Obituaries 12/3/2020

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Nikki Barton

  Nikki Lorene Nelson Barton, 69, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away on Sunday, November 15th.

  Nikki was born on January 13th, 1951, in Anchorage, Alaska, to a lifetime of adventures.

  She met and married the love of her life, J. Bernard Barton, in Princeton, New Jersey. They were in their 50th year of marriage, and in that time raised one daughter, cared for several poodles, and restored three different historic houses in Manchester, England; Patriot, Indiana; and Lebanon, Indiana.

  Together they were active in the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist in Indianapolis, and in the theatre and senior communities in Lebanon.

  Nikki was an avid reader and gardener, and earned a certificate in Master Gardening from Purdue University. As good with numbers as she was with plants, she worked at Landmark Properties, LLC for 17 years as their Controller and, after semi-retirement, their Bookkeeper.

  She is survived by her husband: J. Bernard Barton; by her daughter, Christine Barton-Holmes; by her son-in-law Dan Holmes; and by brothers: Steven Nelson and Jeff Nelson.

  As she was an ardent supporter of the World Wildlife Fund, memorial contributions in her memory may be made there.

  Indiana Funeral Care of Indianapolis, 8151 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46250, is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Brent Cooke

  Brent Allen Cooke, age 44, of Turners Station, Kentucky, died suddenly on Tuesday, November 24th, 2020, at 10:22 p.m. at the emergency room at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Brent entered this life on July 21st, 1976 in Decatur, Alabama. He was the loving son of Gerald E. Cooke and Betty Hyde Cooke. He was raised in Cullman, Alabama at West Point and was raised in the Panama Baptist Church there. He graduated from Madison Consolidated High School in 1994 and had participated in the Band program.

  Brent had worked for Swiss Perks in Vevay for several years. He had played in many of the area bands, playing the Bass Guitar and the drums. He loved music and could play any instrument and had started by playing the trombone. Brent loved animals especially his dogs.

  Brent will be missed by his loving parents, Gerald E. Cooke and his companion Carol Tuttle of Turners Station, Kentucky and Betty Hyde Cooke of Cullman, Alabama; by his daughter, Emily Cooke of Turners Station, Kentucky; by his sister, Melanie Otten and her husband Eric of Madison; by his niece, Devin Cranford; by his great niece, Penelope Trapp; by his companion, Terrina Jump of Turners Station, Kentucky; by his aunts: Iva Lee Cutcher of Mt. Olive, Alabama, Ruth Horton Mulkey of Oak Grove, Louisiana, and JoAnne Glass of Huntsville, Alabama; and numerous other aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Kate Cooke and Mary Jane James; and his aunt and uncle, Joyce and Horace Holmes.

  Funeral services were conducted on Monday, November 30th, by Brother Jonathan Day at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Interment followed in the Turners Station Cemetery, 95 Mill Creek Road in Turners Station, Kentucky.

  Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Monday, November 30th, prior to the beginning of the funeral service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Brent Allen Cooke Remembrance Fund or the American Kidney Foundation.  Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover.

Daniel Cummings

  Daniel Fletcher Cummings, 57, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, November 29th, 2020 at St. Elizabeth- Dearborn.

  Daniel was born in Norfolk, Virginia on October 25th, 1963, the son of the late Bettie Sue (Courtney) and Frank  Cummings. Daniel grew up in Ohio County and attended Rising Sun Schools.

  He served his country in the U.S. Army.

  Daniel worked at Hollywood Casino in Lawrenceburg and also had worked for the Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun. Daniel enjoyed playing the guitar and was a gifted musician, he could play almost any instrument he picked up. He was also was a Sci-fi buff.

  Daniel is survived by his sister, Denise Smith of Cincinnati, Ohio; and by his two brothers: Doyle Cummings, of Connecticut and Darryl Cummings, of Ashville, Ohio.

  He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brothers, Dale and Dwight Cummings.

  Funeral services will be 7 PM, Friday, December 4th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, IN with Brother Don Thomason officiating.  Visitation will be held 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, December 4th at Markland Funeral Home. Graveside services will 10 AM, Monday, December 7th at Maple Grove Cemetery in Cleves, OH. 

   Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Edward Leo Hammond

  Edward Leo Hammond, age 86, of Vevay, passed away at 5:35 a.m. on Monday, November 23rd, 2020, at the Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

  Leo entered this life on May 8th, 1934 in Owen County, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Herbert and Nora (McCain) Hammond. He was raised in Owen County, Kentucky where he attended school.

  Leo was united in marriage on December 19th, 1953 in East Enterprise, to Mariam Ellis and they shared 15 years of marriage together. He was later united in marriage to Gladys E. Hinman on December 18th, 1969. Leo and Gladys shared nearly 31 years of marriage together until she passed away on May 27th, 2000.

  Leo was employed for Stedman Foundry in Aurora, Indiana for several years until it closed. He was also employed for Bob Fehrman Realty for several years. Leo was later employed as a janitor for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay for 10 years.

