Homer Elliot

Judge Homer Elliott was born Charles Homer Elliott January 9, 1878 in a log cabin in Martin County Indiana to Jacob and Mary Elizabeth Littell Elliott. After teaching four yrs and attending Indiana University School of Law. Homer practiced law and was a deputy prosecutor for the Owen-Morgan County Circuit Court and nominated for both prosecutor and judgeship. The family moved to Morgan County in 1918, living in Martinsville until moving to Indianapolis when Homer was appointed by
President Warren G. Harding to be United States District Attorney for southern Indiana, on December 19, 1922. He was noted for prosecuting a famous licquor conspiracy case in Gary Indiana in which several officials were sent to Federal prison. He also was instrumental in the prosecution and conviction of Governor Warren T. McCary for using the mail to defraud. In 1932 he left the district
attorneyship to go into private practice. He was defeated in 1936 for a run for congress. In Dec 1950 Homer was appointed Judge of the Morgan County Circuit Court by Governor Henry F. Strickler. Judge Elliott was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Columbia Club and state and county bar associations, past president of the Indianapolis Bar Association and was an English Barrister. Homer married Myrtle
Leanord and fathered three children, two which grew to adulthood. Judge Elliott died July 18, 1952 in Indianapolis Indiana and is buried with family members in Greenlawn Cemetery, Martinsville, Morgan County Indiana.

Obit: Martinsville Reporter, Indpls Star

Courtesy of Tigger

Martinsville Reporter, Martinsville IN


Jacob ELLIOTT, age 84, one of the best known citizens of Martinsville and Morgan county, died Thursday night at 11:30 o'clock at his home, 29 East Harrison street, after a long illness. Mr. Elliott suffered a light stroke on May 7th and had been confined to his bed ever since that time. His condition improved to some extent and he was able to read the newspapers but was never able to leave his bed. Some days ago he grew worse, this condition continuing until his death Thursday night.

Mr. Elliott was a son of Edwin P and Letitia Elliott. He was born July 25, 1853 in Martin county and grew to manhood there.

On April 19, 1877, he was married to Miss Mary E. LITTELL of Eminence and they lived in Martin county til 1884 when they located at Eminence. Mr. Elliott was engaged in farming during much of his life time; but in 1901 he engaged in the merchandising business at Eminence and continued in that business until 1928 when he retired and he and his wife then came to Martinsville for residency. 

Mr. Elliott was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was a man of sterling integrity and thoroughly honest and conscientious in his dealings with his fellow men. These fine attributes of character won the confidence of his friends and neighbors and all reposed the greatest trust in him.

Surviving relatives are three sons, Attorney Homer Elliott, Ed Elliott and Otis Elliott; one daughter Miss Cora Elliott, all of this city, one sister Mrs. Sarah Bowman of Indianapolis, five grand-children. Attorney Kelso Elliott, of Hartford Conn., who is here on a visit; Mrs. Virginia Elliott Sittle of Indianapolis; Bernard, Ruth J and Edward Elliott, this city and one great grand-daughter Lynn Elizabeth Stitle of Indianapolis.

His wife passed away in March 1932.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Cure and Hensley funeral home with the Rev Glen TUDOR in charge. Friends may call at the funeral home this evening and until 10 am Saturday and at the residence between 10 am Saturday and 10 am Sunday.

Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery next to wife; Masonic Lodge at Eminence will give their ritualistic service at the grave.

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Elmer Harding: 

            Elmer Harding, age 71 years, died at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, January 3, 1956, in the Daviess County Hospital, where he had been a patient less than 24 hours.  Mr. Harding became ill three days before his death, suffering a cerebral hemorrhage, which caused his death.

Mr. Harding was born in Martin County on August 09, 1884, the son of William and Lavissa (Sutton) Harding.  He was married twice, his first wife being Bess Perry.  She passed away and he married Moletha Acton, and she died in 1945.

            He is survived by six sons and a daughter.  They are Hubert Harding, of Louisville, Ky., Gene Harding, Inglewood, Calif., Joseph, Donal, Leo, Lee, and Alice Harding, all of Shoals.  One son, Ralph, lost his life in World War 2.

            He also leaves ten grandchildren, and three brothers, Allie Harding, of  Shoals, Ollie Harding, of Indianapolis, and the Rev. U.F. Harding, of Arcadia, Fla.

            He was a member of the old Bethel Methodist Church, and the Eagles Lodge.  He served as Clerk of Martin County Circuit Court and at the time of his death was an employee of the State Highway Department.

