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 PUBLISHED AUGUST 3, 2005

Joseph C. Cooney

Nov. 19, 1919 – July 31, 2005

Longtime Knightstown resident and public servant, Joseph C. Cooney, 85, died Sunday, July 31, at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. He was born November 19, 1919, a son of the late Edwin L. and Nellie (Scott) Cooney.

Mr. Cooney was 1937 graduate of Greenfield High School and a 1939 graduate of the Ft. Wayne Art School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army reserves to study radio repair and was called to active duty in the Signal Corps in June of 1943. He served in France, Luxembourg and Germany under General Bradley and was discharged in 1946. He began working for H. Oren Henley at the Henley Studio in Knightstown. He and his wife Phyllis purchased the studio in 1953 and operated it for almost 30 years. Many in the area have fond memories of Mr. Cooney taking their senior portraits and photographing school events. During this time he was elected to the board of directors of the Professional Photographers of Indiana and served as president. He was also a lifetime member of the Daguerre Club, a professional photography club. Mr. Cooney also received a national award for meritorious contributions to professional photography.

Because of his dedication to professionalism in his photography business, Mr. Cooney believed it was necessary to dress professionally, including wearing a tie. Regular ties tended to dip into his photographic chemicals, so he began wearing the bow ties for which he will be fondly remembered. Mrs. Cooney custom-made his bow ties for 45 years.

Mr. Cooney served as precinct committeeman in Knightstown for almost 50 years and was precinct committeeman for Wayne 2. He was elected to the Henry County Council in 1974 and held that seat until his death. During his time as a council member, he served on the Planning Commission, the Three Rivers Solid Waste Management board, the advisory board for the Henry County Youth Center, the Henry County Heart Society, the Henry County Economic Development Corporation, and the New Castle Transportation System. He was vice president of the board of the Southwest Ambulance Service and past president of the Kiwanis Club. Mr. Cooney was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite Shrine and was past post commander of Knightstown American Legion Post #152.

Along with Mrs. Cooney, Mr. Cooney received the G. Robert Kirby Award. Recently, Governor Mitch Daniels awarded him the Distinguished Hoosier Award.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Phyllis (Shafer) Cooney of Knightstown; a son, J. Darrel (wife Beverly) Cooney of New Castle; a daughter, Rheta (husband Thomas) Eversman of Jonesboro; two grandchildren, Cynthia (husband Robert) Lenz and Scott A. Cooney, both of New Castle; four great-grandchildren, Leslie, Tiffany and Misty Lenz and Cassidy A. Cooney, all of New Castle; three brothers, James (wife RoseNell) Cooney of Brownsburg, Jack C. (wife Victoria) Cooney of Connersville and Rev. Dr. Jerald (wife Joanne) Cooney of Springfield, Mo.; a sister, Aseneth (husband Harry) Taylor; his companion miniature poodle, Cheri; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Cooney was preceded in death by a baby brother, Jan Stutsman.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel, with the Rev. Steve Brackney officiating.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home. Golden Rule Lodge #16 will perform Masonic services at 2:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Henry County Heart Society, Southwest Ambulance Service or the Knightstown American Legion Building Fund, with envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

 PUBLISHED AUGUST 10, 2005

Donald Ray “Double D” Davis

Nov. 4, 1928 – Aug. 2, 2005

Donald Ray “Double D” Davis, 76, of Greenfield, formerly of Knightstown, died Tuesday, August 2, at Regency Place Healthcare Facility in Greenfield. He was born November 4, 1928 in Peoria, Ill., son of the late Willie Arnum and Viola Mae (Jackson) Davis.

