Obituaries

Arie Belle Burkett, 92, Morristown, formerly Fountaintown

Arie Belle Burkett, 92, of Morristown, formerly of Fountaintown passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Morristown Manor.

 

She was born October 30, 1926, in Rushville, the daughter of Benjamin and Gertrude (Clemens) Logsdon.

 

Arie is survived by her son, David Purcell and wife, Dawn, of Fountaintown; daughters, Sandra Denny and husband, Charles, Polly McQueary and husband, Arnold, and Edith Wadsworth and husband, Larry, all of Shelbyville; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandchildren, Dena Jo Williams and Darles Corley; five brothers, Jack, Roy, Howard, Montie and Benjamin; and four sisters, Gladys, Louise, Okle and Ruby.

Arie was a member of the Fountaintown Christian Church.

 

She formerly worked for Western Electric, and retired from Standard Grocery/National Tea, with over 15 years of service.

 

Arie was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Greenfield.

 

She enjoyed playing BINGO, Euchre and Yahtzee. Arie also enjoyed dancing and watching the Indianapolis Colts.

 

Arie loved her family and enjoyed cooking for all of them. She cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

She was also preceded in death by her dog, Joey.

 

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 20, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. Dr. Robb Barlow officiating.

Interment will be at Fountaintown Cemetery in Fountaintown.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Shelby County, PO Box 844, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Arie’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Reina 'Rainbow' Ewing, 28, Shelbyville

Reina ‘Rainbow’ Ewing, 28, of Shelbyville, passed away, Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Especially Kidz.

 

She was born June 9, 1991 in Greenfield to Stanley K. Ewing and Reina K. (Morning) Ewing.  

 

‘Rainbow’ is survived by her mother, her siblings, Rico Petrino, Sonrisa S. Stovall, Tiffany Star Ewing, Stanley R.P. Ewing and Patrick D. Ewing, nieces, Skyla Summer Ewing, Amora Rain Stovall and nephews, Kaiser Storm Ewing and Anthony Thunder Ewing.

 

She was preceded in death by her father and brother, Jeffery Scott Ewing.

 

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m. at the funeral home with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Ewing family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Beverly Means, 76, Shelbyville

Beverly Means, 76, of Shelbyville, passed peacefully into her heavenly home Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus.

 

She was born December 1, 1942, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Herschell Robert Hall and Norma Louise (Grocox) Hall LaMee. She married Paul David Means on March 25, 1962, and he preceded her in death on June 17, 2014.

 

Beverly is survived by her son, Brett Means and wife, Tammy; grandchildren, Lauren McNichol and husband, David, of Ridgefield, Washington, Luke Means of The US Air Force stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina, LeAnn and Lynnea Means, both of Mishawaka; and great-granddaughter, Noelle Rose McNichol.

 

Also surviving are her sisters, Bonnie Hardesty and husband, Glen, and Lynda Denton and husband, Charles, both of Shelbyville, and Kaye Carlson and husband, Bryan, of Fort Wayne; and a brother, Robert Hall and wife, Mardell, of Granger.

 

Other survivors include her sister-in-law, Shirley Means of Greensburg and many special cousins, nieces and nephews, the greats and great-greats, with all of whom she cherished those moments in time, she was blessed to share.

 

Beverly is also preceded in death by her parents; step-father, John LaMee; step-mother, Phyllis Hall and her dear aunt, Thelma Conover.

 

She graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1961, before working approximately a year for Glasson Chevrolet, a long ago fixture on North Harrison Street. Thereafter, she was employed for two years in the engineering department of the Public Service Commission in the State Office Building in Indianapolis.

 

In December of 1964, she and Paul purchased the former A&W Root Beer Drive-In, now The Bears Den. They owned and operated the restaurant for 35 years, before retiring in 2000.

Beverly was a member of Crossroad Community Church, and felt very blessed to be a part of its family. For 20 years, she had been a member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority, a philanthropic organization. In 1983, she was honored with its Psi Ote of the Year Award.

