Mack Caswell Dobbs, 77, of Helenwood, passed away April 5, 2014, at his home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Mortiga and Elie Sexton Dobbs;  grandparents: Mack and Sallie West Dobbs, Caswell and Rachel Cecil Sexton; and sisters: Cecilia A. Hobgood and Marye C. Wiebeck.

He is survived by his brother, William M. (Jane) Dobbs; sister, Elie Marie (R.C.) Woltersdorf; nephews and nieces: Bill, Pete, and Andy Dobbs, Dick, Jerry, Ken, David, and Jim Wiebeck, Don and Charles Hobgood, Kathy Holt, Diana W. Dwyer, Deborah Woltersdorf, and Donna Avila; and many other relatives.

He was a retired Staff Sergeant in the Air Force and served in Vietnam. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed taking his boat on the river, catching fish, hiking, and camping in his tent.  He enjoyed nature, gardening, and when life was simple. He had a heart to help others and loved animals. His smile was infectious and a laugh soon followed.

Memorial service and interment will be held at Cecil Cemetery in July.

Arrangements by West-Murley Funeral Home.

















Ama Rose Williams Koger, 82 of Helenwood, passed away April 6, 2014, at her home.

Born January 5, 1932, she was preceded in death by her parents, William A. and Lovis Jeffers Williams; husband L.C. Koger;  infant daughter, son, Charles Benny Koger; brothers: Arthur, Hoyle, George, Hubert, Berlie, Buford, and Sherman Williams; and sisters: Arlie Jeffers, Mae Jeffers, Juanita Gates, and Beatrice Taylor.

She was an avid member of Helenwood Baptist Church and attended until her health declined, and worked many years in the Scott County youth baseball/softball league. The concession stand at the Little League field near Scott High was built through her fund drive efforts. She was also the town of Helenwoodís ëmayorí.

She is survived by her sister, Eva Burress; sister-in-law Joyce ëTootsieí Williams; grandchildren: Charles Clayton Koger and daughter, Sadie, L.C. Grimes, and Courtney Lynn Sexton; and several nephews, nieces, and many other relatives.

Funeral service was conducted April 12, at Helenwood Baptist Church with Bro. Roger Cecil officiating. Interment followed at Williams Family Cemetery.

Arrangements by Jones & Son Funeral Home.















Helen Krise


Helen F. Krise, 60, passed away April 7, 2014, at Indiana University Ball Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.

Born in Robbins, December 18, 1953, she was preceded in death by her parents, Willard Johnny and Pearl Dean Jones Epperson; sister, Linda Swearingen; and former husband, Terry Carrier.

She worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant in home health for more than 20 years, most recently with Help and Home Care Agency. She enjoyed flea markets and shopping, especially for purses.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Lee Krise; sons: Chris (Jennifer) Carrier, and Brian Carrier, both of Muncie, Ind.; daughter, Allison (Jason) Smith of Lewisville; grandchildren: Austin, Kalob, Justin, Mason, Jackson, and Charlie; brothers: Willard, Jr., Kokomo, and Ronnie Epperson, all of Robbins; sister, Barbara (Lonnie) Cloyd of Robbins; and several nieces, nephews, and many other relatives.

Funeral service was conducted April 12, at Parson Mortuary. Online condolences may be made at:

Obituary provided courtesy of Jones & Son Funeral Home.




Wilma Fay McGee, 67, of London, Kentucky, passed away April 15, 2014, at University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

She is survived by her husband, James McGee; children: James Darren McGee of Louisville, Ky., Missy Young of Oneida, and Chawntay Gilmore of Corbin, Ky.; and many other relatives.

Funeral service was to have been conducted at 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, at Bowling Funeral Home Chapel with Allen Bonnell officiating. Interment was to have followed at A.R. Dyche Memorial Park, London.

Obituary provided courtesy of Four Oaks Funeral Home of Huntsville and Oneida.
















Wanda Smith


Wanda June Terry Smith, 66, of Helenwood, passed away April 7, 2014, at her home.

Born September 4, 1947, she was preceded in death by her father, Rev. Floyd Terry; grandson, Dylan Paulsen; brothers,  Bethel and Chuck Terry; and in-laws:  Kimberly Smith, Arnold Smith, Lloyd Ray Bowling, Macel Hutson, and Jerome and Maggie Smith.

She was a homemaker, and member of Helenwood Baptist Church.

She is survived by her mother, Sylvia Grider Terry; husband of 52 years, Avery Smith of Helenwood; children:  Paula (Ronnie) Glover, Avery Lee Smith, Rhonda (Bobby) Paulsen, and Leslie (Jeri)  Smith; grandchildren:  Justin, Jeremy and Jonathan Griffith, Shawn and Cody Smith, John and Joey Paulsen, and Josh Smith and Christina Chitwood; great-grandchildren:  Bailey, Andrea, Jasmine, Jada, and Kimberly Grace; sisters:  Sharon McGuire and Carol Ann Sizemore; special sister-in-law,  Lorene Bowing; and many other relatives.

Funeral service was conducted April 10, in the chapel of West-Murley Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Cecil and Bro. Lloyd Ray Buckhart officiating.  Music was provided by Bro. Lloyd Ray Buckhart. Interment was conducted April 11, at Daniel Memorial Cemetery.

Arrangements by West-Murley Funeral Home.



Betty Whittenberger, 77, passed away April 9, 2014, at Tennova North Medical Center in Knoxville.

Born in Stearns, Kentucky, January 4, 1937, she was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Josh and Jewell King Duncan;  husband, Park Whittenberger; daughter, Charlotte Henson Brinker; granddaughter, Christine Egerton Cash; three infant brothers, and sister, Shirley Lou Wright.

She was a member of New River Baptist Church.

She is survived by her special children: Susan (Gary) Dourm, Patty (Hardin) Egerton, Mary (Mark) Terry, Tom Henson, Cheryl (Danny) Perry, Kathy (Robbie) Henson Russ, and Ben (Allie) Henson; grandchildren: Danyelle, Micki, Amy, Jessie, Jimmy, Mark, Josh, Matthew, Dylan, Lacey, Harley, Cora, Mandy, Bobby, Allieshea, Katelynn, Rachael, Abbigail, and Saben; great-grandchildren: Connor, Cade, Callan, Annalee, Jamison, Paisley, Walker, Jagger, Jonah, Makenzie, Emma, Elijah, and Brenna; special nieces, Missy Kennedy and Teresa Jones; and many other relatives.

Funeral service was conducted April 12, at New River Baptist Church with Bro. Kermit Phillips and Bro. Guy Ainsworth officiating. Music was provided by her children and Crestin Burke. Interment followed at Chitwood Cemetery.

Arrangements by Four Oaks Funeral Home of Huntsville.


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