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Obituaries For April 21, 2017
Updated April 21, 2017 5:45 PM
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Linda Lou Patton - Washington

December 9, 1947 - April 20, 2017

Linda Lou Patton, 69, of Washington, IN, died at 11:58 am on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Methodist Hospital.

Born December 9, 1947 in Avoca, IN, she was the daughter of Enoch O. and Gertie (New) Patton.

Survivors include seven brothers, Donald Patton and wife, Patty of Solsberry, Samuel Patton and wife, Eloise of Ellettsville, Clifford Patton and wife, Sue of Heltonville, George Patton of Springville, James Patton of Springville, Ronald Patton and wife, Lora of Florida and Keith Patton of Bloomington, several nieces and nephews.

She preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Kenneth Patton and two sisters, Mildred Stalker and Virginia Owen.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Monday, April 24, 2017 in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with John Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the hour of the service at the mortuary.

Family and friends may express condolences at

www.daycarter.com.

Maxine Batchor - Mitchell
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July 10, 1927 - April 21, 2017

Maxine Batchelor, 89, after a faithful lifetime walk with God, went home Friday, April 21, 2017, at Indiana University Health Hospice House in Bloomington.

Born July 20, 1927, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Joseph L. and Elsie Mae (Butler) Johnson. She married Carey Dawson Terrell June 5, 1943, and he preceded her in death September 24, 1947. Her second marriage was to Chester Batchelor November 5, 1949, and he preceded her in death September 18, 2015. Maxine retired from the Times Mail. She loved writing human interest articles, traveling, and reading. She was an avid camper and Spring Mill was her second home. Maxine was a member of Tulip Street Christian Church.

Survivors include her children, Patricia (Leon) Bennett of Mitchell, Nelson (Charla) Terrell of Mitchell; grandchildren, Lynnette Lacny, Kathy Murphy, Kristie Decker, Heather Niehoff and Holly Davidson; 15 great grandchildren; sister, Victoria Chitwood of Mitchell

Her parents; husbands; great granddaughter, Abigail Decker; and sisters, Mary Alford, Lavon McCart, and Shirley Warren, preceded her in death.

Funeral service will be at 7p.m. Monday, April 24, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Jim Valentine and Brother Darrin Chastain officiating.

Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers: Eric Murphy, Matthew Murphy, Christopher Lacny, Daron Davidson, Kevin, Murphy, and Jack Tyree.

Memorial Gifts: Tulip Street Christian Church

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Mrs. Suzanne Short (Robert W.) - Bedford
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April 6, 1927 - April 21, 2017

Mrs. Suzanne Short (Robert W.) passed away at her home on Thursday, April 20, 2017, of natural causes. She was surrounded by her family. "Suzie", as most people knew her, was born in Bedford, Indiana, on April 06, 1927, to Harvey Warren and Lelia Roth Lanz. She graduated from Bedford High School in 1944, and from DePauw University, Cum Laude, in 1948. Suzanne married Robert W. Short on July 24, 1949, at her family church, St. John's Episcopal in Bedford. She had begun as a high school teacher at North Vernon High School upon her college graduation. She then taught at Martinsville High School while Robert finished law school, but after the Shorts started their family, she relinquished her teaching career. Later, after the Shorts' three children were in their upper school years, she continued her teaching career as a substitute teacher in the Bedford School systems.

Suzanne was very active in the Bedford Community. She was the first woman appointed to the Lawrence County Welfare Board by then Mayor C.J. Hauck. She was also the first woman to serve on the local governing council of St. John's Episcopal church. Later in her life and until her death, Suzanne became a member of and supported the First Presbyterian Church.

She was a life-long member of Tri Kappa where she served as an officer including President. She was also a 50-year member and officer of Ladies of the Round Table and its' Auxiliary. Suzanne was one of the charter members of Lawrence County's Pink Lady Auxiliary, and served as an acting volunteer from its inception until 2006. Throughout her time as a Pink Lady, Suzie knitted and donated hundreds of baby sweaters to Dunn Memorial Hospital. She served as a Girl Scout Leader while her daughters were part of the local scouting organization, and was an active room mother for all her children during their primary school years.

