Monday, September 24, 2012

The following obituaries were received for Monday –

Suella L. “Suzie” Martin – Williams
Suella L. “Suzie” Martin, 67, passed away at 7:37 p.m. Friday, September 21, 2012, at IU Health Bloomington.
Born June 13, 1945, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Ralph K. and Ruth “Curley” (Webster) Wray. She was formerly married to Larry D. Martin. She was owner of Bedford Telephone Answering Service for 20 years. Suzie graduated from Mitchell High School in 1963, and was also a graduate of Cosmetology School of Indianapolis.
Survivors include her children, Tobi Lynn Todd and husband Jason Kindred of Freetown;
Jami Rene Lewis, of Williams; L. D. Martin and wife Jennifer, of Bedford; brothers, Eddie G. Wray and wife Tammie, of Bedford; Delbert D. Wray and wife Kim, of Salem; Joe Wray and wife Jill, of Nashville; sister in law, Yvonne Wray, of Columbus; grandchildren, Tiffany and Savannah Todd, Echo Rene Voorhies, Chloe and Corey Martin; great grandchildren, Irelande Todd, Ella and Wyatt Voorhies; several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Robert D. Wray.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 25, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Rev. Richard Tallman and Pastor Harold Godsey officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to the family at

Maxine H. (King) Johnson – Oolitic

Maxine H. (King) Johnson passed away on September 22, 2012 at Johnson Christian Village. She was one week shy of her 97th birthday.
Maxine had lived her entire life between Oolitic and Bedford. She spent 26 winters in North Fort Myers, FL. And her last two years were spent at Johnson Christian Village. She attended Bedford First Baptist Church for 56 years, where she taught Sunday school for a number of years. She worked at M. Fine & Sons for 46 years.
Survivors include a son Tracy and wife Isabel Johnson; grandchildren, Ann and husband Lucas Jean and Russell as well as nieces and nephews, Mary Jo and husband Jim Eggers, Penny and husband Bob Shope, Mark Boarman, Lisa and husband Tom Freije and Jerry and wife Jane Rilly.
Maxine was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Russell, as well as her premature born son Terry Russell. Her parents, Frank and Cora King and sisters, Virgina Brooks King and Mary (Joe) Boarman.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26th in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary with Pastor Kregg Burris officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 25th at Day & Carter Mortuary.
Donations may be made in memory of Maxine to the Gideon’s International Bible Memorial.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at Johnson Christian Village for their love and care.
Andrew Carl Bair – Bedford
Andrew Carl Bair, 67, of Bedford, passed away Friday, September 21, 2012 at his home after a long battle with cancer.
Andrew was born June 5, 1945 to Tilford and Alice (Haungs) Bair in Bedford. He attended St. Vincent de Paul Elementary and Jr. High School and graduated from Shawswick High School with the class of 1963. He attended Indiana University in Bloomington for one year. He married Janice K. Morrison in 1967 and she passed away in 1998. He then married Bonnie (Butler) Arthur in 2007.
He began his career as a carry-out boy at the old Kroger store in Bedford. Eventually he became manager of the Thrif-T-Mart grocery store in Bedford and after its closing he managed the Scot-Lad Food grocery store in Columbus, for one year. He worked briefly for General Motors and then became a sales manager for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in Bedford from 1979 until it closed in 1987. He continued to work in sales for Coca-Cola, in Jasper, until he retired in 2000. He had been a member of the Exchange Club during the 1980’s and was a member of the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited and Rocky Mountain Foundation.
Andy was an accomplished gardener and winemaker, tended an orchard of over 50 fruit trees He did taxidermist, oil-painting artist and was an aerobic pilot, owning several small planes over the years. Andy was most accomplished as an outdoorsman. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, learning from his father, Tilford Bair. Andy traveled from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf Coast hunting and fishing and had taken several Pope and Young record book large game animals with a primitive longbow and arrows he made himself.
More important to Andy than the trips he went on and the animals he hunted, was his legacy of promoting the benefits and joy of the outdoors with others. Andy was a volunteer hunter education and safety instructor for several decades, teaching safety and respect to hundreds of students. Andy mentored dozens of people throughout his lifetime, passing along his respect for nature and love of the outdoors. He was an avid member of Ducks Unlimited and served as emcee at their annual banquet for many years. He also donated many of the ducks he had persevered with taxidermy to the nature center at Spring Mill State Park.
In addition to spending time in the outdoors, Andy was a devoted husband to his loving wife Bonnie, an amazing father to Chuck, Jeff, Sandi and Lori and a fabulous grandfather to all of his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Bonnie (Butler) Arthur Bair; one son, Chuck and wife Ava Bair, of Bedford; one brother, Sam and wife Terri Bair, of Bedford; three step-children, Jeff and wife Valerie Arthur, of Bedford, Sandi and husband Bryan Imhoff, of Bedford, Lori and husband Doug Phillips, of English; three grandchildren, Sam, Jacob and Alice Bair; eight step-grandchildren, Lauren, Lindsay and Paul Imhoff; Herrad, Jobe and Jess Arthur and Danielle and Taylor Phillips.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Janice Blair; his father-in-law, Carroll Morrison; brother-in-law Jay Morrison; nephew Joseph Morrison and numerous aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be at 11a.m. Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with Brother Marty Speer officiating. Burial will follow in Cresthaven Memory Gardens. Friends may call on Monday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Andy’s name to Ducks Unlimited.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at
Doris E. Gardin – Bedford
Doris E. Gardin, 80, of Bedford, passed away at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2012 at Mitchell Manor.
Born September 6, 1932 in Brownstown, she was the daughter of Oren Huber and Ruth (Whitcomb) Huber. Doris married Roy Gardin in 1960 and he preceded her in death in 1997. She taught high school math at Valparaiso, Shawswick and Mitchell. Doris received her Master’s degree from Hanover College and was a member of the Beta Phi chapter of the Alpha Omicorn Pi Sorority. She was a member of the Surprise Methodist Church and then Calvary Lutheran Church in Bedford. Doris loved and owned rescued animals and enjoyed working on the farm with her husband after her retirement.
Survivors include one brother, Dr. Tom Huber, of Watkinsville, GA; one sister, Olive Campbell, of Bedford and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Richard and Bill Huber.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, September 24th in the Elmwood Chapel of Day & Carter Mortuary. Burial will follow in Acme Cemetery in Surprise, Indiana. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the hour of service at 1 p.m. on Monday.
The family asks friends consider memorial contributions be made to the White River Humane Society or the Surprise Methodist Church.
Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Doris at

