Burnice J. Williams



12/22/1918-08/19/2013
 
Burnice J. Williams age 94 former 221 West Second Street Portland resident and Monroe resident for ten years passed away Monday evening in Swiss Village Retirement Center in Berne.  She was born in Randolph County December 22, 1918 the daughter of Samuel and Bessie (Booher) French.  She was married June 8, 1957 to Vernie J. Williams who passed away July 17, 1997.  She was a homemaker and had worked at Jay Garment.  She attended Monroe United Methodist Church and graduated from Gov. I.P. Gray High School.
 
Surviving are one son Jim G. Smith of Berne and one daughter Mrs. Larry (Lucy) Atkinson of Monroe, Three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Char Allen presiding.  Burial will follow in the Little Salamonia Cemetery in Portland.  Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the Samaritan Fund at Swiss Village.


Grace Ann (Granny Grace) Whetstone



03/29/1929-08/18/2013
 
Grace Ann (Granny Grace) Whetstone age 84, 102 East Wilson Street Bryant passed away Sunday in Swiss Village in Berne.  She was born in Adams County March 29, 1929 the daughter of Godfrey and Opal (McFarren) Smith.  She was married March 31, 1946 to Harold Olen Whetstone and he passed away August 15, 2003.  She was a homemaker and had worked at Berne Furniture. She was a member of the Bryant Wesleyan Church and active in Ladies Missionary.
 
Surviving are three sons Michael Whetstone of Portland, Jeffrey Whetstone of Bryant and Joseph Whetstone of Rutherfordton, N.C., Three daughters Mrs. Bill (Sandra) Lawrence of Bryant, Elizabeth Baughn of Portland and Sue Twigg of Bryant, One brother Tilman Smith (wife Mary) of Greenfield, one sister Mrs. Charlie (Veda) Ewart of Geneva, Sister in laws Jean Smith and Katie Smith both of Geneva, Ten grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. in the Bryant Wesleyan Church with Pastors Paul Van Cise and Greg Smith presiding.  Burial will follow in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bryant.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home and one hour prior to the services at the church.  Memorials can be made to the Bryant Wesleyan Church or Helping Hand Food Bank.


Norma J. Williams



05/14/1932-08/17/2013
 
Norma J. Williams age 81, 642 West 300 North Portland passed away Saturday evening at her residence.  She was born in Portland May 14, 1932 the daughter of Karol and Mary (Pensinger) Bryan.  She was married April 25, 1952 to Doyle Williams who survives.  She had worked for Buckmaster-Nesbitt and Farm Bureau Insurance both in Portland.
 
Surviving are her husband Doyle,  One daughter Mrs. Darren (LaDonna) Sain of Portland and one brother A.J. Bryan (wife Linda) of Portland, several nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by a grandson Ryan Williams.
 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Darrell Borders presiding.  Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M. Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society or State of the Heart Hospice.


Charles R. French



 05/31/1921-08/17/2013
 
Charles R. French age 92, former resident of 8973 North 100 West Ridgeville passed away Saturday in the Albany Health and Rehabilitation.  He was born in Wabash, Indiana May 31, 1921 the son of Edison and Ruth Marie ((Riddleberger) French.  He was married in 1946 to Wanda Lou Brumbaugh and she passed away in 1988. He served with the U.S. Army. He was retired from Warner-Gear in Muncie.  He was a member of the Redkey Masonic Lodge # 298 and Scottish Rite.
 
Surviving are one son Alan French of Portland and one daughter Michelle Slocum of Ridgeville, two sisters Evelyn McKibben of Portland and Phyllis Hammers of Portland, Four grandchildren and three great grandchildren    
 
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:30 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Lawndale Cemetery in Ridgeville.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Tuesday.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Mildred Pauline Smith



07/06/1917-07/15/2013
 
Mildred Pauline Smith age 96, 745 Patriot Drive passed away Thursday at her residence in Crown Pointe.  She was born in Jay County July 6, 1917 the daughter of Tillman and Mary Belle (Routte) Mock.  She was married April 5, 1941 to George W. Smith and he passed away April 8, 1992.  She was a teacher in Lincoln, Noble, General Shanks and Redkey Schools retiring in 1978.  He also served as principal in Noble School.  She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, National Teachers Association, Indiana State Retired Teachers and Home Extension Club. 
 
Surviving are two sons G. Michael Smith of Portland and W. Randall Smith of Portland, one daughter Mrs. Dale (Gayle) Nottingham of Hartford City, Eleven grandchildren and several great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a daughter Diana Moore.
 
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Salamonia Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. and prior to the services Tuesday.  Memorials can be made to the Salvation Army.


James F. Crosbie



05/15/1920-08/14/2013
 
James F. Crosbie age 93, 260 South Union Street Pennville passed away Wednesday in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland.  He was born in Pennville May 15, 1920 the son of John and Ruby (Willson) Crosbie.  He was married August 4, 1946 to Helen M. Moses who survives.  He graduated from Pennville High School in 1938 and Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1947.  He was a U.S. Army  WW II veteran as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and saw action in Sicily, Salerno, Anzio, Holland, Battle of the Bulge and Germany.  He received a Purple Heart, Bronze Arrowhead, Six Battle Stars and Good Conduct Medal.  He was owner of Crosbie Funeral Home in Pennville, worked for Baird-Freeman Funeral Home and Walker Funeral Home, Pennville Town Marshall, worked for Pennville Custom Cabinets, Indiana Driver Examiner and Baliff for Jay Circuit Court retiring in 2000 at the age of 80.
           
