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Obituaries For December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014 6:15 AM
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Kathy L. Cummings - Mitchell

Kathy L.Cummings, 64, of Mitchell, passed away at 5:39 p.m. Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 24, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Entombment will be at Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 4 p.m. till 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.



Obituaries For December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014 10:41 AM
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Troy D. Borden - Lawrence County
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Troy D. Borden, 49, of Lawrence County passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday December 16, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. in Bloomington.

He was born in Bedford to Harry & Dorothy (Cunningham) Borden on February 25, 1965. Troy married Trisha (Starr) Borden and she survives. He had previously worked at Dana Corporation in Mitchell, where he was Union President of Steelworkers Local #119; he later attended Ivy Tech in Bloomington where he became an HVAC Technician. He was a member of the Blackwell Pentecostal Church in Heltonville. Troy served many years as a Foster parent to children in Lawrence County, he was an amazing, kind and gentle man, and he loved people. He will be missed by his loving family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Trisha Borden of Bedford, his mother, Dorothy Borden of Bedford, five daughters, Tiffany (David) Axsom of Bedford, Rachel Scott of Topeka, Kansas, Briana (Ryan) McNutt of Lebanon, Tabitha Borden of Bedford and Timberlin Borden of Bedford, brothers, Stephen Borden of Bedford, and Greg Borden of Arkansas, sister, DeAnna Pineira of
Bedford, five grandchildren, Dacey, Dawson, and Driven Axsom, Conner Meredith, and Abigail McNutt.

He was preceded in death by his father, brother, James Borden

Celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Blackwell Pentecostal Church, 9018 South Chapel Hill Road, Heltonville. Friends may call from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday at the church

Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

Gene Lee - Bedford

Robert E. Lee, 83, of Bedford, died at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at Westview Nursing and Rehab. in Bedford.

Born January 15, 1931 in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Fred and Leatha (Rose) Lee. He married Delores Jeanette Fowler in 1951 and she preceded him in death on January 31, 2013. He graduated from Oolitic High School, and was a retired machinist at Jerden Industries in Bloomington.

Survivors include three sons, Gary Lee and wife, Gail and Steve Lee and wife, Mary, all of Bedford, Larry Lee and wife, Charlotte, of Avoca; six granddaughters, Marie, Kayla and Jackie Lee, Tonia Cummings and husband, Josh and Jennifer Teike and husband, Brian, Jackie Tirey; two grandsons, Joe and Robbie Lee; three great grandchildren and a brother, Don Lee and wife, Eldina, of Fayetteville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a sister, Lois Cobb.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 22, 2104 in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Millard Jones officiating. Visitation will be from noon until the hour of service on Monday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

Family and friends are invited to leave condolences at www.daycarter.com.



Obituaries For December 16, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014 3:28 PM
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Robert L. Smith - Mitchell
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Robert L. Smith, 67, of Mitchell, passed away at 9:45 p.m. Saturday,
December 13, 2014, at his residence with family and friends by his side after a long battle with cancer.

Born March 25, 1947 in Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of Lloyd Abel and Alma Agnes (Quaigg) Smith. He married Lana Lynn Patton November 18, 1966. He worked hard for his family and was employed at Hall Brothers Trucking in Orleans where he was accident free and received a Miles Driven Award. Robert was a 1965 graduate of Bedford High School. He played baseball for the Bedford High School Stonecutters and received a batting championship award. He was invited to try out for Minor League Baseball. He could throw a mean curve ball. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and his family and friends. He loved sports, particularly the Patriots, St. Louis Cardinals and he supported the Mitchell baseball and basketball teams. He was a frequent coach and umpire for the Mitchell Youth Community. He enjoyed watching his grandson, Eric, play school and travel baseball and basketball. Robert was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Lana L. Smith, Mitchell; son, Daron Scott (Darci Matthews) Smith, Erlinger, Kentucky; daughter, D'Andra Lynn (Sean) Fleenor, Mitchell; grandchildren, Steffani Frolich, Alyssa Robbins, Eric Fleenor, Jackson Smith, Ella Smith; great grandchildren, Kylee and Taylor Robbins; siblings, Judy Benham, Judah, Jan K. (Carolyn) Smith, Marietta, Georgia

His parents; brother, Phillip Smith; and brother-in-law, Carl Benham, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 18, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Father Rick Eldred and Deacon Dave Reising officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

Honorary Casketbearers: Eric Fleenor, Jackson Smith, Ella Smith, Terry Key, Clint Bennett, and Kyle Robbins

Casketbearers: Daron Smith, Jeff Blanton, Rick McGowan, Jeremy Benham, Jody Benham, Jerry Allen, and Sean Fleenor

Memorial Gifts: Phi Beta Psi Sorority Cancer Fund

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



Obituaries For December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014 9:10 AM
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Hope Jonell Foddrill - Bedford
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Hope Jonell Foddrill, 80, of Bedford, went to be home with her Lord and Savior at 7:18 a.m., on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Born January 14, 1934, she was the daughter of Harry and Mary Franklin. She married Robert D. Foddrill on May 29, 1953. She retired from Stone City Products. She loved going to church and being with her family and was a member of Tunnel Hill Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include; one daughter, Debra Miller and husband Mark of Oolitic; one son, Dale Foddrill of Mitchell; grandchildren, Nathan Foddrill, Zachary Foddrill and wife, Jessica, Vanessa Miller Ratliff and husband, Jason, Savannah Foddrill; six great grandchildren, Matthew, Hailey, Landon, Kloey, Alicia and Brianna Foddrill all of Mitchell.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert; and three brothers, Maurice, David and Opal Franklin.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 16th at the Hilltop Pentecostal Church in Avoca. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17th at the Hilltop Pentecostal Church with Bro. Bruce Roberts and Bro. Dallas Lakes officiating. Burial will follow in Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Hope at www.daycarter.com.

