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Obituaries — July 2023



July 31, 2023



George Robert Troxel

George Robert Troxel

MITCHELL – George Robert Troxel, 24, passed away Friday, July 28, 2023. Born June 8, 1999, in Crossville, Tennessee, he was the son of George Troxel and Carolyn (Robinson) Troxel. George worked as a cook at Wing & Rings in Bedford. He enjoyed doing anything a country boy would do, including fishing, four-wheeling, and fixing things. Surviving are his mother, Carolyn Troxel of Crossville, Tennessee; father, George Troxel of Mitchell; step-mother, Riann Donnell of Mitchell; son, Max Troxel of Mitchell; brothers, Isaac Moles of Crossville, Tennessee and Jacob Moles of Crossville, Tennessee; uncles, Mike Troxel of Albany, Kentucky, Tony (Libby) Troxel of Albany Kentucky, and Ryan (Kellyn) Troxel of Albany, Kentucky; aunts, Kim Grooms of Peebles, Ohio and Patty Troxel of Albany, Kentucky; several cousins; and Grandma Pat. His grandparents, Bob and Roma Troxel, and Lonnie Robinson; and aunt, Tammy Hall, preceded him in death. Cremation has been chosen. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 3, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Anderson Morgan “Andy” Foddrill

Bloomington – Anderson Morgan “Andy” Foddrill, was born sleeping surrounded by his loving family at 10:58 pm on Friday, July 28, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Living in his memory are his parents, Lilly and Jacob Foddrill; a brother, Sullivan Reese Foddrill; his Mimi and Pappy, Melissa Brooking and Kent Fender; Mamaw and Papaw, Thomisa and Shane Foddrill; great-grandmas, Rita Foddrill and Debbie Burton; aunts and uncles, Levi and Mandee, Sam and Abby, Kelsey and Brandon, and Dallas and Shandra, and several cousins. He was welcomed into Heaven by his great-grandparents, David Reese Brooking, Mary Marie Morgan Brooking, and Larry Eugene Foddrill.


The family has chosen to grieve privately. No services are planned at this time. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Andy’s honor to Hope Resource Center.

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


Janice Kay Bridges

Janice Kay Bridges

MITCHELL – Janice Kay Bridges, 81, passed away Friday, July 28, 2023, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation. Born January 31, 1942, in Needmore, she was the daughter of Odis and Louise (Goodman) Hollars. Kay married Lester Lee “Bud” Bridges on November 19, 1960 and he preceded her in death November 12, 2020. Kay was a 1960 graduate of Needmore High School. She was a homemaker and member of the Bryantsville Homemaker Club. Kay was a member of the Huron Church of God. Surviving are her children, Ron (Stephanie) Bridges of Mitchell, Sandra (Ben) Robbins of Mitchell, and Darren Bridges of Mitchell; grandchildren, Amanda (Matt) Moore, Erica (Chris) Collins, Molly (Taylor) Phillips, Macy Robbins, Kamryn Bridges, and Kenadi Bridges; 5 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Peg (Ansel) Deckard of Bedford and Donna (Dennis) Maddox of Bedford. Her husband; parents; son, Bryan Scott Bridges; and sister, Myrna Santure, preceded her in death. Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 2, at Green Hill Cemetery with Curt Deckard officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Carla D. Spaulding

Carla D. Spaulding

July 23, 1974-July 28, 2023


Bedford- Carla D. Spaulding, 49, of Bedford passed away at 9:50 am on Friday, July 28, 2023, at the I.U. Health Hospice House.


Born July 23, 1974, in Monroe County, she was the daughter of Carl and Rita (Hawkins) Allen. She married Greg Spaulding on July 31, 2021, and he survives. Carla worked for Indiana University School of Optometry as an optical technician.


Survivors include her husband, Greg of Bedford; her mother, Rita Allen of Bedford; a daughter, Emma Cox, and her husband Braden of Bedford; a son, Zach Hupp of Bloomington; five grandchildren: Brantley, Emerson, RayLynn, Braxton, and Maelyn; a sister, Amanda Borders and her husband, Joe of Springville; two nephews, Joey, and Jeff Borders; a niece, Josslynn Borders. She was preceded in death by her father.


Graveside services will be held at 1:30pm on Tuesday, August 1st, 2023, at the Leatherwood Christian Church Cemetery with Pastor Judy Early officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00am until 1:00pm on Tuesday, August 1st at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



July 28, 2023


Maria E. Braun

Maria E. Braun

July 16, 1953 – July 27, 2023


Bedford – Maria E. Braun, 70, of Bedford, passed away at 2:28 pm on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


She was born July 16, 1953, in Germany. She retired as a cashier at Bedford Dairyland in 2010. She married Hans Braun on March 20, 1972. Attended the Church of Christ.


Survivors include her husband, Hans, of Bedford; a son, Hans Braun, Jr. and wife, Terri Jo, of Bedford; a daughter, Angela P Braun, of FL; two grandsons, Josef Braun, of Bedford and Steve Summers, of Lafayette; a granddaughter, Nikki Gillerand, of GA. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.


A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. I love you to the moon and back, from your grandson, Josef Braun. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Barbara Lee Mundy

Barbara Lee Mundy

MITCHELL – Barbara Lee Mundy, 84, passed away Friday, July 28, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. Born April 11, 1939, in Huron, she was the daughter of Menlo and Pauline (Tolliver) Tackett. Barbara married Joe M. Mundy on April 7, 1962 and he preceded her death February 10, 2004. Barbara was a 1957 graduate of Huron High School. She retired after 55 years as a medical assistant for IU Health Ear, Nose, and Throat. Barbara loved basketball, but especially Indiana University. She was always ready for her next adventure. Surviving are her children, Tony (Estrella) Mundy of San Antonio, Texas and Joni (Eric) Terry of Bedford; grandchildren, Barbara Mundy and Raul Mundy; and four great-grandchildren. Her husband; parents; and brothers, John Tackett and Larry Tackett, preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Max Timbrook and Pastor Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com


Vernie W. Adams, Jr.

August 24, 1928 – June 5, 2023


Bedford – Vernie W. Adams, 94, of Bedford, passed away on Monday, June 5, 2023, at White River Lodge in Bedford.


Born August 24, 1928, in Crab Orchard, KY, he was the son of Vernie W. Adams, Sr. and Gertrude (Barnett) Adams. He married Joan Lewis on July 22, 1950, and she survives. He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. He retired as a geophysical engineer at NWSC Crane and started Adams Engineering Associates. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a member of the First Church of God in Bedford and organized the Limestone Cowboys music group.


