Obituaries week of 12-11-08

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George E. Andrew

George E. Andrew, 85, of Elrod passed away Sunday, December 7th, at his home.

He was born near Vevay on November 6th, 1923, the son of Ethol and Mabel (Rogers) Andrew. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a member of Washington Baptist Church. He had worked as a district foreman for the Ripley County Highway Department, retiring in 1999. He had driven a bus for the Milan schools for nine years. He was a former 4-H leader for the Elrod Stars and had driven a milk truck. He enjoyed his garden and coon hunting.

He was married to Belva Hysell on June 11th, 1948.

Survivors include his son, Rick (Sandy) Andrew of Elrod; his daughters, Beverly Ellerman of Versailles and Darla (Joe) Eden of Milan; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sister, Nell Jaynes of Anderson; and his brother-in-law, John Lucas of Moorefield.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son-in-law, James Ellerman; his sisters, Martha Burnett, Grace Jourdan, and Dorothy Lucas; and his brothers, Ethol Andrew, Jr., and Dale Andrew.

Funeral services will be held (today) Thursday, December 11th, at 11 a.m. at Washington Baptist Church with Reverend Bruce Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial will be in Washington Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church. Memorials may be given to a fund for the family at the U.S. Bank in Dillsboro or through the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home of Versailles.

Belva D. Andrew

Belva D. Andrew, 80, of Elrod passed away Sunday, December 7th, at her home.

She was born near Vevay on June 15th, 1928, the daughter of Clyde and Nora (Phillips) Hysell. She was a 1946 graduate of Vevay High School and was a member of the Washington Baptist Church and the Ripley County Farm Bureau. She had been employed in housekeeping at the Waters of Dillsboro Manor for 27 years and had also worked at U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay. She was a homemaker and a former 4-H leader for the Elrod Stars. She had also served as a custodian for the Washington Baptist Church.

She was married to George Andrew on June 11th, 1948.

Survivors include her son, Rick (Sandy) Andrew of Elrod; her daughters, Beverly Ellerman of Versailles and Darla (Joe) Eden of Milan; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; her sister, Elma Jean Rayls of Vevay; and her brother, Lyonel Hysell of Madison.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son-in-law, James Ellerman; her sisters, Armeda Drake, Elaine Lock, and Saundra Hysell; and her brothers, Meredith, Delmont, Lowell, Dorman, Dewayne, and Adrian Hysell.

Funeral services will be held (today) Thursday, December 11th, at 11 a.m. at Washington Baptist Church in Elrod with Reverend Bruce Fitzsimmons officiating. Burial will be in Washington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the church. Memorials may be given to a fund established for the family at U.S. Bank in Dillsboro or through the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home of Versailles.

Juanita Levell

Juanita (Sigmon) Levell, age 83, of Vevay, passed away Thursday, December 4th, at her home.

She was born May 1st, 1925, in Switzerland County, the daughter of Jess and Ethel (Curry) Sigmon, who both preceded her in death. She had resided in Switzerland County all of her life. The Levells farmed for several years on their farm at Allensville until they moved to Vevay in 1976. She was employed for several years at the Plastic Moldings Corporation in East Enterprise. She was a former employee of the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay, the old canning factory in Rising Sun and Terrace View Nursing Home in Lawrenceburg. She enjoyed nothing more than sitting on their front porch passing the time of day with family and friends. She will be remembered for her love of fishing, reading, and seeing God’s beautiful country. She was a member of the Grants Creek Baptist Church since 1966.

She was united in marriage on November 8th, 1942, in Patriot, to James Samuel Levell. Unto this union a daughter and two sons arrived to bless their home.

Survivors include her husband, James Samuel Levell of Vevay; her daughter, Teresa Ann Levell of Vevay; her sons, James Ronald Levell and wife Peggy of Oxnard, California and Roger Dale Levell and wife Sally of Wolverine, Michigan; her grandchildren, Christopher, Summer, Keara, Joseph and Matthew; her great-grandchildren, Christopher Jr., Christian, Ember Sky, Corbin and Madalyn Grace.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters and husband, Marie and Cecil Levell and Ruth Evelyn Sigmon at the age of 7; her brothers and wives, Norman and Pearl Sigmon, Wilford and Muriel Sigmon, Alfred and Freda Sigmon and Robert and Gladys Sigmon.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 8th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial followed in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to charity of the donor’s choice.

