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William Freddrick Glenn

Sept. 20, 1937 – June 27, 2001

William Freddrick Glenn, 63, of Knightstown, died Wednesday, June 27, at his residence. Mr. Glenn was born September 20, 1937 in Switzerland County, a son of the late William Loren and Roseanna Ethel (Walston) Glenn.

Glenn was retired from the Indiana State Highway Dept. where he had been employed as an equipment operator.

Survivors include his wife, the former Leeta Jane Fox, whom he married April 25, 1971; four sons, William Wayne of Titusville, Fla., Dale Edward of Smithville, Tenn., David Lee of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Dustin Ryan of Knightstown; three daughters, Faith Elaine McAllister, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Diane Elizabeth Denauro, Edgewater, Fla., and Kelley Jane Glenn, Knightstown; three brothers, Russell Walston of Rising Sun, Robert Dale Glenn of Delphi and David Wayne Glenn of Knightstown; three sisters, Geneva (husband, Lee) Courtney of West Harrison, Edith Marie Wickham, Okeechobee, Fla., and Brenda (husband, Leonard) Wright of Eagle River, Alaska; 10 grandchildren including Tyler Glenn of Knightstown and three great-grandchildren.

One brother and one grandchild also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30 at the Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel, with Rev. Mervin Kilmer officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 29 at the funeral home.


Eric D. Cleek

Aug. 31, 1960 – June 26, 2001

Eric D. Cleek, 40, of Indianapolis and former resident of Shirley, died Tuesday, June 26 at Community North Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born August 31, 1960 in Anderson, the son of Frankie R. and Eleanor L. (Kiser) Cleek of Shirley.

Cleek was a 1978 graduate of Knightstown High School and attended Indiana University of Bloomington. He was a meat cutter for Marsh Foods of Indianapolis for the past 11 years. He is an Eagle Scout.

Surviving besides his parents are one sister, Tina (husband, David) Madden of Westerville, Ohio; two nieces, one nephew, several aunt, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 30 at the Condo and Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Richard White officiating. Burial will follow in McCray Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, June 29 from 4-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lion’s Eye Bank or the donor’s choice.


Robert A. Hayworth

Nov. 2, 1927 – June 27, 2001

Robert A. Hayworth, 73, of rural Lewisville, died Wednesday, June 27 at his residence after a brief illness. He was born Nov. 2, 1927, in Shelby County, a son of Marcus O. and Joanna L. Johnson Hayworth.

A graduate of Lewisville High School, he lived most of his life in Lewisville. Hayworth was a WW II Army veteran. He retired in 1980 from Dana Corp. in Rushville after 20 years of service. He retired in this year from South Henry School Corp. after 17 years of service. Hayworth was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Wake Riders boat Club and former member of New Castle Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Norma Jean, whom he married August 4, 1950; two sons, Robert E. of New Castle and Marcus L. (wife, Patty) of Lewisville; a daughter, Rita Jane (husband, Rob) Herbert of Anderson; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister Marjory Shepherd of New Castle; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bill.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30, with Donald Day officiating. Burial will be in Lewisville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the funeral home and prior to services on Saturday. Military graveside services will be conducted by American Legion Post 152 of Knightstown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Henry County Cancer Society.


Fairly Conley

Jan. 9., 1919 – June 30, 2001

Fairl Conley, 82, of New Castle and former resident of Carthage, died Saturday, June 30 at the VA Medical Center in Indianapolis. He was born in Lewis County, Ky. on January 9, 1919, a son of the late Huston and Lucy (Butler) Conley.

Mr. Conley was an U.S. Army Veteran and a member of the Lewisville Church of God. He was a retired construction worker and had been employed by Hunt Paving Company in Indianapolis.

On July 27, 1940, he married Thelma Jane Logan who preceded him in death on August 24, 1994. In 1995, Conley married Fay Smith who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Brad Conley of Knightstown and Carlos Conley of Olive Hill, Ky.; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

His first wife, six brothers, two sisters and one great-grandchild preceded him in death.

Services for Mr. Conley were held Tuesday, July 3 at the Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel in Knightstown. Burial was in the Carthage Town Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday, July 2 at the funeral home.




W. Loren Lee

Sept. 16, 1916 – July 6, 2001

Former resident of the Carthage-Charlottesville area, W. Loren Lee, 84, of Martinsville, died Thursday, July 6 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Mooresville.

He was born Sept. 16, 1916, in Rush County, a son of Wilbur E. Lee and Mamie Barnes Lee. During WW II, he served in the Army Air Corps. On August. 31, 1946, he married Betty McDaniel, who survives. He farmed for most of his life near Charlottesville and was employed by Chrysler in Indianapolis, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the Charlottesville Christian Church and the United Auto Workers.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, are a son, Charles Robert Lee of Greenwood; a daughter, Debra (husband, Jerry) Starling of Fort Wayne; a brother, Wayne Lee of Jeffersonville; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services were held Monday at the Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown with Rev. Stanley Icenogle officiating with burial in The Rushville East Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, July 8 at the funeral home.