Survivors include his wife, Joan; three sons, Vern (Susan) Adams, of New River, AZ, Steve Adams, of Edmond, OK, and Mike (Giselle) Adams, of Pleasanton, CA; six grandchildren, Vernon (Kat) Adams, of Castle Pines, CO, Becka Adams, of Sherman Oaks, CA, Ryan Adams, of Oklahoma City, OK, Emily Adams, of Oklahoma City, OK, Gavin Adams and Morgan Adams, of Pleasanton, CA; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Linda Sue Adams; a brother, Robert Adams; three sisters, Alice Adams, Phyllis Reichard, and Alma Faine.


Memorial Services and Celebration of Life will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 29th at the First Church of God in Bedford.



July 27, 2023


Thomas "Tom" Jackson Jenkins, Bedford, Indiana

Thomas "Tom" Jackson Jenkins

Thomas "Tom" Jackson Jenkins, of Bedford, passed away on July 27, 2023 at Paoli Hospital. Tom was born January 4th, 1945 in Bedford, Indiana, as the son of George A. and B. Eileen Mathews Jenkins. Tom married Linda Stevens Jenkins on January 23rd, 1962, at the home of his parents. Tom was a union carpenter and cement finisher for most of his professional career. After retirement, Tom enjoyed tending the hummingbirds.


Tom is survived by his wife Linda; sister Loretta E. Burris of Bloomfield; sister in law Mary Jenkins, children Tommy (Lisa) of Bedford, Michele Jenkins of Bedford, George (Tara) Jenkins of Orleans, Timothy (Chasity) Jenkins of Bedford. Grandchildren include Amanda Finney (Mary Ann), Crystal Jenkins (Brad Myers), Melissa Pavey (Christopher), Olivia Brooks (Joshua), Owen Jenkins, Otto Jenkins, Tyler Jenkins (Emma), Elijah Jenkins, Jordan Crouch, plus many great grandchildren, niece Kathy Amabile, in-laws: Joe & Brenda Stevens, Jerry and Ann Stevens; and other close family.


Tom was preceded in death by his parents, sister Barbara J. Guthrie, brother James A. Jenkins, nephew James Dean Jenkins, nephew David Guthrie, and grandson George E. Jenkins II, and in laws: Carl and Sharon Lyons, and Gary and Bea Stevens.


Tom attended Friendly Bible Church in Bedford for almost 50 years and was a dedicated servant and student of the Lord. He also attended White River Baptist Church and led their Wednesday studies.


Arrangements are at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Friends may call on Saturday July 29, from 11am-1pm, with the service starting at 1 pm.  Jim Russell from White River Baptist will officiate. Burial will be at Carlton Cemetery near his home in Buddha, Indiana. Condolences can be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



July 26, 2023


Heber Sowders, Jr.

Heber Sowders, Jr.

August 29, 1934 – July 24, 2023


Bedford – Heber Sowders, Jr., 88, of Bedford, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington.


Born August 29, 1934, in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Heber and Martha (Hillenburg) Sowders. He married Mary Ellen Keithley on May 8, 1954, and she survives. He was a graduate of Oolitic High School and attended Oolitic Pentecostal Church. He retired from Ravenswood in Mitchell, IN.


Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen; three children, Mary Beth Browning, Jim (Davena) Sowders, and Susan Jones; ten grandchildren, Brian Browning, Mary Anne (Travis) Gould, Damon (Cheryl) Hale, Amanda (Mike) Britton, Andrew (Anna-Lisa) Jones, Haley (Deonte) Mack, Hope (Jon) Gastineau, Zach Galloway, Stephen (Brie) Galloway, and Lindsey (Wyatt) Gaweda; thirteen great-grandchildren, Morgan (Cole) Lynn, Tracer (Chandler) Gould, Peyton Hale, KJ, Desmond, and Trey Beau Mack, Brooklyn and Elijah Jones, Cora, Lina, and Ada Britton, Sterling Gastineau, and Ada Galloway; two great-great-grandchildren, Ava and Parker Lynn. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Dorothy Owens, Marcella Turner, Peggy Bush, Jim Sowders, and Judy Sowders.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 28th at the Oolitic Pentecostal Church with Pastors Marty Speer and Reggie Turner officiating. Burial will follow in the Mundell Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Friday at the Oolitic Pentecostal Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks friends consider donating to the I.U. Health Hospice House or charity of one’s choice. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



July 25, 2023


Wendell Floyd Phillips

July 5, 1966 – July 24, 2023


Oolitic – Wendell Floyd Phillips, 57, of Oolitic, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2023, at his residence.


Born July 5, 1966, in Bedford, he was the son of Cecil and Christine (Melton) Phillips. He attended the Oolitic Baptist Church and the Oolitic United Methodist Church. Wendell was a life-long resident of Oolitic and was well known among many of the area residents. He was a member of the Bedford Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #689. He was an avid Cincinnati Reds and Louisville Cardinals fan and followed racing.


Survivors include his mother, Christine Phillips, of Oolitic; aunts, Carolyn Allen, of Bedford and Dorothy Phillips, of Oolitic; several cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil; grandparents, Joe and Clara Melton, Elisha and Angie Phillips; several aunts and uncles.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 pm on Thursday, July 27th in Springville Cemetery West. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 27th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Grace Slowey

Grace Slowey

June 1, 1933- July 22, 2023


Grace Slowey, 90, of Bedford, passed away on July 22, 2023, at The Bliss Place in Bedford. Born on June 1, 1933, she was the daughter of Ralph and Margaret (Myers) Snow. She married Robert Greene on July 25, 1953, and he passed on November 4, 1978, she then married Col. James Tirey on August 1, 1980, and he passed on December 29, 1992, she then married Frank Slowey on July 11, 1998, and he passed on August 23, 2021.


Grace was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church where she was an active volunteer with the church and school.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Grace are her three stepsons, Dave (Sandy) Slowey, John Slowey, and Bill Slowey; one nephew, Mike (Debbie) Snow; and two great nieces, Michaela Graber and Michelle Snow.


Grace is preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Margaret Snow; son, Steve Greene; husbands, Robert Greene, Col. James Tirey, and Frank Slowey; brother, Paul “Joe Bud” Snow; sister, Betty Graber; and two nephews, Larry Graber and Gary Graber.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Friday, July 28, 2023, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Reginald Wolford, OP officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.


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



July 24, 2023


Ellen Jewell Moutardier

September 11, 1951 – July 24, 2023


Bedford – Ellen Jewell Moutardier, 71, of Bedford, passed away at 2:19 am on Monday, July 24, 2023, at IU. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born September 11, 1951, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Curtis and Norma (Day) Brodhecker. She married Rickey Moutardier on August 29, 1970, and he survives. She was a homemaker.


