Wautine Beard

Wautine Hancock Beard, 96, of Madison, Indiana, died on Sunday, May 3, 2020, at the Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

She was born Dec. 3, 1923 in Winston County, Mississippi, to Walter Samuel and Mary Ellen Lee Hancock. She lived most of her life in Philadelphia, Mississippi, except for two years in Nashville, Tennessee, before moving to Madison, Indiana in 2003 to be near her daughter. She worked in the coffee shop at Mississippi Industries for the Blind for 20 years. She was a member of North Bend Pentecostal Church in Mississippi but attended Point of Grace Church in Madison while living here. She loved gardening, cooking, cross-stitching and quilting.

Survivors include her daughter, Deretha Forbush of Madison; two granddaughters, Melanie Marshall and Jennifer Faulkner; four great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 47 years, Russell Beard, on Feb. 26, 1989; her brothers, Johnny Hanock, J.W. Hancock and Jimmy T. Hancock; her sisters, Beatrice Barnett, Winnie Mae Peden, Carrie Dee Luke, Marvis Barrier and Marvel Roberson, and a granddaughter, Robyn Forbush.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison. Interment will follow at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at the North Bend Cemetery in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Friends may visit from 2 p.m. until time of services Thursday at the funeral home with COVID-19 crowd restrictions observed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Point of Grace. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.

Arrangements by Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres in Madison and John E. Stevens Chapel in Philadelphia.

James Bree

James Edward Bree, 74, of North Vernon, died Monday, May 4, 2020, at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital in North Vernon.

He was born June 23, 1945, in Aurora, Indiana, to James Joseph and Edith Sprecklson Bree. He was a 1963 graduate of Moores Hill High School and went to work as a qualified medical assistant at the former Muscatatuck State Developmental Center in Butlerville, Indiana, and then transferred to the Madison State Hospital in Madison, Indiana, until his retirement in 2007. He enjoyed watching news and talk shows, cooking and working crossword puzzles.

Survivors include his brother, John Bree of Lawrenceburg, Indiana; his sisters, Barb Shomaker of Columbus, Indiana, Judy White of Florence, Kentucky, Janice Bree of Milan, Indiana, and Ellen Ledford of Greensburg, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Kenneth, Frederick, and Robert Bree; and a sister, Carol Bree.

Cremation was chosen and no services will be held at this time. Arrangements entrusted to Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North Vernon, www.dove sharprudicel.com.

Eva Cranford

Eva Mae Gullion Cranford, 93, of Americus, Georgia and formerly of Jefferson County, Indiana, died Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Americus.

She was born Dec. 12, 1926, in Switzerland County, Indiana, to Claude and Eathel Gullion. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and enjoyed quilting and flowers. She loved to cook for her family.

Survivors include her two daughters, Judy Elston of Madison, Indiana and Joy Driver of Americus; and five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Howard T. Dunning.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lillian Carter Health and Rehabilitation, 225 Hospital Street, Plains, Georgia 31780.

Arrangements by Greg Hancock Funeral Chapel in Americus. Local arrangements by Morgan & Nay Funeral Center in Madison.

Stanley Gray

Stanley Floyd “Doc” Gray, 77, of Dupont, Indiana, died Monday, May 4, 2020, at his home.

He was born June 23, l942 in Scottsburg, Indiana, to Jesse Clarence and Ida Lou Davis Gray. He graduated from Southwestern High School in 1961 and joined the U.S. Navy on Aug. 29, 1961 in Jefferson County, Indiana. He served aboard the USS A.J. Isbell (DD869) in the boiler room during the Vietnam Wa and was honorably discharged on Aug. 20, 1965 at the U.S. Naval Station in Long Beach, California. He remained in the Reserves until being discharged on Aug. 28, 1967. After military service he went to work at Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana, as a machine operator, retiring in 1996 after 31 years of service. He was a lifelong collector and restorer of classic vehicles, a member of the CAM Car Club, Asphalt Angels and Jennings County Car Club and participated in many car shows and had a room full of trophies. He loved going to cruise-ins and visiting with his many friends and fellow car collectors. He loved to dance, ride motorcycles and was a very patriotic member of the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion, the Legion Riders and the NRA. He married Sharon Lee Slack in 1970 and they had two children.

Survivors include a son, Barry Allan Gray of Hanover; a daughter, Angel Nichole Gray of Hanover; a step son, Tony Rose of East Enterprise, Indiana; a sister, Elaine Risk of Florida; a brother, Jim Gray of Hanover; and six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Lester Gerald “Jerry” Gray.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre-Hanover Chapel in Hanover. A memorial motorcycle ride and procession will follow to the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison with private burial on Monday. Friends may visit from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 1 p.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

A final salute will be conducted at the funeral home with full military honors to follow by the U.S. Naval Ceremonial Unit and the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society for Mesothelioma Research or the Disabled American Veterans. Cards are available at the funeral home. Online condolences, www.morgan-nay.com.

Rev. Michael Tarner

Rev. Michael Eugene Tarner, 67, of Madison, Indiana, died Monday, May 4, 2020, at Norton Hospital in Louisville from a sudden illness.

He was born on July 5, 1952, in Frankfort, Indiana, to Paul W. and Wilma Maxine Strawn Tarner. He began his college education at the Frankfort Wesleyan Bible College and the United Wesleyan College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but later received his master’s degree from the Anderson School of Theology in Anderson, Indiana.

He ministered the first 10 years in the Wesleyan Church before transitioning to the United Methodist Church, where he served until his retirement in 2015 after 41 years. He was a member of the Indiana United Methodist Conference and currently attended Hanover United Methodist Church. He and his wife served as co-leaders of the food pantry ministry at Hanover United Methodist. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, gardening, taking care of his yard including his fountain and planting flowers around the house.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Jean Wingham Tarner, of Madison; his children, Jennifer Lynn Tarner of Madison and Wes Tarner of Noblesville, Indiana; his mother, Wilma M. Tarner of Indianapolis; his sister, Rachael K. Tryon of Indianapolis; and three grandchildren, three nieces and nephews and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Private family funeral service is at 11 a.m. Friday May 8, at the Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel, on Madison’s hilltop with interment to follow in Hanover Cemetery in Hanover. Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday with COVID-19 crowd restrictions observed. The funeral service will be limited to family but live streaming will be available through his memorial page at lytlewelty.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to the food pantry ministry at Hanover United Methodist Church. Contributions may be made at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes or lytlewelty.com.