Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Maurice Holmes was invaluable to local historians
Maurice H. Holmes, 87, of Shelbyville, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at Heritage Manor.
Born Oct. 29, 1916, in Shelby County, he was the son of  Franklin Blair  and  Sarah L. Hughes Holmes.
Survivors: brother, Robert Holmes  of Sacramento, Calif.; one nephew,  Mike “Eric” Watkins  of Shelbyville; niece,  Hollis Holmes  of Shelbyville; and special friends,  Mary Crum  and  Alice Money,  both of Shelbyville. 
Preceded in death by one sister, Mary Watkins.
Lifelong Shelbyville resident.
Self-employed genealogist.  Wrote many books on genealogy, which assisted Shelby and adjoining counties in genealogy research.
Graduated from Shelbyville High School.
Sagamore of the Wabash recipient.
Veteran of World War II.
Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road.
Burial will be at a later date in Fairland Cemetery, in Fairland.
Contributions may be made to Shelby County Genealogical Society.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, November 7, 1997
Martha M. Holmes, 92, Shelbyville, died Thursday, Shelbyville.
Born December 15, 1905, in Shelby County, d/o  Charles and Nellie (Ensminger) Beaumont.
Married  Bill Holmes on October 14, 1966, and he survives.
Lifelong Shelbyville and Shelby County resident.
Homemaker, a member of West Street United Methodist Church and the Shelbyville chapter No. 73, Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include two sons, Charles W. Arbuckle, Waldron, and  Richard M. Arbuckle, Washington D.C.;  three sisters,  Elsie Heistand  and  Lorene Gunning, Shelbyville, and  Kathryn Ponsler, Shelby County;  four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by one sister.
Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, Shelbyville, the Rev. Steve Brackney officiating.
Burial:  Fairland Cemetery.
Contributions:  Shelby County Heart Association.
Summarized by Barb Huff  for John Ballard

The  Shelbyville  News
June 26, 1950
          Frank B. Holmes,  81 years old, well known retired county farmer, died at 8:00 a.m. today at the McGraw Nursing Home near Fountaintown where he had beed a patient for about two weeks.  He had been in failing health for the past year and death was due to complications.  Mr. Holmes owned and operated a farm in Sugar Creek township, west of Fairland, until 13 years ago.  He later operated the Wayside Inn grocery and filing station on north 29 and he had been active in Democrat politics.  He resided with a daughter,  Mrs. Roy Larrison  of Pleasant View.
          On May 18, 1889, Mr. Holmes married  Alta E. Brandon  of Brookston who preceded him death on March 12 1925.  Other survivors besides Mrs. Larrison are three sons,  Eugene L. Holmes  and  George Holmes  of Indianapolis and  Franklin Holmes  of Middletown.  He also leaves 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
          Funeral services will be held at the Murphy Mortuary Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.  Rev. Archer Shirley of the Pleasant View Baptist Church will officiate.  Interment will be in the Fairland cemetery and friends may call at the funeral home after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
December 27, 1949
Rites  for  Local  Man  Wednesday
Six-Month Illness Fatal To Ralph N. Holmes, 48
          Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. for  Ralph N. Holmes, 48, who died at his home at 878 W. Washington St. Sunday at 6:55 p.m.  The rites will be held at the Evangelical Methodist Church on E. Washington St. with Rev. A. M. Hamilton officiating.  Burial, in charge of the Murphy Mortuary, will be in Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the late home.
          Mr. Holmes had been ill for the past six months with complications of diseases and his condition had been critical for five weeks.
          HE  WAS  BORN  IN  Hamilton couny on November 12, 1902, but had resided here for 44 years.  He had been an employee of the Spiegel Furniture Company for 15 years.
          He is survived by the parents,  Albert  and  Rose (Sylvester) Holmes; four brothers and four sisters.  The brothers and sisters are  George,  Ellis,  Leland  and  Wayne Holmes,  Mrs. Charles Randall  and  Mrs. Walter Merrick  of this city;  Mrs. Ernest Collins  of Shelby county, and  Mrs. Chester Huffman  of Muncie.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The Shelbyville Republican
Saturday April 26, 1930
Died Today After an Illness of Several Weeks
          Mrs. Sadie J. Holmes, age seventy-one, died Saturday morning at five o'clock after an illness of several weeks caused by complication of diseases.
          Mrs. Holmes was a native of Fairland, having been born at Fairland July 1, 1858.  She was the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Badgley.  All of her life had been spent in Shelby county.  She was married to James Holmes fifty-two years ago, seven children were born to them.  All of the children and the husband are dead.
          Mrs. Holmes is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary J. McDonald, of Fairland.  She was a member of the Fairland Baptist church.  Funeral services wsill be conducted at the Fix and Son mortuary Monday afternoon at two o'clock, the Rev. Paul E. Million, pastor of the Christian church here, officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary Sunday.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, April 15, 1920
Pneumonia and Heart Trouble
Causes Death -- Funeral
Tuesday Afternoon.
(From Monday's Daily.)
          Mrs. Mary Holmes  died at eight o'clock Sunday evening at the home of her daughter,  Mrs. Joseph P. Morris,  745 Main street, death being caused by pneumonia and heart trouble.  She had been in failing health for some time but had only been confined to her bed for one week.  She was sixty years of age.
          Surviving are two sons,  Thomas  and  Charles Holmes,  of this city; three brothers,  Henry  and  Alvia Osborne,  of Connersville,  John Osborne  of Hamilton, O.; also two sisters,  Mrs. Minnie George,  of Connersville;  Mrs. Charlotte Raredon,  of Laurel, Ind.  Seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild survive.
          Mrs. Holmes was a member of the First M.E. church of this city.  She was always characterized as a splendid christian woman, earnest in her work for the Master.
          Funeral services will be held at the Walkerville M.E. church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock,  Rev. M. S. Taylor,  pastor, officiating and burial will be made in Forest Hill in charge of Charles Ewing, undertaker.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democart
Thursday, August 17, 1882
Page 3 column 4
          James B. Holmes, Sr., died at his residence in Fairland, Indiana at 7:30 o'clock p.m., August 13th, 1882, of dysentery, aged eighty-four years and four days.  Deceased was born in Brown County, New York, August 9th, 1796, he emigrated to this State in 1816 and settled in this county in 1821, where he has resided ever since.  He was married to Miss Margaret Floyd on the 16th day of January, 1833, by whom he raised five children, four of whom are yet living, and with whom he spent a happy and Christian life until her death, which occurred on the 12th day of September, 1873.  Since her death, he has been living with his children by whom he was well taken care of, and who gave him all the care that could be given to a kind and tender father. For the last twenty years he was a member of the Baptist church of which he was a useful and attentive member.  On his last birthday, August 9th, his many friends and relatives gave him a birthday dinner which was attended by about one hundred or more.  Every grown person and child in the vicinity of Fairland well knew "Uncle Jimmy" Holmes, to whom they paid great respect on account of his kindness to them, and they will mourn his loss.  Funeral at the Baptist church in Fairland, Tuesday, August 15, 1882, Rev. John Reece officiating.   D.B. Wilson & Son, undertakers.
Submitted by Barb Huff

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