Thomas E. Abrams Jr., B. Marie Barmes, Rex Chambers, Joetta L. Garrard, Patricia S. Zeabart Hess, Stan Jurgens, Phyllis Ann Meyer, Dorothy O. Perry, Patricia A. Wessel, Carl E. Williams

Thomas E. Abrams Jr.

Thomas E. “Tommy” Abrams Jr., 64, of Oaktown, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville

Known as “Groundhog” to his fellow drivers, Tommy was born on Dec. 8, 1954 in Vincennes, the son of Thomas and Virginia (Bateman) Abrams Sr. He had been the owner of Abrams Trucking. A graduate of North Knox High School, he was a member of the Oaktown Alumni Association. He also belonged to the Carlisle Odd Fellows Lodge No. 50. Tommy loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his parents; his wife, Michelle (Lange) Abrams; his children, Ashley Abrams and his wife, Kristy, of Oaktown, Jason Petelle and his wife, Susan, of Oaktown, and Brandi Petelle of Bruceville; his sisters, Terri Bushta and her husband, Mike, of Florida, and Tammie Twitty and her husband, Cary, of Vincennes; his grandchildren, Alexis, Marissa, Wendell, and Rowan Petelle, Wade Abrams, Abagayle and Alyzah Welton, and Avalon Woods; and his dog, Buddy.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m. until the hour of services on Thursday at the funeral home.

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B. Marie Barmes

B. Marie Barmes, 74, of Vincennes, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at Good Samaritan Hospital.

She was born Sept. 2, 1945, in White County, the daughter of Clarence and Kathryn (Harrell) Morris. She married Morris Barmes on Saturday, June 8, 1974 in Vincennes. She worked as a floor manager for Beards hardware for over 20 years.

She is survived by her spouse Morris Barmes of Vincennes; her children, Daniel Barmes of Lawrenceville, Illinois, Timothy Barmes of Lawrenceville, Shelia Southerlin of Newburgh, Matt Barmes of Sacramento, California, Morris Barmes. Jr of Vincennes, Rick Barmes of Vincennes and Brenda Vories of Monroe City; several grandchildren; and one sister, Georgetta Chattin of Freelandville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Mechal Cruz.

Funeral services were on Monday at Fredrick and Son McCure-Utt Funeral Homes, Vincennes Chapel, 313 Church St., with Jay Howder officiating. She was laid to rest at Memorial Park Cemetery mausoleum.

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Rex Chambers

Rex Chambers, 80, of Vincennes, passed away at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 at his home.

Rex was born following his twin brother, Max, on Jan. 24, 1939, the son of Roxie (Gardner) and Denver Levi Chambers. He graduated from Bruceville High School. On March 25, 1961, he married Barbara Davis, his wife of 58 years, who survives.

Rex retired from Culligan Water Conditioning and was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church where he served as an active deacon for many years and later as deacon emeritus. Because of his love for warm weather and the beach, he spent the last several years in Florida, part of those volunteering at two Florida State Parks. He also enjoyed hunting and spending time at the Bologna Gravy Hunt Club in Arkansas, established by two older brothers. Rex was an avid Indiana University basketball fan and always looked forward to basketball season.

Inaddition to his wife, Rex is survived by his children, Bradley Chambers of Vincennes and Angela Sims and her husband, Mike, of Lexington; his grandchildren, Lauren Fischer and her husband, Eric, Rachelle Wilson and her husband, Trint, Zachary Chambers and his wife, Summer, Leah Miles and her husband, Christopher, and Hannah Sims; four great-grandchildren; his twin brother, Max Chambers and his wife, Marilyn; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, six sisters, and three brothers.

A Celebration of Rex’s life will be 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 1820 McKinley Ave., with his nephew, Mike Bond and Pastor Walker Hatton officiating. Burial will be in Bicknell Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St., and 9 a.m. until the hour of services on Wednesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice or Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

Joetta L. Garrard 

Joetta L. (McGiffen) Garrard, 76, of Evansville, passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 at the Linda E. White Hospice House with her family by her side.

