Obituaries week of 10-30-08

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Alvin Patton

Alvin Ray “Al” Patton, 56, of Chelsea, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, October 28th, at his home.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Robert Sampson

Robert Sampson, 78, of Madison, passed away Wednesday, October 22nd, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Funeral arrangements will be announced by Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Mary Turner

Mary Margaret (Miller) Turner, 82, of Patriot, passed away Tuesday, October 28th, in Patriot.

She was born November 8th, 1925, in Patriot, the daughter of John Wesley and Addie (Bailey) Miller, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in the Patriot community.

She was united in marriage December 24th, 1941, in Florence, to Curtis A. Turner. Unto this union five sons and three daughters arrived to bless their home.

They went to housekeeping in Florence and later returned to Patriot to start and raise their family. She was a wonderful homemaker, mother and grandmother. She will be remembered for her love of dice, euchre, bingo, NASCAR, cooking, canning and fishing. She attended Patriot Baptist Church in Patriot.

Survivors include her sons, Fred A. Turner and wife Cindy of Vevay, Wayne Turner and wife Kathy of Patriot, Jerry Turner and wife Belinda of Patriot, Steve Turner and wife Sharon of Patriot, and Terry Turner and wife Karen of Rising Sun; her daughters, Sue Jones and husband Mike of Vevay, Lorraine Fugitt and husband Tim of Patriot and Juanita Jackson and husband Joe of Rising Sun; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by here husband, Curtis A. Turner on July 5th, 1985; her great-grandson, Spencer William Turner on November 5th, 2004; her brother, Henry Miller; and her sister, Hazel Wheeler.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, October 30th) by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in East View Cemetery in Patriot. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Douglas McNeely

Douglas Gene McNeely, 78, of Patriot, passed away Monday, October 27th, at his home.

He was born December 24th, 1929, in Napoleon Ridge, Kentucky, the son of William G. and Virginia (White) McNeely. He was a farmer, redryer in Carrollton, Kentucky, briefly worked for the L & H Railroad, Seagram’s Distillery for 10 years, and worked for the Switzerland County Highway Department. He also drove a school bus in Grant and Boone counties in Kentucky and Switzerland County in Indiana. At one time he owned and operated the Phillips 66 Service Station and the Gulf Station in Vevay. His greatest love in life was his family and farming. He also enjoyed miniature donkeys. He was a member of Ten Mile Baptist Church in Napoleon, Masonic Lodge, Patriot Bell River Lodge, 32nd Degree, was a trustee in Posey Township for eight years and was instrumental in starting the Posey Township Fire Department.

On October 5th, 1962, he married Lorraine Isaacs, who survives.

Other survivors include his daughters, Bonnie Long and husband Dennis of Madison, Beverly Jones and husband Buster of Rising Sun, Karen Atha and husband Ronnie of Dry Ridge, Kentucky, and Joyce McNeely of Burlington, Kentucky; his sons, Dennis McNeely and wife Robin of Florence and Douglas McNeely and wife Lisa of Patriot; his daughter, Linda Hill and husband David of Warsaw, Kentucky; his sister, Margie Rider and husband Menefee of Warsaw, Kentucky; his brother, Roland McNeely of Sanders, Kentucky; his brother-in-law, Ben Ethridge of Union, Kentucky; 24 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Barry Lynn Brinegar who was killed during the Vietnam War; his grandson, Daniel Jones; his great-grandson, Aiden Blackthorn; and his sisters, Ramona Cussino and Anna Sue Ethridge.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, October 31st, at 1 p.m. by Mike Jones at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in East View Cemetery in Patriot. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. today (Thursday). Memorial contributions may be made to Dearborn County Hospice, Patriot Baptist Church or Posey Township Fire Department.

Virginia Martin

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

She was born August 10th, 1929, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Thomas and Lula (Smith) Turner, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Switzerland County and had resided near Patriot for several years. She resided in Lawrenceburg for 28 years where she met and maintained many friends. She was a homemaker and enjoyed raising and taking care of her family. She will be remembered for her love of bingo and socializing with her friends.