Survivors include her husband, Rickey, of Bedford; three sons, Ryan Moutardier and wife, Marci, of Mitchell, Curtis Moutardier and wife, Trisha, of Sellersburg, and Kenton Moutardier and wife, Kara, of Bedford; four grandchildren, Abby Moutardier, Jack Moutardier, Carly Moutardier, and Vincent Moutardier; two sisters, Sondra Gilley and husband, Roger, of Columbus and Rebecca Nikirk and husband, Reggie, of Bedford; several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents and her youngest sister, Susan Brodhecker.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, July 26th at the Old Union Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Coleen Catherine Lewis

Coleen Catherine Lewis

BEDFORD – Coleen Catherine Lewis, 64, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2023, at IU Health Hospice House. Born June 1, 1959, in Stanford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of Gene and Pat (Slyker) Sullivan. Coleen married David Allen Lewis on October 31, 1989 and he survives. Coleen worked as a Registered Nurse for Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She loved cooking, listening to music and sitting out on the back porch getting sun. Coleen was one-of-a-kind; a caring person, an amazing nurse, and a really good mom. Surviving are her husband, Dave Lewis of Bedford; children, Karen Elaine Lewis of Bedford and Stephanie Lee Jones of Harriman, Tennessee; granddaughter, Shaylynn; siblings, Anna Sullivan, Gene Sullivan, and Kendall Sullivan, all of Connecticut; and mother, Pat Sullivan of Stanford, Connecticut. Her father and sister, Diana Sullivan, preceded her in death. Cremation has been chosen. A memorial services will be held 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 27, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Gary Lee officiating. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com


July 20, 2023


Shirley M. Ray

Shirley M. Ray age 86 of Bedford passed away on Thursday July 13, 2023, at 5:10 p.m. at IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington. She was born in Bedford on October 13, 1936, to Lovell Sowders and Lilly Mae (Winegar) Sowders. Shirley retired from Kroger Grocery where she was a meat cutter in Bedford and Bloomington. She was an avid card player, enjoyed flowers and traveling with the “Happy Travelers”.


Survivors include her children, Sherri (Rick) Hoggatt of Bedford, Tina Dixon of Bedford, Suzanne Purdy of Bedford, and Robert Purdy, Jr. of Bedford, eight grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild, two sisters, Carole Andis of Bedford, and Kaye Kelley of Bedford.


She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, James Ray in 2021, two brothers, Lovell Sowders, Jr., and Danny Sowders, one sister, Betty Deckard,


Cremation was chosen, Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.



Nancy Ella Duncan

Nancy Ella Duncan

Nancy Ella Duncan age 78 of Mitchell passed away on Monday July 17, 2023, at 1:55 p.m. at Westview Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Bedford. She was born in Lawrence County on January 29, 1945, to William F. Wilson and Nettie Marie (Hardwick) Wilson. Nancy loved her family, flowers, cooking, red trucks, her CB buddies, and her dog, Cocoa.


Survivors include her children, Michael David Hubbard, Sandra Ashley (Scott King) of Mitchell, Tim Duncan (Melody Bugh) of Mitchell, and Gregory Hubbard (Carol Reed) of Bedford, grandchildren, Tiffany, Tia, Christopher, Megan, Victoria, Emily, Josh, Mitch, Joshua, Tyler, and Shannon, eight great grandchildren, her dog, Cocoa, several nieces and a nephew.


Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, son, Danny Lee Hubbard in 1963, two brothers, William Wilson, and Jack Wilson.


Funeral services will be held on Thursday July 20, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home, burial will follow in Huron Cemetery. The visitation will be on Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until service time at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care. Condolences made be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



Michael R. “Mike” Kinser

Michael R. “Mike” Kinser

Michael R. “Mike” Kinser age 73 of Bedford passed away on Sunday June 25, 2023, at 8:52 p.m. at IU Health in Bedford. Mike was born on November 20, 1949, to Roy and Helen (Covey) Kinser. He was a graduate of Heltonville High School, a US Army veteran and 10-year member of the National Guard, Mike was the parts manager at Bedford Ford for many years. He attended the Grace Full Gospel Church. Survivors include two children, Kimberly (Delbert) Bridges of Bedford and Michael Kinser of Bedford, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Marilyn Hicks and one brother, Marvin Kinser.


A celebration of Mike’s life will be held on Saturday July 22, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. at Leatherwood Christian Church, 3518 Leatherwood Road, Bedford. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.



July 19, 2023


Linda Gayle Donaldson

Linda Gayle Donaldson

October 6, 1955 – July 14, 2023


Linda Gayle Donaldson, 67, of Bedford passed away on July 14, 2023, at her residence. Born on October 6, 1955, she was the daughter of Fred and Dorothy (Arnold) Jenkins. She married Iain Donaldson, and he passed in 2014.


Linda graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School in 1973 and attended Hillcrest Christian Church.


Surviving Linda are her nieces and nephews, Denise Lawrence of Bedford, Jamie Vivanco of California, and Butch (Tammy) Canell of Missouri.


Linda is preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Gary Jenkins and Fred Jenkins Jr.; and one sister, Karen Canell.


Cremation was chosen. The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with Linda’s care.


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



Helen Louise Speer

Helen Louise Speer

October 4, 1948 – July 18, 2023


Helen Louise Speer, 74, of Bedford, passed away on July 18, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Born in Leesville, IN on October 4, 1948, she was the daughter of Timothy A. and Renia Mae (Staggs) Brown. She married Herbert “Herb” Speer on November 22, 1964, and he survives.


Helen worked as a CNA for several years and attended Resurrection Life Ministries in Mitchell.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Helen is her husband, Herb; six children, Sandy (Michael) Kelley, David (Veronica) Speer, William “Bill” (Amanda) Speer, Rebecca (Sam) Turpen, Teresa Clayton, and April Dawn (Bobby) Johnson; 17 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; siblings, Gerald Brown, Larry Brown, Bobby Brown, Danny Brown, and Alice Brown; as well as several nieces and nephews.


Helen is preceded in death by her parents and four siblings, Alva Brown, Timothy Brown, Susie Speer, and Mary “Cricket” Estrada.


Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Monday July 24, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor Johnny Herald officiating. Burial will follow at Mundell Christian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30am to the service time on Monday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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



July 18, 2023


Emma Ruth (Haynes) Sears

Emma Ruth (Haynes) Sears

December 27, 1925 – July 16, 2023


Bedford- Emma Ruth (Haynes) Sears, 97, of Bedford, passed away at 11:07 pm, on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at IU Health Bedford Hospital.


