Obituaries 12/09/2021


Robert ‘Bob’ Ballou

  Robert Lee “Bob” Ballou, 76, of Rising Sun, passed away on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021 at Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Bob was born in Whitley City, Kentucky on August 26th, 1945, the son of the late Christine (Neal) Ballou and Glen  Ballou. Bob was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1964.

  He was the husband of Sharon  (Walton) Ballou. They were married on June 5th, 1965 at the Rising United Methodist Church. Bob and Sharon were married over 56 years until his passing.

  Bob worked for General Motors over 38 years. His job took him to New York, Ohio and Michigan. He retired from his position as a Quality Control Engineer on April 2nd, 2002.

  Bob was a man of faith and a  member of the Aberdeen United Methodist Church.

  Bob enjoyed the outdoors fishing and hunting. He loved watching all kinds of sports, especially basketball and football and was a fan of the IU Hoosiers and the Cincinnati Bengals and Reds. Bob was a beloved husband, father, brother and a proud Pop of his granddaughter.

  Bob is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Ballou, of Rising Sun; by his daughter, Darla Ballou Newlander (Jeff) of St. Johns, Florida; and by his granddaughter, Rhianna Newlander. Bob is also survived by his five sisters: Carolyn Bledsoe, Geraldine Grecco, Patty Clanton, Glenda Faye Huegel (Tom) and Debbie Reeves (Danny); by his brother-in-law, Gary Walton; and by many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

  Visitation was held on Monday, December 6th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 7th at the funeral home with Reverend Roger Parrott officiating.

  Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Aberdeen United Methodist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Clara ‘Bea’ Williams

  Clara ‘Bea’ (Browning) Williams, 94, went to be with her Lord on Monday, November 29th, 2021.

  She was born in Switzerland County on November 23rd, 1927, the daughter of Cleve and Josephine (Bosaw) Browning. She graduated from Vevay High School in 1946. A few years later, Bea met Leroy ‘Jr.’ Williams at the Aurora Farmers Fair — and their life together began.

  On January 25th, 1947, Bea married ‘Jr.’

  In 1948, Jr. and Bea moved to their farm in Union Township, Ohio County, which was located by her father-in-law’s farm on Woods Ridge.

  Bea was a person of deep faith and is a lifelong member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ where she served in many capacities for her Lord.

  Bea was a 50 year member of Eastern Star and a long time member of the Happy Homemakers Home Ec Club. Bea was a homemaker who took great pride in providing a loving home to her family. Her greatest joy was being a grandmother, great grandmother and aunt to her many nieces and nephews.

  Bea is survived by her son, Kenny Williams (Darla) of Dillsboro, Indiana; by her daughters: Connie Smith of Rising Sun, Sandra Gilligan of Cave Creek, Arizona, and Sharon Barbour (Myron), of Aurora, Indiana; by her  grandchildren: David Williams (Lisa), Matt Williams (Kelly), Elizabeth Turner (Stanley), Dustin White, Curt Williams, Brooke Fredenburgh, Kenna Williams, Mike Smith, and Steven Williams; and by her great grandchildren: Haley Core (Dave), DJ Williams, Jamie Williams, Jenna Williams, Kennedy Paige Elkins (Ronnie), Lyndon Siekman, Mia Williams, Zayden Williams, Josie Turner, Hank Turner, Chasity Smith, Maddie White, Addy White, and Cash White.

  Bea is also survived by her brother, Bob Browning; by her brothers-in-law: Tom Williams (Mardel) and Terry Williams (Sharon); and by her many nieces and nephews.

  Bea was preceded in death by her parents, Cleve and Josephine (Bosaw) Browning; by her husband, Leroy ‘Jr.’ Williams; by her daughter, Karen Smith; by her grandson, Jason Smith; by her granddaughter-in-law, Ann (Penvose) Smith: by her brothers: Bill, Ralph, Don, and Harry Browning; by her sisters: Gertrude Drew, Minnie Stevens, Margaret Baker, Katie Turner, and Elsie Caseltine; and by her sisters-in-law: Grace Browning, Betty Keith (Miller), and Midge Wilson (Chuck).