Mr. Davis was a 1946 graduate of Kennard High School. He enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War and served at Travis Air Force Base where he processed troops and USO entertainers in and out of the Pacific war area. He was named the first Airman of the Month at the base and was captain of the base basketball team. Mr. Davis founded Davis Chrysler Plymouth in Knightstown and later added Dodge and X Plorer Motor Homes. He was awarded several Distinguished Dealer Awards from Chrysler and Frank Industries. He also owned Quality Motor Sales in New Castle from 1958 to 1965. He was a member of the Greensboro Masonic Lodge, past Patron of the Greensboro Eastern Star, Shirley Order of the Eastern Star, Knightstown American Legion, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, and Shrine Murat Temple of Indianapolis, where he served as aide to Potentate Richard Alexander. He was also past president of the Henry County Shrine. Mr. Davis was a volunteer at Hancock Memorial Hospital and an assistant coach of the seventh and eighth grade basketball team at the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Emma “Susie” Davis of Greenfield; a daughter, Carolyn (husband Bob) Kellams of Greenfield; three grandchildren, Julie (husband Ron) Burns of New Castle, Christi (husband James) Ferrell of New Castle and Casey (wife Kelly) Kellams of Greenfield; four great-grandchildren, Linsey and Josh Burns, Kane Schilling and Sebastian Kellams; a sister, Delores (husband Max) Bollinger of Kennard; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 5, at the Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery with military graveside rites performed by the Knightstown American Legion.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Thursday, August 4, with Masonic services performed by the Greensboro Masonic Lodge.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

 

Clovis E. Fields

Sept. 10, 1922 – Aug. 8, 2005

Clovis E. Fields, 82, of rural Shirley, died Monday, August 8, at Regency Place Healthcare Facility in Greenfield. He was born September 10, 1922, in Grant City, son of the late Rev. Conrad and Opal (Edwards) Fields.

Mr. Fields retired from Lift-A-Loft in Cowan. He was a member of the Grant City Wesleyan Church and a member of the Wesleyan Men. Mr. Fields was an avid basketball fan.

Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Sue Turmel of Florida; a son, Edward Lee Fields of Michigan; a sister, Emma Ruth Cox of Shirley; a brother, Peter Wesley Fields of Shirley; six grandchildren; two nieces; and two nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, at the Grant City Wesleyan Church with the Rev. Charles Purciful officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson, Wednesday, August 10, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grant City Wesleyan Church Building Fund.

 

Clancy “Buck” Compton Williams, Jr.

Mar. 31, 1928 – Aug. 8, 2005

Clancy “Buck” Compton Williams, Jr., of Cumberland, died Monday, August 8, at Community East Hospital, Indianapolis. He was born March 31, 1928 in Cumberland, son of the late Stella (Limbach) and Clancy Compton Williams, Sr.

Mr. Williams served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He began his lifelong career as an auto mechanic by opening a garage in Lawrence. He then worked for Millers Standard Service in Cumberland. In 1962, Buck and his brother Robert Williams opened Williams Sinclair in Cumberland. The business closed in 1988 under the name of Williams Union 76 and Buck and his wife LaDonna retired to Nashville.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of 52 years, LaDonna (Settles) Williams; three children, Joni Lea Curtis, Tina Marie Waymire and Clancy Compton Williams, III; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; six brothers, Jim, Charlie, Robert, William “Jake”, George and Dale Williams of Knightstown; four sisters, Lucille Hey, Mary Cook of Knightstown, Alice Overhoff and Verda Hall; two aunts, Mae Eads and Mary Buchanan; one uncle, Sherman Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Williams was preceded in death by brothers Kenneth Allen Williams and Carl Sherman Williams.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 12, 2 p.m., at Hendryx Mortuary, 11636 E. Washington St., Cumberland. Burial will follow in St. John United Church of Christ Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday and Thursday, August 10 and 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Riley Hospital for Children or the American Heart Association.

 

 PUBLISHED AUGUST 17, 2005

Marshall Herndon Gardner

June 28, 1912 – Aug. 11, 2005

Marshall Herndon Gardner, 93, of New Castle, died Thursday, August 11, at the Americare Living Center in New Castle. He was born June 28, 1912 in Madison County, son of the late Milton Gardner and Grace (Stewart) Gardner.

