Obituaries 8-7-14


Joyce Poling

Joyce Wilder Poling, 70, of Canaan, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Monday, August 4th, 2014, at her home near Canaan.

She was born July 16th, 1944, in Moultrie, Georgia, the loving daughter of the late Oscar Reed and Ruby Jean Hood Wilder. She was raised in Georgia and was a 1962 graduate of Moultrie High School. In 1964, she received her Business Education Certificate from Norman Park Junior College in Norman Park, Georgia.

On December 31st, 1966, she was united in marriage to Max R. Poling in Moultrie. This happy union of 47 years was blessed with a son, Derron; and a daughter, Amanda.

She had resided in the Canaan community since 1967. Joyce received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University Southeast in August 1970 and her Master of Science in Elementary Education in August, 1972, from Indiana University Southeast.

Joyce was employed from 1962-1964 at the General Telephone Company as a telephone operator. She then worked from 1964-1966 for Moultrie National Bank in Moultrie, Georgia as a bookkeeper. From 1970-1981, she began her career in education with the Madison Consolidated Schools as an elementary teacher at Canaan Elementary and then at Ryker’s Ridge Elementary.

In August, 1979, she received her Education Specialist Degree in School Administration and Supervision from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Joyce began a career in 1981 with Southwestern School Corporation as the assistant principal of the elementary school and then as principal of the elementary school and retired as an elementary teacher.

Joyce was elected to the Madison Consolidated School System School Board from 1997-2001 and had served as board president. Joyce had received many awards and held many offices in various organizations. Some of those included American Biographical Institute Research Association and served as the Deputy Governor in March 1993; Shield of Valor in March 1993; 2000 Notable American Women in January 1993;

– The World Who’s Who of Women in December 1992; served on the North Central Association and elected to the State Executive Board as a director; recipient of Hoosier School Award in October, 1989; I.A.E.S.P. Distinguished Principal, District No. 7 in 1988; Jefferson County Task Force for Substance Abuse, appointed 1988-1989; served on the United Way of Jefferson County and appointed to the executive board, 1987-1990; Prevention District Council and appointed to the executive board from 1987-1988; served on the Governor’s Committed for Teacher Evaluation from 1987-1988;

– Indiana Association of School Principals, elected vice president in 1987 and served as president in 1988; National Association of School Principals from 1982-1994; Delta Kappa Gamma from 1985-1994; served on the Step Ahead Council, appointed 1992-1994; Hoosier Hills Optimist Club; member of the Indiana School Board Association; member of the Madison Consolidated School Board of Trustees and was a faithful member of the Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church at Canaan, serving on many church committees.

Joyce enjoyed playing cards and caring for others and was devoted to her family and her neighborhood. Joyce had enjoyed serving as a volunteer for CASA and had served as a Republican Precinct Committee Woman for Jefferson County. Joyce was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Max R. Poling of Canaan; her son, Derron Poling and his companion, Shauna Wall of Brookville; her daughter, Amanda Poling Goley and her husband, Kyle of Canaan; her grandchildren, Quinton Poling, Charles Precht, Hannah Poling, Hannah Goley, Savannah Hall, Oscar Goley; two sisters, Barbara Reeder and her husband, Dennis of Atlanta, Georgia, Linda Eubanks and her husband LaVonne of Atlanta, Georgia; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jim and Carol Poling of Canaan, Joe and Debby Poling of Dandridge, Tennessee, Carolyn Poling of Butlerville, Kitty Poling of Madison and Doug Poling of Jeffersonville; her nephew whom she helped raise, Jimmy Dale Sedam of Canaan; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Tony Wilder.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 9th, at 11 a.m. at the Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church, 4413 East, 925 North near Canaan, with Pastor Ed Roberts and Dr. Darrell James officiating. Interment will be in Pleasant Cemetery.

Friends may call Friday, August 8th, from 4-8 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church, contribution cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Bobby Ashby

Robert Joseph “Bobby” Ashby, 75, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, at his home in Madison.

He was born June 2nd, 1939, in Madison, the loving son of the late Herman Ashby and Eleanor Marie Shingleton Ashby Warren. He resided all of his life in Jefferson County and was a member of the Brooksburg Baptist Church. He was a farmer most all of his life on Big Doe Run and had worked for Meese Manufacturing and Tower Manufacturing, having worked in maintenance. Bobby was a member of the Sons of the American Legion and enjoyed his dogs, animals and nature.

