April 14, 2014


Fern Frances Henderson – Heltonville
Fern Frances (Cummings) Henderson, 89, of Bedford, died at 3:06 a.m. Sunday, April 12, 2015, at her daughter’s residence.
Born June 7, 1925, in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Jacob and Addie (Black) Cummings.
She married Hubert M. Henderson in 1946; he preceded her in death in 1993. She was a graduate of Heltonville High School with the Class of 1943; a member of Mundell Christian Church, Heltonville, and was a homemaker.
Surviving are two daughters, Connie (Michael) Knoy and Ruth (Gary) Fishel; five grandchildren, Dusty (Jodie) Fishel, Matthew (Heather) Knoy, Clint (Rebecca) Fishel, Kelli (Andrew) Conder and Michele Knoy; ten great grandchildren, Grace, Olivia, Mason, Caleb, Hogan, Cooper, Hope, Garrett, Adler, and Abigail; several nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Lorene Clark.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Blanche Kindred and Bernice Fish; and one brother, Wayne Cummings.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015, at Mundell Christian Church, with Charlie Scott and John Wisley officiating. Burial will be in Mundell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. Friday, at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford, and from 10 a.m. till 11 a.m. Saturday, at Mundell Church.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Mundell Christian Church Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.
Delphia Doris (Sims) Heckard – Shoals
Delphia Doris (Sims) Heckard, 89, of Shoals, passed away on April 11, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. at the Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.
Born on August 25, 2025 in Dover Hill, Indiana, she was the daugher of the late William Ivan and Blanche (Walton) Sims. She married William N. “Bill” Heckard on August 8, 1947 in Vincennes and he preceded her in death on September 21, 2003.
Delphia attended Martin County Schools. She received her GED in 1972 and had the highest test score in the State of Indiana at the time. She then attended Indiana University taking courses in accounting.
Known to be a very industrious lady, who always worked hard and took great pride in her work outside and within the home, she was formerly employed as a secretary for Shorty Miller Tax Preparer, Miller’s Hat Shop in Shoals, Farm Bureau Insurance Agency, Red Gold Tomato Factor in Indianapolis, was a bus driver for the Shoals Community School Corporation and managed the bookkeeping and accounting for Heckard’s Timber. She retired from the Indiana Department of Revenue after 21 years, retiring in 1990.
A lover of music, dancing and attending Broadway shows, she also enjoyed embroidering, cooking, canning, tending her rose garden,, traveling and feeding her birds. Delphia collected and had a vast knowledge of antiques. She was especially proud that she and her husband were able to attend the inaugurations of Presidents Nixon and Reagan.
As a child, she attended the Dover Hill United Methodist Church and after marrying Bill they joined the Shoals United Methodist Church and raised their family within the Shoals congregation.
Delphia held memberships in several organizations including Martin County Republican Women’s Club, Shoals Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, Shoals Hanson-McFee Post #61, American Legion Auxiliary and Fraternal Order of Eagles #2442 Auxiliary.
She is survived by her children, Norman W. (Sharon) Heckard, of Bedford; William Malcolm “Bill” (Rita) Heckard, of Bloomington; Grace D. (Ronald “pete”) Dunlap of Smithfield, Kentucky; Cathy L. (Calvin) Evans of Shoals; Ricky L. Heckard, of Loogootee and Darwin I. (Dianna) Heckard, of Shoals; grandchildren Jeff W. Heckard, of Newburg; Brian S. Heckard, of Bedford; William “Boomer” Heckard, of Shoals; Casey L. Heckard, of Bloomington; Travis R. Ashcraft, of Bloomington; Kristine N. Midwood, of Willimantic, CT; Stephanie L. Parsons, of Louisville, KY; Amanda K. Heckard, of Murfreesboro, TN; Heather D. Evans, of Shoals; Lindsay R. Tolin, of Indianapolis; Nathan S. Heckard, of Bedford and Alisha Truelove, of Shoals’ 25 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Bill, two sisters Maxine Baker and Kizzie Walton, bother Jasper Sims and a son in infancy.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. till 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Queen-lee Funeral Home in Shoals. The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the Shoals United Methodist Church, with viewing one hour prior to the service. Pastor Joseph Seger and Pastor Michael Schlaegel will be officiating the service. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery in Shoals.
On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.queenlee.com
David C. Probasco – Shoals
David C. Probasco, 66, of Shoals, passed away on Monday. April 13, 2015 at 5:57 a.m. at Cathedral Healthcare Center in Jasper.
Born on August 7, 1948 in Shoals, Indiana, he was the son of Luther and Margaret (Butler) Probasco. He married Debra J. Johnson on May 8, 1989 in Daviess County, Indiana.
He was employed for 44 years at the French Lick Springs Resort in the golf course maintenance. He loved his job and was well know for his designs when he mowed the rough’s for the golf course. David attended Martin County schools and was of the Christian faith.
He is survived by his wife Debra, of Shoals; one daughter Tonya Probasco, of Shoals; three sisters Loretta Jent, of Oolitic, Marilyn Mills, of French Lick and Wanda Probasco and Gene Merchand, of Dubois; one brother Arthur Probasco, of Shoals.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Queen-Lee Funeral Homes in Shoals. There will be no funeral service and cremation will follow. Burial will follow at the Butler Cemetery at a later date.
Online condolences maybe made to the family at www.queenlee.com
Becky Ann Farrell – Bloomington
Becky Ann Farrell, 70, of Bloomington, died at 7:45 am on Monday, April 13, 2015 at the Hearthstone Health Campus in Bloomington.
Born November 23, 1944 in Bedford, she was the daughter of Rick and Mary Frances Farrell. She attended the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School and graduated from Bedford High School with the class of 1962. Following graduation, she was employed by RCA in Bloomington and worked there until her retirement. She was a life-long resident of Bloomington.
Survivors include a sister, Ricki Chastain; a brother, John Michael Farrell and wife, Gloria, all of Bloomington; four nephews, Troy Chastain and wife, Jeanice, Christopher Chastain and wife, Anna, Adam Farrell and wife, Amanda and Jonathan Farrell; a niece, Ashley Bridgwaters and husband, Daniel; one great nephew, Jack Bridgwaters and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a niece, Amy and a brother-in-law, Monte Chastain.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 am on Thursday, April 16th at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Father Rick Eldred officiating. Burial will follow in Beech Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 15th at the Day & Carter Mortuary where a rosary service will be conducted at 7:30 pm.
Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

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