 

Among Beverly’s wide variety of interests was traveling, especially where there was water. . .the East coast, Lake Michigan and the Ohio River. She was ALWAYS READY to spend time with her friends and family, church activities and playing cards with “The Gang”, “Club 61”, “First Tuesday Euchre Club”, “CCC Sweet Sisters” . . . and anyone else she could grab! Victory Field, Downtown Indy, was the perfect place (in Beverly’s opinion) to spend a summer’s afternoon.

 

Beverly always considered herself a big kid at heart and loved taking in a trip to the zoo, whether it be in Cincinnati, Indianapolis or South Bend. However, you wouldn’t find her checking out the “residents” unless the grandkids were taking in the day with her. Made it more fun!!

 

During her retirement years Beverly didn’t miss too many day at McDonald’s, East 44 at “the round table.” Having lunch with her buddies, saying hello to those who passed by and chatting with the employees, helped make for some fun in her days.

 

Being very much a “people person” graced Beverly with a tremendous amount of joy, laughter and cherished friendships. She was so grateful to her Lord and Savior for the blessings he continually bestowed upon her days. In her later years, Beverly often reflected on 2 Timothy 4:7, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.

 

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the funeral home, with Pastor Andy Lee officiating.

 

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

To those of you who may wish to show a kindness in Beverly’s memory, as per her request, no flowers please. Possibly consider a contribution to the Ladies Ministry of Crossroad Community Church or the Shelby County Babe Ruth Organization.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Beverly’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Peter Huesman, 62, St. Paul

Peter Huesman, 62, of St. Paul passed away Friday, September 6, 2019 at his home.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2 to 8 p.m., October 12, 2019 at his residence.

 

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Peter’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Diane Lavaughn John, 72, Shelbyville

Diane Lavaughn John, 72, of Shelbyville passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield.

 

She was born February 4, 1947, in Rushville, the daughter of James and Doris (Adams) Ferguson. On May 26, 1974, she married her husband of 45 years, Tom John, and he survives.

 

In addition to Tom, Diane is survived by her mother of Rushville; brothers, Bill Ferguson of Hahira, Georgia, Tom Ferguson of Rush County, and John Ferguson and wife, Vikki, of Port Charlotte, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Diane was preceded in death by her father in 2004.

 

She graduated from Mays High School in 1965. After high school, she attended and supported Johnson Bible College, which later became Johnson University. She graduated from IUPUC.

Diane was an active member of Morristown Christian Church, where her love of music was evident as she sang in the choir and played the piano. She had also formerly been a Sunday school teacher. Diane had a very special friendship with her church family.

 

She was a teacher for Shelby Eastern School District, she taught grades 6th thru 12th at Morristown, retiring in May of 2012, with 25 years of service. After retirement, Diane was a CASA worker.

Diane enjoyed cooking and traveling to Tennessee and Florida.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the funeral home, with the Revs. Fred Hickman and David Lee officiating.

 

Interment will be at Bennett Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morristown Christian Church, 209 S. Washington St., Morristown, Indiana 46161 or Johnson University, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37998.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Diane’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Marian Joy Hobbs, 93, Shelbyville

Marian Joy Hobbs, 93, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Aperion Care of Waldron.

 

She was born December 15, 1925, in Shelby County, the daughter of Harry and Stella (Sandman) Bass. On June 27, 1954, she married her husband of 65 years, George W. “Bill” Hobbs, and he survives.

 

In addition to Bill, Marian is survived by her sons, Glen W. Hobbs and wife, Tina, of Shelbyville, and Keith S. Scudder and wife, Linda, of Lexington, Kentucky; and six grandchildren. She was “GG” to several great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

 

Marian was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John C. Bass; and sisters, Mildred Bowman and Carolyn Morgan.

 

She graduated in 1943 from Fairland High School.

 

Marian was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she was an elder and coordinated the Cookie, Coffee and Conversation (CCC’s) group.

 

She worked at the Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library for 25 years, originally in the children’s department and then as the library secretary.

 

Marian was a 60-year member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She enjoyed traveling with the Carefree Travelers.

 

She loved her family and cherished the time spent with her grandchildren.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at noon Thursday at the funeral home, with Rev. Mark Morningstar officiating.

 

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to The Abiding Memorial Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 124 W. Broadway St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or Shelbyville-Shelby County Library, 57 W. Broadway St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Marian’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Richard James Dunagan, 56, Shelbyville

Richard James Dunagan, 56, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Eskenazi Hospital, Indianapolis.

