Obituaries 02/25/2021


Phillip Haley

  Phillip Earl Haley, age 69, of Greenbrier, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021, at the Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

  Phillip entered this life on April 16, 1951 in Cedar Hill, Tennessee. He was the 10th child born to sharecroppers, Robert Lester and Emma Lou (Jackson) Haley, both of whom preceded him in death. He was raised in Russellville, Kentucky and was a 1969 graduate of Adairville High School in Adairville, Kentucky.

  Phillip was raised on a farm and learned the value of hard work which included everything from milking cows to mowing yards as a kid. Phillip received his electrician license from Russ Vocational School in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He was a journeyman and held a Master Electrical License in the state of Kentucky.

  Once Phillip became a member of the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in Goodlettsville, Tennessee you might say that he became the unofficial maintenance man. He was also the beloved maintenance man for his sisters-in-law, Harriet Bovard and Alice Faye Whitham in Vevay, as well as beloved friend, Martha Moore.

  Phillip was united in marriage on May 24th, 2003 in Barren River State Park in Glasgow, Kentucky to Patricia Ann Edwards. Phillip and Patty shared nearly 18 years of marriage together until his passing.

  Phillip was employed as an electrical technician for Tyson Fresh Meats, retiring on August 1st, 2020 after 17 years of service. Prior to that job he worked as the maintenance supervisor for BathFitter in Madison, Tennessee. Phillip also worked for All American Homes in Springfield, Tennessee, Knight Electric in Russellville, Kentucky and for Kendall Corporation in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 

  Phillip and Patty loved to fish, especially after purchasing their pontoon boat. They spent as much time as possible on the water at Lake Malone State Park near Dunmore, Kentucky with his brother Jerry and his wife, Peggy. They also took their grandkids fishing as much as possible teaching them to catch crappie, even though he spent most of his time repairing their poles. Phillip also enjoyed hunting and mowing as well as yard work.

  Phillip will be deeply missed by the love of his life, Patricia Ann “Patty” (Edwards) Haley of Greenbrier, Tennessee, formerly of Switzerland County; by his children: Phillip Bruce (Deanna Engler Johnson) Haley of Auburn, Kentucky, Christina (Bobby Douglas) Blake of Alburn, Kentucky, Steven (Michelle) Shuler of Exeter, California, David (January) Shuler of Franklin, Kentucky and Daniel (Krissa Ennis) Shuler of Seymour, Indiana; by his 24 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; by his sisters: Betty Sheldon of Springfield, Tennessee, Martha Jane White of Springfield, Tennessee, Barbara Hyams of Russellville, Kentucky and Gracie Hyde of Greenbrier, Tennessee; by his brothers: Ernest Haley of Oakville, Kentucky and Jerry Haley of Russellville, Kentucky; by his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law: Jimmy and Linda Riddle of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Alice Faye Whitham, Harriet Bovard, Jessie Dale Edwards and Marjorie Edwards all of Vevay; and his numerous nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by his parents: Robert Lester and Emma Lou (Jackson) Haley; by his brother and stillborn brother, Robert Haley and Lester Haley, Jr.; by his sisters: Frances Balance and Emma Laura Haley; by his nieces: Pansy Bledsoe and Stephanie Riddle; and by his brothers-in-law: Allen Ray Edwards, Carl Bovard and Dennis Whitham.

  Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Wednesday, February 24th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday, February 24th, following the time of visitation.

  Funeral Services were held in Tennessee on Saturday, February 20th, at Austin & Bell Funeral Home, Greenbrier, Tennessee. A time of visitation was held on Saturday, February 20th, prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.

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

Aldean Hooton

  Aldean Kathryn Hooton, age 84 of Holton, Indiana, passed away on February 20th, 2021 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville, Indiana.

  She was born on December 1st, 1936 in Ripley County, Indiana, the daughter of the late Alfred H. and Myrtle Miller Thomas.

  As a child, Aldean lived in the Cross Plains area with her parents, brother, and sister. From when she was a child, she attended St. Paul Lutheran Church of Dewberry, and in the 8th grade, was confirmed. She would remain a life- time member serving in the ladies aid. Her love of the church and its members was shown through the years with the many pies and other dishes of food that she prepared.

