Obituaries week of 11-12-09


Reda Bush

Reda Mae (Godsey) Bush, 86, of Cross Plains, passed away at 7:43 a.m. Sunday, November 8th, 2009, at The Waters of Dillsboro-Ross Manor in Dillsboro.

She was born September 23rd, 1923, in Perry County, Kentucky, the daughter of Sherman and Laura (Barnett) Godsey, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Perry County, Kentucky, where she attended school.

She was united in marriage on September 18th, 1943, in Bulan, Kentucky, to Mayhugh Bush. Unto this union two sons arrived to bless their home. They enjoyed over 58 years of marriage together until his death on October 23rd, 2001.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed raising her family. She was a faithful member of the Brushy Fork Baptist Church. She will be remembered for her love of crocheting and had crocheted beautiful afghans for each of her grandchildren.

Survivors include her sons, James Earl Bush and wife Donna of Cross Plains, Tommy Ray Bush and wife Kimberly Ann of Guilford, Indiana; her grandchildren, Abby, Aaron and Jason; her great-grandchildren, Tyler James, Morgan R., Cailin and Brayden; her brothers, Jim Godsey and Sherman B. Godsey, both of Bennington, and Bill Godsey of Columbus; her sisters, Blanch Gillis, Jessie Haney and Betty Young, all of Bennington, Hazel Chilton of Turners Station, Kentucky, Jan Schwallie of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mary Kroft of Piner, Kentucky; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Andrew Bush on October 2 8th, 2005; and her sisters, Jean Godsey and Marie Shoemaker.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Grant Gaines Wednesday, November 11th, at Brushy Fork Baptist Church near Pleasant. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Brushy Fork Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Gary Dowdy

Gary Dowdy, 56, of Brooksburg, passed away at 8:47 p.m. Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009, at his home.

He was born October 7th, 1953, in Madison, the son of William, Jr., and Norma Jean (Sloan) Dowdy. He was raised in Switzerland County and w as a member of the Class of 1973, Switzerland County High School. He also attended Ivy Tech for certification. He attended Switzerland Baptist Church as a youth.

He was united in marriage on May 31st, 1974, at the Brooksburg Baptist Church to Pamela Sue Heath.

He was the owner and operator of Dowdy’s Body Shop in Brooksburg for over 30 years. He resided in Brooksburg since 1974. He also worked for Joseph E. Seagram’s & Sons Distillery in Lawrenceburg from 1984-1989. He also had worked early in life for Madison Mayflower as a truck driver. He was serving on the town council board for the Town of Brooksburg. He was the former certified operator for the Brooksburg Waste Water Treatment Plant. He was a member of the Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years and had served as fire chief for several terms in the past. He was serving on the Canaan Water Company board for several years.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela Sue Heath Dowdy; his sister, Connie Watson and husband Kenny of Vevay; his nephew, Mark Griffin and wife Cybil; his niece, Angie Callis and husband Damon; his mother-in-law, Ola B. Heath of Madison; his great-nephew and great-niece, Kennedy Gage Callis and Avery Elizabeth Griffin; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gary and Mary Heath of Madison, Aaron and Shonna Heath of Brooksburg, Jeff and Yonna Heath of Brooksburg, and Linda and Craig Bond of Patriot; his aunt, Betty Flinn of Bluffton, Ohio; his uncle, Billy G. Sloan of Topeka, Kansas; and several other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma Jean Sloan Dowdy on May 9th, 1987; his father, William “Bill” Dowdy Jr., on December 6th, 2006; his brother, Dennis Dale Dowdy; his grandparents, William Robert and Florence Louetta Turner Dowdy and Millard and Martha L. Isaacs Sloan; and his father-in-law, Carroll Edward “Boo” Heath on August 21st, 1999.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Mike Barnes Sunday, November 8th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Milton Township Volunteer Fire Department held a fireman’s memorial service Saturday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the fire department or the Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website eat

Verna Lovern

Verna Louise Lovern, 71, of Lawrenceburg, passed away Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009.

She was born Wednesday, May 1 8th, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of the late Floyd and Nettie Grim. She was a member of Hamline Chapel United Methodist Church and the Eastern Star.

Survivors include her sons, Alan Lovern, Jr., Scott (wife Karen) Lovern, and Mark Lovern; her sister, Hattie Wise; her grandchildren, Valerie (husband Adam) Ziegler, Laura Lovern, Jackie Lovern and Michael Lovern; and her great-grandchildren, Carson Vinson and Brooklyn Vinson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, lan Hayward “Buck” Lovern.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Bob Cannon Friday, November 6th, at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg. Interment followed in the Greendale Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the family. Visit at

Dick Demaree

C. Richard “Dick” Demaree, 78, of Madison, passed away at 6:35 p.m. Friday, November 6th, 2009, at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born September 14th, 1931, in Jefferson County, the son of James H. and Agnes (Mathews) Demaree. He was office manager for Demaree Motors for 50 years from 1957-2007. He was a graduate of Madison High School Class of 1949 and attended Hanover College and Indiana University Southeast. He enjoyed working on family genealogy. He was a faithful and devoted member of the First Baptist Church, having joined the church March 28th, 1948, where he served as a deacon for several years. He was a member of the Anchor Sunday School Class. He w as an avid basketball fan for the Madison Cubs where he served as a yell leader in 1949. He was a volunteer docent for the Jefferson County Historical Society. He was a U.S. Army and Army Reserves veteran of the Korean War.

On October 9th, 1952, he married Dorothy “Dottie” Crain, who survives.

Other survivors include his daughter, R. Ann Sutlive and husband Vins of Harrisburg, North Carolina; his sons, Matt Demaree of Madison and Bob Demaree of Indianapolis; his sister, Marianna McLendon and husband Holmes of Arden, North Carolina; his brother, William L. “Bill” Demaree and wife Betty of Madison; his grandchildren, Joshua Richard Sutlive and Joseph Vinson Sutlive; his sister-in-law, Nancy Wilson Demaree of St. Louis, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Nancy Stiles in 1964; and his brothers, James M. Demaree on September 13th, 1992, and John R. “Jack” Demaree.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Lewis Wright Wednesday, November 11th, at Vail-Holt Funeral Home Hilltop Chapel in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Jefferson County Historical Society or the donor’s favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent to the family at