 

He was born June 1, 1963, in Indianapolis, to Richard C and Brenda (Stock) Dunagan.

 

Richard is survived by his daughters, Sasha Stuckey (Doug) of Fairland; Ashley Baldwin (Tanner) and Kasey Dunagan, both of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Corbin, Brennon, Ryleigh, Jace and Harper; brothers Gary Dunagan and John Dunagan, both of Indianapolis; and sisters, Brandi Mock, Mitzi Dunagan, and Teia Hamblin, all of Shelbyville.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Richard enjoyed fishing, building stuff and carpentry.

 

A Celebration of Life will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Richard Dunagan Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Dunagan family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

 

Sharon Louise England, 80, Shelbyville

Sharon Louise England, 80, of Shelbyville passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Aperion Care of Waldron.

 

She was born August 30, 1938, in Fairbury, Nebraska, the daughter of William Bayles and Margaret Louise (Clark) Price. On May 7, 1983, she married Hobert Ray England, and he preceded her in death on September 11, 1991.

 

Sharon is survived by her daughter, Lisa Czamara and husband, Mark, of Tonawanda, New York; step-children, Rick England and wife, Michelle, of Maitland, Florida, Chris England of Deltona, Florida, and Larry England of Westport; Thelma J. Richter and husband, Robert, of New Port Richey, Florida, Beckey England of Orlando, Florida, and Sharon L. England of Sanford, Florida; brother-in-law, James Flynn of N. Tonawanda, New York; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

 

In addition to Hobert, Sharon was preceded in death by her parents; son, Matthew William; and sister, Susan Flynn.

 

Sharon graduated in 1956 from Kenmore West High School in Kenmore, New York. After high school, she attended a culinary school.

 

She was a 28 year member of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, where she was a member of the Senior Saints. Sharon stated the most influential people in her life were Pastor George Mitchell and his wife, Dorie.

 

Sharon enjoyed knitting and made afghans for most of the newborns at church. She also enjoyed reading and participating in the card ministry. The time Sharon got to spend with her grandchildren and nieces and nephews was very precious to her.

 

Visitation will be from 10 to noon, Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, 7414 E. Michigan Road, Waldron, Indiana.

 

Funeral services will be at noon on Wednesday at the church, with Pastor George Mitchell officiating.

 

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Senior Saints or Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Sharon’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Diane K. Carroll, 58, Edinburgh

Diane K. Carroll, 58, of Edinburgh, passed away Monday, August 26, 2019 at her residence.

 

She was born April 18, 1961 in Indianapolis to Donald and Geneane (Green) Kinnett.

 

Diane is survived by her daughter, Molly Carroll (JR Holmes) of Bloomington; son, Morgan Carroll of Greenwood; her parents, Don and Geneane Kinnett of Fairland; brothers Don Kinnett (Mabria) of Indianapolis and Kevin Kinnett of Fairland; sister Suzanne Kinnett (Angie Miller) of Indianapolis; many nieces and nephews; and Linda Petro, who treated Diane like a daughter.

 

She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents; and brother, Mike Kinnett.

 

Diane was a 1979 graduate of Triton Central High School.  She worked for 22 years at Fidelity National Financial as a title researcher.

 

She was a member of the Koochi Fa Fa Club.  She loved kayaking down the Amazon, bon fires, and enjoyed any trip to the beach.  She had a love for jewelry.

 

Diane’s most precious times were spent at her parent’s house and with her family.

  

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Brandon Sutton officiating.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, IN 46176 or Cancer Association of Shelby County, P.O. Box 844, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Carroll family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Joseph Mefford, 26, Flat Rock

Joseph Mefford, 26, of Flat Rock, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in Indianapolis.

 

 He was born February 3, 1993 in Marion County, to Kevin Mefford and Shannon (Kleber) Randall.

 

Joseph is survived by his father, his mother, step-father, Jonathan Randall, son, Joseph Mefford, Jr., sisters, Chelsey Mefford, and Megan Mefford, half-sisters, Elizabeth Emmons, and Ashley Fletcher, and their father, Bill Fletcher and step-sisters, Desiree Peoples and Alex Randall.

