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 PUBLISHED AUGUST 4, 2004

Endie Pitts

Nov. 27, 1909 – July 28, 2004

Endie Pitts, 94, died Wednesday, July 28 at her home in Raysville. She was born November 27, 1909 in Muse Mills, Ky., a daughter of Thomas Morrison and Laura (Hamm) Morrison.

Mrs. Pitts had lived in the Knightstown area for 75 years. She was a homemaker who was completely devoted to her family. She had worked several years at the Dunreith Canning Factory. She was a member of the Knightstown Church of God for 47 years and the last 12 years at Cross Road Church of God in New Castle. She married Allie Pitts on August 16, 1924 and he preceded her in death on November 4, 1981.

Survivors include five sons, Eugene (wife Mary) Pitts of Carthage, Richard Pitts of Knightstown, Harold (wife Carolyn) Pitts of Knightstown, Leonard (wife Jo Ellen) Pitts of Dunreith, and Dale (wife Jackie) Pitts of Rushville; four daughters, Jewell (husband Selbert) Braden of Anderson, Betty Kise of Knightstown, Judy (husband Henry) Neal of New Castle, Mildred (husband Larry) Houser of New Castle; two brothers, Walter Morrison of Worthington, Ky. and Archie Morrison of Cleveland, Ohio; four sisters, Alice Lemmings and Elsie Marcum, both of Flatwoods, Ky., Cora Coons of Cleveland, Ohio and Arsula Truitt of Kokomo; 25 grandchildren, 29 step-grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, 34 step-great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren and six step-great-great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by eight grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, two brothers and one sister.

Services were held Saturday, July 31 at Cross Road Church of God in New Castle with Danny Douglas and Rev. Charles Dugger officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown Friday, July 30.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cross Road Church of God in New Castle and Henry County Memorial Hospital Hospice.

 

Electia Stevens Rains

Jan. 22, 1909 – July 30, 2004

Lewisville resident Electia Stevens Rains, 95, died Friday, July 30 at the Henry County Memorial Hospital in New Castle. She was born January 22, 1909 in Alpha, Ky., a daughter of the late Zeak and Martha Guffey Smith.

A homemaker, she lived most of her life in Henry County and the past 60 years in the Lewisville community. She was a member of the Little Blue River Church of Christ in Carthage and a former member of the Rainbow Garden Club at New Castle.

Survivors include two daughters, Evelyn (husband Gene) Hall of New Castle and Shirlee (husband Charles) Newton of Greenfield; three sons, Everett “Shady” Stevens and Roger Stevens, both of Lewisville and Donald (wife Betty) Stevens of Spiceland; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were two husbands, Estell Stevens and Tom Rains; one son, Phillip Stevens; one daughter, Berniece Hash; one grandson, Timothy Hughes; two sisters, Adell Jones and Greedle Pierce; and two brothers, Leonard and Everett Smith.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 2 at the Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home ~ Lewisville Chapel ~ Lewisville with John Skomp officiating. Burial was in South Mound Cemetery in New Castle.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Sunday, August 1.

 

Margaret Roberts

Aug. 22, 1932 – July 23, 2004

Margaret Esther Roberts, 71, died Friday, July 23 at Flat Rock River Lodge in Rushville. She was born August 22, 1932 in Rush County, a daughter of the late Alva and Hazel (Montgomery) Roberts.

Miss Roberts had lived in Knightstown and was a domestic worker.

She is survived by two brothers, James (Rusty) Roberts of Knightstown and Tom (wife Sharon) Roberts of Carthage; four sisters, Marjorie Clay of Carthage, Virginia (husband Kenneth) Stearns, Dorothy (husband Larry) VanDuyn and Donna Roberts, all of Knightstown; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, one sister preceded her in death.

Services were held Tuesday, July 27 at Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel, with Pastor Steve Brackney officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery at Knightstown.

Visitation was held prior to the service on Tuesday.

 

 PUBLISHED AUGUST 11, 2004

Richard E. Merchant

July 2, 1924 – Aug. 8, 2004

Knightstown resident, Richard E. Merchant, 80, died Sunday, August 8 in the Americare Living Center, New Castle. He was born July 2, 1924 in Greenfield, a son of the late James and Iva (Williams) Merchant.

Merchant had lived in Knightstown all his life. He retired from Chrysler as a job setter. The WW II veteran was a machinist’s mate third class USNR. He was a member of Knightstown American Legion Post 152, member of VFW and the Moose Lodge of Greenfield. He married Pauline “Polly” Merchant November 20, 1954 and she preceded him in death September 16, 2000.

