Obituaries 05/23/2019


Mike Beatty

  Michael Ray “Mike” Beatty, age 60, of Florence, Indiana, passed away at 12:12 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019, at the Mercy Health West in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Mike entered this life on January 23rd, 1959, in Milan, Indiana, the loving son of the late Ray Francis and Lucy Ellen (Niccum) Beatty. Mike was raised in Switzerland County, where he was a graduate of Switzerland County High School.

  Mike was united in marriage on November 5th, 1988, at the Florence Church of Christ to JoKay Sullivan. JoKay and Mike shared nearly 31 years of marriage together until his death.

  Mike was employed as a room technician for Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Florence, Indiana, retiring after 17 years of service.

  He was a member of the Truth Apostolic Church in Vevay, and was a former member of the Florence Masonic Lodge No.27. Mike will be remembered for his love of hunting and fishing.

  Mike will be missed by deeply missed by his loving wife, JoKay (Sullivan) Beatty of Florence, Indiana; and his sister, Donna Mink and her husband, Dewayne of Florence, Indiana.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: Ray Francis Beatty, who died on September 17th, 1988; and Lucy Ellen (Niccum) Beatty, who died on May 24th, 2015.

  Friends may call on the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, May 24th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, May 24th, at 1 p.m., by Brother Anthony Wilks at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Ray “Mike” Beatty Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Samantha Boyer

  Samantha Marie “Sam” Boyer, age 28, of Vevay, passed away at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 18th, 2019, from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident on I-74 in Shelby County, Indiana.

  Samantha entered this life on June 27th, 1990, in Long Beach, California, the loving daughter of Tina Marie (Boyer) McCray and Kevin Roy Rice. She was raised in Vevay, where she was a 2009 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

  Samantha enjoyed crafts, coloring and spending time with her children. Samantha will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends.

  Samantha will be lovingly remembered by her mother and step-father: Tina Marie (Boyer) and Michael McCray of Vevay; by her father, Kevin Roy Rice of Indianapolis, Indiana; by her children: Isabella “Bella” Marie Elaine Couch of Madison, Thomas Jene Majors of Mt. Sterling, and Olive Kathleen Singleton of Madison; by her maternal grandmother, Delores Elain “Dee” (Charnell) Boyer of Vevay; by her uncle and aunts, Ralph Boyer and his wife Michelle of Florence, Indiana and Carole Easley of Eugene, Oregon; by her cousins: Sonya Watson and her husband Aaron of Hanover, Jazzmine Boyer of Florence, Abby Boyer of Florence, and Rylee Boyer of Florence; and by her best friend, Kristen Jester and her companion Curtis Birge and her three children.

  She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Albert Gene Boyer, who died on March 21st, 2015; by her aunt, Debra Lynn Beatty, who died on May 5th, 2018; by her great-uncle, Floyd Ralph Boyer, who died on December 14th, 1998; and by her cousins: Floyd Gene Boyer, who died on September 17th, 2012 and Shante Morales, who died on December 13th, 2017.

  Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 1st, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043.

  A Celebration of Samantha’s Life will be held on Saturday, June 1st, at 8 p.m., by Reverend Mike Sawalich at the funeral home.

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

Charles Harrell

  Charles Robert Harrell, 54, of Rising Sun, passed on Sunday, May 19th, while holding his wife’s hand at 3:00 p.m. the University of Cincinnati Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  Chuck was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, on September 10th, 1964, the son of James “Snorky” and Glenda (Coldwell) Harrell of Moores Hill, Indiana. He was a graduate of South Dearborn High School, class of 1982 and went on to receive his Bachelors Degree from Mount St. Joseph University.

  Chuck proudly served his country in the US Air Force during ‘Operation Just Cause’ in Panama, and ‘Operations Desert Shield’ and ‘Desert Storm’.

  Chuck married Erin Michelle (McKinley) Harrell on August 12th, 2000 at Bethel Unity Baptist Church.

  He was a member of the Moores Hill American Legion, and later transferred to the Rising Sun American Legion. He was also former Vice President of the Shiner Pride Band Boosters. He loved the band and watching them perform. Chuck enjoyed watching college basketball and was an IU fan.  He was a faithful member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ, and he loved spending time with his children and grandson.  He was looking forward to the newest grandchild on the way.

