Virginia Bear

Virginia Ann Brooks Bear, 90, of Madison, Indiana, and formerly of Vevay, Indiana, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at her home.

She was born April 25, 1929, in Jefferson County, Indiana, to Howard W. and Lelia E. Hess Brooks. She was a high school graduate and lived in Switzerland County most of her life until moving to Madison in 1996. She was a homemaker raising her children, a garden and preserving that produce. She was a member of Faith Alliance Church and the Riverview Homemaker’s Club. She enjoyed reading, sewing, needlepoint, growing violets and her rose gardens. She loved spending time with her family and traveling.

Survivors include her sons, Mike Bear and Gerald R. Bear, both of Vevay; her daughters, Beverly Jones of Lebanon, Tennessee, Sharon Bear LeMasters of Vevay, Debbie Gregory of Florence, Indiana and Cathy Bear of Indianapolis; and 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lowary Ray Bear; sons Calvin Gregory Bear and Elbert Lynn Bear; a brother Ralph Emerson Brooks, and a sister Mary Louise Wooten.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery in Vevay.

Visitation will be from noon until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elbert Lynn Bear Endowment or Our Hospice. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Myra Browning

Myra Lou Browning, 80, of Carrollton, Kentucky, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, at the Signature Healthcare of Carrollton.

She was born Oct. 15, 1939, in Carrollton, to James Samuel Browning and Eva Lena Wilson Browning. She worked for the former Teledyne-Wirz Factory in Carrollton for more than 40 years in the packing department, quality assurance and on the inspection team. After retirement she worked in the shipping department as a shipping clerk. She was a member of the Carrollton Wesleyan Church and loved to travel with her best friend and travel partner Zelma Baxter. She was proud to be a three time cancer survivor.

Survivors include a sister-in-law; Angel Browning of Korea; two nephews, Charles Anderson of Carrollton and Leroy Chipman of Florida; and five great nieces, three great nephews, seven great-great nieces and eight great-great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother; John Lee Browning in 2005; a sister; Lelia Francis Browning in 1966; a nephew; James Norman Anderson in 2004; and her best friend and travel companion; Zelma Baxter in 2019.

Funeral services will be at noon on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton. Visitation will be 10 a.m. Monday until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Carrollton.

Towana Couch

Towana R. Kiser Couch, 78, of Madison, Indiana, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the Norton Hospital in Louisville.

She was born Dec. 9, 1941, in Whitesburg, Kentucky, to Buford Emry and Mandy Collins Kiser. She was raised and schooled in Letcher County before moving to Jefferson County, Indiana, in 1963. She retired in 1993 after 21 years in production and assembly for Grote Industries in Madison. She was a member of the Valley Settlement Old Regular Baptist Church near Deputy, played corn hole and cards with her family, and enjoyed gardening, the outdoors and being with her children and grandchildren. She watched NASCAR and driver Kyle Bush and NBA Basketball and the Golden State Warriors.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Garfield Couch of Madison; a daughter, Ginger Robin Couch of Madison; sons Mark Shane Couch of North Vernon, Indiana and Jason Blue Couch of Otisco, Indiana; and 10 grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Charles, Hobart, Joe, Wayne and Buford Larry Kiser, her sisters, Tammy Kiser and Annetta Elswick, and a grandson, Adam Shane Couch.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre Hanover Chapel. Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens near Madison. Friends may visit Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Hospital or the American Cancer Society. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Caleb Deeg

Caleb Andrew Deeg, 24, of Madison, Indiana, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Madison.

He was born Aug. 2, 1995, in Madison, and was to be the son of Daniel G. and Theresa Jean “Terri” Lefeber Deeg.

His early life was spent in Jasper, Indiana, and Charlestown, Indiana, before living the rest of his life in Madison. He was a 2014 graduate of Shawe Memorial High School, where he played in the drum line and the school band. He received the John Philip Sousa Band Award for music. He was raised Catholic and was a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church. He had worked for Royer Corporation in downtown Madison and was currently working for Pizza Hut. He was known for his muscial talent, playing the drums, bass, guitar and keyboards as well as singing. He had played in several area bands and enjoyed drawing, painting and sketching.

Survivors include his parents; his sister, Leah Biesen of Madison; his brothers, Daniel Deeg of Madison, Tyler Deeg of North Vernon, Indiana, and Connor Deeg of Madison; and several uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews, a great-aunt, a special cousin, Isis Mikkleson of Appleton, Wisconsin; and several other cousins and relatives.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Aimee Deeg in 1977; his maternal grandfathers, Merle Lee Nay Jr. and James John Lefeber, and his paternal grandparents, George Deeg and Audrey Deeg.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.

Visitation will be Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Caleb Deeg Remembrance Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Grady Harrell

Grady Lee Harrell, 81, of Madison, Indiana, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in the Emergency Room at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born Feb. 13, 1938, in Beech Grove, Tennessee, to Charlie and Gladys Fletcher Harrell. He graduated from Manchester High School in Manchester, Tennessee, and served eight years in the U.S. Army National Guard of Tennessee. Before moving to Indiana, he married and worked for Courier Printing Company in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he specialized in four-color printing.

In late 1977, he moved to Moorefield, Indiana, and purchased a small farm. Besides working full time as a printer at Coleman Printing Company and later DPI, both in Madison, he also farmed full time at night raising cattle, hay and tobacco. After retiring in 1999 after a 40-year career in the graphics industry he devoted all of his time to farming. In addition to cash crops and cattle, he raised tomato gardens, grew his own flowers in the farm’s greenhouse and meticulously cared for the property with its historic house and sprawling lawn. He sold his Switzerland County property five years ago and built a new home and barns north of Madison, bringing with him his tractor and tools for new projects he built and the spacious lawn he maintained. A skilled craftsman, he loved making furniture for his wife and continuing the aesthetics of their property. He cherished watching and raising sunflower seeds for the birds, feeding the squirrels, enjoying the four seasons, going fishing and enjoying country music at the Grand Ole Opry. He was mechanically and electrically skilled and repaired most breakdowns himself, only calling on professionals and neighbors for expertise on big jobs. In between he enthusiastically and tremendously helped his wife, a teacher, with her many projects and after-school responsibilities.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Rosalind Elston Harrell of Madison; a brother, Randall Harrell of Shelbyville, Tennessee; three sister-in-laws; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow in the Salem Cemetery near Cross Plains, Indiana. Friends may visit Saturday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Julia Wright

Julia Kay Rariden Wright, 70, of Vevay, Indiana, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at her home.

She was born June 10, 1949, in Anderson, Indiana, to Robert Sterling and Ruth Carolyn Wiley Rariden. She grew up in Anderson and was a 1967 graduate of Anderson High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Indiana State University and later a master’s degree from Ball State University. She retired as the special education teacher in the Anderson School System in Anderson and later retired as a substitute teacher for the Carroll County School District in Carrollton, Kentucky. She had resided in Switzerland County since 1994.

Survivors include her husband, William Robert “Bob” Wright of Vevay; daughters, Molly Wright of Perry Park, Kentucky, and Buffi Hatfield of Arizona; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, BJ Wright and Collin Wright; and a sister, Leslie Wright.

There will be no services at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Cards are available at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com