Obituaries - S

Icey (Griswold) Sigmon

30 July 1965
Compiled by Jeffrey Holtz

The beauty of Heaven and the joy of salvation were realized by the family of Icey Sigmon at 11:55 on Tuesday evening, as they stood by her bedside and witnessed her passing. A smile crept over her tired old face and all pain and suffering were gone. On July 1 she fell and fractured her hip. She was taken to the Kings Daughters Hospital at Madison. After spending eight days there, the doctors found that they could not pin her hip, so she was brought to her home on July 9 where she was tenderly cared for by her four children who did not spare any of their time and energy for her comfort. Icey Viona, daughter of the late Leonard R. and Mary Blodgett Griswold, was born near Bennington, Indiana on March 9, 1871. She departed from this life on July 30th, 1965 at the age of 94 years, 4 months, and 12 days. She was the fifth child of a family of seven children, all of whom have preceded her in death. She also had a half-brother and a half-sister who were older and passed away years ago.

On January 13, 1895, she was married to Ulie G. Sigmon, and for sixty-four years this union was not broken. On February 24, 1959, Mr. Sigmon passed away and the past six years she has gone her way alone. All her life was spent in Switzerland County. She and Mr. Sigmon lived on their farm on Parks Ridge as long as health would permit. They moved to their home in Vevay where she has resided for twenty-one years. After Mr. Sigmon death, her daughter, Mrs. Mary Brandon, made her home with her until last year after an operation. Since then, her eldest daughter Mrs. Lelia Peters stayed with her.

She was a member of the Long Run Baptist Church. After she moved to Vevay, she attended the Switzerland Baptist Church. She was a member of Class 43 at the Baptist Sunday School. She also attended the Nazarene Church. All her life was centered around her church and her Christian faith. She read to her children. One died in infancy. The eldest son Herbert, passed away 25 years ago at the Veteran Hospital in Indianapolis. Four children are left to mourn her passing: Mrs. Mary Brandon of Indianapolis, Mrs. Hazel Boggs of Vevay, Mrs. Lelia Peters, and Paul Sigmon of this county. A granddaughter, Mrs. Pauline Scudder, made her home with her for a time and was like her only child. She leaves 13 other grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Her life was a solid foundation of faith and can be summed up in the words of this song:

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness,
I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand…
All Other Ground is Sinking Sand.


Charles H. Smith

Charles Harvey Smith, 70, 203 W. Frederick, died at 6:10 p.m. yesterday (June 7, 1966) at Carle memorial Hospital, Urbana. He had been ill the past two years.

He was born Sept. 8, 1895 in Switzerland County In. The son of Samuel and Louisa Jakaway Smith. He was employed in Chicago for several years and later self employed as a carpenter and electrician . He had resided in Milford since 1960.

He was married to Eva Packard on July 15, 1915, who preceded him on Aug. 14, 1965.

Surviving are two sons, Morris of East Chicago, Ind. and Marvin , Glenwood; two brothers, George of Edon, Ohio and William of Bennington, Ind.; four sisters, Mrs. Emma McDonald, Alvin, Mrs. Bessie Shattel, West Lebanon, Ind.; Mrs. Anna Mathis, Collison and Mrs. Lucy McLaughlin, Hoopeston. He was preceded by his parents and one sister.

Mr. Smith was a member of the Milford Christian Church. Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Jameson Funeral Home with the Rev. Roy William officiating. Burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

George H. Smith


Final rites were held Wednesday, Sept 27, 2:00 P.M. at the Edon Church of Christ for George H. Smith, 93, Edon. Mr. Smith died Sunday at Hillside Nursing Home.

He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Edon Church of Christ. He moved to this area in 1940 from Milford, Illinois.
Surviving are two sons, Dwight of Wauseon, and Gerald of Bryan, one daughter, Mrs. Harold ( Marjorie) Miller, Route 2, Edon; one brother, William Smith, Charleston, Ind; three sisters , Mrs. Emma McDonald, Alvin Illinois, Mrs. Bessie Shatell, West Lebanon, Ind. , Mrs. Lucy McLaughlin, Hoopeston, Illinois, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Davi stokes, minister of the church of Christ officiated. Burial was in the Edon Cemetery. 

[George H. Smith was born in Switzerland County, Indiana. -- unknown submitter]

Levi H. Smith


Israel Heath was called home suddenly home from Moore's Hill by the death of his grandfather Levi H. Smith died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Rocelia Heath Friday Morning

Grandpa Smith died Oct. 1. He was 89 years old and was staying with his daughter Mrs. Rose Heath at the time of his death.

Samuel E. Smith

Vevay Reveille Thurs. April 27, 1897 

Died-- Smith- In Allensville, Ind. Saturday, April 24, 1897
Samuel E. Smith, aged 37 years 3 months and 17 days. Mr. Smith married Miss Eliza Jakaway in 1878. His wife and eight children survive him. He united with the M. E. Church at Allensville in 1875, and since then has lived a devoted Christian. He was a good citizen and a useful man. Mrs. Smith was a carpenter by trade, and has been in the employ of A. Johnson & Son, at Aaron, for several years. The funeral was held at Allensville Monday, conducted by Rev. Campbell, and the remains interred in the Allensville Cemetery. As showing the high esteem in which he was held, and charity and generosity of the people of the neighborhood- a mortgage of $35 on his house and lot was paid and cost of burial. It was timely and worthily bestowed on the widow and her eight children.
[Note: the age is not correct he was born July 9, 1849]

[Origin of following obit unknown] 

Passed away at 10:00 p.m. Saturday Evening April 24, 1897. Was born July 9, 1849, his age being 47 yrs. 9 mo. 15 days. He united with M. E. Church at Allensville about 1875. Was married to Miss Louisa Jakway on April 1, 1878. to them born eight children, all are living the youngest being 18 months. Mr. Smith was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Smith of near E. Enterprise. He was raised in this vicinity and was a very industrious and highly respected citizen. While not rich in this worlds goods, he was wealthy in love and affection for his family, more cheerful and happy home is not found. 

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. S. Campbell. Beautiful songs, prayer, and scripture services were held at the home, after which the remains were taken to Allenville for internment. Followed by a large company of sympathizing friends.
A solemn and impressive service was held at the cemetery. One feature of which was the songs full of comfort and assurance. 


William R. Smith

William R. Smith, 90, of route 1, Bennington,Ind., near Fairview, passed away Monday at Clark County Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville. 

He was born Sept. 25, 1882, in Danville , Illinois, the son of Samuel and Louisa Jakaway Smith. He was a retired farmer and minister and was a member of Vevay Nazarene Church. He spent his early life in Switzerland County, lived in Lawrence County for 27 years, and had spent the past 30 years in Switzerland County Ind. 

On May 29, 1901, he married Lula B. Morrison, who died Nov. 14, 1968. 

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Waits of Jeffersonville; two sons, Russell of near Fairview and Florin of Medora; three sister, Mrs. Emma McDonald of Alvin, Ill., Mrs. Luch McLaughlin of Hoopeston, Ill. and Mrs. Bessie Shattel of West Lebanon; 12 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and several great great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday by the Rev. Velma H. Manuel from Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home. Burial was in the Vevay Cemetery.