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Obituaries — June 2023

Updated: Jun 30, 2023


Thorne George Family Funeral Homes, Ferguson Lee Chapel Bedford Indiana


June 30, 2023



Leslie Sherman Mullis

If Leslie Sherman Mullis could have written her own obituary she would have devoted it to thanking other people for making her life better, but since she didn’t write it, we can all just be honest and admit it was she who made all of our lives better. It’s impossible to encapsulate an entire lifetime of sunshine and love in so many hundred words, but we will attempt it.


Leslie left our presence on June 28, 2023, making sure to do so as peacefully as possible, which was surely out of consideration for her gathered loving family. The kindness and compassion embodied in Leslie was gifted to the world on April 14, 1953 to Paul Max Sherman and Nancy (Morrow) Sherman in San Diego, CA. Her family moved to New Castle, IN where her origin of joy, generosity, and value of family and togetherness were fostered. She spent her young years giggling with her sisters and cousins and traveling with loved ones.


Leslie graduated from Indiana University in 1975 with a degree in Psychology. She was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority Theta Chapter. Her early jobs included banking and working as an employment training counselor in southern and northern Indiana until 1994. She moved to Lawrence County where she worked at Oakland City University as an Admissions Representative until 1997. She then moved to the Bedford Chamber of Commerce as a Membership Services Coordinator until 2001. She landed at Dunn Hospital (later St. Vincent) as the Dunn Foundation Director for Bedford and she also served as Jennings County Foundation Director until her retirement in 2018.


She was a member of the Bedford Kiwanis, volunteered for the Distinguished Young Women of Lawrence County, and for the Lawrence County Museum at the front desk, doing research from 2018 to 2020. She was also socially involved in the Bedford Red Hatters and the Green Street Girls from her childhood. Leslie attended Bedford Free Methodist Church, a near requirement for anyone married into the Mullis family.


Leslie met great joy in life when she became mother to Nancy. She provided continuous models of unmatchable cheerfulness, genuine kindness, and a deep gratitude for life in her parenting. Leslie and Nancy’s 40 year mother/daughter relationship was full of beauty in the balance they shared of mutual guidance, support, and friendship.


Leslie found her life’s greatest love when she made the acquaintance of Mike. Though they had to wait until their second act to start this love-at-first-sight relationship, they didn't waste a moment. They were married on July 2, 2006 and immediately started to make up for lost time. There would never have been enough time for them to have been together, and it was apparent to everyone who knew them.


Nana/Gaga has been proclaimed the most positive grandparent, with never a negative word to say, by her many beloved grandchildren. This gentle and cheerful nature was an even more impressive feat if one was familiar with the energy levels of some of these grandchildren. She would, of course, blush at that compliment, and immediately heap praise upon her fellow grandparents, but we all know that had there been a positive force trophy, it would have been hers.


A celebration of Leslie's life will be held at Bedford Free Methodist Church, 630 R St., on July 15 from 2:00-4:00PM where we will follow her clear instructions of serving decadent chocolate cake, yellow cake, and having a great time of remembrance to the very best of our abilities.


Leslie is now reunited with her father, mother, and mother-in-law Elsie (Gerkin) Mullis. She leaves behind her devoted husband, Mike, her loving daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Sam Paledino of Avon, IN, her beloved grandchildren: Luca and Lenora Paledino, Ulysses, Jasper, Hiram, Beatrix, and Eamon Mullis, and Tyler, Sydney, and Rylee Peddie, her stepson Brady (Casey) Mullis of Bedford, IN and stepdaughter Aimee (Mike) Peddie of Grand Rapids, MI. Sisters Stacey (Jan) Scott of Ellicott City, MD and Paula Sue “Susie” (Ralph “Chip”) Jones of Laporte, IN. Brothers-in-law Terry (Georgeann) Mullis, Tim (Pat) Mullis, David (Libby) Mullis, Brian (Lynn) Mullis, and Kevin (Wendi) Mullis and father-in-law Perry Mullis all of Bedford, and several nieces and nephews.


If you have a special memory you would like to share concerning Leslie, please send any reminiscences, funny anecdotes, or other mementos (readings, poems, quotes, etc.) to leslie@mikemullis.com and they will be shared at her celebration. In lieu of flowers, the family is setting up a Leslie Mullis Memorial Scholarship. Donations can be made on the Bedford North Lawrence Scholarship Foundation (420 W St.Bedford, IN 47421) site at www.BNLscholarshipfoundation.com, or a check can be made out to Bedford North Lawrence Scholarship Foundation (memo Leslie Mullis Memorial Scholarship) and mailed to 212 Hayden Drive Bedford, IN 47421 or brought to the celebration.




Donald Lee Bridges

June 21, 1935 – June 28, 2023


Bedford – Donald Lee Bridges, 88, of Bedford, passed away at 4:30 pm, on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at Westview Nursing and Rehab.


Born June 21, 1935, in Martin County, he was the son of Wayne and Vida (Cornwell) Bridges. He was a cosmetologist and owner of Shear Magic Hair Salon and had worked for Teasers Hair Care. He was a member of the Calvary Chapel Church, Lawrence County Art Assoc., American Saddlebred Assoc. and American Quarter Horse Assoc. He enjoyed painting, playing piano, singing and art shows.


Survivors include a daughter, Tammy Bridges, of Bedford; granddaughters, Jaida Manner, Nikki Wright and Stevie Bridges; a grandson, Justin Bridges; a sister, Sherry Peck. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Winfred Wayne, Ralph, Bud, and Ray Bridges; two sisters, Marie Flynn and Elizabeth Burgess; two sons, Bruce Aaron Bridges (in infancy) and Scott Bridges.


Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, July 5th in Lowder Cemetery. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Adrian Leon Pridemore

MITCHELL – Adrian Leon Pridemore, 64, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at Indiana University Health Hospice House. Born May 10, 1959, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Leon Pridemore and Mildred Ruth (Bush) Reynolds. Adrian was a 1977 graduate of Mitchell High School. He worked in assembly at Paoli Furniture. Adrian was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107 Auxiliary. Surviving are his cousins, Scott Bush of Orleans, Judy Crews of Orleans, and Gary Pruett of Mitchell, and many dear friends. His parents; brother, Dennis Joe Pridemore; half-brother, Brian Pridemore; step-father, Thomas Reynolds; and niece, Sherry Lynn Pridemore, preceded him in death. Cremation has been chosen with graveside service at a later date. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



June 28, 2023


Johnny Ray Brashear

Johnny Ray Brashear, 75, of Bedford passed away on Tuesday, June 27th, 2023, while surrounded by his family and loved ones.


