Shelby  County  Indiana


September 29, 2010
          Betty J. Alexander, 87, of Shelbyville passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at Community Hospital South.  Born September 23, 1923, in Indianapolis, she was the daughter of Edward and Dorothy "Bonnie" (Myers) Gust. She married Gene Leonard, and he preceded her in death. She married Elbert Alexander on October 8, 1949, and he preceded her in death on February 27, 1981.
          Survivors include her sons,  David E. (wife, Charlotte) Leonard  of Indianapolis, John W. (wife, Susan) Alexander of Fairland; daughter, Kaye L. Mount of Shelbyville; sisters, Jeannette Winzenread of Los Angeles, California and Marianne (husband, Kenneth) Landis of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Mike, Stacy, Eric, Karrie, Adriene, Justin, Travis, Stephanie and Sabrina; and 11 great-grandchildren.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; and sons, Bruce L. Alexander, William Joseph Alexander and James Alexander.
          Mrs. Alexander resided in Fairland for more than 50 years.  She was a homemaker and had formerly worked in the Triton School cafeteria in the 1980's.  Mrs. Alexander volunteered at Major Hospital and The Salvation Army.  She graduated from Franklin Township School, Marion County, in 1941.  Mrs. Alexander was a 50-year member of New Life United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and participated in Kum Join Us women's group.  She was an accomplished seamstress.
          Visitation will be from 11 am to 1 pm, Saturday, October 2, 2010 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St.   Funeral services will be at 1 pm, Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Randall Slavans officiating.  Interment will be in Boggstown Cemetery.
Contributed by Ruth

The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, Dec. 26, 1997
Jean W. Alexander
Jean W. Alexander, 76, Fort Wayne, died Thursday at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born on Nov. 30, 1921, in Carthage, d/o  Everett and Maude (Hinton) Webb.  On Nov. 13, 1943, married  Thomas T. Alexander, who preceded her in death on March 18, 1986.
Arlington area for many years.  Carthage High School and the Indiana Business College in Indianapolis; retired secretary with the Arlington School.  Mrs. Alexander was a member of the Arlington Christian Church and the Carthage Lodge of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include, a son, Bart Alexander, Hoagland; a daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Jody) Leek, Valparaiso; and three grandchildren.
Moster & Cox Mortuary in Rushville with Doug Lee presiding.  Burial will be in Arlington East Hill Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday  March 10, 1959
DIES  AT  78
Wednesday Rites Set
For Oscar Alexander
          Ill for the last eight months,  Oscar Alexander, 78, Morristown resident and lifelong resident of Shelby county, died at 4:00 p.m. Monday at the home of a daughter,  Mrs. Paul Young  in New Augusta.
          Mr. Alexander was the son of  George and  Cynthia (Wickliff) Alexander  and was born December 1, 1880.  On February 11, 1903, he was married to  Stella Nigh who survives.  Surviving with the widow and daughter are one brother and two sisters,  Clarence Alexander  of this city and  Mrs. Myrtle Wickliff and  Mrs. Grace Daniels, both of Indianapolis.  There are two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
          Mr. Alexander was a member of the Morristown Christian Church.  His funeral will be held at the Frazier Funeral Home in Morristown Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Robert Reeves officiating.  Interment will be in Hanover cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Shelby  County  Newspaper
March 5, 1954
Miss Alexander Dies at Home
Miss Iris Alexander, 71, died Thursday at home, 316 E. Jackson St, Shelbyville, IN.  Extended illness.
Born December 16, 1882, Johnson County, d/o  John  and  Laura McClain Alexander.
Lived in Shelby County most of her life.
Member First Methodist Church of Shelbyville.
Survivors:  niece, Mrs. Raymond Poland of Rockville, IL;  two cousins, Byron Alexander  of Shelbyville and  Mrs. George Bausback  of Greensburg, Decatur Co, IN.
Murphy Mortuary with Dr. H. R. Page officiating.
Burial:  Second Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday April 30, 1947
Mrs. Frank Alexander, 73,
Succumbs At Home
          A three-month illness of a complication of diseased caused the death at 6:30 a.m. early Tuesday of  Mrs. Nancy Ellen Alexander, 73, wife of  Frank Alexander, at her home in Gwynneville.
          Mrs. Alexander, a member of the Gwynneville Christian Church, was born in Shelby county on March 26, 1874, the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. James F. Carter.  Her marriage to Mr. Alexander took place on January 21, 1917.
          Surviving with the husband are one brother, Charles E. Carter, of Gwynneville, and two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Miller, of Morristown, and  Mrs. Hulda Gordon, of New York.
          Friends may call at the late home in Gwynneville and are asked to omit flowers.
          Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Gwynneville Christian Church.  Burial will be made in the Asbury cemetery in charge of  E. L. Frazier.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Richard Felts

