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Dustin Lee Jackson, 36, of Edinburgh

Dustin Lee Jackson, 36, of Edinburgh, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

 

He was born September 25, 1985 in Franklin, Indiana to Tony Jackson and Kimberly (Curry) Jackson. 

 

Dustin attended Southwestern High School.

 

He worked in construction and was a certified welder.

 

Dustin loved playing video games and listening to music. He also had a love for art which could be seen with his many tattoos. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family.

 

Dustin is survived by his daughters, Kennedy Jackson, and Delaney Jackson, son, Drake Jackson, brother, Brandon Jackson (Elizabeth), sister, Brooke Kramer (Adam), several nieces and nephews, and his paternal grandparents, Lester and Reva Jackson.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Allen and Rita Curry, aunt, Tammy Shelton, and his beloved brother dog, Silas.

 

Visitation will be Tuesday, August 9, 2022 from 10am until noon at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at noon, at the funeral home with Pastor Rick Davis officiating.

 

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

 

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

Nancy Jean Esters, 76, of Fairland

Nancy Jean Esters, 76, of Fairland, passed away Friday, July 29, 2022 at her residence. 

 

Born June 23, 1946 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of John F. Durbin and Virginia (Turner) Durbin. 

 

She married Richard "Dick" Esters on October 28, 1967, and he preceded her on March 26, 2007.

 

Survivors include 2 children- Coreena "Corey" Esters (husband Ross P. Hughes) of Charlestown Indiana, Richard "Rich" Esters Jr. (wife Leanna) of Frankton; 5 siblings- John R. Durbin (wife Sharon) of Indianapolis, James L. Durbin (wife Carol) of Nevada, Missouri, Les W. Durbin of Indianapolis, Alice Meyer (fiance Terrance Elvania) of Shelbyville, Deanna Thurston (husband Charles) of Shelbyville; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members; 2 grandchildren- Mathew Esters of Frankton, and David Esters of Frankton.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and her spouse.

 

Mrs. Esters was a lifelong resident of this area, and graduated from Waldron High School in 1964.  She was co-owner and bookkeeper of Esters, Inc. from 1967 until the present time. 

 

She was a member of Waldron United Methodist Church and Fairland United Methodist Church, chair person for Nurture Committee at Fairland United Methodist Church, Treasurer of the Evening Circle Ladies Group, along with several other offices she held. 

 

Nancy loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her children and grandchildren.  She enjoyed traveling, and traveled extensively over the last several years.  Her favorite trip was to Ireland, and in recent trips she really enjoyed walking the shores of Lake Michigan, rock hounding and beach glass hunting.  She enjoyed helping others and was involved in church and Senior Center activities, and delivering Meals On Wheels.

 

Funeral services will be 10:00 am on  Friday, August 5, at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastors James Moore and Jolita Erbele officiating. 

 

Burial will be in Fairland Cemetery. 

 

Friends may call on Thursday evening, August 4, 2022 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm, at the funeral home. 

 

Memorial contributions can be made to Grace Community Church, Fairland Senior Services, or any Hospice program of the donor's choice.

Cliff "Buddy" Land, 89, of Shelbyville

Cliff "Buddy" Land, 89, of Shelbyville, passed away unexpectedly Friday, July 29, 2022 at his residence.

 

Born February 23, 1933 in Flat Rock, Indiana, he was the son of Clifford and Julia (Warner) Land Treon.

 

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, niece Cathy (Hendershot) Fish, nephew Den Hendershot, and brother-in-law Mac McDaniel. Cliff graduated from Flat Rock High School in 1952. He married Sharon (Calhoun) Basey in 1959 and she survives, they were married for 27 years. Cliff is also survived by their four beloved children; David Land, Amy (Land) Wilson; James Land (fiance Cathy Adkins Harmon); and Melissa (Land) Bostic. Cliff also leaves behind 9 grandchildren,11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Cliff is also survived by 3 sisters: Barbara McDaniel  of Greenwood, Gail Hendershot of Nashville, Teri Treon of Columbus, and one brother, Charlie Land of Flat Rock, IN.

