, 1944 – February 15, 2024


Monta Sue Wagner, 79, of Bedford, went home to be with the Lord at IU Health Paoli Hospital on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Born and raised in Lawrence County, she married the love of her life, Leland Wagner on June 28, 1960. Together they had four beautiful children.


Together they traveled the country while Leland worked construction where they gained many friends and family along the way. Her home place eventually became Ocklawaha, FL which she came to love so much. They retired there and was known to love and help so many in the community. She was a beloved member of Little Dove Baptist Church and was very involved in the children’s ministry until returning to Bedford to be closer to her family. She had worked as a cook at K-Mart and The Three Pigs.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Sue are her sons, Robert “Bill” Wagner (Heidi) of Bedford, IN, David Wagner (Ann) of Leakesville, MS, Harold Wagner (Martina) of Dunn, NC, and son-in-law, Don Pate of Bedford, IN. Grandchildren are Anthony Wagner (Ashley), Zachary Wagner (Kayla), Danielle Skaggs (Cameron), Christopher Pate, Brandy Colgan, Kayla Wagner, Megan Wade (Noah), Justin Wagner (Hattie), and Gracie Wagner. She also leaves behind 13 great-grandchildren.


Sue was preceded in death by her husband Leland on December 20, 2023; her parents; her daughter, Cheryl Wagner Pate; and sisters, Lou Callahan and Gayle Worrell.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, February 19, 2024 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Brother Kerry Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Pinhook Cemetery. Visiting hours will be from 11:00am until the service time on Monday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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





David Eugene Darnell Obit

David Eugene Darnell

PEKIN – David Eugene Darnell, 62, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at Ascension St. Vincent Salem Hospital in Salem.

 

Born July 30, 1961, in Bedford, he was the son of Norman and Judith (Kline) Darnell.

 

David was a 1979 graduate of Mitchell High School and later obtained a Masters Degree.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran, and had been stationed in Augustburg, Germany, serving in several leadership, technical, and educational positions.  David was an Electric and Chemical Engineer having worked at the Essex company and retired from the Valeo Sylvania company in Seymour.  He had been an ordained minister in the Church of God denomination and had served churches for 20 years.  David loved music, target shooting, deer hunting, and writing essays in his spare time.  He played football and participated in track and field while in high school and enjoyed physical fitness. 

 

Survivors include his daughter, Erica (Brandon) Cooper of Louisville; grandson, Ace Michael Cooper of Louisville; brother, and Brian (Julie) Darnell of Heltonville; and several nieces and nephews. 

 

His parents and sister, Carol Stinson, preceded him in death.

 

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 17, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

 

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Cremation has been chosen.

 

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




February 15, 2024



Susan Marie Jenkins Obit

Susan Marie Jenkins

February 13, 1951 – February 14, 2024


Radcliff, KY – Susan Marie Jenkins, 73, of Radcliff, KY, passed away at 4:50 am on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, in Kentucky.


Born February 13, 1951, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Woodrow and Gladys (Henderson) Goldsby. She married Walter Jenkins on January 18, 1975, and he preceded her in death. She was a taxi dispatcher for Yellow Cab Co. in Louisville, KY and had attended Bedford Baptist Temple.


Survivors include children, Shannon Smith (Jeffrey, Jr.), of Radcliff, KY; Jamie Petri, of Clarksville, IN, and Paul Jenkins (Sherry), of New Albany, IN; four grandchildren, Mackenzie and Gabriel Petri, Jacob and Hannah Smith; a sister, Brenda Wells (Jerry), of Bedford, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister, Teresa Stinson and two nephews.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Saturday, February 17th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Scott Wiggins officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




February 14, 2024



Phyllis Ann Anderson Obit

Phyllis Ann Anderson

March 14, 1931 – February 12, 2024


Phyllis Ann Anderson, 92, of Evansville, formerly of Bedford, passed away on February 12, 2024 at Bethel Manor in Evansville. Born on March 14, 1931, she was the daughter of William Mason and Ida Schaustal (White) Jackson. She married Teddy “Gene” Anderson on April 15, 1950 and he preceded her in death on January 19, 2022.


Phyllis worked for Jackie’s Beauty Shop and owned and operated Phyllis’s Beauty Shop. She was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1949 and attended Bedford First Baptist. She was a member of Eastern Star.


