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‘Faithful Republican’ Singleton dies at 78

‘Faithful Republican’ Singleton dies at 78
‘Faithful Republican’ Singleton dies at 78
Jane F. Singleton

Jane F. Singleton, a ‘faithful Republican’ who served two terms as Harrison County Recorder, died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2007, at Harrison Health and Rehabilitation in Corydon. She was 78.
‘She had a positive word for anybody,’ said Harrison County Central Republican Committee chairman Larry Shickels. ‘Whether it was a political rival or anybody.’
Her positive attitude and sweet disposition were as much a credit for her political gains as anything, he said.
‘That was one of her biggest campaign assets,’ said Shickels. ‘She was just a great person, fun to be around.’
Joe Shireman, a former Harrison County Republican party chair, agreed and said Singleton had a way of crossing party lines.
‘At a time when Republicans were getting two out of five votes in the county, she ran and was elected her first time,’ he said. ‘That says a lot about her, what people thought of her.’
Her good attitude was something that was apparent about her since before her time in office, according to Edith Davis, a Harrison County Republican party officer who knew Singleton who attended the same high school.
‘She was a sweet, kind lady,’ Davis said. ‘Very gentle.’
Davis said Singleton was a definite Republican who was very loyal to her political party.
Shickels and Shireman both said that, even though she might have been known for her time served as county recorder, many people knew her from her employment at Brown’s Equipment Co. in Corydon.
‘She knew a lot of people, rural farmers,’ said Shireman. That was part of the reason he and others approached her to run for office, he said.
‘She treated everyone who came in to that office like they were her friends,’ he said.
Singleton was a native of Corydon, born March 6, 1929, the daughter of the late Harold and Zetta Saulman Fleace.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Singleton; a brother, William F. Fleace; and a sister, Louise Fleace Foster.
Survivors include three sons, William A. Singleton Jr. and Jeffery H. Singleton, both of Corydon, and Mark A. Singleton of Central; two daughters, Jill A. Melton and Robin L. Montgomery, both of Corydon; a brother, Forrest (Bud) Fleace of Corydon; three sisters, Betty Bandy of Arcola, Ill., Shirley Shireman of Biloxi, Miss., and Lynda Knear of Clarksville; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today (Wednesday) from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and tomorrow after 9 a.m. at the Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon.
The funeral will be tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home followed by burial in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon. The Rev. Timothy W. Fleace will officiate. Pallbearers will be Derrick and Joshua Singleton, Chris Knear, Jacob and Tim Melton and Ed Montgomery.