 

Following high school, Cliff joined the U.S. Navy and Indiana National Guard. He was aboard the USS BRIAREUS-AR-12. then moved to the USS ROSSDD563 Destroyer until 1956. The USS ROSS went on an around-the-world-cruise in 1954. He said he loved it and got to see the world. Prior to this, the USS Ross DD563 Destroyer had earned 5 battle stars in WW II. 

 

Following the Navy, Cliff worked at the Ford Motor Company. After retirement he obtained his real estate license.

 

He enjoyed many things over the years. He loved playing basketball and baseball, coaching youth baseball, trail riding on his horses and mules, motorcycle riding, traveling in his motorhome, working on cars and trucks, watching the Pacers and Colts and watching the series Survivor and old westerns. Cliff loved to mow his lawn as well as his neighbors.

 

Spending time with his friends, children and grandchildren was something he could never get enough of. He cared about loved ones more than himself. He was always there when anyone needed anything at all, and even if they didn't. He leaves behind his loving cat "Kitty" and many loved ones and dear friends. 

 

Cliff requested no funeral upon his passing.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at Flat Rock Christian Church, 2700 W. Pope St, Flat Rock, IN, on Saturday, August 13, 2022  from 1:00 pm until  4:00 pm.

 

Military rites will be observed at 3:00pm at the church. Burial will be in Patterson Cemetery.

Zula Faye Wilkerson, 72, of Shelbyville

Zula Faye Wilkerson, 72, of Shelbyville, passed away Friday,  July 29, 2022 in her home.

 

She was born April 9, 1950, to Claude Smothers and Mary (Elliott) Smothers in Shelbyville.

 

Faye married James D. Wilkerson on March 1, 1969, and he survives. They spent 53 wonderful years together.

 

She is also survived by her children, James Wilkerson II, Jeff Wilkerson (Angel), Brian Wilkerson (Erica), Robert Wilkerson, grandchildren, Brittany Wilkerson, Austin Wilkerson, Dillon Wilkerson, Jimmy Wilkerson, Amithyst Wilkerson, Mekayla Hammonds, Morgan Wilkerson, Logan Wilkerson, Austin Hammonds, Keegan Wilkerson, 11 great-grandchildren, her siblings, Judy (Bob) Smith, May (Odie) Comstock, Peggy (Gary) Milner, Chrissy (Todd) Leffler, Ronnie (Mary) Smothers, Scotty (Kim) Smothers, Ricky Smothers, several nieces and nephews, and a special nephew, Larry Smothers.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Mike Smothers, and Bobby Smothers, and also her sisters, Linda Dyer and Dolly Smothers. 

 

Faye attended Shelbyville High School. She lived in Shelbyville her whole life and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #766, and was a part of the Auxiliary for the Fraternal Order of Police #74.  Faye loved playing bingo and singing karaoke, but most of all, loved her family and friends, especially her four boys. 

 

Visitation will be Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 12pm to 3pm at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at the funeral home with the Rev. Greg Albert officiating.

 

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

 

Memorial contributions may be given to the funeral home, at 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

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

Pearl Irene (Elliott) Roberts, 72, Greenfield

Pearl Irene (Elliott) Roberts, 72, Greenfield, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2022. She was born on August 18, 1949, in Shelbyville, IN, to Harry P. and Dorothy (Jeffries) Elliott.

 

She married James C. Roberts, Jr. on December 4, 1967.

Pearl was a tremendously loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend to all who knew her and will be sadly missed. Pearl worked as a housecleaner for many years before becoming the librarian for Mount Vernon Township from 1979-1987. After the library, Pearl worked as a dietician for the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office from 1987-1990. She retired a happy housewife. Pearl attended Fortville United Methodist Church, McCordsville United Methodist Church, and Brown’s Chapel Wesleyan Church.

 

Pearl and her husband were both members of Good Sam’s Camping Club #72. She loved to sew and craft and have get-togethers with her lady friends’ self-proclaimed neighborhood association, the Cooper’s Corner’s Crowd. She also loved cats and dogs. But above all, Pearl enjoyed time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Pearl is survived by her children, James (Christi) Roberts III and Janice Roberts (Dave Scheidt); 5 grandchildren: Ellie (Noah) Clark, Trenton Roberts, Emmalyn Roberts, Camden Yost, and Kinley Yost; 2 great-grandchildren; sister, Judy (George) Lockett; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 52 years, James Roberts, Jr.; and sister, Marilyn Elliott.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield.

