Obituaries 6-19-14


Barbara Covington

Barbara Jane (Whitham) Covington, 49, of East Enterprise, passed away at 7:50 p.m. Saturday, June 14th, 2014, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born March 14th, 1965, in Lawrenceburg, the loving daughter of William Milburn and Mildred Marie (Craig) Whitham. She was raised in Switzerland County where she was a 1983 graduate of Switzerland County High School. She attended Ivy Tech Community College for two years.

Barb was united in marriage on November 20th, 1992, in Jellico, Tennessee, to Harold Eugene “Joe” Covington. Unto this union a daughter and twin sons, Mason Joseph and Myles Jacob, arrived to bless their home. Barb and Joe shared nearly 22 years of marriage together until losing her courageous five-year battle to cancer.

In 1986, Barb was employed as an account clerk and bookkeeper for the Department of Child Services in Lawrenceburg for 28 years. She resided in the Switzerland County community most of her life. Barb will be remembered for her love of boating, camping and writing poetry. Barb was a devoted wife, loving mother, sister and aunt.

Survivors include her loving husband of nearly 22 years, Harold Eugene “Joe” Covington of East Enterprise; her daughter, MacKenzie Jane Covington of East Enterprise; her twin sons, Mason Joseph and Myles Jacob Covington of East Enterprise; her mother, Mildred Marie (Craig) Whitham of East Enterprise; her five brothers, Michael Whitham of Rising Sun, Robert Whitham and companion Hazel of East Enterprie, James Whitham of East Enterprise, Kevin Whitham of East Enterprie, Steven Whitham and wife Sherri of Florence. her sister, Karen Morton and husband Donnie of Pleasant; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Donnie and Pansy Covington of Vevay; her two brothers-in-law, Mark Covington and wife Rosie of Florence and Brian Covington and wife Carol of East Enterprie; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Milburn Whitham; and her two brothers, Donald E. Whitham and Dennis R. Whitham.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 18th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay, with Reverend Mike Jones officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Education Fund for her loving children. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Beulah Tapp

Beulah Ann Johnson Tapp, 75, of Dupont, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Thursday, June 12th, 2014, at Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover.

She was born January 23rd, 1939, in Bedford, Kentucky, the loving daughter of the late LeRoy and Mary Louise Robbins Johnson. She was raised in Trimble and Carroll counties and attended school there. Beulah was a waitress at the local truck stop and she met, Harold who worked at the local service station.

Beulah was united in marriage on October 5th, 1962, to Harold Vernon Tapp in Vevay on Silver Street in his parents’ front room. This happy union was blessed with two sons and three daughters. Beulah was a loving wife, devoted mother, grandmother and homemaker.

She had worked as a cook for the Dark Horse Restaurant, Command Post and had worked for McDonald’s. Beulah and Harold resided in Indianapolis for 18 years and she had worked in the laundry department at a nursing home. Beulah and Harold returned to Jefferson County in 2004. Beulah loved collecting owls and salt and pepper shakers.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Harold Vernon Tapp of Dupont; her two sons, Walter Leroy Tapp of Dupont, and Michael Vernon Tapp and his wife, Patti of Lucedale, Mississippi; her daughter, Cathy Hill and her husband, Michael of Ardmore, Alabama; her two brothers, James S. Johnson and his wife, Barbara of Hanover and Vernon Johnson and his wife, Dana of Hanover; her three sisters, Barbara Fenley and her husband, Wayne of Lebanon Junction, Kentucky, Bonnie Stephens and her husband, Warren of Madison and Debbie Kay Cooper and her husband, Joe of New Albany; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives

She was preceded in death by her parents, LeRoy and Mary Louise Robbins Johnson, her daughters, Mary Ann Stout and Pamela Sue Howard, and her twin infant sister, Louise.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 15th, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, with Pastor Bob O’Banion officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Patsy Newland

Patsy Elizabeth (Wright) Leep Newland, 74, of Martinsville, Indiana, passed away Friday, June 13th, 2014, in Mooresville, Indiana.

