Ruth L. Davis
Ruth Laura Davis, the mother of Parkview resident John V. Davis, died Thursday morning, September 30, 1999, at the Life Care Center of Rochester in northern Indiana. A longtime resident of Fulton County, she was 91.
Mrs. Davis was born September 20, 1908, in St. Paul to William Henry and Laura Emily Wheat Foster.
She and Carl DeWitt Davis were married October 8, 1928, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He died June 16, 1999.
Mrs. Davis had been a homemaker.
She had lived in Fulton County since moving from Granger in 1971.
Mrs. Davis was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rochester, Lake Manitou Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Talma Home Extension Club, Daughter of Isabella in Mishawaka.
She had been a lifetime member of the Fulton County Historical Society and the Friends of the Library.
Other survivors include four daughters, Mary Ann Vlasek of Ingram, Texas, Shirley Jean McAlpine of Granite Bay, California, Therese Margaret Wade of Fishers and Annette Howard of Dallas, Texas; two other sons, Ray F. Davis of Vero Beach, Florida and Robert Carl Davis of Mishawaka; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Davis of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Richard James Davis; and two brothers, Floyd Foster and Fred Foster.
Father John Zahn conducted a service Tuesday morning, October 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rochester.
Burial was in that city’s I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Foster and Good Funeral Home in Rochester was in charge of arrangements.
Mary R. Elsey
County native Mary R. Elsey died Thursday afternoon, September 30, 1999, at Columbus Health and Rehabilitation Center. A resident of that city, she was 91.
Mrs. Elsey was born January 6, 1908, in Brown County to Aretus and Elizabeth Shepherd.
She was married to Fabian Elsey. He died December 24, 1980.
Mrs. Elsey had worked in the factory at Vernco for 18 years before retiring.
Survivors include a son, Ernest J. Cooper of Edinburgh, and three granddaughters.
The Reverend Larry McCormick led a service Saturday morning, October 2, at Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus.
Myers Funeral Service, Reed and Jewell Chapel in Columbus was in charge of arrangements.
Betty Ruth Pinkston, a resident of Bloomington and direct descendent of Brown County's pioneering Brummet family, died Sunday, September 26, 1999 at her daughter’s home in Hoover, Alabama. She was 80.
Mrs. Pinkston was born January 25, 1919 in Monroe County to John M. and Minerva E. Davis.
She and her husband Joseph Pinkston co-owned Pinkstons Inc., a men’s clothing store in Bloomington. Mr. Pinkston preceded her in death in 1959.
She also worked as a secretary for Dr. Bud Spencer and was a cleric for Phi Betta Kappa.
Mrs. Pinkston was preceded in death by her husband; a stepson, Joseph Pinkston II, a Brown County resident and owner of the former John Dillinger Museum in Nashville; a sister, Mary Sciscoe; and two brothers, Carl and Elmer Davis.
She is survived by two daughters, Candy Gardner of Bloomington and Susie Colee of Birmingham, Alabama; a son, Brad Pinkston of Columbus; a sister, Nellie M. Skirvin of Bloomington; two brothers, Fred Davis of Bloomington and Paul Davis of Ellettsville; four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held Wednesday, September 29 at Allen Funeral Home by the Reverend David Wiggington and Pastor Darrell Miles. She will be buried in Rosehill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Transitions or Hospice of Bloomington, care of Allen Funeral Home, 3000 East Third Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47401.
Knute Sheek, a heavy equipment operator who helped in building the highways running through Brown County, has died.
Mr. Sheek died Thursday, September 23, 1999, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. A resident of Greenwood, he was 58.
Mr. Sheek was born August 14, 1941, in Indianapolis to Kenneth and Mary Sheek.
Before working on the highways, he was employed at Indiana Bell Telephone.
Survivors include a sister, Mary Ann Sheek of Haleiwa, Hawaii; an aunt, Martha R. Sheek of Kansas City, Missouri; and several cousins.
