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Obituaries — May 2023





May 31, 2023



Lisa G. Souder

Lisa G. Souder age 47 of Bedford passed away on Monday May 29, 2023 at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born in Bedford on July 5, 1975 to Gayles D. Souder and Linda Clarine (Brown) Souder. She was a graduate of Mitchell High School Class of 1993, Lisa worked at Baxter Pharmaceutical’s in Bloomington.


Survivors include her parents, Gayles and Linda Souder of Bedford, one brother, Kevin (Rowena) Souder of Bedford, one niece, Whitley Souder of Bedford, two cats, Daisy and Lilly. She was preceded in death by one brother, Michael Souder on January 14, 2023.


Graveside services will be held on Saturday June 3, 2023 at 1:00 p.m. at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with Brother Ronnie Frost, officiating. Cresthaven Funeral Home is entrusted with her care. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services.



May 30, 2023


Roger Alan Perkins


Roger Alan Perkins, 66, of Bedford, passed away at his home Friday May 26, 2023 after a short illness. He was born September 5, 1956 in Bedford, the son of Samantha C. and Denny R. Perkins. He married Kathryn Inez Sellers December 29, 2006.


Roger attended Shawswick and Mitchell High Schools. He most enjoyed working at various independent outdoor jobs, even after injuries forced him to retire early. Roger liked helping others and staying busy.


Roger is survived by his mother Samantha Perkins of Bloomington, his wife Kathy, sons Alan R. Perkins and J. Wesley (Victoria) Perkins, two brothers Jeffrey W. Perkins and Andrew (Rachel) Perkins, and two sisters C. Denise Buckingham and Pamela S. Perkins, all of Lawrence County, step-son Nathan Jones of Bloomington, step-daughter Natasha Jones Young of Columbia, Missouri, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Roger was preceded in death by his father Denny Ray Perkins, son Marvin Kirkman Perkins and step-son D. Koal Warren.


Cresthaven Funeral Home is handling arrangements including cremation. Family memory activities are private.




Loretta Renee “Lori” Lankford

ORLEANS – Loretta Renee “Lori” Lankford, 47, passed away Monday, May 29, 2023, at University of Louisville Health Hospital. Born May 26, 1976, in Salem, she was the daughter of Robert Preston and Geneva Jewel (Wright) Slayton. Lori married Danny Joe Lankford on November 5, 2018 and he survives. Lori worked as a machine operator at General Motors. She loved animals; especially horses and dogs. Lori enjoyed vacations of traveling and camping. Surviving are her husband, Danny Joe Lankford of Orleans; children, Ashley Jo Mosier of Mitchell, Braxton Jay Porter of Mitchell, and Katie Marie Lankford of Bloomington; siblings, Marcella Sizemore of Oolitic and Robin (Johnny) Knight of Mitchell; and parents, Robert Preston Slayton and Geneva Jewel Slayton, both of Mitchell. Funeral service will be at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 1, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Kenny Sanders and Emmet Dalton officiating. Cremation to follow. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



Stephen Caraway

Stephen Caraway age 77 of Bedford passed away on May 18, 2023 at 2:28 a.m. at Our Hospice in Columbus. He was born in Bedford on February 1, 1946 to Othel and Phyllis (Brown) Caraway. Steve married Dona Darlene Cobb on August 17, 1974 in Bedford and she survives. Steve was the owner and operator of Steve’s Heating and Air, he retired from White Castle in Orleans, he was an US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, he attended Victory Family Fellowship in Mitchell.


Survivors include his wife, Dona “Darlene” Caraway of Bedford, one son, Anthony Caraway of Bedford, one daughter, Deanna Jones of Bedford, seven grandchildren, Marissa Caraway, Dakota Caraway, Gage Andrick, Camden Andrick, Logan Shaw, Lacey Shaw and Landon Shaw, four brothers, Vincent Caraway, Danny Scott, Charlie Caraway, and Greg Caraway, one sister, Mary Swayze.


Stephen was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, Dawn Caraway, four brothers, George Caraway, Paul Caraway, Tom Caraway, and Jim Caraway, one sister, Anna Fisher.

A celebration of Stephen’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday June 3, 2023 at Victory Family Fellowship in Mitchell, with Brother Kyle Hall, officiating. Cresthaven Funeral Home was entrusted with his care.




William “Bill” Schrader

November 4, 1933 – May 26, 2023


William (Bill) Brandt Schrader, age 89, passed away peacefully at his home in Bloomington, Indiana on May 26th, 2023. He was born on November 4th, 1933, in Tuscola, Illinois to Wendell and Arlene (Brandt) Schrader. A newspaperman from a young age, Bill wrote sports stories for his school newspaper, eventually transitioning to the Tuscola newspaper. He then attended the University of Illinois but fell short of graduating by a few months because he was offered the position of sports editor at the Champaign News-Gazette in 1955. This was the beginning of Bill’s long and storied career in the newspaper industry. He served as editor for the Sunday Courier-Press in Evansville for 3 years and in 1966 transitioned to the Herald-Telephone in Bloomington as the sports editor. A year later he was offered the position of managing editor, then editor and associate publisher. He held both jobs until 1985, when he accepted the position of general manager and editor of the Bedford Times-Mail. He “retired” in 1995, but went on to produce the Schurz Communicator, an internal publication for then Times-Mail’s owners, Schurz Communications, Inc. until 2015.


“Hard working,” “workaholic,” and “perfectionist” have been used to describe Bill’s work ethic, but those who worked alongside and for Bill will also say that he was a supportive and fair boss who mentored many journalists throughout his career. Not one to ever rest on his laurels, he also threw his energies into civic endeavors, citing his decades-long work on the improvement of highway 37/69 and serving as the Chairman of the Indiana 37/69 Association as one of his greatest achievements. In both Bloomington and Bedford, he served as chairman and president on multiple boards and councils. His accolades are numerous: Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame, a Kentucky Colonel, a Sagamore of the Wabash, and induction into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame in 2016. Bill also met 6 different presidents (Nixon, Carter, Ford, Reagan, and Bush Sr and Jr.). Some may also remember the Blizzard of ’78 when Bill valiantly read the entire Herald-Telephone, including the comics, on WTIU because the snow prohibited delivery of the newspaper. This commitment to journalism also involved his 3 oldest children, who delivered many a Herald-Telephone on foot and on bike. You would be hard-pressed to find another Bill Schrader!


One of Bill’s favorite summer activities was to visit his parents and aunt and uncle in Webb Lake, Wisconsin, where he could fish, swim, and enjoy the outdoors with his family. Bill also had a side gig writing travel stories and the family often benefitted from some of his favorite haunts: amusement parks. Along with his wife Barbara, they continued to ride roller coasters well into their 70’s! He and Barbara also enjoyed many years of travel adventures together, with their most favorite years spent in their Airstream, exploring America via Airstream rallies, with Bill serving as the President of Region 5 (Midwest).


Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Barbara; daughters Cindy (Thom) Benson, Cathy (Steve Franklin) Stone, Cheryl (Billy/Wil) Gerken; 5 grandchildren; Jacob (Sarah) Benson, Jean Marie (Austin) Poore, Samantha Stone, Sophia Gerken, and Anya Gerken; 3 great-grandchildren; Mason Benson, Alex and Isaiah Poore; sister, Nancy (Gary) Wehlage; brother, Robert (Barbara) Schrader; daughter-in-law, Denise Schrader; step grand daughter Deanna (Chris) Sykes; along with step great-grandchildren.


Bill was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Mike Schrader. The family would like to thank Wellcare, I.U. Health Hospice, and Home.


Funeral services for William “Bill” Schrader will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 1:00pm at the Hillcrest Christian Church in Bedford with Mark Fugate officiating. Burial will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens in Bloomington. Visitation will be held at the church from 11:00am until the time of the service at Hillcrest Christian.


Arrangements for William “Bill” Schrader have been entrusted to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.


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



May 26, 2023



Erika Dawn Asbury

July 7, 1983 – May 25, 2023


Erika Dawn Asbury, 39, of Bedford, passed away on May 25, 2023. Born on July 7, 1983, she was the daughter of Deborah and Bill Weddle and Tony Thomas.


Erika was a graduate of the Bedford North Lawrence High School class of 2002. She then graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She worked as a cashier at Marathon. Erika attended the Bedford First Church of God and loved reading mystery books and taking walks.


Surviving Erika are her parents; one brother, Tanner (Tathena) Thomas; two sisters, Ashleigh (Andy) Crowe and family, and Aubrei (Dan) Teter and family; maternal grandmother, Ruth Pounds; companion, Nathaniel Bryan; half-sister, Amy Hewitt; and her fur babies, Simon, Samson, and Ruby.


