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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.

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