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 PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 4, 2004

Ralph E. Chew

May 11, 1933 – Jan. 27, 2004

Ralph E. Chew, 70, of Knightstown died Tuesday, January 27 in Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. He was born May 11, 1933 in Knightstown, the son of the late George M. and Ruth Emma (Craft) Chew.

Mr. Chew was a lifelong resident of Knightstown and worked as a mechanic at the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Home. He was a 1951 graduate of Knightstown High School and a tank mechanic for the United States Army in the Korean War. He was a member of the Knightstown American Legion Post #152.

Survivors include five sons, Kenneth (wife Vicki) Chew of McCordsville, Max Chew, Tim (wife Brenda) Chew, James (wife Lori) Chew and Kevin Chew, all of Knightstown; two daughters, Laura (husband Tim) Tapp of Knightstown, and Ruthie (husband Darryl) Dudley of Dunreith; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by six brothers and one sister.

Services were held Saturday, January 31 at the Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown with Rev. George Maloyed officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery with military services provided by Knightstown American Legion Post #152 and VFW.

Visitation was Friday, January 30 at the funeral home.

 

Stanford H. Collins

May 26, 1928 – Jan. 27, 2004

Stanford H. Collins, 75, a resident of Ft. Wayne and former resident of Knightstown, died Tuesday, January 27 at DuPont Hospital in Ft. Wayne. He was born May 26, 1928 in Greensboro, the son of the late H.L. and Lillian (Jacoby) Collins.

Stan was a 1946 graduate of Knightstown High School. He began his career teaching Industrial Arts at Knightstown High School and then started working at the CCA Paper Mill in Carthage. He retired from Rock-Tenn Co. in Eaton as vice-president, general manager. He served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army, receiving two Bronze stars, two Overseas bars and the United Nations service medal. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Milford, Ohio, a lifetime member of the American Legion in Knightstown, Moose Lodge in Muncie, and High Street United Methodist Church in Muncie. His hobbies included old cars, motorcycles, golfing, cooking and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of eight years, Jewel (Brammer) Collins of Ft. Wayne; one son, Brent (wife Lesa) Collins of South Beach, Oregon; one daughter, Cindy (husband Ken) Mace of Muncie; two step-daughters, Julie (husband Alan) Andridge of Quincy, Mich., and Patti (husband Bill) Earl of Coldwater, Mich.; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Winkie LeMay of Bluffton, S.C. and Susan Priddy of Fishers; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 41 years, Phyllis Jane Collins in 1994; one brother, Jack Collins; and one sister, Judy Collins Oliver.

Funeral services were held Saturday in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Rev. Richard Thayer officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown with military graveside rites.

Visitation was held Friday, January 30 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ft. Wayne Fire Dept., 307 East Murray St., Ft. Wayne, IN 46803.

 

Angel Louise Surber

April 5, 1995 – Jan. 28, 2004

Monica Rene Surber

Dec. 6, 1996 – Jan. 28, 2004

The daughters of Ronnell R. Smith and Michael J. Surber of Indianapolis died Wednesday, January 28 in a trailer fire in Indianapolis. Angel Louise Surber, 8 years old, was born April 5, 1995 and was a second grader. Monica Rene, 7 years old, was born December 6, 1996 and was a first grader. They both attended Garden City Elementary School in Indianapolis.

Survivors include the parents; a brother, Joseph Mitchell Smith of Indianapolis; their grandmother, Diane McCune; Aunts Michelle D. Smith of Indianapolis and Sherrie A. Smith of Greenfield; great-grandmother, Lois Smith of Carthage; plus many other relatives in the Knightstown and Carthage area.

They were preceded in death by a grandfather Royce Smith, great-grandfathers Fred Smith and Clyde Hager, and step-grandfather Bobby McCune, all of Knightstown, great-grandmother Dorothy Hilton of New Castle and Aunt Teresa Lynn Smith.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Peoples Burn Foundation, 323 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Visitation was held Sunday, February 1 at the Family Funeral Home in Indianapolis. Pastor Tom Taylor conducted memorial services at the funeral home on Monday, February 2. Burial was in West Ridge Park Cemetery.

