Obituaries 5-10-18

John Archer, Brian Cox, Hager Gillispie, David Hankins, Earnest Henry, Sr., Shirley Koons, Frances Neubert, Harold Tapp, Barbara Taylor, Verle Truitt, Dwight Wesley.

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Dwight Wesley

  Dwight B. Wesley, age 54, of Lake Geneva, Indiana, died at 5:32 a.m. on Monday, May 7th, 2018, at the Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, Kentucky.

  Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana.

 

 

Barbara Taylor 

  Barbara J. Taylor, age 80, of Vevay, died at 7:13 p.m., Tuesday, May 8th, 2018, at the Kentuckiana Medical Center in Clarksville, Indiana.

  Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana.

 

 

Earnest Henry, Sr.

  Earnest Lee “Conway Twitty” Henry, Sr., age 76, of Aberdeen, Indiana, passed away at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Earnest entered this life on September 29th, 1941, in Ohio County, Indiana, the son of the late Everett and Anna Pearl (Eaglin) Henry. He was raised in Ohio County, Indiana where he attended school.

  Earnest was united in marriage on July 11th, 1987, in Patriot, to Betty Ann Sigmon. Earnest and Betty shared nearly 31 years of marriage together until his death.

  He was employed for the Cincinnati Airport as a janitor, retiring in 2003, after 17 years of service; and was also employed for Harold Hayes Garage in Aberdeen, Indiana.

  Earnest resided since 1987 in the Aberdeen community. He was a member of the Fredonia Baptist Church in Vevay where he enjoyed attending the brotherhood breakfast meetings once a month. Earnest enjoyed auto body work and farming and will be remembered for his love of gardening.

  Earnest will be deeply missed by his wife, Betty Ann (Sigmon) Henry of Aberdeen; his son, Nelson Henry of Fresno, California; his daughters: Melissa Minge and her husband Tom of Viola, Arkansas, Amanda Higham and her husband Rick of Hanover, and Angel Haynes and her husband Jeremiah of Vevay; his step-daughters: Joyce Theetge and her husband Ernie of Aberdeen, and Michelle Smith and her husband: Glenn of Milton, Kentucky; his step-sons: Doug Henry and his wife Marea of Aberdeen, Tim Henry and his wife Renee of Aberdeen, Scott Henry and his wife Dora of Aberdeen, Paul “Pete” Hopper, Jr. of Austin, Indiana, and Jeff Hopper of Hanover, Indiana; his 16-grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; his several-step-grandchildren and his step-great-grandchildren; his brother, James David “Jim” Henry of Aberdeen; and his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Anna Pearl (Eaglin) Henry; by his son, Earnest Lee Henry, Jr.; by his daughter, Enda Janelle Henry; his sister, Helen Gulley; his brother, Everett Henry, Jr. and his sister, Elizabeth Henry.

  Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018, by Reverend Wayne Daugherty and Reverend Rick Daugherty at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Aberdeen.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Tuesday, May 8th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Earnest Lee “Conway Twitty” Henry, Sr. Memorial Fund, c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

Brian Cox

  Brian Melzer Cox, age 31, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 7:26 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

  Brian entered this life on June 13th, 1986, in St. Albans, Vermont, the loving son of David William and Debra Jean “Debbie” (Brayman) Cox. Brian was a 2005 graduate of Switzerland County High School, where he enjoyed playing soccer and participated in Cub Scouts.

  Brian was inducted into the Indiana National Guard in 2005 and served in Iraq until 2011.

  Brian was united in marriage on July 15th, 2016, in Switzerland County, to Samantha Lynna Olmstead. This blended family was blessed with two daughters: Taylor Cox and Rebecca Michelle Matthews; and a son, Kyle James Lee Matthews.

  Brian was employed as a jailor for the Carroll County Detention Center in Carrollton, Kentucky. He was a emergency medical technician for several years in the state of Indiana. Brian was a member of the Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion and the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church. Brian enjoyed riding his motorcycle and will be deeply missed by his heartbroken family.

