Obituaries Nettle Creek Gazette JuLY 2, 2015    
James S. Davidson
Straughn, IN - James S. Davidson, 76, of Straughn, died Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at Lakeside Manor Hospice, Dayton, OH.
He was born in Chanute, TN on January 9, 1939 to Joe Denton and Olive Evelene (Kerney) Davidson. He lived most of his life in Wayne County and had resided in Straughn for the past 22 years.
Jim was a retired employee of Perfect Circle / Dana Corp. He served with the US Army 1958-1961. He was a member of American Legion Post 333, Hagerstown, VFW in New Castle and Moose Lodge of New Castle. He had played in numerous bands, was a gunsmith and an avid hunter. He enjoyed horses, wood cutting and mowing grass.
Survivors include his wife, Tilda; 4 children, Dana Davidson of Economy, Wade Davidson of Hagerstown, Joe Davidson and Jimmy Louis Davidson, both of Staughn; a granddaughter, Ava Mae Davidson of New Castle; a great-granddaughter, Jenna Elliott of Liberty; 4 step-children; several step-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Margaret Ross of Waskom, TX, Barbara Emery of Arlington, MN and Alice Davidson of Economy; a brother, Ivan Davidson of Economy; several nieces, nephews and cousins, including a special niece, Lisa Mae Stewart.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Lee (Shocklee) Davidson; a grandson, Shaun Elliott; a great-grandson, Wesley Elliott; 2 brothers, Billy Joe Davidson and Homer Lawrence Davidson.
Visitation will be 12 noon to 2 P.M. Monday, July 6, in Culberson Funeral Home, with services to follow at 2:00 P.M. Rev. Raymond Siggers will officiate. Burial will be in Brick Cemetery with military services by American Legion Post 333.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the funeral home to help defray expenses.
Louanna Lamb Dishman
Hagerstown, IN - Louanna Lamb Dishman, 77, of Hagerstown, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at Reid Hospital Hospice , as a result of complications from several long term illnesses.
She was born at rural Alpine, IN on July 25, 1937 to the union of Anna Louise Grist and Roger lamb. She was a 1955 graduate of Milton High School and then traveled to Corpus Christy, TX and married a sailor, Petty Officer AT2, Donald E. Dishman, and they recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. Following his discharge, they resided in Marion County, Shelby County and for the past 44 years, on their farm north of Hagerstown in Wayne County.
She was a fine homemaker, great mother and grandmother. She was an expert with antiques and collectables, and maintained a booth in the Beachler Building in Hagerstown for many years. She was skilled at growing and arranging flowers. She usually made the wisest family decisions, regarding function and direction, and could be fiery, but was usually sweet and loving. Her children and grandchildren were the center of her life.
She was a member of West River Friends Meeting and served on many committees and as custodian for many years.
Louanna made a difference during her earthly walk and will fit right in, in heaven.
She will be greatly missed by family, EMTs, nurses, doctors, caregivers, friends and neighbors.
Survivors include her husband, Donald, 3 children, Sandy Clabaugh (Ron) of Losantville, Craig Dishman (Julie) of Hagerstown and Air Force Major Kyle Dishman
(Robin) of Vail, AZ; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchldren; 3 sisters, Jeanenne Kimble (Jack) of Hagerstown, Susan Suttles (Shorty) of Cambridge City and Bonnie Jordan (Jack) of Cambridge City; numerous nieces and nephews who all loved her dearly.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Vicki (Dishman) Riall, a brother, Carl Lamb, parents, grandparents and numerous aunts and uncles.
Services will be at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, July 2, at West River Friends Church. Pastor Ben Snyder will officiate. Burial will follow in West River Friends Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown.
Memorials may be made to West River Friends Meeting or to Gideons International.
