Obituaries week of 10-29-09

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Ronald Hatton

Ronald Lee Hatton, 68, of Scipio, passed away at 4:40 a.m. Thursday, October 22nd, 2009, at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon.

Born on February 2nd, 1941, in Vevay, he was the son of Gerald and Faye (Sullivan) Hatton.

In July, 1982, he married Patricia Porter, who survives.

He retired from Cummins Engine Company after 30 years of employment. He enjoyed horses, animals, riding his ATV’s and horses, and most of all spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his mother, Faye Lewis of Vevay; his wife, Patricia; his sons, Patrick Hatton and wife Kelly of Columbus and James “JB” Hatton of North Vernon; his stepdaughter, Lujean Bannister of Cortland; his grandchildren, Bryce, Hannah, Brooke, Steven, and Matthew Hatton, Kelsey Smith, Amanda Jones and Lynn Bannister; and his great-grandson, Johnathyn Lewis.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Hatton.

A graveside service was held Monday, October 26th, with burial in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or Diabetes Association through Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home in North Vernon. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book and light a candle in Ronald Hatton’s remembrance at www.sawyerfuneralservice.com.

Charles Griffith

Charles Richard Griffith, 66, of Vevay, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, October 21st, 2009, in King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born August 28th, 1943, in Greenfield, a son of the late Charles Arthur and Elizabeth Louise (Milliner) Griffith. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for several years with several companies in the Indianapolis area and also with INDOT. He was a past member of the Eagles and Elks lodges in Greenfield. A member of Riverview Baptist Church in Vevay, he enjoyed building furniture, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a friend to everyone, loved helping people in general and unselfishly raised two of his grandsons, Jacob and T.J.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Evelyn Kaye (McCorkle) Griffith, whom he married June 29th, 1963, of Vevay; his daughters, Missy McVay and husband Randy of Pendleton and Mindy Estell and husband DeWayne of Knightstown; his grandchildren, Mandy Smith and husband Josh of Greensboro, Bradley Roberts and companion April Wright of Greenfield, Jimmy McVay and companion Amanda Blevins of Anderson, Brian McVay of Pendleton, Jacob Griffith and companion Paige Kelly and T.J. Griffith, both of Vevay; his great-grandchildren, Jarrett and Allison (his little princess) Smith, Avery Roberts, Hayden and Harmony Blevins; his brothers, Roger Griffith and wife Barbara of Greenfield, Carl Michael Griffith and wife Becky of Warrington; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Griffith; his great-grandson, Gavin McVay; his brothers, Thomas, Bill and Jimmy Griffith; his sister, Sally Jane Moore; and his in-laws, Ernest and Mary McCorkle.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Joseph Lamson Monday, October 26th, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service Knightstown Chapel. Burial followed in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Memorial contributions may be given to the Charles Richard Griffith Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hinsey-brown.com.

Hattie Brady

Hattie Louise Brady, 70, of Rising Sun, passed away at 12:02 p.m. Thursday, October 22nd, 2009, in Aurora.

She was born August 3rd, 1939, in Dearborn County, the daughter of Charles and Mary (McClure) Brady. She was a member of Rising Sun Church of Christ.

Survivors include her sisters, Rose Mary Brady and Tish Lyon, both of Rising Sun; her niece, Viola Woodruff of Rising Sun; her nephews, Wilford Woodruff, Billy Woodruff, and Charles Brady, all of Rising Sun, and Delbert Lee Daniels of Lawrenceburg; five great-nieces; and three great-nephews.

Funeral services were conducted by Brother Greg Matthew Monday, October 26th, at Rising Sun Church of Christ. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Markland Funeral Home of Rising Sun was in charge of arrangements.

Verna Holcroft

Verna Louise (Hash) Holcroft, 81, of Madison, passed away at 9:15 p.m. Friday, October 23rd, 2009, at Hickory Creek of Madison.

She was born July 26th, 1928, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Leonard and Margaret (Muster) Hash. She resided all of her life in Jefferson County and was a 1946 graduate of Hanover High School.

She was united in marriage on May 18th, 1946, in Madison, by Reverend Vincent to William A. Holcroft. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home.

