Joy A. Bennett, William Eugene Carnahan, Jolee Culp, Imagene Stephens Harrington, C. 'Tom' Hess, Rodney L. Lafferty, Robert Lee Limes Jr.

Joy A. Bennett

Joy A. Bennett 83, of Linton, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Joy was born in Knox County on Aug. 29, 1936 to the late Hobert Hooper and Pearl (Sanders) Hooper. She then married to John E. Bennett on Sunday, July 20, 1958 in Bicknell. Joy was a member of Word of Life Church and enjoyed her church fellowship. She was a retired cafeteria manager at North Knox East Elementary and Madison City Schools in Madison, Alabama. She also was employed as a telephone operator for the city of Bicknell.

Joy is survived by her loving daughters, Marcy Huff and her husband, Steve, of Linton, and Peggy Vinsel  and her husband, Steve of Madison, Alabama; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Buren Dale Hooper.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, John E. Bennett; a son, Bradley Bennett; three brothers; and one sister. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home, Bicknell Chapel. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services will be privately held and officiated by Pastor John Moreland on Wednesday; please make floral deliveries today or on Wednesday morning. Burial will be in Bicknell Memorial Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The Word of Life Building Fund, 7144 Russell Drive, Bicknell, IN 47512.

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William Eugene Carnahan

William Eugene Carnahan, 82, of Vincennes, passed away a 9:35 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at his residence.



He was born on March 28, 1937 in Knox County to William Herschel and Barbara (Yount) Carnahan. Bill retired as produce manager for Kroger after 45 years and was a member of the Turning Point Foursquare Church. In his free time Bill enjoyed golfing, bowling, gardening, woodworking, and attending River Region Herb Society meetings.

Surviving are his wife, Dallasue (Chastain) Carnahan, who he married on Nov. 5, 1961; his children, William Bradley Carnahan of Los Angeles and Robert Carnahan and his wife, Lynn, of Vincennes; his sisters, Margie Clark of Washington and Barbara Peloski of Indianapolis; his grandchildren, Jeremy, Jordan and his significant other, Jennifer, Sam, Elijah and his wife, Payton, Koty, and Logan; along with a great-grandchild, Koen.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Robert Carnahan; and two sisters, Joann Henderson and Flossie Johnson.

All services will be private. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of William Eugene Carnahan

Jolee Culp

Jolee Culp, 85, of Vincennes, passed away at 8:57 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at her residence.



Jolee was born on Sept. 16, 1934, the daughter of Lloyd and Violet (Knoblett) Lucas. She married Albert Leon “Pete” Culp on June 4, 1955 and he preceded her in death on Dec. 5, 2017. Jolee worked at Brown Shoe Factory and as a telephone Operator. She was a graduate of Decker High School and a member of Decker United Methodist Church. Jolee and Pete enjoyed riding their motorcycle and had the privilege of traveling all over the United States and into Canada. They also enjoyed taking their annual trip to England for many years.

Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Wilson and her husband, Jay, of Indianapolis, and her sister, Linda Lucas Culp of Decker.

Jolee was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pete Culp; her daughter, Brenda Culp; and her brother, Bill Lucas.

Private graveside services will be held on Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Faye Bilskie officiating. Anyone interested will be able to watch the graveside service live on the Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home Facebook page and will be notified when it goes live. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home in Vincennes is honored to assist the Culp family with arrangements.

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Imagene Stephens Harrington

Imagene “Jeannie” Stephens Harrington, 66, of Lawrenceville, Illinois, died on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

She worked for the Lawrence County Senior Citizens and was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church.

Survivors include her four daughters, Stacy Hanson, Andrea Schulz, Teresa Whiteker and Patricia Darlin; one brother, Rick Stephens; and three sisters, Linda Langolf, Sharon Spontak, and Donna Gagliardi.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lawrence County Senior Citizens or the American Heart Association. Emmons-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Illinois is in charge of the arrangements.