 

The funeral service will be held the following morning at the funeral home at 10:00 a.m.

 

Burial will be in Park Cemetery.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dementia Society of America, PO Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.

 

If you would like to sign the online guest book or send condolences to the family, you may do so by visiting www.stillingerfamily.com

Calvin Coolidge Gray, 94, of Shirley

Calvin Coolidge Gray, 94, of Shirley, passed away peacefully July 31, 2022, at Greenfield Healthcare.

 

He was born September 1, 1927, in Tiff City, Missouri to the late Ora and Florence (Darnell) Gray. He married Claudine Hanna on December 1, 1949.


He spent his working career at Allison’s Transmissions for 30 years and Gas America Corporation after his retirement for 25 years.

Calvin had impeccable Christian values and instilled those values in his children and grandchildren. Together, Calvin and Claudine took many other children to church and Sunday School to ensure they too had the opportunity to learn about Jesus.

He is survived by his children, C.K. “Bud” (Jeannine) Gray, Cheryl (Tom) King, Carla (Mick) Ireton; sister-in-law; Mary Helen Ritan; daughter in law, Crystal Gray; 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Calvin is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Claudine; infant son, Jeff; son, Stephen Gray.

Friends may call 11 am -1 pm, Saturday, August 6, 2022, at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140.

 

Funeral service at 1 pm with Mick Ireton officiating.

 

Burial immediately following at McCray Cemetery, Wilkinson, IN.

Please share your memories of Calvin and condolences with his family at www.stillingerfamily.com.

Clarence "Wayne" Leach, 86, of Flat Rock

Clarence “Wayne” Leach, 86, of Flat Rock, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at The Heritage House of Shelbyville.

 

He was born May 21, 1936, to Samuel Leach and Myrtle (Clemens) Leach.

 

He married Nora Ann (Bush) Leach, on May 22, 1965, and she survives. They shared 57 wonderful years of marriage.

 

Wayne is also survived by his daughter, Ann Leach, son, Brian Leach (Terri), grand children, Cleston, Tabitha, Isaiah, Mekeilia, Javin, Issac, 10 great-grand children, and sister, Ruth Foltz.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers.

 

Wayne attended New Palestine High School.

 

He was a member of Flat Rock Christian Church. He was a hard working man and worked his whole life between Tennel’s Auto and Shelby County Highway Department.

 

Graveside service will be at 11am, Thursday, August  25, 2022 in Flat Rock Cemetery, 2507 W. Bartholomew St, Flat Rock, IN, 47234.

 

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

 

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

John D. Williams Jr., 57, of Shelbyville

John D. Williams Jr., 57, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2022 at his home.

 

He was born April 17, 1965, to John D. Williams Sr. and Norma Jean (Baker) Williams.

 

He married Belinda G. (Nevitt) Williams on June 11, 1988 and she survives.

 

John is also survived by his sister, Judy Mica, several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

 

He is preceeded in death by his parents, sister, Kay Merchant, brother, Joe Williams, sister, Ruthie Payne and a niece.

 

John attended Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas.

 

He was a member of Crossroad Community Church and the Eagles Lodge No. 766.

 

John loved to go fishing and being outdoors. He enjoyed eating seafood and watching the Colts play football. He also enjoyed watching westerns; his favorites were the ones with John Wayne.

 

Visitation will be held from 10am until noon Friday, August 5, 2022 at Crossroad Community Church, 475 E. Progress Pkwy. Shelbyville, IN. 46176.

 

A Celebration of Life will follow at noon at Crossroad Community Church with the Pastor Andy Lee officiating.

 

Burial will be in Rest Haven Cemetery; Edinburgh, Indiana.

 

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

 

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

Kathleen Viola "Kathy" Beckham, 72, of Shelbyville

Kathleen Viola “Kathy” Beckham, 72, of Shelbyville, passed away, Friday, July 29, 2022, at Reid Hospital in Richmond.

She was born December 25, 1950, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of William “Billy” and Eileen (Bradford) Newland.  On April 4, 1986, she married Todd Warren Beckham, and he preceded her in death on August 31, 2006.

