Obituaries of 10/4/07

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Jim Adams

James Louis “Jim” Adams, 57, of Bennington, passed away Tuesday, October 2nd, at his home.

He was born September 8th, 1950, in Liberty, Indiana, the son of Albert Louis and Thelma (Carter) Adams. He was a roofer for Local Union #42 in Cincinnati from 1970-1997. He had resided in Switzerland County the past several years. He enjoyed coon hunting, planting trees, gardening and fishing.

Survivors include his daughter, Tracy Ahlers and husband Tom of Cincinnati; his son, James L. Adams, Jr., of Cincinnati; his mother, Thelma Carter Adams of Winchester, Ohio; his granddaughter, Josie Ahlers; his brothers, David Adams of Bennington, Kenneth Adams of Dayton, Ohio, and James Maxwell Adams of Michigan; and his sisters, Teresa Greene of Winchester, Ohio, Naomi Feldner of Proctorville, Ohio, Bonnie Marshall of Spring Hill, Florida, and Alberta Louise “Patsy” Adams of Marrero, Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Louis Adams; and his brother, Dennis Ray Adams.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 5th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until service time Friday.

Loren Banta

Loren Albert Banta, 91, of Vevay, passed away Thursday, September 27th, at Swiss Villa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

He was born February 26th, 1916, in Switzerland County, the son of Chester H. and Edith Florence (Brindley) Banta, who both preceded him in death. He was raised on a farm in Craig Township.

He was united in marriage November 26th, 1938, to Russel Satterfield. Unto this union three sons and a daughter arrived to bless their home. This marriage was dissolved in 1961. He was united in marriage to Beulah I. (Cook) Dunn and she preceded him in death. He was again united in marriage to Anna L. (Slack) Aldridge and she preceded him in death. Later marriages were to Florence Wilson and Elizabeth “Lib” Cole.

He was a self-employed construction contractor and a farmer. He always enjoyed a hard day’s work and was always a very meticulous man. Later in life he and his son Paul worked together in the construction business until his retirement in 1979. His family was a very important part of his life. He was a great father to his children. He was a member of the Mount Sterling Baptist Church and the Carpenter’s Local #1142 in Lawrenceburg.

Survivors include his daughter, Padgett Taylor and husband Mike of Madison; his sons, Paul E. Banta and wife Elizabeth of Aberdeen and K.C. Banta and wife Barbara of Moorefield; his daughter-in-law, Cindy Banta of Fairfield, Ohio; his stepdaughter, Shelby Jean Hunt of Melbourne, Florida; his grandchildren, Doug Banta and wife Linda, Casey R. Banta and wife Stacey, Jerry Lee Beech and companion Kris, Robert Banta, Dawn A. Christman and husband Roger, Shannon Beech Neal and husband Jeff, Becky Banta Summers and husband Gary, Sam Banta and Andy Banta; 15 great-grandchildren; his brother, Everett R. “Dutch” Banta of Moorefield; his sisters, Pauline Lewis of Madison, Geraldine “Babe” Humphrey of Madison, and Estella Peters of Aberdeen.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Barton F. “Bart” Banta; his brothers, Graham E. and Paul Chester Banta; and his sister, Nadine Brameier.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, September 30th, by Reverends Ronald Sandidge, Michael Sawalich and John Scudder at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Sterling Baptist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Grace Copeland

Grace Marie (Horton) Copeland, 93, of Madison, passed away Friday, September 28th, at her home.

She was born February 9th, 1914, in Ripley County, the daughter of Robert and Sophia Lee Horton, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Ripley County, moving to Jefferson County at the age of 16, going to work for the Demaree family.

She was united in marriage February 5th, 1938, in Greenfield, Indiana, by Reverend Frank Hammel, to Paul Woodrow Copeland. Unto this union three sons and one daughter arrived to bless their home.

She was employed for several years at the Old County Home, later working for P & N Hersch Company, working in every capacity in the store. She later worked for 15 years at Mill’s Department Store in downtown Madison in yard goods on the third floor.

She also helped in every capacity on the family farm at the side of her husband. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She loved cooking, canning, making jellies and spoiling her family with delicious meals. She was a member of the Madison Order of Eastern Star Chapter #530. She was raised in the West Fork Baptist Church and now was a member for over 50 years of Liberty Christian Church near Madison.