(Editor’s note – The mother, Ronnell R. Smith remains in critical condition at the Wishard Burn Center at I.U. Medical Center in Indianapolis.)

 

Albert L. Hill

May 25, 1916 – Feb. 1, 2004

Albert L. Hill, 87, of rural Falmouth, died Sunday, February 1 at Flatrock River Lodge in Rushville where he had been a resident for five days. He was born May 25, 1916 in rural Lewisville, a son of the late Sherman and Ruth Miles Hill.

Mr. Hill graduated from Raleigh High School in 1935 where he played four years of basketball. He was a veteran of W.W. II serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945. Albert was a staff sergeant in Co. “B” 351st Engineer Regiment serving in England, France, Germany and in the Battle of the Bulge. He won the expert rifle medal award by scoring a 190.

Albert lived in Washington Township, Rush County all of his life. He and his wife lived on the family farm for 55 years where he farmed with his sons. His hobbies were artifacts, reading, horses (Paints and Heflingers), attending sales and listening to music and sports. He was a 75 years member of Raleigh Christian Church, 50 year member of Orange Lodge #234 F&AM, Rushville Elks, Farm Bureau, American Legion #150 of Rushville, AMVETS, Eagles, 40 & 8 of Connersville and a past trustee of Raleigh Zion Cemetery.

Besides his wife, Evelyn M. McBride Hill, whom he married on March 30, 1946 in Maryland, he is survived by two sons, Stephen D. (wife Elaine) Hill and Arnold L. (wife Mary) Hill, all of rural Falmouth; three grandchildren, Jason (wife Angie) Hill of Tampa, Fla., Jennifer (husband Justin) Paddack of rural Lewisville, and Brian (wife Lori) Hill of rural Falmouth; three great-grandchildren, River and Nash Paddack and Grant Hill; two sisters, Isabelle Dill of Pittsburgh, Penn., and Marjorie (husband George) Brownell of Rushville; and nieces and nephews.

A sister, June Hill, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 5 at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Lewisville Chapel, with Rev. Tony Augsburger officiating. Burial will follow in Raleigh Zion Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 150 and V.F.W. Post 1541 of Rushville.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 4) at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Raleigh Christian Church or Hospice Decatur County of Greensburg.

 

Marcia Louise Wisehart

Sept. 16, 1933 – Feb. 5, 2004

Marcia Louise Wisehart, 70, former resident of the Kennard and New Castle communities, died Monday, February 5 at her home in Somerset, Ky. She was born September 16, 1933 in New Castle, the daughter of the late Vernon Marion and Eva (Gordan) Harwood.

Mrs. Wisehart was a homemaker and founder of the Teddy Bear Missionary. She was a member of the Southern Heights Christian Church in Somerset.

Survivors include her husband whom she married October 9, 1953, Luther Wisehart of Somerset, Ky.; one son, Robin Luther Wisehart of New Castle; three daughters, Starlyn Louise Atkins of New Castle, Timmy Anne Bundy of Delphi, and Krysty Lea Burroughs of Gatlinburg, Tenn.; two sisters, Roberta Jean Koontz of Mooreland and Margaret May Cochrel of Anderson; 12 grandchildren, Tracy Weisheit, Fred Weisheit, Holly Bundy McCoy, Kaycie Bundy Laughner, Jennifer Atkins, James Atkins, Amber Hiatt, Ramsey Hiatt, Sam Hiatt, Ariana Hiatt McCarter, Kaitlyn Burroughs and Sierra Burroughs.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 6 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson. Burial will follow at Harlan Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, February 5.

 

Harry E. Cooper

July 2, 1912 – Feb. 2, 2004

Former Knightstown resident, Harry E. Cooper, 91, of Greenfield, died Monday, February 2 in Morristown. He was born July 2, 1912 in Hancock County, the son of the late Ernest and Cora (Lukens) Cooper.

Mr. Cooper was the former owner of Cooper Sales, a farm equipment dealer in Knightstown and New Castle and was primarily a self-employed farmer. He was also a pastor for 30 years at various Friends Churches including Charlottesville Friends Church and Raysville Friends Church. He was a former board member of the White’s Institute and held various offices in the Indiana Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends Church.

