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 PUBLISHED MAY 2, 2007

 

Julia Kay Roberts

Aug. 22, 1940 – April 30, 2007

Julia Kay Roberts, 66, of Indianapolis, died April 30 at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born Aug. 22, 1940, in Anderson, a daughter of the late Ira and Cuma (Sumner) Roberts.

Mrs. Roberts was known as a cherished mother and grandmother. A graduate of Wilkinson High School and Ball State University, she served the Indiana Harness Racing Industry for 20 years. Mrs. Roberts retired as executive director of the ISA in 2006. She received the Indiana Sagamore of the Wabash and Kentucky Colonel awards, as well as various other honors for outstanding service to the standardbred racing industry. Mrs. Roberts attended several different United Methodist churches and was an active support of breast cancer research.

Survivors include a daughter, Kristin (husband, David) Blankenship of Indianapolis; a son, David (wife, Alisa) Perrel of Anderson; five grandchildren; three brothers, Eddie Roberts of Pendleton, Richard Roberts of Wilkinson and Charles Roberts of Wilkinson; a sister, June Neal of Wilkinson; several nieces and nephews; and her former husband, Dr. Neil Perrel of Muncie.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Rainey.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Brad Bonnett officiating. Burial will follow in Eden Cemetery. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 6069, Dept. 95, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6069.

 

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Anetia C. Shore

Sept. 15, 1927 – April 29, 2007

Anetia C. (Caudill) Shore, 79, of Knightstown, died April 29 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield.

She was born Sept. 15, 1927, in Morehead, Ky., a daughter of the late Charles and Ida (Quesenberry) Caudill.

Mrs. Shore was a lifelong homemaker and a mother. She attended Faith Chapel Independent Baptist Church and she enjoyed sewing and cooking.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, William J. Shore of Knightstown; a son, Roger (wife, Cindy) Shore of Indianapolis; three brothers, Charles Caudill Jr., of Knightstown, Isaac Caudill of Winchester, Ky., and Robert Caudill of Louisville, Ky.; a sister, Anna Lewman of Knightstown; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Vernon Cox, Earl Caudill and Les Caudill; and a sister, Dorothy Basford.

Funeral services are Thursday, May 3, at 11 a.m. at Condo & Son Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Gross officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Chapel Independent Baptist Church, 359 E. Morgan St., Knightstown, IN 46148.

 

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John L. Trieschman

Dec. 1, 1945 – April 29, 2007

John L. Trieschman, 61, of Greenfield, died April 29 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield.

He was born Dec. 1, 1945, in Henry County, a son of the late Harlan and Ossie (Flowers) Trieschman.

Mr. Trieschman had worked at Jefferson-Smurfit container corporation in Carthage and the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation before retiring from the Indiana Department of Transportation. He married his wife, Norma, on June 27, 1967. A member of Lewisville Wesleyan Church and the Lions Club, he also served as a Cub Scout leader. Mr. Trieschman enjoyed fishing, portraying a clown at various local events and spending time with his grandson, Tyler.

Survivors include his wife, Norma of Knightstown; a daughter, Penny (husband, Michael) Elam of Greenfield; a grandson, Tyler Elam of Greenfield; a brother, Bruce (wife, Mary) Trieschman of Knightstown; a sister, Cathy Trieschman of McCordsville; an aunt, Alva (husband, Joe) Sells of Byrdstown, Tenn.; four nephews; and a cousin.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in Knightstown with Rev. Charles Stroud officiating. Burial will follow at Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association with envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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Betty Stone

Sept. 25, 1932 – April 28, 2007

Betty Stone, 70, of New Castle, died April 28 at her home.

She was born Sept. 25, 1932, in New Castle, a daughter of the late Clyde and Alice (Phillips) Polson.

Mrs. Stone worked at Harvest Market and Wal-Mart in New Castle.

Survivors include three daughters, Rebecca (husband, Michael) Sunjka of Mayhill, N.M., Vickie Jo Wood of New Castle and Anita (husband, Scott) McFalls of New Castle; a son, Michael Stone of New Castle; a granddaughter, Michelle Atkinson; and a grandson, David Stone; a sister, Judy (husband, Keith) Blevins of Oklahoma; a brother, Earl (wife, Pat) Polson of Centerville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Polson.

