Betty J. Loos Horton, 86, of Madison, formerly of Vevay, passed away Sunday, February 2nd, 2014, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.
She was born October 7th, 1927, on Ryker’s Ridge, the daughter of Charles G. and Ethel McDaniel Loos. She was raised on a farm near Ryker’s Ridge along with three older brothers, John, Gerald “Gus” and Charles “Deb”; and a younger sister, Dorothy “Dottie.” Growing up on the family farm during the Great Depression and World War II, she developed a strong work ethic and learned the valuable lessons of thrift and self-reliance. Betty graduated from Central High School in 1945 and later studied at Bryant & Stratton Business College in Louisville, Kentucky.
She was united in marriage in Madison to the love of her life, William L. “Bill” Horton in 1948. They started a family at a time when Bill was earning a degree in finance from Indiana University in Bloomington. Bill’s 40-year career as a Hoosier banker led them to the communities of Spencer, Portland and Vevay before returning to Madison. Betty and her husband created a loving and supportive home for their four children with an emphasis on education. All four children earned college degrees.
Betty was a member of the Madison Presbyterian Church, the Madison Elks Club No. 524 and Tri Kappa Sorority. She was also active in Republican Party politics. She collected and sold antiques in Portland, Vevay and Madison. Her love of historty, antiques and architecture led to her membership in Historic Madison, Inc., where she became a docent at the Frances Costigan House.
She also volunteered at King’s Daughters’ Hospital. While in Portland, she worked in the Jay County clerk’s office and in the human resources office of Sheller-Globe. Some of her fondest memories were of the eight years she and Bill enjoyed in their lovely, scenic and historic riverfront home overlooking the Ohio River in Vevay. They also enjoyed “winter vacations” on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
Betty enjoyed traveling to visit family members and grandchildren. She and her eldest daughter shared a memorable trip to Scotland. Betty belonged to many bridge clubs throughout her life. Her love of bridge led her to numerous tournaments throughout the state. She was highly skilled and competitive and often played duplicate bridge. She planned and organized bridge weekends at Vevay’s Ogle Haus Inn. Betty also loved gardening and was an avid reader.
Survivors include her two daughters, Elizabeth “Jill” Wiest and husband Donald of Madison and Janet Lynn Sena and husband Stephen of Springfield, Virginia; her two sons, William Thomas Horton and wife Christina of Northville, Michigan and Ronald Nathan Horton of Charlotte, North Carolina; her grandchildren, Janelle, Kristin, Mark, David, Kimberly and Amanda; her great-grandchildren, Laurel, Jameson, Lorian, Bridgette, Ellison, Drew and Jack; Betty was expecting another great-gramddaughter to be born this week; her sister, Dorothy “Dottie” Phillips of Indianapolis; her caregiveer, Kathy Spurgeon; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles G. Loos; her mother, Ethel Ann McDaniel Loos; her husband of 49 years, William Lynn “Bill” Horton on December 29th, 1997; her brothers, John F. Gerald “Gus” and Charles “Deb” Loos; and her grandson, Matthew Donald Wiest on October 28th, 1997.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 8th, at the Madison Presbyterian Church in Madison, with Reverend Scott Hookey officiating. Interment will be in Springdale Cemetery in Madison.
A visitation for family and friends will follow the service in the fellowship hall at the church at 202 Broadway Street in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to Vevay’s Paul Ogle Riverfront Park, Switzerland County Lions Club or the Madison Presbyterian Church.
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 www.morgan-nay.com.
James Raymond “Jake” Rook, 82, of Vevay, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany, Indiana.
He was born January 16th, 1932, in Vevay, the son of the late James L. and Bessie L. (Furnish) Rook. He was raised in Vevay where he attended high school. Jake was inducted into the U.S. Marine Corps on February 5th, 1952, serving during the Korean War and was later discharged on February 4th, 1960.
Jake was united in marriage on June 19th, 1955, in White Plains, New York, to Kay E. Reid. Unto this union two sons and four daughters arrived to bless their home.