Survivors include two sons, Mike Merchant of Knightstown and Donald Merchant of Markleville; one brother, Lewis (wife Evelyn) Merchant of Knightstown; two grandsons, Mike and Ron Merchant; one granddaughter, Amy (husband Phil) Thompson.

Besides his wife and parents, two brothers preceded him in death.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, August 11) at the Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel in Knightstown with Pastor Steve Brackney officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cove Cemetery with graveside military rites by the Knightstown American Legion-VFW.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Tuesday, August 10.

 

Lola Conrad

Aug. 22, 1917 – Aug. 8, 2004

Lola Renfro Miller Conrad, 86, of Dunreith, died Sunday, August 8 at The Waters of New Castle following an extended illness. She was born August 22, 1917 in Rush County, a daughter of the late Silas and Alice (Nolen) Renfro.

A high school graduate, Mrs. Conrad had been employed at Montgomery Ward. She was a member of Dunreith Christian Church since 1946 and a former member of the YMCA. She enjoyed crocheting, crafts and shopping.

Survivors include a sister, Betty (husband Ted) Applegate of Spiceland; a brother, Franklin (wife Maxine) Renfro of Kennard; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Harry E. Miller; her second husband, Clarence Eli Conrad; a brother, George Renfro; three sisters, Bertha Stearns, Minnie Clapp and Geneva Dean.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday, August 11) at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle with Rev. Kenton Smith officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cove Cemetery, Knightstown.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Tuesday, August 10.

 

 PUBLISHED AUGUST 18, 2004

Lewis N. Hudson

Feb. 5, 1929 – Aug. 13, 2004

Wilkinson resident, Lewis N. Hudson, 75, died Friday, August 13 at Community Hospital in Anderson. He was born February 5, 1929 in Anderson, a son of the late William and Cecil (Little) Hudson.

Mrs. Hudson retired from Delco Remy after 31 years of service and also retired from the Big 4 Railroad.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Patricia Joan Hudson of Wilkinson; two sons, Steve (wife Machell) Hudson of Mechanicsburg and Neal Hudson of Morristown; two daughters, Roxann (husband Eric) Sharpnack of Pendleton and Karen (husband Will) Wiseman of Wilkinson; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Hudson of Frankton; several nieces and nephews.

Three brothers, John, Chiffer and George Hudson preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Monday in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with burial in McCray Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Sunday, August 15.

 

Robert E. Harris

Dec. 26, 1926 – Aug. 12, 2004

Robert E. “Red” Harris, 77, a resident of New Castle, died Thursday, August 12 at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. He was born December 26, 1926 in Ashland, Ky., a son of Robert Rose and Carrie Harris.

Mr. Harris retired in 1988 from the New York Central & Conrail Railroad after 39 years of service as a brakeman. He was a member of Eagles Lodge #933 and the American Legion in Middletown. Harris, a farmer, was exceptionally good at telling stories and was easily recognizable in his bib overalls and clodhopper shoes. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his dogs, Trixie and Pal. He served during World War II in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1945 aboard the USS Hessom as a Carpenter’s Mate 1st class.

Survivors include three sons, Robert L. Harris of Mt. Summit, Patrick A Harris of Knightstown and Tim J. Harris of Montpelier; two grandsons, Stephen Jay Harris of Montpelier and Scott Allen Harris of Montpelier; two granddaughters, Margaret “Maggie” (husband Joe) Kennedy of Sulphur Springs and Darra (husband Howard) Moore of Seymour; four great-grandchildren, Keylyn Evamarie Thompkins, Jack Patrick Kennedy, Grace Moore and Jacob Moore; one sister, Edyth Fraley of Fort Wayne; several nieces, nephews and a special friend, Joy Dishman of Mt. Summit.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Ruth Maxine (Ford) Harris, one brother, Claude Harris and twin sisters, Maxine Nickles and Ernestine West.

Funeral services were held Monday in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Pastor Paul Davis officiating. Burial was in Green Hills Memory Gardens in New Castle with military graveside services.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Sunday, August 15.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Scottie J. Shaw

Dec. 7, 1940 – Aug. 13, 2004

Greenfield resident, Scottie J. Shaw, 63, died Friday, August 13 at his residence. He was born December 7, 1940 in Hancock County and is the son of Oswyn and Rosalind (Shipley) Shaw.

Mr. Shaw was a lifelong farmer and school bus driver for Greenfield Central School System. He was a former deputy for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Dept. He was a 1958 graduate of Hancock Central High School where he was a member of FFA. He was also a member of House of Prayer Ministries in Lewisville, served in the National Guard from 1963 to 1967 and was an avid hunter, fisherman and collector of antique tractors.