Byron E. Smith

Mar. 26, 1921 – July 3, 2001

Bryon E. Smith, 80, of Rochester, died Tuesday, July 3, at the Life Care Center of Rochester. He was born March 26, 1921 in Falmouth, a son of Ora and Henrietta Disselkoen Smith.

Mr. Smith lived most of his life in Rushville. A retired education, he was in Everton, 1947-49 where he was a business teacher and a coach. From 1949-60, he was at Orange High School where he was principal, business teacher and basketball coach. While at Orange High School, his teams won four consecutive basketball county championships. In 1960-64, he was a principal and business teacher at Fayette Central and was the principal in Carthage High School from 1964-73. Mr. Smith also served as a counselor at Knightstown High School from 1973-1983. He graduated from Raleigh High School in 1938 and earned a teaching degree from Ball State Teachers College in 1942.

Smith was a member of the Main St. Christian Church, the Phoenix Lodge #62 F&AM, the Scottish Rite, Elks Lodge and the American Legion. He was also a member of East Hill Cemetery Board, life member of Delta Pi Epsilon, National Business Graduate Honorary Fraternity and Pi Omega Pi, National Business Honorary Fraternity. The WW II Army veteran served in the South Pacific.

Surviving are one son, Glen Smith, Logansport; two daughters, Dare (husband Michael) Hawes, Plymouth, and Carol (husband David) Goins, Fishers; a brother, Fred Smith Sr., Falmouth; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

His parents and one sister preceded him in death.

Services were Saturday, July 7 at Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville with Rev. Dean Anderson officiating. Burial was in Rushville East Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was held Friday, July 6. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rush Co. Community Foundation, the Main St. Christian Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.


Josephine Carter-Spitler

Feb. 11, 1920 - July 7, 2001

Roberta Josephine Carter-Spitler, 81 of Knightstown, died July 7 at Sunrise of Carmel Nursing Home. She was born February 11, 1920 in Knightstown, a daughter of the late Russell L. and Mary E. Wagoner Dennis.

Josephine lived her entire life in Knightstown as a homemaker and was active in community and service activities.

She attended Purdue University for two years and Butler University. Josephine was a member of the Knightstown United Methodist Church, Shakespeare Club, charter member of Historic Knightstown, Tri Kappa, DAR, Pi Phi, Hoosier Gym and Academy Restoration and the Library Guild.

She is survived by her husband, Wendell L. Spitler of Knightstown; two sons, Barry L. (wife Barbara) Carter of Knightstown, and James Dennis (wife Barbara) Carter of Cicero; and one sister, Susan E. Thompson of Indianapolis.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 12 at Greene’s Funeral Home with burial in Glen Cove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Knightstown Library or to the Alzheimer’s Association.




Crystal I. Priest

Mar. 22, 1915 – July 6, 2001

Crystal I. Priest, 86, former longtime resident of the Knightstown area, died Friday, July 6 at The Waters of New Castle. She was born March 22, 1915 in Delaware County, a daughter of the late Jesse James and Grace L. Dragoo McKinley.

Mrs. Priest was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and former member of the Knightstown United Methodist. She was a member of the Foster Grandparents program for nine years, a 50-year member of Women’s Christian Temperance Union and a 50-year member of the United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one son, Jim (wife, Lisa) Priest, Detroit, Mich.; one daughter, Laura McDonald of New Castle; eight grandchildren, Ted Priest, Yuron, Okla., Brian Priest, Garden City, Mich., Kim Bow of Lewisville, Lori Pelfrey of New Castle, Betsy Calland of New Castle, Susan McDonald of Indianapolis, Mike and Jenny of Cafana of Chesterfield Twp., Mich.; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Robert (wife, Willadean) McKinley of Ft. Wayne; and two sisters, Charlene Geiger of Wapakoneta, Ohio, and Wanda (husband, Kenneth) Loveless of Andrews.

Her husband, Orville Priest, a son-in-law, Thomas McDonald and an infant brother preceded her in death.

Services were held Tuesday, July 10 at Marcum-Troxell Community Funeral Home in New Castle with Rev. Greg Albert officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.




Virgil L. Welsh

Dec. 18, 1916 – July 19, 2001

Virgil L. Welsh, 84, of rural Knightstown, died Thursday, July 19, at his home following a brief illness. He was born December 18, 1916, in Monroe, Ohio, a son of the late Thomas and Mamie (Rothwell) Welsh.

Welsh was a U.S. Army veteran serving during WW II. He was a retired farmer, a golfer and was an avid fisherman. He was a member of the Knightstown American Legion Post 152 and the Spiceland Masonic Lodge 699.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Trudy (Wright) Welsh whom he married July 18, 1937, two sons, Larry L. (wife, Sue) Welsh of Knightstown, and Steve K. (wife, Nanette) of Spiceland; two daughters, Janet, (husband, George) Brown of Knightstown, and Becky (husband, Larry) Reece of Henderson, Nevada; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen McDonald of Spiceland; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Roy Welsh; two sisters, Eleanor Napier and Verna Lawson.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by Knightstown Legion Post 152.