Surviving Phyllis is one daughter, Rita Mullen; four grandchildren, Shawn Whalin, Dustin (Trina) Whalin, Andrea Mullen, and Michael Mullen; three great grandchildren, Ian, Blaine, and Mae; along with several nieces and nephews.


Phyllis is preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Julia Whalin; grandson, Jacob Whalin; and eight siblings.


A funeral service for Phyllis will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Philip Thorne officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visiting hours are from 11:00am to the service time, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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




Sandra Bartley Obit

Sandra Bartley

January 4, 1939 – February 12, 2024


Bedford – Sandra Bartley, 85, of Bedford and Ocala, FL, passed away Monday, February 12, 2024, in Florida.


Born January 4, 1939, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Roy Mitchell Crafton and Goldie (Hatfield) Crafton O’Dell. She married Harold Bartley on June 10, 1956, and he preceded her in death on November 17, 2020. She graduated from Ivy Tech and Vincennes University. She had been an LPN and the Hospitality House and retired as a registered nurse from Dunn Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Englewood Baptist Church.


Survivors include a daughter, Debra Strahl, of Florida; three grandchildren, Allison (Tim) England, of Mitchell, Tyler (Sophie) Strahl, of Ft. Wayne, and Micaela (Kyle) Harrison, of Indianapolis; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Bartley, of Lizton. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Michael Bartley, and a brother, Robert Arnold.


A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




February 12, 2024



Ernest “Ernie” Randolph Obit

Ernest “Ernie” Randolph

April 1, 1957 – February 10, 2024


Bloomington- Ernest Randolph, 66, of Mitchell, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Indiana University Hospice House.


Born April 1, 1957, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Arlis and Imogene (Barringer) Randolph. He married Crystal Mikels on April 24, 2015 and she survives. He was a limestone worker and member of East Oolitic Church.


Survivors include his wife, Crystal, three sons; Brian (Megan) Randolph, James (Megan) Randolph, and Bradley Randolph; eight grandchildren, siblings; Charles Randolph, Anita (Denny) Davis, Arlis Randolph, Sheila Randolph, Debbie (Gene) Henson, Denise (Ralph) Ritchison, Brian (Diane) Randolph; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother in infancy, James Fredrick Randolph.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastors Millard Jones and Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial will follow at the Springville Christian Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Jimmie “Donut” Goins Obit

Jimmie “Donut” Goins

September 13, 1954 – February 9, 2024


Bedford – Jimmie Dairl Goins, 69, of Bedford passed away on Friday, February 9, 2024.

Born September 13, 1954, in Clay County Kentucky, he was the son of Charles and Francis (Reynolds) Goins. He was a graduate of Needmore High School. He worked at True’s gas station for years as well as maintenance for nursing homes and at Patoka Lake. He loved camping at Wildridge campgrounds and was an avid fan of IU basketball.


Survivors include his children, Anon Goins and wife Crystal of Mitchell, Audrey Goins of Bedford, Susan Hammond and husband Gary of Bedford, and Scott Hatfield of Bedford; three sisters Darlene Lewis and husband James of Owensburg, Sheila Goins McDowell of Owensburg, and Sondra Harbstreit and husband Brent of Cypress, Texas; four grandchildren Dakota, Micah, Ellison and Harrison; two aunts, Hazel Silvers of Oolitic and Brenda Sue Hubbard of Kentucky; Also, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Donnie Wayne Goins, and significant other of 20 plus years, Janice Hedrick.


A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Hillcrest Christian Church. Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm to the time of service Saturday. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.





Ruby Nell Mesarosh Obit

Ruby Nell Mesarosh

MITCHELL – Ruby Nell Mesarosh, 97, passed away Saturday, February 10, 2024, at White River Lodge.


Born May 23, 1926, in Tazewell, Tennessee, she was the daughter of James and Cora (Miley) Hopkins. She was married to William Mesarosh and he preceded her in death in 1995.


Ruby worked at Trav-Ler Radio Corporation and was a member of Spring Mill’s Green Thumbs. She enjoyed reading, listening to gospel and Elvis music, and watching Westerns. Ruby loved her family.