Kathy is survived by her children, Amy Cooper and Chrissy Swart, both of Ohio, Anthony “Tony” Beckham and wife, Stephanie, Cathy Martin, both of Shelbyville and Zachary Martin, of Dayton, Ohio; step-daughter, Julie Beckham-Fleming and husband, Geno, of Crittenden, Kentucky; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to Todd, Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; step-son, Todd Beckham; and brother, William “Billy” Newland.

Kathy was formerly of Ohio and had worked as a waitress at O’Charleys at Eastgate, for over 15 years.

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

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

Debra Diane (Graham) Bryant, 66, Greenfield

Debra Diane (Graham) Bryant, 66, Greenfield, passed away Monday, July 25, 2022. She was born on September 19, 1955, in Greenfield to John James and Doris Irene (Morris) Graham.

Debra was a tremendously loving mother, grandmother, and friend to all who knew her and will be sadly missed. Debra was employed as a lab technician for Colors Incorporated in Indianapolis for 15+ years. Debra enjoyed listening to classic rock music, dancing, collecting angels and penguins, watching older TV shows, and tending to her plants. She was the best cook. The pride and joy of her life was her family and grandson.

Debra is survived by her loving son, Nathan Bryant and loving daughter, Danielle (Terry) Hamilton and awesome grandson, Dakota Hamilton.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Gary Graham.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 29, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, with the service starting at 1:00 p.m., officiated by Pastor Roger Kinion.

 

Burial will take place in Park Cemetery, Greenfield.

 

If you would like to sign the online guest book or send condolences to the family, you may do so by visiting www.stillingerfamily.com

Judith Ann Robinson, 80, of Shelbyville

Judith Ann Robinson, 80, of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022 at her residence.

 

She was born on March 28, 1942 to the late Rosco Rafferty and Emma (Teltoe) Rafferty.

 

Judy married Otis Robinson on October 30, 1992 and he preceded her in death on November 6, 2002.

 

She is survived by daughter, Aleshia Bledsoe, son, Timothy Higdon, son, Kevin McDonald (Mary), son, Joseph Higdon (Roni), son, Troy Fuquay (Sheila), 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great grandchildren, brother, Rick Rafferty, sister, Linda Gibbs, sister, Darlene Wainscott (Phil), sister, Carol Meyers (Steve), along with several nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, son, Bryan McDonald, 2 brothers, 1 sister and a nephew.

 

Judy enjoyed watching golf and playing bingo. She loved playing poker and going to the casino, but her favorite times were spent with her family. She wasn’t a member at any church but she loved Jesus.

 

Visitation will be Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 10am to noon at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN. 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at noon, at the funeral home with Pastor Bobby Jewell officiating.

 

Burial will be in Paul Hill Cemetery in St. Paul, Indiana.

 

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

 

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

Charlotte C. Price, of Greenwood

Charlotte C. Price, of Greenwood, passed away Monday, July 25, 2022, at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Aurora, the daughter of Jess and Marie (Blair) Snow.  On August 4, 1956 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, she married John Price, and he preceded her in death on May 13, 2013.

Charlotte is survived by her daughter, Ann Price of Indianapolis; sons, Thomas Price and wife, Ronnett, of San Manuel, Arizona, and Anthony “Tony” Price and wife, Jennifer, of Easton, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Ashley (Brian), Sam, Alex, Adam (Micah) and Chloe; great-grandchildren, Lyla, Aspen and Clementine; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to John, Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Norma Garrett; and brother, Earl Snow.

Charlotte graduated from St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing and attended Indiana University for two years.

She was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Beech Grove.

Charlotte retired in 2004, from Meadowood Retirement Community in Bloomington, with a combined 45 years in nursing.  During her career, she was also the Director of Nursing for Marion County Health Care Center for 14 years.

She enjoyed decorating, interior design and gardening.

Charlotte loved animals and leaves behind her dog, Mikey.

She loved to spend time with family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, August 1, 2022, at Holy Name Catholic Church, 89 N. 17th St., Beech Grove, Indiana 46107, friends and family may gather one-half hour prior to the Mass.

