Barbara Jean McPhearson

June 10, 2014

Barbara Jean Thomas McPhearson, 74, a resident of Frankfort, passed away at 6:51 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Select Care, Indianapolis, Ind. Barbara was born January 27, 1940, in Rossville, Clinton County, to Maurice and Fern (Hufford) Thomas. She spent her early childhood in Rossville and then moved to Frankfort with her family, attended Frankfort High School with the class of 1955, later graduating in Pensacola, Florida. She married Dale McPhearson on October 13, 1957 and then traveled with him for twenty years to most of his US Navy duty stations. She was active in several parent teacher organizations at various locations. She also was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, the DAR, and served as past President of the INDY Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club. Barbara was an excellent cook and enjoyed learning about food preparation. She also shared her husband’s enthusiasm for restoring and driving vintage Studebaker cars.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St. in Frankfort with services beginning at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 300 W. Washington St., Frankfort, IN 46041.

Survived by:

her husband, Dale McPhearson of Frankfort, children: Heather (Roush) Mathews of Colfax, Barry McPhearson of Speedway, Colleen McPhearson (Dan) Bohlen of Ellettsville and Thomas (Lory) McPhearson of Frankfort, her sister, Susan (Robert) Toney of Bergoo, W. Virginia, niece, Judy Douglas of Michigantown and five grandchildren.

Preceded by:

her parents, her sister: Joanne Thomas (John) Douglas and infant brother: Robert Thomas.


16 Condolences for “Barbara Jean McPhearson”

  1. Bob & Cari Palma June 12, 2014 at 1:51 am

    What a lady, Dale, and such a devoted companion. As you know, you couldn’t have done better…and a knowledgeable Studebaker enthusiast to boot! Now, who will defend the honor of High-Fructose Corn Syrup? Staley Foods must now initiate a worldwide search for another leader of the SCS (Staley Cheerleading Squad). We’ll see all of you Sunday the 15th, and you’ll be in our thoughts and prayers until then.

    All the best and all our love. Bob & Cari Palma

  2. Mike Strong June 12, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Barry and family I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear about the loss of your mother. I always remember how great she was when you and I were always hanging out together when we were in high school. She was lots of fun to talk to and I know how badly she will be missed.

  3. Jo & Harold Williams June 12, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Dale, our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  4. Ron & Erilda Coleman June 12, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Dear Dale & Family,
    Our hearts were saddened to hear of the loss of Barbara. Please accept our deepest sympathy in your family’s loss. Know she will be missed by each of you. God bless. Ron & Erilda – Alabama

  5. Tom & Judy Lawlis June 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Dale and Family, We’re so sorry to hear about Barb’s death. Please know that we care deeply about your loss. We have enjoyed knowing Barbara and will miss her, too.

  6. Cris & John Crick June 12, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Uncle Dale and family, our deepest sympathy for your loss. Aunt Barb was a one of a kind lady and will be missed. Love Cris,,John & Jeremy

  7. Vikkie & Eddie Witham June 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Ed and I were getting to know members of the “Studebaker Club Family”. We are sorry for your loss. Learning that Barbara was a very special person with everyone she met. We give our Deepest Sympathy to you and your family.

    Our prayers are with you. Vikkie & Ed Witham

  8. Alan Thomas June 12, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    Dale and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I keep picturing a time long ago when we were all young cousins growing up together. You have my most heartfelt condolences.

  9. Art and Marilyn Christensen June 13, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Dear Dale and family: We are so saddened by the news that Barb has passed away, but we know she is with the Lord. Our prayers are with you all and what happy memories we have of all the times we shared together. May God give you His comfort and strength and we send our love and care.

  10. Bob and Susan Toney June 13, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Dale and Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. You all have our sincere condolences. We know you will miss her terribly.
    We pray that God gives you strength and comfort at this time.
    Love to all.

  11. Randy Williams June 14, 2014 at 2:36 am

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. God bless.
    Please take care.
    Randy Williams

  12. Steve and Linda Bush June 15, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Dale, our love & prayers go out to you.

  13. Angie Hufford June 15, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Dear Dale and family,

    So sorry to hear about Barb’s passing. I have fond memories of spending time together in my youth with Barb, Aunt Fern and many of the extended family. Prayers of peace and comfort for you all. She will be missed! Love and Blessings, Angie Hufford (formerly of Rossville, currently living in Richland WA).

  14. Kevin Goodnight June 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Barry, So very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I know she was a woman who loved life and especially her family. She will certainly be missed by everyone she knew. Take comfort in knowing she lived a good life with many wonderful experiences and touched many lives. Your Friend, Kevin

  15. Sam Kuhn June 15, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    To the McPhearson family,

    You have my deepest condolences on your loss. Stay strong and take care of one another.

  16. George W. Graves, Jr. June 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Dale and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember our double-dates in high school and our visits there-after. Barbara was always a steady and cheerful friend to me, and I will miss chatting with her on my in-frequent visits to Frankfort. When you feel like traveling, I can send you directions over here. There are lots of great civil war sites to visit….maybe even some Studebaker involvement…who knows. Take care, Bill La Plata, MD

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