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PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 6, 2002

Catherine Brashaber
Aug. 26, 1930 –Feb. 2, 2002

Catherine “Katie” Brashaber, 71, died Saturday, February 2 at her home in Rushville. She was born August 26, 1930, a daughter of the late Marshall and Mary C. (Scott) Wright. On June 26, 1950, she married Kenneth Brashaber, who survives.

Katie spent her early life in Bloomington but had lived in Rush County since 1951. She was a Bloomington High School graduate in the class of 1948. She was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Rushville, an assistant 4-H leader in the Center Township Girls Lucky 4-H Club, P.E.O. (chapter M, Psi Iota Xi, Rush County Republican Women’s Assoc., Flatrock Investment Group and Center Township Home Ec. Club. She was an accomplished homemaker, seamstress, reader, traveler and loved spending time with her family.

Survivors besides her husband include one son, Phil Brashaber, Rushville; two daughters, Debbie (husband Wayne) Howell Jr. of Fishers, and Susan (husband Terry) Barnett, Lebanon; one brother, John E. Wright, Bloomington; one sister, Evelyn (husband Cecil) Benefiel, Washington; and six grandchildren.

Services were held Tuesday, February 5 at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. David Patrick officiating. Burial was in the East Hill Cemetery, Rushville.

Visitation was held Monday, February 4 at the Moster & Cox Funeral Home in Rushville.

  The family request that memorial contributions be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Rush Memorial Hospital Tree of Life, Rushville Public Library, P.E.O. Scholarship Fund and the Hospice of Decatur County.

 

James “Floyd” Davis
Dec. 13, 1928 – Feb. 1, 2002

James “Floyd” Davis, 73, of New Castle, died Friday, February 1 at his home after an extended illness. He was born December 13, 1928 in New Castle, the son of the late James Washington and Anna Elizabeth Stephens Davis.

Floyd, a lifelong resident of New Castle, graduated from New Castle High School in 1945. He owned and operated the Davis Trucking Co. He was an avid fisherman and bowler, enjoyed his family and writing poetry.  Davis designed and build his home where he had lived since 1975.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Iris Fern Littrell Davis whom he married on February 27, 1949 in Connersville; one son, James F. (wife Betty Lou) Davis Jr. of New Castle; one daughter Ava Lynn (husband Eddie) Vaughn of Bowling Green, Ky.; three granddaughters, three grandsons; three brothers, Gene and Steve Davis of New Castle, and Everett of Dublin; two sisters, Rosemary Latham of New Castle and Irene Meyer of Hagerstown; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Tuesday, February 5 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Lewisville Chapel. Burial was in the Green Hills Memory Garden on S.R. 38, west of New Castle. Visitation was Monday, February 4 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Henry County Hospice, 1000 N. 16th St., New Castle, 47362.

 

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 13, 2002

Jimmie P. Higgins
May 15, 1934 – Feb. 10, 2002

Jimmie P. Higgins, 67, a longtime resident of the Knightstown Community died unexpectedly Sunday, February 10 at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield following an extended illness. He was born May 15, 1934 in New Castle, a son of the late Robert H. and Della M. (Craig) Higgins. Jim was employed in the maintenance department of The Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children’s Home, Knightstown, and was on the labor relation’s board of The Unity Team Union. Mr. Higgins was also a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Marcella (Covill) Higgins; two sons, Jimmie Higgins, Jr. of Batesville, AK, and Darrell Higgins of Marion; one daughter, Shari (husband John) Manck of Arlington, TX; one stepdaughter, Roxane (husband Robert) Polk of Knightstown; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Swincher of Knightstown, and Barbara Brown of Hapeville, GA; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 14 in Glen Cove Cemetery, Knightstown with Jon Day officiating. Knightstown American Legion Post #152 will conduct military services. Visitation will be today (Wednesday) from 4-8 p.m. at the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson. Memorial contributions maybe made to the American Cancer Society, Hancock County Unit, %Patty Cook, 426 Hamilton St., Fortville, IN 46040.

 

Versie Ellison
Oct. 14, 1917 – Feb. 5, 2002

Versie Ellison, 84, died Tuesday, February 5 at the Middletown Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center in Middletown after an extended illness.

