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Farris V. Rose

July 5, 1923 – Nov. 23, 2005

Farris V. Rose of San Jose, Tx., died Wednesday, Nov. 23.

He was born July 5, 1923, in Canton, Ohio, a son of the late Dewey and Edna Rose. Mr. Rose grew up in Kentucky and spent his teenage years in Knightstown, where he worked his way through high school as an usher in a movie theater.

Mr. Rose served in United States Navy during World War II. After the war, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Manchester (Ind.) College, where he met and married Betty Pearl-Trent. The couple then traveled to Dallas, Tx., where Mr. Rose earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University. After graduation, they moved to El Paso, Tx., where Mr. Rose worked for the El Paso Gas Co. He later served as an attorney for Hudspeth County, Tx. After that, he served as county attorney for Culberson County, Tx., for 25 years. He operated a private practice in El Paso from 1985-1997 and continued his private practice elsewhere in Texas.

Survivors include his wife; son Bill (wife, Dianna) Rose and their children, Megan and Brian, of El Paso, Tx., Philip Rose of Van Horn, Tx., Richard Rose and his children, Austin, Justin, Mitchell and Michael; brothers Lawrence (wife, Elsie) Rose of Pensacola, Fla., Philip (wife, Juanda) Rose of Greenfield, and Art Rose of LaPorte; sisters, Elizabeth (husband, Ken) Martin of New Castle, Diana (husband, Roger) Griffin of Greenfield; many nieces, nephews and good friends.

Funeral services were Thursday, Dec. 1, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in El Paso, Tx., with Rev. Patti Lane officiating.


Joseph A. Carey, Sr.

Feb. 21, 1908 – Dec. 3, 2005

Joseph A. Carey, Sr., 97, of Harlingen, Tx., died Saturday, Dec. 3, at Golden Palms Health Center in Harlingen.

He was born Feb. 21, 1908, in Knightstown, a son of the late Vernon and Harriette (Pritchard) Carey.

Mr. Carey was a 1925 graduate of Knightstown High School. He attended Purdue University and graduated in 1929 with a degree in agriculture and animal husbandry. He worked as a statistical clerk at Western Electric in Chicago. He also worked in the United States Department of Agriculture’s blueberry eradication program, as well as Civil Service CCC.

Mr. Carey served in the U.S. Air Force from September, 1940, to March, 1950, participating in several theaters including Egypt, Libya, Naples, Foggia, Rome and Arno. He received several citations including the American Defense Service Medal, EAME Camp Medal, American Camp Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He had several sales positions with Whalen’s Furniture, Sears and True Value Hardware. Mr. Carey was a member of First Christian Church in Harlingen. He was a lifetime member of the Military Officers Association of America, as well as the Harlingen Masonic Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons in Texas and Corpus Christi Commandery #57 – Knights Temple of Texas.

Survivors include his children, Joseph A. Carey, Jr., of Halifax, Va., and Barbara C. Brawley of Pioneer, Cal.; grandchildren, Stephanie Robertson and Pat Carey, both of Richmond, Va., Chris Carey of Pittsburg, Penn., Mike Carey of Houston, Tx., Laura Abel of Placerville, Cal., Pam Wiswell of Concord, Cal., and Sharon Sims of Granite Bay, Cal.; 20 great-grandchildren; cousins, Frances Pritchard of La Jolla, Cal., and Sam Pritchard of Waynesboro, N.C., and nieces, Sue Lawrence of Knightstown, and Sara Lowe of Bullhead City, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lucille (Gann) Carey; his wife, Wilma Taylor; and his sister, Ann (Carey) Bartle.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home in Harlingen with Rev. Mark Coppins officiating. Burial followed in Mont Meta Memorial Park in San Benito, Tx., with full military honors. Visitation was from 12-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the funeral home. Family members received friends from 5-7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church in Harlingen or to the charity of the donor’s choice.


