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Obituaries — January 2023

Jan. 31, 2023


Dawn Nicole (Caraway) Wheeler


Dawn Nicole (Caraway) Wheeler age 47 of Bedford passed away unexpectedly at her residence on January 24, 2023. She was born in Bedford on February 27, 1975 to Stephen and Darlene Caraway, she was employed at Wal-Mart in Bedford and was a graduate of BNL High School. She will be missed by all that knew her, especially her two fur babies Kalua and Bella who were her constant companions.


Survivors include her husband, Jason Wheeler of Bedford, her children, Gage Andrick of Bedford and Camden Andrick of Bedford, her parents, Stephen and Darlene Caraway of Bedford, sister, Deanna Jones of Bedford, brother, Anthony (Kasey) Caraway of Bedford, special niece, Marissa Caraway of Bloomington, Dawn was a second Mom to her throughout her life. Nephew, Dakota Caraway who helped her and checked on her daily, niece, Lacey Shaw, nephews, Landon Shaw of Bedford and Logan Shaw of Bloomington, ten great nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Earl and Jeanette Cobb and Othel and Phyllis Caraway, and uncle, Ernie Cobb


A celebration of her life will be from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday February 11, 2023 at Victory Family Fellowship Church at 305 West Warren Street in Mitchell, with Kyle Hall, officiating, other speakers will be Deanna Jones, Marissa Caraway and Steve Caraway.


Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.



Rose Ann Roshon

1932 - 2023


Rose Ann Lane Roshon, 90, of Bedford, passed away at 10:51 am on Monday, January 30, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospice House. Born March 20, 1932, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Ristey and Inez Rose (Tucker) Mayo. She married Frank Ervin Lane on August 14, 1949, and he preceded her in death on May 27, 2001. She later married Lowell H. Roshon and he preceded her in death on September 27, 2007. She was a homemaker and a member of the Englewood Baptist Church.


Survivors include three granddaughters, Miranda Rose Lane and Lacey Dee Lane, both of Bedford and Christina Miller and husband, David, of Spencer; a grandson, Matthew Ryan Lane, of Bedford; a great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Beth Daily, of Bedford; two great-grandsons, Landon and Isaiah Lane, both of Heltonville. She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands; a son, Steven Scott Lane; a sister, Marcena Cody; brothers, Eugene Mayo and Richard Mayo (in infancy). Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 3rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor David Ferry officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Friday, February 3rd at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.


Gerald Edward Dunn

1929 - 2023


Gerald Edward “Gerry” Dunn, 93, of Bedford, formerly of Avon, Indiana, passed away on January 28, 2023. Born July 4, 1929, in Beech Grove, Indiana to Guy Albert and Mary Viola (Jackson) Dunn. He married Phyllis May Floyd on July 19, 1950, and she preceded him in death on November 10, 2002.


He was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and served as a deacon and then as an elder for many years. He was a member of Central Church of Christ in Bedford, and previously of Eagle Valley Church of Christ in Clermont.


He graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis in 1947, then graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, achieving his Professional Engineering license in 1959. The largest segment of his career was working for the state of Indiana; for the State Board of Health, the State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Department of Public Works, and then the State Building Commissioner’s Office. He ultimately became the Indiana State Building Commissioner in 1985 and held the position during the administrations of three governors (Orr, Bayh and O’Bannon) until his retirement in January of 2001.


He received two Sagamore of the Wabash Awards; one from Governor Robert Orr in 1988, and the second from Governor Frank O’Bannon at his retirement in 2001.


He was active in the Boy Scouts in the 60s and 70s as a Cubmaster, a Scoutmaster and an Explorer Post Advisor.


He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Phyllis, and his brother, Phillip A. Dunn.


He is survived by two sons, Mark S. Dunn (and his wife Rita), Gregory B. Dunn (and his wife Kelly), both of Bedford, three grandchildren, Emily O. Brown (and her husband Daniel) of Westfield, Alexander J. Dunn of New York City, Garrison B. Dunn of Bedford, and one sister Sara Suzanne Riddle of Martinsville; several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 2nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Minister Rick Leach officiating and where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Burial will follow in West Ridge Park Cemetery in Indianapolis. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, February 1st at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Jan. 30, 2023


Marion I. Roler

On Thursday morning, January 26 2023, Marion I. Roler, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away at the age of 79 of cancer. She passed peacefully in her sleep with her family at her home in Bedford.


Born on Christmas Day to Rutherford & Justine Fowler of Connecticut, Marion was the wife to Warren “Bud” Roler (1940-2021), she was a career banker, and loving mother. Together, her and Bud traveled extensively throughout the US and abroad for work making many friends along the way. Eventually they raised their family in Santa Barbara County on the central coast of California. Married 59 years, every day was an adventure and a memory to hold.


They eventually moved to Bedford Indiana where Marion volunteered at the oncology department at IU Health Bedford, she attended Restoration Church, and continued to lead a wonderful life. Marion is survived by her three children: Christina, Jeffery, and Keith [Lisa].


Marion personally requested that no formal end-of-life services be held. Instead, she requested her family and her many friends to remember & celebrate her life and accomplishments in their hearts and minds.


She will be missed… always.


Cresthaven Funeral Home, is entrusted with her care.



Jacqueline Arlene Boltwood

1939 - 2023


Jacqueline Arlene Boltwood, 83, of Bedford died Saturday, January 28, 2023 at her residence.


Born November 12, 1939, in Rochester, NY she was the daughter of Charles Boltwood and Ellen (Stephenson) Rotolo. She worked as a day care provider.


Survivors include her three children: Teresa Shafer and her husband Matthew of Rochester, NY, Patricia Angora and husband Anthony of Rochester, NY , and Richard Battaglia of Rochester, NY; nine grandchildren: Cynthia Meadows and husband Paul of Bedford, Dave Unell, Shannon Enloe, Jacob Shafer, Anthony Angora, James Angora and wife Aubrey, Richard Battaglia, Kimberly Battaglia, and Joseph Battaglia all of Rochester, NY; five great grandchildren, Hunter Meadows and wife Serena and Makenzie Hobbs and husband Sy, Amira Meadows, Ryatt Meadows, Kody Inman, and Kaitlyne Magnus all of Bedford, Derek Battaglia, Charlie Battaglia and Dean Trayer all of Rochester, NY; three great great grandchildren: Stella and Hux Meadows and Marley Hobbs; two sisters, Carol Milne and Pamela Waldren and husband Craig all Rochester, NY, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Sheryl Bertges, a son in law, Bobby Bertges a brother, Butch Boltwood, and a brother-in-law, Craig Milne.


Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 2nd at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Lannie Ray Blackerby


Lannie Ray Blackerby, 75, of Mitchell, passed away Friday, January 27, 2023, at his residence.

Born September 13, 1947, in Bedford, he was the son of Ray Edward “T-Bone” and Betty Jean (Shoults) Blackerby. He married Sharon Sue Keane, December 30, 1966 and she survives. They were married for 56 years.


Lannie was a 1965 graduate of Mitchell High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War Era, serving in Germany. Lannie worked at General Motors and retired after 40 years. He held a leadership role with the UAW Local No. 440 as a Veterans Committee Member. Lannie was a member of the Mitchell Masonic Lodge No. 228 F.&A.M., American Legion Post No. 250, Sons of the American Legion, and Mitchell Outdoor Sportsman Club. Lannie was an honorary Kentucky Colonel. He enjoyed many sports and he was a master of all trades, and was proud of the time he once got a hole-in-one. He also traveled with a bowling league and was a huge music fan. Later in life he found an affinity for metal detecting and RC cars. He enjoyed life to the fullest.


Surviving are his wife, Sue Blackerby of Mitchell; children, Shannon Ray (Shawnya) Blackerby of Cass, West Virginia and Jessica Sue (Nicholas) Healey of Bloomington; grandchildren, Olivia Soller, Emily Tomlinson, Nicholas Blackerby, and Oliver Healey; great-grandchildren, Phoenix Tomlinson, Willow Tomlinson, and Emmer Soller; siblings, Vicki (Brian) Rainey of Bedford and Becky (Mike) Roberts of Salem.


His parents preceded him in death.


Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Lee Hupp officiating. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery.


The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.


Memorial Contributions: American Legion Post No. 250



Kathleen "Tina" Bundy

November 24, 1964 - January 26, 2023


Kathleen “Tina” Bundy, 58, of Bedford, IN, passed away on January 26, 2023, at her residence. Born in Detroit, MI, on November 24, 1964, she was the daughter of Paul Eugene and Jane Johnson. Tina graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School and attended East Oolitic Community Church. She would like to be remembered as a good mother and Christian. Surviving Tina is her daughter, Raven Bundy of Mitchell, IN; two sons, Blaze and his wife Taylar Phoenix, of Bedford, IN and Shayne Johnson of Canada; four grandchildren, Lily, Azalea, Rhilynn, and Jayce; and a pet companion, Chaos. Tina is preceded in death by her parents and a brother. No services are planned at this time. Memorial contributions can be made to IU Health Hospice. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Kathleen "Tina" Bundy please visit our Sympathy Store.



