Obituaries week of 4-16-09


Harold Darbro

Harold Darbro, 86, of Vevay, passed away Wednesday, April 15th, 2009, at Swiss Villa Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Vevay.

Funeral arrangements were pending at press time at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. A full obituary will be printed in next week’s edition of this newspaper.

Paul Covington, Sr.

Paul Edwin Covington, Sr., 83, of Cumberland, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, passed away at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, April 11th, 2009, at Community Hospital East in Indianapolis.

He was born June 29th, 1925, in Vevay, the son of Paul and Eva B. (McClellan) Covington, who both preceded him in death. He was inducted into the U.S. Army November 6th, 1943, in Louisville, Kentucky, rising to the rank of Technician Fourth Grade in Company H 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, serving during World War II. He served in the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns. For his service to his country he received the EAME Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Occupation Medal Germany, the Distinguished Unit Badge and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was honorable discharged June 29th, 1946, at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

He was united in marriage in June, 1946, in Patriot, to Shirley Mae Cook. Unto this union four sons and a daughter arrived to bless their home. He was later united in marriage January 12th, 1977, in Indianapolis, to Linda Lou Smith, who passed away October 17th, 2008.

He was employed in electrical and maintenance at Switzer, Inc., in Indianapolis for 26 years. He was formerly employed at Monsanto Fernald for 14 years. He was employed in the maintenance department at Hanover College for eight years. He was raised in Vevay where he resided until he moved to Indianapolis and had resided in Cumberland, Indiana, the past 32 years. He was a member of American Legion Post 247 in Friendship, Indiana.

Survivors include his sons, Paul E. Covington, Jr., and wife Rhonda of East Enterprise, Dennis Covington and wife Deb of Bear Branch, Danny Covington of Fairview, Duane Covington of East Enterprise, John Covington and wife Lisa of Cumberland, and Mickey Covington of Hancock County; his daughter, Sherry Baer and husband Don of Bright; his stepson, Raymond Gillam of Cumberland; his stepdaughters, Vanessa Triplett of Columbus, Jennifer Bond of Shelbyville, and Angela Lute and husband Eric of Arizona; 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his brother, Donald G. Covington of East Enterprise; his sister, Geneva Gutman of Aurora; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Wilma “Mickey” Gridley on February 7th, 1971, and Thelma Gutman on June 7th, 2003.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, April 15th, by Reverend Ronald Sandidge at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Honor Guard of Vevay American Legion Post 185 and Vevay VFW Post 5396. 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

Earnestine O’Neal

Earnestine March O’Neal, 95, of Hanover, passed away at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, April 8th, 2009, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born August 4th, 1913, near Brooksburg in Switzerland County, the daughter of Gabe and Emma Coleman Marsh, who both preceded her in death. She resided her early life in Switzerland County and had resided the past 65 years in Jefferson County.

She was united in marriage in 1933, to Clarence O’Neal. Unto this union two daughters and two sons arrived to bless their home.

She was employed for 35 years as a cook at Phi Delta and Alpha Delta Pi at Hanover College. She also worked as a private housekeeper. She was a faithful member of Hanover Presbyterian Church in Hanover. She enjoyed cleaning her home, cooking and working in her yard.

Survivors include her daughter, Norma Wilson and husband Charles A. of Lexington, Indiana; her son, Arnold Lee O’Neal and wife Sandy of Madison; her brothers, Marvin Marsh of Vevay and Larry Marsh of North Vernon; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was also preceded in death by her stepmother, Mildred Reed Marsh; her husband, Clarence O’Neal in 1954; her daughter, Emma O’Neal in 1934; her brothers, Melvin, Leland, Kenneth and Ronald Marsh; and her sisters, Mildred “Tootie” Marsh Scudder Blair, Anna Mabel Combs, Jeanne DeMumbren, Helen Shepherd, Carolyn Amburgey and Christine Padfield.

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, April 11th, by Reverend Beth Walden Fisher at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Burial was in Springdale Cemetery in Madison. Memorial contributions may be made to Hanover Presbyterian Church of the American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association. Oline condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home’s website at

Nelda Fletcher

Nelda Easter Fletcher, 37, of Lawrenceburg, passed away at 5:15 a.m. Friday, April 10th, 2009, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.

She was born April 2nd, 1972, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Ralph and Mary (Bailes) Durbin. She was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1990. She was a homemaker.