Jake retired on August 19th, 1988, as a truck driver for the Schenley Distillery in Lawrenceburg. He had resided all of his life in Vevay except for the time he was in the Marines. He was a member of Teamsters Local 135 in Lawrenceburg, Vevay American Legion Post 185, Vevay VFW Post 5396 and Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.
Survivors include his wife, Kay E. (Reid) Rook of Vevay; his two sons, Dennis J. Rook of Vevay and Matthew N. Rook and wife Kathy of Vevay; his four daughters, Wanda M. Bickers and husband Charlie of Warsaw, Kentucky, Angela M. Graves and husband Larry of Milton, Kentucky, Mary E. Rowlett and husband Robert of Milton, Kentucky, and Paula Jo Shields of Campbellsburg, Kentucky; his six grandchildren, Jason, Christopher, Tyler, Ariel, Michael and Andrew; his three great-grandchildren, Adriana, Kenneth and Sebastian; and his two sisters, Helen Marie Nelson of Roswell, New Mexico and Betty Jo Gullion of Carrollton, Georgia.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, Harold Rook.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 8th, at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay, with Reverend Howard Wade officiating. Interment will be in Vevay Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396 at the graveside.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Relief Fund. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Brenda Diane (Dillon) Stanfield, 70, of Pleasant, passed away at 6:46 p.m. Saturday, February 1st, 2014, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born February 2nd, 1943, in Indianapolis, the daughter of the late Gerald Edgar and Lucy (Bewley) Dillon. She was raised in Indianapolis where she attended Ben Davis High School.
She was united in marriage in 1964 in Indianapolis, to Thomas Stanfield.
She was a former bakery manager for Standard Grocery in Indianapolis for several years. She was also employed as a checkpoint supervisor for the Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis, retiring in 2001, after several years of service. She had resided in the Pleasant community since the past year. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and sister.
Survivors include her daughter, Vicki Couch of Pleasant; her two grandchildren, Kris Stanfield of Pleasant and Kasey Couch of East Enterprise; her three great-grandchildren, Macey Couch, Haylee Couch and Kaylee Couch; her two brothers, Maurice Dillon of Pittsboro, Indiana and Melvin Dillon of Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Randall, Loretta Green and Doris Dillon; and her brother, William Dillon.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, February 6th) at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Ron Lee officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home from noon to service time today (Thursday, February 6th). Memorial contributions may be made to the family toward funeral expenses. Online condolences may be made to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
Frances Ellen “Frankie” McKinney Carter, 69, of Madison, passed away at 6:14 p.m. Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Maidson.
She was born March 4, 1944, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the loving daughter of the late Jesse and Cora Frances Purnell McKinney. Early in life she was raised in Cincinnati and attended school there.
She was united in marriage on December 12th, 1989, in Bedford, Kentucky, to Albert R. Carter.
She had worked for U.S. Shoe Corporation and later in life with the Clifty Falls State Park Inn in Madison in the housekeeping department. Frankie was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed sewing and making crafts. She was a devoted wife, loving mom and grandma.
Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Albert Carter of Madison; her son, Harold Dwayne Rowlett of Madison; her daughters, Catherine Jones of Madison and Mary Ann Gibson of Greesburg; her stepson, Daniel Wayne Carter of Nokomis, Florida; her stepdaughter, Loretta Jean Carter of Lafayette; her sister, Stella Bell of Hanover; seven grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren; her step-great-great-granddaughter; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her infant daughter, Ladonna Toi; her sister, Mary Juanita Blair; her stepdaughter, Carol Sue Carter Blair; and her son-in-law, Darell Jones.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, February 2nd, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Pastor Troy Hedges officiating. Interment was in Vevay Cemetery. 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 www.morgan-nay.com.
Marvin Ray Patterson, 59, of Milton, Kentucky, formerly of Madison, passed away at 2:05 p.m. Thursday, January 30th, 2014, at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus.
He was born December 12th, 1954, in Madison, the loving son of the late Harley George and Mable L. Clubb Patterson. He was raised in Madison and spent most of his life there. He lived for a short period of his life in Bayonet Point, Florida.