Born September 8th, 1947, in Munsfordsville, Kentucky to Leo and Edna (Brown) Brashear. Johnny graduated from Bedford High School in 1965. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a member of the UAW Local 440 and the American Legion post 250. He retired as a tool and die maker from General Motors after 30 years. He married Mary Spicer on September 8th, 1985, and enjoyed 39 amazing years together. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching IU basketball, bowling, cornhole and playing cards with his friends and family. 


Surviving is his wife, Mary (Ratkovich) Brashear. Four sisters; Helen (Kesha) Brashear, Shirley Pace, Rita Brashear, and Sally Williams. Three brothers; Tommy (Barbra) Brashear, Dennis (Ellen Haver) Brashear and Jimmy (Niecy) Brashear. His children; Lorraine Brashear, Crystal Brashear, Donald Brashear, Amber (Greg) Allen, and Autumn (Don) Jones. 

Grandchildren; McKenzie (Joel) Beasley, Kaigen (Lexie) Vincent, Jayden Arnold, Ethan Standcombe, Samuel Houde, Maude Lavoie, and Micheal Martel. Three Great Grandchildren; Veyla Beasley, Soren Martel and Jackson Lavoie, and several nieces and nephews. 


He was preceded in death by both of his parents. One sister, Marsha Brown, one brother, Paul Brashear and one son, Johnny Brashear Jr (JJ).


Funeral services will be held on Monday July 3, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. at the First Church of God, 3131 16th St. Bedford, Indiana, with Rev. Don Griffin, officiating. Burial will follow in Pinkston Hill Cemetery on Ratkovich Lane, with military rites given by the Mitchell American Legion Post 250. Visitation will be on Monday July 3, 2023, from 12:00 noon until service time at 6:00 p.m. Casual IU attire is welcome. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care. Condolences can be made at www.cresthavenfh.com.



William Gene Harper

William Gene Harper

William Gene Harper, age 79 passed away peacefully on June 23, 2023, with family by his side, at The Villages at Oak ridge in Washington, Indiana. He was born on December 5, 1943, to Floyd E. and G. Lucille (Clagg) Harper. He was the firstborn of five siblings. He suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for several years and was seriously ill for two months.


Virgil loved playing golf, surfing the internet, and cutting and splitting firewood. Nothing made him happier than to make a fire in the wood stove in the winter to keep the house warm-even though the house had central air and heat.


Virgil was past Commander of the American Legion Post 120 in Loogootee, past Adjutant of the Loogootee VFW Post 9395, member of the Indiana Freemasons, Elnora Lodge # 616 and member of the Moose and Fraternal Order of Eagles.


Virgil married the love of his life, Wanda (Sims) Harper on August 17, 1975. They had two sons, Severn (Julia) Harper and Justin Harper, both of Loogootee. He has several nieces and nephews, grandchildren and one great grandson. His siblings are, Patricia (Jim) Ziegler of Effingham, Illinois, Carolyn Sue (Jim) Clay of Ft. Wayne, Dennis (Kaye) Harper of Paxton, Illinois and Gaylynn (Oliver) Arvin of Shelburn, Parents-in-law are Albert and Luella Sims of Odon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Gavin D.K. Harper son of Justin Harper.


Cremation was chosen with no services at this time, but a gathering will be held in the future. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.



June 27, 2023


Kimberly Barclay Wilke

June 24, 1982 – June 21, 2023


Oolitic – Kimberly Barclay Wilke, 40, of Oolitic, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born June 24, 1982, she was the daughter of Thomas Ray and Christy Jo (Ellis) Barclay. She married Matthew Wilke on June 15, 2019, and he survives. She received her Associates degree from Lake Michigan College. She was a customer service representative for Allstate Insurance and was a beloved member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She loved hiking, camping, and most importantly, spending time with her family. She enjoyed gymnastics in her youth and loved life. Her most important goal was to bring a child into the world and be a mom.


Survivors include her husband, Matt, of Oolitic; a son, Randall Hunter Wilke; her parents, Thomas and Christy Barclay, of Indianapolis; siblings, Jennifer Oden, Jedediah Barclay, Natalie Clark, Sarah Schooley, Aaron Barclay and Christopher Barclay; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Maygen Bayles.


Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 pm on Friday, June 30th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Bedford with Bishop Rocky Webb officiating. Cremation will follow. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm until the hour of service on Friday at the church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Teresa Lynn Poole Norris

May 5, 1963 – June 26, 2023


Bedford – Teresa Lynn Poole Norris, 60, of Bedford, passed away at 11:01 am on Monday, June 26, 2023, at Westview Nursing and Rehab.


Born May 5, 1963, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Allen Poole and Gloria Ray Poole. She had been a cook and waitress. She attended the East Oolitic Baptist Church.


Survivors include a daughter, Jessica L. Norris, of Bedford; her mother, Gloria Poole, of Bedford; two grandchildren, Alexandria and Christina Poole; three brothers, Robert and wife, Christy, Springville, Bruce and wife, Sheila, and Leslie, all of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her father and a son, Jason David Poole.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 29th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Hopkins Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



June 26, 2023


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.



Joshua R. Wigley

Joshua R. Wigley age 49 of Mitchell passed away on Saturday June 24, 2023 at his home. He was born in Bedford on October 24, 1973 to Roy Willis Wigley, Jr. and Connie (Purkhiser) Lindsey.


Joshua attended Mitchell High School, he worked in Heating and Cooling as a HVAC technician.


Survivors include his mother, Connie Lindsey of Mitchell, his companion, Dana Baker of Mitchell, seven brothers and sisters, Kim (Dave) Arnold of Hardinsburg, Pam (Bill) Kemp of Paoli, Darrin (Michele) Sheetz of Atlanta, Viki (Dan) Gillock of Bedford, Jamie Sheetz Harrison of Bedford, James (Rita) Lindsey of Bedford and B.J. Lindsey of Bedford.


Joshua was preceded in death by his father, Roy W. Wigley in 1978, and his stepfather, Stanley Lindsey.


Cremation was chosen, memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday June 28, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home, Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.




Francie  Louise Leonard

Francie Louise Leonard

Francie Louise Leonard, 77, of Mitchell, gained her heavenly wings on Thursday, June 22, 2023, after a three year battle with ALS.

Born March 5, 1946, in Loogootee, she was the daughter of Stormy and Lettie (Pluris) Cissell. Francie was a beloved sister to Sarah (Jerry, deceased) Spalding, Patricia Cissell, Rebecca (Jeff) Franklin and Ronnie Cissell (deceased).

