Obituaries 06/11/20


Timothy ‘Tim’ Willis

  Timothy Wayne “Tim” Willis, age 65, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, formerly of Florence, Indiana, passed away at 1:50 a.m. on Saturday, June 6th, 2020, at his residence.

  Tim entered this life on January 16th, 1955 in Milan, Indiana. He was the son of the late William Enoch “Buck” and Mary Elizabeth (Brameier) Willis.

  Tim was inducted into the United States Army on September 25th, 1974 in Louisville, Kentucky, serving during the Vietnam War. He served in Germany and earned the National Defense Service Medal and Marksman M16. Tim was honorably discharged with the rank of Private First Class on August 25th, 1975 at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

  He was employed for American Racing as a machine operator and was a truck driver for 20 years. Tim resided in the Florence, Indiana community most of his life and for 10 years in Virginia. He later moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky where he resided until his death.

  Tim was a member of the Florence Church of Christ.

  Tim is survived by his son: Jesse Wayne Willis of Basye, Virginia; by his grandchildren: Hunter and Blake Willis of Basye, Virginia; and by his cousin, Jean Tinker of Vevay.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, William Enoch “Buck” Willis, who died on May 4th, 1956 and Mary Elizabeth (Brameier) Willis, who died on October 10th, 2005; and by his aunt, Ruth A. (Brameier) Schwade, who died on July 10th, 2014.

  Interment will be held in the Vevay Cemetery. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family during this difficult time.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Betty Ruth Neal

  Betty Ruth (Murray) Neal, 90, of Rising Sun, passed away at 10:39 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020, at St. Elizabeth Edgewood Hospital.

  Betty Ruth was born in Ohio County, Indiana on December 27th, 1929, the daughter of the late Bessie (Palmer) and Ernest Russell Murray. Betty Ruth attended grade school at Cass Union and was a 1947 graduate of Rising Sun High School.

  She was the wife of the late Wymond Gene Neal. They were married on June 28th, 1947 in Rising Sun.

  Betty Ruth was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ and was baptized there on November 21st, 1943. She was also a member of the Rising Sun Eastern Star. She worked for several years at Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Betty Ruth loved spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed tending to her plants and flowers and was known for the meticulously kept landscape around her house.

  Betty Ruth is survived by her daughter, Randa Brown (David), of Union, Kentucky; by her two sons: Rusty Neal of Manchester, Indiana and Rick Neal (Paula) of Alabama; by her six grandchildren: Jamie Jo, Autumn, Derek, Mickela, Hali and Hunter; and by her sister-in-law, Margaret Murray of Rising Sun.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; by her husband Wymond, who passed away in 1970; by her daughter Rhonda Gay, who passed away in 1960; by her infant daughter, Renda Jo, who passed away in 1949; and by her brother Ernest William Murray, who passed away in 1990.

  Funeral services were held on Monday, June 8th at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, with Brother Don Thomason officiating. Visitation was held prior to the beginning of the service on Monday, June 8th at the funeral home. Burial was at Rising Sun New Cemetery.

  Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

James ‘Jimmy’ Brooks

  James Ernest “Jimmy” Brooks, of Grammer, Indiana, formerly of Switzerland County, passed from life on June 2nd, 2020 after nearly 85 years here on earth.

  Jimmy Brooks was born on June 21st, 1935, the son of Robert Maurice and Helen Ernestine Swango Brooks. Jimmy spent most of his young life on a small tobacco and cattle farm located on Brooks Road just north of Mt. Sterling in Switzerland County. With the money he saved raising tobacco and cattle, he bought his first car which was a 1949 Ford, three on the tree with overdrive. Jimmy graduated from Switzerland County High School in 1953 and began working at the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay.

  He married Marietta K. Webb on April 7th, 1955. Jimmy pulled his 20 foot trailer to Columbus with a borrowed jeep in 1956 as he started his new job with Cummins Engine Company with his wife and daughter in tow. The family later moved to a small four room house located in Grammer. Jimmy always loved working on his vehicles and maintaining them and was a long time die hard Ford man and Nascar fan. Jimmy mainly worked 2nd and 3rd shift at Cummins which allowed him to work a second job for various farmers around Grammer for several years and he purchased forty acres on the west edge of Grammer in 1971.

  After his divorce from Marietta, Jimmy married Lois Irene Aldred on March 6th, 1977, who sold her farm in Mt. Sterling and brought her equipment to their new house and barns on the Grammer farm. Jimmy and Lois worked side by side together on their farm for many years raising livestock, hay and grain. Jimmy retired from Cummins in 1988 after 32 years of employment and continued to farm until 2001 when he and Lois had their farm sale.