He was united in marriage to Roseann and this union was blessed with one daughter, Caitlin.
He was a member and was baptized at the Brooksburg Baptist Church. Marvin worked as a mechanic and in maintenance all of his life. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed tinkering on cars, loved his dog Charlie and found great enjoyment in music and people. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 9 and the No. 2 Fire Company.
Survivors include his companion of 12 years, Debbie Tribble of Milton, Kentucky; his daughter, Caitlin Patterson of Potomac Falls, West Virginia; his five sisters, Wanda K. Adams of Madison, Virginia E. “Jenny” Bruce and husband Doug of Milton, Kentucky, Carolyn F. “Peeps” Jessup of Hanover, Cheryl L. Bruther and husband Doug of Hanover, and Pat Fisher of Brooksburg; several niece, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harley George Patterson on September 13th, 1984; his mother, Mable L. Clubb Patterson on June 11th, 2010; his sister, Audrey Nelson Porter; and his brothers-in-law, David Jessup, Vern Adams and Ed Fisher.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 4th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Pastor Johnny McDowell officiating. Private interment was in Brooksburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brooksburg Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Dora Ann Baker, 71, of Rising Sun, passed away at 3:40 a.m. Friday, January 23rd, 2014, at her residence.
She was born in Rising Sun on January 15th, 1943, the daughter of the late Irene (Berkley) Jump and Merle “Bud” Whitham. She grew up in Ohio County and attended Rising Sun Schools. She was baptized in 1954, and was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ. She retired from Schenley Distillery in Lawrenceburg. She was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion Auxiliary since 1960. She enjoyed dancing, gardening, mowing and working outside. She also liked vacations and loved going to the beach or mountains. Her little dogs were very precious to her and she loved angels, of which she had a large collecion. Her family was the most important thing in her life. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her son, Michael Shane Baker of Hebron, Kentucky; her four daughters, Kimberly McAfee (Troy) of Rising Sun, Tina Parsons (Butch) of Rising Sun, Terri Lynn Presley (Kevin Etherton) of Rising Sun, and Rae Lynn Gipson (Larry) of Rising Sun; her two sisters, Diana Whitham of Carrollton, Kentucky and Sue Ellen Ryan of Moores Hill; her grandchildren, Misty, Nena, Josh, Kelli Jo, Tyler, Brandon, Jamie, Cody, Kassie, Karrie, Kylah, Amanda, Abbey, Korey and Kyle; 11 great-grandchildren; and by nieces and nephews, Troy Whitham, Paula Whitham, Brandi Ryan, Shannon Ryan, Bruce Baker and Roger Baker.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie Baker; and her brother, Dennis Whitham.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 4th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun with Eldon Fancher officiating. Interment was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. The family requests memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, Ohio County Rescue or Rising Sun Fire Department. marklandfuneralhome.com.
Frank L. “Dicky” Klopp, 85, of Madison, passed away Friday, January 31st, 2014, at 10:21 p.m. at his home in Madison surrounded by his loving family.
He was born November 11th, 1928, in Petersburg, Kentucky. He was the son of the late Ruthford Elias and Thelma Lyon Klopp. He had resided in Jefferson County since 1942, and was a graduate of Madison High School and Indiana University. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 17th, 1946, in Indianapolis. During World War II he served in company C 58th Signal Battalion. He was honorably discharged on November 8th, 1947, with the rate of Technician Fifth Grade, receiving the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Japan.
He was united in marriage on July 21st, 1953, to Wanda Black in Vevay. This happy union of 48 years was blessed with two sons and a daughter.
He was employed for many years with Conn Organ C ompany in Madison until it closed and then worked for the U.S. government at Jefferson Proving Ground until his retirement. He was an avid fan of basketball (especially the Hoosiers), baseball, and football. He loved working in his garden, sharing its bounty with others, antiquing and refinishing antiques. He was an avid runner for much of his life and never looked his age. Fishing was also a much loved hobby and he loved sharing his catch by hosting his annual family fish fry.
