Obituaries 08/27/20


Vernon Romans

  Vernon Harrison Romans, 83, passed away on August 22nd, 2020 at his home in Pelion, South Carolina with his family by his side.

  Vernon was born on July 14th, 1937 near Aberdeen, Indiana, the fifth of seven children to Arthur and Nellie Romans. The family moved to Patriot when Vernon was a freshman in high School. During high school Vernon participated in all sports and received an All-Sports Award at graduation.

  After graduating from Patriot High school in 1955, he attended Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana for one year. After that, he worked in Aurora, Indiana.

  He married Joyce Hatton on December 7th, 1957 and they resided in Aurora, Indiana for a few years until they bought a house in Bright, Indiana.

  Their first son, Gregory Vernon Romans was born December 9th, 1958. Unfortunately, they lost their son to a tragic accident when he was one year old. Somehow, life went on and on November 29th, 1960 a son, Brian Eric Romans was born; and another son, Steven Eliot Romans, was born March 4th, 1962.

  Later, the family moved to Lexington, Kentucky where Vernon worked for Westinghouse Air Brake Company.

  On March 3rd, 1968 the family had paid a visit to relatives in Indiana and were on their way back to Lexington when tragedy struck again. They were in a serious car accident on US 50 east of Lawrenceburg where Joyce was very seriously hurt. Steve had some serious injuries, but unfortunately Brian was killed.

  After moving back to Indiana, their daughter Jennifer was born on December 8th, 1970. Shortly thereafter Vernon was able to take a job in South Carolina with the Hobart/ Whirlpool Corporation from 1972-1992. After retiring, he worked in Water/Wastewater Managing for the Town of Pelion where they still live.

  Vernon loved his community and was involved in many civic activities.

  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joyce Hatton Romans; by his son, Steven Romans, (Michele); and his granddaughter Amy; by his daughter, Jennifer Romans Padgett, (Steve) and his two grandsons: Kyle and Cooper Crews; by his step-grandchildren: Nicholas Padgett, Zachary Padgett, Keith Padgett, Alex Padgett, and Victoria Padgett McNure (Eric); and by his step-great grandchild, Jordan.

  He also leaves behind his two sisters: Virginia Kelly of Rising Sun and Janice Meadors (Tom) of Patriot; his sisters-in-law: Jerrie Shields (Vince) of Madison and Deanna Christman (Lloyd) of Canaan, Indiana; and his brother-in-law, Kippy Hatton (Pam) of Florence, Indiana; as well as many nephews and nieces.

  Vernon was preceded in death by his two sons, Gregory and Brian Romans; by his parents, Arthur and Nellie Romans; by his two brothers, Claude Romans and Harold Romans; and by his two sisters, Naomi Romans Endres and Patricia Romans Hunefeld.

   A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Vernon’s home state of Indiana. Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Lexington Chapel is assisting the family. Locally, Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family locally.

  Anyone who would like to donate in memory of Vernon may do so to the following: MADD of South Carolina, 421 Mission Court, Irmo, South Carolina 29063 or Compassionate Care Hospice, 100 Ashland Park Lane Suite B, Columbia, South Carolina 29210.

Thelma Seel

  Thelma F.  Jewell Seel, age 80, of Lexington, Indiana, died on Monday, August 17th, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. at her home.

  Thelma entered this life on October 28th, 1939 in Jefferson County, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late Daniel Boone and Alice Bernice Woodfill Jewell. She resided nearly all of her life in Switzerland and Jefferson Counties. Thelma graduated in 1957 from Vevay High School. She was raised and a long-time member of the Union Baptist Church at Lamb, Indiana.

  Thelma was united in marriage in 1959 to Roy Allen Konkle and this union was blessed with a daughter, Kimberly.

   On March 25th, 1968 Thelma was united in marriage to Larry W. Seel in Switzerland County. This union was blessed with a son, Wesley.

  She worked for a short period of time for Ranch Supermarket and as manager of Burger King. She was employed for many years with the Joyce Shoe Factory in Madison. Thelma began working in 1988 for Martin Rea in North Vernon and retired in 2004.

