Obituaries 1-19-17


Renfro Bishop

Renfro Bishop, 76, of Rising Sun, passed away on Monday, January 9th at his residence.

He was a retired Supervisor with Automax/Flowserve and

drove a church bus for 13 years. Renfro was also a beloved Husband,

Dad, and Papaw.

Renfro is survived by his wife, Donna Bishop (nee Fox); daughters: Margaret (Jeff) Inman, Tracey (Troy) Mirick, Katy (Brandon) Liebert, and Elizabeth (Jeryl) Sandman; sons: Mark (Karen), John, Matt and Luke Bishop; 20 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 5 sisters and 5 brothers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Evelyn;

twin brother, Herbert Bishop; brother, Leon Jackson; and Granddaughter,

Sarah Bishop.

Visitation was held from 10-12 p.m. on Friday, January 13th, with the funeral service following at noon at Dobbling Funeral Home, Fort Thomas, Kentucky. The Burial was at Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association,

5211 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45227. Online condolences

can be given at

Ollie McCartney

Ollie Mae McCartney, 85, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away at 9:05 p.m. on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Ollie was born in Petersburg, Kentucky on August 11th, 1931, the daughter of the late Thelma (Sutton) and Hubert Brady.

She was a graduate of Hebron High School, Class of 1949. Ollie was the widow of former Aurora Police Chief William Dale “Bill” McCartney. Ollie and Bill were married on June 14th, 1953 in Petersburg, Kentucky. They were together 60 years until Bill’s passing on October 6th, 2013.

Ollie’s first job out of high school was at Ullrich’s Drugstore in Aurora working in the soda shop. She also worked in the office of Dr. Kenneth Jackson. Ollie worked over 40 years in the dry cleaning business, first for Sparkle Cleaners in Aurora, then for Econo Cleaners.

Ollie was a faithful member of the Aurora First Presbyterian Church, where she served as Deacon, Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher and was a member of the Women’s Circle Group. She was also a member of the Laughery Valley FOP Auxiliary, Job’s Daughters, Dillsboro Home Ec Club and a former Cub Scout Den Leader. Ollie was a devoted Eastern Star

member for 65 years and served one year as District Deputy.

Ollie is survived by a son, Tim McCartney (Karen), of Aurora, Indiana; by daughter-in-law, Teresa McCartney, of Bennington; by grandchildren: Matt McCartney (Katie) of Aurora; Amanda McCartney, of Greendale, Indiana; Danielle Griffin (Scott) of Vevay; and Jill Peters (Chris) of Fairview; by nine great grandchildren: Ryele, Lilly, Aiden, Ella, Kellan, Kenna, Ethan, Camden

and Kaney.

She is also survived by two brothers: Joe Brady of Patriot and Gene Brady of Quercus Grove.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband Bill in 2013; and by her son, Randy McCartney, in 2010.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 18th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Robert Percival officiating. Visitation was on Tuesday, January 17th at the funeral home. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Aurora Rescue Unit, Aurora

First Presbyterian Church, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or

charity of donor’s choice. Cards are available at funeral home.

Joan Feathers

Joan H. Feathers (née Joan Lorraine Hutton), 82, passed away in her Pitman, New Jersey home on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 surrounded by her family.

Born November 27th, 1934 in Camden, New Jersey, she was the youngest of four children born to Joseph William and Lillie (née Millar) Hutton.

Always the adventurer, she lived in California, Wyoming, New York, and Florida before returning to the Delaware Valley in the mid 1960s. Joan worked for a number of years as a registered nurse before retiring with her husband to their shore home in Strathmere, New Jersey, where they enjoyed boating, dining out, and dancing late into the night.

Predeceased by her husband, James R. Feathers, Sr. (1930-2012), and daughter, Sherri Lyn Allen (1958-1975); she is survived by her brother: Robert John Hutton of Canton, New Jersey: sons: Richard F. Allen, Jr. of Vevay; Robert John Allen Sr. of Houston, Texas; and Gary Galván of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; her stepson: James R. Feathers, Jr. of Christiana, Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

Friends may call from 2-3:15 p.m. at Kelley Funeral Home, 125 Pitman Avenue, Pitman, New Jersey, on Saturday, January 21st; with services at 3:30 p.m. Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the VFW Foundation (; or Missions Door (, 2530 Washington Street, Denver,

Colorado, 80205.

