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January 25, 2018 • Obituaries
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Anthony “Tony” Michael Thompson

Anthony “Tony” Michael Thompson, 29, of Columbus, passed away unexpectedly at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 while hunting in Holton. He was born July 6, 1988, in Middletown, Ohio, the son of Timothy and Rebbecca Clouse Thompson.

Tony loved to fish, listen to music and play cornhole. He enjoyed hunting, mowing the grass, softball and most recently, golf. Tony loved being outdoors, spending time with family and was an avid fan of the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

Survivors include his wife, Breanna Thompson of Columbus; children, Layne and Addilyn; mother, Rebbecca Clouse of Ohio; brothers, Josh (Molly) Thompson of Holton, Brian Thompson of Ohio; niece, Stacey Thompson of Holton; father and mother-in-law, David (Brenda) Lutz; brother-in-law, Andy Lutz, both of Columbus and several other family members and friends. Tony was preceded in death by his father, Timothy Thompson, Sr., and brother, Timothy “Bubba” Thompson, Jr.

The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street in Columbus, with Rev. Anthony Martin officiating. Family and friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery. A memorial fund has been set up at Centra Credit Union for the family of Tony Thompson (under the name of Breanna Thompson). Online condolences and special memories may be shared with Thompson family at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home, Columbus, is entrusted with arrangements.

Walter Bryant, Jr.

Walter Bryant Jr., 78, of Aurora, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018 in Aurora. He was born October 30, 1939 in Dearborn County, the son of the late Walter Bryant Sr. and Dorothy Eloise Bryant. He served his country as a member of the United States Army.

Walter was a member of the Aurora Moose, Chapter #71 Vietnam Veterans, and the Korean War Veterans Chapter #4. Walt was a 20 year career military man. He served during Vietnam, receiving the CIB, Purple Heart with 1 OLC, Bronze Star Medal w/V device and 2 OLC, the Army Commendation Medal w/V device & 1 OLC, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Bronze Star, and the Parachutist Badge as well as several other Medals. Walt received the “Excellence in Competition Badge for Rifle” as a member of the All Army Shooting Team. He served on the local Color Guards for KWVA and Rising Sun several years.

Walt was instrumental in his help with the Wreaths Across America, he would help every year. Walt, along with his late wife Betty, loved to sing karaoke and in their younger days they both loved to dance.

Surviving are siblings, Don (Debbie) Bryant, James Bryant, Hope (Gary) Denison and Deborah (Michael) Abbott; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 56 years Betty L. Bryant and their daughter, Faith Craig; siblings, Leymen Bryant, Joe Bryant, Sandra Smith, Susan Duckworth, and Della Lozier.

Friends will be received Friday, January 26 from 4-8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Aurora, 6060 Blair Road, Aurora. Services will be held at the church on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Pastor Rick Johnson and Pastor Mary Jane Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations. Contributions may be made to the Welcome Home Warriors or Home for Our Troops. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and the family will be notified of your donation with a card. Rullman-Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, is entrusted with arrangements.

Martha R. Miller

Martha R. Miller, 94, of Moores Hill, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, January 25 at Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home in Moores Hill. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Moores Hill. Visitation will also be Thursday 11-1 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Ripley Crossing Activity fund, Moores Hill Methodist Church or Moores Hill Life Squad. Sibbett-Moore Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements, 16717 Manchester St. Box 156 Moores Hill, IN 47032 (812) 744-3280.

Norma Mae Sparks

Norma Mae Sparks, 92, of Milan, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. Norma was born October 2, 1925 in Dearborn County, the daughter of Herman and Lucille (Masters) Waldon. She married Sherman “Cliff” Sparks November 12, 1949 and he preceded her in death September 8, 2010.

Norma worked as a registered nurse for Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Whitlatch Clinic for 11 years, Ludlow Hill Clinic four years and Dr. Robert Wilson for 23 years. She was a member of Milan First Baptist Church, and she was a lifetime member of the Milan Ladies VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

Norma is survived by son, James (Dorothy) Sparks of Lawrenceburg; daughters, Judith (Tom) Thompson of Greensburg and Janey Volz of Milan; seven grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, nine great great grandchildren. Norma was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, one sister and grandson, Tommy Brewington.

Funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Friday, January 26 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastors Harris Long and Charles Miller officiating. Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery south of Milan. Visitation will be from 10 a.m-12 p.m. Friday also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Margaret Mary Hospice or Tommy Brewington Scholarship Fund. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements, 707 South Main Street P.O. Box 243 Milan, In 47031 (812) 654-2141. Go to to leave a online condolence for the family.

Roy J. Wade

Roy J. Wade, 86, of Holton, passed away at 5:10 a.m., Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at St. Andrews Health Campus in Batesville. He was born at Sullivan, Illinois on July 16, 1931, the son of Harvey and Josephine West Wade.

Survivors include one son, Tim (Karla) Wade of Burlington, Oklahoma; two daughters, Gail Snyder of West Harrison, and Lisa (Roger) McQueen of Laurel; seven grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; one sister, Betty Friend of Anderson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Danny.

Mr. Wade was a tool & die maker. He was a former employee of Arvins in North Vernon and retired in 2009 after 36 years with Delta Faucet in Greensburg. His hobbies included building muzzle loading rifles and he enjoyed horseback riding on his farm west of Dabney. Roy attended the Shelby Christian Church.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 29 at 11 a.m. at the Shelby Christian Church with Bro. Earl Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Cliff Hill Cemetery in Versailles. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Monday and will also be at the Shelby Christian Church. Memorials may be given to the Shelby Christian Church or the Cliff Hill Cemetery in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.

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