Orange County Obituaries


LASHBROOK, Hiram, French Lick Native Dies
Hriam E. Lashbrook, 74, died Monday (26 Nov 1979) in Indianapolis following a long illness. He was born near French Lick on Feb 7, 1905 to Leroy and Emma J. Sherman Lashbrook. He married Katherine Ryan, also of French Lick, in 1927 and the couple moved to Indianapolis shorly afterwards.
He was employed with the Chevrolet Co. for more than 30 years and also owned his own tool and die machine shop for a number of years in Indianapolis.
Funeral services and burial took place Friday in Indianapolis. Surviving are his wife, Katherine; a daughter Gerturude Lashbrook of Indianapolis; a suster, Mr. Preston Flick of Paoli, and several nieces, nephews ad cousins residing in this community. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

Cleo D. Wininger, age 63, former Spring Valley resident, passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lafayette on Saturday, February 3, 1979.
Mr. Wininger was the son of Rollie and Flossie (Shipman) Wininger, who proceded him in death. He is survived by one brother, Pete and two sisters, Mrs. Mildred Clouse and Mrs. Helen Mann, all of Lafayette. Local Relatives attending the services were Rev. and Mrs. Tracy Crowder, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Shipman and John, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Campbell, Kenneth Shipman, Richard Shipman and Delbert Phillips. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

PARKS, Carter E.
Death has entered our community and has taken one we loved, Carter E. Parks. He was born August 3, 1901 in Orange County to Thomas D. and Anna B. (Gass) Parks.
Earlier in life, he had worked in Oklahoma and in the steel mills at Gary, Indiana. He later moved back to Orange County where he made his home with his brother, Mr. and Mrs. Hermel Parks and family. He later moved a mobile home close to the home of his niece, Mr. and Mrs Denver Emmons and family, where he came to the end of life's journey on March 17, 1979 at the age of 77 years, 7 months and 14 days.
He had been employed by the State Highway Department and had served as Democratic Precinct Committeeman for several years. Three brothers preceded him in death, Lawrence, Elmer, and Hermel; also a brother and sister in infancy and two nephews, Cecil and Lloyd Gilliatt.
He leaves to mourn his passing, two sisters, Mrs. Emo Gilliatt of West Baden and Mrs. Dorothy Walter of Fort Wayne; three sister-in-laws, Mrs. Betty Harris of Showlow, Arizona and Mrs. irene Parks of Frenck Lick. He also leaves 14 nieces and nephews whom he loved to be with, 38 great nieces and nephews and 19 great-great-nieces and nephews. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

POLSON, Nettie May
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday for Nettie May Polson, 95, who died Saturday (18 Nov 1989) at Bakers' Rest Haven in Boonville. Revs. Wade Judy and Carl Brown will conduct rites from Ochs-Tetrick Fneral Home and burial will be in Old Union Cemetery.
She was a native of Orange County, born May 7, 1894 to Oliver and Betty Cogswell Chisham. She married Rev. Clyde Polson and he preceded her in death in 1976. Surviving are two daughters, Luella Lyon of Monroe City and Pauline Kinsler of Boonville; a brother, Cleo Chisham of Orleans; two sisters, Susie Tarr of Orleans and Thelma Connelley of Alvin, Tx; three grandchildren, six great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1pm at Paoli Christian Church for Ruth Holaday Clements, 81, Paoli, who died at 5:45 Sunday (19 Nov, 1989) at Bedford Medical Center. Bros. Phil LaMaster and Rodney Sallee will officiate with burial in Paoli Community Cenetery.
She was born in Valeene on Oct 12, 1908 to George and Cora Stalcup Holaday. She married Raymond Clements on Dec 24, 1936. He preceded her in death on May 30, 1979. she was a member of Paoli Christian Church and Indiana State Teachers Assiciation and a retired elementary teacher for Hardinsburg and West Washington schools.
Survivors include two daughters, mary Jean Uhl of Jeffersonville and Sharon Welch of Louisville; one brother, Wendell Holaday of Paoli; one sister, Lois King of Paoli; and five grandchildren. Visitation will be at Dillman-Ellis Funeral Hime after 4 pm Tuesday and until noon Wednesday. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

Glenn Painter, 85, of GentleCare in French Lick, died Thursday, July 12, 1990, at 12:25 pm. He was born March 4, 1905 in Orange County to John Painter and Elizabeth (Parks) Painter.
He was a farmer and is survived by three brothers and two sisters; Russell Painter, French Lick, Hayt Painter and Thomas Painter, Dayton, Ohio; Edith White, Mitchell; and Edna Fisher of Louisville, Kentucky.
Services were held at Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home Saturday, Jul 14, at 1:00 pm. Brother Charles Crews was in charge of services with burial following in the South Liberty Cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

DRAKE, Bruce
Bruce Drake, son of William L. Drake and Luella Harrison Drake was born August 29, 1905 in Orange County, Indiana. He departed this life July 15, 1953 at the age of 47 years. Bruce's entire life, except for six years in the military service was spent in this community.
His survivors are his mother, three sisters, Mrs. Maude Crowder, French Lick Betty Drake, Indianapolis and Olive Drake, Toledo, Ohio, and two nephews, George and Joseph Crowder. His father preceded him in death on June 3, 1950. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