Survivors include her children, Linda Mounce of Mitchell, Larry Cooney of Mitchell, Brenda (Dave) Capraro of Burns, Tennessee, Peggy Reaid

of Jasper, Alabama, Cora “Cookie” (Richard) Miller of Williams, Billy (Debbie) Mesarosh of Mitchell, Karl Mesarosh of Muncie, and Harry (Danielle Flowers) Mesarosh of Mitchell; several grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and several great great grandchildren.


Her parents; husband; children, Dennis Cooney and Wilbur Wayne Cooney; sons-in-law, Bert Mounce and Billy Reaid; and siblings, Roy Hopkins, Frankie Hopkins, Silas Hopkins, Irene Ball, Hattie Stipp, and Ed Hopkins, step sister, Vita Hopkins; and previous husband Wilbur Harvey Cooney, preceded her in death.


Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Dave Capraro officiating.


The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday at the funeral home.


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





Helen Marie (Taylor) Tomlinson Obit

Helen Marie (Taylor) Tomlinson

ORLEANS – Helen Marie (Taylor) Tomlinson, 93, passed away Friday, February 9, 2024, at her residence.


Born February 9, 1931, in Sparta, Illinois, she was the daughter of John Taylor and Nancy (Dunn) McManus. She married James Morris Tomlinson on July 3, 1953, and he preceded her in death February 12, 1984.


Helen was a homemaker. She was the oldest member of Hillcrest Christian Church where she was active in the woman’s group at the church. Helen was also a member of Pathfinders and GFWC Women’s Club. She was a great cook, enjoyed hosting, and going out to eat. Helen would welcome anyone into her home. She loved her church, family, and friends and enjoyed going shopping for them at the Orleans Farmer’s Market.


Survivors include her daughter, Denise Bales of Orleans; granddaughters, Jennifer (Marty) Meyer of Orleans and Beth Ann (Ian Macdonald) Bales of Bedford; great grandchildren, Emma Thompson, Drake Thompson, Evelyn Thompson, and James Meyer; and great great granddaughter, Malena Thompson.


Her parents; daughter, Susan Tomlinson; and siblings, Reva Barrett, Daisy Strande, Vernon “Tom” Taylor, and Inez Farley, preceded her in death.


Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, February 12, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Mark Fugate and Luke Stultz officiating. Burial will follow at Mitchell Cemetery.


The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Mark Fugate and Luke Stultz officiating.


Memorial Gifts: Hillcrest Christian Church and Hoosier Uplands Hospice


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





Douglas M. Kimble Obit

Douglas M. Kimble

MITCHELL – Douglas M. Kimble, 81, left his earthly life on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at Mitchell Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation. He was surrounded by his loving family and Mitchell Manor caregivers.

 

Born April 26, 1942, in Orange County, he was the son of Harold and Hazel (Newlin) Kimble. He married Janice Arnold on November 17, 1963, and she survives. They were married over 60 years.

 

Doug was a 1960 graduate of Campbellsburg High School where he played three sports and excelled in basketball. He retired from NSWC-Crane in September of 1996 with over 30 years of service in the engineering field. Doug attended Tulip Street Christian Church and gave his life to Christ on November 14, 2023. He was an avid fan of Coach Bobby Knight and his IU Hoosiers.  Doug enjoyed reading, researching, his fruit trees, and being an expert handyman. Most of all, he enjoyed his beloved grandsons Graham and Samuel.

 

Survivors include his wife, Janice Kimble of Mitchell; daughter, Stephanie (Steve Burton) Hardman of Mitchell; grandsons, Graham Douglas Hardman of Bloomington and Samuel Marcus Hardman of Ridgewood, New York; sister, Cathy (Junior) Roop of Campbellsburg; brother, John (Wanita) Kimble of Niles, Michigan; sister-in-law, Agatha Kimble of Mitchell; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

 

His parents; brothers Carl Kimble, Charlie Kimble, Clifford Kimble; and infant brother Thomas Lee Kimble, preceded him in death.

 

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Mitchell Manor with a special thanks to the sweet loving caregivers that treated him like family.

 

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 14, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Darrin Chastain officiating. Burial will follow at Mitchell Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

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





Glenn Eugene Prewitt Obit

Glenn Eugene Prewitt

BEDFORD – Glenn Eugene Prewitt, 75, passed away Friday, February 9, 2024, at Majestic Care of Bedford.

 

Born November 18, 1948, in Bedford, he was the son of Harry and Mary (Borden) Prewitt. He married Joy Ann Freeman on March 24, 1986 and she survives.