Versie was born in Carter County, Ky. on October 14, 1917, a son of the late William Riley & Gertrude Cline Ellison. He moved to the Shirley area in 1941 and had lived in Kennard for the past 17 years. Versie retired from General Motors, Guide Lamp Division in Anderson after 33 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, gardening and working in his yard.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, the former Vesta O. Hilderbrand whom he married on December 27, 1940 at Olive Hill, Ky.; one son, Rick (wife Julie) Ellison of Springfield, Ohio; one daughter, Kathy Ellison of Kennard; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lawrence of Flemmingburg, Ky., three sisters, Bonnie Willman of Hillsboro, Ohio, Rena Basford of Winchester, Ohio and Cloma of Eaton, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Wayne Lee Ellison on Nov. 17, 1993 and Paul Ellison on Nov. 4, 1997, two brothers and two sisters.

Graveside services were held Saturday, February 9 at the Green Hills Memory Garden west of New Castle. Visitation was Friday, February 8 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Estell Chapel in Shirley.

 

Homer J. Warner
May 29, 1925 – Feb. 9, 2002

Homer J. Warner, 74, of Spiceland died Saturday, February 9 at the Hancock Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was a son of the late Burleigh and Dortha Hampson Warner.

Warner lived most of his life in the Henry and Hancock County area and worked as a sales representative in the pharmaceutical industry for many years. He graduated from the Charlottesville High school with the class of 1943 and attended Indiana State Teachers College. A veteran of WW II, he served in the Army Air Corp. as a B-17 gunner with the 384th Bomber Group. He flew 35 missions over Germany and was honorably discharged from service on Oct. 28, 1945. Homer enjoyed farming and raising Standardbred racehorses. He was a member of the U.S. Trotting & Pacing Horse Association and was also a member of the Four Square Gospel Church in New Castle.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, the former Margaret D. Lipp whom he married May 2, 1947 in Willow Branch; two sons, Mike Warner of Florida and Greg Warner of New Castle; two daughters, Gilda (husband Mark) Hubbell of Lewisville, and Durette Rash of New Castle; seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild; one brother, Paul (wife Joan) Warner of Kansas; mother-in-law Grace Lipp of Shirley and a sister-in-law; several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Lewisville Chapel in Lewisville with Rev. Charles McDonald officiating. Burial will follow in the McCray Cemetery at Wilkinson.

Visitation was Tuesday, February 12 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Four Square Gospel Commissary, 3200 S. 14th St., New Castle, IN 47362.

 

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 20, 2002

Harold E. Kirk
June 5, 1929 – Feb 16, 2002

Harold E. Kirk, 72, a longtime resident of the Knightstown community died at Saturday, February 16 at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. He was born on June 5, 1929 in Kennard, a son of the late Floyd and Rozetta (Muterspaugh) Kirk.

Harold retired from Western Electric in 1986. He was a member of the Knightstown Lions Club, where he served in many local, district and state offices and was elected District 25F Governor. Kirk was a former member of the Knightstown Town Board and a member of the Kennard Friends Church.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Betty (Mendenhall) Kirk; one son, Rick Kirk of Knightstown; one daughter, Pamela Sue Sickels of Knightstown; two grandchildren, Amy and Eric Sickels; and one great-granddaughter, Kaitlynn Day, all of Knightstown; a half-sister, Louise Roux of Florida; a half-brother, Fred Kirk of New Castle; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Pastor Chris Sitler officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery. Visitation was held Tuesday, February 19 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to District 25F Camp Woodsmoke of the Lions Club.

 

Vernon C. Jones
Feb. 4, 1935 – Feb. 16, 2002

Vernon C. Jones, 67, Carthage, died Saturday, February 16 at Community Hospital East in Indianapolis. He was born February 4, 1935 in Morgan County, TN, a son of the late Mintford and Elsie (Dixon) Jones.

Mr. Jones was an Army veteran and a retired painter. He was a member of the Knightstown American Post 152.

Survivors include three sons, Jefferson T. Jones, Greensboro, Brandon Levi Jones, Knightstown and Jeb Stuart Jones, Indianapolis; two daughters, Misty Jones, Grays Lake, IL and Tammy Browning, Williamsburg; four brothers, Kenneth Jones, Gretna, LA, James (Shank) Jones, Knightstown, Roland Jones, Douglasville, GA and Roy Jones, Shelbyville; one sister, Linda Sullivan, Shelbyville; and 12 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 22 at the Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel in Knightstown with military rites conducted by the Knightstown American Legion and the VFW.

 

Rhea Ellis Hutson
July 18, 1912 – Feb. 12, 2002

Rhea Hutson, 89, of Knightstown, died Tuesday, February 12 at Regency Place Nursing Home in Greenfield. She was born July 18, 1912, a daughter of Bert and Isabelle DeArmond Ellis.

She lived most of her life in Henry County and owned and operated Rhea’s Apparel on the Knightstown Square for 21 years. She was a member of the Kennard Christian Church.

