LAWRENCE COUNTY INDIANA
OBITS

NEW!Bedford, Irid., Dec. 10.—The funeral ot John R. Hughes, who died very suddenly at the mill of the Bedford Cut Stone Company on Monday afternoon, was held at the residence at 17l1 O street on Wednesday afternoon, December 8, services being conducted by the Rev. Wilson Whitney. Members of Bedford Commandery, Knigrht Templar, of which the deceased  was a member, acted as an escort from the home to the grave and had 'charge of the services at the cemetery. John Richard Hughes was born at Holyhead, North Wales, on June 13, 1863, and. was the youngest of five children—three sons and two daughr ters—that blessed the union of John R. and Margaret Owen Hughes. His father died very'suddenly while on a business trip to Ireland from cholera when Mr. Hughes was only three years of age, and his mother passed away in Holyhead twelve years ago. One sister and his two brothers have also preceded him to the grave, one of the latter, who was a seaman, presumably having been lost at sea. The only surviving member-of the family is a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, of North Wales. Mr. Hughes began his apprentice- ship as a stone cutter when but 13 years of age, and five years later came to Montreal, Canada, where he followed that trade for some time. Later he worked in New York City, Grand Rapids (Mich.), Hamilton (O.) and Chicago, coming to this city from' the Illinois 'metropolis some thirty years ago. Shortly after his arrival in Bedford he formed a partnership with William Evans, of Oolitic, under the firm name of .the Bedford Cut Stone Company, and until failing health necessitated Mr. Evans' retirement they remained in business together. Following his removal to this country Mr. Hughes was married oh July 5, 1888, to Miss Addie M. Todd, and to their omion four children were born, namely: Mrs. Theodore Pentzer, Misses Mapguerite  and Dorothy and Arthur, all of whom, with the widow, survive and are residents of this city. Three grandchildren also survive, Theodore, Jr., Helen and Marion Pentzer. Deceased was one of the. oldest and most highly esteemed contractors in the Indiana limestone belt, a member of the Bedford Stone Club, and enjoyed a liberal patronage in the business he conducted. He was a member of the Appollo Lodge of Masons, of Chicago, III., of the Bedford Commadery and Chapter, and of Murat Shrine at Indianapolis. He was also a member of the local Tribe of Ben Hur and of the Travelers' Protective Association. In his death the family has lost a kind and loving husband and father and the community one of her most estimable citizens. December 15, 1920  The Druid

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Salathiel Parks, who was aged seventy-four on July 2, died  at the soldiers' home at Marion where he had been since last March, Friday morning. The body arrived here this afternoon and was taken to Stephens & Baker's undertaking rooms, where services will be held in the chapel at 2:30 p. m. Sunday, conducted by Rev. A. U. Ogilvie of the Congregational church. Interment will be in the soldiers' lot in Grace Lawn. Mr. Parks is survived by the following children: John W. Parks of Oklahoma, Mrs. Mary Bailey of Wawaka, Ind., Charles M. Parks of Ligonier, Mrs. Alice Givens and Mrs. Cora Bender of this city.  September 15, 1909   Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart, IN)

Jacob Bixler Mitchell Ind., March 17 Special Telegram Jacob Bixler age 64 a businessman of this place died today of pneumonia Daily Inter Ocean 3/18/1895 FOFG

HENRY M. DAVIS. Bedford Influenza claimed its first victim in Lawrence County Thursday when Henry Martin Davis, 77, of Heltonville, died. Two children, Mrs. Ernest Tumey and Albert Davis, and four half-brothers survive. . Southern Indiana News March 10 1939 submitted by Barb Z


Bedford IN- September 7- Samuel Gardner, one of Bedford's oldest citizens, is dead after a short illness, aged sixty nine years.  Mr. Gardner has been a resident of this city for many years and is survived by a wife, two sons, and a daughter.  Anderson Gardner, one of the sons, is a conductor on the Moses Railway at New Albany, and the other son, Jesse, is connected with the same road in this city.  Mrs. Murry Baugh, the daughter, lives in Illinois.  The funeral took place today at the Baptist Church and was attended by a large number of people.submited by Desiree Rodclay