  Brian is survived by his parents, David William and Debra Jean (Brayman) Cox of Vevay; his daughter, Taylor Cox of Madison; his step-children, Kyle James Lee and Rebecca Michelle Matthews of Bedford, Indiana; his sister, Kimberly Cox of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; his brother, Bradley Cox of Vevay; and his paternal-grandmother, Mary Ruth (Brown) Cox of Gray Court, South Carolina.

  He is also survived by his maternal aunts and uncles: Brenda and Francis Nowak of Prescott, Arizona, Michael and Christine Dooley of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Kathleen and Pete Bonnier of Schaghticoke, New York, Patricia and Butch Belcher of Melrose, New York and James and Karen Dooley of Troy, New York; his paternal aunts and uncles: Barry and Deborah Cox of Troy, New York, Laura and Donnie Davenport of Gray Court, South Carolina, Tina and Kenny Vanderhoff of Averill Park, New York, Larry and Marge Cummings of Vermont, and Herb and Toni Cummings of Connecticut; and his numerous cousins.

  He was preceded in death by his biological father, Brian Daniel Cummings, who died on August 29th, 2017; his maternal-grandparents, Leon J. and Dorothy E. (Plew) Brayman; his paternal-grandfather, Franklin Christian Cox; his biological grandparents, Melzer and Germaine Cummings; and his biological uncle, Art Cummings.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, May 13th, 2018, at 1 p.m., by Reverend Wayne Daugherty and Reverend Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment and full military rites will be conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 & Vevay VFW Post #5396 in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 12th, 2018, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the education fund for Taylor, Kyle and Rebecca, c/o David William Cox. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

Harold Tapp

  Harold Vernon Tapp, age 76, of Dupont, Indiana, died on Friday, May 4th, 2018, at 8:20 a.m. at the Water’s of Clifty Falls in Madison.

  Harold entered this life on April 18th, 1942 in Switzerland County. He was the loving son of the late Walter and Mary Etta Earls Tapp. He was raised in Switzerland County and attended school there. He was of the Baptist faith.

  Harold first worked at the service station in Vevay, then on the farm, worked construction and at Firestone Tire Company. He last worked for Cinergy (now Duke Energy) as the store room clerk for 18 years. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, being with family and friends and caring for his yard. He was a devoted husband, loving dad and grandpa.

  Harold will be missed by his loving sons: Walter Leroy Tapp of Dupont, Indiana and Michael Vernon Tapp and his wife Patti of Lucedale, Mississippi; by his loving daughter, Cathy Hill and her husband Michael of Ardmore, Alabama; by his loving sister, Norma Laverne Chase and her husband, Clarence of Vevay; his brothers-in-law: Jesse Dale Edwards of Vevay, Jimmy Johnson and his wife Barbara of Hanover, Indiana, and Vernon Carroll Johnson of Hanover, Indiana; by his sisters-in-law: Barbara Fenley and her husband Wayne of Lebanon Junction, Kentucky and Deborah Kay O’Neal of Jeffersonville, Indiana; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Tapp; his mother, Mary Etta Earls Tapp; his beloved wife of 52 years, Beulah Ann Johnson Tapp, who died on June 12th, 2014, his sisters: Judy Elaine Tapp and Ella May Edwards, his daughters: Mary Ann Stout and Pamela Sue Howard; and his brother, Harry Randall Tapp.

  Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, May 6th, 2018, by Pastor Bobby O’Banion at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Friends were invited to call on the family on Sunday, May 6th, prior to the time of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Donor’s Favorite Charity. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

Shirley Koons

  Shirley Jane Koons, 80, of Hartford, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018 at Highpoint Health in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Shirley was born in Ohio County, Indiana on September 20th, 1937, the daughter of the late Goldie (Bradley) and Ora Ross Colen. She attended Cass-Union School and was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1955.

  Shirley formerly worked at the Charleston Powder Plant in Charleston, Indiana, and for Cincinnati Inc., in Harrison, Ohio.

  Shirley married James David Koons on November 29th, 1975. Shirley and Jim were married over 42 years.

