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Monroe County Obituaries - Surname "B"


Willard Baker - Age 32 - Died June 25, 1929 - Parents Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Baker  Survived by wife; daughters, Mildred and Louise; sons, Ralph and John; his parents, sisters, Mrs. E. L Koontz, Mrs. Clarence Sturgeon and Mrs. Hulsee Turner and brothers Joe and Daniel. - Bloomington Telephone, Bloomington, IN -Wednesday, June 26, 1929


Audrey Larvena Baldridge - - Born May 28, 1898 in Carroll Co., IN - Died Friday November 14, 1987 in Franklin, IN at the United Methodist Home's Health Care Center.  - Parents were Benjamin and Florida (Whiteman) Stone.  Audrey was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Franklin and a former member of the First United Methodist Church of Bloomington. She also belonged to the GSA Art Club and The Husmore Home Extension Club.  Survived by son, Kenneth Baldridge; two daughters, Lois Finestone and Carol Woodburn; three brothers, Virgil, John & Morris Stone; four sisters, Fern Hoshaw, Hazel Schultheis, Martha Metsker and Helen Moore, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.  Proceeded in death by husband, W Ezra in 1975, her parents, one son and four brothers.   Services at Wright Memorial Chapel at Franklin United Methodist home, Rev. Grester Kemp officiating. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery in Bloomington. - The Herald-Telephone Bloomington IN, Saturday November 15, 1986, -shared by Judy Jefferson


David Humphrey Baldridge - Born July 24, 1873 in Greene Co., IN, Died May 8, 1949 In Bloomington, IN    Parents were John Alexander and Georgianna (Axtell) Baldridge, Survived by son, Otho D; brother, Rev. Harry W; three half-brothers, W E, John & Stewart Baldridge; half- sister, George Watler; two grandchildren, Marilyn and Rita Baldridge.  Preceded in death by his wife, Zoe O in 1944.  Services at First Methodist Church, officiating will be Dr. M. B. McFall. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. Pallbearers will be Robert Woolery, James L Hendricks, Morris Koontz, Orville Headley, Austin Richardson and Wendell Holmes. - The World Telephone Bloomington, IN, Monday May 9, 1949 – shared by Judy Jefferson


Pneumonia Is Fatal as Boy Loses Battle - Pneumonia today won a 12-day battle from 3-year-old Donald Ezra Baldridge.  Donald, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Baldridge, 529 south Washington street, had been gamely making a fight against the ravishes of the disease in the Bloomington hospital. Death closed the child's eyes at 4:45 o'clock this morning.  All medical efforts to save the child failed. An oxygen tent vainly was used.  Ever since his admittance to the city hospital Saturday it had been a nip and tuck fight.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, the Rev. O. Howard Taylor of the First M. E. church conducting the services. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Catherine, Lois and Carol Maxine; one brother, Kenneth William and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Benton W. Stone of Bloomington and Mrs. Emily S. Baldridge of Columbus.  Funeral rites will be held in the First Methodist church with the Rev. C. H. Taylor conducting the services. - Bloomington Evening World Bloomington, IN, Monday February 19, 1934 – shared by Judy Jefferson


Edith Marie Baldridge  - Born March 20, 1892 in Bloomington, IN - Died Jul 15, 1954 in Bloomington, IN - Parents were William Henry and Martha Ann (Taylor) Harris - Survived by husband, Stewart P; daughters, Dorothy M Salee,  Martha M Shields and sister Wilma Harris.  Preceded in death by her parents; a brother John and a sister, Nita Gloydina.  Edith was a member of the Fairview Methodist Church, Pocahontas, Pythian Sisters, Rebekahs and Daughters of America.   Services at Day Chapel in charge of Rev. W. N. Burton, burial at Rose Hill Cemetery. - Daily Herald-Telephone Bloomington, IN, Thursday July 15, 1954 – shared by Judy Jefferson


Emily Susan Baldridge - Born February 19, 1860 in Newberry, Greene Co., IN - Died February 1, 1950 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN at the State Soldiers Home  Parents William Ford & Margaret A (Casey) Chapman  Emily was a former public school teacher in Greene Co., IN  Survived by sons, W E, Stewart & John; daughter Georgia Watler, nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Also a step-son, Rev. Harry Baldridge.  Preceded in death by her husband, John Alexander Baldridge in 1907.  Services will be at the Day Chapel in charge of Dr. William H Wylie and burial will be in Solsberry cemetery. Pallbearers will be Otho Baldridge, Kenneth Baldridge, Carl Watler Jr., Hugh Morrison, Charles Neal and Cornelius Salee. - The World Telephone Bloomington, IN, Thursday February 2, 1950 – shared by Judy Jefferson


