Norman Brown

Norman D. “Norm” Brown, 94, of Madison, Indiana, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at the River Terrace Health Campus in Madison. Arrangements will be announced by Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.

Vera Cheatham

Vera May Cheatham, 92, of Madison, Indiana, died Nov. 19, 2019, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

She was was born May 26, 1927, in Vevay, Indiana, to Edward and Nellie Dunn Jones. She graduated from Madison High School in 1945. She was a former employee of the Madison State Hospital and Conn Organ. She also provided cleaning services and babysitting/childcare services for various families in the Madison area. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Madison. She loved crocheting, solving word search and jig-saw puzzles, and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Kristine Damon of Capistrano Beach, California, and Debbie Alcorn of Lexington, Indiana; one son, David Cheatham of North Vernon, Indiana; one sister, Jean Ralston of Hesperia, California; three grandsons; two grandaughters; five great-grandsons; three great-grandaughters, and two step-great­-grandaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gene Cheatham; two brothers, Lester Jones and Russell Jones, and three sisters, RosemaryPurvis, Kathleen Gray, and Martha Dixon.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m., Saturday Nov. 23, 2019, at Lytle Welty Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Vail Chapel, on Madison’s hilltop with interment to be private.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. There will be a gathering at the First Baptist Church of Madison in the Church Fellowship Hall for family and friends after the service.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society or First Baptist Church. Contributions may be made at the Lytle Welty Funeral Homes.

Lisa Courtney-Ramirez

Lisa Ann Courtney-Ramirez, 56, of Mesa, Arizona, died Nov. 18, 2019, at Hospice of the Valley-Friendship Village, Tempe, Arizona.

She was born Nov. 21,1962, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, to Gerald Courtney and Sherry Lee Cole Courtney. She lived with her family on her grandparents’ farm until she was 2 when her family moved to Kokomo, Indiana. She attended grade school and Kokomo High School before Rick’s College, Idaho, and later, after returning to Indiana, IUKokomo. With an RN after her name, she worked as a nurse for almost 30 years, caring, loving, serving, respecting, and helping, even saving lives due to her unique talent of being aware that there was more to the situation than met the eye. She worked in every department learning all the telemetry and protocol, thus being knowledgeable enough to be able to work wherever she wanted, even being director of nursing at some of the hospitals. She loved animals and had quite a collection of cats, dogs, and horses wherever possible. Her dream of owning her own ranch was in motion when she acquired 40 acres in Prescott Valley, Arizona. She was in the process of working toward that ranch when she fell ill and learned she had a rare terminal cancer that had metastasized. After five months, she died, just three days before her 57th birthday. Her life was short but she really lived. She was a joy and an uplifting spirit wherever she went. She was a hard worker and expected that from others. She had a kind, loving heart, great sense of humor, and almost always a positive attitude. She had fun and she was fun. She was very blessed with a fantastic artistic talent. She has painted in oils, done sculpting, stained glass, ceramics, clay lift, porcelain, and woodworking.

She is survived by her parents; four children; one brother, Randy Courtney; grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins and numerous friends and associates.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Michelle Rene Courtney.

A visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, in Tempe, Arizona. A Celebration of life, also in Mesa, will follow Friday.

A visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, with interment to follow at 1 p.m., in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be made to any of the following organizations: East Valley Animal Care and Control, 2630 West Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, Arizona 85201, Arizona Equine Rescue Organization, 34522 North Scottsdale Road #D7-168, Scottsdale, Arizona 85266, Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85014 or The American Cancer Society, 4550 East Bell Road #126, Phoenix, Arizona 85032.

Richardson Funeral Home in Tempe and Haskell-Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay are both handling arrangements.

Garry Forwood

Garry Wayne Forwood, 72, of Rising Sun, Indiana, and formerly of Vevay, Indiana, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 25, 1947, in Madison, Indiana, to Harold Edwin and Leo Margaret Osborn Forwood. He grew up in Switzerland County, Indiana, was a 1965 graduate of Vevay High School and graduated in 1975 from the police academy. He was employed as a police officer for the Town of Vevay from 1969 to 1974, as a deputy sheriff for Switzerland County from 1974 to 1977 and was later sheriff from 1977 to 1983. He was the community manager for the Sun Community Manufactured Homes in Merritt Island, Florida, and a former member of the Long Run Baptist Church near Moorefield, Indiana. He enjoyed farming and helping his son, Tim, on the farm and driving tractors.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Sue Adam Forwood; a daughter, Debra Weir of Commiskey, Indiana; a son, Charles Timothy “Tim” White of Aurora, Indiana; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, a nephew, a niece, a great-nephew and a great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation and funeral services were Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home in Vevay. Interment was in the Vevay Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vevay High School Class of 1965 Reunion Fund c/o Judy Ellegood. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at

Mary Gray

Mary Jo Gray, 89, of North Vernon, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at Autumn Trace in North Vernon.

