William Fonis Payne, James R. Spencer 

William Fonis Payne, 86, of Columbus, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019 following a long and courageous battle with cancer with his wife, Margaret, and daughter, Sue, by his side.

Fonis was born on Oct. 2, 1933, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the only son of Clifford and Louise Payne. He was a graduate of College High School and attended Bowling Green Business University. His career was varied and included positions as a licensed machinist, insurance sales and adjuster/branch manager positions with State Auto, American States, Johnson-Witkemper Insurance Companies, and IWX Trucking. He ended his working days as a negotiator/investigator at Schuerman Law. He was an avid collector and car buff, a member of Tea Leaf Club International and the Columbus Antique Club.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret (Foshee) Payne, Columbus; his daughter, Sue Douglas, of Greenwood; sons Brent Holton and his wife, Carol, and Brian Holton and his wife, Donna, both Bowling Green; his grandchildren Krys Higgins of Heber City,Utah, and Ben and Keeley Holton of Bowling Green; his brother-in-law, Fred Tucker; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Fonis was preceded in death by his wife, Doe Lee Payne; his parents, Clifford Payne and Louise Payne; and a daughter, Lynn Holton.

A celebration of life will be 11 a.m. on Saturday at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Saturday at the funeral home. Military honors will be provided by the Bartholomew County Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will be at 11 a.m. CST on Monday at Fairview Cemetery in Bowling Green. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

James R. Spencer

James R. Spencer, 68, of Vincennes, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Born July 24, 1951, in Vincennes, he was the son of Dr. Frederic Spencer and Virginia (Anderson) Spencer. He attended the Vincennes schools, graduating from Lincoln High School in 1969. At Lincoln, he ran track and played on the football team, and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. After high school, Jim graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in landscape architecture. He owned Spencer Landscaping in Vincennes from 1976 to 1985. Jim then worked in Atlanta and Tallahassee, Florida, and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in both cities. He returned to Vincennes and worked at Perk-A-Lawn Gardens.

Well known for his intricate design of many types of landscaping, including formal Japanese, English, herbal, and natural, he was active in educating the community in the importance of environmental awareness and creating green spaces throughout Vincennes. Jim was a member of the Audubon Society.

Jim enjoyed snow skiing, fishing, cooking, music, and drawing.

Surviving are his fiancée and life partner, Kathy McCreary; his children, Elizabeth Alden and her husband, Thaddaeus, of Vincennes, and Ryan Anderson Spencer of Vincennes; his brothers, Steve Spencer and his wife, Sandy, of Greenwood, and Mike Spencer and his wife, Paula, of Martinsville; his brother-in-law, Paul Couchenour; his grandchildren, Elliot, Ava, and Layla Alden; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and his dog, Bubby.

Jim was preceded by his parents and his sister, Ann Couchenour. He will be missed.

Friends may visit with Jim’s family from 4-7 p.m.on Friday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Helping His Hands.

Online condolences may be sent to his family through goodwinfamilyfh.com.


Dalton Tarrant, 25, of Fairfield, Illinois, and formerly of Sumner, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, at Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Terre Haute. Arrangements are pending at the Sivert-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Sumner.


Benjamin, Genine M., died Dec. 26. Services: 1-3 p.m. on Saturday at Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St. Memorials: charity of choice. Condolences: www.duesterbergfredrick.com.

Bolk, Patricia L., died Dec. 10. Services: 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Marquette Manor Senior Living, Indianapolis. Burial: Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: 9:30 a.m. until the hour of services on Saturday at Marquette Manor. Memorials: Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis Foundation, 320 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46204..

Duesterberg, Virginia L., died Dec. 24. Services: 10 a.m. on Jan. 25 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 803 Main St. Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: 4-7 p.m. on Jan. 24 at Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home. 512 Vigo St. Memorials: Christian Education Foundation, 229 Church St., Vincennes, IN 47591; the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rocky Mountain Chapter, Suite 810, 400 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80246; or the Daniel J. Duesterberg Scholarship Fund, in care of the Department of Economics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405.

McFarland, Walter II, died Dec. 15. Services: 1 p.m. on Jan. 18 at Gardner-Brockman Funeral Home, 505 Main St. Visitation: 11 a.m. until the hour of services on Jan. 18 at the funeral home.

Ramsey, Christopher Ambrose, died Dec. 17. Services: 1 p.m. on Friday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery. Visitation: noon until the hour of services on Friday at the funeral home.


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