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Nancy L. Miller Smith

Aug. 8, 1936 - June 29, 2005

Nancy L. Miller Smith, of Indianapolis, died Wednesday, June 29, at Methodist Hospital.

Nancy graduated from Spiceland High School in 1954. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Continuing Studies and was working on her MSW. She retired in 2002 from the I.U. School of Law where she had been employed for over 10 years. She had recently worked for the Indiana Department of Health.

She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Bouchie of Irving, Texas and Darlene (Thomas) Dayton of Indianapolis; one son, David (fiancé Donna) Smith of Indianapolis; two brothers, Randall Miller of Knightstown and Vernon Miller of Middletown; and three grandchildren, Christine Bouchie, Nicole Bouchie and Stephanie Smith.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 2, at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was held Friday, July 1, at the Crown Hill Funeral Chapel. Crown Hill Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA.


Olive P. Godby

Oct. 16, 1914 – June 30, 2005

Olive P. Godby, 90, of Mays, died Thursday, June 30, at Hancock Memorial Hospital, Greenfield. She was born October 16, 1914, in Hamilton County, daughter of the late Clara Richards and Earl Parker.

Mrs. Godby had lived in Rush County since 1948. She graduated from Walnut Grove High School, Hamilton County, in 1932. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in education from Danville Central Normal College and a Master’s in education from Ball State University. She was an elementary teacher in Hamilton County for 11 years before moving to Rush County, where she taught at Mays Elementary for 32 years. Mrs. Godby was a member of Knightstown United Methodist Church, the Order of the Eastern Star, Amicitia Club, the Indiana State Historical Society, the Rushville Historical Society, the state and local Retried Teachers’ Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority, the Martha’s Circle of KUMC and the Center Township Home Ec Club.

Mrs. Godby is survived by son Henry “Hank” (wife Janet) Godby of Shelbyville; two granddaughters, Suzanne Godby of Columbus and Jennifer (husband Ronald) Reid of Lafayette; and great-grandson Ronald Dean Reid, III of Lafayette.

She married Joseph F. Godby on August 12, 1938 and he preceded her in death in 1990. In addition to her parents, a sister, Elizabeth Ann Overman, also predeceased her.

Funeral services were held at Moster & Cox Mortuary, Rushville, on Saturday, July 2, with Rev. Steve Brackney officiating. Graveside services followed at the Aroma Cemetery, Hamilton County.

 Visitation was held Friday, July 1, at Moster & Cox Mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.



Joan Pearl Shelton

Feb. 14, 1933 – July 7, 2005

Joan Pearl Shelton, 72, of New Castle, died Thursday, July 7, at her home following an extended illness. She was born February 14, 1933, in Henry County, daughter of the late Cleo and Marie (Shoopman) McCall.

Mrs. Shelton was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church of New Castle and was active in the Henry County Democratic Party, having served as a precinct committeeman. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting, sewing and relaxing on her front porch with her dog, Biff. In addition to her own family, she helped raise her daughter Robin’s children.

Mrs. Shelton is survived by two sons, Sammy (special friend Barbara Nicholas) Shelton of New Castle and Don (wife Sandy) Shelton of Knightstown; six grandchildren, Casey Shelton of New Castle, John (wife Sara) Wallace of Muncie, Stacy Shelton of Dayton, Ohio, Lucas Shelton of Hagerstown, Josh Shelton of Knightstown and Brian (wife Erin) Shelton of New Castle; and great-nephew Rick Koger.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Shelton was preceded in death by her stepfather, John Shoopman; her husband, Robert Shelton, who died in 1995; her daughter Robin Shelton, who died in 1994; three brothers, Bud, Kenny and Frank McCall; and one sister, Elizabeth Madden.

Graveside services were held Saturday, July 9, at the South Mound Cemetery, Westlawn Addition, with Sister Shirley Girth officiating.

Main & Frame Funeral Home, Broad St. Chapel, New Castle, was in charge of arrangements.


Joseph S. Molden

June 3, 1920 – June 30, 2005

Joseph S. Molden, 85, of Sebring, Fla., died Thursday, June 30, at the Plantation Key Convalescent Care Center in Tavernier, Fla. He was a former resident of Knightstown and Key Largo, Fla. Mr. Molden was born June 3, 1920, in Idaville, Ind., son of the late Arthur (AP) and Ethel (Byrd) Molden of Wilkinson.