Graveside services were held Monday at Paoli Community Cemetery for Carl Scott, 93, paoli, who died Saturday (Sept 19, 1989) at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. He was born in Orange County May 11, 1896 to Thomas and Sarah Beasley Scott. He married Katherine Gilliam. She died in 1983. He was a retired independant truck driver.
Surviving are two sons, David Scott of Paoli and Donald Scott of Mitchell; three daughters, Geneva Hickman and helen Holiday of Paoli, and Jerene Weeks of Fort Lauderdale, Fla; two brothers, Raymond Scott of Indianapolis, and Wayne Scott of Fort Wayne; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Dillman-Elliss Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

DRAKE, Louella
Mrs. Louella Drake, 75, widow of William Drake, died Wednesday morning (10 April 1958) in the Jasper hospital where she had entered on Tuesday. The body was moved to her home in the Cane Creek vicinity at 5:30 Thurday where it will lay in state until Saturday afternoon when services will be held at the Cane Creek church with Fred Wesemann officiating. Burial will take place in the church cemetery with Schmultzler in charge of arrangements.
She leaves three daughters, Mrs. Maude Crowder of French Lick, Miss Betty Drake of Indianapolis, and Miss Olive Drake of Toledo, Ohio; one brother, John Harrison of Cuzco; one sister, Miss Catherine Harrison, of Hudson, Colo., and two grandsons. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

A great feeling of sadness prevailed throughout the entire community, Saturday, when it was reported that James H. Purkhiser, Trustee of French Lick Township, passed to the great beyond. Although his death was not unexpected since his condition the last few days had been serious, expressions of sorrow were heard on every hand. Mr. Purkhiser was well known throughout this county and adjacent counties. the following is his obituary:
James Henry, son of William and Angelina Purkhiser was born at Paoli, Indiana February 11, 1858 and departed this life February 28, 1925, age 67 years and 17 days. The greater part of his early life was spent in traveling.
On July 26, 1892 he was united in marriage to Catherine Elledge. To this union were born six daughters and three sons. On January 6, 1907 while Bro. Marshall was preaching at French Lick he united with the French Lick Christian Church; later was baptized and served as deaconin the church for a number of years.
In the year 1915 he was elected trustee of French Lick Township. Then again in 1923 he was elected trustee and just servedtwo years when he was called away by deah. He was an honest man in all his dealings with his fellowmen and always upheld for the things which he thought were right and best for the community in which he lived.
He was a menber of the Odd Fellow and Masonic order. He was a kind husband, loving father and brother. He leaves to mourn his loss six daughters: Mrs. Virginia Nelson, Mrs. Maude Kerby, Mrs. Victoria Bledsoe, Mrs. Mabel Kerby, Mrs. Carrie Joyce, Mrs. Mattie Akers; three sons: John, Howard and Mathew; three sisters: Mrs. Wilk Lynch,
Funeral Services were conducted by Rev. Loyd Van Lovell assisted by Rev. John P. Davis, after which the Masonic Order took charge. The body was laid to rest in the Mt. Lebanon cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

BEATTY, James Price
James Price Beatty was born in Orange County on Oct. 17, 1905 and departed this life at Medco Center of French Lick on March 19, 1984 at the age of 77 years, 5 months and 2 days. James was the son of George and Cynthia Burton Beatty.
He is survived by his wife, Golda Henson Beatty; one daughter, Mrs. Aloha Harrison, Rt. 1, French Lick; two step-children, Mrs. Mary Bledsoe, Rt. 1, French Lick and James McKeighen of Paoli; step grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his father and mother; an infant son George Price; two sisters, Hazel and Golda; four step-children, Harry and Larry Patton, Nancy Lee McKeighen Conrad, and Georganna McKeighen O'Neil. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

Owen Stout, 86, former owner of Stout's Print Shop, died Saturday (July 21, 1990) morning at Orange County Hospital. funeral services will be at 1 pm Tuesday at the Paoli Friends Meeting House with Rev. James Walters officiating.
He was born Dec. 24, 1903 in Paoli to John M. and Pearl White Stout. He was a member of the Paoli Friends Meeting House, Paoli Mason Lodge No. 119 and the Paoli Kawanis Club. He was also a chemist and educator.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Scott Myers Stout; two sons, Gerald Stout of Bloomington and Harold Stout of Paoli; a step-son, William Lindley of Chicago; a daughter, Marie Newlin of Indianapolis; two step-daughters, Rita Banerje of Louisville, and Roxanne Kemple of Paoli; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Dillman-Ellis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Masonic services were held Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Paoli Community Cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

NASH, Charles
Charles Nash, 77, died at the Gorge nursing home at 5:15 this morning, Thurday, 23 Jan 1958, where he had been a patient since August. He formerly lived in this vicinity, but recently lived with a daughter in English.
The body was taken to English where funeral services will be held. He leaves three daughters, Mrs. Ray Kessell, Mrs. Emery Tony and Mrs. Ray Cox, all of English; and one son. He is an uncle to Mrs. Odes Loves and Walter Eastridge of French Lick. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

KING, Ira Homer
Ira Homer King, son of Benton and Martha Ellen King, was born May 5, 1898 at Birdseye, Indiana and departed this life Dec. 6, 1959 at his home in French Lick, Indiana at the age of 61 years. He was united in marriage to Ruth Hall, July 3, 1837. Mr King was a member of the Baptist chirch in Birdseye, Indiana where he worked as a janitor of the church.
Ira has been a taxicab driver in the city of French Lick for 25 years preceeding his illness. During those years of serving the public, he had gained a host of friends. Mr. King was preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters and both parents. Surviving his death, is his wife, Ruth; a cousin, Alberta Dewitt, and several nieces and nephews. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