 

Glenn worked at various sawmills, but lastly Smith Lumber in Heltonville. He enjoyed fishing and working on cars.

 

Surviving him is his wife, Joy Prewitt of Bedford.

 

His parents and siblings, Harry Lloyd Prewitt, Gerald Prewitt, and James “Jimmy” Prewitt, preceded him in death.

 

Cremation has been chosen.

 

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





Kerry Dale Childers Obit

Kerry Dale Childers

ORLEANS – Kerry Dale Childers, 68, passed away Friday, February 9, 2024, at IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

 

Born November 23, 1955, in Bedford, he is the son of Donald Eugene and Estella Jane (Hopper) Childers.

 

Kerry retired from the City of Los Angeles. He was a 1973 graduate of Orleans High School. Kerry enjoyed skiing, skydiving, and driving fast cars.  He liked to travel and go out to eat.  Kerry enjoyed his retirement and had a lot of fun.

 

Survivors include his brother, Steven (Vicki) Childers of Orleans; sister, Donna (Norman) Gallion of Orleans; and five nieces and nephews.

 

His parents preceded him in death.

 

Cremation has been chosen.




February 9, 2024



Benjamin Joseph Mattingly Obit

Benjamin Joseph Mattingly

BLOOMINGTON - Benjamin Joseph Mattingly passed away on February 6, 2024, at his home in Bloomington, Indiana at the age of 10 months. 

 

Since birth, Benjamin had struggled with a rare heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. After undergoing multiple open heart surgeries and spending a lot of time at Riley Hospital for Children, he succumbed to the complications that arose from his condition. He was able to spend his final moments at home, being held in the arms of his parents, Tim Mattingly and Taylor Timbrook, who gently rocked him and soothed him with words of love and encouragement as he took his last breaths. 

 

During his life, Bennie grew to be a smiley, curious, and talkative little baby boy. He loved being held, watching Mickey Mouse, playing with his toys, being read to, going on walks, and playing games with his mom, dad, grandparents, and other caretakers. 

 

He is survived by his parents, Tim Mattingly and Taylor Timbrook. He is also survived by his grandparents, Linda Dausend, Joseph Timbrook, and Dan and Mary Mattingly. 

 

The family will hold a small private ceremony at home. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please send donations to Colton’s Kindness.

 

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




February 8, 2024



Jane Emily Phillips Obit

Jane Emily Phillips

SPRINGVILLE – Jane Emily Phillips, 77, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2024, at her residence.

 

Born October 21, 1946, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Edward Vernon and Violet Lorraine (Wynn) Slaughter.  Jane married Wendell Floyd Phillips on March 25, 2018 and he survives.

 

Jane was a 1965 graduate of Mitchell High School and retired from NSWC - Crane.  She was a member of the Springville Pentecostal Mission Church.  Jane love to travel and was proud to have been to all 50 states.  She was the ultimate caregiver and loved taking care of people.

 

Surviving are her husband, Wendell Floyd Phillips of Springville; step-children, Kay (Jim) Churchman of Pekin, Kathy Phillips of Bedford, Kenny Phillips of Bedford, and Doug (Lori) Phillips of Grantsburg; several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, John Slaughter of Mitchell; nephews, John Edward-Dale Slaughter, Timothy Atkins, and Teddy Atkins; nieces, Jennifer King Kennedy and Roxie Lynn Barnes; goddaughter, Rebekah (Dustin) Brain of Springville; and step daughter-in-law, Marilyn Phillips of Springville.

 

Her parents; step-son, Reverend Alan Phillips; and siblings, Joyce Slaughter and Jeff Slaughter, preceded her in death.

           

Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 9, at Talbott Cemetery with Reverend Keith Thompson officiating.

 

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




February 6, 2024



John Philip Bartlett Obit

John Philip Bartlett

July 1, 1952 – February 4, 2024


Bedford – John Philip Bartlett, 71, of Bedford, passed away at 7:26 am on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.


Born July 1, 1952, in Bedford, he was the son of Forrest “Ed” and Mary Beth (Johnson) Bartlett. He was a graduate of Bedford High School and Indiana State University. He retired as a diemaker at General Motors Powertrain in 2006 and was a member of U.A.W. Local #440. He loved fishing and spending time at his cabin in Wisconsin.


