Obituaries week of 10-23-08

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Virginia Martin

Virginia (Turner) Martin, 79, of Lawrenceburg, passed away Wednesday, October 22nd, at Woodland Hills Care Center in Lawrenceburg.

Funeral arrangements were pending at press time at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Basil Armstrong

Basil Verle Armstrong, 70, of Patriot, passed away Friday, October 17th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg. He collapsed on October 17th and the emergency response unit was called. He was transported to Dearborn County Hospital where he passed away shortly thereafter of an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

He was born October 3rd, 1938, at home, to Durward and Neithal (Peak) Armstrong of Florence Hill Road in Florence. He began his education at Florence Elementary School and continued there through eighth grade. The Florence children came to Patriot for high school. In 1957, he graduated from Patriot High School. While still in high school he drove a milk truck for Don Young.

After graduating from high school, he married his high school sweetheart, Glenda Lee Graves, on June 1st, 1957. Unto this union three children were born, Rhonda, Tammy and Shane. On June 26th, 1974, she passed away during gall bladder surgery at Dearborn County Hospital.

He was an excellent athlete who competed in baseball, track and basketball. He was an exceptional basketball player and as a result, he earned a full basketball scholarship to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia. He played intramural basketball at the Fryer’s Club in Cincinnati with his former coach, John Roeder, Noel Houze and several men from Aurora and Lawrenceburg. They had a scrimmage game with Oscar Robertson and the former Cincinnati Royals and Basil’s team won. After returning from college, he worked briefly at Cummins Diesel in Columbus. He drove a truck for Max Goodspeed all over the United States and into Mexico. He worked for Byron-Jackson Pump Company in Lawrenceburg. He worked for Chemical Leaman Tank Lines as a truck driver in Ross, Ohio for 29 years and 11 months from 1964-1994. The plant was closed and at the age of 58, he had to find teamster employment in order to receive his pension. He went to work for Roadway Express in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he retired October 31st, 1998.

On April 17th, 1976, he married Carol Ann Hutcherson. She had a daughter, Angela Carol Mishler, who was six years old at the time. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was Past Master of Belle River Lodge #327 F&AM in Patriot and had served as the secretary since 2001. He earned his Entered Apprentice degree on January 26th, 1961, his Fellowcraft degree on February 17th, 1961, and his Master Mason degree on March 10th, 1961.

He was a faithful member of Patriot Baptist Church since 1954, and a deacon since 1976. He was always the first to volunteer to help anyone in need and never expected anything in return. He truly loved the people in his community. He was a master of everything – mechanics, electrical, plumbing and anything that was wrong, he could fix.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Ann Armstrong of Patriot; his daughters, Rhonda Lynn Otter and husband Donnie of Moorefield, Tammy Kay Cole and husband Duane of Florence and Angela Carol Hoagland and husband Greg of Huntingburg, Indiana; his son, Michael Shane Armstrong and wife Carla of Fairview; his grandchildren, Tausha Willis, Olesha Romans, Michael Otter, Brandon Otter, Brittany Cole, Courtney Cole, Devon Armstrong, Maggie Jo Armstrong, Nolan Armstrong, Jessie Hoagland and Josie Hoagland; his great-grandchildren, Mikaela and Trenton Willis and Bradley and Baylee Romans; his sisters, Arbanna Harris of Florence and Donita Dye of Florence; his brothers, Halstead Armstrong of Indianapolis, Jack Armstrong of Patriot, Carlysle Armstrong of Bennington and Lynn Armstrong of Rising Sun; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, Durward and Neithal M. (Peak) Armstrong; and his brothers, George Armstrong, Sterling Armstrong, Robert Armstrong and Duane Armstrong.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 20th, by Reverend Mike Jones at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in East View Cemetery in Patriot. Belle River Lodge #327 F&AM conducted services Sunday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the lodge or Patriot Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Linda Covington

Linda Lou (Smith) Covington, 59, of Cumberland, Indiana, passed away Friday, October 17th, in Cumberland.

She was born August 24th, 1949, in Vanceburg, Kentucky, the daughter of John Edward and Edna (Webster) Smith, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Vanceburg, and had resided in Cumberland the past 32 years.

She was united in marriage on January 12th, 1977, in Indianapolis, to Paul Edwin Covington, Sr., and they have enjoyed the past 32 years together.

She was employed as a clerk for Pharmore Drug Store in Indianapolis for several years. She will be remembered for her love of baking and canning and especially her beautiful wedding cakes.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 21st, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay 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 www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Alberto Castillo

Alberto Castillo, 80, of Florence, passed away Sunday, October 19th, at his home.

He was born December 5th, 1927, in Matanzas, Cuba, the son of Sergio Castillo and Emilia Couder, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Matanzas and later resided in Union City, New Jersey. He had resided in Switzerland County the past five years. He was a contract manager for the U.S. government in Fairview, New Jersey for 26 years.

He was united in marriage on May 26th, 1956, in Matanzas to Ledys Diaz. Unto this union two daughters arrived to bless their home.

Funeral services will be private. Haskell & 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 www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Grover Copeland, Sr.

Grover Cleveland Copeland, Sr., 75, of Madison, passed away Friday, October 17th, at his residence.

He was born January 27th, 1933, in Switzerland County, near Canaan, the son of Steve and Agnes (Graham) Copeland, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Jefferson County, residing there all of his life.