Private funeral services were her recently. Burial followed in South Mound Cemetery in New Castle. Main & Davis Funeral Home in New Castle were in charge of arrangements.

 

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Sandra D. Emerson

March 6, 1940 – April 28, 2007

Sandra D. Emerson, 67, of Knightstown, died April 28 at her home.

She was born March 6, 1940, a daughter of the late George and Dorothy (Stephenson) Pickett.

Mrs. Emerson was a 1959 Shelton (Conn.) High School graduate. She married Floyd F. Emerson on April 24, 1959, in Brookeville, Conn. She worked at Jim Dandy’s and Regency Place in Greenfield. In 2003, she retired from the Henry County Youth Center, where she worked in the food service department. She enjoyed arts and crafts, camping, playing a variety of games, including board games and computer games. Mrs. Emerson enjoyed spending time with her four children and eight grandchildren. A member of Faith Chapel Independent Baptist Church, she was known as a person who never met a stranger.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Floyd F. Emerson of Knightstown; a daughter, Vikkilynn (husband, John) Ferguson of Port Charlotte, Fla.; three sons, Christopher (wife, Johnnie) Emerson of Lafayette, David (wife, Nicole) Emerson of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Doug (wife, Staci) Emerson of Knightstown; eight grandchildren, Daniel, Noah, Kaleb, Vikkilynn, Bobby, Sy, Seth and Wes; two cousins, Carole Stephenson-Polman of Southberry, Conn., and Revis Stephenson II of Marietta, Ohio; an uncle, Revis Stephenson Sr., of Casey Key, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Kathryn Feaster of North Vernon and Agnes Emerson of Spiceland; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her mother-in-law, Irene Cunningham.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Faith Chapel Independent Baptist Church in Knightstown with Pastor Randy Gross officiating. Visitation is 12:30-2 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hancock County Hospice Program, 1560 B State St., Greenfield, IN 46140, or Central Indiana Cancer Center, One Memorial Square, Suite 50, Greenfield, IN 46140. Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service is handling arrangements.

 

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Willie B. Saylor

March 21, 1925 – April 26, 2007

Willie B. Saylor, 82, of Knightstown, died April 26 at Henry County Hospital in New Castle.

He was born March 21, 1925, in Conway, Ky., a son of the late Sol and Susie (Asher) Saylor.

Mr. Saylor lived in Knightstown for 17 years, having moved here from Indianapolis. He was a retired stone seter for Herff Jones, Inc. On April 25, 1942, he married Cordie Brock. He was a member of Knightstown United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Cordie Saylor of Knightstown; two sons, Donald Ray (wife, Barbara) Saylor of Montgomery, Ala., and Dewey (wife, Lola) Saylor of Martinsville; a daughter, Marie (husband, R.C.) Brashears of Dayton, Ohio; a sister, Laura Saylor of Cincinnati, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Saylor; four brothers; and a sister.

Funeral services were April 28 at Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown with Rev. Steve Brackney officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation was April 27 at the funeral home.

 

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Randall O. Pitts

Sept. 12, 1932 – April 26, 2007

Randall O. “Hank” Pitts, 74, of Anderson, died April 26 at St. John’s Medical Center in Anderson.

He was born Sept. 12, 1932 in Knightstown, a son of the late Chester and Maggie (Gabbard) Pitts.

Mr. Pitts was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Delco Remy in Anderson after 33 years of service and was a member of Spiceland Friends Church.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy (Bean) Pitts of Anderson; two sons, Greg (wife, Debbie) Pitts of Hinkley, Ill., and Tim (wife, Vickie) Pitts of Anderson; three daughters, Kathy (husband, Brian) Ellis of Spiceland, Jenny McDaniel of Anderson and Marie (husband, Brian) Sanders of Anderson; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Norma Beaver of Texas and Eleanor (husband, Don) Keck of Markleville; a brother, Omar (wife, Donna) Pitts of Shreveport, La.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were May 1 at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with David Brock officiating. Burial followed at Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation was April 30 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Spiceland Friends Church with envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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Geneva Shock

May 28, 1918 – April 24, 2007

Geneva Shock, 88, of New Castle, died April 24 at The Waters of New Castle.