Erika is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Jimmy R. Pounds.


Cremation was chosen with a memorial service at a later date.


The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with Erika’s care.


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




Willard Hensley

July 10, 1936 – May 24, 2023


Willard Hensley, 86, of Mitchell, passed away on May 24, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Born on July 10, 1936, he was the son of Ellen (Atchison) Hensley. He married Josephine Wininger on November 26, 1956, and she passed away on December 17, 2017. Willard was retired from Carpenter Body Works.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Willard is one daughter, Debbie (Randy) King; one son, Randy (Diana) Hensley; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild on the way; along with several nieces and nephews.


Willard is preceded in death by his mother; wife; and brothers, Wayne Cooper and Winfred Hensley.


A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, May 30, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Rick Gammon officiating. Burial will follow at the Bryantsville Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 11:00am to the service time on Tuesday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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



Robert Dale Spinks

April 15, 1956 – May 24, 2023


Bedford – Robert Dale Spinks, 67, of Bedford, passed away at 7:15 pm on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital.


Born April 15, 1956, in Bedford, he was the son of Noble Dale Spinks and Shirley (Marshall) Patton. He married Susan Howell on May 23, 2003, and she survives. He was a welder at Manchester Tank in Bedford for 30 years. He attended the Tunnelton United Methodist Church.


Survivors include his wife, Susan, of Bedford; a son, Jordan Spinks, of FL; five siblings, Kevin Spinks and wife, Teresa, of Springville, Tim Spinks and wife, Christina, of Williams, Linda Thorp, of Williams, Brandon Spinks and wife Kristy, of Bedford, and Neal Spinks and wife, Kortni, of Williams; several nieces and nephews; in-laws, Richard and Barbara Howell. He was preceded in death by his parents.


No services or visitation is planned. Burial will be in Tunnelton Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the White River Humane Society. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




May 25, 2023



Connie “Mimi” S. Murphy

August 20, 1947 – May 24, 2023


Connie S. Murphy, 75, of Bedford passed away on May 24, 2023. Born on August 20, 1947, she was the daughter of Erie and Knoxie (Hughes) Terrell. She married Anthony “Pat” Murphy, and he preceded her in death.


Connie was a devoted Christian. She enjoyed mowing grass, working outside, and playing games. She loved to decorate and was a meticulous housekeeper. She had a passion for antiques and primitives. One of her favorite things to do was to go dancing and to listen to her brother, Gary, sing and play music.


Surviving to cherish her memory are two sons, Mark (Tammy) Murphy and Pat (Melissa) Murphy; 11 grandchildren, Charlie (Trisha) Murphy, Kayla Murphy, Emily (Tanner) Thimling, Erin (Adam) Pemberton, Katie (Bryton) Wright, Nikki (Jerade) Fugate, Connor (Rachel) Sosh, Ian (Molly) Murphy, Jacob Murphy, and Andrew Murphy; 17 great grandchildren, Dakota, Arya, Gabriel, Elora, Olivia, Owen, Colby, Remington, Brayton, Amara, Tatum, Luna, Finley, Naomi, Charley, Colt, and one on the way; one brother, Gary Terrell; three sisters, Geraldine Gains, Sharon Ratliff, Marcia Canada, and several nieces and nephews. She spent the last several years with her companion, Kenny Dalton.


Connie is preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, Matthew; grandson, Landon; three sisters, Catherine Walls, Helen Deckard, and Rita Henderson; and two brothers, Vernie and Wilbert Terrell.


A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, May 27, 2023 at The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Burial will follow at Beech Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00am to the service time on Saturday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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




Raymond L. Woodsmall, Jr.

March 16, 1948 – May 24, 2023


Bedford – Raymond L. Woodsmall, Jr., 75, of Bedford, passed away at 5:05 pm on Wednesday, May 24, 2023, at his residence.


Born March 16, 1948, in Washington, IN, he was the son of Raymond L. Woodsmall, Sr. and Lois (Manning) Flynn Woodsmall. He married Becki Elkins on December 2, 1972, and she survives. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and retired from the U.S. Air Force and Indiana Army National Guard. He attended the River Church in Shoals.


Survivors include his wife, Becki, of Bedford; five children, Andrea Fields and husband, Mike, of Bedford, Christy Farhar and husband, Ed, of Shoals, Johnna Woodsmall and Justin Pack, of Columbus, OH, Daniel Woodsmall and wife, Crystal, of Bedford, and Jordan Woodsmall, of Brooklyn, NY; fourteen grandchildren, Caleb and Chloe Fields, Cole Kimmel, Chad Farhar, Aimee Harder and husband, John, Jadaya Farhar, Daniel Farhar, Ryken Farhar, Millie Farhar, Trey Pack, Niko Pack, Jordyn Woodsmall, Kyla Addison and Chase Lady, Trevor Brooks, Alexus and Matthew Aubrey; four great-grandchildren, Savannah Harder, Paul Harder, Everleigh Lady, and Zoey Brooks; four siblings, Nancy Ausman, of Washington, IN, Tom Flynn, of FL, Rob Flynn, of Sullivan, IN, and Anita Reed, of FL; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandmother, Iva Woodsmall, who raised him.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 27th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Jimmy Johnson and Stephen Johnson officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Saturday, at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Janet Sue Judah

March 25, 1946-May 23, 2023


Bedford-Janet Sue Judah, 77, of Bedford died at 3:45pm on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at her residence.


Born March 25, 1946, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Orville and Pearl (Arthur) Sowders. She was a beloved employee who retired from Visteon as a forklift driver.


Survivors includer her children: Mecca Jones of Springville, and Shannon Judah of Bedford; two grandchildren: Kristen Cain of Bedford, Caitlin Holsapple and husband Michael, and Allison Hardwick and husband Marty all of Bedford; two great grandsons: Darrian Cain and Gavin Cain. She was preceded in death by her parents, her partner, Carl Bushee, three brothers, and two sisters.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Friday, May 26th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




May 22, 2023



Barbara Lucille (Wade) Morris

August 22, 1935 – May 20, 2023


Bedford – Barbara Lucille (Wade) Morris, 87, of Bedford, passed away at 10:35 pm on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington.


Born August 22, 1935, in Martin Co., she was the daughter of William and Marjorie (Payton) Wade. She married Chester L. Morris on September 3, 1954, and he preceded her in death on February 4, 2023. She had been a cashier for S.S. Kresge’s and was a floral designer working in numerous flower shops. She enjoyed being a housewife, cake decorating, gardening and traveling. She attended the Central Church of Christ.


Survivors include a son, David Morris and wife, Annette, of Bedford; two daughters, Sandy Buckman and husband, Mike, of Bedford and Cheryl Concannon and husband, Phil, of Owensville; grandchildren, Geoff Morris and wife, Erika, of Bloomington, Michelle Hartman and husband, Andrew, of Bloomington, Brandy Bell and husband, Jamie, of Martinsville, Jayme Buckman, of Bedford, Chelsie Buckman, of Ft. Collins, CO, Michael Walls and wife, Christina, of Iowa, and Chris Walls and wife, Angela, of Owensville; twelve great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and three brothers, Carl and Paul Wade and William Kenneth Wade (in infancy).


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 25th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Rick Leach officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olive Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 24th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Marilyn Kay Goodman

May 17, 1948 – May 20, 2023


Marilyn Kay Goodman, 75, of Bedford, passed away on May 20, 2023. Born in Muncie, IN on May 17, 1948, she was the daughter of Willard and Georgie (Gehring) South. She married Dennis Goodman on August 29, 1980 and he passed away on April 29, 2016.


Marilyn was a member of the First Assembly of God in Harrodsburg and loved working in her flower garden.


Surviving Marilyn are her two daughters, Tammy Bartlett and Kelly (Christopher) Powell; one son, Alan Level; grandchildren, Maranda (Evan) Wells, Alex Lee, Alaina LaHue, Kaylee (Dylan) Higginbotham, Sydney Powell, and Makensi (Caleb) Wenz; three great grandchildren, Vander, Chase, and Hide; three sisters, Sharon (Roger) Russell, Shirley (Ronnie) Terrell, and Susan Hall; and one brother, Walter “Tick” McGill.


Marilyn is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two brothers, Lonnie and David South.


A graveside funeral service will take place at 3:00pm on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford with Phil Thorne officiating.


The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with Marilyn’s care.


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




May 19, 2023



Max “Ed” E. Stiles

December 15, 1953 – May 18, 2023


Max “Ed" E. Stiles, 69, of Bedford, passed away on May 18, 2023 at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital. Born on December 15, 1953, he was the son of Forrest Stiles and Mary Roslyn “Rose” Beedie-Stiles. He married Gayle Cagle in 2000 and she survives.


