Rev. Buford Barnes

The Rev. Buford Barnes, 79, of Knoxville, Tennessee, and formerly of Milton, Kentucky, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2019 in Knoxville.

He was born May 14, 1940, to Marvin and Nadine Barnes of Milton and was a pastor and evangelist for many year, traveling in many states with his family. Later in life he settled in Knoxville and retired from Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center after 20 years of service.

Survivors include sons Kevin Barnes and Vance Barnes, both of Knoxville; brother Leon Barnes of Milton; sisters Doretha Brindley and Virginia White, both of Milton; and four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wanda Barnes, and brothers Norman, Norvel and Kline Barnes.

A graveside service was Saturday, Dec. 21 at the Baptist Memorial Cemetery in Robbins, Tennessee.



Hugh Brown

Hugh Gregory “Popeye” Brown, 59, of Carrollton, Kentucky died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, at his home.

He was born March 27, 1960, in Dayton, Ohio, to John Allen and Delores Aileen Morgan Brown. He was a member of Dayton Baptist Temple, loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles and won many awards for his antique chopper. He was an electrician’s assistant for Amtek Electrical Contractors and was formerly a concrete laborer for McAlister’s Concrete.

Survivors include two sons, Hugh Gregory Brown and Stephen Adam Brown, both of Woodbury, Tennessee; two sisters, Nancy R. Toole of Worthville, Kentucky, and Gretchen A. Conner of Muckwonago, Wisconsin, and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

At his request cremation was chosen and there will be no service.

Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences, www.tandyecklerrileyfuneralhome.com



Steven Demaree

Steven Demaree, 60, of Madison, Indiana, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, at his home. Arrangements will be announced by Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.



Terry Dutton

Terry Eugene Dutton, 70, of Aurora, Indiana, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Cincinnati at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

He was born May 7, 1949, in Vincennes, Indiana, to Orlan and Vivian Farrar Dutton. He entered the U.S. Marines in 1968 and was discharged in 1970 into the reserves after achieving the rate of corporal and being awarded the Purple Heart. He worked as a diesel mechanic and enjoyed tinkering on his truck and boat and could fix anything. He was a member of the VFW in Winnimac, Indiana, the Indiana Democratic Party and enjoyed fishing

Survivors include his wife, Diana Phelps, of Aurora; daughters Jennifer Hannah of Seattle, Melissa Payne of Okeana, Ohio, Jessica Russell of Franklin, Ohio, and Aundrea Duncan of Cincinnati; a sister Donna Larson, of Nevada, Wisconsin; a brother, Larry Dutton, of Gary, Indiana, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service on Madison’s hilltop with interment at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will be at the funeral home from noon until time of service.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Fisher House in Cincinnati. Contributions may be made at the funeral home or at lytlewelty.com.



Mildred Fewell

Mildred “Millie” Ellen Wyne Fewell, 91, of Madison, Indiana, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 at Hickory Creek Healthcare of Madison. Arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.



Joan Hall

Joan Mary Schramm Hall, 94, of Madison, Indiana, died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.

She was born Nov. 18, 1925, in Michigan City, Indiana, to Charles and Ann Rohlof Schramm. She grew up in Hammond, Indiana, and was a graduate of Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond in 1943. She earned a registered nurse degree in 1946 from St. Margaret Nursing School in Hammond and moved to Marion, Indiana, in 1946 to work at GM Fisher Body Dana Corporation as their nurse. She was a psychiatric nurse at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Marion for 16 years before moving to Madison in 1971 and working at the Madison State Hospital as a registered nurse for six years.

She was on the board of directors of the family business, Hall’s Laundry, since 1975, and was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, the American Legion Auxiliary in Marion, the Catholic Nurses in Hammond where she had also served as president, the St. Margaret Alumni Association, a sorority in Hammond, the Madison Elks Lodge No. 524, St. Mary’s Women’s Club and was a founding member of Friends of Shawe and Pope John, Knights of Columbus, the Civil War Round Table and the Shawe Booster Club. She enjoyed raising her family, playing golf, watching basketball and Notre Dame football and watching her grandchildren participate in sports.

