Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
September 10, 2005
Loretta I. Cole, 93, Franklin, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, in Franklin.
Born April 6, 1912, in Lemar, Mo., d/o  Zeno and Dessa M. (Lee) Smith.
Survivors:  daughter,  Marilyn Bushfield (husband Don) of Shelbyville; one brother,  Jerald L. Smith of Wilkinson; two granddaughters, Robin A. Abney (Mrs. Roger) of Indianapolis and  Jayne R. Barnes (Mrs. William) of Shelbyville; and three great-grandchildren,  Rachel Prosser,  Zachary Prosser  and  Kathryne Barnes.
Preceded in death by one sister, Mary Jean Dalrymple.
Lived in Shelbyville since 1942, until moving to Franklin United Methodist Community in 1996.
Employed at Shelby National Bank for 25 years, retiring in 1977.
Red Cross volunteer.
Graduated from Moral Township High School.
Member of First Presbyterian Church and Major Hospital Guild.
Services:  Forest Hill Cemetery, with the Rev. Gary Huffman officiating.
Contributions may be made to Shelbyville-Shelby County Public Library or First Presbyterian Memorial Fund
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

Indianapolis Star
January 4, 2005
          Rickie "Rick" D. Cole  passed away peacefully on January 1, 2005 at home and in the comfort of his leather chair.   Rick is survived by his wife  Wanda (Case); his sons, Mark  and  Ryan; two sisters, Betty Ann (Gene) Larrabee, and  Millie (Jan) Boring; one brother, Ned (Janet) Cole; and many nieces and nephews.   Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram B. and Mildred (Pearl Benefiel) Cole, and a sister, Rosemary Dineff.  At the time of his death, Rick passed away exactly on his terms.   He was at the pinnacle of his life, and had achieved all he wanted.   He received degrees from Ball State University, was a teacher and principal in MSD Warren Township, married, reared two loving sons, and had retired after 35 years in education. He had purchased an RV, which had been a longtime dream, and he was able to travel during the past year.   Rick taught his family to cherish every moment you have with your family and friends.   He had a charm that could light up a room, and could touch each person he met, leaving them with the feeling they had just met a new best friend.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. in Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center-Washington Park East where friends may visit with the family Wednesday, January 5 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.   Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m.  Thursday in East Hill Cemetary, Rushville, Indiana.  Rick was much - loved and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.  Memorial contributions may be made to Warren Arts and Education Foundation, 950 North Post Road, Indianapolis.
Contributed by Wanda Cole
Note:  Rick's COLE family has Shelby roots with  Seth Cole  (his GGG-grandfather) and  Benjamin Cole  (his GGGG-grandfather) who both came to Shelby County in 1822.   Rick's family all grew up in Morristown.  Our son, Ryan, wrote this obituary. - WC

The  Shelbyville  News
25 Jan 2002
Carroll J. Cole, 83, of Morristown, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002.
Born April 26, 1918, in Shelby County, s/o  Jerome R. and Nancy Lillian (Nigh) Cole.
Married  Margaret Engleking  on March 14, 1943.
Survivors:  wife;  two sons, Daryl Cole  of Greenfield and  Phillip Cole  of St. Augustine, Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. Keith L. (Jan) Theobald  of Shelbyville; one sister, Dorothy Mae Warrum  of Greenfield; and five grandchildren, Laurie Cole,  Doug Theobald,  Todd Theobald,  Sara Cole and  Andrea Cole.
Preceded in death by three brothers, Lloyd Cole, Glen Cole and  Othol Cole, one infant daughter, Nina Rae Cole, and one sister, Glenna Cole.
Part owner and operator of Gillespie-Cole Sales and Service, mill operator for White Evans Elevator Co. and retired from the former IPC Corp, Morristown.
Attended school in Morristown. 
U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
Member of American Legion Post 102 and Morristown United Methodist Church.  Former volunteer firefighter and Boy Scout leader.
Hanover Cemetery in Morristown, with The Rev. Ron Thomas officiating. Military rites.
Contributions:  Hospice of Shelby County Team Three, 114 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville, IN 46176.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
January 17, 2000
Grace L. Cole, 83, Shelbyville, died Friday at Major Hospital. Born Nov. 23, 1916, in Shelbyville, d/o  Fred  and  Mary Ruth (Jones) McComas.  Married  Earl Leon Cole  on Nov. 8, 1930, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 30, 1984.
Housewife and was employed at Tastee Freeze, Shelbyville, for 15 years.  Shelby County Mother of the Year award in 1963.