She was united in marriage October 12th, 1963, in Covington, Kentucky, to Woodrow Martin, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughters, Linda Fisk of Patriot, Penny Proffitt of Shelbyville and Joyce Addison of Aurora; her sons, Thomas J. “TJ” Martin and wife Marlene Jeanette of Burlington, Kentucky and Paul Vernon Brandon of Versailles; her grandchildren, Amber and Jeremy Fisk and Preston Faulkner; her great-granddaughter, Aaliyah Fisk; her brothers, Marion “Sarge” Turner of Moorefield, George Turner of Bennington, Tommy Turner and Dave Turner, both of Patriot; her sister, Vella Hufford of Mens, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sons, Earl Wayne, Ernie Lee, and Lonnie Dale Brandon; her son-in-law, Tim Fisk; and her step-grandson, Nick Faulkner.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, October 24th, by Reverend Mike Jones 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.

Janet Ewing

Janet Ainslie Somerville Ewing, 104, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, October 21st, at her residence.

She was born December 2nd, 1903, in Trimble County, Kentucky, near the Leeport community. She was the daughter of George Ainslie and Mary Virginia Wood Somerville, who both preceded her in death. She was raised and resided nearly all of her life in Trimble County, moving to Madison in 1987. She was a 1921, graduate of Corn Creek Academy and was eligible to teach there after she graduated.

She was a lifelong member of Corn Creek Baptist Church and was the oldest and longest living member of the church at the time of her death. She was a member of Milton Homemakers. She was a retired inspector for Meyers Manufacturing in Madison. She enjoyed collecting plates, cups and saucers. She enjoyed red birds and all children. She loved her church and was a true Christian. She loved and appreciated all the care bestowed upon her by her loving nieces and nephews.

She was united in marriage in February, 1926, to Charles R. Ewing. Unto this union arrived a little girl, Lois Marie, who died when she was 10 days old. They enjoyed 50 years of marriage together until his death in November, 1976. She was united in marriage in 1977, to Noble P. Ewing and they enjoyed 10 years of marriage until his death in 1987.

Survivors include her stepdaughter, Geraldine Tilly of Paducah, Kentucky; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Martha Hayes and Susie Lappin; her brothers, Charles, Thomas James and George Somerville; several nieces, nephews and many other relatives.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, October 26th, by Reverends Aaron O’Dell and J.L. Ewing at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in the Bedford (Kentucky) I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Corn Creek Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Thomas Cheatham

Thomas “Tuck” Cheatham, 78, of Madison, passed away Wednesday, October 22nd, at Norton’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, surrounded by his loving wife and two children.

He was born February 24th, 1930, in Madison, the son of Robert and Mildred (Lockridge) Cheatham. He was a 1948 graduate of Madison High School and a lifelong resident of Jefferson County. He joined the National Guard on November 10th, 1947, and served for 15 years. He was the oldest living member of the Walnut Street #4 Volunteer Fire Company, having served 47 years. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge, Fraternal Order of the Elks, Knights of Columbus and American Legion Post #9. He received an award from the American Red Cross for his blood donations. At one time he w as the second highest donor in Jefferson County. He w as retired from Public Service Indiana, now Duke Energy, after 40 years. His love of family and sports was a big part of his life. He was a member of the 1948 semi-state Madison Cubs basketball team, played baseball for the Cubs and Madison Merchants, and p-layed in many slow pitch and fast pitch softball leagues. After his playing days were over he became the number one fan of his son’s and grandchildren’s’ sports teams, rarely missing a game.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann (Short) Cheatham of Madison, whom he married on September 9th, 1950; his daughter, Lynn Ann (Cheatham) Eder and husband Thomas of North Vernon; his son, Thomas Mark Cheatham of Madison; his grandchildren, Christopher Thomas Cheatham of McCordsville, Indiana, Meredith Lynn Eder of Boulder, Colorado, Jennifer Cheatham Neff of Fishers, Indiana and Dr. Kyle Mark Cheatham of Omaha, Nebraska; his great-grandsons, Jack Neff and Cole Cheatham; his great-granddaughters, Alexa and Claire Cheatham; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Thelma Wehner, Dorothy Sands and Nancy Lee; his brothers, Gene Cheatham, Robert “Buck” Cheatham, Edward “Bardo” Cheatham and Larry Cheatham; and his daughter-in-law, Lisa Lynn Kugler Cheatham.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father John Meyer Sunday, October 26th, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery in downtown Madison. The rosary was recited Saturday evening at the funeral home. Walnut Street #4 Volunteer Fire Company conducted a fireman’s service Saturday evening, also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lisa Cheatham Endowment Fund. Online condolences can be sent to the family via www.morgan-nay.com.