Inurnment will be at Saint Joseph Catholic 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 Community Hospital South Oncology Unit or Dr. Pablo Bedona.

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

Wallace Randall "Wally" Goode, 67, of Flat Rock

Wallace Randall "Wally" Goode, 67, of Flat Rock, passed away peacefully at MHP Medical Center on July 24, 2022.

 

He was born in Liberty, Kentucky on February 24, 1955 to William Jasper "Babe" Goode and Hester Mae Byrd. He married Vicki Brown (Goode) on May 4, 1981 and she survives.

 

Other survivors include children: John (Tara) Goode of Flat Rock, Jesse (Yanelly) Goode of Shelbyville; and Amy Goode of Flat Rock. He is also survived by a granddaughter that he helped raise, Maliah Goode of Flat Rock. His surviving siblings include Jerry Goode of Shelbyville; William Goode of Shelbyville, Dolly Clements of Kentucky, Lester Goode of Kentucky, and Dee Salyers of Kentucky and nine grandchildren. Wally was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers: Donnie, John, and Curtis Goode. 

 

He was a lifetime resident of this area, attending Southwestern High School. He retired from Knauf Fiberglass, retiring in 2018 after 41 years of dedicated service. Wally loved the great outdoors, fishing, trapping, hunting, and gardening but most of all loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

 

Services will be held at the Glenn E. George Funeral Home, 106 E. Franklin St, St. Paul, on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 6:00 PM with visitation from 2:00 pm until the time of the service. 

 

Burial will be held at Van Pelt Cemetery at a later date.

Karen Kay Tharp, 78, of Morgantown, formerly of Shelbyville

Karen Kay Tharp, 78, of Morgantown, formerly of Shelbyville, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022, at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus.

 

She was born July 31, 1943, in Marion County, the daughter of Clayton and Edith Louise Moon.  On June 28, 1961, she married her husband of 61 years, Larry E. Tharp, and he survives.

 

In addition to Larry, Karen is survived by her daughter, Angela Wessler and husband, Mike, of Fishers; grandson, Garrick Wessler; and nieces, Bethany, Darcy and Alea.

 

Karen was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Kaye Flanagan; son-in-law, David Flanagan; step-mother, Stella “Marcie” Allen; and brothers, Christopher Moon, Kevin Moon and Randy Moon.

 

She graduated in 1961 from Greenfield High School.

 

Karen was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

 

She was formerly a Girl Scout leader.

 

Karen enjoyed reading, cooking and visiting flea markets.

 

Visitation will be from Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 28, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

 

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 8646 Guion Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268.

 

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

LeAnn Kay Higdon, 44, of Shelbyville

LeAnn Kay Higdon, 44, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Major Hospital.

 

She was born May 24, 1978 in Shelbyville to James Higdon and Darlene Scroggham Higdon.

 

LeAnn was employed at Shares Inc., for 24 years. 

 

She was a 1998 graduate of Shelbyville High School.  

 

She was an attendee of The First Christian Church in Monticello, Kentucky.

 

LeAnn loved everyone. She also loved country music, going to restaurants, shopping and collecting memorabilia such as Disney VCR and DVD’s and dolphins. She received gold medals in the Special Olympics for swimming.

 We loved our journey with her. She was our ray of sunshine.

 

She is survived by her sister, Desiree Higdon, brother, James T. Higdon, uncle, Bobby Scroggham, aunt Sherry (Jim) Redd, uncle, Terry Redd, aunt, Rita Hutcherson, two nephews, Isiah Higdon, and Andrew Wells.

 

She is preceded in death by Curtis and Leona Drake, George and Sis Higdon, Chris and Jacqueline Scroggham, her grandparents, uncle, Roger Higdon, her aunts, Jacqueline Redd and Christina Kay Scroggham.

 

Visitation will be Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 1pm to 3pm at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

 

Funeral services will follow at the funeral home.

 

Burial will be in Whispering Hope Memorial Garden.

 

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

 

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

Ronald Glen Williams, 58, of Shelbyville

Ronald Glen Williams, 58, of Shelbyville, passed away July 20, 2022 in Anderson.

 

Born January 19, 1964 in Indianapolis, he was the son of Thomas Lesley Williams and Juanita Blanche (Ayres) Williams.

