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Rockville – Mrs. Merle L. Paddock, 80, of Rockville, died Saturday afternoon in Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton. Mrs. Paddock was a member of Rockville Baptist Church. She was born Jan. 26, 1901, at New Ross, a daughter of William and Mary Allen Norman. She married Harry Paddock in 1918. He died in 1977. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Doris Jeffries of Rockville; two sons, Donald Paddock of Rockville and Warren Paddock of Houston, Texas; a half brother, Claude Brock of New Mexico; a half sister, Ola Brock of San Diego, Calif.; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday (Wednesday) in Butler Funeral Home at Rockville with the Rev. J. O. Trousdale officiating. Burial will be in Wolf Creek Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. Tuesday. smc - Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 23 February 1981, Page 002


Herman Cecil, son of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Paris of Terre Haute, died at Camp Taylor on Tuesday morning of last week of double pneumonia.  Hew as a private in the 159th Depot Brigade. He was born near Byron, on the Howard Clore farm, now owned by Bob Mitchell.   His mother was a sister of Mrs. Will Heslar and a daughter of the late Joseph Wilshire.  Cecil was born July 6, 1890.  He leaves a widow.  Will Heslar, Guy Heslar and Miss Josephine Heslar attended the funeral on Sunday.   -  Waveland Independent, April 26, 1918


Earl  A. Parker, 39, operator of Jungle Park under a least from Earl Padgett, was fatally injured shortly before 10 o'clock Sunday morning when he was struck by a race car driven by D. Peters of Indianapolis.  Parker at the time of the accident was standing on the east curve of the track fixing a newly made rut in the course when Peters came into the curve of his qualifying round, traveling at a rate of speed estimated by the timers at 60 miles an hour.  The track owner was knocked beneath the race car and his body was badly mangled.  He was rushed to Union Hospital at Terre Haute, where he died soon after his arrival.  Contrary to earlier reports, his skull was not fractured.  The accident, according to the track officials occurred when Parker went out on the race track with some dirt to fill a hole that had been made on the east curve by one of the card which had just qualified.  G. Jackson of Linton, Ind who was slowly traveling around the track in his racer waved at Parker who was standing near the center of the course.  The track owner made some reply to Jackson and evidently did not notice the fast approaching racer driven by Peters who did not see Parker on the curve.  John Griffith, the track manager was one of the first to the injured man and was assisted in placing parker in an ambulance, which experienced some trouble in getting away from the park due to the immense crowd surrounding the ambulance.  Due to the seriousness of Parker's injuries, he was taken to the Union hospital where he was attended by local surgeons but little hope was held for his recovery following the first examination.  Death occurred about 20 minutes after his arrival at the hospital or about 1:30.  He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Parker, two daughters, aged about 15 and 13; an infant son; a brother, Arthur Parker of Marshall; a sister living in Muskogee, Okla.  It was announced that burial would be at Muncie, Ill  Word was being awaited from the sister in Muskogee before completing arrangements. Slight injuries were sustained by Art Riley of Linton Ind when his race care went into a skid on the east curve turned over twice and threw the driver several feet into the air.  Riley received a wrenched back and cuts about the face and body.  He was taken to the Clinton hospital where he was attended by Dr. T.J. Collings of Rockville who stated that while Riley was painfully injured his condition was not considered serious.  The ambulance stopped in Rockville for Dr. Collings, and attracted quite a gathering. later: Funeral services were conducted at the park Wednesday at 10 a.m. by Rev. Fish. Services will be conducted the same day at 2 p.m. at the Christian Church at Muncie, Ill.   – Rockville Tribune, 17 August 1927, Page 001

Rockville – Mrs. Minnie Mae Parker, 89, of Rockville, died Saturday night in Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton. Mrs. Parker was a former employee of Indiana State Hospital. She was a member of Rockville Assembly of God Church, Sam Creek Ladies’ Aid Society, VFW and American Legion auxiliaries at Rockville and Nyesville Community Club. She was born June 3, 1891, at Atwood, Ill., a daughter of James and Mattie Shewmaker Hunt. She married Norman Hammond in 1921 and he preceded her in death in 1929. She married Hiram Parker in 1934. He died in 1949. She is survived by a son, Norman Hammond of Tyler Town, Miss.; a brother, Charles Hunt of Hindsboro, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Butler Funeral Home at Rockville with the Rev. Wendell Adams officiating. Burail (Burial) will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. today. smc - Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 23 Feb 1981, Page002

VEEDERSBURG – Mrs. Rose Parker, age 81, a resident of Veedersburg for the past seven years, died at 5:02 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at Culver Hospital in Crawfordsville. She had been a patient there three weeks. Mrs. Parker was born Feb. 17, 1889 in Parke County, the daughter of George and Evelyn McClain Pullian. She was married to A. J. Parker, who preceded her in death Aug 19, 1965. She was a member of the Christian Church and Royal Neighbors of America. Surviving Mrs. Parker are: two sons, Elmo of Newtown and Forrest of Lafayette; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Gremore of Lafayette and Mrs. Thelma Powell of Covington; one sister, Mrs. Edith McCutchan of Russellville; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, one brother and one sister. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hegg Funeral Home here. The Rev. Harold Fogle officiated and burial was in Stearns, Ill., at Muncie, Ill. – Unknown source


Mrs. Elizabeth PARRENT of Tangier mother of John Parrent dropped dead Wednesday morning while working in the yard.  She was about 60 years old but had been in comparatively good health up to that time when she was stricken with paralysis and died instantly.  She had been especially busy the past two weeks in placing her house and surroundings in order to receive her sister from Kansas whom she was expecting soon to pay her an extended visit.  There is no doubt but what the over exertion and anxiety to see her sister was the immediate cause of this paralytic stroke. The time for funeral and burial services up to Thursday morning has not been decided. - Taken from Fountain County Obituaries 1896 -1922 found at Crawfordsville Public Library, Local History Room July 2007


John Everett PARRISH 69 died Thursday noon at his home near West Union in Parke County.  In failing health for two months, he had been a mechanic.  Born in Crawfordsville on Dec 17, 1885 he was the son of Henry and Nancy Miller Parrish.  On June 14, 1919, he married Muriel REITER.  He left Waveland 24 years ago. He was a member of the Montezuma Church of the Nazarene.  Survivors include his former wife, Mrs. Muriel Hillshamer of Brethren, Michigan; two sons, Henry L of Ft. Wayne and Harold of Clinton; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Weaver of Waveland, Mrs. James Ferguson of Clinton and 12 grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 at the Machledt Funeral Home, Waveland with Rev. Earl Ramey officiating.  Burial in Maple Ridge Cemetery. - Waveland Independent, June 2, 1955