Survivors include two sons, Brian (wife Tania) Shaw of Greenfield and Neil (wife Marca) Shaw of Greenfield; one daughter, Betsey (husband Dale) Anderson of Ingalls; his mother, Rosalind Shaw of Greenfield; two grandsons, two granddaughters, one step-grandson; a sister, Alice (husband Ron) Barnett of Greenfield; an uncle, Norman Shaw of Greenfield and an aunt, Jennie Purdy of Anderson.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday, August 18) in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Pastor David Todd officiating.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1-7 p.m. today (Wednesday).

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc., the Diabetic Assoc. or the House of Prayer Ministries in Lewisville.

 

Reba Murl Bonewits

May 3, 1913 – Aug. 15, 2004

Former Knightstown resident, Reba Murl (Hutcheson) Bonewits, 91, died Sunday, August 15 at Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin. She was born May 3, 1913 in Reelsville, a daughter of the late Ross A. and H. Hazel (Mullinix) Hutcheson.

Reba graduated from Washington High School in Indianapolis with the Class of 1929. On December 4, 1932, she married Austin E. Bonewits who preceded her in death in 1996, four days after their 64th wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Bonewits, a homemaker, had worked at Bridgeport Brass during World War II while Austin was aboard the Navy USS Pittsburgh serving in the South Pacific. Several years later, Austin and Reba purchased a grocery store near their Fountain Square home and named it Butch and Reba’s Market. In this way, they were available for their four children. In 1959, their children were grown and they sold the grocery store. Reba and Austin were resident managers for the McKay Apartments in Indianapolis for several years and worked for White Gloves Cleaning Service for a short while. Reba later worked at Fox/Carhart Photo and finished her outside-the-home career at Methodist Hospital, working for Sylvania TV.

The couple moved to Knightstown to be near their son and family. In 1998, two years after her husband’s death, Reba moved to the Indiana Masonic Home in Franklin where she resumed her friendship of 40 plus years with a former customer, Beulah Barrett, whose apartment was across the hall. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary, 8/40 Henry Co. Salon #72 and Order of Eastern Star, Ransford Chapter.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Loti Hutcheson; grandson, Phillip Toney; brothers, Earl, Orville, Lloyd and Richard Hutcheson; and sisters, Vada Hutcheson and Carolyn Hutcheson Emmons.

Survivors include one son, Robert A. (wife Janie) Bonewits; three daughters, Nancy (husband Robert) Rarey, Linda (Marc) Toney, and Judith (husband Thomas) Archer-Hendrickson; one sister, Kathryn Hutcheson Theaman of Mesa, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren, 20 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Friends and family may call at Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel, Knightstown from 4-8 p.m. today (Wednesday, August 18). Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 19 at Boone-Hutcheson Cemetery in Reelsville.

 

 PUBLISHED AUGUST 25, 2004

W. Gerald Keesling

Mar. 25, 1913 – Aug. 24, 2004

W. Gerald Keesling, 91, a resident of Knightstown, died Tuesday, August 24 at his residence. He was born March 25, 1913 in Pendleton, a son of Charles Riley and Clara Belle (Dudley) Keesling.

Mr. Keesling was a farmer most of his life and bought the Keesling Farm north of Knightstown in 1951. He retired in 1978 from Daimler-Chrysler of New Castle after 44 years of service as a tool and die maker. He was a member of the Greensboro Masonic Lodge #175, the Indianapolis Shrine-Murat Temple and the Indianapolis Scottish Rite 32nd Degree Mason. He graduated from Kennard High School in 1932.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine (Mahle) Keesling of Knightstown, whom he married in 1978; five daughters, Darlene (husband Malcom) Petry of New Castle, Vikkie (husband Eddie) Witham of New Castle, Clara (husband Jerold) Donaldson of Cumberland, Bonnie (husband Ross) Manche of Knightstown, and Colleen Jarvis of Knightstown; four sons, Wilbur (wife Jessie) Keesling of Grayson, Ky., Fred (wife Sara) Keesling of Shelbyville, Rex (wife Pam) Keesling of Greens Fork, and Daryl (wife Patti) Keesling of Knightstown; one stepdaughter, Carla (husband Bob) Lynch of New Palestine; one stepson, Eric (wife Peg) Tribbey of Mt. Lake Park, Md.; 25 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 43 years, Isabelle (Darling) Keesling in 1976; a brother Kenneth Keesling; and a sister, Elizabeth Zirkle.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 27 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Joshua Keesling, Steve Brackney and Michael Smith officiating. Burial will be in McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, August 26 with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hancock Memorial Hospital Hospice Care, Shrine Burn Center or the donor’s choice.

