Obituaries 1-29-15


Anna McKay

Anna Grace McKay, 77, of Madison, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, January 28th, 2015, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay.

Darlene Evans

Darlene (Lewis) Evans, 54, of Vevay, passed away at 2:55 a.m. Monday, January 12th, 2015, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born September 11th, 1960, in Madison, the loving daughter of the late Benny and Melvena (Warner) Lewis. She was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1979 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

Darlene was united in marriage on April 10th, 1998, in Vevay, to James Earl Evans. Unto this union a daughter, Cheyenne Marie, arrived to bless their home. Darlene and James shared nearly 17 years of marriage together until her death.

Darlene was currently employed in the deli at the Vevay IGA for two years. She was a former employee of Switzerland County Tourism for five years. She resided all of her life in the Switzerland County community. Darlene enjoyed beading jewelry, reading and her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt and dear friend.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 23rd, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Brother Jeremiah Haynes officiating. Interment was in Vevay Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Darlene Evans Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Pruda Smith

Pruda Mae (Remer) Smith, 89, of Rising Sun, formerly of Florence, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Saturday, January 24th, 2015, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

She was born July 4th, 1925, in Gallatin County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Alfred and Florence (Webster) Remer. She was raised in Gallatin County where she attended school.

Pruda was united in marriage on January 19th, 1946, in Vevay, to the late Harold R. “Pete” Smith. Unto this union two sons and four daughters arrived to bless their home. Pruda and Pete shared 50 years of marriage together until his death on December 15th, 1996.

Pruda was a former employee of the Swiss Inn and Jackson’s Senior Citizens Home in Vevay for several years. She helped her husband on the family farm near Patriot. In 1975, they moved to Florence w here she resided until 2010 and moved to Rising Sun where she was lovingly care for by the staff at The Waters of Rising Sun. Pruda attended the Grants Creek Baptist Church. She was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed reading, cooking and plants.

Survivors include her three daughters, Libby Smith and husband Charles of Rising Sun, Corene M. “Sissy” Smith of Rising Sun and Tina Sandlin and husband James of Pleasant; her four grandchildren, Troy Smith and wife Becky, Susan Smith Crouse, Thomas Springer, Jr., and Tonya Springer; her four great-grandchildren, Billy Crouse, Joey Crouse, Michael Ellis and Angela Staggs; and his step-grandchildren, Davey Sandlin, Josh Sandlin and Jamie Sandlin.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was also preceded in death by her two sons, Harold A. “Bubby” Smith on February 7th, 2012 and Danny L. Smith on September 9th, 2002; her daughter, Linda Faye “Winnie” Ellis on August 28th, 2013, and her grandson, Joshua Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 31st, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Mike Jones officiating. Interment will be in Eastview Cemetery in Patriot.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the Shriner’s Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Ronald Jarvis

Ronald Lee Jarvis, 73, of Vevay, passed away Saturday, January 24th, 2015, at his residence.

He was born in Batesville, on January 30th, 1941, the son of Wilbur and Dora Little Jarvis. He was a 1959 graduate of Versailles High School and had attended electronics training in Indianapolis. He worked for 32 years for IBM in Columbus as a service technician and field manager, retiring in 1992. Ron was an avid collector of Corvairs and participated in the Vevay Car Show. He also participated in a bowling league in Columbus, was an avid coin collector, enjoyed fishing and his Honda motorcycle.

A Celebration of Ron’s life will be held Friday, January 30th, at 1 p.m. at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, with Sister Shirley Gerth officiating.

Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Humane Society or the Jefferson-Craig Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

Edgar Goley

Edgar Joe Goley, 91, of Madison, passed away at 2:20 p.m., Sunday, January 25th, 2015, at Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover.

He was born July 9th, 1923, in Jefferson County, near Madison, the fourth of five children born to Alfred L. and Gertrude Ringwald Goley. His parents were farmers and operated Goley’s Apple Orchard. He grew up on the family farm and was associated with the family orchard for many years. He attended North Madison School for all 12 years and graduated in 1941.

On January 29th, 1945, he answered the draft and completed basic training at Fort McClellan, Alabama for the Infantry. He was deployed across the Pacific Ocean and stationed at Okinawa. Edgar Joe was there when President Harry Truman dropped the Atomic Bombs on Japan. He was assigned to the 27th Infantry Division and later transferred to the First Calvary, 8th Regiment. He served in the Occupation of Japan and reached the rank of Tech Sergeant. He returned to the United States and was honorably discharged on November 20th, 1946, at Fort Sheridan, Illinois receiving the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon; the World War II Victory Medal; the Good Conduct Medal; and the Army of Occupation Medal Japan.

