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Matthew Keith

Matthew Keith, former resident of Brookville, who moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 2009, died at his residence on Sunday, May 8, 2011. He was 22 years old.

He was the son of Chester Keith and Teresa M. Allen and an employee of Bell Incorporated.

Surviving are his mother, Teresa M. Allen of Brookville; his stepfather, Chris King of Brookville; his fiancée, Katie Foltz of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; his children, Ava and Cayden; his stepmother, Virginia Keith of Brookville; his sister, Amber Keith of Brookville; and his grandparents, Lucinda King of Brookville, Donald Allen of Brookville, and Bonnie and Darlene Keith of Sardinia, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his father and one grandmother, Betty Keith.

Pastor Fred Marshall of Logan Creek Pentecostal Church officiated the funeral service on Saturday, May 14, at Cook Funeral Home. He was laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery where family members served as pallbearers. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home on behalf of the family toward expenses.

Lynn E. Paddock

Lynn E. Paddock, age 73, of Richmond, died unexpectedly Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Methodist Hospital.

Born October 4, 1937, in Hamilton, Ohio, to Franklin and Pauline Black Paddock, he lived in Richmond since 1959. Lynn was a 1955 graduate of College Corner (Ohio) High School and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-1959. He worked for over 40 years with Wallace Metal Products in Richmond and retired after 20 years as Plant Manager in Anniston, Alabama. Lynn was a member of Fountain City Wesleyan Church. He was a very active volunteer with Meals on Wheels and Reid Hospital. Lynn enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, the Shawnee Valley Dulcimer Society in Brookville, gardening, and skiing.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Mary Frances Stelle Paddock; daughter, Amy Paddock of Liberty; two sons, Gregory L. Paddock of Indianapolis and Michael F. (Jenny) Paddock of Richmond; grandchildren, Johnathon (Katie) Paddock of St. Louis, Missouri, Brandon (Jessica) Paddock of Evansville, and Matthew Paddock of Richmond; great-grand-daughter, Kara Paddock of Evansville; brother, Allen (Tonya) Paddock of West College Corner, Indiana; cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Public graveside services for Lynn E. Paddock were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, at College Corner Cemetery (south of College Corner United Methodist Church) in West College Corner with Pastor Keith Vincent officiating and military honors by the Wayne County Honor Guard. Arrangements were handled by Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Rufus Smallwood

Rufus Smallwood, 78, of Laurel, passed away at 1:35 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011, in the Emergency Room of Rush Memorial Hospital, Rushville, Indiana. He had been in failing health for several years.

He was born July 8, 1932 in Manchester, Kentucky, one of seven children of Shelby and Cora Smith Smallwood and he came to Franklin County, with his family. He had served with the U.S. Army. Since 1956, he was an over the road truck driver, retiring in 1998. On November 10, 1973, he was married in Jellico, Tennessee to Mary Marcum. Mrs. Smallwood survives. In his leisure, he enjoyed fishing and spending time outdoors. But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Survivors besides his wife, Mary Smallwood include five children, Darla Smith and husband, Kenneth of Fairfield, OH, Karen Smallwood of Hamilton, OH, Donnie Thompson and wife, Diana of Cincinnati, OH, Robin Davis of Laurel, and Steve Thompson and wife, Jennifer of Laurel; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ernie Smallwood and wife, Vicky of Clarksburg, and James Lee Smallwood and wife, Esther of Buena Vista; three sisters, Flossie Jarrett of Buena Vista, Janet Littleton and husband, Eldon of Olive Hill, KY and Kathy Roberts and husband, Daniel of Peppertown; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a son, Mike Smallwood and an infant sister.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home. Burial with military rites will be held at Laurel North Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday.

James Allen Phillips

James Allen Phillips, age 77, of New Alsace, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church and a proprietor of The Berry Patch in New Alsace. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene; his daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy and Scott Gill of New Alsace, Karen and Don Apsley of Brookville, Lisa and Pete Harrington and Judy and Bill Anderson, all of Indianapolis, and Jayne and Darren Stiffler of Nineveh; 20 grandchildren; two brothers, William (Toby) Phillips of Phoenix, Arizona and Larry Phillips of Indianapolis; plus one sister, Kathy Phillips of Guilford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Eleanor (Kuebel) Phillips; and one sister, Jackie Craig.

The funeral mass was held on Saturday, May 14, at St. Paul Church in New Alsace. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Rectory Repair Fund or St. Paul’s School. Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home in Guilford was in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas W. “Skip” Turner

Thomas W. “Skip” Turner, 51, formerly of Laurel, now residing in Cleves, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, May 9, 2011.

He was born February 20, 1960, in Covington, Kentucky, one of two children of Thomas L. and Thelma (Burch) Turner and came to the Laurel area with his family as a child. He attended Laurel School and was a 1978 graduate of Connersville High School. Following his graduation, he enlisted in the U. S. Navy for six years and was a boiler tender on the U.S.S. Sierra. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Everton and was employed by Richmond Power and Light. He moved to Greendale and was employed by Kelly Brothers Roofing. Most recently, he worked for the Bowlin Electric as a lineman. On January 2, 1982, he was married in Charleston, South Carolina, to Mary Brooks, and she survives. He was a member of the Electrical Workers Union and the American Legion. He enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, landscaping and camping.

Survivors besides his wife include his mother, Thelma Turner, of Connersville; a son, Jacob Levi Turner, and two daughters, Brooke Renae Ashcraft and Tiffany Lynn Turner, all of Cleves, Ohio; six grandchildren; a sister, Sherry Burgdoerfer of Connersville; a stepsister, Raymonna May of Connersville; and his maternal grandmother, Juanita Burch of Connersville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas L. Turner; son-in-law, Jamie Ashcraft; his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

Funeral services were conducted by Eric Hopkins on Friday, May 13, in Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home, Connersville. Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Fernside Grief Family Counseling.

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