janet l (smitherman) knotts

Janet L. Knotts, 73, of New Castle, died Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at I.U. Medical Center in Indianapolis following a brief illness.She was born December 30, 1934 in New Castle, a daughter of the late Winslow and Mildred (Carendar) Smitherman Bays.

Janet was a 1952 graduate of New Castle High School. She was employed by World Bestos Firestone for 21 years and later earned an associates degree from Ball State University. She retired from Allegheny Ludlum following 15 years of service. Her life revolved around her family, traveling with them and shopping. She was a member of the Lady Elks, loved playing bridge and treasured her many friends. She also greatly enjoyed working in her yard.

She is survived by three children; Lana (husband: Fred) Mathews of New Castle, Brad (wife: Lisa) Knotts of Spiceland and Kim (husband: Bob) Miller of New Castle; six grandchildren, O.B. (wife: Kristy) Caudle of Byrdstown, TN, Chad (wife: Jody) Caudle of Scottsdale, AZ, Erica Mathews of New Castle, Katie Knotts and Megan Knotts both of Indianapolis, and Doug Huckeby of New Castle; one step-granddaughter, Lacey Goodin of Spiceland; five great-grandsons, Dylan, Evan, Brett, Drew, and Dane Caudle; a sister, Joan McGrath of St. Louis; a half brother, Bill Smitherman of Florida, a sister-in-law, Jan (husband: Denny) Lanane of Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry A. Knotts in 1999; a grandson, Kyle Patton; her father and mother-in-law, Lewis and Thelma Knotts; one brother and two half brothers.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, 2008 at Sproles Family Funeral Home with David Brock officiating. Burial will follow in South Mound Cemetery.

Friends may call Sunday from 2 - 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Society of Henry County or the Spiceland Friends Church.

You may send the family a personal condolence at www.sprolesfamilycares.com