Obituaries 7-30-15


Cora Wilson

Mrs. Cora Marie (Chase) Wilson, age 74, of Switzerland County, passed away at 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 26th, at the Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover, Indiana.

Cora entered this life on July 31st, 1940, in Quercus Grove, the daughter of the late Clarence and Mary Ellen (Reed) Chase. She was raised in Switzerland County, where she attended the Patriot High School.

Cora was united in marriage on February 14th, 1957, in Vevay, to the late William H. “Kicky” Wilson, and to this union arrived three daughters: Terri, Kimberly and Yulonda; and a son: Jeffrey Wade, to bless their home. Cora and William shared 30 years of marriage together until his death on November 26th, 1987.

Cora was a former Machine Operator for the U.S. Shoe Factory in Vevay, retiring after 42 years of service when the factory closed. Cora was employed for a short period of time at BESI, Inc. in Vevay. She was a former Bar Manager for the Vevay VFW Post #5396 for 10 years. She was a member of the Vevay VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #5396 and the Vevay Church of Christ.

Cora resided all of her life in the Switzerland County community. In 2011 she moved to the Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison, and later moved to the Hanover Health & Rehabilitation Center in Hanover.

Cora enjoyed gardening and raising her family.

Cora will be missed by her daughters: Terri Oliver and her husband: Ralph Edwin of Vevay; Kimberly McEndree of Franklin, Indiana; and Yulonda Birge and her husband: Curtis of Vevay. By her son: Jeffrey Wade Wilson of Clinton, Tennessee; her grandchildren: Quinton, Clayton, Sarah Beth, Rocky, Amy, Jake, Jesse, Curtis, Katrina, Anna Belle, Jennifer, Samantha, Fred, Cory, Cody, Christian and Caleb; and by her great-grandchildren: Dylan, Remy, Nathaniel, Madison, Adrien, Kali, April, Leigha, Noah, Daulton, Austin, Alex, Christian, Xavier, Cassidy, William, Summer, Lilly, Molly and Emmy.

She will also be missed by her sisters: Betty Raisor of Moores Hill, Indiana; Elizabeth “Liz” Little of Florence; and Beulah “Bootie” Thornton of Vevay; by her brother: Clarence “Buster” Chase of Vevay; and her several nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Clarence and Mary Ellen (Reed) Chase; her husband of 30 years: William H. “Kicky” Wilson, who died November 26th, 1987; her granddaughter: Sarah Oliver; her sisters: Geraldine Peters, Leo “Ike” Chase, Ruth Romans and Viola “Sis” Gregory; her brothers: Donald Chase and Paul David Chase; and her son-in-law: Granville William “Billy” McEndree, Jr.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 28th, 2015, at 1 p.m., by Pastor K.C. Banta, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay.

Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vevay VFW Post #5396 Relief Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.

David Gurley

David Lee Gurley, 71, of Vevay, passed away on Sunday, July 26th, 2015 at Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison.

He was born May 4th, 1944 in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of Leland and Elizabeth (Schroeder) Gurley. He was a 1962 graduate of Rising Sun High School; and had operated Dairy Queen franchises in Vevay and Warsaw, Kentucky for many years.

He was a lifetime Harley-Davidson rider. His family tells that he rode his 1952 Harley to California when he was 17 years old.

Surviving is his wife: Mary, of Vevay; and six daughters: Denise (Bobby) Floyd of Greendale; Dawn (Darrell) Shell of Rising Sun; Deanna (Robert) Johnson of Bright; Dana (Jeffrey) Houston of Moores Hill; Kelly (Brandon) Floyd of New Jersey; and Dusti (Morris Jr.) Alford of Alabama. He is also survived by a brother, Mike Gurley of Rising Sun; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are being held today (Thursday July 30th), at 1 p.m. at the Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Reverend Mike Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Rising Sun Cemetery.

If desired, memorial donations are requested to Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Easton James Konradi

Easton James Konradi entered this life premature on July 20th, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was expected to be the loving son of Ricky Wayne and Lanetta Irene (Burkhart) Konradi. His Mommy and Daddy stated he was a fighter and one of life’s greatest charms.