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Carroll Hooton

Carroll ‘Buddy’ L. Hooton, age 81 of Holton, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at the Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Indiana.

Born in Ripley County on January 21st, 1935, he was the son of the late Carroll E. and Edna B. Selig Hooton.

Carroll married Aldean Kathryn Thomas on June 25th, 1960 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Dewberry in Cross Plains. To this marriage, they were blessed with three children.

Carroll graduated from Vevay High School in 1953. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran. After his marriage, he became a member of Dewberry Church where he served as a past elder and also a church trustee.

Starting in 1987, he became a board member and served as treasurer of the Dewberry Church Cemetery Endowment Fund. Along with serving his church, he sat on the Holton Water Board as one of its directors.

When he retired in December 1987, he had worked 32 years for the Cummins Engine Company located in Columbus, Indiana, ending his career there as an electrician. After retiring, he and his wife were able to enjoy wintering in Florida for several years. He decided that he no longer wanted to spend a lot of time away in the winter because they missed too many of their

grandchildren’s functions. Watching his only grandson, Allen, play basketball – along with being very proud of the fact of the great grades that all of his grandchildren made – were the reasons he stayed in Ripley County.

Carroll had many interests besides his family. Like many people in this area, he was a huge IU fan. He thoroughly enjoyed woodworking and gardening. Ice cream tastes good anywhere and anytime, and Carroll was living proof of it. The cold treat was his favorite snack as everyone knew, and he was always ready for it.

He was a wonderful husband, dad, and grandfather who will

greatly be missed.

Survivors include his wife: Aldean Kathryn Thomas Hooton of Holton; his son: Michael (Jean) Hooten of Osgood; and his daughters: Wanda (Rick) Bales of Versailles and Brenda Hooton of Friendship. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Chelsae, Alanie, and Allen Hooton; Brittany and Megan Bales; Abby Fields and Kayla Fields; his great grandchild Lexie Fields; and his sister

Janice (Benny) Taylor of Canaan.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert McCreary.

Visitation was held on Sunday, January 15th, 2017 at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood, and also on Monday, January 16th, prior to the time of the funeral service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church-Dewberry, near Cross Plains. The funeral service was held on Monday, January 16th, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church-Dewberry, near Cross Plains. Burial was in the church


Memorials may be made out for Dewberry Cemetery Fund.

Arrangements were made by Neal’s Funeral Home.

Catherine Thies

Catherine Lucille Thies, 96, of Rising Sun, passed away peacefully at 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, at her residence.

She was born in Ohio County, Indiana, on February 18th, 1920, the daughter of the late Edith (Peters) and George W. Chase. She was a graduate of Aurora High School, Class of 1937.

Catherine was the widow of Malvin W. Thies who passed way in 1983. They were married on December 30th, 1936, in Williamstown, Kentucky.

Catherine worked at various jobs over the years including: Seagram’s Distillery, Krick’s Electric, Whitlock Chair Factory and Campbell Hausfeld. She also did wallpapering for people. She was a faithful member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ for 84 years. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and reading. Catherine loved to travel and had visited most of the United States and Canada.

Catherine is survived by two daughters: Erma Jean Thies, of Rising Sun and Brenda Jane Thies Sheldon, of Bright, Indiana; by a brother: Paul V. Chase, of Aurora, Indiana; by sister-in-law, Rosalie Grace of Rising Sun, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband Malvin; and her brother, George Chase.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 17th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Brother Davon Huss officiating. Visitation was held on Monday, Janaury 16th, at the funeral home. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Rising Sun Rescue, Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ or charity of donor’s choice. Cards are available at funeral home.

Diana Edwards

Diana D. Edwards, 69, of Olean, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at her home.

She was born at the Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville on August 17th, 1947, the daughter of Charles and Georgia Jordan Smith.

She was married to John Edwards and he preceded her in death. Diana retired from the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center where she worked as a supervisor. She had also been employed as a Corrections Officer at the Indiana State Women’s Prison in Indianapolis as well as jobs with Brockway Glass in Lapel an as independent truck driver for Ritz Management. Diana was a member of the Milan American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include one son: Kevin (Sherry) Rutherford of Aurora; one daughter: Kimberly (Eric) Minch of Vevay; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two sisters: Dorene Kash of Milan and Donna (Larry) Thomas of Versailles.

