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William R. Cox Jr., 41
William R. Cox Jr., 41, of Knightstown, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, at St. Vincent's Hospital. Born April 11, 1961, in Bloomington, Ind., he was the son of William R. and Rose E. (Frye) Cox. Mr. Cox had been employed at Smurfitt-Stone Container Corporation in Carthage for 16 years. He was a 1979 graduate of Knightstown High School. On Aug. 16, 1980, he married Lisa Butler; she survives. Survivors, in addition to his father and wife, include his stepmother, Linda (Mrs. William R.) Cox of Knightstown; one son, Taylor Cox of Knightstown; one daughter, Trista Cox of Knightstown; and one sister, Debbie L. (Mrs. Jeff) Wilkerson of Knightstown. He was preceded in death by his mother. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel in Knightstown, with the Rev. Mark Tabb officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Richard Wayne Magee, 59
Richard Wayne Magee, 59, of Carthage, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002. Born Sept. 9, 1943, in Carthage, he was the son of Merill "Bill" and Elsie (Blackburn) Magee. Mr. Magee was a self-employed automobile mechanic. Survivors include one son, John Magee (and wife Amanda) of Carthage; three daughters, Tina (Mrs. Wade) Waddell of Olive Hill, Ky., and Phyllis Jo (Mrs. Darren) Haines and Dawn (Mrs. Kevin) Kinnaman, both of Knightstown; four brothers, George Magee (and wife Sue) and Michael Magee (and wife Pamela), both of Knightstown, and James Magee (and wife Brenda) and Chuck Magee, both of Carthage; three sisters, Frances Magee of Greensboro, Phyllis (Mrs. Gerald) Mayberry of Carthage, and Karen (Mrs. Joseph) Renfro of Shreveport, La.; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Todd Funeral Home, Carthage Chapel in Carthage, with the Rev. Kurt Stone officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Carthage. Friends may call after noon Monday at the funeral home.

Joyce A. Smith, 62
Joyce A. Smith, 62, of Arlington, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Born June 2, 1940, in Rushville, she was the daughter of the late Donald and Mary Katherine (Houston) Ryan; she survives. On March 15, 1958, she married Robert W. Smith; he survives. Mrs. Smith lived her entire life in Rush County. She was a homemaker and baby-sat for several years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rushville. Survivors in addition to her mother and husband include two sons, Timothy Smith (and wife Debra) and Robert W. Smith (and wife Sara), both of Rushville; one daughter, Kathleen (Mrs. Kevin) Conneck of Union, Mich.; one brother, Charles Ryan (and wife Edna) of Stringtown; one sister, Judy (Mrs. John) McDaniels of Rushville; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also considered Rochelle Rudicil of Rushville like her daughter and David Edward of California like her son. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville, with the Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Arlington East Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. Memorial contributions are requested to the Rushville Public Library.

Thelma M. Miller, 88
Thelma M. Miller, 88, of Rush County, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at Kindred Hospital in Greenwood, Ind. Born July 9, 1914, in Rush County, she was the daughter of Leonard and Mary E. (Brown) Pate, both deceased. On Dec. 24, 1938, she married John F. Miller; he preceded her in death. Mrs. Miller was involved in farming. She and her husband had owned and operated Miller's Grain and Livestock Farms. She was a 50-year member of the Homer Christian Church and was a graduate of the Indiana Business School. Survivors include one son, John R. Miller Sr. of Rush County; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Burns Funeral Home in Milroy, with Brother Don Heller officiating. Burial will follow in Hurst Cemetery in Rush County. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Viola Wesson, 90
Viola Wesson, 90, of Waldron, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at Waldron Health Care in Waldron. Born Nov. 1, 1912, in Joseph City, Utah, she was the daughter of James B. and Etta A. (Lott) Hampton, both deceased. On Oct. 27, 1933, she married Loyd Lafayette Wesson; he preceded her in death on June 28, 1958. Mrs. Wesson had lived in the Waldron area for 46 years. She was a 1932 graduate of Hammett High School in Hammett, Idaho, and graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1957. She had worked as a switchboard operator and commissary operator for the Indiana Department of Corrections in Claremont, Ind., for 19 years, retiring in 1974. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Shelbyville and was also active in both the Rush and Shelby County senior citizen programs. Survivors include one daughter, Verna M. Dodd of Homer; one sister, Margaret Coombes of Caldwell, Idaho; two brothers, Cecil Hampton of Glenns Ferry, Idaho, and Virgil Hampton of Gooding, Idaho; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, four brothers, four sisters, and one great-granddaughter. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home in Shelbyville, with Bishop Kip Featherstone officiating. Burial will follow in Hurst Cemetery in Rush County. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are requested to the Rush and Shelby County senior citizen centers.

