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Obituaries — March 2023



March 31, 2023


Dwight L. Jones

1932-2023


Dwight L. Jones age 90 of Heltonville passed away on Tuesday March 28, 2023 at 6:27 p.m. at Baptist Health Floyd in New Albany. He was born in Heltonville on August 16, 1932 to Leston and Irene (Ford) Jones. Dwight married Peggy Rose (Todd) Jones, she preceded him in death in 2012. Dwight was a US Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he was a founding member of the Pleasant Run Township Fire Department, he was a licensed Indiana Funeral Director and Owner of Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville.


He is survived by one son, Mark D. Jones of Heltonville, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Donald Gene Jones, his wife, Peggy Rose Jones.


Funeral services will be on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home, 25 Jefferson Street, Heltonville, In 47436, with Pastor Greg Eads, officiating, burial will follow in Gilgal Cemetery in Heltonville.


Visitation will be held on Monday April 3, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Heltonville.



Adam Daniel England


FRENCH LICK – Adam Daniel England, 25, passed away Monday, March 27, 2023 at his residence.

Born February 10, 1998, in Paoli, he was the son of Adam Todd England and Heidi Nicole Melton.


Adam worked as a food runner at 33 Brick Street in French Lick, and loved his job. He had also worked as a logger, as an associate at home improvement stores, and other restaurants. Adam enjoyed fishing, listening to music, and playing video games. Some of his favorite past-times were making people laugh, telling elaborate stories, and hanging out with his friends.


Survivors include his parents, Adam Todd England of Mitchell, and Heidi Nicole Melton of Shoals; and silbings, Areonna England, Alexia Combs, and Wyatt Stalker; grandfather, Harold “Butch” England, and grandmother Debbie Kinder.

His grandmother, Twila England; grandfather Danny D. Melton; great-grandmother, Mary Bowling; uncle, Danny L. Melton; and cousin, Brandon England, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Matt Sullivan officiating. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery.

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

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



March 30, 2023



Nancy Carol (Root) Jones

COLUMBUS – Nancy Carol (Root) Jones, 75, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.

Born November 29, 1947, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Homer and Evalou (Williams) Root.

Nancy worked most of her career as a secretary, working in business offices, retiring from the Dorel Group. She was a member of the Calvary Community Fellowship Church of the Nazarene in Columbus.

Surviving are her children, Lora Lea (Michael) Price of Butlerville, Indiana, and Lisa Lynn (Leonard) Pangburn of Lexington, Indiana; grandchildren, Kelly Butcher, Michael Butcher, and Erica Boaz; and 7 great-grandchildren.

Her parents, and siblings; Billy Root, Vernon Root and Brenda Blair, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 3, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home and Cremation Center with Rev. Paul Blair officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, April 2, and from 9:30 until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

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



Kent Allen Hawkins

December 30, 1947-March 25, 2023


Bedford-Kent Allen Hawkins, 75, of Bedford died at 9:45 am on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Autumn Trace in Bedford with his loving family by his side.


Born December 30, 1947, in Beech Grove, IN he was the son of Willis W. and Minnie Marie (Coombs) Hawkins. He married Sandra Kay Maddox on June 18, 1971, and she preceded him in death on January 12, 2006. Kent was an Indiana State Trooper retiring after 28 years, and served two terms as the Lawrence County Sheriff. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in Vietnam, a member of the Valley Mission Church of the Nazarene, the Retired Troopers Association, the American Legion Gillen Post #33, and Stone City FOP where he had served as president. He enjoyed farming, basketball, and most of all, spending time with his grandkids


Survivors include his son, Justin Hawkins and wife, Shauna of Bedford; his daughter, Misty Johnson and husband, Dustin of Bedford; four grandchildren: Trace Hawkins and wife, Katie, Lane Hawkins, Jeslyn Martin and husband, Levi, and Dalton Johnson; a great grandson due in June, Willis Allen Hawkins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.


Per Kent’s wishes, private family services were held with burial in the Hanson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Valley Mission Church of the Nazarene. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Joseph Paul Jones

MITCHELL – Joseph Paul Jones, 85, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at Indiana University Health Hospice House.


Born October 3, 1937, in Lawrence County, he was the son of David Crockett and Sylvia (Tincher) Jones.


Joseph worked as a machine operator for U.S. Gypsum, and retired after 33 years. He enjoyed attending car shows where he would show off the “true love of his life,” a 1974 red Chevy Nova. He was an active member of the Mitchell Senior Citizens, spending every Friday and Saturday nights dancing. Joseph had a great love for all things Elvis Presley. He was of the Christian faith.


Survivors include his children, Joseph Paul Jones II of Mitchell, and Eric (Chrissy) Jones of Springville; grandchildren, Heather M. Staggs of Bloomington, Kayla M. (A.J.) Burgi of Mitchell, and Alisha R. Jones of Syracuse, Indiana; three great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild; siblings, Roberta Tow of Bedford, and Jonny Jones of Mitchell; and longtime girlfriend, Ella Mae Dillard of Orleans.


His parents and siblings, 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 4:00p.m. Saturday April 1st, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Stephen Jones officiating.


The family will receive friends from 2:00pm until the time of service on Saturday, at the funeral home. Following cremation, burial will be in Mitchell cemetery with a graveside service at a later date.

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



Gary Andrew Clark

Gary Andrew Clark, 66, of Bedford, Indiana, passed away on March 10, 2023.

He was born Sept 12, 1956, into the home of Lawrence & Mary (Willoughby) Clark. Gary worked at Rumpke of Indiana and Young Trucking.


He is survived by his loving companion Donna Harden White; Children -Amanda (Ben) Lisby, Amber (Charley) Bohall, Grandchildren - Ashton, Branson, Allyson Lisby & Carson Bohall.

Brothers - Larry (Judy) Clark and Wayne Clark. Sister - Karen Clark Smith.

Gary was preceded in death by his Parents, his Brother-in-law Richard Smith, Sister-in-law Jessieallean Clark, and Nephews - David Wayne and Steven Armes.


Gary also had two stepsons, Phillip Teague and Frank Teague and biological children, Michael Clark and Angela Shipley.


Gary's wish was to be cremated. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.



March 29, 2023


Janet Endris

November 27, 1940 - March 28, 2023


Bedford – Janet Endris, 82, of Avoca, died at 6:30pm on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford, IN.


Born November 27, 1940, in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Winfred and Jeanette (McDonald) Wells. She married Mike Endris on January 3, 1959, and he survives.


Janet was a graduate of Needmore High School with the class of 1958. She was a homemaker and worked in the jewelry department for J.C. Penney’s in Bedford for many years, retiring in September 2004. She was an avid card player. She was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Janet was a strongly devoted wife, mother and grandmother and supported and defended her family at all costs. Janet will be deeply missed.


Surviving is her husband Mike of Avoca; three daughters, Paula (David) Ikerd, Carla (Dan) Brock, and Wendy (Eric) Scherschel all of Bedford; one son, Tom Endris of Springville, IN; grandchildren, Lana (Bo) Baker of Paoli, Tatum (Landon) Baker of Bedford, Reece (Breonna) Ikerd of Indianapolis, Logan (Kelsey) Scherschel of San Antonio, TX, Levi Scherschel of Indianapolis, Olivia Scherschel of Bedford, Savanna Scherschel of West Lafayette, IN, Drew Endris of Bedford and Brianna Endris of Bedford. Janet had 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents, and a granddaughter, Jessica Beretta Endris.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00pm on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Father Jegan Peter and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford. Visitation will be from 10:00am to 1:00pm also on Saturday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel. Family and friends may express condolences at www.FergusonLee.com.

The family ask that friends consider contributions to the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.



March 28, 2023


Terri L. (Quackenbush) Robbins

Terri L. (Quackenbush) Robbins, 74, of Richmond, Indiana, passed away surrounded by family in the early hours of Monday, March 27, 2023.


Terri was born July 4, 1948, to Jack and Sharon (Bridwell) Quackenbush. She attended Bedford High School, studied business at Vincennes University, and retired as a Program Analyst at NSWC Crane after 20 years of loyal and dedicated service.


