• Barbara L. Tackett, 65 passed away November 9

    November 18, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

     Barbara L. Tackett, 65, of Bloomington, died on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at her residence in Bloomington. She was born on Nov. 10, 1946, in Morgan County, the daughter of Fred and Anna (Betts) Scrogham. She previously worked with Stonebelt Industries, Kroger and the former Ladyman’s Restaurant in Bloomington. She was of the Baptist faith.


    Barbara’s life centered around her friends and community. She very much loved her neighbors and their caring ways. The residents of Cambridge Square Apartments were more than willing to help her and look out for her. Her family wishes to express their sincere thanks for all the kindness shown to Barbara.


    Barbara is survived by her siblings, Wilma (Joe) Woodruff of Greenfield, Kathleen (Paul) Conaway of Greenfield, Douglas (Charlotte) Scrogham of Franklin, John (Jewell) Scrogham of Wilkinson, Stanley Scrogham of Freedom, Connie Scrogham of Martinsville and Terry (Joe) Sisk of Avon. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Doris Ellen Scrogham; and one brother, Gilbert Scrogham.


    She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl Tackett; one sister, Doris Ellen Scrogham; and one brother, Gilbert Scrogham.


    Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Allen Funeral Home, 4155 S. Old Ind. 37 in Bloomington. Friends may visit at the funeral home one hour preceding the services. Burial will be at Goshen Christian Cemetery in Brown County.


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  • Stewart Edward Huffman, 79 passed away November 15

    November 16, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Stewart Edward Huffman, of Nashville, 79, died peacefully Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Brown County Health and Living Community after a long battle with a rare disease, Progressive Super-Nuclear Palsy (PSP).


    He is well known in the Columbus area community for his long history with The Republic (formerly The Evening Republican) newspaper where he started work as a paperboy in the 1940’s and served as its Editor 1972 to 1986. After leaving The Republic, he continued his career for 17 years as a speechwriter and public affairs specialist at the Indiana Statehouse for two Superintendents of Public Instruction, H. Dean Evans and Suellen Reed before retiring in 2003.


    Throughout his life, Stu was an ardent supporter of the First Amendment and an activist for laws supporting open government records and meetings.  He was a long time member of the ACLU and was appointed by Governor Otis Bowen in 1979 as the first journalist member of the state Oversight Committee for the Indiana Commission on Public Records. He called himself a “Jeffersonian Democrat”.


    Stu was born in Greencastle,Indiana, as the eldest son of Neil and Julia (Fulk) Huffman of Columbus who predeceased him. His siblings, Rebecca Ann Huffman Border, Martha Jane Huffman O’Dell, and John William Huffman also predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Jane Allebaugh Huffman, whom he married in 1967, and one daughter, Amy (Jim) Huffman Oliver, and two grandsons, Abraham James Oliver, and John Stewart Oliver all of Nashville.


    Stu’s father worked as a bridge builder for the State of Indiana in the 1930′s and 40′s requiring the family to move to 13 towns in central and southern Indiana over 10 years. The family eventually settled in Columbus in 1943. He started his journalism career at age 11 as a paperboy in East Columbus for the Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis Times after receiving a bicycle for Christmas.  He carried a notebook and a camera in his bike basket “in case he saw any news to report” and set up a darkroom in his basement.


    Stu graduated from Columbus High School in 1950 and where served as editor and chief photographer of the Triangle newspaper. He received a $400 loan from the Columbus Kiwanis which allowed him to attend Indiana University where he majored in journalism and political science. He worked freelance and summers for the Columbus paper while he was editor of the Indiana Daily Student and a member of the Board of Aeons and Sigma Delta Chi. Before he finished college, he was drafted into the Army and served from 1954-56 in Heidelberg,Germany. He called himself a “heavy armored typewriter operator”.  After his service, he returned to Indiana University and completed his A.B. degree in 1956.


    He returned to Columbusto work for The Evening Republican newspaper where he was a general reporter and photographer. He became news editor in 1963, managing editor in 1968, and Editor from 1972 until 1986.  He directed the addition of a Sunday issue in 1985, instituted “Talk with the Editor” community forums, and led the paper through significant developments in computers and technology in the newsroom. He was a mentor to many young reporters and writers throughout his career.


    Stu won many professional awards from Hoosier State Press Association, United Press International Indiana Newspaper Editors (UPINE) and Ball State University. He was an active member of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, president of UPINE, and on the publications Advisory Board and Executive Committee for the Indiana University Alumni Association.