Jan. 29, 2023


Lorna Joyce Mundy


Lorna Joyce Mundy, 85, of Bedford, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2023, at her residence.


She was born March 3, 1937 in Martin County, Indiana to Raymond and Christine (Burton) Mundy. Her parents were both descendants of early 1800’s Indiana settlers. Joyce was a member of Mitchell First Baptist Church and Huron Baptist Church. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Huron WTK Club, and the Mitchell Fleur De Lis.

Joyce graduated from Huron High School in 1955, attended Indiana University, and graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in 1959. As an obstetrical nurse, she worked at Dunn Hospital for 10 ½ years before helping open the obstetrical unit at the new Bedford Medical Center in 1970, retiring in 1999 to care for aged parents. She was a registered nurse until 2022 and had been a member of the American Nurses Association for 62 years.


As L. Joyce Mundy, she wrote Souvenirs, for three different newspapers; Mitchell Tribune, Mitchell Time, and Bedford Times Mail, and published seven books of her collections.

She enjoyed painting, drawing and usually had a group to paint and socialize. She loved music and attended frequent jams to hear local musicians. She learned to whistle as a child from her grandparents and would often whistle along with the tunes.


She is survived by sister, Eleanor Mundy and three brothers, Gordon (Dolores) Mundy, Gary (Joelle) Mundy, and Marty (Becky) Mundy. Also surviving are nieces and nephews, Sailor Schofield, Troy Mundy, Stan Mundy, Kent Mundy, Owen (Joelle) Mundy, Reed (Sarabeth) Mundy, Sara Christine Mundy, Justin Mundy, and Nathan (Amanda) Mundy, along with several great nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Her parents and brothers, Graydon Mundy and Stanley Howard Mundy preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 4, at the Huron Baptist Church with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating. Burial will be in Clark Cemetery.


The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the Huron Baptist Church.


In lieu of flowers, you can donate to the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services, 219 Sycamore Drive, Bedford, IN 47421.




Jan. 28, 2023


Myrtle Marie Robbins


Myrtle Marie Robbins, 74, of Mitchell, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Paoli Health and Living Community.


Born February 10, 1948, in Spencer, she was the daughter of Cecil and Rosie (Frankenburger) Sheese. Marie married John Franklin Robbins, Sr. December 1978 and he survives.

Marie retired as an assembler at General Electric. She enjoyed taking care of her grandkids and cooking.


Surviving are her husband, John Franklin Robbins, Sr. of Mitchell; children, John F. (Mary) Robbins, Jr. of Mitchell, Thomas L. (Elizabeth) Robbins, and Rose M. (Shawn) Perkin of Louisville, Kentucky; seven grandchildren; and sister, Mae Collins of Bowling Green, Indiana.


Her parents and siblings, Eugene Sheese and Virgie Rambo, preceded her in death.


Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 30, at Mitchell Cemetery with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating. Burial will follow.


The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Monday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.



Jack Lee “Jackie” Merry


Jack Lee “Jackie” Merry, 57, of Bedford, passed away Monday, January 23, 2023, at his residence.


Born January 4, 1966, in Bedford, his parents were Joseph and Janet (Shoopman) Terry and his father was Jack L. Merry.


Jackie worked as a diesel mechanic. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing and mushroom hunting.


Surviving are his daughter, Jacklyn Merry of Bedford; grandchildren, Jasey Ritchison and Lane Sullivan; siblings, Chad (Jenny) Terry of Bedford and Angela (David) Hignite of Orleans; nieces, Shalee Dodds, Audrey Terry, and Addie Terry; nephew, Brandon Dodds; and several great nieces and nephews.


His parents and father preceded him in death.


Cremation has been chosen with burial at a later date.



Jan. 27, 2023


Lois Marie Seagraves


Lois Marie Seagraves, 79, of Foley, AL, passed away peacefully on January 21, 2023, at her home. Born in Lawrence County, IN on April 13, 1943, she was the daughter of Thomas and Margaret Hess, and Orville Parsley. She married William R. Seagraves on May 7, 1966, and he survives. Lois was a housewife and a cosmetologist. She enjoyed quilting and art. She graduated from Franklin High School in 1961 and Indianapolis Cosmetology School in 1962. She was a member of the Gulf Shores United Methodist Church. Surviving to cherish the memory of Lois is her husband, William R. Seagraves; two children, Monica (Paul) Ayers and Chandler (Teri) Seagraves; her mother, Margaret Hess; two siblings, Camille (Larry) Bender and Tom Hess; five grandchildren, Courtney Coutinho, John O’Connor, Kyle O’Conner, Sophia Ayers, and George Seagraves; and two great grandchildren, Kieron Coutinho and Vivienne Coutinho. Lois is preceded in death by her stepfather, Thomas Hess; father, Orville Parsley; stepmother, Arla Parsley; brother, Gerald Parsley; and sister, Rhea Dawn Wisley. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, February 3, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford, IN. Burial will follow at the Beyers-Rainbolt Cemetery in Springville, IN. Visitation will be from 10:00am to the service time on Friday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel. Contributions in memory of Lois can be made to the ALS Association. Remembrances and condolences may be shared at www.FergusonLee.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Lois Marie Seagraves please visit our Sympathy Store.


Jan. 26, 2023


David Eric Martin


David Eric Martin age 74 of Bedford passed away on Monday January 23,

2023 at 4:34 p.m. at IU Health Bloomington Hospital. He was born in

Indianapolis on September 8, 1948 to Leonard E. Martin and Wanda Arlene (Means) Martin. Mr. Martin was a graduate of Bedford High School Class of 1966, he loved IU Football and Basketball, he loved old movies, he attended the Restoration Christian Church, he worked at Ralph Rogers for 20 years and retired as branch manager of the BMV Bloomington branch.


Survivors include his daughters, Maureen Yvette (Jerry) Workman of Springville and Melanie Yvonne Martin of Bedford, grandchildren, Brian Joseph Martin-Howe, Rachael Jordan Howe and Indy Annagail Workman, three great grandchildren, one brother, Michael Leenon (Lisa) Martin of Louisville, sisters, Adele Rhea Martin of Bedford and Carol Dorothy Marie (John) Allen of Bedford. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Funeral services will be on Monday January 30, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home, with Bro. Trent Freed, officiating, burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens, visitation will be on Monday January 30, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. until service time at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home, Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.



Jan. 24, 2023


Mary Edith Lee

1929 - 2023


Mary Edith Bennett Lee passed away peacefully on Monday, January 23, 2023, at IU Bedford Hospital. Born February 3, 1929, in Buddha, Indiana, she was daughter of Ebbie Lemuel and Edith Stewart Bennett. She was the sister to, Herschel (Esther), Harold (Virginia), Lemuel (Jr.) (Joyce), Theron and Burl. She was a graduate of Tunnelton High School and member of White River Baptist Church.


On March 9, 1952, at her parents’ home she was united in marriage to Charles Daniel Lee. Mrs. Lee is survived by two children David (Paula) of Bedford and Martha (Mark) Hill, Medora. Eight grandchildren, Danie (Mark) Norris, Tiffany (Matt) Moody, Kasey (Doug) Franklin, Chelsea (Steve) Cassidy, Amanda Herzner, Evan (Amanda Jane) Hill, Levi (Victoria) Lee and Jan Lee. Fifteen Great-Grandchildren, 2 Step Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was known as Momma Lee to Shannon, Derrick and Holly Pickett. Her husband, a son and daughter in law, Curtis D and Jill Lee, son Ralph Lee and a great grand-daughter, Nora Moody, her parents, brothers, and 2 nephews Jo A. and James E. Bennett all preceded her in death.


Graveside services for Mrs. Lee will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 28th at Tunnelton Cemetery with her nephews, Mark and Larry Bennett officiating. Pallbearers are: Levi Lee, Jan Lee, Evan Hill, Bryce Bennett, Eric Bennett, Josh Bennett and Tom Bennett. Honorary Pallbearers are: Finn Lee, Pacer Norris, Mark Thomas Herzner, Maddox Franklin, Bennett Moody and Daniel Hill. The family asks that you consider donations to the Tunnelton Cemetery or Tolbert Cemetery in lieu of flowers. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Miriam Jean Wagoner

1923 - 2023


Miriam Jean Wagoner, 90, of Bedford, passed away at 8:10 am on Monday, January 23, 2023, at Westview Nursing and Rehab. Center. Born March 22, 1932, in Petersburg, IN, she was the daughter of Luther McKinley and Georgia Mace (Naney) White. She married Charles Victor Wagoner on April 7, 1950. She had been a clerk at JC Penney Department Store and was a homemaker. She was a member of the V.F.W. and American Legion. She enjoyed sewing, baking and cooking.


