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Obituaries For March 2, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015 10:22 AM
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Clarice (East) Abner - Bedford
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Clarice (East) Abner, 88, of Bedford, died at 10:39 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015, at I.U. Bloomington Health Hospital.

Born June 8, 1926, in Bedford, she was the daughter of Ira East and Lottie (Terrell) East. She married Edgar Harold Abner on October 25, 1947; he died January 17, 2010. She was retired from M. Fine and Sons, Bedford and was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Leesville, where she served as Treasurer for many years.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda "Jo" Travis and Cinda Powell, both of Bedford; a niece, Judy (Steve) Weddell, Medora; four grandchildren, Talos C. Travis, Raleigh NC, Beth M. Mathews, Bedford, Michelle L. Jacks, Columbus and Mark A. Nicholson, Bedford; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Velma Goen, Bedford; two brothers, Paul and Joseph East, both of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers; and one sister.

Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015. At Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Leesville, with Rev. Paul Neuman officiating. Burial will be in Leesville Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford, and on Tuesday, from Noon till 1 p.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be considered to Leesville Cemetery.



Obituaries For February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015 4:12 PM
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Barbara J. Aliano - Bedford

Faithful Servant, Barbara J. Aliano, 80, of Bedford, was called home to live eternally with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 28th at 12:10 a.m.

Born May 19, 1934 in Bedford, she was the daughter of Harry and Mildred (Davis) George. Barbara graduated from Oolitic High School and worked at A&P and Standard Grocery stores before becoming a stay at home mom and homemaker.

Barbara was a devoted Christian and member of the Dive Christian Church where she taught Sunday school for over thirty years. Barbara was also a devoted wife, mother, mamaw and great-mamaw. She loved having her family around her and always put everyone else's needs before her own. Barbara was known for the unconditional love she had for her family, and her love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She touched the lives of so many with her beautiful smile, sweet demeanor and the compassion she had for others. She loved to talk about Jesus and would share His Word with anyone who would listen. As we mourn the passing of our loved one here on earth, it is a time of celebration as the angels in Heaven are singing for another child of God (Barbara) has entered her eternal home to live with her Heavenly Father for eternity.

Barbara married the love of her life, Robert (Bob) Aliano on November 16th, 1952 and he survives. Other survivors include four children; daughter Bobbi Jean Leach and husband Mike of Williams, daughter Tammy March of Indianapolis, son Steven Robert Aliano and wife Bambi of Bedford, and daughter Shawna Post and husband Jason of Bloomington; five grandchildren, Justin Leach and wife Stacie, Erika Barnhill and husband Jeff, Jennifer Gillespie and husband Jason, Matthew March, and Chase Aliano; eight great-grandchildren, Jacob and Colton Leach, Ashley, Makinsey, Collin, and Halley Barnhill, Luke and Keegan Gillespie; one sister, Margaret Day and husband Kenny of Bedford; three sister-in-laws, Marilyn George of Owensburg, Shirley Waggoner and Husband Ray of Bedford and Mary Aliano of Bloomfield; and a brother-in-law, Sandy Clark of Bloomington. She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Jonathon D. March in infancy; a brother, Robert D. George and a sister, Helen Mae Clark. Barbara will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Elder Gerald McMillan officiating. Entombment will follow in Cresthaven Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3rd at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 1:00pm until the hour of service on Wednesday. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.

Franklyn S. Sweeney - Bedford

Franklyn S. Sweeney, 93, of Bedford, died at 1:41 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 2015, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Bedford.

Born March 31, 1921, in Kokomo (Howard Co.,) IN, she was the daughter of Eugene Ralph Hendrix and Virginia Mae (Barnett) Hendrix.

She married Lester C. Sweeney on October 30, 1937; he died July 9, 1989.

She was a lay minister in the United Methodist Church, serving many southern Indiana congregations and was a homemaker. She was a member of Erie United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women (UMW.)
Surviving are three daughters, Carol S. (Don) Ellis, Washington, IN, Anita (Charles) Hammond, Franklin, IN and Virginia B. "Ginger" White, Bedford; one son, Douglas C. Sweeney, Bedford; nine grandchildren; twenty-four great grandchildren and fifteen great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rev. Lester C. Sweeney; and two brothers, Richard and David Hendrix.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2105, at Erie United Methodist Church with Rev. John Meunier officiating. Burial will be in Erie Church Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, Bedford, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, at the church.

Memorial contributions may be considered to Erie United Methodist Church Missions.

