Betty Bright

Betty J. Bright, 85, of Nashville, Ind., died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at the Brown County Health and Living Community in Nashville.

She was born July 3, 1927, in Brown County, the daughter of Millard and Dessie Mahan Joy. She graduated from Helmsburg High School. She was a homemaker and a clerk in several shops in Nashville over the years.

She is survived by her children, Steve Bright of Hanover, and Kathy Bright of Nashville; one sister, Margaret Allender of Nashville; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a great-great grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loren Mark Bright, whom she married in 1948, and who died July 5, 2007; her parents; two brothers, Lee Joy and James Joy; and two sisters, Maxine Hall and Wilma Stewart.

No service is scheduled. Burial will be in Unity Baptist Cemetery near Bean Blossom at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the American Diabetes Association, Gideon's International or the donor's choice.

Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home in Columbus is in charge of arrangements.

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Michael Carlton

Michael Jared Carlton, 66, of Hanover, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at his residence.

He was born on Dec. 19, 1946, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Leo Max and Katherine George Carlton. He was a retired electrician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Walsh Carlton; two sons, John Scott Carlton of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Michael Anthony Carlton of Hanover; one step son; Kirk Ingham of Lake Park, Iowa; one brother; Max Carlton of Walnut, Calif.; one half brother; Jack Carlton of California; one sister, Connie Stevens of Des Moines, Iowa; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Nanette Carlton; his parents; and one sister, Cathy DePhillips.

No service is scheduled. Cremation was chosen.

Grayson Funeral Home in Hanover is in charge of arrangements.

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James Norris

James William "J.W." Norris, 64, of Bedford, Ky., formerly of Louisville, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 23, 1948, in Stanton, Ky., the son of William Elwood and Wavelyn Kincaid Norris. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He was employed as a car salesman. He enjoyed playing bingo and cards. He also enjoyed reading, watching western movies, fishing and traveling.

He is survived by one son, James W. Norris Jr. of Stanton, Ky.; one daughter, Pam Martin of Bradenburg, Ky.; nine brothers and sisters, Hank Crowe Jr., Harriet Heath, Barbara Zoeller, John Norris, Steve Norris, Margaret Utley, Jackie Brown, Joseph Norris and Mark Norris; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Billy Cassidy.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ransdell Funeral Home in Bedford, Ky. Burial will be in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Center in Radcliff, Ky. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the service.

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Philip Wickersham

Philip Wickersham, 28, of Madison, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Baton Rouge, La.

He was born Dec. 17, 1984, in Redwood City, Calif., the son of Larry and Bernadette Wickersham. He attended Madison schools. He was a drummer with a local band. He joined the Army in Dec. 2008, serving in Korea and Iraq. He enjoyed skateboarding and was part of the campaign to build a skate park in Madison. He enjoyed trips to the beach, swimming and watching sea life.

His is survived by his wife, Erin Hand Quigley Wickersham of Honolulu, Hawaii, whom he married Sept. 1, 2010; one daughter, Kaitlynn Riley Wickersham of Hanover; his parents; four brothers, Jud Wickersham and Andy Wickersham, both of Madison, Charles Wickersham of Modesto, Calif., and Scott Wickersham of Bloomington; three sisters, Laura Wickersham Strouse and Amy Wickersham Ray, both of Madison, and Lucy Wickersham of Cincinnati, Ohio; five nephews; three nieces; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Duncan and Pauline McDowell; paternal grandparents, Robert and Lucille Wickersham; and one sister, Christine Wickersham.

A graveside ceremony will be at Springdale Cemetery on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Military honors conducted by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion.

Friends may call at Morgan and Nay Funeral Centre Thursday from 4 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a celebration of life service from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Kaitlynn Riley Wickersham's Education Fund. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.

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