  Leo enjoyed fishing — especially catfishing at night — and hunting.

  Leo is survived by his daughters: Sharon Kidwell of Indianapolis, Indiana and Karen Peters and her husband Dennis of Seymour, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Heather Harris and her husband Gabe and Brandon Peters and his wife Kim; by his great-grandchildren: Cooper James Harris and Emerson Ann Harris; by his half-brother, Clarence Clifton; by his half-sister, Anna New; and by his sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Shadday of Vevay.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Hammond, who died on January 3rd, 1947 and Nora (McCain) Hammond, who died on May 28th, 1985; by his wife, Gladys E. (Hinman) Hammond, who died on May 27th, 2000; by his son-in-law, Robert “Gary” Kidwell, who died on September 7th, 2014; and by his brothers: Estil Eugene Hammond, who died on March 14th, 2006, Larry Wayne Hammond, who died on February 25th, 2018 and Bernard Ray Hammond, who died on April 27th, 2009.

  Friends were invited to call on the family on Friday, November 27th, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Graveside services were conducted following the time of visitation on Friday, November 27th, by Reverend Charles Dayadharum, at the Slawson Cemetery in Bennington.

Earl Holmes

  Earl Wayne Holmes, 82, of Fairview, passed away at 11:51 p.m. on Sunday, November 22nd, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

  Earl was born in Frankfort, Kentucky on June 15th, 1938, the son of the late Nancy Ellen (Osborn) and Edward  Holmes. Earl was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army.

  He was a school bus driver for Switzerland County Schools for 19 years. Earl also drove 20 years for Young’s Trucking and worked two years for Catch-A-Ride before his retirement.

  Earl was a member of the NRA, Switzerland County Antique Tractor Pulling Association and the Indiana Sheriff’s Association. Earl enjoyed farming, tractor pulling and collecting guns and knives. He also enjoyed hanging out at the gun club with his buddies. Spending time with his family is what he enjoyed most.

  Earl is  survived by his two daughters: Kim Smith (Jeff) of Germantown, Ohio and Traci Walston (Joe) of Patriot; by his three sons: David Holmes (Stephanie) of Fairview, Charles Holmes of Rising Sun, and Larry Robinson of Rising Sun; by his 12 grandchildren: Grace Holmes, Landon and Makenzie Walston, Eugene, Matthew and Adam Combs, Rustyn Thies, Kasey Booker, Whitney Johnston, Brent and William Hudson and Jeri Smith; by his 19 great-grandchildren and his two great- great-grandchildren. Earl is also survived by his sister, Deborah Frazier, of Indianapolis, Indiana.

  Earl was preceded in death by his parents; by his daughter Edith Renea Thies; and by his sisters: Wynonia Mosier, Beulah Richards, Louise O’Conner and Joyce Turner.

  Funeral services were held on Friday, November 27th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Brother Roy Duckworth officiating. Visitation was held prior to the funeral service on Friday, November 27th at the funeral home. Burial with military honors was at Cedar Hedge Cemetery in Rising Sun.

  Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun American Legion Post #59.

Freddie Howlett

  Freddie Howlett, 79, of Rising Sun, passed away on Saturday, November 21st, 2020.

  He was born on June 22nd, 1941 in Milan, Indiana, son of the late Fred and Anna (Sherriff) Howlett.

  Freddie was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the AmVets and Rising Sun American Legion. He was a past volunteer fireman and past chief for Posey Township.

  He was a Switzerland County EMT and 4-H Archery Instructor. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, woodworker and farmer. He retired from Anchor Glass after 43 years.

  He is survived by his companion, Ida Belle Pennington of Rising Sun; by his son, Benjamin (Angel) Howlett of East Enterprise; by his daughter, Aimee Howlett Ballard of Rising Sun; by his sister, Ruth Matthews of Harrison, Indiana; by his sister-in-law, Thelma Howlett of Sunman, Indiana; by his son-in-law, Donnie Ballard of Switzerland County; and by his five grandchildren: Justin, Noah, Zachary, Allee, and Cloe.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Norman Howlett; by his mother, Anna Howlett; by his wife, Doris Howlett; by his two brothers: Estel Howlett and Larry “Pete” Howlett; by his sister, Lorna Howlett; and by his sister-in-law, Marlene Howlett.

  Family and friends were received on Friday, November 27th, prior to the beginning of the funeral services at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Greendale, Indiana.

  Interment followed in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, Indiana.

  Contributions may be made to the Switzerland County EMS.

David Humphries

  David Humphries, 33, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away on Monday, November 23rd, 2020.

  He was born on December 11th, 1986 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

  David was a member of the Whitewater Crossing Church, Cleves, Ohio, where he loved to play guitar and worship. He was an avid Cincinnati Reds Fan. He had an amazing sense of humor and was always cracking jokes. He loved to spend time with his daughter, nieces, and nephews. He worked as a Sales Manager at Citi Bank.