            Funeral services will be conducted at the Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Robert Hawkins and Rev. John Sutch conducting the rites.  Burial will be at Spring Hill Cemetery.

            Friends may call at the Queen Funeral Home after 6 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Courtesy of: MaryLou Trego

Garrison F. Walton: 

             Garrison F. Walton, 73, widely known retired farmer of the Mt. Calvary community died at 9:45 o’clock Sunday night, September 3, 1939, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Cecil Price, in Montgomery.

             Death of the aged man was attributed to a complication of ailments from paralysis and came after two years lingering illness.  He had been in a serious condition for the past ten days.

            Born in Martin county on August 8, 1866, a son of Cyrenus and Sarah (Porter) Walton, the deceased spent most of his life in this community and was well and favorably known.  He was a member of the Mt. Calvary Methodist Church.

            Mr. Walton married Alice A. Crane on February 9, 1888, she preceded him in death in 1927.  Surviving children of the union are Harry Walton at home, Robert Walton, Perry twp.; Mrs. Ivan Sims, Dover Hill, Mrs. Charles Harding, Loogootee; Mrs. Roy Hotz, Eagle Grove, Iowa and Mrs. Cecil Price of Montgomery.

            Mr. Walton was the last of a family of five children but survivors include 21 grandchildren and 24 great grand children.

            Funeral services were held at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Trinity Gospel Church in Loogootee with internment following in Goodwill Cemetery.                   

 Courtesy of: MaryLou Trego 

Robert Otis Walton:

             Robert Otis Walton, age 69, of Route 3 Loogootee, died at his home Wednesday, morning, October 19, 1960,  at 10:50 a.m.  He had been in failing health, but death was unexpected.

            Mr. Walton, who was widely known in the county, was a retired farmer.  He was born November 12, 1890 in Martin County, the son of Garrison and Alice (Crane) Walton, both deceased.  On February 11, 1911, he married Della (Wildman) Walton, and she survives.

            Five children were born to the Waltons.  They are Talford Walton, R.R.1, Loogootee, Mrs. Lorena Schnarr, R.R. 3, Loogootee, Mrs. Reva Ledgerwood, Garrison Walton(***accidentally Omitted prior to 9/20/02),  Loogootee and Mrs. Addie Van Hoy of Sanborn.  There are 19 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

He leaves three sisters: Mrs. Blanche Sims of Dover Hill, Mrs. Delphia Price of Bicknell and Mrs. Mina Hotz of Eagle Grove, Iowa.  One sister and one brother are deceased.

            Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 22, 1960,  at the Loogootee Methodist Church with Reverend Earl Allison officiating.  Burial will be in Goodwill Cemetery.

            Friends may call at the Miller funeral home after 7 p.m. tonight.

 Courtesy of: MaryLou Trego 

Mrs. Gincy Watson

Obit from The Princeton Clarion News 
Princeton, Indiana Monday March 21,1932 

Mrs. Gincy Watson, 81 widow of David Watson, last Civil war veteran of Hazleton, who died last September, passed away at 7 o'clock last night at her home in Hazleton, where she had been cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Millie Ikerd. Mrs. Watson had been in declining health for several years. 
The funeral service will be held at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. McBride of Indian Springs. Burial will be in the new I.O.O.F. cemetery at Hazleton. 
Surviving are three sons, Fred Watson of Hazleton, Marion Watson of Chicago, and Willis Watson of Indian Springs; three daughters, Mrs. Ikerd of Hazleton, Mrs. Ella Miller of Waukegan, Ill. and Mrs. Effie Montgomery of Evansville; a brother, Joseph Blagrave of Plainville, Ind. and a sister, Mrs. Ella Abel of Shoals, Ind. 
Mrs. Watson had lived only a short time in Hazleton, having come there from Martin County. 

Courtesy of Debbie Alvarado

David Watson

Obit from the Princeton Clarion News 
Princeton, Indiana Wed. Sept. 9,1931 


David J. Watson Dies following paralytic stroke- funeral Thursday Afternoon 

(Special to The Clarion News) 
Hazleton, Ind., Sept. 9- David J. Watson, last Civil war veteran living in Hazleton, died at 8 o'clock last night at his home here. He had been serioully ill for several days, following a stroke of paralysis. He was 86 years of age. 
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Hazleton Methodist church, conducted by the Rev. Edward McBride, of Dover Hill, assisted by the Rev. W. A. Skelton, pastor at Hazleton. Burial will be at Hazleton. 
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Gincy C. Watson: six children, Marion E. of Toulon, Ill.; Fred A. of Hazleton; Mrs. Mildred Ikerd of Hazleton; Mrs. Ella Miller of Indianapolis: Mrs. Effie Montgomery of Evansville; Willis E., of Indian Springs, Ind.  
The accedent was born in Martin county. He has resided in Hazleton for the past eighteen months.  Mr. Watson served in the Civil War as a member of Company I. 91st Indiana regiment of volunteers.  The family had not been united for 38 years, until they all gathered at the bedside during the past few days. 

