• Dale Mullis, 81 passed away December 17

    December 27, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Dale Mullis, 81, passed away December 17, 2012 in Inverness, Florida. Formerly of Bloomington, Dale was born on April 18, 1931 in Brown County. He was the youngest son of Orville Mullis and Mary (Deckard) Mullis. Dale was a veteran of the Korean War and went into banking upon returning from Korea.


    Dale is survived by his wife Betty (Persbacker); stepdaughter,  Shelly Chalmers (Jimmy); two stepgrandaughters, Katy Creech (Russ), and Joy Chalmers; nieces, Betty Jo Cross (John), Brenda J. Deckard and Susie Hendershot (Todd); and nephews, David A. (Brenda) and Ronald D. Rose (Sharon), John Kronforst, and Kenneth Mullis (Brenda); plus numerous great-nieces and nephews.


    Dale was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alvin and Albert Mullis; a sister, Altha Rose; and a nephew, Robert Mullis.


    Dale will be deeply missed by all of his loving family.

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  • Clara B. Figg-Holtsclaw, 89 passed away December 22

    December 24, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Clara B. (Jones) Figg-Holtsclaw, 89, of Columbus, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at her home. Clara was born May 7, 1923, in Greene County, Indiana, and was the daughter of Norman C. Jones and Sarah (Bough) Jones. She was the youngest of eleven children. She attended Bodwell Grade School, a one-room school house, and graduated from Solsberry High School.


    Clara had worked for RCA, Sarkes Tarzian, Indiana University and during World War II, she worked at defense factories. Most of her life was spent raising her family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She also was an Avon representative for ten years before she retired. She lived in Bloomington, Indiana, from 1941 to 1957 and Nashville, Indiana, from 1957-1969 and then Columbus, where she currently resided.


    On December 13, 1941, she married Robert E. Figg and had a son Robert D. Figg. She later married Howard D. Holtsclaw on November 2, 1946. They were married 50 years and had five children that all survive, R. Darlene Deckard (Lonnie), Mary Ann Knight (Art), Richard D. Holtsclaw, Rhea D. Williams (Gary), and Denise R. Holtsclaw. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.


    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Howard D. Holtsclaw, son Robert D. Figg, daughter-in-law Connie Holtsclaw, grandson Robert Figg Jr., granddaughter Angela McCammon, and a great-great-granddaughter.


    Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard, 3000 E. Third St., Bloomington. Pastor Barb Tuttle will officiate. Burial will follow at Clear Creek Cemetery, Bloomington.


    Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday at The Funeral Chapel.


    Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southern Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St., Columbus, IN 47201.


    Online condolences may be made to the family at

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  • Phyllis Jean Robey Woods, passed away December 21

    December 23, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Phyllis Jean (Robey) Woods passed away at home on December 21, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and child of God, who went to be with our Lord. Phyllis had a two week and four day battle with cancer.


    Born in Monroe County, she was the daughter of Thomas and Ruby (Huffman) Robey. She married Joseph “Buster” Woods of Nashville on October 31, 1953, and he survives. To that marriage, she and Buster have a son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Mary Beth (Kent) Woods of Bloomington; and a daughter and son-in-law, Darla J. and Jon Schultz of Mooresville.


    Phyllis worked at RCA, Sarkes Tarzian and was co-owner of Fabric Addict in Nashville until 1996. She and Buster have lived in Belmont for 59 years. She loved picking green beans, gardening and her flowers. She was a seamstress and made clothes for many children. She is a member of Westside Trinity Pentecostal Church on Howe Street in Bloomington.


    Phyllis is also survived by a grandson, Samuel H. Woods of Bloomington; several step-grandchildren, Brian Schultz of Indianapolis, Rachel Coffman of Greenwood and Ashley McDonald of Evansville; three step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


    She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Ruby; and sisters, Frances and Maxine; and a stillborn child, Teddy Joe.


