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Olena L. Carter, 87, of Shelbyville

Olena L. Carter, 87, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2023 at Morristown Manor.

She was born March 4, 1935, in Russel County, KY. To Omra Polston and Flora (Hogue) Polston.

Olena was a homemaker.  She was a caretaker at heart and loved to cook for her family. It was always important to her that her family was cared for.  In her free time, she enjoyed crocheting.

Olena and Harvey E. Carter married on June 20, 1956 and they enjoyed 63 years together before he preceded her in death on June 26, 2019.  Olena and her late husband were both longtime members of the Baptist Temple in Shelbyville.

She is survived by her daughter, Theresa (husband, David) Martin of Ft. Wayne; daughter, Penny (husband, Carl) Boggs of St. Paul; son, Paul D. Carter of Shelbyville; grandson, Jonathan (wife, Teri) Martin; granddaughter, Adrienne Raber (husband, Josh); great-grandson, Briggs Martin, great-granddaughter, Rory Martin, grandson, Ben (wife, Lisa) Boggs; great-granddaughter, Zoey Boggs; grandson, Brandon Boggs; grandson, Kyle (wife, Hannah) Carter; granddaughter, Paige (husband, Richard) Jones, her brothers, Ralph Polston, and Phil Polston, and her sister, Barbara Absher-Harbin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harvey, her brothers, Ted Polston and Frank Polson, and her sister, Norma Bowers.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, February 5, 2023 at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, February 6, 2023 at the funeral home with Pastor David Martin officiating.

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Funeral Directors Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Olena’s family.

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Kylie Marie Sebastian, 31, of Indianapolis

Kylie Marie Sebastian, 31, of Indianapolis, passed away Friday, February 3, 2023, in Indianapolis.

She was born February 14, 1991, in Greensburg, the daughter of Evelyn (Hudnall) White.

Kylie is survived by her mother and step-father, David White, of Hamilton, Ohio; sons, Landon Addison and Braden “Brady” Addison, both of Avon; brother, Ryan Sebastian of Oxford, Ohio; sister, Stephanie Sebastian of Fairfield, Ohio; grandmother, Betty Hudnall of Shelbyville; niece, Phoebe Sebastian; and nephew, Avery Sebastian.

She formerly worked in food service.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, February 10, 2023, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St., in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Interment will be at Whispering Hope in Shelby County.

Online condolences may be shared with Kylie’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

David Leon Thacker, 75, of Shelbyville

David Leon Thacker, 75, of Shelbyville, passed away, Friday, February 3, 2023, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

He was born February 4, 1947, in Indianapolis, the son of Ralph and Norma Henrietta (Gainey) Thacker. 

David is survived by his wife and caregiver, Karol Evans of Shelbyville; sons, Sean Scott Thacker and significant other, Allison Kurtz, of Noblesville, and Jesse Aaron Thacker of Beech Grove; daughter, Savannah Marie Dzelme of Beech Grove; brother, Jack J. Thacker and wife, Kathie, of Venice, Florida; and grandchildren, Eddy Eugene Dzelme, Jameson Scott Dzelme and Lottie Jean Dzelme.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

David graduated in 1965 from Southport High School.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Vietnam from 1968 to 1972.

David retired from Eli Lilly & Co. in environmental monitoring, with 30 years of service.

He enjoyed researching different topics on his computer.

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Online condolences may be shared with David’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Carolyn Sue Scott, 83, of Shelbyville

Carolyn Sue Scott, 83, of Shelbyville, passed away, Saturday, February 4, 2023, at her home.

She was born July 1, 1939, in Vevay, the daughter of Ivan and Doris (Turner) Allen.  On February 21, 1960, she married Larry Dwain Scott, and he preceded her in death on November 17, 2010.

Carolyn is survived by her sons, Mark A. Scott and wife, Laura, of Shelbyville, and Jonathan “J.D.” Scott and wife, Alecia, of Indianapolis; daughter, Gina Kuhn and husband, Eric, of Milroy; sister, Vickie Coy of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Lindsey and husband, Zach, Kelly, Katie, Blayre, Collin, Devon and wife, Kortnie, Kylee and Ryan; great-grandchildren, Carter, William, Vera, Henry and Ruby; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of very dear friends.

In addition to Larry, Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, David Allen and Jack Stonebraker; and sister, Tammy Moore.

Carolyn graduated in 1957 from Shelbyville High School and attended Butler University.

She was a member of the First Christian Church of Shelbyville, where she was a prayer warrior on the prayer chain.

Carolyn was a homemaker and was known by her children as “the best mother in the world.”   She had a great love for her family, and cherished the time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was also a member of The Fun Bunch, Saint Joe’s Social Club and the Lucky 13 Home Economics Club.