Survivors include his four sisters, Polly Temple and her husband, Darrell of Milton, Kentucky, Chris Cox and her husband, Woody of Madison, Marcella Stewart and her companion, Terry Wells of Madison and Pam Scroggins and her husband, Charles of Madison; his brother, William M. “Billy” Warren and his wife, Wynelle of Madison; his stepbrother, Ron Warren of Wildomar, California; his brother-in-law, Charles Day of Madison; his sister-in-law, Joyce Ashby of Madison; his aunts, Mildred Shoots and Jean Harrell, both of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his stepfathers, Ed McGlocklin and Bernard Warren; his brothers, George Ashby and Ray Ashby; his sisters, Carolyn Day and Ann McGlocklin; and his stepsister, Ina Mae Gibbons.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 9th, at 2 p.m. with interment in the Fairmount Cemetery in Madison, with Pastor Mark Lee and Brother James Sparks officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bobby Ashby Memorial Fund or the Jefferson County Animal Shelter, contribution cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Michael Maddex

Michael Wayne “Hollywood” Maddex, 36, of Hanover, passed away at 7:38 a.m. Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

He was born November 25th, 1977, in Madison, the loving son of Russell Wayne Maddex, Sr., and Sandra Jo Rose Allen. He was raised in Hanover and Austin, Texas, most of his life. He attended Southwestern High School. Michael was of the Christian faith and enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, NASCAR and driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Michael had worked as a lineman for Cummins Engine Company; for IT & T as a machine operator in North Vernon and a materials handler for Arvin Sango.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Sandra Jo Rose and Rudy Allen of Hanover; his father and stepmother, Russell Wayne, Sr., and Sherry Maddex of Leander, Texas; his sons, Dalton and Zachary; his brother, Russell Wayne “Shane” Maddex, Jr., of Hanover; his sister, Patricia “Tricia” Maddex of Leander, Texas; his stepbrother and stepsisters, Nicki, Shawn and Krystal; his grandmothers, Jean Harvey of Hanover and Stella Bell of Hanover; his grandfathers, Jimmy Rose of Otisco, Indiana, and Russell Lee Maddex of Madison; his great-grandmother, Doris Kemp of Lexington, Indiana; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 2nd, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Private interment was in Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Wayne “Hollywood” Maddex Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Reuben Smith

Reuben John Smith, 71, of Rising Sun, passed away at 2:21 p.m. Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

John was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on October 1st, 1942, the son of the late Ina Alma (Buster) and John A. Smith.

John was married to Mary Ellen Brewington and was blessed with four children. Mary Ellen passed away on February 23rd, 1979.

On January 22nd, 1982, he married Rebecca “Becky” Lane and his family grew with the addition of two stepchildren.

He retired from Cincinnati Milacron where he worked as a tool designer. John was also a farmer. He loved working outside and enjoyed trips to Lake Cumberland. John was a Kentucky Colonel and a former member of the Ohio County Soil & Water Conservation Board. He was also a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother and friend and will be deeply missed.

In addition to his loving wife Becky, John is also survived by his two daughters, Kristin Noelle Kinnett of Florence, Kentucky, and Holly Elizabeth Smith of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky; his two sons, John David Smith and Jeffrey Todd Smith, both of Rising Sun; his two stepsons, Troy Shawn Edwards of Rising Sun and Terrance Anthony Edwards of Cincinnati, Ohio; his brother, Fred R. Smith of Rising Sun; his grandchildren, Emily Ellen Thomas, Jeffrey Reuben Smith, Elijah Harold Smith, Brooke Elizabeth Smith, Cody Allen Smith and Matthew Oliver Kinnett. He is also survived by extended family: Maki Harrison, James Morgan, Doug Brown and Ginger Love; and by many other cherished family members and friends.

Funeral services were held Monday, August 4th, at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Brother Greg Matthew officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery in Moores Hill. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Russell Jones

Russell Edward Jones, age 69, of Seffner, Florida, passed away Saturday, July 12th, 2014, at his home.

He was born in Madison, on March 8th, 1945, and was raised in Madison and Aurora. Mr. Jones attended high school in Aurora and continued his education at Ivy Tech Community College in Madison, receiving certification as a heating and air technician. Mr. Jones served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1965, and was stationed in Hawaii. He was employed for several years in the construction materials business in Florida, and was retired in 2010. He enjoyed watching football games, reading, and talking to family.

He is survived by one son, Douglas Jones of Vevay; two sisters Carolyn Bate of Seymour, and Patricia Feller of Aurora. Other survivors include his companion of 15 years, Jettie Storm of Seffner, Florida.

He was preceded in death by a son; his brother, Robert “Bobby” Jones; his father, Russell R. Jones; and his mother, Helen Roberts Jones Leap.

The Garnett New McDonald Funeral Home in Warsaw, Kentucky is in charge of burial. A graveside service will be held at the cemetery in Warsaw, Kentucky on Saturday, August 9th, at 2 p.m.