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Richard Wayne Magee
Sept. 9, 1943 - Nov. 25, 2002

Richard Wayne Magee, 59, died at his home in Carthage on Monday, November 25. He was born in Carthage September 9, 1943, a son of Merill "Bill" and Elsie (Blackburn) Magee. Mr. Magee was a self-employed auto mechanic.

Survivors include one son, John (wife Amanda) Magee of Carthage; three daughters, Phyllis Jo (husband Darren) Haines of Knightstown, Tina (husband Wade) Waddell, Olive Hill, Ky., and Dawn (husband Kevin) Kinnaman of Knightstown; four brothers, George (wife Sue) Magee of Knightstown; Michael (wife Pamela) Magee of Knightstown; James (wife Brenda) Magee of Carthage, and Chuck Magee of Carthage; three sisters, Frances Magee of Greensboro, Phyllis (husband Gerald) Mayberry of Carthage, and Karen (husband Joseph) Renfro of Shreveport, La.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. Magee were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 2 at the Todd Funeral Home, Carthage Chapel with Rev. Kurt Stone officiating. Burial was made in Riverside Cemetery at Carthage. Visitation was at the funeral home from noon until time of the service.


Connie Sue Meece Nov. 9, 1945 - Nov. 25, 2002

Connie Sue (Stone) Meece, 57, a resident of Shirley, died Monday, November 25 in Shirley following a long illness. She was born November 9, 1945 in New Castle, a daughter of the late Otho Carl "Pappy" and Hazel Neoma (Zachary) Stone.

Mrs. Meece was employed and volunteered many hours at Brandywine Manor Nursing Home in Greenfield. She was also employed as an EMT with Estell's Ambulance Service and managed Judy's Dairy Dip for many years in Shirley. She was a member of the Shirley Friends Church.

Survivors include two sons, Jonathon Andrew (Andy) Butcher of Shirley and Anthony (Tony) Butcher; one daughter, Shonda Sue Butcher of California; one grandson, Jonathon; four brothers, Ronnie Eugune (wife Mary) Stone of Bainbridge, Ga., Jackie Lee (Jack) Stone of Florida, Otho Carl (wife Nina) Stone Jr. of Cartersville, Ga. and Quillen "Dean" (wife June) Stone of Marietta, Ga.; two sisters, Barbara (husband Gene) Rivers of Dunreith, and Judith (husband Ben) Polston of Shirley; and several nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 30 at the Shirley Friends Church with Pastor James Jackson officiating. There were no calling hours. The Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson handled arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shirley Friends Church.

Shelby Wayne Butcher
Sept. 8, 1959 - Nov. 26, 2002

Shelby Wayne Butcher, 43, a resident of Shirley died Tuesday, November 26 in Henry County. He was born September 8, 1959 in New Castle, a son of Roy Butcher of New Castle and Betty (Hicks) Butcher of Flemingsburg, Ky. He was employed at Fields Auto Parts in Greenfield.

Surviving besides his parents are three daughters, Danielle (husband, Willie) Austin II of Anderson, Cassandra Reiley-Butcher and Shelby Lynn Reiley-Butcher, both of Middletown; two grandchildren, Willie Austin III and Briceson Austin; three brothers, Rick Butcher of Kennard, George Butcher of New Castle and Allen Butcher of Flemingsburg, Ky.; two sisters, Hava Butcher and Angela Hedrick, both of New Castle; a fiancée, Amy Neal of Shirley; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother Roger Butcher.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 1 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson. Visitation was from noon until time of services at 2 p.m.


Ruth Record
Oct. 25, 1904 - Nov. 24, 2002

Ruth Record, 98, a former resident of Willow Branch and Anderson, died Sunday, November 24 at her home in Fort Collins, Colo. She was born October 25, 1904 in Willow Branch, a daughter of the late David Oren and Lora (Bridges) Record.

Ruth attended schools in Willow Branch and Wilkinson, graduating with the class of 1922. While living at home, Ruth worked in the family-owned grocery/hardware store (Record Family Store) in Willow Branch. Upon graduation, Ruth entered the banking profession, working in Willow Branch and Indianapolis until she retired in 1969. She then moved to Dallas, Texas to be with her sister, Naomi Graves. While in Dallas, she worked at The Plum Tree, a gift shop until 1986 when at age 82, she again "retired". She moved to Anderson with her sisters Naomi and Fern (Wilhelm) in 1993. Upon Fern's death in 1997, Ruth and Naomi relocated to Colorado where family members provided care for them.