 

No services are planned at this time.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Howard W. Mitchell, 88, of Edinburgh

Howard W. Mitchell, 88, of Edinburgh, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2022

at his residence.

 

Born March 18, 1934 in Boggstown, he was the son of Ben W, Mitchell and Ethel

(Inman) Mitchell.  He married Peggy L. (Gaunce) Mitchell on February 13, 1954, and

she preceded him on November 16, 2001.

 

Survivors include 3 children- Pam Kelly of Shelbyville, Eldon Mitchell (wife Libby) of

Edinburgh, Mona Parker of Edinburgh; 7 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his spouse, an  infant daughter Lucinda Mitchell,

and several brothers and sisters.

 

Mr, Mitchell was a lifelong resident of this area, and had been a self employed farmer

his entire lifetime.

 

Howard loved John Deere tractors and working with draft horses.

 

Graveside services will be 1:00 pm on Monday, July 25, 2022 at First Mount Pleasant

Cemetery, 1001-1067 S. 100 W., Franklin, IN  46131,   with Ronnie Mays officiating.  

No visiting hours will be observed.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to American Diabetes Association, in care of the 

funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

Robert Dale Branson, 91, of Shelbyville

Robert Dale Branson, 91, of Shelbyville, passed peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 16, 2022. 

 

He was born on August 4, 1930 to Orville and Ruth (Phares) Branson who preceded him in death.

 

Bob had 8 siblings, 5 brothers and 3 sisters: Milly May Branson, Dorothy (Charley) McNeely, Francis (Jack) Hasecuster all from Shelbyville , preceded him in death. Also preceding him were Johnny (Barb) Branson of Rays Crossing, IN; Gerald (Nell) Branson of Waldron, IN; Bud (Velma) Branson of Anderson, IN; Surviving siblings are Harold (Rose) Branson of Shelbyville and Tom (Judy) Branson of Morristown, IN. 

 

Bob married Chris Self on December 14, 1984, and she brings one son, Skip (Tracy) Self of Shelbyville; 3 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild into Bob's family.  Bob's first wife, Beverly Ann (Minton) preceded him in death in May 2021.  They were blessed with 3 children: Keith (Sherry) Branson; Kathy (Daryl) Kuntz and Kevin (Michelle) Branson, all living in Shelbyville. They added 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren to Bob's family.

 

Bob was a charter member of the Blue River Lions Club, was a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Newmar Camping Club and the Blue River Camping Club. Bob was also a member of the Moose Lodge and the Eagles Lodge in Shelbyville. Bob served on the Shelby County Fair Board for several years. He joined the Morristown Masonic Lodge in 1956 and continued on to the Scotish Rite and the Indianapolis Murat Shrine. 

 

Bob retired from Indiana Bell Telephone in 1985; he also worked for CG Theobald Realty for several years before opening Branson Realty in the mid 70's.  Bob enjoyed going to casinos, camping, playing cards, traveling, spending winters in Arizona, and most of all spending time with his family.

 

Funeral services will be held at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, Shelbyville, IN at noon on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, with Pastor Dennis Hirschauer officiating.

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. 

 

Friends may call Wednesday morning from 10:00 am until the time of the service. 

 

A Masonic service will be held at 11:45 am prior to the start of the funeral service.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Blue River Lions Club. 

 

Immediately following the burial, all are invited to the Knights of Columbus, 413 E. South Street in Shelbyville for food, fellowship and camaraderie. 

James L. "Jim" Branson, 74, of Shelbyville

James L. “Jim” Branson, 74, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2022, at Franciscan Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born February 6, 1948, in Shelbyville, the son of William C. “Bill” and Edna May (Stanley) Branson.  On March 4, 1990, he married his wife of 32 years, Sharon Dillender, and she survives.

In addition to Sharon, Jim is survived by his daughter, Monica Lawson and boyfriend, Jason Hensley, of Shelbyville; son, Jeremy Cord and wife, Crystal, of Fairland; sister, Sharon Turner and husband, Lynn, of Arlington; brothers, John C. Branson and life partner, Peggy Leslie Humbles, and William R. “Bill” Branson, both of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Taylor Lawson, Chad Morton, Paige Davis and Ema Cord; and brother-in-law, Ron Dillender and wife, Darlene, of Shelbyville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jerry Stanley Branson; and infant sister, Mary Charlene Branson.