Jean E Baldridge  -  Born January 12, 1922 in Sackets Harbor, NY - Died September 19, 1990 in Bloomington, IN  Parents were Leslie & Lee (Thompson) Griffeth  Jean was a former Girl Scout leader and also a member of the First United Methodist Church, American Legion and a WAC veteran of WW II.  Survived by husband, Kenneth; son, Ted; two daughters, Lee Anne and Lois J Baldridge; two sisters, Doris Hacker and Grace May Keller and four grandchildren.  Preceded in death by one sister, Nora Nelson Services at Day Mortuary and burial at Clear Creek Cemetery, Rev. Rose Marrs will officiate. - The Herald-Times Bloomington, IN, Friday September 21, 1990 – shared by Judy Jefferson


Otho Dwight Baldridge - Born May 20, 1903 in Greene Co., IN - Died February 17, 1956 in Indianapolis, IN Otho was a cashier at the Citizens Bank & Trust Co in Bloomington. Was involved in the Red Cross and Community Chest projects and a member of the Exchange Club. He was a member of the First Methodist Church.  Parents were David H and Zoe O (Johnson) Baldridge Survived by wife, Anna Aura; two daughters, Marilyn Sue and Rita Ann Baldridge  Preceded in death by his parents.  Services at First Methodist Church, Bloomington. Pallbearers Glen Mercer, William Potter, Wayne Hall, Robert Woolery, Victor Dixon and Lyle Fowler. - Herald-Telephone Bloomington, IN, February 17, 1956 – shared by Judy Jefferson


Stewart P Baldridge - Born March 12, 1892 in Greene Co., IN  Died October 29, 1960 Bloomington, IN  Parents were John A and Emily Susan (Chapman) Baldridge  Stewart was retired from Bloomington Hardware  Survived by daughters, Dorothy M Salee and Martha M Shields, brothers W E & John Baldridge and one sister, Mrs. Georgia Watler.  Preceded in death by his wife, Edith Marie and a son Herald L Baldridge Stewart was a member of the Redmen's Lodge, Haymakers and Pocahontas Lodge.  Services at Day Funeral Home, rev. Edwin Mercer officiating. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. - Daily Herald-Telephone Bloomington, IN, Monday October 31, 1960 – shared by Judy Jefferson


William Ezra Baldridge - Born February 8, 1894 in Greene Co., IN  Died March 19, 1975 in Orlando, FL  Parents John Alexander and Emily Susan (Chapman) Baldridge  Ezra was secretary-treasurer of Workingmen's before his retirement in 1964. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Masons, the Odd fellows, Knights of Pythias and was former president of the Savings and Loan League of Indiana.  Survived by wife, Audrey; son, Kenneth; daughters, Lois Finestone & Carol Woodburn; brother, John C and sister Georgia Watler.  Preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Stewart.  Services at Day Mortuary Chapel, Rev. Ross Marrs officiating, burial in Clear Creek cemetery. - Daily Herald-Telephone Bloomington, IN, Friday, March 21, 1975 – shared by Judy Jefferson


Zoe Oella Baldridge  age 66 born near Solsberry, Greene Co., IN  Died April 26, 1944 at Bloomington, IN  Parents were John W and Mary J Johnson  Survived by husband, David H; son, Otho D, sister, Guthie Calland, brothers Ivan & Guy Johnson.  Services at Arthur Day Chapel, Rev. Merill B McFall officiating. Burial in Rose Hill cemetery.  The World Telephone Bloomington, IN - Thursday April 27, 1944 – shared by Judy Jefferson



Pauline Medaris Bastin  - Born March 12, 1917 in Monroe Co., IN - Died October 26, 1989 in Bloomington, IN - Parents were Otis and Ethel (Stephens) Pogue.  Survived by son, David Medaris and brothers, Albert, Virgil and Sam Pogue.  Services at Greene and Harrell Mortuary, burial in Valhalla Memory Gardens. - The Herald-Telephone, Bloomington, IN, Thursday,  October  29, 1989 – shared by Judy Jefferson