  He loved life, his country, his family and his Lord. His family and friends will miss his giant personality.

  Chuck is survived by his loving wife, Erin Harrell, of Rising Sun; by his children: Zachary Harrell, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Abby Harrell, of Harrison, Ohio, and Spencer Harrell, of Rising Sun; by his grandson, Owen Schneider; by his parents: James “Snorky” and Glenda Harrell, of Moores Hill, Indiana; by his sister, Amy Harrell Johnson and her fiancé Richard Powell, of Aurora, Indiana; by his niece Katie Johnson; by his nephew Corey Johnson; by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jerry and Debbie McKinley, of Rising Sun; by sister-in-law, Jana McKinley, of Rising Sun; and by many other aunts, uncles, family members and friends.

  A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 24th at the Rising Sun Church of Christ. Friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 23rd, from 5-8 p.m. at the Rising Sun Church of Christ. Burial with military honors will be held at Riverview Cemetery in Aurora, Indiana.

  Memorial donations may be made to the family or Rising Sun Church of Christ. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun serving the family at this difficult time.

Jack Haslett

  Jack Haslett, 68, of Rising Sun, passed away on Saturday, May 11th, 2019.

  He was born on August 16th, 1950 in Benton, Washington, the son of the late Roy and Thelma (McGuffey) Haslett.

  Jack was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the NRA. Jack was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He also enjoyed fishing.

  He worked as a Correctional Officer at the Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino.

  He is survived by his loving wife, Adanna Haslett of Rising Sun; by his son, Michael (wife Jennifer) Brown of Dallas, Texas; by his brother, Roy (wife Glenna) Haslett of Kennewick, Washington; by his sister, Anna Hasslet of Kennewick, Washington; and by his two grandchildren: Madison Brown and Savannah Brown.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: Roy and Thelma Haslett.

  Family and friends will be received on Friday, May 24th, from noon until 2 p.m. at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home, 455 Ridge Avenue, Greendale, Indiana. Funeral services will follow on Friday, May 24th, at 2 p.m. Military Honors will follow the funeral service. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Helen Homberger

  Helen (Richey) Homberger, 61, of New Albany, Indiana, passed away on Monday, May 20th, 2019.

  She was born on June 27th, 1957 in Foley, Alabama.

  Helen was a loving mother and was devoted to her family. She will be remembered for her caring heart by all who knew her.

  Helen is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Douglas Homberger; by her son, Derek Homberger; by her daughter, Abbie (Jordan Hewitt) Homberger; by her mother, Agnes Richey; by her brother, Wayne (Nancy) Richey; by her granddaughter, Averi Hewitt; and was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her granddaughter, Jossilyn Hewitt.

  She is preceded in death by her Father, Ralph G. Richey.

  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 25th, at Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany). Her Funeral Service will be at noon on Saturday at the funeral home.

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions in Helen’s memory be made to the American Cancer Society.

Bill Howard

  William Edward “Bill” Howard, Jr., 71, of  Rising Sun, passed away at 9:47 a.m. on Friday, May 17th, 2019, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  William was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 30th, 1947, the son of the late Katherian (Quebman) and William Edward Howard, Sr. He attended Charles T. Young Elementary School in Cleves, Ohio, and was a 1966 graduate of Taylor High School.

  It was in grade school where he met the love of his life, Patricia Eldridge. Bill and Pat were married on December 10th, 1966 in Addyston, Ohio. They were married over 52 years until his passing. They were partners on the adventure of life.

  Bill was a distributor for Little Debbie Snack Cakes and formerly worked for Keebler. Bill loved to cook, he and Pat operated several restaurants over the years, including Topper’s Pizza and Cheezy’s Pizza in Rising Sun. Bill loved life and his family.

  Bill is survived by his wife: Patricia Howard of Rising Sun; by three daughters: Cynthia Blanton (Anthony) of Brookville, Indiana, Teresa Mitchell (Mike) of Versailles, Indiana, and Patricia Abbott (Danny) of Rising Sun; by eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; by three brothers: Bruce Howard (Sherrie) of Rising Sun; Don Howard (Betty) of Bright, Indiana, and Greg Howard of Rising Sun.

  Bill was preceded in death by his parents and by his sister, Pamela Vaden.