Mr. Gardner retired from Delco Remy in Anderson after 35 years of service. He lived in Versailles for several years following his retirement. Mr. Gardner was a member of Carthage Friends Church, the Rush Lodge #580, F. & A.M., the Knightstown York Rites and the National Muzzle Loading Association.

Mr. Gardner married Isabel Addison on August 31, 1937, and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Marilyn (husband Melvin) Manning of Knightstown and Marabel (husband Steve) Lowring of Ft. Wayne; two sisters, Laurel Bradburn of Manilla and Alma Carpenter of Pendleton; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marsha Karen Gardner; a brother, Eugene R. Gardner; two sisters, Violet Henley and Miriam Young; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 15, at Todd Funeral Home, Knightstown, with the Rev. Howard Addison officiating. Burial followed in Arlington East Hill Cemetery.

Visitation and Masonic services were held Sunday, August 14, at the funeral home.

 

Dale M. Sweigart

Dec. 20, 1916 – Aug. 15, 2005

Dale M. Sweigart, 88, of New Castle, died Monday, August 15, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born December 20, 1916 in Mt. Summit, son of the late William and Elizabeth (Hickman) Sweigart.

Mr. Sweigart retired as a machine operator from Sweitzer Corporation in Indianapolis after 25 years of service. In the 1950s, he was a milkman with Meadow Gold Dairy in New Castle. He enjoyed fishing and all types of sports.

Mr. Sweigart married Helena Vaught on February 26, 1939, and she survives. Also surviving are a son, Michael (wife Sandee) Sweigart of New Castle; two grandchildren, Amanda (husband Roland) Dubé of Richmond, Ky. and Stacey Kelly (fiancé Jeff Wright) of Lawrenceburg, Ky.; two great-grandchildren, Michael and Caroline Dubé of Richmond, Ky.; two sisters, Joan Burk and Freda Turner, both of New Castle; two brothers, Rev. Ron (wife Barbara) Sweigart of Hagerstown and Rev. William (wife Donna) Sweigart; of Mitchell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Sweigart was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Sweigart in 1968, three brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Thursday, August 18, at the Main and Frame Funeral Home, Broad Street Chapel, New Castle, with Barbara Sweigart officiating. Burial will follow in South Mound Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 18, from 11 a.m. to noon at the funeral home. Joseph I. Davis and Steven A. Hacker are in charge of arrangements.

 

 PUBLISHED AUGUST 24, 2005

Leona Laverne Rance

Dec. 29, 1934 – Aug. 11, 2005

Leona Laverne Rance, 70, of Knightstown, died Thursday, August 11, at her home. She was born in Indianapolis on December 29, 1934, daughter of the late Oscar V. and Dorthy G. (Padgett) Pence.

Mrs. Rance was a florist. She owned and operated Treona’s Treasures in Lawrence until her retirement. She was a member of Knightstown Tri Kappa Chapter and a member of the Christian Women’s Club of Greenfield. She enjoyed crafts, camping, traveling and traditional jazz music.

Mrs. Rance is survived by her husband of 53 years, Everett Rance of Knightstown; one son, Kenneth (wife Debby) Rance of Clayton; two daughters, Pamela (husband Jeff) Shull of Shirley and Michelle “Chick” Rance of Knightstown; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Pence of Paxton, Ill.; a sister, Joan Blackwood of Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 15, at Condo & Son Funeral Home, with Rev. Eric Hickman officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Sunday, August 14.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Charles A. Pond

Mar. 30, 1929 – Aug. 18, 2005

Charles A. Pond, 76, of Rushville, died Thursday, August 18, at Decatur County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg. He was born March 30, 1929 in Jennings County, son of the late Ronald and Helen (Adams) Pond.

Mr. Pond retired as a machinist from R & S Engineering in Indianapolis. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Pond was a member of the Raleigh Christian Church.

