Obituaries week of 8/30/07

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Mary E. Leap

Mary E. (Rayl) Leap, 75, of Madison, formerly of Vevay, passed away Tuesday, August 28th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born August 1st, 1932, the daughter of George H. and Hallie C. (Henry) Rayl, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Vevay and was a 1950 graduate of Vevay High School.
She was united in marriage to Davie Lee Leap, Sr., who preceded her in death.
She was a cutter for the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Madison and Vevay, retiring in 1995 after 30 years of service. After retiring from the shoe factory she was employed at the Madison Senior Citizens Center where she prepared and served meals. Early in life she was employed at the Charlestown Ammunition Plant in Charlestown for several years. She resided in Vevay most of her life but resided the past 11 years in Madison where she attended Calvary Baptist Church. She enjoyed collecting angels and porcelain dolls.
Survivors include her sons, Jeff Carrico and wife Paula of Rising Sun and David “Davey” Leap, Jr., of Vevay; her grandchildren, Michael, Steven and Joseph; her great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Julie Ann; her foster grandson, Jeremy; her sisters, Norma Lee Slack of Dillsboro and Judy Keith of Hanover; her aunts, Katherine Bosaw of Vevay and Gertrude Chipman of Rising Sun; her uncle, James “Bud” Henry of Vevay; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Toni R. Hill; her grandson, Ryan Scott Black; and her brother, Harvey Rayl.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 31st, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.

Sylvia Kelly

Sylvia Elise “Sis” Kelly, 68, of Rising Sun, passed away Monday, August 27th, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.
She was born October 26th, 1938, in Rising Sun, the daughter of William and Mildred (Detmer) Fancher. She was an employment counselor for Denbo & Associates. She worked for Grand Victoria Casino as a slots attendant and for the players club. She ran the Ohio County Gun Club where she was a member and an excellent trap shooter. She attended the Ohio County Schools.
On March 20th, 1955, she married Charles Kelly, who survives.
Other survivors include her daughter, Christie Gregory and husband Tony of Patriot; her brother, William “Bill” Fancher and wife Bonnie of Rising Sun; her sisters-in-law, Myra Gulley of Morrow, Ohio, Vivian Callaway of Harrison, Ohio, and Patricia Burris of Indianapolis; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Michael “Rocky” Kelly and Charles M. Kelly.
Funeral services will be conducted by Eldon Fancher at 1 p.m. Friday, August 31st, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, August 30th. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Velma Vest

Velma Marie Vest, 71, of Aurora, passed away Wednesday, August 22nd, at her home.
She was born March 24th, 1936, in Ohio County, the daughter of John Henry and Gertrude Marie (Ellis) White, Sr. She was a homemaker and attended Patriot High School.
On April 19th, 1958, she married Charles Vest, who died February 20th, 2002.
Survivors include her sons, Kenny Vest and wife Georgiana of North Vernon, Keith Vest of Aurora, Bill Vest and wife Kim of Batesville, and John Vest and wife Kelli of Rising Sun; her daughters, Glenda Hill and husband Raymond of Aurora, Barbara Jones and husband Billy of Pleasant Plain, Ohio, and Rachel Bills and husband Steve of Moores Hill; her brothers, Howard “Butch” White and wife Darlene of Rising Sun, Clarence White of Lawrenceburg, and Charles White and wife Veeta of Rising Sun; her sisters, Esther Miller of Rising Sun, Henriette Lay and husband Stanley of Holton; her sisters-in-law, Carolyn White of Holton, and Joann White of McConnellsville, Ohio; 21 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John Henry White, Jr., James “Sugarbowl” White and George Robert White.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, August 25th, by Pastor Dan Corbin at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery in Aurora. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Aurora Life Squad.

Robert C. Burress

Robert C. “Bob” Burress, 81, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, August 28th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
He was born February 12th, 1926, in Jefferson County, the son of Chester Ray and Ella Nora (Butters) Burress, former Vevay residents. He resided in Jefferson County all his life and attended Central High School.
He was united in marriage September 26th, 1946, in Moorefield, to Marie Keeton. Unto this union two daughters and two sons arrived to bless their home.
He was employed for several years by Barber Grocery Company in Madison, working as a stocker and loader. He later worked for Madison Cable TV Company and Krick Electric Company. He worked for a brief time for the Indiana State Highway Department and then 20 years for the Jefferson County Highway Department. He had farmed for many years.
He was a member of Liberty Christian Church, Madison Moose Lodge No. 765, Jefferson County Bluegrass Association and the Pony Trotters Association. He enjoyed music and played the mandolin, bass, fiddle and guitar. For 10 years he was a member of the Glorybound Bluegrass Group where he played bass. Earlier in life he played with Stanley Gayle and his Tumbleweeds, appearing on WORX radio. He, along with his wife, enjoyed owning, racing and pulling ponies for many years. Later in life he enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Marie (Keeton) Burress of Madison; his daughters, Kay Burress of Madison and Brenda Long of Madison; his son, Luke Burress and wife Joanna of Milton, Kentucky; his sister, Agnes “Aggie” Lewis of Madison; his brother, Donavon Burress and wife Cleda of Madison; his grandchildren, Trevor McFadden and wife Misty, Robbie Long and wife Jessica, Leann Long and fiance Walter Harden, Joshua Burress and Glena Montgomery; his great-grandchildren, Triston, Jordan, Brody, Logan, Braylon, Brianna, Nicholas, Britney, Kayla and Lavendar; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Ronnie Lee Burress; his sister, Louise David; and his brother, Alvin Burress.
Funeral services will be conducted by Brother Joe McKay at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 1st, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens in Madison. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday, August 31st, and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Frank E. Robinson