Suzanne is survived by her children, Carl (Catherine) Short of Sarasota, FL; Julia Short of Bedford and Laura Short of West Palm Beach, FL; her grandson, Bradley (Melissa) Short, and great grandchildren, Kayla, Thomas, and Jake of Poughquag, NY. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Lelia Lanz; brothers Stewart and Harvey Jr.; her husband, Robert W., and her grandson Ryan Wesley Short.

Friends may visit the family at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017. A private family burial is to be held at the family's cemetery in Springville, IN.

The family requests that you please consider contributing to either The First Presbyterian Church or the Lawrence County Boys & Girls Club in memory of Mrs. Robert Short.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.
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Carrie Lynn "Coby" Payne - Bedford

Carrie Lynn "Coby" Payne, 65, of Bedford, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at her home.

She was born on September 15, 1951 in Daviess County to Thomas and Marjie (Heichelbech) Arvin. She married William "Bill" Payne and he preceded her in death. She retired from IU Health Bedford as a OB Tech after 43 years of service, was a 1969 graduate at Shoals High School and was a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Shoals.

She is survived by a daughter, Caribeth Payne, of Bedford; brother, Loren (Pam) Baker of Williams, one sister, Elizabeth "Piddle" Sanders, of Loogootee; three grandchildren, Liberty Payne, of Madison, Livingston and Hayleigh Livingston, of Bedford. several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandparents Edward and Emma Heichelbech and Thomas and Carrie Arvin and step-father Loren Baker.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Queen-Lee Chapel in Shoals. Visitiation will be held on Sunday from 2 p.m. till 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Queen-Lee Chapel in Shoals is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia Mae (Fountain) Batman - Bedford

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February 9, 1928 - April 19, 2017

Virginia Mae (Fountain) Batman, 89, of Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Garden Villa.

Born February 9, 1928, in Lawrence County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Charles and Mary E. (Blackburn) Fountain. She married Charles E. Batman on November 19, 1951; he preceded her in death on September 15, 1995. She graduated from Shawswick High School with the Class of 1946. Virginia was a member of Leatherwood Christian Church. She was a member of the Lawrence County Farm Bureau. She worked as a CPA's assistant and also as a Children's Aid at North Lawrence Community Schools. Virginia was a homemaker.

Surviving are one son, Chester Batman, of Bedford; two daughters, Cathy Clouse and Jane Pace, both of Bedford; nine grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles; one son, Carl Batman; one daughter, Eva Batman; son-in-law, David Clouse; three sisters, Lois Pentzer, Mary Plake, and Hazel Brown; and two brothers, Kenneth and Louis Fountain.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Pastor John Wisley officiating. Burial will be in Crawford Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 p.m. till 6 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Patricia Moss - Bedford

July 3, 1943 - April 16, 2017

Patricia Moss, 73, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at her residence.

Born July 3, 1943, in Paoli, she was the daughter of Carl and Grace (Burns) Haley. She married James Moss; and he preceded her in death in November, 2005. She graduated from Paoli High School. She was a homemaker. Patricia was of the Christian Faith.

Surviving are one daughter, Sheila; one step-daughter, Mary (Ken) Berkshire; one step-son, Paul Moss; two grandsons, Matthew (Mary) Tafflinger and Michael Shane Tafflinger; two step-grandsons, Martin (Amy) Berkshire and James Berkshire; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes. Burial will be in Dive Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. till 3 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.



Obituaries For April 20, 2017
Updated April 21, 2017 12:21 PM
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Patricia Joan Miracle - Springville
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April 3, 1935 - April 17, 2017

Patricia Joan Miracle, 82, formerly of Mitchell, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017, at her residence.