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C. 'Tom' Hess

C. “Tom” Hess, 75, of Vincennes, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Tom was born on Dec. 2, 1944 in Vincennes, the son of Cletus C. and Veronica Carie Hess. He was a life-long member of St. Thomas Catholic Church and graduate of Central Catholic High School. Tom was a life-long farmer and enjoyed raising Quarter Horses. Tom married Mary Louise Oexmann on July 4, 1964 and they made their life together for nearly 56 years. He was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association, National Barrel Horse Association IN05, various local saddle clubs in the Tri State Area, and was a leader in the Knox County 4-H Horse and Pony Club. He and his wife, Mary Louise, were avid supporters of South Knox athletics. Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Tom is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Hess; their children, Thomas M. Hess and his wife, Christina, of Vincennes, Anita E. Hess and her companion, Marty Phelps, of Vincennes, and Paul R. Hess of Vincennes; grandchildren Nicole Hess, Lance Cpl. Trevor Hess. U.S. Marine Corps, Brandon Fickling and Justin Fickling; his great-grandchildren, Samuel Hess and Nicholas Hess with his third great-grandchild expected in May; his sister, Margie Snider and her husband, Don, of Vincennes; and a brother, Bob Hess of Vincennes.

Tom was preceded in death by a son, Mark Hess; his parents, Clete and Veronica Hess; and a sister in infancy.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to remember Tom the family invites family and friends to Hess Farms at 1873 W. Carie Road for a drive-through visitation in his shop building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday. Tom will be laid to rest next to her ands Louise's son in St. Thomas Cemetery where a gravesite service will be conducted with Father Tony Ernst officiating following the visitation. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Thomas Cemetery Fund or to the donor’s charity of choice. Duesterberg-Fredrick Funeral Home is honored to assist the Hess family during their time of loss.

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Rodney L. Lafferty

Rodney “Rod” L. Lafferty, 69, of Bicknell, died on Saturday, March 28, 2020.

He was a farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra L. (Russell) Lafferty; his children, Christopher Lafferty, Kerry Lafferty, Shannon McCrary, Andrea Wright and Shelley Fossmeyer; and siblings Mark Lafferty and Pama Limbach.

Private family services will be held on Thursday at Royal Oak Cemetery with Pastor Glenn Archer officiating. Fredrick and Son McClure-Utt Funeral Home, Bruceville Chapel is honored to assist with arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at

Robert Lee Limes Jr.

Robert Lee “Bobby” Limes Jr., 61 of Bridgeport, Illinois, died on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

He was a truck driver.

Survivors include four children, Tyler Limes, Kevin Biggs, Jayson Crump, and Joanne Goss; two sisters, Carolyn Kirwan and Paula Hollers; and his mother, Janet Harborou.

Due to the COVID-19 mandates, private services will be held at Cunningham Funeral Home. There will also be a graveside service held at Bridgeport City Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at

Ruby O. Wilkens

Ruby O. (Milner) Wilkens, 95, of Vincennes, passed away at 3:08 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, 2020 at BridgePointe Health Campus.



She was born on Jan. 14, 1925 in Fairfield, Illinois, to Joseph L. and Lula M. (Young) Milner. She married Walter Lowell Wilkens on Nov. 27, 1945. Ruby graduated from Newton High School in Newton, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois. She left college to make parts for airplane wings for planes needed in World War II. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Olney, Illinois, and owned Ruby Wilkens Trucking until 2011.

Surviving are her children, Wayne Wilkens and his wife, Cindy, of Vincennes, Wanda Shultz of  Jasper, Winona Drewes of Springfield, Illinois, and Wanita Pagel and her husband, Charles, of Springville; her grandchildren, Greg Shultz and his wife, Melanie, of Jasper, Stephanie Doherty and her husband, Kelly, of Germantown, Tennessee, Brian Drewes and his wife, Kim, of Springfield, Philip Drewes and his wife, Mallory, of Springfield, Christopher Pagel of Bloomington, Dennis Pagel of Springville, Nicholas Pagel of Springville, Kymberleigh Pagel of Baltimore, David Wilkens of Vincennes, and Jason Epley and his wife, Am, of Evansville; along with 10 great grandchildren.

Preceding Ruby in death were her parents, Joseph and Lula Milner; her husband, Lowell Wilkens; a son, Walter “Harley Bud” Wilkens Jr.; her sons-in-law, Stephen Shultz and David Drewes; and a sister, Hilma Tonn.

Private graveside services will be held on Wednesday at White Church Cemetery in Princeton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Hospital in Memphis at, or Shriners Hospital in St. Louis at Anyone interested will be able to watch the service live on the Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home Facebook page and you will be notified when it goes live. Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home in Vincennes is honored to assist the Wilkens family with arrangements.

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Blinn, Vi, died March 26. Services: private graveside service today at Sugarland Memory Gardens in Washington. The service will be live-streamed on Goodwin-Sievers Funeral Home Facebook page. Memorials: United Way of Knox County. Condolences:

Staley, Steven O., died March 23. Memorials:


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