Ed graduated from Bedford High School, retired from G.E. in Bloomington, and was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. He was an avid bowler and golfer who bowled several 300 games and had a hole in one.


Surviving Ed is his wife, Gayle; three children, Trent (Chelsea) Miller of Lanesville, Kyle Miller of Bedford, and Traci Miller of Bedford; granddaughter, Raelynn Miller; brother, Steve (Charlene) Stiles; nephew, Todd (Cammy) Stiles and family; several cousins; and two dogs, Sophie and Ace.


Ed is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Paul Stiles; and sister-in-law, Elese Stiles.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Jegan Peter and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will follow. Visitation will be from 4:30pm to 8:30pm on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 as well as from 10:00am to 10:45am on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:00pm on Wednesday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Contributions in memory of Ed may be made to the Lawrence County Special Olympics.


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




Nancy Sue Mosier

January 7, 1953 – May 18, 2023


Nancy Sue Mosier, 70, of Bedford, passed away on May 18, 2023 at I.U. Health Bedford Hospital. Born in Seymour on January 7, 1953, she was the daughter of Bernie and Anna (Fields) Brown. She married Larry Mosier on April 5, 1975 and he survives.


Nancy was a graduate of Oakland City University and Indiana University. She was a teacher for 30 years at Brownstown and Medora Elementary Schools and a member of Calvary Chapel.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Nancy is her husband, Larry; daughter, Heather (Russel) McGlothlin; son, Larry (Ashlee) Mosier Jr.; grandchildren, Anna McGlothlin, Bill McGlothlin, Nick Mosier, Eli Mosier, and Bella Flynn; brother, Johnny (Trudy) Brown; sister, Jane (Mark) Meadows; niece, Angie Crawford; nephews, Jamie (Allison) Brown and family, Klent (Kim) Brown and family, and Todd (Jamie Ann) Brown and family; great-niece, Melinda (Jeff) Johnson and family; and great-nephew, Andrew (Leslie) Crawford and family.


Preceding Nancy in death are her parents, Bernie and Anna Brown; sisters, Cheryl Meadows and Bobbi Bergdoll; and brother-in-law, Brad Meadows.


Funeral Services will be at 11:00am on Tuesday, May 23, 2023 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor Jim McDowell officiating. Burial will follow at Guthrie Creek Cemetery in Norman, IN. Visitation will be from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Monday, May 22, 2023 also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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




Mark Edward Williams

SALEM – Mark Edward Williams, 66, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2023, at Salem Crossing. Born October 10, 1956, in Salem, he was the son of Harold Robert and Hazel Marie (Guthrie) Williams. Mark like to people watch and he liked to watch television; especially cowboys and Indians. Surviving are his sister, Sharon Marie (David) Wiseman, and several nieces and nephews. His parents; siblings, Harold Wayne Williams, Roger Allen Williams, Jeff Lynn Williams, and Carol Faye Williams; and nephew, Trevor Williams, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Mark Grey officiating. Burial will be at Saltillo Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com




May 18, 2023


Lois Traveny

March 2, 1932 – May 17, 2023


Bedford – Lois Traveny, 91, of Bedford, passed away at 11:30 pm on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington.


Born March 2, 1932, in Washington Co., she was the daughter of Glen and Ruth (Telle) Stewart. She married Henry Charles Traveny on August 4, 1967, and he preceded her in death on August 22, 1998. She had been employed at Indiana Bell Telephone and later worked as a secretary for Oakland City University for ten years and in medical transportation at Dunn Memorial Hospital for ten years. She was a member of the Dive Christian Church where she had served as organist, Sunday School teacher, and choir. She was a member of the Dive Ladies Aide Society and Open Heart Fellowship.


Survivors include 8 grandchildren, Christy Chase and Jeff, Lindsay Taylor and Joel, Michael McCleery, Amber Gerkin, Abby Jarvis and Matt, Lisa Marsteiner, Matthew Jeter, and Aaron Denniston; several great-grandchildren and a niece, Diane Craig. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Paul McCleery and Glen McCleery; a sister, Mary Lyles; a brother, Robert E. Stewart.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 23rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Joe McAdams officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Silverville. Visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Monday, May 22nd at the Day & Carter Mortuary. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions to the Dive Christian Church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Linda C. (Bryant) Wells

Linda C. (Bryant) Wells, 77, of Cicero, NY passed away Monday, May 15, 2023 at home surrounded by her loved ones. Linda was born in Massena, New York on July 20, 1945. She was a 1964 graduate of St. Lawrence Central High School in Brasher Falls. She lived in Brasher Falls, NY before moving to Mitchell, Indiana where she resided more than 30 years before relocating to Cicero in 2022 to live with her daughter.


Linda married the love of her life, James Wells, on September 19, 1964. The loving couple were married for 57 when Jim passed away.


Linda was a devoted mother and grandmother. She cared for her family like no other. Every weekend her home was filled with grandchildren making memories that everyone cherishes. She loved to cook for her family. Her recipes will continue to provide joy and will keep her memory alive in both her family’s hearts and bellies. Linda always made time for family, friends and children that needed help or a confidant.


Linda was a kind person that loved animals. Linda took in many stray cats and dogs throughout her lifetime making sure that these animals were feed and nurtured. In last few years, she loved to watch Dr. Pol and the Zoo programs.


Linda enjoyed restoring furniture, reading and keeping up on politics. Linda was a parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mitchell, Indiana, and St Patrick’s Catholic Church when she lived in Brasher Falls.


Linda worked at the Dairy Bar in Potsdam in high school. Linda also worked at two Slipper Factories in Paoli, Indiana and Bombay, New York. Although Linda only worked a few years at each factory, she enjoyed the experience and made long lasting friendships.


She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, James Wells in 2022, by a sister, Nancy Sweet in 2019, her parents, Bernard & Catherine (Brothers) Bryant, and by an infant daughter, Jeanette.


Linda is survived by her four children: Michele (Tim) Wilder of Cicero NY, Ross Wells of Mitchell IN, Eric (Jamie) Wells of Salem IN, and Joey Wells of Mitchell IN; grandmother to ten: James (Kayla) Wilder of Orchard Park NY, Justin (Kristin) Wilder of Clay NY, Jordyn (Nolan) Rogers of Bedford IN, Kayla (Chandler) Watts of Jeffersonville IN, Catherine (Logan) Gore of Springville IL, Jared Wells of Bedford IN, Kody Wells of Jeffersonville IN, Jamison Wells of Salem IN, Jackson Wells of Bedford IN, and Kirsten Sexton of Salem IN; and great grandmother to Gracelyn Watts, Liam Watts, Audrina Wilder, Maitlyn Rogers, Maverick Wilder, and 1 expected in June; six siblings: Karen (Phil) Davis of Brasher Falls NY, Elaine (Dick) Travis of North Olmstead OH, Wayne Bryant of Brasher Falls NY, Carol Snell of De Kalb Junction NY, Fred Bryant of Brasher Falls NY, and Cris (Aggie) Bryant of Canton NY; several brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and several nieces and nephews. She was also survived by her cat Puddy.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday May 24th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mitchell, Indiana. Burial will be at a later date.


The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 23rd in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Mitchell, Indiana.


Memorial Gifts in Linda’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Hospice of CNY.


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



May 17, 2023



Billie Joann Bridges

MITCHELL – Billie Joann Bridges, 72, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at Indiana University Health Hospice House.

Born April 20, 1951, in Monroe County, she was the daughter of William “Bill” and Edna (Smith) Lee. She married Dannie Bridges on August 8, 1969, and he survives.

Joann had worked at RCA and DANA Incorporated in assembly. She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, and family gatherings. Joann was known to be an amazing cook, gardener, and crafter.

Survivors include her husband, Dannie Bridges of Mitchell; children, Dawn Bridges of Rainesville, Alabama, and Michelle Bridges of Mitchell; grandchildren, Korey (Ashley) Wykoff, Nick Wykoff, Lukas Wykoff, Alisha Breeden, Whitney (Daniel) Haulk, Emily (Donavan) Thomas; great grandson, Aiden Haulk; siblings, Roxy Mathis of Solsberry, Nancy Schaffer of Bloomington, Lena Lee of Harrodsburg, Sherry Walker of Solsberry, and William “Bokie” Lee of Bloomington.

Her parents; son, Bradley Bridges; and siblings, Tommy Lee, and Juanita Bowden preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Martie Spaulding officiating. Burial will be in Clark Cemetery, in Martin County.

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

Memorial Contributions: Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services

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




Hazel L Allen

Hazel L Allen, daughter of the late Audney Franklin Hughes, and Etta May Pardue, was born October 13, 1928 in Monroe County, Indiana.


She attended Oolitic High School.