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, December 10, 1925
Melville  C. Alexander  Passed  Away  At
His  Home  Near  Indianapolis.
          Melville C. Alexander, age eighty-two, veteran of the civil war, well known in Shelby county, is dead at his home on a farm southeast of Indianapolis, where he had lived for seventy-nine years.  He died after a short illness.  Funeral arrangements have not been made, pending the arrival of a daughter, Miss Alice Alexander, of the Panama Canal Zone.
          Mr. Alexander was born near Greenfield.  When three years old his parents moved to the farm where he died.  In 1862 he was married to  Miss Sarah Francis Lankford, of Indianapolis.  On August 5, 1864, he joined Company I, 70th Indiana regiment and served with the Union army until mustered out of service May 11, 1865.  Benjamin Harrison  was in command of the regiment in which Mr. Alexander served.  At the end of his war service, he returned to the farm Mr. Alexander was a member of the Methodist church.
          He is survived by the widow; three daughters,  Mrs. Bert H. Elliott, of Shelbyville;  Mrs. W. H. Sutherland, of Morristown; and Miss Alice Alexander, of the Canal Zone; two sons,  Harry G. Alexander of Indianapolis, and  Frank Alexander, of Glenwood and one sister,  Mrs. J. M. Elliott, of Hancock county.  Burial will be made in Crown Hill cemetery, at Indianapolis.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Shelby  County  Newspaper
Wednesday, November 5, 1919
Man Suddenly Dies of an Attack
of Acute Indigestion
          William Alexander, aged 50 years, died at 9:25 o'clock Tuesday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Bausback, one mile west of here.  Death was caused by an attack of acute indigestion.  He worked at one of the local factories Tuesday and ate a hearty meal last evening.  Later he came into town with his son-in-law where he was suddenly stricken.  He died a few minutes after his return home.
          He was born and reared in this city, and for the past ten years had lived near the old woolen mills west of the city.  He had worked about in the various funiture factories of this city.  He was a member of the Red Men Lodge, and also a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist church.  He is survived by his widow, the daughter at whose home he died, and one brother, James Alexander of this city.
(Buried Forest Hill]
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Tuesday, August 12, 1919

          Thomas King Alexander,  who was known to his many friends here as Uncle King, died at the home of his two nieces,  Misses Gertrude and  Ala Leming,  in Greenville, Tenn., word of his death being received here on the last day of July.  Robert McGaughey,  a nephew, whose home is in this city at 502 west Franklin street, was at his uncle's bedside when death came.
          Probably no one was more highly regarded here than Mr. Alexander.  For many years he was employed at the  Conrey, Waller & DePrez  furniture factory of Shelbyville.
          Born in Johnson county, Indiana, on Sept. 29, 1827, his early life was spent on the farm.  When a young man he chose engineering as his profession and became unusually skilled in that line.  The news of his death was received here with keen sorrow, as his magnetic personality and genial and companionable disposition won for him a large circle of friends in this community.  His life was one of good deeds and by right living he attained the age of eighty-one years, lacking several months of being eighty-two when death came.
          Particularly interesting is the genealogy of Mr. King.  He was a direct descendant of  William Alexander,  the signer of the Mecklenberg Declaration of Independence, which was the forerunner of the declaration signed on July 4, 1776, at Philadelphia.  True to his illustrious lineage, Mr. Alexander was a patriotic American and fought with the Union forces during the Civil War, altho he lived in Tennessee at the outbreak of hostilities between the North and South.
          After removing his home to Tennessee he made many trips back to Indiana and it is estimated that his visits totaled as many as thirty-five, which was remarkable for a man of his age.
          Burial was made at Greenville in the cemetery where many of his ancestors had been laid to rest.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows Order at Edinburg.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
September 13, 1917
Page 1
          The funeral of  Mrs. Cynthia A. Alexander  of VanBuren township, will be held at the Liberty church at 10:30 o'clock Friday morning, the Rev. Geo. Carnes, of Greenfield officiating.  Mrs. Alexander was visiting her daughter,  Mrs. Grace Miller, of John street, where she died.  A short service will be held at the home of Mrs. Miller before leaving Liberty church.  Mrs. Alexander was 61 years old and died of cancer of the stomach.  Her family all live in the northeast part of the county.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
July 10, 1896
          "Uncle" Sam Alexander, one of the pioneer residents died Tuesday morning of old age.  He was in his eighty-third year.  Funeral services at Liberty Wednesday evening.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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