 Everett O. Pavey, 78, prominent in the business life of the community for many years, was dead on arrival at Culver Hospital Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack at the Crawford Hotel.   Pavey had been staying at the hotel since last Friday. He had been a patient at Culver Hospital with a heart ailment and had gone to the hotel temporarily to avoid using stairs at his home, 308 Jones Ave.   He founded the Community Motor Sales in 1940 and had been connected with the automobile sales agency since that time.   When a young man he was employed by the Canterbury Spring Water Co. at Indianapolis.   He came here in 1918 and was associated with his father, Benjamin Pavey, in the Pavey & Son Coal and Transfer Co. He continued to operate the business until 1939.   Long interested in community affairs, he served as treasurer of the old Montgomery County Fair Association for several years. He was a member of the Crawfordsville Police Commission two terms -- the first time from 1935 to 1939 and the second time from 1956 to 1960. He was twice an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for mayor in 1934 and 1955. At one time he was a member of the Union Township Advisory Board.   Interested most of his life in harness horses, he served as a starter for racing in all parts of Indiana in his younger days. He also had owned a number of horses and at the time of his death had two horses in training at Indianapolis.   Born Nov. 23, 1888, in Parke County, he was the son of Benjamin and Melinda Pavey. He was married April 26, 1908, to Margaret Rogers.   The only survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Martha Waters, and a sister, Miss Cora Pavey of Indianapolis.   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hunt & Son Funeral home, with Rev. John R. Services in charge. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. Wednesday. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 23 May 1967, Page 002 – shared by Karen Zach


William H. Payton, 82, died at his home near Crawfordsville yesterday morning. He was the son of Thomas and Martha Stout Payton and was born in Parke County near Judson, where he spent most of his life. He is survived by the wife who was Alice Denman of Alamo and five children; Mrs. Claude Harmless of Crawfordsville; Mrs. Fred Jessup of Attica; Mrs. Rush LaFollette of Nashville, Tenn.; and Ted Payton of Los Angeles. One son, Fred Payton is dead. Mrs. George McMurtry of Terre Haute and the late Mrs. Sam Jarvis were sisters. - Waveland Independent, April 25, 1940


 Elizabeth Emma Peare was born in Dublin Ireland Feb. 24, 1833 and departed this life at her home in Bellmore Feb. 10, 1909 age 75 years 11 months 17 days. She came to New York City with her father, Samuel Steel, in 1852 and was married to Robert H. Peare the following year and to them was born twelve children, eight of whom with the father preceeded her to the better land. She was a devoted christian, always being present at all the church services, and “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy” was to her a commandment. She always, spoke of being ready to go as she was sure her sins were forgiven. She was a loyal member of the Pythian Sisters being a charter member of Bellmore Temple. One of the largest crowds ever assembled at the M. E. church was present at her funeral. Beautiful floral designs covered the casket which showed the high esteem in which she was held. She leaves to mourn one sister living in Blackburn England, two sons, Dr. R. C. Peare and W. J. Peare of Bellmore, and two daughters, Mrs. D. C. Proctor of Russelville, Ind., and Mrs. F. S. Cuthbert of this place. The funeral was held at M. E. church in Bellmore and the discourse was given by. Rev. O’Brien from Psalm 23-4, and her body was laid to rest in Mt. Pesgah cemetery by the side of her loved ones. – jlr


Mrs. Lydia Peek died in Indianapolis, Friday morning, after a long illness. She was the daughter of John H. and Sarah Hobson Newlin and was born north of Marshall in 1863. She was married to Millard Peek, who died about 55 years ago. She was a member of the Friends Church, and is survived by one son, Claude, a grandson Walter, a sister Mrs. Lillie Strickler, all of Indianapolis. Funeral services, Rev William McFadden officiating, were held from the Federated Church Sunday at 3 pm. Mrs. Frank Anderson sang, ‘When I go Home’ and ‘Beautiful Land’. Pallbearers were Vernon Weatherman, Vernon Hodson, Clayton Hobson, and George Chapman. Flower bearers were Mesdames O. R. Swaim, J. A. McClure, Guy Marshall, Alan Hadley, Burgess Roberts, Roy Bradley Roscoe McCampbell, Rhoda Banta and Miss Laura Jessup. Burial in Poplar Grove Cemetery.  - Rockville Republican May 24, 1945


Beatrice G. Peffley, 84, Indianapolis, died at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, January 17, 1993, at Northwest Manor in Indianapolis. Born April 7, 1908 in Bridgeton, she was the daughter of David Henry and Minnie Jane Brown Collier. She married Harry D. Biddle, who died in 1959. She later married Charles A. Peffley, who died in 1967. She was a member of Friendly Grove Baptist Church at Rosedale and Jerusalem Chapter 254, Order of Eastern Star, at Clinton. Survivors include two stepsons, Robert Peffley and Charles E. "Pete" Peffley of Terre Haute; a grandson and three great-grandchildren. There were no funeral services and burial was in Highland Lawn Cemetery at Terre Haute. Moore Funeral Home of Brazil was in charge of arrangements. – Parke County Sentinel, 20 January 1993 – shared by Karen Zach


David PEFLEY was born in Virginia June 12, 1823 and was married to Mary M. MICHAEL near Bainbridge, Putnam County, Indiana April 20, 1855.  To them were born 9 children, 5 boys and 4 girls, two of whom have preceded him to their home beyond, Jacob M, dying at age 4 years 10 months 2 days and George f at age 2 years 11 months and 20.  David Pefley died at his home near Bridgeton May 27, 1897.  He leaves a wife and 7 children to mourn his demise. He was not a member of any church yet he lived a quiet and peaceful life and left evidence behind that he had gone home to rest to that home from whence no traveler returneth.  Poem - Rockville Republican Thursday, 24 June 1897

Elmer C. Pefley, 77, RR 4, Rockville, died at 5 a.m. Saturday, September 17, 1994, at his residence.Born February 7, 1917 in Parke County, he was the son of Claude and Gladys Adams Pefley. On June 10, 1940, he married Gwendolyn Phillips, who died December 18, 1993. Retired, he had been a plumber and steamfitter. He was a member of Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute, Zorah Temple Shrine at Terre Haute and Local 157 Plumbers and Steamfitters of Terre Haute.  Survivors include four sons, Lance Pefley of RR 2, Rockville, Philip Pefley of Rockville, Gregory Pefley of Montzuma and Noel Pefley of Reelsville; a sister, Milbrey Huxford of Clinton; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.  Services were conducted Tuesday at Butler Funeral Home in Rockville with Rev. Ray Douglas officiating. Burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery at Rockville. - Parke County Sentinel, 21 September 1994

ROCKVILLE---Mrs. Lydia Pefley died Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. at her home in Rockville. She was 88 years old. She was born May 23, 1868 in Parke County, the daughter of Samuel and Sarah Napper Coombs. She was a member of the Friendly Grove Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons, Ray Pefley of Rockville and Earl Pefley of Rt. 1, Rosedale; five daughters, Mrs. Dora Overpeck, Mrs. Clee Miller and Mrs. Thelma Bradfield all of Rockville, Mrs. Opal Vandivier of near Montezuma, and Miss Doris Pefley of Terre Haute; 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. The body was taken to Branson Funeral Home in Rockville where friends may call. Funeral services will be at the funeral home Friday at 2 p.m., Rev. W. H. Coonoe officiating. Burial will be in Clear Run Cemetery at Bridgeton. - Source: Crawfordsville Journal-Review, Thursday, July 5 1956 - sent by Brooke Mercedes