Orville D. Saylors

May 3, 1929 – Dec. 1, 2005

Orville D. Saylors, 76, of Shirley, died Thursday, Dec. 1, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Hospital in Carmel.

He was born May 3, 1929, the son of the late Leslie and Lenore (Qualls) Saylors.

Mr. Saylors retired in 1987 from RCA, where for 32 years he served as a warehouse foreman. He was an avid wood worker and gardener.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Violet (Staley) Saylors of Shirley; three daughters, Dianna (husband, Gary) Thalmann of Indianapolis, Jeanne (husband, Kenneth) Delbridge of Knightstown, Linda (husband, James) Rannefeld of Taos, N.M.; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a half brother, Lee Saylors of Virginia; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Becky Saylors, in 1993.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Kenneth Delbridge officiating. Entombment followed at Green Hills Memory Gardens in New Castle. Visitation was 204 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the funeral home.


Larry E. Collins

May 21, 1939 – Nov. 27, 2005

Larry E. Collins, 66, of New Castle, died on Sunday, Nov. 27.

He was born May 21, 1939, in Union City, a son of the late Percy and Esther Smith Collins.

Mr. Collins was a 1957 graduate of Union City High School where he excelled in basketball and baseball. He was later drafted by the Cincinnati Reds. He was also an avid bowler, dancer and softball player. Mr. Collins had lived in Union City, Winchester, California, the Virgin Islands and, most recently, New Castle. He was a professional graphic designer for Ball State University, Cal State Northridge University and The Daily News in the Virgin Islands. He owned and operated Professional Graphics, Inc., in Chatsworth, Cal. He was also employed by Charles Prent-O-Graph in Glendale, Cal., Carquest in New Castle, Broyles Plumbing in New Castle, and DMG World Media in Knightstown.

Mr. Collins was also an avid church-goer. He was a member of The Church at Rocky Peak in Chatsworth, Cal., Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Cal., and First Baptist Church Family Life Center in New Castle, where he served as a Sunday School teacher. He was a leader of the Grief Share Support Group and was a performer in many church plays. A member of the church choir, Mr. Collins was also in charge of group activities for the “G5 Alive” ministry. He was known for his strong passion for sharing the gospel with those who were lost spiritually. He also loved animals, particularly Molly and Jack, and his late Labrador, Willy.

He married his wife, Jan, on July 4, 1976.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Lisa Kay (husband, Kelly) Holloway of Muncie; three sons, Barry J. (wife, Stacie) Collins of Matthews, Bruce J. (wife, Laura) Buchan of Simi Valley, Cal., and Russell A. McKelvey of Newport Island, Cal.; nine grandchildren, Zachary Goldenberg of Muncie, Chloe and Garrett Goldenberg, both of Pismo Beach, Cal., Grant, Christian and Aaron Collins, all of Matthews, Justin, Logan and Olivia Buchan, all of Simi Valley, Cal.; a brother, Richard (wife, Janet) Collins of Union City; an aunt, Treva Lykins of Bonita Springs, Fla.; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Larry “Woody” Wasson of Reno, Nev., and Candy and Catelyn Sneed of New Castle.

He was preceded in death by a son, James Brian Collins.


Willard Eugene Roberts

March 13, 1950 – Dec. 1, 2005

Willard Eugene Roberts, 55, of New Castle, died Thursday, Dec. 1, at Henry County Memorial Hospital in New Castle.

He was born March 13, 1950, in Greensburg, a son of Ernest and Evelyn (Davis) Roberts of New Castle.

Mr. Roberts attended school in Mt. Summit and New Castle. He was a member of Hillsboro Church of Christ and enjoyed music, particularly gospel and country.

Survivors include his parents; three sisters, Bernice (husband, Lee) Stacey of Knightstown, Patty (husband, Kelly) Sayre of New Castle, Sandra (husband, Ronald) Collins of McCordsville; four brothers, Smiley Edward (wife, Linda) Dixon of Shelbyville, Roger Dale (wife, Mary) Dixon of Spencerville, Ohio, William (wife, Sherryl) Roberts of Swayzee, Charles Roberts of Fairmount; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at Marcum Community Funeral Home in New Castle with Pastor Wayne Thacker officiating. Burial followed at Hillsboro Cemetery. Visitation was from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the funeral home.