Mr. Pond married Phyllis Burge in 1951, and she survives. Also surviving are a son, Charles Michael (wife Lucinda) Pond of Indianapolis; two daughters, Katherine Ann (husband Darrell) Cole of Spiceland and Beverly K. Pond of Rushville; a brother, Ronald Pond of Indianapolis; a sister, Ann (husband Rick) Brown of Townsville, Australia; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 4, at the Raleigh Christian Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Todd Funeral Home, Rushville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 689, Columbus, Ind. 47202. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

Lola Margaret Frye Roy

Jan. 2, 1916 – Aug. 16, 2005

Lola Margaret Frye Roy, 89, of New Castle, died Tuesday, August 16, at the home of her son, Roger Roy, and his wife, Patty, in New Castle. She was born January 2, 1916, in Salvisa, Ky., daughter of the late Statta Parsons Frye and Brent O. Frye.

Mrs. Roy retired from New Castle State Hospital. She was a foster grandparent and attended the Wesleyan Methodist Church, the Shirley Gospel Mission and the Harlan Church in Wilkinson.

Mrs. Roy is survived by five sons, James (wife Dean) Roy, Gary (wife Jean) Roy, all of Knightstown, Phillip Roy, Roger (wife Patty) Roy, all of New Castle and Ronnie (companion Joyce) Roy of Needles, Calif.; five daughters, Barbara Norfleet and Doris Steward, both of Carthage, Sharon (husband Floyd) Steward of Anderson; Darlus Johnson of Muncie; and Sue (husband Rick) Moore of Indianapolis; 27 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Her husband of 62 years, Eddie Aaron Roy, preceded her in death in 1999. In addition to her parents, a sister, Juanita Bottoms; a brother, Ted Frye; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a special niece Betty Frye Young; two sons-in-law, Junior Norfleet and Robert Thomas Johnson; and special grandson Rogie Roy also preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 19 at the Harlan Church, with Rev. Bobby Slagle officiating. Burial followed in Harlan Cemetery.

Visitation was held Thursday, August 18, at Marcum Community Funeral Home and Friday, August 19, prior to the service, at the church.

 

Vernice Lucille Burch

Jan. 30, 1902 – Aug. 20, 2005

Vernice Lucille Burch, 103, of Bloomington, died Saturday, August 20, at the Bloomington Hospitality House. She was born January 30, 1902, in Bloomington, daughter of the late William Marion and Lillie Hannah (Pafford) Burch.

Ms. Burch was a high school teacher at Milan from 1925-1926 and a high school English teacher at Knightstown from 1926-1946. She retired as an academic counselor in the School of Education at Indiana University. She was a member of the First United Church (First Baptist Church) and a member of the Indiana University Emeritus Club.

Ms. Burch is survived by four nieces, Hannah Sue Colpitts, Harriette Thompson, Kay Pritchett and Jeanette Burch; two nephews, Robert East and William Franklin; seven great-nephews, John East, III, Tom East, George East, C.J. Pritchett, David Colpitts, Clark Franklin and Charles East; 12 great-nieces, Jane Summitt, Ann Scales, Theresa Thompson, Laura Meadows, Andrea Pritchett, Cyndia Sneeringer, Linda Colpitts, Sandy Stiles, Laura Perkins, Marsha Colpitts, Mary Lou Emmons and Debbie East; a cousin, Ray Pafford; several great-great-nieces and nephews; and several great-great-great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Burch was preceded in death by two sisters, Cledith Franklin Foley and M. Irene East; a brother, Clifford Burch; three nephews, Gene Burch, John East, Jr. and Fred East; and a great-nephew, Mike Pritchett.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 24, at 2 p.m., at the Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, Bloomington, with Kathy Donley officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Tuesday, August 23.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stone Belt Center or to someone in need.

 

Teresa Ann Miller

Jan. 7, 1968 – Aug. 21, 2005

Teresa Ann Miller, 37, of New Castle, died Sunday, August 21, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born January 7, 1968, in New Castle, daughter of Vaughn M. and Linda K. (Meese) Miller of New Castle.