 

 He was a construction worker.  Joseph loved writing music and singing.  His most precious times were spent with his son and his family.

 

  

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 31, 2019 at West Park Christian Church, 24 N. Addison Street, Indianapolis.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176 to assist with funeral expenses.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve Joseph’s family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

James A. Wilson, 93, Morristown

James A. Wilson, age 93, long-time resident of Morristown, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Woodland Terrace in New Palestine. He was born in Indianapolis on October 16, 1925 to Albert and Nondas (McCord) Wilson. Jim graduated from Morristown High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943-1946. Jim married his high-school sweetheart Virginia D. (Swain) on January 23, 1945. 

Jim was best known as the owner and operator of Jim’s Marathon Service of Morristown for 21 years. He and his wife were also school bus drivers for a generation of kids in the Shelby Eastern School District. Earlier in his career, Jim worked for Gulling Electrical as well as Associates Investment, both of Indianapolis. His memberships included Morristown United Methodist Church, Morristown American Legion Post #102, Morristown Lions Club and the Holiday Rambler Camping Group. Jim was a 50-year member and past master of the Morristown Masonic Lodge #193. His passions were flying, particularly his Cessna 172, and restoring his classic 1985 Buick LeSaber Ltd. A highlight of his later years was regular games of Mexican Train with close friends.

Jim is survived by his sons, Donald A. (wife Gwen Hamlin) Wilson of Tarpon Springs, FL, and Dr. Gregory D. (wife Karen) Wilson of Henderson, NV; five grandchildren, Dane (wife B.J.) Erlewein, Tisha (husband Jason) Lucas, Tiffany (husband Derek) Eberhart, Brooke (husband Nathan) Jensen, and Adam Wilson; six great-grandchildren, Gibson, Lily, Townsend, Jenna, Kai, and Hayden; and special friends at Springhurst Villas. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Virginia Wilson; daughter, Judith Mae Erlewein; brother, Paul Wilson and his sister, Florence O’Haver. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. A masonic service will take place immediately following the visitation at 7:00 p.m. with the funeral service to follow. Pastors Chris Dourson and Jeri Barrett-Thomas will be officiating. A private graveside service will take place at Asbury Cemetery in Morristown with military rites presented by the active duty.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Judith Wilson Erlewein Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Erlewein Mortuary, 1484 W. US Hwy. 40, Greenfield, IN 46140. Donation envelopes will also be available at the mortuary. Friends may share a memory or condolence atwww.erleweinmortuary.com.

Kimberly Dawn "Clem" Karnes, 50, Shelbyville

Kimberly Dawn “Clem” Karnes, 50, of Shelbyville passed away August 22, 2019 at her residence.

 

She was born July 4, 1969, in Shelbyville, the daughter of Allan G. Sr. and Margaret Ann (Munden) Karnes.

 

Clem is survived by her sisters, Sue Moore and husband, Rod, and Margaret Jean Karnes, both of Shelbyville; brothers, Gary Wayne Karnes and wife, Mandy, and Larry Scott Karnes and wife, Gina, both of Shelbyville; nieces and nephews, Mandy Barngrover, John Karnes, Justin Karnes, Sabrina Sullivan, Miranda Moore, Roddy Moore, Samantha East, Alexis Karnes, Dallas Karnes, Kenzie Karnes, Larry Karnes Jr., Reggie Karnes, Jennifer Shugert and Chelsea Karnes; and several great nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Allan G. Karnes Jr.

 

Clem was a 1988 graduate of Shelbyville High School and received her associates degree from the University of Cincinnati.

 

She enjoyed art and poetry.

 

Clem loved spending time with the family, especially the little ones, since she was truly a kid at heart.

 

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, August 26, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at noon, Monday at the funeral home, with Seth Taylor officiating.

Interment will be at Miller Cemetery in Shelby County.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Clem’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Gregory Dean "Greg" Armstrong, 70, Shelbyville

Gregory Dean “Greg” Armstrong, 70, of Shelbyville passed away Friday, August 23, 2019 at Franciscan St. Francis Health in Indianapolis.

 

He was born December 25, 1948 in Shelbyville, the son of William and Wanda (Brown) Armstrong. On August 11, 1972, he married his wife of 47 years, Bulah McQueary, and she survives.

