Obituaries • April 11, 2013

Reverend Stewart Murray Joy, 90, Episcopal Priest, World War II Medical-Surgical Technician

The Reverend Stewart Murray Joy, 90, Episcopal priest, loving husband, father and grandfather, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Rev. Joy grew up in Atlantic City, NJ and won a scholarship to the Hill School in Pottstown, PA. From there, he attended the University of Virginia and graduated with a double major in Biology  and History.

While attending Temple Medical School in Philadelphia in 1943, he was drafted into the Army as a medical-surgical technician and served in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign during World War II. As a medic, he cared for many wounded American soldiers, some of whom had been Prisoners of War in Japanese internment camps.

He also helped civilians in Manila who suffered from war trauma and was awarded the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.

Rev. Joy learned many lessons from his military service; the most memorable being that war is humanity’s greatest tragedy.

When the War ended, he returned to Washington D.C. and met his true love, Ellen Pope Beam, a cartographer for the Army Map Service.

Although he built a successful career with Upjohn Pharmaceuticals, Rev. Joy decided to enter Virginia Theological Seminary, and after graduation, was responsible for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in Washington D.C.

He then accepted a call to serve St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Louisville, where he flourished, performing weddings, hosting a huge youth group, and serving as confident to parishioners for over 30 years. He truly enjoyed serving as Rector of St. Mark’s.

He was an avid reader of history and the classics, which gave him a huge advantage every evening going head-to-head with his grandson Andrew answering Jeopardy questions.

He enjoyed many summer afternoons relaxing at Lakeside Swim Club or walking around the Crescent Hill Reservoir, both of which were Louisville substitutes for his beloved Atlantic Ocean.

Rev. Joy was a member of Downtown Rotary Club; he was a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of Louisville Masonic Lodge 400, and member of the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, and a member of the Order of the Rose Croix.

He is predeceased by his father Percy Clark Joy M.D., and mother Gladys Joy Bonsor, and his brother, William Addison Joy, M.D. Survivors include his wife, Ellen Beam Joy, his son James Stewart Joy (Catherine Frazier), his daughter, Suellen Joy Brill (Rev. Robert Brill), and 6 adoring grandchildren: Christopher Stewart Joy, Alexander James Joy, Charles Frazier Joy, Caitlin LaVera Joy, Andrew Clark Brill, and Cassandra Abigail Joy Brill.

The family would like to thank Albert Olash M.D., Danny Woo, M.D., Keith Christensen, Hosparus, and the Masonic Home staff for their calm and caring compassion.

Memorial gifts can be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Scholarship Fund or to Calvary Episcopal Church.

Visitation was held at Pearson’s Funeral Home on Breckinridge Lane on Sunday, April 7 from 1:00-5:00 p.m., and the funeral was held on Monday, April 8 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 11:00 a.m. The burial at Cave Hill will follow at a later date.

Mary Catherine Rhea, 85, Devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother, And Great Grandmother

Mary Catherine Rhea, 85, of Crestwood, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Norton Suburban Hospital.

She was a lifetime homemaker whose life revolved around family and friends. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Besides family, she loved gardening, cooking and work in general.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Bryant Rhea; and parents, Albert and Evelyn Bierman.

She is survived by her son, Dennis Rhea (Debbie), daughter, Cathy Byrd (Ralph); grandchildren, Kristen Byrd (Ty Smith), Lindsay Byrd (Robbie Barker), Allison Byrd, Matthew Rhea, Daniel Rhea, Evan Rhea; 3 great grandchildren, Tysen Smith, Josephine Catherine Smith, William Barker; sisters, Helen Kaiser, Evelyn Rose; brother, Les Bierman; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was held Monday, April 8 at 11 am at Stoess Funeral Home in Crestwood. Burial followed at Resthaven Cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, April 7 from 4-7 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude, or Mass Of the Air, c/o The Archdiose of Louisville, Office of Finance, P.O. Box 740043, Louisville, KY 40201.

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Alice Thompson, 78, University of Louisville Graduate, Animal Lover

Alice Thompson, 78, died at her home April 6 after a brief illness. Born in 1934 to parents Charles E. and Elizabeth C. Dupee, Alice grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts, and Falmouth Foreside, Maine. She moved to Kentucky when she married James Thompson of Louisville.

Alice—“Allie” to the many people who knew her—was loved for her quick wit, wisdom and generosity. An English major who attended Vassar College and graduated from the University of Louisville, she was an avid reader and book club member for 53 years.

Allie loved animals and raised many dogs and cats over the years. She rode horses and bottle-raised Angus calves. She loved gardening and was a member of the Glenview Garden Club.

Allie supported charities related to her interests in animal welfare, nature and historic preservation, including the Humane Society, Nature Conservancy and River Fields.

Allie is survived by daughters Elizabeth and Emery and sons James and Samuel; her sister Jean; grandchildren James, Eliza and Samuel; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation took place Tuesday, April 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Pearson’s Funeral Home, 149 Breckenridge Lane. A memorial service will take place later this spring.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Humane Society, Nature Conservancy and River Fields.

Marvin E. Bostock Sr., 75, Supervisor From Philip Morris And Former President Of The Clarksville Little League

Marvin E. Bostock Sr., 75, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at his home.

He retired as a supervisor from Philip Morris in Louisville and also had worked for IPC in Clarksville. Marvin was the former president of the Clarksville Little League.