    In Columbus, Stu served as a Director for the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Bob Gordon Memorial Scholarship Fund, President of the Easter Seals of Bartholomew County, Chairman of the Columbus Salvation Army Christmas Kettle campaign, and treasurer of the Lincoln Center Figure Skating Club as well as serving on advisory boards for the Red Cross of Bartholomew County, Columbus Fireman’s Christmas Cheer Fund and the American Center for International Leadership. He was a founding member of the Mill Race Improvement Committee (“River Rats”) and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services and was selected to be the grand marshal of the Columbus Day Parade in 1986.


    In 1987, Stu and Jane moved back to Nashville, IN, requiring Stu to commute to the Statehouse for 17 years.  In Nashville, he served as president, long-time newsletter editor, and 41 year member in the Brown County Lions Club for which he was selected as a Melvin Jones Fellow. He served as President of the Friends of the Brown County Public Library and assisted in the building of the new library in 2000. He was an active member of Nashville United Methodist Church, Salt Creek Trail Committee, Ernie Pyle Society, and Brown County Literacy Coalition. He also worked on his son-in-law’s four successful campaigns for Brown County Prosecutor.


    Stu was best known in the community for hawking Lions Club popcorn at the Brown County Playhouse, his love of ATARI computers, and his generosity of time and funds for projects in which he believed. He was a grammarian who said one of his life goals was to teach others how to properly use the word “hopefully.” Stu and Jane traveled the world on 26 foreign trips throughout their marriage sampling Europe’s beers, wines and smelly cheeses.


    Arrangements are through Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville. Visiting hours will be at Nashville United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 18 from 4:00-7:00 pm and on Monday, November 19 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. A memorial service will be held at Nashville United Methodist Church on Monday at 1:00 pm.


    Memorials in lieu of flowers are requested to be directed to Friends of the Brown County Public Library and NUMC – Boy Scout Troop and Pack 190. Stu’s brain tissue was donated to the Cure PSP Foundation for research on the disease.


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  • Margaret L. Norman, age 89 passed away November 16

    November 16, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Margaret L. (Beaver)Norman, age 89 passed away peacefully early morning on Friday, November 16, 2012 at The Waters of Martinsville.  She was a resident of Morgantown.


    Margaret was born June 12, 1923 in Duncanville, IL to the late Ernest LeRoy & Sarah (Simpson) Beaver. She was a 1941 graduate of Helmsburg High School in Brown County. Margaret retired in 1983 as an assembly worker for RCA in Bloomington after 25 years of service. After retirement, she was very active as a volunteer at the Clothes Closet and worked at the Senior Center, both of Morgantown.

    She was a lifelong member of the Morgantown Baptist Church, Morgantown Senior Center and the Gardening Club of Morgantown. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens, quilting & crocheting and traveling with the Senior Center. Margaret also enjoyed working word search puzzles and was an avid reader. She was known as the “Fudge Queen” of Morgan County. Margaret was famous for her fudge and won several awards and recognition for her candy.


    She is survived by her loving children: Barbara L. Dell ofFt. Worth,TX, Stephen M. Norman & Kenneth A. (Jacqueline) Norman both ofMartinsvilleand James (Teri) C. Norman of Troy,OH. Margaret will be remembered by her two siblings: Sara Barnes of Cloverdale & Ernest (Toady) Beaver of Midwest City, OK; seven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren & six great-great grandchildren.


    She was preceded in death by one sister: Betty Bradley and four brothers: Marion, Bob, Eugene & Charles Beaver.


    The Revs. Myron Young & Ben Swopes will conduct a funeral service 10:30 am on Tuesday  at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, 179 E. Mulberry Street in Morgantown. Friends may call from 4 to 8 pm on Monday at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.


    Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Margaret to the Horizon Hospice,252 Meadow Drive, Suite 6, Danville, IN 46122.


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


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  • Mary A. (Stogdill) Long, age 76 passed away November 15

    November 15, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Mary A. (Stogdill) Long, age 76 passed away Thursday morning, November 15, 2012 at the Indiana University Hospital Morgan in Martinsville. She was a resident of Freetown.


    Mary was born November 12, 1936 in Bedford to the late Otto Levi & Beulah Edna (Wootton) Stogdill. She worked most of her life as an Assembly Worker for Harmon Becker in Martinsville, PTS Electronics and RCA both of Bloomington. Mary also worked as a cook for Indiana University in Bloomington.


