Orange County Obituaries


Funeral services were held Saturday at Haverly Mortuary in Mitchell for John A. Toliver, 72, French Lick R1, who died Wednesday afternoon (11 Apr 1990) at Audobon Hospital in Louisville. Rev. Rodney Sallee officiated at rites and burial was in Mitchell Cemetery. He was born Feb. 15, 1918 in Orange County. He was the son of Elodie Hopper and stepson of Clarence Holmes. On Sept. 25, 1941, he married Mildred Louise Reynolds, who survives.

He retired from the Crane Naval Weapons Support Center in 1983 and was a veteran of World War II and recipient of a Bronze Star.

Surviving with the wife are four sons, John W. Toliver and Michael Toliver, both of French Lick, Walter Toliver of Loogootee, and Danny Toliver of Paoli; and three daughters, Sondra Toliver of Louisville, Doneta K. Odom of Columbus, Ga., and Sheilah Jones of French Lick. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

COX, Mary Elizabeth
Mary Elizabeth Cox, eldest daughter of John A. and Elvira Cox was born May 8, 1882 In Orange County, Indiana and departed this life April 30, 1948. Age 65 years, 11 months and 22 days.

She was united In marriage to Wm. T. Morris on February 5, 1903 and to this union were born four children — namely: Cecil of Paoli. Ind., Perry of Wlllington, Calif., Lee serving with the U. S. Air Force in Alaska and Mrs. Clair Parks of this vicinity.

A grandson. Billy Morris was also reared in her home and enjoyed the same motherly care and devotion as her children.

The deceased has spent her entire life in and around the community of her birth. Her life is her obituary and we can only make a resume of it. All of us know her sacrificial love and devotion to her family, and her desire to be a good friend and neighbor to all those about her. For the past few years she has given untiring care and devotion to her companion who has suffered ill health and, who is left with the above named children to mourn her passing.

Also, for the past seven years. Orval Parks has lived in her home and enjoyed its comforts as one of her own family.

She also leaves five grandchildren, and two sisters. Mrs. V. T. Kessler. of Hoopston, Ill., and Mrs. W. W. Cavaness of Arizona, three brothers Cleave of Watseka, Ill., Ivan of Paoli, Ind. and Roy of English, Ind.

Card Of Thanks
We feel more thankful than any words can express to all of our called, and all who sent flowers and many friends and neighbors who assisted in any way.
W.T. Morris and Family. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

John H. Jenkins, son of William H. and Millie C. Jenkins was born July 6th, 1887 at Leipsic, Indiana, Orange County and departed this life November 17th, 1927 at the home of his sister, Mrs. Homer Bundy on Summit Street.

Mr. Jenkins has always lived an active life following the Golf Profession for many years, much of that time which he spent in the Southern states, making Jacksonville, Florida his recent home. He was a member of the Edgewood Avenue Christian Church, serving as deacon of this church for two years. Mr. Jenkins was also a member of the American Legion, Memphis Post No. 1 of Memphis, Tennessee, serving in the 68th Coast Artillery during the world war, enlisting for service at Nebraska. to mourn his death are his widow. Mrs. Laneta Carter Jennkins, his father William H. Jenkins, three sisters Mrs. Homer Bundy, Mrs. Adam Schlesing of French Lick and Mrs. Emery Trinkle of Leipsic and a host of other relatives and friends.

Through his long and protracted illness he maintained the same cheerfulness, always hopeful, making a brave fight for his life until on Thursday, November 17th, 1927 at 1:30, surrounded by his family who never weavered in their daily aid administering to his every wants death relieved him of his suffering.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. Jordan of Bedford Saturday morning with a short service at the Bundy home, then at Ames Chapel where he was laid to rest under the direction of W. O. Ritter, the American Legion boys acting as pall bearers. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

CROWDER, Laurence A.
Laurence A. Crowder, 70, died Tuesday (14 Jun 1965) at St. Petersburg, Fla. Where he had lived the past five years. Born in Martin County, he was reared in this community. Following service with the U.S. Navy during World War I he made his home in East St. Louis, Mo. where he was employed 40 years as an engineer with the Southern and Alton Railroad Company until his retirement in 1960.