Born December 27, 1925, in Bloomington, she was the daughter of Carter “C.C.” and Clara Z. (Broyles) Haynes. She married Ralph Howard Sears, and he preceded her in death. Emma Ruth was a 1944 graduate of Bloomington High School, and a 1947 graduate of CBI in Springfield, MO. She retired from AT&T. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church in Bedford, and the American Legion.


Survivors include a son, Donald Haynes Bingham, and his wife Tammy of Spencer. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and four siblings, James L. Haynes, Pauline Hardy, Ross Haynes, and Don Haynes.


A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday, July 25th at Green Hill Cemetery with Pastor Scott Salm officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Free Methodist Church in Bedford. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Judy Ann VanMeter

Judy Ann VanMeter

MORGAN, TEXAS – Judy Ann VanMeter, 69, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2023, at Texas Health Huguley Hospital. Born May 28, 1954, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Cecil and Louise (Howard) Keith. She married Roger D. VanMeter on December 18, 1982 and he survives. Judy was a 1972 graduate of Mitchell High School and graduated from Indiana Business College in 1973. She worked 37 years at Haag International Engineers. Judy loved going to casinos and gambling. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoyed reading Stephen King novels. Survivors include her husband, Roger VanMeter of Morgan, Texas; daughter, Jennifer VanMeter of Morgan, Texas; and brother, Roger “Moe” (Theresa) Keith of Mitchell. Her parents; daughter, Julie Ann VanMeter; half-brother, Lloyd Parish; and half-sister, Shirley Sowders, preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 21, 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 noon until the time of the service Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to White River Humane Society or Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com


Mona Gayle Turner Obit Picture

Mona Gayle Turner

September 13, 1928–July 15, 2023


Our wonderful Mother and Gram is with her Lord and Savior. She was longing to go home while enduring recent surgery and illness, so surrounded by family she joined her eternal loved ones at 10:25pm at Bliss Place on July 15, 2023.


How can you summarize a life fully lived for almost 95 years, a life-force full of vigor and energy, a life of service sprinkled with some sass, feistiness, dignity, and tenacious love for family, friends, and her Lord? You name her Mona Gayle.


Mom was a child during the Great Depression and a teen during WWII both of which fostered in her an impassioned desire to raise her boys in a warm, inviting home where family would be cherished . She loved, over the years, opening her home to family, friends, and guests who enjoyed her gift for cooking, baking, never ending cups of coffee, and ample supplies of guidance, opinion, and a raised eyebrow if you needed it or not. When asked just over a week ago what she wanted her grandchildren to remember she said, “Be good. Obey your Bible. Pray every day.” Sage advice learned from the hard lessons of life.


She is survived by her son Dr. Dennis (Melody) Turner of Needmore; a forever daughter-in-law

Susie (Ray) Kern of Bedford; cherished grandchildren: Monica (Hal) Kirkwood of Oxford,

England; Erich (Anne) Turner of Charlottesville, VA; Austin Malone of Needmore; Brady Kirkman


Turner and fiance Bridget of Indianapolis, IN. She took such delight in her great-grandchildren Elle and Finn Malone and Garrett and Kenzie Kirkwood. She greatly enjoyed being Aunt Mona to many precious nieces and nephews.


Mom is now reunited with Frank, her husband of 69 years, and her dear son Mark L. Turner as well as her Dad and Mom, Cornie and Tressie Kirkman. She also joins her siblings Jack, Barbara, Mary, and Jim.


Mona Gayle attended Ellettsville and Needmore High Schools and worked various jobs but loved being a Kindergarten Aide at NLCS for many years. Her foremost love, though, was being a homemaker for her family. She and Dad taught Sunday School and worked with Youth Groups helping many to love life and Jesus a bit more every day. As a little girl she loved going to church and did so all of her life. She blessed us more than we can express with her strength, courage, searing sensitivity, and steadfastness.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 22nd in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Gary Thomas officiating. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service at the Day & Carter Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mark L. Turner Memorial Scholarship through the Bedford North Lawrence Scholarship Foundation (www.BNLscholarshipfoundation.com). Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



July 17, 2023


Everly Faith Schoolcraft Obit

Everly Faith Schoolcraft

May 2, 2023 – July 15, 2023


Everly Faith Schoolcraft, 2.5 months, passed away on July 15, 2023, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital. Born on May 2, 2023, she was the daughter of Thomas Lee Jr. and Courtney (Pedigo) Schoolcraft.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Everly are her parents; siblings, Camden Schoolcraft, Kinslee Schoolcraft, Bella Walker, Brantley Schoolcraft, Landon Schoolcraft, Alex Schoolcraft, Madalyn Schoolcraft, and Makenzi Schoolcraft; paternal grandparents, Regina (Rudy) Holt of Buddha and Thomas (Regina) Schoolcraft of Bedford; maternal grandparents, Kerry and Amber Hall of Bedford; and great grandparents, Barbara Mundy of Bedford, Roger (Kay) Payton of Mitchell, Thomas Schoolcraft of Springville, Donna Stevenson of Columbus, and Connie and Alvin Probasco of Bedford.


Everly is preceded in death by her great grandparents, Graydon Mundy, Russell and Norma Schoolcraft, and Patricia Stevenson.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, July 20, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne- George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor Aaron Swafford officiating. Burial will follow at Dive Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11:00am to the service time on Thursday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Remembrances and condolences to the family may be made online at www.FergusonLee.com.



Robert “Bob” Haines

Robert  “Bob” Haines Obit

Robert “Bob” Haines, 78, passed away peacefully Friday morning, July 14, 2023, in Ellettsville, IN. He was born on December 25, 1944, in Washington, IN. He was the son of Ward and Elfreda (Nigg) Haines of Loogootee.

He was a proud father and grandfather, and his greatest love was spending time with his family.

Earlier in life, he attended Indiana State University (ISU) on an athletic scholarship to play baseball. He earned a B.S. and M.S. from ISU. He was a member of the Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity. Bob taught Industrial Arts, Drivers Ed, and Math for over 25 years at Shoals Community Schools and Orleans Community Schools.

Bob enjoyed playing cards, hunting, fishing, and volunteering at Bedford’s IU Health Auxiliary.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ralph Haines, and a sister who died at birth.

Bob is survived by his two children, Trisha Haines and husband Robert Fields, Dr. Robert Trent Haines-Hopper and husband Troy; two granddaughters, Ema (Justin) Haines and IsaBelle Haines-Fields; ex-wife and friend Sondra Evans; niece Kathy (Gary) Telford; and many other close family members.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation: https://www.helpfightra.org.

The family has chosen to have a private service in his honor.