Born April 3, 1935, in Chillicothe, Missouri, she was the daughter of Russell and Mildred Agnes (Wright) Alexander. She married C. R. Miracle December 29, 1957, and he preceded her in death August 26, 2014. Pat was a homemaker and a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed gardening, canning, embroidering, and was an excellent seamstress. She was a 1953 graduate of Mitchell High School and a 1957 graduate of Indiana University where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Pat was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children, Alexander R. (Tracy) Miracle of Bloomington, Cynthia Dawn (Steven) Sipe of Lebanon, Steven Ray (Brandy) Miracle of Springville; grandchildren, Adam (Kelsey) Miracle, Cassie (Logan) Wegleitner, Mimi (Tyler) Deckard, Preston (Valerie) Sipe, Landon (Hannah) Sipe, Taylor (Jake) Bernard, C. J. Bradley, Erin Bradley, and Emma Miracle; three great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Peggy) Alexander of Florida

Her parents and husband preceded her in death.

Memorial Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the First Baptist Church
with Reverend Reggie Clark officiating. The family will receive friends at a reception in the Christian Life Center following the service.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Everett "Junior" Atkison Jr. - Shoals

March 25, 1925 - April 18, 2017

Everett "Junior" Atkison Jr., 92, of Shoals, passed away at 11:27 a.m. on Tuesday, April, 18, 2017 at the Deaconess Hospital in Evansville.

He was born on March 25, 1925 to Everett and Gertrude (Lynch) Atkison. He married Delorma Wade on October 12, 1949 at the Shoals Church of Christ and she survives. They celebrated 67 years of marriage.

He was a retired supervisor at US Gypsum in Shoals and a WWII Army veteran. He attended the Washington Church of Christ and the West Shoals Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, three sons, Greg (Brenda) Atkison, of Henderson, KY, Roger Atkison of Franklin and Warren Atkison, of Shoals; one sister Bonnie Elms of Orman Beech, FL.; five grandchildren, Adam and wife Kristi, Andy and wife Karen, John and wife Tiffany, Ryan and Taylor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be at Noon on Saturday at the Queen-Lee Funeral Chapel in Shoals. Burial will be in the Springhill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

Queen-Lee Chapel in Shoals is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Theresa Schroeder - Bedford

July 27, 1920 - April 15, 2017

Nancy Theresa Schroeder, 96, of Bedford , died at 2:20 a.m., Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Stonebridge Health Campus, Bedford.

Born July 27, 1920, in Altamonte, Calabria, Italy, she was the daughter of Frank and Theresa Paledino.

She married Fred A. Schroder on March 27, 1943 and he died November 25, 1995.

She and her husband operated the Dog & Suds Drive-In, Bedford, in the late 1950's and early 1960's. She also worked at NAD Crane, IN and Bedford Middle School. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. Nancy was a very caring person who loved everyone. She was a very good cook.

Surviving are one brother, Jim Paledino, Dalton, IL and two sisters, Mary Hall, Arlington, TX and Rose Crane, Bloomington, IN; and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Fred, her daughter Karen , her son Jim who was her pride and joy, and three brothers, Joe, Frank and John Paledino.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Bedford with Fr. Rick Eldred and Dcn. Dave Reising officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne George Family Funeral Homes, Bedford.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Thomas J. Hopper - Bedford

June 28, 1945 - April 13, 2017

Thomas J. Hopper, 71, of Bedford, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at his residence.

Born June 28, 1945, in Bedford, he was the son of John and Louise (Pelfree) Hopper.

He was a graduate of Bedford High School, Class of 1965. He was a former member of the Bedford Masonic Lodge, and a member of the Eagles.
Thomas was retired from the United States Air Force.

Surviving are two sons, Adam Hopper, of Bedford, and Matthew Hopper, of Severn, MD; grandchildren, Dezarae (Rick) Carpenter, T.J. Hopper II, Mason Hopper, Delaney Hopper, Adrienne Hopper, and Owen Hopper; several nieces and nephews; one brother, Robert (Laura) Hopper; one sister, Dora Sears; and sister-in-law, Liz Hopper.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John Hopper; and one sister, Mary Reynolds.