Jim graduated in 1966 from Shelbyville High School.

He retired from KCL, with 35 years of service.  After retirement, Jim worked for the City of Shelbyville at the wastewater treatment plant for 12 years, retiring again in 2003.

Jim enjoyed watching old movies.

His passion was music and he enjoyed playing lead guitar in numerous bands across Indiana.

Jim was an animal lover and was preceded in death by his dog, Max and leaves behind his dog, Sissy.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 25, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at noon on Monday, at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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

Debbie Ann Jones, 62

Debbie Ann Jones, 62, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the Heritage House of Greensburg.       
      
Visitation will be held Friday, July 22, 2022 from 11am to noon at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service 703 S. Harrison St. Shelbyville IN. 46176. 

Funeral service will follow, at noon. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Martha Joann Branson, 85, of Shelbyville

Martha Joann Branson, 85, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, July 18, 2022, at her home.

She was born November 19, 1936, in Shelby County the daughter of Lloyd D. and Edith (Nichols) Tucker.  On March 16, 1957, she married her husband of 65 years, William R. “Bill” Branson, and he survives.

In addition to Bill, Martha is survived by her grandchildren, Crystal Thomas and Jacob Tillison; and great-grandson, London Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Larry D. Tucker.

Martha was the valedictorian of the 1954 graduating class of Arlington High School.

She was a member of the Bengal Christian Church, where she served on the Ladies Aid Committee.

Martha retired from the Shelby County Circuit Court in 1999, where she was the first female bailiff, serving for 30 years.  She was also formerly at legal secretary for Judge Emmert and Jim Robison.  Martha also worked for a soil conservation service in Indianapolis in her early years.

Other groups that Martha was a member of include Indiana Federation of Business and Professional Women, Legal Secretaries, Charter member of Shelbyville Firefighters Auxiliary and the Block Party Quilt Club.  Martha also served as the State President of the Indiana Firefighters Association in 1965 and 1966.

Martha loved to make people laugh and lived by the motto: “The Best is Yet to Come!” 

She also loved desserts.

Visitation will be from 10 am to noon, Friday, July 22, 2022,  at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be noon Friday, at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shelbyville-Shelby County Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

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

Andrew J. "Andy" Collins, 48, of Fairland

Andrew J. “Andy” Collins, 48, of Fairland, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2022, at his residence.

He was born September 14, 1973, in Shelbyville, the son of Ishmeal and Alice “Jewell” (Holbrook) Collins.

Andy is survived by his sister, Nancy Block and husband, Greg, of Shelbyville; two nieces, Melissa Napier and husband, Richard, and Mary Ann Collins; and two nephews, Wesley Waltz and Jeremy Collins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Jerry Collins.

Andy graduated in 1991 from Triton Central High School.

He formerly worked as an inspector for IPF.

Andy designed match box cars for HW2HW.

Visitation will be from 10 am to noon, Saturday, July 23, 2022, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at noon on Saturday, at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Fairland Cemetery in Fairland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Andrew J. Collins Memorial Fund, in care of the funeral home.

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

Mattie Suzanne Cook, age 3, of Vandiver, Alabama

Mattie Suzanne Cook, age 3, of Vandiver, Alabama, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2022.

 

Mattie was born November 8, 2018.

 

She is survived by her parents, Justin and Meagan Cook; grandparents, Paul and Shirley Green, Tammy and Mike Acres; uncles, Bryce Green and Jonathan Cook (Morgan) and a host of other family members and friends.

 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the Vandiver Church of God from 12:00PM until 1:00PM.

 

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the Vandiver Church of God beginning at 1:00 PM with burial to follow at Lawley's Chapel Cemetery.

 

Pall bearers are to be: Jonathan Cook, Bryce Green, Jalyn Miller, Sam Lynn and Hudson Driggers "Bubba" Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.kilgroefuneralhome.com for the Cook family.

Marjorie H. Allen, 76, of Shelbyville

Marjorie H. Allen, 76, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2022 at

her residence.

