Obituaries • November 15, 2012

Elmer F. Jaspan, 91, Founder Of Television Station WDRB-TV 41

Elmer F. Jaspan, 91, of Louisville, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. He was the founder of television station WDRB-TV 41 in 1971, and was president until his retirement in 1989. His entire broadcasting profession spanned over a period of 60 years, beginning at a radio station while in high school in his hometown of Trenton, N.J., and continuing while attending college. After serving as a Navy officer in the Pacific during World War II, he graduated from Temple University.

In 1948, he began a pioneering television career as a director at the NBC affiliate in Philadelphia, highlighted by directing milestone telecasts including the first network soap opera in 1951, the national telecast of Eisenhower’s inaugural Presidential campaign speech in 1953, the first televised live surgical operation from the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and discovering and directing Ernie Kovacs, as host of one of the earliest cooking shows on television.

Prior to coming to Louisville, he managed television stations in Milwaukee and Detroit, and had been vice-president of the TV departments of advertising agencies in Philadelphia, New York City and Detroit, where he handled such accounts as Lincoln Mercury, Tareyton Cigarettes and Good & Plenty Candy. In Louisville, he served on the boards of The Temple, Louisville Public Media and National Association of Independent TV stations and was a member of the Standard Country Club, where he was a “hole-in-oner.” He and his wife, Jackie, were avid world travelers for 25 years of their lives.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline. He is survived by daughters, Myrna Jane Jaspan, Jennifer Carl and Yvonne Richards (Scott); and four grandchildren.

Graveside services were held 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at The Temple Cemetery. Herman Meyer & Son was in charge of arrangements. Contributions may go to The Temple.

Frank E. Kamenish Jr., 84, Retired Salesman For Bryant Wholesale Liquors

Frank E. Kamenish Jr., 84, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012.

He was a retired salesman for Bryant Wholesale Liquors and a member of St. Barnabas Church, Knights of Columbus Bishop Spalding Council and the St. Xavier Alumni Association.

Preceding him in death were a son, David; his parents, Frank Sr. and Anna Cecil Kamenish; and a brother, Louis.

Survivors are his wife, the former Elizabeth “Betty” Sheeley; two sons, Ronald L. Kamenish (Alysa) and Donald L. Kamenish (Diane); two daughters, Carolyn F. Ryan (Gary) and Suzanne M. Kamenish; three granddaughters, Jessica, Katie and Lauren Ryan; and four step grandchildren, John and Aaron Herbert, Hunter and Haydn Hatfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Barnabas Church, 3042 Hikes Lane, with burial in St. Michael Cemetery. Visitation was from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road. Memorial gifts may be made to Mass of the Air or to the American Diabetes Association.

William Lewis Brown, 64, Retired Attorney

William Lewis Brown, 64, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012.

Born on July 31, 1948, in Shelbyville, Ky., Lew was a fifth generation of the Brown family of Shelby County.

He was a graduate of Culver Military Academy, the University of Virginia and the University of Kentucky School of Law. Lew, a retired attorney, clerked for Judge Charles M. Allen. He was a gentleman farmer and an avid outdoorsman. His many friends enjoyed his amazing recall for dates and historical facts and his ability to spin endless stories. He was an avid reader.

Lew was a member of the Kentucky Association of Trial Attorneys, the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations, the Pendennis Club, the Filson Club and Ducks Unlimited. He was a former board member of Kentucky Muscular Dystrophy Association, Metro United Way, Hosparus and a former President of Historic Homes Foundation. Lew was a member of the Dennbarr Club and the Sons of Colonial Warriors in America (Kentucky).

He was the son of the late Edwin Logan Brown Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Margaret Helm Brown; his three daughters, Margaret Helm Brown, Sarah Logan Brown and Kathleen Kimmel McDowell Brown; his mother, Mrs. E. Logan Brown Sr., of Shelbyville, Ky.; and a brother, E. Logan Brown Jr., (Sue) of Houston, Tex.

Visitation was Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Road. The memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, in the Sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the American Heart Society, Hosparus or the Kentucky Humane Society.

Barbara Dianne Carpenter, 70, Retired From Zeon Chemical

Barbara Dianne Carpenter, 70, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Baptist Hospital East.

She was born on Feb. 11, 1942, in Jackson, Tenn., to the late Robert Lamarr and Mary Lou Johnsey Davis. Dianne graduated from Jackson High School, attended one year at the Methodist School of Nursing in Memphis, Tenn., and retired from Zeon Chemical. She was most known for her love and devotion to her family.

Left to carry on her memory are children, Ginny Reed (Kai Hardison), Susan McGovern (Jeff McEnaney), and Windy Gray (Burt); sisters, Gwen Ricketts, Jane Etheredge (Bob), and Bobbie Ann Smoot (Raymond); grandchildren, Tommy and Nick McGovern, Ryan and Brooke Gray; and aunt, Virginia Mills.

A service in celebration of Dianne’s life was held at noon Saturday at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road. Visitation was from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday prior to the service.

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Alice Charleene Maynard Harris, 80, Retired Elementary School Teacher

Alice Charleene Maynard Harris, 80, retired elementary school teacher and widow of Ray Harris, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Hospice Care Center in Lexington, Ky.

