Obituaries week of 11-27-08


Terry Griffith

Terry Keith Griffith, 60, of Pleasant, passed away Sunday, November 23rd, at Southeast Georgia Health System in Brunswick, Georgia.

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

Amy DeSantis

Amy E. (Bauer) DeSantis, 36, of Fort Meade, Maryland, formerly of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away Friday, November 21st, at her home in Fort Meade.

She was born February 14th, 1972, in Louisville. She attended the University of Louisville and was a graduate of the Presentation Academy in Louisville. She was a former preschool teacher, a devoted wife and mother and was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ellicott City, Maryland. She enjoyed photography, cooking, reading, music and running.

Survivors include her husband, LTC Edward J. DeSantis of Fort Meade; her children, Samuel Douglas and Emma Elizabeth DeSantis of Fort Meade; her mother, Margaret Miner-Bauer of Louisville; her sisters, Lori Moussa and husband Mohamed of Vevay and Jennifer Hauser and husband Karl of Louisville; and her nephews, Adam, Alex, Jordan and Graham.

She was preceded in death by her father, Douglas C. Bauer.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, November 25th, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Ellicott City with burial in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Harry H. Witzke’s Family Funeral Home in Ellicott City was in charge of arrangements.

Glen Spears

Glen Wood Spears, 86, of Kings Mountain, Kentucky, formerly of East Enterprise and Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away Monday, November 24th, at his home.

He was born July 3rd, 1922, in Yosemite, Kentucky, the son of John and Viola (Clements) Spears, who both preceded him in death. He was a former factory employee and farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah (Bastin) Spears of Kings Mountain; his daughters, Barbara Engram of Albany, Georgia and Brenda Greene of Rising Sun; and four grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Glen Dwayne Spears; and his grandchild, Shannon Greene.

Graveside services were conducted Wednesday, November 26th, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Brother Steven Willingham officiating. Bartle Funeral Home Liberty was in charge of arrangements.

Orville Skirvin

Orville Jesse Skirvin, 76, of Madison, passed away Monday, November 24th, at his home.

He was born February 10th, 1932, in Switzerland County, the son of Deward B. and Mary E. (McKinney) Skirvin, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland and Trimble counties. He resided on Pleasant Ridge since the 1970s. He was employed early in life at the old Carrollton Furniture Factory. He later worked for 28 years as a welder and weld inspector for Williamson Company in Madison. He was a member of Madison Congregation of Jehovah’s Witness. He enjoyed gardenig and being outdoors.

He was united in marriage on July 13th, 1963, in Brookline, New Hampshire, to Linda Joyce Farrell, who survives. Unto this union one son and one daughter arrived to bless their home.

Other survivors include his son, Jeffrey A. Skirvin and wife Beth of Madison; his daughter, Tasha Mowery and husband Mark of Madison; his grandchildren, Jeffrey A. Skirvin, Jr., Camden Rodman, Molly Skirvin and Lucas Skirvin; his brother, Franklin D. Skirvin of Madison; his sisters, Lida Bea Charles of Kentucky, Margaret Skirvin of Kentucky, Avanell Randell of Hanover and Peggy Bentley of Kentucky; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, John W., Deward and Leslie Skirvin.

Cremation was chosen with no services and no public visitation. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. 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

John White

John Vernon White, 42, passed away Tuesday, November 18th.

He was born December 22nd, 1965. He attended IPS School 34 and Emmerich Manual High School and graduated in 1984. He was an Iron and Steel Construction Erector and was an apprentice from 1988 to 1991 and worked ironwork until he received his journeymen book from Ironworkers Local 22 in 1991. He worked in erecting the RCA Dome, AUL Building, Bank One Tower, the Indianapolis Star building, the Honda Plant in Greensburg and Saint Francis South Hospital. He was a member of Masonic Englewood Lodge 715. He was an avid hunter and fisherman at a very early age. He shot his first eight point buck at the age of 12. He was always at peace in nature.

He was united in marriage to Audrey Wheeler March 22nd, 1990. Their family of five children include, Josi, age 19, Elizabeth May, age 18, Austin John, age 15, Erica Lee, age 14 and Evan Gene, age 10. He enjoyed his close family and is survived by his father, Billie G. White and stepmother Vickie; his sisters, Sherry Dannattelle, Kay Stawick (Paul) and Fay Boone (Randy), four nephews; six nieces; his uncles; Edward, Randal and Jack Trinkle, and stepbrothers, Matt, Rod and Chad Little.

He is the grandson of the late Hazel (Cook) Trinkle of Vevay.

Funeral services to celebrate his life were held Saturday, November 22nd, at Little and Sons Funeral Home Beech Grove Chapel, officiated by Father Jeff Godecker. Interment was in Greenwood Cemetery.

A. Daryl Lewis

A. Daryl Lewis, 64, of Trafalgar, Indiana, passed away Friday, November 21st, at St. Francis Hospital in Mooresville, Indiana.

He was born July 25th, 1944, to Addie M. and Reba E. (Ison) Lewis. He was a 1962 graduate of William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio. He was a member of Christ Fellowship Worship Center in Whiteland and formerly attended Hoosier Harvest Church in Martinsville. He was a material service analyst for Cinergy for 18 years, retiring in 1996. He then was a call center representative for S and R Technologies for Cummins in Columbus for 10 years.

He married Lela Sue Tollier on July 10th, 1964 in Mason, Ohio.

Survivors include his wife, Lela Sue (Tolliver) Lewis; his daughters, Shelly (Bryan) Dews of Hanover and Amanda (Dan) Rectorof Trafalgar; his son, Scott (Traci) Lewis of Haubstadt, Indiana; his mother, Reba E. (Ison) Lewis of Trafalgar; his grandchildren, Whitney Barnes, Kingsley Dews, Dane Rector and Caleb Rector; his great-grandchildren, Ava Barnes and Aeryonna Meals.

He was preceded in death by his father; and his sister, Sharon West.

Reverend Mike Hoke conducted a Celebration of Life service Sunday, November 23rd, at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center in Franklin. Burial was in First Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Franklin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Johnson County Autism Support Group in honor of Daryl’s grandson, Dane, 300 South Morton Street, Franklin, IN 46131.