Terri battled a rare autoimmune disease and received a liver and kidney transplant in 2008. She actively participated in clinical trials and studies at the Mayo Clinic, inspiring and supporting others fearlessly and lovingly in the years before and after her transplant. She was a nurturing person who enjoyed offering encouragement, giving gifts, and hosting large family gatherings. She always put others before herself and sent a card for every occasion. Her hobbies and interests included travel, photography, baking, air shows, card games, sports, true crime, genealogy, and puzzles.


Predeceased by her father, Jack, she is survived by her loving husband, Wayne “Sonny” Robbins of Richmond, IN; her mother, Sharon Quackenbush of Bedford, IN; three siblings Randy (Linda) Quackenbush, Beth (Steve) Blackwell, and Lori (Jim) Kolczak; two daughters, Michelle (Gary) Ooley and Kristy Taylor; nine grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.


The viewing ceremony will be held at Day & Carter Mortuary on Saturday, April 1, 2023, beginning at 12:00 p.m. followed by a memorial service and celebration of Terri’s life at 2:00 p.m. The burial will take place in Green Hill Cemetery. The family requests that donations be made to the Indiana Donor Network, Donate Life Indiana, Mayo Clinic, Reid Health Foundation, or the American Liver Foundation in lieu of flowers. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



March 27, 2023


Melody K. Cline

August 11, 1964 – March 25, 2023


Bedford – Melody K. Cline, 58, of Bedford, passed away at 6:36 pm on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.


Born August 11, 1964, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Clinton Covey and Mary K. (Lewis) McAfee. She had been a Certified Nurse’s Assistant since 1993 and was currently employed at White River Lodge. She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army.


Survivors include a son, Jonathan Cline; a sister, Linda George; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her mother, her father, and a nephew, Christopher George.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 30th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Duane Terry officiating. Military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



March 25, 2023


Robert “Bob” Luther Barrett

October 25, 1924 – March 24, 2023


Robert Luther Barrett, 98, of Heltonville, passed away on March 24, 2023, at Autumn Trace in Bedford. He was born October 25, 1924, to Clyde and Bertha (Stevens) Barrett. He married Margorie Evelyn Whitted in 1953 and she preceded him in death. He then married Mary “Judy” (Turner) Barrett on October 21, 2004, and she survives.


Bob was a member of Englewood Baptist Church and the FOP. He retired from General Motors Powertrain after 34 years and was a farmer. He was a U. S. Army Veteran of WWII.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Bob is his wife, Judy; two stepsons, Kenny (Rita) Whitehead and Rick (Kathy) Whitehead; stepdaughter, Monagale (Rick) Mellinger; seven grandchildren, Carrie Young, Katie Lewis, Kirstie Baker, Matthew Whitehead, Sarah Burgess, Ashley Lucas, and Evan Mellinger; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.


Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Marjorie; and daughter, Shawna Lee Barrett.


Funeral services for Bob will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor David Ferry officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery with Military Rites being accorded by the American Legion Gillen Post #33. Visitation will be held from 10:00am to 1:00pm on Tuesday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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



Rita Mae (Capien) Johnson

MITCHELL – Rita Mae (Capien) Johnson, 70, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2023 at IU Health Hospice House.

Born July 23, 1952, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of George and Margie (Howell) Capien. She married John “JJ” Johnson on March 14, 1970 and he preceded her in death April 15, 2011.

Rita had worked at Mitchell Manor and ran JJ’s Taxidermy with her husband for many years. She had been a member of American Legion Post 250 Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9107 Auxiliary, and Bedford Boat & Sportsman’s Club. Rita was faithful to her family and loved being with them and her friends. She enjoyed riding boats and visiting with the Amish. Rita loved her dogs.

Survivors include her sons; John Edward (Rachel) Johnson, Jr of Mitchell and Michael Wesley Johnson of Mitchell; grandchildren, Anyastasia Johnson, Dillan Johnson, McKenzie Johnson, and Adalynn Johnson; great grandson, Waylon Mains; siblings, Judy Aldridge of Indianapolis, Vicki Johnson of Mitchell, and George Capien, Jr. of Indianapolis; and companion, Roger Dotts of Mitchell.

Her father; mother and stepfather, Margie and Rod Huffman; husband; and grandson, John E. Johnson III, preceded her in death.

Cremation has been chosen.

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




Bryan Keith Watson

MITCHELL – Bryan Keith Watson, 64, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2023, at Indiana University Health Hospice House. Born January 28, 1959, in Bedford, he was the son of Bill Earl and Carol L. (Pemberton) Watson. He married Sheila Kay Tuell on October 13, 2005 and she survives. Bryan worked for the City of Mitchell as the Street Commissioner for many years. He loved riding motorcycles, hunting, fishing, and camping. He could fix anything. Surviving are his wife, Sheila Kay Watson of Mitchell; children, Ryan (Caren Parker) Watson of Bedford and Nadgette Watson of Evansville; stepsons, Timothy Pemberton of Orleans and Thomas Pemberton of Bedford; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and brothers, Barry Kent (Charlotte) Watson of Mitchell and Brent Kelly Watson of Mitchell. His parents preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Burial will be at Lawrenceport Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 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



March 24, 2023


Shawn David McFarland

BARGERSVILLE – Shawn David McFarland, formerly of Mitchell, 49, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at his residence. Born March 21, 1974, in Bedford, he was the son of Samuel and Elva Mae (Conner) McFarland. He married Valorie Elizabeth Anne Browning on August 21, 1997, and she survives. Shawn was a fan of the Cubs, Colts, and Pacers and he loved to watch racing; especially Chase Briscoe. He enjoyed playing pool and bowling, and going camping and fishing at the river. Shawn liked to spend time with family and go to independent wrestling events with his son, Alex. Surviving are his wife, Valorie Elizabeth Anne McFarland of Bargersville; children, Seth Allen McFarland of Bedford, Alex Andrew McFarland of Bargersville, and Torie La Mae (Christopher James Pack) McFarland of Indianapolis; sisters, Betty Lynn Pruett of Mitchell, Sandra Mae Bambusch of Mitchell, and Katherine Sue Kirk of Mitchell; and several nieces and nephews. His parents; son, Ronnie James McFarland; and brothers, Samuel Dean McFarland, Steven Dwight McFarland, and Scott Douglas McFarland, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 27, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Cremation to follow. 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



Margaret Jean “Peggy” Buck

MITCHELL – Margaret Jean “Peggy” Buck, 92, of Mitchell, passed away Monday, March 20, 2023, at her home surrounded by her family.

Born August 8, 1930, in Iroquois County, IL, she was the daughter of Otis A. and Geneva L. (Bender) German. She married Donald A. Buck on October 9, 1949, and he preceded her in death on April 2, 2009.