She professed her faith in Jesus Christ at Donica Church of God, where she served in several roles, including Sunday School Teacher, and was the first female on the board of trustees.


She was united in holy matrimony with her lifelong sweetheart, Richard Allen on March 23, 1943.


Mrs. Allen managed the offices of an optometrist, ophthalmologist, dentist and plastic surgeon in Bedford, Indiana. She then owned and operated The Playpen, Tiny Tots Togs, and Sofaland Furniture with Richard.


She served as a supervisor and built the first Color Television for RCA.


Hazel had the gift of encouragement and was interested in everyone no matter their station in life. She loved everyone. She quietly departed this life Friday, May 12, 2023 at Pruitt Healthcare in Jasper Georgia. She was preceded in death by her son, Dick Allen, her husband, Richard Allen, sisters, Vivian DePaulo, Catherine Owens, and brother Bill Hughes.


She is survived by her brother, John Hughes. Her life will be forever cherished in the lives of her son, Greg, six grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren and many devoted nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Visitation will be at 1 PM Saturday, May 20, 2023, and the service will be at 2 PM at Donica Church of God, 1969 Donica Church Rd., Bedford. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



May 16, 2023



Connie Jo Smith

MITCHELL – Connie Jo Smith, 68, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2023, at her residence.

Born February 13, 1955, in Seymour, she was the daughter of Murvin Elmo and Mildred Anne (Wade) Chastain. Connie married Larry Wayne Smith on August 9, 1980 and he survives.

Connie was a 1973 graduate of Mitchell High School and earned her Associate’s Degree from Vincennes University. She retired from Crane Army Ammunition Activity. Connie was a member of Fishing Creek Church. Her greatest joy was being “Nana” and spoiling her grandkids. She was also an avid Colt’s fan.

Surviving are her: husband, Larry Wayne Smith of Mitchell; son, Jacob Dewayne (Caitlin) Smith of Mitchell; grandchildren, Harrison Wayne Smith and Reagan Rose Smith; siblings, Michael (Anne) Chastain of Culver, Teresa Chastain of Mitchell, and Darrin (Kim) Chastain of Mitchell.

Her parents preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brothers Mike and Darrin Chastain officiating. Burial will be in Lawrenceport Cemetery.

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

Memorial Gifts: Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services or White River Humane Society.

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



Rita Adele Trinkle

PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA – Rita Adele Trinkle, 86, formerly of Mitchell, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at ShorePoint Health in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Born December 14, 1936 in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Filberto and Pearl (Lane) Rocchi. Rita married Leroy Trinkle on March 22, 1958 and he preceded her in death June 17, 1990.

Rita was a 1955 graduate of Mitchell High School. She was a homemaker and loved being with family. Rita also enjoyed traveling and watching the sunset.

Survivors include her son Jeff Trinkle of Miami Beach, Florida; granddaughters, Jessica, Shayla, and Pearl; and great grandchildren, Carmen, Claire, Calvin, Carson, Natalie, David, Angel, and Joseph.

Her parents; husband; and son, Harold Trinkle, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 22, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home.

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




Johann Marie Klumpp

Johann Marie Klumpp, age 91, passed away on Friday May 12th, at Stonebridge Health Campus in Bedford, following a decade-long struggle with advanced dementia related issues. On July 23, 1931 she was born the first child of Salvatore (South) and Ada J. (Shields) Bellush.


She graduated from Bedford High School in 1949 and worked at M Fine & Sons for a few years after graduating.


Johann was married to Gus Klumpp on July 25, 1952 and he preceded her in death during their 49th year of marriage on October 20, 2000. She never remarried.


She was a homemaker and stay-at-home Mom for her three sons most of her life, but did return to the workforce after her youngest reached adolescence; working for 12 years as a member of the office staff at the Kaiser Aluminum Plants in both Bedford and Mitchell,


She and a few of her closest high school friends formed a group that they called the '49 Club', which at its peak boasted more than 50 members. The ladies met monthly at a different member's home each month for a ladies night-in gathering. They played numerous card and board games, served refreshments, awarded door prizes and stayed connected enjoying fellowship and camaraderie. The '49 Club' before it was ended had lasted for slightly more than 40 years. Johann also enjoyed her participation in women's bowling leagues at Brunswick Bowl in Bedford for several years and also became involved with the ladies' auxiliary at the Thornton Memorial Boys' Club of Bedford.


Mrs. Klumpp is survived by three sons who all still reside in Bedford. They are David (Diane), Kevin (Nancy) and Joe. Also surviving are her grandchildren - Chelsea (Alex Bryantsev) of Ashville, NC - who gave Johann her first great-grandchild just 14 months - Baby Scarlett Marie Bryantsev. Her other two grandchildren are Miles Klumpp (Madyson) of Bedford and Atalie Klumpp who resides in Bloomington. Two of her four siblings also survive. Jerri Anderson (Bill) and Jim Bellush both of Bedford. Survivors also include several nieces and nephews as well as great nieces and nephews on the Bellush side of the family.


She was preceded in death by her parents & husband. Also, preceding her in death was her brother John "Buck" Bellush and sister Janet "Wass" Bellush as well as two sisters-in-law Becky and Diane Bellush. Karl F. Klumpp, Jr (twin brother of her husband Gus) and his two sons, her nephews Steve and Brad Klumpp also passed prior to her. Also, her best friend and eventual sister-in-law Rheadawn (Browning) Klumpp passed away at the tender age of 45 on July 3, 1976.


Johann was all about her family, which was and is very close. She couldn't be and do enough for her loving family. She will be remembered as a very proud and selfless lady who would smother one with kindness anytime she had an opportunity.


Funeral services for Johann Marie Klumpp will be conducted on Thursday, May 18th at 1:00 PM in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Charlie Scott officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until time of service. Her final resting place will be at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.


Her sons ask that in lieu of flowers, donations in their motherrs memory be made to the White River Humane Society.


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



May 15, 2023



Betty Hubbard Jackson

March 5, 1936 – May 13, 2023


Betty Hubbard Jackson, 87, of Bedford, passed away on May 13, 2023 at Bliss Place Assisted Living Community. Born on March 5, 1936, she was the daughter of Austin O. and Hilda (Foster) Hubbard. She married C. Delano Jackson, and he preceded her in death in 2018.


Betty graduated from Bedford High School in 1954 and was a member of the Restoration Church of the Nazarene. She formerly worked for Mills Market as well as Bedford National Bank.


Surviving Betty is her daughter, Cynda Maynard (Wayne) of Bedford; two grandchildren, Kenyon Maynard (Katie) of Carmel, IN, and Monyca Easter (Josh) of Bedford; and three great grandchildren, Riley Easter, Jackson Easter, and Levi Maynard.


Betty is preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Katie Aeillo; and two brothers, Gene and Bill Hubbard.


Funeral Services will be at 3:00pm on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Pastor Mark Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:00pm to the service time on Thursday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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




Barbara E. Baugh

August 1, 1962 – May 12, 2023


Barbara E. Baugh, 60, of Muncie and formerly of Bedford, passed away on Friday, May 12, 2023 at Silver Birch Assisted Living in Muncie, Indiana. Born August 1, 1962, she was the daughter of Vernon and Betty (Walker) Root. She married David Baugh on May 31, 1996 and he preceded her in death in 2011.


Barbara was a Home Health Aid and a Nurses Aid at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. She was a graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School with the class of 1979 and formerly attended the Hillcrest Christian Church.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Barbara is her son, Billy Baugh of Muncie; and her sister, Sherry Rodman of Bedford. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Betty Root; her husband, David Baugh; one sister, Linda Gayle Root; and her brother-in-law, Ed Rodman.


Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 10:30am at the Pinhook Cemetery in Bedford with Pastor Charlie Scott Officiating.


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


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




Alan Patrick Roberts

March 2, 1971 – May 11, 2023


Alan Patrick Roberts, 52, of Bedford, passed away Thursday morning May 11, 2023 surrounded by his loving family.


Alan lived a life of dreams. He was a passionate fan of IU sports, the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago Bears, and the Indianapolis Colts. He lived a life of his own, rivaling his buddies Bo and Luke Duke. He sang with Sha Na Na and danced with Michael Jackson. He enjoyed helping at the Walk to Emmaus driving the golf cart and terrifying his passengers. He traveled to distant Disney lands and explored the frontiers. He loved his family, and his Oreo cookies. Alan was a gifted writer, and he enjoyed drafting intelligent sports discussions, and wrote funny antidotes for his friends.


Those of you who missed out on meeting Alan here will have to wait until your number is up and see him in heaven where he had made a reservation. He'll be the one eating Twinkies and listening to music from the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's. We who are left behind will miss him.