  A telegram from Bedford, Ind., announcing the death of Mr. Neal East, father of the East boys, of this place, was received last Friday evening.  As stated in our last issue, Will East left immediately upon receipt of the telegram last Thursday evening, which stated that his father was not expected to live, and S. S. and A. L. East left on Friday, just prior to receipt of the telegram announcing his death.   Haven Independent Haven, Reno County, Kansas February 27, 1897 page – 3 *** column – 3 submitted by Rose Stout

Funeral of George Dugan
The contractor died in Bedford Ind. Yesterday
Funeral services for George Dugan, the builder and stone contractor who died in Bedford, Ind.. yesterday, will be held at the Cathedral Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock. the active pallbearers will be; Thomas Ruddy, M.J. Crowley, Stephen J. Hayde, Frank P. Walsh, James B. McGowen, H.P. Stewart, Edward Powers and E.A. Norris. The honorary pallbearers will be: Judge E. Guinotte, Judge Thomas Seehorn, Thomas McNamara, P.H. Madden, Shannon C. Douglass, Bernard Corrigan, A. Wallace Love and Peter Soden.
Date: 1909-05-23; Paper: Kansas City Star submitted by Barbara Z


Newspaper: New Albany Daily Ledger
Submitters Name: spc
Obit: NADLS 30 Jan 1873 p4 c2: Burned to Death. From a correspondent at Bedford, on the line of the Louisville, New Albany and Chicago railroad, we learn that on Wednesday morning, about 9 o'clock, a dwelling in the southern part of town was discovered to be on fire. It was owned and occupied by an old colored woman, by the name of Lana Lunsford. . . burned to death.

 

BEDFORD, Ind., Oct. 10.Eli Barrow, who was so badly kicked by, a horse Saturday, died this morning. Mr. Barrow was a well-to-do farmer in the north part of the county, and leaves a wife and several children, one daughter being the wife.-of Rev. E. T. Butler, of Brie. Mr. Barrow., was fifty-five years old. He died at the residence of his brother-in-law, W. M. Denniston, city clerk of Bedford. .  

 

SULLIVAN, Ind., Oct. lO.-Peter L Lewellyn, a pioneer of this county, is dead, at his home in Jackson township, east of this city, at the advanced age of ninety- five. He was a farmer.   The Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) Wednesday, October 12, 1898;

Sharon K. Thoroman

 May 24, 1935 April 15, 2007

BEDFORD Sharon Kay Thoroman, 71, 521 S Street, Bedford, died at 4:15 a.m. Sunday at White River Lodge in Bedford. Born May 24, 1935, in Lawrence County, she was the daughter of Clyde and Beulah (Hatfield) Moore. She married David Earl Thoroman on July 6, 1978, and he survives. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bedford and a member and past Worthy Matron of Eastern Star.

 Surviving with the husband, David Earl Thoroman of Bedford are, her mother, Beulah Moore, Bedford; one daughter, Heather Thoroman, Bedford; several cousins; and two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Newton and husband Gene of Indianapolis and Della Jean Hillenburg, Wheat Ridge, Colo. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford with the Rev. Tim Ahlemeyer officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery in Bedford. transcribed by Jrice


Barbara J. Deckard

Feb. 20, 1931 Oct. 24, 2006
BEDFORD Barbara Jean Deckard, 75, 2212 26th Street, Bedford died at 4:17 a.m. Oct. 24 at Dunn Memorial Hospital.
Born Feb. 20, 1931, in Flint, Mich., whe was the daughter of Gladys V. Main and Ray Atwell. She married William A. Deckard on April 8, 1950, and he preceded her in death on May 4, 1995.
She was a homemaker, a member of Dive Christian Church and the Royal Neighbors of America.
Survivors include one son, William A. Deckard Jr. of Indianapolis; one daughter, Wendy Boyer of Oklahoma; four grandchildren, one great-grandchild; one sister, Joann H. Suski, Fenton, Mich.; and one brother, Gordon Atwell, Fenton, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters and two brothers.
A private family service was conducted Thursday at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial followed in Cresthaven Memory Gardens.transcribed by Jrice