Her family moved to Tippecanoe County when she was in high school and she graduated from Romney High School. She then attended Purdue University for a year and her loyalty to the Boilermakers lasted her lifetime. At the age of 78, Peggy retired from the Lawrence County Extension Office as secretary after 45 years. She prided herself on finding an answer or information needed, for every person that came into the office. Being a member of the Lawrence County Cattlemen’s Association was important to her as well as helping with their activities while she worked in the Extension office. She cared deeply for her Extension and 4-H families. Peggy was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Bedford and enjoyed playing in the Bell Choir. She was a member of the Christian Women’s Club , Altrusa, Lawrence County Community Concert Association, Land of Limestone Master Gardeners, Hoosier Hillsides Master Gardeners and loved attending the Little Theater. She loved her country, was a proud Republican and had voted in every election since she was 21. Attending her family’s activities were her hobbies and always a priority, be it a ballgame, dance recital, music performance or showing cattle, pigs or horses. Survivors include her sons, Donald W. (Patrice Buher) Buck, Mitchell, IN and David W. (Kathy Adamson) Buck, Danville, IL; daughter, Lisa K. (Bobby Cross) Tincher, Orleans, IN; grandchildren & great grandchildren, Jeremy (Caroline) Buck, Zia & Lennon, Redondo Beach, CA, Josh (Misty) Tincher, Austin, Adyson, Avery, Orleans,IN, Brandon (Kerry) Buck, Parker, Karsyn, McCade, Boise, ID, Dr. Donald (Jenn) Buck, Ben, Brooke, St. Louis, MO, Jessica (Melissa) Tincher, Cordayjah, NasZea, Jamir, Jaquan, Fishers, IN, Lillie (Andrew) Duncanson, Champaign, IL, Trisha (Joe) Morrow, Zackary, Alexxis, Tayleigh, Bloomington, IN, Joanna (Tiffany Gibson) Tincher, Chapin, SC, and David (Katie) Buck, Alexander, baby Rowan due in June, San Diego CA; great great grandson, Madden Morrow; sister-in-law, Barbara German, Lafayette, IN; and several nieces and nephews that she loved like her own. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter-in-law, Deanna Buck; grandson, Jacob Tincher; and great granddaughters in infancy, Alyvia, Aleigha, Analyn, and Avalyn. Peggy was the oldest and last survivor of her siblings: Nancy Slocomb, Bill German, Raymond German, Kenny German, Ted German, Kathy Budd, and David German.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, at the First United Methodist Church, Bedford, IN with Pastor Judi Early officiating.

Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Elmwood Cemetery at Romney, Indiana.

Friends may call from noon until the service on Tuesday at the church.

Memorial Gifts: First United Methodist Church, Bedford, IN and Lawrence County 4-H Council Condolences may be sent to the family at chastainfuneralhome.com



Ember Bella Lynn Dees

BEDFORD – Ember Bella Lynn Dees, 4 months, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Born November 15, 2022, in Bedford, she was the infant daughter of Kathalene Dees. Surviving are her mother, Kathalene Dees of Bedford; sibling, Koda Dees; grandmother, Lorita Witvoet; and grandfather, Charles Dees. Her step-grandfather, Jonathan Witvoet preceded her in death. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. A Celebration of Life service will follow, after the visitation, at Faith Mission Church in Bedford. Cremation has been chosen. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Diane Baxter

BEDFORD – Diane Baxter, 68, of Bedford, passed away March 23, 2023 at her residence. Born June 15, 1954, in Clark County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Rowan M. and Bessie E. (Cox) Lynch. She married William Lee Baxter on July 28, 1972, and he survives.


She had worked at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Diane had a lust for life. She was little with a big servant heart and the strongest woman. Diane was talented at many things. She touched many lives and was loved and adored by her family.


Survivors include her husband, William Lee Baxter; daughters, Melissa Kay Moffatt, Christy Lee Johnson, and Ashley Miller; eight grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.


Funeral service will be at 5:00pm, Sunday, March 26, 2023, at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Viewing is from 3:00pm until the time of the service on Sunday. Cremation will follow.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care.



March 23, 2023



William “Don” Purdy

November 4, 1927 – March 23, 2023


William “Don” Purdy, 95, of Heltonville, IN passed away on March 23, 2023, at StoneBridge Health Campus. Born on November 4, 1927, he was the son of William Patrick and Cecilia Agnes (Keifer) Purdy. He married Letta Mae White on June 24, 1950, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, and she preceded him in death in 2016.


Don attended Bedford High School and retired from the Times-Mail where he worked in the Composing Room for 41 years.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Don is his daughter, Teresa Diane Davis of Heltonville; two sons, Terry Don Purdy of Heltonville and Tony Dale (Anita) Purdy of Bedford; seven grandchildren, Julie Lindsey, Michael Davis, Jennifer (Cody) Turpin, Matthew Davis, Troy (Shannon) Purdy, Brent Purdy, and Ryan Purdy; five great grandchildren, Eden and Oliver Purdy, Brenston and Huxley Turpin, and Paisley Knott; and sister, Vivian McKee of Logansport.


Don is preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Trella Denise Purdy in infancy; brother, Robert Purdy; sister, Martha Grubb; and daughter-in-law, Sharon Purdy.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Monday, March 27, 2023, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Jegan Peter and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will follow at the Green Hill Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 2:00pm to 6:00pm on Sunday, March 26, 2023, as well as 10:00am to the service time on Monday, both at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.


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



March 22, 2023


Ronald D. Cummings

December 11, 1946 – March 21, 2023


Avon, IN – Ronald D. Cummings, 76, of Avon, formerly of Bedford, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at his residence.


Born December 11, 1946, in Bedford, he was the son of Harold and Violet (Stevens) Cummings. He married Sherry Anderson on January 10, 1970 and she survives. He retired from Rainbow Printing as a truck driver and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Englewood Baptist Church.


Survivors include his wife, Sherry, of Avon; a daughter, Heather Wade and husband, Daren, of Avon; a grandson, Liam Wade; a brother, Bruce Cummings and wife, Teresa, of Bedford; nieces, Anna and Laura Cummings; a brother, Mike Cummings and wife, Courtney, of Plainfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother-in-law, Wayne and Viola Anderson.


Private graveside services will be conducted at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with military rites accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Harry Eugene Russell


MITCHELL – Harry Eugene Russell, 85, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2023, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation. Born November 26, 1937, in Mitchell, he was the son of John and Mae (Terry) Russell. He married Mary Lee Lofland on July 8, 2000. Harry retired after 32 plus years from Carpenter Body Work. After retirement, he mowed county roads for the Lawrence County Highway Department. Harry was a lifelong farmer and helped his father operate a saw-mill from the age of 14. He was a member of Bonds Chapel, a skilled wood craftsman, and an avid fisherman. Harry loved auctions and IU Basketball. He had a sense of humor that could always brighten any get-together. His dream was to retire and travel to help people. Harry found his dream through mission teams with his church and Orange County Habitat for Humanity to clean up and rebuild. Survivors include his wife, Mary Lee Russell of Mitchell, children, Sandy (Jack) Leatherman, Alan (Julia) Russell, Steve (Dawn) Lofland, and Randall (Lisa) Lofland; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and siblings, Sharon Egger, Juanita Jean, and Sue (Wayne) Holt. His parents and siblings, John Russell, Rosie Johnson, and Naomi Beebe, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 24, at Bonds Chapel with Reverend Robert Martindale officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Chastain Funeral Home and Cremation Center, and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at Bonds Chapel. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Karen Joan Hall


Bedford- Karen Joan Hall, 72, passed away Sunday March 19, 2023 at her residence.


Born March 31, 1950, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Emmitt Wayne and Joan Gladys (Henderson) Hall.


Karen was self-employed and owned wall paper and house painting business. In recent years, she took great pride in participating in Flags Across America. Karen loved her dogs, and to her, they were always “number one.”


Surviving are her children, Michael Hall (Deona) of Charlestown, and Melanie Sipes (Ronnie) of Bedford; grandchildren, Kaylin Hall, Collin Hall, Josh Sipes, Nathan Sipes, and Kylie Sipes; great-grandchildren, Killian Dillihay, and Carson Sipes; Siblings, Wayne Hall of Mitchell, and Keith Hall of Harrodsburg.


Her parents and sister, Kathy Bennett, preceded her in death.


Cremation has been chosen.

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



March 21, 2023


Larry Edmund Haywood

February 16, 1942 – March 20, 2023


Bloomington – Larry Edmund Haywood, 81, of Bloomington, passed away at 4:40 pm on Monday, March 20, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born February 16, 1942,in Greene Co., he was the son of Edward Earl and Christina Mae (Fuller) Haywood. He grew to manhood at the home place about 5 miles east of Bloomfield where he learned the value of hard work on the family farm.


He attended the country schools and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1960, and always enjoyed the class reunion where he often was a special speaker to his classmates. After graduation he worked for and retired as Director of Transportation at Thomson (formerly RCA) in Bloomington.


It was such a blow to him when his daughter and grandson were killed in a car wreck in August of 1989 involving an impaired driver. He realized the need to tell others of the danger of driving under the influence. He spoke to thousands of people, not knowing how many lives he might have helped. He was recipient of the Golden Achievement Award, the highest award given by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and the Haines Turner Award for contributions to justice that heal and restore the Monroe County community.


