Obituaries, June 29, 2024

Written on 06/29/2024

Dolores M. (Ennis) Kirby

Dolores M. (Ennis) Kirby, 93, of Greentown, passed away at 1:53 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2024, at Century Villa Health Care. She was born April 21, 1931, in Kokomo, to Lawrence G. and Gertrude L. (Kirby) Timme.

Dolores graduated from Kokomo High School and worked as a security guard for Pinkerton Security. She loved fishing, working puzzles, especially crossword puzzles, reading, and playing Bingo. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children, Michael (Joan) Ennis, Phillip (Michelle) Ennis, Jeffrey (Darlene) Ennis, and Linda White; grandchildren, Tracey (Todd) Stout, Heather (Chris) Surface, Rachel (Justin) Irwin, Cynthia (Landon) Bagley, Brian (Tawnya) Magher, Amber (Zach) Verrett, Andrea McIntire (Brian Trott), Jacob White, and Zack (Kayla) White; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and brothers, Robert (Linda) Timme and Larry (Susie) Timme.

She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Sabrina Lane; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at Victory Baptist Church, 610 W. Alto Rd., Kokomo, with Pastor Mike Ennis officiating. Burial will follow in Kokomo Memorial Park Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo. Contributions may be made in Dolores’ memory to Victory Baptist Church. Messages of condolence may be left online at

Bobbie Anne Shiflet

Bobbie Anne Shiflet, 85, Kokomo, passed away at 10:25 a.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2024, at her home. She was born in Middlesboro, KY, to the late Robert Clark and Liane (Emmett) Clark on May 12, 1939. On August 16, 1958, in Arther, TN, she married Bobby Shiflet, who preceded her in death on July 1, 2022.

Bobbie Anne worked for Delco for 34 years and retired from there in 1996. She served many years as the Children’s Ministry Director at Bethel Tabernacle, and faithfully attended One Church. While leading the children’s ministry at Bethel, she wrote and directed many plays and musicals for the Easter and Christmas seasons. She loved her family and loved the Lord.

Bobbie Anne is survived by her children, Kim (Paul) Amore and Bryan (Amanda) Shiflet; grandchildren, Ashlee (Justin) Eubanks, Ashton (Dean) Schimmelpfennig, and Landyn Shiflet; great grandchildren, Ezra Hill, Jaylee Eubanks, Eli Eubanks, and Bella Eubanks; siblings, Elizabeth Fretwell, Edward (Jane) Emmett, David (Faye) Emmett, and Dottie (Ed) Cole; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Wayne (Nell) Shiflet, Bert (Elsie) Shiflet, Lisa (Mike) Holmes, and Brenda Shiflet; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Bobby, she was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Liane Clark, and Guy and Allie Emmett; sister, Joyce Haun; niece, Sherri Bunch; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Carl and Lillie Shiflet; brothers-in-law, J.D. Fretwell, Conley Shiflet, and Jimmy Shiflet; and sisters-in-law, Beatrice Moore and Patricia Shiflet.

The family would like to recognize her loving caregivers, Cindy, Gale, Lynn, Sylvia, Mollie, Deb, and Julie. Thank you for taking care of Bobbie Anne so well! The family would also like to thank the medical teams that assisted in Bobbie Anne’s care, Community Greentown Family Medicine, Dr. Ishan Gohil, and Carissa Shepherd, NP; and Paradigm Hospice Care, Holly and Mollie.

Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 W. Lincoln Rd., Kokomo, with Pastor Richard Holmes officiating. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Bobbie Anne’s memory to One Church Children’s Ministry. Messages of condolence may be left online at


Paul Ruben Finholt

Paul Ruben Finholt, 71, Kokomo, passed away at 10:24 p.m. Wednesday June 26, 2024, at Waterford Place Health Campus in Kokomo. He was born February 2, 1953, in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of the late Robert and Mary Ellen (Downes) Finholt.

Paul worked for Verizon installing fiberoptic cell towers. He enjoyed working on cars and his house. He was into cycling and racing in school and college. Prior to college he participated in regattas where he would race sailboats. Paul also enjoyed gardening, visiting friends, a huge dog lover, and Celtics fan.

Paul is survived by his son, Evan Finholt; cousins, Missie Hasler, Sam Hasler and Rose Hasler.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Mike Finholt.

In keeping with Paul’s wishes, no services will be held. Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with cremation.

Linda Ellen Teter Byers

Linda Ellen Teter Byers, Vero Beach, Florida, formerly of Kokomo, Indiana, went home to be with the Lord on the morning of June 23, 2024. She was born August 10, 1938, in Kokomo to Lewis and Hazel (Dickey) Teter.

Surviving are three children and their spouses, Joseph Jr. and Denise Byers, Coppell, Texas; Lori and Michael Creighton, Mead, Washington; Julie and Paul Beihold, Carmel, Indiana; six grandchildren, Kayla and Bradley Tinney, Aaron and Angela Creighton, Cameron and Michelle Creighton, Stephen Beihold, Anne Beihold, Ava Rose Byers; and three great-grandchildren Felix Finck, Dean Creighton, and Dallas Creighton.

Having spent most of her childhood in Kokomo, and a couple of years in Mt. Ararat, Maryland, Linda spent a lot of time on farms and developed a love for animals and agrarian life. She graduated Kokomo High School in 1956 and married Joseph R. Byers, an Airman at Bunker Hill Air Force Base. They were married 62 years until Joseph preceded her in death (September 27, 2021).

Linda retired from Indian Heights Elementary School in Howard County and moved to Vero Beach, Florida, where she lived until her death. Socially, Linda enjoyed intellectually challenging card games, attending Grapefruit League baseball games, and frequenting the theater with her husband. Linda felt like she could make a difference in the world. She was a leader of social clubs in which she participated, Sunday School teacher, Cub Scout and Brownie Scout leader, organized fashion shows in her community, was president of her homeowners association, and more. Perpetually active, she always saw a better way of doing something. She lived a passionate life and made the most out of holidays and special events involving people she loved. Her zest for life was unparalleled.

Above all, she was known for the love and adoration she bestowed upon her husband, children, and grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed! Private family services are planned, and she will be buried in Tetersburg Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105.

“Farewell, dear Mother. Sweet be thy rest.”

Original arrangements entrusted to Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach, Florida. Local arrangements entrusted to Young-Nichols Funeral Home.