Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The following obituaries were received for Wednesday –

James Anderson – Bedford
James H. Anderson, 80, of Bedford, passed away Saturday afternoon at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis.
Born April 1, 1932 in Bedford, he was the son of Howard and Zella (Hawkins) Anderson. Jim married Edna Gulbrandsen in December of 1953 and she survives.
Jim was a local realtor and real estate developer. He developed The Woods subdivision and Star View Estates in Bedford. He was also involved in the development of the Stone City Mall on 16th Street in Bedford.
Jim graduated from Bedford High School in 1949 and Indiana University in 1953. He was active in local government organizations. He served as a member and president of the North Lawrence School Board, the board of LARC and the Bedford Parks Board. He served in the Air Force and was a long-time member of American Legion the Association for Service of Disabled Veterans and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks 826, Bedford, where he served twice as Exalted Ruler.
Survivors include his wife, Edna; three sons, Steve and wife Barbara, of Williams Bay, Wisconsin, Mike and wife Vanessa, of Palo Alto, California and Jiim and wife Theresa , of Palo Alto, California; six grandchildren, Isobel, Lily, Miles, Erik, Makee and Beck.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Gladys Smiley aThelma Anderson Edler and one nephew Joseph Edler.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Pastor Bob Dailey officiating.
Memorial contributions may be considered to the Lawrence County Community Foundation.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Emma Lee Williams – Mitchell
Emma Lee Williams, 89, of Mitchell, passed away at 9:17 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at Johnson Christian Village in Bedford.
Born January 7, 1923, in Shoals, she was the daughter of Ora W. and Millie (Sherrill) Shaw. She married Carl Wayne Williams April 11, 1944, and he preceded her in death August 22, 1991.
Emma Lee was a homemaker, member of the First Baptist Church, and a charter member of Woodville Baptist Church. She enjoyed sitting on her front porch, cooking for others and eating out with friends, travelling, and following the adventures of her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include a son, Timothy W. and wife Mary Wilcoxon, Williams, of Mitchel; daughter, Nancy and husband Don Caudell, of Mitchell; grandchildren, Melissa and husband Jason Wilcoxon, of Santa Cruz, California. Matthew W. and wife Jenny Caudell, of Madison, Mississippi, Tyler S. and wife Laci Caudell, of Bloomington, great grandchildren, Natalie Redding, Kalib Redding, Wilson Caudell, Jacob Caudell, Jackson Caudell, Rhaegan Egli Caudell, Lilly Caudell, and Emma Caudell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, Bonnie Lee Shaw, Lawrence Shaw, Leland Shaw, Clair Shaw, and Ora Clay Shaw; and sisters, Violetta Shaw, Fern Duncan, Ruth Mercer, Lettie Belle Little and Ethel Elizabeth “Betty” McCammon.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 8, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Rev. Bill Graham officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until the service on Friday at the funeral home.
Casketbearers: Timothy W. Williams, Don W. Caudell II, Matthew W. Caudell, Tyler S. Caudell, Toby D. Shaw, and Mark S. McCammon.
Memorial Gifts can be made to the First Baptist Church Johnson Christian Village
Condolences may be sent to the family at

Esther Lawmaster – Bedford

Esther Lawmaster, 91, of Bedford passed away at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012.
The oldest daughter of John B. and Alma (Mullis) Spinks, she was born in Bloomfield. Esther graduated from Bedford High School in 19399 and Indiana Business College in Indianapolis. She worked for the U.S. government in Dayton, Ohio, Galtimore, MD and at the Pentagon in Washington DC during WWII. She worked at Citizens National Bank for 30 years as a bookkeeper. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bedford for 73 years. During retirement, she was an avid walker, enjoyed quilting, scrapbooking and greeting people on their birthdays.
Survivors include sons, Larry Lawmaster and wife Marti, of Wixom, MI and Richard Lawmaster and wife Kathy, of Bloomington; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Jane Callahan, Anna Gobert and her brother, Harold Spinks, of Florida.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Bedford with Pastor Kregg Burris officiating.
Memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church.
Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Ester at