Six-year-old Ericka Whitney Burkhart, the great-granddaughter of Brown County residents Frank and Mary Oliver, died Friday afternoon, November 19, 1999, at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon. She had been living in Franklin.
Ericka was born May 1, 1993, in Johnson County to Tracy Ann Burkhart. Her mother survives in Franklin.
She was a first-grader at Creekside Elementary School on the outskirts of Franklin and was a member of the Locust Grove Pentecostal Church in Spearsville.
She loved Barney.
Other survivors include two brothers, Treci Michael Burkhart and Isaias Storm Burkhart; and grandparents, Elmer Burkhart of North Vernon and Shirley Burkhart of Franklin.
The Reverend Jay Griffie led a service Tuesday afternoon, November 23, at Locust Grove Pentecostal Church in Brown County.
Burial was in Franklin’s Greenlawn Cemetery. Long Funeral Home in Edinburgh was in charge of arrangements.
Former Brown County resident Dorotha G. Clarkson died Wednesday, November 17, 1999, at Beverly Healthcare Brandywine Manor in Greenfield. A resident of that city, she was 91.
Mrs. Clarkson was born April 29, 1908, in Lizton to J. Glenn Scott and Lettie Scott Scott.
She was married to Harry A. Clarkson. He died in 1988.
Mrs. Clarkson had been a homemaker.
She was a member of Trinity Park United Methodist Church in Greenfield.
Survivors include a son, the Reverend Glen A. Clarkson of Indianapolis; two daughters, Dorotha Jean Bly of Indianapolis and Betty Jane Dick of Greenfield; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The Reverend Kenneth Vetters led a service Saturday afternoon, November 20, at Pasco Memorial Mortuary in Greenfield.
Burial was at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, or the American Cancer Society.
Ted L. Hedrick
State Road 135 South resident Ted L. Hedrick died Tuesday evening, November 16, 1999, at his home. He was 66.
Mr. Hedrick was born July 29, 1933, in Brown County at a farm on Elkinsville Road to Lloyd Hedrick and Agnes Wilkerson Hedrick.
He and Kay Crabtree were married in 1983 at Nashville. She survives.
Mr. Hedrick had lived his entire life in and around the tiny southern Brown County hamlet of Story before moving to his present home on State Road 135 last July.
Besides being a farmer, Mr. Hedrick had worked at Cummins Engine Company, retiring in 1976.
Other survivors include two sons, Randy D. Hedrick and Rick L. Hedrick, both of Nashville; four grandchildren, Sara Hedrick, Jacklyn Hedrick, Amber Hedrick and Justin Hedrick; six step-grandchildren, Tyler Duff, Trevor Duff, Sabra Duff, Elijah Duff, Kristin Roberts and Jonathan Roberts; and two step-sons, James O. Duff Jr. and Timothy Duff, both of Nashville.
Pastor Gary Williamson conducted a service Friday afternoon, November 19, at the Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home on State Road 135 North.
Burial was in Brown County’s McKinney Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Parkview Church of the Nazerene’s building fund.
Morgantown resident Josephine E. Johnson died November 18, 1999, at Regency Place in Greenwood. She was 78.
Mrs. Johnson was born March 6, 1921, in Johnson County to Hallie H. and Hallie May Hilderbrand Poore.
She and Lennis W. Johnson were married April 18, 1940, in Morgantown. He died January 9, 1960.
In the 1970s, Mrs. Johnson had worked at Henderson Nursing Home in Morgantown.
She had been a member of the Morgantown Christian Church.
Mrs. Johnson enjoyed working crossword puzzles.
She was graduated from the old Trafalgar High School in 1939.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Lewis of Indianapolis and Rita Reed and Lynnetta Huber, both of Greenwood; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Gerald Poore of Hudson, Florida.
The Reverend Chris Page conducted a service Monday afternoon, November 22, at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home in Morgantown.
Burial was in that community’s East Hill Cemetery.
Helen S. Moore
Brown County native Helen S. Snider Moore died Saturday, November 20, 1999, in Indianapolis. A resident of that city, she was 79.
Mrs. Moore was born April 30, 1920, in Helmsburg to Edward and Elizabeth Hawley Snider.