She married Larry Leonard on November 3, 1979 and was a wonderful mother to Curt (Lori) Day, Marci (Scott) Arthur, and Todd Leonard (deceased). One of her favorite things was being a Mamaw to her five grandchildren, Evan (Lindsey) Day, Riley (Zac) Voorhies, Dylan Arthur, Kinley Day, and Shealyn Arthur. Francie was blessed with three great grandchildren Harlow (deceased), Emmitt, and Hayes Day.

Francie was a 1964 graduate of St. Johns High School in Loogootee. She retired from NWSC Crane after 30 years as a program analyst.

Francie was an artistic person who had a passion for oil painting and crafting. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Francie was an avid traveler, who loved snapping pictures all around the world. She also enjoyed spending time at home with her favorite Miniature Schnauzer, Lucy.

Francie always gave selflessly and loved unconditionally. Her life will forever be viewed by all who had the blessing to know her as a true testament of how we should strive to live and love.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 28, at the Mitchell First Baptist Church with Mark Fugate officiating. Burial service will be performed by Reggie Clark at the Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 27, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday at the Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, donations can be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org

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



June 23, 2023


Jerry Dale McClintock

Jerry Dale McClintock

MITCHELL – Jerry Dale McClintock, 76, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at Indiana University Health Morgan Hospital. Born February 9, 1947, in Seymour, he was the son of Ralph and Flora (Myers) McClintock. He married Mary Mesarosh on October 10, 1987 and she survives. Jerry was a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of American Legion Post No. 250. He was a member of the Orleans Church of the Nazarene. He started Jerry’s Appliance Repair in 1993 and ran it for over 30 years. Jerry loved to travel in his free time. Surviving are his wife, Mary McClintock of Mitchell; children, Jennifer McClintock of Mitchell and Jerry H.C. McClintock of Seymour; grandchildren, Brittney McClintock of Hanover and Shelby McClintock of Mitchell; brother, Jack (Lora) McClintock of Seymour; and close family friends, Kevin (Mindy) Mosier of Williams, Bret (Bre) Mosier of Mitchell, and Whitney (Ryan) Pannebaker of Williams; and Greg (Tonya) Slone) of Paoli, Kensey Slone, Mica Slone, Christian (Molly) Slone, Noah Slone, and Noel Slone. His parents; eight siblings; and step-daughter, Heather Wilson, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 26, at the Orleans Church of the Nazarene with Reverend Jerry Richardson officiating. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Burial will be at Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison at a later date. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Monday at the church. Memorial Contributions: Orleans Church of the Nazarene Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Kenneth "Robert" Franklin

Kenneth "Robert" Franklin

Kenneth "Robert" Franklin age 48 of Orleans passed away on June 21, 2023 at 2:24 p.m. at IU Health in Bloomington. He was born on July 7, 1974 in Detroit, Michigan to Kenneth and Gloria (Fowler) Franklin. Robert was a carnival worker for Poor Jacks Amusement.


He was preceded in death by his mother, Gloria in 2014. He is survived by his father and stepmother, Kenneth Franklin and Cindy Padgett of Orleans, five sisters, Kelley (Aaron) Tatum of Wasilla, Alaska, Kimberly (Devin) McKaney of Bedford, Amy (Jimmy) Arthur of Mitchell, Jennifer Franklin of Mitchell and Paula Franklin of Bloomington, 24 nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.


Laura M. Diehl

Laura M. Diehl

August 31, 1961 – June 22, 2023


Laura M. Diehl, 61, of Bedford, passed away on June 22, 2023, at IU Health Hospice House. Born on August 31, 1961, she was the daughter of Edward Lee Pruett and Eva Joy (Goodman) Pruett.


Laura worked as a home health aide and previously worked at Visteon and Otis Elevator. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was loved dearly by her daughters and family and enjoyed animals, shopping, going to the weekly drawing on Saturdays, and babies.


Surviving Laura are her two daughters, Amanda Hays and Tricia Stahl; stepdaughter, Jessica Stahl; three grandchildren, Mackenzie, Kaetlyn, and Savanna Hays; siblings, Beth Love, Rebekah Luttrell (Dan), Philip (Sonia) Pruett, Lisa (Jack) Clark; along with several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.


Laura is preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Danny Pruett, Laddie Pruett, Mark Pruett, and Bonnie Moffit.


A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Monday June 26, 2023 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford. Burial will follow at the Erie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00am to the service time on Monday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Contributions in memory of Laura may be made to the White River Humane Society.


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



Merle Edward Borders

Merle Edward Borders

May 12, 1930 – June 20, 2023


Bedford – Merle Edward Borders, 93, of Bedford, passed away Tuesday, June 20, 2023.

Born May 12, 1930, in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Lona (Lonnie) Borders and Cora Pearl (Byers) Guthrie. He was a retired press operator for Bryant Heating and Air and a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War.


Survivors include one son, Keith Borders (Dena Carver), of Brownsburg; two daughters, Michelle Stiening and husband, Marty, of Butlerville and Laura Borders (Jerry Brown), of Carmel; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Hazel Adams, of Bedford; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Borders, of Bedford; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Bonnie Rose Guthrie and a brother, Ivan Borders.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 pm on Friday, June 30th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Judy Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the Crawford Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary and where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



June 21, 2023


Harold Thomas Fox

Harold Thomas Fox

Harold Thomas Fox, age 94, of the Liberty community of rural Norman, Indiana, departed this life to be with his Lord and Savior and his wife of 74 years on Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at his home. He was accompanied to the end of his life by his loving family.

The youngest of 11 children, he was born on January 8, 1929, at Bedford to the late Henry E. & Margaret (Baker) Fox. When he was 3 years old, the family moved to the Liberty community, where he remained the rest of his life. Of his siblings, only he stayed in Southern Indiana. In 1948, he married his high-school sweetheart, Ruth Curry, who preceded him in death on December 28, 2022.

Tom’s interests were his farm, family, and church. He was a member of Liberty Christian Church, and Indiana Farm Bureau. Tom and his late wife, Ruth, were hardworking and successful farmers, raising strawberries, turkeys, cattle, hogs, and grandchildren. He enjoyed a long farm life, making hay in his 90’s and feeding large bales to his cattle until early this year.

Tom is survived by two sisters: Marjorie Nichols of Plainfield and Esther Fox of Indianapolis, who will celebrate her 101st birthday this year; also sons: Larry D. (Darlene) Fox and Jerry W. (Shelley) Fox; eight grandchildren: Kristy, Jay, Doug, Justin, Jeremy, Travis, Tasha, and Robert; 17 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Harold Thomas Fox will be conducted by Pastor Ron Plumer at the Liberty Christian Church on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Friends and neighbors are invited to visit at the Church from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m.

