Obituaries week of 8-19-10


Ada M. Smith

Ada M. Smith, 94, of Rising Sun, passed away at 6:55 a.m. Friday, August 13th, 2010,at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born in Patriot, on April 16th, 1916, the daughter of the late Maggie (Ralston) and Clinton Koons.

On August 30th, 1947, she married Hobart Smith, who passed away on August 6th, 1987.

She served in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) during World War II. She worked for the U.S.. Postal Service for 30 years, first as a clerk, then as postmaster in Patriot. She retired in 1979. She was a member of Patriot Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Chandra “Channie” Smith of Rising Sun; her sons, Gardalen “Toy” Smith of Switzerland County, Darwin “Dee” Smith and Kevin “Barbara” Smith, all of Rising Sun; her stepdaughter, Patricia Smith Dittman of Virginia; her grandchildren, Carol Poling, Troy Dale Smith, Ginger Kincaid, Gina Hall, Kelli Jo Jellison, Kolton Smith, Casey and Kory Keith; her great-grandchildren, Shaina, Shelby, Troy, Jr., Vince, Shayla, Tyler, Korsen, Darian, Bryea, Kinsley, Shelby, Trinity and Ellie Grace; and her great-great-grandchildren, Kali and Kyndal.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Harold, Eugene, Charles and Vernon Koons; her sisters, Opal Walston, Anna Belle Koons, Bonnie Bennett and Becky Henry; and her stepdaughter, Barbara Smith Lane.

Funeral services were conducted by Dean Henry Monday, August 16th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Eastview Cemetery in Patriot. Memorial donations may be made to the Ohio County Rescue Unit or Patriot Baptist Church.

James Abner

James Melvin Abner, 81, of Bluegrass Homes, Kentucky, passed away Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was the husband of Melba Rae King Abner.

He was born on July 22nd, 1929, in Sand Gap, Kentucky, the son of Nimrod and Mary Jane Johnson Abner, who both preceded him in death. He was retired from the auto body shop business, and was of the Nazarene faith. He loved his special little dog, Dottie, and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, Melba Rae; he is survived by his sons, Danny Abner (Barbara), of Berea, Kentucky, Ricky Abner (Jill), of Richmond, Kentucky, James Abner Jr., of Richmond, Kentucky and Robert Abner (Sherry), of Berea; his daughter, Cathy Lynn Powell (Larry), of Berea; his grandchildren, James Powell, Larry “Tater” Powell of Switzerland County, Viletha Logsdon, Clinton Abner, Carissa Cummins, Kaylynn Blanton, Joshua Abner, Houston Abner, Savannah Abner, Cody Abner, Chelsea Abner, Josh Holdorff, and Amanda Steele; his great-grandchildren, Allyson Powell, Justus Powell, Calleigh Powell, Aiden Logsdon, Elijah Logsdon, Lily Logsdon, Madison Cummins, Canon Cummins, Kyra Blanton, Haley Blanton, and Jaylin Blanton; four sisters, Virginia Meeks, of Nicholasville, Kentucky, Dorothy Abney, of Richmond, Jean Roberts (Kenny), of Franklin, Tennessee, and Dorene Tuttle of Nicholasville; and two very special nephews, Wayne Gipson (Sylvia) and J.J. Gipson (Jo).

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Carlos, Herman, Junior, and Oscar Abner; and his sisters, Ruby Gipson and Bertie Chaney.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, August 14th, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Reverend Robert Blanton and Kerry Cummins officiating. Burial followed in Madison County Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice Care Plus, 208 Kidd Drive, Berea, Kentucky 40403.

Velma Waller

Velma Jo Patterson Waller, 79, of Madison, passed away at 5:45 a.m. Monday, August 16th, 2010, at Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover.

She was born December 20th, 1930, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Joseph E. and Ada L. Welch Patterson. She resided all her life in Jefferson County and was a 1948 graduate of Central High School.

She was united in marriage on January 7th, 1950, to William C. Waller, who died December 24th, 2007. Their home was blessed with one daughter Connie.

