Obituaries

Atwell, James William ‘Jim’

James William “Jim” Atwell passed away on Nov. 15, 2018, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 72 years old.

Mr. Atwell is preceded in death by his first wife, Doris; his parents, James and Edna; and his brother, Douglas. He is survived by his wife, Martha; two sons, Michael (Rachel) and Paul (Dana); and five grandchildren, Ethan, Madeline, Dawson, Sawyer and Meribelle.

A native of Glasgow, Kentucky, James served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1967, where he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. After being honorably discharged, he worked as a driver at United Parcel Service, from which he retired after 30 years of service.

He was an avid private pilot, who enjoyed taking family and friends on flights and trips around Kentucky. After his retirement, he gave his life to serving God and the church through mission work. He and Martha helped to create and support the International Soplo de Vida (Breath of Life) ministry in Armenia, Colombia.

James requested a private burial ceremony at Calvary Cemetery. A memorial in celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 2, at Highlands Funeral Home at 3331 Taylorsville Road.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to New Life Church, 3402 Goose Creek Road, and to Soplo de Vida.

Bess III, George

George Bess III, 76, of Louisville, died Thursday at Baptist Hospital.

He was a former contract JCPS school bus driver, owner of two service stations, US Army veteran, retired UAW Ford Employee and owner of George Bess & Sons Garbage Disposal.

Memorial services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at W.T. Shumake & Daughters Funeral Home, 3815 Newburg Road.

Braun, Martha P.

Martha P. Braun of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away at Nazareth Home on Nov. 18, 2018.

She was predeceased by her husband, William R. (Bill) Braun, and her son-in-law, Robert A. (Bob) Conkling. She was the devoted mother of Rebecca B. (Becky) Conkling.

Martha was a homemaker and a member of Hurstbourne Baptist Church. She is survived by sisters, Marilyn Tripp (Massey) and Beverly Wadsworth (Bill) of Hendersonville, Tennessee; brothers, John Parrish, Joe Parrish (Janis) and Charles Parrish (Carol); and many nieces and nephews. Martha was also predeceased by two sisters, Carol Hodges and Lois Swincher, and her brother, Donald Parrish.

Visitation was held at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, on Nov. 21, 2018, followed by a funeral service with burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Nazareth Home, 2000 Newburg Road, Louisville, Kentucky, 40205, in memory of Martha Braun.

Corbett, Clarence A.

Clarence A. Corbett, 79, passed away Nov. 17, 2018, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born May 5, 1939, in Louisville, Kentucky, to the late George H. Corbett Sr. and Mary E. Corbett (Thomas).

He was a member of St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church, a retired plumber from Local 502 (Formerly Local 107) a 63-year member, a member of American Legion Post 229, a Kentucky Colonel, US Army Veteran and most of all, a devoted husband and father. Clarence was married to the love of his life, Catherine Ferg Corbett, for 57 years.

He was preceded in death by his son, Donald Allen Corbett; brothers, George H. Corbett Jr., Edward E. Corbett (Agnes E. Corbett) and Joseph A. Corbett; brother-in-law, Anthony W. Ferg (Jean L. Ferg); and sister-in-law, Joanne H. Ferg.

Clarence is survived by his spouse, Catherine Ferg Corbett; his children, Kevin Corbett (Debra), Karen DeJarnatt and Ron Corbett (Kim); his grandchildren, Jennifer Spears (Brandon), Lauren Keith (Michael Jr.), Matthew DeJarnatt, Chris Corbett, Stephen Corbett and Daniel Uffer; his great grandchildren, Savannah Weimer and Michael Keith III; sisters, Rose Mary Corbett and Margaret L. Biegert (Clarence); brother in-law, Benjamin J. Ferg Jr.; nephews, Joe, Mike and John Ferg; nieces, Cindy Schoen (Ron), Donna Walls (Curtis) and Theresa Moore (Jeff); and his beloved miniature dachshund, Heidi.

Visitation was held Nov. 20, at Ratterman and Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road. A funeral mass was held Nov. 21, at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church, 1816 Rangeland Road, Okolona, with burial in St. Michael Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hosparus. Online condolences may be shared at ratterman.com.