He was a very active member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church where he was involved in all areas of the church, singing, worship leader, and even cooking for special occasions, and always willing to do anything that needed to be done.


After his retirement, he enjoyed working on houses to fix up to rent or sell and always welcomed a challenge which some might have thought not worth the time, but turning them into something useful. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking but most of all, spending time with his loving wife, Joyce Arthur Haywood, who feels she has lost the love of her life. He is also survived by Barry Leming, who was like a son to Larry and Joyce, his wife Ruth and their children, Jordy, Camila and Andrea, his sisters, Leeda Glidden, Malinda Bell and Mary (Daniel) Frye. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Christina Haywood, Joyce’s parents, Everett and Chloe Arthur, daughter, Tina Pruet and grandson, Eddie Pruet.

Larry enjoyed life and serving his Master, Jesus Christ.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 23rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Richard Borden officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service at the Day & Carter Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 3900 S. Snoddy Road, Bloomington, IN 47401. The family would like to especially thank Dr. Bradford Bomba, Jr. for his kind and professional care. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Gary D. Faubion

May 10, 1945 – March 20, 2023


Gary Faubion, 77, of Bedford passed away on March 20, 2023, peacefully at his home. Born in Bedford, IN on May 10, 1945, he was the son of Clarence and Dorothy (Allen) Faubion. He married Janet Bundy Poole Faubion on October 5, 1991, and she survives.


Gary attended Heltonville High School and was a member of the graduating class of 1963. He was also a member of The Pleasant Run Fire Department for 50 years, The Lawrence County Cattlemen’s Association, The Pleasant Run Advisory Board, and member and former trustee of The First Baptist Church. He retired from General Motors after 34 years and was on The Board of Directors of Hoosier Hills Credit Union for 46 years. Gary loved his farm, but most of all he loved his family.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Gary is his wife, Janet; children, Julie (Greg) Stancombe and Darin (Melanie) Poole; grandchildren, Jared (Kara) Stancombe, Tyler (Haley) Stancombe, Kaitlyn Poole (fiancé, Steven Paulson) and Jacob Poole (Karyas Slaten); great-granddaughter, Lainey Marie Stancombe; brother, Roger Faubion; nephew, Derek Faubion; great nieces, Olivia Faubion and Lexi Faubion.


Gary is preceded in death by his parents, and brother, Lowell Faubion.


Funeral Services will be held at 11:00am on Friday, March 24, 2023, at The First Baptist Church in Bedford, IN with Pastor Lee Brown, Pastor Jason Filler, and Pastor Michael Nicholson officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Run Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, March 23, 2023, also at The First Baptist Church, with a Fireman’s Tribute at 7:00pm. Visitation will also be held from 10:00am to the service time on Friday at the church.


Contributions in memory of Gary may be made to The First Baptist Church of Bedford.


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




Mary Alice (Greene) Russell

Mitchell- Mary Alice (Greene) Russell, 87, passed away Monday March 20, 2023, at Mitchell Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born February 1, 1936, in Orleans, she was the daughter of John Greene and Helen Greene (Wagner) Wilfong. She married Oscar Eugene Russell on May 2, 1953 and he preceded her in death August 18, 2004.

Mary enjoyed gardening and was of the Christian faith.

Surviving are her daughter, Sherry Lynn Russell of Mitchell; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Her husband; children, Marcella “Jo Jo” Elliott and Paul Russell; her brothers and sisters, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Bobby Sorrells officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Cemetery.

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

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


March 20, 2023


Danny Dale Hopper

ORLEANS – Danny Dale Hopper, 72, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2023, at his residence. Born February 5, 1951, in Paoli, he was the son of Homer and Margaret Helen (Hopper) Harkness. He married Linda Melton on April 7, 1984 and she survives. Danny retired from Carpenter Body Works after 25 years. He enjoyed coon hunting, shooting matches, and horse pulls. Surviving are his wife, Linda Hopper of Orleans, daughters, Amy (Roger) Keith of Orleans and Shasta (Sam) Franck of Pekin; grandchildren, Lynnsie (Pat) Greenan, Miranda Karnes, Logan Cox, and Phillip Franck; great-grandchildren, Bella Karnes and Paisley Karnes; siblings, Doretta (Danny) Wilson of Paoli, Sharon (Dwayne) Benenfiel of Paoli, Margie (Garland) Delph of Paoli, Joan (Joe) Kelly of Paoli, Homer (Joann) Harkness of Paoli, Kenny (Machelle) Harkness of Paoli, Larry Hopper of Paoli, Steve (Julie) Hopper of Paoli, Paul (Deanna) Harkness of Paoli, and Darrell “Marvin” (Kathy) Harkness of Paoli. His parents and siblings, Jimmy Harkness, Bobby Harkness, and Gene Harkness, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 23, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Johnny Harkness officiating. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 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



Dale E. Johnson

February 18, 1927 – March 17, 2023


Bedford – Dale E. Johnson, 96, of Bedford, passed away at 7:25 am on Friday, March 17, 2023, at IU Health Bedford Hospital.


Born February 18, 1927, he was the son of Elmer H. and Maud (Giles) Johnson. Dale married Beverly A. Browning on June 8, 1948 and she survives. He retired from NWSC Crane. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford and the American Legion. Dale was a United States Army Airforce veteran, serving with the Jungle 13 squadron. He was an avid golfer and loved fishing, hunting, basketball and watching I.U. Basketball. Dale played basketball for Bedford High School from 1942-1945.


Survivors include his wife of seventy- five years, Beverly Johnson; one daughter, Dale Mikels and her husband Ed of Bedford; two grandchildren, Cory (Tessa) Mikels and Brady (Crystal) Mikels all of Bedford; seven great grandchildren, Jayce, Sadie, Mason, Kyler, Lexie, Kendal and Brayden; four great-great-grandchildren, Lux, Scottlyn, Sawyer and Sloan. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Charles Johnson, and a sister, Mary Beth Bartlett.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, March 21st in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Jason Filler officiating. A burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00am until the time of service on Tuesday, March 21st at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Military rites will be accorded by the American Legion Gillen Post #33. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



March 17, 2023



Timothy John May

Timothy John May age 59 of Bloomington passed away on March 14, 2023 at 9:21 p.m. at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born in Bloomington on November 28, 1963 to Zaon Albert May and Patti Sue (Mitchell) May. Tim was a graduate of Bloomington High School South in 1982, he was an active member of the Eagles # 1085 in Bloomington and the Bloomington American Legion, Bloomington VFW and the Bloomington Amvets. Timothy served in the US Navy from 1982 until 1988, he then served as a government contractor for the US Military until his retirement in 2018, he then became a partner in the Quintech Group.


Survivors include one brother, Warren R. (Sharon) May of Bloomington, one sister, Sherlyn D. May Moore of Bedford, his wife, Donna “Jeannie” Hansel-Gill of Bloomington, three step-children, Jessica (Michael) Wilson of Evansville, Katrina (Jeffrey) Wilson of Sierra Vista, Arizona, and Jennifer (Corbin) Willison of Ohio, 6 grandchildren.

Timothy was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.


A celebration of Tim’s life will be held at 12:00 Noon on Sunday March 26, 2023 at the Bloomington Eagles Lodge #1085, 3100 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, In 47401, graveside services will be held in Clover Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg at a later date, Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.



Jackie Jean

July 20, 1941 – March 16, 2023


Jackie Jean, 81, of Bedford, IN passed away on March 16, 2023 at I.U. Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born on July 20, 1941, he was the son of Lee Franklin and Oleta (Brown) Jean. He married Claudia McDonald on October 17, 2019, and she survives.