She was a cashier for Krogers in Mooresville over 25 years and was a mamager for Ed Shock’s Toy and Hobby Shop. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Indianapolis. She loved all kinds of handicrafts and watching “Days of Our Lives” on TV.

Survivors include her children, Richard Allen Newland, Kendra, Steele, Steven Leep Newland, Angela Linares, and Gina (Leep) Holland; her brother, Michael Wright; and numerous nieces and nephews; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Myron Leep and Billie Ray Newland; and her parents, Walter and Mary (Smith) Wright.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, June 19th) at Flanner and Bucnahan-Decatur Township, with Pastor John Dunaway officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery in Waverly.

Wanda Wood

Wanda Ann Cole Wood, 68, of Madison, passed away at 6:27 a.m. Sunday, June 15th, 2014, at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky,

She was born May 13th, 1946, at her family home near Moorefield on Big Doe Run. She was the loving daughter of Raymond Alvin and Tressah Claretta Brown Cole. Wanda was a member of the last first grade class to complete a year at the Long Run (two room school house), starting the second grade at the new Jeff-Craig Elementary School in Vevay. She graduated in 1965 from Vevay High School.

Wanda was united in marriage to George Terry Wood on July 11th, 1970, at the Brushy Fork Baptist Church near Pleasant.

Wanda began her working career at Conn Organ after graduation. Then in 1967 she began a 30 year career with Joyce Shoe/Nine West in Madison. She worked part time as a Longaberger Independent Consultant for a few years. At the closing of the shoe factory, she was excited to join the staff at the Hanover College Child Development. In 2000 she joined the staff at the new O.V.O. Child Development Center. She enjoyed the children greatly, but because of health issues transferred to the O.V.O. office. She retired in February, 2014, from O.V.O. Head Start as the Administrative Assistant/Data Entry. She was a very active member of the Long Run Baptist Church teaching children and playing the piano. After marriage and moving to the Madison community, she and Terry united with the Calvary Baptist Church. She served in many roles of service at the church, including working in the nursery for 17 years. Wanda belonged to the Bennington Chapter No. 407 Order of Eastern Star, serving as past Worthy Matron in 1969. Wanda enjoyed crocheting, needle point, playing the piano, being outside, gardening and sending cards.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, George Terry Wood of Madison; her aunt, Betty Brown of Madison; her cousins, Sue Alexander, Ronnie Brown, Dean Brown and Gail Smiley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Alvin and Tressah Claretta Brown Cole

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 20th, at 11 a.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church, 2632 Michigan Road in Madison, with Paastor Mike Hamby officiating. Interment will be inVevay Cemetery, 800 East Main Street in Vevay.

Friends may call today (Thursday, June 19) from 4-8: p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive, Madison, and Friday from 10 a.m. until time of the service at the church.

Memorial donations can be made to the Calvary Benevolence Fund or Gideon’s Memorial Bible Plan, contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Sandi Tapp

Sandra Jean “Sandi” Tapp, 66, of San Mateo, California, formerly of Patriot and Vevay, passed away February 4th, 2014, in San Mateo.

She was born April 28th, 1947, in Wauseon, Ohio, where she spent her early years. She moved to Patriot where she was a 1965 graduate of Patriot High School. She was a former resident of Vevay where she was co-owner of the Vevay Package Store before moving to Arizona. She had been a resident in Arizona for approximately six years before moving to San Carlos. Sandi had been a resident of San Carlos for the past 30 years. She was a purchasing clerk for Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto, California, for nine years, and had been a bartender at the Orchid Room in San Carlos for the past 10 years. Sandi was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and was a member of the American Legion Lodge No. 585 in San Carlos.

Survivors include her companion, Bruce Lorenz at home; her two sons, Randy Tapp and wife Barrie of Amarillo and Rusty Tapp and wife Michelle of Pampa, Texas; her daughter, Robin Williams of Houston; her five sisters, Carol Mang of Covington, Kentucky, Brenda Maag of Leipsic, Ohio, Sara Blades of Greensboro, Maryland, Jayne Trapp of Ripley, Ohio, and Teresa Jester of Madison; her brother, Ralph Peebles, Jr., of Tonopah, Nevada; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Pampa, Texas, is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online register at