She was born May 28, 1918, in Clinton County, Ky., a daughter of the late John M. and Monta (Wallace) Albertson.

Mrs. Shock retired in 1980 from the Perfect Circle Division of Dana Corporation in Hagerstown after 36 years of service. She was a member of Southside Church of the Nazarene in New Castle.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry Albertson of Indianapolis and Max (wife, Rita) Shock of Greensboro; a daughter, Lois (husband, Tyrone) Baker of Straughn; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Shock; a sister, Jeannette Reeves; and three brothers, Orville, Earl and Paul Albertson.

Funeral services were April 27 at Marcum Community Funeral Home in New Castle with Rev. Tom Current officiating. Burial followed in Brick Cemetery in Hagerstown. Visitation was April 26 at the funeral home.

 

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 PUBLISHED MAY 9, 2007

 

Arthur W. Knox

Dec. 22, 1919 – May 6, 2007

Arthur W. Knox, 87, of Wilkinson, died May 6 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born Dec. 22, 1919, in Midland, a son of the late Clarence and Edith (Walraven) Knox.

Mr. Knox retired in 1984 from Hooks in Indianapolis, where he served as a warehouse superintendent. He also managed the Kraft Cheese plant in Shirley. A lifelong member and elder at Wilkinson Church of Christ, Mr. Knox also served as a board member for Mahoney Valley Christian Service Camp. His other memberships included Shirley Masonic Lodge #531 and the Material Handling Society, of which he was a past president.

Survivors include two daughters, Carol (husband, Herbert) Woollard of Crossville, Ill., and Barbara Knox of Wilkinson; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Franklin of Mooresville and Beverly Long of Appleton, Wis.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude Knox; and a brother, John Knox.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 10, at Wilkinson Church of Christ with Ron Baker and Herbert Woollard officiating. Burial will follow at McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson. Visitation is 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson.

 

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James T. Gorman

Feb. 8, 1925 – May 5, 2007

James T. Gorman, 82, of Knightstown, died May 5 at his home.

He was born Feb. 8, 1925, in Knightstown, a son of the late Alonzo and Matilda (Carver) Gorman.

Mr. Gorman married Dorothy Keck on March 29, 1947. A lifelong Knightstown resident, he served as a set-up man for Detroit Allison until his retirement in 1986. Mr. Gorman was a member of New Castle U.A.W., the New Castle Eagles Lodge and he was former member of the American Legion Golf Course in New Castle.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Marie Gorman of Knightstown; a son, Danny (wife, Rowena) Gorman of New Castle; three daughters, Patricia (husband, Coy) Hubbard of Shelbyville, Judy (husband, Glen) McDonald of San Bernadino, Cal., and Vickie (husband, Steve) Moore of Spiceland; two brothers, Roland (wife, Carol) Gorman of Fountaintown and Kenneth (wife, Opal) Gorman of Temecula, Cal.; a sister, Mary (husband, Bob) Florey of Shirley; 14 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Becky George; and three brothers.

Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown with Rev. Mervin Kilmer officiating. Burial will take place at the family’s convenience. Visitation was May 8 at the funeral home.

 

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John H. Meltzer

June 12, 1924 – May 4, 2007

John H. “Jack” Meltzer, 82, of Indianapolis, died May 4 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born June 12, 1924, in Indianapolis, a son of the late George Frederick and Lois Ann (Rutledge) Meltzer.

Mr. Meltzer was a 1942 Shelbyville High School graduate. He married Eleanor E. James on April 28, 1950, in Shelbyville. He served as a steam fitter and estimator at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis for 40 years before retiring in 1991. Mr. Meltzer was a member of the V.F.W. and Faith Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. St. Louis during World War II.

Survivors include his children, Mollie L. Meltzer of Greenfield, John H. Meltzer Jr., of New Castle, Martin J. (wife, Sharon) Meltzer of Kennard, Jill S. Meltzer of Greenfield and Mike K. Meltzer of Indianapolis; four grandchildren, William, Andrew, Evan and Katie Meltzer; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor K. Meltzer; a brother, Richard Meltzer; and two sisters, Gladys Dawson and Margaret Douglas.