C.B. Davis

Feb. 28, 1934 – Nov. 29, 2005

C.B. Davis, 71, of Albany, Ky., died Tuesday, Nov. 29, at T.J. Sampson Hospital in Glasgow, Ky. He was born February 28, 1934.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Davis; two sons, Jeff and Dennis Davis of Kennard; two sisters, Ilene Shiflet of Alabama, and Ruby Summers of Radcliffe, Ky.; and two brothers, Ralph Davis of Lexington, Ky., and Wendell Davis of Albany, Ky.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Talbott Funeral Home in Albany, Ky., with Brother Don Davis officiating. Burial followed in Piercey Cemetery. Visitation was from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the funeral home.



Robert M. Stefandel

Jan. 11, 1916 – Dec. 11, 2005

Robert M. Stefandel, 89, of Spiceland, died Sunday, Dec. 11, at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 11, 1916, in Granity City, Ill., a son of the late Frank and Laura (Derrow) Stefandel.

Mr. Stefandel retired from the Chrysler Corporation after serving an inspector for 29 years. He had lived in Spiceland since 1949 and was a member of Spiceland United Methodist Church. Mr. Stefandel served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the South Pacific under General McArthur.

Survivors include a daughter, Grace L. (husband, Norman) Reece of Spiceland; a grandson, Dane Reece of New Castle; a granddaughter, Glenda Reece of Spiceland; a sister-in-law, Wanda Stefandel of Sulphur Springs; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Louise Stefandel; a brother, Howard Stefandel; and a sister, Mary Poynter.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesady, Dec. 14, at Spiceland United Methodist Church with Revs. Jeff Landon and Brian Campbell, along with Pastor Randy Shinolt, officiating. Burial, including full military rites conducted by New Castle American Legion and VFW posts, followed in Circle Grove Cemetery. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the funeral home.


Norma J. Lockridge

March 31, 1932 – Dec. 8, 2005

Norma J. (Zimmerman) Lockridge, 73, of Knightstown, died Thursday, Dec. 8, at her home.

She was born March 31, 1932, in Spiceland, the daughter of the late Albert and Pauline (Culberson) Zimmerman.

Mrs. Lockridge was a life-long housewife and homemaker, who enjoyed gardening. She was a former employee of Indiana Knitwear.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, George Lockridge of Knightstown; a daughter, Debra (Thomas) Wainscott of Knightstown; a grandson, George Wainscott of Knightstown; and a brother, Walter Zimmerman of Charlottesville.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Paul Enyart officiating. Burial followed at Harlan Cemetery in Wilkinson. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Patty Cook, 426 Hamilton St., Fortville, IN 46040.


Irene Overman

July 3, 1924 – Dec. 6, 2005

Irene Overman, 81, of Knightstown, died at her home on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

She was born July 3, 1924, in Elcho, Wis., the daughter of the late Peter and Mabel (Rose) Middleton.

Mrs. Overman graduated from Greenfield High School and Fayetteville Beauty College. She was co-owner of Overman Plumbing, Heating and Electrical in Knightstown. A lontime member of the Knightstown Busienss and Professional Women’s Association (BPW), she was BPW’s 1984 Woman of the Year. She served as president of BPW from 1989-1990 and was also a member of Knightstown American Legion Post 152 Ladies Auxiliary. Mrs. Overman was an accomplished seamstress and quilter and she loved lighthouses.