Carolyn enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles and watching Hallmark movies. 

She was an avid fan of the Indiana Pacers, Indiana University basketball and the Cincinnati Reds.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 9, 2023, at the funeral home. Carolyn’s niece, Rev. Kristi Jones will officiate, she will be assisted by Rev. Beth Crouch.

Interment will be at Second Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Johnson County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 118 W. Washington St., Shelbyville, Indiana 46161.

Online condolences may be shared with Carolyn’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Arthur "Art" Merle Shuler II, age 78, of Greenfield

Arthur “Art” Merle Shuler II, age 78, of Greenfield, passed away January 28, 2023 at Springhurst Healthcare Center.

 

He was born August 4, 1944 in Wallace, Indiana to the late Arthur M. and Virginia (Thompson) Shuler. He was married to Catherine Louise (Schindler) Shuler in 1969, and she survives.

 

Arthur was a graduate of Columbus High School and had a long career in finance. A veteran of the United States Navy, he was assigned to the destroyer USS Picking and served two tours in Vietnam, from 1963 to 1967. Arthur retired after a long career with the U.S. government as a DFAS Contract Specialist. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing; and he enjoyed playing any kind of card games.

 

In addition to his wife, Arthur is survived by his two children, Lisa (Darryl) Wineinger and Stuart (Stephanie) Shuler; and grandchildren, Megan and Kristen Wineinger, and Tripp and Raelynn Shuler.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, listed above; and his brother, Stuart Michael Shuler.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to God’s Open Arms Ministry, 201 E. North Street, Greenfield, Indiana 46140. Memories of Arthur and condolences for his family may be shared at www.stillingerfamily.com.

 

Arthur’s family has chosen cremation with a celebration of life to be held at a later date.

 

Stillinger Family Funeral Homes is honored to care for Art’s family.

Nancy Wooten, of Greenfield, 69

Nancy Wooten, of Greenfield, 69, passed away on Sunday, January 29. Born in Greenfield, the second daughter to Lowell & Marthalou (Bennett) Wooten,

 

A 1972 Graduate of Greenfield-Central High School, Nancy attended Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. She worked for Indiana Insurance company for several years as an adjuster before becoming an agent for a local insurance company in Greenfield. Later she managed senior apartment facilities.

 

Nancy always had a heart for service. She taught Sunday school, served in leadership roles at Greenfield Friends Church, and was a member of the local Delta Theta Tau sorority chapter for many years. Nancy served on several boards and committees throughout her life in service to the community.

 

 

But her heart and focus were always on her family. She enjoyed spending time with her sisters and brothers, and nieces. She was an avid participant in our Sunday night family card game and dinner. These often cutthroat games spanned generations but always ended in huge amounts of laughter and more smiles than hard feelings. In the past few years, Nancy had become the central point of information about life events for our dozens of extended cousins, keeping us all connected.

 

 

Nancy is preceded in death by her parents and brother John Wooten. 

 

Sisters Naomi Lyman and LouAnn Shelton Miller, brother Ty Wooten and three nieces, Hope Greathouse, Sophia Lyman, and Hannah Rawson, a great-niece and two great-nephews, and dozens of cousins survive her.

 

Visitation will be on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, with the Funeral Service immediately following at the funeral home.

 

Private burial will take place in Philadelphia Cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions made to the Greenfield-Central School Foundation.

 

If you would like to sign the online guest book or send condolences to the family you may do so by visiting www.stillingerfamily.com

Madrue E. (Taylor) Grinstead, 95, Greenfield

Madrue E. (Taylor) Grinstead, 95, Greenfield, passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. She was born on October 17, 1927, in Russellville, Alabama, to Walter and Annie (Smith) Taylor.

 

Madrue was very involved in her church, Greenfield Church of Christ. Additionally, she loved spending quality time with her daughters and grandchildren, whether that be playing card games or baking cookies. She had a green-thumb and enjoyed crafts.

 

She is survived by her loving daughters: Cheryl (Larry W.) Arnold, Jeanne (Joel) Justiss, and Janice (Steve) Appleby; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 

Madrue was preceded in death by her parents; first husband and father of her children, John W. Dobbins; second husband, Ralph Grinstead; sons: John Dobbins, Lloyd Dobbins, and Michael Dobbins; grandson, Benjamin Justiss; sisters: Mildred Dobbins and Eunice Zolner; and step-children: Everett Grinstead, Marvin Grinstead, Marian Miller, Faye Guinn, and Kay Pennington.

 

Visitation will be on Friday, February 3, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, with the service immediately following at the funeral home.

 

Burial will take place in Park Cemetery.