  Graveside services were held on Friday, December 3rd, at the Rising Sun New Cemetery with Brother Don Campbell officiating.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family during this difficult time.

Evelyn Smith

  Evelyn M. (Scudder) Gullion Smith, age 83, of Vevay, passed away at 1:09 a.m. on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Evelyn entered this on February 24th, 1938 in Ohio County, Indiana. She was the daughter of the late Ezra E. “Jack” Scudder and Mary Elizabeth (Bailey) Scudder Reynolds. She was raised in Switzerland County, and graduated from South Ripley High School.

  Evelyn was united in marriage on July 5th, 1957 to George Elmer “Buddy” Gullion. This happy union was blessed with six children. Evelyn and George shared 22 years of marriage together until he passed away on January 12th, 1979.

  She was a former qualified medication aide for Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay, retiring after 18 years of service. She was also a private caregiver for several years.

  Evelyn was a wonderful homemaker and loved spending quality time with her family. Evelyn enjoyed sewing, reading, singing, crocheting, attending yard sales, puzzles and word search puzzles. She also enjoyed writing in her journals, as well as, writing poems and quotes. Evelyn loved watching ‘Jeopardy’ and ‘Wheel of Fortune’.

  Evelyn will be missed by her children: Mary Evelyn Pohlman of Vevay, Wayne Gullion of Carroll County, Kentucky, Georgia Ann Richards and her husband Troy of Vevay, and Karen Marie Peelman and her husband Louis of East Enterprise; by her several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren; by her sisters: Roberta Barton of Vevay and Donna Mae Edwards of Madison; by her brothers: Harold Scudder and his wife Donna of Homer, Michigan, Richard “Rick” Scudder of Vevay, and Carroll David Scudder and his wife Cheryl of Vevay; and by her several nieces, nephews and cousins.

  She was preceded in death by her parents: Ezra E. “Jack” Scudder and Mary Elizabeth (Bailey) Scudder Reynolds; by her first husband, George Elmer Gullion; by her second husband, Manford Hayes “Buck” Smith; by her  daughters: Teresa Lynn Gullion and Velma Mae Gullion; by her son, William Dale “Bill” Gullion; by her grandchildren: Billy Gullion and Tina Marie Begley; by her great-grandson, Shawn Colen; by her great great-grandchildren: Paxton Gullion and Kyler Browning; by her brothers: Donald Wayne Scudder, Bud Scudder, and Ronald “Cappy” Scudder; by her infant sister, Leona Scudder; and by her step-son, Robert Nim “Robbie” Smith.

  Visitation was held on Wednesday, December 8th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services were conducted following the time of visitation on Wednesday, December 8th, at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Evelyn M. (Scudder) Gullion Smith Remembrance Fund c/o Georgia Richards. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Cecil Shinault

  Cecil Blanton Shinault, 72, of Patriot, passed away on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 at his residence.

  Cecil was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi on September 1st, 1949, the son of the late Ione Elizabeth (Blanton) Shinault and Walter Sidney Shinault. Cecil grew up in Mississippi and was a graduate of Mississippi State University.

  His family and his faith were the two most important things to him.

  Cecil is survived by his loving wife, Rebecca Shinault, of Patriot; by his three daughters: Michelle Shinault McGee, of Patriot; Rebekah Shinault, of Patriot; and Lisa Frazier (Vernon), of Malden, Missouri; by his two sons: Brandon Shinault (Keri), of Hebron, Kentucky and Ethan Shinault (Alisha), of Patriot; by his four grandchildren: Quintin Shinault (Tara) of Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee; Brayden Stubbs of Hebron, Kentucky; Jonah Shinault of Hebron, Kentucky, and Jeremy McGee of Patriot. Cecil is also survived by his two sisters: Annella Szanyi, of Tupelo, Mississippi and Theresa London (Larry), of Tupelo, Mississipppi; and by his brother, Sid Shinault (Elaine) of Olive Branch, Mississippi.