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George Edward Parkhurst
Coleville, CA - George Edward Parkhurst, 79, passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in Coleville, California. He was born on September 19, 1935 to Otto and Sarah Parkhurst in New Lisbon, Indiana. He was one of eleven children. George joined the United States Navy in 1949 and served six years during the Korean War. While in the Navy, he served on the U.S.S. Henry W. Tucker. After receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to Indiana to meet the love of his life, Shirley Ann Parkhurst. They were married November 16, 1958 in Cambridge City, Indiana. George was the father of four sons, Thomas Dale, Stacy Bill, Duane Edward, and Anthony Wayne. George raised his family in Hagerstown, Indiana while working at the Ingersoll Rand Steel Mill until his retirement in 1974. George also farmed all of his life and enjoyed coon hunting in the wintertime and fishing in the summer. George and Shirley later moved to Harlingen, Texas due to George’s health where they stayed for twelve years. During those years, George spent most of his time on the water doing what he loved - fishing. In 1991, George and Shirley moved to Gardnerville, Nevada to be closer to family. They lived there for ten years before returning to San Antonio, Texas where they stayed for seven more years. When George and Shirley where told that their Son, Anthony, would be retiring from the United States Marine Corps in 2006 they moved to Walker, California to live and be closer to family. In George’s final years, he was a life member of the V.F.W., Cooties, D.A.V., and the American Legion. George was also a proud supporter of all active duty, retired, and former military members. George loved all things about the military and what it stands for. George was also active in his grandchildren’s sports and events. He never failed to be at sports events to cheer them on. George was a very kindhearted man and would do anything for anyone. He had a personality that all loved and enjoyed. He enjoyed being in the outdoors: from gardening, cutting wood, hunting and fishing, or just sitting in his porch swing watching the wildlife, you could always find him outside. George always appreciated the little things in life and raised his sons and grandchildren to appreciate them as well.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Shirley Ann; sons Thomas Dale, Duane Edward and wife, Anthony Wayne and wife; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
George was preceded in death by one son, Stacy Bill Parkhurst.
George will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and people that knew him. A memorial service with military honors provided by the William O. Frazier American Legion Post 333 will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City, Indiana. Speaker John Lawson will officiate. Marshall & Erlewein Funeral Home, Dublin has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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William Wallace Heuing Jr.
Richmond, IN - William Wallace Heuing Jr. 71 of Richmond died Monday June 22, 2015 at Friends Fellowship Community after a long illness. He was born September 28, 1944 in Richmond to William Wallace and Florence Aline Maul Heuing Sr. Bill moved to Carmel in 1969 to be a teacher and retired from Carmel Clay High School as Head of the Art Department. He moved back to Richmond in 2006.
He graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in education and a Masters of Arts degree in arts education. He was a member of the Hamilton County Arts Association and enjoyed traveling.
Survivors include three sisters Betty (Roland) Robbins of Snellville, Georgia, Pat (Jim) Fisher of Fountain City, and Joyce (Larry) Sanford of Liberty, six nieces and nephews, fourteen great nieces and nephews, and sixteen great-great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and one niece Teresa Cox.
Funeral services will be 12:00 P.M. Friday June 26, 2015 at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home with Rev. John Luerman officiating. Entombment will be in Earlham Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to Aseracare Hospice 4427 Garwood Road Richmond, Indiana 47374 or Friends Fellowship Community for Courtyards “Level 2” 2030 Chester Blvd Richmond, Indiana 47374.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Arlis Green Snowden
Fountain City, IN - Arlis Green Snowden age 76, was born July 12, 1938, in Irvine, Kentucky. He passed away at his residence in Fountain City, Indiana, on June 19, 2015.