 

If you would like to sign the online guest book or send condolences to the family, you may do so by visiting www.stillingerfamily.com

 

Karen Alexander, 80, of Shelbyville

Karen Alexander, 80, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2023 at her residence.

She was born April 23, 1942, in Shelbyville, to Russell Morrison and Vera Maxine (King) Morrison.

Karen was a homemaker and loved cooking, and taking care of her family, especially her grandkids.    She also enjoyed bird watching.

Karen married Dwain Alexander on June 17, 1961 and he survives.  She is also survived by her daughter, Michele (husband, Craig) Callahan of Indianapolis, her sons, Curtis Alexander, and Brendan Alexander (companion, Lori Stiers), all of Shelbyville, 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, her brother, John Tressler, of Fairland, her sisters, Anita Nauert, Sarah Stoops, and Candace Morrison.

She is preceded in death by her half-sister,  Nedra Johnson, her half-brother, Gayle Morrison, her step-brothers, Ron Tressler and Jack Tressler, her half-brother, Joel Tressler, and her half-sister, Mary Hollingshead.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Knights of Columbus on Saturday  February 25, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Karen’s family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cancer Association of Shelby County, P.O. Box 844, Shelbyville, IN 46176.

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Martin James Scott, "Candy Man"

Martin James Scott, “Candy Man”, born February 28, 1963, was received into the arms of Jesus in the early morning hours of January 30, 2023, following a lengthy battle with lung cancer.   

 

The oldest of 4 siblings, born in Deming, New Mexico to Rodney H Scott and Carol J Greater. 

 

Upon his parent’s death, at approximately age 7, Martin and his siblings were raised by the Ohio Soldiers & Sailors Home in Xenia, Ohio.  He attended the Wayne High School of Huber Heights, OH completing the 11th grade and then received his GED one month later in April of 1982.

 

Private Martin Scott served under honorable conditions in the United States Army as a Communications Specialist at Fort Lewis, Washington.  While in the Army he was awarded an Army Service Ribbon and the Sharpshooter Qualifications Badge. 

 

Martin was an avid sports fan.  He loved hockey, specifically, the San Jose Sharks and the Cincinnati Cyclones.  In football, he loved the Seahawks.  GO HAWKS!   He also enjoyed playing golf.

 

Animals loved Martin.  He’s trained squirrels and cats to stay out of the road, and had a special way with dogs.  His cats French Fry, Ginger and B-Bop proceed him in death.

 

Martin was employed by The Salvation Army from 2008-2013 and later returned as a volunteer early 2020.  He will be greatly missed by the team!  Donations may be made in his honor to The Salvation Army of Shelbyville, Indiana, and mailed to 136 E Washington Street

 

A memorial with military rites will be held at The Salvation Army on Wednesday, February 15, at 10 AM.

Roger McGriff

Roger McGriff completed his journey of life in this world and passed on to eternity January 28, 2023.         

 

He was born January 26, 1938 in Plymouth, Indiana to Mary and Lester McGriff.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Betty of 48 years.  Their blended family consisting of Brenda Wiley (deceased) , Larry Watler (Carol), Cindy Halbert (Tim), Ron McGriff (Diana), Danny Watler (DeDe), Mike McGriff and Carol Bockelman.  Additional 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchilden and one great great grandchild.

 

Roger was a teacher for 40 years at Shelbyville Jr. High School and an Indiana High School Athletic Association Official for 53 years working baseball, softball, basketball, football, volleyball and track. 

 

Two highlights of his officiating career were working with Brenda in volleyball and Ron and Mike in basketball.  Roger treasured time with his wife and family.  Roger & Betty were able to visit all 50 states and several countries.

 

A private funeral is planned by Murphy-Parks Funeral Services.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Roger’s family.

 

Cards may be sent to Marietta United Methodist Church, 5492 S. Marietta Rd, Shelbyville, In. 46176.

 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to: American Heart Association, 6500 Technology Center Drive, suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278.  Parkinson’s Foundation, P.O. Box 61420 Staten Island, NY 10306.  Alzheimer’s Association, 322 Eighth Avenue 16th floor, New York, NY 1001.

B. Joann "Jo" Durbin Ragsdale, 83, of Shelbyville

B. Joann "Jo" Durbin Ragsdale, 83, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Heritage House.

Born November 30, 1939 in Shelby County, she was the daughter of William Durbin and Bertha (Stickford) Durbin.   She married Phillip Ragsdale on September 22, 1962, and he preceded her on June 10, 2001.