Jackie retired from Indiana Limestone and was union member of the IAM. He was a member of the Eagles in Shoals and Jeffersonville and attended Leesville Methodist Church.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Jackie is his wife, Claudia; one son, Jackie (Lisa) Jean of Heltonville; two daughters, Missy (Dave) Hackney of Bedford and Lori (PJ) Pulliam of Tennessee; step-children, Teressa (Rich) Amburgey of Bedford, Daniel Pace of Tell City, Matthew Pace of Jeffersonville, Lisa (Scott) Burgess of Colorado, and Carla (Ted) Stites of Charlestown, IN; grandchildren, Jacob Perry, Mikala Haag, Dawsyn Hamilton, Devyn Long, Taylor Pace, Emilee Fleetwood, Richie Amburgey, Carter Amburgey, Carsyn Amburgey, Caman, and Isabella; great-grandchildren, Grace, Tripp, McCoy, and Lenny; two brothers Gary (Gaylynn) Jean and Kenny Jean; two sisters, Peggy (Bill) Gregory and Donna Cain; aunt, Joanne Wesner; uncle, Bill Wever; and several nieces and nephews.


Jackie is preceded in death by his parents; step-son, Toby Pace; and brother-in-law, JD Cain.


Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, March 20, 2023, at Leesville Methodist Church. Burial will follow at the Leesville Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10am to 2:00pm on Monday, March 20, 2023 also at the Leesville Methodist Church.


The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the care for Mr. Jean.


Remembrances and condolences may be shared online at www.Ferguson-Lee.com



Dr. John Everett Fraley

August 5, 1948 – March 12, 2023


Starke, FL – Dr. John Everett Fraley, 74, of Starke, FL and Bedford, IN, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023, in Florida.


Born August 5, 1948, in Columbia, SC, he was the son of Everett Knox and Martha Carolyn (Derrick) Fraley. He married Paula Louise (Turner) Nobles on May 13, 2001, and she survives.


He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1970, then attended Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston where he received his MD degree in 1974. He participated in the U.S. Navy Healthcare Professional Scholarship Program beginning in 1973 and was commissioned a Lieutenant USNR upon graduation from medical school. He was a physician serving at various duty stations for the U.S. Navy until retiring on October 1, 2001. After retirement from the Navy, he joined the Veterans Healthcare Administration as a staff physician until retirement in December 2013. He was a member of the American Legion in Keystone Heights, FL and a member of the DAV of Florida. He enjoyed toy train collection and model railroading, small engine repair and collecting, woodworking, antique tractor collecting, horse camping and cruising. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Starke, FL and attended Dive Christian Church in Bedford. He was a good father, husband and friend who served his Lord and country to the best of his ability.


Survivors include his wife, Paula, of IN; a son, John Fraley and wife, Konomi, of Washington; a daughter, Caroline Blankenship, and husband, Will, of Middleburg, FL; five grandchildren, Lauren Cheyenne, Braxton Cordell, Averie Lynn, Gracie and John; a brother, Joe Fraley and his wife Kathy of Elgin, SC. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-son, Ben Nobles.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 18th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Joe McAdams officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation or the Dive Christian Church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



March 16, 2023



Rose Mary Ball, 87

MITCHELL – Rose Mary Ball, 87, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at Autumn Trace Communities in Bedford. Born October 31, 1935, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of William A. and Rose Ann (Bex) Winegar. Rose married Charles Henry Ball on December 27, 1954 and he preceded her in death February 16, 2023. They were together for seventy years. Rose was a member of the Mitchell Church of the Nazarene. She was a homemaker, and she volunteered at the church and at Mitchell Manor. Rose was famous for her biscuits and meatballs. Surviving are her son, Charles “Mike” Ball of Mitchell; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Her parents; husband; daughter, Sherry Pless; and siblings, Flossie Marie Sloan, Floyd Edwards, James Edwards, and Glen Edwards, preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Jerry Richardson officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Christina Lee Brown

MITCHELL – Christina Lee Brown, 76, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2023, at White River Lodge in Bedford. Born November 28, 1946, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Harry Hardin “Sonny” Jr. and Sheila Loraine (Carroll) Dorsett. Christina married Larry Thomas Brown on January 23, 1965 and he survives. They were married for 58 years. Christina was a 1964 graduate of Mitchell High School. She started working as a library aide at Mitchell Community Schools in 1976 and became the Extracurricular Activity Treasurer in 1984; retiring in 2015 after 31 years. Christina was known for her cooking and catering. Cooking was her love language and she made hundreds of persimmon puddings over her lifetime. Christina had a servant’s heart and gave to everybody. She never met a stranger. Christina was a member of Bonds Chapel and was the most dedicated Christian woman. Surviving are her husband, Larry Thomas Brown of Mitchell; children, Melissa Ann (Steven) Deer of Knoxville, Tennessee and Rebecca Lynn Mason of Mitchell; grandchildren, Joshua David (Katie) Deer, Nathan Daniel Deer, Cole Thomas Mason, and Logan Patrick Mason; Great-granddaughter, Eliza Rose Deer; and brother, Kippie Joe (Vanessa) Dorsett of Mitchell. Her parents and brother, Harry Clinton “Butch” Dorsett, preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 20, at Bonds Chapel with Reverend Robert Martindale officiating. Burial will be in Spice Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Monday at Bonds Chapel. Memorial Gifts: Bonds Chapel “God is good all the time. All the time God is good.” Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com


March 15, 2023


Scott R. Prince

February 4, 1965 – March 15, 2023


Scott R. Prince, 58, of Bedford, IN passed away on March 15, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Born on February 4, 1965, he was the son of Jim and Carolyn (Beavers) Prince.


Scott had worked for Indiana Limestone, the Times-Mail, and the Herald Times. He was a former member of the Eagles and the American Legion. He enjoyed mushroom hunting, fishing, and that he played football for the BNL Stars.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Scott is his girlfriend, Cheryl Kilpela; five aunts, Iva White, Clara Hiatt, Sharon Pierce, Pat Brown, and Mary Oliver; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and his loyal companion, Princess.


Scott is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jamie Prince; several aunts and uncles; and his dog, Goofy.


Cremation was chosen with no services at this time.


The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the care for Mr. Prince.


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



March 14, 2023



Cheryl A. Bobbs

Cheryl A. Bobbs age 66 of Bedford passed away March 11, 2023 at 5:20 a.m. at the IU Health Hospice House in Bloomington. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois on January 8, 1957 to Howard and Nettie (Burke) Steck. Cheryl married Thomas Bobbs on March 14, 1987 and he survives.


Cheryl was a homemaker, but her heart was in fostering children, she fostered over 70 kids. In 2008 she was honored as Bedford’s Woman of the Year.


Survivors include her husband, Thomas E. Bobbs of Bedford, her children, Zane Bobbs, Keeley Bobbs and Thomas Howard “TJ” Bobbs, four grandchildren.


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



Joshua Paul Franklin

July 16, 1985 – March 12, 2023


Joshua Paul Franklin, 37, of Bedford, passed away on March 12, 2023, in Bedford.


Born July 16, 1985, he was the son of Jeff Franklin and DeeAndra (Shelton) Kerr. He was a foreman for Turner Contracting. He enjoyed boating, fishing, mudding, four-wheeling, bonfires, days by the pool, concerts, playing pool and most importantly, spending time with his family and friends. Josh will always be remembered for his contagious laugh and radiant smile. He was a loving son, father, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend.


Survivors include his parents, Jeff Franklin and Dee Andra Kerr and husband, Jeremy, all of Bedford; his children, Joshua Braden Franklin, Isabelle Franklin, Jackson Franklin, and Easton Leatherman; siblings, Ashley and Kayla Franklin, both of Bedford; step-siblings, Devin and Aidan Kerr, both of Bedford; niece and nephews, Corbin, Trenten, and Hudson Akin, Bryer Smith and Gibson Cobb; his grandmother, Ursula Newsome; step-grandparents, Ron and Barbara Kerr, of Bedford. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 18th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bob Doss officiating. Burial will follow in Springville Cemetery West. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, March 17th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Beulah S. Ravenna

October 4, 1928 – March 12, 2023


Beulah S. Ravenna, 94, of Bedford, IN, passed away on March 12, 2023, at StoneBridge Health Campus. Born in Bloomfield, IN on October 4, 1928, she was the daughter of Otis and Goldie Sparks. She married James E. Ravenna on January 18, 1958 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, and he preceded her in death on December 2, 2020.