He was a member of the Scottish Rites, the Masonic Lodge, and the Ainod Shrine Temple in East St. Louis.

The funeral will he held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Ritter Funeral Home. Burial Will be in the Crystal cemetery. The local masonic lodge will be in charge of services. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today (Thursday).

He is survived by his wife, the former Josephine Skaggs; three brothers, John and Enos Crowder of French Lick and Tracy Crowder of West Baden; two sisters, Mrs. Sophia Leonard of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. and Mrs. Jessie Kirkland of French Lick, and a number of nieces and nephews. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

Funeral services were held Monday at Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals for Mayme Ruth Emmons, 83, French Lick, who died Friday evening (15 Sep 1989) at Orange County Hospital. Mike Shelton officiated and burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.

She was born Sept. 6, 1906 in Martin County to William S. and Mary C. Jones Collins. She married Delbert H. Emmons and he died in 1982.

She was a member of the Powell Valley United Methodist are three sons, Louis Rex Emmons and Clifford R. Emmons, both of French Lick; and Clarence R. Emmons, Shoals; one daughter, Mary Henry of Shoals; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

MILLS, Edith
Edith Marie Mills, 73, French Lick died at 4:53 a.m. Monday (Mar 26, 1990) at Orange County Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Grable officiating. Burial is in Ames Chapel Cenetery.

She was born April 7, 1916 in Dubois County to Charles and Charity Weaver Case. She married Leon Eugene Mills, who died in 1967. She attended Hillham Church of Christ in Christian Union. Surviving is a daughter, Charlene Lane of Lafayette; a son, Jerry Mills of French Lick; six grandchildren; and one greatgranddaughter. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Dillman-Ellis Funeral Home for Maude Bruner, 94, Paoli R4, who died at 10:40 a.m. Tuesday (16 Jan 1990) at Orange County Hospital. Bro. Wayne Jenkins will officiate with burial in Paoli Community Cemetery.

She was born Dec. 12, 1895 in Orange County to William and Margaret Pipher Anderson. She married Ernest Edward Bruner in 1912 and he preceded her in death in 1963.

She was a member of Ames Chapel United Methodist Church. Survivors include five sons, Paul Bruner of Francisville, Warren Bruner of Muncie, Wayne Bruner of Nampa, Ida., and Vance and Ray Bruner of Paoli; two daughters, Esther Strothers and Ethel Breeden of Paoli; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

GASS, Claude E.
Claude E. Gass, formerly of 6112 Broadway, Indianapolis, passed away Sunday, September 7, 1958. Funeral services were held at the Flanner and Buchanan Broadripple Mortuary Tuesday morning at 10:30. Mr. Gass was a son of the late Alonzo and Amelia Gass, residents of French Lick, and a nephew of the late Clarence Ellis.

He has been employed with the Link-Belt Company of Indianapolis for many years. He was a graduate of the French Lick high school, and Purdue University school of mechanical engineers. In World War I he served in the tank corp and was the only survivor in the crew alter a direct hit was made on his tank by the Germans. This tank was brought back to America and was on exhibition several years ago at the Link-Belt Co.

He is survived by the wife, Mrs. Nona Gass; one daughter, Mrs. Robert Stump; one son, Thomas 0. Gass; one brother, John Ralph Gass of Toledo, Ohio, and four grandchildren. The Gasses formerly lived on College Street here in the residence now owned by William Cave. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

SWIFT, Mayne Chilton
Mrs. Mayne Chilton Swift, 76, sister of Mrs. Ella McIver of French Lick, died June 11, 1954 at Brooksville. She was the widow of Samuel Swift and a former resident here. Funeral services and burial were held In Connersville Monday. Besides Mrs. McIver, she Is survived by another sister, Mrs. Margaret Wuthenrow of St. Louis. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

PARKS, Mary E. We come today to do honor and respect to Mary E. Parks who has lived and served through most of a century. She was born in the home of John and Elizabeth Gilliatt August 5, 1858.