Survivors include 3 children- Brad Ragsdale (wife Donna) of Shelbyville, 2 daughters- Brenda "Bre" Newton of Shelbyville, Barbara "Barbie" Wayman of Greenwood; a sister Janice Spheger (husband Kent) of Noblesville; 2 brothers- Dale Durbin (wife Rosalie) of Homer, Harold Durbin of Rush County; 5 grandchildren- Samantha Miller, Jessica Cawthon, Jason Ragsdale, Christopher
Wayman, Sara Wasson; and 2 great grandchildren- Alexis Jo Miller, and Connie Elizabeth Miller.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, 2 brothers- Willard and Fred Durbin, and a sister Katherine Comstock.

Mrs. Ragsdale was a lifelong resident of this area, and graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1957.  She had been employed in several Shelby County government offices, including dispatcher
for the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and the Clerk's office for several years, as well as serving as Addison Township Accessor from 1999-2002.  She was a member of First Christian Church, Shelbyville Order of Eastern Star, a charter member of Optimist Club of Shelby County, a life member of Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority, serving as National Chapter's President in 1998.

Joann enjoyed sewing, baking, making candy, (she was well  known for her peanut brittle), and gardening.  She loved being with family and friends and working on the computer.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Beth Crouch officiating.  Burial will  be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday morning from 11:00 am until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to Riley Children's Hospital, Salvation Army, or the Multiple Sclerosis Association, in care of the funeral home.
 

Theodore C. "Ted" Dora, 90, of Shelbyville

Theodore C. "Ted" Dora, 90, of Shelbyville, passed away shortly after sunrise on Saturday, January 28, 2023, on his birthday, with his family by his bedside.

Born January 28, 1933 in Greenfield, he was the son of Dewey E. Dora and Hazel D. (Smith) Dora.  He married Ruth (McDaniel) Dora on May 19, 1956 and she preceded him on March 4, 2001.

Survivors include a son Rex Dora (wife Suzanne) of Hope,  daughter Kala Paxton of Shelbyville, adopted daughter Carol Taylor of Waldron; sister Bonnie Capshaw (husband Randy) of Indianapolis; 
several nieces and nephews; 9 grandchildren- Brittany Thomas, Teah Jacobs, Noah Britt, Bailey Britt, Bobbie Hughett, Tina Gray, Charlie Petro, Nathan Slack, and Tawnee Mellentine, whose special bond helped care for and support Ted in the last years of his life.  He is also survived by 7 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his spouse, daughter Pennie Sue Dora, 2 sons Mark Dora and Michael Dora, granddaughter Mia Dora, 3 brothers- Jimmy, Dewey, & Phillip Dora, 2 sisters- Loretta Spencer, and Lucille Cropper.

Mr. Dora had lived in this  area for most of his lifetime, and had been in maintenance at KCL Corp., retiring after 40 years of service.  He then became a driver/carpenter for the Amish Community for 15 years. He was a long time member of Shelbyville Kingdom Hall, where he enjoyed Bible Studies, and spreading the Word of God. Ted enjoyed working on cars and engines, gardening, raising Angelfish, studying his Bible, and tinkering around his garage with anything and everything, including his home made foundry.  Even as Ted's health began to decline, he always had a smile on his face, and a kind word for everyone.  He never met a stranger and was always willing to help a less fortunate person.

Funeral services will be 1:00 pm on Friday, February 3, 2023 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with burial in Bennett Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday morning from 11:00 am until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to Shelby County Cancer Association, American Heat Association, or the American Kidney Fund, in care of the funeral home.
 

Joshua D. Church, 44, of Indianapolis

Joshua D. Church, 44, of Indianapolis, passed away Monday, January 30, 2023 at his residence.

Born November 9, 1978 in Indianapolis, he was the son of Mark Church and Ruth (Baugh) Church.  He married Kimberly (Lewis) Church on August 23, 2021, and she survives.

Other survivors include 3 children- Zebadiah Church, Jacob Church, Cassandra Church; 3 step children- Michael Dover, Brandon Dover, Ronnie Redden; 2 brothers-Mark Church, Brodi Church; a sister Marci Church; mother-in-law Deb Engle, father-in-law Robin (Jill) Lewis and he is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Church was a lifelong resident of this area, and graduated from Arlington High School in 1997.  He was employed as a millwright with Underwood Industrial  Contractors of Indianapolis for several years.  He was a member of One Body Ministries in Indianapolis. Joshua was known for his bear hugs and  his sense of humor. He was the Rock of his family, and would give the shirt off his back to anyone, if needed.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at One Body Ministries, 3132 Carson Avenue, Indianapolis, with Pastor Chris Dunn officiating. Friends may call on Saturday morning, at the church, from 12:00 noon until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to Wheeler Mission, in care of the funeral home.

Dovie J. Carpenter, 88, of Shelbyville

Dovie J. Carpenter, 88, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023, at her home.