Elizabeth J. Hill
March 20, 1919  Oct. 29, 2006
MEDORA  Elizabeth Jane Hill, 87, Westview Nursing & Rehabilitation, Bedford, formerly of Medora, died at 2:53 p.m. Sunday at Bedford Regional Medical Center.
She was a telephone operator in Michigan for several years.
Survivors include her husband, Gene of Bedford; three nephews, Roger Baker, Medora, Robert D. Hill II, North Vernon, and Max Hill, Medora; two nieces, Nancy Pollert, Seymour, and Julia Snodgrass, Floyds Knobs, and one sister-in-law, Jo Anne Hill, Seymour.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hague Funeral Home in Medora with the Rev. Stan Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Weddleville Cemetery, near Medora.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Weddleville Cemetery.transcribed by Jrice

Sylvia M. Fidler
Aug. 23, 1915  Oct. 24, 2006
BEDFORD  Sylvia M. Fidler, 91, Bedford, formerly of Bloomington, died Oct. 24 at StoneBridge Health Campus in Bedford.
She was born Aug. 23, 1915, in Knox County, the daughter of William and Nancy (Redfern) McIver.
She was the owner and operator of Sylvia?s Beauty Shop in Bloomington and a member of the Red Hat Society.
Survivors include one daughter, Molly Robbins, Dallas, Texas; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Crystal Fidler of Bedford; four granddaughters, Heidi Thiery, Kim LaRue, Kelly Masslink and Karri Smith; one sister, Dorothy Stull of Ellettsville, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Fidler, in 1989; three sisters, Edith Beatty, Bonnie Tidd and Opal Conrad; and one brother, Burl McIver.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Valhalla Memory Gardens Chapel in Bloomington. Friends are welcome to attend.
There will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to COTA in care of the Allen Funeral Home.
The Allen Funeral Home in Bloomington is in charge of the arrangements. transcribed by Jrice

Obituary of William Lewis Hill
unknown paper, February 5, 1948
   Funeral services were held Sunday, January 18, 1948 at the Maddox Cemetery for William Lewis Hill, 79 years old, who passed away at the home of a son, Dan, near Lowdens, Mo. Burial was st the Maddox Cemetery with Morgan service.
   Mr. Hill, a son of the late Seth W. and Martha Hill, was born Jan. 3, 1869 near Bedford, Ind. He came to Missouri 55 years ago. He is survived by three sons, J. O. and Dan of Lowdens and Ezra of Bragg City, Mo; 23 grand children and one great grandchild; also one brother, J.M. Hill of Grassy; three sisters, Mrs. Vinnie Scott of Popular Bluff; Mrs. Roy Bryant of Bragg City, MO; Mrs. C. M. Kirkpatrick of Grassy. transcribed by Jrice

Obituary of James M. Hill
unknown paper, December 3, 1959
   Funeral services for James M. Hill, 72, who died Thrusday at his home in Lutesville were conducted Sunday at the Church of God in Lutesville. Rev. Carl Stroder conducted rites and burial was in Bollinger Co. Memorial Cemetery. Ward Funeral Home of Lutesville was in charge.
   Mr. Hill, a retired farmer was a son of Seth and Martha Hill. He was born August 14, 1887 at Chanute, Kan. He came to this county with his parents when he was 5 years old and resided in Grassy until 1953 when he moved to Lutesville.
   On January 12, 1908 he was married to Miss Rosa Moore. Although he attended the Churchof God in Lutesville he was a member of the Friendship General Baptist Church at Grassy.
   Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Rosa Hill; eight children: Mrs. Maire Withers and Mrs. Martha Withers of East Alton, Ill, Mrs. Beulah James, Mrs. Beatrice James, A. G. and Marvin Hill, all of Lutesville,
Mrs. Hassie Smith and Alonzon Hill of Middlebrook, Ill; a sister, Mrs. Bertha Bryant of Steele; 22 grandchildren; 2 step grandchildren and 14
greatgranchildren.
   His parents, 2 children, one brother and 4 sisters preceded him in death. Pallbearers were Raymond Robbins, Wilburn and Willard Withers, Weldon Hill, Robert Lucas and Rayford Bryant, grandsons and nephews.