A service was conducted Thursday evening, September 30, at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory’s Greenwood Chapel. Burial was in that city’s Greenwood Cemetery.
Geneva M. Weaver, the mother of Nashville resident Charles Weaver, died Friday, September 24, 1999, at her Greenwood home. She was 79.
Mrs. Weaver was born January 12, 1920, in Switzerland County to George and Zella F. Wagner Shelley.
She and Clifford L. Weaver were married in 1941 at Uniontown.
Mrs. Weaver was a homemaker. She had been a member of Greenwood Christian Church.
Other survivors include three other sons, Ronald Weaver and James Weaver of Greenwood and Dale Weaver of Chicago; and four grandchildren.
A sister, Joy Hon, preceded her in death.
A service was conducted Tuesday morning, September 28, at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home in Indianapolis.
Burial was in Johnson County’s Greenwood Cemetery.
Lelah Belle Abel
Martinsville resident Lelah Belle Abel died Saturday afternoon, October 2, 1999, at Heritage House Center in Martinsville. She was 81.
Mrs. Abel was born September 3, 1918, in Lawrence County. She later lived in Brown County for 13 years before moving to Morgan County, where she spent most of her life.
She and Francis James Abel were married November 24, 1934. He preceded her in death June 3, 1997.
Mrs. Abel retired in 1993 from the St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Martinsville. She was also a former member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Nashville.
She belonged to Helmsburg Garden Club, Helmsburg Home-makers, St. Martin of Tours Altar Society and Golden Circle. Her interests included feeding birds, gardening, flowers, grandchildren and Indiana University athletics.
Survivors include three sons, Richard Abel of Indianapolis, James Abel of Martinsville and Chris Abel of Fort Bragg, North Carolina; a daughter, Rosalind Mitchel of Carmel; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
A mass was held Wednesday morning, October 6, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church. Burial was at St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery in Martinsville.
Memorial donations can be sent to St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church Kitchen Building Fund, 1709 East Harrison Street, Martinsville, Indiana, 46151.
John F. Alberts, a lifelong resident of Goodland, died Sunday October 10, 1999, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis as the result of a farm accident. He was 42.
Mr. Alberts was born May 21, 1957 in Lafayette to Keith and Patricia (Troupe) Alberts, they survive.
A 1975 graduate of Tri-County High School, Mr. Alberts attended Purdue University. He worked as a farmer.
Mr. Alberts married Barbara Deno on July 10, 1982 on their farm. They were sealed to each other on August 10, 1985 at the Washington D.C. Mormon Temple. He was an elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in West Lafayette.
In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Alberts is survived by his first wife, Jennifer Real of New Albany; two sons, Michael A. Auxier of Wolcott and Curtis D. Auxier of Lafayette; two daughters, Andrea A. and Ursula A. Alberts of New Albany; a sister, Susan Fleener of Nashville; a grandmother, Bernice Andres of Rensselaer; and two granddaughters, Ashley and Autum.
Funeral services will be held today, Wednesday, October 13, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in West Lafayette. A one-hour visitation will precede the service, which will be officiated by Bishop Conley.
Burial will be at noon at Remington Cemetery in Remington. Visitation was held Tuesday night, October 12, at the Stitz Funeral Home in Remington.
Fern Bessire Moran
Fern Bessire Moran, a longtime Brown County resident, died Monday, October 11, 1999, at the home of a daughter in Punta Gorda, Florida. Mrs. Moran would have been 79 Friday and had been in failing health for several years.
She was born in Bloomington October 15, 1920 to Lathan and Sybil (Hunt) Connell.
She was married to Philip Bessire from December 1, 1940, until his death in 1979 and to Jack Moran from 1981 until his death in 1990.
Mrs. Moran had worked in management with Mr. Bessire at the Country Club of Brown County and at the Abe Martin Lodge in the late 1970s.
She was a member of the Nashville United Methodist Church and the Brown County Art Guild.