Survivors include six children, Carol Jean Wagoner Robbins, Charles David Wagoner, Howard Edwin Wagoner, Woodrow G. Wagoner, Elizabeth Mace Wagoner Moren, Rose Marilyn Wagoner; grandchildren, Angela Marie, Daniel Curtis, Charles Evan, Jeffrey David, Scott Hamilton, Eric Matthew, Laura Ellen Williams, Aaron Woodrow, Katelin Dianne, Mariah Elizabeth, Robert McKinnley Rice, Micah William Rice, Joshua David Rollins, Alexandria Rose Batchelor, Jessica Leigh Batchelor, Victoria Lynn Batchelor; great-grandchildren, Katie, Olivia, Audrey, Gavin, Abigail, Theodore Rex, Adelin Macy Williams, Eloise June Williams, Riley Marie, Caleb Lucas, Maverick Mace. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers, Luther Maurice, Charles William, Edwin Ray, Richard Vernon, James Paul, Ronald Wayne, Donald Blaine, Harold Marvin and Robert White; a sister, Marilyn Sue White.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 28th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Nathanael Kelly officiating. Burial will follow in Wagoner Cemetery in Silverville. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, January 27th and from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Saturday, January 28th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Friends may consider memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Jan. 23, 2023


Karen Kelly McNichols

Karen Kelly McNichols, 73, of Bedford died peacefully on January 21, 2023.


Born April 22, 1949 in New York City, New York, she was the daughter of James and Marilyn (Lowery) Kelly.


Karen grew up in a large, Irish family attending Catholic school in Yonkers, NY, then relocated to Bloomington, IN when she was in high school. She holds an Education Degree from Indiana University and taught English, serving as Department Chair, at Bedford North Lawrence (BNL) High School before retiring in 2015. Throughout her career, Karen was active with the BNL Prom Committee, Distinguished Young Women of Lawrence County, BNL Scholarship Foundation, and many other organizations.


Karen is survived and missed by her loving husband, George McNichols; son, George McNichols Jr. (Christy), of Bedford; and daughter, Jamie Medlock (Cody), of Greenwood; grandchildren Elizabeth, George III, Rebecca, and Rory; siblings, Kevin Kelly, Theresa Shirley, Jeanne Kelly, Kim Kelly Donovan, Jackie Kelly Robertson; and numerous extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Karen was an avid reader, IU basketball fan, and loved playing cards with friends. Karen and George lived in Houston, TX for several years before planting roots in Bedford in 1984. She had exquisite taste and loved helping friends and family decorate their homes. Her favorite pastimes included spending time with her grandchildren, lounging poolside, and visiting the beach with George.


Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 27th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Andy Fish officiating and Shawna Girgis performing music.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Karen Kelly McNichols Scholarship with the Bedford North Lawrence Scholarship Foundation.




Jan. 22, 2023


Regina Deckard

April 4, 1950 - January 21, 2023


Regina Deckard, 72, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the IU Health Bloomington Hospital. Born April 4, 1950, she was the daughter of Charles and Helen (Terrell) Deckard. Regina was a caregiver and cleaned houses. She attended the Church of God of Prophecy where she played the piano. She enjoyed planting and working with flowers and feeding the birds and squirls. Surviving Regina is her sister, Renee (Steve) Fish; two brothers, Bill (Shantel) Luallen and Charles (Rita) Robinson; along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Greg Deckard and Larry Edward Deckard. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 11:00am at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Homes in Bedford with the Rev. Brent O’Neal officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Beech Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30am until the time of the service on Wednesday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel. Online remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.FergusonLee.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Regina Deckard please visit our Sympathy Store.




Edna Florence (Hannell) Lindley



Edna Florence (Hannell) Lindley began her latest adventure on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. She was surrounded by the family she taught to love unconditionally, to laugh until they cry, to cook enough to feed an army, and to sing every song (even if no one appreciates your voice). 


Edna was born to John William and Lydia Annie (Tyler) Hannell in Kedron, a neighborhood of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia on October 21, 1927. She was the fifth of seven children. By her own reports, she was a good student and a spirited girl her older brother Jack would call “a little devil” even in her 80s. 


During World War II, she met Elmer Arthur “Jimmy” Lindley at a Red Cross dance while he was stationed in Brisbane Harbour repairing ships. Not one to follow rules like, “Don’t date the American servicemen,” she said yes when he asked her out. They married on October 28, 1944 -- one week after her 17th birthday. Their first daughter Annette was born in May the following year. 


Edna and Annette left Brisbane on May 31, 1946 on the transport ship Mariposa. Edna and her good friend Adele won a jitterbug contest on the ship. The two Aussie girls would end up living about half an hour away from each other, visiting frequently over the years, seeing each other through homesickness and the ups and downs of life. They helped each other keep their Australian accents and shared the tastes of home.


Patricia was born in April after Edna and Jimmy were reunited in West Baden, Indiana. Unlike her sister, Patricia was born at Jimmy’s mother’s house and not a hospital. Life in rural Indiana was a big adjustment for a city girl and that was just one.


In 1955, Jimmy’s sister Ruth died and the young family welcomed nephew Arlis Lindley Stanfield into their home and hearts. Edna had always wanted a big family and Lindley completed the circle.


When Edna left Australia, she didn’t know how to do three things she became known for: she couldn’t cook, swear, or drink. Somewhere along the way, she took to all three in spectacular fashion. 


If you knew Edna, you might have called her Nana. The grandkids started coming in 1970 and she was dubbed Nana. She got used to them introducing her that way. If someone asked if she minded them calling her Nana, she would usually say, “Might as well! There are 70 year old men who call me Nana.” It was fitting. Knowing what it was like to be far from family, she always made room for anyone who needed a place to be.


Edna’s heart would always be in two places on opposite sides of the world. She always said if she won the lottery (which she never played) she would spend every winter in Australia and every summer in Indiana. Her siblings and their children loved her visits and, after Jimmy’s death in 2001, might have tried to convince her to stay. No one blames them for wanting Auntie Edna (or Big Ed) there, but she always came home to the family in the US. 


She loved to travel. In the early 2000s, she learned of the World War II War Brides Association and their annual reunion. She joined and visited several US cities with the War Brides. This group meant so much to her -- women who had very similar experiences to her own. They understood each other. Her descendants have been charged with keeping this group alive after the War Brides are gone and we’ll do our best. 


She was also a member of the Eastern Star and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was confirmed at St. Andrew’s Church of England in Lutwyche, Queensland.


Her capacity to love was endless and she was a very forward thinker for her time. She embraced everyone who came out to her as lesbian, gay, or transgender. On a trip to Texas before segregation ended, she sat with her children in the back of the bus on principle. 


She enjoyed playing cards and Scrabble, fishing, and bowling. She hated winter and gardening. Her happiest Sundays were those spent with the family and many friends playing bean bag under the shade of the maple tree. She was always happy to be the driver and had no fear except maybe rush hour in Atlanta. It’s rumored that she knew the location of every liquor store between Indianapolis and Louisville. It is not uncommon to hear even distant cousins say that they had their first sip of a wine cooler at her kitchen table. 


In her later years, Edna struggled with arthritis, but her mind was sharp. She was more homebound, but kept her car keys and lived in the home she and Jimmy built to the very end. She still enjoyed traveling and lived on her own with the help of #TeamNana. She loved the independence her iPad facilitated. She frequently FaceTimed with family members including her frequent talks with her Aussie nieces Jenni, Lynn, and Judy and nephew Ken.


Edna is survived by her daughter Annette Wolfington and Annette’s children 

Kurt Sugarman and fiancée Kami Crecelius, Nathan Sugarman and wife Laura, and Ricky Wolfington and wife Julie. She was preceded in death by her daughter Patricia “Trish” Drake. She is survived by Trish’s children Amy Seigle, Amy’s husband Paul, and Brandon Drake. Arlis Lindley Stanfield also preceded Edna in death. She is survived by Lindley’s wife Kathy and their daughters Olivia Stanfield, Leah Porras, and Leah’s husband Gabe. 


Edna’s great grandchildren are Ethan Sugarman, Isabel Sugarman, Keenan Crowder, Annie Crowder, Annika Wolfington, Dean Wolfington, Alyssa “Danny” Stafford, Caleb Porras, Zoe Porras, and Kaylin Porras. 


She is also survived by her brother Robert Hannell and his wife Dorothy in Australia and many adored nieces and nephews.


A party is planned for February 4th at Burtons Farmhouse in Paoli from 2:00 to 6:00pm. There will be a short service around 4:00. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Middleway House in Bloomington, Indiana or the charity of your choice.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.



Geoffrey Wilson


Geoffrey Wilson, 78, of Bedford, passed away at 3:00 am, on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at his residence. Born February 23, 1944, he was the son of Ellsworth and Doris Wilson. He married Mary Wilson, and she preceded him in death. He was a machine repairman at GM Powertrain. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and attended Mt. Pleasant Christian Church. Survivors include his children, Mike Wilson and wife, Tracy, Chad Wilson and wife, Norma, and Beth Stoddard and husband, Jeremy. Cremation was chosen. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Penny Jo Pridemore


Penny Jo Pridemore, 67, of Mitchell, passed away Friday, January 20, 2023, at her residence. Born December 3, 1955, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Lloyd and Stella (Sutton) Hicks. Penny married Alan Pridemore on December 28, 1991 and he survives.