She was a life member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and a member of First Baptist Church in downtown Madison for over 50 years. She was employed with Von Ewing Dairy in downtown Madison early in life and Steinhardt-Hanson for several years. She also worked in the cafeteria at the Madison Junior High School downtown. She retired after 27 years of service with the Madison State Hospital as a certified attendant. In her spare time she enjoyed crocheting, working in her flowers, gardening, cooking and her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, William A. “Bill” Holcroft of Madison; her sons, Ronald Holcroft and wife Candi of Madison and Jeffrey Holcroft and wife Denise of Madison; her sister, Bea Rusk of Madison; her brother, Keith Hash and his wife Kay of Wiggam, Georgia; his sister-in-law, Norma Jean Scudder of Columbus; her grandchildren, Scott Holcroft and wife Mandy, Curt Holcroft and wife Christine, Joseph and Sarah Holcroft; her great-grandchildren, Andrew, Alli, Lauren, Luke and Hunter Holcroft; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard Hask in June, 1961; her mother, Margaret Muster Hash in November, 1991; her brother, Glenn Hask in December, 1990; her brothers-in-law, Frank Rusk and Merle “Woody” Scudder; her nephew, Mike Rusk; and her niece, Melissa Hash.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastors Lewis Wright and Randy Crutchfield Wednesday, October 28th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Springdale Cemetery in downtown Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Dolores Scroggin

Dolores Kay (James) Scroggin, 65, of Dupont, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Sunday, October 25th, 2009, at her home.

She was born July 31st, 1944, in Scott County, the daughter of Roy Vincent and Laura Eliza (Layman) James, who both preceded her in death. She w as raised in Jennings County and was a 1962 graduate of Dupont High School. She attended classes for further education through her church.

She was united in marriage on September 6th, 1 963, in Commiskey to Ronald T. Scroggin. Unto this union three sons arrived to bless their home.

The family resided in Jennings County for 21 years, then moved to the Dupont community where they resided the rest of her life. She was a faithful member of Centerville Baptist Church near Lovett, Indiana. She enjoyed reading and studying her Bible. She loved traveling, especially on train trips, working in her flowers, mowing her lawn, collecting plates and bottles. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald T. Scroggin of Dupont; her sons, Phil Scroggin and wife Rebecca of Madison, Robert Scroggin and wife Cynthia of Butlerville and Paul Scroggin and Rachel of Scipio; her brother, Dennis James and wife Ramona of Greenville, Ohio; her grandchildren, Natasha, Katie, Andrea, Jeremy, Jennifer, JoAnna, Jacob, Alyssa, Jeffrey, Kelsey, Briana, Braydon, Kayden and Bryson; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Dale and Dorrell James; and her infant sister.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Paul Penegar at 11 a.m. today (Thursday, October 29th) at Centerville Baptist Church, 1555 W. Co. Rd. 300 S. near Lovett. Burial will be in Dupont Cemetery. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. today (Thursday) at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Phyllis Taylor

Phyllis Ann (Heath) Taylor, 73, of Canaan, passed away at 11:50 a.m. Monday, October 26th, 2009, at her home.

She was born October 18th, 1936, in Jefferson County, the daughter of the late Orville Howard and Cornelia Joyce Heath. She spent her early years near Brooksburg and in Canaan since her marriage. She graduated from Central High School and was employed at Lord’s Dress Shop, the North Madison State Bank and Madison First Federal. She was honored to be selected “Miss Madison” for the Regatta in 1954. She was an active member at Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church where she served many years as leader of the Baptist Youth Fellowship and a member of the social committee. One of her greatest loves was music and singing in her church choir. She enjoyed traveling and had been to most of the United States as well as Great Britain and Europe. She was also a member of Madison Chapter Order of Eastern Star No. 530.

Survivors include her children, David E. Taylor and Jenny Gray and husband Steve; her grandchildren, Cody Taylor, Evan, Megan and Ryan Gray, Laken, Brooke and Alex Taylor; her sisters, Mary Ward Benham of Madison and Marjorie Underwood of Versailles.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, M. Edward Taylor whom she married March 16th, 1958; her sister, Jessie Oresik; and her brother, Graham Heath.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Ed Roberts at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 31st, at Indian-Kentuck Baptist Church near Canaan. Burial will be in Canaan Cemetery. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Friday, October 30th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison and Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the church or Jefferson County Animal Shelter or Canaan Masonic Lodge No. 581 F.&A.M. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Mary Blair

Mary Juanita (McKinney) Blair, 69, of Canaan, passed away at 10:18 a.m. Monday, October 26th, 2009, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born June 23rd, 1940, in Carroll County, Kentucky, the daughter of Jess and Cora (Purnell) McKinney, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Carroll County and attended school there.

She was united in marriage June 3rd, 1960, to William Robert Blair, Sr. Unto this union three sons and a daughter arrived to bless their home.

The family resided for several years in Floyd County, later moving to Jefferson County. She was employed for several years at Kurt Kash Plastics. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed collecting angels, apples and loved country music. She liked to work word search puzzles and spending time with her grandchildren. She was eagerly awaiting the birth of her second great-grandchild.