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



July 14, 2023


Barbara Sue Terry Obit

Barbara Sue Terry

Barbara Sue Terry, 78, of Bedford passed away at home surrounded by family on July 6, 2023, following a 4-year battle with ovarian cancer.


Barb was born in Bedford, Indiana to parents Homer and Naomi (Jackson) Girdley on February 13, 1945. She grew up in a close-knit household with her parents, sister and several grandparents all living under the same roof.


She graduated from Oolitic High School in 1962 and went to work at NSWC Crane, first in Personnel and later as a Computer Specialist. She married Ronald George Terry on Christmas eve 1966 and they had one daughter, Brett. After retiring from Crane, she worked tirelessly as the President of the local NARFE chapter for nearly a decade and served on the Lawrence County Community Foundation board.


Barb loved action movies, hated to fly, fan-girled over Hugh Jackman and the band Queen, adored her cat Boo, and cherished her family and friends. Everyone who met her knew she loved to laugh and sometimes apologized for being the loudest one in the room.


She's survived by her daughter Brett, her sister Margaret (David) Riggs, nieces Kirsten (John) Gore, Angie Thompson, Laura (David) Zapp and Erin Terry, nephews Matthew Terry and Ryan (Jaymie) Terry, great-nieces Kelsie Thompson and Isabella Zapp, great-nephews Jackson Gore, Max Thompson, Josh Terry, Henry Terry and Jacob Terry, sisters-in-law Susie Terry and Jo Terry, and brothers-in-law Mike Terry and Pat Terry. She was preceded in death by both parents, her ex-husband Ron, brother-in-law Jim Terry, sister-in-law Suellen Terry and nephew Josh Terry.


Barb has requested cremation and has chosen to have no traditional services. In lieu of visitation and a funeral, a celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. She would love for you to bring your funny, weird and meaningful stories to share with everyone.

In place of flowers, the family has requested those wishing to honor Barb's life make donations to one of the following groups or to a cause near to their hearts: Hoosier Hills Food Bank, White River Humane Society, Bertha's Mission, Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services and Becky's Place.



Jimmy Dean Skeen Obit

Jimmy Dean Skeen

ORLEANS – Jimmy Dean Skeen, 59, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2023, at Indiana University Health Paoli Hospital. Born September 29, 1963, in Paoli, he was the son of Jimmy Franklin and Wilma Jean (Mitchell) Skeen. Jimmy was a 1982 graduate of Orleans High School and worked in construction as an operating engineer. He was a member of the Orleans Christian Church. Jimmy loved riding his motorcycle and being around his grandkids. Surviving are his children, Jeremiah (Destiny) Skeen of Orleans and Jesse Skeen of Orleans; grandchildren, Bristol Leigh, Madden Franklin, Lexington RuthAnn, Wrigley Wayne, Landry MaeLynne, Beckham Dean, and Ryker James; sister, Cindy (Greg) Skeen Terry of Bowling Green, Kentucky; mother of the children, Donita Kay Skeen of Orleans; and companion, Julie Kenny of Orleans. His parents preceded him in death. Cremation has been chosen with graveside service at a later date with Pastor Tom Bostic officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



July 12, 2023


Edward “Mack” McCullough

Edward “Mack” McCullough

February 25, 1942 – July 12, 2023


Heltonville – Edward “Mack” McCullough, 81, of Heltonville, passed away at 5:00 am on Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at his residence.


Born February 25, 1942, in Bedford, he was the son of Frank and Wanwalah (Deckard) McCullough. He married Barbara Chastain on October 4, 1963, and she survives. He was a farmer and member of the Donica Church of God where he served as a Sunday School teacher and youth leader. Mack loved God, family and friends. His life was dedicated to serving the Lord. He mentored many young people throughout the years. He enjoyed working on the farm and was passionate about spending time with loved ones.


Surviving with his wife, Barbara, is a daughter, Shawn McCollum and husband, Nelson, of Sebastian, FL; a son, Darin McCullough and wife, Angie, of Heltonville; five grandchildren, Morgan Cessna and husband, Kyle, Corbin McCullough and wife, Charlie, Clay McCollum, Conner McCullough and wife, Amanda, and Carson McCollum; three great-grandchildren, Mack and Walker Cessna, Mabel Mae McCullough, and soon to be, Willow McCullough; two brothers, Ernie (Amy) McCullough and Jay (Patty) McCullough; several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 15th at the Donica Church of God, 1969 Donica Church Road, Bedford, IN with Pastor Jason Walsh officiating. Burial will follow in Gilgal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, July 14th and 9:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday all at the church. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Donica Church Youth and Children’s Program. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.


July 10, 2023



Lila Jane Roberts

July 17, 1930 – July 8th, 2023


Bedford – Lila Jane Roberts, 92 of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, July 8th, 2023, at 6:33 am.


Born July 17, 1930, in Oolitic, Indiana, she was the daughter of John H. and Nannie B. (Sasser) Perry. She married Robert Joseph Imhoff who preceded her in death. Lila later married George E. Roberts who also preceded her in death. She was a homemaker and a devoted member of Bedford First Baptist Church where she loved being in the choir. Lila Jane spent the last five years of her life at Bliss Place, where she had many friends and wonderful caregivers.


Survivors include a son, Bryan Imhoff and his wife Sandra, of Bedford; their children, Lindsay and Paul Imhoff, and Lauren Cuvelier and husband Justin; five great grandchildren, Rowen, Wren, and Wells Imhoff; and Ella and Jasper Cuvelier; a daughter, Jana Banks of Oolitic and her children, Ethan and Emily Banks; a daughter, Susan Imhoff of Houston, and her children Neil and Evan Ritchey, and great grandchildren Hannah, Paul, and Elliott Ritchey; a step-daughter, Pam Troutman and husband Dan of Bedford and their children, Jeremy and Anya Johnson; great grandchildren, Layla, Piper, and Barrett Johnson, Elijah Crysall , and Jackson and Carter Totten, Cameron and Gracie Veatch, and a great-great grandchild, Brentlee Veatch; as well as several nieces and nephews. Lila is preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, a brother, Crit Perry, and three sisters, Reba Elliott, Dorsie Spaulding, and Beatrice Perry.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Monday, July 17, 2023, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Marty Speer officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 am to the time of service on Monday at Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com



Judith Ann “Judy” Cunnington Obit

Judith Ann “Judy” Cunnington

September 28, 1942 – July 8, 2023


Judith Ann “Judy” Cunnington, 80, of Bedford, passed away on July 8, 2023 at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington. Born on September 28, 1942, she was the daughter of Leroy and Christina (Prewitt) Morris.