Gray, Dorothy ‘Dot’ Begley

Dorothy “Dot” Gray, 90, of Louisville, peacefully passed away Nov. 16, 2018. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her siblings, Robert “Bob” and Daniel “Glen” Begley; her husband, Kent Smith (’51), her husband, James C. Gray (’76), and her son, James “Jim” Gray (’13).

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Phyllis Connelly (Kevin) and Lucy Gray; her son, Bill Gray; and the joys of her life, her three grandchildren, Nikolai, Matthew and Hannah, all of Louisville, Kentucky.

Dorothy was blessed to have many loving extended family members. She cherished her lasting relationships with her Louisville family, her sister-in-law Susan Begley and her Smith in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Dorothy spent a lifetime in voluntary service of others. Many of her early years were spent in service of the Red Cross in VA Hospitals in several military communities. She traveled the world with her family, enjoying stops in Ohio, Tennessee, Washington, Japan, New York, Turkey, Texas and finally landing in Louisville, Kentucky. In later life, she enjoyed her service of the Shriners Hillbilly Clan of Kentucky with her longtime friend Lester Levin.

Dorothy was a wonderful cook and accomplished artist. She had passions for family get togethers, family reunions, gardening and dancing. Her passion for bowling amazed friends and family as she continued to bowl into her 80s, often rolling 200 games.

Visitation was held at Ratterman and Sons Funeral Home, located at 3800 Bardstown Road, on Nov. 20 and 21, followed by the funeral. Burial took place in Resthaven Memorial Park.

In memory of her late son Jim, Dot has requested gifts and contributions be directed to the Parkway UMC, 100 Northeast 44th St., Pompano Beach, FL 33064, Attn: Pastor Jim Walling.

Harper, Ann Marie

Ann Marie Harper, 71, of Louisville, passed away on Nov. 17, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Elizabeth Garms; three brothers, Fred, Bill and Bob Garms; and two sisters, Betty Jo Murphy and Donna Connor.

She is survived by her children, Shayne Harper (Heather) and Felicia Harper; three grandchildren, Elijah and Keegan Harper and Avery Farris; her loving sisters, Carolyn Reker, Mary Lou Lewis, Carol Garms and Vanessa Garms; and her good friend, Pat Burle.

A memorial mass is to be held on Dec. 9, 2018, at St. John Paul ll at 11 a.m., 3042 Hikes Lane, Louisville.

Expression of sympathy can be donated to Hosparus of Louisville, PO Box 35425, Louisville, KY 40232.

Miller, Karen Hardesty

Karen Hardesty Miller, 62, a lifelong resident of Louisville, Kentucky, passed away Nov. 17, 2018.

She was a retired bank teller for BB&T.

Karen was born on Nov. 27, 1955, to James Bertrand and Mary Dorothy Hardesty. Karen was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter, Whitney Marie Collins.

She is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Travis Wayne Miller; daughters, Amanda Miller Collins (Todd) and Megan Miller (Jennifer Knight); grandson, Cody Collins; granddaughters, Kaitlyn Knight and Taylor Collins; siblings, Larry Hardesty (Robin), Julia Hardesty, Kevin Hardesty (Pam), Nancy Shuck (Jerry), Patrice Hardesty, Janet Mitchell, Sara Clemons (Dennis) and Neal Hardesty; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held Tuesday and Wednesday at Joseph E. Ratterman & Son, 7336 Southside Dr.

Her celebration of life service was held at Ratterman’s Wednesday with private burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Schwartz, Mary

Mary Schwartz entered into rest Nov. 17, 2018. She was a member of the Newburg Christian Church, a band parent at Southern High School and booster member. She participated in a long standing bunco club and bowled. She and her husband were avid UofL fans.

She was preceded in rest by her husband, David Schwartz.

Mrs. Schwartz is survived by her daughter, Debbie Thornsberry; granddaughters, Leanna and Casey Thornsberry; and a brother, Gene Thurman (Mary Catherine).

Her funeral was held at the Newburg Christian Church, 5225 Poplar Level Road, with entombment following in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation was held Arch L. Heady at Resthaven on Tuesday and Wednesday until the time of service.

Memorial donations can be may in Mary’s honor to Newburg Christian Church.