Joanna Girod

Allensville, Indiana, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 13, 2016, at her home in Allensville, to Samuel D. and Polly L. Bontrager Girod. She was a member of the Hope Baptist Church in Dillsboro, Indiana, and enjoyed playing outside, listening to nursery and Sunday school songs, going to church, sitting in her chair coloring and playing with her siblings.

Survivors include her parents; siblings Rebecca Rose Girod, Malachi August Girod, Loretta Lovina Girod, Jethro George Girod and Deborah Dawn Girod, all of Allensville; her paternal-grandparents, Daniel and Miriam Girod of Pleasant, Indiana; her maternal-grandparents, Leroy and Katie Bontrager of Minnesota; her paternal great-grandparents, August Girod of Owingsville, Kentucky, and Salome Eicher of Reading, Michigan; her maternal great-grandmother, Esther Bontrager of Lagrange, Indiana; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandparents, Elnora Girod and Jacob Eicher and her maternal great-grandparents, Joe Bontrager and David and Polly Borntrager.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at the Hope Baptist Church in Dillsboro. Interment will follow in the Lee Cemetery, on Nell Lee Road, Fairview, Indiana. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Joanna Joyce Girod Memorial Fund c/o Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at

W.J. Turner

WJ Turner, 79, of Madison, Indiana, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at River Terrace Health Campus in Madison.

He was born May 18, 1940, in Garrard, Kentucky, to Tole and Georgia Higgins Turner. He retired from Credence Contractors as a superintendent. He enjoyed boating, fishing and collecting. He cherished his time with family above all else and enjoyed attending church, auctions, his Tina dogs and watching westerns.

He is survived by his wife, Dessie, of Madison; three daughters, Darlene Dougherty, of Rushville, Indiana; Phyllis Thompson, of Jacksonville, Alabama, and Pam Kieninger, of Columbus, Indiana; a sister, Phyllis Levine, of Rushville, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Madison’s hilltop.

The family requests in leau of flowers, that memorial contributions be made to the funeral home to help with expenses. Contributions may be made at the Lytle Welty Funeral Homes or at

Velva Webster

Velva Marie Bird Hatton Webster, 85, of Madison, Indiana, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

She was born July 6, 1934, in Milton, Kentucky, to Oscar William and Hazel C. Hamilton Bird. She grew up in Trimble County and was a 1952 graduate of Milton High School. She moved to Jefferson County in 1953 and was united in marriage to Robert Hatton and they had a son and a daughter. She retired in 1997 after working for the U.S. Shoe Corporation for 15 years and for the Madison Consolidated School System for eight years. She was a faithful member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Milton. In 1989 she married Robert C. Webster. She enjoyed playing cards, going to yard sales, gardening, canning, cooking and being with her family.

She is survived by one son, Thomas E. Hatton of Lexington, Indiana; a stepdaughter, Debra Lynn Mayhew of Bradenton, Florida; a stepson, Tony L. Webster of Madison; a half-sister, Mildred Bird Ridgeway of Oakridge, California; and 13-grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert C. “Bob” Webster; her daughter, Patsy Elaine Howard; her stepson, Robert Donald Webster; her brother, Gayle D. Bird, and her half-brother, William D. Bird.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 2, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and from 9 a.m. Thursday until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences,