Thelma Hughes

Thelma Irene Hughes, 86, of North Vernon, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Jennings Health Care Center in North Vernon.

She was born Feb. 5, 1928, in Jennings County, to Hubert and Ruth Frazier Short. She was a 1946 graduate of Vernon High School. She was a secretary and worked in research for the former Regal Rugs in North Vernon, retiring in 1995 after 32 years of service. She enjoyed crocheting, working in her yard and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Hughes, whom she married Feb. 9, 1947; two sons, Mike Hughes of North Vernon and Gary Hughes of Jasper; two brothers, Danny Short of Paris and Larry Short of Commiskey; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Donald Short and William Short; four sisters, Donna Goldschmidt, Wilma Faye King, Roberta Pettigrew and Shirley Short.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Service in North Vernon. Burial will be in Vernon Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Jennings County Community Foundation.

Online condolences can be sent at www.dovesharprudicel.com.



Merle Jackson

Merle N. Jackson, 90, of Madison, died Thursday, May 8, 2014, at King's Daughters' Hospital.

Funeral arrangements and additional information are pending at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.



Richard Lunsford

Richard H. "Dick" Lunsford, 77, of Madison, formerly of North Vernon, died Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Hickory Creek at Madison.

He was born May 27, 1936, in Jennings County, to Carl and Rachel Trapp Lunsford. He retired in 1988 after 21 years of service as a machine operator for the Cummins Engine Company in Columbus. He was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in North Vernon. He enjoyed golfing and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Grider Lunsford, whom he married Oct. 26, 1997; two sons, Richard A. Lunsford and Robert Lunsford, both of Brookville, Md.; three daughters, Connee Sauley of Madison, Chris Gaebes of Jennings County and Shelly Miles of Lexington, Indiana; three step daughters, Kayleen Ross of Commiskey, Geneva Ridener of Kentucky and Diana Smith of Grammer; one step son, Curtis Ridener of North Vernon; one sister, Isabelle Barnes of Madison; and 18 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Naomi Patterson; and one brother, Carl Lunsford.

A memorial service will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at Lytle Funeral Chapel.

Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday from 4 p.m. until the service.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Choices for Women in Madison or the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in North Vernon. Contributions can be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences can be sent at www.lytlefuneralchapel.com.



Troy Saylor

Troy Lee Saylor, 79, of Scottsburg, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany.

He was born March 19, 1935, in Harlan, Ky., to Andrew and Mae Belle Taylor Saylor. He was an Air Force veteran. He retired from Laborers International Union Local 741. He worked as a yard superintendent for Force Construction in Columbus and a core maker for Berlin Chapman's Foundry in Berlin, Wis. He was a member of the Lick Branch Baptist Church near Deputy and Scottsburg Post 234 of the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Betty L. Lyle Saylor; two sons, Michael Saylor of Columbus and Troy Lynn Saylor of Vallonia; one brother, Bronson Parkey Saylor of Wallace, Mich.; one sister, Maxine Bass of Phoenix, Ariz.; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Claude Saylor, Roy Saylor, Dempsey Saylor and Eddie "Rosie" Saylor; and two sisters, Dorothy Akers and Minnie Blanton.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Collins Funeral Home in Scottsburg. Burial will be in Lick Branch Cemetery near Deputy.

Friends may call at the Lick Branch Baptist Church Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the funeral home Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Online condolences can be sent at www.collinsfuneralhome.net.