He was a member of Pennville United Methodist Church, Pennville Masonic Lodge #212 for seventy two years, Pennville O.E.S., Past Commander of American Legion Post #482 and a member for seventy two years, Pennville Fire Dept. for twenty five years, Lifetime member of IVFA, Museum of the Soldier, Jay County Historical Society,  Past President of Pennville Lions Club, Salamonia V.F.W. and D.A.V. in Portland.
 
Surviving are his wife of 67 years Helen, One son John C. Crosbie (Wife Kathy) of Dunkirk and one daughter Mrs. Larry (Pamela) Robinette of Fishers, Indiana,  Seven grandchildren Julie (Greg) Buckner of Dunkirk, Jodi Landreth of Yorktown, In, Grandson William (Jennifer) Robinette of Wyomissing, Pa, Carrie (Blake) Furry of Springboro, Ohio, Jason (Sonja) Phillips of Portland, J.C. (Karen) Crosbie of Pennville and Adam (Honey) Crosbie of Elwood,  thirteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister (Glennis Rose)and brother Charles Crosbie. 
 
Funeral services will be Saturday at 2:00 P.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Phillips presiding.  Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville with full military graveside rites.  Visitation will be Friday from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M.  In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Museum of the Soldier, Pennville Fire Department or Pennville United Methodist Church.


Hazel C. Harris



03/28/1912-08/12/2013
 
Hazel C. Harris age 101, of Phoenix, Arizona and former Portland resident passed away Monday in Arizona.  She was born in Madison County, Indiana March 28, 1912 the daughter of Oliver and Minnie (Rector) Morgan.  She was a nurses aid in the Jay County Hospital in the 1950’s and 60’s.  and later in Caylor-Nickel Clinic in Bluffton.
 
Surviving are three sons Paul Harris if Glendale, Arizona, Francis Harris of Portland and F. Gene Harris of Mesa, Arizona, One sister Berneice Morgan of Anderson and Nine grandchildren
 
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Pastor Ray Taylor presiding.  Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Pennville.  Visitation will be prior to the services.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor.


Marilyn “Sue” Bond



08/02/1931-08/06/2013
 
Marilyn “Sue” Bond age 82, former 1007 West Main Portland passed away Tuesday morning at I.U. Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.  She was born in Randolph County August 2, 1931 the daughter of Gerald and Winnegene (Phillips) Mills.  She was married October 6, 1951 to Dick Bond and he died November 6, 2010.  She was owner of Click Tavern in Redkey.  She was a Royerton High School graduate, member of Women of the Moose and an avid Bingo player.
 
Surviving are two daughters Linda Stanley of Portland and Laura Ashley of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, one brother John Mills of Portland and one sister Sara Rinker of Indianapolis    Six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter
 
Private family services will be held in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Claycomb Cemetery.  Memorials can be made to the Jay County Cancer Society


Martha Burk



02/01/1919-08/01/2013
 
Martha Burk age 94, former 810 West Race Street resident passed away Thursday in Persimmon Ridge Healthcare in Portland.  She was born in Jay County February 1, 1919 the daughter of Samuel and Esther (Harty) Pauling.  She was married September 4, 1940 to Ralph Burk who passed away December 23, 1995.  She was a homemaker and also had worked at Ballistran.  She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Homemakers Class, Primetime Breakfast Club and Eastern Star.
 
Surviving are two sons Richard Burk (wife Bonnie) of Fort Wayne and Jim Burk (wife Sue) of Portland, Two daughters Patricia Burk of Portland and Barbara Burk of Fort Wayne,  Seven grandchildren and Eighteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild
 
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home with Tom Lightle presiding.  Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in Geneva.  Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 – 8:00 P.M.  Memorials can be made to the choice of the donor. 


Stanley P. Teeter



 04/30/1929-07/21/2013
 
Stanley P. Teeter age 84, 708 Blaine Pike Portland passed away early Sunday morning at his residence.  He was born in Berne April 30, 1929 the son of Ralph and Mildred (Stucky) Teeter.  He was married July 30, 1955 to Gloria L. Lehman and she passed away May 22, 1999.  He was a Geneva High School graduate and served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.  He was owner of Baird-Freeman Funeral Home for many years and a funeral director for over sixty years.  He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shrine, Portland Lions Club, American Legion Post #211, 40/8, Portland Elks Lodge, Indiana Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association and charter member of 4-H Horse and Pony Club.  He served on First National Bank Board of Directors, Library Board, Green Park Cemetery Board and Jay County Fair Board.  He was Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in 1998.
 
Surviving are one son David Teeter (wife Meranda) of Portland and one daughter Mrs. Gary (Sarah) Theurer of Union City (in Jay County), Three brothers Kenneth Teeter of Delight, Arkansas, Cecil Teeter of Convoy, Ohio and Dick Teeter of Albion, In., Three sisters Mary Teeple of Bryant, Mrs. Jim (Vera) Dailey of Geneva and Linda Heuston of Berne, Five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by two brothers Ralph and Vincel Teeter
 
Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 A.M. in the Asbury United Methodist Church with Pastor Mark Strietelmeier presiding.  Burial will follow in the Green Park Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post #211.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00 – 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the services at the church.  Memorials can be made to State of the Heart Hospice or Asbury United Methodist Church.


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