She was born September 1, 1934, in Franklin County, the daughter of Wiley Haze and Janie Gladys (Carey) Priddy.  On July 21, 1956, she married Charles F. Carpenter, and he preceded her in death on May 7, 2003.

Dovie is survived by her sons, Mike Carpenter and wife, Debbie, of Shelbyville, and Bruce Carpenter and wife, Vivian, of Monticello, Illinois; daughters, Carol Grant and husband, Michael, of Shelbyville, and Janet Harvey and husband, Ray, of Waldron; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to Charles, Dovie was preceded in death by her sons, Mark Lloyd Carpenter and Ronald Ray Carpenter; brothers, William Priddy and Charles Priddy; and sisters, Della McPherson and Mary McFarland.

Dovie graduated in 1952 from Laurel High School.

She formerly owned and operated Dovie’s Log Cabin in Laurel, from 1993 until retiring in 2003.

Dovie was an excellent quilter.  She began quilting at the age of 9 years old, with the scraps from her mother’s projects.  Dovie went on to make quilts for all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for various events in their lives, such as newborns, graduations and weddings.  She also sold some of her quilts and kept a log of whom they were sold to and where they went.

She also enjoyed gardening, canning and crocheting.

Dovie loved her family, she especially enjoyed being a grandmother.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 2, 2023, at the funeral home, with Rev. Michael Coyle officiating.

Interment will be at Winchester Cemetery in Shelby County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice of charity.

Online condolences may be shared with Dovie’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Tom F. McAdams, 81

Tom F. McAdams, 81, passed away after a lengthy illness Tuesday, January 31 at his cherished rural Morristown home with his loving wife by his side.

 

Tom was born July 16th, 1941 in Troy, Ohio, the fourth son of Verlynne I. McAdams and Flora Lee (Stowe) McAdams. He lived in Tipp City, Ohio before moving to Shelbyville to join KCL Corporation in 1973. 

 

He was a devoted and loving husband of 44 years to Carol S. (Pierson) McAdams.  The couple was married June 18, 1978 at the First Christian Church in Shelbyville by the Rev. James Horner. 

 

Tom is survived by his beloved wife Carol, daughters Aleka McAdams formerly of Morristown, Melea McAdams (husband Jake McAdams) of Valparaiso, grandchildren Asher McAdams, Quinn McAdams, Abram McAdams, and Jameson McAdams of Valparaiso, sister-in-law Alberta McAdams of Greenville, OH, nephews Tim McAdams, Chicago, IL, Kevin McAdams and Lee McAdams of Ohio, nieces Pamela McAdams-Belgar and Malinda Tipton, also of Ohio.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Larry McAdams, Ronald McAdams, and Gary McAdams, and father-in-law and mother-in-law Clyde and Lucy Pierson who dearly loved him.

 

Tom was a 1959 graduate of Tippecanoe High School, Tipp City, OH and the Dayton Barber College, Dayton, OH where he was a professional barber before attending college at McPherson College of the Brethren, McPherson KS.  There he barbered many of his school buddies while completing his BS in Business Administration in 1967.  He also received his Real Estate License later in life.

 

Upon his college graduation, Tom worked for esteemed NCR Dayton as a Computer Programmer Analyst where he was a team member who designed and implemented NCR software for Sears and JC Penny companies.  He moved to Shelbyville in 1973 to serve in positions of Programmer Analyst and Information Systems Manager for KCL Corporation for 25 years.  Prior to retirement, he specialized in Y2K software conversions for Asset Management Systems in Greenwood, IN.

 

Singing was a favorite pastime of Tom’s.  He was a member of the former Blue River Singers where he met his wife Carol.  He valued multiple opportunities to perform with Community Choirs, various A Cappella and Barbershop Groups, as well as guest invitations to feature sing at multiple churches.  As he was spiritually dedicated to his Brethren upbringing, he was also a long time member of the First Christian Church of Shelbyville, where he was a devoted member of the church choir.  His lovely tenor voice, quiet personality, gentle heart, dry humor, and warm smile were memorable to nearly everyone he met. 

 

Additionally, he and his family were active with International Adoptive Families of America and OURS of Indiana. Tom was a dedicated father to his daughters.  He enjoyed traveling, working on home projects, working out at the gym, was an avid reader, and was especially happy just to live a simple life of spending time at home. 

 

A Special Remembrance will be held at Shelbyville First Christian Church, Saturday, February 4th at 11:00am, with the Reverands Beth Crouch, Andy Wade and Arlene Whitfield.  Friends may gather one-half hour prior to the service in the church sanctuary. A Lunch Gathering for Friends and Family will follow immediately after the service in the church’s Fellowship Hall.  Graveside services will then proceed to Concord Cemetery in northern Shelby County.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church of Shelbyville, and the choice of research programs for the treatment and cure of Parkinson’s Disease.