Beulah was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and was a very avid bowler, bingo, card player, and video gamer.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Beulah are her two sons, Tony (Aimee) Ravenna of Bedford, and Chris Ravenna of Bloomington; her daughter, Luanne Ravenna of Bedford; and her sister, Corrine Burcham of Bedford.


Beulah is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two brothers, Rex and Dale Sparks.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Bedford, IN with Father Jegan Peter and Deacon David Reising officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. A visitation will be held from 10:00am to the service time on Thursday, also at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.


Contributions in memory of Beulah may be made to Becky’s Place or Bertha’s Mission.


Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the care for Beulah.


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



March 13, 2023


Mary K. McAfee

September 30, 1931 – March 13, 2023


Bedford – Mary K. McAfee, 91, of Bedford, passed away at 6:15 am on Monday, March 13, 2023 at White River Lodge.


Born September 30, 1931, in Springville, she was the daughter of Howard and Levedah (Rollins) Lewis. She was retired having worked at Stonebridge Health Campus and in the North Lawrence Community School System for 14 years. She was of the Baptist faith, a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary for 50+ years.

Survivors included two daughters, Linda George and Melody Cline, both of Bedford; a grandson, Jonathan Cline; a sister, Jane Hoseman, of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Rose Oswald and Wilma Beeson, and a grandson, Christopher George.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, March 17th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Duane Terry officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Robert W. Atkins

September 17, 1978 – March 12, 2023


Jeffersonville, IN – Robert W. Atkins, 44, of Jeffersonville, passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, KY.


Born September 17, 1978, at Ft. Campbell, KY, he was the son of Steven E. Atkins and Ramona (Moore) Swango. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army after thirteen years of service. He was a hospital custodian at the Robley Rex V.A. Medical Center in Lousiville, KY.


Survivors include his mother, Ramona Swango and husband, Richard, of Bedford; a sister, Brandy Dawn Atkins, of Bedford; his grandmother, Rita Mires, of Mitchell; a nephew, Dylan Atkins; a niece, Chloe Atkins; several cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Steven; his grandparents, Frank Mires, Russell Moore, Jim and Wilma Atkins.


Graveside services will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Thursday, March 16th at Mitchell Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by members of the American Legion Post #250 of Mitchell. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Michael A. “Chigger” Dalton

Michael A. “Chigger” Dalton age 48 of Bedford passed away on Saturday March 11, 2023 at his residence. He was born in Bedford on September 8, 1974 to Harry “Gene” Dalton and Alice “Lois” (Bell) Dalton. Michael attended BNL High School, he was a Welder at Stone City Ironworks in Bedford, he loved racing and fishing, he was loved by family and friends and will be greatly missed. Survivors include his siblings, Teresa Dalton of Leesville, Christie Crider of Tennessee, Steve (Cindi) Dalton of Bedford and Jim (Beth) Guthrie of Mitchell, two uncles, Kenny Dalton and Jack Dalton, several nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews, good friend, Terry Collins.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry “Gene” Dalton and Alice “Lois” Dalton, one brother, Bobby Dalton and one niece, Ashley Dalton.


A celebration of Michael’s life will be on Saturday March 18, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at Momentum Church, 1403 R St. in Bedford, with Pastor Reno Bates, officiating, the family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until service time at 2:00 p.m. at the church on Saturday. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with his care.



Barbara Ellen Hudson

April 6, 1935 – March 13, 2023


Barbara Ellen Hudson, 87, of Bedford, passed away at 6:35 am on Monday, March 13, 2023 at Westview Manor.


Born April 6, 1935, she was the daughter of Elbert Fleetwood and Mildred (Hubbard) Weddle. She married Robert F. Hudson on July 5, 1956, and he preceded her in death on June 13, 2003. She was a homemaker.


Survivors include five sons, Robert F. Hudson, Jr., Timothy Alan Hudson, Mark Douglas Hudson, John David Hudson and Steven Paul Hudson; a daughter, Jennifer Kay McGill; thirteen grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.


Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 16th at Gilgal Cemetery in Heltonville with Chris Perry officiating. Visitation will be from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm on Thursday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



March 10, 2023


Paul D. Browning

September 14, 1963 – March 9, 2023


Bedford – Paul D. Browning, 59, of Bedford, passed away at 5:20 am on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at his residence.


Born September 14, 1963, in Bedford, he was the son of Roger and Loretta (Ball) Browning. He married Rose Bretzinger on April 12, 1997, and she survives. He was a maintenance worker at North Lawrence Water Corporation and a member of the Seymour Masonic Lodge #146 and the Order of the Eastern Star of Solsberry. He enjoyed woodworking and being outside anytime he could.


Survivors include his mother, Loretta Browning his wife, Rose; a daughter, Amanda Jones and husband, Mike; a son, T.J. Browning; five grandchildren, Micheala, Courdell, Trevette and wife, Bri, Carlie Rose, and Zane; one great-grandson, Andrew; a brother, Tim Browning and wife, Cindy; a niece, Suzi and her children, Chance and Victoria. He was preceded in death by his dad, Roger; a brother, William (in infancy) and a nephew, Timothy Browning.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Monday, March 13th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Millard Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Dive Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until the hour of service on Monday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



March 9, 2023


David Andrew “Andy” Dunwoody

MITCHELL – David Andrew “Andy” Dunwoody, 76, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at his residence.

Born June 3, 1946, in Indianapolis, he was the son of David Dunwoody and Betty Jean (Drew) Poe. He married Victoria “Vicky” Lynn Conley on January 24, 1969 and she survives.

Andy was a member of the Army National Guard. He retired from Lehigh Cement Company as a crane operator and was a long-time farmer. He took pride in his vehicles, enjoyed mowing, and loved being outside. Andy enjoyed beach vacations and being with his family. He liked to socialize and talk with people, and was very caring. Andy was a member of the Mitchell Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife, Victoria “Vicky” Lynn Dunwoody of Mitchell; daughters, Denise (Jody) Ingram of Mitchell and Stephanie (Curt) Brown of Crawfordsville; grandchildren, Hannah (Taylor) Tritle, Reece Ingram, Jaron Roche, Shanna (Brandon) Rash, and Tyler Brown; great-grandchildren, Orlando Tritle and Fiona Rash; and siblings, Perry Poe of Campbellsburg, Becky Holt of Brownsville, Kentucky, Mark Dunwoody of Thorntown, and Mary Eldridge of Indianapolis.

His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in the Mitchell Church of Christ Sanctuary with Brother Marc Fields officiating. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the Mitchell Church of Christ.

Memorial Gifts: Bread of Life Food Pantry and National FFA

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



March 8, 2023


Dustin L. Abbott

April 18, 1987 – March 6, 2023

Springville – Dustin L. Abbott, 35, of Springville, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2023.

Born April 18, 1987, in Ft. Leonardwood, MO, he was the son of Willie and Helen (Wilhelm) Abbott. He was a stone cutter in Bloomington.


Survivors include a son, Kaenan Briar Abbott; his mother, Helen Abbott, of Springville; his father and step-mom, Willie and Robin Abbott; his paternal grandmother, Wanda Lee Abbott, of Rushville, IN; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Santford Abbott, Jr.; his maternal grandparents, Wilbur and Helen Wilhelm; two uncles, Bill and Bob Wilhelm.