A Celebration of Life for Alan P. Roberts will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 1:00pm-4:00pm at the Crossroads Community Church, 5000 St Rd 37 North, Bedford, IN, followed by a Memorial Service at 4:00pm, also at Crossroads Community Church.


The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes has been entrusted with the care and arrangements for Alan Patrick Roberts.


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




Stephen Stanley

November 10, 1949 – May 11, 2023


Stephen “Steamer” Stanley, 73, of Bedford, IN, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at Core Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. Born on November 10, 1949, he was the son of Milton and Elsie (Klingenmeier) Stanley. He married Connie Spore on May 31, 1975, at White River Baptist Church.


Stephen was a heavy equipment operator for B&LS and Peabody Coal. He was a member of the Bedford Baptist Temple and the Equipment Operator Union. He graduated from Bedford High School in 1968 and graduated from Nashville Auto Diesel College.


Surviving Stephen is his wife, Connie Stanley of Bedford; daughter, Diana (Jerry) Stanley-Staggs-Fountaine of Bedford; son, Arthur Stanley of Bedford; two stepsons, Jon (Jennifer) MacDonald of Bedford, and Victor (Mikki) MacDonald of Indianapolis; six grandchildren, Christina (Zack) Jacobs, Sarah MacDonald, Cheyenne MacDonald, Brianna Staggs, Arianna Staggs, and Ryker Staggs; one great granddaughter, Shelby Jacobs; and brother, Greg Stanley (Rosemary) of Bedford.


Stephen is preceded in death by his parents; brother in infancy; sister, Rose Stanley, in infancy; and grandson, Josiah Peters.


Funeral Services will be at 1:00pm on Thursday, May 18, 2023, at the Bedford Baptist Temple with Pastor Lyman Taylor officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.


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




May 12, 2023



Cecil Page Melton

MITCHELL – Cecil Page Melton, 88, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at Paoli Health & Living Community. Born February 9, 1935, in Cumberland County, Kentucky, he was the son of Brance Melton and Ethel Florence “Essie” (Thacker) Melton Hackney. He married Nancy Manuel on July 13, 1990, and she preceded him in death August 19, 2019. Cecil was a U.S. Army veteran. He worked at the Feed Mill in Mitchell for 69 ½ years; starting there when he was 12 years old. He enjoyed working and fishing. Surviving are his children, Tim (Cindy) Melton of Hardinsburg, Cindy (Rod) Curren of Mitchell, Tammy (Keith) Bowling of Orleans, Roxanna Knowles of Mitchell, and Crystal (Dan) Jifkins of Paoli; step-children, Nellie (Rob) Stevens of Mitchell and Angel Wheeler of Mitchell; 19 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren. His parents; wife; daughters, Donna Richie and Cathy McFarland; granddaughter, Jennifer Bowden; stepsons, Andy Riley and James Manuel; and siblings, Paul Melton and Phil Melton, preceded him in death. Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, in Mitchell Cemetery with Beth True officiating. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Burial will follow. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



May 11, 2023



Lovell Sowders

August 23, 1940 – May 10, 2023


Bedford – Lovell Sowders, Jr., 82, of Bedford, passed away at 1:10 am on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at his residence.


Born August 23, 1940, in Heltonville, he was the son of Lovell Sowders, Sr. and Lilly (Winegar) Sowders. He married Penny Webb on January 10, 1965, and she survives. He retired from General Motors as a bricklayer after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force stationed in England. He was an avid basketball fan and played on the Shawswick championship basketball team of 1959.


Survivors include his wife, Penny, of Bedford; two children, Michelle Zenow (Keith), of Bedford and Gretchen Gebhard, of Indianapolis; five grandchildren, Zack Haltom (Anna), Nick Haltom, Chris Zenow (Karina), Rebecca Saineghi (Randy), and Jeremy Zenow (Katie); three sisters, Shirley Ray, of Bedford, Carol Andis (Don), of Bedford, and Kaye Kelley (Randy). He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Danny Sowders and a sister, Betty Deckard.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Monday, May 15th at the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church with Jeff Huddelson officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Christian Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Monday at the church.


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



Paul E. Sears

June 19, 1945 – May 10, 2023


Bedford – Paul E. Sears, 77, of Bedford, passed away at 6:02 pm on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.


Born June 19, 1945, in Washington Co., he was the son of Kenneth Carl and Violet Evelyn (York) Sears. He married Terri Ellen Smith on August 14, 1965, and she survives. He retired from the maintenance department at General Electric.


Surviving with his wife, Ellen, is one daughter, Teresa Lynn Allen, of Bedford; a son, Paul Brian Sears (Denise Riley), of Bedford; a grandson, Dakota Shane Sears, of Bedford; a sister, Violet Carol Mikels, of Bedford; a brother, Farrell Eugene (Bucky) Charles and wife, Linda, of Bedford; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Helen Kate Sears; a brother, Daniel Kenneth Sears.


Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Tuesday, May 16th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Larry Ritter and Bucky Charles officiating. Burial will follow in the Judah Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, May 15th and from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Tuesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.


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




Janice Marie Williams

June 6, 1947 – May 9, 2023


Janice Marie Williams, 75, of Bloomington, passed away on May 9, 2023 at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford. Born on June 6, 1947, she was the daughter of Victor Vernon Jones and Dorothy Marie (Wise) Jones. She married Jimmie W. Williams in Indianapolis on August 9, 1973, and he preceded her in death on April 9, 2022.


Janice worked as a Teacher’s Aid for the North Lawrence School System and was a member of Hillcrest Christian Church. Janice enjoyed scrapbooking, bird watching, and spending time with her grandchildren.


Surviving to cherish Janice's memory is her son Jason and his wife Rachel, son Jay and his wife Emily, and grandchildren Ella and Rory Williams; brothers, Wayne (Rosa) Jones, Travis (Jeannine) Jones, and Ronald Jones; and sister-in-law, Charlenne Jones.


Preceding Janice in death are her parents; husband; and brother Larry Jones.


Funeral Services will be at 6:00pm on Monday, May 15, 2023 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Pastor Charlie Scott officiating. Visitation will be from 3:00pm to the service time on Monday also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Janice will be buried at Moffett Cemetery in Milton, KY at 12:00pm on Tuesday, May 16, 2023.


Contributions in memory of Janice may be made to Misty Eyes Animal Center in Avon, IN in honor of her love for animals and her grandpups.


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




Marvin Alan Stahl

May 31, 1928 – May 10, 2023


Bedford – Marvin Alan Stahl, 94, of Bedford, passed away at 10:36 am on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, at his residence surrounded by his family.


Born May 31, 1928, in Mt. Hope, WV, he was the son of Hubert J. and Sadie (Loving) Stahl. He married Patricia Ann Carr in 1954 and she preceded him in death on November 24, 2019.


Alan graduated from Montgomery High School in Montgomery, WV, where he was president of his class and the editor of the school yearbook. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute from 1946 to 1950, graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving from 1950 to 1952 with the Army Corps of Engineers and stationed at Ft. Scott in California and in Alaska. Following his military service, he moved to Cincinnati, OH and was employed as plant supervisor with the Fiberglass Evercoat and Shulte Brass Companies of Cincinnati. He moved to Bedford in 1970, where he was employed as plant manager with Kaiser Aluminum. He started his own companies in Bedford and Mitchell, Samco in 1974, and AKKA Plastics in 1982. He remained owner and president of both companies until his passing. He enjoyed golf, his dog, coffee, family vacations, I.U. Hoosier basketball, and Virginia Tech football.


Survivors include a daughter, Kevin Ann Stahl, of Scottsdale, AZ; two granddaughters, Jessica Ann Stahl and Tricia Lee Stahl; one grandson, Stone Alan Tripp Stahl. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Patricia Stahl and a son, Alan Kent Stahl.


A memorial service will be conducted at 6:00 pm on Thursday, May 18th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until the hour of service on Thursday at the mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




May 10, 2023


Charlotte Geneva Mesarosh

MITCHELL – Charlotte Geneva Mesarosh, 99, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2023, at her residence. Born October 9, 1923, in Verona, Wisconsin, she was the daughter of Benjamin C. and Dorothy (Gust) Stiegman. She first married George “Geo” Davis in April 1941 and he preceded her in death. Charlotte then married James W. Chism and he preceded her in death. She married Walter Mesarosh on June 25, 2006 and he survives. Charlotte cleaned houses and was a homemaker. She was a member of Bedford Seventh-day Adventist Church and enjoyed quilting and going to church. Survivors include her husband, Walter Mesarosh of Mitchell; daughters, Joyce (Paul) Rhodes of Atlanta, Missouri, Betty Schneider of Denver, Colorado, and Barbara Hamilton of Madison, Wisconsin; 14 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and numerous great great grandchildren. Her parents; husbands; daughter, Judith Scott; grandchildren, Daniel Rhodes, Debbrah Moehle, and Ryan Scott; great grandson, Josh Rhodes; and siblings, Gilman Stiegman, Bernadine “Bernie” Urben, Gerald Stiegman, Oliver “Pete” Stiegman, and Donna Merrill preceded her in death. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 15, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Dewight Kruger officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home. Memorial Contributions: IU Health Hospice Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com



May 8, 2023



Mary Alice Simmons

February 13, 1962 – May 3, 2023


Mary Alice Simmons, 61, of Bedford passed away on May 3, 2023 at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital. Born on February 13, 1962, she was the daughter of James and Betty M. Byrd. She married Greg Simmons on December 16, 1988 and he survives.