Penny was a 1973 graduate of Mitchell High School and received her bachelor’s degree from Oakland City University. She was a member of Tulip Street Christian Church. Penny was a housewife and enjoyed being one.

Surviving are her husband, Alan Pridemore of Mitchell; children, Amber (Tracy Brazzell) Pridemore of Mitchell and Jason Pridemore of Bedford; grandchildren, Linda (Zane) Parks of Mitchell, Devin Jamison of Mitchell, Derrick Eisele of Mitchell, Alexis Fehler of Shoals, Ashton Luman of Mitchell, Jaxon Brazzell of Mitchell, Haevyn Brazzell of Mitchell, and Devin Ball of Indianapolis; great-grandchildren, Kharsin Eisele, Kolten Eisele, Hadleigh Eisele, and Lucas Fehler; and siblings, Georgia (Dennis) Bohlman of Orleans, Jim Hicks of Mitchell, and Marvin (Yvonne) Hicks of South Carolina.

Her parents; daughter, Karena Allen; and brother, Lloyd Hicks, preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 25, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services




Jan. 20, 2023


Loren Delmont Hall


LOOGOOTEE – Loren Delmont Hall, 81, passed away Monday, January 16, 2023, at Ascension St. Vincent Evansville Hospital.

Born August 31, 1941, in Mitchell, he was the son of John Richard and Blanche Avil (Enochs) Hall. He married Loretta (Moffatt) Richardson Hall and she precedes him in death. Delmont was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a past chaplain of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. He retired from Naval Surface Warfare Center – Crane.

Surviving are his daughter, LeEta Carmichael of Shoals; daughter-in-law, Tammy Richardson of Bedford; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His parents; wife; son, John Kevin Hall; and step-sons, Darrel Richardson, Scott Richardson, and Steve Richardson, preceded him in death.

Cremation has been chosen, with a graveside service at a later date. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.


Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery.

Published by Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center on Jan. 20, 2023.




Geneva "Becky" Dale Weldon

October 12, 1932 - January 20, 2023


Geneva “Becky” Dale Weldon, 90, of Bedford, IN, passed away on January 20, 2023, at her residence. Born on October 12, 1932, in Hattieville, AR, she was the daughter of Walter and Emma (Holyfield) Baughman. She married Max Weldon in 1952 in Russellville, AR, and he preceded her in death. Becky was a member of the First Assembly of God Church and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, and planting flowers. Surviving to cherish the memory of Becky is her daughter, Kay Weldon of Bedford, IN; one brother, Jim Baughman, of Hattieville, AR; and one sister, Sue Jones of Hattieville, AR. Becky is preceded in death by her husband, Max; parents, Walter and Emma; a son, Kenny Weldon; and three brothers, Walter Baughman Jr., Irvin Baughman, and Bill Baughman. Funeral Services will be held at 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, at the First Assembly of God Church in Bedford, IN with Pastor John Dodd officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00pm to the service time on Tuesday, also at the First Assembly of God Church. A visitation will also be held from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Malvern, AR. A graveside funeral service will take place at 1:00pm on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at the Rockport Cemetery in Malvern, AR. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be to the First Assembly of God Church. The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the care of Becky. Remembrances and condolences may be shared at www.FergusonLee.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Geneva "Becky" Dale Weldon please visit our Sympathy Store.



Maude Joanne “Jody” Gilbert


Maude J. (Jody) Gilbert, 83, passed away on Wednesday, January 19, 2023, at Community South Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana, surrounded by her family and loved ones.

Born August 9, 1939, in Indianapolis, she was born to Virgil Ludy and Ruth (Mills) Ooley.

Jody retired many years ago while she still lived in Mitchell and moved to Indianapolis in 2016. She cherished spending time with her kids, grandkids, great grandkids and great-great granddaughter. She loved doing crafts, playing games and playing cards with her family and really enjoyed the big family get-togethers!


Surviving relatives include 5 children and 2 step-children. Her children are Rita (Roger) Abell of Greenwood, Indiana; Patricia (James) Schantz of Bloomfield, Indiana; Ron Parkinson of Indianapolis, Indiana; Sherrie (Rick) Ramsey of Louisville, Kentucky; and Dan (Tess) Parkinson of Kokomo, Indiana. Her step-daughters are Connie Williams of Frankfort, Indiana and Pam Martin of Texas. She had over 50 grandchildren and great grandchildren and had one great-great grandchild.


Jody was preceded in death by her first husband, Ronald Parkinson, in 1964. She remarried and was preceded in death by her second husband, Vernon Gilbert. She was preceded in death by one sister, one-half brother, two step-sisters, one granddaughter, and her parents.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 23, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Jim Russell officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. She will be laid to rest beside her husband, Vernon.


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


Memorial Gifts: St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Special Olympics Johnson County




Jack Hamilton Armstrong 1931 - 2023

Springville - Jack Hamilton Armstrong passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at the age of 91. Jack was born on April 14, 1931, to Verna (Gray) and Albert Armstrong of Springville. He graduated from Oolitic High School in 1949, and studied agricultural economics at Purdue University, earning bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and serving as a valued member of the Purdue faculty. He was also proud of his military service in the Army. Jack married Alice Mae Bennett of Oolitic in 1953. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June 2013. He is survived by his son Joe (Mary), daughters Kim (Ralph), Carey and Carol, six grandchildren and one great-grandson. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, his parents, and brother Robert. Jack spent most of his adult life in the Washington, D.C. area working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he advocated for farmer cooperatives nationwide with a particular focus on small rural communities. Jack was a life-long athlete excelling in basketball in high school and college and thoroughly enjoyed golfing and sailing with family and friends. He traveled the world for work and fun and promoted his love of learning throughout his life. Jack spent his retirement years back home in Indiana on his beloved family farm; while it was not nearly the size and splendor of the original homestead, it was “Darneara.” Funeral Information: Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, January 24th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Wednesday, January 25th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary, where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lawrence County 4-H Scholarship Fund, 924 16th Street, Bedford, IN 47421. Family and friends are welcome to express condolences at www.daycarter.com.


Jan. 19, 2023


Raymond Johnson

July 2, 1940 - January 19, 2023

Raymond Johnson, 82, of Bedford, passed away on January 19, 2023, at the IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington. Born on July 2, 1940, he was the son of George and Eliza (Noble) Johnson. He married Martha Brinegar on November 12, 1972, in Lawrence County and she preceded him in death on October 13, 2020. Raymond attended Tunnelton High School and worked for Carpenter Body Works, where he retired. He was also a farmer. Raymond was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Leesville. Surviving Raymond are three brothers, Willard (Connie) Johnson of Bedford, IN, Frank (Mary) Johnson of Princeton, IN, and Richard (Marilyn) Johnson of Bedford, IN; and four sisters, Mary Allman of Seymour, IN, Marie (John) Baker of Leesville, IN, Edith Kemper of Bedford, IN, and Betty (Tom) Dion of Texas. Raymond is preceded in death by his wife, Martha; parents, George and Eliza; two brothers, Graden Johnson and his wife Wanda, and George Johnson Jr. and his wife Renee; and a brother-in-law, Wayne Allman. Funeral services for Raymond will be at 1:00pm on Monday, January 23, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Andrew Johnson officiating. The visitation will be from 11:00am to the service time on Monday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel. Burial will follow at the Fairview Christian Church Cemetery with graveside Military Rites being accorded by the American Legion Gillen Post #33. Contributions in memory of Raymond can be made to the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services and the IU Hospice House. Remembrances and condolences may be shared at www.FergusonLee.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Raymond Johnson please visit our Sympathy Store.



Ruby Cracraft

1937-2023


Ruby Cracraft, 85, of Bedford, passed away at 6:05 pm, on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Born September 8, 1937, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Shirley and Pearl (Kirk) Sharr. She married Willard Cracraft on February 14, 1960, and he survives. She retired from the Bedford National Bank/Chase Bank after 30 years of service and was a member of the Judah Church of Christ. She loved sports and was an avid I.U. fan. Ruby especially enjoyed being involved in her grandchildren’s many sports and activities throughout the years. She had an infectious smile and loving demeanor that made an impact on everyone she met. Ruby was supportive and encouraging to everyone she met. Ruby was a faithful servant who loved the Lord, her family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Willard, of Bedford; two daughters, Connie Koch and husband, Eric, of Bedford and Julie Ellison, of Indianapolis; five grandchildren, Jordan Koch (Jessie), Spencer Koch, Hunter Koch and fiancé, Hannah DeGroot, Cameron Ellison, and Meredith Ellison; two great-grandchildren, Connor James Koch and Nathan Alexander Koch; a brother, Robert Sharr, of Oolitic; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 brother, James Sharr; 3 sisters, Bernice Ritter, Norma Bartlett and Barbara Bartlett; a son-in-law, Jim E. Ellison. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am, on Monday, January 23rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Larry Ritter officiating. Burial will follow in the Judah Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm on Sunday, January 22nd and from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Monday, January 23rd at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Judy Kay Todd


Judy Kay Todd, 59, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at her residence.

