Obituaries 06/06/2019


Nellie Hamilton

  Nellie Lee (Tague) Hamilton, age 89, of Bennington, passed away at 12:05 p.m. on Friday, May 31st, 2019, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

  Nellie entered this life on July 9th, 1929, in Muncie, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Rufus Walter and Alice Lillian (Roberts) Tague. She was raised in Dupont, Indiana and was a graduate of Oakland School in Madison.

  On January 11th, 1947, she was united in marriage to Charles Everett Hamilton at the Wirt Baptist Parsonage in Madison. This happy union of 62 years was blessed with four sons: Rodger, Richard, Steve and Larry; and two daughters: Joyce and Sara.

  She resided most of her life in Switzerland County and was a wonderful homemaker. She loved her vegetable garden, flower beds, painting, sewing and hummingbirds.

  Nellie will be lovingly remembered by her children: Rodger Hamilton of Bennington, Richard Hamilton and his wife Anita of Bennington, Steve Hamilton and his wife Kathy of Milton, Kentucky, Larry Hamilton of Edmonton, Kentucky, Joyce Hamilton of Penrose, Colorado, and Sara Smith of Madison; by her 12-grandchildren, her 24-great-grandchildren and her 9-great-great-grandchildren; and by her half-brother, Billy Joe Wren of Boise, Idaho.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Rufus Walter Tague, who died on February 19th, 1960 and Alice Lillian (Roberts) Tague, who died on November 5th, 1972; by her husband, Charles Everett Hamilton, who died on January 12th, 2009; by her children: Vivian Kay Hamilton, who died on September 12th, 1947, Ronald Allen Hamilton, who died on June 9th, 1952, and Bryant Keith Hamilton, who died on June 17th, 1968; by her great-grandchildren: Jace Alexander Herring, died June 13, 2004 and Jorja Marie Pearl Herring, died September 22, 2006; her daughter-in-law, Carole Ann Hamilton, died October 9, 2014; her sisters, Ruby Alice Tague, died November 28, 1932, Carolyn E. Skirvin, died June 8, 2002, Dorothy A. Whisman, who died on February 28th, 2005 and Edna Ruth Robertson, who died on August 2nd, 2007; and her half-brother, Robert Lincoln Tague, who died February 1st, 1991.

  Graveside Services were conducted on Monday, June 3rd, by Brother Cliff Hartley at the Pleasant Cemetery in Pleasant.

  Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Cemetery Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

William Hankins

  William E. Hankins, 76, of Cross Plains, Indiana, passed away at 5:10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville, Indiana.

  He was born on Hicks Ridge near Canaan in Jefferson County, Indiana, on September 30th, 1942, the son of William H. and Lillian Shook Hankins.

  He was married to Carolyn Smith on March 23rd, 1967, and she survives.

   Bill was a 1961 graduate of Cross Plains High School where he participated in the FFA and played basketball for the Wildcats. From June of 1964 until March of 1970 Bill served his country in the 375th Chemical Company of the US Army Air Reserves.

  His working career spanned several decades, including jobs at the Madison State Hospital, Conn Organ in Madison, the Campbell Housfield Foundry in Harrison, Ohio, and Grote Industries in Madison where he retired in 2005 after a 14 year career. Bill also enjoyed working on his farm where he raised hay and tobacco.

  Bill was known in the community as an honorable man and a good neighbor. He was a member and Elder in the Jefferson Presbyterian Church near Canaan and was also an active member and former Master of the Versailles Masonic Lodge.

  He will be deeply missed by his wife, Carolyn Smith Hankins; by his two sons: Michael (Joanna) Hankins of Westfield, Indiana, and Mark Hankins of Canaan; by his two grandchildren: Cody (Emily) Hankins of Noblesville, Indiana, and Bailey Hankins of Madison, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Marvin, and his great-grandchildren: Rory Nicole Hankins and Riley Alan Hankins.

 Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 1st at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, Indiana, with Korrinn Wood officiating. Burial was in the Salem Cemetery near Cross Plains with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation was held on Friday, May 31st at the funeral home, with the Versailles Masonic Lodge also conducting services.

  Memorials may be given to the Salem Cemetery, Versailles Masonic Lodge, or Jefferson Presbyterian Church in care of the funeral home.

Larry Kinnett

  Larry William Kinnett, age 78, passed away on May 23rd, 2019.

  He was born on June 29th, 1940 in Rising Sun, the fifth of seven children born to Archie N. and Ruth E. Kinnett.

  Larry is survived by his daughter, Rebekah Kinnett; by his brother Gary Earl Kinnett; by his sister Mary Lou Crouch; and many other family members and friends.

  Larry was preceded in death by his wife Karen “Rolf” Kinnett; by his brothers: James Robert, Donald Nelson, and Gene Orville; and by his sister Janice Ruth Dawson.

  Larry graduated with honors from Indiana University, and after earning his masters degree in 1963, Larry entered the teaching profession in the Mt. Healthy, Ohio, school system. After a couple of years he returned to his hometown in Rising Sun and began a teaching career in the Aurora/South Dearborn School System until his retirement in 2015. His true passion in life was the opportunity to prepare his students for English/literature at the college level.

  Private services were held.

  Memorials may be made to the Dearborn Community Foundation, 322 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, 47025, (812) 539-4115 to help fund a college scholarship endowment fund “in memory of Larry Kinnett” for any South Dearborn High School student involved in literary arts or the teaching profession.

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

James Pompa

  James Ray “Jim” Pompa, age 84, of Lamb, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019, at his residence.

  Jim entered this life on December 20th, 1934 in Muncie, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Angelo Raphael “Ray” and Gladys May (Benbow) Pompa. He was raised in Muncie, Indiana, where he was a 1952 graduate of Muncie Central High School.

  Jim was united in marriage on June 13th, 1954, in Muncie, to Ella Jane “EJ” Simpson. This happy union was blessed with two daughters: Debbie and Peggy; and a son, Joe. Jim and EJ shared nearly 65 years of marriage together until his death.

  Jim completed a four year apprenticeship to become a Journeyman Electrician. He was employed as a journeyman electrician in 1953 for Local Union #855 in Muncie, Indiana, serving 11 years of service. Jim was employed in 1964 for General Motors Chevy Plant in Muncie, Indiana, retiring as Senior Plant Engineer after 22 1/2 years of service.

  He resided in the Switzerland County community since 1997 and attended Union Baptist Church in Lamb. Jim will be remembered for his love of flying, boating and motorcycles.

  Jim will be missed by his wife, Ella Jane “EJ” (Simpson) Pompa of Lamb; by his daughters: Debbie Coers and her husband, Mark of Muncie, Indiana and Peggy Fisher and her husband Jeff of Eaton, Indiana; by his son, Joe Pompa and his wife Beth of Rose Hill, Kansas; by his grandchildren: Bryce Coers, Natalie Mathes and her husband Scott, Erik Fisher and his wife Adrienne, Lindsay Hack and her husband Todd, Craig Fisher and his wife Kinsie, Adam Pompa and his fiancée Kelsey Williams, and Andrew Pompa and his wife Ashley; by his great-grandchildren: Norah Mathes, Mitchell Mathes, Brooks Mathes, Emma Fisher, Haley Fisher, Alex Fisher, Carter Hack, Jackson Hack, Graham Fisher, Seth Fisher, and Kallen Pompa; by his nephews, Joe and Father James; and his niece, Kelly.

  He was preceded in death by his parents: Angelo Raphael “Ray” and Gladys May (Benbow) Pompa; by his sister, Peggy Lane; and by his nephew, Danny Lane.

  Funeral services were conducted on Sunday, June 2nd, by Reverend Mike Barnes at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Friends were invited to call on the family on Sunday, June 2nd, prior to the beginning of the services at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Baptist Church or the Women’s Giving Circle c/o Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. Cards are available at the funeral home.