    Friends may call on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, from 4-8 p.m., in Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, 1682 St. Rd. 135 N., Nashville, IN 47448. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 11 a.m., also in the funeral home. Officiating the service will be Rev. Gerald Flynn. Burial will take place in Duncan Cemetery.


    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Westside Pentecostal Church at 915 W. Howe St., Bloomington, IN 47403. Online condolences may be made to

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  • James N. Fisher, 78 passed away December 20

    December 23, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    James N. Fisher (Jim), of Brown County, passed away on December 20, 2012. He was originally from Washington, IN, and graduated from Washington High School in 1952. He worked for JC Penney until enlisting in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1953 to 1957. He graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1959 as an embalmer. He then moved to Franklin where he played slow-pitch softball and bowled for many years. He worked for Moore Business Forms from January 1961 to December 1992. After retirement he worked for Bloomington Hospital from January 1994 to September 2012. He bowled on several leagues in Bloomington and enjoyed playing golf. He was preceded in death by his wife June in 2002.


    Jim is survived by his two sons, Steve (wife Charleen) Glidden of Georgetown, TX, and James R. (wife Lori) Fisher of Hermitage, TN; one daughter, Sheryl (Ron) Elliott of Westville, IN; and his significant other, Cindy Parker of Brown County.


    He is also survived by two granddaughters, Cindy Boyd and Samantha Dillard; four grandsons, Kristopher Elliott, Nicholas Elliott, James J. Fisher and Dawson Fisher; three great-granddaughters, Samantha Boyd, Allie Boyd and Kaitlyn Elliott; and one great-great-grandson, Gage Liczkowski.


    Jim was a member of the American Legion for more than 60 years, Union Village Lodge 545 Providence, IN, and 32nd Degree Mason in Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis.


    Friends may call on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, from 12-8 p.m., at Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, 700 W. Gourley Pike, Bloomington, IN 47404. A graveside service with military rites will be held in Green Lawn Cemetery, Franklin, IN, on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 10 a.m.


    In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to

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  • Dora B. Merriman, 84 passed away December 20

    December 21, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Dora B. Merriman, age 84 passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, December 20, 2012 at her home in Indianapolis.


    She was born February 27, 1928 in Brown County to the late Clarence & Hallie J. (Fleener) Merriman. Dora was a 1946 graduate of Helmsburg High School and retired in 1985 as a dedicated Legal Secretary for Ice Miller, Dinadio & Ryan Law Firm in Indianapolis after 28 years of service. Prior to that, she was an administrative secretary at theUniversity of California in Los Angeles.


    Being the oldest child of ten, she helped her parents in raising her siblings and in return, her siblings loved her like a mother and enjoyed caring for her during her later years. As a young lady growing up in Brown County, she became a member of the Bear Creek Church in western Brown County and later became a faithful member of the Thompson Road Baptist Church in Indianapolis.


    Dora had a passion for the arts which she help support the Indianapolis Orchestra and Opera. She enjoyed traveling all over the world and learning about history. Her travels took her to Rome, France, Russia, England and Italy. Dora also enjoyed reading and learning about historical figures.


    Dora will be remembered by her siblings: three sisters: Esther Teague of Waynesville, MO, Rosey Beauchamp of Cloverdale & Marie (Stanley) Fishel of Unionville; two brothers: Wayne Merriman of Quincy & Clarence (Mary) Merriman Jr. of Whiteland; cargiver Rhoda Whitaker; and several nieces and nephews.


    She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister: Louise Vandover and three brothers: George, Frank & James Merriman.


    The Rev. Tony Slutz will conduct a funeral service 1 pm Friday at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 11 am until service time on Friday at the funeral home. Dora will be laid to rest at Bear Creek Cemetery in Brown County.


    Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Dora to the Bear Creek Cemetery Association, PO Box 100, Helmsburg, IN 47435.


    Expressions of caring and kindness can be made to the Merriman family at


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