Mary worked as a Home Health Care worker and at the Guide Pointe Church Day Care. She attended Bedford North Lawrence High School and was a member of Restoration Life Church.


Surviving Mary is her husband, Greg; brothers, Tommy Byrd, Jerry Byrd, Troy Byrd, Charles Byrd, Gary Jones, and Richard Jones; sisters, Judy Bell, Beverly Murphy, Brenda Scott, Regina Schoolcraft, Barbie Medlock, Doris Maurer, and Linda Maurer; several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews; and Abby & Caitie who Mary was an honorary grandmother to.


Mary is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Vicki; and brother Ronnie.


Funeral services will be at 11:00am on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Visitation will be from 9:30am to the service time on Thursday, also at The Ferguson-Lee Chapel. Burial will be at Dive Cemetery at a later date.


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




Anthonette “Grouchy” Hedge

MITCHELL – Anthonette “Grouchy” Hedge, 74, passed away Friday, May 5, 2023, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital.

Born December 9, 1948, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Dale and Lorene (Etchison) Baker. She married Gary Edwin Hedge on September 18, 1971 and he preceded her in death May 23, 2019.

Toni retired from Walmart and had previously worked at Orscheln. She was a 1966 graduate of Mitchell High School. Toni enjoyed crafting and being outside.

Survivors include her son, Jeremy Hedge of Mitchell; grandchildren, Jacob, Jordan, and McKali Hedge; and sister, Janie Hill of Bedford.

Her parents; husband; and siblings, Mike Baker and Pat Baker preceded her in death.

A graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 10, at Mitchell Cemetery with Brother Kris Beasley officiating.

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



Carol Ann Holtsclaw


Carol Ann Holtsclaw, 75, of Oolitic passed away at IU Health Bloomington Hospital on Thursday, May 4th at 7:45 am. Born November 21, 1947, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Orville “Fish”Oliver and Goldie (Swartz) Oliver.


Carol was a proud, hard-working, Certified Nursing Assistant for Over 30 years at Dunn Memorial Hospital. She had also worked at some of the Long-term care facilities in Bedford as well. She was a member at the Bedford Boat & Sportsman Club and she enjoyed going there at least every week to sign up, but especially to see her friends. She was a member of the VFW Post 9107 and the American Legion Post 250 in Mitchell, Indiana. Carol enjoyed traveling; hanging out with her friends; and spending time with her family. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her most-trusted companion Bowser, by having daily naps on the couch and then taking him for a daily ride in her car.


Carol Ann leaves behind a very large family that will miss her dearly, which includes: Her Children: one daughter Michelle (Barry) Cummings of Bedford & one son James (Charity) Holtsclaw of Orleans. Grandchildren include: Brandon Holtsclaw (Savannah Simmons) of Oolitic, Jerrica Holtsclaw (Paul Shaffer) of Jeffersonville, Alycia (Andy) Logsdon of Elizabethtown, KY., Jessie (Zack) Albertson of Jeffersonville.

Great-Granddaughters: Izzy Holtsclaw and Peyton Albertson


She also leaves behind multiple brothers and sisters: Kevin Blackwell of Bedford, Dallas Oliver of Bedford, Rita (Willard) VanDeventer of Ellettsville, Wilma (Terry) Wikle of Bedford, Brenda (Fred) Rhorer of Indianapolis, Gary (Judy) Oliver of Texas, Jim (Judy) Oliver of Texas, Bonnie (Eugene) Watson of Bedford, Clovis (Pat) Oliver of Bloomington, along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Carol Ann lost the love of her life in February of 2022, after being married 56 years, when her husband Jerry Holtsclaw passed away. Also preceding her in death was one grandson, Jordan Holtsclaw and several brothers: Melvin Oliver, Norman Oliver, John Oliver and Steve Oliver, along with her parents: Goldie Blackwell and Orville “Fish” Oliver and step-father, Johnny Blackwell.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 11th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Steve Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Dive 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.




Judy D. Philpott

October 25, 1956 – May 6, 2023


Bedford – Judy D. Philpott, 66, of Bedford, passed away at 2:53 am on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at Magestic Care in Bedford.


Born October 25, 1956, she was the daughter of Ottis and Vena (Chambers) Philpott. She retired from Stone Belt in 2009 and was a member of the Sherwood Oaks Church.


Survivors include four brothers, William Philpott and wife, Kathy, of Bedford, Denny Philpott and wife, Suzette, of Switz City James Philpott and wife, Marilyn, of Poland, and Kenneth Philpott of Bedford; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and nephews; her best friend, Diane Coulter. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Larry Philpott and a sister, Betty Grubb.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Monday, May 15th at Sherwood Oaks Christian Church, 508 Fellowship Dr., Bedford, with Tim Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Knight Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Monday at the church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Ann Furst Patton

June 15, 1928 – May 6, 2023


Ann Furst Patton, 94, passed away peacefully May 6, 2023 at her residence at Bliss Place in Bedford, Indiana.


Born in Indianapolis on June 15,1928, she was the daughter of Philip Furst and Margaret (Nold Benckart) Furst. She was a graduate of Bedford High School and Indiana University, with a BS in Recreation.


She was a tomboy from her time being named the most athletic girl in her high school senior class. She was very active in the Girl Scouts and was selected at age 18 as one of two girls in the US to participate in an international scout gathering at Our Chalet in Switzerland. During college she worked at the Girl Scout camp as a counselor, lifeguard, and waterfront director. She also swam for the IU synchronized swimming team. Upon college graduation she took a position with the Girls Scouts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


She returned to Bedford and was married to Donald Patton on November 7, 1953 who preceded her in death on November 17,1998.


She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and was active in a number of community organizations, most notably the Girl Scouts as a volunteer. She also loved the family cabin at Kenray Lake and spent her summer weekends there water skiing, canoeing and enjoying the lake with friends and family. She was a lover of animals and a lifelong pet owner.


She returned to Girl Scouting as a professional for Tulip Trace Council in Bloomington, Indiana. There she was very involved in volunteer training and enjoyed teaching new leaders outdoor skills. She was very at home in dirty jeans, cooking over an open campfire and leading nature hikes.


She later earned a Realtors License and owned and operated the Bedford Century 21 branch with her husband Don. She relocated to Jacksonville, Florida after his death but ultimately returned to Bedford in 2015.


Survivors include daughter Katherine Fisher (Aaron) of Breinigsville, PA; daughter Elizabeth Gilmore (Timothy) of Bedford; and son, Thomas (Andrea Pennell) of Jacksonville, FL; as well as grandchildren, Adrienne (Philadelphia, PA) and Joel Fisher (Brienigsville, PA), Arielle Sweeney (Ashland, MA), Niklas Siniard and Lucas Gilmore (Bedford, IN), Abby McDermott (Oolitic, IN), Amelia Wood (St. Augustine, FL) and Jennifer Patton Fisher (Marysville, OH). She also has three great granddaughters, Win Siniard of Bedford, Sadie Russell of Oolitic and Irene Fisher (Marysville, OH).


She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Lou Pendland; husband, Don Patton; daughters, Meg Patton and Mary Patton; grandson, Schuyler Wood; and nephews Michael Hanna and Robert Patton.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Friday, May 12, 2023 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Jegan Peter and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.


In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Lawrence County Humane Society or Girl Scouts USA.


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




Jerry W. Allen

MITCHELL – Jerry W. Allen, 83, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 6, 2023, at his residence.


Born October 10, 1939, in Mitchell, he was the son of Noble Winford “Speck” and Bertha Mary (Mann) Allen. He married Judy Marie McNeely on July 6, 1963, and she survives.


Jerry was a 1957 graduate of Mitchell High School. He retired in 2003 from Lehigh Cement Company with 29 years of service. His life drastically changed for the better in 1969 when he met Jesus. Jerry had a calling to the ministry and founded The Bride of Christ Fellowship in 1978 where he tirelessly and faithfully ministered for 45 years as Pastor. His passion to serve His Savior was the center of his life and his impact on those he touched is immeasurable. To meet him was to be his friend and he knew everyone in Mitchell. Jerry was always current on new technologies, even using them as part of his ministry. He loved to read his Bible, mow, fish, hunt mushrooms, and watch his grandkids in their many activities.