Frank will be missed by his sons, Eric Klopp and wife Cindy of Madison and Mark Klopp and wife Annette of Berne, Indiana; his daughter, Jana Klopp of Indianapolis; his grandchildren, Erin Lange and husband Greg of Fishers, Indiana, Justin Klopp of Bloomington, Tyler Klopp of Madison, Ashton and Brette Klopp of Berne; his great-grandchildren, Stella and Henry Lange of Fishers; his sisters, Helen “Muffet” Lindsay of Louisville, Kentucky, Nell Gaye “Brownie” Rippe of Madison, Kathleen Chambers of Madison, Elyse “Weesie” Detmer and husband Wayne of Madison, Judy Boles and husband Shafe of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Wanda Black Klopp on June 19th, 2001; his brothers, Edward E. “Bee” Klopp on January 10th, 2006, and David “Deken” Klopp on March 19th, 2012; and his sisters, Jean “Hope” Henry, Virginia “Gina” Bersch and Mary Faith “Fadie” Seaver.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, February 15th, at 4 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be private in Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles.
A final salute and military honors will be conducted Saturday, February 15th, at 4:30 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison by Jefferon Post 9 of the American Legion and the Fort Knox Ceremonial Unit. Memorial contributions may be made to the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indianapollis.
Cheryl Ann Scott, 59, of Madison, passed away Monday, February 3rd, 2014, at 1:13 p.m. at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born November 7th, 1954 in Madison. She was the loving daughter of the late Lloyd Delmer and Jeanette “Granny” Jester Scott. She resided most all of her life on Scott’s Ridge near Canaan. Cheryl was a 1974 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. She was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church near Moorefield as a child. Cheryl later attended the Caledonia Presbyterian Church near Moorefield and was later baptized on January 26th, 2014, by Brother Logan Fugate of the Cross Plains Church of Christ. Cheryl was a farmer and she had worked as a bus driver for the Madison Consolidated School System and the Switzerland County School System until her health no longer permitted her to do so. She had helped at Camp Livingston near Bennington as a horse instructor for a number of years. Cheryl was a member of the Bennington Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 407 and the American Quarter Horse Association. She enjoyed riding horses all of her life, loved animals, visiting with friends and neighbors and helping anyone in need. Cheryl was very competitive at euchre and was always willing to help the local Amish by chauffeuring them around. Cheryl loved her dog, Penelope and every horse she ever owned. She was awaiting the birth of her first grandchild due June 28th.
Cheryl will be missed by her loving daughter, Jessica Lynn Chandler Mellado and her husband, Anthony of Terre Haute, Indiana; her step-granddaughter, Addison Mellado; her sister, Sue Ellen Eaton and her husband, Jim of Madison; her nieces, Jamie Sue Gammons and her husband, Anthony of Vevay, and Kelly Dirksen and her husband, Tim of Madison; her nephews, Jerry Dale Eaton and his wife, Elizabeth and Brett Scott and his companion, Kaley Caudill; her long time friend and caregiver, Peggy Jo Chandler and her companion, Steve of Madison; several other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd Delmer Scott, on May 23rd, 1994, her mother, Jeanette Jester Scott on July 17th, 2001; her brother, William Dale “Billy Dale” Scott, on January 6th, 2011; her longtime companion, Bennie Truman Chandler, on October 1st, 2012.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, February 9th, at 1 p.m., by Pastor Mike Barnes, Ron Lee and Brother Logan Fugate at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Interment will follow in the Brooksburg Cemetery in Brooksburg.
Friends may call Saturday from 4-8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive Madison.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cheryl Scott Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.
Albert Coleman, 68, of Vevay, passed away at 2:33 p.m. Tuesday, February 4th, 2014, at his home.
Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay.