Miss Mary Pefley passed away at midnight Monday after a brief illness at the home of her niece, Mrs. Richard Adams where she was visiting.  She was 64 years of age and is survived by a sister, Mrs. Della Beauchamp and three brothers, D. V., Robert and John Pefley.  She had been an invalid since childhood.  She was a member of the Presbyterian Baptist church and of Rough and Ready community club and was held in high esteem by all who knew her.  Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Bridgeton a ten o'clock Wednesday morning.  The Rev. John Barnes from Terre Haute officiating and she was laid to rest in Clear Run cemetery.  Among those called here by her death were Mr. and Mrs. D. V. Pefley and children and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Pefley of Catlin, Mr. and Mrs. James Tucker and daughter of Brazil and Mr. and Mrs. William Vandevler of Montezuma. – Rockville Newspaper – 24 February 1926, Page 02 – shared by Jimmy Gillis


Died in this place on Friday, the 10th inst., of Consumption, Mrs. Ophelia, wife of James Pegg, aged 23 years. -  – Wabash Courier, 18 November 1848


 Lewis Wallace PENCE, 88, died at 10:15 o'clock Saturday morning in Vermillion Co Hospital, Clinton.  Surviving are 3 sons: Ova, Oscar and Homer Pence; a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Fowler; 3 grandchildren and one great. Funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Cox & Williams Funeral Home, Rosedale.  The Rev. Joseph Miller officiated and burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Catlin. - Rockville Tribune January 5, 1950

Frank PENCE about 21 died at Catlin Monday night.  Some two or three weeks ago while jumping, he burst a blood vessel in his lungs and lingered until the time stated.  He was a brother of W. E. Pence the well known Catlin merchant. The funeral and burial occurred this afternoon.  - Rockville Republican  31 March 1897


Died on the 4th inst., at Leavenworth City, Kansas, at the residence of his Grandfather, Col. W. G. Coffin, Harry P., son of A. S. and J. C. PENFIELD, aged nearly sixteen months.” - Parke County Republican, June 15, 1864


Arthur J. Penn, 80, of Rockville died at 7:18 p.m. Thursday, January 27, 2000, in Indianapolis. He was born December 21, 1919, in St. Joseph, Ill., to William W. Penn and Anna Hartman Penn. Survivors include his wife, Betty Smith Penn; five sons, Richard Penn, Robert Penn, John Penn, Don Penn and David Penn; four daughters, Teresa Allen, Mary Price, Kathy Price and Clara Schutt; 21 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Services are 11 a.m. Monday in Brown Funeral Home in Montezuma, with the Revs. David Purichia and Keith McIntyre officiating. Burial is in Coloma Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. - Terre Haute Tribune

Betty Penn, 77, of Rockville died at 8:10 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2000, in her residence. She was born March 15, 1922, in Coloma to Russell Smith and Josephine McKeown Smith. Survivors include five sons, Richard Penn, Robert Penn, John Penn, Don Penn and David Penn; four daughters, Kathy Price, Clara Schutt, Teresa Allen and Mary Price; 21 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Services are 11 a.m. Monday in Brown Funeral Home in Montezuma, with the Revs. Keith McIntyre and David Purichia officiating. Burial is in Coloma Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. - Terre Haute Tribune


The funeral of Mrs. W. E. Pennington, on Friday morning at the home, was in charge of Rev. S. K. Fuson, assisted by Rev. F. B. Solin.  There were many beautiful and appropriate floral tributes.  A large crowd of friends were present.  The body was laid to rest at Maple Ridge.  The following obituary was read: Clara E. Pennington was b. January 27, 1854 in Parke County, Indiana on the farm now owned by her brother J. D. Fisher.  She was the third daughter of Alfred Fisher and Elizabeth, both of whom departed this life several years ago.  Her younger sister, also, Mrs. Laura A. Mahorney passed to the other shore in her young womanhood.  The other members of the family are: Mrs. LF Sherman of Topeka, KS; Mrs. Ellen Smith of Emporia, Kansas; Mrs. Amanda Logan of Arcola, Illinois and J. D. Fisher of this place, who is the youngest of the family.  The deceased was married to W. F. Pennington March 25, 1902.  The brother and sisters with her husband and some friends were present at her bedside on Thus morning at 3:15 o'clock when Clara was taken home by the Heavenly Father to join the innumerable host of relatives and friends who worship continually around the Throne.  Clara united with the Baptist Church of Waveland January 2, 1889 under the pastorate of Elder William Cuppy.  Her church was very dear to her.  Her life was a living example of Christianity. Wed. evening as the family stood by the beside, she united with them in the Lord' prayer and the 23rd psalm, her voice leading in the verse-- "Though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.  They rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.  Clara was a patient sufferer.  During her several months' illness, her courage and patience was sustained by her faith in the unlimited power of God, completely resigned to His will and believing that all would be well.  She greatly appreciated the gifts of flowers sent by friends and often spoke of these friends and constantly desired that the flowers might be placed near her that she might enjoy the beauty and fragrance of the blossoms and be reminded of the affection of her friends.  Her husband, brother and sisters will greatly miss her kindly counsel and smiling face, but her sweet memory will abide with them 'til they are called to join her on the other shore.  - Waveland Independent, May 22, 1914


Iva M. “Cider” Penry, 80, Shelbyville and formerly of Rockville, died at 4:45 p.m. Monday, February 12, 1996, at Hancock Memorial Hospital in Greenfield .  Born February 27, 1915 in Rockville , she was the daughter of Charles and Genevieve Lange [sic] Cornthwaite.  On May 15, 1936, she married Earl Penry, who died in 1971.  Retired, she wad been a bartender for the Rockville Veterans of Foreign Wars, Rockville Elks Lodge 2471 and Parke County AMVETS .  She was a member of Rockville Christian Church, Ladies of the Moose Lodge at Greenfield , Clinton Half Century Club and AMVETS Auxiliary 61 of Rockville . Survivors include two sons, Jimmy E. Penry of Indianapolis and George A. Penry of Greenfield; a daughter, Joanne Beeson of Shelbyville; a stepdaughter, Earline Walker of Trafalgar; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, five step grandchildren and nine step great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a brother, a sister and a grandson.  Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Barnes Mortuary in Rockville with Paul Rosenbaum and Bill Mullin officiating.  Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery at Rockville .  Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.  The family asked that any memorials be in the form of contributions to Rockville Veterans of Foreign Wars or Parke County AMVETS . – Parke County Sentinel, 14 February 1996 - shared by Sandra Lee Westbrooks 