Survivors include his loving life partner, Linda Baker Breedlove. He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents, Kermit and Mary (Lytton) Bartlett, Elmer and Maud (Giles) Johnson.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 9th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Private burial will be in Dive Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Carolyn Jean (Baker) Wellman Obit

Carolyn Jean (Baker) Wellman

June 22, 1933 – February 4, 2024


Bedford – Carolyn Jean (Baker) Wellman, 90, of Bedford, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2024.


Born June 22, 1933, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Charles and Ilene (Harvey) Baker. She graduated from Heltonville High School with the class of 1951. Carolyn married Hershell Axsom in 1951 and he preceded her in death in 1991. She married Charles Wellman on April 17, 1995, and he passed away in 2016. She worked at RCA and NWSC Crane, retiring in 1992. She was a member of the Englewood Baptist Church.


Survivors include a son, Mike Axsom and wife, Karen, of Bedford; a step-son, Dane Wellman, of TN; a grandson, Dustin Shoults and wife, Ragen, of CO; a sister, Judy Mason, of Bedford; brothers, Billy Don Baker and wife, Janice, of Bedford and Jim Baker, of Mitchell; a sister-in-law, Teressa Wellman, of Bloomington; a step-daughter-in-law, Glenda (Bruce) Nickless; several step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, a daughter, Susie Axsom; a son, Don Axsom; a step-son, Mike Wellman; a sister, Katie Lantz; brothers, Jr. Baker and Fred Baker; in-laws, Latonia Baker, Sam Wellman, Jim Wellman and Janice Wellman.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, February 7th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor David Ferry officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Teresa Ann Applegate Obit

Teresa Ann Applegate

December 25, 1955 – February 4, 2024


Teresa Ann Applegate, 68, of Bedford, passed away on February 4, 2024 at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington. Born on December 25, 1955, she was the daughter of Robert Bridwell and Phyllis and David (Wagoner) Hill. She married Dan Applegate, and he survives.

Teresa worked at Visteon for 22 years. She attended First Baptist Church of Bedford. She had an infectious smile and never met a stranger.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Teresa is her husband, Dan; one son, Alan Craig; two brothers, Van (Tonya) Bridwell and Tim (Helen) Bridwell; two stepdaughters, Angie (Ralph) Fisher and Melissa Clark; several grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; and her precious cat, Abbey.


Teresa is preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Rob Bridwell.

Cremation was chosen with no services at this time.


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


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




February 5, 2024


Harry James “Jim” Colburn

March 25, 1947 - February 2, 2024


Bedford - Harry James “Jim” Colburn, 76, of Bedford died at 11:35am on Friday, February 2, 2024.


Born March 25, 1947, in Bedford, IN he was the son of George Carr and Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Roberts) Colburn. He married Judith Arnold on August 6, 1966, and she survives. Jim graduated from Shawswick High School and had worked as an insurance agent prior to retirement. He was a member of the Faith Mission Church and a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving on the USS Saratoga. After being honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1970, Jim continued working at Ideal Shoe Store, where he had worked for several years prior to his military service. In 1973, he began what would be a 45 year career as an insurance agent, beginning at Farm Bureau Insurance for 18 years, then 27 years as an independent agent. He was for many, many people “their favorite insurance man” because he was always willing to go above and beyond, putting the client’s interest above how much money he would make from the transaction.


He loved basketball, and played throughout his school years, becoming quite a “star” in his high school years from 1962 – 1966 at Shawswick High School. As an adult, he coached a girls’ team at what was then the Girl’s Club in Bedford, and then for several years he coached the boys’ team at Stone City Christian Academy. All of the young men he coached claimed a very special place in his heart, and it gave him so much joy because many of them have stayed in touch over the years.


He also loved to golf, and even though his health had not allowed him to do much of it in recent years, a friend was able to get him back on the course Summer 2023 and he had such a great time and was able to do what he thought he would never be able to do again.


Another thing he did that brought him joy for many years, he became Santa Claus at Christmas time to the delight of many children all over town. He was even the downtown Santa one year, riding in the parade on the fire truck. The children he visited with all those years ago now have children and even grandchildren of their own, but they have not forgotten him as Santa.


He loved his wife, and it was his life’s goal to make sure she was taken care of. They met as babies, knew each other all of their lives, and finally got together as sweethearts in high school and married shortly after graduation. They had two sons, whom he loved dearly and spent the last few years of his life post-retirement doing everything he could for them.