    She was devoted to her family and her church family. Mary was known as a wonderful person who was always there for someone in need. Mary was a member of the Country-Gospel Music Church in Gnaw Bone and cherished spending time with her grandson, Daniel and his family. She loved to cook and bake and was famous for her blackberry cobblers. Mary enjoyed working in her yard, mowing and cleaning her home.


    She will be greatly missed by her two daughters: Janet A. Long of Freetown& Sally R. Richardson of Bloomington; grandchildren: Daniel L. (LaNora) Richardson of Columbus, Brian E. Richardson of Madisonville, KY & Jama Pierce of Spencer; great grandchildren: Jonathon Grubb of Terre Haute, Samantha Grubb of Bloomington, Jeff & Jordan Pierce both of Spencer; great-great grandchildren: Nikolai, Eva & Jaxson Russell. She will be remembered by her many siblings: Betty Reynolds of Greenfield, Lou Ella Stogdill & Sarah Mullis both of Bloomington, Lloyd Stogdill of Freetown, James “Bud” Stogdill of Nineveh, Joseph Stogdill of Greenwood & Samuel Stogdill of Franklin.


    Mary was preceded in death by a son in law: James R. Richardson; one great-great grandson: Jeremy Dean Richardson; sisters: Norma Nash & Thelma Strunk; and brothers: Warren, William, David, Walter, & Charles Stogdill.


    The Rev. Jim Ackerman will conduct a funeral service at noon on Monday at the Country-Gospel Music Church, 5181 St. Rd. 46 East in Gnaw Bone.  Visitation for family and friends will be from10 am until service time on Monday at the Church. Burial will be at the Houston Cemetery in Jackson County.

    Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith – Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center inMorgantown.


    Mary’s family strongly suggest that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in honor of her to the Alzheimer’s Disease South Central Chapter, PO Box 547 Columbus, IN 47202.


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  • Rev. William S. “Bill” Offutt, 97 passed away November 2

    November 12, 2012 • ObituariesComments Off

    Rev. William S. “Bill” Offutt peacefully passed away November 2, 2012 at the Franklin United Methodist Community with his daughter, Judie Lahr at his side. Bill was a longtime resident of FUMC and a former resident of Columbus and Vincennes.

    He was born March 13, 1915 in Chicago, IL to the late Herbert C. Offutt & Josephine (Stanley) Offutt. Bill was 1934 graduate of Vincennes Lincoln High. He went on to Vincennes University (class of 1936) & Purdue University (class of 1938). There he studied engineering & was a member of Theta Chi.

    He married Alberta Lou (Day) Offutt on November 26, 1938 , who preceded him in death September 29, 2011 after 72+ loving years. Their devotion and dedication to each other & their faith was evident to all those who knew them. We are sure they are reunited now.

    Bill served with the Cavalry Mule Pack Outfit during WWII. He also learned photography. After WWII he returned to Vincennes where he was owner/operator of “Photos by Offutt” for several years. He then returned to the engineering field in corporations. He was called to the ministry, attending Garrett Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He served the Southern Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church for 22 years, retiring to Columbus, IN. He was very active in Asbury Methodist Church in Columbus.

    From 1995 he was an active and involved resident of FUMC. He was the past president of the Men’s Club & the past Aquatic’s Exercise Instructor. Bill enjoyed sailing (as a young man), fishing, swimming & playing pool. He was a great family man! He enjoyed others of all ages and walks of life.

    Bill will be missed by his daughter: Judie Lahr of Columbus; three grandchildren: Douglas (wife Carrie) Lahr of Indianapolis, Scott (wife Nicole) Offutt of Alexandria, VA & Rene (Husband, Frank) Godoy of North Carolina: Five great grandchildren: Colton, Parker & Norah Lahr of Indianapolis, Elyssa & Caillou Godoy; and Daughter-in-law : Roz Ann Offutt , all of North Carolina.

    He was preceded in death by his wife: one son: David S. Offutt; a son-in-law: James A. Lahr; one grandson: Brian J. Lahr; one brother Robert Offutt, and one sister Frances Ralston.

    Rev. David Lee will conduct a Celebration of Life service at 1:30 pm on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 in the Wright Chapel of the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St. in Franklin. Military Rites will be presented by the Franklin Honor Guard. Following the Memorial Service, a reception will be held by Bill’s family in the Fellowship Hall at FUMC for friends and family. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

    Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Bill to the “Benevolent Fund” of the Franklin United Methodist Community, 1070 W. Jefferson St, Franklin, IN 46131

    Expression of caring and kindness may be sent to the Offutt family at
    Information: 812-597-4670.

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