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Obituaries For September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014 12:12 PM
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Alva J. Brown - Bedford
Alva J. Brown, 77, of Bedford, passed away at 12:40 p.m.. on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Stonebridge Health Campus.

Born on September 19, 1937 in Lawrence County, Indiana, he was the son of Timothy Alva and Renia (Staggs) Brown. He married Betty Jo Gilstrap on October 19, 1958; and she survives.

He was a graduate of Tunnelton High School, Class of 1957. He was a longtime member of Free Methodist Church.
He was a meat cutter for A & P for thirteen years. He retired as a captain of the Bedford Fire Department after 28 years. He also painted over 1,500 houses in the Bedford area. He enjoyed wood working and playing cards.

Surviving are his wife Betty, of Bedford; two sons, Jay (Lori) Brown, and Jim "JD" (Niki) Brown, both of Bedford; one daughter, Cindy (Tod) Curtis, of Bedford; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four brothers, Larry (JoAnn) Brown, Gerald (Analyn) Brown, and Bob (Zelmy) Brown, all of Bedford, and Danny (Barbara) Brown, of Texas; three sisters, Alice Brown, of Franklin, Helen (Herb )Speer, of Bedford, Mary "Cricket" (Adrian) Brown, and several cousins, nephews, and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Susie Speer; and one brother, Timmy Joe Brown.

Funeral service will be on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, with Pastor John Lane officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call on Tuesday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Herma M. Hackney - Bedford

Herma M. Hackney, of Bedford, passed away Saturday, September 20, 2014, after a lengthy illness.

Born in Bremen-Blumenthal, Germany, on February 28, 1928, Herma was educated in Germany. She was the only child of Hermann and Martha Wittstock.

Herma was 11 years old when WW II started. The Weser River - which is a major transport artery in Germany - ran through Herma's hometown of Blumenthal and was bombed repeatedly during WW II due to the number of shipyards located along the river. Because of the repeated bombing, Herma and many other children in the area were sent away to southern Germany to ensure their safety. Herma's uncle, a German citizen living near the Bremen-Blumenthal area, was a spy for the British army and was actually captured and later killed for giving the coordinates of the U-Boat factory along the Weser River to the British so that it could be bombed
and destroyed.

Immediately after the war, Herma, when she was 18 years old, went to work for the Americans and served as an interpreter where she met her late husband, William B. Hackney. They married and settled in Bedford, which was William's hometown.

Herma is survived by her three children, William Hackney (spouse Kathy Hackney) and Ken Hackney (spouse Cathy Hackney) of Bedford, and Vickie Chamberlain (spouse Bill Chamberlain) of Greenwood, Indiana. She has six grandchildren: William Hackney (deceased), Beverly Freitag, Kristy Carmichael, JoAnna Cobb, Lauren Chamberlain and Allison Chamberlain, one great grandchild, Katirena Freitag.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 am on Thursday, September 25th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Jeff Hudelson officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, September 24th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family ask that friends consider memorial contributions be made to the Mt. Pleasant Christian Church.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Herma at

Obituaries For September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014 11:46 AM
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William "Bill" Joe Browning - Williams

William "Bill" Joe Browning, 58, of Williams, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

Bill was a truck driver, carpenter, bus driver and a copy boy at I.U. His parents were William J. and Betty (Jones) Dalton.

He has one sister Sonia I. (Dalton) Evans and husand Allen Evans of Bedford' one brother Micheal O. Dalton and wife Lisa (Ramsay) Dalton of Bedford.

He has two nieces Crystal Dalton (Jason Strunk) of Bedford and Brittaney Evans (William Mullins) of Mitchell; seven nephews David Hayes of Ohio, Jason Evans (Stephanie Hill) of Bedford, Brad Childers (Monica) of Medora, Matthew Dalton of Bedford, Jeremy Evans of Bedford, Mikey Dalton (Blaire) of Bedford and Josh Dalton (Kayla) of Bedford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Doug Dalton and David Swartz also a nephew Justin Evans and a great-niece Hillary Nicole Evans.

Cremation was chosen. No service at this time.

Obituaries For September 19, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014 11:23 AM
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Joyce L. Roll - Bedford

Joyce L. Roll, 80, of Bedford, passed away on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6 a.m. in Bedford.