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




Wendell Lee Wease

MITCHELL - Wendell Lee Wease, 91, of Mitchell, IN passed away suddenly at his home on March 6, 2023. Born April 3, 1931 in Orange County, he was the son of Paul and Viola Mae (Thacker) Wease. He married Betty Horner in July 1950, then married Twila Jean Grissom in January 1975. Wendell was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving during the Korean War. He also served in the USAF Reserve and IN Air National Guard. He was employed by the Naval Weapon Support Center for 39 years, during which time he volunteered twice to deploy for 3 months with MAERU (Mobile Ammunition Evaluation and Renovation Unit) to Vietnam with a Marine Corp unit. He retired in 1988 and went to work with SAIC, a defense contractor that supports military efforts, for 18 years. He was a lifetime member of Mitchell American Legion Post 250 and served on the American Legion Honor Guard and Lifetime member of Crane V.F.W. Post 9297. He was also a member of the Mitchell First Christian Church and served on several boards there. Wendell enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals, I.U. basketball and fishing. He was a member of the Honor Flight of Southern Indiana in May 2017. Survivors include his wife, Twila J. Grissom Wease of Mitchell, Tony Wease of Loogootee, Marsha A. Kirkland (Lawrence Kirkland) of Newport News, VA, Terry W. Wease (Jane Wease) of Corydon, IN and Theresa K. Fuhrman of Shoals. He also is survived by seven grandchildren: Kris Wease and Michele (Joe) Quinn of Loogootee, Kim (Bill) Bates of Carmel, IN, Jay Kingsley of Lynnhaven FL, Rachel Wease of Astoria, NY, Bonnie Wease of North Hollywood, CA, Chelsi Feathers of Bloomfield IN, ten great-grandchildren and devoted caregiver Rebecca Keefe. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Paul B., William C., John E. and Arthur K. Wease; sister, Nancy Alice Ratliff; daughter, Mary T. Wease Feathers; son-in-law, Roger Fuhrman, daughter-in-law Judy Wease, and grandsons, Matthew Fuhrman and Kevin Colvin. Funeral service will be on Saturday, March 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Brian Bolton officiating. Burial will be at Burns City Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9107. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10 and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home. Casketbearers are Kris Wease, Joe Quinn, Bradley Quinn,Gary Thacker, Kenny Wease, John Feathers, Mike Baker, and Jay Kingsley. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mitchell American Legion Post 250 Honor Guard, 404 Sheeks Drive, Mitchell, IN 47446 or to Honor Flight of Southern Indiana, PO Box 8234, Evansville IN 47716. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com




Dennis Wayne Robbins

September 10, 1946 – March 7, 2023

Bedford – Dennis Wayne “Denny” Robbins, 76, of Bedford passed away at Bliss Place on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.


Born September 10, 1946, in Bedford, he was the son of Thelma Maxine (Bell) and Norval Dale Robbins. Denny married Chris Shipman on June 5, 1966 and she preceded him in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Dale Lynn Ryan and husband, Mark, and Amy McGlocklin and husband, Tony; a son, Brian Robbins and wife, Carie; five grandchildren, Jackson (Carlee) Ryan, Madison (Juan) Tirado, Dru Robbins, Tyler McGlocklin, Taylor McGlocklin; a great-granddaughter, Ruby Ryan; three sisters, Judy (Larry) Kidwell, Kim (Joe) Howell and Diana Megnin; several nieces, nephews, and special friends including Jack Kenworthy. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and a sister.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March11, 2023, in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Jeff Hudelson officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Memorial contributions may be made to Bliss Place or Gentiva Hospice. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




March 7, 2023


Barbara Joan Lynn

MITCHELL – Barbara Joan Lynn, 71, passed away Monday, March 6, 2023, at her residence. Born May 22, 1951, in Anderson, she was the daughter of Robert and Wilma (Gilsdorf) McPherson. She married John R. Lynn on March 11, 1983, and he preceded her in death March 25, 2019. Barbara worked as a unit coordinator at the Bloomington Hospital. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 250. Barbara loved making things out of gourds, crafting, and woodworking. She enjoyed riding horses. Barbara was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. Surviving are her children, Sharon Prince of Bedford, Raymond Lynn of Bedford, Troy (Zina) Lynn of Florida, Tracy (Julie) Craig of California, Marlo Hurt of Mitchell, Nicole Mills of Mitchell, Candy (Brian) Poston of South Carolina, and Polly (Barry) Roach of Bedford; 21 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Diane Pruett of Bedford, Nancy McPherson of Paoli, Jim (Jo) McPherson of Paoli, William McPherson of Philippines, and Annette Byrd of Pennsylvania. Her parents; husband; and sister, Connie Grubb, preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 13, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Ron Plumer officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Baptist Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service on Monday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Hildreth M. Eriks

HURON – Hildreth M. Eriks, 91, passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born June 7, 1931, in Highland, she was the daughter of Ives and Carolyn Corine (Milligan) Short. She married Bernard M. Eriks, Sr. on October 25, 1947 and he preceded her in death January 20, 1996.

Hildreth was a homemaker and member of Huron Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and working outside.

Survivors include her children, Juanita (Larry) Tyron of Shelbyville, Tennessee, Lora Hoffman of Huron, Jeffrey (Joy) Eriks of Topeka, Kansas, Thomas (Debbie) Eriks of Brooke, and Tana (Andy) Browning of Washburn, Tennessee; 22 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and brother, James Alexander of Florida.

Her parents; husband; son, Bernard M. Eriks, Jr.; grandchildren, Thomas Eriks, Jr. and Carol Hoffman; sisters, Martha Short and Carol Winkler; and son-in-law, Robert Hoffman, Sr., preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 10 in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor William “Skip” Mathews officiating. Burial will follow in Huron Cemetery.



Joyce K. Tincher

July 18, 1941 – March 4, 2023


Joyce K. Tincher, 81, of Mitchell, IN passed away on March 4, 2023 at her residence. Born in Mitchell, IN, she was the daughter of Arthur “Marvin” McDermed and Addie (Howard) Ward. Joyce married Lee Von Tincher and he preceded her in death.


Joyce graduated in 1959 from Huron High School. She retired after 40 years as a beautician. She also was a board member at the LARC Center and was a Nursing Aid at BRMC. She was a member of Fairview Church of Christ, the Daughters of Revolution, and the Daughters of the Nile.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Joyce is one son, Arthur Lee Tincher; two grandsons, Dustin and Brandon Tincher; and a special cousin, Arthur Harris.


Joyce is preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two cousins, Vernon and Leon Harris.


Cremation was chosen with a graveside service at Port Williams Cemetery at a later date.


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


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



Terry Don Lee

MITCHELL – Terry Don Lee, 74, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2023, at his residence. Born February 25, 1949, in Lawrence County, he was the son of George Lee and Virginia (Donica) Johnson. Terry was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Vietnam War Era. He graduated from Needmore High School. Terry retired from General Electric as a lineman and also worked at NWSC – Crane. He was a member of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club and he enjoyed fishing, shooting guns, and spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving are his children, Melissa (Ron) Pridemore of Campbellsburg and Deena Lee of Mitchell; grandchildren, Brian Cazee, Justin Cazee, and Samantha Cazee; great-grandchildren, Jason Montgomery, Jaxz Montgomery, Mason Cazee, and Brantly McCart; siblings, Betty Jo Grissom of Mitchell, Linda “Susie” Gregory of Bedford, and Cathy Hughett of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews. His parents; daughter, Kimberly Lee; and brother, Larry Lee, preceded him in death. Cremation has been chosen. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



March 6, 2023


Gene Wagoner

January 10, 1931 – March 5, 2023

Gene Wagoner, 92, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Owen Valley Health Campus.


Born January 10, 1931, he was the son of Todd and Emma (Hagest) Wagoner. He married Betty Gregory on September 21, 1951, and she survives. They had a once in a lifetime love for one another. Even after 71 years of marriage, they still enjoyed holding hands. They set a wonderful example for their children and grandchildren of what true love is. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather to his large family. You never left his presence without a hug and an “I love you”, especially after losing his 2 daughters so young. Gene and Betty’s faith in God has pulled them through some very difficult times in their lives. He has now received his heavenly reward for being a faithful servant.


Gene was a member of the First Christian Church of Bedford and worked at the Bedford Church Camp for many years. Anyone who knew Gene well, heard countless jokes from him. The family has a saying of “that was a Papa Gene joke” for any silly joke they hear. Gene retired from A & H Trucking, at 55 years of age and was a member of the Teamsters Union. He enjoyed working on cars, lawnmowers and anything with a motor.