WILSON, Ennis M.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Haverly Mortuary in Mitchell for race car enthusiast Eniis M. "Dizz" Wilson, 83, who died Monday (25 Sep 1995) at Bedford Regional Medical Center. Rev. Ronald McClain officiated with burial in the Mitchell Cemetery. Grave-side military rites were conducted by the Cecil C. Martin American Legion Post 250 of Mitchell.
Born Aug. 1, 1912 in Orange County, he was the son of Arthur and Bessie Beck Wilson, He married Zelphia Walton in 1937. she preceded him in death Sept. 8, 1995. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Cecil B. Martin American Legion Post 250 of Mitchell and the Campbellsburg Baptist Church.
He served as chief mechanic for three drivers in the Indianapolis 500. He owned and operated the Bloomington Speedway in the 1940s and operated a garage in Mitchell for 50 years. He also helped to build the old Mitchell Race Track and the Salem Speedway.
Survivors include a son, Merle Wilson of Mitchell; three brothers, Don Wilson of West Baden, Dick Wilson of French Lick, Gene Wilson of Washington state; a sister, Gladys Kerby of West Baden; a granddaughter and two great grandchildren. He was preced in death by three brothers and one sister. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

DILLARD, Fred Elwood
Fred Elwood Dillard, 89, Rt. 3, Paoli, died at 12:40 pm., Thursday, November 10 (1983) at St. Francis Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He had been living with a daughter, Roberta Barker, in Cincinnati.
He was born April 29, 1894 in Orange County to Charles L. and Emma Hane Morley Dillard. He married Ruth Painter, September 3, 1919 and she died August 1969. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Barker of Cincinnati, Mrs Evelyn J. Farlow of Indianapolis, Mrs. E. Deloris Lipsky of Georgetown, Texas; two sons Robert D. Dillard and Charles J. Dillard both of Indianapolis; three sisters, Mrs. Gladys Denbo and Mrs. Silvia Apple of English, and Mr.s Ruby Ash of Taswell; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was a retired farmer and school teacher, and taught approximately 30 years in the Crawford County schools and French Lick. He was an Army veteran of WWI and was a member of the French Lick Senior Citizens. He was a member of the Wickliffe United Methodist Church where services were held at 2:00 pm Sunday, with Br. Sam Allen officiating. Burial was in the Wickliffe Cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

PINNICK, Carrie, Springs Valley Herald (February 21, 1935) Death Notice
Mrs. Carrie Pinnick, 58, widow of Rufus E. Pinnick died from a tragic accident at her home near West Baden last Thursday when she was shot to death by the accidental discharge of a rifle.
According to reports Mrs. Pinnick was cleaning a room in which the rifle was kept along with four other guns and in picking up the weapon accidentally discharged it. It is thought that her clothing or a piece of furniture caught in the firing mechanism and release the fatal shot. The bullet entered the left side of her neck and emerged at the back of the neck.
Funeral services were conducted at Bethel Saturday afternoon by Rev. Porter of Williams, Ind., followed by interment in the church cemetery. Wllis of Paoli was in charge of funeral arrangements. She was survived by five children, Willis of Illinois, Bessie, Ralph, Clyde and Walter of this county. Her husband died April 4, 1932
Springs Valley Herald (February 21, 1935) Obituary
Carrie Myrtle Holland, daughter of William Preston and Louisa Vawter Holland, was born June 17, 1876 and departed this life through tragic accident February 14, 1936, aged 58 years, 7 months and 27 days.On April 19, 1897 she was united in marriage to Rufus E. Pinnick and to this union were born five children: Willis, Bessie, Ralph, Clyde and Walter. These children, two brothers, Henry and Deward, three sisters, Anna, Marca and Lotta, and a host of friends and acquaintances remain to share her loss.
Her life work was dedicated to the rearing of the family and the association with her neighbors, over whom she exerted high principles and cardinal qualities. She, together with her husband of recent death, was ambitious for her children and spent many hours of hard labor that they might enjoy the fruits of educations and carefully guided youth.


We sincerely tender our heartfelt thanks to our many neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us during the death of our dear mother, Mrs. Carrie Pinnick. We especially thank Rev. Porter for his consoling words, the singers, those for beautiful floral offerings and Mr. Ellis for his efficient service. The Children. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

When word came this morning of the passing of our friend and neighbor, Sam Pitcher, we experienced a feeling of regret and personal loss. He was born April 7, 1883, the son of Joshua and Louisa Royer Pitcher and died 12 Aug 1944 at the age of 61 years 7 months and 13 days. He was the last of a family of four children. Two brothers and one sister having preceded him in death. He was kind, congenial, and so friendly in feeling that he was never wanting for friends.

We doubt there was any greater tribute he sought more, than that of friendship. He was married May 31, 1903 to Lizzie Frentress. Theirs was a very happy and useful life until death took her from him on August 2, 1933. There were no children to bless this union, but their home was always a refuge for other children. Mary and Opal Flick, who were living in the home when his wife died remained faithful in their service until his master called him home.

