Obituaries week of 9-24-09


Charles Emery

Charles Wayne Emery, 56, of Rising Sun, passed away at 1:09 p.m. Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009, at his residence.

He was born May 10th, 1953, the son of Thomas C. and Dixie (McIntosh) Emery, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Switzerland County where he had resided most of his life. He was a farm hand for various farmers in Switzerland County. He was a former assembly line worker at Campbell Hausfeld in Harrison, Ohio. He was formerly employed at a horse farm in Marion County, Florida and had worked for the State of Florida Highway Department.

Survivors include his sisters, Anna Bailey of Fairview and Shirley Kay Sullivan of Fresno, California; his brother, Thomas Buddy Emery of Bennington; his stepson, James Emery of Markland; his sister-in-law and caregiver, Connie Emery of Florence; his caregiver, Bonnie Henderson of Florence; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, John William and James Wesley Emery; and his sisters, Elizabeth “Shookie” Emery and Myrtle “Mickey” Morris.

Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Mike Jones and Brother Noel Morris at 11 a.m. Friday, September 25th, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery near Patriot. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

James Kappes

James Martin Kappes, 44, of Vevay, passed away Monday, September 21st, 2009, at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He was born October 8th, 1964, in Batesville, the son of Martin Lawrence and Kathleen Roberta Kappes. He graduated from Jac-Cen-Del High School in Osgood. He attended St. John’s Catholic Church in Osgood. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting guns, catching turtles and riding quads. He had worked as a meat packer for John Morrell of Cincinnati, Ohio for approximately 23 years.

On August 11th, 1990, he married Rita Disbro, who survives.

Other survivors include his parents, Martin L. and Kathleen (Powers) Kappes of Vevay; his stepdaughters, Faye Johnson of Osgood and Sue Ann Taulbee of East Enterprise; his sister, Roxanna Grimes of Cleves, Ohio; four grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today (Thursday, September 24th) at St. John’s Catholic Church in Osgood. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Neal’s Funeral Home of Osgood.

Alexis Jackson

Alexis Gail Jackson, infant daughter of Mark Anthony and Erin Holly Gail (McClurg) Jackson, passed away at 3:20 a.m. Sunday, September 20th, 2009, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born September 20th, 2009, at 3:11 a.m., and lived just nine minutes. She passed away in the loving arms of her mommy and daddy.

Survivors include her parents, Mark and Erin Jackson of Vevay; her brothers, Keegan Ray and Gabriel Jackson, both of Vevay; her sister, Kortni Ray of Vevay; her grandparents, Shelby and Lois Jackson of Madison, Keith Christman of Madison and Gaye (Willis) Christman of Milton, Kentucky; her great-grandparents, Bill and Wanda Christman of Destin, Florida; several uncles, aunts and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Walter E. and Mary Helen (Ackerman) Backus and Cephus and Fema (Riley) Jackson.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Ron Lee Wednesday, September 23rd, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Canaan. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Vivian Bye

Ethel Vivian (Slane) Bye, 87, of Madison, formerly of Milltown and Vevay, passed away Wednesday, September 16th, 2009, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born November 6th, 1921, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the daughter of Frank and Blanche Ethel (Martin) Slane. She was a beautician for 42 years in the Milltown and Vevay areas. She was a member of Milltown United Methodist Church and Milltown Order of the Eastern Star #412 and was an avid collector of dolls and Mickey Mouse memorabilia and enjoyed gardening, cooking and being with family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Frank Micheal (Alice) Bye of Madison; her daughter-in-law, Dolores Bye of Russellville, Arkansas; her brother, Martin S. (Mary) Slane of Westerville, Ohio; her sister, Althea Slane Wright of Kingsburg, California; her sister-in-law, Betty Slane of Aliso Viejo, California; her grandchildren, David (Brenda) Bye and Bryan Robinson, all of Arkansas, James Hatton, Patrick (Kelley) Hatton, Christina (Brian) Crank, Anthony (Emily) Bye, Chentain (Jamie) Ashby and Darrell Bye, all of Indiana; seven great-grandsons; seven great-granddaughters; and one great-grandson; close family friends, Ron and Pat Hatton of Scipio and Norma LaBarbiera of Columbus; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces; and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Darrell Lamar Bye; her son, Darrell Lamar Bye II; her daughter, Bonita Jean Bye Hatton; her brother, Robert Simon Slane; her brother-in-law, John H. Wright; and her great-granddaughters, Kaylie and Allie Bye.

Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Bill Helms Monday, September 21st, at Brown Funeral Home in Milltown. Burial was in Milltown Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Milltown United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home.

Beverly Cook

Beverly Sue “Bev” (Kelly) Cook, 54, of Canaan, passed away at 5:35 p.m. Friday, September 18th, 2009, at Seton Specialty Hospital in Indianapolis.

She was born August 23rd, 1955, in Milan, the daughter of Hobert and Cora (Duke) Kelly. She was raised in Bennington and was a 1973 graduate of Switzerland County High School. When she was a freshman she became the first freshman to become a varsity cheerleader and she served as captain of the squad. She attended Ivy Tech and had completed several classes there.

She was united in marriage on August 5th, 1972, at the Bennington United Methodist Church to Gary R. Cook. Unto this happy union two daughters and a son arrived to bless their home.