Born April 1, 1963, in Des Plaines, Illinois, she was the daughter of George Elmer and Nora Elizabeth (Tincher) Wright.


Judy was a 1981 graduate of Mitchell High School. She worked as a cook at Grecco’s Pizza. Judy liked crocheting, crafting, growing flowers, and gardening.


Surviving are her son, Dylan Ray Todd of Mitchell; sister, Sally Lewis of Bedford; and father of her son, Michael Todd of Bedford.


Her parents and sibling, Casey Wright, preceded her in death.

Cremation has been chosen.




Jan. 18, 2023


Cathy Ann Jones

Cathy Ann Jones, 68, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at her residence.

Born December 30, 1954, in Orleans, she was the daughter of Carl Frederick “Fred” and Sylvia Faye (Bell) Watterson. Cathy married Roger Dean Jones on May 13, 1998, and he survives.


Cathy worked as a housekeeper at French Lick Hotel. She had a strong love of animals and the country life.


Surviving are her husband, Roger Dean Jones of Mitchell; son, Alan Gene Watterson of Atlanta, Georgia; grandchildren, Alec, Cameron, and Olivia; and brother, Dennis F. (Brenda) Watterson of Mitchell. Her parents preceded her in death.


Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 21, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Dennis Watterson officiating.

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


Cremation will follow.



Hazel A. Fender 1929 - 2023

Hazel A. Fender, 93, of Bedford, passed away at 9:41 am on Monday, January 16, 2023, at Stonecroft Health Campus in Bloomington, Indiana. Born October 19, 1929, in Bedford, she was the daughter of William Sydney Meadows and Effie (Shields) Meadows. She attended school in Heltonville, Indiana and later worked for Sarkis Tarzian, RCA, Crane Naval Supply Center and Bedford North Lawrence High School. Survivors include her son, Rickie King, her stepson, Bruce Fender, and her stepdaughter, Kim Wood. Her grandchildren and step-grandchildren include William King, Gerald Baker, Penny Baker, Shannon Marlett, Ki Eads, Amy Sons, Candious King, Kyle Sons, Malinda Trapanese, Brooke Giorgio, Bethany Hosey and Shelby Bridgette, along with 28 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Berniece Fender and Violet Edwards, her brother, Wayne Meadows; two daughters, Charlotte King and Leilia Thompson; her husband, Teddy Fender; and one great-grandchild, Sarah Robb. Her viewing will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2023, from 4 pm – 8 pm, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary in Bedford, Indiana. The funeral services will be held on Friday, January 20, 2023, at 1 p.m. at the Day & Carter Mortuary with Michael Nicholson officiating. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Jan. 17, 2023


Michael Souder

July 05, 1965 — Jan. 14, 2023


Michael Souder age 57 of Indianapolis passed away on January 14, 2023 at 11:35 p.m. at his residence.


He was born in Bedford on July 5, 1965 to Gayles D. Souder and Linda Clarine (Brown) Souder.


Michael was a graduate of Mitchell High School Class of 1983, he was a Meat Cutter at Kroger’s Grocery Stores in Indianapolis for over 30 years, he loved Harley Davidson Motorcycles.


Survivors include his parents, Gayles D. & Linda Clarine Souder of Bedford, one brother, Kevin (Rowena) Souder of Bedford, one sister, Lisa Souder of Bedford, one niece, Whitley Souder and fiancé’ Michael Thompson of Bedford, and his beloved cat, Dude.


Graveside services will be held on Thursday January 19, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Memory Gardens in Bedford. In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Casual dress is requested.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.



Jan. 15, 2023


Jo Ellen Sutton February 23, 1944 - January 15, 2023

Jo Ellen Sutton, 78, of Bedford, passed away at 3:58 am on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Born February 23, 1944, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Joseph Clinton and Mary Jo (Dalton) Gilbert. She graduated from Manchester High School with the class of 1962. She was a slot attendant at Palace Station Casino in Las Vegas and a member of the Bedford Moose Lodge.


Survivors include her daughter, Shana Eaton, and husband, Kodi, of Cahokia, IL; siblings, Jackie Short, Rose McDonald, Sandra Kay Nordhoff, Michael Gilbert, and Linda Randolph; grandchildren, Shyann Ohlman, Kandyce Barnes, and Bryce Campilongo; great-grandchildren, Leon, Maliki, and Kymera. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, six sisters, and John W. Sutton.


Cremation was chosen. A celebration of life will take place on July 8, 2023, during the family reunion at the shelter house at Wilson Park in Bedford. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Jan. 14, 2023


Anne Ruth “Grannie Annie” (Baker) Keane

July 14, 1934 — Jan. 13, 2023


Anne Ruth “Grannie Annie” (Baker) Keane, 88, passed away Friday, January 13, 2023, at Mitchell Manor.


Born July 14, 1934, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Russell D. and Ruby (Lavender) Baker. Anne married Robert Keane, Jr. on June 4, 1952, and he preceded her in death April 7, 2020. They had been married for 68 years.


Anne was a 1952 graduate of Bedford High School. She worked as a janitor at Mitchell High School and then babysat for many, many kids over the years. Anne and her husband, Bob, were involved in the Mitchell Youth Baseball. They helped build ball diamonds, one was for their son, Brian, who died in 1974. She loved watching all the kids play ball and also the Cincinnati Reds. Anne was a member of Tulip Street Christian Church and had previously been a 50-year member of the Mitchell Presbyterian Church.


Survivors include her daughter, Vanessa (Tom) Brooks of Mitchell; grandchildren, Amanda Halley-Geary and Brian Brooks; and great-grandchildren, Tristan Halley, Gracelyn Halley and Madalyn Halley. She is also survived by lots of nieces and nephews.

Her parents; husband; son, Brian Keane; and siblings, Reid Baker, Helen Farmer, Gerald Baker, and JoAnn Bond, preceded her in death.


Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 18, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Max Timbrook and Jimmy Pierce officiating.


Friends may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: Mitchell Community Youth League

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



Jan. 13, 2023


Larry Dewayne York

June 21, 1971 — Jan. 11, 2023


Larry Dewayne York, 51, of Bedford, passed away at 6:50 am on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospice House.


Born June 21, 1971, in Bedford, he was the son of Manson Edward and Brenda K. (Webb) York. He married Elizabeth Hallatt on October 29, 2017, and she survives. He was a machine operator for AKKA Plastics.


Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, of Bedford; five children, Cody York (Mat Miller), Levi York, Sapphire Arnold (Alex Dennis), Diamond Arnold, and Amethyst Arnold; two grandchildren, Mazikeen Dennis and Castiel Lindsey; his father, Manson Edward York; three siblings, James York (Mari), Norma Mayle (Jeff), and Roy York (Crystal); a bonus son/nephew, Joseph York; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


He was preceded in death by his mother; a brother, Michael York; his paternal grandparents, Willis E. and Clois York; his maternal grandparents, Charles R. and Norma Jean (Brock) Webb.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 pm on Monday, January 16th in Green Hill Cemetery with Ferrell “Bucky” Charles officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Monday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary.


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



Jan. 12, 2023 Sharon Elizabeth Vaught Oct. 13, 1935 — Jan. 11, 2023 Sharon Elizabeth Vaught, 87, of Bloomfield, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at IU Hospice House in Bloomington. Born October 13, 1935 in Bedford, she was the daughter of Oliver and Margaret (Shaffe) McGuire. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Bloomfield First Christian Church. She was active in the church choir, Shawnee Theatre and the March of Dimes. Surviving relatives include: her husband of 68 years, Ralph “Boomie” Vaught; her children, G. Michael Vaught (Roberta), Steven Edward Vaught, Karen Harp (Steve), William Joseph Vaught (Christine), James Andrew Vaught (Dana) and Patrick Dean Vaught; siblings, Charles McGuire and Mary McGuire Lee; twelve grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Lee Vaught, granddaughter, Phylicia Michelle Vaught, great granddaughter, Everly Kate Montgomery, siblings, Barbara Goodin and David McGuire and her parents. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at the Bloomfield First Christian Church, with Scott Chastain officiating. Interment will be in Beech Grove cemetery in Bedford. Public visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday and 1hour prior to services on Tuesday at the Bloomfield First Christian Church. Jenkins Funeral Home in Bloomfield is in charge of arrangements. The family asks that all memorial contributions be made to the Bloomfield First Christian Church. Online condolences to the family are available at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.com

Jan. 11, 2023


Darrin R. Zaragoza

Dec. 03, 1968 — Jan. 06, 2023


Darrin R. Zaragoza, age 54, of Bedford, passed away at 2:57 p.m. on January 6, 2023 at IU Health in Bedford.


He was born in Bedford on December 3, 1968 to Lula Mae Roll. Darrin married Beth Baker Zaragoza in Bloomington on October 1, 2004 and she survives.