Arlis spent much of his life in the Richmond area and in Irvine, KY. He spent most of his life tobacco farming in KY; and he retired from Johnson Taxi of Irvine, KY, as a contracted driver for the Rail Road. He also worked as a police officer in Clay City and Ravenna, KY. He was also employed at various Richmond industries including Hills Roses and Johnson Sheet Metal. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years: Donetta "Lynn" Reed-Snowden; his children: Amanda (Mark) Cotter of Richmond, Tracy "TJ" (Brandy May) Snowden of Richmond, Robert (Chevelle) Snowden of Campton, KY, Charles (Jeannie) Snowden of Lynn, IN, Jamie Miller of Richmond, Larry Butler "Arlis Snowden Jr." of Decatur, IN, Arlis "Kevin" (Lorita) Snowden of Camargo, KY, Joyce Snowden of Anderson, IN, John (Debra) Snowden of Hesperia, CA, Diana (Paul) Snowden-Redd of Williamsburg, IN, and Vicki (Gary) Gilbert of Centerville, IN. four brothers: Frank Snowden, Wendall (Beverly) Snowden, John (Alberta) Snowden, and Jimmy Snowden; 38 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents: Everett and Lucy (Stamper) Snowden; his daughter: Tammy Snowden-Tipton; brother: Millard "Bill" Snowden; and his father-in-law: Tracy Reed of Irvine, KY.
Funeral services for Arlis will be held Wednesday June 24, 2015, 1:00 PM, at Community Family Funeral Home, with Rev. Gary Snowden officiating. Family and friends may visit from 12 - 1:00 PM Wednesday. Following cremation, burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Send online condolences to the family at
Mary K. St. John
Hagerstown, IN - Mary K. St. John, 90, a long time Hagerstown resident, died Monday, June 22, 2015, at Golden Living Center, Richmond.
She was born in Winchester on August 28, 1924 to Lloyd and Esther (Forrest) Harvey and lived most of her life in Wayne County.
She is a member of American Legion Post 333 Auxiliary.
Survivors include 5 children; a brother, Herschel Harvey and a sister, Edna Collins.
Visitation will be 1 to 2 P.M. Wednesday, June 24, in Culberson Funeral Home with services to follow at 2:00 P.M. Rev. Myra Jo Meza will officiate. Burial will be in Greens Fork South Cemetery
Rose Orena Wright
Hagerstown, IN - Rose Orena Wright, 75, of Hagerstown, died Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at Reid Hospital, Richmond.
She was born in Jamestown, TN on January 1, 1940 to Gilbert and Myrtle (Conatser) Stephens. She lived most of her life in the Hagerstown area.
Rose was active with the Nettle Creek Senior Center and was a member of American Legion Post 333 Auxiliary.
Survivors include her son, Doug Wright (Cinnamon) of Connersville; 2 grandsons, Wade Wright and Mitch Wright; 7 siblings, Mary Catherine Delk, Mayzell Ritter, Evelene Hembree, Elma Rean Ward, Philous Stockton, Lois Reagan and Charles Stephens, all of Jamestown, TN; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilkie Wright, in 1999 and 4 siblings, Thelma Stephens, Roger Ray Stephens, Roy Renvo Stephens and James Rolin Stephens.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 P.M. Friday, June 19, at Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown. Private services will be at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, at the funeral home. Pastor Paul Gearhardt will officiate. Burial will be in Jacksonburg Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Nettle Creek Senior Center, 327 E. Main St., Hagerstown, IN 47346.
Online condolences may be left at
Aubrey Arlen "Bud" House
Hagerstown, IN - Aubrey Arlen "Bud" House, 83, of Hagerstown, died Friday, June 12, 2015, at Elmcroft of Muncie, where he had resided for the past 3 months. Bud suffered from Alzheimer's Disease the last several years.
He was born in Wayne County on February 28, 1932 to Clyde and Hazel (Runyan) House and lived most of his life in the Hagerstown area, graduating from Brownsville High School in 1949.
During his early years, Bud worked as a delivery driver for Miller Dairy. After his 1951-1953 service with the U.S. Marine Corps, he was employed by Perfect Circle / Dana Corporation in both Hagerstown and Richmond. Following his retirement, he drove a school bus for Nettle Creek Schools and was caretaker at Brick Cemetery.