Through 59 years of marriage, she was considered an anchor and guiding light for her husband and children.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda L. Overman of Pawleys Island, SC; two sons, James S. (wife, Martha) Overman of Rocklin, Cal., and Randall W. (wife, Christine) Overman of Knightstown; eight grandchildren, Scott (wife, Ann) Johnson, Keith Johnson, Brian Johnson, Patricia Overman, Lorell (husband, Jason) Duteil, Terrell Overman, Bradley (wife, Michelle) Overman, Daniel Overman; three great-grandchildren, Michael Johnson, Rayannon Overman, Derek Overman, three brothers, Bernard Covey, Les Covey and Glen Covey; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry S. Overman in 2002; a granddaughter, Laura Lynne Johnson; and four brothers, Jim Middleton, Byron Middleton, Clarence Middleton and Jerry Covey.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Condo & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Gene Lewis officiating. Burial followed at Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society c/o Patty Cook, 426 Hamilton St., Fortville, IN 46040.


Evelyn D. Dicken

January 10, 1917 – Dec. 1, 2005

Evelyn C. Dicken, 88, of Tucson, Ariz., a former New Castle resident, died Friday, Dec. 1, following an extended illness.

She was born Jan. 10, 1917, a daughter of the late Heeman and Stella (Kinder) Miller,

Mrs. Dicken was a former employee of Charles McCowan Insurance Agency in New Castle. During World War II she worked as a military secretary in Seattle, Wash. She was a member of Four Square Gospel Church in New Castle, Midway Baptist Church in Carthage and Heritage Baptist Church in Tucson, Ariz.

Survivors include two sons, Dr. John (wife, Sanra) Dicken of Goshen, and Rev. Steve (wife, Nancy) Dicken of Tucson, Ariz; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John Dicken, who died in 1973; three sisters, Annie, Bonnie and Helen; and two half-brothers.

Funeral services are Friday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. at Main & Davis Funeral Home, Broad Street Chapel, in New Castle with Dr. John Dicken officiating. Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m. prior to funeral services on Friday, Jan. 9. Burial will follow in South Mound Cemetery in New Castle.



Sammy Shelton

Jan. 13, 1959 – Dec. 16, 2005

Sammy Shelton, 46, of New Castle, died Friday, Dec. 16, at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.

He was born Jan. 13, 1959, in New Castle, a son of the late Robert and Joan (McCall) Shelton.

Mr. Shelton enjoyed helping people and being with his friends. He also enjoyed music and recording songs.

Survivors include a daughter, Stacy Shelton of Hawaii; a son, Lucus Shelton of Hagerstown; his fiance, Barbara Nicholas Shelton of New Castle; his former wife, Traci Shelton of Hagerstown; a special friend, Mary Martt of New Castle; one brother, Don (wife, Sandy) Shelton of Knightstown; a very special friend, John (wife, Joann) Griffin; three nephews, John (wife, Sara) Wallace of Muncie, Josh Shelton of Knightstown, and Brian (wife, Erin) Shelton of New Castle; a niece, Casey Shelton of Yorktown; a great nephew, Rick Koger of New Castle; a god daughter, Ashlyn Daniell Clouse of New Castle.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joan Shelton, in July 2005; his father, Robert Shelton, in 1995; a sister, Robin Shelton, in 1994; a daughter, Bonnie Jean Shelton, in 1980; and an aunt, Elizabeth Madden, in 2002.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Main & Davis Funeral Home, Broad Street Chapel, in New Castle with Sister Shirley Girth officiating. Burial followed in South Mound Cemetery in New Castle. Visitation was one hour prior to funeral services at the funeral home.


Ruth V. Sprinkle

February 15, 1923 – Dec. 15, 2005

Ruth V. (Wright) Sprinkle, 82, of Greenfield, died Thursday, Dec. 15, at Regency Place Nursing Home in Greenfield.

She was born Feb. 15, 1923, in Harrodsburg, Ky., a daughter of the late Arthur and Nellie (Reynolds) Wright.

Mrs. Sprinkle lived in the Knightstown area since arriving from Bowling Green, Ky., in 1986. She was a 1941 graduate of New Castle High School. She was a secretary for Firestone Tire and Rubber for 35 years. In 1947, she married Homer Sprinkle, who precedes her in death.