Ms. Miller was a graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School. She was employed as a life skills technician with Cardinal Services in New Castle for the past three years. She enjoyed her family and friends, but lived her life for her sons.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by two sons, Bradley Allen Wolfe and Brandon Scott Wolfe, both of New Castle; one sister, Debra (husband James, Jr.) Dick of New Castle; paternal grandmother Ruby Miller of Knightstown; maternal grandparents Joe and June Eddington of Beech Grove; four aunts, Nancy White of Alabama, Leona Meese of New Castle, Velma (husband David) Thompson of Bicknell and Sharon (husband Donnie) Goble of Shelbyville; one uncle, Robert (wife Beverly) Meese of Anderson; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Arthur Jason Miller and her maternal grandfather, Emmett Leon Meese.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, August 26, at Main and Frame Funeral Home, Broad Street Chapel, New Castle, with Capt. Shannon Benner of the Salvation Army officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hills Memory Garden.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made on her sons’ behalf to the Teresa Miller Fund, c/o Citizens State Bank. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

Jack Morley Pinnick

July 23, 1917 – Aug. 4, 2005

Jack Morley Pinnick, 88, of Kissimmee, Fla., died Thursday, August 4, in Florida. He was born July 23, 1917, in Richmond, son of Emerson Pinnick and Juanita Morley Pinnick.

Mr. Pinnick attended Knightstown schools from second grade through high school. He was a pilot/instructor in the Army Air Corp. in WWII and a member of the American Legion Makinson Post #10. Mr. Pinnick enjoyed inventing things and was featured in Popular Mechanics with his home-made go kart.

Mr. Pinnick married Ruby McClure Oliver on April 28, 1951, and she survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Vivian E. (husband William) Gayton of Bellview, Fla. and Jacqueline (husband Jim) Cottle of Birmingham, Ala.; two grandsons, Jack P. (wife Melissa Krichko) Cottle of Winter Garden, Fla. and Jamie Emerson (wife Blakely Holland) Cottle of Ocoee, Fla.; great-granddaughter Peyton Marie Cottle of Winter Garden, Fla.; sister Virginia Moore of West Terre Haute; and brother Glen Pinnick of Seward, Ark.

Memorial services will be held September 10 at Unity Church, Birmingham, Ala. Internment will be at Ithaca Cemetery, Ithaca, Ohio. Arrangements are under the direction of Grissom’s Funeral Home, Kissimmee, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be mailed to the Jack Pinnick Memorial Scholarship Fund, Knightstown High School Alumni Association, P.O. Box 131, Knightstown, Ind. 46148.

 

Cynthia C. (Cupp) Swarts

May 12, 1951 – Aug. 22, 2005

Cynthia C. (Cupp) Swarts, 54, of Fortville, died Monday, August 22, at Community North Hospital, Indianapolis. She was born May 12, 1951, in New Castle, daughter of Doug and Joan (Collier) Cupp.

Mrs. Swarts was a graduate of Ball State University with a Masters degree in Architecture with a specialty in Historical Preservation. She was employed by Callihan Architects of Indianapolis for 10 years as a Liturgical Design Consultant and was past president of the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space. She attended Northview Christian Life Church in Carmel and had been a member of the Celebration Singers. Mrs. Swarts was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed her grandchildren, sewing and knitting.

She married Frank A. Swarts on March 18, 1994, and he survives. In addition to her parents, also surviving are a son, Sam (wife Angela) Barnhart of Nashville, Tenn.; a daughter, Rachel (husband Steve) Jacobs of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Scott (wife Brenda) Cupp of Shirley; a sister, Terri (husband Tim) Gilliland of Vermont, Ill.; five grandchildren, Journey Barnhart, Honor Barnhart, Fiona Jacobs, Finnegan Jacobs and Eily Jacobs, all of Nashville, Tenn.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 26, 11 a.m., at Seals Funeral Home, Fortville. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 25, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Friday, August 26, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fellowship Christian Missionary, 5525 E. 82nd St., Indianapolis, In. 46250.