He also loved Faith Mission Church. He began attending as a baby and was a faithful member until his death. He was willing to help out in any way he could, playing the trombone in the orchestra for many years, operating the sound board, singing duets with his wife, and serving in many other ways. He loved his church family, and they loved him in return.


So many other things could be written about Jim. If you have memories of your own you would like to post on his Facebook page, the family would enjoy reading those.


Survivors include his wife Judy of Bedford; two sons, Jonathan Colburn of Bedford, and James Colburn of Portland; a sister, Joanne Adams of Bedford; three sisters-in-law, Donna Pannell of Tampa, Fl, Sue Colburn and Donetta Eads of Bedford; a brother-in-law, Edward Arnold of Elora, TN; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and one great- great niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, John Colburn, and Ben Colburn.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 7th at the Faith Mission Church with Pastor Bryan Line and Rev. Leonard Sankey officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 6th from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Faith Mission Church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Justin Scott Brown Obit

Justin Scott Brown

BLOOMINGTON – Justin Scott Brown, 38, passed away Friday, February 2, 2024, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital after a brief battle with an aggressive cancer.


Born July 25, 1985, in Madison, Tennessee, he was the son of Gregory Scott Brown and Teresa Lynn (Jones) McGeary Fletcher.  


Justin was a professional poker player.  His passion for statistics, and a general love of numbers, kick-started his career into professional poker. Justin entered a whole host of live poker tournaments, in addition to the World Series of Poker circuit, with many years of success.   He was a 2004 graduate of Mitchell High School, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Indiana University.  Justin enjoyed many of life’s pursuits including traveling, playing golf, several competitive sports, and mushroom hunting.   He had a passion for creating and executing recipes in the culinary arts.  Justin was of the Christian faith.  


Survivors include his mother, Teresa Lynn McGeary (Kent) Fletcher of Bloomington; his father, Gregory Scott (Beth) Brown of Mitchell; brothers, James Lee Brown of Mitchell, Jeremy Lewis (Morgan) Brown of Bloomington, and Katelyn Diane (Eric) Brown of Bedford; his niece, Emma Grace Brown; uncles, John A. Jones of Williams, and Norvin A. Jones III of Shoals; and many cousins.


His grandparents; John L. Brown, Ruth E. Emmert, Norvin A. Jones Jr., and Betty L. Rodman; and uncle, Mike

L. Brown preceded him in death.


Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 8, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Matt Nigg officiating.  Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.


The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednseday, February 7, and from 9:30 a.m.  until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral home.


In memory of Justin, as requested by his family:  “If you think of me, and would like to do something for my memory do this; volunteer at a school, church or library; write a letter to someone and tell them how they have a positive effect on your life; if you smoke-quit; if you drink and drive-stop; turn off the electronics and take a kid out for ice cream and talk to them about their hopes and dreams; forgive someone who doesn’t deserve it; stop at all the lemonade stands run by kids and brag about their product; and make someone smile today if it is in your power to do so.”


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

 





Carolyn J. “Jeanie” Manion Obit

Carolyn J. “Jeanie” Manion

December 2, 1932-February 2, 2024


Bedford- Carolyn J. “Jeanie” Manion, 91, of Bedford died at 8:35pm on Friday, February 2, 2024, at Westview Nursing and Rehab.


Born December 2, 1932, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Arthur and Ethel (Cooper) Bailey. She married Marvin Manion on July 7, 1960, and he preceded her in death on December 14, 2013. Carolyn was a member of the Free Methodist Church and had worked as an administrative assistant for Rogers Group, Oolitic Ground Limestone and Bedford Building Supply.


Survivors include her nieces and nephews: Sharon Baldwin, Carol Hunter, Doyle Hunter, Gary Hunter, Joni Godsey, Mike Manion, Melanie Manion, Rita Franklin, Brenda Weisheit, Amber Bailey, Becky Vincent, Bruce Manion, and Keith Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, four siblings: Arthur Bailey, Barbara (Ivan) Hunter, Ronald Bailey, and Donald Bailey, and a nephew, Wayne Manion.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 6th at the Bedford Free Methodist Church with Pastors David Colgan and Adam Strausser officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Tuesday, February 6th at the Bedford Free Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Free Methodist Church.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Johnson Christian Village for the loving care and support for Jeanie.