Survivors include her sons, Benjamin Lee Copeland and wife Connie and Donald Woodrow Copeland, all of Madison; her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Southerland and husband Henry of Madison; her sisters-in-law, Wilamena Copeland and Mary Lou Brinson, both of Madison; her grandchildren, Morton Lee, Jay Nelson, Rebekah (of Switzerland County), Eileen, Dawn Marie, Robert Henry “Bobby”, Betina, Terri and J.P.; 19 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Paul Woodrow Copeland on December 13th, 1944; her son, Harold Phillip Copeland; her brothers, Dailey Horton and Robert Horton; and her granddaughter, Lora Ann Southerland.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, October 3rd, by Brothers Dale Day and Dale Canull at Liberty Christian Church in Madison. Interment was in Hebron Cemetery near Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Christian Church, West Fork Baptist Church, or Hebron Cemetery Association. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Ann Conner

Anna “Ann” Conner, 96, of Batesville, formerly of Patriot and Aurora, passed away Tuesday, September 25th, in Batesville.

She was born Friday, June 23rd, 1911, in Gallatin County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late William and Hazel McNeely. She owned Conner’s Grocery Store at Wright’s Corner for 25 years. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Surviving are her daughter, Betty Conner Koob of Charlotte, North Carolina; her brother, Ronald McNeely; her grandchildren, Stephen H. Koob Sr., and wife Carol, Karen Ann O’Connor and husband Patrick, Brian R. Koob, Cheryl L. Koob and Alison Kyle-Varilone and husband Mike; her great-grandchildren, Steven H. Koob, Jr., Stephanie Flinkingshelt, Tom O’Connor, Anna O’Connor and Crystal Schierkolk; her great-great-grandchildren, Hailey and Kaitlynn Flinkingshelt; and her son-in-law, David Kyle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Elsworth Conner; and her daughter, Shirley Kyle.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, September 29th, by Pastor Tom Fehrman at Rullman Hunger Denney Funeral Home in Aurora. Interment was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.rullmans.com.

John B. Weatherly

John Benson “Gov” Weatherly, 72, of Okolona in Louisville, Kentucky, passed away Thursday, September 27th, at his home.

He was retired from the L&N/CSX Railroad. He was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church and was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Marie Griffith Weatherly.

He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Weatherly, Dorothy E. Weatherly and Susan M. Allen and husband James; his son, Steven B. Weatherly; and PaPa’s little one Lacy Nicole Allen; his sisters, Martha A. Anglin, Nancy Gragson and Marietta Powers; and his brothers, Tommie Lynn and Jerry Weatherly.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 2nd, at Arch L. Heady & Son in Okolona with entombment in Evergreen Mausoleum. Memorial contributions may be made to WHAS Crusade for Children or Hospice of Louisville.

Milton Rowlett

Milton Rowlett, 99, of Columbus, formerly of Madison, passed away Wednesday, September 26th, at Silver Oak Health Campus in Columbus.

He was born May 2nd, 1908, in Trimble County, Kentucky, the son of J.C. and Mabel Cull Rowlett, who both preceded him in death. He spent his early life in Trimble County and moved to Jefferson County at the age of 16.

He was united in marriage December 22nd, 1928, to Agnes Nighbert. Unto this union one daughter arrived to bless their home.

He resided in Jefferson County most of the rest of his life and moved to Bartholomew County nearly two years ago to be near his daughter. He farmed in his early years in Trimble and Jefferson counties and worked for a short period of time at Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison. He also drove a school bus for many years with the Madison Consolidated School System. He owned and operated Milton Rowlett Contracting in Madison, building many homes and some commercial buildings all around Jefferson County for the past 35 years. He was a member of North United Methodist Church in Madison and Bennington Order of Odd Fellow Lodge and Bennington Rebekah Lodge.

Survivors include his daughter, Jeralee Hauersperger and husband, Dr. Al Hauersperger of Columbus; his grandson, Dennis Hauersperger; his great-grandchildren, Brian and Stacy; several nieces, nephews and other relatives; and his caregiver, Ann Brewer of Madison.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Agnes Nighbert Rowlett on September 19th, 1983; his sister, Lela McKamey; and his brother, Nelson Rowlett.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, September 29th, by Pastor Bob Leach at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment was in Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. 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 www.morgan-nay.com.