Orange County Obituaries

Courtesy of  Terry L Linthicum

The Bedford Times-Mail - (Nov/25/2006)

Mary L. Breeden
Jan. 28, 1920 - Nov. 23, 2006

She passed away at Medco Health and Rehabilitation Center in French Lick on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006 at 3:16 a.m. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jesse Andrew; a sister, Jean Conley, and her husband, Jesse Breeden.

She leaves behind three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Linda Gass of Mitchell, Phillip and Judy Gass of Bristol, Va., and Michael and Linda Smith of Bloomington, Ill. Also surviving are granddaughters, Melanie Gass of East Orange, N.J., Sandy Sailer and husband Bruce of Madison and Rita Fletcher and husband Bill of Orleans. Her grandsons are Ryan Gass of Louisville, Ky., Adam Gass of Mitchell, and Jeremy Gass of Bristol, Va. Her great-grandsons are Joe Sailer and Sam Sailer of Madison, and B.J. Fletcher and Cody Fletcher of Orleans. Also surviving are several nephews and nieces; sister-in-law Evelyn Andrew; and her dear friend Oral Carnes Jr. of French Lick.

She was a member of the Springs Valley Christian Church in French Lick.

Mary was a remarkable lady in many ways. She raised three wonderful sons, and through her example, instilled qualities of thrift, hard work, and cheerfulness and optimism in them. She never met a stranger, loved her family completely and was forever proud of her children’s and grandchildren’s achievements. Humble to a fault, she was grateful for every day she had in this life. She took joy in a red geranium, a Lotus Dickey song, her legions of friends and, most of all, her family.

Her later years were made all the happier and busier with her friend, Jr. Carnes. She learned about NASCAR, Thunderbirds and flying airplanes through him. Her family is eternally grateful that Jr. made Mary so happy. She never missed an opportunity to visit all those she loved and to the end was trying to make her passing easier on all of those who loved her. Her faith endured through many hardships of life, and she knew she was going to a better place. She always lived by a schedule. Arise at 4 a.m., lunch at 12 noon and dinner at 6 p.m., no matter what. So it should come as no surprise to anyone who knew her that she asked God to take her on her schedule, in a hurry, so as not to inconvenience anyone else.

No grieving, she said, I want everyone to know that I am just grateful, so grateful, that I didnt have to linger long. I have had a wonderful life, and I am ready to go, because I know it will be to a better place.

Mary’s family would like to thank those who cared for her at Orange County Hospital, Bloomington Hospital and the wonderful ladies at Medco Health Center. You made her passing easier. 

Though she will be missed deeply by all who loved her, let us all rejoice in having known and loved such a person as this. Remember her many funny sayings, her devotion to others, and her selflessness. Honor her by living by her example.

God bless you, Mary. We will miss you always.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until the service on Sunday at the T.L. Pinnick Mortuary.

Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday with burial in Moores Ridge Cemetery, French Lick, Indiana. Rev. Terry L. Pinnick will be officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the French Lick, Senior Citizens Center, c/o T.L. Pinnick Mortuary, 785 S. Bears Bend Road, French Lick, IN 47432

Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Note: Unfortunately, no publication data for this obituary was captured.  It is a more “polished” version of the earlier notice in the Springs Valley Herald.  It is obviously after the funeral service on Sunday, Dec 12, 1943 and includes the thanks to the community from the family of John W. Linthicum.  The text was as follows:

John W. Linthicum
Courtesy of Terry L Linthicum

The sadness of this hour binds us all very closely together and again we are made to realize the great love and loyalty we bear to each other.

Our hearts are heavy today.  But when hearts are tendered by sorrow and sympathy, then God speaks.  This morning we are given hope and assurance by his words, "Blessed are they who die in the Lord."

John W. Linthicum was born June 20th, 1867 and departed this life December 9th, 1943.  Age 76 yrs, 5 months and 19 days.

He was married to Phoeba Whitmire in 1887 and to this union were born 10 children. Namely, Mrs. Clarence Gilliatt, Mrs. Romer Eckerty, Mrs. Harry Taylor, John, Will, Howard, Harry, Desco, and Jacob Linthicum.  Howard is with the U.S. Army somewhere overseas.  One daughter, Lula Parks, preceded her father in death.  He was also bereft of his devoted companion on November 9, 1931.

As a neighbor and citizen his life speaks for itself.  In sickness he was unsurpassed and always ready to help when needed.

