Marie Austin

E. Marie Layton Austin, 96, of Madison and Winter Garden, Fla., died Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Fla.

She was born May 3, 1920, in Madison, to Charles and Genevieve Hertz Layton. She was raised in Madison and was a 1938 graduate of Madison High School. She was employed at Clifty Inn and as a clerk with Murphy’s Five and Dime Store in downtown Madison. She was a member of the Madison Moose Lodge 765 Auxiliary and the West Madison United Methodist Church. She enjoyed bowling for many years, church, flowers, gardening, her dog and her bird. She also enjoyed wintering in Winter Garden, Fla.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews, including her caregivers, Robert W. Layton of Cleveland, Ohio and Charles Austin of Indianapolis; and several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd H. Austin, whom she married Nov. 18, 1949, and who died Feb. 1, 1998; her father, who died June 9, 1952; her mother, who died Feb. 1, 1964; one sister, Ruth E. Hutson Ehman, who died May 14, 2010; three brothers, John William Layton, who died Jan. 16, 2010, Charles Nicholas Layton Sr., who died March 31, 1993 and Howard E. Layton, who died Sept. 17, 1997.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to West Madison United Methodist Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

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



Barbara Bowman

Barbara G. Bowman, 73, of Deputy, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville.

She was born June 12, 1943, in Deputy, to John Everett and Geneva Mae Peacock Perkinson. She graduated from Scottsburg High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Marion College, now known as Indiana Wesleyan University. She also studied Greek in college. She was a retired caseworker for the Indiana Department of Family and Children in Scottsburg. She also worked as an elementary school teacher at several schools, including in Austin, Elizabethtown, Ky. and Noblesville. She was a member of the Christian Pilgrim Holiness Church in Austin, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, a youth leader and a pianist. She more recently attended Alpha Baptist Church near Deputy. She enjoyed working outdoors at her residence and for nearly 20 years maintaining the grounds of the Jefferson County Holiness Tabernacle. She also enjoyed watching Little House on the Prairie and playing softball when she was younger.

She is survived by one daughter, Christina Bowman-Smith of Covington, Ga.; one son, Bradley A. Bowman of Deputy; three brothers, Jackie Perkinson of Scottsburg, and Gary Perkinson and John M. Perkinson, both of Deputy; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Nancy Ann Mayhew

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery near Austin.

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

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



James Buchanan

James Frederick Buchanan, 90, of Danville, formerly of Madison, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

He was born Nov. 1, 1926, in Madison, to Albert and Blanche Meeks Buchanan. He was a graduate of Madison High School. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a professional photographer, and an insurance agent for more than 40 years before retiring. He was active for more than 50 years in the Indianapolis and Mooresville Masonic Lodges as well as the Murat Shrine in Indianapolis.

He is survived by his wife, Jane Ann Reebs Buchanan; two children, James N. Buchanan of Danville and Georgia Dorulla of Greenwood; one brother, Donald Sarver of Madison; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two children, Diana Thompson and Jonathan Buchanan; and three brothers, George Buchanan, Lee Buchanan and Ralph Meeks.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel with military honors. Burial will follow in the cemetery.

Weaver & Randolph Funeral Home in Danville is in charge of arrangements.

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



Julia Comin

Julia Duddleston Comin, 93, of Madison, formerly of Trumansburg, N.Y., died Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at River Terrace health Campus.

She was born Sept. 18, 1923, in West Lafayette, to Benjamin Harrison and Gladys Blake Miller Duddleston. She moved to Trumansburg, N.Y. when she was three. She graduated from Trumansburg High School and attended Cornell University. She graduated as a licensed practical nurse from Tompkins Cortland Community College. She was employed as a LPN with Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, N.Y., retiring in 1981. She was a member of the Trumansburg Presbyterian Church. At 70, she joined the Peace Corps. She then worked with Habitat For Humanity for 10 years. She recently moved to Madison. She enjoyed reading, traveling and bird watching.

She is survived by three daughters, Connie Comin Runyon of Madison, Karen Lumsden of North Tonawanda, N.Y. and Mary Comin of Hudson, Ohio; one sister, Jean Baines of Ithaca, N.Y.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Comin, whom she married in 1941, and who died in June 1960; one son, Robert Bruce Comin, who died July 16, 1945; her father, who died Feb. 5, 1991; her mother, who died Nov. 29, 1985; one sister, Mary C. Zimmer, who died Aug. 27 2012; and one brother, John Duddleston, who died Oct. 27, 2006.