As a young man, Bud drove race cars at Mt. Lawn Speedway. Bud was an amateur heavyweight boxer, earning several Golden Gloves Championship trophies as well as being the All-Marine Heavyweight Champion.
Bud thoroughly enjoyed his family and worked very hard to provide for them. He loved helping people and was known for his impish grin and sparkling blue eyes. Children had a special place in his heart and he especially loved teasing them.
While serving in the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, he met the love of his life, Lois Britt, to whom he was married on January 8, 1955. They recently celebrated 60 wonderful years of marriage. They were blessed with 4 children, Terry Gray (Kim) of Middletown, Barb Fox (John) of Bloomington, Maria Langford (Michael) of Trenton, FL and Mark House (Alli) of New Braunfels, TX. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Fredette Cash of Hagerstown, Raellen Webb of Richmond and Caralou Poore of New Castle and a brother, Jerry House (Carla) of Anderson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Fred House.
Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 16, at White Branch Church of the Brethren. Pastor Brian Mackie will officiate. Burial will be in Brick Cemetery at Hagerstown, honored by military graveside services by American Legion Post 333. Visitation will be 4 to 7 P.M. Monday in Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown.
The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Alzheimer's Association, 50 E. 91st St., Ste. 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.  Online condolences may be left at
Ralph K. Stout
Richmond, IN - Ralph K. Stout, age 93, of Richmond, Indiana passed away peacefully on Wednesday (June 10, 2015) at Ambassador Health Care.
Ralph was born on August 13, 1921 to Earnest and Alice Schutte Stout. He married Clarice Lucas on January 17, 1942. They lived and worked in Richmond until 1965 when they moved to Madison, Indiana. His career then took him to Cincinnati, Ohio where he retired from Leibel Florsheim in 1985.
Ralph served in the Army in World War II. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Ralph is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, who died in 2007, and brother Walter Stout who died in 2014.
He is survived by daughter Jane Rheault of Richmond; son Jim (Gerda) Stout of Hanau, Germany; two grandsons Chris (Kim) Rheault of Woodbury, Minnesota and Jeremy Rheault of Westland, Michigan; 2 great grandchildren Naomi and Fletcher Rheault; sister-in-law Shirley Smith of Fountain City and 10 nieces and nephews.
Services for Ralph will be held on Saturday (June 13, 2015) at 1:00 P.M. in Riggle-Waltermann Mortuary. Pastor Bob Meckley will officiate. Burial will be in Lutherania Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday (June 13, 2015) from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
Martha Louise Ball
Richmond, IN - Martha Louise (Pence) Ball, 84, of Richmond, Indiana passed away on June 10, 2015 at Golden Living Center after fighting a long illness. She was bornon January 21, 1931 to Cooper and Alice (Settles) Pence. She was the youngest of twelve children. Martha lived in Richmond her entire life.
Martha married Robert L. Ball on January 3, 1947. They were married for fifty years. Martha enjoyed her role as a homemaker and a mother, raising six children. In her spare time, Martha found time to pursue her interests with an occasional turn with Richmond Civic Theatre musicals, expressing her love of music and her hidden acting talents. She also enjoyed playing
her organ and piano. On occasion she would visit local nursing homes to entertain the residents with her music and songs. Along with the love of family and home was her great enjoyment of writing poetry. In her poems she would the love of her family, friends, faith, and dreams. She particularly enjoyed her title of "published" poet. ~
Survivors include her daughter, Marsha Fox of Richmond, Indiana, her sons Ronald and Mike Ball, both from Richmond, Indiana, and her brother Charles Pence of Richmond, Indiana, as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, sons Dennis, Larry, and Robert Jr. Ball, brothers Paul, Lawrence(Tom), George(Butch), Richard(Tub), and Robert(Bob), sisters, Helen, Marian(Peg), Alice Mae, Francis, and Gladys.
Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday June 15, 2015 at Greens Fork South Cemetery with Rev. Ed McFarland officiating. There will not be any public calling. Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home is handling arrangements
The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Golden Living Center for their loving and comforting care during her stay and also to Asceracare hospice for all their attention to her physical, emotional, and spiritual needs
Norman M. Humphries Jr.