She was a devoted wife, helping her husband wherever needed. She was a caring and giving mother, sharing her talents and wisdom with her children. She enjoyed helping her husband the past 20 years with Cook’s vegetable and produce stand on Clifty Drive in Madison. She also enjoyed helping the Welch family with the German Corner and traveling to all the festivals and shows for 20 years. She most recently had traveled the book festivals for the past five years.

In June, 2006, she began her battle with AML M1 Leukemia and fought a courageous battle with the disease. She never complained in life but always showed us her smile and her great love of God. During her recent rehab at Thornton Terrace she felt a new calling to want to show and help people in rehab, she had so hoped to be able to go back and volunteer there.

She was a member of Kent Christian Church as well as Brushy Fork Baptist Church and served at both churches whenever needed. She loved being a grandma and was looking forward to the approaching birth of her second granddaughter, McKenna Faith Cook. In her spare time she loved music and enjoyed dancing, singing, and playing the piano. She loved to travel and collecting Boyd’s Bears. She would ask her family and friends to remember, “Stay with the Lord, give your thanks to Him and Live for Him, because one day I want to see you all here again in Heaven.”

Survivors include her husband, Gary R. Cook of Canaan; her daughters, Shanna Cook of New York, New York, and Nicole Cook-Ficaro and husband Jason of New Orleans, Louisiana; her son, Sean Cook and wife Hannah of Owingsville, Kentucky; her mother, Cora Duke Kelly of North Vernon; her granddaughter, Macy Laine Cook; her brother, Danney Kelley and wife Angela of Madison; her sisters, Nancy Griffith and husband Harold Eugene of Madison, Evelyn Morris and husband Danny of North Vernon, Geraldine Reed and husband David of North Vernon, and Barbara Hornsby and husband Gary of Hanover; her mother-in-law, Effie Cook Armes of Canaan; her aunts and uncles, Mary Jane and George Hankins of Bennington and Junior and Wanda Duke of Versailles; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her father, Hobert Kelly on December 18th, 2006; and her fathers-in-law, Jim Rich, Ted Cook and George Armes.

Funeral services will be conducted by Dr. Danny Gabbard and Pastor Mike Jones at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 29th, at Kent Christian Church in Kent. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Thornton Terrace Memorial Fund. Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Donnie Croxton

Donald Ryan “Donnie” Croxton, 76, of Hanover, passed away at 10:25 p.m. Tuesday, September 15th, 2009, at Thornton Terrace Health Campus in Hanover.

He was born August 18th, 1933, in Brooksburg, the son of Clarence William and Christine (Tevis) Croxton, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in Brooksburg and attended Brooksburg School. He was raised and baptized in the Brooksburg Baptist Church and had served as a deacon. He also enjoyed serving as a youth minister at the church as well. He first began his working career driving a bulk gas truck for several years in Jefferson County. He owned and operated Hanover Standard Service Station until 1964 in Hanover.

He enjoyed the auto industry so in 1964 he began a career in this industry. He purchased the Madison Motors Inc., and it became Croxton Motors. He enjoyed working early on in this industry with his brother before purchasing the business. In 1974, the business became Croxton Lincoln-Mercury and was operated at Hanover for several years. While serving as president of Croxton Lincoln-Mercury he was named the honorable recipient of Ford Motor Company’s prestigious “Sales Leader of the Year Award.” He enjoyed working with his son, Gary, in this industry as well over the years and the success of the business led to many other ventures and opportunities in the industry. He enjoyed the opportunity to work with his nephew and best friend at J.C. Motors for several years. In the early 1980s the family opened the Croxton Car & Truck Center on Madison’s hilltop and also opened Rivertown Leasing Company. That same time period they began Southern Indiana Auto Auction as well.

In 1990, he felt it was time to retire from the auto industry and enjoy time with his family and many friends he met through all of his years of service to his communities. While residing in Madison he and his wife became members of the North Madison Baptist Church and he served as a deacon and youth minister. He enjoyed riding his bicycle and at the age of 50 he joined Wandering Wheels and enjoyed riding across the Rocky Mountains, a trip he enjoyed and endured several times. He had a great love of horses, flowers, gardening, gourmet cooking, photography, livestock and walking with his wife and dogs at Clifty State Park. After retirement he enjoyed traveling and especially liked Naples, Florida, where he and his wife lived for several years before returning to Madison. While in Naples he attended the Gulf Shores Christian Academy and became a lay minister and enjoyed visiting and sharing the gospel with people in need and death row inmates in prison. In his last years he was a devoted caregiver to his beloved wife of 60 years.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Daisy Irene (Beech) Croxton of Hanover; his son, Gary Wayne Croxton and wife Becky of Milton, Kentucky; his daughters, Doncella Croxton of Madison and Dawn Croxton-Ongkiko and husband Frank of Joliet, Illinois; his sister-in-law, Norma G. Tevis Croxton of Madison; his grandchildren, Christina Butters, Misty and J.C. Cassady, Scott Goode, DeDe and Josh Taylor, Kristin Croxton, Lily, Mario and Micah Ongkiko; his great-grandchildren, Risden, Kiernyn and Kyan Cassady; his nieces and nephews, Grace Lynn Brummett and husband Mark of Madison, Mary Croxton of Lexington, Indiana, Jeffrey D. Croxton and wife Lisa of Madison; several great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, John T. Croxton on June 20th, 2001; and his nephew and best friend, James C. “J.C.” Croxton on October 17th, 2008.

Funeral services were conducted by Brother James Sparks Friday, September 18th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to the Brooksburg Baptist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at