David Buxton

David Lee Buxton, 56, of Madison, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 1, 1960, in Madison, to Donald Earl Buxton and Betty Tingle. He resided all of his life in Jefferson County and was a 1979 graduate of Southwestern High School. He worked at Rotary Lift and Southwestern Schools. He then worked as plant manager for Arvin Sango for 26 years. He was currently employed as the plant manager of Decatur Plastics Products. He was a member of the Kent Christian Church. He enjoyed woodworking, building furniture, antique shopping, and watching the Dallas Cowboys, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon and Netflix.

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda D. Boldery Buxton, whom he married June 19, 1979; one son, Jonathan R. Buxton of Madison; one daughter, Brooke Buxton Cromley of Centerville, Ohio; his mother, Betty Tingle Messer and her husband Gordon of Madison; two brothers, Tim Buxton of Hanover, and Jamie Messer of Madison; four grandchildren; four aunts and uncles; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father, who died March 28, 2016; one brother, Douglas Lynn Buxton, who died Nov. 7, 2011; his grandparents, John and Mabel Tingle, and Leland and Beulah Buxton; one aunt; and three uncles.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Burial will be in Lick Branch Cemetery near Deputy.

Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until the service.

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

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



Nathan Christman

Nathan Paul “Nate” Christman, 36, of Fort Collins, Colo., formerly of Switzerland County, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at the Medical Center of the Rockies, in Loveland, Colo.

He was born Feb. 12, 1981, in Madison, to Kevin Wayne Christman and Debbie Lynn Meisberger. He was raised in Switzerland County. He was a 1999 graduate of Switzerland County High School, where he played basketball and golf. He attended Manchester University for a semester before transferring to Purdue University, where he studied landscaping for three years. He was united in marriage to Inez Beckwith on July 19, 2008. He was employed as an equipment operator for LG&E Power Plant in Trimble County, Ky. for six months. He was also employed at the Payson, Arizona Golf Course for two years. He enjoyed farming the Christman Family Farms. He was a landscaper for Bath Nursery in Fort Collins, Colo. for six months. He resided most of his life in Switzerland County and spent the past nine months in the Fort Collins, Colo. area. He was raised in Switzerland Baptist Church and attended The Grove Christian Church in Fort Collins, Colo. He enjoyed spending time with his children and his family, hunting, fishing, riding motorcycles and playing sports.

He is survived by two children, Sierra Blaze Christman and Clayton Hunter Christman, both of Laramie, Wyo.; his mother and step-father, Debbie Lynn Meisberger Allen and Bert Allen of Vevay; his father of Madison; his step-mother, Terrie Sutton Christman of Madison; one brother, Matt Christman of Bedford, Ky.; one half-brother, Tyler Christman of Bedford, Ky.; one half-sister, Bethany Christman of Louisville, Ky.; his grandparents, M. Maxine Haas Meisberger of Madison, and William “Bill” and Wanda Scudder Christman of Vevay; one nephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Chester Allen Meisberger, who died Feb. 27, 2012.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Switzerland County High School.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Sierra and Clayton Christman Education Fund in care of Debbie Allen. Contributions can be made through Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay.

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



Marla Giltner


Marla Giltner, 51, of Madison, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Ky.

Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Lytle Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Vail Chapel.



Charles Higgins


Charles Franklin Higgins, 84, of Bloomington, formerly of Deputy, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 6, 1932, in Brooksburg, to Lawrence and Edith Sailor Higgins. He was raised in Switzerland County. He served in the Army from 1952 to 1956. He worked at Rexnord/Envirex from 1960 to 1993. His passion was farming, and he enjoyed being outdoors with the farm animals and beekeeping. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and was a member of the Clifty Creek Coon Club. He also enjoyed gardening, wood working, and playing euchre and Uno with family.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Kay Herring Higgins, whom he married Sept. 6, 1957; four children, Cheryl Higgins Pope of Indianapolis, Andrew Higgins of Warner Robins, Ga., Gary Higgins of Bloomfield and Karen Higgins Musser of Greenfield; one brother, Ralph Higgins; two sisters, Rosemary Sullivan and Caroline Tevis, both of Madison; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Herman Higgins and Lawrence Higgins Jr.; and one sister, Eva Joan Higgins Baxter.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lytle Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Vail Chapel. A final salute will be conducted by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery.

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

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

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



Wanda Howley

Wanda Mae Howley, 80, of Madison, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at The Waters of Clifty Falls.

She was born March 12, 1937, in Scott County, to Paul and Laura Berry McCoskey. She moved to Madison as a child. As a teenager she worked at the Park-N-Eat Restaurant. She then worked at Conn Organ in Madison for 20 years until it closed. She was employed at the JayC Store for 20 years. She retired as a greeter for Walmart in 2004 after 10 years of service. She was a member of North Madison Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by one son, Kevin Howley of Madison; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles E. Howley, whom she married Nov. 2, 1954, and who died July 2, 2017; one son, Charles David Howley, who died May 14, 2015; her parents; one sister, Barbara Hetrick, who died in 2004; and one grandson.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at North Madison Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church today from 11 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to North Madison Baptist Church. Contributions can be made at the church or through Lytle Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, which is in charge of arrangements.

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



Jackie Long

Jackie C. “Jack” Long, 61, of Madison, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital.

Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.



Ben Smith Jr.

Ben Wesley Smith Jr., 67, of Carrollton, Ky., died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at his residence.

He was born June 28, 1950, in Carrollton, Ky., to Ben W. Sr. and Velma Jo Anderson Smith. He operated Smith’s Paint and Body Shop for 38 years. He served as the Carroll County Sheriff from 2007 to 2011. He was a member of Carrollton Lodge 134 F. & A.M., where he was a Past Master. He also raised, trained, and bought and sold mules as a hobby. He enjoyed raccoon hunting and training dogs for hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Liter Smith, whom he married Sept. 6, 1969; one daughter, Hollace Beth “Holly” Dawson of Carrollton, Ky.; one son, Todd Wesley Smith of Carrollton, Ky.; his mother of Carrollton, Ky.; one sister, Nannette Smith Strickland of Kentucky; one brother, Joe E. Smith of Carrollton, Ky.; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; one sister, Sharlyn Smith; and one granddaughter.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Relevant Church in Carrollton, Ky. Burial will be in the Smith Family Cemetery on Mound Hill Road in Carrollton, Ky.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, 301 East Main St., Suite 100, Louisville, Ky. 40202.

Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton, Ky. is in charge of arrangements.

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



John Wood

John Phillip Wood, 66, of Milton, Ky., died Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at his residence.

He was born July 17, 1951, in Madison, to Harry W. and Madalyn Lehue Wood. He retired as a crane operator and lube specialist from Dow Corning Chemical Company in Carrollton, Ky. He was of the Methodist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Anita Owen Wood; one son, Benjamin Wood of Pendleton, Ky.; two step sons, Scott New of LaGrange, Ky. and James G. Overton of Milton, Ky.; one step daughter, Shannon Skirvin of Georgetown, Ky.; three sisters, Phyllis Forbes of Rocky Mount, N.C., Judy Taylor of Burlington, N.C. and Emily Wright of Milton, Ky.; two brothers, David Wood of Burlington, Ky. and Pete Wood of Milton, Ky.; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Dee Joslin.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton, Ky. Burial will be in Moffett Cemetery in Milton, Ky.

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

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Kosair Charities or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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