A private family service will be held. Burial will be in Green Wood Cemetery in Reedsburg, Wis.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to hospice or the Trumansburg Library. Contributions can be made through Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, which is in charge of arrangements.

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



Roberta Hamilton

Roberta Brooks Hamilton, 90, of Metropolis, Ill., formerly of Madison, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Southgate Healthcare Center in Metropolis, Ill.

She was born Oct. 10, 1926, near Vevay in Switzerland County, to Oliver and Lillie Brooke Brooks. Her family moved to Brooksburg when she was two and she resided in Jefferson County until 1992. She was employed in the dietary department of the Madison State Hospital and retired in 1992. She retired to Florida in 1992, returning to Madison in 2000. She moved to Metropolis, Ill. in 2010. She was a member of Calvary Wesleyan Church in Madison. She enjoyed crafts and being with her family.

She is survived by sons, Dean Hamilton of Karnak, Ill. and Terry Hamilton of Chicago, Ill.; one step daughter, Judy Burton of Tennessee; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Hamilton, who died Feb. 25, 2000; her father; her mother; two sisters, Dollie Cole and Ethel Rowlett; and four brothers, Stacy Brooks, Raymond Brooks, Emerson Brooks and Wilford Brooks.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Burial will be in Moffett Cemetery in Milton, Ky.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Calvary Wesleyan Church or the American Cancer Society. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

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



Ralph Pratt Jr.

Ralph Martin Pratt Jr., 96, of Madison, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital.

He was born Dec. 15, 1920, in Jefferson County, to Ralph M. Sr. and Adele P. “Della” Smith Pratt. He was raised in Brooksburg and graduated high school in 1939. He served in the Army from Dec. 10, 1943 to May 4, 1946, rising to the rank of Technician Third Grade serving the Medical Detachment 5th Infantry during World War II. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the Medical Badge and the Expert Rifle Badge. He graduated from the Indiana School of Medicine on Sept. 29, 1955. He returned to Madison where he practiced general medicine on Poplar Street for 15 years. He served as the team physician for the Hanover College football program and ran a health clinic for the students. He received a degree as a clinical pathologist from the University of Louisville Medical School in May 1971 and joined the partnership of “Alcorn, Heaton and Pratt,” which provided pathology services to King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Dearborn County Hospital, Carroll County Hospital, Scott County Hospital and Schenck Memorial Hospital. He retired from medicine on Oct. 1, 1990. After retirement, he earned a degree in computer information systems from Ivy Tech Community College. He was elected as Jefferson County Coroner in 1968 and served through 1976. He served as head of Pathology at King’s Daughters’ Hospital from 1970 to 1990. He was a member of many professional societies including the Jefferson-Switzerland County Medical Society, Indiana State Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the International Academy of Pathologist. He was a member of the American Boards of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. He was a past president of the Jefferson-Switzerland Co. Medical Society and a member of the board of the Jefferson County Health Department. He was the recipient of the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce Jeff Garrett Community Service Award in 2008. He earned his Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America in 1936, and later became involved when his sons and grandson were in the scouts. He was active with Prince of Peace Catholic Church and received the Golden Shamrock Award in 2004 from the Friends of Shawe and Pope John. He was a member of the First Jefferson County Catholic School Board and the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Community Foundation. He was a 4th-degree lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Madison Elks Lodge 524 and chairman of Jefferson County SCORE. He volunteered with the End of the Month Meals program. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Madison and Jefferson County Community Foundation, the Jefferson County Cancer Society and the Indiana State American Cancer Society Sentinel Medical Review Organization Inc. Board. He was chairman of the board for the Professional Standards Review Organization in New Castle. He was a member of the Madison Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1969 and Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion. He was a member of the board of the Ivy Tech Foundation, and served as director from 1980 to 1995. He served as chairman of the board for The Farmers Bank of Milton from 1995 to January 2017, before serving as chairman of the board emeritus.

He is survived by one daughter, Cynthia Pratt Graft of Louisville, Ky.; two sons, Robert W. Pratt of Madison and Ralph M. Pratt III of Louisville, Ky.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Kosick Pratt, whom he married Aug. 6, 1942, and who died Dec. 6, 1998; his father, who died Dec. 24, 1965; his mother, who died May 15, 1988; and one sister, Norma Jean Pratt, died November 10, 1937.

Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Burial will be in Brooksburg Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American legion and the Fort Knox Ceremonial Unit.

Friends may call at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. The rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Lucille Kosick Pratt Memorial Scholarship or the Dr. Ralph Pratt Memorial Scholarship. Contributions can be made at the church or through the funeral home.

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