She was born on June 30, 1934 to Cecil and Blanche M. (Knight) Hayes. She married Dallas Roll in 1951 and he preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughters, Carolyn Knoy, Connie (Rick) Bennett, Mary Albertson, and Kim Mitchel; sons, Jimmy (Kimmy) Roll, James L. Roll, Steve Roll, Johnny Roll; Sisters, Betty Self, Shirley Hayes, Margie Longfellow, Delores (Donna) Lannan; brothers, Jack Hayes and Harold Hayes; 17 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister, two grandchildren

Funeral services will be on Tuesday September 23, 2014 at Noon at Cresthaven Funeral Home. Friends may call on Monday September 22, 2014 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home, and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until service time, internment will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in Orange County

Barbara Jean Slone - Mitchell

Barbara Jean Slone, 68, of Mitchell passed away at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bedford.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, September 22, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Reverend Glenn Hamer officiating.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Claude V. Earl- Mitchell
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Claude V. Earl, 83, passed away at 1:07 a.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014, at his residence.

Born October 19, 1930, in Lawrence County, he was the son of Arthur T. and May Bell (Simmons) Earl. He married Joan (Lee) Bell March 13, 1953.

He was a farmer and school bus driver for 44 1⁄2 years for Mitchell Community Schools. Claude was a 1949 graduate of Tunnelton High School and a member of Smedley Church of Christ. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a member of American Legion Post No. 250.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Earl, Mitchell;children, David Martin Earl, Mitchell; Douglas (Jana) Earl, Mitchell, Lea Angela "Angie" (Adrian) Slaughter, Mitchell; grandchildren, Mikel (Kim) Earl, Jason (Lesley) Slaughter, Jamie (A.J.) Johnson, Jodie (Kyle) Endris, Lindsay (Nick) Doub, Tyler (Candie) Earl, Evan (Nikki) Earl; 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Evelyn Lee, Jasper, Ruth Ellen Johnson, Mooresville

His parents preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 21, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Mike Davis officiating. Burial will be in Talbott Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from 12:30 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Casketbearers will be grandsons.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Obituaries For September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014 3:39 AM
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Monica A. Craft Ryan - Shoals

Monica A. Craft Ryan, 48, of Shoals, passed away unexpectedly at Daviess Community Hospital at 2:48 a.m. on Monday, September 16, 2014.

She was born on March 10, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan to David and Mary (Quigley) Craft. Monica married Lawrence E. "Larry" Ryan on October 22, 1994 in Bedford.

She graduated from Shoals High School with the Class of 1984 and received an A.S. Degree from Vincennes University in 1986. She was formerly employed by Memorial Hospital in Jasper as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She attended the First Baptist Church in Bedford and Crane Village Church.

Monica is survived by her husband Larry, of Shoals; daughter Jessica Elizabeth Ryan, of Shoals; parents David and Mary Craft, of Shoals; two brothers David (Lenora) Craft II, of Shoals and Edward L (Marlena) Craft, of Shoals; two nieces, Stephanie and Sara Craft, of Shoals; father-in-law Thomas J. Ryan, of Shoals.

She is preceded in death by her mother-in-law Opal "Polly" Ryan.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 19, 2014 at the Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals. The funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation will follow.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Larry Dale Bundy Sr. - Mitchell

Larry Dale Bundy, Sr., 59, of Mitchell passed away at 8:57 p.m. Monday, September 15, at Indiana University Health Bedford Hospital.

Cremation was chosen with no service.

Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center are in charge of arrangements.

Claude V.Earl - Mitchell

Claude V. Earl, 83, of Mitchell, passed away at 1:07 a.m. Thursday, September 18, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are pending at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

Obituaries For September 16, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014 5:11 PM
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Helen Geraldine "Jerry" Blackwell - Bedford

Helen Geraldine (Jerry) Blackwell, 89, of Bedford, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, at 4:29 pm on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at St. Vincent Dunn.

Born October 5, 1924 in Lawrence County, IN, she was the daughter of Harrison and Hazel (Keithley) King. She married Burl Wayne Blackwell on June 18, 1945 and he preceded her in death on June 28, 2006. She worked at M. Fine & Sons, was a homemaker and attended Hillcrest Christian Church.

Survivors include: two sons, John (Cathy) Blackwell of Springville, James (Judy) Blackwell of Bedford; one daughter: Nancy (Stan) Griffith of Bloomington; Grandchildren: Julie (Mike) England, Tom (Kelli) Blackwell, Jamie Blackwell, Rob (Amanda) Blackwell, Derek (Lauren) Blackwell; Step Grandchildren: Tony (Jennifer) Griffith , Robin (Steve) Bradford, Tracy Harrison, Tony (April) Harrison and Travis Harrison and (Heather Needham); Great grandchildren: Jesse England, Conner Blackwell, Kylee Blackwell, Daulton Blackwell, Devin Blackwell and Dayson Blackwell, Step Great grandchildren: Tyler Harrison, Zach Harrison, Zane Harrison, Zayden Harrison, Dakota Harrison, Dayton Harrison, Dillon O'Rourke and Cameron O'Rourke.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers, Lawrence and Louis.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 pm on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Gary Cornwell and Pastor Charlie Scott. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 8 pm on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of Jerry at

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