Charles Edward Stevens, 87, of Rising Sun, passed away at 2 a.m. Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 at Mercy-West Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was born in Switzerland County on March 7th, 1926, the son of the late Roy and Elva (Driver) Stevens. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman First Class in World War II and received the Victory and Asiatic Pacific with three stars medals. He was employed as an iron worker at a steel plant in Gary, Indiana, retiring after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion Post 59, the Rising Sun Masonic Lodge and Iron Workers Union.
On November 16th, 1946, in Lawrenceburg, he married Marjorie Bovard Stevens, who survives. Charles and Marjorie were married over 67 years.
In addition to his wife Marjorie, he is survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his son, Gary Lynn Stevens; his brother, Carroll Stevens; and his two sisters, Geneva Bovard and Elberta Sowell.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, February 6th) at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Friends are invited to call today (Thursday, February 6th) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Risng Sun New Cemetery. The family requests memorial donations to the Rising Sun American Legion Color Guard or Ohio County Rescue. marklandfuneralhome.com.
Richard Allen “Cookie” Cook, 66, of Cross Plains, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Friday, January 31st, 2014, at his residence.
He was born February 8th, 1947, in Birdseye, Indiana, the loving son of John B. and Mae (Partenhemier) Cook. He was raised in Cross Plains where he atttended Benham Grade School and Cross Plains High School. “Cookie” was inducted into the U.S. Army on September 1st, 1965, in Cincinnati, Ohio, serving two tours of duty during the Vietnam War as a paratrooper and ground founder. He received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, the Purple Heart, Parachutist Badge, Air Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Army Commendation Medal. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant on August 30th, 1968, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
“Cookie” was united in marriage on March 15th, 1969, in Canaan, to Anita Marie Smith and unto this union a daughter and a son arrived to bless their home. “Cookie” and Anita shared 45 years of marriage together until his death.
After 40 years of service “Cookie” retired as a tool and dowel maker in 2008 from Grote Industries, Inc., in Madison. He was a member of the Saint Paul Lutheran Church in Olean, Indiana, Versailles American Legion Post No. 173 in Versailles, and Madison VFW Post No. 1969 in Madison. “Cookie” will be remembered for his love of hunting, fishing, NASCAR Tony Stewart, riding horses and dirt track racing.
Survivors inclue his wife of 45 years, Anita Marie (Smith) Cook of Cross Plains; his daughter, Christy Orwig and husband Bill of Versailles; his son, Richarad Cook, Jr., of Cross Plains; his mother, Mae (Partenhemier) Cook of Cross Plains; his grandchildren, Andrew, Craig, Steven, Shenna and Shaylena; his great-grandchildren, Connor and Rayne; his sister, Carolyn Hammons of Canaan; his niece, Tracy Taylor; and his nephew, Brent Hammons.
He was preceded in death by his father, John B. Cook.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, February 5th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Reverend Jerry Brooks officiating. Interment was in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Olean with a final salute conducted by the Honor Guard of the Versailles American Legion Post No. 173 at the cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Dorothy “Granny” Jones, 82, of Warsaw, Kentucky, passed away at her residence Sunday, January 26th, 2014. She was a homemaker and member of the Warsaw United Methodist Church. She enjoyed spending time with family and frinds, traveling, working in her yard, especially tending her roses and was known to love keeping the sidewalk and curb area in fromt of her home neat and tidy.
She was born May 25th, 1931, to LoRenza Kinman and Lora Hicks, who both preceded her in death.
Survivors include one son, Alfred David Jones and wife Sandy of Sparta; four daughters, Shirley and husband Dean Brock of Warsaw, Mary and husband Tim Stafford of Sparta, Kathy and husband Rick Woolums of Vevay and Charlene Lewis of Patriot; one sister, Clydie McIntyre of Warsaw; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and her loyal dog and constant companion, “Gizmo”, survives and is living with famiily members.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Jones; her son, Mitchell Jones; her grandson, Darrin Brock; her great-granddaughter, Grace Jones; five brothers, Jesse, Norvin, Robert, Norman, and Frank Kinman; and four sisters, Virgie Davis, Vernie Webster, Ellie Skinner and Bessie Hudson.