William Baxter, 74 year old retired farmer, died at the home of his son, county clerk, Earl Baxter Bloomington Route Three, Sunday at 4:15 p.m.  H had not been well since he underwent a major operation last July 4.  He is survived by the wife, Rosa; another son, Clarence of Indianapolis; three daughters, Mrs. Ora Hill, Bloomington Route Three, Mrs. Harry Hays, Denver, and Mrs. Russell Hancock, Bargersville, Indiana; several grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Born in this county on January 10, 1873, he was the son of James O. and Amanda Smith Baxter.  He had been a farmer all of his life, living near Paynetown at the time of his death.  He was a member of the Paynetown Pentecostal Church, the Redmen and Haymakers lodges.  Last rites will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock at the Clear Creek Church with Rev. George Deckard officiating.  Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.  Honorary pall bearers will be Ed and Henry Bender, Walter Peterson, A. A. Bruner, John Richardson and Oscar Hudlin.  Active pall bearers will be Thomas, Fred and Gilbert Scales, William P.. Baxter, Clarence Hensley, and Robert Sipes.  The remains have been returned to the family residence in Paynetown. – Bloomington World Telephone, 20 January 1947, Pages 1 & 2



Jacob Bennett, age 75, West Sixth street, died at 1:15 this afternoon, after an extended illness. He had been suffering with uremic poisoning since last October. The funerl will be held Monday afternoon aat 2:30 at Hindoostan, the Rev. Daniel McCoy in charge. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Wylie Robinson, West Sixth street, city and Mrs. Ira Closson of Ellettsville and one sone, William Bennett of Hindoostan. - - Bloomington Evening World April 30, 1921



Claude J Black - Born October 15, 1891 in Jackson Co., IN - Died October 28, 1989 in Bloomington, IN  - Parents were Adam and Louisa (Cummings) Black.  Survived by daughter, Helen Baldwin and son, Thomas E Black.  Preceded in death by his first wife, Lottie (Kimbred) Black and second wife, Daisy Frances (Cornell) Black.  Services at Allen Funeral Home, burial in Liberty Church Cemetery in Jackson Co.- The Herald-Telephone, Bloomington, IN, Thursday, October,  29, 1989 – shared by Judy Jefferson



Alberta J Blanks - Born June 4, 1937 in Waukegan, IL - Died July 28, 1993 in Bloomington, IN - Parents were Albert and Anna Sevander.  Survived by her husband, William R Banks; her mother; daughters, Becky Susanne Memmini, Tina Marie Blanks and Sue Ann Harlings and sister, Dorothy Small.  Preceded in death by her father.  Services at Day Mortuary with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery. – Herald Times, 29 Jul 1993 – shared by Judy Jefferson


Samuel Boruff, aged 86,died at 4:24 a.m. today at the home of his daughter, Mrs. O. M. Morris, south College avenue, of a complication of diseases due to his advanced age.  Besides Mrs. Morris he is survived by two sons, E. D> Boruff and C. W. Boruff of Mattoon, Ill.  mr. Boruff was formerly a carpenter on the Illinois Central railroad.  The body will be taken over the Illinois Central this evening to Mattoon, where funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. - Bloomington Evening World, 3 Dec 1929, Page 001


Mrs. Cora Botkins - Age 89  - Died May 5, 1954 in Bloomington, IN  Survived by sons, Alva and Clifford and daughters, Mrs. Russell Harris, Mrs. Carl Harbaugh and Mrs. Dewey Manuel.  Preceded in death by her husband Charles Botkin. Services at Greene and Harrell chapel with burial at Mt. Ebal - Daily Herald-Telephone, Bloomington, IN - Wednesday, May 5, 1954


Martha Bowman Age 73 died at her home in Martinsville. The mother of Mrs. Nancy Rayle and Henry Hacker. Funeral was at 9 o'clock Friday at her home. Burial in the Stepp Cemetery in Monroe County, - Bloomington Daily Telephone, Thursday, 27 March 1924.