On February 1st, 1992, she married Joseph Fletcher, who survives.

Other survivors include her son, Brandon Durbin of Lawrenceburg; her daughters, Madison Fletcher and Passion Fletcher, both of Lawrenceburg; her brothers, Mark Durbin of Milan, Blake Durbin of Patriot, Glen Durbin of Vevay and Darryl Durbin of Hartford City, Indiana; and her sisters, Tina Sheets of Aurora, Joy Level of Batesville, Nola Fletcher of Versailles, Lila Rowlin of Cincinnati, Ohio, Laura Lyons of Batavia, Ohio, Mussetta Durbin of Missouri, Mary Evans and Chrissy Smith, both of Hartford City, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her son, Joseph V. Fletcher.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 14th, by Brother Don Campbell at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Burial was in Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Donald Browning

Donald Lawrence Browning, 75, of Batesville, passed away Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 at MMCH in Batesville.

He was born May 14th, 1933, in Dillsboro, the son of Cleve and Josephine (Bosaw) Browning. He was a 1951 graduate of Dillsboro High School. He was a Sergeant First Class with the U.S. Army, retired after serving 28 years. He was very proud of serving with his two sons, Gandy and Jeff. He retired from Hill-Rom and was a transportation aide at Batesville Public School Corporation. He was a member of the Wesleyan Church in Greensburg, member of Batesville Lodge 668 F&AM, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Murat Shrine and Southeast Indiana Shrine Club.

Survivors include his fiancee, Jean Preston of Greensburg; his children, Ramona Moody and husband Keith, Gandy Browning, all of Batesville, Jeff Browning and wife Allison of Kannapolis, North Carolina and Gregory Browning and wife Linda of Columbus; his brother, Robert Browning and wife Grace of Rising Sun; his sisters, Mini Stevens and husband Dave of Marion, Indiana and Beatrice Williams of Hartford, Indiana; and his grandchildren, Donald, Janeen and Jenna Browning, Jordan Sanchez, Mallory Seitz, Koren and Keith Moody II and Christian Wolfe; and great-grandchildren, Milia Scheele and Brayden Browning.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his spouse, Bernell (Shepherd) Browning; his siblings, William, Demmett and Ralph Browning, Margaret “Peg” Baker, Gertrude Drew and infant brother Harry Browning; and his brother-in-law, Leroy Williams.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, April 14th, by Pastor Doug Preston at The Wesleyan Church in Greensburg. Burial was in Vevay Cemetery with military graveside rites. Meyers Funeral Home of Batesville was in charge of arrangements where masonic services were conducted Monday evening, April 13th.

Elmer Meier

Elmer Meier, 84, of Dewberry, passed away Friday, April 10th, 2009, at Dillsboro Manor.

He was born at Dewberry in Brown Township near Cross Plains on August 21st, 1924, the son of Ernest and Elizabeth Klusman Meier. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Dewberry and was a long time employee of the Ripley County Farm Bureau where he worked at the Cross Plains branch. He also worked at Triple R Feeds in Cross Plains. He was a retired farmer and had spent his entire life in the Dewberry and Cross Plains communities.

Survivors include a nephew and great-nephews and great-nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters, Hilda Meier and Elfreida Smith.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 14th, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dewberry with Pastor Ralph Campen officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home of Versailles was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the church in care of the funeral home.

Rita McElroy

Rita Elinor (Pickel) McElroy, 78 of Cross Plains, passed away Wednesday, April 8th, 2009.

Survivors include her husband, C. Gene McElroy; her children, Michael W. McElroy and wife Paige and Julianna Bowling and husband Donnie; her grandchildren, Sarah Palma and husband Mike, Shane McElroy, Nicholas Miller and Meaghan McElroy; her great-grandchildren, Michael Palma III, Wade Palma, Camron Palma and Lea Miller; sister-in-law of Chris Pickel; and her nieces and nephews, Jamie (Pickel) Gibbons, Jackie (Pickel) Rudolphi, Rodney Pickel and Joni (Pickel) Ellis.

Visitation will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 24th, 2009, at Vevay Church of Christ, 200 West Market Street in Vevay. Visitation and Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, April 25th, 2009, from 1:30 p.m. until service time of 3 p.m. at Cincinnati Christian University Chapel, 2700 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45204. Donations may be sent to Cincinnati Christian University. Condolences may be sent to