 

In addition to Bulah, Greg is survived by his daughters, Brenda Toon and husband, Danny, and Caroline Burton and husband, Frankie, both of Shelbyville; brothers, Mark Norvell of Shelbyville, and Drew Norvell of Greenwood; sisters, Melissa Meyerholtz and husband, Rod, of Shelbyville, and Natalie Simpson and husband, Jack, of Terre Haute; grandchildren, Tiki Havens and husband, Josh, Scott Abell and wife, Tanya, Ariana Toon, Jordan Toon, Kenzi Burton, Quinton Burton and Weston Burton; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Greg was preceded in death by his parents; son, Larry Lee Popplewell; daughter, Amy Armstrong; brothers, Michael Armstrong and Ronnie Armstrong; and daughter-in-law, Colleen Popplewell.

He graduated in 1967 from Shelbyville High School.

 

Greg was a disabled veteran serving during the Vietnam War, as a Marine.

 

He was a former member of American Legion Post No. 70. Gregory enjoyed golfing and playing backgammon.

 

Greg loved life and cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by his dogs, Sippy and Penny.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville, with military rites conducted by the local military committee at 7 p.m.

 

Inurnment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Greg’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Brian Keith Denny, 60, Shelbyville

Brian Keith Denny, 60, of Shelbyville passed away Friday, August 16, 2019 at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

He was born December 6, 1958, in Indianapolis, the son of Richard L. and Peggy J. Denny.

Brian is survived by his daughters, Christi Lynn Denny, and Danielle R. Denny Slinker and wife, Lindsey; sister, Joyce A. Denny Swords; grandsons, Keith Denny, Brice Denny and fiance’, Sarah O’Dell, and Zachrious Cooper; step-mother, Mary Kay Denny; nephew, Bobby Swords and wife, DeAnn, nieces, Karlee Barnes and Kendra Barnes; great-nephew, Bobby J. Swords; great-niece, Ariana Barnes; step-brother, Dale Line; and step-sister, Jenny.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Kristina Denny.

 

Brian attended Morristown High School.

 

He was a Local No. 18 Heat and Frost Insulators of Indianapolis, until he retired.

 

Brian was a longtime member of the Eagles Aerie Lodge No. 766 and Moose Lodge No. 2118, both in Shelbyville.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the funeral home, with Steve Ray officiating.

 

Interment will be at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

 

Upon passing, Brian donated a gift to save lives of burn victims and cancer survivors of tissue and skin grafting.

He was a resident of Heritage House Nursing Home in Shelbyville until he passed.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Brian’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

Marjorie Mae Smith, 95, Shelbyville

Marjorie Mae Smith, 95, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Heritage House of Shelbyville.

 

She was born January 18, 1924, in English, the daughter of John R. and Delsie (Young) Stocklin. She married Marshall Paul Smith on August 7th, 1940, and he preceded her in death on July 8, 2002.

 

Marjorie is survived by her daughter, Karen McNamara of Fountaintown; son, Paul Richard “Dick” Smith and wife, Peggy, of Shelbyville; brother, Raymond Stocklin of Greensburg; grandchildren, Christina Herrera, Cynthia Jo Bluhm and husband, Steve, Melanie Bogeman and husband, Tim, and Neil Smith and wife, Susan; nine great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren, Robin Mathies and husband, Dana, and Wade Minton; three step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to Marshall, Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; great-grandson, Hunter; son-in-law, Delbert McNamara; brothers, Robert, Ralph and Roy; and sisters, Margaret and Mary.

 

Marjorie loved her church and was a devoted member of Fairview United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Church Womens Group.

 

She graduated from Boggstown High School.

 

Marjorie formerly worked at TR Cinch and in the china department of JG DePrez Department Store.

She enjoyed working in her yard and cooking.

 

She cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and family.

 

Visitation will be from at 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 and from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Fairview United Methodist Church, 1880W 900N, Fountaintown.

 

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, with Rev. Colin Cress officiating.

Interment will be at Boggstown Cemetery in Boggstown.

 

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview United Methodist Church.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Marjorie’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Douglas L. McDuffey, Sr., 74, Shelbyville

Douglas L. McDuffey, Sr., 74, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Community Hospital,

 

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St. 