Memorial visitation will be on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.



Obituaries For April 19, 2017
Updated April 19, 2017 11:19 AM
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Timothy A. King - Bedford

Timothy A. King, 63, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 in the comfort of his home surrounded by his family.

He was born and raised in Bedford to Francis Tanny and Erma Jean (Richardson) King and was the oldest of three children.

Tim married the love of his life, Dietra Lynn Hardwick, on June 8th 1987. The two shared an inseparable bond of love and faith in Christ that is evident today throughout the King family.

He was an honest, hard-working man, hauling gasoline in a semi-truck for over 35 years at the Sprint Oil and Wischmeier Trucking Companies.

He was an active member of the Free Methodist Church in Bedford where he was given the opportunity to serve as a missionary in Africa from 1974 to 1976 to share Christ's love to those in a foreign land.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Tyra Hardwick.

Surviving members of Tim's family are his wife Dietra and mother-in-law Suzanne Hardwick. Two sisters Nina Jean McBride (John) and Pamela Kay McIntyre (Dale) both of Bedford. Two children, William Jarad King (Megan) of Springville and Whitney Dawn Dyer (Jeremy) of Fountain Inn, SC. Four grandchildren, Kaurianne Quinn King, Beckham Gray King, Emerson Dawn Dyer, and Adelyne Anne Dyer. Three nieces Jordyn McIntyre, Bailey McBride, Trinity Hardwick, and two nephews Ryan McBride and Braxtan Hardwick.

The family would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the health care professionals at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, especially the critical care unit 4-East, for the unwavering and gentle care they provided Tim.

The family is also blessed to have the congregation of the Free Methodist Church in Bedford for the outpouring of prayers, the warm hugs, and meals provided throughout the family's journey.

Funeral service will be at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Free Methodist Church, Bedford, with Pastor Mike Courtney and Pastor John Lane officiating. Burial will be in Williams Church of Christ Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 p.m. till 8 p.m. Thursday at Free Methodist Church, Bedford.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Patricia Joan Miracle - Springville

Patricia Joan Miracle, 82, Springville, formerly of Mitchell, passed away Monday, April 17, at her residence.

Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at a reception in the Christian Life Center following the service.



Obituaries For April 18, 2017
Updated April 19, 2017 7:08 AM
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Nelva Denise Sergent - Mitchell

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April 14, 2017 - June 1, 1952

Nelva Denise Sergent , 64, of Mitchell, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, at her home following an extended illness.

Born June 1, 1952, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Lloyd C. and Rose Ella (King) Middleton. She married Vernon Darrell Sergent September 4, 1970, and he preceded her in death November 11, 2007. Nelva was a homemaker and a 1970 graduate of Mitchell High School.

Survivors include her children, Pamela Lynn (David) Perez of Henderson, Kentucky, Sandra Lynn (Randall) Lessig of Mitchell, Caroline Dawn (Jeremiah) Herald of Mitchell; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and two more due later this year; siblings, Rhonda (Middleton) Baugh of Mitchell, Malcolm Middleton of Huron, Kevin Middleton of Huron, Paul (Dale) Middleton of Bellevue, Nebraska, Gregory (Betsy) Middleton of Bedford

Her parents and husband preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 5 p.m. till 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Cremation was chosen and burial will be at a later date in Port William Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

Frank S. Bundy - Bedford

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April 27, 1946 - April 14, 2017

Frank S. Bundy, 70, of Bedford, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017 at his residence.

Born April 27, 1946, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Robert P. and J. Maxine (Luttrell) Bundy. He married Penny Hughes on September 4, 1965; and she survives. Frank retired from General Motors as a layout inspector. He was a graduate of Heltonville High School. He went in the Marine Corps in 1965 and spent 14 months and seven days in Vietnam. Frank attended Work of God Church. He had a love for horses and enjoyed woodworking and playing guitar.