On returning home he formed a partnership with his father and brother with Goley Farms and Family Orchard. On January 25th, 1948, he was united in marriage to Ann Konkle at Saint Patrick Catholic Church in North Madison. This happy union of 67 years was blessed with three daughters, Karol Anne, Rhonda Lynn and Jo Ellen.

In January of 1968, he began a career with Grote Industries, working in factory maintenance for 21 years as well as farming at the same time. He shared with his wife the love for travel and adventure. They spent their vacation time visiting 38 foreign countries after retiring in 1988. They enjoyed spending the winter months in Mexico at Lake Chapala, near Guadalahara. They enjoyed eight of those winters at Melaque Beach and Barra de Navidad area on the Pacific rim of Mexico. They found great enjoyment traveling to many places by bus, train and vans. They enjoyed the many fine Mexican people they met on their travels. They spent one Winter in Costa Rica and enjoyed staying with different people in their homes there.

In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing Euchre, gardening, the animals, birds and seeing the things that God gave him to enjoy. He especially enjoyed photographing the many birds he fed and studied. Edgar Joe enjoyed growing a garden and was instrumental in learning how to compost. Walking was a great past time of his and he enjoyed Clifty State Park. He had a great love of carpentry and building, he was a do-it-yourself kind-a-man. He built three boats of different sizes, including a 33 foot by 8 foot cruiser-house boat, which he designed himself. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Father Riehl Council, Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion and Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He was a long time member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church and a life time member of the Catholic faith. He attributes and thanks his mother for the most precious gift she could have given him: “his faith.”

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Ann Konkle Goley of Madison; his three daughters, Karol Anne Kirk and her husband, Cary “Chris” of Madison, Rhonda McFarren and her husband, Gary of Keystone, Indiana and Jo Ellen Norville and her husband, Richard of Alcoa, Tennessee; his sister, Dolores Thomas of Madison; his sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Van De Stegg and her husband, Ron of Littleton, Colorado; his grandchildren, Gretchen Poindexter, Anne Wigginton (Craig), Robert McFarren, Joseph McFarren (Heather), Evan Phipps (Jake) and Thomas Norville; his great-grandchildren, Mitch Courson, Ben and Eli Wigginton, Sydney, Sarah and Anna McFarren; his great-great-grandson, Carter Courson; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alfred L. Goley on February 5th, 1973; his mother, Gertrude Ringwald Goley on June 7th, 1978; his brothers, Edward Alfred Goley, on November 24th, 2004 and Donald Vincent Goley, on July 24th, 1942; and his sister, Virginia Matthews, on July 12th, 2010.

Funeral mass will be said Saturday, January 31st, at 11 a.m. at the St. Patrick Catholic Chapel, 305 West State Street in Madison, with Father Christopher A. Craig officiating. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, 305 West State Street in Madison with military honors conducted at the graveside by the Fort Knox Ceremonial Unit and Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 30th, from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. The Rosary will be prayed Friday at 7:30 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Shawe and Pope John. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Ronald James

Ronald Gary James, 78, of Batesville, formerly of Rising Sun, passed away at 10:42 a.m. Friday, January 23rd, 2015, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ronald was born in Aurora on October 24th, 1936, the son of the late Charles and Sylvia (Kinmon) James. He was a 1955 graduate of Milan High School and also attended Cincinnati Bible College. He worked as a machinist at Setco Industries in Delhi, Ohio. He was also a minister at the Church of Christ in Cross Plains, Vevay, Manchester, Milan and Manville. In addition to pastoring, he and his wife Janice presented several concerts at area churches. Ronald was presently a member of the Dillsboro Church of Christ.

On July 5th, 1958, he married Janice (Dick) James, who survives him. Ronald and Janice were married over 56 years.

In addition to his loving wife Janice, Ronald is also survived by his daughter, Debbie (Jeff) Nuesse of Barboursville, West Virginia; his son, Timothy James of Batesville; his grandchildren, Brandon Nuesse, Breanna Nuesse, Derek James and Matt James; his great-grandchildren, Brighton Nuesse, Daniel James and Evagaline James; his sister, Barbara Sue (Bill) Poole of North Vernon.

Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by his son, Daniel James in 2005.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 27th, at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Charles Steele officiating. Interment was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or to the charity of the donor’s choice.