Vivian C. Penry, 94, Terre Haute, died at 1:05 p.m., Jan. 14, 2009, at Southside Nursing Home.  She was born in Parke County on May 18, 1914, to John Wesley Collings and Gladys Swaim Collings.  She graduated from Marshall High School and attended Indiana State Normal.  She worked as a waitress at Turkey Run Inn and her father's Brazil grocery store, where she met her future husband, Herschel, from Prospect, Ohio.  She married Herschel on Feb. 10, 1937, in Reelsville, and became a homemaker.  Vivian and Herschel were married for 60 years.  She served on the Democrat election board and on various PTO organizations in her son's school. She was an accomplished pianist and passed on her love of music to her sons.  She played for various churches she and her family attended. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and First Baptist.  She was preceded in death by her brother Carroll Collings, her parents, her husband Herschel, her brother-in-law Floyd Green and her daughter-in-law Sharron.  Survivors include her sister Irene Greene Gillispie, Dallas, Texas, and sons John (Jean) and Jerry (Jane), Terre Haute, grandchildren Janna (John) Woodason, South Vienna, Ohio, Shawn (Jim) Blackburn, Okinawa, Japan, Jack (Rebekah) Penry, Terre Haute, Vincent (Melissa) Penry, Oxford, Ct., Amy (Justin) Zoeller, Derby, Ct., and Jay (Samantha) Penry, Colby, Wis., 11 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Pat McPherson and Betty Fout, brother-in-law Jack Penry and several nieces and nephews from Ohio.  Services are 3 p.m., Saturday, at Roselawn Funeral Home, Terre Haute, with Pastor Bernie Jackson officiating.  Burial will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park. – Brazil Times, January 15, 2009



Terry R. Peterman, 71 of Rockville died at 8:07 a.m. Thursday, November 17, 2005, in his residence. He was the retired owner of the Phillips 66 Service Station in Montezuma. He was born July 24, 1934, in Indianapolis, to William James Peterman and Stella Howe Peterman. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Patricia Louise Bradburn Peterman, whom he married July 23, 1955, in Rockville; one son, George Peterman and his wife, Bobbie of Montezuma; two daughters, Terri Allen and her husband, Dink of Montezuma, and Pam Graves and her husband, Donnie of Rosedale; three brothers; five sisters; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member and served as post commander for American Legion Fellenzer Post 48 in Rockville for four years. He also was past district commander for District 6 of the American Legion and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul Taylor Post 1752 in Rockville. He was a member of Rockville First Baptist Church. Services are 11 a.m. Monday in Gooch Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold Norman officiating. Burial with military graveside honors is in Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and before services Monday in the funeral home. – Terre Haute Tribune, 18 November 2005


Minnie J. PETERS was a daughter of George C. and Sallie Lewis Peters.  She was born near Kokomo, April 12, 1884; died at her home in Billie Creek at 7:15 o'clock Thursday morning aged 28 years, 10 months 1 day.  March 13, 1904 she was united in marriage with Homer Trudell and to them 5 children were given - 3 daughters and 2 sons.  The three baby daughters were called to join the angel band before the mother, little Ruby and Mildred having gone a few weeks of each other only last summer.  The husband, two sons Calvin and Sidney, with her parents, grandparents and one brother are left in bereavement. The deceased was a faithful member of our local church.  She was a home loving woman, a devoted wife and an ideal mother who gave her best talents to the service of her family.  Patience, kindness and affection ruled her daily life.  She was a woman who was always ready to listen and profit by advice and counsel.  During her short residence of 3 years here.  Mrs. Trudell became endeared to a large circle of neighbors and friends.  Her many fine womanly qualities were such as to inspire confidence and trust.  But her life work is ended, family ties are broken for a time, farewell said to neighbor and friend and the spirit of Minnie Trudell, who had perfect faith and trust in Him, who said: Because I live, ye shall live also, has been called before the great white throne, there to receive the judgment of a just, all wise, all merciful Father.  Funeral services were conducted by S. K. Fuson at the church on Saturday morning at 11 o'clock. - Covered Bridge Courier Volume 1 #1 – Shared by Karen Zach


ROSEDALE – David A. Peterson, 85, Rosedale, a retired truck driver, died Friday in Parke County Nursing Home. He was a member of White Church of Brethren. He had worked also as a janitor for Delaware County schools. Born Jan. 26, 1893, in Montgomery County, he was a son of James A. and Viola Bowers Peterson. His wife, Dorris, died in 1971. They were married May 1, 1915. Survivors include: a son, Charles of Rosedale; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday in Barnes Mortuary at Rockville. Burial will be in Clarks Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Sunday. – jlr - Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review, 23 September 1978


Mrs. Lela E. Peveler  - Montezuma, IN - Mrs. Lela E. Peveler, 76, died Friday. in Union Hospital.  A member of the Nazarene Church, she is survived by 5 daughters, Mrs. Mary CLARK of Columbia City, Ind., Mrs. Louise DIXON of Indianapolis, Mrs. Wanetta VIBBERT of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Mrs Inez BRITTON, of Hillsdale, & Mrs Lou ATHERTON of Martinsville, IN. a son, William, of Montezuma;  and 19 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren. Services will be conducted by Rev Earl Ramey at 2 p.m. Tues. where friends may call after 1 p.m. Monday.  Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.  - Terre Haute Tribune Page 8,  Sun. June 2, 1974

William Nathaniel. Peveler, 68, of Montezuma died at 3 p.m. Friday, September. 14, 2001, in his residence. He was born May 10, 1933, in Montezuma to Newton Peveler and Lela GILL Peveler. Survivors include one son, Shane Peveler; two sisters, Lou Atherton and Mary Clark; and one grandson. There are no services or visitation. Cremation is scheduled. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery at a later date. Brown Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. – Terre Haute Tribune, Page A-2, 15 September 2001


Tangier, Ind., September 10 - Mrs. Elizabeth Phillips, 91 years old, died at her home yesterday morning. She came from North Carolina in 1876. She was the mother of nine children - five are living  - Mrs. Alex Jones of Clinton; Mrs. A. J. Christie and Nathan Phillips and Jane Grissem, of Tangier, and William Phillips, of Danville, Ill. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. One sister Mrs. Lunger survives at the age of 88 years. funeral services will be held at the residence Saturday afternoon in charge of the Rev. Mr. Tomlinson. (note: Elizabeth Marshall married George W. Phillips 29 Sep 1853, Paoli, Orange, IN)   -  Tribune; 10 September 1921; Page. 2  - shared by Amy Berga

MONTEZUMA, Ind. (CNS) – Services were Wednesday at the Miller and Son Funeral Home in Brazil for Walter Phillips, 56, of Brazil Route 13. He died at 1:55 a.m. Monday (Oct. 25, 1976) at his home. He had been ill for some time. Burial was in Calcutta Cemetery near Brazil. Mr. Phillips was born and reared    in Montezuma. He graduated from Montezuma High. He was a former meat cutter and had been employed by the Indiana State Highway Department prior to his illness. He married Thelma Louise Haase  of Clinton, who died in 1969. Survivors include his second wife, Virginia; three sons, George A. of    Haubstadt, Walter G. of Brazil and Kevin at home; two daughters, Mrs. Nancy Kessler of Columbus and    Mrs. Patricia Scamhorn of Lewis; a stepson, Nathaniel Phelps of East Lansing, Mich.; a brother, George of Marion; and nine grandchildren. - Source: Danville Illinois Commercial News, 26 Oct 1976