She was married to Thomas A. Parks September 1, 1878 and to this home came nine children. Charles, Herman, Lawrence, Omar and John have passed on. Nathan Parks of Casa Grande, Ariz., Bettie Shipman, Cora Tucker and Maude Lane of French Lick are still living. In the passing of Aunt Mary a line of 5 generations is broken there remains with the son and three daughters, 17 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren.

For many years she and her husband operated a general store at Newton Stewart. They served the community well. Their home was a haven of rest where hospitality reigned supreme. We can remember hearing many people speak of the gracious hospitality of this home.

Her husband passed away in 1920. She has remained a widow for 34 years making her home with Maude and Sampson Lane for 30 years. After the death of Sampson, Maude and her mother have lived happy together.

Mother’s Day, May 9, 1954, she just went to sleep for she had lived almost 96 years. She grew gracefully with the years. This beautiful thought - "with malice toward none and charity for all" can well be applied to her life.

Early in life she became a member of the church in her community. Some years ago she placed her membership with The First Christian church at French Lick under the pastorate of Rev. C. W. Parks. During her last years when unable to attend church she was a constant reader of the bible and church literature. She lives on for the treasured memories of her life remain ever real to all who knew her.


We wish to thank our wonderful neighbors and friends for their many acts of kindness in the recent illness and death of our mother, also the ministers Dr. Wise and Rev. Parks, the pallbearers, flower girls, the singers. organist and Mr. and Mrsm Ritter.
Mrs. Maude Lane and family, Mrs. Elizabeth Shipman and family, Mrs. Tom Tucker and family, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Parks. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

KELLAMS, Sarah, Former Resident, Dies At Fort Wayne
Funeral services were held at 11 o’clock this morning at the Schmutzler funeral home for Mrs. Sarah Ann Kellams, 75, who died Monday (16 Jun 1954) at Fort Wayne, Ind. Burial was in Ames Chapel cemetery.

Mrs. Kellams, who had been ill for several years, lived at the home of Margaret Jackman here prior to her illness.

She is survived by one son, Harold Kellams of Harlan, Ind.; one daugh- ter, Mrs. Edith Lytle of Fort Wayne: four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, all of Fort Wayne. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

BROWN, Anna J., Rock Springs
Anna Jane Brown, daughter of Samuel and Mary Elizabeth Purkhiser, was born January 28, 1876, and died June 18, 1955, at the home of a son, Howard Brown, at the age of 79 years. On December 24, 1894, she married Andrew J. Brown and to this union eight children were born. She was preceded in death by her husband and oldest son, Coen. Survivors are two daughters and five sons, Mrs. Cleo Jones of Princeton and Mrs. Richard Pittman of Paoli; George Brown of Massillon, Ohio, Floyd Brown of Princeton, Guido Brown of Paoli, Howard Brown and Paul Brown of near English; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; four sisters and three brothers, Mrs. Maude Swanson of Chicago, Mrs. Celia McKim of Redwood, Calif., Mrs. Nina Smith and Mrs. Adeline Dooley of English; John Purkhiser of Bruceville, George Purkhiser of Healdton, Okla., and Samuel R. Purkhiser of Baltimore, Md. She united with the Pilgrim Holiness Church and was a faithful member until death. She was a kind and loving mother, a good neighbor, and during her long illness bore her suffering with much patience. Final rites were held at the Rock Springs Church Monday afternoon with the Rev. G R. Bateman in charge. Burial was in the Cook Cemetery. Submitted by Linda Lockhart.

HOLADAY, Martha E., Valeene
Mrs. Martha E. Holaday, 91, died December 15, 1952, at the Clark Hospital in Paoli, where she had been a patient for nine months after sustaining a broken hip. Funeral services were conducted December 17 at Valeene with burial in the Valeene Cemetery. Mrs. Holaday, a native of Orange County, was born October 21, 1861, near Valeene, the oldest of nine children of John and Fannie McIntosh. On October 31, 1888, she married Henry Holaday. The couple began married life on a farm in Kansas, where they resided until 1914. Mr. Holaday's death occurred on December 29, 1925. Mrs. Holaday is survived by a son and daughter, George Holaday of Valeene, and Mrs. Paul Onion of Columbus, Kan. Until her health would no longer permit it, some three or four years ago, Mrs. Holaday traveled to the homes of her children, spending the winter months in Kansas and returning to Indiana for the summer. A brother, Arthur McIntosh, of near Orleans, and four grandchildren also survive. Submitted by Linda Lockhart.