 

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 South Harrison St. in Shelbyville.  Online condolences may be shared with Tom’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Deborah Sue Denison, 67, of Shelbyville

Deborah Sue Denison, 67, of Shelbyville, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at her home.

She was born April 10, 1955, in Alpena, Michigan, the daughter of Charles Hodgins and Ruth (Elliott) Wilder.

Deborah is survived by her mother of Shelbyville; sons, Buddy Lockridge, James Dixon and Eric Clifton, all of Shelbyville; daughters, Jenny Gonzalez and husband, Humberto, and Shoshanna Garcia, both of Shelbyville, and Marilyn Nicole Christiansen of South Bend; brothers, Danny Hodgins and Matthew Wilder, both of Shelbyville; sisters, Joyce Knight, Elizabeth Williams, Patricia Hodgins and  Gloria Goode, all of Shelbyville; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father; brothers, Charles Hodgins and Gregg Hodgins; and sisters, Robin Nigh Short and Karen Corley.

Deborah formerly worked at Old Hickory Furniture for over ten years.

She loved spending time with her family.

Deborah enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing computer games and sewing.

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Online condolences may be shared with Deborah’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Teresa A. "Terry" Ramsey, 61, of Shelbyville

Teresa A. “Terry” Ramsey, 61, of Shelbyville, passed away, Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at MHP Medical Center in Shelbyville.

She was born July 28, 1961, in Indianapolis, the daughter of James and Carolyn (Pacely) Westfall.  On March 29, 1986, she married her husband of 36 years, Joseph T. “Todd” Ramsey, and he survives.

In addition to Todd, Terry is survived by her son, Andy Ramsey and wife, LeAnne, of Edinburgh; daughter, Anna Ramsey and significant other, Cory Brand, of Shelbyville; sisters, Darla Groeninger and husband, Bud, of Evansville, and Tonya Philpott and husband, Eddie, of Greenwood; grandchildren, Maddilynn, Hunter, Jethro, Beau, Huxley, Olivia, Frankie, Corbyn, Max and Koda; brother-in-law, Gerald Redenbaugh; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Terry was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Debbie Redenbaugh and Francie White; and brother, Billy Craig.

She was a member of Cornerstone Church in Trafalgar.

Terry was formerly a home health aide with Advantage in Whiteland.

She enjoyed her gardening and bird watching.

Terry loved organizing family gatherings. She also loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She also leaves behind her little dog, Mazie.

Graveside rites will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Miller Cemetery in Shelby County.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 5, 2023, at Cornerstone Church, 1000 W 375 S in Trafalgar.

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Association of Shelby County, PO Box 844, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176 or the Shelby County-Shelbyville Animal Shelter, 705 Hale Road, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.

Online condolences may be shared with Terry’s family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Bettye Owens, 42, of Shelbyville

Bettye Owens, 42, of Shelbyville, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at her residence.

 

She was born August 3, 1980 in Pampa, Texas to Bobby Joe Owens and Donya (Smith) Rutkowski.

  

Bettye attended Shelbyville High School and also the First Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville.

  

She enjoyed playing video games and listening to music. Bettye was a homemaker and loved to do arts and crafts. Her greatest joy came from spending time with her family and grandchildren.

 

She married Paige Nicole Slavey on January 23, 2016 and she survives.

 

Bettye is also survived by her son, Trenton Redd; daughters Samantha Owens, and Jacqueline Owens; grandchildren, Paris and Londyn; sisters, Tammi Finley (husband, Michael) , Emily Aycock, Bobi Sue Owens (husband, Bryan Newbold); brother Gary Owens (wife, Samantha); grandmother, Joyce Owens, and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her mother and grandfather, Gary G. Owens.

 

There will be a Gathering of Friends on Saturday, January 28, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Murphy-Parks Funeral Services, 703 S. Harrison Street, Shelbyville, IN. 46176.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve Bettye’s family.

    

Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Phyllis J. Rasche, 94, of Shelbyville

Phyllis J. Rasche, 94, of Shelbyville, passed away, Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Waldron Health and Rehab in Waldron.

She was born October 20, 1928, in Shelby County, the daughter of Herbert C. and Maud (Winkler) Kuhn.  On September 10, 1950, she married Rev. Richard F. Rasche, and he preceded her in death on August 17, 1984.

Phyllis is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Cantrell of Ft. Sumner, New Mexico; daughter-in-law, Peggy Rasche; granddaughters, Jaime Willis and husband, Brian, and Lindsey Rasche; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas Hill, Brianna Willis and Makayla Schutt.