After four hours, Easton gained his angel wings on July 20th, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Easton will be dearly missed by his loving mommy and daddy: Ricky Wayne and Lanetta Irene (Burkhart) Konradi of Patriot; his big sister: Delilah Rain Konradi of Patriot; his big brother: George Robert Konradi of Patriot; his maternal grandfather: Steven Wayne Burkhart of Eastgate, Ohio; his maternal grandmother: Tina Marie (Parlier) Grant of Bethel, Ohio; and by his maternal great-grandmother: Linda Parlier of Bethel, Ohio.

He will also be missed by his paternal aunts and uncles: Terry and Clara Mayfield of Aurora, Indiana, Gary and Mary Jo Konradi of Patriot; Sherry and Bobby Fryman of Milton, Kentucky, Connie Adkins of Patriot; Nyoka Couch of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; and Shirley Luann Bennett of Patriot; his maternal aunts and uncles: Samantha Burkhart of Patriot and Zack and Amber Burkhart of Mt. Orab, Ohio; and by his numerous cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Robert Lewis and Geraldine (Dickerson) Konradi; his maternal step-grandmother: Nancy Burkhart; his paternal great-grandparents: Emmett and Gertrude (Nix) Dickerson, “Gus” August and Martha (Dohelman) Konradi; his maternal great-grandfather: James Parlier; his paternal uncles: Robert Lewis Konradi, Jr., Ronald E. Konradi and Jack Adkins.

A memorial gathering was held on Wednesday, July 29th, at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home, with the Reverend Mike Jones officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Easton James Konradi Memorial Fund. Cards are available at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home.

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

Margaret Ann Spiry

Mrs. Margaret Ann (Cotton) Spiry, age 85, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away at 12:35 a.m. on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.

She was born on August 29th, 1929 in Burlington, Iowa to Chester Carroll Cotton and Ella Margaret Coon. She and her family moved to Columbia, Missouri where she attended and graduated from Hickman High School. She received her associates degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

She had lived in Des Moines since the death of her husband, Alfred J. Spiry, Sr. in 2007 and for the 37 years prior to that in Hyde Park, Ohio. She truly enjoyed her home, her friends and all of the fun at Beaverdale Estates. She will be missed by all.

She was raised in the Methodist Church and later years in life attended the United Church of Christ. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a prolific author having written 12 volumes of “The Cotton Family of Northern Virginia.” She began her genealogy research in the early 1980’s when the only forms of research were letter writing, making some long distance phone calls, court house and library visits to find the materials that were needed.

For several years, she and Alfred J. Spiry, Sr. were the genealogist columnists for The Madison Courier and Weekly Herald and later a column for Round About Madison. She also gave several genealogy workshops in Madison, Indiana, and Cincinnati, Ohio.

Margaret will be missed by her daughters: Babette Waldrop of Des Moines, Iowa; and Margarete Jones and her husband: Rick of Berthoud, Colorado; by her son: George Spiry of Ankeny, Iowa; her grandsons: George Greeve; Greg Waldrop and his wife: Jennifer; and Daniel Jones; by her 3-great-grandchildren; by her brother: Walter Cotton of Vevay; and by her nephew: Byron Cotton and his wife: Pam.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Chester Carroll Cotton and Ella Margaret (Coon) Cotton-Shadday; her husband: Lt. Col. Alfred J. Spiry, Sr.; her son: Alfred Jacob Spiry II and her father-in-law and mother-in-law: Jacob H. and Magdalene (Wolfart) Spiry.

Graveside services and Interment were conducted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015, by Reverend Rick Daugherty, at the Vevay Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website:

Clifford A. White

Clifford A. White, 63 of Shelbyville, Indiana passed away on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015, at Richard A. Roudebush VA Medical Center Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana.

