Brown County native Robert E. Ayers died Sunday evening, December 26, 1999, at Columbus Regional Hospital. A resident of Bartholomew County, he was 67.
Mr. Ayers was born December 29, 1931, in Brown County to Garland Ayers and Tressa Hamblen Ayers.
He had worked as a tool and die setter at Arvins Industries at Columbus, retiring in 1991.
Mr. Ayers was a member of Elizabethtown United Methodist Church.
He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda Wilson and Laura Sutton, both of Freetown; a step-daughter, Katrina Gravett of Columbus; three sons, Robert L. Ayers of Nashville, Jeffrey S. Ayers of Seymour and Roger D. Ayers of Columbus; seven sisters, Maxine Melton of Franklin, Ruth Good of Indianapolis, Janet Falte of Florida, Helen Gregg of North Carolina, Linda Purdy of Arizona, Edna Thomas of Fishers and Betty Shaw of Flat Rock; two brothers, Mike Ayers of Greenwood and John Thomas Ayers of Franklin; and eight grandchildren.
The Reverend Larry MacIntosh will conduct a service Thursday, December 29, at 1 p.m. in the Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home on State Road 135 North.
Burial was in Van Buren Township’s Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Donna Bowling died Monday, December 20, 1999, at Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle. A resident of Quincy, she was 77.
Mrs. Bowling was born May 28, 1922, in Dry Hill, Kentucky to Clark Napier and Martha Napier Napier.
She was married to Rufus Bowling. He survives.
Mrs. Bowling was a homemaker.
She had been a member of Locust Grove Pentecostal Church near Spearsville.
Other survivors include two daughters, Doris Collins of Marion and Rita Bowling of Quincy; a son, Raymond Bowling of Gosport; a brother, Virgil Napier of Hazzard, Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
The Reverend Jay Griffi led a service Thursday morning, December 23, at Locust Grove Pentecostal Church in Brown County.
Burial was at Weslyan Chapel Cemetery in Austin.
Gosport’s Whitaker Funeral Home in was in charge of arrangements.
Trafalgar area resident Rebecca A. "Becky" Chapman died Sunday, December 19, 1999, at her home. She was 47.
Mrs. Chapman was born March 18, 1952, in Franklin to the Reverend Carl F. and M. Catherine Walker Hicks. Her mother lives in Trafalgar.
She and Larry L. Chapman were married July 19, 1974, in Trafalgar. He survives.
Mrs. Chapman was graduated from Indian Creek High School in 1970.
She had worked as a pharmacy technician at Johnson Memorial Hospital in the late 1970s. Before that she worked as a pharmacy technician at Camp Atterbury’s Job Corps Center.
Mrs. Chapman was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church in southern Johnson County.
She enjoyed housekeeping and being with her family.
Other survivors include a son, Larry W. Chapman of Trafalgar; a brother, Tom Hicks of Trafalgar; three sisters, Susan Hall of Morgantown, Kathy Wilkerson of Trafalgar and Betty Moore of Lafayette, Tennessee; four nieces; and four nephews.
The Reverend Brett Baird and Reverend Roger Bunch conducted a service Wednesday afternoon, December 22, at Meredith-Clark Funeral Home in Morgantown.
Burial was in that community’s East Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Beech Grove Baptist Church, 5868 West 325 South, Trafalgar, Indiana 46181.
Triston Payne Gault died shortly after birth Saturday, December 18, 1999, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was the son of Bradley D. and Melanie K. Perry Gault of the Nineveh area.
Triston is also survived by paternal grandparents, Victor and Beverly Gault of Wells Hill Road; paternal great-grandfathers, Carl Gault of Morgantown and Cosby Smith of Morgantown; maternal grandparents, Marquis and Peggy Perry of Nashville; maternal great-grandmother, Mildred Beaver of Morgantown; and maternal great-grandparents, Lloyd and Mary Perry of Alabama.
Pastor James Brown led a service Tuesday afternoon, December 21, in Morgantown’s East Hill Cemetery.
Former Brown County resident Michael Roberts died Tuesday, December 21, 1999, at his home in Columbus. He was 46.
Mr. Roberts left survivors in the Brown County area.
He was born July 14, 1953, in Columbus to Thomas Leon Roberts and Marcia Faye Bradley Roberts. His father lives in Bloomington. His mother survives in Martinsville.
Mr. Roberts grew up on Upper Schooner Valley Road and attended Brown County High School.
He and Kathy Wright were married September 14, 1973. She survives.
Mr. Roberts had worked at Cum-mins Engine Company in Columbus.