Visitation was at the funeral home on Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hancock Memorial Hospital Hospice Unit, 801 N. State St., Greenfield, IN 46140.


Girtie Henderson

Dec. 24, 1918 – July 21, 2001

Girtie Henderson 84, of Knightstown, died Saturday, July 21 at her residence after an extended illness. She was born December 24, 1918, in Olive Hill, Ky., and a daughter of the late John and Abbey Gilliam.

Mrs. Henderson was married to Raymond E. Henderson in 1934. She had been a resident of Henry County most of her adult life. She was a member of the 14th St. Church of God in New Castle. She was a homemaker and a devoted wife and mother.

Survivors include three sons, Junior Henderson of Alvarado, Texas, Teddy (wife, Linda) Henderson of Indianapolis, and Rex (wife, Jan) Henderson of Pendleton; one daughter, Ruby Conley of Aurora; Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Margaret Henderson of Greenfield; 20 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; five sisters, Ruby Rayburn of Kentucky, Geneva (husband, Ira) Littleton of Kentucky, Lorean Porter of Indiana; Geraldine (husband, Lester) Howard of West Virginia, and Betty (husband, Aaron) Arnett of Ohio; two brothers, Lovell (wife, Phyllis) Gilliam of Kentucky, and James (wife, Julie) Gilliam of Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Ralph Henderson; a brother, Homer Gilliam; and two sisters, Dovie and Louise Gilliam.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, July 25), at the Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel with Rev. Randy Gross officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held Tuesday, July 24 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Henry County Hospice or the charity of your choice.


Edna R. Anderson

Nov. 26, 1909 – July 17, 2001

Edna R. Anderson, 91, of Knightstown died Tuesday, July 17 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in New Castle. She was born November 26, 1909, a daughter of the late Carl and Sarah (Lewis) Sample. On December 24, 1928, she married Charles H. (Pokey) Anderson who preceded her in death on January 25, 1989.

Mrs. Anderson had been employed at Goodman’s Dept. Store and had also worked for P.N. Hirsh Co. She was a member of the Knightstown United Methodist Church, a former member of the Knightstown BPW, American Legion Auxiliary and Psi Iotes sorority.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Midkiff of Indianapolis; three granddaughters, Tobi A. (husband, Darvin) Masters, Tina Midkiff, and Tammi (husband, Donald) Colman, all of Indianapolis, and four great-grandchildren.

Services were held Friday, July 20 at the Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel with Pastor Steve Brackney officiating. Burial was be in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, prior to the services at 2 p.m.


Elsie E. DeWees

Oct. 23, 1935 – July 21, 2001

Elsie E. DeWees, 65, of New Castle, died Saturday, July 21 in her home. She was born Oct. 23, 1935, a daughter of the late Fred and Corda Ratliff McRoberts. She married Thelin DeWees in 1975 and he preceded her in death in 1989.

Mrs. DeWees was a member of Ninth Street Church of God and had worked in several restaurants in New Castle.

Survivors include a daughter, Anna (husband, Kim) Argo of Lexington, Ga.; a son, Floyd Butch (wife, Tonya) Raglin of Knightstown; grandchildren, Ross Raglin and Mike Dudley, both of Knightstown, Christopher DeWees of New Castle, and Austin and Lance Argo, both of Lexington, Ga.; one great-grandchild, two step-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Fred (wife, Carol) Stacy, and Bill (wife, Debbie) Ratliff, both of Knightstown; Kermit (wife, Martha) Stacy of Anderson; Charles (wife, Sandy) Ratliff of Wilkinson; three sisters, Jo Gosser of New Castle; Linda (husband, Bob) Cullison of Ila, Ga.; Marlene (husband, Gary) Wampler of Knightstown.

Services will be held today (Wednesday) in Macer-Hall Funeral Home with the Rev. Elwood Evans and Rev. Rick Evans officiating. Burial will be in Carthage Town Cemetery.

Visitation was Tuesday, July 24 at the funeral home.


Shirley S. Crousore

June 2, 1937 – July 18, 2001

Shirley S. Crousore, 64, of Spiceland, died unexpectedly at home Wednesday, July 18. She was born June 2, 1937 in Henry County, a daughter of the late Leon and Evelyn Bradley Luellen.

She was a 1955 graduate of Spiceland High School and deputy clerk for Spiceland Corp. for 23 years. Shirley was active in Spiceland United Methodist Church for many years, and a member of Lewisville Home Ec Club. She was known in the area for her cake decorating skills.

Survivors include two daughter, Becky (husband, Mark) Pratt of Lewisville and Sharron K. (friend, Chad Leeka) of Springport; a stepdaughter, Robbie 9husband, Duane) Carver of New Castle; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held Sunday, July 22 at Spiceland United Methodist Church with Revs. Jeff Landon and John Ingermann officiating. Memorial contributions may be give to the Spiceland United Methodist church, 123 N. 2nd St., Spiceland, or Spiceland Alumni Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 274, Spiceland. Arrangements were made by Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service.