Funeral services were May 8 at Faith Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Burial followed at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville. Visitation was May 7 at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith Presbyterian Church, 8170 Hague Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46256. Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield handled arrangements.

 

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David W. Stevens

July 19, 1954 – May 4, 2007

David W. Stevens, 52, of Knightstown, died May 4.

He was born July 19, 1954, in Rushville, a son of Bob and Lovon (Logan) Stevens of Knightstown.

Mr. Stevens was known as an outdoorsman who enjoyed shooting guns, riding motorcycles and working on trucks. His favorite pass-time was hanging out with the guys and shooting the bull.

Survivors include his parents; his wife, Melissa (Harris) Stevens of Knightstown; two sons, Joel (wife, Katherine) Stevens of Indianapolis and Justin (wife, Heather) Stevens of Brownsburg; a grandson, Jackson Stevens of Indianapolis; two sisters, Joan Stevens of Florida and Pam (husband, Brian) Shores of Anderson; a brother, Leon Stevens of Florida; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rebecca (Smith) Stevens; and an infant sister, Tamra Suzanne Stevens.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel, with Phil Wright officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation was May 8 at the funeral home.

 

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Leon Alvin Low

Sept. 17, 1925 – May 4, 2007

Leon Alvin Low, 81, of Memphis, Tenn., died May 4 in Memphis.

He was born Sept. 17, 1925, in Sabetha, Kan., a son of the late Leslie and Edna (Bailey) Low.

Mr. Low moved to Indianapolis in 1931, when he was six years old. He attended Knightstown schools and later served in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Memphis and later married Noami Bray. Mr. Low served as a night security policeman and worked for a trucking company while living in Memphis.

Survivors include two sisters, Lois (Low) Lovell of Carol (Low) Johnson, both of Knightstown; five children, Edna Ann of Mississippi, Lois Noami Bray of Memphis, Julia May of Mississippi, Larry Low of Memphis and John Low of Texas; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward “Ted” Low.

Funeral services were May 7. Burial followed in Memory Garden Grave Side in Memphis. Visitation was May 6.

 

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Evelyn Anderson

Nov. 25, 1915 – May 2, 2007

Evelyn Anderson, 91, of Knightstown, died May 2 at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born Nov. 25, 1915, in Hancock County, a daughter of the late Walter and Auttie (Lewis) Mattix.

Mrs. Anderson owned and operated Andersons Restaurant in Dunreith and was a member of Wilkinson Church of Christ.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna (husband, Jack) Brummett of Hudson, Fla., and Sue (husband, William) Clift of Zionsville; five grandchildren, Jeffrey Brummett of Greenwood, James Brummett of Chesterfield, Va., Laura Shertzer of Indianapolis, Caroline Pasko of Carmel and Courtney Clift of Indianapolis; six great-grandchildren, Cameron and Caleb Brummett of Carthage and Jonathan, Justin, Amanda and Jared Brummett of Chesterfield, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; two brothers, Vern and Robert Mattix; and a sister, Louise Wilson.

Funeral services were May 4 at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Pastor James Brummett officiating. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation was 12:30 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

 

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Robert B. Smith

April 23, 1938 – May 1, 2007

Robert B. Smith, 69, of Fayetteville, Ga., formerly of Wilkinson, died May 1 in Georgia.

He was born April 23, 1938, in Hancock County, a son of the late Everett and Ada Grace (Bolander) Smith.

He was a graduate of Wilkinson High School and Purdue University. An Army Reservist, he lived most of his life in California. Mr. Smith retired from Rohr-Goodrich Aero Space, where he served as an aeronautical engineer for 32 years before retirement. He also worked at Boeing Aircraft. Mr. Smith enjoyed NASCAR racing and sports.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Suzann Smith of Fayetteville, Ga.; two daughters, Lisa (husband, Mark) Cress of Rockport, Wash., and Melissa (husband, Leo) Chavez of Fayetteville, Ga.; two sons, Winston (wife, Melissa) Smith of Ft. Mohove, Ariz., and Philip (wife, Marcia) Loar of Shreveport, La.; seven granchildren; two brothers, Jerry Smith and Marcus Smith, both of Wilkinson; two sisters, Betty Baer of Wilkinson and Joann Hammer of Shirley; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Loar; a daughter, Eydie Lopez; and a grandson, Andy Smith.