He is survived by three nephews, Everett, John and Terrell Pitcher and three nieces Mrs. Jennie Wininger, Mrs. Clara Carr and Mrs. Stella Buccitte, with the many friends to mourn his passing. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

PARKS, Wilford
Funeral services were held Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Mitchell for Orange County native Wilford E. Parks who died Friday. Born: March 4, 1883 near Newton Stewart, he was the son of John and Julia Ann Stockinger Parks. He had resided in Mitchell for the past 32 years. Surviving are his wife, Cleo Gilliatt Parks; three sons, Clifford of Bedford, Lowell of New Castle and Robert of Mitchell; two daughters, Mrs. Hazel Russell of Mitchell and Mrs. Mary Frances Wagoner of Zionsville; and a sister, Mrs. Charles Kellans of Alva, Oklahoma. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

KING, Mary D. - Rites Held Monday at Local Church
Mrs. Mary Delphia King, 69, R.R.2 English, died Friday night April 6, 1967 at the Gorge Nursing Home where she had been a patient for one week. She was a member of Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church where the funeral was held at 10 a.m. Monday with the Rev Richard Terrill officiating. Burial was in Patoka Chapel Cemetery. She is survived by her husband Thomas 0. King; four sons, Guy King of Detroit, Mich, Wallace King, R.R.2 English, George King of Hammond and Kenneth King of French Lick; a daughter Miss Louise King, at home, four brothers, Felix Marlette of Arkansas, Gay Marlette of Temple City, Calif, Guy Marlette of Fairvale, Calif. and Dale Marlette of Indianapolis; a sister, Mrs. Della Pinnick of Hoopeston, Ill and 16 grandchildren. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

Kern Drake, 58 died at 1:30 A.M. Wednesday at his home on R.R 2, Dubois. He died December 27, 1972. He was engaged in farming most of his life and was employed on the Purdue Forage Farm for 16 years before ill health forced his retirement about five years ago. He was a member of the Cane Creek Christian Church. Surviving are his wife, the former Freda Wigand; three children, Mrs. Terry Morehouse of Elkart, Mrs. Carol Quick of Marshall, Michigan, and Bennie Drake R.R. 1, West Baden; two brothers Alva Drake of French Lick and Hobart Drake of Gary; a sister, Mrs. Lucy Monroe of Paoli and two granddaughters. The funeral will be held at 2;OO p.m. Friday in the chapel of the Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Cane Creek Cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

DRAKE, Emmett
Emmett M. Drake, 70, R.R. 2 Franch Lick, died Monday evening (October 1, 1972) at the Washington County Hospital in Salem. He had been ill the past year. Mr. Drake was a retired fanner. The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. today at the Ritter Funeral Home chapel, with Gary Martin officiating. Burial will be in South Liberty Cemetery. Surviving are his wife, the former Alta Apple; three brothers, Alva Drake and Kern Drake, both of French Lick and Holbert Drake of Gary; a sister Mrs. Lula Monroe of Paoli; and a niece, Rachel Thompson of California. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

DRAKE, Minnie F. - Thursday - July 28 1993 -Springs Valley Herald
Minnie F. Drake, 76 of Mitchell formerly of French Lick, died Friday, July 23 at the Mitchell Manor Nursing Home. Born: October 16, 1917 in Orange County, she was the daughter of James and Nicey Ethel Kellams Young. She was a homemaker and a member of the Hiliham Church of Christ in Christian Union. Survivors include four sons; James, Robert and Donald Drake , all of Mitchell and Lloyd Drake of West Baden; two daughters, Opal Hagen of Dubois and Mary Lou Brunnworth of Paoli; one brother Roy Young of Centerville, 0.; two sisters, Sally Transue of North Manchester, 0. and Louella Stalcup of Indianapolis; 16 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arron Eugene “Gene” Drake, in 1960. Services were Monday, July 26 at Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Young officiating. Burial was in the Cane Creek Cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

HAWHEE, Essie - Springs Valley Herald - Thursday July 13, 1967
Mrs. Essie Leora Hawhee, French Lick, died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Orange County Hospital where she had been a patient for 26 days. She was 79. Mrs. Hawhee was a member of the Beechwood Christian Church, and the pastor, the Rev. Donald Brown, officiated at final rites Saturday afternoon at the Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home. Burial was in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

HOBSON, Mary Ann
Mary Ann Hobson, 91, of French Lick, died at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday (October 7, 1975) at the Bedford Medical Center where she had been admitted the previous day. She was born in Orange County on September 6, 1884 to James and Melinda King Livingston. Her husband Ulysses Sherman Hobson, died in 1964. Surviving are four children, Alice Wease and Blanche Brown both of French Lick, Elmer Hobson of Seymour and Howard Hobson of Indianapolis; Eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Patoka Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home with Rev. Lloyd Chastain conducting the service. Burial will be in the Patoka Chapel Cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

BAXTER, Cornelius Guy
Cornelius Guy Baxter, 86, of Trinity, Texas died Monday, February 7, 1994 in Houston. He was born September 1, 1907 in Orange County to Amos M. and Delta Sparks Baxter. He married Catherine E. VanDeren, who preceded him in death in 1989.
He had worked as a salesman for a paper product company before retirement and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Trinity, Texas. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Randy McNeely at the chapel of the Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home in French Lick at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 12. Burial will be in the Ames Chapel Cemetery. He is survived by two daughters, Patricia Jane Holloway of Houston, Texas and Marilyn Ann Martin of Dryden, New York, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

HAWKINS, Lee Edward
Lee Edward Hawkins, age 65, died at 5:00 p.m.,Monday, December 7, 1992 in the hospital emergency room at Skokie, Ill., Mr. Hawkins is survived by his wife Gretchen, their two children Paige and Blaine, a brother Walter Hawkins of Greensburg and two sisters, Ruth Boyd of Shoals and Lucille Pinnick of Prospect. He is preceded in death by his parents Valmore and Stella (Nugent) Hawkins, two brothers and two sisters.
Lee Hawkins was a professor at Indiana University and at the University of Chicago. Memorial services will be held at the Holy Trinity Church in Skokie on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