Joetta was born on Nov. 1, 1942 in Vincennes, the daughter of Webster and Gertrude Dellinger McGiffen. She was a 1960 Lincoln High School graduate and also graduated from the St. James Beauty Academy in Indianapolis. She was married to Lynn Garrard for over 24 years. She worked for 36 years at Deaconess Clinic Downtown. She was a member of the Newburgh Church of Christ, the ABWA, and the Homemakers Club. She enjoyed playing Bunko and knitting and was known for being kind and generous to everyone.

She is survived by her children, Beth Jordan and her husband, John, of Olathe, Kansas, Julie Clark and her husband, Bob of Olathe, and Jeff Garrard and his wife, Sheri, of Evansville; her beloved grandchildren, Ashlee Harper and her husband, Austin, Kyle Garrard, Madison Jordan, Tristan Jordan, Tom Clark and Emma Clark; her great-granddaughter, Maelynn Harper; her sisters, Margaret A. McGiffen and her partner, Andrea Kaskus, of Vincennes, and Lucy Martindale and her husband, Al, of Durham, North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Margaret L. McGiffen of Vincennes; her aunt, Ethylgene Josh of Vincennes; and many nieces and nephews.

Joetta was preceded in death by her parents, Webster and Gertrude McGiffen; a brother David McGiffen; and a nephew, David A. McGiffen.

Funeral services will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home, 521 Vigo St., with her son-in-law John Jordan officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her parents in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon until the time of services on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s charity of choice. Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home is honored to assist Joetta’s family during their time of loss.

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Patricia S. Zeabart Hess

Patricia S. “Patty” Zeabart Hess, 85, of Vincennes, went to her heavenly home with her loving family by her side on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.

Patty was born on Oct. 31, 1933, the daughter of the late Henry and Margaret (Rubrecht) Zeabart. Patty was a graduate of Saint Rose Academy where she was the secretary of her senior Class of 1952. Patty retired as the jewelry department manager from K-Mart. 

Patty married Paul J. Hess on Jan. 12, 1957 and they spent 60 blissful years together until his death on Nov. 1, 2017. She was a member of the Moose and St. Frances Xavier Catholic Parishes. Patty also enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting, and loved spending time with her beloved family.

She is survived by her children, David Hess and his wife, Kim, of Brookville, Paula Rowe of North Bend, Ohio, Larry Hess and his wife, Amy, of Middletown, Ohio, and Jennifer Shaw and her husband, Richard, of Vincennes; her daughter-in-law, Tina Adams of Vincennes; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Mark Steven Hess; an infant granddaughter, Elizabeth Rowe; and 11 brothers and sisters, Lillian Zeabart, Frances Luking, Paul Zeabart, Norbert Zeabart, Louis Zeabart, Kathryn Snyder, Vivian Schnuck, Donna Zeabart, Richard Zeabart, Robert Zeabart, William Zeabart. 

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today at Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home, Vincennes Chapel, 313 Church St. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday at Saint John’s Catholic Church. Burial will be in Saint Vincent Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 520 S. Seventh St., Vincennes, IN 47591.

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Stan Jurgens

Stan Jurgens, 83, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, going to join his wife, Patricia, who died April 11, 2010.

Stan was born on July 3, 1936 to Clarence and Catherine Jurgens in Elgin, Illinois. He attended the Elgin schools, graduating from Elgin High School in 1954. He then attended the University of Illinois before transferring to the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, where he graduated and became a registered pharmacist in 1962 and returned to Elgin. He married Patricia Carroll Campbell on Sept. 3, 1960, with whom he had two children, Tamara and Jeffrey.

The family moved from Elgin to Lawrenceville in 1972, where Stan worked and later owned Studley’s Rexall Drugstore. He also maintained the pharmacy at the Lawrence County Memorial Hospital for many of those years, retiring in 2001.

Stan and Pat enjoyed designing and maintaining the landscaping around their home on Maple Street. Together they traveled extensively to 38 of the states and parts of Canada. Their favorite destination was Branson, Missouri, where they visited 24 times.

Stan was a member of the Kappa Psi National Pharmacy Fraternity, Illinois Pharmacist Association, American Pharmacist Association, an Endowment member of the National Rifle Association, the Illinois State Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, Wildlife Forever and was past president of the Lawrenceville Rotary Club.

