Obituaries for the week of 1/26/2006

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George Morris, Jr.

George Mace “Junior” Morris, Jr., 78, of Hanover, passed away Monday, January 23rd, at Thornton Terrace in Hanover.
He was born January 8th, 1928, in Switzerland County, the son of George L. and Della Frances (Ritchie) Morris, who both preceded him in death. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in April, 1946, rising to the rank of Private First Class. He served in the 8119th Service Detachment as a sharpshooter and assistant fire chief in the Philippines. He was honorably discharged on March 19th, 1948, at Camp Steneman, California.
He was united in marriage on October 20th, 1956, in Aurora, to Myrtle Hazel “Mickey” Emery, who preceded him in death.
He was a farmer and a plumber contractor. He had been employed as a state licensed plumber at Muscatatuck State Hospital for 15 years, retiring in 1980. He was also an employee of the Town of Vevay and the Vevay Park Board. Junior enjoyed fox and coon hunting. He held the horseshoe pitching contest at the Bennington Homecoming for 20 years. He enjoyed playing euchre. He was a member of the Point of Grace Family Praise Fellowship in Madison.
Survivors include his daughters, Mickalene Smith and husband Tim of Harrison, Ohio, Debbie Lukie and companion David Miller of North Vernon, Dotty Ellingwood and husband George of Bloomington, Georgia Meyer of New Albany, and Dee Willis and husband Fred of North Vernon; his sons, John Morris and wife Patti of Harrison, Indiana and Keith Morris and wife Terrie of Valley City, North Dakota; his sisters, Dorothy Rowlett of Vevay and Betty Bovard of Bennington; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his extended family of foster sons and daughters.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Naomi Carlton; his brother, Oral D. Morris; and his daughter, Darlene Frances Morris.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 27th, by Pastor Timothy Marshall at Point of Grace Family Praise Fellowship, 3190 North U.S. 421, Madison. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery in Madison with full military rites conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Friends may call today (Thursday) from 4-8 p.m. at the Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay and from 10 a.m. Friday until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Point of Grace Family Praise Fellowship Building Fund for the Family Life Center. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Michael Hayes

Michael Dean Hayes, 48, of Rising Sun, passed away Friday, January 20th, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach, Florida.
He was born in Batesville, Indiana, on July 31st, 1957, the son of Harold Dean and Laverne (Ballard) Hayes. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1975 and attended college at Indiana University. He had an industrial technology degree and was a self-employed engineering consultant, MDH Consulting, and was project manager for the Rising Sun/Ohio County Port Authority for the Rising Sun/Kentucky Ferry.
He had worked for the Indiana Department of Transportation as a highway engineer assistant. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served seven years as Ohio County Commissioner. He was a member of the Rising Sun American Legion Post 59, serving as its financial officer for 12 years, Florence Masonic Lodge No. 27, life member of Vevay VFW Post 5396, and was a member of the 40 et 8.
Survivors include his parents, Harold and Laverne Hayes of Rising Sun; his loving companion, Tena Clark; his brother, Billy Hayes and wife Lorie of Rising Sun; and his sisters, Debbie Cole of Rising Sun and Judy McAdams and husband Greg of Lawrenceburg.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 27th, in the Rising sun Community Building, 500 South Mulberry Street, rising Sun. Visitation will be held there Thursday (today) from 6-9 p.m. Graveside military services will be conducted by the Rising Sun American Legion Post 59 and Masonic rites will be conducted by Lodge No. 27 at 7:30 p.m. today (Thursday). Burial will be in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael D. Hayes Scholarship Fund or Rising Sun American Legion Post 59 Building Fund. Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home of Rising Sun is in charge of arrangements.

Geneva Mosley

Geneva “Dolly” Mosley, 58, of Rising Sun, passed away at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg on Tuesday, January 17th.
She was born in Switzerland County on November 1st, 1947, the daughter of James and Laura (Woodruff) Henderson. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her mother, Laura Land of Rising Sun; her son, Lewis Mosley of Rising Sun; her daughters, Lisa McKitterick of Patriot and Pam Mosley of Aurora; and nine grandchildren; her sister, Lela Richards; and her brothers, Herbert Henderson of Rising Sun and Leland “Dubby” Henderson of Patriot.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 21st, in the Humphrey-Taylor-Detmer Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Clarence Brown, Jr.

Clarence Brown, Jr., 74, of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away Friday, January 13th, at his home.
He was born July 3rd, 1931, in Switzerland County, the son of Clarence and Bernice Brown.
On May 12th, 1951, he married Ruth Walton, who survives.
Other survivors include his daughters, Deborah Rymal of Kentucky and Shirley McKnight of Tallahassee; his sons, Meredith, Michael, Daniel, and Shannon, all of Tallahassee; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his brothers, Kenneth Brown of Columbus, Jack Brown of Westport, Darrell Brown of Vevay and Keith Brown of Seattle, Washington; and his sisters, Betty Callahan of Westport, Janice Ramsey of Vevay, Sandra Lanham of Versailles and Loleta Bolden of Tallahassee.

Hazel Girkin

Hazel Avylea Girkin, 96, of near Dillsboro, passed away Friday, January 20th, at The Waters of Rising Sun.
She was born April 27th, 1909, in Milton, West Virginia, the daughter of George and Lola (Nelson) Lewis. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Dillsboro Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son, Howard Girkin and wife Dorothy of West Chester, Ohio; her stepdaughter, Gladys Hofmockel and husband John of San Diego, California; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oliver Girkin in 1978; her stepchildren, Farrell, Merle and Ralph Girkin, and Lois Eichler; her brothers, George and Elmer Lewis; her sisters, Carolyn Ginn, Ruby Mullins and Ethel Booth; and her grandson, Bruce Girkin.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, January 23rd, by Reverend Wayne Haun at Markland Funeral Home in rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rising Sun Life Squad.

Cheryl Powell

Cheryl June (Presley) Powell, 33, of Aurora, passed away Saturday, January 21st, at University Hospital in Cincinnati.
She was born November 19th, 1972, in Lawrenceburg, the daughter of Terry and Jeanne (Brock) Presley. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Grant’s Creek Independent Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1991.
Survivors include her parents, Terry and Jeanne Presley, of Rising Sun; her son, Brinnick, of Aurora; her daughter, Tia Presley of Aurora; her life partner, Dewayne Burris of Aurora; her brother, Stacey Presley of Rising Sun; and her sisters, Kim Smith and husband Dee, Tina Parsons and husband Butch, and Terri Lynn Presley, all of Rising Sun.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, January 24th, by Brother Frank Moore at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.