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Obituaries For January 20, 2014
Updated January 30, 2014 7:34 AM
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Fed M. Firsich - Williams

Fred M. Firsich, 63, of Williams, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, at his residence.

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

Albert C. Craig - Williams
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Albert C. Craig, 68, of Williams, died peacefully at his home at 8:30 pm on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

Born February 16, 1945 in Lawrence County, he was the son of Merla and Wanda Craig. He married Patsy J. Moutardier on August 28, 1965 and she survives. He taught Industrial Arts and Driver's Education in the Salem Community Schools for 45 years. From boyhood on, he farmed alongside his dad. He felt blessed to pass his legacy and passion for working the land on to his family.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy, of Williams; his mother, Wanda Craig of Williams; three daughters, Valerie Umphress and husband, Chad of Williams, Rhea Jackson and husband, Mike of Bedford, Katie Bruhn and husband, Daniel of Williams; eight grandchildren, Ellie, Cole, Gabriel and Asa Umphress, Joseph and Samuel Jackson, James and Lauren Bruhn; three sisters, Gloria Rybolt, Darlene Hall and husband, Ernie, Ranee` Kelly and husband Terry all of Bedford; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Judy Cooper, Rick Moutardier and wife, Ellen, Sherry Todd and husband, Larry, Dolly Blackburn and husband, Jeff, Nancy Meadows and husband, Tevin, Tammie Bough and husband, Trent; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his father, Merla and a nephew, Matt Lovvorn.

Visitation will be from 2 pm to 8 pm on Friday, January 31st and from 10 am until the hour of service on Saturday, February 1st at Hillcrest Christian Church. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 1st at the Hillcrest Christian Church where he and Patsy attended. Pastor Charlie Scott will be officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Christian Church Cemetery.

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

Wilbur Wayne Kern - Bedford
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Wilbur Wayne Kern, 96, of Bedford, died at 5:27 pm on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Stonebridge Health Campus.

Born October 30, 1917 in Lawrence Co., he was the son of Harry W. and Nancy (Geiger) Kern. He married Mae Isophene Miller on March 29, 1939 and she preceded him in death on May 2, 2007. He had worked for Henderson Coal Co for twenty-one years and retired as a custodian at Bedford North Lawrence High School in 1979. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Assembly of God Church and Gillen Post #33 American Legion.

Survivors include two sons, Ronald Kern and wife, Sharon of Bedford, Roger Kern and wife, Carol of Florida; five grandchildren, Chris Kern of Loogootee, Cathy Zimmerman and husband, Bob of Evansville, Troy Kern and Damon Kern and wife, Bridget of Bedford, Tracey Stilley and husband, Greg of Greenwood; fourteen great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; four brothers, William and Claude Kern both of Bedford, John Kern of Florida and Cecil Kern of Virginia; one sister, Elizabeth Woods of Columbus, OH.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one son, Dallas Kern; four brothers, Warren, Winford, Roland and Perry Kern; two sisters, Anna Marie Jarvis and Trula Reynolds.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm on Friday, January 31st in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Jay Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in Dishman Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, January 30th at Day & Carter Mortuary.

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

Mary Jo Southern - Bedford

Mary Jo Southern, 87, of Bedford, died at 8:15 pm on Tuesday January 28, 2014 at St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.

Born April 12, 1926 in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Curtis and Emma M. (Wilson) May. She married Richard Southern in 1986 and he preceded her in death. She was formerly a custodian at the Presbyterian Church where she was also a member.

She is survived by a brother, William D. May of Bedford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Larry D May; two brothers, Harry and Keith May and a sister, Wanda Rush.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4 pm on Friday, January 31st in the Elmwood Chaple of Day & Carter Mortuary with Rev. Robert Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in the Hilltop Cemetery in Avoca. Visitation will be from 4 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, January 30th and from 3 pm until the hour of service on Friday at the Day & Carter Mortuary.

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



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