She was married to Herman R. Moore. He survives in Marion County.
Mrs. Moore had worked as night maintenance supervisor for Jefferson National Life Insurance Company in Indianapolis for 12 years, retiring in 1985.
She had been a member of Christ Lutheran Church.
Other survivors include two daughters, Diane Onger and Janice A. Doerflein; two sons, Mark Moore and Aaron K. Moore; a brother, Lloyd Snider; and nine grandchildren.
A service was conducted Tuesday, November 23, at Shirley Brothers Mortuary’s Washington Memorial Chapel in Indianapolis.
Burial was in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens near Greenwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, or the American Heart Association.
Former Brown County resident Billy Ray Taylor died Sunday, November 21, 1999, at Bloomington Hospital. A resident of that city, he was 87.
Mr. Taylor was born Sept-ember 16, 1912, in Lafayette to Ray C. and Mable Heine-man Taylor.
His widow, Elizabeth "Betty" Taylor, survives in Bloomington.
The couple lived on Town Hill Road before moving to Monroe County recently.
In his younger years, Mr. Taylor had worked at John-son Creamery in Bedford and Curles Neck Farm Dairy in Richmond, Virginia.
More recently, he had served as vice president of Med-O-Bloom Dairy in Kokomo for 30 years.
Mr. Taylor had been a member of Nashville United Methodist Church and the Wally Byam Caravan Club.
Other survivors include two daughters, Sue Thomas of Madison and Rebecca Grow of Riverdale, New York; a son, Robert C. Taylor of Wabash; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Private services will be held at a later date with burial at Cresthaven Cemetery in Bedford.
Allen Funeral Home in Bloomington was in charge of arrangements.
Brown County Community Care Center resident Earl Bowman died Saturday morning, November 27, 1999, at the center in Salt Creek Park. He was 90.
Mr. Bowman was born June 16, 1909, in Kirts to Jeff and Nora Chasteen Bowman.
He was married to Fairney Stogdill. She preceded him in death.
Mr. Bowman had worked as a fuel pump tester at Cummins Engine Company in Columbus for 21 years before retiring.
He had been a member of Light House Pentecostal Church in Columbus.
Survivors include four sons, Ron Bowman of Nashville, Darrel Bowman of North Vernon, James Bowman of Elizabethtown and Winford Bowman of Columbus; a daughter, Julie Phegley of North Vernon.
Mr. Bowman was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda S. Bowman; a son, Earl D. Bowman; and two brothers, Oval Bowman and Ray Bowman.
The Reverend Leroy Collins led a service Tuesday, November 30, at the Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home on State Road 135 North.
Burial was at Elkinsville Cemetery in southern Brown County.
Mary E. Chance
Mary Elizabeth Chance, the mother of Nashville resident Milton E. Chance Jr., died Saturday, November 20, 1999, at St. Francis Hospital and Health Center in Beech Grove. A resident of Greenwood, she was 88.
Mrs. Chance was born April 10, 1911, in Peru to Floyd Sinclair and Clara Emily Hubbard.
She and Milton E. Chance Sr. were married November 28, 1929. He died February 18, 1999.
Mrs. Chance was a member of Greenwood Christian Church, Queen Esther Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Indianapolis, Ada Club and the Granny’s Chorus.
Other survivors include a daughter, Judy Bierman of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
The Reverend Perry Anderson led a service Wednesday afternoon, November 24, at Greenwood Christian Church.
Burial was at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.
Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory’s Greenwood Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greenwood Christian Church Building Fund, 512 South Madison Avenue, Greenwood, Indiana 46142.
Robert M. Cornell
Retired chiropractor Robert M. "Doc" Cornell died Monday, November 22, 1999, at Bloomington Hospital. A resident of that city, he was 68.
Mr. Cornell was born May 1, 1931, in Louisville, Kentucky to John and Mary Ellen Repetto Cornell.
His wife, Jo Lu Cornell, died in 1998.
Mr. Cornell owned the Cornell Chiropractic Clinic in Bloomington for 42 years before retiring.
He had been a member of the American Legion, AMVETS and Moose Lodge.