In addition to the husbands, her parents preceded Mrs. Moran in death.
Survivors include three daughters, Judy George of Nashville, Janet Higgins of Nashville and Punta Gorda and Jenny Bessire of Port Charlotte, Florida; four sons, James of Nashville, Tennessee; David and Richard, both of Port Charlotte, Florida, and John (Jack) Bessire of Nashville; a brother, John Connell of San Francisco; 17 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services in Florida will be scheduled, and a memorial service will be announced later for Brown County.
Arrangements are being handled by the Roberson Funeral Home and Crematorium in Port Charlotte.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville United Methodist Church and the Brown County Art Guild.
Harold W. Carlile
Harold W. Carlile, a resident of Trafalgar, died Sunday, October 10 at Universal Healthcare Center in Franklin. He was 74.
Mr. Carlile was born April 19, 1925, in Crawfordsville to Charles Carlile and Helen Lauferty Carlile.
He was married to Bernice Shipley, who survives him, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
A retired barber, Mr. Carlile owned and operated barber shops in Peoga and Trafalgar.Mr. Carlile was also a member of the VFW.
Other survivors include four children, Michael Carlile of Nashville, Stephen Carlile of Trafalgar, Roger Carlile of South Bend, Melanie Young of Albany, Kentucky; two brothers, Don Carlile and John Carlile; and two sisters, Ruth Miller and Dorothy Engel, all from Illinois.
Calling hours were Tuesday, October 12 at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home in Franklin.
A graveside service and burial was conducted at Green Lawn Cemetery in Nashville.
Memorial contributions can be made to cancer research at Johnson County Health Foundation - Cancer Treatment Center, 1125 W. Jefferson Street, Suite V, Franklin, Indiana 46131.
John T. Cobb
Nineveh area resident John Thomas Cobb Sr. died Friday, October 1, 1999, at his sister’s home in Nineveh. He was 64.
Mr. Cobb was born July 23, 1935, in Nineveh to Arthur G. and Elva G. Goetz Cobb.
He and June J. McTarsney were married November 11, 1983. She survives.
Mr. Cobb graduated from the old Nineveh High School in 1953.
He had worked as a foreman at Allison in Indianapolis for 30 years before retiring in 1992.
Mr. Cobb had been a member of the Nineveh Christian Church and Nineveh Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed playing cards. Mr. Cobb also enjoyed outdoor activities like hunting and fishing.
Mr. Cobb was a United States Army veteran.
Survivors include two daughters, Debbie J. Wagner and Terrie L. Wagner, both of Whiteland; two sons, John Thomas Cobb Jr. and Dennis A. Cobb, both of Fort Myers, Florida; a sister, Laura A. Hash of Nineveh; and 10 grandchildren.
The Reverend Larry D. Scott led a service Tuesday morning, October 5, at the Vandivier-Parsley Funeral Home in Franklin.
Burial was in Johnson County’s Nineveh Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2400 East 17th Street, Columbus, Indiana 47201.
Ralph C. Cullum
Ralph C. Cullum, a resident of Helmsburg, died Sunday, October 10, 1999, in Bloomington. He was 32.
Mr. Cullum was born July 12, 1967, in Columbus to James E. and Pansy (Richart) Cullum. His mother survives in Helmsburg. James Cullum preceded him in death, March 15, 1998.
Mr. Cullum was a janitor at the Bloomington Public Library. A 1985 graduate of Brown County High School, he was attending Indiana University as a part-time student in archeology.
Survivors include his mother; a brother, Edward Cullum of Muncie; a grandmother, Roxie Cullum of Nashville; and two nephews, Andy and Alex Cullum of Muncie.
A private service will be held today, Wednesday, October 13, at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville. Mr. Cullum will be buried at the Spearsville Church of Christ Cemetery.
Memorial can be made to Spears-ville Church of Christ.