Mr. Molden was a 1938 graduate of Wilkinson High School. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division. He retired from Delco-Remy after 30 years of service. Mr. Molden was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the VFW.

He is survived by a daughter, Jo Ann Carter of Tavernier, Fla.; a son, William Howard Molden of Ione, Wash.; three grandsons; two great-granddaughters; a sister, Mary Etta (husband Harry) Shaul of Wilkinson; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Molden was preceded in death by his wife Mary Frances (Martin) Molden and his wife of 55 years, Margaret (McCarty) Molden; four brothers; and one sister.

Memorial services will be held on July 18, 11 a.m., at Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, Fla., with interment in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Avon Park, Fla. A military graveside service will be held.


Joyce (Skaggs) Tull Hutcheon

May 6, 1914 – July 8, 2005

Joyce (Skaggs) Tull Hutcheon, 91, of Columbus, died Friday, July 8, at Four Seasons Health Care Center. She was born May 6, 1914, in Jennings County, daughter of the late George S. and Martha Frances Cox Vinson.

Mrs. Hutcheon graduated from Franklin College in 1936 with a Bachelor’s degree and received a Master’s degree from Indiana University. In 2000 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Franklin College. She taught school for 24 years, teaching in Knightstown Jr./Sr. High School and Columbus Jr. and Sr. High Schools. She began her teaching career at the age of 10, teaching Sunday school at Graham Baptist Church in Jennings County.

Mrs. Hutcheon was a member of Columbus First Baptist Church, D.A.R., Tri Kappa Sorority and Indiana High School Retired Teachers Association. She was a 50-year member of Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Sorority, Women Teacher’s Society and Delta Zeta Sorority. She was an Honorary Trustee of Franklin College, the only woman ever to hold that position. She is recognized for her many areas of involvement with Franklin College, including the E. Don and Joyce Tull Chair in Business and Management and the Tull Lecture Series. Tull scholarships are awarded each year to two students majoring in accounting, business or economics. She donated over 50 pieces of her Southwest art collection to the college. Art objects are housed in the library, the President’s residence and in the E. Don and Joyce Tull Family Conference Room in the Dietz Center for Professional Development. She also supported scholarships at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga., Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Green Lake Baptist Assembly in Green Lake, Wis. and Edna Martin Christian Center in Indianapolis. She was active at Four Seasons Retirement Center in Columbus, serving as chairwoman of the Chapel Committee for three years.

In 2003, Mrs. Hutcheon was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Frank O’Bannon.

She married Frank G. Hutcheon in 1999 and he survives. Also surviving are sons Frank Tull and Kenneth (wife Donna) Tull of Columbus; stepdaughters Patsy Dick (husband Fred) Jabaley of Alpharetta, Ga. and Sheila Barr of Franklin; stepson W. Bruce (wife Kathy) Hutcheon of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren Margaret Ann Tonnies, Ian and Steven Harrison, Susan and Jennifer Jabaley, Laura and Scotland Hutcheon; great-grandchildren Ava and Kyle Tonnies and Abby and Tyler Hutcheon.

Mrs. Hutcheon was preceded in death by husbands Ralph Skaggs in 1944 during the Battle of the Philippines, E. Don Tull in 1982 and Harold M. Dick in 1990; grandson Brian Tull; sisters Amney Estell and Elizabeth Buck; and brothers Marion, Harry and Howard Vinson.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 12, at First Baptist Church in Columbus, with the Reverends Jon Carlstrom, William Griffith, Norie Erickson and Donald Buck officiating. Burial followed in Garland Brook Cemetery.

Visitation was held Monday, July 11, at the Four Seasons Chapel and before the service at the First Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church for the E. Don and Joyce Tull Scholarship Fund, to the Four Seasons Employee Christmas Fund or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Myers Funeral Service, Reed & Jewell Chapel, Columbus, was in charge of the arrangements.



Mrs. Dorothy L. Snedigar

Apr. 16, 1923 – July 16, 2005

Mrs. Dorothy L Snedigar, 82, of Knightstown, died Saturday, July 16, at Hancock Memorial Hospital, Greenfield. She was born April 16, 1923, in Lewisville, daughter of the late Jim Loveall and Sarah (Phillips) Loveall.

Mrs. Snedigar was a homemaker and had lived in Knightstown most of her life. She was a member of Knightstown Christian Church.