Emma R. Clem - Orleans

Emma R. Clem, 83, of Orleans, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014, at her residence.

Born June 6, 1931, in Springfield, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Otis and Audrey (Terrell) Dean. She married Charles Stroud March 15, 1947, and he preceded her in death in 1990. Her second marriage was to Fred Clem February 13, 1998. She retired from the Indiana Handle Company in Paoli with 25 years of service. Emma was a member of the Mitchell Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Clem, Orleans; children, Paul Stroud, Orleans, Tonya Jones, Paoli, Allen Stroud, St. Cloud, Florida; 5 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; siblings, Lois Gilliatt, Westfield,
Nancy Ford, Louisville, Kentucky, Faye Thomas, Louisville, Kentucky, Inez Burns, Louisville, Kentucky, Cecilia Morris, Louisville, Kentucky, Joseph Dean, Louisville, Kentucky, Bill Dean, Louisville, Kentucky.

Her parents; husband, Charles Stroud; and brother, Garth Dean, preceded her in death.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Cremation will follow. A Celebration of Life service will be at a later date at the Mitchell Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

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



Obituaries For December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014 9:24 AM
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Rhonda G. Harrell - Mitchell
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Rhonda G. Harrell, 58, of Mitchell passed away on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 11:55 p.m. at Mitchell Manor.

She was born in Lawrence County on February 3, 1956 to Preston and Ruth (Keller) Byrd. Rhonda married Ward L. Harrell on November 17, 1979 in Lawrence County and he survives. Rhonda was a graduate of Fayetteville High School in 1974 and was a member of New Union Christian Church; she was also active with the White River Humane Society in Bedford

Survivors include her husband, Ward L. Harrell of Mitchell, sister, Pam Sitzer and husband Glenn of Bloomington, nephew, Brett (Ginger) Sowders and daughter Shelby.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law Glenn W. Harrell.

Cremation was chosen, with a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Rhonda Harrell Medical Fund, at Bloomfield State Bank, 1309 W. Main St. Mitchell, In 47446, P.O. Box 37

Frances "Franny" Cormican - Bedford
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Frances "Franny" Cormican, 60, of Bedford, passed away on Friday December 12, 2014 in Williams.

She was born on May 13, 1954 in Bedford to Wayne Alan Wessel and Marilyn (Fender) Miller. She attended Shawswick High School, and was a CNA and QMA at White River Lodge in Bedford. Franny was a member of Central Church of Christ in Bedford, and attended Work of God Church.

Survivors include five daughters, Michelle (Shannon) Boggs of Springville, Tonya (Jason) Amstutz of Williams, Miranda (Lee) Hanscom of Orleans, Amanda (Kelly) Cormican of Bedford, and Mariah Cormican of Bedford; one son, Billy (Shala) Cormican of Oklahoma; 20 grandchildren and one great grandchild; 5 brothers and 3 sisters; 2 aunts, Virginia Cunningham of Bedford and Brenda Brummett of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday December 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home with Bro. Dwight Dunbar officiating. Friends may call on Monday December 15, 2014 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Cresthaven Funeral Home Cremation will follow services with burial in Judah Church of Christ Cemetery at a later date.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family to help with expenses.

Cresthaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements,

Eva Gail Batman - Bedford

Eva G. Batman, 59, of Bedford, passed away at 8:40 a.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at her residence.

Born August 4, 1955, in Lawrence County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Charles and Virginia (Fountain) Batman. She graduated from BNL, Class of 1973. She attended Ivy Tech Nursing School.

Surviving are her mother, Virginia Batman; two sisters, Cathy Clouse and Jane Pace; two brothers, Carl Batman and Chester (Linda) Batman; four nieces; five nephews; several great-nieces and nephews; several cousins; three aunts; and two uncles.

She was preceded in death by her Father, Charles Batman; brother-in-law, David Clouse; and her grandparents.

Funeral service will be on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at 11a.m. at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home, with John Wisley officiating. Burial will be in Crawford Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday, 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home.

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

John Wesley Buker - Bedford
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John Wesley Buker, 91, of Bedford, died on December 11, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

He was born on January 27, 1923 in Coshocton, Ohio. He married Martha Joy Bridwell on December 24, 1941. They lived in love until her death in 2009. John was an honorable and loving man, and held a special place in the hearts of all who loved or knew him and will be remembered for his devotion to his family and friends, his intelligence, wit and judgment.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Guy Edgar Buker and Leona Watson Buker, two brothers, Bob Buker and Watson Buker. He is survived by one sister, Anne Coomer, his devoted son, Jan Robert Buker and daughter-in-law, Mariane Eckman Buker, one grandson, Daniel Hilton Buker and three great granddaughters, Isabelle Lee, Claire Evelyn and Vivienne Mae Buker.

John moved to Bedford in 1937 with his family when his father became pastor at the Bedford Nazarene Church. After high school graduation he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in radio intelligence in WWII seeing action in all five European Campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge. John served as Lawrence County Councilman for several years, was a member of the Bedford Elks Lodge and a lifetime member of the American Legion Gillen Post #33.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.. on today, December 14th at Day & Carter Mortuary. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, December 15th in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery with military rites accorded at the grave by the American Legion Gillen Post #33.

Family and friends are invited to sign the guestbook and light a candle in memory of John at: www.daycarter.com




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