Richmond, IN - Norman M. Humphries Jr., age 74, of Richmond, died Friday, June 12, 2015, at Methodist Hospital.Born April 17, 1941, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, to Norman M. and Jane Jamison
Humphries, Norman lived most of his life in Richmond. He received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati. Norman began his career as an executive for Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for two years. He was a division controller and supervisor at Belden Manufacturing retiring after 35 years. Norman was a member of the Belden 25 Year Club, on the Board of Directors of the Belden Credit Union, the President of the International Management Council, and a member of National Association of Accountants. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mary Paulette Kidwell Humphries; daughters, Candace "Candy" (Mark Wilhelmi) Humphries and Rebecca Tyree, both of Richmond; sons, Marty Humphries of Economy, Indiana, and Paul (Melanie) Humphries of Muncie, Indiana; grandchildren, Lucas Humphries of Richmond, Kevin (Mercedes) Tyree of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Zach Tyree of Richmond, and Nicollette and Nathan Humphries, both of Muncie, Indiana; great-grandchildren, Kolton and Kenzlie Tyree; brother, Charles (Betty) Humphries of Manassas, Virginia; two nephews; and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation for Norman M. Humphries Jr. will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Rev. Phil Hodgkin and Rev. Charlie Black officiating. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Crossroads of America Council, BSA, 7125 Fall Creek Road North, Indianapolis, IN 46256, Attn: Tribute Fund, Crossroads of America Council, BSA.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Kermit Martin
Greens Fork, IN – Kermit Martin, age 87, of Greens Fork died Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Reid Hospital.
Born December 20, 1927, in Greens Fork to Carl J. and Jessie Ellen Mull Martin, Kermit was a life-long resident of this area. He was a 1947 Centerville High School graduate and a Korean War veteran. Kermit was a retired farmer and trucker, and he worked at the Centerville Stock Yards until they closed.
Survivors include his sisters, Mary Kaucher of Richmond and Mildred “Susie” Martin of Greens Fork; brothers, Carl Martin Jr. of Richmond and Paul Martin of Farmersville, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mable Clara and Sarah Martin; and brothers, James E., Clyde C., Lymond, Lawrence, Howard, Lynn, and Guy “Dude” Martin.
Visitation for Kermit Martin will be from 4 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home with Rev. Adam Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery with military honors provided by the Wayne County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at
Dr. Owen A. “Sonny” Hoover
Dr. Owen A. “Sonny” Hoover, a long time Greens Fork resident, passed away peacefully at the Haven Hospice Center in Lake City, FL on Saturday, June 6, 2015, after a short illness.
He was born March 8, 1926, to Virgil and Olive (Rodrian) Hoover. He graduated from Greens Fork High School in 1944 and was a lifetime educator, having received his B. S. degree from Ball State University and his Doctorate degree from the University of Florida. He lived in Florida for many years, but loved his hometown of Greens Fork and visited there several times a year. He was a member of the Greens Fork Christian Church and was on the Board of Directors at the Clay Township Museum. Sonny was an avid traveler.
He is survived by nieces and nephews: David, Jana, John, Shannon, Kelli, Danny, Timothy and Susie; nephew-in-law, Owen Ramsey; and a special friend of fifty years, Larry Elshoff.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Evelyn (Hoover) Allread and Mary Jane (Hoover) Laymon; nieces, Cathy (Shoemaker) Ramsey and Jill (Laymon) Ullery.
Funeral services were Saturday, June 13, 2015, at the Culberson Funeral Home in Hagerstown. Burial was in the Greens Fork South Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Greens Fork Christian Church, 116 East Pearl Street, Greens Fork, IN 47345; Clay Township Historical & Preservation Society, Box 5, Greens Fork, IN 47345; or Haven Hospice Center, 6037 West U. S. Highway 90, Lake City, FL 32055.
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