Obituaries week of 9-18-08


Earl Lucas

Earl Gordon Lucas, 81, of Madison, passed away Friday, September 12th, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

He was born May 3rd, 1927, in Longridge, Kentucky, the son of Raymond Webb Lucas and Stella Dean (McAnally) Lucas, who both preceded him in death. He was inducted into the U.S. Army December 5th, 1945, at Fort Knox, Kentucky, rising to the rank of Technician 3rd Grade, in the 892nd Ordnance Heavy Automotive Maintenance Company. He served his country during World War II, receiving the World War II Victory Medal and the Army Occupation Medal and was honorably discharged on April 12th, 1947, at Camp Beale, California.

He was united in marriage on January 2nd, 1948, in Longridge, Kentucky, to Norma Jean Greene. Unto this union four daughters and two sons arrived to bless their home.

He w as a farmer and farmed most of his life. He was raised in Longridge and resided in Switzerland County until he moved to Hanover in 1969. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He was a member of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396.

Survivors include his daughters, Cheryl McMillan and husband Mac of Hamilton, Ohio, Charlene Dunbar and husband Gerald of Clarksville, Tennessee, Rhonda Geddes and husband Robert of Indianapolis, and Marcia Lucas of Madison; his son, Danny Lucas of Columbia, South Carolina; his grandchildren, Doug, Lee, Aaron, Derrick, Neil, Kristin and Shannon; his sisters-in-law, Betty Lucas and Gladys Lucas, both of Vevay; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his son, Kenny Dell Lucas in July, 1993; his brothers, Jim Lucas on May 17th, 1988 and Raymond Webb Lucas, Jr., on April 16th, 2001; and his sister, Dorothy Louden on March 24th, 1988.

Funeral services were conducted Monday, September 15th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted at the graveside by the Honor Guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay American Legion Relief Fund. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Betty L. Summan

Betty L. Summan, 80, of Vevay, formerly of Connersville, passed away Wednesday, September 10th, at Heritage House Nursing Home in Connersville. She had been in failing health for the past year.

She was born June 3rd, 1928, in Logansport, Indiana, the sixth of 10 children born to Delva and Leona (Cullins) Good.

On May 24th, 1947, she married Russell H. Summan of Connersville.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mardee and John Blommel of Connersville; her granddaughters, Erika McCloud and husband Gary of Brownsburg and Angela Blommel of Indianapolis; her sisters, Donna Lennard of Chula Vista, California, Jo Ann Childers of Vevay, Judy Calahan and husband Ellis of Punta Gorda, Florida, and Jackie Strohmier and husband Joe of Vevay; and her brother, Dane R. Good and wife Jean of Connersville.

Her parents; her sister, Virginia Hamilton of Connersville; her brothers, Gene Good, Paul Good and Jim Good, all of Connersville; and her husband, Russell H. Summan, preceded her in death.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, September 13th, at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home of Connersville with Reverend Fuzzy Lake officiating. Burial was in Dale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fayette County Cancer Society through the funeral home. Friends may also visit anytime online at to sign an online guest book and send condolences to the family.

Danny Lee Bovard

Danny Lee Bovard, 65, of Lawrenceburg, passed away Tuesday, September 9th, at his home.

He was born September 7th, 1943, in Milan, the son of Ralph E. and Hilda M. (Colen) Bovard. He was a retired boilermaker.

Survivors include his mother, Hilda Bovard of Lawrenceburg; and his brother, Bill Bovard and wife Ruth Ann of Middletown, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Bovard.

Funeral services were conducted Friday, September 12th, by Dr. Kenneth Stetler at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Bill Robbins

James William “Bill” Robbins, 78, of Madison, passed away Thursday, September 11th, at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

He was born January 8th, 1930, in Madison, the son of William S. and Ruth Marie (Richards) Robbins, who both preceded him in death. He resided all of his life in Madison and attended school there. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on June 13th, 1947, rising to the rank of Private First Class, serving in the Quartermaster Corps. He was honorably discharged on April 30th, 1950.

He was united in marriage on January 14th, 1961, in Madison to Frances L. Copeland, who survives.

He worked as an over the road truck driver from 1951-1963 for Red Ball, North American and Van Lines. He then worked as a truck driver for Thompson Dairy for 15 years. He was a faithful member of Manville Christian Church. He enjoyed traveling all over the United States and going to church.

Survivors also include his daughters, Sue Palmer and husband LeRoy of North Vernon, Angels Oresik and husband Paul of Hanover, and Pondra Ayler and husband Joe of Manville; his son, James G. Waddle and companion Dollie of Henderson, North Carolina; his sister, Betty J. Ralston of Madison; his brothers, Joe E. Robbins of Noblesville and John A. Robbins of Madison; his grandchildren, Melissa Turner, Jennifer Wilson, Frances Dement, Susan Moore, James G. Waddle, Jr., Troy D. and Timothy Joe Ayler, and Jayson Oresik; 14 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Robbins.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday, September 14th, by Brother George A. Severn at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison with full military honors conducted by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. Memorial contributions may be made to Manville Christian Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Margie Jones

Margie Ellen (Hammond) Jones, 81, of Markland passed away Wednesday, September 17th, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born August 31st, 1927, in Jacksonville, Florida, the daughter of Malcomb and Jonnie (Evers) Hammond. She was a 1944 graduate of Jacksonville High School and attended business college for one and one-half years. She was raised in Jacksonville. She worked at Seltzer Drug Store in Jacksonville and also for the telephone company. She had resided in Switzerland County since 1953 and at Markland since 1984. She was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing and raising her garden and loved working in tobacco until 2002. She attended Mount Sterling Baptist Church.

On September 28th, 1946, she married Wilbur Lee Jones, who died February 23rd, 1995.

Survivors include her sons, Michael A. Jones and wife Sue of near Vevay and William Marshall Jones and wife Linda of Vevay; her grandchildren, Lesley, Casey, Jean Ann, Steve, Andy and Christy; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; her brothers, Malcomb Hammond of Richmond, Virginia and Allen Hammond of Houston, Texas; her sisters, Brenda Kempton of Hawthorne, Florida and Linda Clements of Florida.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; her grandson, Patrick Brady; her daughters, Rebecca Elaine Brady on January 10th, 1990 and Margo Teresa Jones on February 22nd, 2007; and her sisters, Audrey Hammond, Evelyn Tupper and Verda Mae Burrogh.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, September 22nd, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Vevay Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, September 21st. Memorial contributions may be made to Special Olympics. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at