Obituaries week of 1/11/07


Bonnie Brindley

Bonnie Liter Brindley, 67, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, January 9th, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville.
Funeral arrangements were pending at press time at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Oscar Vincent Potter

Oscar Vincent Potter, 85, of Rising Sun, passed away Sunday, January 7th, at Shady Nook Care Center in Lawrenceburg.
He was born June 14th, 1921, in Ohio County, the son of Walter George and Mabel D. (Corson) Potter. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1938. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ where he served as a deacon, elder, and Sunday School teacher. He enjoyed attending the Rising Sun Senior Center.
He was a minister for the Church of Christ in Vevay and Center Square. He also filled in for the Aurora and Florence Church of Christ as minister. He worked for Indiana & Michigan Power Plant in Lawrenceburg in the performance department, retiring in 1983. He also worked as a farmer.
On August 23rd, 1941, he married Katherine M. Wadsworth, who died April 28th, 2002.
Survivors include his son, George Potter and wife Mary Edith of Rising Sun; his daughters, Sandra Stahl and husband Wayne and Terri Marksberry and husband Bill, all of Rising Sun; his brother, Orson Potter of Rising Sun; his grandsons, Aaron Potter, Jason Potter, Mike Stahl, and Greg Marksberry; his granddaughter, Bethany Marksberry; his great-grandchildren, Veronica, Derek, and Shelby Stahl; Janessa, Josie and Jillian Potter; Courtney, Kendall and Dylan Potter; Brenden and Logan Marksberry.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Albert, Malvin, Clayton and Bobby Potter; his sisters, Orma Potter and Mary Elizabeth Bailey; and his nephew, Ronald Potter.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 10th, by Brother Don Campbell at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ in Aurora. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ Assisted Living Center. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.

Dora Grace Lee

Dora Grace Lee, 81, of Madison, passed away Wednesday, January 3rd, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born March 13th, 1925, in East Enterprise, the daughter of Frank Seymour and Lelah May (Hooton) Ricketts. She was a retired secretary at the former Jefferson Proving Grounds where she worked for several years. She was a 68-year member of the First Baptist Church where she served as a deaconess, member of the Anchors Sunday School Class and sang in the choir for several years. She was a member of Martha Circle of the King’s Daughters’.
Survivors include her daughter, Helen Dee Pickett and companion Raymond Paul of Madison; her sister, Helen Frances Ricketts and husband Reverend Dr. Ronald Ricketts of Plainfield; her grandchildren, Christina Lee Mason, Lauren Lee Pickett and Randall Paul; her great-grandchildren, Cheyenne, Autumn and Molly Mason and Belle Nolan; her aunts, Isabelle Richmond and Hazel Grace Meyer; her uncle, Abel Hooton; her niece, Dora Beth Ricketts; her nephew, Frank Lee Ricketts; and her great-niece, Carole Ricketts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Lester C. Lee on February 23rd, 1978.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, January 6th, by Pastor Lewis Wright at First Baptist Church in Madison. Burial was in Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church. Vail-Holt Funeral Home Downtown Chapel of Madison was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent via the funeral home’s website at

Dr. Paul Francis Benedict

Dr. Paul F. Benedict, 81, of Indianapolis died Friday, January 5th, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born and raised in Vevay and graduated from Wabash College where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity and went on to IU Medical School. Paul Benedict, better known as “Buzz” to friends and relatives, was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He made frequent return trips to Vevay to visit family and friends and had many fond memories of his years there.
He served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He was a certified member of the American Board of Surgery, Fellow of American College of Surgeons, Indiana State Medical Association, Clinical Professor of Surgery, and Department of Surgery at IU. He served his community through his activities on the Fire Merit Board, State Police Training Board, American Legion, and Stephens Ministry at North United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Laudeman Benedict of Indianapolis; his daughters, Katherine Louise Benedict of Columbus, Ohio, Deborah Benedict Eades of Zionsville, and Susan Elizabeth Sottong of Carmel, and his grandchildren, William and Andrew McConnell, and Jeremy and Private Benjamin Eades.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Loretta Dittgen Benedict; his brother, Dr. Charles Benedict; his uncle, Harold “Red” Benedict; and his aunt, Thelma Benedict.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, January 10th, at Crown Hill Funeral Home Chapel in Indianapolis. The family requests memorials to IU Medical School, North United Methodist Church, or the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.