PINNICK, Thomas D.
Thomas D. Pinnick, 87, died early Tuesday morning (Feb., 1968) at the Gorge Nursing Home where he had been a patient several months. Formerly of the Red Quarry vicinity, he was a township assessor many years. He was a French Lick Justice of the Peace prior to his final illness. He belonged to the French Lick Masonic Lodge. The funeral service is to be held on Thursday at 2: p.m. at the Ritter Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ames Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors are two sons, Trevor Pinnick of Indianapolis and Carl Pinnick of Fortville, Okla; two daughters, Mrs. Thelma Shipman of Shoals and Mrs Patricia Burns of Glendale, Calif. and eleven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel; a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Powell, and a son, Floyd. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

PINNICK, Charles - Springs Valley Herald - Thursday 10 October 1967
Charles Pinnick, 82, brother of Dewey Pinnick and Mrs. Celestia Bledsoe of this area, died as the result of a heart attack last Tuesday (3 Oct 1967) at Billings, Montana. Funeral services and burial were held in Montana. Also surviving are another brother and sister, Wallace Pinnick of Vincennes and Mrs. Susie Smith of Mineral Wells, Texas. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

PARKS, Hermel G. - Springs Valley Herald - March 9, 1967 Thursday
Hermel G. Parks, 61, former Jackson Township Trustee and Springs Valley School Board Member, died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (8 Mar 1867) at the Orange County Hospital.
Mr. Parks, who lived on R.R.2, French Lick, served three terms as trustee of Jackson Township from 1954 to 1966. He was a member of the local school board for four years. He was also a retired farmer. Surviving are his widow, the former Irene Mills; three sons, Harold G. of Indianapolis, Marvin R. of Orleans, and Chester E., at home; three daughters, Mrs. Blaine Hendris and Mrs. Denver Emmons of French Lick and Mrs. Robert G. Wilson, Paoli; a brother Carter Parks, French Lick; two sisters, Mrs. Earl Gilliatt, French Lick and Mrs. Henry Walter, Fort Wayne; and nine grandchildren. The body is at the Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

PARKS, Thomas - Springs Valley Herald August 13 1964 - Thursday
Thomas Parks, 74, father of Dennis Parks of French Lick, died suddenly Monday evening (10 August 1964) at his home south of Paoli. Death was attributed to a heart attack. The Rev. Woodrow Archer conducted funeral services at 2 p.m. today at the Ellis Funeral Home in Paoli. Burial was in Paoli’s Community Cemetery. Mr. Parks spent most of his life in the Newton Stewart community, moving to his Paoli home about six years ago. He and his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in March of this year. He was born September 3, 1889, a son of David and Sarah(Gilliatt) Parks. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mamie Parks; seven sons, Howard Parks of English, Coy and Wayne Parks of Detroit, Mich., Dennis Parks of Franch Lick, and Carl, Harold and Ermil (Joe) Parks of Paoli; four daughters, Mrs. Rosemary Arnold of New Orleans, La., Mrs. Norma Bowen of Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. Gertrude Manfredi of Elkhart and Mrs. Dorothy Bennett of Paoli; two sisters, Mrs. Nannie Sinclair and Mrs. Mattie Breeden of Loda, Ill.; A brother, Arley Parks of Franklin; 29 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

BOWMAN, Beatrice Pauline
Funeral services were held for Beatrice Pauline Bowman, 80, of Schoolview Apartments in French Lick, Monday, August 3, 1992 at the Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home. She died at the Orang County Hospital Saturday, August 1, 1992. She was born in Orange County to Brent and Dessie (Pinnick) Thurston March 5, 1912. She married William H. Bowman January 26, 1938 and he preceded her in death August 3, 1981. She retired as a billing clerk for Fish’s Furniture in Hammond. In 1977 she returned to the Valley to make her home. She was a member of the Beechwood Christian Church and a 1931 graduate of French Lick High School. Rev. Rex Russell officiated at the funeral and burial was in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Elsie Thurston of French Lick and Marie Huke of Winterhaven, Fla., a niece, Nancy Flick of French Lick and a nephew, Eric Flick of West Baden. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

Charles H. Jackman, 71 years of age, died at 5 P.M. Tuesday July 17, 1962 at a nursing home in Franklin. His home was at Greenwood. Mr. Jackman was a brother of Curtis Jackman, French Lick and Mrs. Lewis Bedster, West Baden, three brothers, Merl and Harry Jackman of Shoals and Russel Jackman of Huron. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Burkhart Funeral Home in Greenwood with burial also in that city. He was a member of Olive Branch Christian Church and the Masonic Lodge and was a World War I veteran. His wife, the former Bernice Gaddis of Shoals, died on Thanksgiving Day, 1959. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

CAVE, William W.
William W. Cave, son of Thomas J. and Mary Kirkland Cave, was born in Dubois County, Indiana January 255, 1873 and departed this life in the Orange County Hospital December 14, 1963 at the age of 90 years. When he was a young boy his parents moved to Orange County where he went to school. Later he attended a term of school in Paoli. going from there to Indiana University. He returned home and taught school a few years.
In early life he held a position in the H.E. Wells general store in French Lick and became associated with Mr. Wells in the operation of the Wells Hotel. In 1907 Mr. Cave, with A.C. Smith and R.V. Claxton formed the F.L. Mercantile Company and conducted a very successful business. They were the builders of the Star and Crescent stores. At one time Mr. Cave was part owner of the Twin City Lumber Company.
He was president of the French Lick State Bank for 50 years, retiring only a few years ago. Although he gave up active business life, his interest in the bank never waned and he spent several hours there every day greeting friends and keeping in touch with bank activities. He was a member and regular attendant of the French Lick Methodist Church and for many years served as one of its trustees. In recent years he was an honorary member of the Official Board. For many years he taught the men’s Bible class in the Sunday School. He was a member of the Indiana Bankers Association, the French Lick Masonic Lodge, and Kiwanis Club.
In 1899 he was married to Cora Wells who preceded him in death in 1929. Sometime later he was married to Lorraine King who passed away about a year ago, December 21, 1962 He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Isis Hill and several nieces and nephews . Burial will be at Ames Chapel. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

