Lowell McKinley Dennis, 68, of Osgood, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, April 14th, 2013, at Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville.
He was born September 24th, 1944, in Bear Branch, the son of the late McKinley and Esther C. (Richards) Dennis. He was raised in Bear Branch where he attended school. He was inducted into the U.S. Navy in 1964, serving during the Vietnam War. He was a former truck driver for Robinson Trucking in Lawrenceburg for several years. He resided in Arizona most of his life and the past four years in Osgood. He was raised in the Olive Branch Baptist Church in Bear Branch. He was a loving father, grandfather and brother.
Survivors include his two brothers, Steven Dennis of Indianapolis and Jeffery Dennis of Phoenix, Arizona; his grandchild, Tiffany Dennis of Madison; his sister, Leola Brinson of Benham, Indiana; his brother, Ray Dennis and wife Donna of Bear Branch; and his brother-in-law, Eslie Alford of Fairview.
He was also preceded in death by his two sisters, Gladys Alford and Betty J. Williams and her husband Basil; and his brother-in-law, Wilbur Brinson.
Graveside services were conducted by Reverend Ron Lee Tuesday, April 16th, with burial in Olive Branch Cemetery in Bear Branch. Memorial contributions may be made to the Olive Branch Cemetery or to the charity of the donor's choice. Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home of Vevay was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.haskellandmorrison.com.
J. Raymond Elston
J. Raymond Elston, 94, of Shelby, North Carolina, formerly of near Pleasant, passed away on Thursday, April 11th, 2013, at Hospice Cleveland County Wendover Facility. Born and raised near Pleasant he later moved to Florida for 41 years, and then moved to North Carolina to be closer to his son. He was a member of Hoyle Memorial United Methodist Church. He served his country honorably during World War II in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his son, Veryl Elston and wife Donna of Shelby; his sister, Lola Woods of Florida; his grandchildren, Rhonda Oliver and husband Ray, Jeff Elston and wife Christina, Leah Wetherrill and husband John, Cindy Wagner and husband Dan, Lisa Weaver and husband Allen, Shelly Stroud and husband Mike; his great-grandchildren, Evan, Drew and Chase Oliver, Isabella and Zack Elston, Mason Wagner, Benjamin Weaver, Lucas Connor and Rylie Stroud.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Agnes Elston; and his loving wife of 67 years, Hazel Elston.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20th, at Hoyle Memorial United Methodist Church. The Reverend Ann Duncan will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Hoyle Memorial United Methodist Church, 1741 Fallston Road, Shelby, NC 28150 or Hospice Cleveland County, 950 Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.
Cecil M Burton Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.
Jessie Victoria Johnson, 99, of Rising Sun, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14th, 2013, at The Waters of Rising Sun.
She was born in Ohio County on November 27th, 1913, the daughter of the late Edgar and Mary (Trester) Ashcraft. She attended school in Aurora.
On May 13th, 1933, she married James B. Johnson who passed away January 1st, 1961.
She became a member of the Hartford United Methodist Church on May 9th, 1943, and played the piano there from 1970 until 2004. In 2004, she became a member of the Rising Sun United Methodist Church after the closing of the Hartford Church. She was very active in the community and was a member of the Eastern Star, Ohio County Unit of the American Cancer Society, Ohio County Historical Society and the Ohio County Republican Women's Club. She was also a member of the Happy Homemakers, La Grange and Progressive Extension Homemakers Clubs. Above all, she was a devoted mother to her sons and loving grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was well known and loved by many and will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her two sons, Robert Johnson of Aurora and Kenneth Johnson, Sr., and wife Phyllis of Aurora; her grandchildren, Mark, Allen, Kenneth, Jr., James and Stephen; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Jerry Dale Johnson; her brother, Ira Ashcraft and her infant brother, Jackie Lee Ashcraft.
Funeral services will be conducted by Reverend Keith Chanley at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, April 18th) at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Interment will be in Rising Sun New Cemetery. The family requests donations to the Rising Sun United Methodist Church or Ohio County Rescue Unit. marklandfuneralhome.com.
Lewis Vernon "Butch" Ray, 58, of Dillsboro, passed away at 8:44 a.m. Saturday, April 13th, 2013, at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg.
He was born in Milan on June 20th, 1954, the son of the late Perry and Mildred (Cutter) Ray. He was a graduate of Dillsboro High School, Class of 1972. He retired as a maintenance lead for Seagram's Distillery in Lawrenceburg. He was a former member of the Aurora Eagles. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, playing cards and loved to ride his Harley.
Survivors include his two daughters, Amy Ray of Dillsboro and Kelli Ray of Aurora; his granddaughter, Keirstyn Coy; his three sisters, Judy White of Moores Hill, Connie Courter of Dillsboro and Theresa (Tony) O'Neal of Dillsboro.
