Obituaries

Agustina Rodriguez Garcia, Mercedes “Mercy”

Mercedes “Mercy” Agustina Rodriguez Garcia, 96, died peacefully on October 10, 2017 at Nazareth Home.

Born August 28, 1921 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaries, Spain. She migrated to Cienfuegos, Cuba in 1926 and attended the University of Havana, obtaining a degree in Certified Public Accounting. She married Leonardo Alfredo Rodriguez II on October 13, 1949. She and her husband formed a CPA firm in Holguin, Oriente, Cuba where they worked until they immigrated to the United States on October 15, 1960. She and her family settled in West New York, New Jersey until relocating to the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area where she worked for the Washington Medical Center and the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority. She retired from Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority as a senior auditor in 1985.

Upon retirement, she moved to Hollywood and Miami Florida. In 2004, she and her husband moved to Louisville. She enjoyed many years of traveling, cooking, gardening, sending greeting cards, shopping and family time. Mercy entered assisted living at Nazareth Home in 2015, where she developed new friends as she learned to paint and play Bingo. Most of all, Mercy loved her family and friends.

Mercy was preceded in death by her father, Román Garcia; her mother, Pilar Garcia Guerra; her husband of 64 years, Leonardo (Din) Rodriguez, as well as all of her siblings, Matias, Pilar, Maria and Jesus.

She is survived by her two sons, Leonardo (Lorene) of Pompano Beach, Florida and St. Louis, Missouri and Jorge Luis (Sheila) of Louisville; five grandchildren, Kristina Rodriguez Salaverry (David), Caroline, Román, Marisa and Gabriel and one great-grandson, Gavin. Mercy is also survived by numerous friends both young and old and extended family throughout the world including Canary Islands, Spain, Argentina, the New York City area, Nebraska, Florida, Indiana and Kentucky.

Her funeral mass will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Nazareth Home Chapel, 2000 Newburg Rd. Louisville, KY 40205. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Highlands Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The family would like to thank the staff and residents of Maria Hall at Nazareth Home for the warmth and kindness extended to Mercy while she was there.

Green, Cynthia Lee

Cynthia Lee Green, 63, of Louisville, died October 11, 2017.

Cindy was a National Honor Society student while attending Westport High School. A proud alum of the University of Louisville, she achieved high honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Post-graduation, she married her husband, Dr. James Green, on June 7, 1975 and taught grades K-12 for five years, until settling in as a dedicated homemaker to her precious family. She was a member of Ecclesia Fellowship Church and a follower of Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gilmer R. and Maureen (Murphy) Morgan.

Cindy was the loving older sister of Lisa; a doting mother to her two children, Laura (Nick) and David, both of whom brought her great joy and much delight, and a devoted wife to her husband Jim, the love of her life, for over 42 wonderful years.

Her funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Highlands Funeral Home, with private burial at Cave Hill Cemetery.

Howard, James Edward

James Edward Howard, 78, died peacefully in his sleep Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Hosparus Inpatient Care Center in Louisville after a long struggle with severe COPD.

He was born in Owensboro, Kentucky on November 22, 1938. He will be remembered as Jim, our loving older brother and a kind, generous and gentle friend. Though quiet, he was always present and supportive.

He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. During his life he was a member of the Air Force Reserves, an investigative fingerprint technician and an accountant. With grateful hearts, the family remembers his tender care for their Mom and Dad in their final years.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Junius E. and Velma (Ballard) Howard, and brother, Francis.

He leaves, to cherish his memory: his siblings, Anne, Angela Kaelin (Tony), Rose, Tony, Patrick (Rubiann), Jeanne, Mike (Greta) and Kate Weikel (Ken); nine nieces and nephews; extended family and two special family friends, Donna and Sharon.

His Celebration of Life Mass was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 17 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Payne, Rev. Sharrion Gayle,

Rev. Sharrion Gayle Payne, 71, of Jeffersonville, Indiana passed away October 14, 2017 at her home with family and friends at her side. A funeral service was held Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Scott Funeral Home.

Sharrion was born on September 1, 1946 in Ft. Campbell. to John and Edna Payne.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Patsy Wilcox-Jones.

Survivors include her special friend, Deborah Lee Oerther; sister, Donna Young (Phillip); niece, Meredith Gabbert; nephew, Jeff Young (Patti); niece Robin Smith (Jackie) and five great nieces and nephews.

Riggs, Joseph “Steve”

Joseph “Steve” Riggs, 76, of Louisville, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at his home. He was the owner of Riggs Frame and Alignment Service and a member of Saint Michael Catholic Church.

Steve was preceded in death by his daughter, Gina Riggs; granddaughters, Samantha Jo White and Leslie Marie White; sister, Bernita Buschermohle; brothers, Norman Riggs, David Riggs and Dennis Riggs and sisters-in-law, Donna King Riggs and Jan Moore Riggs.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara (Elder) Riggs; daughter, Katera White (Ronnie); sons, Vince Riggs (Kim), Russell Riggs (Laura) and Stephen Riggs (Julie); sisters, Janet Pabon (Ed) and Mary Ann Shemo (Ron); brothers, Pat Riggs (Jane), Sherman Riggs (Rosemary), Philip Riggs, Richard Riggs (Theresa) and Johnny Riggs (Terry); 15 grandchildren and16 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends.

The funeral mass was held on Wednesday, October 18 at 11 a.m. at Saint Michael Catholic Church. Contributions in Steve’s honor may be made to Kosair Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.