 

Lloyd Keith Ellis

July 1, 1925 – Aug. 19, 2005

Lloyd Keith Ellis, 80, of Little Rock, Ark., died Friday, August 19, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Little Rock, Ark. He was born July 1, 1925, in Hancock County, son of the late Edgar Ellis and Uva (VanDuyn) Ellis.

Mr. Ellis was employed by the National Coach Company in Knightstown. While serving in the U.S. Navy, he survived a kamikaze attack during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Knightstown Christian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Irma Wilson Ellis, of Little Rock, Ark.; a son, Kenneth (wife Beverly) Ellis of Marion; a daughter, Chris Hawkins of Fayetteville, Ark.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Doris Linder of El Paso, Texas and Patty Riggs of New Castle.

Mr. Ellis was preceded in death by three brothers.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 24, 1 p.m., at Todd Funeral Home, Knightstown, with Rev. Herb Mohler officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery with military graveside services provided by the Knightstown American Legion.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 24, from noon to 1 p.m.

 

Rachael L. Cain

Oct. 2, 1974 – Aug. 14, 2005

Rachael L. Cain, 30, of Rushville, died Sunday, August 14, at her residence. She was born October 2, 1974 in Shelbyville, daughter of Larry W. Jordan of Amherst, Va. and Brenda Jane (Dile) Meal of Rushville.

Mrs. Cain was a 1994 graduate of North Decatur High School. She was a homemaker and loved music and singing. She was a member of Union Chapel Methodist Church in St. Paul.

She married Steve J. Cain on April 23, 1999, and he survives. In addition to her parents, also surviving are her four daughters, Miranda Brattain, Mariah Cain, Makayla Cain and Audrie Cain, all of Rushville;  one stepson, Kevin Cain; one stepdaughter, Teresa Cain; paternal grandmother Iris Jordan of Charlottesville, Va.; stepmother Annette Jordan of Amherst, Va.; brother Patrick Meal; and two sisters, Ginny Meal and Katy Jordan.

Mrs. Cain was preceded in death by her stepfather Jerry I. Meal and her paternal grandfather John C. Jordan.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 18, at Todd Funeral Home, Rushville. Burial followed in Center Church Cemetery, Rush County.

 

 PUBLISHED AUGUST 31, 2005

Robert Neal

July 5, 1922 – Aug. 25, 2005

Robert Neal, 83, of Knightstown, died Thursday, August 25, at Brandywine Nursing Home, Greenfield. He was born July 5, 1922, in Summerset, Ky., son of the late James and Loretta Neal.

Mr. Neal retired from Dana Corporation in New Castle. He was also a farmer. A member of the Church of God, he enjoyed racing registered quarter horses.

Survivors include a son, Robert O. (wife Pamela) Neal of Knightstown; a daughter, Debby (husband Bob) Monger of Knightstown; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Delmar Neal of Muncie; a sister, Dorothy Boots of Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Neal was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Neal, on October 19, 2004.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 27, at Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson, with David Bonne officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the funeral home Saturday, August 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Levi Stephen “Steve” Hanning

Aug. 3, 1946 – Aug. 26, 2005

Levi Stephen “Steve” Hanning, 59, died Friday, August 26, at his home in New Castle following an extended illness. He was born August 3, 1946, in New Castle, son of Levi C. Manning and the late Ida Mae Manning Hanning.

Mr. Hanning, a lifelong resident of New Castle, was a 1964 graduate of Chrysler High School. He served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1967. He worked at Carr Metal Products in Indianapolis for the past 16 years. Mr. Hanning enjoyed building models and collecting Hot Wheel Cars.