Mr. Cornell was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include a daughter, Martha Lyn Cornell-Reeves of Bloomington; two sons, Robert "Jake" Cornell III of Cary, North Carolina and Tony Seat of Fishers; a brother, John Cornell of Fort Wayne; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Bradley Allen Cornell; and two sisters, Madeline Eskridge and Girlie Bryant.
A service was conducted Friday morning, November 26, at Allen Funeral Home in Bloomington.
Burial was in that city’s Valhalla Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.
Martha B. Deckard, the mother of Nashville resident David Deckard, died Saturday, November 20, 1999, at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. A resident of Mitchell, she was 79.
Mrs. Deckard was born January 15, 1920, in Fresno, California to Dan B. and Carrie Chess Bishop.
Her husband, Lowell Deckard, survives in Lawrence County.
Mrs. Deckard was graduated from Mitchell High School in 1938.
She had been a member of Tulip Street Christian Church.
Other survivors include two daughters, Susan Carleton of Bedford and Celeste Deckard of Mitchell; four other sons, Alan Deckard of Baltimore, Maryland, William Deckard of Chicago, Illinois, James Deckard of Ellettsville and Edward Deckard of Palm Harbor, Florida; a sister, Carolyn Schreiber of Mitchell; and 14 grandchildren.
Two brothers, Joseph Bishop and Paul Bishop, preceded her in death.
Brother Max Timbrook led a service Wednesday morning, November 24, at Tulip Street Christian Church.
Burial was in Lawrence County’s Mitchell Cemetery.
Chastain Funeral Home in Mitchell was in charge of arrangements.
Brown County native Edna May Moore died Friday morning, November 26, 1999, at Regency Place in Greenwood. A resident of that city, she was 89.
Mrs. Moore was born August 2, 1910, in Brown County to James and Bertha Hall Wilkerson.
She first married Walter Freese. He preceded her in death. She then married to Curtis H. Moore Sr. He survives in Johnson County.
Mrs. Moore was a homemaker.
She had been a member of the Columbus Eagles Lodge.
Mrs. Moore attended Brown County schools.
Other survivors include four sons, Donald E. Freese of Omaha, Nebraska, Marvin D. Freese of West Virginia, Curtis H. Moore Jr. of New Whiteland and Jack L. Moore of Indianapolis; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Norma Jean Freese Million; a son, Chester Freese; two sisters; two brothers; and a grandson.
The Reverend Russell Ross conducted a private service at Vandivier-Parsley Funeral Home in Franklin.
Burial was in Edinburgh’s Rest Haven Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Odyssey Healthcare Incorporated, 8765 Guion Road, Suite G, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268.
Pauline C. Perry, the mother of Morgantown resident Brenda L. Plunkett, died Monday, November 22, 1999, at St. Francis Hospital and Health Center in Beech Grove. A resident of Whiteland, she was 70.
Mrs. Perry was born September 17, 1929, in Casey’s Creek, Kentucky to Odie H. and Sallie Jane Cox Clements.
She and Buster L. Perry were married March 27, 1954. He survives.
Mrs. Perry had worked at Western Electric for 19 years before retiring in 1982.
She had been a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church and Telephone Pioneers of America.
Other survivors include three brothers, Cyril D. Clements of Whiteland, William Glen Clements of Whiteland and Demiguy Clements of Kentucky; a sister, Beckie A. Day of Indianapolis; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The Reverend Ron Robinson led a service Saturday morning, November 27, at Pleasant View Baptist Church.
Burial was at Washington Park East Cemetery in Indianapolis.
Stirling-Graber Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
William A. "Bill" Riley died Thursday, November 18, 1999, at his Indianapolis home. He was 45.
Mr. Riley was born November 8, 1954, in Beech Grove to William A. and Mary Ann Gray Riley. They survive in Nineveh.
He was married to Theresa A. Hankins. She survives.
Mr. Riley had worked at Ameritech for more than 20 years. Lately he had been working as director of service and operation.
He was a member of Gold’s Gym in Greenwood.
Other survivors include a son, William A. "Tony" Riley of Greenwood; a brother, Robert K. "Bob" Riley of Kearney, Missouri; and a sister, Debbie Weber of Brownsburg.
The Reverend Fred Oaks conducted a service Monday afternoon, November 22, at Singleton and Herr Mortuary in Indianapolis.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.