BOYD, Mrs. Lucinda F.
-Lucinda Florence Boyd, daughter of Huston and Lavina Stout, was born in Greenfield Township, Orange County, July 12, 1878, and died July 26, 1952. Besides the son and husband, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Minnie Beaty, and a brother, John M. Stout. Two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. On March 15, 1900, she married Edmund Boyd. To this union a son, Elmer, was born. She accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized during the summer of 1949. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Cook's Chapel. Kenneth Eade of English was in charge. Submitted by Linda Lockhart.

TUCKER, Mrs. Anna Free, Valeene
Mrs. Anna Free Tucker, 64, died in her home here October 25, 1953, after being in failing health for several months. She was one of four children of the late Elias and Charlotte Maxedon Glenn and was born at Valeene, June 17, 1889. She spent her entire life in the Valeene community. On June 30, 1909, she married Joel E. Free, who preceded her in death October 5, 1927. To this union three sons were born, Paul, now deceased, Robert Lee and Ralph Dudley Free, who resides near Valeene. She married C. J. Tucker, of near English, in February 1946. In early life she became a member of the Valeene Christian Church, where she served for many years as organist, Sunday School attendant and worker. For the last few years, she had been associated with the Pilgrim Holiness Church. In 1942 she was appointed postmaster at Valeene. Besides her husband and two sons, survivors include two grandchildren, Brenda Ann and Stephen Glenn Free, and a sister Mrs. Emma Bird of New Albany. Funeral services were held October 28 at the Valeene Christian Church with Loren Sweeney, minister of the Marengo Christian Church, in charge. He was assisted by the Rev. Kenneth Elliott. Burial was in the Valeene Cemetery. Submitted by Linda Lockhart.

APPLE, Ed, Paoli
Ed Apple, 72, died unexpectedly on the afternoon of June 18, 1952, at his home south of here. Apparently in good health, Mr. Apple had been working on his farm that day. Final rites were held June 20 in the Paoli Evangelical United Brethren Church, with the Rev. R. C. Hale officiating. Burial was in the Community Cemetery. A son of George T. and Louisa McDonald Apple, he was born September 30, 1879. All his life had been spent as a farmer. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Tamar Apple, a semi-invalid since suffering a broken hip in September; three daughters, Mrs. Charles Bunch of New Albany, Mrs. Oliver Runyon of Paoli, and Mrs. Noble Kellams of West Baden; a son, Esco Apple; three brothers, Joshua, Eli and John T. Apple; two sisters, Mrs. Wilmer Riley and Mrs. Floyd Hobson and eight grandsons. Submitted by Linda Lockhart.

APPLE, Eli Jackson
Eli Jackson Apple was one of a family of eleven children, five sons and six daughters, born into the home of George T. and Louisa McDonald Apple, near Youngs Crook in Orange County. He was born on November 17, 1872, and grew up in a Christian home. He died January 30, 1953, at the age of 80 years. He was a companion, father, brother, neighbor and friend who bravely and cheerfully answered that call and launched out upon the boundless sleep. His passing was unexpected, without a long period of suffering, as he had often expressed his desire to go. His father was a devoted member of the United Brethren Church and often entertained visiting ministers in his home. He never forgot this Christian training. At the age of 17, he was converted and joined the United Brethren Church at Apple's Chapel. He later transferred his membership to McDonlad's Chapel and retained a life-long membership there. On October 12, 1893, he married Miss Alice Pruett. To this union seven children were born. Those surviving are Idena Bailey of Indianapolis, Claude of Ethel, Clyde of Paoli, Dana Riley of Newton Stewart, and Russell of near English. Twin boys, Floyd and Lloyd died in infancy. Besides his wife and children, he is survived by 31 grandchildren; two brothers, John T. and Joshua Apple and two sisters, Mrs. Wilmer Riley and Mrs. Sarah Hobson. Five grandchildren and a great-grandchild preceded him in death. Submitted by Linda Lockhart.