Survivors include a sister, Bonnie (husband, Bill) Brewer of Knightstown; two nieces, Linda (husband, Arthur) Hegewald of Indianapolis, and Lisa Brewer of California.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown with Pastor Steve Brackney officiating. Visitation was Monday, Dec. 19, at the funeral home. Burial took place at Dale Cemetery in Connersville.


Judith A. McCorkle

Aug. 22, 1935 – Dec. 13, 2005

Judith A. McCorkle, 70, of Phoenix, Ariz., died Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Ridgecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility.

She was born Aug. 22, 1935, a daughter of the late Gilbert and Pauline Lewark.

Mrs. McCorkle lived most of her life in Knightstown where she worked at Mayhill Publications for nearly 30 years. In 1995, she moved with her daughter and grandchild to Phoenix. While there, she worked at Discover Card, retiring in 2000.

Survivors include a sister, Linda Wicks of Chandler, Ariz., two daughters, Robin (husband, Robert) Stanfield, and Lisa McCorkle, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; and two grandchildren, Jacob and David Stanfield, also of Phoenix.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 16, at Shadow Mountain Mortuary in Phoenix. Anyone wishing to correspond with Judy’s daughter, Robin Stanfield, may do so. Her address is 13220 North 28th St., Phoenix, AZ 85032.


Marsella Ruth Bell

Aug. 9, 1930 – Dec. 13, 2005

Marsella Ruth (Malone) Bell, 75, of New Castle died Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Henry County Memorial Hospital in New Castle.

She was born Aug. 9, 1930, in Monticello, Ky., a daughter of the late Bradley and Madie (Criswell) Malone.

Mrs. Bell was a homemaker and worked at Parker Elementary School in New Castle for 13 years. She also worked at the New Castle State Hospital for five years. She was a member of Grand Avenue Baptist Church in New Castle.

Survivors include four daughters, Mary Ann (husband, Don) Dishman and Kim (husband, Rick) Ball, both of New Castle, Janie (husband, Tom) Herman of Indianapolis, and Alicia (husband, David) Neal of New Castle; 11 grandchildren, Donnie and Ronnie Dishman, both of Sacramento, Cal., Chris Neal of New Castle, Lindsay Ray of New York City, NY, Donyell Morgan of Lovington, Ill., Aaron Dishman, Jessica Ball, Kendra Kennedy and Rick (Scooter) Ball, all of New Castle, Hannah Herman and Sophie Herman, both of Indianapolis; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jewelene Young of Monticello, and Lois (husband, Dallas) Troxell of Monticello, Ky.; and one brother, K.T. (wife, Lois) Malone of Monticello, Ky.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald “Hillard” Bell, who died in August 1995; and one son, Hollis V. Bell, who died in August 2005.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at Main and Davis Funeral Home in New Castle with Revs. Charles Dugger and Tony Piper officiating. Burial followed in South Mound Cemetery, Westlawn addition, in New Castle. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the funeral home.


Mary Kathryn Brown

Sept. 1, 1919 – Dec. 12, 2005

Mary Kathryn (Dunagan) Brown, 86, of New Castle, died Monday, Dec. 12, at Heritage House Convalescent Center in New Castle.

She was born Sept. 1, 1919, in Bronston, Ky., a daughter of the late Fred C. and Lela (Edwards) Dunagan.

Mrs. Brown was a member of Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church in New Castle. She loved animals and enjoyed camping with her late husband, Clarence, who was a foreman at Chrysler Corporation in New Castle.

Survivors include a sister, Hazel Gibson of Somerset, Ky.; a sister-in-law and caregiver, Phyllis (Brown) Neal of New Castle; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and a nephew, Charles Duggar.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Main and Davis Funeral Home, Broad Street Chapel, in New Castle with Revs. Robert Pavey and Chris Shore officiating. Burial took place in South Mound Cemetery, Westlawn addition. Visitation was 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice with envelopes available at the funeral home.