Ralph Davis Sr.

Ralph Wayne Davis Sr., 79, of Madison, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 6, 1937, in Madison, to James Herbert and Cecelia Mae Brown Davis. He was raised and attended school in Madison. He served in the Marine Corps from July 13, 1956 to July 28, 1958, rising to the rank of Private First Class serving in the 2nd Marine Division. He remained in the Reserves until July 12, 1962. He was a self-employed painter and union contractor. He enjoyed nature, gardening, target shooting, hunting for arrow heads, ginseng, and playing the banjo and guitar.

He is survived by his companion of 25 years, Brenda Birchfield of Madison; three sons, Ralph Wayne Davis Jr. of Carrollton, Ky., and Anthony Wayne “Tony” Davis and James Herbert “Jimmy” Davis, both of Madison; one daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Annette Davis Suter of Pleasureville, Ky.; two sisters, Wanda Lakeman of Hanover and Kathryn “Katie” O’Neal of Madison; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father; his mother; one brother, Herbert Davis; and three sisters, Helen Davis Gourley, Betty J. Davis Anderson and Dolores J. “Dorie” Davis Storm.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. A final salute will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.

Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.



John Keeton

John David “Pup” Keeton, 49, of Hanover, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 6, 1967, in Madison, to Charles V. Keeton and Mary E. Linville. He resided all of his life in Jefferson County and was a 1986 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School, where he participated in drama and choir. He attended Vincennes University and later took classes at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. He was certified as an EMT, Advance EMT from Ivy Tech Community College, CPR instructor and fire service instructor. He also held many other certifications. He was first united in marriage to Tanya Hamilton. He was employed early in life with Papa John’s, Big Lots and Dairy Mart. He served as an EMT and Advance EMT with Columbus Regional, Sellersburg and King’s Daughters’ hospitals. He was united in marriage to Holly René Mace on June 7, 2003. He worked in security at Hanover College for 13 years. He later worked as a corrections officer at the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department and last worked in corrections as corporal at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. He was a firefighter and was a member of Fair Play Fire Company 1, Madison Township Fire Department, Hanover Fire Department and Clifty 6 Fire Department, serving as the training officer. He had served as an assistant for Emergency Management in Jefferson County and also volunteered. He was a member of the Dupont Masonic Lodge 419 F. & A.M. He attended First Baptist Church and later the Church of God. He enjoyed the Indianapolis Colts, guns, being a firefighter, singing, and being with his wife and children. Earlier in life he enjoyed NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife, Holly René Mace Keeton; one son, Hunter Gordon Keeton of Madison; one daughter, Emily Nicole Keeton of Hanover; three half-brothers, Charles Allen Keeton, Ricky Vernon Keeton and Wayne Lee Keeton; one nephew; one aunt; two great-aunts; and several cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, who died April 23, 2007; his mother, who died Oct. 28, 2014; and his grandparents, Hubert R. and Rebecca Jean Caplinger Linville, and Luther and Nannel Lee McCarty Keeton.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at North Madison Christian Church. Burial will be in Hanover Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church Monday from 1 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the service.

Dupont Masonic Lodge 419 F. & A.M. will conduct a service at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the church. A sheriff’s memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. with a fireman’s memorial service at 7:30 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Hunter and Emily Keeton Memorial Fund. Contributions can be made at the church or through Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, which is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.



Violet Kendall

Violet Nadine Kendall, 77, of Canaan, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at her residence.

She was born Nov. 27, 1939, in Jefferson County, to Victor D. Vanosdol and Oma Jane Whitham Vanosdol. She resided almost all of her life in Jefferson County and was a 1957 graduate of Central High School. Early in life she worked for the U.S. Shoe Corporation in Vevay and later for the Variety Store in Milan. She was a bookkeeper for 35 years, and worked in Cross Plains, for Attorney Gretchen Cole, Cole-Bakes Insurance in Vevay, Indiana Heavy Truck and Renny Keal Construction. She was a member of the Liberty Christian Church for 31 years before becoming a member of the Cross Plains Church of Christ. She enjoyed nature, camping, fishing, bird watching, playing the piano, computer games and reading.

She is survived by her husband, William D. “Bill” Kendall, whom she married Sept. 18, 1959; two sons, Ralph “Billy” Kendall and Michael D. Kendall, both of Canaan; one daughter, Brenda Haney of Canaan; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, who died Jan. 16, 1999; her mother, Oma Jane Whitham Vanosdol Smith, who died June 20, 1994; two brothers, Dennis Lloyd Vanosdol and Albert Dale Vanosdol; one grandson; one granddaughter; and one step-great-granddaughter.

The funeral service will be private. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Cross Plains.

Friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Cross Plains Church of Christ Building Fund. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.



Leon Phillips

Leon Robert Phillips, 55, of Dupont, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 2, 1961, in Madison, to Robert William and Margaret Evalyn Hall Phillips. He was a 1980 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. He was active in FFA and 4-H during high school. He resided and worked all his life on the family farm in Dupont. He worked with dairy cattle, and raised hay, corn, soybeans and wheat. He was a member of the Wirt Baptist Church and the Jefferson County Farm Bureau. He enjoyed attending Madison Consolidated High School and Hanover College athletic games. He also enjoyed riding his bicycle around Jefferson County and taking walks along the Ohio River.

He is survived by two brothers, Gary Phillips and Stanley Phillips, both of Dupont; one sister, Eileen Fowler of Statesville, N.C.; one aunt; three nieces; three nephews; four great-nieces; two great-nephews; and several cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, who died Feb. 7, 1999; his mother, who died Dec. 14, 1983; and his grandparents, John and Golda Lowe Phillips, and Lester and Mary Lou “Edith” Hall.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Wirt Baptist Church. Burial will be in Dupont Cemetery.

Friends may call at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church Tuesday from noon until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Wirt Baptist Church or Dupont Cemetery. Contributions can be made through the church or funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.



Betty Pond

Betty Joyce Pond, 78, of Deputy, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Hildegard House in Louisville, Ky.

She was born Aug. 17, 1938, in Scottsburg, to William and Bessie Winburn Pond. She was a high school graduate, and attended Indiana Business College in Columbus and Indiana University Southeast. She worked as an attendant for the Madison State Hospital for 30 years. She was a member of Coffee Creek Baptist Church in Paris Crossing and attended Lancaster Baptist Church in Madison. She enjoyed traveling, shopping and spending time with her family.

She is survived by one sister, Shirley Richey of Deputy; one niece; and two great-nieces.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon. Burial will be in Vernon Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Coffee Creek Baptist Church, Lancaster Baptist Church or Hildegard House.

Online condolences can be sent at www.dovesharprudicel.com.



Juanita Saylor-Sutton

Juanita Hazel Saylor-Sutton, 93, of Deputy, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at Hanover Nursing Center.

She was born Nov. 16, 1923, in Seymour, to Bicknell Murphy and Grace Lewis Sutton. She was a teacher’s aide at Deputy Elementary School. She retired as an attendant from the Madison State Hospital. She was also a homemaker. She was a member of the Scaffold Lick Baptist Church near Scottsburg. She enjoyed growing flowers.

She is survived by one daughter, Roselyn Watkins of Lexington; two sons, Stephen D. Saylor of St. Johns, Mich. and Max W. Saylor of Berlin, Wis.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dempsey Saylor, who died Nov. 17, 1979; her second husband, Lowell Sutton, who died Jan. 23, 2013; and two sisters, Norma Jean and Margaret Murphy.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg. Burial will be in Lick Branch Cemetery in Deputy.

Friends may call at the funeral home today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Online condolences can be sent at www.collinsfuneralhome.net.



Michael Sellers

Michael Lee Sellers, 56, of Venice, Fla., died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at Venice Regional Medical Bayfront Health in Venice, Fla.

He was born April 4, 1960, in Pineville, Ky., to Gerald L. Sellers and Frances Powers Manning. He was raised and attended school near Corbin, Ky. He served in the Army from July 12, 1977 to July 3, 1985, rising to the rank of Specialist Four serving Battery A First Battalion 35th FA. He also trained as a paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne. He received the Parachute Badge, Marksman Badge, First Class Badge Hand Grenade, the Good Conduct Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon and several service medals. He moved to Florida, where he worked on the city golf course for the City of North Port, Fla. He then transferred to the City of Venice, where he was employed for 28 years working in the warehouse as a supervisor. He was married to Linda Szabo from Sept. 11 1992 to 2013. He enjoyed movies, magazines, collecting books on military history, all kinds of music, socializing and spending time with friends.

He is survived by his father and step mother, Gerald L. and Jeannie Sellers of Hanover; two sisters, Debby Sellers of Hanover and Julie Weickert of Union, Ky.; one brother, Jamie Sellers of Milton, Ky.; two aunts; one uncle; two cousins;

three nephews; two nieces; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and one half sister, Stephanie Halcomb.

Military honors and a final salute will be conducted by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion at 1 p.m. Monday, April 17 at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to a charity of the donor’s choice. Contributions can be made at the chapel or through Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, which is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.



Brian Vance

Brian Vance, 51, of Mooresville, formerly of Madison, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Carlisle-Branson Funeral Service and Crematory in Mooresville.