Courtesy of Debbie Alvarado

Shoals News, 9 Apr, 1954, MRS. TIMA TOW TAKEN BY DEATH

Mrs. Tima TOW, age 82 years, passed away at the home of her son, Russell TOW, at 1:40 p.m., Tuesday, April 6. She had been ill for about two years, and in a serious condition for the past seven weeks.

Mrs. TOW was born in Lawrence County, on July 13, 1871, the daughter of Jessie and Becky (NUGENT) MANN. On October 6, 1889, she was married to Albert TOW, who has preceded her in death.

She is survived by three sons, Merton TOW, Russell TOW and Albert TOW, and three daughters, Mrs. Grace ASBELL, Mrs. Gladys DANT and Mrs. Gethel PEOPLES, all of Shoals.

Also surviving are 30 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Effie WILLIAMS, of Mitchell, IN, and a half-brother, Lewis MANN, of Bedford.

Mrs. TOW was a member of the Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted at the Queen Funeral Home, at 2 p.m., Thursday, with the Rev. Robert HAWKINS in charge of the rites. Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.

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 Shoals News, 22 Apr 1970--Mrs. Grace ASBELL Taken by Death

Mrs. Grace ASBELL, age 73 years, passed away at 5:50 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 1970, at the Daviess County Hospital. She had been ill since January 26.

Mrs. ASBELL was born in Martin County on May 31, 1896, the daughter of Albert and Tima (MANN) TOW. Her husband, Curtis ASBELL, preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Edward ASBELL, of Shoals, and Lewis ASBELL, of Loogootee; one grandchild, Stanley ASBELL, of Hammond, IN; three great grandchildren, one brother, Robert TOW, of Shoals; and one sister, Mrs. Gethel PEOPLES, of Shoals. A sister and five brothers are dead.

Funeral services were conducted at the Queen Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Tuesday, with Rev. Robert HAWKINS in charge of the rites. Burial was made in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Courtesy of  Sandra Allen



Funeral services for James BEARD, 75, of Shoals, were held at 1 p.m. Monday, at the Queen Funeral Home, with Rev. Claude CHASTAIN conducting the rites.

Policemen served as pallbearers and were James NIEMEYER, Bill PARKER, Roger HOLT, Jim TAYLOR, John HUNT and Roger ATKISON. Burial was made in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Mr. BEARD died unexpectedly at his residence, at 7:50 p.m. Friday, October 24, 1975. He was born in Martin County on January 6, 1900, the son of Isaac and Lucy (FRANKLIN) BEARD. He was married twice. His first wife, Verna ROSS, died on March 29, 1961, and his second wife, Mary (NICHOLSON) BEARD survives.

Mr. BEARD, a retired town marshal, had served as a marshal for the town of Shoals for twenty-three years.

He was a member of the Nazarene Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Donald BEARD, of Shoals; a daughter, April BEARD, at home; two step-children, Charles DANT and Mrs. Martha PETERS, both of Paoli; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Herschel (Lottie) SALMON, of Shoals. Two sisters preceded him in death.

Courtesy of  Sandra Allen

Funeral services for Herschel Lee DANT, age 76 years, were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Queen Funeral Home, with Brother Wayne SMITH in charge of the rites.

Music was provided by George SIMMERMAN, Ron SIMMERMAN, Merle SIMMERMAN, Rick CONNERLY, and Ross WILLIAMS.

Pallbearers were Wilfred TOW, David TOW, Jesse TOW, Virgil TOW, Carl TOW, and Robert PEOPLES. Burial was made in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Dant died at the Orange County Hospital, at 3 p.m. Friday, after an illness of two years. He was born in Daviess County on February 24, 1890, the son of William and Mary Jane (MELVIN) DANT. He married Gladys TOW, who survives.

He was a member of the Church of Christ.

Mr. DANT was employed as manager of the John C. GROUB Wholesale Grocery Company for 28 years, worked as a meat salesman for the Sally Lee Company, of Indianapolis, and later operated a grocery store in Shoals. In later years, he was employed at the Shoals Cafe.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a duaghter, Mrs. Jarlene GAITHER, and two children by a previous marriage, Mrs. Martha PETERS and Charles DANT, both of Paoli. One son, William H. DANT, preceded him in death.