Surviving are his wife, Penny; one son, Shannon (Shelley) Bundy, of Heltonville; one daughter, Tiffany (Billy) Grogan, of Heltonville; grandchildren, Colten Bundy, Kallie Bundy, Elijah Grogan, Isaac Grogan, and Avery Grogan, all of Heltonville; one sister, Sandra (Ted) Kline, Bedford; several nieces and nephews; and one aunt, Jenny Flinn, of Bedford

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister at birth; and one nephew.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m.. on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial will be in Gilgal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m.. Thursday at the funeral chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Harry Benjamin Demaree - Bedford

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October 2, 1943 - April 15, 2017

Harry B. "Benny" Demaree, 72, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at his residence.

Born October 2, 1943, in Bedford, he was the son of Eli and Anna (Kern) Demaree. He married Janet Dalton on November 22, 1967; and she survives. He was a graduate of Bedford High School with the Class of 1961. He was a member of Pinhook Christian Church. Harry worked as a tool and die maker at GM Powertrain, where he retired in 1979. He was a member of SCAVI, South Central Association of Visually Impaired and UAW Local #440. Harry was a Veteran of the United States Navy, where he was stationed in Rota, Spain; serving on the USS Forrestal and USS Enterprise; he was also a member of the Blind Veterans Association. He was a Promise Keeper.

Surviving are his wife, Janet; one son, Jonathan (Jennifer) Demaree, of Bedford; two grandchildren, Chris J. Demaree and Hailey Nichole Demaree; two step-grandchidlren, Jamie (John) Sharp and Janelle Benham; one step-great-great grandchild, Kayson Benham; and one brother, Alan Demaree, of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons Jeffrey and Brent Demaree; and one brother, Dennis McCann.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. at the Pinhook Christian Church on Thursday, April 20, 2017 with Ted Stucker officiating. Burial will be in Pinhook Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday, 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Shirley Jane Kindred - Bedford

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November 2, 1933 - April 14, 2017

Shirley Jane (Browning) Kindred, 83, of Bedford, passed away at 8:48 a.m. on Friday, April 14, 2017 at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born November 2, 1933, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Chromer and Georgia (Turney) Browning. She married Robert M. Kindred on August 14, 1953; and he survives. She graduated from Bedford High School, Class of 1951. Shirley worked many secretarial positions. She was a member of the Davis Memorial Church of the Nazarene. She was deeply devoted to her church and God. She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren. Shirley Loved camping and was a member of the Good Sam's Camping Club.

Surviving are her husband, Robert; one son, Mark Kindred; one daughter, Melinda (Brad) Scott; grandchildren, Aaron (Rachel) Kindred, Shelby (Chris) Easterday, and Sydney Henderson; great grandchildren, Garrett, Jayla, Oliver, Penelope, Eli, and Treyton; one sister, Gladys Chastain; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Michael Kindred; two brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes with Pastor Ken Bushey officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday, 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Davis Memorial Church of the Nazarene.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

David Tincher - Bedford

January 12, 1941-April 15, 2017

David A. Tincher, 76, of Bedford, died on Saturday, April 15, 2017, St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, Bedford.

Born January 12, 1941 in Lawrence County, Indiana, he was the son of Jesse L. and Gladys (Hobson) Tincher. He married Kay Jackson on February 26, 1965 and she survives. He was retired from General Motors and was a member of UAW Local #440.

He is survived by wife, Kay; daughter, Pamela Brown; grandson, Devin Brown; three sisters, Joan (Larry) Brown, Connie (Bill) Branaman and Jeanie (Jesse) Morris; several nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by Parents; son-in-law, Paul R. "P.R." Brown; brothers, Jerry Tincher, Dean Tincher, Von Tincher and Leo in infancy; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, with Jeff Thayer officiating. Entombment will be at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be Friday, 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.fergusonlee.com/

Charles Watson Pearson - Bedford

March 13, 1925 - April 13, 2017

Charles Watson Pearson, 92, of Bedford, died at 6:30 A.M. Thursday, April 13, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis, IN.