Survivors include her sons, Thomas C. Hall of Gilbert, Arizona, and Christopher James Hall and Matthew Stephen Hall, both of Madison; a daughter, Leslie Joan Kucek of Oregonia, Ohio; and 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Phillip “Phil” Lowell Hall; a son, Phillip “Chuck” Charles Hall; a sister, Charlene LaVelle, and a brother, Charles Robert Schramm.

Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison. Interment will follow in the St. Patrick Cemetery on Madison’s hilltop. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Chuck Hall Family Scholarship or the Friends of Shawe & Pope John. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com



William Kidwell

William “Bill” Eugene Kidwell of Milton, Kentucky, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, at his home. Arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, Indiana.



Irene Ritter

Irene Mary Traylor Ritter, 92, of Madison, Indiana, died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, at the River Terrace Health Campus in Madison.

She was born July 25, 1927, in Evansville, Indiana, to Edgar H. and Irene M. Ferris Traylor. She grew up in Evansville and attended her first three years of high school at Evansville Bosse then graduated from Ladywood Catholic Girls Academy in Indianapolis in 1945. She dearly loved horses and was active in horse shows throughout Southern Indiana and Kentucky. She attended St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame for one year and then transferred to Indiana University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in education in 1949. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority at Indiana University.

After graduation, she began her first teaching year at Centennial Elementary School in Evansville. She married coach Julius F. “Bud” Ritter Jr. and they moved to Peru, Indiana, where he first coached and taught. They moved to Madison in 1954 where he coached and taught in the Madison Consolidated School System and she taught part-time in English and reading skills. They were joint entrepreneurs and operated many businesses — she often serving as the bookkeeper — including Ritter’s A&W Root Beer in Marion, Indiana, where the family spent many summers from 1951 through 1978, Ritter’s “Big Bud” Restaurants in Evansville and Columbus, Indiana; Ritter’s Lanes and the Crown Room in Madison; Buddie’s Hamburgers in Madison; A-1 Pizza which operated in many malls, and several Frisch’s Restaurants. She was a member of the Jefferson County Republican Women and served two terms on Madison City Council from 1998 until retiring in 2002. She loved flowers, especially geraniums, and was a member of the Madison Garden Club for many years. She volunteered as a docent for Historic Madison and was also a very active member of Tri Kappa philanthropic sorority. She served on the boards of Sandstone, Lide White Boys and Girls Club and did fundraising for construction of Pope John XXII School. She was a faithful member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church and served as a lector and religious educator for youth. She flew throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico with her pilot husband.

Survivors include daughters Julia Barber of Madison, Mary Margaret “Mimi” Natz of Jersey City, New Jersey; sons Dwight Ritter of Coronado, California, Steve Ritter of Coral Gables, Florida, and Julius “Chip” Ritter of Zionsville, Indiana; and 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Julius F. “Bud” Ritter Jr.; a daughter Elizabeth Ferris Ritter; brothers, Thomas William “Bill” Traylor, Edgar Traylor, William Ferris Traylor and Robert Ferris Traylor; and a sister, Mary Blackwell.

Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison. Internment will follow at Springdale Cemetery in Madison. The Rosary was prayed Friday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Saturday Jan. 4 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Prince of Peace Catholic Church or the Julius “Bud” and Irene Ritter Memorial Endowment at the Community Foundation of Madison-Jefferson Co. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com



Charlie Sandlin

Charlie Sandlin, 73, of Worthville, Kentucky, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, at his home.

He was born June 18, 1946, in Owsley County, Kentucky, to Andy and Gertrude Couch Sandlin. The last several years he had worked on a private farm but he also had worked at the former Kentucky Ladder Plant in Carrollton in the Production Department. In his spare time he enjoyed sightseeing, fishing and hunting and collecting ginseng. He was a member of the Monterey Baptist Church in Monterey, Kentucky.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Wilson of Worthville; three sons, Charles Jr. Sandlin of Ghent, Kentucky, Donnie Sandlin of Hanover, Indiana, and Richard Sandlin of Worthville; a brother; Fred Sandlin of Manchester, Kentucky, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mildred Alice Burford Sandlin.

Funeral services were Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton. Burial was in the English Cemetery in Carrollton.

Online condolences, www.tandyecklerrileyfuneralhome.com