Survivors include his wife, Beth Zaragoza of Bedford, two brothers, Raymond Charles Zaragoza of Spring Hill, Florida and Roger Zaragoza of Bedford, one step-son, Brandon Arthur of Bedford.


He was preceded in death by his mother, two brothers, Anthony Zaragoza and James Zaragoza, one step-son, Nathan Arthur


Cremation was chosen.


Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.



Frances Weber (Dumond)

Dec. 14, 1935 — Jan. 10, 2023


Frances Weber (Dumond), 87 of Seymour, formerly of Bedford, IN passed away at home peacefully, surrounded by family on January 10, 2023, at 7:46 a.m.


Frances was born on December 14, 1935, to James and Alma Henson. She married Garland Weber on November 21, 1964.


She worked many years at gas stations, restaurants, and at a small grocery store owned by her and her husband.


Frances was a member of New Hope Community Church in Bedford. Going to church on Sundays was the highlight of her week, and she loved her church family dearly.


She enjoyed being outside and soaking in the sunshine. She always kept a beautiful garden and lots of pretty flowers. She had a green thumb and could make anything beautiful. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, traveling, and spending time with her family that she valued and loved so much.


She was one of a kind that will be greatly missed by her family and friends.


Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Garland Weber, her daughter, Barbara Jeanie Eads, seven brothers, Lloyd Henson, Kenny Henson, Bill Henson, Gary Henson, Raymond Henson, Terry Henson, Jimmy Henson, along with two sisters, Vivian Christopher, and Janice Crites.


Frances is survived by her two daughters, Debbie Lambert, of Bloomington, Marcia Joann Lambert of Seymour, and a step-daughter, Lisa Weber Henry. Four grandchildren, Bradley Nolan (Christy), Miranda Sporleder (Marty), Jennifer Tate, and Derrick Lambert (Tiffany). Eight Great Grandchildren, Alli, Nikki (Jake), Hannah, Hunter, Tyler, Alicia, Calli, and Gracie.


Funeral Services for Frances will be conducted at 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 14th at New Hope Community Church of Bedford IN, 2040 US Hwy. 50 East, Bedford, IN 47421 officiated by Pastor Donnie Sanders.


Visitation will be from 10:00 am until time of service on Saturday at the church. Burial will immediately follow at Lilly Dale Church of Christ, 14476 Old St Rd 37, Tell City, IN 47586.


Flowers can be sent to New Hope Community Church of Bedford, IN or contributions can be made to the church.


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




William Allen Thompson

April 11, 1967 — Jan. 08, 2023


William Allen Thompson, 55, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2023, at his residence.


Born April 11, 1967, in Lawrence County, he was the son of William Michael and Judith Kay (Covey) Thompson.


William worked at GE on assembly and in the warehouse.


Surviving are his children, Michael Allen (Whitley Souder) Thompson of Bedford and Joshua Dale Thompson of Bedford; father, William Michael Thompson of Nelsonville, Ohio; companion, Pam Nicholson and her son, Devin (Shay) Nicholson, of Bedford; and the mother of the children, Kelly R. Thompson of Bedford.


His mother preceded him in death.


The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 12, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Cremation will follow.


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




Michael Andrew Kristan

May 28, 1969 — Jan. 09, 2023


Michael Andrew Kristan, 53, passed away Monday, January 9, 2023, at his residence.


Born May 28, 1969, in Jamestown, New York, he was the son of Michael and Frances (Whitney) Kristan. He married Lou Ann Nicole Briscoe July 28, 2006 and she survives.


Michael worked as a laborer at Liner Products. He was a member of the Army National Guard. Michael enjoyed long country drives looking for wildlife. He was a family man and his grandchildren were his world.


Surviving are his wife, Lou Ann Nicole Kristan of Orleans; children, Karissa Johnson of New York, William L. Archer III of Orleans, Samantha N. (Nicholas Kahl) Archer of Lake Placid, Florida, and Shyla R. (Cole) Wright of Orleans; grandchildren, Sawyer Kahl, Alanna Archer, Hezekiah Wright, Raylen Wright, plus two more on the way; siblings, Dan Kristan of Bedford, Terry Kristan of Virginia, and Holly Kristan of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.


His parents preceded him in death.


A Celebration of Life service will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 14 at the United Steelworkers Union Hall, 1782 Old Highway 60W, in Mitchell.


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




Thomas Lee Blake

June 29, 1950 — Jan. 09, 2023


Thomas Lee Blake, age 72, of Springville, passed away on Monday January 9, 2023 at 3:19 a.m. at IU Health in Paoli.


He was born on June 29, 1950 in Bedford to Hubert and Gladys (Andis) Blake.


He was a 1969 graduate of Fayetteville High School, he retired from G.E. in Bloomington and was a Cowboy.


Survivors include his mother, Gladys Blake of Springville, four sons, Matt (Amanda) Blake of Bedford, Toby Blake of Bedford, Tom (Kristi) Blake of Bedford, and Steve (Amy) Blake of Bedford, one brother, Steve and two sisters, Nancy and Kathy, eight grandchildren, Logan, Garrett, Todd, Brittani, Jacalyn, Gavin, Maraya and Morgan, six great grandchildren


He was preceded in death by his father


A celebration of life will be held on Saturday January 14, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Fellowship Hall of The Remnant Church, 130 M Street, Bedford, Indiana.


Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.



Jan. 10, 2023


Rose Ellen Gregory

Nov. 04, 1945 — Jan. 06, 2023


Rose Ellen Gregory, 77, of Bedford, passed away on Friday, January 6, 2023, at IU Health Bloomington.


She was born November 4, 1945, in Bedford, to William and Doris Parker Martin. She married David E. Gregory on January 29, 1962, and he preceded her in death on October 17, 2006.


Rose Ellen attended Oolitic High School, was of the Christian faith and a 40-year Euchre Club member. She worked as a tax preparer from 1976 – 2018.


Surviving Rose Ellen are her three children, Terri Belcher of Bedford, David “Alan” Gregory and Michael Gregory; 4 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.


Preceding Rose Ellen in death were her husband; parents; and sister, Linda Ramsay.


Per Rose Ellen’s wishes, cremation was chosen and there will be no public services. Burial will take place at Green Hill Cemetery at a later date.


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


Online condolences to the family may be sent to www.FergusonLee.com




Loetta Myrtle Hamer

Nov. 02, 1921 — Jan. 06, 2023


Loetta Myrtle Hamer, 101, passed away Friday, January 6, 2023, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.


Born November 2, 1921, in Princeton, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Jess Bert and Ruby Myrtle (Pugh) Long. Loetta married Otto Glenn Hamer February 18, 1940 and he preceded her in death August 17, 2010.


Loetta was a homemaker and artist and was a member of the Princeton Art Guild. She was a member of the Elm Grove Baptist Church in Murray, Kentucky.


Surviving are her son, Glenn (Linda) Hamer of Mitchell; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, with two on the way; brother, Harry Long of Oregon; and son-in-law, Barry (Julia) Clark of Dongola, Illinois.


Her husband; parents; daughter, Barbara Jean Clark; siblings, Larry Long, Jerry Long, Jeanie Buchanan, and Shirley Ferre, preceded her in death.


Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 11, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Glenn Hamer officiating. Burial will be in Hamer Cemetery.


The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.


Memorial Gifts: Dementia Friendly Lawrence County


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



Ronald Louis Goodmon

Dec. 27, 1950 — Jan. 07, 2023


Ronald Louis Goodmon, 72, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2023, at his residence.


Born December 27, 1950, in Indianapolis, he was the son of Elmer Goodmon and Betty (Evans) Estes.


Ronald worked for car dealerships transporting cars.


Surviving are his children, Ronnie Goodmon of Bloomington, Malinda Borders of Bloomington, and Amanda Harris of Mitchell; grandchildren, Bella Marie Goodmon, Alayliea Goodmon, and Jacob Clark; siblings, Linda Cantwell of Lafayette and Becky Teague of Mitchell.


His parents and grandson, Jayzon Goodmon, preceded him in death.


Cremation has been chosen.



Gwendolyn Sue Horn

May 15, 1935 — Jan. 08, 2023


Gwendolyn Sue Horn, 87, passed away Sunday, January 8, 2023, at U of L Health Louisville Hospital.


Born May 15, 1935, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Ola Mundy.


Surviving are her children, Vicki (Mike) Zellner of Mitchell, Gary (Delores) Tincher of West Point, Kentucky, and Rhonda Guy of Mitchell; siblings, Sherry Stearns of Mitchell and Linda Terrell of Mitchell; and her beloved cat, Annie.


Her parents preceded her in death.


Cremation has been chosen with a Celebration of Life service at a later date.



Tip Lowery

Jan. 06, 1951 — Jan. 10, 2023


Bedford lost a strong advocate for her and her people when, on Jan. 10, Tip Lowery, 72, passed away at his home, with family nearby. He had a short, but courageous, fight with leukemia and its complications.


He was born Jan. 6, 1951 in Bloomington to Morrell Wellington Lowery and Mary Margaret (Burgess) Lowery.