“Mrs. Gladys L. PHIPPS of Rockville, age 78, died in the hospital at Clinton, Thursday morning April 17. She was born in Parke County, the daughter of Melvin and Lillie Smith Miles and was a retired practical nurse. She was a member of the Daily Chapel Church, Parke County senior Citizens and the Rockville Home Economics club.  Surviving are a son, Paul of Butlerville; two sisters, Mrs. Bernice Miller of Montezuma r.r. and Mrs. Merle Helt of Clinton r.r.; two nieces, Mrs. Hazel Sanders of Dana and Mrs. Zoe Ann Parks of Terre Haute. Funeral services were held, Saturday afternoon, at the Barnes mortuary with Rev. Scott Pricer and Rev. Roger T Rankin officiating. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery at Montezuma.” - Rockville Republican, April 24, 1969

“Margaret Maria PHIPPS, daughter of Hiram and Sally Phipps, born May 25, 1849, after an illness of four weeks, passed gently from this life Sept. 1, 1899, at Clinton, aged 50 years, 3 months, 6 days. She was married to Samuel Staggs May 16, 1867, and 12 children blessed the union of which 7 survive her, 4 sons and three daughters.      She united with the Methodist Church at Salem in 1886, and died in that belief. She was of a cheerful disposition ever ready to administer comfort to all.   The funeral services, held at the Methodist Church in Clinton Saturday at 1 o’clock p. m., were very impressive, Rev. Mr. Royse officiating. The text from the sermon was Eccl. xii and John xi. Internment at Salem Cemetery.” - Rockville Republican, September 6, 1899

Joseph V. PHIPPS, 74 years old, passed away at noon Monday at the residence near Mecca.    He is survived by the widow, Corda Alberta Phipps; two sons, Dwight of Portland Mills and Willard of South Bend; three daughters, Mrs. Verlin Norman of Portland Mills, Mrs. Mildred Elkins of South Bend and Mrs. Margaret Jones of Rochester, Mich., two brothers, George and Alfred; two sisters, Sarah Tucker of Rockville and Viola Ferguson of Terre Haute, and 12 grandchildren.  The body was brought to the Branson funeral home here where funeral services were conducted at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Burial was in Mt Moriah.” - Rockville Tribune, January 20, 1947

“Marjory Luella, eldest daughter of George and Mary PHIPPS, was born in Wabash township January 3, 1908, and died at her home in Mecca March 10, 1920, aged 12 years, 2 months, and 7 days.    She spent all of her life in Wabash Township and attended the public schools at Mecca. … She leaves to mourn her departure a loving father, mother, and sister and brother, also a host of other relatives and friends.  Funeral services were held Friday evening at the church in Mecca, conducted by Rev. C. R. Collings, after which the remains were brought to Rockville for burial in the Rockville Cemetery.   - Rockville Tribune, March 23, 1920

“Jesse PHIPPS, 69 years old, died early Monday morning at the residence of Glenn Williams, R. R. 1, Rosedale, where he resided. He was a member of the Church of Christ of Rosedale.  Surviving are a stepson, Herschel Livingston of Indianapolis; a sister, Mrs. Marrian Brill of Terre Haute, and a brother, John Phipps of Decatur, Ill.  The body was taken to the Cottrell-Williams funeral home where services were held at 1:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The Rev. Richard Hogatt was in charge and burial was in Rosedale Cemetery.”  - Rockville Tribune, April 9, 1959


Mary E. Phillips, 89, of Rockville and formerly of Montezuma died at 1:06 p.m. Monday, March 17, 1997, in West Central Community Hospital in Clinton. She was a nurses' aide at the former Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton. She was born December 6, 1907, in Coal Bluff to Henry Fox and Cora Brown Fox. Survivors include one son, Donald Phillips of Bloomingdale; two daughters, Marilyn McCarty of Linton and Doris Weisheit of Fort Wayne; one sister, Helen Webster of Brazil; two brothers, Kermit Fox of Centerline, Mich. and Willard Fox of Farmington, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Joan Blackburn March 24, 1992. Services are 1 p.m. today in Brown Funeral Home, with the Rev. Wendell Adams officiating. Burial is in Oakland Cemetery.


Tangier, January 22 -- Mrs. Elma Pickard, 56, died at 6 o'clock Sunday morning at her farm home near Howard -- just a year to the day after her mother, Mrs. Henry Holton, died in the same house.  She had been seriously ill since Friday and death was due to a complication of diseases. She had suffered with diabetes the past 10 years and had been in poor health for several months. born November 18, 1881, Mrs. Pickard was the daughter of Henry and Mattie (Ellis) Holton. She married Charles M. Pickard August 27, 1902.   Mrs. Pickard was a member of the Howard Presbyterian Church and the Ladies Aid.  She also belonged to the Tangier Friend's Aid, the Women's Relief League and the Women's Relief Corps. Surviving are the husband, one son, Harold Pickard; a granddaughter; four brothers, Austin & Arthur Holton, Newport; Ross Holton, Hillsdale and Edgar Holton, Des Moines, Iowa and 3 sisters, Mrs. Merle Henline, Akron, Oh; Mrs. Vera Kite, Muncie and Mrs. Myrtle Richmond, Clinton.   Funeral services will be held at the Tangier Friends church at 10:30 o'clock Tues. morning with Rev. Stanton Lawyer, pastor of the Howard Presbyterian church officiating. Burial will be made at Terre Haute.  - Crawfordsville Daily Journal, January 23, 1939

Jefferson Pickard was born September 28, 1861 near Marshall, Indiana and died May 7, 1898 at his home two miles So. of Rockville, aged 36 years 7 months and 9 days.  Deceased was a son of Alexander and Sarah Pickard, being the youngest of 11 children.  He was married to Elizabeth Shepard, December 28, 1887.  To this union 3 sons were born, all of who survive him. He resided in Waveland until about a year ago, when he moved to his last place of residence south of Rockville. Mr. Pickard united with the Baptist church in Waveland in the fall of 1896.  He was an earnest Christian and was willing to die, regretting only to leave his family.  Besides his wife and children, he leaves 3 sisters and one brother. - Waveland Independent, June 3, 1898

CLINTON – Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Butler Funeral Home in Rockville for Fred H. Pickard, 77, of Clinton. He died at 9 p.m. Monday (Sept, 4, 1978) at Vermillion County Hospital. He had been ill for some time. The Rev. Wendell Adams will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery at Montezuma, where graveside rites will be by the Kingman Masonic Lodge. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. Pickard was a retired railroad car inspector for the C & EI Railroad. He attended the Clinton Methodist Church and was a member of Kingman Lodge 314 F & AM, Scottish Rite of Terre Haute, Zorah Shrine of Terre Haute and Parke County Low 12 Club. He also was a member of the Izaak Walton League and the Retired Railroaders Association of Danville, Ill. Born Feb. 16, 1901, in Parke County, he was a son of Caleb and Cordie Church Pickard. He married Lela DeBaun Sept. 9, 1922. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Rosemary Brunic of Carmel; two sisters, Mrs. Olga Harvey of Largo, Fla., and Merle Pickard of Marion; two stepbrothers, Thomas Branson of Terre Haute and Homer Branson of Marshall; two grandsons and a nephew. – jlr - Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review, 05 September 1978