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

Paul Keith - Williams

Paul Keith, 79, of Williams, lost a four year battle with multiple myloma at 9:50 pm on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Stonebridge Health Campus.

Born August 25, 1935 in Diablock, KY, he was the son of Daily and Bertie (Cornett) Keith. He married Marjorie Jewel Sanders Keith on September 8, 1955 and she survives. He worked for Indiana Limestone Co. and was a farmer and owner of Keith & Sons Bulldozing. He was a bus driver and retired as a custodian for the North Lawrence Community School System. He was a charter member of the Bethel Baptist Church of Williams where he had served as a deacon, secretary-treasurer and song leader. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Jewel, of Williams; a daughter, Pauline Eads and husband, Rich of Athens, AL; three sons, LaRon Keith and wife, Kelly, of Deland, FL and Micah Keith and wife, Lori, of Bedford and Mickey Keith and wife, Angie, of Mitchell; nine grandchildren, Corey, Eric, Graham, Levi and Cody Keith, Jessica Goldburg, Kyle Eads, Chelsea Tipton and Chad Tipton; seven great grandchildren; a brother, Amos Keith and wife, Juanita, of Tampa, FL; two sisters, Regina Brock and husband, Lee, of Williams and Joyce Tipton and husband, Jim, of Lexington, KY.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, Andy and Brian Keith and a grandson, Leighton Keith.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 4th at Bethel Baptist Church in Williams with Bro. Ed Kittle officiating. Burial will follow in Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion and D.A.V. Chapter 2. Visitation will be from 4 pm to 8 pm on Tuesday, March 3rd at the Day & Carter Mortuary and from 11 am until the hour of service on Wednesday, March 4th at Bethel Baptist Church.

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



Obituaries For February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015 8:39 AM
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Paul Keith - Bedford
Paul Keith79, of Bedford, died at 9:50 pm on Wednesday, February 25th at Stonebridge Health Campus.

Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Karen DeGrasse - Mitchell
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Karen DeGrasse, 71, of Mitchell, died Monday, February 23, 2015 at her residence.

Born February 26, 1943 in Lawrence Co., she was the daughter of Roy and Catherine (Shelton) Craig. She married Frank E. DeGrasse on December 2, 1960 and he preceded her in death on October 24, 1992. She retired as a super-duper custodian for the Mitchell High School and was of the Christian faith. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, music, games and watching Judge Judy. She was a hard-working, strong, independent woman who will be remembered for her loving heart.

Survivors include a daughter, Denise Masterson and husband, Kevin, of Bedford; two sons, Steven DeGrasse and wife, Angel, of Corydon and Brady DeGrasse of Panama City Beach, FL; a sister Brenda Phillips of Bloomington; grandchildren, Brandi Masterson and partner, Jeremy Taylor, of Bloomington, Kory Masterson and wife, Stacy, of Bedford, Erin Masterson and partner, Brian Davis, of Bloomington, Isaiah and Mackenzie DeGrasse both of Corydon; two great grandchildren, Piper and Shepherd Masterson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, Eddie and Charles Craig; two sisters, Donna Hackett and Anita Thompson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 28th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the hour of service on Saturday, February 28th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

William F. Kern - Bedford
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William F. Kern, 95, of Bedford, went to be with his Savior at 1:30 pm on Monday, February 23, 2015 at Garden Villa.

Born October 21, 1919, he was the son of Harry W. and Nancy (Gyger) Kern. He married May Ellen Fordice on October 21, 1950 and she preceded him in death on January 15, 1996. He retired in 1982 from NWSC CRANE after twenty-nine years of service as a railroad man and high explosives technician. His hobby was his business, Odds and Ends Jobs. He enjoyed helping others in his neighborhood and loved his flowers. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church. He was a veteran of WW II serving with the U.S. Army where he participated in the Battle of Normandy and the campaigns of Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He earned the EAME Theatre Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, American Theatre Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon and the WW II Victory Medal.

