Obituaries 12-11-14


James Bowling

James D. Bowling, 56, of Moorefield, passed away the night of Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, of a massive heart attack while coon hunting with his friend and beloved hounds near his residence in Moorefield.

He was born November 1st, 1958, in Milan, the son of Sulvan and Nancy P. Bowling. He was a 1977 graduate of South Ripley High School. He was an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and rose to the rank of technical sergeant. He received the Air Force Service Award Ribbon, NCO Professional Education Graduate Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, and was certified as an expert marksman. He also was distinguished as one of the top 10 recruiters by the Air Force. He was currently the maintenance supervisor and events coordinator for Hanover College and had formerly worked in maintenance at Argosy Casino. He is also the announcer for the American Wrestling Association. James was a member of the Milan American Legion, Milan VFW, American Coon Hunters Association, and the Long Run Baptist Church near Vevay.

James lived to entertain his friends with the occasional prank, he was an incredible performer, singer, writer, and commentator; but most of all, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be missed by all who were blessed to know him.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Vonda K. Bowling; his son and daughter-in-law, Jesse and Jordan Bowling; his daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Jason Dameron, all of Milan; his four grandchildren, Blaine, Wyatt, Jaden and Olivia; his sister and brothers, Betty Jo (Gene) Copeland of Breckenridge, Colorado, Rick (Diana) Bowling of Morrow, Ohio, Mike (Barbara) Bowling of French Lick, and Sulvan (Thuy) Bowling, Jr., of Farmers Retreat.

James is preceded in death by his parents, Sulvan and Nancy P. Bowling; his nephew, Michael Bowling, Jr.; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bill and Sallie Disbro.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 10th, at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, with Reverend Casey Banta officiating. Burial was in Washington Cemetery in Elrod. Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.

Betty Mason

Betty Armstrong Mason, 61, of San Jose, California, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 5th, 2014.

She was born October 7th, 1953, in Madison, the daughter of Elbert Leon and Marilyn Lucille (Risk) Armstrong. She was raised on the family farm on Parks Ridge near Vevay. After graduating from Switzerland County High School in 1972, Betty attended Purdue University. There she met James Willis Mason III, who would be her husband for nearly 40 years. Betty left Purdue to marry James in Lafayette, California. She completed her B.A. in Earth Science at California State University, Northridge. Betty started work for the City of Los Angeles as a cartographer. Her computer skills lead to work as a System Administrator and as an Oracle Database Administrator. In San Jose, she worked for On Command Video and CTG, Inc.

Betty and James raised two sons, James William Mason and Daniel Jeffrey Mason. Betty was a talented cook, gardener, seamstress and quilter. She was enthusiastic about her family genealogy, making her orchids bloom and collecting succulents. She was a tireless helpmate assisting in renovated homes in Los Angeles and San Jose.

Betty successfully fought beast cancer in 2013, maintaining her sense of humor throughout. In September, 2014, Betty found she was one of the rare individuals adversely affected by chemotherapy drugs. Her breast cancer therapy caused her to develop leukemia. Again, she met the challenge with strength and humor.

Betty is survived by her husband; her two sons; her daughter-in-law, Victoria Hailey Mason; and her cherished granddaughter, Claire Alexander Mason. Her Indiana family includes her mother, Marilyn Risk Armstrong of Vevay; and brother, William Galin Armstrong and his wife June and their children and grandchildren of Muncie.

Elizabeth Hack

Elizabeth Clara (Farrenkopf) Hack, 86, of Suwanee, Georgia, passed away at 2:48 a.m. Friday, December 5th, 2014, at the St. Ives Memory Care in Alpharetta, Georgia.

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

Michael Hobbs

Michael Howard Hobbs, 58, of Rising Sun, passed away peacefully at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 7th, 2014, at his residence.

He was born in Covington, Kentucky, on December 4th, 1956, the son of the late Howard P. Hobbs and Marcella (Griggs) Tyre. He was a graduate of Holmes High School in Covington, Kentucky. Michael served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion and was a former member of the VFW. He was also a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ.

Michael was the husband of Tina (Smith) Hobbs, who survives him.