- Louis A. Pickard Died At Ball Nursing Home - Louis B. Pickard, 84, retried farmer who had spent most of his life in the  Parke County area near Rockville, died at 3:30 Saturday morning at the Ball  Nursing Home where he had been a resident for the past five months. Born January 13, 1881, in Watseka, Illinois, he was the son of Isaac and  Josephine Brockway Pickard. The family moved to the Rockville area during  Mr. Pickard's early childhood. He married Lena Ott in Rockville in 1903 and she preceded him in death on  January 21, 1961. Mr. Pickard, a farmer for 70 years before retirement, was  a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church and a 50-year member of Parke  Lodge No. 8, F and A.M.  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Hubert (Ruth) Beeson of Marshall; a  grandson, Marc Beeson of north Terre Haute; a brother, Andy Pickard of  Jennison Beach, Florida; a sister, Mrs. Gloria Woolery of Tucson, Arizona,  and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Tudor Funeral Home in  Rockville, with the Rev. Morgan Roberts officiating. Interment was in Memory Garden Cemetery.  - Rockville Times, Thursday, December 16, 1965


Mrs. C.C. PICKETT, mother of Mrs. H.E. Hadley of Seattle, and picturesque figure in the hardy pioneer days of the middle west, died at 4:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon at the home of Judge and Mrs. Hadley at Sixteenth avenue and east Union street.  She was 91 years old.   Ill but a comparatively short time, Mrs. Pickett was born in southern Indiana January 4, 1823, and was reared in that state before the entrance of the railroads. She was left a widow when 30 years old, with a family of five children whom she raised on a farm on the banks of the Wabash. She was a member of the Friends or Quaker church.  When the Civil war was declared three of Mrs. Pickett’s brothers and two of her sons entered the conflict at approximately the same time. One of the brothers joined the Confederate army while the other arrayed themselves on the opposing side.  Mrs. Pickett came to Seattle four years ago to reside with her daughter.  Besides Mrs. Hadley she is survived by two sons; Joel L. Musgrave, of Hutsonville, Ill., and Jesse C. Musgrave, who lives in Florida by her first husband. (Note: the rest is too light to read)”  - Rockville Republican, February 11, 1914 (Submitted by Anita Ellis)


Eveline Pike, daughter of Samuel and Mary Pike, was born in Jay county, Indiana, Oct. 1, 1838; died April 29, 1901; aged 62 years, 6 months and 28 days. In October 1857, she was married to John Bryant, who afterward enlisted in Co. I, 31st Ind. Vol., and died at Evansville, Ind., in 1861. In 1863 she was married to David Eubank. Eight children were born to them, seven of whom with her husband survive her. In early life she was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal church, but in later life she moved her membership to the United Brethren church, of which church she remained a consistent and devoted member until her death. Her life was a beautiful example of Christian fidelity and motherly devotion, and to her children, husband and friends she leaves a sweet memory, which will ever be a guide and incentive to a better life. Funeral services were held at Fairview church, near Tangier, and the remains  were buried in the Causey cemetery. “Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep.”  Rockville Republican, May 8, 1901 (Submitted by Anita Ellis )

Mrs. Emma PICKARD widow of Levi Picard, who lived at the place now owned by R. E. Eblin at the west end of Main Street died on Monday in Union Hospital in Terre Haute. She had been living with her sister in Rockville. - Waveland Independent, March 3, 1938



Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon for James Poling, 63 years of age, at the residence three miles south of here. Mr. Poling died at the Union Hospital in Terre Haute from heart trouble.  He had been in failing health for some time.  The Poling family had moved from Allerton, Ill., to this community in 1921.  Mr. Poling is survived by the widow; two sons, John and Donald, at home; three daughters, Mrs. L, E. Riddle of Indianapolis; Mrs. Grace Nelson and Mrs. Stanley, both of Rockville. Rev. E. M. Woodward, pastor of the Marshall Federated church, was in charge of the funeral services, and burial was made in the Bethany cemetery east of Marshall. - Crawfordsville Journal Review, March 28, 1938


Shan Alonzo POLLARD, son of Thomas L. and Elizabeth Ellen POLLARD, was born in Vermillion County, IN, March 10, 1861, and died March 29, 1920, at the age of 59 years and 19 days. He was united in marriage to May E. Southard on the 26th day of February 1896. To this union there came to bless and cheer, 5 children - 3 sons and 2 daughters, Pearl, Orville, Lester, Lucy, Marie, and Beatrice. The latter died at the age of 2 years. He was one of a family of 6 children, of whom one brother, John POLLARD, and one sister, Mrs. A. Warner, and 2 half-brothers, John and Samuel POLLARD, survive him.  Mr. Pollard came to Parke County with his father at the age of 10 and has been a resident of Parke County since, except a few years that he lived in Vermillion County. Mr. Pollard was a very affectionate and tender husband and father, always ready to speak a kindly word to any member of the family or lend a helping hand when physically able; never offered criticism unless he was satisfied it was for the best. His educational advantages were somewhat limited, but he received a fair common school education which was of great value to him in his business relations in after life. He was of a quiet disposition, never meddled with the affairs of others, but attended strictly to his own business. He was honest and square in his dealings with his fellow man and took care of his obligations promptly. He was not a showy or brilliant man but was possessed of those sturdy and enduring traits of character that go to the making of a good husband, father, and citizen. He filled his station in life and was apparently contented with his station.  He leaves not only his immediate family and relatives, but many friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held at the house by James M. Swander, pastor of the Coloma Friends Church near his home. After the funeral discourse, the Montezuma Lodge of Odd Fellows, assisted by members of the Rockville Lodge, had charge of the funeral. - Newport Hoosier State, 07 April 1920, Page 001



Thomas Bart POLLOCK, 79, a resident of Parke County since 1945, died Monday Jan 1, 1962 in Culver Hospital, Crawfordsville after being seriously ill since Dec 20. He was born Jan 27, 1882 in Meade Co KY the son of Samuel and Melvina Sweeney Pollock. On May 12, 1907, he married Artie Chappeinear Union Star, Ky. He was a member of the Byron Christian Church. Survivors include his wife; 3 sons, Herman; Ivan and Owen; two daughters, Mrs. Ed Chism and Mrs. Clyde Poole; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Baum; 15 grandchildren; 3 greats and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were to be held Thursday in the Byron Christian Church with Rev. John Servies officiating and Rev. Hugh Dooley assisting. Burial was in Freedom Cemetery with Machledt & Servies Funeral Home in charge. – kbz - Tri-County News, 04 January 1962

PONTIAC  -- although not an obituary, interesting' stuff - Waveland Independent, April 15, 1927 -- "Greene Township" news -- "Pontiac Bill" as he is known to everybody, passed through this country Thursday evening. He was returning to Michigan to work in the fruit again this season.  He camped in Bushong's lot.   His little four-wheeled wagon was equipped for his convenience for his traveling as that is mainly the way he has lived for several years.  He was left an orphan at the age of 8 years when his father died; his mother, half Indian, died when he was only two.  