Frank E. “Pop Pop” Robinson, 88, of Lamb, passed away Saturday, August 25th, at Hickory Creek of Madison.
He was born February 14th, 1919, in Maceo, Kentucky, the son of Robert M. and Mercedes (Taylor) Robinson, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Owensboro, Kentucky and was a 1937 graduate of Owensboro High School. He attended Western Kentucky University and was a graduate of Embry-Riddle School of Aeronautics.
He was united in marriage February 22nd, 1942, in Whitesburg, Kentucky, to Ina Mae Wicker. Unto this union one daughter and two sons arrived to bless their home.
They made their home near the town of Lamb in Switzerland County and had resided there the past 58 years. He developed an air strip on his farm and owned and operated Robinson Flying Service. During World War II, he taught flight instruction to many of the pilots. He was a well known pilot and flight instructor and had taught many local people how to fly. He had farmed all of his life and worked for 20 years in road construction in Kentucky and Arkansas.
Early in his flying career he was known as a Barnstormer. He was a member of OX5 Club of Aviator Pioneers that flew World War I airplanes, the Stearman Restorers Association and serving as a past president; the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Cloud Hoppers Club, and the Flying Octogenarian Club. He was a faithful member of the Green Road Baptist Church in Madison. He attended several Baptist churches, having served as a Sunday School teacher and deacon at many of those. He authored over 100 gospel tracts that were distributed worldwide. He devoted his life to spreading the gospel and finding many ways to do it.
Survivors include his daughter, Joy Ann Stutsman and husband Earl of Indianapolis; his sons, Robert J. Robinson, MD and wife Gail of Greenwood and Cliff Robinson and wife Anna Belle of Madison; his grandchildren, Jennifer and Ed Booker, Janelle and Jon Young, Dr. Rod E. and Aimee Robinson, Shelia Detherage, Wendy Ferguson, Heidi Robinson, Kristin and Jason Butler, Carrie and Lt. Jeremy Smith; his great-grandchildren, Stacy, Stephen, Lauren, Lance, Zach, Vanessa, Madison, Eric, Logan, Travis, Cassidy, Blake and Payton; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ina Mae “Ga Ga” (Wicker) Robinson on July 1st, 2005; his grandson-in-law, Jimmy Detherage; and his sisters, Evelyn Craig and Bobbie Burdette.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 30th, by Reverend Richard McDole at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be in Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until service time today (Thursday). Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Road Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.morgan-nay.com.

Mary Boldery

Mary Elizabeth (Batchelor) Hamby Boldery, 84, of Vevay, passed away Saturday, August 25th, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.
She was born January 26th, 1923, in Petersburg, Kentucky, the daughter of George Batchelor and Laurel Lee (Jacobs) Lowe, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in Petersburg and resided in New Richmond, Ohio, before moving to Switzerland County in 1958. Early in life she was employed at Standerford Fruit Company in Cincinnati. After moving to Switzerland County she was employed at U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay. She retired in 1986, as a spot welder for Randall Textron, Inc., in Vevay after 26 years of service. She was a member of Grant’s Creek Baptist Church and enjoyed selling vegetables.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Ann Hopper and husband Wayne of Vevay; her son, William George Barnes of Vevay; her sister, Myrtle Olson of Folsom, California; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Charles H. Barnes, Rote B. Hamby and Harry Leroy Boldery; her sons, Charles Howard Barnes and Robert Walter Benjamin “Bobby: Hamby; her grandchildren, Charles and Carol Barnes; her brother, Earl Workman; her sisters, Delores Able, Jenny Batchelor and Hazel Batchelor; her half sisters, Louise Batchelor, Katie Gilb and Millie Fritz; and her half brothers, Clayton, Ollie and Perry Batchelor.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, August 28th, by Brother Nathaniel Simpson at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.