Joan F. Nibarger, the mother of Morgantown resident Jack E. Nibarger, died Tuesday, October 5, 1999, at Greenwood Convalescent Center in Johnson County. A resident of that city, she was 85.
Mrs. Nibarger was born January 8, 1914, in Rocklane to Joseph and Etta McClaugh McClain.
She and Harold Nibarger were married in 1934 in Indianapolis. He died June 21, 1991.
Mrs. Nibarger was a homemaker. She had been a member of Olive Branch Christian Church.
Other survivors include a daughter, Patricia McCauley of Indiana-polis; two sisters, Mary Clark of Indianapolis and Glenna Bane of Lansing, Kansas; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
A service was conducted Friday afternoon, October 8, at G.H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home in Indianapolis.
Burial was in Johnson County’s Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Morgantown resident Barbara A. Williams died Thursday, October 7, 1999, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was 69.
Mrs. Williams was born Septem-ber 22, 1930, in Greenfield to Harry R. and Esther Rhoday Griffith.
She was married to James R. Williams. He survives.
A nurse, Mrs. Williams graduated from the Indiana University School of Nursing. She had been a member of the university’s alumni association.
Other survivors include a son, James J. St. John of Nashville; two daughters, Cynthia St. John of Indianapolis and Tammy Kellogg of Seymour; two step-daughters, Robin Lowder and Deantha Aton, both of Greenfield; and three grandchildren.
The Reverend Paul Harden conducted a service Monday morning, October 11, at Pasco Memorial Mortuary in Greenfield.
Northern Brown County resident Marshall Raymond Batton died Monday, October 11, 1999, in Carthage, Missouri. He was 55.
Mr. Batton was born June 24, 1944, in Indianapolis to Marshall Washington Batton and Orvena Trudy Duncan Batton. His mother lives in Tompkinsville, Kentucky.
He and Wanda J. Brock were married January 28, 1964, in Morgantown. She survives in Brown County.
Mr. Batton graduated from Columbus High School.
For the past two years, he had worked as a truck driver for Don Bunch Trucking. Mr. Batton was a member of the General Assembly and Church of the Firstborn in Martinsville.
He was a United States Army veteran, serving from 1970 until 1975.
Other survivors include two daughters, Karon Jean Jacob of Indianapolis and Ronda Lee Palmer of Nineveh; two sons, Lin Ray Batton of Morgantown and Jeffrey David Batton of Nineveh; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Eric Samuel Batton of Columbus and Charles Edward Batton of Pocatello, Idaho; and three sisters, Joyce Johnson of Nashville and Judy Treesh and Naomi McNabb, both of Dalton, Georgia.
Mr. Batton was preceded in death by two sons, Marshall Raymond Batton Jr. and Steven Ray Batton; and two brothers.
The Reverend David Leaman conducted a service Saturday morning, October 16, at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home in Franklin.
Howard Lewis Fleming, the father of Brown County resident Donna Knight, died Monday morning, October 11, 1999, at the Columbus Health and Rehabilitation Center in Bartholomew County. A resident of Flat Rock, he was 78.
Mr. Fleming was born June 30, 1921, in Grammer to Ohmer Fleming and Blanche Jones Fleming.
He had owned and operated the 900 Tavern in Shelby County for 22 years, retiring in 1982.
Mr. Fleming had been a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, both in Shelbyville.
He was a United States Army veteran of World War II.
Other survivors include six additional daughters, Sandy Brandt, Barbara Crawford and Linda Worland, all of Shelbyville, Tamma Trisler of Hope, Bonnie Steffey Rose of Champaign, Illinois and Christina Fleming of Indianapolis; his companion, Betty Covalt of Shelbyville; two sisters, Beulah Harvey of Finly and Alma Kirby of Lake Mary, Florida; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Fleming was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
Pastor Harold Carr conducted a service Thursday morning, October 14, at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service in Shelbyville.
Burial was in Shelby County's Winchester Cemetery.