Emerson Harold Lee, age 84, of Canaan, near Madison, passed away on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019, at 1:20 p.m. at the Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, with his loving family at his side.
He entered this life on December 9th, 1934 in Switzerland County. He was the loving son of the late Reverend Victor Brainard and Gladys Ruth Rea Lee. In 1952, he graduated from Central High School on Ryker’s Ridge.
On September 4th, 1956, he was united in marriage to Grace Laverne Shelley in Madison. This union was blessed with three sons: Ronald, Mark, and Philip; and three daughters: Deborah, Melanie, and Brenda.
He retired from Indiana Kentucky Electric Corporation in 1995 after 40 years of service.
Emerson was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church on Hall’s Ridge. He served two terms on the Madison Consolidated School Board. He enjoyed collecting toy trains and being with his family. Emerson loved to raise a big garden and compete with family on who had the biggest tomatoes. He was a devoted husband, loving dad, grandpa and great grandpa.
Emerson will be missed by his loving wife of 62 years, Grace Shelley Lee of Madison; by his loving sons, Pastor Ronald Lee and his wife Debra of Madison, Pastor Mark Lee and his wife Carol of Madison, and Pastor Philip Lee and his wife Patty of Madison; by his loving daughters: Deborah Smith of Fort Payne, Alabama, Melanie Morris of Newport News, Virginia, and Brenda Smith and her husband Ronald of Madison; by his sisters-in-law, Ann Lee of Madison and Wanda Lamb Shelley of Madison; and by his brothers-in-law: Harry Shelley and his wife Leanna of Madison and Ralph Shelley and his wife Barbara of Madison.
He will also be missed by his 18 grandchildren: Jamie (Kevin), Chris (Becky), Mandy (Mark), Stacy (Nate), Miranda (Christopher), Josh, Elisha (Jacob), Ben (Maggie), Samantha (Brice), Jessica, Kevin (Stacey), Aaron (Shanna), Barry (Courtney), Kyle (Ashley), Zachary, Kamra (Aaron), Dakota (Krista), and Maggi; by his 28 great-grandchildren: Ashtyn, Nate Jr., Bryson, Camden, Kinslee, Tyler, Christopher (Megan), Waylon, Tatum, Wyatt, Ericka, Alex, Caty Grace, Logan, Jacob, Graeme, Haddon, Teddy, Rylan, Dylan, Landon, Lilly, Kohen, Braylon, Brogan, Aubrie, Kanan, and Jameson; by his step great great-grandchildren: Jackson and Oliver; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, the Reverend Victor Brainard Lee, who died on January 18th, 1993; by his mother, Gladys Ruth Rea Lee, who died on November 19th, 1991, by his infant brother, Ralph Lee; by his brother, Raymond E. Lee, who died on September 28th, 2009; by his sister, Ruth N. Lee Konkle, who died on January 3rd, 2007; by his brothers-in-law: Carroll Thomas Shelley, James “Buster” Shelley, and Chester Konkle, and by his nephew, Dale Edward Konkle.
Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, March 24th, by Pastor Stan Carroll and Pastor Wilbur Stone at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment followed in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery on Halls Ridge near Canaan.
Friends were invited to call on the family on Saturday, March 23rd; and on Sunday, March 24th prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Fund. Cards are available at the funeral homes and the church.
Evelyn Marie (Brown) Sams, 81, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at her residence.
Evelyn was born in Switzerland County on November 8th, 1937, the daughter of the late Hazel (Whitham) and Everett Brown. Evelyn grew up in Switzerland County and attended Patriot High School.
Evelyn married Gary W. Sams on October 28th, 1978. Evelyn and Gary were married over 40 years until her passing.
She was a homemaker but also formerly worked at the Shoe Factory in Vevay and the Canning Factory in Rising Sun. Evelyn was very skilled at making porcelain dolls and taught classes on the subject. She was a member of the Doll Artisan Guild and received several awards for her craft. She also enjoyed reading and loved raising her Chihuahua “puppy dogs”.
She was also a member of the Dearborn Baptist Church in Manchester, Indiana.
In addition to her husband Gary, Evelyn is survived by two daughters: Lelia Coffman, of Dillsboro, Indiana and Lisa Lane and husband Mark, of Aurora, Indiana; by her son, Robert McCord and fiancee Kristi Martin, of Bear Branch, Indiana; by her step-daughter, Angela Sparks, of West Virginia; by two step-sons: Anthony Sams, of Aurora, Indiana and Gary Sams, of Cincinnati, Ohio; by her sister, Lelia Hargis, of Somerset, Kentucky; by her brother, Arthur Brown, of Rising Sun; by 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 1 great great-grandchild, and 6 step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; by daughters Eugenia “Jeanie” Parker and Tammy McCord: by brothers Richard, Lester and Norman Brown; by her sister, Mary Ravenscraft; and by her granddaughter, Cody Lynn Cotton.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 25th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Visitation was held on Monday prior to the beginning of the funeral services. A private family burial followed at New Liberty Cemetery in East Enterprise. Memorial donations may be made to the Aurora Emergency Unit.
Mona (Burkhalter) Shoemaker, age 75, of Markland, passed away at 1:33 p.m. on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, Kentucky.
She entered this life on November 7th, 1943, in Kokomo, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late Maurice and Mona (Walker) Burkhalter. She was raised in Corbin, Kentucky and was a 1962 graduate of the Indiana Academy in Cicero, Indiana; and attended classes at Sullivan College in Louisville, Kentucky for accounting.
Mona was united in marriage on December 30th, 1978, in Pewee Valley, Kentucky, to the late William Taylor “Bill” Shoemaker. This happy union was blessed with a daughter, Amanda. Mona and Bill shared nearly 40 years of marriage together until he passed away on November 4th, 2018.
She attended the Pewee Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pewee Valley, Kentucky.
Mona and Bill resided in Markland, Indiana, since November 1997, where Bill enjoyed restoring their two story brick home. Mona was a wonderful homemaker and provided child care for several years and will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends.
Mona will be remembered by her daughter, Amanda Foster and her husband, Philip of Alexandria, Kentucky; by her grandchildren: Derek Taylor Foster, Leeann Nalley, Victoria Hope and Braelyn Bland; by her sister, Jane Ann Rambert of California; by her sister-in-law, Jean Ayars and her husband: Jim of Simi Valley, California; and by her nieces and nephew, Melinda Jenkins, Deanna Johnson and Christy Hope and David Lanter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Mona (Walker) Burkhalter and her husband, William Taylor “Bill” Shoemaker, died November 4th, 2018.
A Celebration of Mona’s Life will be held on Sunday, March 31st, at 4 p.m., by Pastor Bryan Banos, at the Pewee Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, 103 La Grange Road Pewee Valley, Kentucky, 40056.
Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family at this difficult time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.