  She was currently attending the Fire Place Church in Madison and had held membership with the Jefferson County Goodwill Conservation Club and the CB Club with the handle, “Lady Fender Bender”. Thelma enjoyed playing cards, working puzzles and being with her family.

  Thelma will be missed by her loving son, Wesley Seel of Lexington, Indiana; by her loving daughter, Kimberly Truman and her husband Ralph of Hanover, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Darrell “Craig” Copeland and Kristian Seel and her companion, Tyler Morrison; by her great grandchildren: Macey Morrison and Nataley Morrison; by her step grandchildren: Ryan Truman and Brandi Truman; by her step great grandchildren: Thane Stull, Rayden Littrell, and Lilly Crabb; by her sister, Mary Simmons of Lamb, Indiana; by her sisters-in-law: Mary Lenna Lawson Jewell of Lamb, Indiana, Patsy Stockdale of Hanover, Indiana, and Karen Reed and her husband Paul of Vevay; by her brother-in-law, Jim Seel and his wife Helen; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Daniel Boone Jewell, who died in 1981; by her mother, Alice Bernice Woodfill Jewell, who died in 2004; by her brother, William Boone “Bill” Jewell, who died on December 11th, 2019; by her husband, Larry W. Seel, who died on October 27th, 1974; by her nephew, Steve Daniel Jewell, who died on March 14th, 2018; by her brothers-in-law: James E. “Jimmy” Simmons, who died on January 5th, 2018, Kenneth D. Seel, who died on April 5th, 2020 and his wife, Mary Scott Seel, who died on January 12th, 2014; and Gene Stockdale, who died on April 19th, 2020.

  Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, August 22nd, by Pastor Joey Ehlers and Pastor Mike Barnes at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment followed in the Grandview Memorial Gardens, 9306 North US 421 near Madison, Indiana. Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Saturday, August 22nd, prior to the beginning of the funeral service at the funeral centre.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Fire Place Church.  Cards are available at the funeral centre.

Nancy Burress

  Nancy Alline McClure Burress, age 80, of Madison, died on Thursday, August 20th, 2020, at 3:00 a.m. at the Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover, Indiana.

  Nancy entered this life on September 27th, l939, in Trimble County, Kentucky. She was the loving daughter of the late Howard Wilson and Lavern Joyce Ogden McClure.

  She was blessed to raise her son Ricky Burress; and loved fishing, gardening and dancing.

  Nancy had worked at the old Conn Organ Company and worked as a guard at the Marble Hill site. She was a member of the Madison New Testament Church.

  Nancy will be missed by her loving son, Ricky Burress and his wife Carla of Madison; by her grandchildren: Chelsea Lee Reynalds (Evan) and Taylor Claire Demaree (Jimmy); by her great grandchildren: Jeremiah Reynolds, Luke Demaree, and Lola Demaree; by her sisters, Linda Bolden and her husband Jerry of Vevay and Sherry Hammons and her husband Allen of Lexington, Indiana; by her brother, Joe McClure and his wife Gayla of Greensburg, Indiana; by her brother-in-law Arthur Stoops of Florence, Indiana; and by several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Howard Wilson McClure, who died on December 22nd, 1987; by her mother, Lavern Joyce Ogden McClure, who died on July 22nd, 2009; by her sisters: Barbara Lee McClure, who died on September 9th, 1948, Elvy Louise McClure Mathews, who died on April 27th, 1982, Joyce Darlene McClure Hutchinson Harmon Wilcox, who died on October 13th, 2010, and Ruth Sharon McClure Stoops, who died on May 17th, 2019; and by her brother, Wilson McClure.

  Graveside services were conducted on Tuesday, August 25th, at 12:30 p.m., by Dennis Straub at the Liberty Cemetery near Hanover, Indiana. Interment followed in the Liberty Cemetery.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Tuesday, August 25th, prior to the time of the funeral at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana.

  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude.  Cards are available at the funeral centres.