Born September 13th, 1951 Indiana Louisville, Kentucky, he was the son of Colen White and Dorothy J. (Johnson) White

He married Sonya Green on June 4th, 1971, and she survives

Also surviving are his son, Colen (Jennifer) White of Shelbyville, Indiana; daughter, Tonya (Lloyd) Burks of Shelbyville, Indiana; grandchildren: Zachary White, Chelsea White and Brandon White; brothers, James (Marty) Orhmann of Topeka, Kansas and Paul White of Oklahoma: by sisters: Violet (Bill) Peck of Louisville, Kentucky; Betty Dry of Oklahoma; Sue White Fairchild of Oklahoma; Delores (Steve) Copple of Scottsburg, Indiana; and Bonnie Colvin of Louisville, Kentucky.

He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Geneva Green of Vevay; sisters-in-law: Sharon McClure of Cannelton, Indiana, Karen Green of Vevay, and Phyllis (Dennis) Chase of Florence, Indiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Joe White; and sister, Alice Spicer.

Clifford White was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He worked at Best Buy in Franklin, Indiana for eight years and at PW Inc. in Greensburg, Indiana.

He was a baseball card collector and football fanatic. He enjoyed watching the History Channel and working jigsaw puzzles.

Visitation was held Tuesday, July 21st, 2015, at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 South Harrison Street, Shelbyville, Indiana.

A funeral service followed at noon at the funeral home with the Reverend Robb Barlow officiating.

Burial was held Indiana Heroes of Honor and Glory, at Whispering Hope Memorial Gardens and Crematory, Shelbyville, Indiana, with military rites conducted by local veterans organizations.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shelby County Cancer Association or Wounded Warrior Project.

Funeral Directors Greg A. Parks, Sheila J. Parks and Stuart Parks are honored to conduct the services for Clifford White.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Cydney Lee Jackson

Miss Cydney Lee Jackson, age 10, of Whiteland and Franklin, Indiana, died on Sunday, July 26th, 2015, at 1:29 p.m. at the emergency room at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, from injuries suffered in an ATV accident.

Cydney entered this life on November 1st, 2004 at Johnson County Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of Carl Douglas Jackson, Jr. and Charlene Lee Coner both of whom survive.

Cydney was a fifth grade student at Custer Baker Intermediate School in Franklin, Indiana. She loved cheerleading, animals, horses, gymnastics and being with her family. She lived all of her life in Johnson County and was involved in the Vineyard Community Church and Franklin Christian Church. Cydney was a special little Angel who always brought joy and love to her parents and family.

Cydney will be missed by her loving parents, Carl Douglas Jackson Jr. and his companion, Sonya Hallett of Whiteland, Indiana; and Charlene Lee Coner and her companion, Michael Ellis of Franklin, Indiana; by her loving big sister: Ashley Bricker and her husband, Jonathan of Whiteland, Indiana; and her loving big brother, Carl Douglas Jackson, III of Greenwood, Indiana. She will also be missed by her maternal grandfather, Ronald Coner of Franklin, Indiana; her paternal grandmother, Barbara Jackson of Whiteland, Indiana; her niece and nephew: Gracelynn Bricker and Carter Levi Jackson; her aunts and uncles: Becky and James Carroll of Camby, Indiana; Traci and Dave Foster of Franklin, Indiana; and Jason Coner of Indianapolis, Indiana; several great aunts, great uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother: Betty Boucher; and her paternal grandfather, Carl Jackson, Sr.

Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow (Friday, July 31st), at 1 p.m., by Pastor Jim Bricker at the Vineyard Community Church, 512 South Madison Avenue in Greenwood, Indiana.

Friends may call today (Thursday, July 30th), from 1-8 p.m. at the Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 South Morton Street (U.S. 31) Franklin, Indiana; and tomorrow (Friday, July 31st) from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the Vineyard Community Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Johnson County Community Foundation for Cydney Lee Jackson. Cards are available at the funeral home and at the church. Online condolences: or

Bonnie Lou Johnson

Bonnie Lou (Smith) Johnson, 68, of Dillsboro, Indiana, passed away at 3:29 p.m., on Saturday, July 25th, at her residence.

