Helen F. Carson, Odis Lee McMullin, Timothy Risley, Saralee Watts Shields

Helen F. Carson

Helen F. Carson, 95, of Vincennes, went to be with the Lord where was reunited with her husband at 5:08 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 at Gentle Care.

She was born on March 7, 1924 in Velpen to Frank and Goldie (Peach) Howder. Helen was a homemaker and attended the First Church of God and the First Church of the Nazarene.  Helen was a great witness of God’s love. She loved her family beyond measure, as they loved her.

Surviving are her children, Michael Carson and his wife, Brenda, of Vincennes, Charlotte Strate of Vincennes, Mark Carson of Dugger, and Trena Carson of Vincennes; a granddaughter whom she raised, Stacey Higgins and her husband, Dave, of Bedford; her sister, Esther Stewart of Vincennes; along with several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Noble “Buck” Carson, who preceded her on Dec. 24, 2006; a brother, Bud Howder; and sisters, Luella Brown, Vivian “Dee” Parker, Katie Holloway, Dixie Howder, Shirley Gray, and Fern Miles.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Friday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St., with Pastor Sandy Ivers officiating. Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Goodwin Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Helen F. Carson.

Odis Lee McMullin

Odis Lee McMullin, 77, of Vincennes, passed away at 9:48 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 at the Linda E. White Hospice House in Evansville.

He was born on Dec. 8, 1941 in Plainfield to Odis Lee and Geraldine Laverne (Kiefer) McMullin. Odis retired as a truck driver and was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Knox County Sheriff’s Association, and going to Wabash Valley Sportsman Club. He enjoyed watching all sorts of movies, especially westerns.

Surviving are his children, Jason McMullin of Vincennes, Aaron McMullin of Greencastle, and Holly McMullin of Denver; two sisters, Christy Fall and Angie Miller, both of Indianapolis; along with his grandchildren, Sharon Marie Thompkins, Lois K. Thompkins, and Octavia McMullin.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Sharon (Camden) McMullin.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Saturday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial will be in the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Petersburg. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Saturday at the funeral home. Goodwin Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Odis McMullin.

Timothy Risley

Timothy “Tim” Risley, 50, of Bicknell, passed from this life on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 at Gateway Deaconess Hospital. He suffered a stroke and a brain aneurysm on July 26 from which he did not recover.

Tim was born on Sept. 11, 1968, the son of Greg and Mary Risley of Vincennes. He graduated from North Knox High School in 1986 and from Vincennes University with a degree in computer science. Tim loved computers and started learning his craft with an old Radio Shack computer. He always had to figure out how things worked so even as a young child he would take apart toys to see “how they worked.” This inquisitive mind served him well in a new field called computer science. The most important event of his life was the birth of his daughter, Madison, on Dec. 8, 2000. He devoted his life to being the best father he could be and taught Madison the value of hard work, to be confident and secure in yourself and how to have fun. He said upon her graduation in May of 2019, “I have done my job and made Madison who she is today.”

Tim enjoyed life to the fullest. He always enjoyed his hobbies, his truck, camper, motorcycle and traveling with Madison. Most recently he and Madison were certified in scuba diving. Tim was also dedicated to his job at University of Southern Indiana. His love of computers and his diligence in always training and learning new things made him an active part of the USI computer tech team. 

The University of Southern Indiana in Evansville is planning an event in his honor from 4-6 p.m. CDT today at the Business and Engineering Building.

Tim will be sadly missed by his daughter, Madison of Evansville; his mother, Mary Risley, of Newburgh; his father, Greg Risley of Bicknell; a brother, Chris Risley and his wife, Jessie, of Lula, Georgia; his nieces, Meghan, Abby, Cecilia and Miranda Risley; his devoted friend, Sandy Kerns Merry of Monroe City; and his many other friends and relatives. 

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Thursday at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Wampler Shaw Chapel in Bicknell. He will be laid to rest on the Risley Family Plot in the Bicknell Memorial Cemetery. Please join us in this remembrance of Tim and in his honor, no coats or ties. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family has asked that contributions be made to Madison’s Education Fund since she will be attending University of Southern Indiana this fall semester. Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Homes is honored to assist the Risley family during their time of loss. 

Online condolences may be made at www.duesterbergfredrick.com.  

Saralee Watts Shields

Saralee Watts Shields, 84, of Salem, passed away on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 at Northwood.

She was the daughter of Olive Dalton Watts and Roy Watts. She was born in Floyd County on Sept. 28, 1934. The family moved to Salem due to the infamous 1937 flood and stayed there for the remainder of their lives. Saralee was a graduate of Salem Elementary School and Salem Washington Township High School, Class of 1952. She also attended Purdue University. In 1963 Saralee married her childhood sweetheart, Norman Shields, and they lived with their children around the United States during the final years that Norman was in the U.S. Air Force. When Norman retired the family moved back to Salem. Saralee was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ there. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She worked over 30 years at Washington County Memorial Hospital in Salem. After her retirement, Saralee spent an untold number of hours volunteering at the Washington County Food Bank.

Survivors include her son, Mark Shields and his wife, Jill, of Vincennes; her daughters, Susan of Salem and Sara of Wyoming; grandchildren Stacy, Katherine, Moe, Becky, and Abby; great-grandchildren Norah and Ferris; as well as nieces, and nephews and cousins.

Preceding her in death were a son James Shields; her husband, Norman Shields; her mother, Olive Shrum; her step-father Charles Shrum; her father, Roy Watts; and a sister, Pauline Roberts and her husband, Jim.

A memorial service will be 6 p.m. on Friday at Weathers Funeral Home. Visitation will be 2 p.m. until the hour of services on Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Washington County Food Bank, P.O. Box 128, Salem, IN 47167.


Barnes, Carolyn, died Aug. 2. Services: 2 p.m. today at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial: Sugarland Memory Gardens in Washington. Visitation: noon until the hour of services today at the funeral home. Memorials: Open Arms Children’s Ministry of Switz City. Condolences: www.goodwinfamilyfh.com.

Ealy, Lois Jean, died Aug. 1. Services: 1 p.m. on Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery.


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