April 9, 2018


Doris L. Garringer – Shoals
April 10, 1921 – April 7, 2018
Doris L. Garringer, 96, of Shoals, passed away at the Loogootee Health and Rehab Center in Loogootee on Sunday, April 7, 2018, at 7:19 a.m.
She was born on April 10, 1921 in Terre Haute to Alonzo and Ella (Earl) Denny. She married Don Garringer in 1953 and he preceded her in death February 22, 1993. She attended the Shoals Nazarene Church where she taught Sunday School and presented flannelgraph Bible stories to children in several churches.
She is survived by one son, Leon Watts of Clearwater, Florida; five grandchildren, Anthony Johnson, Arthur Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Stacy Johnson and Lisa Johnson, step-sister, Jean Holtsclaw and one special friend, Louise Lindley of Shoals. Several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter, Elizabeth Johnson; sisters, Pauline Sanders and Mamie Tow; brothers, Wilford Denny, Alonzo Denny, Leon Denny, Bert Denny, Jesse Denny; stepsisters, Dorthy Tuszynski and Alma Holtzclaw; and step-brother Harold Hopkins.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Queen-Lee Chapel in Shoals with Rev. Jerry Sanders officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday.
The Queen-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes is in charge of the arrangements.
Byron Lee “Barney” Tolbert – Mitchell
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February 21, 1921 – April 7, 2018
Byron Lee “Barney” Tolbert, 97, of Mitchell, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Johnson Christian Village in Bedford.
Born February 21, 1921, at home in Orange County, he was the son of Edward L. and Stella N. (Pruett) Tolbert. He married Lou Alma Reynolds June 11, 1942, and she preceded him in death October 17, 2001.
Byron worked with the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) for a year fighting fires, planting trees, working with natural resources and driving an ambulance to pick up wounded soldiers at Union Station in Indianapolis and take them to/from Fort Harrison.
He joined the Army in August 1942, during World War II where he spent time in Missouri, Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Guinea, and the Philippines as part of the Allied Forces fight against Japan. Byron was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star Medal, and Purple Heart Medal. He was honorably discharged in February 1946. He was unable to work for approximately one year due to his injuries. After that he worked for various companies including Crawford Morris in Mitchell, Hancock Construction in Mitchell, and Rogers Group in Bedford where he worked 23 years and retired from. He was a graduate of Campbellsburg High School, Class of 1938, and a member of Saltillo Christian Church.
He loved spending time with his family, being outside, and staying active by taking care of the yard (until he was 94.) Barney was known for his great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his daughter, Linda L. (Rick) Chapman of Mitchell; son, Tom E. (Carol) Tolbert of Morgantown, grandchildren, Jennifer (Kurt) Thomas, Jennifer (Shawn) Kellams, Joni (Steve) Bodkins, Shane (Karrie) Tolbert, Carrie (Paul) Ritchison, Miranda (Paul) Gillespie, Mitch (fiancée Liz Neel) Tolbert, Morgan (Brian) Duncan; 16 great grandchildren; sister, Mildred Jackson of Saltillo
His parents; wife, son, Terry L. Tolbert; daughter, Nancy Crawford; and siblings, Wayne Tolbert, Scott Tolbert, Willis Tolbert, and Imogene Hall, preceded him in death.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com
Basil Paul Briscoe – Mitchell
June 13, 1942 – April 7, 2018
Basil Paul Briscoe, 75, of Mitchell, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Franciscan Health in Indianapolis.
Born June 13, 1942, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Ora Virgil and Hopal Vera (Matthew) Briscoe. He married Karen Joyce Shoults December 27, 1963.
Basil had been employed at Kimball International and was a retired carpenter. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Bedford and Mitchell Masonic Lodge No. 228 F&AM.
Survivors include his wife, Karen Briscoe of Mitchell; daughter, Joy Lynn (Tim) Drabing of French Lick; son, Tim (Jessica) Briscoe of Greenwood; grandchildren, Nathan and Sarah Drabing, Corey and Ashley Briscoe; siblings, Robert (June) Briscoe of Bloomington, Bonnie Duncan of Bedford, Richard (Charlotte) Briscoe of Mitchell
His parents, and siblings, Donald “Leroy” Briscoe, Louis “Doodle” Briscoe, Wilbur Briscoe, James Briscoe, Walter “Bus” Briscoe, Frances Briscoe, Fern Watson, and Ruby Smith, preceded him in death.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Mitchell Cemetery with Reverend Bruce Ervin officiating.
There will be no visitation at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

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