She was born April 22, 1932, in Huntington, W.V., daughter of the late Charles and Kathryn Floyd Maynard. Charleene was a graduate of Marshall High School in Huntington, W.V., Morris Harvey College in Charleston, W.V., and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky. She taught at Nicholas County Elementary School for 27 years and was a member of the Episcopal Church.

Charleene is survived by a daughter, Sarah K. A. Harris, Lexington; two sons, Charles K. (Sarah) Harris, Louisville, Ky., and Dr. Thomas M. (Spring) Harris, Floyd Knobs, Ind.; six grandchildren, Sean Thomas, Alexander, Emma K., Alice R., Ian and Liza Harris; and an aunt, Mrs. Tommy Floyd Gammon, Paris, Ky.

Graveside services were held 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Pine Hill Cemetery, Louisa, Ky. Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hinton-Turner Funeral Home, Paris. Memorials are suggested to Paris Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), PO Box 333, Paris, Ky., 40362.

Eleanor Rosebud Pitts McHenry, 96, Teacher In The Christian County School System

Eleanor Rosebud Pitts McHenry, 96, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012.

She was born April 29, 1916, in Winston-Salem, N.C., the daughter of Luella and Thomas Pitts. She graduated from Atkins High School in Winston-Salem. Eleanor attended Winston-Salem State Teachers College and earned her B.A. degree in English from West Virginia State College, Institute, W.V., in 1937. Later she received her M.A. degree in Reading Education at Murray State University, Murray, Ky.

Always striving to learn more, Eleanor went on to earn 30 hours above the Masters degree and the coveted Rank 1 status as a Kentucky public school teacher. She taught for 20 years in the Christian County school system first at Gainesville Elementary and then at Highland Elementary. She was a faithful member of Freeman Chapel C.M.E. for 65 years where she was a member of the Stewardess Board, the Missionary Society and formerly served as the church secretary and as a Sunday School teacher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, civil rights attorney, Louis P. McHenry. Together they helped to move Christian County forward in promoting equality and human relations for all citizens.

She leaves to rejoice and celebrate her life, her son, Louis Porter McHenry Jr., and his wife, Lynn Bynum, Louisville, Ky.; daughter, Gail McHenry Walters and her husband, Trent Walters, Burleson, Texas; daughter, Linda Faye McHenry, Dublin, Ohio; granddaughter, Erika Renee McHenry Stubbs, Lawrenceville, N.J.; grandson, Trent Daren Walters and his wife, Sandra Walters, Grand Prairie, Texas; granddaughter, Dr. Vanessa Walters McNair and her husband, Dr. Rameek McNair, Jacksonville, Fla.; grandson, Troy McHenry Walters and his wife, Josephine Walters, Cary, N.C.; grandson, Louis Porter McHenry III, Louisville, Ky.; great grandson, Brendan Walters, Grand Prairie, Texas; great granddaughter, Morgan Stubbs, Lawrenceville, N.J.; great granddaughter, Kensley Walters, Grand Prairie, Texas; great granddaughter, Nyla Elle McNair, Jacksonville, Fla.; great grandson, Arthur Louis Stubbs, Lawrenceville, N.J.; and great granddaughter, Laila McNair, Jacksonville, Fla.; and sister, Marion Pitts Best, Washington, D.C.; She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends.

Visitation was held on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Adams and Sons Mortuary, 306 Mechanic St., Hopkinsville. The funeral was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at Freeman Chapel CME Church, 137 S. Virginia St., Hopkinsville, with interment at Green Hills Memorial Gardens.

The family will treasure all expressions of sympathy. If you are interested, you may donate to Kentucky State University, the Eleanor Pitts and Louis Porter McHenry Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student at KSU from Christian County. If you would like to make a donation to the scholarship fund, please make your check payable to KSU as indicated above with a notation to the scholarship and send to Linda McHenry at 4355 Russellville Road, Hopkinsville, Ky., 42240.

Donald L. Watkins, 58, Writer, Promoter And Gospel Recording Artist

Donald L. Watkins, 58, of Louisville, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Baptist Hospital East surrounded by family.

Donald attended Fisk University. He was an established writer, promoter and gospel recording artist.

He was blessed and fortunate to have worked with a variety of local and national gospel music legends.

He was most proud of his membership with the Gospel Music Workshop of America and having traveled the world with Dr. Bobby Jones and The New Life Singers/Nashville Super Choir.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie T. and Tommie W. Watkins; a brother, Willie T. Watkins Jr.; and a nephew, Willie T. Watkins III.

He is survived by a sister, Carol Watkins, brothers, James L. Watkins (Carrie) of DeSoto, Texas and Robert L. Watkins (Rosa) of Aurora, Colo.; five nephews; three nieces and a host of cousins and friends.

The family offers special thanks to their extended Parkland Neighborhood family, Hospice of Louisville, Baptist Hospital East, Highlands Nursing and Rehabilation Center, City Church, Mt. Moriah Full Gospel Church The Church of God Sanctified and Bates Memorial Baptist Church.

Cremation was chosen. Internment was at Cave Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were by Owen Funeral Home, Jeffersontown, Ky.