He is survived by three sons, Paul Cooper and William Robert Cooper, both of Carthage, and Donald Cooper of Scottsburg; two brothers, Robert Cooper of Greenfield and Wayne Cooper of Connersville; three sisters, Kathleen Haynie of Greenfield, Maxine Gates of Shreveport, LA, and Dortha Prather of Cincinnati, OH; nine grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma (Stafford) Cooper in 2000; one son, Richard Cooper; a brother, Roger Cooper; and one granddaughter, Pam Janney.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, February 7 at the Greenfield Friends Church in Greenfield with Paul Enyart officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Carthage.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, February 5 at the Pasco-Stillinger Funeral Home in Greenfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenfield Friends Church, 323 W. Park Ave., Greenfield, IN 46140.

 

 PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 11, 2004

Byron Keith Ray

Mar. 29, 1932 – Feb. 5, 2004

Wilkinson resident, Byron Keith Ray, 71, died February 5 at Methodist Hospital after suffering a severe head injury from a fall. Born March 29, 1932 in Grant City, he was the son of the late John William Ray and Mary (Addison) Ray Bolen.

Mr. Ray was a 1951 graduate of Knightstown High School. He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War where he was stationed in Germany. He was employed at Delco Remy in Anderson for 46 years as a tool room machinist. His hobbies included woodworking, photography, traveling and Southern gospel music. He also enjoyed working with flowers in the plantation garden that he built for his wife. He took pride in working with his Percheron horse team with which he won several first places in parades.

He was a member of the Shirley Masonic Lodge #531 F&AM as well as the Indiana and National Percheron Associations. He was a member of the Wilkinson Church of Christ where he served as a deacon and was a member of the Joyful Saints.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Phyllis (Thompson) Ray, whom he married October 6, 1951; one son, Rick (wife Nicky) of Shirley; three daughters, Sheryl of Wilkinson, Penny of Shirley, and Ginger (husband Scott) of Knightstown; five grandchildren, Benjamin Elias (Eli) Ray, Jordan Rebecca Ray, Seth William Ray, Alexis Brooke Atkins and Irina Isabella Ray; and one brother, Dr. Thomas (wife Pat) Ray of Muncie.

Funeral services were held at the Wilkinson Church of Christ on Tuesday, February 10 with ministers Jon Day and Russell Lutes officiating. Burial was in McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson.

Visitation was held Monday, February 9 at the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson.

 

James M. Ferguson

May 20, 1923 – Feb. 2, 2004

James M. Ferguson, 80, of Knightstown, died Monday, February 2 at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. He was born May 20, 1923 in Rush County, the son of the late Samuel and Lillie (Vogel) Ferguson.

Jim lived south of Mays until 1968 when he moved to Englewood, Fla. The Fergusons left Florida in 1981 and moved to Knightstown. He worked for 18 years for GTE as a lineman and indoor maintenance retiring in 1968. He was a member of the Center Christian Church where he had been a Deacon, and a past member of the Raleigh F&AM. In earlier years, Jim was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and a WW II Army veteran serving in the European Theater.

Survivors include his wife, Doris (Adams) Ferguson, whom he married July 10, 1943; three sons, Bill Ferguson of Hihari, Ga., Tom Ferguson of Rush County, and John Ferguson of Port Charlotte, Fla.; one daughter, Diane (husband Tom) John of Shelby County; two brothers, Howard Ferguson of Dayton, Ky. and Charles Ferguson of Ft. Myers, Fla.; one sister, Emalene Stearns of Connersville; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held Thursday, February 5 at Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville with Bill Worrell officiating. Burial was in the Center Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Wednesday, February 5.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to American Heart, American Diabetes or American Cancer Society.

 

Emma R. Morris

Feb. 4, 1903 – Feb. 7, 2004

Emma R. Morris, 101, died Saturday, February 7 in Americare of New Castle. She was born February 4, 1903 in Hancock County, a daughter of the late Perry Franklin and Lorena (Sosbe) Brooks.

Mrs. Morris was a 1922 graduate of Vernon High School in Vernon. The homemaker was a member of the Wilkinson Church of Christ.