Interment will follow at Liberty Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Liberty Christian Church Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 194, Brownstown, Indiana 47220.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the caring staff at Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc., Brownstown.

Online condolences may be given at www.spurgeonfh.com To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Harold Thomas Fox please visit our Sympathy Store.



June 16, 2023


Peggy Joyce Busick

Peggy Joyce Busick

MITCHELL – Peggy Joyce Busick, 73, passed away Thursday, June 15, 2023, at IU Health Bedford Hospital.

Born February 5, 1950, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Benny Carl and Helen Pauline (Jones) George. She married Larry Keith Busick on June 15, 1968 and he preceded her in death September 4, 2009.

Peggy was a graduate of Mitchell High School. She worked at Carpenter Body Works and retired from Visteon as a quality control inspector. She enjoyed watching television.

Surviving is her son, Gregory Scott Busick of Mitchell, and grandson, Pedro Fontes of São Paulo, Brazil.

Her parents; husband; son, Brian Keith Busick; and siblings, Joseph George, Rosemary Slaten, and Franklin George, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Daniel Jones officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

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

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



June 14, 2023



Conrad Jay Houchin

Conrad Jay Houchin

MITCHELL – Conrad Jay Houchin, 76, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital. Born June 1, 1947, in Bedford, he was the son of Clyde Ray and Helen Irene (Simpson) Houchin. Conrad was a 1965 graduate of Mitchell High School. He was self-employed as a handyman. Conrad was a U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of American Legion Post No. 250. He was a member of the Bedford Boat and Sportsman Club and enjoyed camping, fishing, and hunting; especially with his grandchildren. He was well known for the candy he made at Christmas. Surviving are his children, Jennifer Gerkin of Mitchell and Jason (Callie) Houchin of Ellettsville; grandchildren, Gage Webster, ValarieAnne Gerkin, Seth Houchin, and Olivia McPherson; siblings, Sandra Kay (Russ) Enfield of Elkhart, Donna Fay Graves of Mitchell, Richard Lee Houchin of Mitchell, and Paul Wayne Houchin. His parents; grandson, Allen Jay Houchin; and siblings, Ronald Ray Houchin, Sharmaine Louise Sneed and Peggy Joyce Froman, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 19, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. 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 11:00 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com


Charles Franklin Freed

Charles Franklin Freed

MITCHELL – Charles Franklin Freed, 86, passed away Monday, June 12, 2023, at his residence. Born October 24, 1936, in Washington County, he was the son of Jack and Bertha (Denton) Freed. He married Esther Ruth Ball on June 5, 1955, and she preceded him in death October 6, 2013. Charles retired as a machinist from W F Myers. He was a 1954 graduate of Campbellsburg High School and a member of First Baptist Church. Charles enjoyed camping, fishing, and going to races. He loved anything that involved his grandkids. Survivors include his children, Charles David Freed of Mitchell, Theresa Ann Tincher of Mitchell, Debbie Lynn (Billy) Hall of Mitchell, Jackie Neal Freed of Springville, and Bobby Gene Freed of Mitchell; six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren; and siblings, Betty Sease of Salem and Don Freed of Trafalgar. His parents and wife preceded him in death. Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday June 15, at Mitchell Cemetery with Pastor Dave Mikulsky officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com




June 13, 2023


Kenneth Lee Todd

August 2, 1947 – June 9, 2023


Bedford – Kenneth Lee Todd, 75, of Bedford, passed away at 10:26 pm on Friday, June 9, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born August 2, 1947, he was the son of James Todd and Gladys Cooley. He retired as a fork-lift operator for Essex Co.


Survivors include two sons, Chris Todd, of Bloomington and Brian Todd, of Bedford; a daughter, Aimee (Dennis) Rainey, of Bedford; 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; a brother, James Todd, of Dayton, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Kelly Todd; a brother, Bill Todd and two sisters, Betty and Helen.


Visitation will be from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 17th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. No services are planned. Cremation will follow. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




June 12, 2023


Polly A. Lindsey

November 11, 1945 – June 11, 2023


Bedford – Polly A. Lindsey, 77, of Bedford, passed away at 9:05 pm on Sunday, June 11, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington.


Born November 11, 1945, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Henry Clyde and Roberta Mae (Kern) Davis. She retired from Prudential Insurance in 1999 after 25 years of service. She received the Quality Service Award and a trip to NYC. She was the first clerical to work in a detached office that resulted in hiring clerical for that purpose in all detached offices. She attended auctioneer school and bought Kern’s Big Red Auction Barn in 1999 and operated it until 2010. She was a member and very active in the Englewood Baptist Church. She volunteered at L.I.F.E. food pantry and Fantasia.


Survivors include three children, Luci (Rickey) McFall and Jerry Ray, Jr., both of Mitchell and Paula Lindsey and significant other, Jason Patrick, of Bedford; ten grandchildren, Tiffany (Rob) German, Michael (Kalee) McFall, Alycen Ray, Ashley (Jon) Miller, KyAnn Taflinger, Jacob Ray, and Katelyn Ray; a step-grandson, Tyler Guthrie, and their loved ones; great-grandchildren, Waylon, Konner, Nolan, Nash, Alex and Reagan; step-great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Paisley, Bentley and Brynlee; siblings, Linda (Mike) Smith, Susie Fisher, Penni (Barry) Magers, and David (Jeanne) Davis; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, Matt Murphy; two brothers-in-law, James Saunders and Joel Fisher.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, June 15th at the Englewood Baptist Church with Rev. Stephen Carter officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday at the church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Linda Newby Cazee

Linda Newby Cazee

MITCHELL – Linda Newby Cazee, 52, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2023, at her residence. Born September 22, 1970, in Tipton, she was the daughter of Ronald Wayne Sr. and Helen Louise (McPherson) Newby. Linda married Bradley Patton on November 18, 2014 and he preceded her in death February 12, 2015. Linda had an Associate’s degree in criminal justice and worked for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. She loved gambling; going to casinos, the boat, and bingo. Linda enjoyed working outside, fishing, singing and karaoke, and collectables. She loved her pets; her fur baby, Koda, and fur sister, Ruby. Surviving are her children, Jessica (Kelsey) Cazee-Collard of Bedford, Savannah Cazee of Mitchell, Kanon Cleek of Evansville, and Mickayla Cleek of Tell City; grandchildren, Mason Clark, Collyns Clark, Holden Clark, Kayeshley Piper, Maleia Piper, Jersilyn Piper, Kaison Cleek, Amelia Schank, and Berkley Sandage; siblings, Doris Voorhies of Anderson and Ronald (Erin) Newby, Jr. of Freetown; mother, Helen Louise Newby; and brother-in-law, Chris Piper of Paoli. Her father; sister, Sarah Piper; grandparents, Maxine Morris McPherson and Medford McPherson; aunt, Lucy Riddle; and brother-in-law, Bo Voorhies, preceded her in death. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 16, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Cremation to follow. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com




Kevin Joe White

Kevin Joe White age 58 of Williams passed away on June 8, 2023 at his home in Williams. He was born on April 2, 1965 to Joe and Mary (Hunter) White.