Albert Grant POOLE, 78 died at 6:30 Wednesday January 29 at the home of his daughter here, Mrs. Raymond Busenbark.  Mr. Poole died of a heart attack and shock which was supposed to have been aggravated by a fall at the home of his daughter in Rockville a few days previously. He is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Guy Heslar of Waveland and Mrs. Willis Hammock of Rockville; five sons, Clyde of Waveland; Everett of Alexander, LA; Paul of Thorntown; Clarence of Paris, IL and Harold of Butlerville; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Straughn of Rockville; a brother, Charles Poole of Greensburg and a number of grandchildren. The funeral was conducted from the Rockville Baptist Church Saturday morning at 10 in charge of  Rev. David Canine.  The music was furnished by the church.  The grandsons were pallbearers. He was laid to rest at Coloma Cemetery near Rockville. - Waveland Independent, February 6, 1947


Mrs. Walker Porter, a sister of the Misses Ella and Mary Williams, of the late Charles and Elmer Williams was buried at the Seceder cemetery. near Portland Mills on Wednesday of last week, after funeral services at the church.  She was the daughter of Daniel and Margaret Williams and was born in Waveland in 1863.  In 1891 she married Mr. Porter who survives her, with two sons, Fred and Floyd.  Death was caused by pneumonia following influenza. - Waveland Independent, January 18, 1929 

Alex Porter, of Milligan, died on Wednesday after a week's illness with pneumonia.  Mr. Porter lacked a month of being 76 years old. He was born in the neighborhood of Portland Mills.  He leaves 3 sons and one daughter, Charles of Hollandsburg; Ora of Milligan; Roy and D. Thompson of Roachdale.  Funeral services at 11 today will be conducted by Rev. T. J. Boyer in the Seceder Church at Portland Mills. Burial in the cemetery adjoining.   - Waveland Independent, March 3, 1922

Mamie Pearl, oldest daughter of Usher and Mary Miller, was b. May 25, 1883, in Raccoon Township, Parke Co and left this earth to answer the call of the Master just as the evening shadows fell on March 16, 1927, aged 43 years 9 months and 19 days. She was one of a family of 4 children, her oldest brother, Brint, having passed to the great beyond several years ago.  Her mother was called by death while Pearl was yet in her girlhood days and she lovingly and tenderly cared for her younger brother, Carl and baby sister, Carrie (now Mrs. Fay Spencer) and in whose memory today they cherish more than a sister's love. She was united in married to Harry Porter on November 27, 1912 and two sweet little daughters, Irene and Louise  came to bless this happy union.  Pearl was of a quiet, unassuming disposition; was a faithful, loving wife and mother.  She never publicly confessed faith in Christ, but those of her family and friends who knew her best, felt she had that hope in her heart that when this life's work was ended there was a home prepared for her, eternal in the heavens.  Many in numbers are the friends and relatives who so deeply mourn her departure, but greatest of all her present will be missed by her loving husband and two daughters, her fond father, sister and brother.  They are broken hearted today but have that joy of looking into the future and hoping to meet her in heaven.  Besides her immediate family she leaves a stepmother, Mrs. Mayme Miller and her loving niece, Mrs. Harold Gibbs, together with aunts, uncles and cousins who greatly mourn their loss.    - ? newspaper --

Rufus Porter, one of the best known citizens of Green Township, passed away while attending the Porter-Haribson-Spencer reunion at the old Nathaniel Spencer place, north of Portland Mills about half past 3 on Tuesday afternoon. Death resulted from cerebral hemorrhage. He had one seizure in 1914, and had since been troubled with dizziness but for the past few days had been feeling unusual well.  He had just returned from a stay at Winona Lake where he had enjoyed himself very much. At the time of his death he was sitting by a tree playing checkers with Ray England, a game at which he was an expert. While waiting for Ray to move he fell back against the tree and expired.  He was the son of Robert and Elizabeth Harbison Porter and was born in Greene Township in 1860. He spent all his life there with the exception of 3 years in Kansas. He married Mary Ball August 15, 1883. She survives him with four children: Mrs. Ray Heslar; Carl Porter; Mrs. Virgil Vaught and Frank Porter. All were present at the reunion but Frank had left for his home in Portland before his father's death. Funeral services at the home yesterday afternoon were in charge of Rev. WC Ball, pastor of the united Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, assisted by Rev. H Sigler; Mr. Ball is a nephew of Mrs. Porter. Burial at Seceder Cemetery, near Portland Mills. One of the visitors at the reunion was Miss Kate Spencer, a niece of Mr. Porter who has been a missionary in Indian for six years and is home for vacation.  Waveland Independent, August 26, 1932  - submitted by Karen Zach


Miss Emma POTTS, who lived alone in the old McEwen residence in the southeast part of town died after a few hours illness Monday afternoon.  About noon Mrs. Maud Bishop who has been furnishing lunch for Miss Potts called to inquire what she would like, but got no response. She notified Max Holbert who has been helping about the house and he went down found the doors locked but broke in.  Miss Potts was lying on the floor of her bedroom.  He put her back in bed.  She refused to have a doctor called or anyone, in fact. After giving her a drink of water, he left and tried to find Mrs. Ryan, colored woman and have her go to the house but could not locate her. About 2 o'clock, Mr. Max went back to the house and discovered she had died in the meantime.  He went for Deputy Sheriff Moore and they returned to the house and called Coroner Switzer. He has not returned a verdict. It is likely Miss Potts suffered a stroke of some sort. Miss Emma Potts  was born and spent all her life in Rockville. She was a granddaughter of Robert McEwen in his day a prominent and wealthy man. Her father was the son of Joseph Potts also an old-time resident of the town. For many years Miss Potts and Miss Mate McEwen her aunt lived together. After the death of the latter, Miss Potts continued to live alone in the house. She was the last survivor of the family.  She was reticent about herself and her affairs and no one seems to know her age. Until late year she was a faithful attendant of services in memorial Presbyterian Church of which she was a member. Her social activities in her later days were confined to the Current Literature club. So far as known only second cousins survive among these Bert Cornwall of Montezuma who came to Rockville and took charge of the funeral arrangements and Will Nye of Lafayette. In her younger days she participated in the social affairs of the town.  She possessed many charming qualities. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon in Memorial Presbyterian church , Rev. W. F. Smith officiating. Interment in Rockville Cemetery.  - Rockville Republican, April 16, 1936



Mrs. Mollie Powell died at Wallace on Sunday and was buried at State Line on Wednesday. She was the widow of Will Crooks, and leaves a daughter, Miss Mode Crooks.  "Eat when your hungry Drink when your dry Chine needs the money you ought to know why."  - Waveland Independent, March 26, 1922


“Roy E. PRATT of Bellmore, age 89, died Friday morning, February 17, in the Parke County Nursing Home. He was the son of John W. and Nancy Blue Pratt and lived his entire life in the Bellmore community. Mr. Pratt was a retired farmer.      Surviving are a niece, Miss Mary Margaret Payton of Indianapolis; and a nephew, Orval Pratt of RR 1, Rockville.  Funeral services were held at Barnes Mortuary this morning (Monday) with Rev. James O. Trousdale officiating. Burial was in Mount Moriah Cemetery north of Hollandsburg.”  - Parke County Sentinel, February 20, 1978