He is leaving his children, Tamara Gamrat and her husband, John, and Jeffrey Jurgens and his wife, Hope; grandchildren Cody Jurgens and his wife, Abby, and their children Porter and Keightley Jurgens, and Chris Jurgens and his wife Katie; one sister, Carol Gust and her husband, Jon; a brother, Clinton Jurgens and his wife, Linda; a brother-in-law, David Carroll and his wife, Cheryl; a sister-in-law, Nancy Carroll Taber; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Stan in death were his wife and parents.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. CDT on Wednesday at the Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home. A Rotary prayer will conclude the service at 7 p.m. CDT. Private burial services will be conducted at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Memorial Hospital or Lawrence County Humane Society.

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Phyllis Ann Meyer

Phyllis Ann (Gaines) Meyer, 86, of Lenexa, Kansas, passed away on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, after her struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Phyllis had a passion for art, the outdoors, and spending time with her family. She will be remembered for her charm, kindness and gentle spirit.

She is survived by her son, Matthew J. Gaines and his wife. Carolyn; her five grandchildren, Natasha L. Wells and her husband, Seth, Rebecca N. Chastain and her husband, Lyle, Brianna Colman and her husband, Glen, Neil Endicott and Evan Endicott; and three great-grandchildren, Milo, Maeve and Asher.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Francis Lowell Gaines, and her daughter, Francis Ann Endicott.

A memorial service will be performed at Memorial Park Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Sunday. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting your financial contribution of any amount to the non-profit Cure Alzheimer’s Fund at the website

Dorothy O. Perry

Dorothy O. Perry, 96, of Vincennes, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at BridgePointe Health Campus.

Dorothy had worked at the George Rogers Clark Middle School Cafeteria. She later worked at JayC grocery, where she provided food demonstrations. Being around people gave her great satisfaction. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dorothy was a member of the Free Methodist Church.

Surviving are her son, Joe Perry and his wife, Sandy, of Vincennes; her grandchildren, JoLynn Bahr and her husband, Steve, of Plainfield, and Craig Perry of Vincennes; and her great-grandchildren, Rachel Bahr of Plainfield, and Chase Perry of Vincennes.

Preceding her were her parents, George and Hattie (Williams) Kirk Sr.; her husband, Cleo Perry, whom she married July 27, 1940, and who passed away on Dec. 1988; her sisters, Antoinette Kirk and Evelyn Kirk; and her brothers, Clarence Kirk, Scott Kirk, Raymond Kirk, who was killed during World War II, Harold Kirk, and George Kirk Jr.

Dorothy’s family would to thank the staff at Colonial Assisted Living, BridgePointe Health Campus, and Heart to Heart Hospice, for the wonderful care given to Dorothy.

Private family services will be held. Goodwin Funeral Home is assisting her family with these arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vincennes Animal Shelter.

Patricia A. Wessel

Patricia A. Wessel, 78, of Vincennes, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at BridgePointe Health Campus.

Born on March 31, 1941, in Takoma Park, Maryland, she was the daughter of Charles Preston and Frances Nell (Houser) Belton.

Surviving are her husband, Paul Wessel; her children, Kim Wessel of Indianapolis and Michael Wessel and his wife, Colleen, of Lisle, Illinois; her brother, John Belton and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Stanley, Virginia; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Hancock of Sandborn; her grandchildren, Philip and Brandon Wessel; and her two great-grandchildren, Morgan and Emma Wessel.

Her parents preceded her.

Burial in Virginia will be at a later date. There will be no local services. Goodwin Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Carl E. Williams

Carl E. Williams, 66, of Vincennes, passed away at 1 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 at Gentle Care of Vincennes.

He was born on Aug. 5, 1953 in Vincennes to Betty (Sutton) Williams. Carl was a truck driver and enjoyed drag racing and racing go carts.

Surviving are his mother, Betty McCrary and her husband, Pau,l of Vincennes; his children, Alex Williams and his wife, Kendra, and Kyle Williams and his wife, Brooke, both of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; a brother, Mike Williams of Vincennes; his grandchildren, Jayden Kays, Kalyn Roark, Kaleb Williams, Jared Williams, and Jaxon Williams; and a great-grandchild, Kayson Kays.

He was preceded in death by his father; his wife, Bonnie (Snider) Williams; and a sister, Judy Keller.

Friends may visit with Carl’s family from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday at Goodwin Funeral Home, 524 Broadway St.


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