 

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church, 34 W. Hendricks Street, with Pastor Tony Lambert officiating.  Friends may call from 10 a.m. to time of service.

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

Funeral directors Greg Parks, Sheila Parks and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the McDuffey family.

Ida Viola "Vi" Sawyers, 80, Morristown

Ida Viola “Vi” Sawyers, 80, of Morristown passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Morristown Manor in Morristown.

 

She was born October 31, 1938, in Buchanan, Virginia, the daughter of Jimmy and Leona Gormer. On August 22, 1957, she married Richard Sawyers, and he preceded her in death on August 1, 1989.

 

Vi is survived by her daughter, Teresa Gross and husband, Matt, of Morristown; sons, Danny Sawyers of Greenfield, Tony Sawyers of Richmond, Virginia, and Joe Sawyers of Norfolk, Virginia; sisters, Ann Sawyers and Charlotte Schumacher and husband, Roger, all of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Jennifer Sawyers, Kristina Osborne, Chris Sawyers and Ariel Whitfield; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to Richard, Vi was preceded in death by her parents; several brothers and sisters; and daughter-in-law, Brenda Sawyers.

 

Vi was a member of the Morristown Christian Church.

 

She was formerly a Certified Nurses Aide at Morristown Manor.

 

Vi enjoyed reading and going for walks.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Frazier Chapel, 124 E. North St. in Morristown.

 

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with Rev. Bill Horner officiating.

Inurnment will be at Asbury Cemetery at a later date.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Indiana Chapter, 50 E. 91st St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Vi’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Brian Keith Denny, 60, Shelbyville

Brian Keith Denny, 60, of Shelbyville passed away Friday, August 16, 2019 at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

 

He was born December 6, 1958, in Indianapolis, the son of Richard L. and Peggy J. Denny.

 

Brian is survived by his daughters, Christi Lynn Denny, and Danielle R. Denny Slinker and wife, Lindsey; sister, Joyce A. Denny Swords; grandsons, Keith Denny, Brice Denny and fiance’, Sarah O’Dell, and Zachrious Cooper; step-mother, Mary Kay Denny; nephew, Bobby Swords and wife, DeAnn, nieces, Karlee Barnes and Kendra Barnes; great-nephew, Bobby J. Swords; great-niece, Ariana Barnes; step-brother, Dale Line; and step-sister, Jenny.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Kristina Denny.

Brian attended Morristown High School.

 

He was a Local No. 18 Heat and Frost Insulators of Indianapolis, until he retired.

 

Brian was a longtime member of the Eagles Aerie Lodge No. 766 and Moose Lodge No. 2118, both in Shelbyville.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 23, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the funeral home, with Steve Ray officiating.

 

Interment will be at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.

 

Upon passing, Brian donated a gift to save lives of burn victims and cancer survivors of tissue and skin grafting. He was a resident of Heritage House Nursing Home in Shelbyville until he passed.

Online condolences may be shared with Brian’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

James (Jim) S. Perry, 87, Shelbyville

James (Jim) S. Perry, 87, of Shelbyville, passed away on August 14, 2019, at his residence, after battling the effects of cancer for the last several years.

 

Jim was born on April 17, 1932, in Shelbyville, to Curtis and Pearl (Dodd) Perry.

 

Jim celebrated 32 years of marriage to Mary Jane (Prater) Perry.  Jim and Mary Jane spent several winters in Ft. Myers, FL.

   

He worked at Ford Motor Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1991.  Jim enjoyed NASCAR, especially Mark Martin.  He also enjoyed working in his garden and all kinds of flowers.

 

Jim was a member of the Moose, Sons of the American Legion, and was a 50 year member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

 

Jim is survived by his wife, Mary Jane, 2 sons, Jim Perry (fiancée Marlene Muldoon); and Steve Perry; 2 daughters, Susan Ayers and Sandy Wells (David Wells); one step-son, Jerry Perrin (fiancée Tracy Grose); 7 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

 

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, son, David Perry, 2 grandchildren, Chris and Annie Ayers, step-son, Daniel Perrin, and 3 brothers, and 2 sisters.

 

Visitation will be held Monday, August 19th, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville.

