Obituaries - December 31, 2013
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:00 AM
The funeral for Ruby Evelyn Burnette Stillhammer Hunter will be held at noon Thursday at Grayson Funeral Home in Hanover.
Hunter, 96, of Hanover, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Hanover Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 11 a.m. until the service. Burial will be in Hanover Cemetery.
Online condolences can be sent at www.graysonfuneralhome.com.
This reflects a change in the service time. A full obituary was published Monday.
Linda L. Ralston, 69, of Hanover, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at Hanover Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Aug. 31, 1944, in Sandusky, Ohio, to Charles E. "Shotgun" and Dorothy E. Berghofer Harrod. She grew up and was educated in Madison, attending Lydia Middleton Grade School and graduating from Madison Consolidated High School. She attended Ball State University and took classes at Ivy Tech. She began a 43-year career in banking with First Bank of Madison, starting as a bookkeeper, progressing to the position of branch manager and assistant cashier. When First Bank of Madison merged with Madison Bank & Trust Co., she became a loan clerk and processor in the Commerce/Mortgage Loan Department with Madison Bank & Trust Co. In 1994, she took a position with Citizens National Bank, now River Valley Financial Bank. Starting as a loan clerk, she progressed to customer service, serving as teller supervisor, branch manager and customer service representative, and assisting with cash management services, retiring in 2007. As an employee of River Valley Financial Bank she was involved in community service activities including Bowl for Kids Sake, Relay for Life, the Miss Madison Regatta Pageant, the Jefferson County 4-H Fair, March of Dimes WalkAmerica and Madison Ribberfest. She served as team captain for the March of Dimes WalkAmerica and National Lee Denim Day Annual Fund Raiser for Breast Cancer. She was recognized by River Valley Financial Bank as the employee with the most community service hours completed in 2005. She had served as chairman of the Miss Madison Regatta Scholarship Pageant since 1996. She was a Chamber of Commerce Ambassador for seven years, attending activities including the tele-auction; business expo; job fair; Soup, Stew, Chili and Brew; and Business After Hours. She was Chamber Ambassador of the Year in 2005 and 2006, as a representative of River Valley Financial Bank. She was also selected as Chamber Ambassador representing Xi Beta Upsilon Sorority. She was a Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Xi Beta Upsilon Chapter pledge in 1971, and was a member for more than 30 years. She served in all officer positions, and was currently serving as treasurer. She was selected as Chapter Woman of the Year several times for participation in chapter activities. She also served as coordinator for the Miss Madison Regatta Scholarship Pageant Committee. She was a member of the Madison Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren's ballgames, gardening, flowers, birds and her cat.
She is survived by her husband, Darrell Ralston, whom she married Sept. 25, 1964; one son, Duane Ralston of Hanover; one sister, Mary Elliott of Madison; two brothers, Pete Harrod and Lory Harrod, both of Madison; three grandchildren; one niece; and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Vail Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Hanover Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Xi Beta Upsilon Sorority. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent at www.vailfuneralchapel.com.
Marguerite L. Shanklin Spann, 86, of Madison, died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at The Waters of Clifty Falls.
She was born Oct. 17, 1927, in Union, W.Va., to Clyde and Stella Bostic Shanklin. She spent her early life in West Virginia and was raised in Connersville. She had resided in Jefferson County since 1950. She was united in marriage to Lewis D. Spann in 1946. She retired after many years of service as a program technician with the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service office in Madison. She also worked at the Jefferson County Courthouse for several years. She was a member of the Lancaster Baptist Church. She was an avid bowler, and enjoyed her dogs and gardening.
She is survived by one son, Larry Spann of Madison; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father; her mother, Stella Bostic Shanklin Baker; and one brother, Jimmy Shanklin.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Burial will be private at the McKay Cemetery in Madison.
Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 1 p.m. until the service.
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.
Randall L. "Randy" Tharp, 56, of Carrollton, Ky., died Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at his residence.