Born March 13, 1925, in Bedford, he was he son of Carl Edra Pearson and Alice E. (Ray) Pearson. He married Patricia Benckart August 25, 1947; she died February 24, 2014. Watson was a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Chemistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude; he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War 2 and was Chief Metallurgist at GM Powertrain, Bedford, retiring in 1986. Watson was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Bedford and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #1166, Bedford; he was also a member of the American Legion, Gillen Post #33, Bedford.

Surviving are two sons, Michael W. (Nikki) Pearson, Eliot ME, and Stephen C. (Kathy) Pearson, Beavercreek, OH; one daughter, Patty Anne (Jim) Fossey, Lottsburg, VA; four grandchildren, Eric (Stephanie) Pearson, Pasco, WA, Hayden Pearson, Eliot, ME, Kyle (Katie) Pearson, Brooklyn, NY, and Kory (fiancé Danielle Amason) Pearson, Montgomery, AL; four step-grandchildren, Jamie (Tim) Sampey, Chicago, IL, Karin (Eric) Warden, Downers Grove, IL, Ryan Fossey, Phoenix, AZ, Britt (Steve Wells) Fossey, Kailua, HI; ten great grandchildren; two brothers, Carl E. Pearson, Dunnellon, FL and John R. (Cathy) Pearson, Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Patricia; and one sister, Anne Benckart.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at St. Vincent de Paul Cathoic Church, Bedford, with Fr. Rick Eldred and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens, Bedford.

Military Rites will be accorded at the grave by members of American Legion , Gillen Post #33, Bedford. Friends may call from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Ferguson-Lee Chapel of the Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Bedford. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. with the Knights of Columbus.

Memorial contributions may be considered to St. Vincent de Paul Church, St. Vincent de Paul School, Becky's Place, Bedford or Bedford Boys and Girls Club.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.fergusonlee.com.

Shirley Ann Patton - Bedford

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March 23, 1936 - April 15, 2017

Shirley Ann Patton, 81, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Indiana University Health Hospice House, Bloomington.

Born March 23, 1936, in Mitchell, she was the daughter of Owen "Ott" and Addie (Mosley) Marshall. She married Paul R. Patton; and he preceded her in death in July of 1987. She was of the Christian faith. Shirley was a graduate of Shawswick High School. She was a homemaker. Shirley absolutely loved her grandkids.

Surviving are four sons, Bobby (Susan) Spinks, Kevin Spinks, Tim (Chris) Spinks, and Scott (Polly) Patton; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Paul.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at River's Edge Fellowship Church, 2900 35th Street, Bedford, with Pastor Tim Brown officiating. Burial will be in Patton Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. at River's Edge Fellowship Church.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the White River Humane Society.

Online condolences may be made to the family www.fergusonlee.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes.



Obituaries For April 17, 2017
Updated April 17, 2017 12:13 PM
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Geneva M. Byrd - Bedford
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September 22, 1933 - April 12, 2017

Geneva M. Byrd, 83, of Bedford, died at 7:27 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.

Born September 22, 1933, in London, KY, she was the daughter of Charles E. and Sara E. (Sproles) Grogan. She married James Byrd on January 8, 1955 and he died October 2, 2013. She was a homemaker and had been employed at RCA.

Survivors include four daughters, Glenda Wellman Nicholson and husband, Bruce, Suzie Martinez and husband, David, Anna Henderson and husband, Raymond Judy Reef and husband, Doug; two sons, Buddy Connerly and wife, Joy, and Donald P. Byrd; twenty-one grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce Douglas and husband, Gordon, and Michelle Bennett; one brother, John P. Jones and wife, Geraldine; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother, Buddy Grogan.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 th at the Judah Church of Christ Cemetery with Sister Becky Ryan officiating. Visitation will be from Noon until 2 p.m. at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.



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