James Danny Beery, Thomas Edwin Elkins, Linda Lou Stanclift

James Danny Beery

James Danny Beery, 74, of Oaktown, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville.

He was born on Feb. 10, 1945 in Lebanon, the son of Edwin and Mildred (Hornaday) Beery. He married Meredith “Merry” Hyneman on April 3, 1966 and she passed away on Jan. 24, 2010. He then married Julie Ann Blondin on June 23, 2012 and she survives.

Jim Beery was a tireless advocate for Knox County citizens, serving on the Knox County Council since 1991, the Knox County Work Release Board, and the Knox County Solid Waste District Board. He served for nine years as the treasurer of the Knox County Public Library Board of Directors. Jim was a beloved educator and coach in the North Knox School Corp. He was also a member and beloved minister at the United Methodist Church in Merom and member of Oaktown United Methodist Church.

Jim was a published author and columnist. His faith, kindness, graciousness and sense of humor enriched those fortunate enough to know and work with him.

Along with his wife, Jim is survived by his two daughters and their spouses, Marsha Ann and Scott Jones of O'Fallon, Missouri, and Meredith and Ted Miller of Jasper; one son, Daniel Beery and his partner, Sabrina Iffland, of Philadelphia; step-children Megan Reburn and her husband, Heath, of Newburgh, Hannah Carter and her husband, Brent, of Evansville, Adam Miller and his wife, Jill, of Evansville, Noel Miller and his wife, Patricia, of Madrid, Spain; 18 Hooperdoos, Wyatt Oxley, Jacob and Maura Jones, and Amelia Miller, James and Sophia Beery, Bryce, Emma and Riley Reburn, Hope, Nadia, Luke, and Lilianna Carter, Caleb, Eli and Isaac Miller, and Eliana and Ezekiel Miller; one great-Hooperdoo, Aleister Reburn; a sister, Lou Harris of Bloomington; and several nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents and his first wife, James was preceded in death by a brother, Jack Lee Beery Sr.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. on Saturday at the North Knox Junior-Senior High School, 10890 Ind. 159, Bicknell, with pastors Erich Blevins and David Niednagel officiating. Burial will be in Morris Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. on Friday at the school. Memorial contributions may be made to “Life after Meth,” 2525 N. Sixth St, Vincennes, IN 47591. Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home Oaktown Chapel handled the arrangements.

Online condolences may be made awww.fredrickandson.com.

Thomas Edwin Elkins

Thomas Edwin Elkins, 68, of Vincennes, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Good Samaritan Hospital.

He was born on Nov. 28, 1950, in Vincennes, the son of Wayne and Bernice (Adams) Elkins. Tom served three years in the U.S. Army. He had an associate degree in bowling mechanics and was a certified nursing assistant.

He is survived by his daughters, Gabrielle Elkins of Urbana, Illinois, and Stormy Elkins of Evansville; four grandchildren, Trevor Edwards, Taylor Edwards, Delilah Dann and Jasper Dann; siblings Barbara Schneider, Rita Gladding and her husband, David, Debbie Napier and her husband, Ed, Kenny Elkins and his wife, Vicki, and Sheila Parker, all of Vincennes, and Linda Sanneman and Leesa Lyles and her husband, Charlie, both of Indianapolis; a sister-in-law, Barbara Elkins of Vincennes, a brother-in-law, Kenny Lehman of Central City, Kentucky; and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by siblings Donna Patterson, Becky Lehman, Pam Case, Gary Elkins and Mike Elkins; and brothers-in-law, Paul Patterson and Tony Sanneman.

Linda Lou Stanclift

Linda Lou Stanclift, 73, of Vincennes, passed away at 8:08 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Linda was born on May 18, 1945 in Jacksonville, Florida, to Charles and V. Elaine (Pulliam) Stevens. She married Paul Stanclift on May 22, 1965 and he preceded her in death in October of 2002. Linda was a member of First Church of God and retired from Wal-Mart. She was a member of Eastern Star and ran costume design for Lincoln Trail from 1988 until 1995. Linda also enjoyed painting and was very artistic.

Survivors include her daughters, Paula Hardy and her husband, Channing, of Vincennes, and Micki Christiansen and her husband, Neil, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan; brothers Larry Stevens and his wife, Sharon, of Edwardsville, Illinois, James Stevens and his wife, Debbie, of Nederland, Colorado, and Richard Stevens of Indianapolis; grandchildren Sierra Snow, Xan Hardy, Zach Hardy, Duncan Christiansen and Nico Christiansen.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Paul.

Friends may visit with Linda's family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Funeral services for Linda will be held at the conclusion of visitation at 1 p.m. with Pastor Georg Karl officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of God, 1408 E. St. Clair St., Vincennes, IN 47591. Goodwin Funeral Home is honored to assist the Stanclift family with arrangements.

Online memories may be shared with Linda's family at www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.


Burnworth-Wilson, Evelyn M, died May 9. Services: 1 p.m. on Saturday First Christian Church, 319 Broadway St. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: noon until the hour of services on Saturday at the church. Condolences: www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.

Chesterfield, Georgena Sue, died May 6. Visitation: noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Fredrick & Son McClure-Utt Funeral home, Bicknell Chapel. Burial: Asbury Chapel Cemetery on Saturday. Condolences: www.fredrickandson.com.

Knippa, Martin Erich, died May 12. Services: 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St. Burial: Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation: 5-8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials: Building Fund of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Lawrenceville, or Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Robinson, Illinois. Condolences: www.duesterbergfredrick.com.

Sparenberg, Richard A., died May 11. Services: 7 p.m. today at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Visitation: 4 p.m. until the hour of services today at the funeral home. Condolences: www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.


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