  Cecil was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Joe Shinault.

  Visitation was held on Saturday, December 4th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Funeral services were held following the time of visitation with Brother John Smitson officiating at the funeral home.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Cecil’s memory to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Andrew Ross

  Andrew Stephen Ross, 41, of Carrboro North Carolina, originally of Switzerland County Indiana, passed away Monday, November 1st, 2021 in Carrboro, North Carolina.

  Andrew was born in Lawrenceburg Indiana on September 18th 1980 to Steven (Josh) Fletcher and Barbara (Aurora) Ross-Fletcher.

  Andrew was valedictorian of his grade school at Switzerland County Elementary and was quarterback for the Switzerland County Panthers Pee Wee football team 1990-1991. Andrew attended and graduated from Switzerland County High School in 1999 with top honors. During his high school years he played baseball, ran cross country and played basketball for the SC Pacers.

  Andrew attended Indiana University, Bloomington from 1999-2003 where he earned his BS degree in psychology with particular focus on child psychology. During this time he volunteered his time with the IU Developmental Psychology Department, focusing on infant cognitive development. Andrew spent a summer in New Hampshire as a camp leader for Wediko Children’s Services which works with students from 9 to 18 with complex psychiatric profiles and disruptive behaviors. He participated in Habitat for Humanity and was on the IU Deans list.

  Following college graduation, Andrew moved to Chapel Hill North Carolina for a few years where he taught preschool, and volunteered his time with Carol Woods Senior living and the creation of their much-loved garden before joining the Peace Corps.

  Andrew spent two years in South Africa from 2005-2007 with the Peace Corps. In the remote village of Agincourt he initiated implementation of a water delivery system to the school where he served. Working with local educators he wrote and secured grants that provided computers to all of the students in the classrooms he oversaw. Many of his Peace Corps friends and co-workers have expressed their deep condolences and all had uplifting and emotional stories of the positive impact Andrew had on their lives.

  Upon returning from the Peace Corps, Andrew began a journey in 2007 as Personal Assistant/Property Manager/Event Coordinator to Philanthropists Walter and Jo Ann Davis. He remained until the passing of Walter and then eventually of Jo Ann in 2020.

  Andrew was a fierce promoter of environmental causes, political causes and the “buy local” movement. He walked the talk. He took a lead role and helping to establish the Chapel Hill Farmers Market and acted as liaison and advocate to the Chapel Hill Town Council and developers in the design /development of what will be the permanent home for the farmers market.

  Andrew was a person full of life, passion, and kindness. He knew how to love. He also had a sense of humor that was witty and disarming at once. No one was a stranger to him and he had a true compassion for the downtrodden and less fortunate. A truly generous soul. His presence was always welcome and would fill the room. His big smile and uplifting nature would cut through to the heart and he was unafraid of revealing his true self. Of his many passions was his family and close friends.

  Next was his connection to the natural world. Andrew connected deeply with nature and was grieved by the current state of the environment. His love for nature cannot be overstated. He spent many hours at his 10 acres on Pickard’s Meadow in Carrborro, where in the beautiful woods, life made sense to him. He had many deep and meaningful friendships all over the country and the world.

  There are not words that adequately express the light that Andrew was. Those who were privileged enough to have known him, understand. Neither are there words to describe the depth of this loss. The loss of Andrew will be grieved by many, and yet, his life and example will continue to be celebrated.

  In his wake Andrew left behind his son, El Ross; his parents: Josh and Barbara Ross-Fletcher; his step mom Amy Fletcher; and his six siblings who will forever ache for more laughs with their curly headed brother: Silas Fletcher, Anna Fletcher-Stewart, Eric Fletcher (Amanda), Fletcher Ross, Christina Fletcher, and Ben Ross (Preaw). He also leaves behind eight nieces and nephews: Kaelan, Wesley, Phoenix, Rayna, Jacob, Jasmine, Lia and Kora; as well as a large extended family in Texas and Cincinnati who adored him.