WININGER, Jennie V. - Springs Valley Herald - Thursday 4 February 1971
Jennie V. Wininger, Route 1, French Lick, passed away at 6:40 a.m. Saturday (30 Jan 1971) in the Dubois County Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for the past ten days. She was a member of the Red Quarry Christian Church. She was an employee for thirty five years in the laundry department of the French Lick -Sheraton Hotel. Her survivors include nine children, Mrs. Helen Jackson of French Lick, Mrs Frances Zollar of Jasper, Mrs. Mary Lashbrook of Salem, Mrs Mildred Hammond of French Lick, Mrs. Bonnie Nelson of French Lick, Hollis Wininger of Birdseye, Charles Wininger of Sellersburg, Joseph Wininger of Jasper and Nash Wininger of Montgomery; two sisters, Mrs Estella Euccetti of Cincinnati, Ohio and Mrs. Clara Carr of Indianapolis; 37 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren: and one great great grandchild. The Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

SMITH, Pearl Pinnick - Thursday, June 13, 1963
Pearl Pinnick Smith was the daughter of John W. and Susan Pinnick. She was born June 26, 1894 and departed this life May 30, 1963 at the age of 68 years, 11 months, and 27 days At the early age of 20 she was united in marriage to Rolla D. Smith. To this union were born four children. Two sons, Cecil of French Lick and Gene Smith of New Castle, daughters, Mrs. Iota Kellams of Chicago and Mrs. Mabel Breedlove of Washington. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

Oscar Wininger, 80, passed away January 1, 1962 at the Orange County Hospital, Paoli, Indiana, after an illness of many years. He was born in Orange County near French Lick, Indiana, August 26, 1881 to John W. and Susan Shoaf Wininger. He was only 13 months of age when his mother died and he was left with kindly neighbors. His father then married Addie Wortinger who gave Oscar the love of a real mother. He was a member of the Mt. Lebanon Methodist Church where he joined in his early life and left his membership there. Recently he expressed his desire to be baptized by immersion in the First Baptist Church in West Baden, a church he had helped to build. As A young man, Mr. Wininger followed the carpenter’s trade, then moved to a farm near Ames Chapel where he spent the latter half of his life.
On August 16, 1910, he married Luzena Dixon and to this union two sons were born: Harold Ray, who died in infancy and Lloyd Carrol, who with his family have lived with his parents, and had been associated with his father in farming until recently.
At the age of nine, little Eulah Boyd (Kerby) was welcomed into the Wininger home and became a loved member of the family. She brought many pleasant moments and happiness into the home and loved these parents and foster brother as her own.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Luzena Wininger and son Lloyd Carrol Wininger, his foster daughter Eulah Kerby, one half-sister, Mrs. C.E. Shanks, of Salem and a half-brother Lemuel Guthrie of Ok. ; a daughter-in-law Ruth Wininger; a son-in-law, Raymond Kerby; eight grandchildren, three great grandchildren: and other close relatives. One half-brother Raymond Wininger preceded him in death. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

SANDERS, Alma E. - Springs Valley Herald March 31, 1993
Alma E. Sanders, 88 of West Baden died Wednesday, March 24 at the Mitchell Manor Nursing Home. She was born in Martin County August 21, 1904 to William and Minnie Campbell Emmons. She married Ernest J. Sanders and he preceded her in death August 29, 1989. She is preceded in death by a daughter, Jean Sanders. Surviving is a son, James E. Sanders of Orleans, brothers, Ray and Earl Emmons, both of West Baden, Muriel and Ranza Emmons both of Shoals and two grandchildren, Charlene Clark of Salem and Gary Sanders of Orleans,. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Wayne Pendley at the Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home on Saturday, March 27. Burial was in the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

PINNICK, Atha - Springs Valley Herald - Thursday March 25, 1971
Miss Atha Alvania Pinnick, age 77, passed away at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Methodist Memorial Home in Warren, Indiana, where she had been a patient since August of 1969. Death followed a lengthy illness. She was a former resident of French Lick for several years before moving to Bloomington and then to the Home in Warren. Her father, Sherman Pinnick was a well known contractor in this area. She was a retired school teacher and had taught for 31 years in Indiana High Schools. She is survived by a sister Miss Ruth Pinnick of the same Nursing Home. Burial was at the Valhall Cemetery in Bloomington. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

PARKS, Omar R. - Thursday, August 3, 1950
Omar R. Parks, son of Thomas A. Parks and Mary E. Gilliat Parks was born June 15, 1899 and passed away July 26, 1950 . His father and brothers, Charley, Herman, Lawrence and John have preceded him in death. He was married to Marie Denbo July 15, 1921 and to this union were born two daughters, Mrs. Jean McNamara and Mrs. Betty Lou Ferrell. For many years he was a successful merchant and post master at Newton Stewart. Omar was good hearted and cheerful toward those whom he knew. This friendliness together with his daily good deeds won for him many friends in this community. After having sold his business, he moved to Louisville, Ky. Where he was employed the last years of his life. He leaves the wife, Mrs. Marie Denbo Parks of Louisville, Ky.: two daughters, Mrs. Jean McNamara of Bloomington and Mrs. Betty Lou Ferrell of Louisville; his aged mother, Mrs. Thomas Parks; three sisters,, Mrs. Betty Painter, Mrs. Maude Lane and Mrs. Cora Tucker, all of French Lick, Indiana; one brother, Mr. Nathan Parks of Phoenix, Ar. and a small granddaughter Susie McNamara. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