Survivors include two sons, Gilbert (wife, Patty) of Knightstown, and Gary (wife Sharon) of Lewisville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Cliff in 1992; her brothers, Garten, Claude, Harry, Robert, Paul, Lewis and Clarence; a sister, Laura Mar Blackburn; and a grandson, Donald Hutson. Graveside services were held Friday, February 15 at Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. There was no public calling. Greene’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

James A. Gabbert
Sept. 7, 1937 – Feb. 15, 2002

James A. Gabbert, 64, of Rushville, died February 16 at Rush Memorial Hospital in Rushville. He was born September 6, 1937 in Kentucky, a son of the late James P. and Hazel (Voorhies) Gabbert.

James has been in Rushville most of his life. He had been employed at Farm Fans in Beech Grove, where he was a welder. He was a member of the Rushville Church of Christ where he had been an elder.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley A. Gabbert whom he married May 3, 1958; his mother, Hazel Gabbert of Rushville; two sons, Jeff (wife Theresa) Gabbert, Connersville, and Jay (wife Anita) Gabbert of Straughn; one daughter, Sheryl (husband Gabe) Ravelli, Gings; three sisters, Betty Sherman of Alabama, Nan (husband Bud) Pearsey and Mary (husband Tom) Floyd of Deltona, FL; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held Tuesday, February 19 at Moster & Cox Mortuary with Jerry Holdman officiating. Burial was in the Raleigh (Zion) Cemetery in Rush County. Visitation was Monday, February 18 at the funeral home.

The family request memorial contributions can be made to Rushville Church of Christ or to the American Lung Association.

 

Carolyn Esther McGill
Feb. 9, 1933 – Feb. 8, 2002

Carolyn Esther (Johns) McGill, 68, a resident of El Paso, TX, and a former resident of the Wilkinson community died Friday, February 8, 2002 at her residence in Texas. She was born February 9, 1933 in Wilkinson, a daughter of Joseph Earl and Vivian Doris (McCallister) Johns.

Carolyn graduated salutatorian from New Castle High School in 1951. In addition, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas of El Paso. She was an active member of Cielo Vista Church in El Paso. Carolyn retired after 30 years with the Civil Service in Finance and Accounting.

She is survived by her five children, Debra Ann (husband James) Hedgepet, Douglas Alan (wife Lesli), David Austin, Denise Amber, Daniel Alton (wife Michelle); 10 grandchildren, Tony, Travis, Kristin, Terri, Lisa, Alyssa, Sloan, Nathan, Megan and Julia; and one great-grandchild, Gianni.

Graveside services were held Saturday, February 16 at McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson. Visitation was held prior to the service on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson.

 

Jane Wilson
Aug 9, 1930 – Feb 14, 2002

Jane Wilson, 71, a resident of Muncie, died at her residence February 14. She was born August 9, 1930 in Delaware County, a daughter of the late Orion E. and Jewell O. (Baldwin) Brothers.

She was a homemaker and mother and a retired clerk for the Muncie Sanitary District. Jane was a member of the Women’s Democrat Club, Phi Chi EpsilonXl Chapter, #27 Precinct Committee Women, Democrat and the Hazelwood Christian Church of Muncie.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, James W. Wilson of Muncie; two sons, James W. (wife Cheryl) Wilson Jr. of Muncie, Robert W. Wilson of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; and one daughter, Carol L. (husband Robert) Stouder of Muncie.

A daughter, Carolinda, four sisters and one brother preceded her in death.

Services were held Monday, February 18 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Jon Day officiating. Burial was in McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson. Visitation was on Sunday, February 17 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Red Door Cancer Services of Delaware County, 401 West Jackson St., Muncie, IN 47305.

 

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 27, 2002

Aliene Shipley
Feb. 15, 1915 – Feb. 22, 2002

Aliene Shipley, 87, a resident of Franklin United Methodist Community and a former longtime resident of Wilkinson, died Friday, February 22 at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin. She was born February 15 in Maxwell, a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Emma (Murnan) Weber.

Mrs. Shipley was a graduate of Charlottesville High School and Central Normal College in Danville. She taught at Eden and Charlottesville Schools and worked at Shipley Insurance Agency. She placed second in the nation in the Amateur Typing at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. She was a member of the Shirley-Wilkinson Community United Methodist Church in Shirley, the Shirley Chapter of the Eastern Star #492, Lilac Literary Club in Wilkinson, Nameless Creek Literary Club in Greenfield, Toastmistress Club in Greenfield and Tri Kappa in Greenfield. She was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother that loved playing the piano and was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, David Shipley of Franklin; two daughters, Connie (husband Richard) Butler of Columbus, and Ann Wilcoxon of Wilkinson; six granddaughters, five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Two brothers preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Rev. Kurt Stone officiating. Burial will follow in Park Cemetery in Greenfield.