She was preceded in death by her husband; by her parents; her sister, Florine Eldridge; and her brothers: James Smith and Charles Smith, Jr. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 18th at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. Burial was at the Busse Cemetery near Sunman. Visitation was held on Tuesday, January 17th, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the Busse Cemetery in care of the

funeral home.

James Miller

James Wesley “Blondie” “Jimmy” Miller, age 46, of Florence, Indiana, passed away at 4:03 a.m. on Friday, January 13th, 2017, at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jimmy entered this life on March 6th, 1970, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the son of Harry Wesley and the late Julia Darlene (Stewart) Miller.

He was a graduate of the Switzerland County High School.

Jimmy was united in marriage on February 14th, 1991, at the Vevay Nazarene Church in Vevay, to Cristina Lynn Jones, and to this union arrived three sons: Christian, Joseph and Jadon, to bless their home. Jimmy and Cristina shared nearly 26 years of marriage together until his death.

Blondie was employed for the Utilities Department for the Town of Vevay for 25 years. He was a member of the Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fire and Rescue and the New Life Fellowship in Vevay. He was currently serving on the Board of Directors for the East Enterprise Regional Sewer District.

Jimmy enjoyed tinkering with trucks and cars, building semi tractor trailer models, drawing, playing cards and grilling out.

Jimmy will be deeply missing by his loving family and friends. Jimmy will be dearly missed by his loving wife of nearly 26 years: Cristina Lynn (Jones) Miller of East Enterprise; his sons: Christian Andrew Miller of East Enterprise, Joseph Paul William Wesley Miller of East Enterprise, and Jadon Isaac Miller of East Enterprise; by his father: Harry Wesley Miller of Winchester, Kentucky; andn his brother: Harry Allen Miller of Winchester, Kentucky.

He will also be dearly missed by his foster brother: Buddy Davidson of East Enterprise; his mother-in-law: Linda Jones of Vevay; his aunt: Kawanee Arnold of Vevay; and his several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother: Julia Darlene (Stewart) Miller, who died on September 24th, 2014; his grandmother: Hazel Lucky; his father-in-law: William “Bill” Jones; and his uncle: Paul William Stewart.

Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, by Pastor Larry Spoores at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery. Friends were invited to call on the family on Tuesday, January 17th, prior to the time of the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mr. James Wesley

“Blondie” “Jimmy” Miller Memorial Fund, c/o Haskell & Morrison

Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Chauncey Slack

Chauncey E. Slack, age 99, of Pleasant, Indiana, died Wednes-day, January 18th, 2017, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana.

Carl Cole

Carl Clinton Cole, 78, of Rising Sun, passed away at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at The Waters of Rising Sun.

Carl was born in Patsy, Kentucky, on November 17th, 1938, the son of the late Grace (Stamper) and Rufford Cole.

He was the husband of Patty (Baxter) Cole. Carl and Patty were married on March 6th, 1982.

He worked as a Lineman for Cincinnati Gas & Electric, and lat-er for Duke Energy. Carl was a member of the Rising Sun Sons of the American Legion Post #59 and a former Aurora Eagles and Moose Lodge member. Carl coached Little League Baseball in Millville, Ohio, for several years. He enjoyed playing bingo, fishing, hunting, bird watching and collecting arrowheads. Carl was also a former beekeeper and sold the honey he collected.

In addition to his wife Patty, Carl is survived by two daughters: Cathy Harris and husband Dennis, of Okeana, Ohio and Mendy Cook and husband Bobby, of Sunman, Indiana; by four sons: Randy Cole and wife Pam, of Hamilton, Ohio; Carl Cole and wife Ruth, of Oxford, Ohio; Greg Cole and wife Karen, of Ox-ford, Ohio; and Kevin Cole and wife Kris, of Hamilton, Ohio; by two step daughters: April White, of Vevay and Regina White, of Rising Sun; by two step sons: Kevin White, of Rising Sun and Eric White, of Rising Sun.

He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 26 great grandchil-dren; 5 step grandchildren and 5 step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by a son, Bob Cole; by brothers: Ted, Lawrence, Pete, Leonard and Roy; and by sisters: Ella and Eleanor.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 19th at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Pastor Darrell Sparks officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Ris-ing Sun New Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to The Waters Activity Fund. Cards are available at funeral home.

Dennis Abdon

Dennis Alan Abdon, 63, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away on Monday, January 16th, 2017.