Courtesy of  Sandra Allen

Robert F. Sorrells

Queen-Lee Funeral Home Obituary

Robert F. "Bobby" Sorrells, 42, of Huntingburg, formerly of Shoals, passed away at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 29, 2012 at his residence. He was born on May 1, 1969 in Washington, Indiana to Charles F. and Vivian H. (Wilson) Sorrells.
He was employed as a machinist at the OFS Brands Holdings of Huntingburg. Bobby was an avid NASCAR and Jeff Gordon fan and enjoyed time with his family and many friends.
He will be greatly missed by:
Mother Vivian H. (Donnie) Beard of Shoals
Father Charles F. Sorrells of Shoals
Four sisters: Ruth Ann (Raymond) Asbell of Loogootee, Sharon (Tony) Stone of Shoals, Debbie Sorrells of Shoals, Beth (Leroy) Allbright of Shoals, Step-sister Teresa Beard of South Carolina
Three Brothers; David Johnson of Schnellville, Donnie Johnson of Huntingburg, Steve (Gaye) Sorrells of Montgomery, Several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceded in death by step-mother Alice Sorrells and nephew Kyle Johnson.
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at the Queen-Lee Funeral Home, and from 11:00 a.m. until the hour of service at 1:00 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Hill Cemetery in Shoals.

Courtesy of  Sandra Allen

The Times-Mail, Bedford, IN.

 Nelson Tow
Dec. 1, 1930 - Jan. 8, 2005

 SHOALS - Nelson Tow, 74, of R.R. 2, Shoals, died at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at his residence.

 Born December 1, 1930, in Martin County, he was the son of Merton and Leatha (Earl) Tow. He married Beverly June Sorrells and she preceded him in death on February 24, 1992.

 He was retired from National Gypsum in Shoals, and he was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War.

He was a member of Shoals Christian Church and Shoals Post No. 61 of the American Legion.

 Survivors include one daughter, Vickie Cornett of Indianapolis; three sons, Mark Tow of Carlisle and Brian Tow and Danny Tow, both of Shoals; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Thimling of Shoals; and two brothers, Merton Tow and Martin Tow, both of Shoals.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Kent Tow; one daughter, Karen Sue Tow; six brothers; and one sister.

 Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 11, at the Shoals Christian Church. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery in Shoals. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Queen-Lee Funeral Home of Shoals and from noon until the time of service on Tuesday at the church

Courtesy of  Sandra Allen

The Queen-Lee Funeral Home Obituaries

 Martin Tow

Born in Martin County, Indiana on Jan. 7, 1934
Departed on Jan. 14, 2011 and resided in Shoals, IN.
Visitation: No Visitation
Graveside Rites : Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, 1:30 pm; Cemetery: Springhill Cemetery
Martin Tow, age 77, of Shoals, Indiana went to be with his Lord on January 14, 2011 at 7:12 a.m. at Daviess Community Hospital.
Mr. Tow was born on January 7, 1934 in Martin County, to Merton and Letha (Earl) Tow. He married Rosemary Hoene in 1974 in Martinsville, Indiana.
He was employed for thirty-one years by RCA, and was in the ministry.
Surviving along with his wife Rosemary, is one son Rodney Tow of Shoals, and two grandchildren Clayton and Keylee Tow. Also, his twin brother Merton Tow resides in Shoals.
He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and seven brothers.
Graveside rites will be held at Springhill Cemetery on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.

Courtesy of  Sandra Allen

 Emeline Savage 

Shoals News, Friday, 17 Apr 1914

Emeline Savage died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Rachel Roby at French Lick on last Tuesday evening, Mrs. Emeline Jane Savage, age 82 years.  The deceased was the mother of four children, two dying in infancy.  Mrs. Savage was a resident of this city for many years, her husband dying about eighteen years ago.  Since that time she has made her home with her son, John B. Savage of this city, until the last five years she resided with her daughter Mrs. Rachel Roby of French Lick.  The remains were brought to this city yesterday and taken to the residence of her son.  Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church this afternoon by Rev. C.I. ---man after which the remains were laid to rest in the Spring Hill Cemetery

Courtesy of  Sandra Allen


Martin County Journal August 21, 2013

John Raymond “Jack” Norris died at 10:25 a.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013 at the Loogootee Health Care and Rehab Center in Loogootee. A resident of Loogootee, he was 87.

He was born October 14, 1926 in Martin County; the son of William Raymond and Agnes Ophia (Farrell) Norris. He was married to his first wife Patricia Louise (Crooke) Norris and she preceded him in death in 1978. In 1980 he married his second wife Ruth Ann (Norris) Norris and she survives.

