Obituaries for the week of 8/25/2005


Burrell C. Lawton

Burrell C. Lawton, 97, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, formerly of Vevay, passed away Saturday, August 20th, at the Olivia White Hospice Home in Flagstaff, Arizona.

He was born June 8th, 1908, in Vevay, the son of Dr. William Curtis and Susie (Lamunyon) Lawton., who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Vevay on the family farm. During his last summer break in Vevay, he was hired by the Vevay Town Clerk to prepare cards for each property in the county, teaching himself to type to finish the task. When he was 14 the family moved to Madison where he graduated from Madison High School at the age of 16.

Growing up, his keen intellect, organization and dedication had impressed many, including the director of a local bank, who recommended him for a position as assistant underwriter with the Hartford Accident and Indemnity Company. He began at the age of 18, moving to Indianapolis to begin his career with the company.

While working in Indianapolis he met Emma Loretta McCord who worked at a nearby brokerage office. They were united in marriage on his birthday, June 8th, of 1935, with his promise to never forget their anniversary. They were blessed with two sons. He was saddened at the death of his wife August 3rd, 1988, after 53 years of marriage.

His position with Hartford took him from Indianapolis to Denver, Colorado, where he opened and managed an office between 1945-1950. He then became the assistant manager of the Pacific office in San Francisco. After 40 years of dedicated service he retired in 1973, as the last officer of the company to be appointed who was not a college graduate.

He moved to New York to be near his sons and grandchildren, spending the summers on Wellesley Island, New York on the St. Lawrence River and the rest of the year in Lake Havasu City on the Colorado River. Consistency, caring, dependable and responsible are the words that mark the essence and character of him. A man of hard work and wisdom, he will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his sons, Dr. William H. Lawton of Flagstaff and Dr. Stephen B. Lawton and wife Ann of Phoenix, Arizona; his grandson, Jefferay Lawton; his granddaughter, Sarah Lawton; his sister, Vera Lawton of Lakehurst, New Jersey; and his nephew, Gregory King.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 27th, by Reverend Howard Wade with burial in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the hospice of the donor’s choice or the Olivia White Hospice Home, 752 North Switzer Canyon Drive, Flagstaff, AZ 86001. 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

Phillip A. Smith, Sr.

Phillip A. Smith, Sr., 57, of Vevay, passed away Thursday, August 18th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

He was born December 31st, 1947, in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Robert H. and Erma Rose (Heck) Smith.

He was united in marriage to Beverly Ann Gulley on January 22nd, 1982. She passed away suddenly on May 5th, 1996.

He was employed as an electrician for 20 years with the Electrical Workers Union Local #369 in Louisville. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his daughters, Shannon Linton and husband Kyle of Louisville, Sheryl Acree and husband Jeremy of Vevay, and Joey Smith of Louisville; his sons, Michael Smith and wife Michelle of Vevay, Phillip A. Smith, Jr., and wife Cindy of Warsaw, Kentucky, and Andrew C. Smith of Vevay; 19 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; her sisters, Mary Lynn Carter, Cindy Hockett, Linda Haywood, and Denise Valenzuela, all of Louisville; his brother, Charles Robert Smith of La Grange, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents; and his daughter, Jennifer Churchman on November 20th, 2000.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, August 22nd, by Reverend Rex Albring at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home. Burial was in New Liberty Cemetery near East Enterprise. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Liberty Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Lucille C. Cuneo

Lucille C. Cuneo, 89, of Moores Hill, passed away Wednesday, August 17th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born January 31st, 1916, in Montgomery County, Kentucky, the daughter of Santford and Mary (Coldiron) Seay. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Faith Freewill Baptist Church in Moores Hill.

Survivors include her son, Fred Cuneo of Moores Hill; her daughters, Norma Carrier of Nicholasville, Kentucky, Mary Moore of Vevay, Joann Braudaus of Madison and Faye Razer of Milan; 26 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harry Cuneo and later Benny Cuneo; her parents; her sister, Hazel Embry; and her brother, Robert Seay.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, August 20th, by Reverend Charles Dayadharum at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home in Moores Hill. Burial was in Tanglewood Cemetery in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to the Moores Hill Life Squad.

Sherry Sullender

Sherlynn Jean “Sherry” Sullender, 57, of Vevay, passed away Friday, August 19th, at her home.

She was born April 28th, 1948, in Madison, the daughter of Robert E. and Hazel (Blodgett) Sullender. She was raised in Rising Sun and was a 1966 graduate of Rising Sun High School. She had resided in Switzerland County most of her adult life. She was a former employee of Dillsboro Manor in Dillsboro for a short time. She was employed for 14 years as a Qualified Medical Assistant for Swiss Villa Living Center in Vevay. She had been employed since December, 2003, as a QMA for The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison. She was a member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ in Rising Sun. She enjoyed sewing, photography and music.

Survivors include her daughter, Kimberly J. Roark and husband Michael of Madison; her sons, Richard William “Billy” Probst and his companion Teresa Bowling of Louisville, Kentucky, and Danny Probst, Sr., and his companion Karen Holloway of Blocher, Indiana; her father, Robert E. Sullender of Rising Sun; her sisters, Rebecca Leigh “Becky” Curlin and husband Gil of North Vernon and Dottie Sullender of Indianapolis; her brother, Rob Sullender and wife Kathy of Montgomery, Indiana; her grandchildren, Danny, Jr., Brandon, Brittany, Tanner, Danielle, Trenton and Carson; her companion, David Johnson of Beaumont, Texas; one niece; four nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel (Blodgett) Sullender on June 1st, 2004; and her granddaughter, Caitlin McKenzie Roark on August 1st, 1999.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, August 24th, by Brother Greg Matthew at Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in the Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at