 

Born February 6, 1946 in Hazard Kentucky, she was the daughter of Sewell Fugate

and Dorothy (Spencer) Hamblin.  She married Roy Allen Jr. on March 20, 1963 and

he passed away on December 4, 2018.

 

Survivors include 3 children- Helen Allen of Shelbyville, Roy Allen III of Nevada (Steve), Melissa Steele (husband Steve) of Fairland; 2 brothers- Wendis Fugate of Shelbyville, Paul Hamblin  of Kentucky; 2 sisters- Charlotte Kelly of Kentucky, Naoma Allen (husband Mike) of Kentucky; 5 grandchildren- Adam Steele, Caleb Steele (wife Allyssa), Aaron Steele, David Steele, Tiffany Emsweller (husband Dylan); and one great grandchild Natalie Emsweller. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, several sisters, and one brother.

 

Mrs. Allen had lived most of her lifetime in this area, and was a member of Faith Trinnity Pentecostal Church.  She had been a factory worker at Williams Industries for several years, retiring in 1992.

 

Marjorie enjoyed gardening, flowers, and word search puzzles.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Monday, July 18, 2022 at Faith Trinity Pentecostal Church, 505 W. Pennsylvania St., with Pastor Perry Fouts officiating. 

 

Burial will be in London Cemetery.

 

Friends may call from 11:00 am until the time of the service, at the church.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

 

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Marjorie H. Allen, 76, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2022 at

her residence.

 

Born February 6, 1946 in Hazard Kentucky, she was the daughter of Sewell Fugate

and Dorothy (Spencer) Hamblin.  She married Roy Allen Jr. on March 20, 1963 and

he passed away on December 4, 2018.

 

Survivors include 3 children- Helen Allen of Shelbyville, Roy Allen III of Nevada, Melissa

Steele (husband Steve) of Fairland; 2 brothers- Wendis Fugate of Shelbyville, Paul Hamblin 

of Kentucky; 2 sisters- Charlotte Kelly of Kentucky, Naoma Allen (husband Mike) of Kentucky;

5 grandchildren- Adam Steele, Caleb Steele (wife Allyssa), Aaron Steele, David Steele,

Tiffany Emsweller (husband Dylan); and one great grandchild Natalie Emsweller.  She was 

preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, several sisters, and one brother.

 

Mrs. Allen had lived most of her lifetime in this area, and was a member of Faith Trinnity Pentecostal Church.  She had been a factory worker at Williams Industries for several years, retiring in 1992.

 

Marjorie enjoyed gardening, flowers, and word search puzzles.

 

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Monday, July 18, 2022 at Faith Trinity Pentecostal Church, 505 W. Pennsylvania St., with Pastor Perry Fouts officiating.  Burial will be in London Cemetery.

 

Friends may call from 11:00 am until the time of the service, at the church.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com.

David Allen Craig, 71, of Shelbyville

David Allen Craig, 71, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2022

at his residence.

 

Born May 10, 1951 in Shelbyville, he was the son of Carl Craig and Virginia

(Jackson) Craig.

 

Survivors include-brother Daniel Craig/Gregg Smith of Franklin; sister-Carla

Black of Shelbyville; nephew Aaron Black of Indianapolis and 2 great nephews

of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Mr. Craig was a lifetime resident of this area and was a custodian at Shelbyville

Central Schools for 30 years, retiring in 2016. He graduated from Shelbyville

High School in 1969, graduated from Ball State University in 1973 and was a 

member of Shelbyville Community Church. David was a member of Mid State

Amateur Radio Club, Indianapolis Radio Club and Former Shelby County Historian.

 

David loved genealogy and writing about Shelby Count history. He enjoyed traveling in conjunction with his historical writings, keeping up with family and friends on Facebook, and spending time with his family. He loved amateur radio and radio communications.

 

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Monday, July 18, 2022 at Glenn E. George & Son

Funeral Home, 437 Amos Rd, with Pastor Merry Popplewell officiating.

 

Burial will be in  Forest Hill Cemetery.

 

Friends may call on Monday morning from 9:00 am until the time of the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to Shelby County Public Library, 57 W Broadway St., Shelbyville, In 46176.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

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