Survivors include a son, Kenneth Kern; a step-son, Billy Joe McDonald and wife, Tomiko; two daughters, Patricia Bex and husband, Bob, and Nancy Kern; a grandson, Matt Turner and wife, Dianna of Bedford, a granddaughter, Angie Turner Chase and husband, Joe, of Springville; four great grandchildren, Lauren Allison Turner, Garrett Timothy Turner, Ashley Jo Chase and Taylor Nicole Chase; a sister, Elizabeth Woods of Columbus, OH; three brothers, Claude Kern and wife, Sara, of Bedford, Cecil Kern and wife, Debbie, of Pennsylvania, John Kern and wife, Pat of Florida; nieces, Kathy Jean Artman of Bloomington and Tracy Parr of Brownstown who was raised in the home for seven years; nephews, Cale, Travis, Roger and Ronnie Kern and Alan Jarvis all of Bedford and several other nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two sisters, Trula Reynolds and Anna Marie Jarvis; five brothers, Roland Kern and Perry Harold Kern (in infancy), Wilbur, Winford and Warren Kern; two sisters-in-law, Mae and Dorothy Kern; three brothers-in-law, Richard Reynolds, Ron Jarvis and Dennis Woods, a nephew Dallas Kern, and a son-in-law, Tim Turner.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Monday, March 2nd in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Randy Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion and D.A.V. Chapter 2. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Monday, March 2nd at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Lawrence County Cancer Patient Services or Alzheimer's Assoc.

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



Obituaries For February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015 1:23 PM
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Robert E. Neely - Mitchell

Robert E. Neely, 76, of Mitchell, died at 4:05 pm on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Garden Villa in Bedford.

Born August 6, 1938 in Springville, he was the son of Walter and Della (Greer) Neely. He married Judith Hutton on September 1, 1962 and she survives. He retired from General Motors in Bedford and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of U.A.W. Local 440.

Survivors include his wife, Judith, of Mitchell; two sons, Bryan Neely and wife, Sherry of Knox, IN and Mike Neely and wife, Annette, of Mitchell; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Neely and wife, Aiko, of Gulf Shores, AL and Roger Neely and wife, Janice, of Oolitic; a sister, Paulette Gilbert and husband, Bill, of Springville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a son, Mark Neely.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm on Friday, February 27th in the Elmwood Chapel of the Day & Carter Mortuary with Bro. Wendell Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Springville Cemetery West where military rites will be accorded at the graveside by members of Gillen Post #33 American Legion and D.A.V. Chapter 2. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the hour of service on Friday, February 27th at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

William F. Kern - Bedford

William F. Kern, 95, of Bedford, died at 1:30 pm on Monday, February 23rd at Garden Villa.

Arrangements are pending at the Day & Carter Mortuary.



Obituaries For February 24, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015 4:28 PM
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Betty Jean Schmidt - Bedford
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Betty Jean (Gambrel) Schmidt, 94, of Bedford, passed away on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Bedford.

Born March 23, 1920, in Bedford, Indiana, she was the daughter of Dr. J.B. Gambrel and Laurel Gambrel.
She was a graduate of Bedford High School. Betty was a homemaker.

Surviving are sons, John David (Kathy) Schmidt, of Florida, Daniel Carl Schmidt, of Bedford, Joseph Blaine Schmidt, of Bedford, Winston Dean (Liz) Schmidt, of Cincinnati, OH; one daughter, Nancy (Greg) Ashley, of Bedford; nine grandchildren, Kristin Schmidt and Daniel Schmidt, of FL, Emily Schmidt and Jeremy Schmidt, of Bedford, Kevin Ashley, Dana Haddan, both of Bedford, Jonathon Schmidt, of Saltillo, Tracy Payne, and Lisa Williamson, of Cincinnati, OH; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Nancy Gambrel Beard, and Phyllis Gambrel Colwell.

Funeral service will be on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Dwight Dunbar officiating. Burial will be in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 p.m. till 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Life Food Pantry.

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

Lee Anna Hanks - Bedford
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Lee Anna Hanks, 58, of Lawrence County, died Saturday, February 21, 2015 at IU Health Bloomington.

Born August 5, 1956 in Lawrence County, IN she was the daughter of Wayne and Ruthie (Neumeister) Robbins.
She married Michael Hanks on July 3, 1999, and he survives. She was a homemaker and attended Dive Christian and Woodville Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Michael of Mitchell; daughter, Crystal ( Kenny ) Guffey of Mitchell; one son, Alan George II, of Mitchell; step-son, Greg Inman of Greene County; step-daughter, Whitney Hanks, of Mitchell; four grandchildren, John David (Kimmy) Burton, Bradley (Karan) Burton, Jesse Burton and Zachary George; two great-grandchildren, Paxten and Bradley Burton; sisters, Ruth (Jeff) Boteler of Jasper, AL, and Lois Mitchell of Bedford; brothers, Wayne L. (Terri) Robbins of Richmond, and Mike (Saundra) Robbins of Orleans; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and one step-son, Michael Hanks.

Funeral service will be on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10 a.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, with Johnny Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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




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