He was a 1944 graduate of Loogootee High School and a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was a member of the Loogootee American Legion and Knights of Columbus. Jack was a retired city letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Norris; two sons, Terry and wife Donna Norris of Houston, Texas and Don Lee and wife Tanya Myers of Nashville, Tennessee; one daughter, Dottie and husband Greg Potts of Loogootee; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Raymond and Agnes Ophia (Farrell) Norris; his first wife, Patricia Louise (Crooke) Norris in 1978 and several brothers and sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, August 23 at St.

John Catholic Church in Loogootee. on Thursday at the Brocksmith-Blake Funeral

Home in Loogootee. Burial will follow in St. John Catholic Cemetery in Loogootee. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Loogootee American Legion and VFW

Online condolences may be made at


Martin County Journal August 21, 2013

Fannie Graber died at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013 at her home. A resident

of Odon, she was 51. She was born July 2, 1962 in Daviess County; the daughter of Ezra A. and Esther (Wagler) Graber. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

On November 4, 1982 she married Harvey J. Graber and he survives. She is also survived by her parents, Ezra and Esther Graber of Montgomery; in-laws, John J. and Lydia Graber of Odon; two sons, Alva and wife Rhonda (Wagler) Graber of Odon and Amos Graber at home; six daughters, Alice and husband David Ray Graber of Loogootee, Rachel and husband Myron David Knepp of Montgomery, and Ruthie, Laura, Esther and Mary Graber, all at home; three sisters, Rachel and husband Johnnie Graber Jr. of Loogootee, Joan and husband Joseph J. Graber of Odon, and Martha and husband Abraham Graber Jr. of Loogootee; and four brothers, Abraham and wife Wilma Jean Graber, James and wife Norma Jean Graber, Jonas and wife Rosina Kay Graber, and Amos and wife Lydia Graber, all of Montgomery.

Funeral services were conducted at 9 a.m. Monday, August 19 at the family residence in Odon. Burial followed in Graber Cemetery in Odon. Brocksmith-Blake & Wagler Funeral Home in Montgomery was in charge of arrangements.

 Martin County Journal August 21, 2013

Lynda Kay Combs died at 9:20 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at her home. A resident of Loogootee, she was 71. She was born July 12, 1942 in Daviess County; the daughter of Melvin and Virginia (Jones) Abel. On June 4, 1965 she married Robert Combs and he survives.

She was a graduate of Loogootee High School and had attended Vincennes Universityand was a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. She was a talented artist and loved creating pottery, painting and surrounding herself with family, pets and nature. She and her family lived in Virginia Beach; Honolulu; San Diego; Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky. After retirement she and her husband returned to Loogootee. She was a member of Truelove Methodist Church and has served as their pianist for the last ten years.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Combs; two sons, John and wife KimberlyCombs and Stephen and wife Kelli, all of Bowling Green, Kentucky; one daughter,Leslie Combs and her partner Debbie Foushee of New Albany; one granddaughter,
Stefani Combs of Bowling Green, Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents,  Melvin and Virginia (Jones) Abel and one sister, Terri Ahr.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 24 at Truelove United Methodist Church south of Loogootee. There will be no visitation and burial will be at a later date. Brocksmith-Blake Funeral Home in Loogootee is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

 Martin County Journal August 21, 2013

Betty J. Armes died at 5:08 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Brookside Village. A resident of Loogootee, she was 84. She was born December 18, 1928, in Griffin; the daughter of Wilburn W. and Mary Francis (Rachaels) Houchins. A 1947 graduate of Alfordsville High School, she had worked on the assembly line at RCA. She was a member of Alfordsville Christian Church and a former member of Eastern Star. She sang in the church choir and enjoyed crocheting.

She is survived by her husband, Hubert N. “Red” Armes, whom she married October 23, 1948; two daughters, Vicky (Michael) Caraher and Denise Merrimon; grandchildren, Tracy (Kurt) Lorey, Julie (Glenn) Durcholz, Kelly (Randy) Lechner, Nathan Murphy, Ryan (Tina) Kraft, Sarah Kraft (Brian Favreau); a brother, Charles (Pat) Houchins; nine great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by an infant son, Mark Armes; a son-in-law, Kenneth Merrimon; and a sister, Barb Johnson.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 22 at Gill Funeral Home, with Pastor Steve Remmel officiating. Visitation is from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 21 at the funeral home. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Martin Co, IN, Journal On-line, 21 Aug 2013,

Russell E Edwards

 Russell E. Edwards went to be with his Lord and Savior on August 17, 2013 at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.  A resident of Shoals, he was 88.

