Chris Bell

Christen Bell


Christopher “Chris” Keith Bell, 45, and Christen Dyan Bell, 45, of Bedford, Kentucky, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.

Chris Bell was born March 1, 1974, in Louisville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to Florida with friends and family and any time he could spend with his family, his wife, three children, two grandchildren and grand-dog. He enjoyed working with his brother to showcase his own version of art in their concrete business.

Christen Bell was born Sept. 13, 1974, in Louisville. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her two grandchildren. Her hobbies included shopping, getting her nails done with her daughters, reading, writing, fishing, drinking a Beam and Coke with her husband any time they went out to eat. She spent most of her time working at her job, creating memories with the wonderful people that welcomed her into their work families. She had worked since 2015 at Fast Lane BP in Milton, before that with her husband in their concrete business and earlier in life for 12 years in the cafeteria at St. Francis School in Goshen, Kentucky.

They are survived by their three daughters Breanna Willis of Carrollton, Kentucky, Taylor Bell of Smithfield, Kentucky, and Katielee Bell of Bedford, and their second daughter by choice, Nixb Buchanan; two granddaughters, and their grand-dog, Gracie Girl.

Other survivors include Christen Bell’s mother Dale LaChance of Omega, Kansas, and Chris Bell’s mother, Mildred Bell of Bedford, Kentucky; Christen Bell’s father, Kevin LaChance of Omega, Kansas; many brothers and sisters including Edgar Gene Bell, Kimberly Sowders, Steven Bell, Brian Whitaker, Timmy Singer, Tracy Hennigh, and Will LaChance, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Aden Bell Jr., and his uncles, Stanley Bullock and Ray Bullock. She was preceded in death by her father, Herman Harvey.

Memorial services will be Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at 6 p.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, Indiana. Interment will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Bedford Cemetery in Bedford. Friends and family may visit Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Chris and Christen to their Remembrance Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Steven Demaree

Steven Neal Demaree, 60, of Madison, Indiana, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019, at his home.

He was born Jan. 15, 1959, in Madison to Stacy Neal and Joyce Ann Hughes Demaree. He grew up in Pleasant Ridge and was a 1977 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School. He attended Indiana University and the Brooksburg United Methodist Church in Brooksburg, Indiana. He worked early in life for Ralph Storm and Tri-Point Oil Company and drove for White Star Bus Lines. He then began a career in tool and die after working many years for Clifty Engineering. He found enjoyment in farming, fishing, hunting and being with his family.

He is survived by his daughters, Sarah Elizabeth Demaree Barnes of Memphis, Indiana, and Rachael Nicole Demaree McLaughlin and Abigail Kane Demaree of Madison; the mother of his daughters, Judy Sullivan Demaree of Madison; two sisters, Marla Ann Demaree Arnold of Madison and Deadra L. Demaree Anderson of Chicago; three grandsons and several nephews and nieces and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Brooksburg Cemetery in Brooksburg. Friends may visit Thursday, Jan. 4, 2020 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Heart Association. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Joanna Girod

Joanna Joyce Girod, 3, of 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 www.haskellandmorrison.com

Eugene James

Eugene James, 76, of Bedford, Kentucky, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019.

He was born March 10, 1943, to Elmer and Mida Lowe James in Pikeville, Kentucky. He was a devoted member of Bedford Baptist Church, helped to build the new church and, even with his health declining, built a new bell tower for the church. He was the owner of James Welding Service Inc. from 1974 until he retired in 2009.

He is survived by his wife, Patty Sue Gibson James of Bedford; his children, Debbie Perry of Bedford, Gregory Neal James of LaGrange, Kentucky; a sister and brother, Ramonia Jennings of Pikeville, Kentucky, and Marvin James of Milton; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two great-grandsons, and several family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at Bedford Baptist Church in Bedford. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to Bedford Baptist Church. Envelopes will be available at the church.

Ransdell Funeral Home in Bedford is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences, www.ransdellfuneral.com

Roberta Kirk

Roberta Mays Davis Kirk, 90, of Hanover, Indiana, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at the Hanover Health & Rehab Center in Hanover.

She was born March 21, 1929, in Breathitt County, Kentucky, to William Morgan and Ora Pearl King Mays. Her family later settled in Saluda, Indiana. She graduated from Hanover High School, attended business school and took classes to be a nursing assistant. She was first united in marriage to Russell O. Davis. She was the owner of the Log Cabin Inn in Hanover for several years in the 1960s and also owned and operated several apartment houses. Russell Davis died in 1961 and she later married Carl Franklin Kirk, who died in 1979. She retired from King’s Daughters Hospital in 1982 as a nursing tech. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends. She also found enjoyment reading mysteries, working word puzzles, sewing and crocheting. She was of the Baptist faith and had been a member of the Hanover VFW Auxiliary.

She is survived by her daughter, Rusella A. Schmidlap of Lexington, Indiana; her sister, Patricia Schuring of Madison, Indiana; a granddaughter; a great-grandson; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband and her second husband; three sisters, Wilma Mays, Rachael Ann Hawk and Rebecca L. “Becky” Brawner, and one brother, William Keith “Bill” Mays.

There will be private family services at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Crown Hill Cemetery in New Washington, Indiana. Private family visitation was held at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Pamela Stewart

Pamela J. Stewart, 70, of Carrollton, Kentucky, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at Hickory Creek Healthcare of Madison. Arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, Indiana.

WJ 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 lytlewelty.com.

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, www.morgan-nay.com