Carolyn “Sue” Goins Obit

Carolyn “Sue” Goins

March 31, 1942 – February 1, 2024


Carolyn “Sue” Goins, 81, of Mitchell passed away on February 1, 2024 at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Born on March 31, 1942, she was the daughter of Gordon and Alice (Thompson) Blackburn. She married Barney Goins on June 2, 1963 and he passed away on February 14, 2023.


Sue graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School in 1975 and she also attended Oolitic High School. She was retired from G.E. Sue attended Oolitic Methodist Church. She was a slot machine pro, avid bingo player, and loved to travel. She was very proud of her grandchildren and loved her family dearly.


Sue is survived by her three daughters, Debra Goins, Teresa Goins, and Shannon (Jim) Roach; 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; brother, Larry Blackburn; three sisters, Marilyn Peters, Stella Trowbridge, and Betty Jo Blackburn; sister-in-law, Margaret Blackburn; as well as several nieces and nephews.


She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Ronnie Blackburn; and one sister, Brenda Magnus.


A funeral service for Sue will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. Visiting hours will be from 10:00am to the service time on Tuesday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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





David Rex Mundy Obit

David Rex Mundy

MITCHELL – David Rex Mundy, 80, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2024, at his residence.

 

Born September 6, 1943, in Bedford, he was the son of Calvin and Beatrice (Case) Mundy.  He married Marsha Kay Bennett on September 25, 1983 and she survives.

 

David was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a member of the Indiana National Guard, and a member of the American Legion Post No. 250.  He worked as a machine operator for Sabin.  David enjoyed riding horses and shooting guns.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

 

Surviving are his wife, Kay Mundy of Mitchell; children, Dennis R. Mundy of Mitchell and Joshua (Shannon) Cook of Mitchell; grandchildren, Emma Cook, Madison Cook, Dennis “Cody” Mundy, Mikayla Mundy, and Dylan Mundy; great-grandchildren, Amiha Kay Mundy, Wyatt Mundy, and Railyn Mundy; and sister, Judy Asbery of Mitchell.

 

His parents; son, Steven Mundy; and siblings, Joe Mundy, Jerry Mundy, Kay Asbery, and Amy Beckett, preceded him in death.

 

Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 5, at Lawrenceport Cemetery.  Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

 

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





Danny Joe Blackwell Obit

Danny Joe Blackwell

BEDFORD – Danny Joe Blackwell, 77, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

 

Born July 7, 1946, in Mitchell, he was the son of Ernest and Lucille (Luttrell) Blackwell.  He married his neighbor, classmate, and best friend, Ruthanne Flinn on October 31, 1964 and she survives.  They were married over 59 years.

 

Danny was a 1964 graduate of Mitchell High School.  He retired from Lehigh Cement Company after 42 years.  Danny was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran of the Vietnam War, a member of American Legion Post No. 250, and active in the Honor Guard.  He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 228 F.&A.M.  Danny was a member of the Mitchell First Baptist Church and a member of Gideons International.  He served on the board as President for the White River Humane Society.  Danny was an avid sports fan; especially Indiana University football and basketball.  He loved his family, friends, and the 42 years spent at Lehigh.  He always loved his weekly dinners with his classmates.  Danny loved life, people, and meeting new people.  You never saw him without a smile.  He will truly be missed.

 

Surviving are his wife, Ruthanne Blackwell of Bedford; son, Danny J. (Shelly) Blackwell of Mitchell; grandchildren, Danny Joe (Jamie) Blackwell II of Denver, Colorado, Zachary Blackwell of Naples, Florida, Taylor (Elijah Frank) Blackwell of Bedford, McKenzi (Kyle) Blackwell of Bloomington, and Kennedy Abel of Mitchell; great-grandchildren, Daisy, Indie, Effie, Lottie, and Wren; brother and sister-in-law, Jay and Janet Fiddler of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.

 

His parents and siblings, Leon Blackwell, Jack Blackwell, Bob Blackwell, and Shirley Sloan, preceded him in death.

 

Celebration of Life service will be at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 4, at the Mitchell First Baptist Church with Reverend Reggie Clark, Reggie Joslin, and Pastor Travis Inman officiating.  Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

 

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the First Baptist Church.

 

Memorial Donations:  White River Humane Society or American Lung Association

 

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

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