Survivors include her sons, William Robert “Bill” Blair, Jr., and wife Janeen of Madison, Kevin Ray Blair and wife Sarah Beth of Holton and Dwayne Allen Blair and wife Susan of Madison; her daughter, Cynthia Kay “Cindy” Geisler and companion Kevin Thomas Beach of Canaan; her grandchildren, Kristina Rena Blair, Amanda Karyn Blair, Juanita Danielle Blair, Lily Anne Blair, Thomas Ray Blair; her great-granddaughter, Karmyn Jade Blair; her sisters, Frances Ellen Carter and Stella Ann Bell, both of Madison; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Robert Blair, Sr., on April 22nd, 1991; and her brother, Jesse William McKinney.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Randy Crutchfield at 4 p.m. Saturday, October 31st, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Friends may call from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary J. Blair Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Willetta Hatton-Waddle

Willetta Lothridge Hatton-Waddle, 85, of Madison, passed away at 10:01 p.m. Sunday, October 25th, 2009, at Hickory Creek of Madison.

She was born March 16th, 1924, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Elmer and Gladys (Lauderbaugh) Lothridge, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Switzerland County and attended school there. She resided in Decatur County for two years, moving to Jefferson County in 1942.

She was united in marriage in 1940, to Lawrence Hartford Hatton and they shared 28 years of marriage together until his death in 1968. In 1971, she was united in marriage to Donald Roy Waddle. They shared 21 years of marriage together until his death in 1992.

She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed her family. She worked at OVO from 1 969-1976 in transportation and in the office. She then worked for Area 12 Council on Aging in transportation. She worked for Oscar Melcher Appliance Shop in the office and as a receptionist for Indiana Heating & Cooling. She has last worked as a caregiver for several years. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. In her spare time she enjoyed church, reading her Bible, working in her flowers and garden and traveling.

Survivors include her daughters, Carol Renee Hatton of Madison, Janet Heeke and husband Calvin of Madison, Anita Roberts and husband Roscoe of Commiskey, Teresa Shipman and husband John, Debbie Stewart and husband Danny of Milton, Kentucky; her sons, Mark Hatton and wife Mandy of Madison, Michael Hatton of Madison, Gary Hatton and wife Tammi of Bedford, Kentucky, George Hatton and wife Debra of Madison, Richard Hatton and wife Edna of Lexington, Terry Hatton and wife Allie of Hope, Mississippi, Paul Hatton of Hanover, and Edwin Hatton and wife Dianne of Lexington; her daughter-in-law, Janet Hatton of Madison; 27 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death in death by her sons, Darrell and Lawrence Nelson Hatton; her grandchildren, Derrick Kempker and Timothy Hatton; her brother, Keith Lothridge; and her sister, Alicia Louise Lothridge.

Funeral services will be conducted by Pastor Bart Smith at 11 a.m. Friday, October 30th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the church of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may b e sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Jeanette Conard

Jeanette (Hoeppner) Conard, 85, of Hanover, passed away at 9:10 a.m. Monday, October 26th, 2009, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.

She was born March 2nd, 1924, in Jefferson County, on Pleasant Ridge, the daughter of William and Laura (Gray) Hoeppner, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Jefferson County and was a graduate of Central High School. She received her degree in nursing from St. Vincent School of Nursing. She resided in Indianapolis for 10 years and worked as a Registered Nurse for St. Vincent and Methodist hospitals in obstetrics. She then began a career as a Registered Nurse in 1956 with King’s Daughters’ Hospital, retiring in 1985 as supervisor of obstetrics. She had resided in Hanover since 1956, and was a faithful member of Hanover United Methodist Church. She had served as treasurer at the church and had volunteered in the office for a number of years. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, reading and all books, her grandchildren and was a Cincinnati Reds baseball fan.

Survivors include her sons, Donald David Conard of Greenwood, Richard D. Conard and wife Joan and Jack A. Conard and wife Betty, all of Indianapolis, and Dr. Dennis W. Conard and wife Stacie of Canaan; her daughter, Nancy Conard Keller and husband Charles of Indianapolis; her sisters, Ann Newton and Mary Elizabeth Hoeppner of Eckerty, Indiana; her brother, Raymond Hoeppner and wife Mary Jean of Madison; her grandchildren, Robin, Patricia, Melissa, Michael, Kevin, Kristen, Jonathon Tyler, Jordan, Rilie, Morgan and Harper; seven great-grandchildren; eight nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Don L. Conard on December 7th, 1984; her son, Robert William Conard; her sister, Matilda Lewis; and her grandson, John Richard Conard.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Vickie Perkins at 10:30 a.m. today (Thursday, October 29th) at Hanover United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Brooksburg Cemetery near Brooksburg. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until service time today (Thursday) at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hanover United Methodist Church, the Arthritis Foundation, or the American Heart Association. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre of Madison is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.