Funeral services were May 8 at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson. Burial followed at McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson. Visitation was May 7 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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Vera J. Milner

Aug. 21, 1929 – April 24, 2007

Vera J. (Rhodes) Milner, 77, of Walton, died April 24 at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

She was born Aug. 21, 1929, in Cincinnati, Ohio, a daughter of the late Artis and Marie (VanValkingburg) Rhodes.

Mrs. Milner was a 1947 Knightstown High School graduate. She lived in Russiaville from 1959-1964 and Gas City from 1970-1995. Prior to moving to the Walton area in 1995, she lived in Fort Wayne. She married H. Dale Milner on July 2, 1948. Mrs. Milner was a homemaker who once managed the Marion RCA store and the Fort Wayne Top Value store. She also worked at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne until her retirement. She enjoyed reading and working on puzzles.

Survivors include her husband, H. Dale Milner; a son, Jeff (wife, Pam) Milner of Kansas City, Ka.; a daughter, Susan (husband, Sam) Rees of Walton; a brother, Donald F. (wife, Mattie) Rhodes of Charleston, W.V.; three grandchildren, Kelly DeBruler, Jeremy Milner and Todd Pace; six great-grandchildren; and an uncle, Alex Calvert.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were April 26. Burial followed on April 27 in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Her nephew, Chris Conley, officiating both services.

 

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 PUBLISHED MAY 16, 2007

 

Gladys A. Tucker

May 24, 1923 – May 14, 2007

Gladys A. Tucker, 83, of New Castle, died May 14 at Hickory Creek Nursing Home in New Castle.

She was born May 24, 1923, in Loranger, La., a daughter of the late John and Mary (Reid) Chavers.

Mrs. Tucker lived most of her life in Carthage. She served as a nurse at the Indiana Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Children’s Home. On April 11, 1944, she married Thomas T. Tucker and he preceded her in death in 1992. A Democrat, Mrs. Tucker served as a poll worker for many years. She was a member of the Eagles Auxiliary in Rushville.

Survivors include a son, Thomas Tucker Jr.; a daughter, Melissa Brown of New Castle; a sister, Merle Manguna of New Orleans, La.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Private funeral services will be conducted at the family’s convenience. Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown is handling arrangements.

 

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Steven W. Davis

July 21, 1958 – May 13, 2007

Steven W. Davis, 48, of Fortville, died May 13 in New Castle.

He was born July 21, 1958, in Rushville, a son of Harmon and the late Hattie Mae (Anderson) Davis.

Mr. Davis was a mechanic and a member of A.B.A.T.E.

Survivors include his father, Harmon Edgar (wife, Clara) Davis of New Castle; his companion, Judy Kennedy of Fortville; a daughter, Karen (husband, Jason) Whorton of New Castle; two stepdaughters, Charity Gong and Christan (husband, Marty) Reger, both of Greenfield; a brother, Kenneth E. (wife, Sherrie) Davis of Alexandria; a sister, Gloria Kohr of Indianapolis; three stepgrandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Funeral services are at 2p.m. Thursday, May 17, at Todd Funeral Home in Knightstown with Rev. David Bonne officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the funeral home. Donations to help the family are being accepted at Todd Funeral Home.

 

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 PUBLISHED MAY 23, 2007

 

Glenn E. Riggs

July 26, 1937 – May 19, 2007

Glenn E. Riggs, 69, of rural Shirley, died May 19 at his childhood birthplace in rural Cadiz.

He was born July 26, 1937, a son of the late Chester and Mary Kathleen (Pate) Riggs.

Mr. Riggs was a 1956 Cadiz High School graduate who worked as a livestock truck driver and also at Shirley Foods. Prior to his trucking career, he was a race car driver. An avid NASCAR and Jeff Gordon fan, Mr. Riggs also enjoyed farming. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and enjoyed working on International Harvester Farmall tractors and Cub Cadet lawnmowers.

Survivors include two sisters, Phyllis (husband, Harry) Boze of Mechanicsburg and Jama (husband, Robert) Tennant of Greenfield; two daughters, Tamara Ann Dalton and Suzanne Wyatt; a son, Mickey Glenn Riggs; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; three great-nephews; a great-niece; two aunts; and several cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Riggs; a daughter, Glenna Jean Skinner; and a sister, Marlene Sowers.