Judy owned and operated JC Interiors and New Trend Outlet Store. She also previously worked at RCA and E&M Machine and Tool. Judy attended Free Methodist and was a former member of ABWD. She was a loving mother and grandmother.


Surviving Judy are her five children, Dean Borden, Bill (Kim) Borden, Larry Borden, Melinda (Eric) Borden-Lewis, and Brad Armstrong; 16 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; three siblings, Dave (Gina) Morris, Donna (Randy) Dodds, and Allen Morris; as well as several nieces and nephews.


Judy is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Linda White; two grandsons, Jacob and Jared Borden; one granddaughter, Kandi Borden; and one great-great grandson, Josiah Black.


Private funeral services have been scheduled. Judy will be buried at Beech Grove Cemetery.


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


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



Ramona Ruth Ashburn Obit

Ramona Ruth Ashburn

Ramona Ruth Ashburn, 92 of Freetown, passed away on July 7, 2023 surrounded by her loving family. She was born February 5, 1931 in Medora, Indiana to Roy and May Turney Schwartz. She graduated from Brownstown High School, class of 1949. She married Kenneth Ray Ashburn on January 20, 1950 and he preceded her in death on May 31, 1997. Ruth was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was a homemaker. She had many interests, including fishing at Lake Monroe, watching birds and animals, especially hummingbirds, and collecting Longaberger baskets. She loved flowers, especially purple Iris’, Lilacs and lavender but her greatest joy came from spending time with family and friends. She felt blessed to live to the age of 92. Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters, Bernadine Stephens and Gertrude Harder and her brother, George Schwartz and her grandson, Steven Ashburn. Surviving to cherish her memory are her daughters, Dana Ruth (Bobby) Prieto of Brownstown, Indiana and Ramona Sue (Ron) Strohe of Seymour, her sons, Ronald R. Ashburn of Milltown, Indiana, Kenneth Michael (Janet) Ashburn of Orleans, Indiana, Doyle Timothy Ashburn of Seymour, Indiana, Roy Mitchell Ashburn of Bedford, Indiana, David Allen Ashburn of Freetown, Indiana and Jeffrey Paul (Debra) Ashburn of Ladoga, Indiana, her sister, Maysel (Bill) Barker of Franklin, Indiana, 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 PM Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at Burkholder Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, 419 N. Chestnut Street, Seymour, Indiana and one hour prior to the funeral service which will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at the funeral home with Pastor Ron Strohe and Pastor Ben McCory officiating. Interment will follow at Ohio Chapel Cemetery in Ogilville. Memorials may be given in Ruth’s memory to Pershing Township Fire Dept. or Freetown Pentecostal Church at Burkholder Chapel. Please share memories and condolences at www.burkholderfuneralchapel.com.



July 7, 2023


Ronald “Ronnie” Eugene Cogwell

Ronald “Ronnie” Eugene Cogwell


MITCHELL – Ronald “Ronnie” Eugene Cogwell, 85, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2023, at his residence. Born June 2, 1938, in Mitchell, he was the son of Wilbur Aldon and Bessie (Brock) Cogwell. He married Nancy Jean Westerfield on July 25, 1958 and she preceded him in death April 16, 2014 Ronald retired from the Indiana State Police after serving for 24 years. He farmed, did crop adjustment for insurance, and refinished furniture. Ronald enjoyed antiquing and owned Nancy’s Antique Shop. He was a member of the Mitchell First Baptist Church. Ronald was a member of the Mitchell Masonic Lodge No. 228 F.&A.M. and the Fraternal Order of Police. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include his son, John (Sharon) Cogwell of Mitchell; grandchildren, Jonathan (Alyssa) Cogwell of Mitchell and Stephanie Cogwell of Mitchell; and great-grandchildren, Brayden Cogwell, Baxton Cogwell, and Brantley Cogwell. His parents; wife; and siblings, Elenore Smith and Evelyn Ramey, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 9, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Dave Mikulsky officiating. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon until the service on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions: Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



July 6, 2023


Robert Ray “Lightning” Hughes

February 11, 1947 – July 5, 2023


Robert Ray “Lightning” Hughes, 76, of Bedford passed away on July 5, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Born on February 11, 1947, he was the son of George and Lyvada (McCory) Hughes. He married Velda Jane Zigler on March 18, 1969, and she survives.


Lightning graduated from Tunnelton High School in 1965. He was a U.S. Airforce Veteran and a member of the Disabled Veterans Wish Foundation. He retired from the City of Bedford and was a co-owner of a tree trimming service. He also helped start SICIL, an advocacy group for people with disabilities around Indiana.


Surviving Lightning is his wife, Jane; daughter, Christina (Toby) Emmons; grandchildren, Jessica Fortner, Andrew Emmons, Cassy (John) Burton, Jared (Gianna) Burcham, and Jordan (Hannah) Burcham; great grandchildren, Gabrielle (Doug) Emmons, Isaac (Marissa) Emmons, Adrianna Lloyd, Serinity Jaggers, Kody Fortner, Koral Fortner, Krystina Fortner, Cash Burton, Waylon Burton, Jaxon Burton, and Xander Burton; great-great grandson, Dallas Fleener; and several nieces and nephews.


Lightning is preceded in death by his parents, George and Lyvada; his daughter, Rhonda (Greg) Burcham; five sisters, Genevieve (Charles) Flinn, Wonita (James) Sullivan, Nancy Hughes in infancy, Charlette (Wayne) Miller, and Carolyn Sue (Gene) Chaney; and four brothers, Samuel (Carla) Hughes, Stanley (Dorothy) Hughes, George A. (Elta Mae) Hughes Jr., and Ollie (Joann) Hughes.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Clarence Brown and Johnny Herald officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Gillen Post #33. Burial will follow at Dive Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Monday July 10, 2023, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Contributions in memory of Lightning may be made to the Men’s Warming Shelter of Bedford.


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




Betty I. Slate

Betty I. Slate

April 5, 1940 – July 4, 2023


Betty I. Slate went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 4, 2023 at 4:36PM at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born April 5, 1940, she was the daughter of Russell and Mary (Leatherman) Mundy. She married Ronnie Slate and he preceded her in death.


Betty was of the Christian Faith and loved reading and classic T.V. shows.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Betty are two daughters, Melissa (Rodney) Bunch and Christine (Bill) Hicks; six grandchildren, Dustin Slate, Brandon (Natalie) Bunch, Landon (Hannah) Bunch, Elyssa (Wil) Walls, Elijah Hicks and Calum Bunch; two great grandchildren, Louella and Marleigh Walls; and one brother, Dale Mundy.


Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie; and two sons, Brian Slate and Mark Slate.


Graveside services for Betty I. Slate will be held on Monday, July 10, 2023 at 11:00am at the Fairview Cemetery in Orleans with Philip Thorne officiating.


Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the arrangements for Mrs. Slate.


Contributions to help offset funeral expenses may be made at www.FergusonLee.com/resources.


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




July 5, 2023



Gregory Lee Woodward

Gregory Lee Woodward

January 6, 1953 – June 30, 2023


Bedford – Gregory Lee Woodward, 70, of Bedford, passed away at 8:42 pm on Friday, June 30, 2023.


Born January 6, 1953, in Bedford, he was the son of Jesse Thomas and Helen Margaret (Southern) Woodward. He married Doris King on December 29, 1974, and she survives. He retired as the Assistant Chief of Police at Crane and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a elder at Dive Christian Church where he served as the chairman of the board.


Survivors include his wife, Doris, of Bedford; a son, Robby Woodward and wife, Connie; grandchildren, Jesse Lee Woodward, and Robert Denton Alexander, both who were raised in the home and eight more grandchildren; great-grandchildren, Leo Gregory Woodward, Emma Mae Woodward, and Luci Nicole Woodward; a sister, Karen Sue Gugin; a brother-in-law, Dennis Grogan. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Beverly Ann Grogan; a brother-in-law, Clifford Gugin.


Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 8th at the Dive Christian Church with Pastor Joe McAdams officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion.


Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, July 7th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Donna Johnson

Donna Johnson

July 1, 1947 – July 2, 2023


Scottsburg – Donna Johnson, 76, of Bedford passed away at 3:35 pm on Sunday, July 2, 2023, at The Waters in Scottsburg, Indiana.


Born July 1, 1947, in Lawrence county, IN, she was the daughter of Vearl and Flossie (Robertson) Johnson. Donna was a homemaker until her children were grown. Later, she worked as a CNA at Columbus Hospital and Private Homecare. She also worked in insurance sales. She was of the Christian faith and enjoyed crocheting, painting and roller skating.


Survivors include her three daughters, Tessa Dishman, Laveda Robbins (Don), Katherine Piatt (Ron); ten grandchildren, Derick Pendleton, Shawn Estes, Andrew Robbins, Kayla Dishman, Amber Fugate, Monika Patterson, Mikka Moore, Lydia Piatt, Billy Dishman, and Shelby Piatt; and twenty-one great grandchildren.


Donna is preceded by her parents, Vearl and Flossie Johnson, five siblings; Harold Johnson, Gerald Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Toby Johnson and a sister, Sharon Rose Johnson.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 pm on Saturday, July 8th, 2023, in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Leland Parks officiating. Visitation will be held from noon to the time of service on Saturday. Burial will follow at the Judah Church of Christ Cemetery. The family requests that friends consider memorial contributions to the Southern Indiana Hospice and Alzheimers Association. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Carl Eugene Beavers

Carl Eugene Beavers

MITCHELL – Carl Eugene Beavers, 71, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2023, at his residence. Born January 3, 1952, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Edward Escoe Beavers and Elizabeth Ethel (White) Allen. He married Kelly Anne Faubion in 1970 and she preceded him in death April 1, 2021. Carl was a 1970 graduate of Shawswick High School. He retired from Mt. Carmel Sand and Gravel, doing road construction, and was part of the union. Carl enjoyed going to races, fishing, and hunting. Surviving are his children, Stephanie Coulter of Mitchell, Carl “Bucky” (Andrea Guy) Beavers of Martinsville, Nathan (Erin) Beavers of Roachdale, and Natalie (Bill) Brim of Mitchell; twelve grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Wilma Frasier of Bedford, Vicky Allen of Tunnelton, Jim Beavers of Bedford, Susie King of Huron, and Mike Beavers of Avoca; and step-father, Cliff Allen of Bloomington. His parents; wife; grandson, Cole Brim; and siblings, Rick Beavers and Patty Mobley, preceded him in death. Graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 10, at Pleasant Run Cemetery with Pastor Steve Jones officiating. Burial to follow. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



James “Jim” P. Clock

James “Jim” P. Clock


MITCHELL – James “Jim” P. Clock, 73, passed away Monday, July 3, 2023, at his residence. Born January 2, 1950, in Terre Haute, he was the son of Reverend Willis Leonard and Marjorie Marie (Hasty) Clock. He married Sherry Lynn Terrell on June 3, 1972 and she preceded him in death June 9 2014. He married Debbie Lynne (Fortner) Fleenor on June 14, 2018 and she survives. Jim retired as assistant fire chief from NWSC Crane Fire Department and was a founding firefighter with Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department. He was a 1968 graduate of Mitchell High School and board member for the Lawrenceport Cemetery Association. Jim loved the Lord and his family with all his heart. He also loved his dogs Bugsy and Chloe. Jim was an avid gardener and liked working in his yard. Survivors include his wife, Debbie Lynn Clock of Mitchell; son, Chris (Stephenie) Clock of Mitchell; daughter, Joni (Randall) Hamm of Paoli; step-sons, Aaron (Diane) Fleenor of San Tan Valley, Arizona and Tim (Carmen) Fleenor of Washington; grandson, Bryan (Kimmie) Hamm; step grandsons, Dillon and Jacob Fleenor; great-granddaughters, Bayley Taylor and Charlotte Hamm; and brother, Gene (Maryellen) Clock of Pennsylvania. His parents; wife, Sherry; and sister, Rosalie Fletcher, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 8, at the Mitchell Wesleyan Church with Pastor Steve Jones officiating. Burial will be at Lawrenceport Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Mitchell Wesleyan Church and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the church. Memorial Gifts: Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com




Ruby Nadine Reynolds

Ruby Nadine Reynolds

December 27, 1934 – July 1, 2023


Bedford – Ruby Nadine Reynolds,88, of Bedford, passed away at 10:10 pm on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at her residence.


Born December 27, 1934, in Bedford, she was the daughter of James Milford and Minnie Pearl (Patton) Reynolds, the youngest of thirteen children. She married Ralph Parenti in 1963 and he preceded her in death in 2003. She was a homemaker and member of Grace Full Gospel Church.


Survivors include her children, Louis Wayne Mitchell, Thomas Lee Boeck, David Lyle Mitchell, Minnie Darlene Boeck, Ralph Nicholas Parenti, Michael P. Parenti, James J. Parenti; thirteen grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and 12 siblings.


Graveside services will be conducted at 2:30 pm on Friday, July 7th at Patton Hill Cemetery with Pastor Brent O’Neal officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.





