The 91st edition of the Boys Ripley County Tourney will start later today. The Batesville High School boys have won 7 straight tournaments and probably would have been the favorite this year had it not been for the injury loss of Bryan Hoeing. Batesville has 27 wins in their 60 appearances in the tourney. When there were 9 high schools in Ripley County, Batesville was not part of this tourney. It is the oldest tourney still active in the state of Indiana.This year’s editions will take place at Milan (Girls) and South Ripley (Boys). The girls already opened last night and the boys will do likewise tonight. Milan follows Batesville in wins in the boys tourney with 10. Most of these occurred in the 50’s. This years boys tourney should be very even with Jac-Cen-Del being a slight favorite. Come on out and cheer on your favorite team!
Andrew Harrison Johnson, Jr. 74, of Sunman passed away at U.C. Hospital in Cincinnati, Saturday, January 18, 2020. “Junior” was born Saturday, June 30, 1945 in Hazard, Kentucky, the son of the late Andrew and Eunice (Pelfrey) Johnson, Sr. He married Debra “Debby” Bulick September 21, 1974 and she survives. Junior worked for 39 years at Seagrams Distillery where he was affectionately known as “Whitey” by his co-workers. After retirement, he spent much of his time caring for his home and never wanted to travel far from it. He enjoyed country music and watching IU and UK basketball in addition to Bengals football on tv. However, his greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. In his younger years, he was known for his talent at dancing the jitterbug and loved to dance with his sisters.Junior is survived by his wife Debby of Sunman; sons: Andrew J. (Jennifer) Johnson of Greensburg, Travis Johnson of Hamburg, and David (Alexandra) Johnson of Sunman; daughter Kayla (Craig) Rutledge of Willow Branch; brothers: Logan Johnson of Sunman, Jack Johnson of Sebastian, Florida and Carl Johnson of Moores Hill; sisters: Joan Bowcock of Fairfield, Ohio, Lexa Baker of Osgood, Carolyn (Richard) Bocock of Sunman, and Edna (Harold) Himes of Okeana, Ohio; stepsister in-laws Hazel Napier and Betty Napier; and eight grandchildren: Aaron, Allie, Erica, Samantha, and Nathaniel Johnson, Zoey Griffith, and Emery and Charlotte Rutledge. He was preceded in death by his parents Andrew and Eunice Johnson Sr; step-father Henry Napier; brother in-laws: William Bowcock and Al Baker; stepbrothers: Tom Napier, Bill (Sue) Napier, Andy Napier, Larry (Kay) Napier, Ernest Napier, and Byrd Napier; stepsisters: Virginia (Elihu) Thompson, Violet (Potter) McFadden, and Henrietta (Bob) Moberly.A service celebrating his life will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, January 22, at the Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with his nephew, Pastor Tom Gillespie, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Pius Cemetery. Family and friends may gather to share and remember him 11 AM – 1 PM Wednesday also at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in honor of Junior for Masses at St. Charles Church or Milan Sons of American Legion. Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812)654-2141. You may go towww.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.