POTTS, Ettie, 88 Dies In Hospital - Thursday September 1963
Mrs. Ettie Potts, 88 years of age, died Tuesday at Memorial Hospital in Jasper where she had been a patient for 10 days. Immediate cause of death was pneumonia induced by complications of old age. A life-long resident of Dubois County, her home was in the Hickory Grove community. Her husband Thomas L. Potts, preceded her in death about 18 months ago at the age of 92. Surviving are three sons, Lyles, Potts of Dubois, Leroy Potts of Chicago, Ill., two daughters, Mrs. Sylvia Myers of Chicago and Mrs. Alta Horkstrom of Galesburg; two brothers, Everett and Roy Stone, both of French Lick; two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Shipman and Mrs. Ada Goller, both of whom are also French Lick residents; 22 grand children and 33 great grandchildren. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

RAGATZ, Sharon R. - Tuesday, August 18, 1998 - Paoli Republican
Funeral services were held Monday at D.O. McComb Funeral Home in Fort Wayne for Sharon R. Ragatz, 54, of Fort Wayne, formerly of French Lick, who died Thursday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Burial was, in Concordia Gardens Cemetery.
Born August 11, 1944, in French Lick, she was, the daughter of Rev. Tracy and Roberta Shipman Crowder. She married Dr. Bartholomew Ragatz September 9, 1967 at the Free Methodist Church in Bedford, and he survives.
She was a graduate of Springs Valley High School and attended Indiana State Universiey. She had worked as a demonstrator and tuner for Kimball Piano Company at West Baden and later at Schmidt Music Company in Indianapolis. She was an accomplished musician and served as keyboardist and arranger for The Chapel in Fort Wayne.
Surviving with her husband are one son, Matthew Ragatz of Fort Wayne; one sister, Glendora Goodwin of Bedford; one brother, Carl David Crowder of Plymouth, Mi; stepmother, Margaret Crowder of Twain Harte, Ca. And one step sister Jamie Stobie BenHorn of San Francixco, Cal She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Brett Daniel. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

CROWDER, Daniel Webster
Daniel Webster Crowder, son of Whitmore and Eva Kirkland Crowder was born in Dubois County, Indiana June 25, 1875 and departed this life September 27, 1946 at the age of 71 years, 3 months and 2 days ,just one year and 27 days after the death of his wife.
In young manhood he was united in marriage to Orena Cooper and to this union ten children were born, 6 boys and 4 girls, two of whom preceded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his departure, five sons, Lawrence of East St.Louis, Emmet of Akron, Ohio, John Tracy and Enos of French Lick, Ind.: three daughters, Mrs. Howard Leonard of Pontiac, Mrs. Herbert Phillips of Indianapolis, Ind. And Mrs. Charles Kirkland of French Lick; two sisters, Mrs. John Johnson of French Lick and Mrs. Win. Hayes of Hillham; 21 grandchildren: 10 great grandchildren and a host of friends. He grew up around Hillham and moved to French Lick in 1913, residing there until his death which came suddenly Friday morning at the home of his daughter, Jessie, with whom he lived since the passing of his companion. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

CROWDER, Asberry - DIES - Thursday- March 12, 1925
Funeral services for Mrs. Asberry Crowder were held at the Holiness church in this city, Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Rice of the French Lick Circuit. The remains were laid to rest in the Mt. Lebanon cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

KIRKLAND, Jessie - August 21, 1914 - June 15, 1997
Jessie Kirkland, 82, of French Lick, died Sunday at GentleCare. She was born August 21, 1914 in Orange County to Webster and Oreina Cooper Crowder. She married Charles Kirkland, Sr. and he preceded her in death in 1980. Mrs. Kirkland was formerly employed at Purkhiser’s Grocery, Star Store, Frank and Bee’s and the Alco Dine Store. She was a member of the Senior Citizens Center of French Lick. Survivors include two daughters: Diane Norton of French Lick and Josephine Hawkins, of Shoals; 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband and a son Charles Kirkland Jr. Burial will be at the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

KING, Tressa May - May 27, 1922- August 22, 1997
Tressa May King, 75 of Paoli, died August 22 at her residence. She was born May 27, 1922 in Orange County to George and Pearl Marshall Grider and married Lee E. King. Mrs. King was a retired employee of Travelers in Orleans and a member of the South Liberty Church of Christ. Surviving with the husband are five daughters, Sue Hawkins,, Mona Sailer and Patti Saxton, all of Paoli, Dolly Morris of French Lick and Kay Fitch of San Antonio, Texas; a son, Steve King of Paoli, 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. No services were planned. The body was to be cremated. Kemple Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a sister. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

BREEDEN, C. Louis - October 3, 1909 - June 9, 1997
C. Louis Breeden, 87, of French Lick died at his residence on June 9, 1997. He was born in Orange County on October 3, 1909 to Elza and Dor Briner Breeden. He married Pauline Lashbrooks in 1937 and she survives. Mr. Breeden was a high school principal at French Lick High School during the 1940’s and elementary principal at Osgood for 22 years, retiring in 1972. He was a member of the Paoli Christian Church.
Mr. Breeden was preceded in death by his parents, a son, David Louis Breeden; two brothers, Morton Price Breeden and John Lowell Breeden; and a grandchild, David W. Breeden. Surviving with the wife is a son, William Breeden of French Lick and a daughter-in-law, Donna J. Breeden. Services were Saturday afternoon at Moore’s Ridge Church with burial in the church cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