In addition to his loving wife Tina, Michael is survived by his two sons, Nathan Foster of Louisville, Kentucky and Justin Michael Hobbs of Owensboro, Kentucky; his three sisters, Tamison Hornsby of Florence, Kentucky, Gina Edwards of Alexandria, Kentucky and Jessica Tague of Charlotte, North Carolina; his brother, Johnny L. Hobbs of Rossville, Georgia; and seven grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jesse Eric Tyre; and his sister, Deborah Jean Hobbs.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, December 11th) at the Rising Sun Church of Christ. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today at the church. Interment with military graveside services will be in Cedar Hedge Cemetery in Rising Sun.

Memorial donations may be made to the family. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun is serving the family.

Phyllis Miller

Phyllis Jean (Becknell) Miller, 69, of Dillsboro, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 9 a.m. Thursday, December 4th, 2014, at her daughter’s residence in Rising Sun.

She was born August 19th, 1945, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of the late Carl Becknell and Hazel Marie (Judd) Thacker. She was raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she graduated high school and attended college for two years.

Phyllis was united in marriage on May 11th, 1991, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Carl Miller.

Phyllis was a former CNA and a private duty nurse for several years. She attended the Uptown Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Truth Apostolic Church in Vevay. Phyllis resided in the Vevay community for 16 years and later moved to the Dillsboro community in 2008. She was a wonderful homemaker and enjoyed painting and going to the casino. Phyllis was a devoted mother, grandmother and sister.

Survivors include her four sons, Frank Thacker of Tennessee, Carl Junior Davis of Cincinnati, Ohio, Anthony Wayne Davis of Rising Sun, and Kevin Carl Davis of Florence; her two daughters, Tonya Renee Miller-Torres of Rising Sun, and Vera Marie Zuern of Miamisburg, Ohio; her grandson whom she raised, Kevin Carl Miller of Dillsboro; 16 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; her two sisters, Irene Becknell of Brown County, Ohio, and Mary Ann Barricklow of Dillsboro; and her two brothers, Raymond Thacker of Alexandria, Kentucky, and Buddy Becknell of Booneville, Kentucky.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Helen Mason Becknell; her brother, Kermit Lee Becknell; her two infant brothers, Roy C. Becknell and Donald Jack Becknell.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 8th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Brother Anthony Wilks officiating. Interment was in Vevay Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Phyllis Jean Miller Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

James Smith

James Oliver Smith, 70, of Patriot, passed away at 9:55 a.m. Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, at his residence.

James was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 22nd, 1944, the son of the late Oliver and Beatrice (Stewart) Smith. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. James worked as a security officer at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati and also worked in maintenance for the hospital. He was a member of Rising Sun First Baptist Church.

James was the husband of Alanna (Renyer) Smith, whom he married on August 17th, 1991.

Survivors include his devoted wife Alanna; his two sisters, Linda Petrey and Theresa Bledsoe, both of Cincinnati; and his brother, Russell Smith of Cincinnati.

Besides his parents, he also was preceded in death by his brother, Alva Carl Smith; and his sisters, Patricia O’Mally, Etta Coyne and Ola Raisor.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 6th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial with military graveside services was in Eastview Cemetery in Patriot. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun Baptist Church.

Billy McEndree

Granville William “Billy” McEndree, Jr., 54, of Franklin, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away at 4:40 p.m. Saturday, December 6th, 2014, at Select Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis.

He was born March 26th, 1960, in Madison, the loving son of Granville W. “Bill” and Rhodia (Carr) McEndree, Sr. He was raised in Switzerland County and was a 1978 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

Billy was united in marriage on July 9th, 1989, at the Stones Crossing Church in Greenwood, Indiana, to Kimberly Kay Wilson. Billy and Kimberly shared 25 years of marriage together until his death.

Billy was a former service technician for Fletch Chrysler in Franklin, Indiana and Tom O’Brien Chrysler in Greenwood, Indiana. He was a former employee of U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay. Billy resided in the Franklin, Indiana, community since 1992. Billy will be remembered for his love of fishing, hunting, gardening, watching TV, reading and especially his grandchildren.