  He was born April 22, 1925 in Daviess County; the son of William H. and Esther (Harker) Edwards. He graduated with the Alfordsville Class of 1943.

  Early in his career, he traveled for Wyatt Seed Company of Petersburg.  He later represented Carolina Shoe Company of Morganton, North Carolina, traveling three states.

  He was a faithful member of the West Shoals Church of Christ and was the song leader until his illness.  He was a member of a vocal quartet and sang at many funerals and weddings. He also taught acapella singing throughout congregations in southern Indiana.

  Other special interests were antique cars and tractors, especially, Hudson and Essex models. He was also an avid reader of history.

  He married the love of his life, Naomi R. (Davis) Edwards on June 29, 1952. They were blessed with one daughter Sara, and her husband, Michael Caylor of Collierville, Tennessee; a son Dr. Mark, and his wife, Jane Edwards of Zionsville; four grandchildren, Lauren C. Caylor, Andrew J. Edwards, and wife Elly; Lindsey L., and her husband, Stephen Livesay, and Abigail L. Edwards.

  He is also survived by one sister, Lenora and Donald Stultz of Bedford.

  He was preceded in death by his parents,  a son Douglas J. Edwards in 1979, and three brothers, Friedman, Robert and Leland Edwards.

  Friends and family may call from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23 at the Queen-Lee Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, August 24 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  He will be laid to rest inTrinity Springs Cemetery.

  Preferred memorials are to the Freed Hardeman University Henderson, Tennessee in care of the Douglas J. Edwards memorial scholarship fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

  Condolences may be made online to the family at 

Courtesy of Sandra Allen

Orville Allbright

Loogootee Times, 26 Jan 1984

Orville Allbright, 89, Shoals, of the Weisbach Community, died at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, January 18, 1984, at his residence, following a five-year illness.

The son of Thomas J. and Laura (Henderson) Allbright, he was born January 8, 1895, in Martin County. He married the former Christie Batchelor on November 1, 1919, and she survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Evelyn Winkel, of Elnora, and Mrs. A.L. (Novella) Luck of Shoals; and three sons, Robert D. Allbright, Morris Allbright, and Ronald K. Allbright, all of Shoals; 16 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and one great great granddaughter. One daughter, two grandchildren, five brothers and five sisters preceded him in death. He is the last of his immediate family.

Mr. Allbright was a retired farmer, a former trustee advisory board member for Halbert Township, a member of the Weisback Community Church, and a veteran of World War I, having served in the United States Army.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 21st at the Queen-Lee Funeral Home, with interment in Springhill Cemetery, Rev. A.L. Luck and Rev. Tim White officiated.

Courtesy of Sandra Allen


Mrs. Nancy Ann Clifton

Shoals News, March 1935


Suffering a stroke of paralysis shortly after returning home after a visit with neighbors Friday morning, Mrs. Nancy Ann CLIFTON, 77 years old, wife of John CLIFTON and who was one of this city's best known and highly esteemed women, died at her home in West Shoals about 3:30 o'clock Friday afternoon.

Mrs. CLIFTON had been in her usual health before suffering the stroke, and her sudden passing was quite a shock to her family and numerous relatives and friends.

Mrs. Clifton was born in this county, June 30, 1867, the daughter of Hugh and Mahulda (CHAPMAN) MEFFORD, and spent her entire life in this community.

Surviving besides her husband are two children, Mrs. Cora GERKIN, of this city, and Everett CLIFTON, of Loogootee, seven grand children and three brothers, John, William and Rollie MEFFORD, all of Huron.

Funeral services for Mrs. Clifton were held in the Methodist church here at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, with interment following in Spring Hill cemetery.

Courtesy of Sandra Allen

John Allen Clifton

 Shoals News, 8 Jul 1955,

  John Allen Clifton Taken By Death

   John Allen Clifton, age 84 years, passed away at 4:25 a.m. Monday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Cora Jackman, of Shoals. 

   Mr. Clifton was a native of Jackson County.  He was born on July 27, 1870, the son of William B. and Mary Jane (Earl) Clifton.  On April 16, 1890, he married Nancy Ann Mefford.  She has preceded him in death.

   Mr. Clifton was a member of the Methodist Church.  He had been ill since June 3 of this year.

   The deceased is survived by a son, Everett Clifton, of Loogootee; a daughter, Mrs. Cora Jackman, of Shoals; three brothers, James Clifton and E.R. Clifton of Shoals, and George Clifton, of Loogootee.  Two brothers have preceded him in death.

   Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Shoals Methodist Church.  Rev. John Sutch was in charge of the last rites.  Burial was made in Spring Hill Cemetery.

   The Queen Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. 

Courtesy of Sandra Allen

Mrs. Ada F. Allbright

 Shoals News, May 1945

 Mrs. Ada F. Allbright Is Taken By Death

   Mrs. Ada F. Allbright, age 67, widow of John F. Allbright, passed away at her home four miles east of Shoals, Thursday evening at 7:00 o’clock.

   Mrs. Allbright had been in failing health since the death of her husband, February 5, 1944; her illness becoming serious only about three weeks ago.

   A native of Martin County, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Wagoner and was born June 20, 1877.  She was married to John F. Allbright in April, 1898, and to this union were born the following children:  Mrs. Hazel Jones, Virgil and Norman Allbright and Mrs. Goldie Dickens, of Shoals, Cleo Allbright of Wabash, Elzia Allbright, with the U.S. Army somewhere in India, and Clawrence (sic), Roscoe, Walton, and Shirley Allbright at home.  Loranzia, Thomas and Audrey preceded her in death.  Other survivors are three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Qualkenbush of French Lick, Mrs. Alice Putnam of Bicknell, and Mrs. Emma Wininger of West Virginia.

   Funeral services conducted by Rev. Ray Snow and Rev. Leo Epperson were held at the Christian Church Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, with interment following at Spring Hill Cemetery.

Courtesy of Sandra Allen

  Franklin W. "Frank" Harrod

OBIT: The Daviess County Democrat (IN), Friday, 18 OCT 1918
Frank Harrod Dies At Shoals

 Wednesday's Daily - Frank Harrod, a native of this county, and a resident of Washington until eight or ten years ago, died early this morning at his home in Shoals after a long illness of lung trouble. Funeral services will be held at Shoals at 10 o'clock Friday morning and the body will be brought to this city Friday afternoon and taken to Oak Grove Cemetery for burial.

  Mr. Harrod was fifty-five years old. He married Ida Zollars of Shoals and she survives him with one daughter. He also leaves three sisters and one brother. They are Mrs. F. L. McCafferty, of this city; Mrs. E.D. Hopson and Mrs. J. E. Harness, of Chicago; and Sentney Harrod, of Jeffersonville.

  Mr. Harrod left Washington eight or ten years ago, going to Vincennes. Later he moved to Shoals where he was employed as foreman in the mill room of the Hincher plant. He was a member of the Christian Church and the Knights of Pythias Lodge.

 Courtesy of Sandra Allen

Richard S. Spaulding

OBIT: The Loogootee Times, 27 NOV 1969

Richard S. Spaulding Buried Saturday
  Richard S. Spaulding, age 88, of N. Line Street, died at 11:03 a.m. Thursday, November 20, at the Valley View Rest Home in Loogootee. He had been seriously ill for the past two months.

  Born August 2, 1881, in Daviess County, near the St. Mary's community in Barr Township, he was the son of Raymond and Theresa Spaulding. He was married to Mary Hynes Spaulding, who preceded him in death.

  Mr. Spaulding was a member of the St. John's Catholic Church and was a retired laborer.

Survivors include three sons, Richard H. of Evansville, Indiana; Joseph E. and Ambrose K., both of Loogootee; six grandchildren, and one brother, Nace of Apple Valley, California.

  Funeral mass was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday in St. John's Church with burial in the church cemetery.

  The Rosary was prayed at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Miller Funeral Home.

Courtesy of Sandra Hedrick Allen

Charles Leonard Norman

OBIT: The Shoals News (IN), Friday, 9 JUN 1922


Charles Leonard Norman


Charles Leonard Norman died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Jas. Ballard in Halbert Township, Wednesday, May 31, 1922 after a long illness.


He was born January 3, 1897, being at the time of his death 25 years, 4 months and 28 days of age. He was a son of the late Henry Norman.


He served in the World War in Battery B, 67th Field Artillery.


He was married to Floy Buzan November 25, 1918. To this union was born one children Leonard Morton Jr. He leaves to mourn their loss his wife and child, mother, stepfather, five brothers, Sherman, Dewey, Jacob, Henry and George; three sisters, Minnie, Louisa and Blanche, and a host of relatives and friends, his father and two sisters having preceded him to the great beyond.


He was of a kind and loving disposition with a kind word and ready smile for all. We sorrow not as those who have no hope as our loss is Heaven's gain.


A face we dearly loved is gone;
A heart so kind and pure is stilled,
The place is vacant in our hearts,
Which never can be filled.

