Obituaries for the week of 3/31/2005


Raymond M. Whitham

Raymond M. “Jim” Whitham, 83, of McCreary’s Ridge near East Enterprise, passed away Saturday, March 26th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.
He was born May 23rd, 1921, in East Enterprise, the son of Willard and Cora (Cochran) Whitham. He was a farmer at heart and had farmed all his life. He also worked for 19 years as a machinist with Randall-Textron Corporation in Vevay. He was a member of the New Liberty Baptist Church near East Enterprise. In his spare time he enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, taking care of his pets and being with his family.
He was united in marriage October 23rd, 1943, to Marjorie I. Heath at the parsonage in Rising Sun by Reverend Parker. Unto this union twin daughters and a son arrived to bless their home.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie I. (Heath) Whitham of East Enterprise; his twin daughters, Jeanette Knaus and husband Floyd of East Enterprise and Janet Sullivan and husband Richard of Westport; his sisters, Gladys Phillips of Aberdeen, Elberta Stevens and husband Dale of East Enterprise, and Jean Sechrest of Phoenix, Arizona; his granddaughters, Christy Knaus, Jodi Knaus, Dana Einhaus, Tracy and Clayton Seale, Deanna and Wes Nehrling and Melissa Whitham; his great-grandchildren, Ryan Einhaus, Chance and Teryn Hinman; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Warren Works of East Enterprise, Hilbert Bovard of Aberdeen, Mildred Whitham of East Enterprise, Myrtle Whitham of Lawrenceburg, and Millie Whitham of Phoenix, Arizona; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Herbert Wayne Whitham on June 3rd, 2004; his sisters, Hazel A. Works on March 30th, 2002, Dorothy Dickerson, and Marjorie Bovard; and his brothers, Harold, Herman and William Whitham.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, March 30th, by Reverend John Scudder at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise. Memorial contributions may be made to the East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at

Marie Kittle

Marie (Woodruff) Cooley Kittle, 88, of Lawrenceburg, formerly of Vevay, passed away suddenly Friday, March 25th, at Woodland Hills Care Center in Lawrenceburg.
She was born June 23rd, 1916, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Thurman and Lela (Webster) Woodruff. She was raised in Switzerland and Ohio counties, residing there nearly all of her life.
On November 38th, 1932, she married Charles A. Cooley and they enjoyed 18 years of marriage together until his death on December 28th, 1949. She was united in marriage on March 9th, 1953, to Emery M. Kittle. They shared 26 years of marriage together until his death December 10th, 1979.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother all of her life. She enjoyed keeping a spotless home and caring for her home. She enjoyed fishing when she was a young woman and being a mother. She was a member of the Dillsboro Church of Christ in Dillsboro and was raised in the Nazarene Church as a child. She had resided in Lawrenceburg the past three years.
Survivors include her daughters, Virginia Curry of Ohio County, Faye Kittle of Rising Sun, and Reva Peters and husband Gary of Aurora; her sons, Thurman Cooley and wife Dorothy of Osgood, and Franklin Cooley and wife Pat of Kalispell, Montana; her sisters, Flossie Lock of Columbus, Geneva Sparks of Tennessee, Laura Land of Rising Sun and Falba Bradley of Aurora; her brother, Leonidas Woodruff of Aurora; 25 grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; her sons, Albert Wayne Cooley, Winston Cooley, Reverend Charles A. Cooley on September 3rd, 2001; her grandson, Robin Kittle; her great-grandchild, Shylo Keagan Cooley; her brother, Ernie Woodruff; her sister, Alvina Riggs; her half brother, Wilford Woodruff; her son-in-law, Gerald Curry on November 27th, 1997; her stepdaughters, Charolette Coleman and Margaret Criner; and three stepchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, March 28th, by Reverend Gary Shepherd at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Jacksonville Cemetery in Center Square. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jacksonville Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website guest book at

Sally Disbro

Sally Ann Disbro, 62, of Milan, passed away Saturday, March 26th, at her home.
She was born January 21st, 1943, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Lillard and Mildred (Johnson) Scudder. She was a housekeeper.
Survivors include her daughters, Vonda Bowling and Tonya Disbro Fletcher, both of Milan; her sons, William Disbro, Jr., of Carrollton, Kentucky, Gregory Disbro and David Disbro, both of Milan; her sister, Shirley Scott of Vevay; 17 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers, Jinks Scudder and Darryl Scudder.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sally Disbro Memorial Fund through Bovard-Holt-Furst Funeral Home in Versailles.

Kenny Patterson

James K. “Kenny” Patterson, 72, of Fishers, Indiana, formerly of near Florence, passed away Saturday, March 26th, at Richard R. Rodebusch Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born February 7th, 1933, in Florence, the son of J. Paul and Mariam (James) Patterson. He was a Patriot High School, Class of 1951 graduate. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from February, 1953 through February, 1958. During this time he was assigned to the American Embassy in LaPaz, Bolivia for a period of two years. He was a self-employed salesman most of his life. He was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis.
Survivors include his daughters, Monica R. Patterson and Kimberly S. Curry; his grandchildren, Paul and Jacob Patterson, Kali, Taylor and Allison Curry; his sister, Lura Smith of Fishers; and his brother, Raymond Patterson of Sebring, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his son, Rodney Patterson.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 29th, in the Good Shepherd Chapel of Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center-Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Fishers.