Louanna Hundley, 97
Louanna Hundley, 97, of Connersville, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at Fayette Memorial Hospital in Connersville. Born Oct. 12, 1905, in Owsley County, Ky., she was the daughter of Matthan and Martha (Addison) Fields, both deceased. On Oct. 11, 1924, she married Oscar Hundley; he preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1989. Mrs. Hundley had lived in the Laurel area during much of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lakeview Pentecostal Church. Survivors include three daughters, Martha Young of Highland Heights, Ky., and Mary Schneider and Marie Thompson, both of Connersville; five sons, Jerry Hundley (and wife Lida) of Laurel, Edward Hundley (and wife Vivian) of Metamora, the Rev. James Hundley (and wife Betty) of Laurel, the Rev. Handsford Hundley (and wife Rella) of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Charles Hundley (and wife Joyce) of Booneville, Ky.; two sisters, Edna Hicks of Butler, Ky., and Myrtle Petro of Texas; 24 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, three brothers, five sisters, and four grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Lakeview Pentecostal Church, with the Rev. Bertram Rayburn officiating. Burial will follow in Laurel North Cemetery. Urban-Winkler Funeral Home in Connersville is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Stephen O. Kennedy, 61
Stephen O. Kennedy, 61, of Shelbyville, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at his residence. Born June 11, 1941, in Arlington, he was the son of Robert O. and Lois Porter Shewmaker Kennedy, both deceased. On June 13, 1959, he married Barbara Shewmaker; she survives. Mr. Kennedy had lived in Shelbyville for 35 years. Prior to that, he resided in Rush County. He had worked as a manager at Bedding Liquidators in Greenwood. He was a member of the Rocklane Christian Church in Johnson County. Survivors in addition to his wife include one son, Mark Kennedy of Shelbyville; one daughter, Terri Conway of Shelbyville; three sisters, Sandra Sue Howe of Muncie, Pam Chaney of Florida, and Margie Pope of Shelbyville; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home in Shelbyville, with the Rev. Rob Keaton officiating. Burial will follow in Arlington East Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Paul W. Fowler, 56
Paul W. Fowler, 56, of Milroy, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2002, at Rush Memorial Hospital. Born May 7, 1946, in Louisville, Ky., he was the son of Everett M. and Loyce J. (Richey) Fowler. Mr. Fowler had lived in Milroy for 35 years, and had lived in Indianapolis prior to that. On May 27, 1967, he married Sandra Murphy; she survives. He had worked as a machinist at KS Bearing in Greensburg for 31 years. He was a member of UAW Local #1457. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include his father, Everett M. Fowler of St. Petersburg, Fla.; mother and stepfather, Loyce J. (Mrs. David) Wilson of Louisville, Ky.; three sons, K. Wayne (wife Leslie) Fowler of Orleans, Ind., L. Keith (wife Rebecca) Fowler and John Paul (wife Chantel) Fowler, both of Milroy; one daughter, Jennifer L. Fowler of Milroy; two brothers, Clinton H. Fowler of Meridian, Miss., and Michael E. Fowler of Indianapolis; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville, with the Rev. Phil Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in East Brook Cemetery in Milroy. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.