He was born January 23rd, 1953 in Lawrenceburg, the son of the late Edgar and Freda (Lewis) Abdon.

Dennis was a founding member, and active member of the ASG – Arch Street Gang. He was a member of the Lawrenceburg Ea-gles Arie 2018 and past member of Lawrenceburg Fire Company #1. Dennis was an avid golfer and sports fan. He loved being a grandpa. He retired as a Boilermaker at Local 105, Piketon, Ohio.

He is survived by his loving wife, Georgia Abdon; two sons: Brian (Kim) Abdon of Lawrenceburg and Cody (Tara) Abdon of Manchester, Indiana; four brothers: John Abdon of Aurora, Indiana; Al (Joan) Abdon of Greendale, Indiana; Mike (Nancy) Abdon of Aurora, Indiana; and Mark (Susann) Abdon of Ben-nington; by two sisters: Angela Uhlman of Decatur, Indiana and Nancy (Ray) Beatty of Greendale, Indiana; and eight grandchil-dren: Brock, Blake, Braden “Bubba”, Summer, Alex, Jace, Mia, and Ava.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Freda Ab-don; and his sister, Debbie Abdon.

Family and friends will be received on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Law-renceburg. Funeral services will be held at Fitch-Denney Funer-al Home on Friday, January 20th, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Brian Dunaway officiating. Interment will follow in the Greendale Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the ASG Foundation.

James Michael Roberts

James Michael Roberts, 72, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at the James A. Haley VAMC, in Tampa, Florida.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he was born on November 24th, 1944 to James Imber Roberts and Mary Virginia (Zoller) Rob-erts.

‘Mike’, as he was known to many, served his country proudly and honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1962 to 1966.

He was the former owner and operator of Froelich Construction in his hometown in Cincinnati, a business he owned for over 20 years. He specialized in roofing, siding, doors and windows. Mike loved to travel as well as play cards, especially Texas Hold’em.

He moved to Homosassa, Florida in 2005, and is survived by his wife Sharon Kay Roberts, with whom he shared 22 great years. He is also survived by his three children: Keli Roberts, Cincinnati, Ohio; Sheri Roberts (Debbie Frazier) of Vevay; and Scott Roberts (Andrea), of Seattle, Washington; by two stepsons: Steve Manz (Sherry) of Ohio and Scott Walters of Homosassa, Florida.

He is also survived by his brother Rick Roberts of California. Mike will also be missed by all of his beloved 19 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by two stepsons: Bill and Joe Walters.

Friends will be received on Friday, January 20th, 2017 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, Florida. A chapel service will take place at the funeral home at noon with military honors. Interment will be private. www.wilderfuneral. com.

Media Lewis

Media M. Wolf Lewis , age 82, of Columbus, Indiana, formerly of Moorefield, died on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017, at 3:06 a.m. at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus, Indiana.

Media entered this life on January 22nd, 1934 in Jefferson County, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of Carl and Lula May Edwards Wolf, both of whom preceded her in death. She was raised near Moorefield, and was a 1952 graduate of the old Central High School on Ryker’s Ridge near Madison.

She had attended the Macedonia Baptist Church near Moore-field while living in the community; and after moving to Colum-bus, she became a member of Parkside Baptist Church.

She was united in marriage to Donald “Don” L. Lewis on Octo-ber 27th, 1951 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. This happy union of 41 years was blessed with two daughters: Carolyn and Donna. They moved to Bartholomew County in 1965, where they remained the rest of their lives. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, embroi-dery and reading and was a homemaker who loved taking care of her family and her home.

Media will be missed by her loving two daughters, Carolyn Ba-con and her husband John of Dillon, Montana and Donna Lewis of Franklin, Indiana; by her grandchildren: Joshua Bacon, Bon-nie Bacon-Ortiz, and Amelia Bacon Bergum; her great-grand-children: Aiden Bergum, Kalyn Bergum, Gabriel Ortiz, and Kel-ly Bacon.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carl Wolf, who died on March 6th, 1981; her mother, Lula May Edwards Wolf, who died on August 7th, 1964; and by her husband of 41 years, Donald “Don” L. Lewis, who died on January 6th, 1993.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 21st, 2017, at 11 a.m., by Chaplain Wayne Edwards at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

Friends may call on Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Macedonia Baptist Church or the Parkside Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.