Funeral services are Wednesday, May 23, at 8 p.m. at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Pastor Marty Ballard officiating. Visitation is Wednesday from 3 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Condo & Son Funeral Home to help defray funeral expenses. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

 

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 PUBLISHED MAY 30, 2007

 

Stanley Ray Boaz

March 26, 1931 – May 27, 2007

Stanley Ray Boaz, 76, of Markleville, died May 27 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born March 26, 1931, in Lexington, Ky., a son of the late Thomas and Addie (Carmichael) Boaz.

Mr. Boaz was a member of Shirley Masonic Lodge 531, Shirley Eastern Star 492. Mr. Boaz was also a Kentucky Colonel. He was a longtime barber, auctioneer and business owner.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ollie (Combs) Boaz of Markleville; a daughter, Diane Kay (Grover) Fugate of Hazard, Ky.; two sons, Gary Eugene (wife, Lisa) Boaz of Connersville and Ricky J. (wife, Doris) Boaz of Markleville; seven grandchildren, Ryan, Shawnah, Levi, Travis, Elly and Lacie Boaz and Mark Riley; one great-grandchild, Sarah Boaz; brothers and sisters, Bob Boaz of Indianapolis, Jim Boaz of New Mexico, Herb Boaz of Anderson, Helen Montaral of Texas and Gene Boaz of New Mexico; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ed Boaz; two sisters, Virginia Boaz, an infant, and Eva Louise Howard; and a grandson, Jesse Lee Boaz.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 31, at Condo & Son Funeral Home in Wilkinson with Rev. Bill LedBetter officiating. Burial will follow at McCray Cemetery in Wilkinson. Visitation is Wednesday, May 30, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Masonic and Eastern Star services will be Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ollie Combs Boaz Scholarship Fund, Big Sandy Community College, 1 Bert Combs Drive, Prestonburg, KY 41635.

 

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Benjamin J. Knotts

Dec. 16, 1923 – May 26, 2007

Benjamin Junior Knotts, 83, of Knightstown, died May 26 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield.

He was born Dec. 16, 1923, in New Castle, a son of the late Benjamin F. and Mamie (Melton) Knotts.

Mr. Knotts was a lifelong Henry County resident and a 1942 New Castle High School graduate, where he lettered in track and was a member of the varsity glee club and the boys glee club. Mr. Knotts served in the U.S. Army’s 1906th Aviation Engineering Battalion during World War II in the South Pacific, New Guinea and Phillipines theaters. His battalion reunited each of the past 45 years, meeting throughout the United States. Last year, the group visited the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. He married Ruth Beam on March 20, 1948. He was a life member of New Castle VFW Post 1282. He worked at Chrysler, then managed Knotts’ Standard Service Station in Spiceland for many years. Mr. Knotts enjoyed operating his backhoe and doing excavation. He worked with Wilbur Coffin in Spiceland, and on his own. A lifelong member of Spiceland Friends Meeting, he enjoyed sports and bowled for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; a son, Jay (wife, Cathy) Knotts of Knightstown; three daughters, Virginia Heiser of Indianapolis, Janice (special friend, Bill Williams) Radcliff and Joy (husband, Terry) Bussberg of Lewisville; 11 grandchildren, D.J. (wife, Amy) Knotts, Jeremy (fiance’, Shellie Kriz) Knotts, Debra (husband, Bill) Beabout, Heather (husband, Chad) Davis, Holly (husband, Adam) Bastin, Misty (husband, David) Scholl, Cheri (husband, David) Moore, Melissa Radcliff, Joe Radcliff, Bradley (wife, Jennifer) Bussberg and Tyler Bussberg; two stepgrandchildren, Amy (husband, Darrell) Wilson and Terry Bussberg; 12 great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant brothers, Albert and William; and two sisters, Mildred Dudley and Ruby Niven.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at Sproles Family Funeral Home with David Brock and Rev. Gene Bennett officiating. Military honors will be conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Burial will follow at Shiloh Cemetery in Rush County. Visitation was May 29 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Spiceland Friends Building Fund with envelopes available at the funeral home.

 

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