  Jimmy was a member of the Alert Masonic Lodge No. 395 F&AM in Alert, Indiana. Jimmy was also a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church and supported his local Democrat Party. The family of Jimmy would like to express their sincere gratitude to the wonderful staff at Miller’s Merry Manor in Hope, Indiana for their excellent care of Jimmy these last three and a half years and also to all Hospice staff for their wonderful care.

  Jimmy will be missed by his wife, Lois Irene (VanTyle) Aldred-Brooks of Hope, Indiana; by his daughter, Leta Brooks of Scipio, Indiana; by his son, Dennis Brooks and his wife Debbie of Elizabethtown, Indiana; by his step-daughters: Marla Lamson and her husband Loren of Vevay and Anita Sanders of North Vernon, Indiana; by his sisters: Joann Baxter of Aurora, Indiana and Kay Neal of Jacksonville, Florida; by his sister-in-law, Mary Ann Haskell of Columbus, Indiana; by his grandchildren: Jason Brooks, Jennifer Brooks, Kayla Brooks, Doug Sanders, Dustin Sanders, Alicia Lack, Ashley Sanders, Marlena Townsend, Ben Lamson, James Lamson, Loren Lamson, Jr., and Dorothy Lamson; and his several great-grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Maurice Brooks, who died on October 19th, 1987 and Helen Ernestine (Swango) Brooks, who died on August 20th, 1989; by his daughter, Veda Dawn Brooks, who died on July 2nd, 1971; by his first wife, Marietta Kay (Webb) Brooks, who died on February 15th, 1996; by his step-daughter, Jama Lois (Aldred) Hayes, who died on February 6th, 2017; by his great-grandchildren, Landon and Lucas Weaver; by his brother, Johnny Brooks; by his brothers-in-law, Bob Robinson, Harold Neal and Bud Baxter; and by his nephew, Tony Neal.

  Funeral services were conducted on Monday, June 8th, by Pastor Bill Secrest at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana, 47043. Interment followed in the Vevay Cemetery. Friends were invited to pay their respects to the family on Monday, June 8th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home. A Masonic Service was also conducted by the Switzerland Masonic Lodge No. 122 F&AM on Monday, June 8th, prior to the beginning of the service at the funeral home.

  Memorial contributions may be made to the Bartholomew County Hospice or the Bartholomew County Democrat Central Committee. Cards are available at the funeral home.

Leola Brinson

  Leola Maxine (Dennis) Brinson, age 91, of Benham, Indiana, went to be with her Lord and Savior at 5:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 6th, 2020, at the Jewel Place in Madison.

  Leola entered this life on February 2nd, 1929 in Ohio County, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of McKinley and Esther C. (Richards) Dennis, both of whom preceded her in death. She was raised in Ohio County, Indiana and was a 1947 gradate of Dillsboro High School.

  Leola was united in marriage on November 3rd, 1948 in Ripley County, Indiana to the late Wilbur Brinson, Jr. This happy union was blessed with five sons: Wendell, Clay, Tim, Kim and Kerry. Leola and Wilbur shared nearly 50 years of marriage together until he passed away on March 30th, 1998.

  Leola was employed as a custodian for the South Ripley School Corporation in Versailles, Indiana, retiring after several years of service. She was a faithful member for 60+ years of the Cross Plains Baptist Church where she held various offices. Leola was a faithful servant of God and her faith was very important to her. Leola enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, gardening and collecting rocks.

  Leola will be lovingly remembered by her sons: Wendell Wade Brinson and his wife Judy of Benham, Indiana, Clay Hale Brinson and his wife Linda of Sebastian, Florida, Tim Randall Brinson and his wife Mariana of Lake Oswego, Oregon, Kim Randolf Brinson and his wife Martina of Benham, Indiana, and Kerry Lane Brinson and his wife Tina of Canaan, Indiana; by her 17-grandchildren; by her 21-great-grandchildren; by her 2-great-great-grandchildren; by her brother, Raymond Dennis and his wife Donna of Bear Branch, Indiana; by her sister-in-law, Dolly Lipperd of Versailles, Indiana; and her several nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, McKinley Dennis, who died on August 13th, 1981 and Esther C. (Richards) Dennis, who died on July 26, 1994; by her husband, Wilbur Brinson, Jr., who died on March 30th, 1998; by her three grandchildren; by her sisters: Betty Jean Williams, who died on December 2nd, 2011 and Gladys LaVerna Alford, who died on May 16th, 2010; and her brother, Lowell McKinley Dennis, who died on April 14th, 2013.

  A family only graveside service and interment will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 11th, by Pastor John Griffin at the Benham Cemetery, 648 East County Road 650 South, Ripley County, Indiana, 47042.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Benham Church Cemetery Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home. Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay is assisting the family at this difficult time.