Obituaries for the week of 2/2/2006


Jean Garland

Jean (Redding) Garland, 76, of near Vevay, passed away Monday, January 30th, at her home.
She was born October 20th, 1929, in Paris, Kentucky, the daughter of Thomas Redding and Katie Lee (Sanders) Watkins. Her father died August 9th, 1935, and she was raised by her stepfather, John Riley “Johnny” Watkins. She was raised in the Paris, Kentucky area.
On March 1st, 1947, in Fayette County, Kentucky, she married Benny D. Garland at the home of Benny’s parents on the front porch. Unto this union five sons arrived to bless their home. they resided in Clark County, Kentucky for 15 years,, farming and raising turkeys.
In 1963 they moved to Switzerland County. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker. She enjoyed helping her husband on the farm, participating wherever she was needed. In 1969, they became involved with Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison helping to develop and market the cemetery. She enjoyed preparing and taking care of all the beautiful gardens in the cemetery, a job she devoted many hours to until they decided to sell the cemetery in 1979.
In August, 2001, they moved into their new home near Lamb on the farm they call Tuckey View Farm near the Ohio River. She enjoyed helping wherever needed in the community. She was raised with a strong faith in God and was raised in the Centerville United Methodist Church in Bourbon County, Kentucky. She later became a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Clark County, Kentucky, after she was married.
After moving to Indiana she became a member of Spring Branch Baptist Church. She gave countless hours of her time to her church, Spring Branch Baptist Church, where she had served as church secretary, Sunday School teacher, and working with the Jail Ministry of the church. She served for many years in the Women’s Missionary Circle of the church. She served in all offices of the River Homemakers Club.
She served as a 4-H leader for the Switzerland County 4-H, served in the Switzerland County Auxiliary Camp of Gideon’s International, serving in all the offices over a period of 33 years. She was a member of the Switzerland County Farm Bureau and received, along with her husband, the Silver Star Award for farm conservation from the Switzerland County Soil and Water Conservation District.
She was a beautiful seamstress and spent many hours making beautiful clothes, quilts and works of art with her abilities in sewing. She loved to garden and grow beautiful flowers. She enjoyed being at her husband’s side on the family farm. She was eagerly awaiting the birth of her third great-grandchild, Hunter Daniel. She was a lady who knew where there was a need and could touch the heart of the individual and help fill the need in that individual’s life, either spiritually or personally.. She had battled cancer for several years but always maintained her smile and grace. She passed peacefully into her eternal reward at her home with her devoted family at her side.
Survivors include her husband, Benny D. Garland of near Vevay; her sons, Benny Garland, Jr., and wife Jane of Rising Sun, Roger Garland and wife Lisa of Vevay, and John Mark Garland and wife Kim of Lexington, Indiana; her sisters, Ruby Blackburn of Vevay, Ruth Garland of Cynthiana, Kentucky, Judy Johnson and husband Everett of Paris, Kentucky, and Billie Marking and husband Robert of Lexington, Kentucky; her brothers, Earl Clark Watkins of Richmond, Kentucky and John Riley Watkins, Jr., of Georgia; her grandchildren, Michael (Heather); Nathan (Jessica); Branndie; Diana (Chris Edlin); Beth, Stacie, Daniel, Deborah, Andrew and Hannah; her great-grandchildren, Aidan and Keenan; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and other special relatives, and her special cousin, Brother Sylvester Sanders, Jr., of Paris, Kentucky.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Redding on August 9th, 1935; her mother, Katie Lee Sanders Watkins on August 8th, 2002; her stepfather, John Riley “Johnny” Watkins on October 29th, 1993; her sons, Timothy Garland on February 10th, 1953 and Ricky Lee Garland on December 8th, 1966; her brother, Thomas Redding; and her sister, Anna Kathryn Redding.
Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Rick Daugherty at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 4th, at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday, February 3rd, and Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon Memorial Bible Plan. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Mary A. Self