Survivors include four daughters, Betty (husband Carlos) House-Baugh of New Castle, Cara West of New Castle, Patricia Bell of Circleville, Ohio, and Maxine Thompson of Waverly, Ohio; one son, Robert L. Morris of Knightstown; 13 grandchildren, Gary Joe Morris, Bill Thompson, Mary Jean Altman, Bill House, Kay House-Clark, Lisa Roush, Nancy Staker, Patty Blankenship, Linda Williams, David West, Carolyn West, Thomas West and Bobby Joe West; several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Carter of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Beulah Whitfield of Flemingsburg, Ky.; one brother, Ted Brooks of Ft. Myers, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Helen Morris Knightstown; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Calvert Morris who died January 8, 1969; a son, Joseph E. Morris; four sons-in-law, John W. House, Charles W. Thompson, David West and Virgil Bell; two sisters, Mary Smith Welch and Elizabeth Rust; one brother, Lowell Brooks; and great-granddaughter, Christina Lang.

Services were held Tuesday, February 10 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service with Rev. Solomon David officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Monday, February 9.

 

 PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 18, 2004

Arthur O. Granger

Apr. 29, 1913 – Feb. 11, 2004

Greensboro resident, Arthur O. Granger, 90, died Wednesday, February 11 at his residence. He was born April 29, 1913 in Anderson, the son of the late William and Anna (Hilton) Granger.

Mr. Granger retired, after 44 years of service, from P Q Chemicals in Anderson. He had also worked for 21 years at Beckers in New Castle and 20 years at Mt. Lawn Speedway. He was a member of the Greensboro Friends Church, the Kennard and Straughn Brotherhood and Sisterhood and past member of the Greensboro Volunteer Fire Dept. Arthur was an avid gardener.

Surviving are three sons, David H. (wife Athena) Granger of Anderson, Steve D. (wife Ann) Granger of Jackson, Ga., and Art A. (wife Lee) Granger of Greensboro; one daughter, Vera C. (husband Keith) Condon of Alexandria; 19 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald Granger of Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Carole Granger in 1977; two daughters, Joyce Ann Smith and Patty Lewis; one son, Larry Lee Granger; two brothers, Dean and William Granger; and four sisters, Helen Kisler, Mary Baker, Vera Beinert and Lois Straw.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 14 at the Greensboro Friends Church with Rev. Mark Simmerman officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown.

Visitation was held at the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson Friday, February 13.

 

Charles Brackman

Dec. 5, 1911 – Feb. 10, 2004

Charles Brackman, 92, died Tuesday, February 10 at Regency Place in Greenfield. He was born December 5, 1911 in Minier, Ill., a son of the late Henry and Ernestina (Bluhm) Brackman.

Mr. Brackman, a farmer, had lived in Rush County since 1961. He had previously lived in Johnson County and in Illinois. From 1950-60, he was a contractor in the Johnson County area. He was a member of the Sexton Christian Church and was a preaching elder from the Sexton and Fairview Christian Churches. He started the Fair Haven Christian Church in his farmhouse in Trafalgar. In his retirement, he was an active woodworker and carver as well as an avid gardener.

Surviving are his wife, Pauline Brackman, whom he married November 14, 1934; three sons, Charles Alan Brackman, Muncie, James Edward Brackman and Joseph Michael “Mike” Brackman of New Palestine; one daughter, Marilyn (husband Richard) Dunn of Rushville; one sister, Pearl (husband Arthur) Rinkenburger, Gridley, Ill.; 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Six brothers and one sister preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 13 at Moster & Cox Mortuary with Brian Smith officiating. Burial was in East Hill Cemetery, Rushville.

Visitation was held Friday, February 13 from noon until time of service at the mortuary.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Unit at Regency Place in Greenfield.

 

Tommye-Sue Coffman

July 27, 1964 – Feb. 9, 2004

Tommye-Sue Coffman, 39, a resident of Spiceland, died Monday, February 9 in Regency Place Healthcare Center in Greenfield. She was born July 27, 1964 in Greenfield, a daughter of Loyd Thomas and Connie (Patton) Coffman of Spiceland.

Miss Coffman had worked at Raintree Industries in New Castle and was a member of the Dunreith Christian Church.