  David is survived by his mother, Annette Humphries of Harrison, Ohio; by his loving wife, Jereca Humphries of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; by his daughter, Navy Humphries; by his two sisters: Ashleigh (Joshua) Condon of Cincinnati, Ohio Katie (Noah) Hughes of Rising Sun; by his three nieces: Maylee, Revie, and Amelia; by his three nephews: Cooper, Hudson, and Shepard; and by his grandparents, Robert and Julia Reece.

  Family and friends were invited to a Celebration of Life service that was held at the Whitewater Crossing Church, 5771 OH-128, Cleves, Ohio, 45002 on Sunday, November 29th.

  Contributions may be made to the Navy Humphries College Fund (Checks can be made out to Jereca Humphries).

  Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Greendale, Indiana, is assisting the family during this difficult time.

Donald Pavy

  Donald I. “Donnie” Pavy, age 82, of East Enterprise, passed away at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 29th, 2020, at the Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

  Donnie entered this life on December 21st, 1937 in Fairview, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Wilbur F. and Edith (Orem) Pavy. He was raised in Switzerland County, and was a 1955 graduate of Vevay High School.

  Donnie was united in marriage on August 31st, 1957 at the Fairview United Methodist Church to Linda K. Bladen. This happy union was blessed with four children. Donnie and Linda shared over 63 loving years of marriage together until his death.

  Donnie was a former truck driver for Bruce Miller and a dump truck driver for Paul Gilb in Aurora, Indiana. Donnie was also a milk truck driver for Don Young in Rising Sun. He was a lifelong resident of Switzerland County, and enjoyed farming all of his life. He was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church in Fairview.

  Donnie also enjoyed playing with Zippy, tractor pulls and softball. Donnie also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and attending their activities and sporting events.

  Donnie will be missed by his loving wife, Linda K. (Bladen) Pavy of East Enterprise; by his daughters: Dawn “Gina” Beem of East Enterprise, Paula LaVoy and her husband Mike of Lutz, Florida, Jackie Pavy and her companion Brian Green of East Enterprise, and Lorrie Otter and her husband Ronnie of Vevay; by his grandchildren: Klancee Houze, Kyllee Beem, Kristopher Pavy, Kimberly Barry, Kayla Hensley, Kolton Hensley, Shasta Hunter, Shane May, Collin Otter, Kyle Otter, Kendall Otter and Calen Otter; by his 21 great-grandchildren; by his sister, Joy Briggs of Vevay; by his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Betty Pavy of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, Roberta Pavy of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Nina and David Dilts of Rising Sun, and Gary Bladen of Vevay; and by his several nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur F. and Edith (Orem) Pavy; by his brothers: Halstead Pavy, Ray Pavy, Marvin Pavy, Reverend Doyle “Jack” Pavy, Paul Pavy, Wilford “Willie” Pavy and Kenneth “Bucky” Pavy; and by his sisters: Helen Cleeter and LeOra Rebecca Pavy.

  Friends may call on the family from 3-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 3rd, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. This will be a pass through visitation due to the restriction limit of 50 people inside the funeral home at a time.

  Due to the COVID-19 restriction limit of 50 people inside the funeral home, a private funeral service will be conducted after the visitation for the immediate family.

  Due to the current situation with COVID-19 restrictions, the funeral home and the family are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates your support and love. The health and well being of everyone in our community is of our top priority. 

  The family is asking everyone who will be in attendance to please remember the social distancing guidelines at all times and the wearing of masks or face coverings will be required. The funeral home is limited to 50 people at a time inside its facility. Thank you for your understanding.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairview United Methodist Church or American Kidney Foundation. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Helen Works

  Helen Works, age 92, of Rising Sun, passed away on Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 at Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

  Helen was born on May 22nd, 1928, the oldest daughter of Frank Brown and Ola Waskom (Lonsbury). She grew up in Medora, Indiana in a family with one other sibling, Wanda Earley.

  She married Donald Works in September of 1949, and they were married for almost 60 years. Both were active in politics and loved spending time with family and friends.

  She was a member of Rising Sun Baptist Church. Before her retirement, she worked at Seagrams, Siekmen & Stearns Insurance, and the BMV. Helen was hardworking, quick-witted, and had a great sense of humor. She was respected and well liked by all who knew her. She will always be missed and forever loved.

  Helen is survived by her daughter, Deborah Bovard (Stephen); by her grandson Donald Bovard (Jenny); by her granddaughter, Terri Sarver (Derik): and by her five great-grandchildren: Olivia Bovard of Aurora, Indiana, and Nya Bovard, Meghan Bovard, Jacob Bovard, and Andrew Sarver, all of Rising Sun.

  She was preceded in death by Deborah’s father, Donald Works; and her parents, Frank Brown and Ola Waskom.

  Funeral services were held on Monday, November 30th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun with Reverend Jim Jenkins officiating. A time of visitation was held on Monday, November 30th prior to the beginning of the funeral services at the funeral home.

  Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Rising Sun First Baptist Church or Alzheimer’s Association.