Ruth was a lifelong Methodist, attending church at Willow Branch United Methodist Church, North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Walnut Hill United Methodist Church in Dallas and Fifth Street United Methodist Church in Anderson.

Survivors include her sister, Naomi Graves, Fort Collins, Colo., nieces, Juanita Cooper, Greenwood, Donna Wilhelm-Hudson, Fort Collins, Colo. and Ann Dolin, Columbia, S.C.; nephews, Richard Wilhelm, San Antonio, Texas and Oren "Ed" Wilhelm, Plano, Texas; sister-in-law, Dorothy Record, Columbia, S.C. and numerous grand-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Oren Record and a sister, Fern (Record) Wilhelm. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 30 at the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with burial in Harlan Cemetery near Wilkinson. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Friday, November 29.

Memorial contributions may be made to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), 100 Maryland Ave., Suite 410, Washington, DC 20002 or to the charity of one's choice.


John C. Atkins
Jan. 29, 1938 - Nov. 30, 2002

John C. Atkins, 64, of Anderson died Saturday, November 30 at St. John's Health System following an extended illness. He was born January 29, 1938 in Rush County, a son of the late Herman A. and Emogene E. (Johnson) Atkins.

Mr. Atkins had farmed most of his life and had driven a school bus in Madison County for 40 years. He also worked for Delco Remy for 35 years, retiring in November of 2000. He attended Huntsville Community Church. He was a member of the UAW Local #662, Frankton Antique Tractor Association and the Indiana School Bus Drivers Association. He served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant from 1955 to 1958 and was stationed in France. He had many hobbies including collecting and working on antique farm equipment. His nickname was "Farmer John".

Survivors include his wife, Karen S. Atkins of Anderson, and children, Mellody F. Wiley and Joseph C. Atkins, both of Rush County, Tina M. Peters and James R. Miller, both of Anderson; three sisters, Mary Alma Wheeler of Brownsburg, Faith Ann Loveall of Anderson and Dorothy (Dottie) Beth Horton of Perham, Minn.; one brother, George Allen Atkins of Knightstown; three grandsons, Jordan Christopher Atkins, Craig Allen Wiley and Joel Ryan Wiley, all of Rushville; one granddaughter, Tamara L. Peters of Anderson; a cousin, Ralph Atkins of Knightstown; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, John Charles Atkins II and a granddaughter, Ashley Peters.

Services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, December 5 at Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown with Rev. Claude Creel of Huntsville Community Church and Rev. Carol Wiley of New Castle officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery in Rush County.

Friends may call at the Robert D. Loose Funeral Home, South Chapel in Anderson on Tuesday, December 3 from 4-8 p.m. and at the Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown on Wednesday, December 4 from 4-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, St. John's Hospice and the Humane Society of Madison County.



Robert S. McCune
June 22, 1955 - Dec. 7, 2002

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, December 11) at 2 p.m. for Robert S. McCune, Jr. at the Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel in Knightstown with Rev. Ira Scott officiating. Burial will be made in Glen Cove Cemetery.

McCune, 47, a former Knightstown resident, resided in Indianapolis. He was born June 22, 1955 in Greenfield, a son of Robert S. and Louise E. (Pitts) McCune. He served in the U.S. Army and on November 27, 1986, he married Diane Hager who survives.

Surviving with his wife, are his step-father, Dale Pitts, Sr. of Rushville; three step-daughters, Michelle Smith of Indianapolis, Sherry Ann Smith, Morristown and Ronnell Smith of Indianapolis; six brothers, Don McCune and James McCune, both of Greenfield, Marty Pearson of Ingalls, Rusty Harrell, Martinsville, Dale Pitts Jr., New Castle and Karl Pitts, Knightstown; one sister, Diane Crawford of Greenfield; and six grandchildren.

His parents and one brother preceded him in death.

Visitation for family and friends will be from noon until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home.


Mary Helen Pyke
July 24, 1909 - Dec. 10, 2002

Mary Helen Pyke, 93 of Olive Branch, Miss., and a former resident of Knightstown, died Tuesday, December 10 at a Memphis, Tenn. hospital. She was born July 24, 1909 in Tipton County, a daughter of the late Orta Wyrick and Nancy Harlow Wyrick.

Mrs. Pyke was a homemaker and a member of the Deland, Fla. Plymouth Ave. Christian Church. She married Lester M. Pyke on August 21, 1926 and he preceded her in death on June 30, 1999.