Survivors include his loving wife of 25 years, Kimberly Kay (Wilson) McEndree of Franklin, Indiana; his daughter, Amy McElroy and husband John of Russell Springs, Kentucky; his sons, Jake McEndree of Russell Springs, Rocky Lane Wilson and wife Missie of Fishers, Indiana, and Jesse Dale McEndree and wife Kelena of Russell Springs; his six grandchildren, Nathaniel, Madison, Adrien, Dylan, Remy and Kali; his mother, Rhodia (Carr) McEndree of Shawnee, Oklahoma; his sister, Rebby Dotson and husband Dan of Rising Sun; his brother, Joseph McEndree and wife LaRae of Shawnee, Oklahoma; his nieces and nephews, Katrina Marsh, Laura Wentworth, Samantha Wilson, Katie Birge, Todd McEndree, Charlie Wolfe, Josh Wolfe, Michael Wilson, Corey Wilson, Cody Wilson, Christian Wilson, Caleb Wilson, Quinton Oliver, Clayton Oliver and Billy Birge; his sisters-in-law, Terri Oliver and husband Eddie of Vevay and Lonnie Birge of Vevay; his brother-in-law, Wade Wilson; and his mother-in-law, Cora Wilson of Madison.

He was preceded in death by his father, Granville W. “Bill” McEndree, Sr.; and his maternal grandmother, Rebecca Carr.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 10th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Ronald Sandidge officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Carolyn Kincaid

Carolyn Louise (Holtke) Kincaid, 72, of Vevay, passed away at 6:02 p.m. Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014, at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born July 22nd, 1942, in Loveland, Ohio, the daughter of the late Henry Joseph and Natalie Marie (Winston) Holtke. She was raised in Loveland, Ohio, where she attended the Loveland High School.

Carolyn was united in marriage on February 22nd, 1964, at the St. Columbian Catholic Church in Loveland, Ohio, to the late George William Kincaid. Unto this union a son, James Thomas, arrived to bless their home. Carolyn and George shared 54 years of marriage together until he passed away on November 25th, 2010.

She was a former clerk for Kiddie City Toy Store in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 12 years. Carolyn resided in the Grosebeck, Ohio, community for 35 years and the past 18 years in the Switzerland County community. She was a member of the Switzerland County Community Church in Vevay. Carolyn will be remembered for her love of collecting clowns, merry-go-rounds and carnival items.

Survivors include her son, James Thomas Kincaid of Cincinnati, Ohio; her three sisters, Agnes Smith of Loveland, Ohio, Joan Bryant of Loveland, Ohio, and Dorothy DeBord of Tipp City, Ohio.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 9th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Charles Dayadharum officiating. Interment was in Kirker Cemetery in West Union, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Frances King

Sochia F. “Frances” (Brown) King, 70, of Harrison, Ohio, passed away at 1:55 a.m. Saturday, December 6th, 2014, at Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg.

She was born April 10th, 1944, in Pineville, Kentucky, the loving daughter of the late Jake and Sochia (Ferrell) Brown. She was raised in Pineville and was a 1963 graduate of Central High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Frances was united in marriage on November 29th, 1966, in Cincinnati to the late Lewis “Tom” King. Unto this union a son, Kevin, and a daughter, Vicki, arrived to bless their home. Frances and Tom shared 47 years of marriage together until he passed away on August 19th, 2013.

Frances was a former legal secretary for the law office of Goering & Goering in Cincinnati, retiring in 2005 after 13 years of service. She was employed as a sales associate for the Ethyl Corporation in Cincinnati. She was also employed at Lueken Steel in Cincinnati. Frances resided in Harrison, Ohio, most of her adult life. Frances was a faithful member of the New Haven Road Church of God in Harrison where she was very involved and served as the president of Ladies Ministry for several years.

Survivors include her loving daughter, Vicki Griffin and husband Ryan of East Enterprise; her loving son, Kevin King and wife April of Savannah, Georgia; her grandchildren, Chloe, Audrey, Tucker and Norah.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 10th, at Jackman-Kercheval-Meyers Funeral Home in Harrison, Ohio, with Reverend Eric Hollis officiating. Interment was in Glen Haven Cemetery in Harrison.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay was in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at