A son, Robert E. Snedigar of New Castle survives. Also surviving are two sisters, Lois Jackson and Lora Wells, both of Knightstown; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and friend Ercel Bever, Jr.

Mrs. Snedigar was preceded in death by her husband Everett Snedigar; a son, Fred Snedigar; two brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 20, 10 a.m., at Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel, Knightstown, with Rev. David Bonne officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the funeral home, Tuesday, July 19.


Ruby C. Murray

Dec. 8, 1919 – July 4, 2005

Ruby C. Murray, 85, of Knightstown, died Monday, July 4, at the Waters of New Castle. She was born December 8, 1919, in Henry County, daughter of the late George and Lutie (Gulley) Sparks.

Mrs. Murray was a 1938 graduate of New Castle High School and was a beautician from 1955 – 1976. She had also worked at Perfect Circle in Hagerstown for 10 years in the accounting department. She was a member of the Greensboro United Methodist Church and the Greensboro Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Murray is survived by a sister, Imogene (husband Sherman) Catt of New Castle; nieces Susan Cross and Connie (husband Gene) Cross, both of New Castle; nephews John (wife Liz) Catt and Harold Dye, both of New Castle; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Murray was preceded in death by her husband, Robert A. Murray in 1998 and two sisters, Nannie Dye and Hazel I. Johnson.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 8, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle with the Reverends Mark Powell and Bill House officiating. Burial followed in South Mound Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the funeral home on Thursday, July 7.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greensboro United Methodist Church; envelopes are available at the funeral home.


Bridget Lee (Collins) Mayberry

July 7, 1976 - July 14, 2005

Bridget Lee (Collins) Mayberry, 29, of Greenfield, died Thursday, July 14. She was born July 7, 1976, daughter of Norman L. Collins and the late Bernie Collins.

Mrs. Mayberry was a 1995 graduate of Knightstown High School and worked as an animal technician at IUPUI.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur (Doug) Mayberry; a son, Cody Mayberry; her father, Norman L. Collins; mother Mary A. Collins; brother Christopher Collins; grandmother Minnie Collins; several aunts and uncles; and a niece and nephew.

Her mother, Bernie Collins preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 18, at Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel, Indianapolis. Burial followed in Park Cemetery, Greenfield.

Visitation was held Sunday, July 17, at the memorial chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greenfield Humane Society.


Rylee Raye Wisehart

July 6, 2005

Rylee Raye Wisehart was stillborn on Wednesday, July 6, at Howard Regional Health Services, Kokomo.

She is survived by her parents, Brian and Holly (Padgett) Wisehart, of Kokomo, formerly of the Knightstown area. Also surviving are two sisters, Natasha and Darrian, of Kokomo; maternal grandparents, Robert and Cheryl Sullivan of Carthage and Steve and Robin Padgett of New Castle; paternal grandparents Donald and Judith Wisehart of Shirley and David and Pamela Elliott of Summerfield, Fla.; maternal great-grandparents John and Judy Jackson of Carthage, Ray and Carolyn Padgett of New Castle and Leonard C. Sullivan of Morristown; great-great-grandmother Lucille Hall of New Castle; paternal great-grandparents Helen Wisehart of New Castle and Earl and Celia Whistler of Shirley; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Rylee was preceded in death by a sibling, stillborn on August 10, 1996.

Private graveside services were held at the Carthage Town Cemetery on Monday, July 11, with Pastor David Bonne officiating. Moster and Cox Mortuary, Rushville, was in charge of the arrangements.


Ralph R. Hollinger

Oct. 20, 1906 – July 19, 2005

Ralph R. Hollinger, 98, a resident of Dunreith since 1934, died Tuesday, July 19, at his residence. He was born October 20, 1906 in Darke County, Ohio, son of the late Amos and Effie (Brown) Hollinger.

Mr. Hollinger graduated from high school in Hollingsberg, Ohio, in 1925. He was a retired farmer and carpenter. He was a member of the Spiceland Friends Meeting, a 50-year member of the Spiceland Lions Club and a 50-year member of the Dunreith Fire Department. Mr. Hollinger also served on the Town Board of Dunreith for many years.