Survivors include nine daughters, Beth J. Cole, California, Mrs. Jack (Betty) Worland, Florida, and  Mrs. Jack (Shirley A.) Disser,  Mrs. Joe (Beverly S.) Crosby,  Mrs. Larry (Marla D.) Phares,  Mrs. Ernest (Faye L.) Engel,  Mrs. Robert (Christie L.) Browning,  Sherrie J. Rodriguez,  Mrs. Thomas (Julie E.) Wise,  and  Mrs. George (Jackie L.) Harding, all of Shelbyville; two sons, Ronald L. Cole, Georgia, and  Michael Todd Cole, Shelbyville; five sisters, Frances Thurston,  Marlene West,  and  Carol Higgins, all of Shelbyville, Virginia Faulconer, Greensburg, and  Dorothy Lee, Indianapolis; three brothers, Jack McComas, North Carolina, Raymond McComas, California, and  Charles McComas, Fishers; 24 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and companion Paul Watts.
Preceded in death by one son, one sister, four brothers, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, Rev. Randall Worland officiating.  Burial Forest Hill Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, May 26, 1992
          Myron Cole,  86, of the Waldron and Geneva communities, died Sunday, May 24, 1992 at the Heritage House Convalescent Center.  Born April 12, 1906, in Switzerland County, he was the son of  Robert E. and  Pearl (Smoot) Cole.  On May 24, 1927, he married  Leona E. McDonald,  who died November 19, 1965.  He was a member of Bethel Separate Baptist Church.  Survivors include daughters  Mrs. Robert (Pauline) Newton,  Waldron, and  Mrs. Ray (Carol Janice) Hauk,  Fariland; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by three brothers.  Services at the Glenn E. George Funeral Home, St. Paul, with burial in Milford Cemetery in Decatur Co.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  News
November 20, 1965
          Services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Carmony Funeral Home in St. Paul for Mrs. Myron (Leona E.) Cole,  58, Geneva, who died Friday morning at Major Hospital.  Burial will be in Milford Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home in St. Paul after 7:30 p.m. today.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
November 19, 1965
MRS.  COLE,  58
          Services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m at the Carmony Funeral Home in St. Paul for  Mrs. Myron (Lena E.) Cole,  58, of Geneva, who died today at 9:55 a.m. at Major Hospital.  Rev. David Freeman and Rev. Russell Peterson will officiate and burial will be in Milford Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home in St. Paul after 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
          Mrs. Cole had been hospitalized for two months and in failing health for more than a year.  Until her illness, she had been employed for 14 years at the KCL Corp.
          Born in Decatur County near Westport on June 24, 1907, she was the daughter of  Clint and  Ethel (Jones) McDonald.  On May 24, 1927, she was married to  Myron K. Cole,  who survives with her mother, who lives in St. Paul, and two daughters,Mrs. Robert (Pauline) Newton,  Waldron, R.R. 1, and  Mrs. Ray (Janice) Hauk,  Fairland, R.R. 1.
          Also surviving are four grandchildren and three sisters,  Mrs. Elvin Bentley,  Greensburg, R.R. 5,  Mrs. Jesse Alexander,  Indianapolis, and  Mrs. Lowell Casey,  Connersville.  A sister preceded in death.
          Mrs. Cole was a member of the Bethel Separate Baptist Church and had spent most of her life in Noble Township.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, August 7, 1959
George Perry Cole, 58, died at home in Parma, Michigan, Thursday August 6, 1959.
Brother of  Mrs. Ray (Dorothy) Schildgen  of R.R.3, Shelbyville.
Born June 29, 1901, Sulphur Hill, Geneva, s/o  Myron E. and Sarah Cuskaden Cole.
Married  Anne Dienema  in Harvey, Illinois, June 15, 1932.
Survivors:  spouse and eight children; six siblings,  Cecil Cole, Gary,  Mrs. Ita M. Botsai  and  Mrs. Lunetta Nolte, roseville, California,  Leo Cole, Harvey, Illinois,  John E., Naperville, Illinois,  Mrs. Marie E. Davis, Highland Park, Illinois.
Contributed and summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, June 12, 1943
Cole  Funeral  Rite  to
Be  Held  in  Greensburg
          Funeral services for  Robert Edward Cole,  age sixty-eight, who died Thursday at the Robert Long hospital in Indianapolis, will be held Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Howe funeral home in Greensburg.  The Rev. G. E. Northern will officiate and burial will be made in the Milford cemetery.