Jesse Venters Jr., 82
Jesse Venters Jr., 82, of Fort Wayne, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002, at Parkview Memorial Hospital in Fort Wayne. Mr. Venters had worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Indianapolis until his retirement in 1984. He was a World War II veteran, a member of American Legion Post #148, the VFW, the Elks Lodge, Our Brothers Club, and the St. Peter Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor P. Venters of Ft. Wayne; four daughters, Renee Venters, Patricia Ludy, Carla Edwards, and Cynthia Beloch, all of Ft. Wayne; one son, Tommy Davis of Fort Wayne; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Covington Memorial Gardens and will include graveside military rites. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home in Fort Wayne, and prior to services Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions are requested to the Parkinson's Association.

John C. Atkins, 64
John C. Atkins, 64, of Anderson, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at St. John's Health System in Anderson. Born Jan. 29, 1938, in Rushville, he was the son of the late Herman A. and Emogene E. (Johnson) Atkins. Mr. Atkins had lived in Anderson since 1960. He had farmed most of his life, and had also been a school bus driver in Madison County for 40 years. He had also worked at Delco Remy for 35 years, retiring in 2000. He attended Huntsville Community Church. He was a member of UAW Local #662, the Frankton Antique Tractor Association, and the Indiana School Bus Drivers Association. He had served in the U.S. Army. On Aug. 5, 1956, he married Wanda Louise Remy. On Aug. 16, 1975, married Betty Delph. On Oct. 26, 2000, he married Karen Sue Miller. Survivors in addition to his wife include children, Mrs. Mellody F. Wiley and Joseph Atkins, both of Rush County, and Tina M. Peters of Anderson; one stepson, James R. Miller of Anderson; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Alma Wheeler of Brownsburg, Mrs. Fairy Ann Loveall of Anderson, and Mrs. Dorothy Beth Horton of Perham, Minn.; one brother, George Allen Atkins of Knightstown; and four grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one infant son, one son, and an infant granddaughter. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Todd Funeral Home, Butcher Chapel in Knightstown, with the Rev. Claude Creel and the Rev. Carol Wiley officiating. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery in Rush County. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert D. Loose Funeral Home in Anderson, and from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Todd Funeral Home, Knightstown Chapel in Knightstown. Memorial contributions are requested to the American Cancer Society, St. John's Hospice, or the Humane Society of Madison County.

Helen Essie Kegerreis Link, 90
Helen Essie Kegerreis Link, 90, of Brooklyn, Ind., died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at The Waters in Martinsville. Born Aug. 24, 1912, in Bristol, Ind., she was the daughter of George Herman and Lottie Edna (King) Kegerreis, both deceased. On Jan. 1, 1937, she married Dr. Goethe Stone Link; he preceded her in death. Mrs. Link was a graduate of Indiana University and the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. She had worked as a surgery nurse at Methodist Hospital from 1932 to 1937. She was a 50-year member of the First United Methodist Church in Mooresville. A noted authority on daffodils and a flower show judge, she taught gardening classes at various garden clubs and was a member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs, the Fall Creek Garden Club, and the American and Indiana Daffodil Societies. Survivors include one son, Goethe Stone Link Jr. (and wife Sheilah) of Rushville. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one stepson, one stepdaughter, and one brother. A memorial funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Mooresville, with the Rev. Gene Young officiating. Following cremation, her remains will be interred in Crown Hill Cemetery. Carlisle & Son Funeral Chapel is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions are requested to the First United Methodist Church of Mooresville or to the charity of the donor's choice.

David W. White, 82
David W. White, 82, of Morristown, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002, at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield. Born April 29, 1920, in Knightstown, he was the son of Wayne W. and Mabel (Nesome) White, both deceased. On July 19, 1941, he married Jean O'Neal; she survives. Mr. White was a farmer and businessman. He was a graduate of Raleigh High School and attended Earlham College. He had served as president of the Willow Branch State Bank and Hancock County Bank. He was past president of the Soil Service Inc., Morristown Industrial Park, Morristown Lions Club, and Morristown Chamber of Commerce. He had also been involved in the Shelby County Historical Society, Morristown Farm School, and Knightstown Friends Church. Survivors in addition to his wife include one son, Bill White of Morristown; one daughter, Emily Anne (Mrs. Jack) White-Ellis of Sebring, Fla.; three brothers, Joseph N. White of Carthage, Wayne E. White of Connersville, and Philip R. White of Rushville; one sister, Bettie W. Butler of Marion; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Private funeral services will be held Saturday at Frazier Funeral Home in Morristown, with the Rev. Mervin Kilmer officiating. Burial will follow in Asbury Cemetery in Morristown. Memorial contributions are requested to Knightstown Friends Church or to Morristown Methodist Church.