Mr. Hollinger is survived by a son, Gayle Hollinger of New Castle; two stepsons, Larry Specht of Dunrieth and Charles E. Fox of New Castle; two stepdaughters, Sharon Manning of Knightstown and Becky Helton of New Castle; a brother, Paul Hollinger of Virginia; a sister, Nola Vanderberg of Michigan; several step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hollinger was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy (Deem) Hollinger and his second wife, Beulah (Fox) Hollinger; a stepdaughter, Beverly Dalton; two sisters, Blanche and Naomi; and a brother, Ray Hollinger.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 22, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, New Castle, with the Reverend Tim Dice officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday, July 21, from 4 – 8 p.m.



Herschel E. “Hersh” Cartwright

Apr. 6, 1921 – July 23, 2005

Herschel E. “Hersh” Cartwright, 84, of New Castle, died Saturday, July 23, at his residence following a brief illness.

He was born April 6, 1921, in New Castle, a son of the late Lloyd and Audrey (Nash) Cartwright.

A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served as a tank commander with the 811th tank destroyer battalion. Mr. Cartwright served in many battles, including the Battle of the Bulge.

He graduated in 1938 from Sherwood Music School in Chicago, IL. In 1984 he retired from the Social Security Admistration office in Muncie after 27 years. Mr. Cartwright was also a past sales manager for Western and Southern Life Insurance Company. He was a member of the New Castle VFW Post 1282 and enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol Bovender; two sons: Kelly (wife Robin) Cartwright and Bruce (wife Diane) Cartwright, both of New Castle; four grandchildren: Cara, Kendra and Kelsa Cartwright, all of New Castle, and Melissa Cartwright of Greens Fork; one great granddaughter: Madyson Cartwright of New Castle; two step-granddaughters: Gabrielle Yount and Angela Perdoza, both of New Castle; one step-grandson: Joshua Yount, stationed with the U.S. Air Force at Tucson, AZ.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Cartwright was preceded in death by his wife, Zora E. Cartwright on April 6, 2004, and one brother, Charles Cartwright.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 27 at Main and Frame Funeral Home in New Castle with Rev. Paul Davis officiating. Military graveside rites were conducted by New Castle American Legion Post #137 and VFW Post 1282. Burial followed in South Mound Cemetery Westlawn Addition in New Castle. Visitation was Tuesday, July 26 from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Henry County Hospice or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.


Paul E. Howard

Mar. 5, 1943 – July 24, 2005

Paul E. Howard, 62, of Shirley, died Sunday, July 24 at Hancock Memorial Hospital.

He was born March 5, 1943, the son of Catherine (Longwell) Howard and the late Gilbert M. Howard.

Mr. Howard was a lifelong mechanic and owner of Paul’s Truck and Auto Repair. He enjoyed camping and fly fishing. He was a devoted family man, auto racing fan, and friend to many. Mr. Howard graduated from Spiceland High School in 1963 and later serviced in Vietnam with the U.S. military.

Survivors include his wife, Jenny (Slatier) Howard of Shirley; two sons: Terry (wife Theresa) Howard of Kennard; Tim (companion Marlaina) Howard of Shirley; three grandsons: Trevor, Corey and Caleb; two sisters: Carolyn Stotten of Knightstown and Pricilla Shumaker of Las Vegas, NV; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Pastor Brian Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson. Visitation will be from 12-2 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.


Joe Hughes, Jr.

June 7, 1926 – July 22, 2005

Joe Hughes Jr. of New Castle, died Friday, July 22, at Millers Merry Manor in Rushville after an extended illness. He was born June 7, 1926, in Perry County, KY, to the late Joseph William and Caroline (Harmon) Hughes.      

He retired from Chrysler Corporation in 1979 after 33 years of service. He was a member of the New Lisbon Christian Church and also served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a lifetime VFW member.  

Survivors include his wife: Bessie B. (Chew) Hughes, whom he married January 17, 1976; three sisters: Faye Peters of Cincinnati, OH, Gerri Adams of Hyden, KY, and Bessie Yancey of Oneida, TN; a niece, Bess Heller; two nephews: Tim and Joe (wife Ashley) Heller; and four beloved cousins, Cloa New, Beulah Floyd, Pauline McPheron and Starlen Hughes.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Flonnie, a son, Larry Joe Hughes, and several half-brothers, half-sisters and cousins.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, July 25, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle with Minister Don Heller officiating. Burial followed in South Mound Cemetery-West Lawn Addition in New Castle. Friends called Sunday, July 24, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.