Marvin was born on November 30, 1937 in New Albany to the late Marion Bostock and Doris (Hasenstab) Williams.

He is survived by his loving wife, Alicia K. (Pool) Bostock; children, Marvin Bostock Jr. (Kim), Scott Bostock (Sherri), Debby Bauer (Tim), Suzy Hinson, Thom Fetz, Nathan Fetz and Shawn Bostock (Amber); brothers, Dale, Nobby and Larry Joe Bostock; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation was 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at Newcomer Funeral Home, 3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany. His funeral service took place at 7 p.m. Friday with cremation following. Private burial took place at a later date at Friendship Cemetery in New Albany. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hosparus – the Community Hospice of Southern Indiana. To leave a special message for the family, please visit

Thomas M. Brewster, 82, Retired Truck Driver With The Kroger Co., And Security Personnel At Southeast Christian Church

Thomas M. Brewster, 82, of Louisville, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Baptist Health.

Born in Monticello, Ky., he was a retired truck driver with the Kroger Co., and currently worked security at his church, Southeast Christian Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Cissell Brewster.

Thomas is survived by his children, Rev. John Brewster (Linda), Judy Hertel (John) and Karen Pryor (Donnie); his twin brother, Ray Brewster;

Cory, Priscilla, Alaina and Jonathan; and five great-grandchildren.

His funeral service was at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Southeast Christian Church, with burial following in Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation was 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331
Taylorsville Road.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or to Kosair Charities.

Dwight Colburn, 90, U.S. Army Veteran And Retired General Electric Employee

Dwight Colburn, 90, of Shively, was born July 5, 1922 to the late Thomas Jefferson and Viola Lindsey Colburn in Butler County, Ky., and returned to his Heavenly Father April 1, 2013.

Mr. Colburn was a veteran U.S. Army serving in World War II, a retired employee for General Electric where he served 31 years of faithful service and a member of Shively Church of Christ.

Among those who preceded him in death include his parents; sisters, Lear Phelps, Laura Basham, Donna Terrance, Pearl Phelps and Alma Hoffman; brothers, Rudolph and Hanca Colburn; great grandchild, Jamie Gossman.

He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary Frances Chilton Colburn; daughters, Beverly Turner (Johnny) and Sheila Gossman (Bob); son, Ronald Colburn (Fran); brother, Ralph Colburn; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral service was held noon Friday at Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks (Preston Highway at Brooks Road) with interment in Louisville Memorial Gardens West. Friends paid their respects from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Schoppenhorst.

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Robert Norman Adams IV, 66, Regional Supervisor For The EPA Division Of Water For The Commonwealth Of Kentucky

Robert Norman Adams IV, 66, passed away Monday April 1, 2013 at The Medical Center at 8:07 a.m.

Bob was born in Louisville on December 10, 1946. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert N. Adams III and Annabell Burnett Adams.

Bob was a regional supervisor for the EPA Division of Water for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, where he was a member of both the choir and handbell choir and Brotherhood of St. Andrews. Graduate of Louisville Butler High School and Western Kentucky University. Bob was the chain master for Bowling Green High School and Western Kentucky Football for over 35 years. He was a member of the Aeolian Lodge #51 I.O.O.F.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years Karen Durbin Adams; two daughters, Anita “Annie” A. Britt (Jonathan), of Scottsville, Ky., and Bethaney Kay Adams (fiancé Brett Curry) of Louisville; sister, Judy A. Adams of Bowling Green; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorial services were 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Episcopal Church, 1215 State St., Bowling Green, Ky., 42101. Visitation was Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. at J. C. Kirby and Son Lovers Lane Chapel, 820 Lovers Lane, Bowling Green, Ky., 42103 and Saturday, 9 a.m. until time of services at Christ Episcopal Church.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, or the Spina Bifida Association of Kentucky, 982 Eastern Pkwy., Box 18, Louisville, Ky., 40217.

Josephine P. “Patsy” Basham, 84, Retired Fabricator For General Electric

Josephine P. “Patsy” Basham, 84, of Valley Station, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.

Born on April 4, 1928, she was a graduate of the old Louisville Girls School, a retired fabricator for General Electric, a member of New Salem Baptist Church, and was also involved in activities at South Jefferson Christian Church.

She is survived by her daughters, Debora Howard and Sharon Bistarkey; sons, Gary Basham (Sherry) and John Basham (Christin); four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Her funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 8 at W.G Hardy Funeral Home, 10907 Dixie Hwy., followed by burial at Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, April 6 and noon-8 p.m. Sunday, April 7.

Virginia Nell Hunt “Sissy” Blankenship, 72, Of Hillview

Virginia Nell Hunt “Sissy” Blankenship, 72, of Hillview, returned to her Heavenly Father on April 4, 2013.

Mrs. Blankenship was born in Muhlenburg, County, KY, to the late Lucian and Catherine Hunt.

Among those who preceded her in death include, her parents; one brother, John Hunt; and one sister, Peggy Laughlin.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, Eugene Blankenship; daughters, Tammy Black (Ross) and Cathy Henon; and her daughter, (Misty); son, Timothy Blankenship (Cathy); five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Joe Hunt; sisters, Jeannie Miller and Joann Wilson; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral service was conducted at noon on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home (Preston Highway at Brooks Road) with interment in Bethany Memorial Cemetery. Friends paid their respects on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 from 1-8 p.m. at Schoppenhorst.

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