Survivors include his wife, Betty, of Bedford; children, Larry (Vicki) Wagoner and Tim (Melanie) Wagoner; grandchildren, Heather (Steve) Terry, Aaron (Amy Beth), Tyler (Ruby) Wagoner, Lindsay (Gavin) Steele, Shauna (Justin) Hawkins, Brooke (Chad) Teague, Brittany (Shile) Anderson, Blair (Anthony) Taylor; great-grandchildren, McKenzie Terry (fiancé, Bobby Napoleon), Sydni and Presley Terry, Lily, George and Gwen Wagoner, Delaney, Linkyn, and Trueman Steele; Trace (Katie) and Lane Hawkins, Thomas Wagoner, Hadley, Campbell and Crete Teague, Zane and Nadia Anderson, Remington, Hensley and Maclain Taylor; a great-great-grandson, due in June, Willis Hawkins; a sister, Ellen (Bill) Lutes. He was preceded in death by his parents, children, Cathy Hamilton and Polly Holtsclaw; siblings, Kenneth, Phillis, William, Gwen, Glen and Jerry Wagoner, Doris Farmer.


Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 9th at the First Christian Church in Bedford with Pastor Will Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday at the First Christian Church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Marilyn Jeanette George

Marilyn Jeanette George, 92, went to be with her Lord in Heaven on Saturday, March 4th, where she was instantly reunited with her husband, children, and grandsons.  Oh, what a celebration that must have been!


Marilyn Jeanette (Armstrong) George was born on November 18, 1930 to Ernest and Hazel Armstrong and was raised in Bedford, IN. After graduating from Bedford High School, she met and fell in love with Robert “Bob” Dean George, the only man to ever capture her heart.  Shortly after, they were married, started a family, and began creating a life together.


Marilyn was a member of Owensburg Baptist Church where she was the Sunday School teacher for the 3 to 4 year olds for several decades.  She was also the Children’s Ministry Director for many years, a Bible School teacher, and a member of both the Ladies Ministry and the P.E.P. Club.  She was a talented seamstress for most of her life.  While her granddaughters were growing up, there wasn’t an Easter Sunday or Christmas day that they couldn’t be seen wearing matching dresses that she made.  Marilyn began gardening as a young girl and was blessed with a green thumb.  She put out quite an amazing garden that fed her and her children’s families.  She often found herself with an abundance of produce like zucchini that she would serve either fried or hidden in chocolate cakes.  She also enjoyed baking and decorating cakes.  Her family always looked forward to Sunday birthday dinners at her house that would end with a cake that she baked and decorated herself.  Marilyn also discovered that she was a talented painter, and created many landscape paintings over the course of twenty years.  In the last few years, Marilyn was not able to get around as much, and focused her creative energy into knitting hats.  She then donated them to various children’s organizations and groups.


In addition to all of her talents, her greatest gift that she possessed was her dedication and love for the Lord.  She was a faithful servant for most of her life, helping to instill a Christian foundation in the children that found themselves in her care.  Many children from the community grew to love her and referred to her as “Grandma Marilyn.”  Her legacy continues to grow and multiply. 


She is survived and dearly missed by her grandchildren Julie (Don) Galbraith, Brian (Chantel) Crohn, Valerie (Patrick) Ault, Tim (Brittani) George, Heather (Zach) Myers, and Kelsey (John) Graber; great-grandchildren Hunter and Jesse Hollingsworth, Drew Polite, Georgia Crohn, Zoie and Maddox Ault, Addison George, Korbin and Addie Ikerd, Thomas and Katherine Myers, Noah George and Ava Graber.  She is also survived by her sister Anna Ruth Young, daughters-in-law Coleen George and Jennifer George, and son-in-law Ed Crohn, and several nieces and nephews.


She is preceded in death by her husband, whom she loved with all of her heart, until her last day, Robert (Bob) Dean George, her three children Kerry George, Kristy Crohn, and Kirby George, two grandsons Devin and Mason George, a sister Lois Moore and brother Ervin Armstrong.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 9th at the Owensburg Baptist Church with Pastor Jay Collins officiating. Burial will follow in the Owensburg Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Thursday at the Owensburg Baptist Church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com



March 4, 2023


Robert H. Taylor

MITCHELL – Robert H. Taylor, 88, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at U of L Health Louisville Hospital. Born September 15, 1934, in Carrolton, Kentucky, he was the son of Orvil J. Taylor and Mary Alice (Lawrence) Johnson. He married Nancy Elizabeth Taylor and she preceded him in death in 1985. Robert was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. Robert worked in commercial trucking and owned several trucking companies throughout his career. He enjoyed many favorite pastimes including having been a member of pit crews at the Indianapolis 500, automotive racing, riding horses, commercial shark fishing, playing as much golf as he could, traveling, and was an avid reader and collector of books for his library. Robert was a member of the American Legion. He was of the Christian faith. Surviving are his children, Brenda Campbell, Bob Taylor, Gary Taylor, Bruce Taylor, and Tammy Yoder; grandchildren, Shane Taylor, Travis Taylor, James Campbell, Samantha Porter, Sarah Welcomer, Bryce Taylor, and Ashley Yoder; great-grandchildren, Jasmine Campbell, Astrid Porter, Camden Porter and London Porter; and sister, Carol Magdeluium. His parents; son, Christopher Taylor; grandchildren, Andrew Campbell, Sydney Taylor, and Michael Yoder, preceded him in death. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, March 7th from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm 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 at 5:00 pm. Cremation has been chosen. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



March 3, 2023


James D. Stewart

January 19, 1981 – February 24, 2023

Bloomington – James D. Stewart, 42, of Bloomington, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2023 in Oolitic.


Born January 19, 1981, in Bloomington, he was the son of Frank D. Stewart, Jr. and Kristine (Pohlmann) Stewart. James was known for his quick wit, creativity and his ability to see the hidden potential in everything around him. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting, kayaking, and exploring, but what he cherished the most was spending time with his daughter and his family.


Survivors include a daughter, Alexis Tucker, and husband, Ronnie, of Bloomington; his mother, Kristine, of Bloomington; a sister, Sarah Stewart, of Oolitic; a niece, Taylor Flick, of Terre Haute, IN; many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank; a sister, Alicia Stewart; grandparents, Kenneth and Katharine Pohlmann, Frank and DeLoris Stewart.


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



March 2, 2023


Brenda Kay Richason

GREENCASTLE – Brenda Kay Richason, 80, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at Clinton House Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Frankfort. Born September 14, 1942, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Harley and Georgia (Terrell) Kelley. Brenda married Arthur David “Sonny” Richason in 1982 and he preceded her in death in 1983. Brenda was a 1960 graduate of Mitchell High School. She retired from International Automotive Components as quality control and she was a part time hair stylist for many years. Brenda Loved spending time with her granddaughter. Surviving are her son, Troy Fields of Lafayette and granddaughter, Chandler Fields. Her husband; father; mother, Georgia Taflinger; step-father, Charles “Bud” Taflinger; and sister, Judith Van Hoy, preceded her in death. Graveside service will be at 1:15 p.m. Monday, March 6, at Mitchell Cemetery with Brother Greg Isom officiating. Burial will follow. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Memorial Contributions: Alzheimer’s Association Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Ermal Dean Cottengaim

MITCHELL – Ermal Dean Cottengaim, 77, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at Baptist Health Floyd Hospital.

Born December 19, 1945, in Mitchell, he was the son of Jasper and Agnew (Bex) Cottengaim. He married Patricia Cook in May of 1983.

He worked for CSX Transportation for 34 years repairing rail road tracks before retiring.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Cottengaim of Mitchell; children, Wesley Cottengaim of Huron, Daniel Cottengaim of Mitchell, Tina (John) Middendorf of Guilford, and Deann Mallory of Edinburgh; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Irene T. Cottengaim of Mitchell.

His parents and siblings, Glen Cottengaim, David Cottengaim, Donald Cottengaim, Menlo Cottengaim, and Flossie Dryer, preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3 in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Cremation to follow.

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

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