Survivors include her parents; one sister, Shar’ron (husband Joe) Cripps of Spiceland; one brother, Brock (wife Diane) Coffman of Spiceland; paternal grandmother, Mary Coffman of Spiceland; maternal grandmother, Marie Patton-Harlan (husband John) of Shirley; two nieces, Lacy Cripps and Bailey Coffman, both of Spiceland; two nephews, Kyle Cripps and Bruce Coffman, both of Spiceland; three aunts, Jackie (husband Bill) Mathews of Indianapolis, Judy (husband Ronnie) Harrison of Greenfield, and Sue (husband Dave) Martin of Greenville, S.C.

She was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Loyd Coffman; maternal grandfather, James Patton; one uncle and aunt, Ron and Barbara Patton; and a cousin Ryan Martin.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 13 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home with Kenton Smith officiating. Burial was in McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Thursday, February 12.

 

Peg Welch

Nov. 1923 – Feb. 15, 2004

Peg Welch, 80, of Columbus died Sunday, February 15 at Four Seasons Health Care Center. She was born November 14, 1923 in Knightstown, a daughter of the late Elbert and Addie Vickery Leavelle.

Mrs. Welch was retired from Reliance Electric where she worked as a secretary for 22 years. She was a member of Burnsville Christian Church, a former member of the North Vernon Christian Church, a 62-year member of Order of Eastern Star Chapter 54 of Knightstown and Chapter 512 of Westport and Chapter 183 of North Vernon. She was a 1941 graduate of Knightstown High School. Peg married Vergil M. Welch December 19, 1941 in Liberty and he died August 27, 1994.

Survivors include one daughter, Deborah E. Seifker of Columbus; five grandchildren, Wendy Diann Scgalski of Columbus, Patricia Sutton, Shawn Cummings and Shannon Jenkins, all of Seymour, and Rusty Seifker of Madison; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ruth Barnes of Washington state.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Richard Welch; granddaughter, Jennifer Strietelmeier; sister, Sara Frances Godby; and a brother, Elbert O. Leavelle, Jr.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 19 at Myers Funeral Service, 3729 25th St., Columbus, with Rev. Marcus Speer officiating. Entombment will be in Garland Brook Mausoleum.

Visitation will be from 4-7:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, February 18) at the funeral home with an Eastern Star service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to The Scholarship Fund of Burnsville Christian Church.

 

Robert A. Farmer

Aug. 17, 1922 – Feb. 15, 2004

Robert A. Farmer, 81, a resident of New Castle and a former resident of rural Shirley, died Sunday, February 15 at Henry County Memorial Hospital in New Castle. He was born August 17, 1922 in Henry County, a son of the late Joe W. and Tweeda Ellen (Grace) Farmer.

Mr. Farmer, a 1947 graduate of Purdue University, was a farmer near Shirley for over 50 years. He was a WW II Air Force Pilot flying B-17s and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in 1973 with the rank of Major. He taught veterans classes after WW II and the Vietnam War. He was a 50-year member of the Mechanicsburg Masonic Lodge #392 F&AM, member of the Scottish Rite #453 and past President of Henry County Shrine. He was past president of the Kennard Lions Club, a member of Henry County Rural Carriers Assoc. and was a Shirley rural route carrier from 1959 to 1974. He had worked for 15 years for the Henry County Surveyor’s office and was a longtime deacon for the Kennard Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille (Miller) Farmer of New Castle; three sons, Bob (wife Candi) Farmer of Shirley, Jeff Farmer of Lafayette, and Jim Farmer of Anderson; one daughter, Connie Steepleton; three grandchildren, Pat Farmer of Shirley, Jenni Farmer of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Drew Farmer of Franklin; one brother, Don Farmer of rural Mechanicsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Edith McIntire, Nell Riggs, Jeanette Brown and Mildred Highmiler, and one brother, Maurice Farmer.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Condo & son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Paul Enyart officiating. Burial will follow at Mechanicsburg Cemetery with military graveside rites.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. today (Wednesday, February 18).

 

Vicki D. Lewman

Sept. 16, 1956 – Feb. 15, 2004

Vicki D. Lewman, 47, a resident of Anderson, died Sunday, February 15 at her residence. She was born September 16, 1956 in Greenfield, a daughter of Hollis and Lucille (Zornes) Lewman of Markleville.