Bonnie was born in Milan, Indiana, on July 14th, 1947, the daughter of the late Marian (Rieman) and James D. Smith. She was raised in Ohio County and was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1965. She worked as a dietitian at Dillsboro Manor; and she also worked as a cook and kitchen supervisor at Frisch’s.

On November 20, 1965 she married Bobby Gordon Johnson, who passed away on July 7th, 2011. Bonnie and Bobby were married nearly 46 years.

Bonnie is survived by a daughter: Cheryl Johnson, of Dillsboro, Indiana; two sons: Robert Johnson (Deanna), of Bright, Indiana, and Jeffrey Johnson, of Nashville, Tennessee; by four brothers: David Lee Smith, of Michigan; Michael Edward Smith of Dillsboro, Indiana; Alan Wayne Smith, of Rising Sun; and James Smith, Jr., of Rising Sun. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Elliot, Molly, Natalie, Spencer, Emily, Caramia and Sienna Johnson.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents James and Marian Smith; and by her husband Bobby Gordon Johnson.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., tomorrow (Friday, July 31st) at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Friends are invited to call today (Thursday) from 5-8 p.m. at Markland Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery in Aurora, IN. Memorial donations may be made to the family.

Mellwood Taylor

Mellwood Taylor, age 70, of Lexington, Indiana, died on Sunday, July 26th, 2015, at 1:50 p.m. at the Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison, Indiana.

Mellwood entered this life on August 13th, 1944 in Spencer County, Kentucky near Taylorsville. He was the loving son of the late Dewey and Georgia Easler Taylor.

Mellwood was inducted into the United States Army on April 5th, 1963 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He rose to the rank of Specialist Four, serving in the 82nd Airborne during the Vietnam War. Mellwood was honorably discharged on April 4th, 1969 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, receiving the Parachute Badge, the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

He was raised in the Moorefield community and was a graduate of Vevay High School.

On December 9th, 1967 Mellwood was united in marriage to Margaret Ruth “Ruthie” Sides in Ripley County by W.T. Fleming. This union of 47 years was blessed with one son: Mell; and one daughter, Tona. Mellwood was a member of the Carpenter’s Union and had worked as a general foreman with Marble Hill. The family moved to Marysville, Ohio and Mellwood worked for the Honda Plant as a carpenter. They resided there for 15 years. Mellwood and Ruthie returned to Jefferson County and he enjoyed working with the Big Oaks Wildlife Reserve. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and woodworking.

Mellwood will be missed by his loving daughter: Tona Porter and her husband, Danny of Deputy, Indiana; his grandchildren: Danielle Bryant and her husband, Skyler of Westport, Indiana; Michael Walden of Deputy, Indiana; and Clayton Taylor of Deputy, Indiana; and his great grandchildren, Aiden and Serenity Bryant; his sisters: Jeanie Reynolds and her husband, Danny of Columbus, Indiana; Joyce LaHood of Cocoa, Florida; by his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Laverne Taylor of Jeffersonville, Indiana; Dot Taylor of Moorefield, Indiana; and Dave Rodgers of Brooksburg, Indiana; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Dewey and Georgia Easler Taylor, his beloved wife of 47 years: Margaret Ruth “Ruthie” Side Taylor, who died on June 1st, 2014; his son, Mell Lee Taylor, who passed on May 19th, 2005; his sisters: Mary Taylor (Claude); Francis Taylor (Herbert); Louise North (Gene); Marcine Gibbons (Lewis); and Faye Rodgers; and by his brothers: William Taylor (Mary Lee); Wesley Taylor; Johnny Taylor; and Wilbert Taylor (Sue).

Funeral services will be conducted today (Thursday, July 30th), at 11 a.m., by Reverend Jerry Begley at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Interment will follow in the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Indiana.

Friends may call today (Thursday) from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.

A final salute will be conducted today (Thursday) at 11:30 a.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion with full military honors to follow at the graveside.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mellwood Taylor Memorial Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home.