The body of Dr. G. C. Price, of Judson, which was to have arrived from France on Thursday, May 19, did not get here until Saturday.  Funeral services at Mt. Moriah Church on Sunday were conducted by Rev. Mr. Markin of Judson.  The attendance of people was very large, running into the thousands.  Dr. Ball was one of the pallbearers, the others being Dr. Collins, Connerly, White, Bloomer and Shafter, all of whom saw service in the World War.  The burial was in charge of the Litsey-Price Post American Legion.  The funeral was with military honors, a squad of ex-service men firing a salute.  Dr. Price was the only man in Washington Township who lost his life in the World War.  - Waveland Independent, June 3, 1921


Billy Joe Priest Sr., 58, of Montezuma died at 9:24 p.m. Thursday, September 24, 1998, in his residence. He was an iron worker for Iron Workers Local 439 of Terre Haute. He was born June 11, 1940, in Clinton to Tom Priest and Bertha Richard Priest. Survivors include one niece and her husband, Rose Watson and Duane Watson of Montezuma; one sister, Virginia Capps of Mecca; one brother, James Pete Priest of Clinton; several other nieces and nephews; two sons, Billy Joe Priest Jr. and Daniel Priest, both of Terre Haute; one daughter, Cristina Priest of Terre Haute; and three grandchildren. He was an avid musician and banjo player, having played with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys. Services are 1:30 p.m. Monday in Frist Funeral Home in Clinton, with the Rev. Lindy Russell officiating. Burial is in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday. - Terre Haute Tribune


Mrs. Rosanna Pruett died at her home North of Carbon in Jackson Twp, Wed. morning after a lingering illness.  She was 85 years old and is survived by two children -- Mathew Pruett at home and Mrs. John Duncan of this place.  Mrs. Pruett was a well beloved woman of many Christian graces.  She was honored by all who knew her.  Funeral services were held at Zion Chapel of which she has long been a faithful member at 10:30 o'clock, Friday morning. The Rev. John McHargue, a nephew, of Kingman officiating, assisted by the Rev. Abner McHargue a life long friend of the deceased and buried was made in the Moore cemetery. The sympathy of many friends is extended the bereaved.    -  Rockville Tribune, November 14, 1923

Mrs. Harvey Pruett, aged 79, died at her home in Bloomingdale, Thursday morning after a lingering illness.  Funeral services were held Saturday at 10 o'clock A.M., Rev. C. C Griggs officiating.  Burial was in the Bloomingdale Cemetery.  Left to mourn are: the husband, two daughters, a son, and grandchildren. (Thanks to the Wolfs for this) - Rockville Tribune, July 11, 1928, Page 7

Mary Ann Nancy BARTON was born in Parke County  Indiana September 1, 1831 and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Kemper, March 8, 1903 having lived 71 years 5 months and 7 days. The deceased spent all of her life in and near the neighborhood of Mansfield, with the exception of two short periods in her early life which she spent in Illinois, but soon returned.  Last October she went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Kemper of Newton County Indiana.  She was married to Calvin Pruett November 6, 1851 which union was unbroken for a period of 51 years 4 months and two days. To them were born 12 children, six of whom have preceded her to the grave.  Among a people with whom she lived so long and who have known her life so well, it is almost useless for the pen to attempt to pay her the tribute her many friends and neighbors demand.  In her last moments of life, when the messenger of death was knocking to bear her spirit away to her Creator, she showed the characteristic of her life -- thoughtfulness for others. Among her last words were: "Tell the Mansfield folks good bye for they have been so good to me." She leaves a husband, six children, a number of grandchildren and a host of friends.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. McHargue of Kingman in the ME Church at Mansfield after which the body was taken to the Moore graveyard for interment.  - Obituaries of Fountain Co, Indiana found in Local History Room of the Crawfordsville District Public Library, January 2003


Mrs. Margaret PURCELL died of consumption at her home in the northern part of town Tuesday, February 26, and was buried Thursday in Barnes’ cemetery. This makes the fourth death in that family in less than a year. Her husband, Wm. Purcell, died about four months ago.”   February 10, 1892


Donald Eugene Pyle, 55, a native of Russellville, died Saturday in San Francisco, Calif., where he had been a hotel clerk the past seven years.  Born December 19, 1908, Mr. Pyle was the son of San and Addie Jones Pyle. He was a member of the Marshall Federated Church and Terre Haute Elks Lodge.  Survivors include four sisters, Mrs. Daphne Webber of Indianapolis, Mrs. Evelyn Anderson of Gasport, N.Y., Mrs. Nettie Huffman of Rockville, and Mrs. Euphia Awaim of Marshall, four brothers, Wesley Pyle of Lafayette, Ferris Pyle of Rockville, and Lennie and Clarence Pyle, both of Marshall, and several nieces and nephews.  The parents and a brother and sister preceded him in death.  Funeral services will be held at the Davies-Tudor Funeral Home at Marshall at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Bethany Cemetery. Rev. Dale Hamilton will be the officiating minister.  Friends may pay their respects at the funeral home. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 14 September 1964, Page 008 - shared by Karen Zach

H. S. McCAMPBELL received a telegram Saturday evening telling of the death of Mrs. Lennie PYLE which occurred at noon that day at Fillmore, California. She with her husband and sister-in-law, Miss Della Pyle, had gone west last October with the hope of benefiting her health which had been failing for about two years. For a time she seemed to improve but telegrams were received here Thursday telling of her critical illness. Mrs. Pyle was formerly Miss Ella CUMMINGS daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Cummings and had spent her entire life in this vicinity. She was a member of the graduating class of Marshall High School in 1908 and later attended Indiana University and State Normal. She was a good pianist a very successful teacher in our grade schools and one of the best beloved and most respected of our young people.  Her marriage to Lennie Pyle occurred October 8, 1913. She is survived by her husband, father, two sisters, Mrs. HS McCampbell and Miss Mable Cummings and many friends and relatives. Her mother died six months ago. WW Cummings and daughter, Mabel left here Friday for Fillmore. Mrs. Pyle's body will be brought here for burial probably arriving Friday or Saturday. Much sympathy is felt here for the family. - Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Tuesday May 2, 1916

MARSHALL — Wesley Pyle, 66, formerly of Marshall, died Friday in Byron State Hospital at Fort Wayne.  > He was a native of near Browns Valley in Montgomery County, born October 31, 1903 to Sandusky and Adda Jones Pyle.  > Mr. Pyle, an electrician, was a member of the Marshall Federated Church.   Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Thomas (Daphne) Webber of Indianapolis, Mrs. Evelyn Anderson of Courtland, N.Y., and Mrs. Eupha Swaim of Rockville; three brothers, Farris of Rockville and Lennie and Clarence of Rt. 1, Marshall, and nieces and nephews. Four sisters and two brothers are deceased.   Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at Davies-Tudor Funeral Home in Marshall, where friends may call Sunday afternoon and evening. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery. Rev. Lester Niles will officiate.- - Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review , 01 August 1970, Page 003