Obituaries - April 29, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 11:00 AM
Mildred Irene Thompson Blackerby, 101, of Oak Ridge, Tenn., died Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Greenfield Retirement Center in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
She was born Feb. 28, 1913, in Trimble County, Ky., to Luther and Maple Thompson. She went to high school in Madison and graduated in 1931. She earned a degree in elementary education from Hanover College in 1935. She taught school in English, Ky. before moving to Oak Ridge, Tenn. She taught third grade in the Oak Ridge School system for 17 years. She enjoyed creating, memorizing and reciting poetry and was a member of the International Society of Poets. She endowed a scholarship fund at her alma mater which she stipulated was to go to a female student in need from either Kentucky or Tennessee. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge since 1944.
She is survived by three children, Jack Blackerby of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Ritch Blackerby of Morristown, Tenn. and Molly Blackerby Brockman of Casstown, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Justin Blackerby, whom she married in 1936; her parents; and six siblings.
A private memorial service and burial will be in Anderson Memorial Gardens near Oak Ridge, Tenn.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hanover College, Mildred Blackerby Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 108, Hanover, IN 47243.
Weatherford Mortuary in Oak Ridge, Tenn. is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be sent at www.weatherfordmortuary.com.
Norvella Ann Wallace Bright Bonner, 83, of Madison, died Monday, April 28, 2014, at the Jewell House.
She was born Jan. 24, 1931, in New Castle, to Roy Davis and Evelyn Brown Wallace. She resided most of her life in Madison and was a 1949 graduate of Madison High School. She was also a graduate of the House of James Beauty College. She was employed for more than 20 years with the ASCS as a district secretary. She also was a beautician and cosmetologist for Helen Smith Beauty Shop and had served as a beautician at several area nursing homes. She served as treasurer for the Jefferson County 4-H Fair Board for many years. She was a past worthy matron for the Hanover Chapter 525 Order of Eastern Star, a member of the Madison Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1969 Auxiliary and the First Christian Church. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, painting, the arts, traveling, singing in the Sweet Adelines and animals.
She is survived by one daughter, Cherri Cronen of Madison; one son, Michael Bright of Madison; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father; her mother; and one half brother, Jack Law.
A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Madison-Jefferson County Animal Shelter. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.
Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Brooks, 76, of North Vernon, died Saturday, April 26, 2014, her sister's residence in North Vernon.
She was born Aug. 15, 1937, in Acton, to Wilford and Bertha Ferrell Brooks. She had worked for Greenleaf Restaurant and Rocky Top Restaurant. She attended Queensville Community Church. She enjoyed reading, eating, attending church and, watching birds and animals.
She is survived by one sister, Dorothy Beasley of North Vernon; and one brother, Harold Brooks of Hanover.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Carolyn Feiles; and one brother, Wilford Brooks Jr.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon. Burial will be in Hayden Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the service.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Queensville Community Church.
Online condolences can be sent at www.dovesharprudicel.com.
H. Tootie Harrod, 92, of Madison, died Sunday, April 27, 2014, at King's Daughters' Hospital.
Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Vail Funeral Chapel.