She had been in the Memphis, Tenn. area since 1999. Prior to that she spent several years in Knightstown, Florida and spent her early life in the Orange-Glenwood community.

Survivors include two granddaughters, Tanya (husband Chuck) Netherly, Olive Branch, Miss. and Yvonne Pyke of St. Pierce, Fla.; two grandsons, Dana Brown of Rushville and Mark Pyke of Ft. Pierce, Fla; nine great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, one daughter, a sister and brother. Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 12 at East Hill Shrine Mausoleum in Rushville with Rev. Bill R. Worrell officiating. Entombment will take place in the East Hill Shrine Mausoleum. Visitation for family and friends will begin at 1:30 at the mausoleum. Moster & Cox Mortuary of Rushville are in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to the American Heart Association.



David R. McFarland
Oct 16, 1929 – Dec 14, 2002

David R. McFarland, 73, died Saturday, December 14 in Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie. A son of the late Ralph and Genevieve Schiltnecht McFarland, David was born in rural Lewisville on October 16, 1929. A lifetime Lewisville area resident, Dave graduated from the Lewisville High School with the class of 1947, where he participated on the basketball and baseball teams; he attended Purdue University. David was a prominent area farmer and had served as president and junior director for the Indiana State Angus Association. He served on the South Henry School Board for several years and was also the leader of the Franklin Township Boys 4-H Club. AS a licensed pilot, he enjoyed flying. He was a member of the Lewisville Presbyterian Church and served as deacon of the church.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Maxine Finchumwhom he married December 24, 1949 in Lewisville; one son, Kent D. McFarland of Lewisville; two daughters, Diane (husband Bryan) Kendrick of Farmland, and Nanette (husband Stephen) Welsh of Spiceland; four grandchildren, Russell and Ryan Cronk and Bryce and Chase Welsh; three great grandchildren, Cody, Shawna and Avery Cronk.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today, (Wednesday, December 18) at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home in Lewisville. Pastor Linda Philabaun will officiate at the service with family, friends, Mick Saunders and Arthur Whitaker assisting. Burial will follow I the South Mound Cemetery at New Castle. Visitation was held Tuesday, December 17 at the funeral home.


Charlotte Roberts
Jan 18, 1938 – Dec 14, 2002

Charlotte Ann Roberts, 64, a resident of Knightstown, died at her residence Saturday, December 14. She was born January 18, 1938 in Carthage, a daughter of Charles Bernard and Helen (Mattix) Caldwell. On April 7, 1956, she married James Alfred “Rusty” Roberts, Sr. in Ogden.

Mrs. Roberts was born and raised in Carthage and was a former resident of Spiceland and Eaton. She had been a Knightstown resident since 1994. She attended Carthage High School and was a former member of the Eaton Nazarene Church and the Raysville Friends Church.

Survivors include her husband, James Alfred Roberts, Jr. of Knightstown; her mother Helen Caldwell of Westport; five sons, James Alfred Roberts, Jr. of Spiceland, Dennis Edward Roberts, New Castle, Jon Roberts of Bunker Hill, Charles “Chuck” Roberts of Muncie and James Daniel Roberts of Greenfield; one daughter, Kristi Ann Hart of Marion; one sister. Dorothy Gasper of Westport; nine grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Bernard Caldwell, one son, Robert Allen Roberts and one granddaughter, Savannah Roberts.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, December 18) at Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel in Knightstown with Rev. Paul R. Litten and Jeremy Hart officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held Tuesday, December 17 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society.


Viva Myers Oesterling
April 12, 1920 – Dec 16, 2002

Viva Myers Oesterling, 92, of Spiceland died unexpectedly Monday, December 16 at her residence. She was born April 2, 1910 in Henry County, a daughter of the late Newton and Nola (Munden) Keesling.

Mrs. Oesterling retired from Cadiz High School in 1980, where she had worked in the cafeteria for about 30 years. She was a member of the Center Chapel Ladies Aide. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and square dancing.

Survivors include two sons, Donald Myers of Houston, Texas and Charles (wife Joyce) Myers of Spiceland; one daughter, Judith M. (husband Jack) Myers Avery of Knightstown; seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Parnell “Bud” Myers, her second Husband, Frank Oesterling, one brother and one sister.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 19 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service with Rev. Allen Southerland officiating. Burial will follow in Mechanicsburg Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 18 at the funeral home.