Mary A. (Scruggs) Self, 83, of Cincinnati, formerly of East Enterprise, passed away Monday, January 30th, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.
She was born May 29th, 1922, in Ft. Pierce, Florida, the daughter of Charles and Laura (Moore) Schafer. She was raised by her foster mother, Pearl L. Dickens Scruggs. She was a graduate of Lockland High School in Nashville, Tennessee.
She was united in marriage to Charles M. Self on April 11th, 1952, in Camden, Georgia. Unto this union a son and a daughter arrived to bless their home.
She was a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She also enjoyed working as a product demonstrator for area supermarkets and groceries in the southeastern Indiana and Greater Cincinnati areas for many years. She was a great volunteer for the P.W. Lewis Center in Cincinnati for over 30 years and for the Boy Scouts of America for over 40 years.
She resided in he Groesbeck community from 1959-1994, moving to the East Enterprise community in January, 1994 to June 22nd, 2005, when they moved to the Mt. Airy community. She was a member of the Pvt. Charles Richard Gailey VFW Post 7340 Auxiliary, East Enterprise Extension Homemakers Club, was a former member of the East Enterprise United Methodist Church where she participated in the United Methodist Women. She was again a faithful member of the Mt. Airy United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Major Charles M. Self (Ret.) of Cincinnati; her daughter, Karen Elizabeth Cowden and husband Kenny of Cincinnati; her son, Charles Arthur Self and wife Vicki of West Chester, Ohio; her grandchildren, Ryan and Caitlin Self, Branden Bergen, Tucker, Kylie and Evan Cowden; her nephews and nieces, James, John, Helen Ann, Sandy and Melinda; and her brother, John Moore and wife Joyce of Dallas, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her foster mother, Pearl L. Dickens Scruggs; and her stepfather, Arthur Schafer.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverends David R. Gerber and John Scudder at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) at the Mt. Airy United Methodist Church, 2659 North Bend Road, Cincinnati, Ohio. Burial will be in Arlington Memorial Gardens in Cincinnati. Friends may call from 10 a.m. today (Thursday) until service time. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Airy United Methodist Church. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Norman D. Brown

Norman D. Brown, 76, of Red Hog Pike, passed away Wednesday, January 25th, at his home.
He was born in December 25th, 1929, in Switzerland County, the son of Everett and Hazel (Whitham) Brown. He was a graduate of Patriot High School, Class of 1947. He was a retired blender for Monsanto in Addyston, Ohio, retiring in 1980. He worked for Fernald in Hamilton, Ohio for 19 years. He was a member of the New Liberty Baptist Church near East Enterprise and Rising Sun American Legion Post 59. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He loved his farm and being on his tractor.
On June 11th, 1951, he married Paulette Van Horne who passed away in 1990. A later marriage on July 27th, 1991, was to Debra Henry, who survives.
Other survivors include his son, Doug Brown and wife Billie Jo of Rising Sun; his stepson, Jason Hankins; his stepdaughter, Misty Kidwell; his brothers, Richard Brown of Aurora and Arthur Brown of Rising Sun; his sisters, Mary Ravenscraft of Aurora, Lelia Harris of Somerset, Kentucky, and Evelyn Sams of Aurora; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Patricia Gobel; and his brother, Lester Brown.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 28th, by Reverend Frank Forthman at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Paul G. Rix

Paul G. Rix, 88, of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of Vevay, passed away Monday, January 2nd.
He formerly owned and operated the Swiss Inn on East Main Street in Vevay, now known as the Belmark Inn.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Rix; and his son, John Rix.
A memorial service for friends and family was held Saturday, January 21st, at the Church of Christ, 3409 Linden Avenue in Dayton. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the church.

Max West

Max West, 78, of Orlando, Florida, formerly of Switzerland County, passed away Saturday, January 28th, in Orlando.
He was a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, serving in Korea and Vietnam. He was a life member of the DAV. He was a member of the Pershing Avenue Christian Church and the Sonshine Gospel Singers Association. He was an associate member of the Grant Street Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce West of Orlando; his sons, Bill West of Orlando and Kevin West of Ft. Myers, Florida; his grandchildren, Kenny, Lance, Kyle, Amy, Sarah and Michael; his brothers, Bufford, Ray and Don West; his sister, Dixie Baker; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 1st, at Pershing Avenue Christian Church with interment immediately following at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pershing Avenue Christian Church, Grant Street Baptist Church or the Sonshine Gospel Singers. Baldwin Fairchild Conway Chapel, 1413 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807 was in charge of arrangements. Friends may view and sign the family guest book at

Janet M. Hastings

Janet M. Hastings, 83, of Rising Sun, passed away Tuesday, January 31st, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.
She was born October 23rd, 1922, in Aurora, the daughter of Earl and Martina (Chrisman) Lischkge. She was a graduate of Aurora High School, Class of 1940. She was the retired director of SIEOC in Aurora.
On December 31st, 1942, she married Willis Hastings, who survives.
Other survivors include her son, Stephen Hastings and wife Linda of St. Joseph, Michigan; her daughter, Cheryl McMullen and husband Jerald of North Vernon; her sisters, Betty McCardle of Aurora, Diana Johnston of Lawrenceburg and Glorian Slayback of Aurora; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, February 1st, by Brother Greg Matthew with burial in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.