She was a 1976 graduate of Pendleton Heights High School and had worked at Western Electric. Vicki was a member of the Shirley Christian Church where she was baptized in 1974 and a member of the Willing Worker of the church and the Elvis Club.

Surviving besides her parents is a son, Darreck Pierce of Alexandria; a sister, Robin (husband Mark) Kridler of Anderson; maternal grandfather, Elmer Zornes of Greenfield; a niece, Melissa Toombs of New Castle and a nephew, Levi Mosby of Anderson.

A son, Daniel Pierce, maternal grandmother, Anna Zornes, and paternal grandparents, Samuel and Virgie (Planck) Lewman preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 20 in the Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with James Hill officiating. Burial will follow in McCray Cemetery, Wilkinson.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, February 19.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shirley Christian Church, P.O. Box 10, Shirley, IN 47384.

 

 PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 25, 2004

Lowell J. Carlton

Apr. 30, 1931 – Feb. 19, 2004

Lowell J. “Jay” Carlton, 72, a resident of Wilkinson, died Thursday, February 19 at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. He was born April 30, 1931 in Wilkinson, a son of the late Elbert and Edna (Milner) Carlton.

Mr. Carlton retired from Allisons of Indianapolis in 1992, worked for the Greenfield Daily Reporter and for the McCray Cemetery Association of Wilkinson. He was a member of the Shirley/Wilkinson UMC, Shirley Masonic Lodge #531 and the Riley Dance Club. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was an avid photo restorer, photographer and loved spending time with his five grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Marilyn (Bright) Carlton of Wilkinson; two sons, Tom and Todd Carlton, both of Wilkinson; one brother, Robert Carlton of Wilkinson; one sister, Betty Johnson of Greenfield; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

His brother, Elbert “Nick” Carlton Jr. and his parents preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Saturday, February 21 at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Rev. Kurt Stone officiating. Visitation was held prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial was to be in  McCray Cemetery at a later date.

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

 

Clara May Tanner

Oct. 18, 1923 – Feb. 17, 2004

Clara May Tanner, 80, of Mays died Tuesday, February 17 at Flat Rock River Lodge. She was born October 18, 1923 in Wayne County, Ky., a daughter of the late Grover and Ada (Ard) McQueary.

Mrs. Tanner was a homemaker and lived most of her life in Mays.

Survivors include three brothers, Marvin McQueary of New Castle, Lonnie (wife Sharon) McQueary of Noblesville, and Tom (wife Margaret) Coffey of Tulahoma, Tenn; and one sister, Martha Dunaway of Houstonville, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Torrence O. Tanner March 17, 1987; six brothers and three sisters.

Services were held Friday, February 20 at Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel, Knightstown with Rev. George Maloyed officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Friday prior to the service.

 

Miriam Lucille Holder

Aug. 27, 1919 – Feb. 17, 2004

Miriam Lucille Holder, 83, of Greensboro died Tuesday, February 17 at Muncie Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was born August 27, 1919 in Greensboro, a daughter of the late Frank and Bertha (Knox) Collins.

A homemaker, she was a lifetime Henry County resident and had lived in Greensboro and Knightstown. She was a member of the Greensboro Church of the Nazarene.

Survivors include her husband, Denny F. Holder whom she married October 11, 1937; special friends, Danny and Belinda McGinn of Bloomington; and several cousins.

In addition to her parents, one sister, Ethlene Collins, preceded her in death.

Services were held Friday, February 20 at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service with Rev. Gene Bennett officiating. Burial was in Green Hills Memory Gardens.

Visitation was held Thursday, February 19 at the funeral home.

 

Margaret R. Young

June 3, 1930 – Feb. 17, 2004

Former Knightstown resident, Margaret R. Young, 73, died Tuesday, February 17 at her residence in Leesburg. She was born June 3, 1930 in Knightstown, a daughter of the late Paul P. and Clara (Brumfiel) LeMay.

Mrs. Young moved from Knightstown to the Tippecanoe area in 1997. She was a homemaker and was a well-known seamstress in the Knightstown area. She was a member of the Knightstown Friends Church and the Eastern Star in Knightstown and a member of American Legion Post #223 Ladies Auxiliary and the VFW Post #1342, both of Syracuse.

