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James Wilkie Lemon was born February 7, 1926, in Friendship, In., and departed this life in Batesville, In. January 6, 2019. Jim was the son of Wilkie S. and Edna (Elrod) Lemon. He married Patricia Moran of Versailles, In. August 24, 1949, and she survives. Jim will also be missed by his daughter Evelyn Israel and husband Charles, sons James Lemon and wife Nan, and Tracy Lemon and wife Shirley. Jim was also blessed with 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his Aunt Elsie Lemon, and sisters Carolyn Harms, Mary Chandler, and Elizabeth Hooton. As a child, Jim attended school in Friendship before graduating from Cross Plains High School, in the Class of 1944. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the US Army, being assigned to the 24th Infantry Division, and was deployed to the Philippines and participated in the Battle of Mindanao. After the liberation of Mindanao, he was destined for the Japanese mainland when victory was declared on VJ Day. His unit continued on, and was involved with the occupation of Japan. Jim was Honorably Discharged in November of 1946, with the rank of Staff Sargent. For his service to his country, he was awarded the Bronze Star. Jim returned to his family farm in Friendship, and started his young family, as well as his 55-year career at The Friendship State Bank, serving as its President & Cashier. He additionally served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for many years, retiring in 2014. As a young man, Jim enjoyed farming, playing fast pitch softball and basketball, quail hunting, and trap shooting. Later on, in addition to working at his cattle and sheep farm, he focused on attending his grandchildrenís many school and sporting events. He was also an avid Cincinnati Bengals, Reds, and IU basketball fan. Jim was a member of the Friendship Volunteer Fire Dept., Brown Township Post of the American Legion, Ripley County 40 & 8 Voiture 1047, Versailles Masonic Lodge, and Indianapolis Valley Scottish Rite. He was inducted into the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame, and the NMLRA Black Powder Hall of Fame, for his contributions to the organization. Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 11th at 1pm at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Benham Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Brown Township American Legion. Visitation will be on Thursday, January 10th from 3pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 12pm until time of services Friday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Ripley County 40 & 8 nurses scholarship fund in care of the funeral home.


Mary E. Shockey, 92, of Versailles passed away at 3:40pm, Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Southpointe Health Center in Indianapolis. She was born near Elrod on September 18, 1926 the daughter of Raymond and Sylvia Roberts Boyd. She was married to Arnold Shockey on October 20, 1945 and he preceded her in death on March 15, 1997. Survivors include one son Charles (Linda) Shockey of Indianapolis; two grandchildren Eric (Tammy) Shockey and Holly (Charles) Lindsey of Indianapolis; 9 great- grandchildren; one sister Fern Day of Richmond, Kentucky, and special friend Anita Morris of Milan. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother Estell Boyd, and her sisters Edna Shockey and Irma Bavis. Mrs. Shockey was a 1945 graduate of Versailles High School. She was employed with the Amos Jackson Abstract Company in Versailles in 1953 and served as Ripley County Deputy Recorder from 1963 to 1970. In 1971 she became the co-owner of the Ripley County Abstract Company, a position she held until her retirement in 1997. Mary loved to cook for her family, especially baking at the holidays. She was an accomplished seamstress and made many Afghans as well as clothes for members of her family. Mary was a former member of the Busy Bees Home Economics Club at Elrod and was a long time member of the Washington Baptist Church at Elrod. Funeral services will be held at 2pm Wednesday, January 9th at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Rev. Bruce Fitzsimmons of the Washington Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Washington Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Wednesday beginning at 12pm. Memorials may be given to the Washington Cemetery in care of the funeral home.


April J. Miller, 62, of Sunman passed away at 6:15am, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born at Bedford on September 27, 1956 the daughter of Donnie and Susan Deckard Lee. Survivors include her mother Susan (Jim) Collins of Versailles; one daughter Michelle (Jacob) Campen of Moores Hill; grandchildren Faith Lynn Marsh and Jayden Campen; three brothers John (Colyn) York of Edinburgh, Don (Patricia) Lee of Bedford, and Timmy Collins of Osgood; one sister Frances York of Versailles. She was preceded in death by her father,  her brother Jay Daniel York, her sons Michael and Larry Thomas, and her daughter Melissa Graham. Ms. Miller was a former employee of KB Specialty Foods in Greensburg. Aprilís wishes were to be cremated and services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be given to the donorís choice in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.