Obituaries 10-30-14


Mary Bowman

Mary Alice Bowman, 90, of Rising Sun, passed away at 2:53 a.m. Saturday, October 25th, 2014, at Ripley Crossing in Milan.

Mary was born in Madison on September 26th, 1924, the daughter of the late Earl Edward and Alice Irene (Schnabel) Adams. She was a graduate of Central High School in Jefferson County, Class of 1943. Mary last worked as a hostess at Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun. Mary had worked for Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg for several years. She attended the Rising Sun Church of Christ and was a member of the Eastern Star. Mary enjoyed square dancing, gardening, raising her roses and was an avid golfer.

On February 8th, 1948, she married Russell Lee Bowman who passed away on October 23rd, 1983.

Mary is survived by her two sons, Robert (Charlene) Bowman of Rising Sun and David (Connie) Bowman of Rising Sun; her grandchildren, Caroline Reeves (Brian), Daniel Bowman, Douglas Bowman (Tracey), Danika Brindley (Tyler), Caitlyn Bowman, Chelsea Bowman and Carly Bowman; her great-grandchildren, Nathan and Bradley Reeves, Dylan Bowman, Hailey Bennett and Drenden Bowman; her sister, Norma Jean Ayler of Madison; her daughter-in-law, Janet Bowman; and her sister-in-law, Margie Adams, both of Rising Sun.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Donald Bowman; her brothers, Earl William “Bill” Adams and an infant brother, James; her sister, Dorothy Carrigan; her grandson, Bobby Lee Bowman; and her granddaughter, Chloe Bowman.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 25th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the charity of choice.

Valerie Elston

Valerie Joan Flint Elston, 73, of Madison, passed away at 2 p.m., Monday, October 27th, 2014, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

She was born November 4th, 1940, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Dallas and Dorothy (Gillespie) Flint. Valerie attended Central School on Ryker’s Ridge where she was a high school cheerleader.

She met her future husband Gerald Elston at Central where he was a star basketball and baseball player. They were married December 13th, 1957, and had five children.

Valerie was a homemaker most of her life and as her children grew older she held positions at WORX Radio Station, Hertz Shoe Store, Mills Department Store and as manager at the Goodwill Store in Madison. Valerie also owned several floral and craft shops – The Lantern on Lanier Drive which was destroyed by the 1974 tornado, The Mulberry Bush in downtown Madison and College Town Florist in Hanover. She had been a member of Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Madison.

Survivors include her four daughters, Dawn Rochelle Elston of Jeffersonville, Kimberly Pettit and her husband, Larry of Madison, Rhonda Ferrell and her husband, John of Madison and Dorothy Nell Elston of Warner Robins, Georgia; her son, Michael Elston and his wife, Susan of Marietta, Georgia; her grandchildren, Joshua and Jeramie Elston, Jason and Jordan Stephany, Tyler and Wade Ferrell, Jacob, Rodney, Joseph Pettit and Jonathan Wayne Copeland; and several other relatives

She was preceded in death by her father, Dallas Flint, on May 16th, 1992, her mother, Dorothy Gillespie Flint, on March 22nd, 1995, her former husband, Gerald Elston, on March 7th, 1986, and her brother, Michael Dallas Flint, on June 10th, 1942

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 1st, at 2 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, with Reverend Evelyn Wheeler officiating.

Private graveside services will be held Sunday, November 2nd, with interment in Hanover Cemetery in Hanover.

Friends may call Saturday, November 1st, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Waters of Clifty Falls Activity Center, contribution cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Grover Jones

Grover Jones, 85, of Canaan, near Pleasant, passed away at 8 a.m. Sunday, October 26th, 2014, at his home.

He was born October 11th, 1929, in Barboursville, Kentucky, the loving son of the late John and Phema Grills Jones. He resided most of his life in Jefferson and Switzerland counties. He was inducted into the United States Army and rose to the rank of Private First Class. He was honorably discharged on April 1st, 1961, at Fort Benjamin Harrison.

Grover was united in marriage on October 15th, 1955, to JoAnn Poling in Madison. This happy union of 59 years was blessed with two daughters, Patty and Teresa.