  Funeral services will be at 6 p.m., Friday, May 24th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Rex Hensley officiating. Friends are invited to call on Friday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Jade Lopez

  Jade Starr Lopez, age 42, of South Whitley, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday May 14th, 2019 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

  Jade was born on August 20th, 1976 in Madison. She was the daughter of Wilford and Marilyn (Warner) Coy of Switzerland County.

  Jade played the clarinet in the marching band at Whitko High School and graduated with the Class of 1994, then went on to International Business College, earning her Associate’s Degree in Computer Science.

  Jade worked as a Production Associate at Warner Electric, Columbia City. She also enjoyed scrapbooking, diamond painting, listening to music, selling ‘31’ products, shopping, going on walks, and most of all, spending time with her grandson.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Thursday May 16th, at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City, Indiana; which included a time of sharing memories. There was also a gathering at the family home in South Whitley.

Ruth Stoops

  Ruth Sharon (McClure) Hammons Stoops, age 77, of East Enterprise, died at 6:15 p.m., on Saturday, May 17th, 2019 at her home.

  She was born on April 6th, 1942 in Bedford, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Howard and LaVerne Joyce (Ogden) McClure.

  Ruth was united in marriage on March 5th, 1977, in Rising Sun, to Arthur Leroy Stoops.

  She was employed for the Plastic Molding Factory in East Enterprise, and other various employments. Ruth retired from Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun.

  Ruth enjoyed keeping a meticulous lawn and flowers and enjoyed people. She always saw the good in everyone and never met a stranger.

  Ruth will be missed by her husband of 42 years, Arthur Leroy Stoops of East Enterprise; by her daughters: Debbie Gulley and her companion John Melton of Rising Sun and Patty Hammons of Madison; by her sons: Doug Hammons of Madison and Jim Hammons of Madison; by her stepsons: Arthur Wayne Stoops and his wife Dena of Carrollton, Kentucky and Anthony Stoops of Moores Hill, Indiana; by her granddaughter, Stephanie Gulley of Carrollton, Kentucky; by her three great-grandchildren: Jacob, Hope and Conner; by her several other grandchildren of Madison; by her sisters: Linda Bolden and her husband Jerry of Vevay, Sherry Hammons and her husband Allen of Lexington, Indiana, and Nancy Buress of Hanover; and by her brother, Joe McClure and his wife Gayla of Greensburg, Indiana.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Howard and LaVerne Joyce (Ogden) McClure; by her sisters: Barbara Lee McClure, Louise Matthew and Darlene Wilcox; and by her brother, Wilson McClure.

  Private family services will be held. Interment will follow in the New Liberty Cemetery, East Enterprise.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Keeping Pace Cancer Fund, c/o The Community Foundation of Switzerland County. Cards are available at the funeral home.

  Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family at this difficult time.

Sonya White

  Sonya White, 68, of Shelbyville, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 at her residence.

  She was born on January 29th, 1951 in Madison, the daughter of  Earl J. and Geneva L. (Tucker) Green.

  On June 4th, 1971, she married Clifford A. White, and he preceded her in death on July 15th, 2015.

  Sonya was employed at Randall Textron in Greensburg, Indiana. She then worked at Ashford Place Health Campus from 2006 until her retirement in 2012.

  She enjoyed puzzle books. Sonya was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs. The highlight of her life was spending time with her grandchildren.

  Sonya is survived by her son: Colen (Jennifer) White of Shelbyville, Indiana; by her daughter: Tonya (Lloyd) Burks of Shelbyville, Indiana; by her mother, Geneva Green of Vevay; by her three grandchildren: Zachary White, Chelsea White and Brandon White; by her sisters: Sharon McClure of Canaan, Indiana, Karen Green of Vevay, and Phyllis (Dennis) Chase of Florence; by her uncle and aunt, Kenny Tucker and Kathy Tucker, both of Vevay; by her aunt, Darlene Armstrong of Greensburg, Indiana; by her dog, ‘Sisco Kid’ of 17 years; and her four miniature horses.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Earl J. Green; and by her husband, Clifford A. White.

  Visitation was held on Friday, May 17th, at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 South Harrison Street, Shelbyville, Indiana, 46176. Funeral services followed at the funeral home.

  She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Clifford, in the Heroes of Honor and Glory section in Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens and Crematory, Shelbyville, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors, Shelby County Cancer Association, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital or Shelbyville Shelby County Animal Shelter.