 

Chalmer Back

Sept. 12, 1931 – Aug. 23, 2004

Chalmer Back, 72, of Knightstown died Monday, August 23 at Henry County Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. He was born September 12, 1931 in Carter County, Ky., a son of the late George and Anna (Fife) Back.

A longtime Knightstown resident, he retired from Smurfit Stone Container Corp. in Carthage. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Northside Church of God in New Castle.

Survivors include his wife, Nina Back of Knightstown, whom he married October 30, 1954; a daughter, Terri (husband Dan) Drysdale of Kennard; three sons, Jeffrey D. (wife Lesa) Back of Knightstown, David (wife Beth) Back of Carthage and Kevin Lee (wife Crissy) Back of Kennard; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Junior (wife Lou) Back of Globe, Ky. and Johnny (wife Jody) Back of Upper Tygart, Ky.; three sisters, Joan (husband Berkley) Hall of Upper Tygart, Ky., Madge (husband Ronald) Lankford of Louisville, Ky. and Gail (husband Dick) Counts of Huntsville, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Paul Back and one sister, Pauline Richmond.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 26 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel with Pastor Phil Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. today (Wednesday, August 25).

 

Les Caudill

Sept. 6, 1922 – Aug. 18, 2004

Knightstown resident, Les Caudill, 81, died Wednesday, August 18 in Regency Place Healthcare in Greenfield. He was born September 6, 1922 in Raysville, a son of the late Charles and Gertrude (Hamm) Caudill.

Mr. Caudill retired from the Body Shop of Chevrolet. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Faith Chapel Baptist Church in Knightstown and was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lena (Goodwin) Caudill of Knightstown; a son James (wife Margo) Caudill of Shelbyville; one daughter, Mary (husband William) Klare of Shelbyville; a daughter-in-law, Sandy Caudill of Indianapolis; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters; three brothers; several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Ida Caudill; a son, William Caudill; a sister and two brothers.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 21 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Pastor Randy Gross officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Friday, August 20.

 

Richard T. Hiner

Jan. 1, 1917 – Aug. 18, 2004

Richard T. Hiner, 87, a resident of Kennard, died Wednesday, August 18 in Henry County Memorial Hospital in New Castle. He was born January 1, 1917 in Rush County, a son of the late Samuel and Leila Ethel (Thrall) Hiner.

Mr. Hiner was a lifelong farmer specializing in tomatoes and popcorn. He was a member of the Kennard Christian Church, Lions Club, Greensboro Masonic Lodge #175 F & AM and also was on the Board of Directors for Henry County REMC.

Survivors include four children, Leila (husband Howard) Lewis of Hagerstown, Mary (husband Stanley) Guinn of Kennard, Ray (wife Penny) Hiner of New Castle and Robert (wife Andrea) Hiner of Fishers; step-children, Bonnie Murphy of New Castle, RoseAnn (husband Bob) Cater of New Castle, Donald (wife Diane) Sloan of Knightstown, Marilyn (husband Jerry) Glisson of Kennard, Sondra (husband Jim) Gorman of Carthage, Kevin (wife Brenda) Brooks of Carthage, Frank Brooks of Carthage, Jack (wife Janie) Brooks of New Castle and Jim (wife Sandy) Brooks of New Castle; one brother, James Hiner of Arizona; one sister, Helen Baker of Knightstown; one step-sister, Peggy Hurst of Indianapolis; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by wives, Roberta Hiner and Donna Hiner; two stepsons, Mike Sloan and Robert Fox.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 23 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Marion McFarland officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Sunday, August 22 with a Masonic Service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kennard Christian Church.

 

Edna Ferguson

Feb. 6, 1920 – Aug. 18, 2004

Former longtime Knightstown resident, Edna Pauline Mayer Ferguson, 84, of Safety Harbor, Fla. and Indianapolis, died Wednesday, August 18. She was born February 6, 1920.

While living in Knightstown, Edna was very active in civic affairs. She was a Tri Kappa member and a leader and supporter of Girls Scouts of America. Also, she was a member of the Sesquicentennial committee that took on the project of rebuilding the “Bandstand” on the Knightstown Square.

Surviving are two sons, Reginald Ferguson and Douglas Ferguson; two daughters, Cynthia Ferguson and Laura Kinnick; her sister, Mary E. Smith; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth C. Ferguson and a sister, Ella Mayer Hoffman.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 28 in Spencer. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.