Obituaries week of 12-8-11


Dorothy Cole

Dorothy M. (Stoops) Cole, 102, of Madison, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 12:40 p.m. Sunday, December 4th, 2011, in Madison.

She was born April 18th, 1909, the daughter of Fred and Addie (Detraz) Stoops, who both preceded her in death.

She was united in marriage on June 5th, 1929, in Vevay, to Raymond E. Cole. Unto this union one son and one daughter arrived to bless their home on Drakes Ridge in Switzerland County. They shared nearly 70 years together until his death on May 17th, 1999.

Besides helping her husband farm, she kept busy gardening, sewing and other needle crafts. She enjoyed raising flowers, fishing, her grandchildren and their families. She w as member of Fairview United Methodist Church. She had resided in Madison since 1984, to be close to her children.

Survivors include her son, Wendell K. Cole and wife Wanda of Madison; her daughter, Helen Kay Hyde of Madison; her grandchildren, Kenneth Cole and wife, Georgene of Madison, Tiffany Cole McGillan and husband Justin of Madison, Lynne Hyde Schimitz and husband A.J. of Camano Island, Washington, Lisa Hyde Saltzman of Denver, Colorado, Lori Hyde Albright of Pekin, Illinois; her step-grandchildren, Michelle Phillips of Indianapolis and Brian Kidwell and wife Darla of Wilmore, Kentucky; 14 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Harold Stoops, Leland Stoops and Henry Stoops; and her sister, Matilda Shadday Powers.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Arnold Cutter and Dr. Paul Brewster at 11 a.m. Friday, December 9th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. today (Thursday, December 8th) at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or to Fairview United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Betty Williams

Betty Jean (Dennis) Williams, 85, of Osgood, formerly of Bear Branch, passed away at 5:54 p.m. Friday, December 2nd, 2011, at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She was born October 19th, 1926, in Bear Branch in Ohio County, the daughter of McKinley and Esther C. (Richards) Dennis, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in the Bear Branch community and was a 1945 graduate of Dillsboro High School.

She was united in marriage on November 1st, 1947, in Jeffersonville, to Basil Lee Williams. Unto this union one daughter and two sons arrived to bless their home. He passed away September 12th, 2005.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed working with her husband on the family farm. She was a wonderful seamstress and enjoyed making her children’s clothes. She was an avid reader and her favorite author was John Grisham. She was a faithful member of the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Bear Branch where she had resided all of her life until 2008, when she moved to Osgood to be closer to her daughter. She will be remembered for her love of working puzzles, crocheting and gardening.

Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Hartig and husband Irvin of Osgood; her sons, Roger Williams and wife Connie of Madison and Rodney Williams of Bear Branch; her grandsons, Jerrod and Jakob Williams; her great-grandchildren, Christian, Logan, Cheyanne and Kaiden Williams; her brothers, Raymond Dennis and wife Donna of Bear Branch and Lowell M. Dennis of Osgood; her sister, Leola Brinson of Benham; her brother-in-law, Eslie Alford of Fairview; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Gladys Alford on May 16th, 2010; and her brother-in-law, Wilbur Brinson.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Pat Lanman Wednesday, December 7th, at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Bear Branch with burial in Olive Branch Cemetery. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Olive Branch Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Tony Pyles

Anthony W. “Tony” Pyles, 45, of Madison, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Friday, December 2nd, 2011, at his home.

He was born July 1st, 1966, in Madison, the son of Raymond Harold Pyles and Linda Patton Pyles Manning. He resided all of his life in Jefferson County and attended school there.

He was united in marriage to Gretchen Lichlyter and this union was blessed with two sons and a daughter.

He was employed for nearly 20 years with the Sirloin Stockade in Madison and served as manager for many of those years. He also had worked as a manager for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Madison. He had last worked for Walmart in Madison until he was disabled.

