Paul Bird

Paul E. Bird, 84 of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison.

He was born Sept. 6, 1935 in Madison, to Edward C. and Agnes M. Sheets Bird. He was a 1953 graduate of Madison High School and attended Hanover College. He began a career in the automotive parts industry by working for Standiford Ford Service Station and Dealership in downtown Madison, eventually leading to a long-time relationship with National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA). He resided in Eminence, Kentucky, from 1961 to 1968 while working for the NAPA Auto Parts Store there, later settling in Madison while owning and operating the NAPA Store in Carrollton, Kentucky, until his retirement in 1996. He enjoyed observing birds, both at home by keeping numerous bird feeders and in nature by going on birding and photography trips with his brother Jack, and caring for his garden and attending to his cherished dog, Annie. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison and the Fr. Michael Riehl Council 934 of the Knights of Columbus for more than 65 years. While with Knights of Columbus he received multiple awards for service, including over 35 years of leadership and planning monthly parties for residents at the Madison State Hospital. He was a former member of the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765, where he and his wife enjoyed dancing and socializing with family and friends.

Survivors include a daughter, Julie Bird of Indianapolis; a son, Trevis M. Bird of Santa Clarita, California; a sister, Carol M. Hill of Madison; a brother, John J. “Jack” Bird; and two grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 53 years, Janet L. Owen Bird, on Nov. 21, 2014, and a brother, Thomas O. Bird, in February 2017.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in downtown Madison. Interment will follow in the Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Madison. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. The Rosary will be recited beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jefferson County Animal Shelter or to Friends of Shawe and Pope John. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.

Velma Boardman

Velma Irene Boardman, 88, of North Vernon, Indiana, died Friday, March 6, 2020, at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour, Indiana.

She was born Feb. 19, 1932, in Jefferson County, Indiana, to Emerson Otto and Georgia Ester Sorel Simmons.

She was a 1952 graduate of Paris Crossing High School in Paris Crossing, Indiana, and worked 32 years for the Madison State Hospital in Madison, Indiana, starting as cook in 1964 and ending as a supervisor at the time of her retirement in 1997. She was a member of Coffee Creek Baptist Church in Paris Crossing and held various jobs with the church throughout the years. She enjoyed fishing, listening to music — especially bluegrass and country gospel — watching NASCAR and any type of racing, flowers, gardening, cooking, visiting friends and was an avid IU fan.

Survivors include her son, Randy Boardman of North Vernon; three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and six sisters, Jean Owens, Dorothy Corya, Anita Ashpaugh, Joy Owens, Betty Ruth Simmons and Vada Arsdale.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, March 9, 2020, at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North Vernon. Burial will be in the Coffee Creek Christian Church Cemetery near Paris Crossing. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Monday until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the Smiling Seniors.

Steven Fischer

Steven Wayne Fischer, 75, of Dillsboro, Indiana, died Friday, March 6, 2020, at the The Waters of Dillsboro. Arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, Indiana.

Pamela Harris

Pamela L. Dunlap Harris, 60, of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

She was born March 31, 1959, in Madison, to Buford and Lorene “Tootsie” Bray Dunlap. She grew up in downtown Madison and was a 1977 graduate of Madison High School.

She married Roger Ward in 1980, had two sons and Trimble County became her home for nearly 20 years where she enjoyed cheering on her sons during their ball games. She later moved back to downtown Madison and married James E. “Jamie” Harris in 1990. She most recently was employed at Meese Incorporated, but had also worked at Mills Department Store, U.S. Shoe Factory, Reliance Electric, Kawneer, Madison Clinic, and LG&E. Throughout her life, she was known for being a hardworking, independent woman with a giving heart.

She enjoyed taking family vacations to the beach and listening to the sounds of the waves, gathering with family for cookouts and birthday celebrations, and spoiling her grandchildren. She enjoyed being crafty, watching HGTV and reality TV shows, and baking. She and Jamie enjoyed reading Scripture and praying together and in June of 2018 she was baptized at North Madison Christian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Jamie, of Madison; sons: Ryan Ward of Madison and Ross Ward of Mount Washington, Kentucky; a step-son, Timothy Harris of Dallas; a step-daughter, Rebecca Lee of De Kalb, Texas; her sisters: Diane Simpson and Sue Barnes, both of Madison; her brother, Mark Dunlap, of Madison; and two grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; her daughter by choice, Melissa Cole; and several nieces and nephews, and a good friend, Sharon Long.

She was prededed in death by her parents and a brother, Larry Wayne Dunlap.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel, on Madison’s hilltop. Friends and family may call from 4 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions be made to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital Cancer Center. Contributions may be made at the funeral home or at lytlewelty.com.

John Shelton

John Evan Shelton, 70, of Madison, Indiana, died Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Jewel Place in Madison.

He was born Feb. 19, 1950, in Madison, to Van E. and Jean Hilbert Shelton. He resided most of his life in Jefferson County and was a 1968 graduate of Shawe Memorial High School and 1973 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in agriculture. He farmed all of his life and enjoyed watching Purdue sports, Fox News, listening to music and reading. He loved his daughter and his grandsons, was raised Catholic and a member of Prince of Peace Parish. He had served on the Kent Water Board and the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Survivors include his mother of Indianapolis; a daughter, Elizabeth “Liz” Geisler of Versailles, Indiana; his sister, Mary Ann Jacobs of Indianapolis; and two grandchildren, an aunt and an uncle, his nephews and a niece, and several cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will be at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Madison. Friends may visit from 1 p.m. until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com

Dorothy White

Dorothy O. Gordon White, 87, of Madison, Indiana, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, at the Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

She was born Oct. 10, 1932, in Hanover, Indiana, to Charles Augustus and Goldie Ellan Graves Gordon. She attended St. John’s United Church of Christ and enjoyed playing Bingo, sewing, raising flowers and tomatoes. In her younger years she enjoyed playing softball. She retired from Indiana Telephone Company after 35 years of service as a line runner, then worked part-time at Pizza Hut and Pine Lodge Motel. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Potter of Madison; two sons, Billy White of Madison and Bryan White of Hanover; 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 30 years John William White in July of 1980; her brothers, Hiram Gordon, Paul Gordon and Bernie Gordon; her sisters, Luella Spry and Sarah Jones; a daughter, Kathleen “Kathy” White in December 1985; and a son, John Steven White in September 2019.

Funeral services were Monday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison with interment at Sharon Hill Cemetery near Lexington, Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to Hosparus. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com