Survivors include her husband, William Young; three sons, Jack Ottinger of Kokomo, Bob (wife Paula) Ottinger of Knightstown, and John (wife Pam) Ottinger of Carthage; one sister, Martha (husband Jack) Link of Kokomo; one brother, DVM Larry (wife Nancy) LeMay of Naples, Fla; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

One brother preceded her in death.

Graveside services were held Friday, February 20 at Glen Cove Cemetery. Visitation was held Thursday, February 19 at Mishler-Eastlund Funeral Home in Syracuse.

Memorial may be made to the American Legion Post #223 and VFW Post #1342, both in Syracuse.

 

Samuel J. Willis

Feb. 25, 1930 – Feb. 8, 2004

Samuel J. Willis, 73, formerly of Shirley, died February 8 in Phoenix, Ariz. after a long illness. He was born February 25, 1930 in Shirley, a son of Lester and Gladys (Thompson) Willis.

Mr. Willis was retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1976 and resided in the Phoenix area the past few years. He graduated from Wilkinson High School in 1948 and entered the Air Force shortly after graduation.

Military graveside services were held Tuesday, February 17 at Cave Creek Military Cemetery, a National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Willis of Phoenix; two sons, Sam (wife Joyce) Willis, Steve (companion Nancy) Willis, and one daughter, Sandy Willis, all of Tucson; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; seven brothers. Bob Willis of Anderson; Joe and Roy Dale Willis of Markleville; Jerry Willis of Huber Heights, Ohio; Denzil Willis of Wilkinson; David Willis of Palm Coast, Fla.; Jerome Willis of Greenfield; three sisters, Ruth Loar, Eleanor Rumler and Laura Willis of Indianapolis.

His brothers and sisters plan a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 22 at Shirley Shelter House. Friends of the family are invited.

 

Patricia T. Magee

Dec. 31, 1931 – Feb. 17, 2004

Patricia T. Magee 72, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. died Tuesday, February 17 in Beach Memorial Hospital. She was born December 31, 1931 in New Castle, a daughter of the late Ralph and Kathryn (Murphy) Truitt.

Mrs. Magee grew up in Carthage and was a 1949 graduate of Carthage High School. She worked as a legal secretary and was a member of Beaches United Methodist Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, a member of Sawgrass Players Association and Longtime Newcomers. She was married to David A. Magee who preceded her in death February 2, 1983.

Survivors include two sons, David (wife Louise) Magee Jr. of Lexington, Ky., and Terry (wife Kim) Magee of New Cumberland, Penn.; one sister, Sue Ann (husband Kenny) Land of Carthage; and four grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday, February 21 at Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel in Knightstown with Pastor Roger Campbell officiating. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Friday, February 20.

 

Vernis A. Holliday

Aug. 21, 1927 - Feb. 5, 2004

Knightstown native, Vernis A. Holliday, died Thursday, February 5 in Las Cruces, N.M. after a long battle with cancer. Vern was born Aug. 21, 1927, the son of Frank and Alma Holliday.

He was born and raised in Knightstown and graduated in 1945 from KHS. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1946 and attended Ball State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree. The Hollidays moved to Las Cruces where he taught music at Hatch, New Mexico. He had taught school in New Mexico, California and Indiana. He was an active member in the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks and worked many years as District Chairman with the disabled veterans in Truth or Consequences. Vern had been a member of the American Legion since 1946, a member of the Masonic Lodge, Aztec #3 in Las Cruces. He was a retired teacher and building contractor.

Following cremation, a memorial service was held Sunday, February 8 at Elks Lodge in Las Cruces.

Survivors include his wife of over 50 years, Catherine (Linch) Holliday; one son, Ted A. (wife Mary) Holliday of Las Cruces; and one granddaughter, Heather Holliday (husband Edward) Thomas of Greenfield.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by twin sons, Bruce and Barry.

Memorials may be made to Mesilla Valley Hospice, 299 E. Montana, Las Cruces, NM 88005. Catherine Holliday’s address is 4265 Holliday Lane, Las Cruces, NM 88007.