In addition to Richard, Phyllis was preceded in by her son, David Rasche; grandson, Michael Anthony Cantrell; son-in-law, Mike Cantrell; and brother, Eugene Kuhn.

Phyllis was a member of the Evangelical United Church of Christ.  She was very active in the various churches she attended throughout her life. Being a minister’s wife, she served with her husband, in Shelbyville and Beech Grove, Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky and Hamel, Illinois.  Phyllis enjoyed everything from singing in the choir to helping prepare church dinners.

She was formerly a secretary at Heritage House of Shelbyville from 1967 to 1977.  She also worked part-time from 1984 until retiring in 1990, at Risley Kitchens.  Phyllis volunteered at Major Hospital for numerous years.

Phyllis loved to travel and her travels took her on a cruise and trips to various locations throughout the United States.  But she loved going to New Mexico to visit her daughter, Cheryl and her family.

She enjoyed going to concerts and had been to see Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

Phyllis also enjoyed playing cards, two of her favorite games were bid euchre and SkipBo.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at the Evangelical United Church of Christ, 2630 S. Miller St. in Shelbyville.

Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with Pastor Charles Jordan officiating.

Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville.

Services have been entrusted to Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical United Church of Christ.

Online condolences may be shared with Phyllis’ family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Franklin Brian Griggs, 54, of St. Paul

Franklin Brian Griggs, 54, of St. Paul, passed away Monday January 23, 2023 at his residence.

 

He was born May 18, 1968 in Shelbyville, IN.  to Frank D. Griggs and Ollie (Burton) Griggs.

  

Brian graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1986.

 

He was employed at Brazeway as a factory worker, and McDonalds as a cook.

 

He was a Christian.

 

Brian loved to go roller skating, he love to cook and watch the Colts play.

 

He married Norma Jean Griggs and she survives.

 

Brian is survived by his brother, Shane (wife, Jessica) Griggs of Shelbyville; niece, Ella Griggs, and  nephew, Eli Griggs.

 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Theresa Griggs, and his parents.

 

A Celebration of Life will be at a later date.

 

Funeral Directors, Greg Parks, Sheila Parks, Stuart Parks, and Darin Schutt are honored to serve  Brian’s family.

  Online condolences may be shared at www.murphyparks.com.

Sylvia Cox, 90, Greenfield

Sylvia Cox, 90, Greenfield, passed away Monday, January 23, 2023, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

 

Sylvia was born on September 19, 1932, in Greenfield, England, to Alec and Ivy (Rook) Slater. She married her sweetheart, Brian Cox.

 

Sylvia and Brian moved to the U.S. in 1969. The found the perfect city of Greenfield, Indiana, matching their own city name to that in England. Once the City of Greenfield learned of such unique planning, they asked a news reporter at the Greenfield Reporter to publish an article about Sylvia and Brian and how and why they made their decision to keep the city names the same. While Sylvia was busy raising two boys, she was employed at Hancock Regional Hospital for many years, working in Central Supply, and retiring in 1994. Sylvia loved flower gardening, reading, and knitting. When she was younger, she loved to cook. After retirement, Sylvia and Brian would travel to Florida quite often to camp. They both were members of the American Legion. Sylvia was a member of Greenfield Friends’ Church.

 

Sylvia is survived by her son, Graeme (Debi) Cox and 4 grandchildren: Benjamin (Courtney) Cox, Blair (Nicole) Cox, Haley Cox, and Molly (Cody) Wilburn. Besides loving family members, Sylvia encountered many lovely friends along the way that will miss her dearly.

 

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Brian of over 50 years; son, Barry Cox; and brother, Alec Slater.

 

Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, has been honored to assist the Cox family.

 

Abiding by Sylvia’s wishes, there will be no visitation nor service.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to Suburban Hospice, 801 North State Street, Greenfield, IN 46140.

 

If you would like to sign the online guest book or send condolences to the family, you may do so by visiting www.stillingerfamily.com

Loren Curtis Lawhorn, 52, Greenfield

Loren Curtis Lawhorn, 52, Greenfield, passed away Monday, January 23, 2023.

 

Loren was born on March 2, 1970, in Columbus, Indiana, to Billy Lawhorn and Alice Ann Ash. He is a 1990 graduate of Columbus High School.

 

Loren loved the Lord and found great joy in ministering. He oversaw ministry at Kairos Prison Ministries in Indianapolis. In addition to ministry, Loren found comfort in staying at home and reflecting on his beautiful family. Loren attended Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church in Indianapolis.

 

Loren is survived by his children: Katelynn (Jacob) Behrman, Layla Lawhorn, Lilliana Lawhorn, Khloe Lawhorn, and Lazuli Lawhorn; siblings: Alexia Whedon, Terrance Ash, and Kelly Music; many cousins; his church family; and the mother of his children, Kimberly Lawhorn.