She was born Nov. 1, 1930, in North Vernon, to Basil and Ruby McClintock Barlow. She was the 1948 class valedictorian of North Vernon High School and attended the University of Kentucky. She was a homemaker and housewife and a member of Alpha Gama Delta and the Psi Iota Xi in Madison and North Vernon. She enjoyed reading, collecting marbles and traveling, was an animal lover and an avid UK fan.

Survivors include two sons, Kavan Gray of Butlerville and Steve Gray of Richmond, Kentucky; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wallace Fredrick “Bud” Gray; one brother, William Barlow, and sister, Juanita Barlow.

A graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in the Vernon Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North Vernon Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Memorials may be made through the funeral home to the Sand Creek Elementary Library Fund.

Stelma Johnson

Stelma Johnson, 95, of Ghent, Kentucky, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at her residence.

She was born Feb. 29, 1924, in Ethridge, Kentucky, to Addison and Harriet Fields Bladen. She was a housewife and had retired from Grote Industries in Madison, Indiana, after 17 years.

She was a member of the Jordan Baptist Church in Sanders, Kentucky. On her farm she loved to work in her garden, most recently this summer. She was an avid bird watcher and loved to hike. She also loved to play Scrabble and Yahtzee.

She is survived by two daughters; Linda Lee Swihart of Pendleton, Kentucky, and Debra Jean Jiles of Ghent, Kentucky, a stepson; Charles “Buck” Johnson of Carrollton, Kentucky, a brother, Frank Bladen of Ghent, Kentucky, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Lee Johnson; one daughter, Rita Jo Barr; three sisters, Edna Bladen, Ruth Hamilton and Della Miller, and four brothers, John, Herb, Ronald and Charles Bladen.

Funeral services will be Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Ghent Masonic Cemetery in Ghent.

Memorial gifts may be given to the Donor’s Choice in care of the funeral home.

Joyce Sanders

Joyce Jackson Sanders, 70, of Carrollton, Kentucky, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at Norton Hospital in Louisville.

She was born May 17, 1949, in Louisville, to Emmett Graham Jackson and Edith Bennett Jackson. She was a housewife and had attended Carrollton United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Angila Sanders Tomlinson of Georgetown, Kentucky; a son, John Frank Sanders III of Lanesville, Indiana; her step-mother; Marilyn Jackson of Madison, Indiana; a brother, Robert Lee Jackson of Madison; two step-brothers, Herman and Mike Keeton, both of Madison, and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Frank “Sonny” Sanders, and a brother, Lou Gehrig Jackson.

Cremation was chosen by the family with services at a later date. Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton is in charge of arrangements.


Bertha Turpin

Bertha Marlowe Hayden Turpin, 92, of Madison, Indiana, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at River Terrace Health Campus. Arrangements will be announced by the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison.

Sondra Walp

Sondra Lou Case Walp, 70, of Deputy, Indiana, near Paris Crossing, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at her home.

She was born Aug. 19, 1949, in Scottsburg, Indiana, to William Harrison Case Jr. and Bessie Victoria Clements Case. She grew up near Deputy and lived in Jefferson and Jennings counties all of her life. She was raised in the American Martyrs Catholic Church in Scottsburg and was now a member of the Coffee Creek Baptist Church in Paris Crossing. She attended Deputy High School and made many lasting relationships and friends there. She was a devoted wife, loving mom, grandma and homemaker. She had enjoyed working on the Day Lily Farm in Paris Crossing this past summer. She loved flowers, collecting antiques and Norman Rockwell memorabilia.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Donald L. Walp Jr. of Deputy; a daughter, Christina “Christy” Salsman of North Vernon, Indiana; a son, Shannon Greg Walp of Hayden, Indiana, and Douglas Kidwell of Blocher, Indiana, who she raised as a son; two sisters, Betty Jean Williams of Deputy, and Sharon Willis of Greenwood, Indiana; a brother, Donald Harrison Case of Deputy; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Stephen Kyle Walp, and four brothers, Larry William “Bill” Case, Duane Lindsey Case, Joseph Leon Case and Thomas Dale Case.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre in Madison, Indiana. Interment will follow in the Pisgah Cemetery near Deputy.

Visitation will be Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover. Online condolences,