PURKHISER, Ada - June 13, 1904 - July 19, 1997
Funeral services for Ada Purkhiser of Shoals were held at the chapel of the Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home in French Lick on Tuesday. She died July 19 at the Orange County Hospital. She was born Jun 13, 1904 in Orange County to Edward and Amanda America Hopper Moore and married Harry E. Purkhiser, Sr.. He preceded her in death in 1988. Mrs. Purkhiser was a homemaker in Martin County and a member of the Powell Valley United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Mildred Chestnut of West Baden: two sons, Harry Purkhiser, Jr. of West Baden and James Harold of Orleans: four sisters, Louisa Lynch and Betty Tomlinson both of French Lick, Mary Schulmeyer of Indianapolis and Ruth Allbright of Shoals; 15 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and 32 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents: husband; two stillborn daughters: and two sons, Virgil and Charles Purkhiser. Burial was in Anderson Cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

CONRAD, Sarah Sue, 14, Dies In Indianapolis
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at West Baden Baptist church for Sarah Sue Conrad, 14, who died early Saturday morning January 13, 1955 at the Medical center in Indianapolis.
She was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Conrad of West Baden. Mr. Conrad is superintendent of West Baden schools. The body was brought to the Schmutzler funeral home here where it remained until time for services. Burial was in Ames Chapel cemetery.
The Conrad girl was a freshman at West Baden high school. She became ill early in October and was taken first to a hospital in Bedford, then Louisville and later to Riley hospital. She had been moved from Riley hospital to the Medical center last Friday. Cause of death was believed to be the rare Simmond’s disease, an ailment of the pituitary glands. Besides her parents she is survived by one brother. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

BLEDSOE, James Delphus - The Cannelton News - Tuesday, September 15, 1970
James Delphus Bledsoe, Route 1 French Lick, brother of Alvin Bledsoe of Huntingburg, who is service manager at Werner Motor Company, Tell City, died of a heart attack at his home at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, September 8, 1970.
Bledsoe, 62, was a former Columbia Township Trustee. He was a cabinetmaker but had also formerly operated a general store in Cuzco near French Lick for 20 years.
He was a baseball enthusiast and was well known throughout the area as a baseball player for local organizations. He had played in many games in the French Lick area through the years. Surviving in addition to his brother, Alvin, are his wife, the former Inez Chastain: a son James D. Bledsoe, Portage; two daughters, Mrs. Duane McCune of Route 1, French Lick and Mrs Frances Healey, Route 3, Bedford: another brother, Victor of Dubois: two sisters, Mrs. Walter Eldins of Dubois, and Mrs. Edward Seneff of Gary; and nine grandchildren. Services, were Friday at Brosmer-Drabing. The burial was in Cuzco Cemetery. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

BIRD, Clifford S. - August 15, 1909 - May 30, 1997
Mr. Bird died Friday at the Orange County Hospital. He was 87. Burial was in Ames Chapel Cemetery. Born to John Samuel and Janie Easter Bird. He married Ethel C. Quillen in 1932 and she prececed him in death. Surviving is a sister-in-law, Edith King of Paoli. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

ARCHER, Lucille - March 10, 1921 - March 30 1997
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10: a.m. at Brosmer - Drabing Funeral Home for Lucille Archer, 76, French Lick who died Sunday. Rev. Dennis Nelson will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Born March 10. 1921 in Orange County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Roy E. Flick Sr, and Sophia J. Harris Flick, both deceased. She married George Archer who preceded her in death on October 28, 1986 She was a front desk cashier and night auditor at the Sheraton Hotel, in French Lick, for 27 years and a member of Geist Christian Church in Indianapolis. Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Clark of Indianapolis and Donna Egner of New Palestine: two sons, Dennis Damell of Schertz, Tx. And Dick Darnell of La Crescenta, Ca.; two brothers, Dale Flick and Roy Flick Jr., both of French Lick; three sisters, Louise Carnes and Betty Jane Farris, both of French Lick, and Norma Anderson of Dyer, seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

HARRISON, Louise - May 18, 1940 - February 18, 1998
Funeral services, for Louise Harrison, 57, of French Lick, were held at the McAdams Mortuary in Paoli on Feb. 20. Mrs. Harrison died February 18 at the Orange County Hospital She was born in Martin County May 18, 1940 to Bert and Essie Qualkenbush Emmons. She married James Harrison in 1958 and he survives. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters Burial in the Emmons, Ridge Cemetery. Surviving with Mr. Harrison are brothers, Bert and Cecil Emmons, both of French Lick and sisters, Alma Qualkenbush and Betty Roberts both of West Baden Springs. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.

EDWARDS, Edith E. - August 10, 1913 - August 30, 1997
Edith E. Edwards, 84 of West Baden Springs, died at the Jasper Memorial Hospital on August 30. She was born August 10, 1913 in Orange County to Harry and Hattie Fancher Dillard and was retired from the Grand Hotel at Mackinac island. She was, a member of the Central Baptist Church of Paoli. Surviving is a daughter, Mary Frances Chestnut of West Baden Springs: a grandson: and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Banks, Fred and Tom Dillard. Dr. Alvis Moore officiated at the funeral on Monday at the Central Baptist Church. Burial was in Stampers Creek Cemetery. McAdams Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Submitted by Phyllis Bennett.