He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Winslow and Patty Emery.
Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Tom Fehrman Tuesday, April 16th, at Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun. Memorial donations may be made to the family. marklandfuneralhome.com.
Willmer Morris, Sr.
Willmer "Bill" Morris, Sr., 70, of Madison, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Friday, April 12th, 2013, at Columbus Regional Hospital in Columbus, Indiana.
He was born October 25th, 1942, in Jackson, Kentucky, the son of Henry and Dicie (Shouse) Morris, Sr. He was raised in Jackson, moving to Jefferson County in 1956.
He was united in marriage to Gaylean Pennington on October 14th, 1962, at North Madison Baptist Church. This happy union was blessed with a daughter and two sons.
He was first employed for five years with Rex Chain Belt in Madison. He then began a career as a master electrician with the Indiana Kentucky Electric Corporation, retiring after 35 years of service. He was a member of the Concord Church of God, Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion, the Madison bass Masters Club and the Switzerland County Sportsman Club. He enjoyed his family, hunting, fishing, his rose garden, gardening, flowers and his dogs.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Gaylean Pennington Morris of Madison; his daughter, Sherry Boley and companion Norman Kruzich of Madison; his two sons, Willmer Morris, Jr., and wife Teresa of Madison and Garry Morris of Canaan; his grandchildren, Kimberly Renee Boley Delgado, Justin David Boley, Devin Nathaniel Boley, Brittney Lynn Boley, Daphne Nicole Morris Land, Leslie Michelle Morris, Kelsey Brooke Morris, Kole Allen Morris, McKenzie Lane Morris, Adam Douglas Griffin, Amber Nicole Griffin, Jalen Todd Morris and Jordan Chase Morris; his great-grandchildren, Conner, Maya, MaKayla, Nicholas, Nevaeh, Kory, Bentley, Kylie and Ryder; his two brothers, Harvey Morris and wife Wanda of Harrodsburg, Kentucky and Earl Morris and wife Marilyn of Bennington; his four sisters, Dot Overpeck and husband Rick of Grapevine, Texas, Virginia Stephan and husband Alois of Canaan, Malvary Morris of Liberty, Kentucky and his twin sister, Lydia Ann Lainhart and husband Darrell of Harrodsburg, Kentucky; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Lindburg and Shirley Couch of Deputy, Lovina Howard, Trisha Ann Howard and James Howard, all of Harlan County, Kentucky; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Virgil, Henry, Jr., R.T. and Bobby R. Morris; his sisters, Alberta Morris, Betty Avis Dalton, and Flora Ellen Reynolds; and his brothers-in-law, James Lee and Nathan Pennington.
Funeral services were conducted by Reverend Wayne Mahoney Monday, April 15th, at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment was in Canaan Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.morgan-nay.com.
Vina M. (Siebein) Williams, 90, of Madison, passed away at 2:30 a.m. Friday, April 12th, 2013, at Covered Bridge Nursing Centre in Seymour, Indiana.
She was born June 12th, 1922, in New Marion, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late Leonard and Lorilla Fox Siebein. She was raised in New Marion and was a 1940 graduate of New Marion High School and was awarded for her perfect attendance.
She was united in marriage on May 12th, 1940, to Bud Andrew Williams in Osgood by Reverend Elvin Hughes.
He was inducted into the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War and Vina served as head of the Military Wives Club. She had resided in the Madison community since 1952. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed being a homemaker. She enjoyed working with her husband in the Williams Construction Company, building over 200 homes. She found great enjoyment in decorating those 200 homes. She found great enjoyment in managing "The Gift Box" for several years and operating the business for 12 hours a day. She was raised in the New Marion Baptist Church and after moving to Madison became a faithful member for 50 years of the North United Methodist church. She helped organize the Hi-Neighbors Home Ec. Club in Madison and was a member for over 50 years. She was a member of Madison Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years and was now a member of the Hanover Chapter No. 525. She helped organize the Red Hatters Society of Madison and enjoyed her membership with them. She enjoyed membership in RSVP for many years since her retirement. She was a devoted volunteer to the nursing home programs in the area, enjoyed singing in the musical groups, "Fern and the Gang" and "Virginia and the Sun Shiners." She also enjoyed her years serving as a Girl Scout leader and being a member of the New Marion Alumni Association. Vina and Bud Williams enjoyed wintering in Winter Haven, Florida, for over 20 years. She loved bird watching, butterflies, collecting angels, singing, musicals, collecting bears, socializing and volunteering.
Funeral services will be conducted by Dr. Matthew Stultz at 1 p.m. today (Thursday, April 18th) at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Friends may call from noon until service time today at the funeral home. Eastern Star services were conducted Wednesday evening at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the North United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family via the funeral home's website at www.organ-nay.com.