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Paul G. Downey

Paul G. Downey, 100, of Anderson, passed away on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at his residence. He was born on May 25, 1916 near Dabney, the son of Harry and Agnes Halberstadt Downey. He was a 1934 graduate of Holton High School and was a farmer for all of his life.

He was a member of Daybreak Community Church in Lapel. In his spare time, he loved to play cards, especially euchre, but most importantly he loved to spend time with his family and friends. Paul was married to Alma Mathews on March 27, 1937 and his loving wife of 80 years survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Diane (Paul) Lawther of Anderson, Kathleen (Stephen) Brown of Anderson, and Coleen (Bob) Julian of Wolcottiville; grandchildren, Mike (Donna) Lawther, Scott Lawther, Shelley Fisher-Chapman, Kent (Jenny) Watson, Rob (Claudia) Fisher, Andy (Ivonne) Anderson, April (Jeff) Bietz, and Todd (Cristina) Brown; and several great and great great grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother Bill (Elizabeth) Downey of Osgood; one sister Helen (Butch) Jahnigen also of Osgood; special friend, Buzz Anderson, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Charles, Gale, Roy, Hubert, and George Downey, and sister, Jean Lemen.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 3 at Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory in Anderson, with Rev. Richard Cole officiating. Burial was in the Anderson Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Daybreak Community Church in Lapel. Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory in Anderson was in charge of arrangements.

Judy Jordan

Judy Jordan, 69, of Franklin, Tenn., passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017. She was born April 12, 1947 in Batesville, to James and Mary (Colvin) Gilmer. She was most recently retired but began her working days with Union Insurance in Cincinnati, OH after having earned a business degree. She then became a full-time mom raising two boys. As the boys grew older, she ventured into a number of careers. Her first career was as a beautician in Milan, after completing cosmetology school. She then started her own salon and clothing business. Later, she found herself working with WRBI radio and finally with State Farm Insurance, both of Batesville. During various careers, she continued her education taking other college classes.

Judy was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family and friends. She was active in sewing and quilting and the local quilt guild. She loved music, as she played piano, violin, accordion and also sang in church and community choirs. She was active with church, especially the choirs. In Milan, she directed both adult and children’s choir for Milan First Baptist. She later became involved in St. Paul Lutheran in Milan. When she moved to Nashville after the passing of Charles, she became active with Forest Hills Baptist and then with Brentwood Baptist. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends experiencing life from playing games, to attending church, to dining, to traveling, to local attractions. She loved to experience and share life.

Judy is survived by sons, Michael (Keri) of Franklin, Tenn.; Samuel (Janel) of Columbus, Oh.; granddaughter, Mattigan of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; brother, James Gilmer of Cincinnati, Oh; cherished cousin, Cheryl Welch of Versailles, and numerous other cousins, family and friends. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Charles, and her half brother Don.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 7 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Milan with Pastor Susan Socha officiating. Visitation will also be Friday at the church from 9-11 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Ripley County Historical Society, or Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Ross Run Chapter. Condolences may be sent to the family at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan, is in charge of arrangements.

Lila Jo Greenwood

Lila Jo Greenwood, 83, of Greendale, passed away on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. She was born March 28, 1934, daughter of the late Alcedo and Hazel (Groce) Schmaltz. She was a member of the Grace Church of the Valley and previously Emanuel Lutheran Church. She was homemaker. She was active in Tri Kappa, Aglow and teaching activities at church.

She is survived by three sons, Dan (wife Paula) Greenwood, Mike (wife Sandy) Greenwood, and Rich (wife Karen) Greenwood; eight grandchildren, Joshua, Ryan, Heather, Chris, Matthew, Rachel, Alyssa, Lauren and three great grandchildren, Esme, Amelia, Audrey. She was preceded in death by her husband Ben.

Funeral services were held at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, Saturday, April 1 with Pastor Barry Riehle and Pastor Roger Webb officiating. Interment followed in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale. Memorials may be made to the church or charity of donor’s choice. Fitch-Denney Funeral Home, Greendale, was in charge of arrangements. Visit us at

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