Survivors include his wife, Judy “Sweet Jude;” children, April (Greg) Isom, Jon (Kim) Allen, Angela (Ray) Luther, and Jeremiah Allen; grandchildren, Jon Carl (Cari) Isom, Thomas (Delanie) Isom, Victoria (Ben) Burris, Leyton Allen, Joe Luther, Nico Luther, Dallys Allen, Dayton, and Cleo; great grandchildren “sugar poppers,” Norah and Charlotte Isom, Fynleigh and Raegyn Deckard, and two more on the way; and sister, Portia Chapman. He is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, and extended family.


His parents; sisters, Lana Allen, Patty Leonard, Peggy Earl, and Jan Deckard; and brother, Jon Allen, preceded him in death.


Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 11, at The Bride of Christ Fellowship with Brothers Greg Isom, Sam Pemberton, and Andy Pemberton officiating. Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery.


The family will receive friends Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Bride of Christ Fellowship and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the church.


Memorial Gifts: The Bride of Christ Fellowship


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




May 5, 2023



Gerald Alan McClellan

BEDFORD – Gerald Alan McClellan, 80, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2023, at Majestic Care of Bedford.


Born November 21, 1942, in Hancock, Michigan, he was the son of Gerald and Beatrice (Bruneau) McClellan.


Gerald was a 1960 graduate of Hancock High School and was a life-long Catholic. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Gerald had worked at Regal-Beloit in Mitchell, and later retired from Helsel Inc. in Campbellsburg. He greatly enjoyed car auctions and restoring classic cars. Gerald was known to hunt out old VHS tapes to collect and watch. He also enjoyed visiting his favorite state parks, especially Spring Mill.


Surviving are his daughter, Keely (Derek) Stutz of Mitchell; grandchildren, Cassandra Stutz of Mitchell, and Derek Stutz II of Mitchell; and his sister, Judith.


His parents preceded him in death.


Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, in Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford with Reverend Reggie Clack officiating. Military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post NO. 250 and Veteran of Foreign War Post NO. 9107. Burial will follow.


The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, in the Memorial Chapel at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.


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




Jordan Taylor

January 8, 1984 – April 29, 2023


Jordan Taylor, 39, of Bedford passed away tragically in a car accident on Saturday, April 29, 2023 in Marion County, Indiana. Born on January 8, 1984, he was the son of Joseph and Susan (McAfee) Taylor.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Jordan are his children, Colton Taylor, Chloe Taylor, Quinton Taylor, and Keagyn Long; brother, Joseph Taylor Jr., and his wife Carol; sisters, Tammy Sanders, Stacy Raikes, Stacy Wortman, and Trisha Wortman; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.


Jordan is preceded in death by his parents.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 1:00pm at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 11:00am to the service time on Wednesday, also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Contributions in memory of Jordan may be made to the family to help offset funeral expenses. Payments can be made online at www.FergusonLee.com under “resources” and “make a payment”.


Condolences and remembrances may be shared on our website, www.FergusonLee.com, as well.



May 4, 2023



Annie Marie Anderson

Annie Marie Anderson, 69, passed into the Lord’s blessed kingdom on May 1, 2023 at Indiana University Health Hospice House. She was born November 12, 1953 in Meridian, Mississippi, and lived with her husband of 34 years, Terk R. Anderson in Mitchell, Indiana.


Annie retired as a surgical nurse at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford, Indiana. Earlier in her career, she was a Director for Laurel Wood Addiction Center in Meridian, Mississippi. Known and loved by many in her community, she was quick to meet people, and continued to offer her services with those suffering from addiction. She was also known as “Grannie Annie” by her grandchildren and others whom she considered close friends.


She is preceded in death by her parents William Aubrey and Jessie Mae Slayton, her son Joseph Michael Smith, her sister Diane Brewer, and her brothers, Jerry, Billy, and Buddy Slayton.


She is survived by her husband Terk R. Anderson, her son Chad Everett Smith (Jen), her daughter-in-law Angel Smith, her stepdaughters Holly, Heather (Joe), and Stacey, her beloved grandchildren, Denver, Autumn, Nicholas, Mary, Carter, Joseph, Amber, Autumn, Makayla, McKenzie, Zaccheri, Isabella, and a great-granddaughter, Aurora.


A Celebration of Life will be arranged at a later date with details released. The celebration will take place at Spring Mill State Park in Mitchell, Indiana.


The family requests condolences be sent to www.chastainfuneralhome.com




Linda M. Lee

October 23, 1949 – May 2, 2023


Linda M. Lee, 73, of Bedford passed away on May 2, 2023 at Paoli Health and Living. Born on October 23, 1949, she was the daughter of Francis “Frank” and Lucy “Maxine” (Hedrick) Jones. She married Charles “Tommy” Lee on June 20, 1969 and he passed on September 14, 1999.


Linda was a homemaker and babysat children throughout the years. She was a graduate of Bedford High School and a member of the First Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed crocheting and doing crafts.


Surviving to cherish the memory of Linda is her sister, Chryl “Sherry” Pruett; and her nieces and nephews, Stacy, Kylie, Shelby, Gabby, Molly, Piper, Chyann, Evelyn, Charlotte, Bobby and his wife, Corinne, David, Dominic, Bentley, and Nathan.


Preceding Linda in death are her parents and husband.


Funeral services will be on Monday, May 8, 2023 at 2:00pm at The Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford with Clarence Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will also be from 12:00pm noon to the service time on Monday also at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


Contributions in memory of Linda may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital.


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




May 3, 2023


Orin Wayne Baxter

HELTONVILLE – Orin Wayne Baxter, 69, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.


Born May 10, 1953, in Bedford, he was the son of Richard and Doris M. (Turner) Baxter. Orin married Laurna Jenkins in 1977 and Sherry Yates in 1991.

Orin was a graduate of Mitchell High School and a U.S. Army veteran. He worked in receiving at K-Mart and then in receiving for Wal-Mart. Orin was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1686 and the Bedford Eagles 654. He loved Star Trek and was a “Trekkie”, and he was a Patriots fan.


Surviving are his son, Timothy Baxter of Bedford; one daughter, Robin Baxter; step-children, Matt Yates of Hondo, Texas and Zach (Ashley) Yates, who has blessed him with several grandchildren, of Washington, Indiana; sister, Shirley Jones of Huron; niece whom he was very close with, Doris Prewitt; as well as great-niece, Kaci Prewitt; and great-great nieces and nephews, Clayton McKinney, Kaiden McKinney, Hayden McKinney, Zoie McKinney and MacKenzie McKinney.


His parents and siblings, William G. “Gurney” Baker, Laverne Baker, Lonnis Baker, and Alma K. Baker, preceded him in death.


Cremation has been chosen.


Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 20, 2023, at the Thornton Park Shelter House Thornton Park, Bedford, Indiana at 4:00 p.m. Family will provide main dish, two side dishes, and water. Guests are asked to bring side dishes or desert to pitch in as well. Please contact Kaci Prewitt at (812) 278-0368 to RSVP. There is an event on Facebook as well.




C. Austin “Pete” Pritchett

February 22, 1934 – May 1, 2023


C. Austin “Pete” Pritchett, 89, of Bedford, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 1, 2023 at the Stonebridge Health Campus in Bedford. Born February 22, 1934, he was the son of Emery A. and Edna Yeskie Pritchett. He married Marilyn Sue Howell on September 5, 1955 and she preceded him in death on March 14, 2001. He then married Mary Catherine Patton Darcus and she preceded him in death on October 28, 2020.


Pete was a graduate of Oolitic High School with the class of 1952 where he was a star on the Bearcats basketball team. He then went on to play basketball and earn both a Batchelor’s and Master’s degree at Indiana State Teachers College, now known as Indiana State University. After college he coached basketball at Mooresville High School, at his alma mater, Oolitic High School and most notably was the Head Coach of the Bedford North Lawrence Lady Stars Basketball program from the 1982-83 season until 1994. It was during this time that the Lady Stars set the standard for Girl’s Basketball in Indiana by winning the IHSAA State Championship in 1983 and 1991. The 1991 team ended the season undefeated. Pete was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 and was joined there by his daughter Kristin who was inducted in 2022. He had two teams that were also inducted into the hall of fame, the Lady Stars classes of 1983 and 1991.