He is survived by his daughter, Kelsey (White) Mikels and husband Jeremy, grandchildren, Kameron and Makenna White, Makenzie Cunningham, Aubree (Montana) Mull, Hunter, Dakota, Hadlee, Bailey and Logan Mikels. Life companion, Tana Bundy, two great grandsons, Weston and Conway Mull, brother, Kent (Dana) White, sister, Kelly (Woody) White. Niece, Timber (Noah) Browning, Great nieces, Bella and Emma Landstrom, Great nephew, Bear Browning, aunt Brenda Hackett, several cousins. Kevin was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved the outdoors, camping and spending time with his family. He loved to cook on his smoker. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe White, mother Mary (Hunter) White, grandmother Marjorie Hunter and uncle Ed Hunter.


A celebration of his life will be held at Williams Dam at a later date. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.



Richard Lee Holmes

Richard Lee Holmes age 59 of Williams passed away at 9:00 p.m. on June 5, 2023 at his home in Williams. He was born on August 15, 1963 in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina to Robert Lee Holmes and Bonnie Lou (Daugherty) Holmes. He married Paula Holmes in 1984 and she preceded him in death. He previously worked at Grecco’s Pizza, Color Tile and Steele Construction.


Survivors include two children, Chad Lee Holmes and Ashley Holmes, six grandchildren, two brothers, Paul (Patty) Holmes, and Wayne Allen (Pat) Holmes, sister, Barbara Hopper, father, Robert Lee Holmes, and Sharry Holmes. He was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie Holmes, wife, Paula Holmes, daughter-in-law; Lisa Baker.


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




Karen Joyce Briscoe

Karen Joyce Briscoe

MITCHELL – Karen Joyce Briscoe, 80, passed away Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Stonecroft Health Campus in Bloomington. Born in Campbellsburg, she was the daughter of Carl and Opal (Martin) Shoults. Karen married Basil Paul Brisoe on December 27, 1963 and he preceded her in death on April 7, 2018. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Bedford. Karen was a 1961 graduate of Campbellsburg High School. She worked as a bookkeeper for the First National Bank of Mitchell and later for Sullivan Financial Consulting of Raymond James in Mitchell. Karen enjoyed painting. Surviving are her children, Joy (Tim) Drabing of French Lick and Tim (Jessica) Briscoe of Greenwood; grandchildren, Nathan Drabing, Sarah Drabing, Corey Briscoe, and Ashley Briscoe; Sisters, Norma Shoults of Bloomington, and Wanda Callahan of Bloomington. Her parents and husband preceded her in death. Graveside service will be at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, in Mitchell Cemetery with Rev. William Brown officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com




Charles Hillenburg

May 31, 1934-June 8, 2023


Charles Hillenburg, of Bedford passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2023, at his residence.


Born May 31, 1934, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Hurl and Iva (Hillenburg) Hillenburg. He married Barbara Pruett, and she preceded him in death. He was the owner of E & H Bridge, Inc. He attended the Fayetteville Baptist Church and also the New Union Christian Church. He served with the Indiana National Guard and was Lawrence County Commissioner in the 1980’s Charlie was a member of the Masonic Lodge #14 F&AM.


Survivors include: his daughter Debbie Emmons and husband Steve Lopp, two grandchildren: Amanda Wright and husband Chad, Michael Emmons and wife Lorie; five great grandchildren: Kody Emmons and fiancé, Ashlynne Bender, Ellie Huffman and husband, Allen, Levi Wright and wife, Sadie, Larissa Wright and Bradley Crane, Logan Wright and fiancé, Laney Hayes; a great grandson, Grayson Wright. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a son, Steven E. Hillenburg, a half brother Robert J. “Casey” Hillenburg.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 14th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Kenny Walden officiating. Burial will follow in the New Union Christian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00pm until 8:00 pm on Tuesday June 13th. Masonic services at 7:00 pm on Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




John Edward Jones, Sr.

MITCHELL – John Edward Jones, Sr., 80, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2023, at Indiana University Health Hospice House.

Born December 1, 1942, in Bedford, he was the son of David Crockett and Sylvia (Tincher) Jones. He married Wanda Bundy and she preceded him in death September 25, 2000.

John served in the Army National Guard. He retired from RCA as a forklift driver. John was a member of ABATE of Indiana, Region 10.

Surviving are his children, John Jones, Jr. of Mitchell, Troy Jones of Mitchell, and Tonya Hattabaugh of Mitchell; grandchildren, Alicia Jones, Rachel Hattabaugh, Trey Jones, Levi Hattabaugh, Skye Jones, Jonathan Hattabaugh and Tristen Jones; great-grandchildren, Kaylee McPherson, Josh McPherson, Jr. and Levi Hattabaugh, Jr.; and sister, Roberta Tow of Bedford.

His parents; wife, Wanda Jones; and siblings, Joseph Jones, Albert “Delbert” Jones, Betty Stancomb, Joyce Jones, Mary Jones, Elsie Irwin, Thelma Jones, and George Jones, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery.