He was united in marriage on June 20th, 1998 in Trimble County, Kentucky to Nancy Kay Kreeger.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on cars. He was a NASCAR fan, especially of driver Tony Stewart, and enjoyed his grandchildren. He loved people and socializing. He loved his wife, his children and his family very much.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Kay Kreeger Burress Pyles of Madison; his sons, Brandon Wayne Pyles, Joshua Wyatt Pyles and companion Megan Burgan, and Dustin Burress, all of Madison; his daughters, Hannah Joy Pyles and companion Dalton Ferrell of Madison and Amanda Davidson and husband Jack of Scottsburg; his grandchildren, Wyatt Ray Pyles, Jackson Taylor and Jayden Davidson; his mother, Linda Patton Pyles Manning and husband Robert Kyle Manning of Hanover; his brothers, Everett Ray Pyles and wife Gina of Vevay and Philip Kyle Manning of Hanover; his sisters, Yvonne Marie Manning Blanton and husband Steve of Hanover and Sandy Manning Obremski and husband Brian of Scottsburg; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dan and Thelma Kreeger of Madison; his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Sheila and Doug Chatham of Trimble County, Kentucky; his grandmother-in-law, Helen Kreeger of Hanover; his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Harold Pyles in 1968; his paternal grandparents, Everett Maurice and Pauline Sharp Pyles; his maternal gandparents, John Franklin Patton and Maude Ruth Harris Patton Smith; and his uncle, Alvin Ray Patton.

Funeral services were conducted by Pastor J.D. Traylor Tuesday, December 6th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment was in Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tony Pyles Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s websitee at

Rita Adams

Rita Jo Miller Adams, 57, of Madison, passed away at 10:27 p.m. Sunday, November 27th, 2011, at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born June 11th, 1954, in Madison, the daughter of Gerald D. and Betty L. Hopper Miller. She was raised in Jefferson County and resided most of her life there. She was a graduate of Madison Consolidated High School and graduated with an associate degree in computer information systems. She was employed early in life with Regal Rugs in North Vernon. She had owned and operated “Our Place” Restaurant in Madison for several years and had cooked at the Elks Club in Madison. She was currently the chief of operations forLanthier Winery in downtown Madison. She enjoyed clogging, sewing, candy making, baking, movies, play station, and was very artistic and creative.

Survivors include her daughter, Brittany Nicole Adams of Madison; her sons, Jeff Dwain Adams of Madison and Thomas Lee Adams of North Vernon; her mother, Betty L. Hopper Miller of Madison; her sisters, Judy Lee and husband Chuck of Madison, Janet “Fizz” Miller and companion Bill Splain of Vevay, Lois Miller of Shelby, North Carolina, Shirley Miller Russell and husband John of Silver Lake, Indiana; her brothers, Daryl W. Miller and wife Connie of Hanover, Richard “Buzz” Miller and wife Pam ofManville, David E. Miller of Madison; her former mother-in-law, Verda Adams Keen of North Vernon; her grandchildren, Joshua Kernen, Toran Adams, Ryan Adams, Destany Adams, Alivia Adams, Keaton Hall and Elijah Adams; her aunt, Mary Scott of Madison; her uncle, Benny Chandler of Canaan; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gerald D. Miller on December 27th, 1992; her brothers, Johnny and Tommy Miller on April 24th, 1949; and her grandparents, John E. and Mildred A. Stevenson Hopper and Thomas and Lillie Miller.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Ron Lee and Pastor Bill Maginn Saturday, December 3rd, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment was in Caledonia Cemetery near Moorefield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rita Miller Adams Memorial Fund with the Jefferson Community Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Calvin Wagner

Calvin E. Wagner, 76, of Warsaw, formerly of Rush County, passed away at 8:07 p.m. Saturday, December 3rd, 2011.

He was born June 11th, 1935, in Switzerland County to Tommie and Gertrude (Hutchinson) Wagner, both deceased. He was a 1953 graduate of Arlington High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He worked for many years at the Rushville furniture factory and the Original Tractor Cab Company before going to work in 1961 for Perfect Circle in Rushville. When Perfect Circle closed its Rushville operations in 1984, he transferred to Warsaw and worked for Dana Corporation until 1993. He was a machinist for many years. He was a member of Arlington Christian Church.

Survivors incude his son, Darrell and wife Tammy Wagner of Rushville; his daughter, Laura and husband Rick Arnett of Warsaw; former wife, Carolyn Strait Wagner of Warsaw; his brother, Del Monte and wife Donna Wagner of Arlington; his grandchildren, Alex and Adam Wagner, Brittany Wright and Sydney Arnett; and his great-grandchildren, Mataya, Dale III, Branton and Kaden Sheperd.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Ted, Cecil, Bobby and James.

Funeral services will be conducted by Bob Brock at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, December 8th) at Moster Mortuary in Rushville where friends are welcome to visit from 11 a.m. until service time. Burial will be in Arlington East Hill Cemetery with military rites conducted by Rush County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to Rush County Veterans Honor Guard.