Courtesy of Sandra Hedrick Allen

James H. Salmon

Shoals News October 4, 1957

 Local Man is Found Dead Here

James H Salmon, age 76 years, was found dead in his bed about 10:30 AM Tuesday morning by his daughter, Mrs Isol Goldsberry.   Mr Salmon had been in failing health for over a year, but his death was unexpected.  He had been dead since early morning. 

 Mr Salmon was born in Martin County of September 17, 1881, the son of Rev. William Salmon and Elizabeth (Westfall) Salmon.  His wife the former Alpha Morrison, has preceded him in death. 

 He was a farmer and a Rawleigh salesman. 

 Mr Salmon is survived by one daughter, Mrs Isol Goldsberry, and one grand-daughter, Mrs Alpha Dean Bough, two great granddaughters and four nephews. 

 Funeral services will be held at the Queen Funeral Home at 2 PM Thursday with Rev. Robert Hawkins conducting the rites.  Burial will be made in the Union Chapel Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Queen Funeral Home.

Courtesy of Steve Morrison

Isol Nicholson

Shoals News April 1979

 Mrs. Isol Nicholson Dies Monday

  Mrs Isol S Nicholson, age 67, of Route 2, Shoals, passed away at 1:50 AM, Monday April 9, 1979 at the Jasper Memorial Hospital.  She had been ill for the past one and one-half years. 

 Mrs Nicholson was born on May 2, 1911 in Shoals to James H. and Alpha (Morrison) Salmon.  She married Irvin Nicholson in 1959 and he survives. 

 She was a retiree of the Loogootee Textile Company, a member of the Shoals American Legion Auxiliary, Post No 61 and the Eagles Lodge Auxiliary No 2442. 

 Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Mrs Alpha Dean Bough of Dallas, Texas; and three grandson.  In addition to her parents, one sister has also preceded her in death. 

 Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM Wednesday (today) at the Queens-Lee Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Hawkins officiating.   Burial will be made in Spring Hill Cemetery.  The Shoals Eagles Auxiliary held a Memorial Service at 7:30 PM Tuesday.
Courtesy of Steve Morrison

Myrtle Nowling

Shoals News August 30, 1957

Myrtle Nowling Buried Sunday

Funeral services for Mrs Myrtle (Salmon) Nowling age 49 years were conducted at the Queen Funeral home at 2 PM Sunday with the Rev. Robert Hawkins officiating.  He was assisted by the Rev. Lloyd Butler. 

 Pallbearers were Roy Salmon, Ray Tredway, Paul Salmon, Joseph Bough, Hale Salmon and Gary Salmon.   Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery. 

 Mrs Nowling was born in Martin County on June 8, 1908, the daughter of James Salmon of Shoals and Alpha (Morrison) Salmon deceased.   On September 7, 1946 she married Willard Nowling, who survives. 

 Mrs Nowling passed away at her home, 2495 North Central Ave, Indianapolis, IN at 3:45 PM Thursday.  She had been in failing health for siz years and seriously ill for ten weeks. 

 She was a member of the First Baptist Church and prior to her illness, was an employee of the Indianapolis City Water Company.   In addition to her husband and father she is survived by one sister, Mrs Isol Goldsberry, of Shoals and a niece Mrs Alpha Dean Bough.

Courtesy of Steve Morrison

Nancy Ann Acre

The Shoals News March 12 1915  Shoals, IN

     Nancy Ann, daughter of Leonard and Sarah Acre was born in Alabama in 1820 and was united in marriage to Moses Denny in 1851.  To this union were born 6 children, Mrs T C Wilson and George Denny of this place, Mrs Rachel Higbee of Friendship, Wisconsin, James Denny of French Lick and John Denny of Washington, Indiana, and two sons Leonard and Anderson Gray by a former marriage.  She departed this life March 6, 1915 being at the time of her death 89 years, 1 month and 27 days.   "Aunt" Nancy united with the U. B. Church when she was quite young and was true to her faith in every sense of the word.  Asleep in Jesus blessed sleep from which none ever wake to weep.   For several years she has made her home with her daughter Mrs T. C. Wilson.  Aunt Nancy was a kind wife and a loving mother and was loved by all who knew her.  She will be greatly missed in our community.. Her husband and two children preceded her to the great beyond.  She leaves beside her children 40 grand children, 31 great grandchildren and 1 great great-grandchild.  Funeral services were conduction Monday at the home of her daughter Mrs. T. C. Wilson by Rev Wm Cox and she was tenderly laid to rest in the Morrison Cemetery.

Courtesy of Steve Morrison


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