She worked early in life for Perry & Dunbar Drug Store, Gateway Grocery and Tower Manufacturing. She retired after 23 years and two months from Hanover Health & Rehab as the environmental services director. She was an avid IU basketball fan and enjoyed all sports and working word search puzzles. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include her daughter, Connie Waller of Madison; her grandchildren, Keli and Taylor Waller; her sister and brother-in-law, Mabel Ginn and husband Paul of Madison; her nieces and nephews, Wanda and Tom Spurgeon, Jimmy Moore, Wilma Vogel, Vicki Scott and Ricky Waller; and her brother-in-law, Kenneth Waller of Madison.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Ruba Moore on February 26th, 1993.

Funeral services will be conducted by Tom Spurgeon today (Thursday, August 19th) at 11 a.m. at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial will be in Dupont Cemetery in Dupont. Friends may call today (Thursday) from 9 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Manville Christian Church Youth. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Pat Adams

Patricia Joan “Pat” Edwards Adams, 69, of Brooksburg, passed away at 1:04 p.m. Thursday, August 12th, 2010, at Norton Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

She was born August 22nd, 1940, in Plains, Montana, the daughter of Leland and Ruth Davies Edwards, who both preceded her in death. She resided in Montana until the age of 15 and then resided in Arkansas for several years, moving to Rising Sun when she was a senior. She was a 1973 graduate of Osborne, Kansas High School.

She was united in marriage on February 14th, 1957, to Hubert A. Adams, Sr. This union was blessed with four sons and a daughter.

She received her licensed practical nursing degree in Beloit, Kansas in 1975, her associate degree at Marian College in Indianapolis in 1987 and her bachelor of science at Indiana Wesleyan in Marion in 2000. In early life she worked as a waitress, babysitter, clerk in grocery stores, clothing sewing factor, and an assembler in a parts and painting factory. She enjoyed working a s a bookkeeper for her father’s taxi business and for two service stations.

In 1975, she was blessed to be able to do the job she loved so much, being a nurse. She began her career in nursing at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, working as a staff nurse for Three West from 3-11 shift until 1977. She began a career as a staff nurse from 1977-1980 at Clifty Falls Convalescent Center in Madison and was in charge of 60 residents on night shift. She worked at Madison State Hospital from 1980-1981 as a staff nurse. In September, 1982, she went back to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital, working as an LPN until July, 1985 as a staff nurse and then for 10 years as a nursing supervisor, retiring on January 11th, 2006. She worked part time in 2009 for Swiss Villa Living Center in Vevay until her death.

She lost her husband Hubert in a truck accident on July 23rd, 1980. She had found happiness again with her companion, Marvin Creech of Deputy and was a loving caregiver to him during his recent illness. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Madison. She also enjoyed participating in a hospital bowling league for many years. She enjoyed crafts, needle point, photography, traveling, cruises and her family.

Survivors include her companion, Marvin C. Creech of Deputy; her sons, Hubert “Allen” Adams, Jr., and wife Gloria of Bedford, Kentucky, Alfred G. “Al” Adams and wife Diane of Godfrey, Illinois, Bobby L. Adams and fiancee Donna L. Snowberger of Hanover; her daughter, Wilma Jean Box and husband Arlie of Madison; her sisters, Kay Henry and husband Jesse of Tampa, Florida, Linda Edwards and husband Ike of Phillipsburg, Kansas, Bonnie Edwards and husband John of Downs, Kansas, and Rita Edwards of Cawker City, Kansas; her brothers, Sidney Edwards and wife Jolene of Brooksburg and Ronnie Julifs of Scottsburg; her grandchildren, Tandy, Brandy, Kandice, Allen, Arliegh, Nicholas, Andrew, Ivy Nicole and Jara; her great-grandchildren, Ashley, Cameron, Josh, Kelyn, Dylan, Zach and Carol Ann; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Dwaine Eddie Adams on September 3rd, 2004; and her sister, Geraldine “Jerry” Taylor.

Funeral services were conducted by Bishop Jeff Kinman and Pastor Ralph Yantz Monday, August 16th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at