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

Memorial Contributions: ABATE of Indiana

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



June 9, 2023



Grace “Carolyn” Phillips

MITCHELL – Grace “Carolyn” Phillips, 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 4, 2023. Born June 12, 1939, in Orange County, she was the daughter of Foster Abel and Blanche (Snow) Steen. She married Charles Edward Phillips on November 14, 1957 and he preceded her in death January 15, 2017. Carolyn retired from Visteon and was a member of The Bride of Christ Fellowship. She was very active in her grandson’s lives and attended all of their sporting events. Carolyn enjoyed being outside gardening, working in her flowers, and working on the farm with her husband. Survivors include her sons, Greg (Janet) Phillips and Gordon (Carol) Phillips; grandsons, Tyler (Kelsey) Phillips, Taylor (Molly) Phillips, Trevor Phillips, Chad (Brittany) Phillips, and Jarrett Phillips; great grandsons, Barren and Carson; sisters, Shirley (Don) Wyman and Jeanie Buffington; and son-in-law, Terry Purdy. Her parents; husband; daughter, Sharon Purdy; brother, Bob Abel; and sisters, Donna Kepler, Sue Carter, and Pat Abel, preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at noon, Tuesday, June, 13, at The Bride of Christ Fellowship with Brother Greg Isom officiating. Burial will follow Talbott Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Ronald L. Terry

Ronald L. Terry age 81 of Mitchell passed away on June 5, 2023 at 4:14 a.m. at the IU Hospice House in Bloomington. He was born on Decemember 19, 1941 to Arnold Wayne Terry and Daisy (Rainey) Terry. He graduated from Indianapolis Arsenal Technical High School in 1959, served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961, he retired from Lehigh Portland Cement Company in Mitchell. Ronald married Grace New on April 27, 2014 and she survives.


Survivors include his wife, Grace New Terry, daughter, Ronnetta (Bo) Christian, son Marcus D. (Amy) Terry, two step-sons, Kevin R. (Missy) New and Devin L. (Heather) New, three grandchildren, and six step-grandchildren, several great grandchildren. Four sisters, Dee Dee, Jeanette, Doris, Rebecca.


Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Venita Kaye Terry in 2006, two sisters, Naomi Robertson and Jean Bower, two brothers, Don Terry and John Terry.

Ronald was a member of the Mitchell American Legion, Mitchell V.F.W., Masonic Lodge, Murat Shriners, and Bedford Boat Club, served as Vice President of the Mitchell Senior Citizens, he worked on Boat Motors and Go Karts.


Memorial services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday June 13, 2023 at Englewood Baptist Church in Bedford with Pastor Steven Carter, officiating, military rites will be given by the Mitchell American Legion Post #250 at Port Williams Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday June 13, 2023. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.



June 8, 2023


James “Jim” Leslie Deppert

MITCHELL – James “Jim” Leslie Deppert, 69, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at his residence. Born March 30, 1954, in Mooresville, he was the son of Charles Benjamin Jr. and Ida “Joann” (Gunnell) Deppert. Jim graduated from Mooresville High School. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, and doing home improvement and construction. Surviving are his children, Brandon (Chelsea) Deppert of Atlanta, Georgia, Austin Deppert of Jacksonville, Florida, Leslie Anne Deppert of Punta Gorda, Florida, and James Aaron Deppert of Wellington, Florida; grandson, Nathan Deppert; and sister, Cynthia Bussiere. His parents preceded him in death. Cremation has been chosen with burial at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Cheryl Ann White

Cheryl Ann White

MITCHELL – Cheryl Ann White, 64, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2023, at her residence. Born September 20, 1958, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Floyd Cooper and Helen (Embree) Houser. Cheryl married James D. “Bo” White on February 14, 1997 and he survives. Cheryl was a 1976 graduate of Mitchell High School. She worked as a cashier at Wal-Mart. Cheryl enjoyed being on Facebook. She loved flowers and especially loved her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband, James D. “Bo” White of Mitchell; sons, Jason Brown of Salem and Anthony Brown of Campbellsburg; and six wonderful grandchildren; Her parents; step-father, Ray Houser; and those who raised her, James P. and Dortha A. Cooper, preceded her in death. Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 12, in Lawrenceport Cemetery with Greg Matthews officiating. Burial to follow. A special thank you to best friend, Diane Johnson. You are forever loved. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Orlow Chilton Webb

Orlow Chilton Webb

March 27, 1939 – June 6, 2023


Rev. Orlow Chilton Webb was born to Rev. John D. Webb, Sr. and Maude Elizabeth Spring Webb on March 27, 1939, in Williamson, WV. He graduated from Rush Creek Memorial High School in 1957 in Bremen, OH. After graduation, he entered Gale Institute, Minneapolis, MN, for railroad telegraphy and became a telegraph operator for CB&Q Railroad. After his conversion, Orlow enrolled at Frankfort Pilgrim College (1961-1967) in Frankfort, IN, earning a B.A. and Th.B.


On Christmas Eve, December 1963, he married Rhoda Christine Ferguson in Nevada, OH. Together, they traveled in evangelism for more than 45 years and pastored 11 years.


Orlow passed away peacefully June 6, 2023, at IU Hospice House, Bloomington, IN, after a serious illness.


To Orlow and Rhoda were born two daughters and two sons. Valerie Lynne (Donald) Quales, Monica Joy (Barry) Whitaker, Anthony Chilton (Marci) and Wesley Hans (Shannon). Valerie’s children - Blake, Brittany and Brooke. Monica’s sons – Parker and Jordan. Anthony’s children – Lane, Ryland and Shelby. Wesley’s sons – Colten and Clarkson. Their great grandchildren – Aryssa, Bradyn, Carson, Dawson, Everhett, Felicity, Ariella and Jaxson.


Surviving Orlow is his sister, Rebekah Reed of Frankfort, IN, his wife, Rhoda, his children, his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his parents, three brothers – Clifford, Paul, John Denver, Jr. and one sister – Mary Divelbliss.


Orlow’s funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 10, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Reverend Edward Lecates officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00am to the service time on Saturday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel. Burial will take place on Monday, June 12 in Nevada, OH.


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



June 7, 2023



Vernie W. Adams, Jr.

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 scheduled at a later date. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



William I. Garrard

William I. Garrard

October 16, 1932-June 2, 2023


Judge William Irwin Garrard loved the law and loved writing about the law. He wrote in the style of Hemenway. Whether written or spoken, his opinions were concise and clear. A colleague once called him the “Haiku” judge.


His legal career began when he enrolled at the Indiana University Bloomington School of Law in 1956, From IU Bloomington, he received his JD degree, with distinction, and became a member of Order of the Coif, in 1959.


After law school, Garrard began his legal career with the Warsaw, Indiana, firm Graham, Rasor, Eschbach & Harris. He practiced law with the firm for the next 15 years, also serving as Deputy Prosecutor from 1959 to 1969. In 1974, Governor Otis Bowen appointed Garrard to the Indiana Court of Appeals. He was reelected to the bench in 1976, 1986 and 1996. He also served as presiding judge of the Third District for three terms. In 1990, Judge Garrard earned his LL.M. from the University of Virginia Law School, becoming the first Indiana judge to attend the school’s master’s degree program for sitting judges. Garrard served more than 26 years on the bench, before retiring in 2000 and becoming a Senior Judge of the Court of Appeals.