  Shirley is survived by her husband James Koons, of Hartford, Indiana; by her daughter, Kelli Vest and husband John, of Rising Sun; by her son, Norman Kirk Bayne, of Kentucky; by her step son, David Koons, of Georgia; by her grandchildren: Andrew, Jeremy, Ryan, Shelly and John; by her great granddaughter Ryan; by two brothers: Francis “Swede” Colen, of Rising Sun and Jerry Colen of Rising Sun; and by many nieces and nephews.

  Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; by her brothers: James Colen, Ora Colen, Jr., Paul “Ned” Colen, Michael Colen, Harold Colen and Hubert Colen; by her sisters: Hilda Bovard, Ruth Stern and Barbara Ann Colen; and by her grandson, Justin Vest.

  At Shirley’s request, no public services will be held. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to Ohio County Rescue. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun serving the family at this difficult time.

 

 

Verle Truitt

  Verle Dean Truitt, 84, of Ohio County, Indiana, passed away at 1:12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, at The Waters of Dillsboro/Ross Manor in Dillsboro, Indiana.

  Verle was born in Addiston, Ohio on October 19th, 1933, the son of the late Bessie (Petty) and Leslie Truitt. His family later moved to Switzerland County, where he was a graduate of Vevay High School, Class of 1951.

  Verle married Genevieve (Potter) Truitt on December 24th, 1951. Verle and Genevieve were married over 65 years until her passing on August 10th, 2017.

  Verle retired from Fernald in Ohio, and also worked at Thatcher Glass in Greendale for several years. After retirement Verle kept busy by working at Tandy’s IGA and the BP in Aurora.

  Verle was a faithful Christian and a member of Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ. Verle was a 50 year member and Past Master of the Hartford Masonic Lodge and also a 50 year member and Past Patron of the Rising Sun Eastern Star.

   He enjoyed camping, riding his motorcycle, gardening and growing flowers. Verle loved to watch the hummingbirds that came to visit the feeders he kept out for them. Verle was a devoted husband and a loving father, grandpa , great grandpa, brother, uncle and friend.

  Verle is survived by two daughters: Verlene Sharp and husband Vernon, of Rising Sun, and Bonnie Duckworth and husband Roy, of Florence, Indiana; by a son, Roger Truitt, of Rising Sun; by 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; by a sister, Charmaine “Sherry” Johnson, of East Enterprise; by a brother, Leslie “Bummy” Truitt and wife Mel, of Carrollton, Kentucky; and by many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

  Verle was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife, Genevieve; by a daughter, Lois Marie Truitt, who passed away on November 13th, 1955; by a brother, Jim Truitt; by sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Sonny Hugentobler; and by a brother-in-law, Gerald Johnson.

  Funeral services were held on Monday, May 7th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Visitation was held on Sunday, May 6th, at the funeral home; with Masonic and Eastern Star services also being held during the time of visitation. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati; The Waters of Dillsboro/Ross Manor Activity Fund; or the Indiana Masonic Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

Hager Gillispie

  Hager Combs (‘Granny’) Gillispie, 100, passed away on Tuesday, May 1st, 2018, in Milan, Indiana.

  Hager was born on October 28th, 1917, to loving parents Lula and Lenard Combs in Owsley County, Kentucky. She was the second eldest of seven children; sisters-Gertie and Loretta; and brothers Ralph, John, Rollie and Sam. She loved growing up in the mountains of Kentucky.

  As a teenager the family moved to Harrison, Indiana.

  She married Omer Gillispie in November of 1938. She raised five sons: Lenard of Greendale, Indiana, Carl of Aurora, Indiana, James, of Aurora, Indiana, and Ray and George — both of whom preceded her in death. She had 12 grandchildren and several great and great great grandchildren. She worked hard on the farm. Not only cooking, cleaning and doing laundry but also tending livestock, planting crops and putting up tobacco. She was an excellent cook. Anyone who entered her home was well fed. She was an artist who made quilts that were totally handmade. When you were wrapped in one of her quilts you could feel the love.