Visitation was Tuesday, February 26 at the funeral home with Eastern Star services conducted at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shirley-Wilkinson Community United Methodist Church.

 

Martha K. Anderson
Dec. 9, 1908 – Feb. 11, 2002

Martha K. Anderson, 93, a former Knightstown resident, died Monday, February 11 in Franklin. She was born December 9, 1908 in Rush County, the daughter of Charles B. and Ethel (Stevens) Kennedy. She married Marvin Anderson on January 15, 1938 and he preceded her in death on October 25, 1976.

She was employed from 1949 to 1969 as a bookkeeper for the First National Bank in Knightstown and from 1969 to 1976, she worked for Lunglite Co. in Denning, NM, and from 1976 to 1979, she worked for Mayhill Publications, Inc. in Knightstown. Martha was a graduate of the Rush Co. public schools. She was a member of Center Christian Church at Mays, and a member of the Knightstown Chapter #54 O.E.S. in Knightstown.

Rev. Cleon Wright conducted graveside services Friday, February 22 at the Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Arrangements were handled by Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, Franklin.

 

Mabel Opal Thurston
Oct. 12, 1905 – Feb. 23, 2002

Mabel Opal Thurston, 96, former Carthage resident, died at her residence in Rising Sun on Saturday, February 23. She was born on October 12, 1905 in Morgan County, a daughter of the late Ezra and Della (Price) Rumple.

On August 30, 1925, she married Daily Thurston who preceded her in death in 1981. Mrs. Thurston was a member of the Weslyan Methodist Church in Carthage.

Survivors include one son, Paul Thurston, Okeechobee, FL; two daughters, Ethel Elkins and Viola Beckett, both of Rising Sun; two brothers, Jesse Rumple, Sr. of Carthage and Russell Rumple of Monticello; two sisters, Bertha Steward of Carthage, and Nellie Brown of Monticello; 24 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, James Thurston, a daughter, Velma Rennemeier and four brothers, Raymond, William, Lloyd and Ora Rumple.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Carthage with burial in the Carthage Town Cemetery.

Visitation was held Tuesday, February 26 at the Todd Funeral Home, Carthage Chapel.

 

Catherine Louise James
Aug. 5, 1917 – Feb. 19, 2002

Catherine Louise Axon James, 84, a resident of Spiceland, died unexpectedly Tuesday, February 19 at Henry County Memorial Hospital. She was born August 5, 1917 in Birch Tree, MO, a daughter of the late James Ross and Mary Elizabeth (Butler) Axon.

Mrs. James was a 1935 graduate of New Castle High School and was a member of Spicelend Friends Meeting.

Survivors include two daughters, Marynell (husband Ron) Roberts of Fort Wayne, and Judy (husband Dennis) Stevens of Spiceland; three sons, William James of Indianapolis, Joe James of Spiceland, and John (wife Lisa) James of Knightstown; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Albert K. James in 1998; a brother, Gordon Axon, and a granddaughter, Bethany James.

Graveside services were held Friday, February 22 at Circle Grove Cemetery in Spiceland with Sid Martin officiating.

Visitation was Thursday, February 21 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, New Castle.

 

Mahlon C. Marshall
July 23, 1920 – Feb. 20, 2002

Mahlon C. Marshall, 81, of Willow Branch, died Wednesday, February 20 at Regency Place Healthcare Center in Greenfield. He was born July 23, 1920 in Hamilton County, a son of the late Murray and Bertha (Lennon) Marshall.

Mr. Marshall retired from Delco Remy in Anderson. He was a lifelong farmer and owner and trainer of standardbred horses. He was a member of the United States Trotting and Pacing Association.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dorothy (Isaacs) Marshall of Willow Branch; three daughter, Linda Parks of Willow Branch, Brenda (husband Greg) Troy of Pendleton, and Judy (husband Don) Jordan of Willow Branch; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Marshall of Greenfield; two sisters, Fayola Leonard and Josephine Kostuck, both of Fortville; and several nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Jeannette Stevens, an infant son, Steven Marshall, and one brother, Dallas Marshall, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 22 at the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Pastor Les Grimsley officiating. Burial was in Gravel Lawn Cemetery in Fortville.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Thursday, February 21.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Willow Branch United Methodist Church.