Katrina Ann Williams, 41
Katrina Ann Williams, 41, of Rush County, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at her residence following an ongoing battle with cancer. Born Aug. 3, 1961, in Rushville, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Cora (Gilbert) Rains Carter; she survives. On July 21, 1990, she married Bob A. Williams; he survives. Mrs. Williams had lived in Rush County since 1987. She had previously lived in Connersville. She was a member of the Raleigh Christian Church and was active in the Raleigh Community Club. She had been employed at Fujitsu Ten in Rushville and had also worked as a RCS bus driver. Survivors in addition to her mother and husband include one daughter, Mendy (Mrs. Chris) Munson of Indianapolis; two brothers, Donnie Rains of Rushville and Bob Rains of Arlington; one stepbrother, David Rains of Portland, Ind.; two sisters, Kathy (Mrs. Jerry) Foreman and Krissi (Mrs. Brian) Williams, both of Rushville; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by one son. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville, with Tony Augsburger and Robert "Pete" Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Zion Cemetery in Raleigh. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

Kenneth Sorrell, 76
Kenneth Sorrell, 76, of Knightstown, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, at his residence. Born Nov. 14, 1926, in Middletown, Ohio, he was the son of Charles and Grace (McCarty) Sorrell, both deceased. Mr. Sorrell had been employed at the Knightstown Post Office. He had also worked at the Knightstown Soldiers and Sailors Children's Home, as a janitor at the Knightstown Elementary School, and as a painter. He was a former volunteer firefighter with the Knightstown Fire Department. He was a member of Golden Rule Lodge #16 F&AM and the Murat Shrine. He was also a lifetime member and past commander of Knightstown American Legion Post #152. Survivors include his wife, Ramona (Grigson) Sorrell of Knightstown; one daughter, Gwen VanDuyn of Indianapolis; three sons, Charles Sorrell (and wife Cindy) of Brownsburg, Jeff Sorrell (and wife Jeannie) of Carthage, and Roddy Sorrell (and wife Missy) of New Jersey; one sister, Helen Welsh of Greenfield; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Condo & Son Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Brackney and the Rev. Barry Welsh officiating. Burial, which will include a graveside military service, will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery in Knightstown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, where a Masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m.

Virginia L. Williams, 74
Virginia L. Williams, 74, of Waldron, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003. Born Feb. 25, 1928, in Shelby County, she was the daughter of Raleigh E. and Lona (Flick) Cox Sr., both deceased. On Nov. 2, 1945, she married Lawrence G. Williams; he survives. Mrs. Williams had been employed at the State Bank of Waldron and had worked at Sears, Roebuck & Co. prior to that. She was a member of the Waldron Baptist Church. She was a Boy Scout leader, sang in her church choir, and was a member of the Liberty Home Ec Club in Waldron, BYF, and Ladies' Missionary Group. Survivors in addition to her husband include one son, Jack Williams (and wife Carole) of Greenwood; one daughter, Peggy (Mrs. Ira) Williams of West Virginia; four brothers, Raleigh E. Cox Jr. of Rushville, Bill and Richard Cox, both of Shelbyville, and Roy Cox of St. Paul; one sister, Julia (Mrs. Jim) Burch of Waldron; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Carmony-Ewing Funeral Home in Shelbyville, with the Rev. Steve Holland officiating. Burial will follow in Lewis Creek Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are requested to Waldron Baptist Church or the American Heart Association.


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