Journey Bates

Journey Lynn Bates, age 4, of Vevay, passed away suddenly Wednesday, December 3rd, at her home.

She was born September 2nd, 2004, the daughter of DeWayne Garth and Jamie Lynn (Spurlock) Bates. She was a beautiful blond haired and blue eyed four year old, who was rambunctious and was always full of life. She loved making faces in the mirror and being cuddled by her mommy and daddy. She enjoyed playing pranks on her brothers and making everyone laugh. She enjoyed attending pre-school at Jeff-Craig Elementary School in Vevay. She attended Mount Sterling Baptist Church near Vevay, with her family and was dedicated at the CI Worship Center in Versailles.

Survivors include her parents, DeWayne and Jamie (Spurlock) Bates of Vevay; her brothers, Brendan Bates and Nathaniel Bates, both at home; her grandparents, James Spurlock of Vevay, Dewana Spurlock of Florence, Kentucky; and Lynn Bates of Versailles; her great-grandparent, Loretta Spurlock of Bennington and Lamona West of Osgood; several uncle, aunts, cousins, great-uncles and great-aunts.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Joseph Spurlock and Leslie Bates.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, December 5th, by Pastor Leon Walters at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial followed in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Down’s Syndrome of Greater Cincinnati.

Bonnie Bennett

Blanche Roberta “Bonnie” Bennett, 86, of Rising Sun passed away Friday, December 5th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born January 25th, 1922, in Patriot, the daughter of James Clinton and Maggie (Ralston) Koons. She was a finisher for Plastic Moldings Corporation in East Enterprise, retiring in 1985. She also worked for Seagram’s and the Vevay and Harrison shoe factories. She was at one time an Avon lady and she and her husband operated a Phillips 66 service station. She was a member of Switzerland County PTO, Cub Scout leader and Patriot Baptist Church.

On April 11th, 1944, she married Arthur “Art” Duckworth who died in 1954. On August 12th, 1960, she married James Robert Bennett, who died February 9th, 2001.

Survivors include her sons, Wayne Duckworth and wife Evelyn and Bruce Bennett and wife LuAnn, all of Patriot; her daughter, Amber Reed and husband Ronald of Allensville; her sister, Ada Smith of Rising Sun; her sister-in-law, Helen Bennett of Patriot; her brother-in-law, Jim “Bud” Henry of Rising Sun; her grandchildren, Brian Reed, Charlotte Bonfer, Lora Deamron, Scott Reed, Brandon Bennett, Logan Bennett, and Bree Ann Bennett; her great-grandchildren, MaKencie, Carson, Laci and Dillan; and her great-great-grandchildren, Cole and Kayden.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Harold, Gene and Vernon Koons; and her sisters, Opal Walston, Anna Bell Koons and Becky Henry.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, December 9th, by Pastor Pamela Thiede at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in East View Cemetery in Patriot. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Michael E. Colen

Michael E. Colen, 60, of Vevay, passed away Thursday, December 4th, at St. Elizabeth Hospice Center in Edgewood, Kentucky.

He was born October 11th, 1948, in Milan, the son of Ora Ross and Goldie (Beadley) Colen. He was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1966. He was employed by Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg.

Survivors include his son, Jody Colen and fiancee Lisa Theetge of Rising Sun; his daughter, Deanna Buder and husband Tom of Milan; his brothers, James Colen of Canaan, Hubert Colen of Fairview, Jerry Colen of Hartford and Gerald “Swede” Colen of Markland; his sisters, Hilda Bovard of Lawrenceburg and Shirley Koons of Hartford; and his grandchildren, Kyla Rashell Colen and Gunnar Michael Colen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Ora “Oop” Colen and Paul “Ned” Colen; and his sister, Ruth Stem.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, December 8th, by Reverend John Hundley at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.