 

In Jim’s honor please send memorial contributions to the Cancer Association of Shelby County, P.O. Box 844, Shelbyville, IN. 46176.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Perry family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

San Juanita "Janie" Lee, 60, Shelbyville

San Juanita “Janie” Lee, 60, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital.

 

She was born November 21, 1958 in Brownfield, TX to Paulino Rivera, Jr and Petra (Cabrera) Rivera.

 

On July 6, 1981, she married Patrick A. Lee and he survives.

 

Janie is also survived by her parents of Hidalgo, Texas; daughter Crystal Lee of Greenfield; grandson, Brayden Rodgers, step-daughters, Jennifer Deiser of Lafayette and Stacey Churchill of CA; siblings Gloria Resendiz, Delia Tagle, Paulino Rivera III, Ruben Rivera, Guadalupe Rivera, Oralia Rivera, Ester Rivera, Alfredo Rivera, Lydia Rivera and Cynthia Rivera.

 

She loved plants and flowers.  She enjoyed going to rummage sales and cooking.  She also loved doing homework with her grandson.  She enjoyed the 20 years she spent working at Plastic Molding.      Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

  

Visitation will be from Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

A Celebration of Life will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Andy Lee officiating.

 

Burial will be in Hidalgo Cemetery in Hidalgo, TX.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Rivera and Lee families.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

David Wayne Lord, 50, Fairland

David Wayne Lord, 50, of Fairland passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019 at his parent’s home in New Palestine.

 

He was born February 1, 1969, in Indianapolis, the son of Jack Howard Jr. and Linda Lou (Elliott) Lord.

 

David is survived by his parents of New Palestine; daughter, Jessica McWhirter and husband, Roy, of Danville; brother, Michael Dewayne Lord of Anderson; granddaughters, Kyndall McWhirter and Alaina McWhirter; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jack Lee Lord and Herbert Addison Lord; and his grandparents.

 

David graduated from Triton Central High School in 1987.

 

He was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church.

 

David worked at Royal Spa for 32 years, where he was a fiberglass sprayer.

 

He enjoyed computer gaming and 4-wheeling. David loved to play cards, especially hand and foot.

David loved his family and cherished the time he spent with his daughter and granddaughters.

He also leaves behind his granddog, Kali.

 

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, with Pastor Jon Coin officiating.

Interment will be at Pleasant View Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Shelby County, PO Box 844, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176; The ALS Foundation Indiana Chapter, 7202 E. 87th St., Suite 102, Indianapolis, Indiana 46256 or Huntington’s Disease Society of America, 505 8th Avenue, Suite 902, New York, NY 10018.

 

Online condolences may be shared with David’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Gingerann Fern Schilling, 82, Boggstown

Gingerann Fern Schilling, 82, of Boggstown passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Morristown Manor in Morristown.

 

She was born September 21, 1936, in Shelby County, the daughter of Albert Gray and Genevieve (Collins) Persinger.

 

Gingerann is survived by her daughter, Sharon Dras and husband, Mike, of Boggstown; son, Brian Schilling and wife, Connie Ann, of Boggstown; brother, Robert Persinger and wife, Joyce, of Boggstown; sister, Dianne Fagel of Greenfield; grandchildren, Joseph Clark and wife, Jamie, Lindsay Schilling and fiance’, Will Alfke, Kyle Schilling and wife, Lauren, and Kelsay Meyer and husband, Tyler; and great-grandchildren, Kailey Blevins, Hunter Clark, Durham Meyer, Adelina Meyer, Owen Schilling and Easton Clark.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Gingerann graduated in 1954 from Boggstown High School.

 

She was a member of the Boggstown Presbyterian Church. She was the church organist for 50 years and taught piano lessons for over 20 years.

 

Gingerann retired from L. S. Ayres in the retail sales department, with over 25 years of service.

She was also a member of the Eastern Star and Blue River Singers.

 

Gingerann was a leader of the Sugar Creek Lucky Leaf 4-H club for 20 years.

 

She enjoyed her flower gardens, reading and sewing.

 

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewin Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the funeral home, with Rev. Sandi Martin officiating.

