Obituaries week of 9/6/07


Laura Marine

Laura Evelyn (Hamilton) Marine, 92, of Vevay, formerly of Mooresville, passed away Thursday, August 23rd, in Vevay.
She was born January 27th, 1915, in Brooklyn, Indiana, the daughter of Emmett and Flora Mae (Lewis) Hamilton, who both preceded her in death.
She was united in marriage to Everett R. Marine January 6th, 1934, in Martinsville. Unto this union two sons and a daughter arrived to bless their home. He passed away July 6th, 1974.
She had resided in the Mooresville community most of her life until she moved to Vevay in 1996 to be close to her daughter and grandchildren. She retired in 1975, as a supervisor for the Bemis Bag Company in Indianapolis after 25 years of service. She was a former member of the Pythian Sisters Hope Temple No. 151, and was a member of the Church of God in Mooresville. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting and loved to fish. She was a wonderful baker, but most of all she enjoyed preparing wonderful meals for her family to enjoy.
Survivors include her daughter, Ellen Tolbert and husband Larry of Vevay; her daughter-in-law, Shirley Marine of Mooresville; her grandchildren, Brent, Dale, Daniele, Shannon, Michael and Kyle; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her sons, Emmett Myron Marine in 1935, Duane Marine July 17th, 2005; her great-granddaughter, Angel Shae’ Craft February 2nd, 1983; her brothers, Albert, Charles, Lowell and Ernest Hamilton; and her sister, Opal Walker.
Graveside services were conducted Monday, August 27th, by Reverend Allan Kirk with burial in Mooresville Cemetery. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay was in charge of local arrangements. Jones Family Mortuary was in charge of arrangements in Mooresville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Switzerland County YMCA. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Joe Johnson, Jr.

Joe Johnson, Jr., 79, of Berwyn, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, August 29th, at Mac Neal Memorial Hospital in Berwyn.
He was born September 27th, 1927, in Pineville, Kentucky, the son of Joe and Maude (York) Johnson, Sr., who both preceded him in death. He was raised and graduated high school in Pineville. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was united in marriage to Julia Jacobs, who survives. They had resided near Chicago since 1954.
He retired as a quality control inspector for Armstrong Blum Manufacturing in Chicago, Illinois. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Berwyn and enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Other survivors include his son, Jeff Johnson of Berwyn; his daughter, Theresa Smith and husband Darin of Big Lake, Minnesota; his grandchildren, Matthew, Steven, Joseph, Megan and Jessie; his brothers, Kenneth Johnson of Brentwood, Ray Johnson and William Johnson, both of Kingston, Tennessee; his sister, Patty Hayward of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Juanita Day and Maggie Elizabeth Johnson.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, September 4th, by Reverend Howard Wade 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 American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Blanche Shelton

Blanche (Smith) Shelton, 95, of Hanover, passed away Sunday, September 2nd, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.
She was born November 10th, 1911, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Benjamin “Ben” and Margaret Gill Smith, who both preceded her in death. She was raised in the Hanover area, residing there nearly all of her life.
She was united in marriage July 8th, 1929, in Madison, to James Shelton. Unto this union seven sons and six daughters arrived to bless their home.
She and her husband farmed for many years in Saluda Township. She was a member of the New Prospect Baptist Church. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing and quilting.
Survivors include her sons, James L. Shelton and wife Catherine of Brownsville, Texas, Printis Shelton and wife Bonnie of Madison, William B. Shelton of Owen County, Kentucky, Daniel L. Shelton and wife Treva of Hanover; her daughters, Belva Jane Tingle of Madison, Betty Lou Thorne of Madison, Ruth June Short of Madison, Elizabeth L. Russell of Madison, and Bonita Jones of Warsaw, Kentucky, formerly of Vevay; her sisters, Faye King of Madison, May Austin of Paris Crossing, Cecil Varble of Madison, and Indiana Cook of Veedersburg; 24 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; three great-great-great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Smith on March 9th, 1971; her sons, Richard D. Shelton on March 14th, 1990, Donald K. Shelton on June 5th, 1993; and George G. Shelton on July 5th, 2004; her daughter, Jetta Nadine Manning on May 14th, 2005; her grandson, Robert Tingle; her sisters, Martha Lichlyter, Dora Parker Newman, and Pearl O. Parker; and her brothers, Johnny and Eston Smith.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, September 5th, by Reverend Irmal Elliott at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment was in New Prospect Cemetery in Saluda. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Prospect Cemetery Association or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at