He was united in marriage on September 27th, 1955, in Madison, to Rachel Burton. Unto this union two daughters and five sons arrived to bless their home.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 10th, 1953, in Indianapolis during the Korean War, rising to the tank of Corporal, serving Battery C 63rd Field Artillery Battalion. He was honorably discharged on January 7th, 1955, at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He was awarded the Korean Service Ribbon, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.

He was employed for 43 years as an ironworker for Union Local #22 in Indianapolis. He enjoyed tinkering in his shed and socializing with his friends and family. He was a lifetime member of Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1969, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #4097 in North Vernon, Indiana.

Survivors include his wife, Rachel Burton Copeland of Madison; his daughters, Linda Davis Barron and husband Nick of Madison and Gwen Nolan of Madison; his sons, Grover Copeland, Jr., and wife Wanda of Madison, Dickie Copeland and wife Jan of Madison, Gail Copeland of Madison, Danny Copeland and wife Jeanette of Madison, and Darris Copeland of Scottsburg; his sisters, Frances Robbins, Myrtle Smith and Wanda Ayler, all of Madison; his brothers, Robert Copeland of Versailles, George Copeland of Madison, Richard Copeland of Madison and David Copeland of Lexington, Kentucky; 18 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Alva Copeland; and his sisters, Annabell Drake and Georgia Day.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, October 20th, by Brother Gerry Sandusky at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of King’s Daughters’ Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

James C. Croxton

James C. “J.C.” Croxton, 69, of Lexington, Indiana, passed away Friday, October 17th, at his home.

He was born December 16th, 1938, on Big Doe Run in Jefferson County near Brooksburg, the son of John T. and Norma Grace (Tevis) Croxton. He was raised near Brooksburg and had resided in Jefferson County all of his life.

He was united in marriage on November 3rd, 1956, at the Pleasant Ridge United Methodist Church to Mary Ellen Imel. Unto this union two sons and one daughters arrived to bless their home.

He began working for his dad in the car business at the age of 16 at Croxton Motors. He later co-owned with his wife, J.C. Motors in Madison for 25 years. He worked for five years at Grote Industries in maintenance/security. He was a member of Hanover United Methodist Church. In his spare time he enjoyed watching NASCAR, horses, cars, baseball, taking great pride in his yard, and especially his family.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Imel Croxton of Lexington; his mother, Norma Grace Tevis Croxton of Madison; his sons, Mike Croxton and wife Sherry of Madison and Kevin Croxton and fiancee Tammy Fugate of Lexington; his daughter, Teresa Morris and husband Garry of Madison; his sister, Grace L. Brummett and husband Mark of Madison; his brother, Jeff Croxton and wife Lisa of Madison; his uncle and aunt, Donald Croxton and wife Daisy of Madison; his grandchildren, Brandon, Derek, Shawna, Jalen and Jordan; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, John T. Croxton on June 20th, 2001; and his grandparents.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, October 22nd, by Pastor Gene Smith at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Brooksburg Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hanover United Methodist Church or to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Verda Crafton

Verda Delbert Crafton, 85, of Hanover, formerly of Milton, Kentucky, passed away Tuesday, October 14th, at Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover.

He was born August 10th, 1923, in Trimble County, Kentucky, the son of Wilbur and Laura (Williams) Crafton, who both preceded him in death. He grew up in Trimble County, Kentucky, attending school there. He was inducted into the U.S. Army during World War II on March 23rd, 1943, in Cincinnati, Ohio, rising to the rank of Corporal. He fought in the battles and campaigns of Rhineland and Central Europe, serving in the 556th Anti Aircraft Artillery Battalion. He was honorably discharged on April 16th, 1946, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, the EAME Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

He was united in marriage on August 19th, 1948, at Carrollton, Kentucky to Anna Joann Grimes. Unto this union one son and one daughter arrived to bless their home.

He moved to the Madison community in 1952, residing there until 1973, when he moved back to Trimble County. He retired in 1983, after 31 years of service to the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison as a gunner. He enjoyed farming, fishing, playing guitar, carpentry, woodworking, gardening, playing cards and reading in his spare time. He was a life member of Madison VFW Post 1969 and Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Joann Grimes Crafton of Bedford, Kentucky; his daughter, Carolyn Crafton Adams and husband Ronnie of Milton, Kentucky; his son, Dean Crafton and wife Denise of Hanover; his sisters, Doris Jones of Lawrenceburg and Barbara Gosman of Milton; his brothers, Wayne Crafton of Milton and Payne Crafton of Bedford; his grandsons, Chase Crafton and Shane Phillips and wife Samira; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Fern Barron and Judy Briddle; two nephews; and one niece.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, October 17th, by Reverend Vickie Perkins at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Moffett Cemetery in Milton, Kentucky with full military honors conducted at the graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Unit at Hanover Helath & Rehab. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Opal M. Cutter

Opal M. Cutter, 86, of Rising Sun, passed away Tuesday, October 21st, at The Waters of Rising Sun.

She was born October 5th, 1922, in Rising Sun, the daughter of Robert and Myrtle (Dorrell) Dugle. She was a retired sales clerk for Rising Sun Creamery, Collins Department Store, Wal-Mart, High Street Grocery, Hastings and Martins Jewelry. She was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1941 and was a member of First Baptist Church of Rising Sun.

On October 23rd, 1943, she married Charles Cutter, who died August 6th, 2008.

Survivors include her daughter, Janet Brett and husband Dennis of Rising Sun; her sister, Velma Dean Evans of Muncie; five grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Robert W. Cutter; and her brothers, Owen and Charles Dugle.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, October 24th, by Reverend Jim Jenkins at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rising Sun First Baptist Church or Ohio County Rescue Unit.