Oct. 1,1899

BEDFORD.IN.   John Denniston, one of the best know citizens of this county, is dead at home of his son, City Clerk William M. Denniston. Mr. Denniston was 79 yrs of age and had lived in sight of Bedford all his life. He leaves many relatives and friends among whom are 2 daughters, Mrs. Myra Cayse, and Mrs. Nora Garacas, who are residents of St. Louis . Mr. Denniston all his life was charitable. transcribed by Jrice

 

CLAIRE MITCHELL
SHOALS-Claire Mitchell, 83, died at 1:10 a.m. Monday at the Dunn Memorial Hospital, Bedford.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Williams Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 9 tonight at Queen-Lee Funeral Home, Shoals.
She was born on Nov. 16, 1914 in Martin County to Hayden and Pearl (Stiles) Baker. They preceded her in death. She married Emmett Mitchell and he preceded her in death on May 3, 1995.
Mitchell was a retired school teacher working 40 years at Trinity Springs, Williams and Shoals schools. She was of the Protestant faith.
Surviving are nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by, two brothers, Woodrow and Kent Baker and a sister, Lois Hooten.
(March 16, 1998)

 

JESSIE COVEY
BEDFORD-Jessie Marie Covey, 78, died at 3:32 p.m. Monday at the Dunn Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Elmwood Chapel of the Day and Carter Mortuary. The Rev. Claude Casada will officiate with interment in the Crestheaven Memory Gardens.
Friends may call from noon to 9 tonight at the Day and Carter Mortuary.
She was born on May 20, 1919 in Guthrie Community in Lawrence County, Ind. to Edgar and Cloie Marie (Turner) Southern. She married Clarence Ephriam Covey on Sept. 25, 1938 and he preceded her in death.
Covey was a homemaker and member of the First United Methodist Church, Bedford. She was also a former Women s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).
Surviving are a son, the Rev. C. Ronald Covey, Muncie; a daughter, Connie Elaine Covey Baldwin, Bedford; three grandchildren; four step grandchildren; 10 step great-grandchildren and a brother, Lowell Southern, Bedford.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Southern; a sister, Audrey Elaine Southern; her parents; husband and a brother, Earl Richard "Dick Southern, who died shortly after Jessie.
(March 23, 1998)

 

STANLEY SMITH
BEDFORD-Stanley Earl Smith, 89, formerly of Bloomington, died at 10:49 a.m. Saturday at the Lawrence County Dunn Memorial Hospital, Bedford.
The funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Ferguson-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Cherry officiating. Burial will be at the Cresthaven Memory Garden.
Friends may call tonight from 2 to 8 at the funeral home.
He was born on Aug. 19, 1908, in Bedford to William Henry and Epsie Jane (Kern) Smith. He married Lucille Hollars, who preceded him in death. He then married Hazel Burgess on Feb. 20, 1940 and she preceded him in death on April 15, 1972. He then married Mary Jane Greenwell on Dec. 28, 1973 and she survives.
Smith, a 1926 Mitchell High School graduate, was a retired heating and plumbing contractor at Smith s Heat and Plumbing in Harrodsburg. He was a World War II veteran serving from 1942 to 45 in the army as an aviation engineer stationed in Saipan, Tenian and Okinawa. He was also a lifetime VFW member and of the Protestant faith.
Surviving are two daughters, Sherry Collins, Orleans, Ind. and Shirley Chastain, Mitchell; a stepdaughter, June Beavers, Bedford; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Reed and Bert Smith and a sister, Ruby Gaines.
(March 7, 1998)

 

DALE, MR

Mr. Dale, the father of the Dale Brothers of the cornice works in Bedford, Ind., Tuesday died. Interment was on Thursday. (The Finney County Democrat, April 13, 1889)Submitted by Peggy Thompson

 

James B. Ferguson, a well-to-do  farmer living near Bedford, Indiana, committed suicide on Thursday last. Cause, the seduction of his accomplished daughter by a profigate young man; who deserted her. Nov 25, 1880 The Athens Messenger


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