Thomas “Tom” Edwin Todd – Bedford

Thomas “Tom” Edwin Todd, 83, of Bedford, passed away at 9:13 a.m. on Friday, September 21, 2012 at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
Born November 19, 1928 in Heltonville, he was the son of Lois E. (Meadows) and Thomas M. Todd. He married Carol M. Feltner on September 30, 1950 and she survives. Tom was a U.S. Navy Veteran and retired businessman. He owned Todd’s Petroleum and Todd & Craig Angus. He was a charter member of the Heltonville Area Veterans. Tom was also a member of the American Angus Association, Southern Indiana Angus Association, Cecil Marin American Legion Post 250 and the Englewood Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife Carol; two sons, Danny W. Todd, of Bedford and Thomas E. Todd II, and wife Carol A. of Bedford; one daughter, Debbie L. Craig and husband Jerry A., of Bedford; a special son, Cecil R. Blackwell, of Bedford; four grandchildren, Daniel I. Todd and wife Danielle R.; TJ Todd, Tina M. Todd, Trevor A. Craig and wife Melinda D.; nine great-grandchildren, Chole Todd, Skyy Shake, Zayne Shake, Addy Ratliff, Thairon Todd Ratliff, Thomas Bryce Todd, Laden Todd, Ty Craig, Trey Craig, one brother, Lionel E. Todd, of Missouri.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister Virginia Deckard and one brother, Forrest “Dean” Todd.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24th at the Englewood Baptist Church with Pastor David Ferry officiating. Burial will follow in Knott Cemetery with military rites by the Cecil Martin American Legion Post 250. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23rd at Day & Carter Mortuary and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Englewood Baptist Church.
Family and friends are invited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Tom at