Obituaries 5-23-13


Fred Chandler

Fred Chandler, 73, of Bennington, passed away at 10:48 p.m. Sunday, May 19th, 2013, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born August 3rd, 1939, in Owsley County, Kentucky, the son of the late John and Jenny Bell (Riley) Chandler. He was raised in Owsley County where he attended school.

He was united in marriage on November 20th, 1962, in Owsley County, to Laura Mae Gabbard. Unto this union two daughters and one son arrived to bless their home. They shared nearly 49 years of marriage together until her death on April 28th, 2011.

He was employed at Arvin Meritor in Carrollton, Kentucky, retiring in 2002, after 19 years of service. He was formerly employed at Stedman Foundry in Aurora for 17 years. He farmed all of his life, raising tobacco, corn and cattle. He resided the past 45 years in Switzerland County. He will be remembered for his love of a hard day’s work and spending time with his family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his two daughters, Teresa McCartney and Lana Kelly and husband Kevin, all of Bennington; his son, Doug Chandler and wife Jenny of Bennington; his eight grandchildren, Danielle Griffin, Derek Pike, Jill McCartney, Blair Kelly, Paige Kelly, Haley Chandler, Lynnzie Chandler and Jenne Kelly; his nine great-grandchildren, Alex Shackleford, Kaden Kelly, Kellen Griffin, Ethan Harbert, Averi Childers, Mason Kelly, Ashlynn Laura-Leigh Kelly, Kenna Griffin and Camden Peters; his three brothers, Gary Chandler of Moores Hill, Charlie Chandler of Booneville, Kentucky, and Larry Chandler of Booneville, Kentucky; his four sisters, Ethel Sebastin of Booneville, Kentucky, Patty Chandler of Booneville, Kentucky, Betty Lou Giles of Columbus and Dorothy Sue Edwards of Chicago, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his four brothers, Page chandler, Sam Chandler, Elmer Chandler and Jimmy Dale Chandler; his sister, Gracie Turpin; one infant brother; one infant sister; and his son-in-law, Hubert Randall “Randy” McCartney.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Mike Jones at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County Emergency Unit. Condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Leo Gulley

Leo Pauline Gulley, 96, of Fountaintown, Indiana, formerly of Lawrenceburg, passed away Sunday, May 19th, 2013, in Fountaintown.

She was born Thursday, May 25th, 1916, in Switzerland County, the daughter of the late Harvey E. Cole and the late Nellie M. Newkirk Cole. Leo worked for Seagram’s Distillery, retiring after over 30 years of service and also worked at Thatcher Glass Manufacturing.

She was a longtime member of Beecher Presbyterian Church, serving as a Deacon and Elder. She was a faithful servant and was willing to help in any capacity, wherever she was needed. She was a member of Seagram’s Retiree Club. Leo was known for her great cooking (especially pies) and hospitality. She enjoyed gardening, canning and knitting afghans. Leo loved to be with people. Her faith and her family were of greatest importance to her. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her daughter, Vivian (Jim) Sturgeon of New Palestine, Indiana; her brothers, Emerson (Marcella) Cole and Alvin (Kathleen) Cole, all of Fairview; her grandchildren, Allison (David) Pico, Eric (Nancy) Gulley, Kelly (Ryan) Rogers, Colonel James G. (Diana) Sturgeon, Anndi (Tim) Maguire, and Jayanna (Phillip) Slayten; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 72 years, Harry Gulley (2008); her son, Vernon I. Gulley (1982); and her granddaughter, Shawn Marie Sturgeon Knutson (2012).

Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, May 24th, at the Beecher Presbyterian Church, 229 Short Street in Lawrenceburg. Services will be held at the church, Friday, at 2 p.m. immediately following visitation, with Reverend David M. Patterson officiating. Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Aurora.

Contributions may be made to the Beecher Presbyterian Church. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and the family will be notified of your donation with a card. Rullman Hunger Funeral Home of Aurora is in charge of arrangements.


Arron Bills

Arron Dale Bills, 55, of Moores Hill, Indiana, passed away at 11:23 a.m. Saturday, May 18th, 2013, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born in Milan on September 3rd, 1957, the son of the late Harry and Mary Ann (Evans) Bills. He worked as a fork life operator at Graham Packaging in Florence, Kentucky.

On June 4th, 1977, he married Diane Field who passed away September 18th, 2002.

On July 25th, 2008, he married Kimberly (Money) Bills, who survives.