 

Interment will be at Fairland Cemetery in Fairland.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 6100 W. 96th St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278 or the American Diabetes Association, 8604 Allisonville Road, Suite 140, Indianapolis, Indiana 46250.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Gingerann’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

 

 

Helen J. Mohr, 89, Shelbyville

Helen J. Mohr, 89, of Shelbyville passed away Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Walker Place in Shelbyville.

 

She was born February 6, 1930, in Phoenix, Arizona, the daughter of Henry and Gladys (Weber) Hey. On March 7, 1948, in Covington, Kentucky, she married Bruce L. Mohr, and he preceded her in death on October 2, 1995.

 

Helen is survived by her son, Larry Mohr and wife, Nancy, of Flat Rock; daughters, Linda Muck and husband, David, of Marietta, Patricia Lux and husband, Nick, of Shelbyville, Cathy Gorrell and husband, Phil, of Sun City West, Arizona, and Sharon Wesley and husband, Bob, of Campbellsburg; sister Charlotte Cole of Marion; grandchildren, Jennifer Muck, Jeanne Correll, Michael Muck, Joanna Yeend, Joshua Mohr, Jeremy Lux, Jared Lux, Jason Gorrell, Jeff Gorrell and Jaime Brown; 26 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

In addition to Bruce, Helen was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Caleb Mohr; sisters, Dorcas Daniel, Jonita Gregory, Nancy Tanner, Marjorie Hey and Mary Baird; and brother, Robert Hey.

 

Helen graduated from Waldron High School in 1948.

 

She was a member of the Lewis Creek Baptist Church, where she was a deacon and in the Loyal Messengers class.

 

Helen was an agent for Shelby Crop Insurance for 25 years.

 

She was also a former member of the Friendly Fennettes Home Economics Club, and a Hand and Foot Card Club.

 

Helen enjoyed flower gardening and sewing.

 

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 15, 2019 at the funeral home, with Pastor Harvey Taylor officiating.

 

Interment will be at Lewis Creek Baptist Church.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewis Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 1400 ECR 600 S, Waldron, Indiana 46182.

 

Online condolences may be shared with Helen’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Virginia T. Arata-Tutterow, 72, Shelbyville

Virginia T. Arata-Tutterow, 72, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Community East Hospital, Indianapolis.

 

She was born April 5, 1947 in Mishawaka, IN to Dr. Lucian A. Arata and Anne L. (DiFiori) Arata.

 

Virginia is survived by her sister, Rose Ann Thurston, of Bloomington; niece, Beth Scott of Shelbyville; nephews, John R. Thurston of Alaska and Douglas Thurston of Shelbyville; 2 great-nieces and 2 great-nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and brother, L. Christopher Arata.

 

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Business and Professional Women’s Association.

 

After retiring from a career in information technology at General Telephone, she developed a second career crafting jewelry.  She was an avid animal lover and led an active social life, playing Mah Jong and volunteering with the genealogy department at the library.  She also volunteered at the Children’s’ Museum in Indianapolis.  Virginia was also a volunteer tax preparer at the senior center.

 

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.  The rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, August 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 125 E. Broadway, Shelbyville, with Father Mike Keucher officiating.

 

Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN. 46208.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Tutterow family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

William "Billy" Martin, 62, formerly of Shelbyville

William “Billy” Martin, 62, formerly of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Hickory Creek in Connersville, IN.

 

He was born October 25, 1956, in Shelbyville, to William E. Martin, Sr. and Shirley (Sharp) Martin.

 

Billy is survived by his mother, his sisters, Debra Ramsey (Warren C.) of Connersville; Diane Ponder of Sarasota; Elizabeth “Libby” Root of Greensburg; brother, William Edward Martin, Jr. (Sheila) of Everton; sister, Angela Sylvester of Connersville; and 14 nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his father.

 

Billy was a member of Shelby Shifters.  He looked at his nieces and nephews like they were his own children.

 

Billy loved being outdoors and enjoyed camping and fishing.  He also enjoyed collecting cars, listening to music, and working with sound and lights for local bands.

  

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, Friday, August 9, 2019 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Phillip Mahoney officiating.

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made the Fayette County Cancer Society, P O Box 480, Connersville, IN 47331.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg, Sheila, and Stuart Parks are honored to serve the Martin family.

 

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

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