 

Loren was preceded in death by his parents and aunt, Ramona Marcum.

 

Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, has been honored to assist the Lawhorn family.

 

At this time, there will not be any visitation nor funeral.

 

A Celebration of Life service will be held soon.

 

If you would like to sign the online guest book or send condolences to the family, you may do so by visiting www.stillingerfamily.com

Larry Dean Lollar, Sr., 72, of Manilla

Larry Dean Lollar, Sr., 72, of Manilla, passed away Friday, January 20, 2023 at Walker Place.

Born April 16, 1950 in Columbus, he was the son of Omer W. Lollar, Sr., and Doris (Baker) Lollar.

Survivors include a son Larry Lollar Jr. of Nineveh; 2 daughters- Laura Pence (husband Greg) of Shelbyville, Lisa Schlosser (husband Scott) of Beaverton, Michigan; partner, caregiver, & best friend Elizabeth Lollar; 5 stepchildren- Tom Sleeth (wife Amanda), Margie Miller (husband Leonard), David Sleeth (wife Karen), Travis Brown, Tracy Smith (husband Rodney;  2 brothers- Omer W. Lollar Jr. of Edinburgh, twin brother Jerry D. Lollar of Edinburgh; 3 sisters- Joyce Burton of Shelbyville, Susan Tuley of Edinburgh, Sandra Parks of Mt. Dora, Florida; 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and 11 step grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mr. Lollar was a lifelong resident of this area, and attended Southwestern High School.  He was a self employed heating and cooling technician, with Lollar & Son Heating & Cooling for many
years, and  a member of First Assembly of God Church, in Shelbyville, and a  life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  He was a proud Marine Corp veteran, serving in the Vietnam War.
Larry loved  metal detecting with his family, collecting model Studebakers, and coins, playing euchre, and was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.

A graveside Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Winchester Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the local VFW memorial squad.
 

Sylvia Faye Rouse, 85, of Shelbyville

Sylvia Faye Rouse, 85, of Shelbyville, passed away Monday, January 23, 2023

at MHP Medical Center.

 

Born February 17, 1937 in Russell Springs, KY, she was the daughter of Chester Eads and Lucretia (Stephens) Eads. She married Norman Rouse in 1955 and was married for 63 years before he passed in 2018.

 

Survivors include 1 son- Steven Rouse of Northern Indiana; brother- Glen Eads (Imelda) of Russell Springs, 3 sisters' Mildred Lawson of Russell Springs, Ilene Foley of Indianapolis and Charlene Foley (Eddy) of Russell Springs.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, spouse, 3 brothers, Russell Eads,

David Eads and an infant brother.

 

Mrs. Rouse had lived in this area since 1950 after moving from Kentucky. She was

a factory worker for KCL Corp for several years and also a cafeteria worker at 

Shelbyville High School. Faye graduated from Russell Springs High School and

attended First Christian Church. Faye was an avid bowler. 

 

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at Glenn E. George

& Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Beth Crouch officiating.

 

No public viewing will be observed.

 

Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. 

 

A simple way to honor Faye would be to wear something blue, which was her favorite color.

 

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the American Diabetes Association, in care of the funeral home.

 

Online condolences may be shared at glennegeorgeandson.com

Virginia Lee (Gatewood) Knoy, recently of Greenfield

Virginia Lee (Gatewood) Knoy, recently of Greenfield, passed away just short of her 95 birthday, on January 18, 2023, at Hancock Regional Health, Greenfield.

 

She was born January 20, 1928, in Shelby County, Indiana to the late Thomas and May Gatewood.

 

 

Virginia was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who dearly loved spending time with her family. A homemaker at heart, she enjoyed cooking, baking, and hosting family gatherings. Virginia was a caring and generous woman and never missed a family member’s birthday. She was an enthusiastic storyteller, delighted in plants and flowers, and generously supported many charities.

 

 

She is survived by her children: Carolyn (Paul) Ackerman, Drew Webb, Janet Skehan, and Margo (Philip) Lauer; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

 

 

Virginia is preceded in death by her parents; the father of her children, Marvin Ellison Webb; grandson, Scott Ackerman; son-in-law, Mark Thomas Skehan; and her many siblings.

 

Stillinger Family Funeral Home, 1780 West Main Street, Greenfield, has been entrusted with arrangements.

 

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Park Cemetery, 9350 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Indianapolis Chapter, 3091 East 98th Street, Suite 240, Indianapolis, IN 46280.

 

If you would like to sign the online guest book or send condolences to the family, you may do so by visiting www.stillingerfamily.com

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