          Mr. Cole resided three miles west of Milford and followed the occupation of farmer.  He was born in Switzerland county on November 11, 1874, the son of  John S. and  Amanda Courtney Cole.  On October 9, 1898, he was married to  Pearl Smoot,  who preceded him in death in 1931.  Three children,  Stanley Cole,  of near Milford;  Myron,  of near Geneva, and  Bernard,  of St. Paul, survive.  Six grandchildren, a brother and a sister also survive.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday March 31, 1939
Page 1 column 2
Death of Mrs. Lora Cole, 74 Years Old Occurs in Morristown
             Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2:00 p.m. for Mrs. Lora Cole, seventy-four years old, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Cole Macy, of Morristown. Mrs. Cole died Thursday, following a week’s serious illness.
             Born in Morristown January 18, 1865, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Wolf, the deceased had spent her entire life in Shelby county. She was married to Lincoln B. Cole September 4, 1884. He preceded her in death several years ago.
             Survivors with the daughter are one grandson, Gene, and a half-sister, Mrs. Henrietta Taylor, of Dallas, Texas.
             Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, June 16, 1934
Page 1
Throat Infection Results in Death of
Young Woman; Funeral Monday.
              Mrs. Hazel Cornelia Cole, 30 years old, wife of  George Cole, passed away at the Major hospital this morning at 4:00 o'clock.  Mrs. Cole who had been ill since Monday with a throat infection, was rushed to the hospital this morning at 3:00 o'clock from her home south of Morristown, in Hanover township.  Her death comes as a distinct shock to their many friends in Shelbyville and Shelby county.
          She was the daughter of  Jesse and Elsie Carter  and was born in Shelby county January 14, 1904.  On November 27, 1926, she was united in marriage with George Cole, who survives with the four children.
          Mrs. Cole was a graduate of the Morristown high school with the class of 1923.  She was a member of the Nazarene church of Morristown.
          Survivors are the husband, father, step-mother, four children,  James Kenneth, age 7;  Carter William, age 5;  Betty Lou, age 3, and  Carolyn Jean, 1 year old, and one step-grandmother  Mrs. David Brown, of Shelby county.
          Funeral services will be conducted from the Morristown Nazarene church at 2:00 o'clock Monday afternoon with the Rev. Enos Hagard, of Hagerstown, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Earl Singhurse, pastor of the Morristown church.  Burial will be in the Bennett cemetery in Union township.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, February 1, 1924
There is no death!  The stars go down
To rise upon some fairer shore;
And bright in heaven's jeweled crown
They shine forevermore.
And ever near us -- though unseen
The dear departed spirits tread;
For all the boundless universe
Is life -- There is no death.
          Beatrice E. Cole,  daughter of  Joseph and  Hattie Cole, was born in Hendricks township, Shelby county, April 26, 1903, and departed this life at the home of her parents in Shelbyville, Wednesday, January 23, 1924, at the age of twenty years, nine months and twenty-eight days.
          Beatrice had been a great sufferer for more than a year, yet during all her illness, never became discouraged or despondent.  Naturally possessing a sweet, sunshiny disposition, she was ever cheerful, and looked forward to regaining her health, and continually planned a for a bright and happy future.  True, she clung to life, she wanted to live, but was not afraid to die.  Her death brings almost unbearable sorrow in the home where she was the only child of fond and loving parents, and where she was like a ray of sunshine bringing hope and gladness to those about her.  Her passing away also casts a dark shadow over the life of another, who was near and dear to her, and whose untiring kindness and devotion meant so much to her during her long illness.  All regret that her young life which seemed so full of promise should have gone out so soon, but there is comfort in the thought, that she has not gone from her friends and loved ones forever, but is waiting for them on that bright and golden shore, where partings shall by no more.
          Beatrice graduated from the public school in Washington township in 1916 and was a student in the Flatrock high school three years ago at which time she, with her parents, moved to this city.  She united with the Christian church at Flatrock at the age of thirteen during the evangelistic services of the Rev. G. I. Hoover, of Indianapolis, and while residing in that vicinity was a regular attendant at church and Sunday school.  Her wonderful faith in God during her illness was remarkable -- she spent much time in prayer, and in reading religious literature on God's promises thru prayer.  She was a firm believer in silent prayer.  Last Sunday evening while loved ones were anxiously grouped about her bed, almost seeming to hear the rustling of the death angel's wings, she asked those near to pray, and later, said, "Good-bye to you all."  However, she rallied from this state and lived until Wednesday when God in His infinite wisdom saw fit to take her from this world to a brighter and happier home above.  Being conscious to the last, she named those near only by one, then calmly and peacefully, passed to the great beyond.
          Besides the father and mother, she leaves two aunts,  Mrs. George Thomas, of Indianapolis, and  Mrs. Jessie McKee, of Hendricks township, and one uncle,  John F. Hendrickson,  of this city.  One older sister, Deloris, died at the age of three years.