Pete also had a life outside of basketball. He retired as a teacher in the North Lawrence Community Schools, enjoyed woodworking, and had a farm where he spent many hours working with his cattle and taking care of the land. Pete Pritchett was not only a tall man in stature, he lived a big life that influenced everyone who knew him.


Surviving to forever remember Pete are his two children and their spouses, Aaron (Julie) Pritchett and Kristin (Steve) Messmore; his grandchildren, Benjamin Pritchett, Mckenzie Messmore and Austin Messmore; his sister, Judy McCart; his nieces, Terri (Steve) Kimbley and Tracy (David) Lee; and his nephews, Scott (Shalon) McCart and David (Meleah) McCart.


He was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; two daughters in infancy, Lessa Diane and Jana Lynett Pritchett; and his brother-in-law, Larry McCart.


Funeral services for C. Austin “Pete” Pritchett will be at 5:00pm on Friday, May 5, 2023 at the B-NL Gymnasium with Phil Thorne officiating. Burial will be Saturday at 9:00am at the Clover Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg, IN. Visitation will be on Thursday, May 4 from 3:00-7:00pm at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford.


In lieu of flowers and to honor the legacy of Pete, the family requests memorial contributions to the West Washington Lady Senators Basketball Team where his daughter and granddaughter coach. These donations can be made at Ferguson-Lee Chapel.


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



May 2, 2023


Betty Jean True

March 11, 1924 – May 1, 2023


Bloomington – Betty Jean True, 99, of Bloomington, formerly of Bedford, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2023.


Born March 11, 1924, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Benjamin and Stephanie (DeSimon) Mascio. She married Donald True on December 20, 1947, and he preceded her in death on May 30, 2015. She was a beautician working in her own beauty shop and attended First United Methodist Church.


Surviving is a grandson, Nathanael Hinshaw (Brooke), of Bloomington; cousins, Susan Thayer, Ray Sherwood, Fred Sherwood, and Paul Manzenberger. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, six siblings and a daughter, Donna Hinshaw.


Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Sunday, May 7th at Cresthaven Memory Gardens with Pastor Judi Early officiating. Per Betty’s request, no visitation is scheduled but anyone who knew her is welcome to attend. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Gaylord H. Lanham Jr.

September 11, 1939 – April 30, 2023


Gaylord H. Lanham Jr. of Bedford, Indiana, departed this life to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 30, 2023. Born on September 11, 1939, and raised in Felicity, Ohio, Gayle enjoyed reading, gardening, fishing and caring for his dog, Macey. In his last days, nothing brought a smile to his face like visits from his great-granddaughter, Willow.


A 1957 graduate of Felicity-Franklin High School and a welder by trade, Gayle later owned and operated Bee Vacuum Sales & Service in Maysville, Kentucky until his retirement. He received Jesus Christ as his Savior in January 1977, and enjoyed studying the Word of God, leading Bible studies for senior citizens and inmates of a maximum security prison in Tennessee.


Gayle was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 43 years, Bonnie Jean (Souder), parents, Gaylord Sr. and Helen Lanham, brother, James Lanham and granddaughter, Ashlie Briana Lanham. Survivors include his son, Robert (Taunya) of Bedford; daughter, Karen Clark of Astor, Florida; granddaughters Whitnie Waltz (Jacob) of Clifford, Indiana, Kelsie Fitzpatrick of Scottsbluff, Nebraska and Desiree Clark (David) of Iowa City, Iowa; great-grandson Hudson Dale Waltz and great-granddaughter Willow Everly Waltz of Clifford.


The family would like to acknowledge the nurses and aides of Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford for the heartfelt care they provided Gayle during the last weeks of his life.


In accordance with Gayle’s wishes, no services will be held. Memorial Contributions in memory of Gayle can be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or your local Humane Society.


Cremation was chosen and has been entrusted to the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes in Bedford, Indiana.




May 1, 2023


Karlene Rainey

April 14, 2023 – April 30, 2023


Mitchell - Karlene Rainey, infant daughter of Dakota Sharp and Shayla Rainey, passed away at 4:00 pm on Sunday, April 30, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Survivors include her parents, of Mitchell; two brothers, Edward Bierbaum and Jaxsyn Rainey; grandparents, Dennis and Aimee Rainey, of Bedford, Colleen and Richard Cobb, of Mitchell, Stacy Schipp, of Birdseye, IN and Kevin Sharp, of Birdseye, IN; a great-grandmother, Norma Mitchell, of Eckerty, IN. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Karlene Giddens, Donald Johnson, Jr., and Judy Johnson.


Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, May 3rd at the Momentum Church in Bedford with Pastor Reno Bates officiating. Burial will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of service on Wednesday at the Momentum Church. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Amber L. Prince

March 27, 1993 – April 29, 2023


Bedford – Amber L. Prince, 30, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2023.

Born March 27, 1993, in Bloomington, she was the daughter of Eugene and Lue (Moore) Prince.


Survivors include her parents; three daughters, Jailynn, Joslyn and Jazzlyn Prince; a brother, Josh Prince; a niece, Lillie Prince; her grandparents, Deward Prince and Mary Mullis; step-grandmother, Shirley Moore; two aunts, Carol Eads and Mary Dodds; an uncle, Ted Eads; several cousins and extended family. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Helen Mathis and grandfather, Frank Moore.


Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 3rd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Clover Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Wednesday at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.




Marilyn Jean Tarr

BEDFORD – Marilyn Jean Tarr, 63, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born November 14, 1959, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Jesse Williams and Wanda Jean (Grissom) Pridemore. Marilyn married Joseph Marvin Tarr, Jr. on August 1, 1975 and he survives.

Marilyn worked as a Monitor Tech at Dunn Hospital. She was a member of Fairview Community Church and American Legion Post No. 250 Auxiliary. Marilyn enjoyed making jewelry and crocheting. She loved spending time with her family and took care of kids her whole life.

Surviving are her husband, Joseph Marvin Tarr, Jr. of Bedford; children, Robert Gene (Andrea) Tarr of Depauw, Meagan (Steve Kyker) Easton of Bloomington, Tyra (Jared) Blackwell of Heltonville, and Toni (Matthew) Crane of Bedford; grandchildren, Jay, Michael, Bryant, Abbigal, Haylie, Bryce, Averie, Gracie, and Isaiah; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Cindy Jo Lee of Orleans; several nieces and nephews; and her dog, L.B.

Her parents; grandson, Andrew Kolling; and sister, Roxanne Dotts, preceded her in death.

Graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 3, in Mitchell Cemetery with Pastor Steve Jones officiating. Burial will follow.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, in the Memorial Chapel at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

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




Shamora Darlene Compton

ENGLISH – Shamora Darlene Compton, 40, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at U of L Health Jewish Hospital in Louisville.


Born October 13, 1982, in Paoli, she was the daughter of James D. Compton and Debora Jean (Asbury) Blackburn.


Shamora had attended school in Paoli and made a tremendous impact on all her friend’s lives. She greatly enjoyed backroad cruising and jamming to her favorite country music. Known to live life her way, Shamora loved deeply, even when she tried not to show it. Many knew her as a princess since childhood. Shamora loved her children, family and friends. Her constant companion through life was her beloved dog, Buddro.


Survivors include her children, Ryan Sons of English, Levi Sons of English, Brittany Whallen of Louisville, Raven Whallen of Louisville, Sabbath Evans of Louisville, and Amanda Miller of Louisville; grandchildren, Ivory Jade Sons, Blake, Channler, Railynn, Ryleigh, Ryan Jr., Liam, and Zaylee; father, James D. Compton of Paoli; sister, Sarah (Compton) Kern of Mitchell; nieces, Angel Haley, Savannah Robbins, and Sierra Compton; nephews, Skyler Jenkins, and Blake Compton; and uncle, Randy Asbury.


Her mother; brother, James Matthew Compton; grandparents, Chester and Peggy Asbury, and Barney and Virginia Compton; and uncles, Duane Asbury, Dennis Asbury, Roger Asbury, and Ronnie Compton, preceded her in death.


The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 4 in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Cremation has been chosen.


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




Ricky Lee “Rick” Padgett

September 15, 1962 – April 30, 2023


Springville – Ricky Lee “Rick” Padgett, 60, of Springville, passed away at 8:10 am on Sunday, April 30, 2023, at I.U. Health Bloomington Hospital.


Born September 15, 1962, in Linton, IN, he was the son of James “Willkie” and Edna (Silvers) Padgett. He was an Operation Material Administrator at Crane. He loved trains, Ford Mustangs, and racing.


Survivors include his mother, of Springville; a sister, Nancy Miller and husband, Darrell, of Brownsburg; two nephews, Michael Miller, of Bloomington and Ryan Miller of Brownsburg. He was preceded in death by his father.


Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Friday, May 5th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in the Springville Cemetery West. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, May 4th at the Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.


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