  Her sons and grandchildren were the light of her life, and she theirs.

  Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 5th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Bill Helms officiating. Visitation was on Saturday prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home. Burial was in Gibson Cemetery in Bright, Indiana.

 

 

Frances Neubert

  Frances Mae (Alexander) Neubert, age 81, of Vevay, passed away at 2:55 p.m. on Saturday, May 5th, 2018, at the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.

  Frances entered this life on August 11th, 1936, in Estill County, Kentucky, the loving daughter of the late Edgar Clifton and Merica (Wood) Alexander. She was raised in Hooven, Ohio, and was a 1954 graduate of the Taylor High School in Cleves, Ohio.

  Frances was united in marriage on April 30th, 1988, in Harrison, Ohio, to William Robert “Bill” Neubert, Jr., and they shared 30 years of marriage together until her death. Frances began modeling at the age of 55 and was a former secretary for a doctors office in California. Frances was employed by a factory in Harrison, Ohio, for several years, where she made several sacrifices in order to raise her children. She also owned and operated Creations by Frances in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Frances was a member of the Spring Branch Baptist Church in Switzerland County, where she was a deaconess. She resided in the Vevay community since 1998. Frances enjoyed crafts and was a Godly woman. Her greatest joy in life was being a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

  Frances will be deeply missed by her husband, William Robert “Bill”  Neubert, Jr. of Vevay; her daughter, Holly Marcum and her husband David of Cincinnati, Ohio; her son, Jeffrey Clifton Hartzell and his wife Suzanne of Rogersville, Alabama; her grandchildren: Jacob Kendrick, Christopher Hartzell, Matthew Hartzell, Jessica Marcum, Jon Senile, Nathan Marcum and Aimee Barton; her great-grandchildren: Dylan Michael Marcum and Aislynn Grace Marcum; her several nieces and nephews; and her dog, ‘Lucy’.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar Clifton and Merica (Wood) Alexander; her son, Russell John “Rusty” Hartzell, who died on April 8th, 1999; her brothers: Elmer Alexander, Russell Clifton Alexander and John Tracey Alexander; and her sister, Lillian B. (Alexander) Race.

  Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018, by Reverend Rick Daugherty and Pastor Dave Taylor at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Wednesday, May 9th, prior to the time of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Spring Branch Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

David Hankins

  David John Hankins, age 71, of Vevay, passed away at 2:39 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018, at his residence.

  David entered this life on May 30th, 1946, in Madison, the son of the late Paul David and Pearl Margaret Gwendolene (Lawes) Hankins. He was raised in Vevay, and was a 1963 graduate of Vevay High School.

  David was united in marriage on June 30th, 1964, at the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church in Vevay, to Marcell Bolton, and to this union arrived two sons: David Troy and Cory J. Hankins to bless their home.

  David was employed for Cummins in Columbus, Indiana, and later for Dow Corning in Carrollton, Kentucky. David owned and operated DAMAR in Vevay from 1987-2001. He was employed as a mail carrier for the Vevay Post Office from 2001-2005. David owned and operated with his son, Cory, the C&D Auto Sales in Madison, for the past 20 years.

  He was a member of the Switzerland Masonic Lodge No.122 F&AM and the Ruter Chapel United Methodist Church and attended Switzerland Baptist Church. His pride and joy were his grandkids and his great-granddaughter, Camdynn. David enjoyed spending time and socializing with his kids, his grandkids and his family, flying airplanes in Florida and watching his kids and his grandkids play sports and watching NASCAR.

  David will be deeply missed by his sons, David Troy Hankins of Vevay and Cory J. Hankins and his wife Karrie of Vevay; his grandchildren: Tyla Lynn Hankins, D.J. Hankins, Cody Hankins and his companion: Dawn Devers; and Caden Hankins; his great-granddaughter, Camdynn Hankins; his sisters: Sandy Ellegood and her husband Wayne of Vevay and Tammy Works of North Vernon, Indiana; his aunt, Myrtle Pesce of Vevay; and his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul David and Pearl Margaret Gwendolene (Lawes) Hankins; and his brother, Anthony Gene “Tony” Hankins.

