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November 14, 2013

William J. ‘Babe’ Carrithers

TERRE HAUTE — ROSEDALE — William J. “Babe” Carrithers, 79, of Rosedale, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Union Hospital. He was born on May 15, 1934, in Vigo County, to William M. Carrithers and Althea (Hicks) Carrithers. He married Pauline Sills on Aug. 7, 1954, and together they raised five children.

William worked for 12 years at Greenleaf, 20 years at Arketex and a little over a year for Liberty Powder. He was a member of Sulphur Springs Church of Christ and later, East Side Church of Christ. In his spare time, he could be found tending to his garden, hunting or fishing. He enjoyed traveling with Pauline. Most of all, he cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

William is survived by his wife of 59 years, Pauline Carrithers of Rosedale; children, Robert M. Carrithers and wife Karen, Kathy L. Hardesty and husband Jim, Jerry W. Carrithers and wife Linda, Debra Yeargin and husband Art and Malcolm D. Carrithers, all of Rosedale; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and all of his brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Nov. 15, 2013, at Mattox-Wood Funeral Home, 4660 N. Lafayette Ave. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at the funeral home, with Coy Siddall officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be made at


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