He graduated in 1969 from Bedford High School and in 1973 from Indiana University, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity (Fiji), with his bachelor’s degree in psychology. Many of his Fiji brothers have been life-long friends.


After graduation, he was employed for a short time at Regal-Beloit in Mitchell. Tip eventually moved to General Motors in Bedford where he worked as a die maker and was active with United Auto Workers Local 440, attending a number of conferences at the Black Lake Conference Center in Michigan. He retired from GM in 2007.


Tip and his former wife, Mary, cared for a number of foster children over the years of their marriage. He also helped other families, trying to always stay anonymous. In addition, he worked with the Boy Scouts, Santa’s Helpers and many, many various organizations. Since the loss of the previous generation, he has been a major driving force for keeping the annual Burgess-Clouse reunion alive.


Tip was of the Christian faith. He mentored many others, including those who found themselves in the local jail. His family is extremely proud of the work he did, both for others and for himself. It seemed that anywhere he went, from, at least, Indianapolis to Louisville, to simply around Bedford, he always ran into at least one friend. And they were always happy to see him and would talk and talk. It would be a staggering long list to mention those whose lifes he touched, helped, encouraged, stood up for. Tip would be the first to admit he was not a perfect man. But, in the long run, he was a caring and good man.


For the last 40+ years, Tip has been a great friend to the Bedford-North Lawrence athletic department, especially the Lady Stars. For many years he attended all events, home and away. Tip received a signed basketball, a signed volleyball, an honorary batting helmet, and a game ball from the softball team’s most recent regional championship, over the years for his support of the various teams. He was also a big fan of IU women’s basketball team.


Other varied interests throughout the years included riding his Harley (until back problems stopped him), learning to play different musical instruments, playing/teaching Euchre, photography, and bowling.


Tip is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Estes, Bloomington, who served as his primary caregiver for the last month of his life, brother, Jason Lowery, Bedford, two nephews, Sky and Adam (Erin) Pemberton , both of Bedford, and great-nieces and great-nephews: Sabrina Roll, Camryn Sanders, Elijah Staggs, Dakota Pemberton, Arya Pemberton, Gabriel Pemberton, Elora Pemberton, and Olivia Pemberton. He is also survived by his beloved cousins and many, many good friends. All will forever have a “Tip” shaped hole in their hearts. The status of an older half-sister, Pamela, is unknown.


Predeceasing Tip were his parents, his father on May 11, 1961 and mother on June 7, 2016. Also, his sister, Kathie Pemberton on June 4, 2011 and her son, Casey on Aug. 1, 2011, as well as an unnamed older sister who was stillborn on June 28, 1949. Additionally, his puppers Matthew, Fiji, Cisco, and Nikki have been waiting a long time for him at The Rainbow Bridge.


The family wishes to extend special thanks to those who took care of our father, brother, uncle, during his fight against leukemia. Thanks also to John Sherrill of Cresthaven who made it possible for Tip to plan his own services.


Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023 at Cresthaven Funeral Home, 3522 Dixie Highway in Bedford, with the funeral service the next day, Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, at 1 p.m. with additional visitation from 12 p.m. until the service. Clarence Brown and Brad and Tammy Burgess are scheduled to sing Tip to his eternal rest. Attendees will be invited to share their memories, as well. Pallbearers will be Lucas Pace, Roger Collier, Sky Pemberton, Holly Burgess, Adam Pemberton, and Stephanie Estes. Burial will follow in Clover Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg, Indiana. Visitors are encouraged to wear their BNL/IU gear.


In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, an organization which Tip supported for many years. Envelopes available at the funeral home or visit stjude.org/tribute.



Jan. 07, 2023 Annita G. Cox Jan. 19, 1962 — Jan. 05, 2023 Annita G. Cox, 60, passed away Thursday, January 5, 2023, at IU Health Hospice House. Born January 19, 1962, in Bedford, she was the daughter of James Edward and Gail Louise (Speer) Connerley. Annita was self-employed as a beautician. She was an avid sports fan; a big Nascar fan, especially Kevin Harvick, and the Kansas City Chiefs. Surviving are her children, Kia, Kenzi, and Kansas; grandchildren, Grayson and Winston; sisters, Lois (Dan) Fisher of Indianapolis and Barbara Martin of Mitchell; mother, Gail Louise Connerley of Mitchell; several nieces and nephews; longtime friend, Michael Stevens of Mitchell; and all of her Nascar group friends. Her father; brother, Jimmy Connerley; and niece, Amber Gail Martin, preceded her in death. Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 9, at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford with Reverend Brent Fisher officiating. Burial will follow. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com Lillian “Stubbie” Kimbley Sept. 21, 1922 — Jan. 05, 2023 Lillian “Stubbie” Kimbley, 100, of Lawrence County passed away peacefully at her residence on January 5, 2023. Born on September 21, 1922, she was the daughter of Harry and Grace (Hughes) Lee. She married Walter “Bill” Kimbley on December 24, 1945 in Bedford, and he preceded in death on March 8, 2007. Stubbie graduated from Tunnelton High School and was a lifelong member of White River Baptist Church. Surviving to cherish the memory of Stubbie are her children, Steve Kimbley and wife Terri of Bedford, IN, Cheryl Mills of Bedford, IN, and Kevin Kimbley and wife Shelly of Hammond IN; grandchildren, Chad Mills, Lori Cobb, Kristi Horton, Kelli Geier, Holly Kimbley, Heather Figg, and Trey Kimbley; 12 great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. Stubbie was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Grace; husband, Bill; and three sisters, Mary Ellen Wesner, Dorothy Mathis, and Betty Jean Wright. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Monday, January 9, 2023, at the White River Baptist Cemetery with Pastor Kenny Dalton officiating. Contributions in memory of Stubbie can be made to Hoosier Uplands Hospice or White River Baptist Church. The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford has been entrusted with the arrangements for Stubbie. Remembrances and condolences may be shared at www.FergusonLee.com Jan. 06, 2023 Ada Delores Stewart Oct. 18, 1933 — Jan. 04, 2023 Ada Delores Stewart, 89, of Springville, passed away at 10:30 pm on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at Stonebridge Health Campus. Born October 18, 1933, she was the daughter of Curtis and Mildred (Payton) Stevens. She married Grant S. Stewart on July 22, 1950, and he preceded her in death on December 6, 1993. She had been an assembler at RCA and attended Valley Mission Church of the Nazarene and Life Church in Bloomington. Ada enjoyed flowers, gardening, cooking, and sewing. Survivors include three children, Carolyn Helderman, of Loogootee, Grant M. Stewart and wife, Julia A. “Julie”, of Avon, and Ricky J. Stewart and wife, Gaye Ann, of Bedford; eleven grandchildren, Troy M. Helderman (Shelly), Shelly M. Chestnut (Steve), Rita McGillum, Cristal R. Lewis (Rodney), Jennifer A. Shufran (Matthew), Sarah J. Robinson (William), Rachelle M. Shaver (Nathan), Priscilla C. Moore (James), Deborah M. Perry (Grant), Ricky Joseph “Joey” Stewart, Jr. (Dianna), and Amy M. Deering (Rodger); twenty-nine great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Robbie Stevens, Harold Guy Stevens, and Arthur Stevens. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister, Linda Harris; a brother, Charlie Stevens; three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Monday, January 9th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Tim Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Hanson Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Monday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com

Jan. 05, 2023


No obituaries reported today


Jan. 04, 2023


Brenda Kay (Southern) Cain

Nov. 29, 1942 — Jan. 01, 2023


Brenda Kay (Southern) Cain, 80, of Bedford, peacefully went to be with the Lord at 2:15 am on Sunday, January 1, 2023, surrounded by her loving family at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.


Born November 29, 1942, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Eugene and Leota (Deckard) Southern.


She graduated from Needmore High School in 1959. She married Charles Pitman in 1961 and he preceded her in death. She later married Clarence “Buster” Cain on July 24, 1969. They were married 50 years until his death in 2019. She had worked in the laundry department for Indiana University, at RCA, she cleaned houses, and later was a homemaker.


Brenda loved spending time with her family and friends. She loved Jesus and listening to gospel music. She had recently moved to Stonebridge Health Campus where she loved to play bingo and make new friends.


Survivors include children, Angie (Steve) Gilbert, Tami (Rob) Downham, Ron (Lora) Cain, and Mike Cain; nine grandchildren, Brandon (Amanda) Hedrick, Ariene (Josh) Boren, Kelsey (Micheal) Downham, Erin (DJ) Kirkman, Ashley (Sam) Kirkman, Jessica (Sean) Snyder, Corey Gilbert, Megan (Peter) Berry, and Kristin Cain; eight great-grandchildren, Gavin Cain, Darrian Cain, Samuel Snyder, Brye Lewis, Leota Kirkman, Paris Anderson, Ashton Anderson, and Zandar Jones.


She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, grandparents, Acie and Cloie Deckard.


She will be dearly missed by her family, but we find comfort in knowing she is with her Heavenly Father and reunited with her husband.


Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Friday, at the Valley Mission Church of the Nazarene. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 6th at the church with Pastor Billy Brim officiating. Burial will follow in Clover Hill Cemetery.


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


Douglas Mikel Earl

June 24, 1959 — Jan. 02, 2023


Douglas Mikel Earl, 63, passed away Monday, January 2, 2023 at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born June 24, 1959, in Bedford, he was the son of Claude Vernon and Joan Lee (Bell) Earl. He married Jana Biddinger on February 9, 1979, and she survives.


Doug retired from Ford/Visteon and had previously worked at Carpenter Body Works. He was a 1977 graduate of Mitchell High School and a member of Central Church of Christ in Bedford. Doug enjoyed farming, mowing, tractors, fishing, and riding his side by side. Family was the most important thing to him, and his grandchildren were his world. He loved being with them.


Survivors include his wife, Jana Earl of Mitchell; sons, Mikel (Kim) Earl of Mitchell and Tyler (Candie) Earl of Mitchell; grandchildren, James Brown, Paris Earl, Kody Earl, Harli Earl, and Waylon Earl; sister, Angie (Adrian) Slaughter of Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews.


His parents and brother, David Earl, preceded him in death.


Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 6, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Rick Leach officiating. Burial will be at Talbott Cemetery.


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


Memorial Gifts: Mitchell Bluejacket Baseball Booster


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


Corena B. Hinman

Corena B. Hinman of Bedford passed away peacefully at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis just after 3:00 a.m. the morning of January 3rd, 2023 at the age of 91 after having suffered a stroke on December 28th. Her sons Jeff and Howard along with nephew Mark Richardson were at her bedside during much of this time and she passed very peacefully.


Corena was a beloved mother and selflessly dedicated to her family throughout her lifetime. She had three sons, Tony Hinman – a decorated Vietnam Veteran (deceased), Howard Hinman (married to Nadya Hinman) of San Antonio, Texas, Jeff Hinman (with Shannon Rogers), of Jackson Hole, Wyoming along with her nephew, Mark Richardson, who watched over her lovingly the last years of her life. There are many others she warmly embraced as her extended family. Several today note her as having been their “real” or “second” mother and she was immensely loving and proud of all. Her home was open and welcome to others and it was as if she watched over an entire cadre of children, forming lifelong bonds.


Further blessed by her love and inspiration are six grandchildren: Fairiz Azizi, Farah Hinman, Julianna Armejo, Josh Hinman, Justin Hinman, and Sydnie Hinman. She also dearly loved five great-grandchildren: Abby Hall, Tyler and Macy Armejo, and Ari and Isa Hinman as well as Shannon’s son Hunter Bakus.


Corena’s journey began in 1931 in the small town of Kitts, nestled among the coal mining communities of Harlan County, Kentucky. She grew up in poverty as a coal miner’s daughter. Undaunted, she was a top student, Homecoming Queen, and as a remarkable young woman of 18, she decided to strike out on her own to Louisville where she later met and married Ronald F. Hinman. She then set her sights on building a family, and lived as far east as Copenhagen, Denmark and as far west as California before settling in Bedford in 1967, and later Mitchell. In Bedford, she worked as a Journalist and Photographer for the Times Mail and co-owned multiple businesses in Lawrence County with her late husband, Ronald, including the four Hub Restaurants. They later moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and together with son Jeff established successful businesses there as well. In retirement they chose to return to Bedford. She always loved this community very much, and it loved her back, for which she was profoundly grateful.


Her powerful influence on the lives of her sons, her grandchildren, her nephew Mark, and her extended cadre blossomed into a variety of successes person by person and she was always there for everyone, incredibly generous, and played a dear and key role in their lives and the lives of their families.


The community is invited to join the family on Saturday, January 7, between 4 and 7pm at Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell, Indiana. A private burial will take place at 1pm Sunday in the Mitchell Cemetery.


Corena was preceded in death by her husband Ronald F. Hinman, son Tony Hinman, her mother Fannie Mae Shockley, her father Golden Miracle, brother Arthur “Bud” Osborne and sister Eva Rowland.


Donations to the Lawrence County Boys and Girls Club in her memory would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.

Jan. 03, 2023 Greg P. Harrell April 08, 1955 — Jan. 02, 2023 Greg P. Harrell, 67, of Bedford, passed away peacefully at his residence on January 2, 2023. Born on April 8, 1955, he was the son of Carl and Ella Mae (East) Harrell. Greg retired from the Local 741 Laborer’s Union. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, the Local 741, and the American Legion Gillen Post #33. Greg was a hard-working man and a dedicated friend to all. To say that he made a positive impact on others would be an understatement. Surviving to cherish Greg’s memory is one brother, Joe (Ruth) Harrell; niece, Brandy Grant; and several great nieces and nephews. Greg is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ella Mae; one brother, Stephen Harrell; grandmother, Vera East; and aunt, Bertha Brightley; one niece, April Harrell-Solis; and a great nephew, Isaac Kopsho. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Friday, January 6, 2023, at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford with Father Jegan Peter and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Cremation will follow. The visitation will be from 12:00pm noon to 8:00pm on Thursday, January 5, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Greg can be made to White River Humane Society and Hoosier Uplands Hospice. Remembrances and condolences may be shared at www.FergusonLee.com Lenora H. (Sipes) Owens June 01, 1945 — Jan. 02, 2023 Lenora H. (Sipes) Owens, 77, of Heltonville, passed away peacefully at 12:35 am on Monday, January 2, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington. Born June 1, 1945, in Lynnville, IN, she was the daughter of Vernon and Grace (Allen) Hearth. She married James R. Sipes on October 4, 1963, and he preceded her in death on March 29, 2004. She later married Homer “Dan” Owens and he survives. She was a homemaker and member of the Apostolic Faith Assembly. Survivors include her husband, Homer, of Anderson; children, Andy J. Sipes (Kelly), of Heltonville and Christy L. Axsom, of Bedford; grandchildren, Jamie Hendrickson (Michael), Jesse Sipes, Nicole Johnson (Kyle), Josh Sollman, and James David Axsom (Tiffany); several great-grandchildren; a sister, Bonnie Fountain (Mike), of Norman; a brother, Ronnie Hearth (Kathy), of Bedford; a son-in-law, J.D. Cowden. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, a daughter, Amy Cowden; a grandson, Kagan Axsom; two sisters, Kay Stogdill and Donna Hearth (in infancy); three brothers, Lebert Hearth, Ralph Hearth, and Kenny Hearth (in infancy). A Memorial service will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Friday, January 6th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Kenneth Allen officiating. Burial will be in Gilgal Cemetery. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to I.U. Health Hospice House. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com Jan. 02, 2023 Lucy Pearl Mitchell May 19, 1921 — Dec. 30, 2022 Lucy Pearl Mitchell, 101, of Oolitic, passed away at 9:32 am on Friday, December 30, 2022, at Stonebridge Health Campus in Bedford. Born May 19, 1921, in Knoxtown, KY, she was the daughter of William and Ollie (Cobb) Perry. She married Ralph E. Mitchell on September 30, 1945, and he preceded her in death on September 13, 1998. She was of the Pentecostal Faith. Survivors include a daughter, Betina Gates and husband, Ed, of Bedford; two grandsons, Timothy Beyers and wife, Caci, of Georgia and Joshua Beyers and wife, Amanda, of Bedford; two great grandsons, Alan and Waylon Beyers; two step grandchildren, Susan Gates and spouse Leslie Thompson, and Jeff Gates and wife Michele; three step great grandchildren, Nathan Sipes, Dylan Sipes, and Sienna Gates; three step great great grandchildren a brother, Larry Perry, of Oolitic. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, Patricia Ann Jenkins; three sisters, Edna Whitaker, Irene Stewart, and Sally Roth; five brothers, Burchill, John, Earl E., and Charles Perry. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brother Marty Speer officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com James “Jim” Estel Edmonson Sept. 18, 1950 — Dec. 28, 2022 James “Jim” Estel Edmonson, 72, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. Born September 18, 1950, in Orange County, he was the son of Charley Edmonson and Catherine (Sanders) Porter. He married Carolyn Sue Mattix December 20, 1968 and she survives. Jim retired from the City of Mitchell working at the pumping station. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved gardening, mushroom hunting, and fishing Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Sue Edmonson of Mitchell; son, Charles Robert “Robbie” (Melanie) Edmonson of Mitchell; grandchildren, Jamahlyn Edmonson Campbell, Natasha Edmonson Brasher, Brooke Edmonson Walden, Brittany Edmonson, Cayden Edmonson, J.J. Edmonson, Syris Edmonson, Kihya Chastain, and Nakiah Edmonson; several great-grandchildren; and sisters, Irene Short of Paoli and Brenda K. Kennedy of Linton. His parents; son, James Lee Edmonson; and siblings, Russell Edmonson, Donnie Edmonson, and Mary Lois Edmonson, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 31, at the Haverly Funeral Chapel with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until the service on Saturday at Haverly Funeral Chapel.

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