  The first time she laid eyes on her future husband, Carroll Hooton in 1957, was at a local grocery store in Cross Plains where Aldean was working. There was some sort of a spark that occurred between them and remained because later they would meet in 1958 and ended up getting married on June 25th, 1960 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry (Cross Plains) Indiana. They were blessed with three wonderful children. On January 12th, 2017, she lost her beloved husband, Carroll.

  Many people may remember seeing Aldean at the Jay C store in Osgood, where she worked 29 years as a faithful and loyal employee. After her retirement in February of 1999, for approximately 12 years, she and her husband were able to spend some winter months in Florida.

  Cooking for her family and feeding the birds are just a small part of the memories of having a wonderful mother. Her family was her world, and she will be deeply missed.

  Survivors include her son, Michael (Jean) Hooton of Osgood; her daughters: Wanda (Rick) Bales of Cross Plains and Brenda Hooton of Friendship; her sister, Virginia Iceberg of Versailles; her seven grandchildren; and her 3 great grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Hooton; and by her brother, Ralph Thomas.

  Visitation was held on Wednesday, February 24th at Neal’s Funeral Home; with the funeral services being held on Thursday, February 25th, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry (Cross Plains). She will lie in state from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

  Memorials may go to Dewberry Cemetery Endowment Fund.

Melba ‘Deannie’ Noel

  Melba Dean “Deannie” Noel, age 76, of Versailles, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at 11:17 p.m. on Saturday, February 20th, 2021, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.

  Deannie entered this life on November 7th, 1944 in Madison. She was the loving daughter of the late, Kenneth and Isabelle (Raisor) Noel. She was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1962 graduate of Vevay High School.

  She later graduated from beautician school in 1963 in Indianapolis, Indiana and was employed for four years. She later was employed for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay for 23 years and retired in 1998 from R&B Factory in Warsaw, Kentucky after eight years.

  She resided all of her life in the Switzerland County community and was a member of Switzerland Baptist Church.

  Deannie enjoyed crocheting, scrap booking and watching Westerns. She loved flowers, horses, her cat ‘Mugsy’, her dog ‘Sadie’ and her ‘granddogs’. She also loved traveling to Florida especially Daytona Beach and Disney World as well as, Gatlinburg and Graceland, Tennessee. 

 Melba will be missed by her daughter, Kendra Emery and her husband, Mickey of Versailles, Indiana; and by her brother, Ronald Noel of Columbus, Indiana.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Kenneth Noel, who died on November 19th, 1982, and Isabelle (Raisor) Noel, who died on September 20th, 2004; and by her brother, Lloyd K. Noel, who died on September 10th, 1966.

  Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 25th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, February 25th, at 1 p.m., by Reverend Mike Jones, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Due to COVID-19, masks are required along with social distancing at all services.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Phillip Ruxton II

  Philip Ruxton II, 84, of Rising Sun, passed away on Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 at his residence.

  Phil was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 9th, 1937, the son of the late Jane (Davis) Ruxton and William W. Ruxton. He was the eldest of eight children. Phil was a graduate of Indian Hill High School, Class of 1957. He was an accomplished artist and attended the Cincinnati Art Academy and the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida.

  Phil served his country in the US Air Force Reserve. He worked primarily in the fields of Advertising and Marketing.

  Phil retired at the age of 50 and moved to Rising Sun in 1988 and started rehabilitating old homes. He served several years on the Rising Sun Planning and Zoning Board.

  Phil married Barbara (Lauterbach) Ruxton on August 2nd, 1984. They were married 32 years until her passing on November 25th, 2016.

  Phil enjoyed history and archaeology and researching artifacts and memorabilia from ancient Rome and Greece through World War II.

  Phil is survived by his daughter, Hilary Ruxton Snyder (Jason), of Cincinnati, Ohio; by his two step sons: Michael Willins (Jennifer), of Cleveland, Ohio and David Willins (Dianne), of Cleveland, Ohio; by his grandsons: Jon Philip Beauchamp and Colston McCann Snyder; and by his step grandchidren: Jake, Elyse, Joshua and Aaron Willins.