  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12th, 2018, by Rev. C. Martin Justice, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Friends may call from 5-8 p.m., Friday, May 11th, 2018, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Mr. David John Hankins Memorial Fund, c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

 

 

John Archer

  John Osborn Archer, age 81, of Moorefield, passed away at 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  John entered this life on April 27th, 1937, in Switzerland County, the loving son of the late John Kendric and Elberta Mae (Osborn) Archer. He was raised in Moorefield, and attended the St. Mary’s School in Moorefield where John and Mary currently reside. He was a 1955 graduate of Vevay High School where he participated in the drama club, choir, basketball, cross country and baseball and was a member of the 1955 sectional championship team.

  John was united in marriage on June 29th, 1956, at the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church in Caledonia, Indiana, to Mary Leo Lewis, and to this union arrived three sons: John Michael, Mark Curtis and Alan Jay to bless their home. John and Mary shared nearly 62 loving years of marriage together until his death.

  John and Mary, with the help of Julian and Louise Hartman, began “The 129ers” 4-H Club, which was an all boys club in the Moorefield and Pleasant area.

  He was employed for the company that built Kocolene Stations in Greensburg, Indiana; at the US Shoe Factory in Vevay for several years; and for Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana, for two years. John enjoyed farming on the dairy farm with his father. They raised tobacco and corn and later drove for the Amish. John worked for JAM Construction with his son, Mike for several years.

  John served on the Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors for two terms; coordinated the Switzerland County Horse Pull for its duration; and served as the Director of the Blue Ribbon Championship Horse Pull at the Indiana State Fair for more than 40 years. John also assisted with maintenance and lawn care at the Switzerland County 4-H Fairgrounds for many years. John was awarded Mr. Switzerland County 4-H in 2015.

  John supported his grandchildren as 10 year 4-Hers and watched the first of 12-great-grandchildren compete.

  The Archer Farm, which was established by John’s grandfather, and has been in the family for six generations was recently awarded the Hoosier Homestead Award. John was a District FFA Officer and was a member of the Switzerland County Saddle Club, Indiana Horse Pullers Association, Southern Draft Horse Association, FHA Board of Directors and the Caledonia United Presbyterian Church. John enjoyed judging at the Indiana State Fair for the horse pull. John also enjoyed a good card game, spending time with his grandkids and his family, camping and visiting neighboring states for a horse pull.

  John will be deeply missed by his wife, Mary Leo (Lewis) Archer of Moorefield; his sons: John Michael Archer and his wife Deb of Moorefield, Mark Curtis Archer of Moorefield, and Alan Jay Archer and his companion: Carlyn Wilburn of Moorefield; by his grandchildren: Josh Archer and his wife Kendra, Adam Archer and his wife Carly, Kodi McAlister and her husband Dan, Jessica Whitham and her husband Chris, Trisha Archer, and Kaleesa Archer; his great-grandchildren: Halle Archer, Braydon Archer, Lainie McAlister, Zoe Whitham, Hudson Archer, Bryson Archer, Adalyn Archer, Poppy Archer, Landen McAlister, Lynleigh McAlister, Beckham Archer, Jett Archer and Asher Whitham; by his sister, Gayla Smith of Piqua, Ohio; by his brother, Kenneth Ray Archer and his wife Di of Bedford, Indiana; and his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: John Kendric Archer, who died April 24th, 1982 and Elberta Mae (Osborn) Archer, who died June 6th, 1999; by his grandson, Derek Alan Archer, who died on July 19, 2017; by his niece, Deb Gebeaur; his great-niece, Robyn Gebeaur; and his brother-in-law, Harold Smith.

  Funeral services were conducted on Monday, May 7th, 2018, by Pastor KC Banta at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Caledonia Cemetery, Moorefield.

   Friends were invited to call on the family on Sunday, May 6th, at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Caledonia Cemetery Fund, Switzerland County FFA or Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.