Matthew Ryan Knight

Matthew Ryan Knight, age 36, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away tragically on Sunday, June 26, 2022. He was born on March 22, 1986, in Union City, Indiana, to Eric and Jenny (Farmer) Knight. Matt resided in Ohio, Tennessee, and back again. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William Conley, and Audrey Farmer; his paternal grandparents, Max and Mazella Knight. He was a 2004 graduate of Greenville High School, and played soccer at Grace College in Warsaw, Indiana.

David Allen Layman

Pastor David Allen Layman, 74, of Noblesville, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2022 at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was born on June 2, 1948 to Allen and Roslyn (English) Layman in Richmond, Indiana. The church was the most central part of David’s life as he was raised as the son of a Presbyterian minister, then became one himself. He married his beautiful wife, Pam Hood, on March 24, 1979. David was a history buff who enjoyed reading.

Alberta Thomas

Alberta Thomas 79, of Richmond, Indiana passed away on June 28, 2022. She was born on June 20, 1943 in Oneida, Kentucky to Robert and Rhoda Callahan Samples. Alberta is survived by her children Tammy (Nick) Jones, Tommy Thomas, Darrell Thomas; step son Ricky Thomas; sister Sue Presby; brother Mike Samples; grandchildren Ashlyn Thomas, Nick Thomas, Jessica Thomas, Jackie Thomas and Joshua Thomas; great grandchildren Zachary Thomas, Briella Elgin, Mason Elgin, Emma Thomas, Sophia Thomas, Shelbi Thomas, Jaycee Biga and Jenci Gerson; lots of friends and special friends Vella Johnson, Rita Edwards, Sherri Thomas and special friend and care taker Belinda Hampton. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Tiffany Thomas, her brother Charlie Samples and her sister Ommay Samples. Services will be announced soon.

Brenda Ellen (Smith) Thomas

Brenda Ellen (Smith) Thomas 72, of New Castle, passed away on June 29, 2022, at Glen Oaks Health Campus after a long battle with sickness. Brenda was born January 13, 1950, in Schmitt Memorial Hospital in Beardstown, IL., to the late Glen Smith Jr. and Ruby Ellen (Miller) Smith. Brenda lived in Astoria, IL. She married the love of her life, Stanley Thomas on September 25, 1970, and they enjoyed 52 years of marriage. They had two children and later moved to New Castle where she worked as a Nurses Aide and later in house keeping at Henry County Memorial Hospital.

Melanie Ruth Katte Banning Gunder

Melanie Ruth Katte Banning Gunder was born in Richmond, Indiana on January 29, 1941, to Helen and Leonard Katte. Melanie was one of twelve children, with sisters Marjory Killen, Alice Spencer, Charlotte Keesling, Deborah Kirtley, and brother, Robert White, who are all still alive and kicking. Aunt Chicky, as she was lovingly called by nieces and nephews is too extensive to list and is scattered like the stars of the universe. Melanie was preceded in death by several loved ones, and most importantly the love of her life, US Army SFC David Gunder (dod – May 11, 1973). She raised three amazing sons all of the varying personalities and traits and states, and they are as follows: David (aka Joe) Banning (wife Carolyn) of Tennessee, Byron (aka Randy) of Texas, and Dax (wife Morgan) of Alaska.

Josephine McConnell

Josephine McConnell, age 87, of Greenfield, Indiana, died Saturday, June 25, 2022, at home surrounded by her family. She was born June 9, 1935, in Blytheville, Arkansas, to Willard and Gladys Womack Hall. Josephine was a devoted mother who raised six beautiful girls while working as a waitress. After her girls were grown, she went back to school and became a CNA and worked at McSherr, Inc. Josephine enjoyed reading, rag picking, scratch-off lottery tickets, a shot of Jim Beam, watching murder shows, and wearing comfy clothes. She was a strong woman of faith.

James Lee Taylor

James Lee Taylor, 76, passed away at Brickyard Healthcare – Golden Rule Care Center on Monday afternoon, June 27, 2022. Born on September 23, 1946, Jim was the son of Robert and Ruth Whitton Taylor. He lived most of his life in Abington, with his wife Catherine Nocton Taylor. They were married on July 11, 1970, and together celebrated almost 52 years. A member of the Abington Township Volunteer Fire Department for many years, Jim enjoyed listening to music and loved many outdoor activities such as hunting, four-wheeling, and producing plentiful gardens when his health allowed, however, fishing always topped his list.

Patricia “Patty” Louise May

Patricia “Patty” Louise May, age 90, of Centerville, Indiana, peacefully passed Monday, June 27, 2022 at home. Born June 28, 1931, in Goshen, Indiana, to Jyle N. and Bernice B. Beard May. Patty was a life-long resident of Centerville. She worked at Swain Robinson for many years, was the secretary at Centerville Elementary School, and for over twenty years was a legal secretary in Wayne County. Patty enjoyed gardening, baking pies and sugar cookies.

Devon Shane Parker

Devon Shane Parker 29 of Richmond was born June 22, 1993; He passed away unexpectedly on June 26, 2022, in New Haven, Connecticut after living in Las Vegas for the last three years. Devon was a class of 2012 Richmond High School Graduate. Devon loved music and was a gifted singer; he liked to travel. He had a quick wit and an amazing sense of humor. He is survived by his son Sebastian Parker of Richmond, mother Pam (Steve) Riggle of Richmond, father Joseph (Pam) Parker of Natchez, Mississippi, one sister Erin Parker of Denver, Colorado, grandmother Edith (Pete) Jansen of Richmond,  grandfather Alan Kempton of Centerville; four aunts Paula, Diane, Dawn, Debbie, one uncle John, one cousin Tiffany.