Viola Evelyn Branham - Born October 13, 1918 in Switzer, IN - Died April 11, 2003 Bloomington, IN - Parents Benjamin Warner and Bertha (Hyde) Shields.  Survived by son, Melton L Branham; daughter Bertha F Williamson Miller; brother Benjamin F Shields and sister Virginia Helen Hacker.  Preceded in death by her husband, Melton L Branham, Sr.; daughter, Mildred L Branham; sisters, Jennie M Holland and Mary Beatrice Dover and brothers James E and Clarence F Shields.  Services at New Unionville Baptist Church with burial in Valhalla Memory Gardens. - The Herald-Times Bloomington, IN. - Wednesday April 16, 2003 – shared by Judy Jefferson


Carl Elmer Brashaber - Age 70. Died December 27, 1955 in Monroe Co., IN - Survived by sisters, Mrs. J O Daniels, Mrs. Nora Patton, Mrs. Luther Daniels and Mrs. Elbert Reese; brothers, Walter, John and Ivan.  Services at Greene and Harrell Chapel with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. - Daily Herald-Telephone, Bloomington, IN, Wednesday, December 28, 1955 – shared by Judy Jefferson


Mrs. Antoinette Brown - Life long resident of Ellettsville, IN - Died June 15, 1949 in Ellettsville, IN  Parents were Frederick and Amelia Sharp Benzel  Survived by husband, A. G.; sister, Mrs. Edna Muir and brother, Wilbur Benzel.  Services at the Baptist church. - The World Telephone, Bloomington, IN - Thursday, June 16, 1949

Charles Morton Brown - Born June 1, 1863 in Greene Co., IN - Died December 3, 1945 in Bloomington, IN  Parents were John Wesley and Martha Raper Brown.  Survived by daughters, Mrs. Zwingle Curry, Mrs. Jennie Russ, Mrs. Nellie Hamilton, Mrs. Elizabeth Harris and Mrs. Christina Fulford; sons, Will W, Morton, George and James R. Brown; brothers, Joseph, John and William and sister, Mrs. Ella Taylor.  Services at United Presbyterian Church with burial in U. P. cemetery.- World Telephone, Bloomington, IN, Tuesday,  December 4, 1945 – shared by Judy Jefferson

"Geo. W. Brown of Washington tp. died on the 31st ult. [ultimo or ult. meaning of the month preceding the current one] with cancer of the stomach.  Deceased was one of the pioneers of Monroe county, and was about 80 years old." - "Republican Progress,"Bloomington, Monroe County , Indiana, 16 September 1885, Page 3, Column  6 – shared by Dennis Krebs

Zola Brown - Born February 11, 1901 in Greene Co., IN - Died July 1, 1993 in Bloomington, IN - Parents were Nathanial and Telitha (Palmer) Ison.  Survived by daughter, Doris Burow and five grandchildren,  Preceded in death by her husband, Felix "Star" Brown.  Services at Chandler Funeral Home in Ellettsville with burial in Presbyterian Cemetery. – Herald-Times, 25 July 1993 – shared by Judy Jefferson


Edith W Bryant - Born January 30, 1923 in Monroe Co., IN - Died August 7, 1993 in Bloomington, IN   Parents were James Henry and Alice (Hutton) Hughes.  Survived by daughters, Sheila Smith and Sandra Weddle and sister, Judith N Lemble.  Preceded in death by husband, Wayne M in 1989; brothers, Audney, Charles and Paul and sisters, Dessie Hughes and Mabel Kiser.  Services at Day Mortuary with burial in Clear Creek Cemetery. - Herald Times, Bloomington, IN - Sunday, August 8, 1993

 Frank Marion Bryant - Born April 14, 1903 in Monroe Co., IN  Died August 16, 1988 in Indianapolis, IN  Parents were Loranzo W and Isabelle (Waldon) Bryant.  Survived by his wife, Laura May (Pedro) Bryant; sons, Frank M Jr. and Dennis R Bryant; daughters, Wilma Abram and Esther Arnold; brother, Wayne M Bryant.  Preceded in death by his parents; brother, Floyd; sister, Wilma Bryant; half-sister, May Bryan and half-brother Paul Bryant.  Services at Greene and Harrell Mortuary. Burial in Valhalla Memory Gardens. - The Herald-Telephone Bloomington, IN  - Thursday Aug. 18, 1988 – shared by Judy Jefferson

