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William Earl May, 83, of Rexville

William Earl May, 83, of Rexville passed away at 11:59am, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born near Benham on April 13, 1935 the son of William and Alta Tunks May. He was married to Phyllis Wright on June 2, 1957 and his wife of 61 years survives. Other survivors include two daughters Deborah (John) Mercer of Jamestown, and Janet (Ron) Linkmeyer of Friendship; three grandchildren Eric (Monica) Adams of Brownstown, Elizabeth Mercer of Greenfield, and Jodi (Patrick) Stockton of San Antonio, Texas; five great-grandchildren Lane, Clara, and Graham Adams, and Riley and Jackson Stockton; one sister Lora Swinney of North Vernon. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Stanley, Leroy, Russell, and Estol May, and his sisters Lila Zeigler and Evelyn Meek. Mr. May was a 39 year employee of Bohn Aluminum in Greensburg where he worked in machine set-up, retiring in 1995. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, fishing, woodworking, making corn hole games, gardening, and helping others. Earl was a 72 year member of the Shelby Christian Church and had served as a deacon for 55 years. He had spent last several years serving as sexton for the Shelby Cemetery and had mowed the cemetery for 13 years. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 10th at 10:30am at the Shelby Christian Church with Tim Heim officiating. Burial will be in the Grandview Memorial Garden near Madison. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 9:30am until time of services Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be given to the Shelby Christian Church Building Fund or the Shelby Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

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William B. Watts, 82, of Allenís Crossing near Osgood

William B. Watts, 82, of Allenís Crossing near Osgood passed away Friday, April 5, 2019 at his home. He was born at Hallie in Letcher County, Kentucky on February 9, 1937 the son of Pearl and Cinda Smith Watts. Survivors include three daughters Phyllis Watts and Lisa Johnson both of Norwood, Ohio, and Billie Watts of Madison; one step-daughter Kathy (AJ) Riley of Napoleon; 8 grandchildren; six sisters Sue (Darrell) Gross of Florence, Kentucky, Sharon (Bill) Back of Canaan, Juanita (Bob) Adams of Shelbyville, Christina Wooten of Kentucky, Velma Hamilton of Moorhead, Kentucky, and Glenna (Tom) Sunn of LaPorte. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty DeBurger Watts, his son Randy, daughter Brenda, brothers Fred, Pearl Jr., Jay, Dee Lawrence, Billie, and Bub; he was also preceded in death by his sisters Virgie Whitaker, Effie Campbell, and Emma Jean Leach. Mr. Watts was a 40 year employee of Reliance Electric in Madison where he worked as a tow motor operator, retiring in 1997. Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing, and tending to his dogs, guineas, and chickens. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 9th at 12pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Randy Thieman, minister of the Versailles Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in the Shelby Cemetery. Visitation will also be on Tuesday beginning at 10am. Memorials may be given to the Jefferson County Humane Society or the Shelby Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

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 A. Everett Wood, 98, of Cross Plains

 A. Everett Wood, 98, of Cross Plains passed away at 6:40pm, Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at his home. He was born at Hazel Green in Wolfe County, Kentucky on February 16, 1921 the son of Alfred and Martha Napier Wood. He was married to Myrle Hankins on September 6, 1943 and she preceded him in death on August 27, 2011. Survivors include two sons Ralph (Faith Ann) Wood and Robert (Dotty) Wood both of Versailles; one daughter Carol Berry also of Versailles; one sister Irene Scudder of Lawrenceburg; nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, his granddaughter Linda Jane Berry, son-in-law William Berry, his brothers James and Henry Wood, and his sisters Daisy Tyra, Adah Jane Tyra, Elizabeth Wood, Nanie Mae Whisman, Virginia Nickell, and Leona Whisman. Mr. Wood was an Army Veteran of WWII serving with Company A of the 108th Infantry Division. He established A.E. Wood Excavating in 1954 and for several years operated heavy equipment. In 1970 he purchased the Versailles Implement Company and began Wood Farm and Industrial Supply in Versailles, retiring in 2006. He was also a farmer and worked with his family on the farm well past his 96th birthday. Everett received his pilotís license in 1964 and maintained landing strips at home as well as at his machinery dealership in Versailles. He was a strong advocate of education and served many years as Brown Township trustee as well as on the Brown Township School Board. He assisted in the building of the Cross Plains Elementary School and the South Ripley High School. The greatest priority in his life was sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The many hours he spent reading the Bible were reflected in the way he lived. He was a member of the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship since 1950 where for many years he served as a deacon, trustee, and Sunday School teacher. He was also a member of the Versailles Masonic Lodge and the Brown Township American Legion. Funeral services for Mr. Wood will be held on Monday, April 8th at 11am at the Bear Creek Baptist Church in Friendship with Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Cross Plains Methodist Cemetery with military graveside rites by the Brown Township American Legion. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4pm to 7pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and from 10am until time of services Monday at the church. The Versailles Masonic Lodge will conduct services Sunday evening at 6:45pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to CEF (Good News Clubs) in care of the funeral home.

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