The last three years he made his home with his daughter, Violet.  The great devotion and careful attention to his needs, by her and her family have been a source of pleasure and great comfort to him.

Besides the above-mentioned children, he leaves 17 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and a host of friends.

Mr. Linthicum passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. H. Taylor of Dale, Thursday night, December 9.  The body was taken to Wycliff, Ind., Sunday for burial. Rev. McClary, who is pastor at that place conducted the funeral service.


The family wishes to express their deep appreciation and sincere thanks to all who have helped them in their bereavement; for the beautiful flowers, the singers, Brother McClary, and Mr. and Mrs. Ritter for their efficient service.

The Family

Josephus M.Osborn
Obituary, The Paoli Republican, June 1931

Courtesy of Terry L Linthicum

Josephus M. son of Pleasant and Mary Osborn born March 12, 1865, was called to his eternal rest on Sunday morning June 7, 1931, aged 66 years 2 months and 25 days.

When a young man during a revival meeting conducted by the Rev. John Richardson, at Wickliffe Indiana, he was converted and joined the United Brethren Church, and at once took an active and leading part in church work.  He took up the work of the ministry in the year 1888 and was ordained by Bishop E. B. Kephart at old Mt. Zion Church in Spencer County in the year 1902.  He was a successful minister and received many members into church fellowship.

He was united in marriage to Louisa Whitmire in the year 1886 to which union was born two sons, Omar and Charles, to bless their home.  But in a short period of time the death angel came and took the dear young loving mother and companion to live with the angels above, leaving the nurture, care and responsibility to the father to raise the two boys from infancy to manhood to which he so nobly did.

He was united in marriage to Anna Roberts and together they lived happily until the death angel again visited the home and took this loving companion. For the second time he was left with his two sons, who so nobly shared this sorrow with him.

He was a dutiful loving husband and father.  In all his relations with life he was honest and sincere.  His loving disposition endeared himself to all those who came within his acquaintance.

His business relations was pleasant with all, having served the people as Clerk, Merchant, Postmaster and various positions of life.  He was always of such a cheerful, kind disposition and always looked on the bright side of life.  During all of his suffering he was never heard to murmur or complain.  One of his last remarks being that "the worst the suffering the sweeter Heaven would be."

He was very much attached to all his grandchildren and especially to little Evaleen Jo.  Between them were unusual bonds of love.  It was a beautiful picture, this old man and little child, as she would sit on his knee for hours, listening in awe and wonder to his story of Jesus and the beauty of Heaven, and how soon he would get to go there.

He leaves to mourn his departure two sons, Omar and Charles, seven grandchildren, two grandchildren having preceded Grandpa to their Heavenly Home, together with a host of relatives and friends.


Courtesy of  Terry L Linthicum

Nancy Susie Brown, daughter of William and Mary Pruett, was born in Orange County, near Ethel on March 3, 1869 and died on October 14, 1944, aged 75 years, 7 months and11 days. She was united in marriage to James B. Brown on August 31, 1891.  To this union were born five children. 

A daughter, Ora, preceded her in death.

She joined the Baptist church on July 31, 1898, and was baptized.  She lived a devoted Christian life until death.  Her entire life was spent in Crawford county at Brownstown.  Surviving are: three Daughters, Mrs. Carry Linthicum, of Gifford, Ill. ;Mrs. Mae Holzback, of Clinton, Ill., and Faye Brown of Champaign, Ill., one son, Eddie, who lived at home; a sister, Mrs. Alice Apple, of Ethel; two brothers, Elijah Pruett, of Frankfort, and Edward Pruett of Ethel; five grandchildren And three great-grandchildren.  

Funeral service and burial were at Providence, Tuesday afternoon. 


 Jesus while our hearts are mourning,
O’er the work that death has done,
We would at this solmn meeting
Calmly say thy will be done.

 Weep not that her trails are over,
Weep not that her race is run,
God grant we may rest as calmly
When our work like hers is done.

 Till then we yield with sadness
Mother, with him to keep
And rest in the sweet assurance,
He giveth His Loved Ones Sleep.

 Note: This was among the Linthicum family history I received from my Aunt Dorthanell and I had always assumed it was a copy of a simple funeral program and was grateful for the information it provided.  After typing it and reading it word for word, I now see that it was post burial so it was either the program for a memorial service or is a copy of a transcription of a published obituary. TLL