He was born July 31, 1957, in La Grange, Ky., to Donald William and Marcia H. Hawkins Tharp. He was a 1975 graduate of Carroll County High School. He served in the Army National Guard. He worked for Coca-Cola and A & W Distribution Company in Carrollton. He served in fire service from 1978 to 2011. He retired in 2011 from the City of Carrollton, where he had served as the fire chief and 911 Supervisor for Carroll County. He also served on the Westside Volunteer Fire Department in Carrollton, retiring from that department when he took over as fire chief for the City of Carrollton. He served on the Carroll County 911 Board from 1994 to 2011. He enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting and woodwork. He also enjoyed his dogs.
He is survived by his wife, Grace A. Corley Tharp, whom he married Oct. 8, 1977; one daughter, Melissa A. Hann of Carrollton, Ky.; one son, Eric R. Tharp of Carrollton, Ky.; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Brenda L. Moore; and one brother, Phillip W. Tharp.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Tandy-Eckler-Riley Funeral Home in Carrollton, Ky. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery of Carrollton.
Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the WHAS Crusade for Children. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent at www.tandyecklerrileyfuneralhome.com.
Thomas "Tom" Arnott Woodburn, 64, of Madison, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 23, 1949, in Bradenton, Fla., to W. Frank and Jean M. Lewis Woodburn. He was a 1967 graduate of Madison Consolidated High School and served as drum major of the MCHS Marching Cubs for three years. He attended several colleges Indiana State, Indiana University, and then returned to Indiana State. While serving in Vietnam, he took correspondence courses through the University of Maryland. Following his service, he graduated from Vincennes University and then attended Ball State in a self-designed carpenter/contractor curriculum. He served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971, rising to the rank of Specialist E5. He received the Good Conduct Medal and several service and campaign medals. He served in the Army reserves until July 30, 1975. He worked with Jim Gabhart Construction for several years, before becoming self-employed. In 1986 he opened the Fillin' Station Liquor Store, which he operated until 2011. He became involved with the Indiana Beverage Retailers Association, including serving as a member of the board of directors and also working closely with the lobbyist for the beverage organization. He served as an officer of the Ryker's Ridge Fire Department for more than 10 years. He was an Indiana Certified First Class Firefighter and also served as assistant chief. He was fireman of the year in 1995. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus and Prince of Peace Parish. He enjoyed being an anonymous supporter of many non-profit organizations for the past 30 years. He was a life-long Jeep enthusiast, collecting and restoring Jeeps of all eras, eventually specializing in World War II vehicles. The hobby led to his involvement in parades, air shows, and museum and historical displays. He was a member of the Military Preservation Association, a charter member of the Indiana Military Preservation Association and co-founder of KILROY Military Preservation Association for Kentucky and Indiana. He was a member of the Board of the Directors of the 4th Armored Reenactment Company. He was asked to serve as a judge for the Military Preservation Association National Convention several times. He attended military events and shows throughout the eastern half of the United States and traveled to Europe to participate in military ceremonial and historical events, and tour many WW II sites. He was also an advocate and supporter of The Madison Ribberfest.
He is survived by one brother, Peter Woodburn of Madison; one sister, Mary Jean Woodburn Johnson of Vernon, Vt.; two nieces; one nephew; five great-nieces and great-nephews; and his caregivers, Josh Jones and Sara Baxter Bickis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Jill C. Woodburn, who died March 30, 2010.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Burial will be in Springdale Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted graveside by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion and the Fort Knox Ceremonial Unit.
Friends may call at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to 10:20 a.m. The rosary will be said at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A final salute will be conducted by Jefferson Post 9 of the American Legion and the Fort Knox Ceremonial Unit at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to The ALS Therapy Development Institute Inc. in Cambridge, Ma. at http://community.als.net/TomWoodburnALSMemorialFund, or to the Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com.