  Andrew’s favorite time was Spring and to honor him there will be a beautiful celebration of life  that will be announced prior to that time. He asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Paper Hand Puppet Intervention of North Carolina or the Chapel Hill Farmers Market.

Gary Roberts

  Gary Wayne Roberts, age 68, of  Brookville, Indiana, formerly of Hamilton, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, December 2nd, 2021.

  Gary entered this life on August 10th, 1953 in Hazard, Kentucky. He was the loving son of the late Farmer Roberts Sr. and Joyce (Howard) Roberts. Gary attended Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio.

  He was a machinist at Cincinnati Testing Labs (CTL) in Cincinnati, Ohio for 37 years. Little did Gary know when he started at CTL he would have a great career with the company, but also have an extended family he loved dearly.

  On April 1st, 1977, Gary married the love of his life, Roberta “Bobbie” Lovins at their home in Hamilton, Ohio. This happy union was blessed with three children: Chris, Brad, and Brandi. Gary spent most of his time with his family and his grandchildren which was his whole world. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, going to the casino, playing cards, wood working, and fixing things.

  Gary will be missed by his loving wife of 44 years, Roberta “Bobbie” Roberts of Brookville, Indiana; by his two sons: Chris Lovins of Hamilton, Ohio and Brad (Misty) Roberts of Hamilton, Ohio; by his daughter, Brandi (Corey) Finch of Brookville, Indiana; by his special son, Mark (January) Williams of Hamilton, Ohio; by his grandchildren, Casey, Tasha, Rylee, Morgan, Cody, Ryan, Cameron, and Connor; by his five great-grandchildren; by his  step grandchildren: Hannah, Reghan, and Izich; by his special grandchildren: Zach “DJ” Parkhurst, Joyce, Scott, and Erica Williams; by his sister, Jackie Gill of Hamilton, Ohio; by his two brothers: James “Jim” (Tresa) Roberts of Hamilton, Ohio and Farmer Roberts, Jr. of Sunman, Indiana; and by his nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Farmer Roberts, Sr. and Joyce (Howard) Roberts; by his sister, Carol (Cliff) Hare; and by his brother-in-law, Eldon Gill.

  Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, December 9th, at 11 a.m., at the Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street Brookville, Indiana, 47012.  Interment will follow in the Sims Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Wednesday, December 8th, at the Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.

  Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Lori Pierce

  Lori Ann (Martin) Pierce, age 55, of Sparta, Kentucky, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 8:04 a.m. on Friday, December 3rd, 2021 at the St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Edgewood, Kentucky.

  Lori entered this life on November 1st, 1966 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Henry M. and Sarah Elizabeth (Merchant) Martin. Lori was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and  was a 1985 graduate of Western Hills High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Southern New Hampshire University on August 1st, 2018.

  Lori was united in marriage on June 15th, 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Daniel Lee Pierce. They were blessed with a daughter, Amber; and a son, Brian.

  Lori enjoyed painting, watching pearl shows on Facebook, reading, motorcycles and beagles.

  Lori will be missed by her husband, Daniel Lee Pierce of Sparta, Kentucky; by her daughter, Amber O’Connor and her husband Jonathan of Warsaw, Kentucky; by her son, Brian Pierce and his fiancée, Lisa Smith of Warsaw, Kentucky; and by her grandchildren: Kaylee Parker, Bryce Starks, Damian Hite, Kimberly O’Connor, Charles Hite and Jasmine Pierce.

  She was preceded in death by her father, Henry M. Martin; by her mother, Sarah Elizabeth (Merchant) Martin; by her grandson, Marcus Allen Pierce; and her beagle dog, ‘Brownie Ann’.

  Visitation was held on Tuesday, December 7th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Funeral services were conducted following the time of visitation on Tuesday, December 7th, at the funeral home with Reverend Mike Jones officiating.

  Interment follow in the Vevay Cemetery.

  Memorial contributions may be made to Mrs. Lori Ann (Martin) Pierce Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.