Isabelle (Daisy) Bryant  Born January 23, 1882   Died July 20, 1957 in Bloomington, IN  Parents James W and Martha A (Burris) Waldon  Daisy was a native of Salem, but had lived in Bloomington most of her life.  Survived by sons, Frank, Floyd & Wayne; brother, Jeff and a sister Victoria Freund.  Preceded in death by her husband, Loranzo; a son, Alva and a daughter, Wilma C. Bryant.  Services at 11th St Pentecostal Church with James Frye officiating. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery. - Daily Herald-Telephone Bloomington, IN - Monday July 22, 1957 – shared by Judy Jefferson

OLD SOLDIER ANSWERS "TAPS" - John Bryant, Veteran of '61, Dies Sunday  John Bryant, a well known old soldier living on west First street, died at seven o'clock yesterday morning of a complication of diseases. He was a member of the G. A. R. and the Eighth street Methodist Church. Mr. Bryant followed the stone masonry trade for a number of years. He is survived by the widow and one son.  Funeral will be held at two o'clock tomorrow at the home in charge of the Rev. C. M. Croft and interment will take place at Rose Hill cemetery. Bloomington Evening World Bloomington, IN - Monday June 22, 1914 – shared by Judy Jefferson

Loranzo Washington Bryant  Born March 9, 1869 in Monroe Co., KY  Died August 29, 1956 in Bloomington, IN   Loranzo was a retired stone mason.  Parents were John D and Nancy F (Brown) Bryant  Survived by wife Isabelle (Daisy); sons, Frank, Floyd & Wayne.  Preceded in death by a son, Alva and a daughter, Wilma C Bryant  Services at 11th Street Pentecostal church, Rev. Orville Frame officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery.  Daily Herald-Telephone Bloomington, IN - Thursday August 30, 1956 – shared by Judy Jefferson

Laura May Bryant - Born September  4, 1910 in Bloomington, IN - Died February 16, 2001 in Bloomington, IN  Parents were James and Sarah E (Sturgeon) Petro.  Survived by daughters, Wilma Abram and Esther Arnold; sons, Frank Jr. and Dennis Bryant.  Preceded in death by husband Frank M Bryant in August of 1988.  Services at Pentecostal Faith Assembly with burial in Valhalla Memory Gardens. - The Herald-Times, Bloomington, IN, Friday, February 17,2001 – shared by Judy Jefferson who says “(from the above newspaper article and my own records)”

Patsy Delores Bryant - 2 years old, born in Bloomington, IN  Died December 10, 1938 in Bloomington, IN  Parents were Floyd H and Pearl (Hendricks) Bryant  Survived by her parents; brother, Donald Lee Bryant; grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Emma Hendricks and Mrs. L. W. Bryant.  Burial was in Rosehill cemetery. - Bloomington Daily Telephone Bloomington, IN - Monday December 12, 1938 – shared by Judy Jefferson

Paul L Bryant - Born May 11, 1894 in Monroe Co., IN - Died January 15, 1941 in Bloomington, IN  Parents were Loranza W and Alice (Allgood) Bryant.  Survived by wife, Ruth (Bennett); daughters, Hazel Sexton and Marilyn Rose Bryant; son, Keith Bryant; his father Loranza and step mother, Isabelle (Waldon); half-brothers, Frank, Floyd and Wayne.  Services at Weir funeral home with burial in Valhalla cemetery. - Bloomington Telephone, Bloomington, IN - Thursday, January 16, 1941 -(and information from  Judy)


Lee F Bucher – born 6 August 1916 in Greene Co., IN, died 12 February  1993 in Bloomington, IN.  Parents were Harley and Elmira (Burchan) Bucher.  Survived by wife, Kathryn (Thrasher) Bucher; daughters Janet Bucher and Elizabeth Cole; Brother Curtis Bucher and sister Ellen McElroy.  Preceded by sisters, Georgia Bucher and Jessie Bucher and brother, William.  Services at Day Mortuary with burial in Valhalla Memory Gardens. – Sunday Herald- Times, 14 February 1993 – shared by Judy Jefferson



 Narcissus E Burton - Born March 25, 1907 in Lawrence Co., IN  Died March 18, 1985 in Monroe Co., IN  Parents were Jim and Mary (Tutt) Nichols.  Survived by her stepmother, Florence (Harper) Nichols.  Services at Day Mortuary with burial in Mitchell Cemetery. - The Herald-Telephone Bloomington, IN - Monday March 19, 1985 – shared by Judy Jefferson