Thou art happy now, dear Beatrice,
Though from earth forever gone;
Thou art only waiting, dear,
There to meet us at the throne;
One more new jewel within the crown
One more of priceless worth,
One more to sing or Saviour's name,
One less around the hearth.
          The funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Sunday, January 27, at the home at 820 Elm street, the Rev. G. I. Hoover, of Indianapolis, officiating.  Fix & Son, funeral directors were in charge.  Interment was made in Mr. Pleasant cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday September 3, 1923
Page 5 column 1
          Lincoln B. Cole, age sixty-three, died Sunday morning at two o’clock at his home in Morristown.  Death was caused by paralysis.  He leaves his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Mary Macey, of Connersville; two brothers,  Will  and  Charles Cole, of Morristown, and one sister,  Mrs. Frances Copeland, of Chicago, who is now in Europe.  Funeral services will be held at the home Wednesday morning at two o’clock.  Burial will be made in Asbury cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Indianapolis  Star
February 29, 1923
Page 5
         Shelbyville ------ George Cole, 78 years old, is dead at the home of his daughter,  Mrs. Emma Moore, near this city.  His death came suddenly as a result of heart diseases.  He leaves six daughters,  Mrs. Nellie Stephenson  of Gwynneville,  Mrs. Emma Floyd Talbert  of near Shelbyville,  Mrs. Elmer Scroguhan  of Carthage, Ind.,  Mrs. Stella Cross  of Gwynneville,  Mrs. Della Wicker  of Glenwood, Ind.; two sons,  William and Elsworth Cole  of Shelby county, and one brother,  Warren Cole  of near this city.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, December 8, 1920
          Ernest B. Cole, genealogy expert for The Star, 74 years old, started across the street from his home, 1936 Broadway, early last night to tell a neighbor his chimney was afire.  Before reaching the opposite curb he was struck by an automobile and killed.  The automobile was driven by Dr. R. J. Kemper, 3910 Broadway [Indianapolis].  Dr. Kemper's machine, it is alleged, skidded for seventy-five feet before it could be stopped.  The physician gave Mr. Cole first aid, but he was too seriously injured to survive.   Mr. Cole, whose article in The Star have attracted wide attention, drew on his memory of the early days for his interesting tracing of family trees.  His occupation for forty years was in every spare hour he spent studying Indiana and its pioneers.
          He was born in Noblesville, and in 1872 married  Miss Sarah Dunn, who came from the "East That Was," fifty years ago.  Mr. Cole is survived by the widow, Mrs. Sarah Cole; a daughter, Mrs. Carroll Pickett of Greenfield, Indiana; a son, Albert of Des Moines, Iowa; a brother, Barton W. Cole, and a sister, Mrs. U. Z. Wiley, both of Indianapolis.
          Coroner Robinson, who did not learn of the accident until some time after it occurred, asked the police department to place Dr. Kemper under a temporary bond pending the coroner's inquest.
          The above information is from The Star of this morning.  Mr. Cole was directly connected with the Cole family of Hanover township.  In his way he was a remarkable man.  There was not a spot in the New England states or the region of the first settlements along the James river in Virginia that he was not familiar with.  He had traced the history of the Cole family for several hundred years.  Standing immediately back of Plymouth Rock, on a hill, there stands today a stone house that was erected by one of the Coles.  The house was used as a tavern and it is said to be the first building of the kind erected by one of the Coles.  He photographed every building he could find that was ever owned by a person by the name of Cole.  A few years ago he traced the family in Hanover township, finding buried there direct relatives who had fought in the war of the American Revolution.  Over their graves he had erected bronze tablets at his own expense.  At that time the Republican had electrotypes made of these tablets which are again used in this connection.  Mr. Cole left much valuable history of Hanover township, events that are authentic and which should be preserved by some means.  He learned by tracing the records in Washington that the first post office in Shelby county was established in Morristown and the first postmaster was a man named Cole.  All the work he did was of the most thorough character.  He was not well known in Shelbyville although he came here for the purpose of tracing the early records of the county and to secure what information he could in his line of endeavor.  He was an exceptionally pleasant gentleman.  His home was almost a museum gallery of photographs he had made and a museum of relics he had gathered.
[Picture of Bronze Tablet]
A Soldier Of The Revolution
Born New York 1750 Died Indiana 1822
Captain Jonas Galusha's Co.
Colonel Herrick's Regt.
1st Vermont Volunteers
Shaftsbury, Vermont
This Tablet Erected By His Descendants
Contributed by Barb Huff

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