Other survivors include two daughters, Brandy Meador of Edinburgh and Kelly Rodgers of Columbus; two brothers, Brad Roberts of Morgantown and Scott Roberts of Evansville; two sisters, Pam Diamond of Martinsville and Dee Richards of Morgantown; and a grandson, Shawn Rodgers.
The Reverend Daryl Gressel conducted a service Thursday afternoon, December 23, at the Vernon Jewell-Nick Rittman Funeral Home in Columbus.
Burial was at Flatrock Baptist Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Brown County native Beverly J. Shaw died Thursday morning, December 23, 1999, at her home in Columbus. She was 71.
Mrs. Shaw was born March 18, 1928, in Brown County to Clifford Hobson and Sarah G. Taggart Hobson Perry.
She was a homemaker and had driven a school bus for Bartholomew County Schools.
Mrs. Shaw had also worked as a self-employed seamstress.
She had been a member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Parish.
Survivors include two sons, Tom Robertson of Columbus and Ralph Shaw of Columbia City; a daughter, Beverly R. Swezea of Columbus; a brother, John Perry of Franklin; a sister, Polly Oden of Alabama; and a grandson, Jason Carmer of Columbia City.
The Reverend Richard Hindel led a service Tuesday morning, December 28, at St. Columba Catholic Oratory.
Burial was at Garland Brook Cemetery in Columbus.
Myers Funeral Service, Reed and Jewell Chapel in Columbus was in charge of arrangements.
County native Earl S. Stephenson died Tuesday, December 21, 1999, at Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. A resident of that city, he was 90.
Mr. Stephenson was born June 7, 1909, in Brown County to Charles I. and Mary Ann Castor Stephenson.
He was married to Helen L. Durbin. She died in 1985.
Mr. Stephenson had worked for GM Central Foundry before retiring.
He had been a member of Dive Christian Church and the United Auto Workers Union.
Survivors include two sons, Louis E. Stephenson and Lowell D. Stephenson, both of Bedford; a step-sister, Mary Burris of Ludington, Michigan; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The Reverend Danny Starr conducted a service Thursday afternoon, December 23, at Day and Carter Mortuary in Bedford.
Burial was in Lawrence County’s Cresthaven Memory Gardens.
Brown County native Harry E. Swift, died Tuesday morning, December 21, 1999, at his home in Edinburgh. He was 72.
Mr. Swift was born May 13, 1927, in Brown County to Wilbur and Mary Dinn Swift.
He and Mary E. Fox were married August 21, 1949. She survives.
Mr. Swift was a farmer. He had also worked at Hills and Son Excavating, Carl Ernestine Construction and Shumaker Paving.
Since 1979, he had co-owned Swift and Sons Excavating.
Mr. Swift was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Edin-burgh, Columbus Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Eagles, Shelbyville Moose Lodge, Hooter Scooters Chapter in Colum-bus, Franklin Coffee Pot Campers and Golden Age Retirees Chapter.
He was a United States Army veteran of World War II.
Other survivors include three sons, Glen E. Swift of Franklin, Luke A. Swift of Flat Rock and Leon W. Swift of Nineveh; two daughters, Cynthia Moore of Waldron and Sandra J. Bryant of Franklin; two brothers, Francis Swift and Joe Swift, both of Edinburgh; 15 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
The Reverend Paul Shikany conducted a service Friday morning, December 24, at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service in Shelbyville.
Burial was in Edinburgh’s Rest Haven Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or the American Cancer Association.
Shirley Jane Whitaker, the mother of Nashville resident Mary Ann Thompson, died Thursday afternoon, December 23, 1999, at The Waters of Martinsville. A resident of Paragon, she was 64.
Mrs. Whitaker was born January 29, 1935, in the Owen County community of Gosport to John Benjamin Hancock and Doris Caroline Kegley Hancock.
She and Maurice Gene Whitaker were married December 10, 1953. He died April 12, 1974.
Mrs. Whitaker worked as a postal clerk at Paragon from 1963 until 1974 before being named the town’s postmistress in 1974. She retired in May 1991.
She was of the Christian faith.
Mrs. Whitaker had been a member o the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and was the only female member of the Morgan County Conservation Club.
She was a former member of the Paragon Literary Club.
Mrs. Whitaker was an avid "fisherwoman." She also enjoyed gardening, mushroom hunting and snowmobiling.
Other survivors include a granddaughter, Cassidy Jane Whitaker-Thompson of Nashville; and a sister, Linda Kay Wert of Martinsville.
The Reverend Bruce McDaniel led a service Tuesday morning, December 28, at Neal and Summers Mortuary in Martinsville.
Burial was at Samaria Cemetery in Paragon.