In addition to his wife Kim, he is survived by his two daughters, Christina Money (Lonnie) of Dillsboro and Erin Price of Lawrenceburg; his stepdaughter, Sandra Nobbe of Lawrenceburg; his two stepsons, Steven Nobbe of Laurel, Indiana and Kevin Nobbe of Moores Hill; his five grandchildren, Tyler, Casandra, Kaylynn and Karrissa Money and Rose-Alynn Redding; his two step-grandchildren, Corbin and Connor Nobbe; his three sisters, Trina Gray of Aurora, Gina Vaught of Lawrenceburg and Carmen Marsh of Aurora.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Billy Bills.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun with Reverend Jim Jenkins officiating. Friends are invited to call from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 23rd, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. The family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Melvin Palmer

Melvin E. Palmer, 70, of Thonotosassa, Florida, passed away at 6:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 21st, 2013, at his home.

He was born January 22nd, 1943, in Ripley County, the son of the late George E. and Mae Belle (Thomas) Palmer. He was raised in Ripley County and was a 1961 graduate of New Marion High School.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army on January 5th, 1965, in Versailles, rising to the rank of Sp4T, serving during the Vietnam War. He received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Marksman M-14 Medal. He was honorably discharged on November 3rd, 1967, at Fort Lewis, Washington.

He was a concrete finisher for Mid-Florida Curb in Tampa, Florida. He was a member of Vevay VFW Post 5396 and was also a member of the VFW in Florida. He will be remembered for his love of fishing, playing pool and cards. He enjoyed buying storage units and donating those items to anyone in need.

He was a devoted companion and soulmate to the late Nola Pearl (Wilburn) Dunn. They enjoyed 53 loving years together. He was a devoted father to 17 children, grandfather to 35 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

Survivor include his nine daughters, Cindy Dunn of Thonotosassa, Florida, Bonnie Seal of Lawrenceburg, Pat Sheley of Bushnell, Florida, Judy Snow of Madison, Peggy Simpson of Tampa, Florida, Rita Mae Palmer of Shelbyville, Peggy Palmer of Shelbyville, Karen Palmer of Shelbyville, and Rose Palmer of Shelbyville; his six sons, Billy Dunn of Bushnell, Florida, Dickie Dunn of Tampa, Florida, Bobby Dunn of Thonotosassa, Florida, Nickie Dunn of Bushnell, Florida, Eddie Dunn of Aurora, and Eugene Dunn of Milton, Indiana; his three brothers, Kenny Palmer, Eugene Palmer and Allen Palmer, all of the Shelbyville/Rushville, Indiana area; his two sisters, Pearl Palmer and Edna James Burdett, both of the Shelbyville/Rushville area; 35 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Janet Schmeltz; his son, Lonnie Dunn; his six brothers, Leroy Palmer, Harry Palmer, Steve Palmer, Glenn Palmer, Frances Palmer and Lester Palmer; and his three sisters, Marie Thomas, Madeline Stone and Mary Roy.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Ron Lee at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery near Patriot with full military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of the Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday, May 23rd) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Mary Willhoite

Mary Helen Kidd Willhoite, 72, of Hanover, passed away at 8:59 a.m. Tuesday, May 21st, 2013, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born April 3rd, 1941, in Madison, the loving daughter of the late John and Cora Melton Kidd. She was raised in Madison, residing in Jefferson County most of her life. She was baptized in the Catholic Church with her brother as a young child. She was employed with Grote Industries and had worked as a private housekeeper. She enjoyed bingo, crossword puzzles, television, dancing and her puppy dog, Angel. She was a member of Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She was united in marriage to Robert Clayton Willhoite on December 10th, 1977, at the Milton United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Clayon Willhoite of Hanover; her three sons, Richard Lee Cole of Madison, Tim Cole of Hanover and Brian Skirvin of Madison; her stepson, Robert Gene Willhoite of Madison; her daughter, Janet Lewis and husband Jeff of Lexington, Indiana; her stepdaughter, Kendra Jo Emery and husband Mickey of Versailles; her sisters, Juanita Jumps of Madison and Wilma Stewart of Madison; her brother, John E. Kidd of Madison; her grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, Brent, Kyle, Kaleb, Dalton, Brian, Michael, Jacob, Eddie, Jr., and Audra; her step-grandchildren, Robert Lee, Jackie and Dylan; her great-grandchildren, Liam, Sam, Madelyn, Paxton, Layla, Dakota, Brandon and Mark; her great-great-granddaughter, Mckenzie Mae; several step-great-grandchildren; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Rozella and Orville Newman of Madison, Larry and Carolyn Willhoite of Carrollton, Kentucky, and Rick and Lori Willhoite of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her stepdaughter, Charlotte K. Willhoite on January 22nd, 1997; her sisters, Margaret Koontz, Dorothy Wells, Ruth Smith and Anna Smithers; and her brothers, Clyde W. Kidd and George Allen Kidd.

Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Bob Hicks at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 24th, and from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion Auxiliary will conduct services Friday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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