  Phil is also survived by two sisters: Sherry Paterson, of Cincinnati, Ohio and Linda Eckersley, of Cincinnati, Ohio; by his four brothers: Bryce Ruxton, of Florida;  Scott Ruxton, of Indiana; Craig Ruxton, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Bill Ruxton, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and by his former wife, Kathleen “Kitty” Ruxton, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Phil was preceded in death by his parents: by his wife Barbara: by his son, Alexander Davis Ruxton; and by his sister Jane Bowman.

  Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 23rd at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun’ with visitation being held prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Ohio County Historical Society or to the Ohio County Community Foundation  (checks payable to OCCF) for the benefit of the Barbara Ruxton Fund.

Katherine Scott

  Katherine (Riley) Scott, age 90, of Marietta, Georgia,  passed away on Friday, February 5th, 2021.

  Katherine was born on December 4th, 1930 in Switzerland County, to James and Sally (Cook) Riley. She was raised in Switzerland County near the banks of the Ohio River next to a creek in a small home.

  She met her school sweetheart William E. “Bill” Scott at a young age down the road close to where she grew up. Katherine and William were united in marriage on July 26th, 1947 after he was honorably discharged from the United States Army. Katherine and William shared 73 years of marriage together until he passed away on August 23rd, 2020.

  Katherine and William moved to Lexington, Kentucky in the 50’s then later moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the early 60’s. In 1974, they moved to Roswell, Georgia before settling in Marietta, Georgia since 1983.

  Katherine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, homemaker, and a nursing assistant. She loved raising her family and even helped raise the neighborhood kids growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Katherine always had her yard or home full of children playing. She enjoyed laughing with her family.

  Katherine will be missed by her children: Sherry Kay (Scott) French, Stephen Scott, and Jeff Scott and his wife Lailani; by her grandchildren: Nichole Scott, Erika Scott, Jessica French, Jediah French and his wife, Jody, Abigail Peelman, Kelly Scott, Gina Blair, Barbra Shultz Adams and Margie Oglesby; and by her great-grandchildren: Jude French, Jace French, Justin French, Ashtyn Peelman, Noah Scott, Aiden Hellenbrand, Blaine Fernandez, Desiree Shultz and Dylan Schultz.

 She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, William E. “Bill” Scott; by her parents, James and Sally (Cook) Riley; by her son, Michael Scott; by her grandchildren: Romero Fernandez, and twins Alivia Fay and Ava Kay Peelman; and by her siblings: Jesse Riley, Raymond Riley, Eddie Riley, Harold Riley, Margaret (Riley) Peters and Mamie (Riley) Harmon.

  Graveside Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 5th, in the Vevay Cemetery, 820 East Main Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

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

  Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Jillian Welling

  Jillian Mary (McCool) Stacy Welling, 75, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, February 14th, 2021 at her residence.

  Jill was born in Devon, England, on January 21st, 1946, the daughter of the late Alice (Jeffery) McCool and James  McCool. She grew up in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and was a graduate of Lawrenceburg High School, Class of 1964.

  In 1967 Jill married Edward Stacy, who passed away in 2002. Two children were born to this union: Jeff and Amy.

  Jill later married Thomas Welling, who passed in 2014.

  Jill retired in 2002 from the Hamilton County School Employees Credit Union where she worked as a loan supervisor. Jill enjoyed traveling, wildlife and the great outdoors.

  Jill is survived by her daughter, Amy Middendorf (Ed), of Bright, Indiana; by her son, Jeff Stacy (Traci), of Cincinnati, Ohio; by her granddaughter, Emma Stacy, of Cincinnati, Ohio; by her brother, James McCool, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; and by many other family members and friends. She is also survived by her loving cat ‘Sam’.

  A celebration of Jill’s life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to P.A.W.S. of Dearborn County, 200 Charles A. Liddle Drive, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, 47025; or to the National Park Service Accounting Operations Center, c/o RDMT Deposits 13461 Sunrise Valley Drive, Herndon, Virginia, 20171.

  Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.