Garrard served as an adjunct professor at the IU School of Law, Bloomington, for 10 years and is a past president of the law school’s Alumni Association. He has also served as a faculty member at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and as a lecturer in trial and appellate practice seminars. He has presented at seminars for the Indiana State Bar Association, ICLEF, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Garrard is a recipient of Wabash College’s David Peck Medal, three Sagamore of the Wabash awards (given by Governors Bowen, Evan Bayh, and Frank O'Bannon,) and the Indiana State Bar Association’s Presidential Citation. William Irwin Garrard was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2000.


Garrard has served as president of the Kosciusko County Bar Association; vice chairman and parliamentarian of the Indiana Supreme Court Rules Committee; and secretary of the Indiana State Bar Association. He has also served as president of the Warsaw Rotary Club; president of the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce; founding director of the Kosciusko Community YMCA; elder and president of the board of trustees of the First Presbyterian Church of Warsaw; and president of the Kosko Conservation Club. Judge Garrard is also a past president of the Indiana University School of Law. Bloomington Law Alumni Association. He was inducted into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows (2000).


Garrard was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 16, 1932. He was raised by his mother, Doris Garrard, and his grandparents, in Frankfort, Indiana. He graduated from Frankfort High School in 1950. Garrard earned his B.A. degree in 1954 from Wabash College. After college, Garrard served in the US Army for two years. It was in keeping with his interest that he was awarded a medal for (rifle) sharpshooting.


His wife, Linda L. Chezem, survives him. Also surviving him are his children, Michael (Nancy Gawrys) Garrard, Kathleen (Doug) West, Kelly (Alan) Smith and a daughter of the heart, Sally Ann Wood, and Andrew J. Wood. His nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren also survive.


Suggestions for those who wish to make contributions in his memory include The Irwin Garrard Pre-Law Prize at Wabash College, Van Cleve Community Church, Van Cleve Cemetery Association, Inc. or a charity of your choice.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, June 12, 2023, at the Van Cleve Community Church in Brazil, IN with Rick Wetnight officiating. Military Rites will be accorded by the Brazil American Legion Post #0002.


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


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



June 6, 2023



Mildred “Bernadine” Henderson

June 5, 1928 – June 5, 2023


Mildred “Bernadine" Henderson of Williams, passed away on June 5, 2023, her 95th birthday. Born on June 5, 1928, she was the daughter of James and Raida (Howard) Verhines. She married Bill Henderson on December 7, 1941, and he preceded her in death on June 5, 1971.


Bernadine was a long-time member of New Life Church in Harrodsburg, IN and was retired from Crane NWSD.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Bernadine is one son, Robert “Bob” Henderson (wife, Crystal) of Williams, IN; two daughters, Joann Hussein (husband, Aly) of South Carolina and Gloria Stewart (husband, Ron) of Mitchell, IN; son-in-law, Chris Amstutz of Williams; ten grandchildren (and spouses); 19 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.


Bernadine is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; seven siblings; daughter, Sherry Amstutz; two infant sons; and two great-grandsons.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Friday, June 9, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Reverend Jac Sanders officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Williams. Visitation will be from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, June 8, from 4:00 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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



June 5, 2023



Jacklyn M. Short

Jacklyn M. Short

September 8, 1934 – June 3, 2023


Fayetteville – Jacklyn M. Short, 88, of Fayetteville, passed away at 3:47 pm, on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Stonebridge Health Campus.


Born September 8, 1934, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Walter and Mary Jo (Dalton) Jenkins. She married Jerry Short on September 6, 1952, and he preceded her in death on February 18, 1995. She had worked as a waitress and was a line worker at General Motors and Visteon from where she retired.


Survivors include two sons, Brian Lee Short (Kim) and Bradley Earl Short, all of Bedford; six grandchildren, Toby (Heather), Andy, Cody, Adam (Darci), Aliza (Jobie) and T.J.; thirteen great grandchildren, Brayson, Daxton, Blayton, Emeri, Garrett, Kaysin, Emmitt, Cordan, Callie, Cole, Eli, Lillian, and Luke; two sisters, Linda Randolph, of Oolitic and Sandra Nordhoff, of Bedford; a brother, Michael Gilbert, of Bowling Green, KY; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, seven sisters and two brothers.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 8th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Kenny Walden officiating. Burial will follow in Fayetteville Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Frank W. Adams

Frank W. Adams

December 1, 1928 – June 3, 2023


Bedford – Frank W. Adams, of Bedford, passed away at 11:15 am on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at his residence.


Born December 1, 1928, he was the son of Delmer Burl and Ava (Meadows) Adams. He married Maxine Deckard on July 28, 1951. He was a welder at General Motors and a farmer. He was a member of the Bartlettsville Christian Church and attended the Guthrie Christian Church.


Survivors include two sons, Joe (Kathy) Adams and Mark Adams; a daughter, Beth (Danny) Terrell; five grandchildren, Ashlie (Brandt) Kimmel, Amber (Justin) King, Kristen Huton, Jennifer (Jason) Wray, and Lance (Kayti) Adams; great-grandchildren, Mallory Kimmel, Madison Kimmel, Ethan Stipp, Javyn Wray, Carter Kimmel, Zach King, Jaret Pete Wray, Camden Hutton, Mason Hutton, Madelyn Adams, Bryson Adams, and baby girl Adams expected any day. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Beulah Porter and a brother, Jerry Adams.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Wednesday, June 7th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Brandt Kimmel officiating. Burial will follow in Hanson Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 6th and from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



June 4, 2023



Jerry Wayne Alexander

Jerry Wayne Alexander

MITCHELL – Jerry Wayne Alexander, 66, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2023, at his residence. Born April 18, 1957, in Bedford, he was the son of Robert D. and Nancy K. (Reynolds) Alexander. He married Janis Marie Norman on November 15, 2004, and she preceded him in death November 11, 2014. Jerry worked in auto glass for 30 plus years, lastly working at Sipes Body and Glass. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Jerry enjoyed shooting guns, fishing, and knives. He loved his dog, Sasha. Survivors include his daughters, Angie (Mark) Alexander Coulter of Bedford and Chasity (Timothy) Jenkins of Bedford; grandchildren, Laney Gilbert, Jesse Woodward, Robert Alexander, Elijah Jenkins, and Tyler (Emma) Jenkins; and great grandchildren, Leo Woodward, Emma Woodward, and Luci Woodward. His parents; wife; and brother, John D. Alexander, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, June 9, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Timothy Jenkins officiating. Burial will be at Burton Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Gerald Dean Speer