Donna Ione (Albin) Cox

Donna Ione (Albin) Cox

November 29, 1937 – July 3, 2023


Bedford – Donna Ione (Albin) Cox, 85, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, daughter and sister, of Bedford, passed away and went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 3, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born November 29, 1937, in Deadwood, S.D., she was the daughter of Ward Noel Albin and Jesse Mae (Pierce) Albin. Donna was a member of Dive Christian Church. She worked many years as a Qualified Medical Assistant and retired from StoneBridge Healthcare. Donna was very passionate and caring towards those she cared for, and many of those families were grateful for her care and service.


Donna was a woman of strength, compassion, and unwavering love for her family. She faced life’s challenges with grace and determination, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew her. Her vibrant spirit and warm smile will be greatly missed.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, her dear brothers, Dale Albin, Dewayne Albin, Ronald Albin, and Gordon Albin, as well as her beloved daughter, Sherry Andrighetti. Their memories will forever be cherished.


She is survived by her loving daughter, Kay Kunda (Ray) of Tampa FL and her devoted sons, Harry Taylor (Tammy) of Bedford IN and Billy Taylor (Kim) of Kalamazoo MI, as well as her 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Donna’s presence in their lives brought immeasurable joy, and she will be remembered as a guiding light, offering unwavering support and unconditional love.


Donna will be fondly remembered by her family, extended family members, and dear friends. Her legacy of love and compassion will continue to inspire and touch the lives of those who had the privilege of knowing her.


The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all who provided care and support to Donna throughout her life. Their kindness and compassion brought comfort and solace during difficult times.


A memorial service will be held at Dive Christian Church in Bedford, Indiana to celebrate Donna’s life and honor her memory, on Thursday, July 6, 2023. Visitation will take place from 1:00pm-2:30pm with a funeral service following immediately after at 2:30pm.


Donna Lone Cox will forever remain in our hearts, her spirit living on in the cherished memories she left behind. May she rest in eternal peace. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Russell E. Owen, Jr.

Russell E. Owen, Jr.

November 1, 1937 – July 1, 2023


Bedford – Russell E. Owen, Jr., of Bedford, passed away unexpectedly at 12;12 pm on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born November 1, 1937, in Bedford, he was the son of Russell E. Owen, Sr. and Ruby C. (Love) Owen. He married Kay Sanders and she preceded him in death after thirty-one years of marriage. He later married Lahoma Hatfield on May 2, 1992, and she survives.


Russ was a graduate of Bedford High School with the class of 1955 and Purdue University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served as a jet pilot. He was the builder and overseer of Pay-N-Packit/IGA where he worked alongside his father. He was a co-owner and commercial real estate broker with Williams Carpenter Realtors and the former owner of the Stone City Mall. He developed the Shandell Drive area, and Greentree and Overlook Condominiums. He was a member of the First Christian Church and Gillen Post #33 American Legion. After his retirement, he enjoyed spending the winter months in Ft. Myers, FL.


Survivors include his wife, Lahoma; two daughters, Debra Kay Shaw and husband, David, and Melissa Mae Moerchen and fiancé, David Crabtree; sons, Russell Jay Owen and wife, Lynn, John P. Beyers and wife, Letha, Timothy Bruce Beyers, and Joe Hall; grandsons, Nicolas Michael Sexton, Nathanial Andrew Sexton, Jacob Christopher Sexton, Chad Allen Zirzow, Evan Cole Beyers, Nicholas Beyers; granddaughters, Jennifer Brooke Weesner, Morgan Kay Bender, Madelyn Christine Hamsley, Shalin BreAnne Stroud, Shelby Nakaila Reeder, Kaylee Smith, Brianna Smith, Natalie Brooke Beyers, and Morgan Kay Hall; many great grandchildren; a sister, Liana Mae Skinner and husband, Jim. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, and a son, Michael Paul Owen.


Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Friday, July 7th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Reed Beard officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens with military rites accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 6th and from 9:00 am until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Judith Ellen (Trowbridge) Watson

November 21, 1944 – July 1, 2023


Bedford – Judith Ellen (Trowbridge) Watson, 78, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.


Born November 21, 1944, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Dennis and Helen (Chasteen)


Trowbridge. She married Larry Watson on September 10, 1961, and he preceded her in death on October 18, 2009. She had worked at Cook Medical for twenty-six years and was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church.


Survivors include her daughters, Kathy (Tony) Gilbert and Karen (Mark) True, all of Bedford; three sisters, Carole Able, Etta Gilbert and Lynn Trowbridge, all of Bedford; three brothers, Douglas (Carolyn) Trowbridge, of Arkansas, Scott (Tammy) Trowbridge, and Tony Trowbridge, of Bedford; 2 grandsons, Matthew Fields, of Greenwood and Christain (Chloe) True; a granddaughter, Devan True, of Bedford; a great granddaughter, Collyns True. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two brothers, Dennis L. Trowbridge and Richard D. Trowbridge.


Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Friday, July 7th at Hayes Cemetery in


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




July 1, 2023



Jo Ellen East (Bartley, Hawkins) Hammack

Jo Ellen East (Bartley, Hawkins) Hammack

July 8, 1951 – June 30, 2023


Jo Ellen East (Bartley, Hawkins) Hammack, 71, of Columbus, passed away Friday, June 30, 2023 at Our Hospice in Columbus. Born on July 8, 1951, she was the daughter of Roe Creston East and Edith Kathleen Dalton. She married Kenneth L. “Kenny” Hammack and he survives.

As a teenager Jo Ellen was baptized at the Leatherwood Christian Church. She attended Shawswick School for 12 years and was a graduate of Shawswick High School with the class of 1969. She was also a graduate of Oakland City University. She worked in the trucking industry for 35 years, serving in various roles.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Jo Ellen is her husband, Kenny; sons, Scott T. Bartley (Mandy), James W. Bartley and companion Jamie D. Grandstaff; her only grandson, Cole C. Bartley; her brother, Roe C. East (Sharon); her nephew, Andrew J. “Andy” East (Deidi); along with several cousins, close friends and their families.


Jo Ellen was preceded in death by her parents, Roe Creston East and Edith Kathleen Dalton; husbands Thomas E. Bartley and John A. Hawkins; her maternal grandparents, William Daniel “Bill” Dalton Sr. and Nanna Lou “Peggy” Ritchison; and her paternal grandparents, William Marshall East Sr. and Trucye Ella Sexton.


Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 5, 2023 at 1:00pm at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Philip Thorne officiating. Burial will follow at the Mitchell City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00am until the time of the service at Ferguson-Lee.


Contributions in memory of Jo Ellen East Hammack can be made to the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.


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


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