Funeral services were held at Garnett-New-McDonald Funeral Home in Warsaw on Friday, January 31st, with Brothers Raymond “Sonny” Price and Dean Brock officiating. Burial was in Warsaw Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Warsaw United Methodist Church or to the donor’s charity of choice.
Gregory “Greg” Clubb, 50, of Madison, passed away at 3:35 a.m. Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, at Hosparus Inpatient Unit of Norton Pavillion in Louisville, Kentucky.
He was born December 15th, 1963, in Madison, the loving son of Jim Gray and Peggy Ann Wright Gray. He graduated from Madison Consolidated High School in the Class of 1982 and resided in Madison the rest of his years. While in high school he loved his art classes. Later in life he participated in the building trades apprenticeship program of Journeyman Pipefitters. He had worked for American Stainless, Rotary Lift and for the Pipefitter Union Local 502 in Louisville, Kentucky since 2002. Spending time with family and being a dad was one of the things that Greg enjoyed most. In his spare time he liked to fish, ride motorcycles, garden, read and wood work. He attended Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church early in life and recently attended St. Johns United Church of Christ in downtown Madison. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 9 and ABATE.
Survivors include his loving father, Jim Gray and wife Carolyn of Hanover; his loving mother, Peggy Ann Wright Gray of Madison; his sons, Chad Storm of Columbus, Jaxon and Jett Miller of Hanover; his sister, Christy Decker and husband Gary of Columbus; his nephews, Brandon Decker of Punta Gorda Isles, Florida and Jamey Lanham of Madison; his niece, Taylor Decker of Columbus; his special aunt, Kathy Gibson of Greenwood, Indiana; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wilford and Frances Wright and Clarence and Ludy Gray; and his brother, Jim Bob Hatton.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 4th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Reverend Mike Straub officiating. Interment was in Liberty Cemetery near Hanover. Memorial contributions may be made to the Greg Clubb Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Hugh A. “Tom” Champion, 81, of Madison, passed away at 7 a.m. Thursday, January 30th, 2014, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.
He was born November 29th, 1932, in Madison, the loving son of the late Hugh and Alice Houchins Champion. He was a graduate of the North Madison High School where he played basketball for the Tigers.
On December 17th, 1949, Hugh was united in marriage to Wilma Browning. This union was blessed with one son, Richard, and two daughters, Judy and Lynn to bless their home.
From 1954-1976, Hugh worked for the Clifty Creek IKEC in the results department. In 1976, he began working under Mayor Dr. Warren Rucker as the water superintendent for the City of Madison until 1978. Hugh had owned and operated Jefferson County Beverage from 1978-1991. He was a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge Union No. 2 where he earned Entered Apprentice on July 14th, 1958, Fellow Craft on August 11th, 1958, and Master Mason in 1959. He was also a lifelong member of the Elks No. 524 and a member of the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765.
In the early 1970s Hugh had served on the Madison Planning and Zoning Commission board. He had helped develop the Ryker’s Ridge Fire Department and served as fire chief from 1965-1966. Hugh was known as an avid hunter and fisherman along with his passion for golf and NASCAR. He often studied World War II history and enjoyed furthering his knowledge. He was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel under Governor Julian Carroll and was a Tennessee Squire located in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Hugh was a member of the North United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Wilma Browning Champion of Madison; his loving son, Richard “Rick” Champion and wife Melanie of Newburgh, Indiana; his loving daughters, Judy K. Rusk of Madison and Lynn Jones and husband Mike of Greenwood, Indiana; his grandchildren, Cody John Champion, Kara Beth Rusk, Kelley Brown and husband Cordy, Kayce Goley and husband Matthew, Katie Jones, Lindsey Jones, Alex Jones; his great-grandchildren, Ben Brown, Tyler Brown and Mia Goley; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Ethel Browning; his sister, June Stoops; and his son-in-law, Michael K. Rusk on January 1st, 2008.
Funeral services were held Monday, February 3rd, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, with Dr. Matthew Stultz officiating. Interment was in Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the North United Methodist Church or the Fairmount Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.