Grover farmed all of his life and 50 of those on his current farm in Switzerland County. He was a member of the Indiana/Kentucky Carpenters Union and worked construction, retiring after many years of service. He had worked many years with Dunlap Construction in Columbus. He was a member of the Concord Wesleyan Church in Benham and the NRA. Grover enjoyed hunting coons, deer, and squirrels. He also loved to catfish, being outdoors, woodworking, listening to bluegrass and the Gaithers.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, JoAnn Poling Jones of Canaan; his two daughters, Patty Jones of Madison, and Teresa Ferguson of Madison; his grandchildren, Brenden, Joel and Alex Ferguson; his sisters, Ethel Mills of Versailles, Hazel Randolph and Bessie Clipp, both of Jeffersonville and Flora Cooper of Greensboro, North Carolina; several nieces, nephews and other relatives

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Thelma Jones and Effie Day; his brothers, Garrett, Clifton, Otis, Shelby, Ernest, Clofus, and Arnold Jones.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 29th, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, with Pastor Jerry Vandervort officiating. A final salute was conducted at the funeral home by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.

Interment was in Cliff Hill Cemetery near Versailles with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Versailles American Legion Post 173.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Concord Wesleyan Church in Benham. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Cleta Markland

Cleta M. (Ford) Markland, 89, of Shelbyville, Indiana, formerly of East Enterprise, passed away at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 28th, 2014, at the Morristown Manor in Morristown, Indiana.

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

Jesse McGuire

Jesse Dale McGuire, 25, of Madison, passed away at 3:38 p.m. Friday, October 24th, 2014, at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born June 22nd, 1989, in Madison, the loving son of Kenneth G. “Doc” and Brenda Sue Harper McGuire. He was raised in Madison and attended Madison Consolidated High School. Jesse also attended the Canyon State Academy and received many certificates in completed training and enjoyed the swim team. He was first employed by McDonalds and then by Gymnastics World. He worked for Arvin Sango in Madison and was currently a mold setter with North Vernon Industrial Corporation. He was of the Christian faith and had attended Green Road Baptist Church. Jesse loved music, being with his friends, having fun with his family, guns and target practicing, loved the outdoors and when he was young he enjoyed riding bikes and kayaking on the Ohio.

Survivors include his parents, Kenneth G. “Doc” and Brenda Sue Harper McGuire of Madison; his son, Lucas Druno of Clarksville, Tennessee; his daughter, Vada Burress of Madison; his brother, Lloyd David McGuire and wife Brittany of Jasper, Indiana; his godfather, Dale L. “Horse” Hall of French Lick, Indiana; his uncles and aunts, Wayne McGuire of Lexington, David Michael McGuire of Oklahoma, Ricky Lee Daugherty of English, Indiana, James and Marsha Harper of Madison, Donna and Bryan Matzek of Woodward, Oklahoma, Bobby and Kim Harper of Bedford, Kentucky, Jenny Harper of Madison, and Tina Aubrey of Milton, Kentucky; his niece, Neveah; several great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his half brother, John Louis McGuire; his grandparents, Louis and Alma Carol McGuire, Jr., Cecil Thomas and Goldie Christine Harper; and his uncle, Harold Aubrey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, October 30th) at Green Road Baptist Church, 432 Green Road in Madison, with Pastor Brad McClure officiating. Interment will be in Springdale Cemetery in downtown Madison.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time today at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jesse McGuire Memorial Fund. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Trent Myers

Trent Allen Myers, 13, of Rising Sun, passed away Sunday, October 26th, 2014, at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Trent was born in Lawrenceburg, on May 2nd, 2001, the son of Travis and Kristina (Largent) Myers of Rising Sun. He was an eighth grade student at Ohio County Elementary/Middle School in Rising Sun. Trent liked to water ski and to go tubing. He also enjoyed playing video games, being on his computer and he loved animals. Like most boys, he also occasionally liked to get into mischief. Trent was a loving son, brother, grandson, great-grandson, nephew and friend and will be deeply missed by all.

In addition to his loving parents, Trent is also survived by his sister, Morgan Dicken of Rising Sun; his great-grandparents, Sarah Keith of Vevay, Dorothy Kitchell of Lakeland, Florida, and JD and Donna Largent of Aurora; his grandparents, Rita Myers of Rising Sun, Steve Myers of Rising Sun, Lauri Largent of Aurora, Jake Largent of Aurora, and Walter and Sandy Hysell of Jeffersonville; by his uncles, Jason M. Largent of Aurora, Jason D. Largent of Rising Sun and Kevin Thies of Rising Sun; his aunts, Lorie Erne of Batesville, and Jennifer Largent of Aurora; and several other family members and friends.

Friends are invited to call Saturday, November 1st, from 1-4 p.m. at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Memorial donations may be made to Dearborn County P.A.W.S.