He married Mary “Cookie” Polston on May 3, 1975, and she survives. In addition to his father, survivors include a son, Cosby Jacob (wife Melissa) Hanning of New Castle; a granddaughter, Merissa Hanning; a sister, Kay Armstrong of Indianapolis; two nephews, Greg Armstrong of Lawrence and Cody Joe Hanning of Sulphur Springs; three nieces, Kynietha Buckler of Tampa, Fla., Kayla Massengale of New Castle and Kanetta Denk of Brandon, Fla.; several great nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Hanning was preceded in death by his mother.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 30, at Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Lewisville Chapel, with Rev. Eric Hickman officiating. Military services were conducted by the New Castle American Legion and VFW Honor Guard. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held Monday, August 29, from 3-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Warren Alan Pearson

Mar. 19, 1948 – Aug. 27, 2005

Warren Alan Pearson, 57, of Charlottesville, died Saturday, August 27, at Regency Place Healthcare Center in Greenfield. He was born March 19, 1948, in Charlottesville, son Marietta (Gates) Pearson and the late Warren L. Pearson.

Mr. Pearson served in the U. S. Navy in Vietnam. He was a member of the Knightstown American Legion and attended Charlottesville United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his mother, Marietta Pearson of Charlottesville; two brothers, Thomas (wife Janet) Pearson of Corbin and Michael (wife Joyce) Pearson of Greenfield; one nephew; and three nieces.

Mr. Pearson was preceded in death by his father in 1993.

Services were held Wednesday, August 31, at 10 a.m., at Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson, with Shirley Lukens officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery, with military graveside rites by the Knightstown American Legion.

Visitation was held at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

Joseph F. Roland

Mar. 12, 1918 – Aug. 28, 2005

Joseph R. Roland, 87, longtime resident of Knightstown, died Sunday, August 28, at Hancock Memorial Hospital, Greenfield. He was born March 12, 1918, in Greenfield, son of the late Joseph and Josephine (Chapman) Roland.

Mr. Roland was a transportation worker for the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home and a longtime employee of Butcher Funeral Home in Knightstown. He was a member of AM Vets, Pendleton and the Knightstown American Legion.

Mr. Roland is survived by a son, Jerry Roland; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Marie Davis; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Marie (Carlson) on October 19, 2004; a son, Buddy Roland; five sisters; and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held at Todd Funeral Home, Knightstown, Thursday, September 1, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery, with military honors by the American Legion.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home Wednesday, August 31, from 4 to 8 p.m.

 

Douglas Eugene Cupp

Jan. 24, 1930 – Aug. 28, 2005

Douglas Eugene Cupp, 75, of Shirley, died Sunday, August 28, at Community Hospital East, Indianapolis. He was born January 24, 1930, in Shirley, son of the late Wade and Versie (Irick) Cupp.

Mr. Cupp was a 1948 graduate of Wilkinson High School. He was employed as a semi-truck truck driver for Dumford Trucking Company for 34 years and retired from TNT Holland Trucking Company in 1992. He was a member of the Wilkinson Church of Christ, where he was known as the “Cheerful Greeter.” Mr. Cupp sang bass with the Cupp Brothers Quartet for several years. In 1955, the quartet hosted a gospel hour at radio station WCTW in New Castle. The group also traveled in a three-state area presenting gospel concerts.

Mr. Cupp is survived by wife of 55 years, Joan (Collier) Cupp; a son, Scott (wife Brenda) Cupp of Shirley; a daughter, Terri (husband Tim) Gilliland of Vermont, Ill.; a sister, Rosemary Lewis of Mechanicsburg; seven grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Swarts; four brothers, Leonard, Toby, Glen and Gene Cupp; and one sister, Helen Rozell.

A celebration of life will be held at the Wilkinson Church of Christ on Thursday, September 1, at 11 a.m.

Visitation will be held at Condo & Son Funeral Home, Wilkinson, Wednesday, August 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilkinson Church of Christ, P.O. Box 35, Wilkinson, Ind., 46186.