Gerald Dean Speer

MITCHELL – Gerald Dean Speer, 65, passed away Friday, June 2, 2023, at IU Health Methodist Hospital. Born June 11, 1957, in Bedford, he was the son of Ernest Gerald and Barbara Sue (Brown) Speer. He married Catherine Ann Weaver on July 28, 1979, and she survives. Gerald worked as a truck driver at Flynn & Sons. He loved fishing, preaching at churches, and being with his grandkids. Survivors include his wife, Cathy Speer of Mitchell; sons, Jeremy Dean Speer of Mitchell and Justin (Michal) Speer of Mitchell; grandchildren, Ezekial Speer, Elisha Speer, Enoch Speer, and one on the way; siblings, Ernest Dale Speer of Mitchell and Diane (Doug) Mitchner of Ellettsville. His parents preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 8, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Curtis Pruett officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Shirley Ann Howard

Shirley Ann Howard

MITCHELL – Shirley Ann Howard, 75, passed away Thursday, June 1, 2023, at Columbus Regional Health Hospital. Born January 26, 1948, she was the daughter of Opal and Leafy Agnes (Burton) White. Shirley worked at RCA and Kimball Electronics. She loved flowers and gardening, and anything to do with the outdoors. Surviving are her children, Michael Eugene (Amanda) Jones of Oolitic, Brian Allen (Missy) Jones of Mitchell, and Trisha Lachelle (Frankie) Howard-Kent of Williams; 16 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Her parents; daughter, Yvette Lynae Jones; siblings, Harold White, Robert White, James White, and Ruth Ann White, preceded her in death. A private graveside service will be held in Connerley Switch Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



June 2, 2023


Ocie Alma Owens

Ocie Alma Owens

MITCHELL – Ocie Alma Owens, 94, passed away Friday, June 2, 2023, at her residence Born November 12, 1928, in Kentucky, she was the daughter of James John Allan and Gertie Snada (Daniels) Melton. Ocie married John Richard Yowell, who preceded her in death in 1959, she then was married to Harry Eugene Atchison. Alma worked as a caretaker for Older American Services and loved her job. She enjoyed crocheting and working in her yard. Surviving are her children, Darlene (Kenny) Irwin of Mitchell, Roland Eugene (Linda) Atchison of Mitchell, and Glenda Lea (Larry) Duncan of Mitchell; eleven grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Her parents; husband, Richard Yowell; children, Gary Dwight Yowell, Robert Eugene Atchison, and David Bryant Atchison; grandson, Brian Scott Johnson; and siblings, Walter Melton, Brance Melton, and Paul Melton, preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Robert Martindale officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com




Zachary E. George

Zachary E. George

February 6, 1994 – June 2, 2023


Zachary E. George, 29, of Bedford, passed away on June 2, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospice House. Born in Paoli on February 6, 1994, he was the son of Alan W. George II and Liza Dunn.


Surviving Zachary is his father, Alan W. George II (Cathy); mother, Liza Dunn (Erik Wagner); one sister, Jessica South; one brother, Steven South (Jennifer); and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.


A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Pastor Brent Taylor officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to the service time on Tuesday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel. Burial will be at a later date at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.


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




Aileen G. Cammack

Aileen G. Cammack

MITCHELL – Aileen G. Cammack, 98, passed away Thursday, June 1, 2023, at Mitchell Manor.

Born July 19, 1924, in Springfield, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Joseph Daniel and Viola (Pinkston) Boone. She married Thomas Earl Cammack on September 6, 1945 and he preceded her in death October 24, 2000.

Aileen was a member of the Jacob Finger United Methodist Church and part of the Methodist Women group. She worked in assembly at Essex in Orleans and other factories throughout her life, and worked on the tobacco farm with her husband. Aileen was always busy and loved crocheting, quilting, gardening, and canning garden produce.

Surviving are her daughter, Sandra D. (Randall) Huddleston of Elmwood, TN; grandchildren, Mark (Christy) Schoolfield, Charles (Jinna) Hays, Daniel (Desiree) Hays, Ryan (Brandi) Hays, Jonathan (Amanda) Burton, Joshua (Elizabeth) Cammack, and Misha (Matt) Wilson; eleven great-grandchildren; sisters, Patsy Mofield of Bardstown, KY and Norma Homeringhousen of Jeffersonville; daughter-in-law, Carol Cammack of Mitchell; and son-in-law, Charles Hays of Chestnut Mound, TN.

Her parents; husband; children, Ronald B. Cammack and Judith Carol Hays; and siblings, William “Bill” Boone, Gerald Boone, Dolly Richey, and Juil Bradley, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, June 5, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Jim Russell officiating. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Fredericksburg.

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

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




June 1, 2023



Erma Fern Pemberton

Erma Fern Pemberton

Erma Fern Pemberton age 90 of Bedford passed away at IU Health in Bedford on Wednesday May 31, 2023 at 9:45 p.m. She was born in Bedford on January 8, 1933 to Albert Jack Atchison and Dolly Jane (Blevins) Atchison. She retired from Older Americans in Orleans and was a member of the Mitchell Nazarene Church. Erma married Cecil Pemberton in Mitchell in 2008 and he survives.


Survivors include her husband, Cecil Pemberton of Bedford, three children, Robert Reynolds of Virginia, Tammy (Glenn) Sewell of Mitchell, Randy (Tina Marie) Reynolds of Mitchell, three step-sons, Randy (Jamie) Pemberton of Bedford, Kevin (Susan Tumey) Pemberton of Mitchell and Brian (Wendy) Pemberton of Bedford, grandchildren, Jessica Mounce, Charles Mounce, Maxine Cox, Jenna Ochoa, Chad Reynolds, Travis Reynolds, Stacey Mann, Robbie Reynolds, Jeremy Reynolds, Jamison Reynolds, Brandon Pemberton, Aaron Pemberton, Cheyenne Pemberton, Krislyn Wilson, Tanya James, Tristda Cook, Austin Pemberton, Aiden Pemberton and Nathan Pemberton, several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, one brother, Eugene Atchison.


Erma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Walter Earl Reynolds in 1991, one son, Roger Reynolds, one step-son, Tim Pemberton, her twin brother, Buck Atchison, brothers, Leon and Leland Atchison, two sisters, Bertha Young and Loretta Rush, grandson, Timothy Lynn, Jr. in infancy.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday June 4, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home with Pastor Dwight Dunbar, officiating burial will follow in Mitchell Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday June 3rd from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home, Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.

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