Obituraries • July 26, 2012

James ‘Jim’ Lee Gibson, 77, Architect
James ‘Jim’ Lee Gibson, 77, of Crestwood, formerly of Anchorage, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 29, 2012 with his family present after a long battle with cancer.

An accomplished architect with over 40 years in practice, James has left a true legacy across the commonwealth with over 100 notable facilities in use today. His design work includes the Louisville International Airport landside terminal and master plan, University of Louisville School of Music, St. Margaret Mary’s Church and numerous buildings on the University of Kentucky’s campus.

He was an active member of the National and Kentucky chapters of the American Institute of Architects and a former member of the Jefferson Club, Pendennis Club and Owl Creek Country Club.

In addition to the physical spaces he designed he was also a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Jeanne, sons Matthew Gibson, John Plymale (Kim), Keith Plymale of San Francisco, daughter Lynne Gibson Boyer (Michael) of Tallahassee, brother David Gibson (Ramona), sister Carol Sidebottom of Versailles, he is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Road, with a brief visitation in the parlor starting at 10 a.m. Visitation was 3-7 Friday at Pearson’s, 1439 Breckenridge Lane.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hosparus, or Baptist East Palliative Care.

Philip Martin Caplan, 63, TV And Film Camera Operator
Philip Martin Caplan, 63, of Studio City, Cal., formerly of Louisville, died Monday, July 16, 2012 in Canoga Park, Cal.

He was a native of Portland, Oregon, born July 25, 1948 to the late Kenneth and Marjorie Caplan. He was a graduate of Atherton High School in Louisville and graduated from UCLA School for Film & Television. Phil became a camera operator for many films and t.v. shows in his 45 year career, which included Pretty Woman, Harlem Nights, Star Trek V, the Naked Gun, Magnum P.I., St. Elsewhere, Baywatch and many more. He was a member of the Society of Operating Camermen.

He is survived by his cousin, Dr. Michael Covitt (Robin) of Crestwood, Ky.; his aunt and uncle, Ardis and Sandy Kawitt of Portland; three cousins, Gere, Kay and Susan; and his caregiver of 22 years, Johnny Tacal.

Cremation has been chosen. Arrangements have been entrusted to Herman Meyer & Son, 1338 Ellison Avenue, Louisville, Ky. Expressions of sympathy may go to the donor’s favorite charity.

Norma Alice Burgess, 74, Retired Shop Manager For The Girl Scouts Of America
Norma Alice Burgess, 74, of South Louisville, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2012.

She was a native of Athens, Ga., a U.S. Navy veteran, a retired shop manager for the Girl Scouts of America distribution center, Baptist by her faith, an avid UofL Cardinal fan and animal lover, especially horses.

Norma is survived by her sister, Peggy Baker; brothers, Ronald and Daniel Burgess; several nieces and nephews; a longtime friend Shirley Shelton and a host friends.

Cremation was chosen.

A Celebration of Norma’s life was held 3 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2012 at the Lakeside chapel of Cave Hill Cemetery. Family and friends met at 2:45 p.m. at the Broadway entrance to the cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may go to the American Cancer Society.

Nunnelley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Lee Cole Jr., Air Force Veteran
Edward Lee Cole Jr. passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at Norton Hospital.

He worked for St.Vincent DePaul Society and was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Katherine Dempsey Cole and Edward Lee Cole Sr.

He is survived by his former wife and best friend, Elizabeth Ann. S. Cole; children, Kathleen A. Roberts (David) and Daniel S. Cole (Cynthia); granddaughter, Aidan Roberts; brother, Richard G. Cole; and sister, Kathy Smith.

Funeral Mass was held 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth Street with private burial in St. Michaels Cemetery. Visitation was 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Ratterman’s, 3711 Lexington Road.
Memorial contributions in Edward’s memory may be made to University of Louisville Department of Nephrology, 615 S. Preston Street, Louisville, Ky, 40202.

Lottie Catherine Pottinger Jones, 87, Worked For The Kentucky National Distillery
Lottie Catherine Pottinger Jones, 87, passed away Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Hodgenville.

She worked for the Kentucky National Distillery in Louisville many years. She was born September 10, 1924 the daughter of the late John S. and Nan Puyear Pottinger also preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, William Gano Jones; one son, William Barren Jones; one daughter, Darlene Gaines; and one granddaughter, Melissa Jones.

She is survived by one son, Dorian (Bonnie) Jones of Louisville; two daughters, Joyce Ann Gaines of Brooks and Rose (Bobby) Meredith of Magnolia; 12 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held at 10 a.m. in the chapel of the Rust-Wright Funeral Home in Hodgenville 612 N. Lincoln Blvd. Visitation was from 2-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. until the time of Services.

Rust-Wright Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Ruth B. Muessle, 86, Mother And Homemaker

Ruth B. Muessle, 86, of Louisville, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

She was a homemaker and a stay at home mother to her three children. She loved to garden and took much pride in keeping her two acres the prettiest around. Ruth had a deep love for animals. She raised Cocker Spaniels, German Shepherds, Peacocks, exotic breeds of chickens, ducks, Miniature Schnauzer, and ever a parrot for a little while.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Raymond Joseph Muessle.

She is survived by her children, Charles Lee Muessle, Ruth Rae Bricken (Carl) and John Stephen Muessle (Dana); six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a brother, George Roberts.

Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Saturday at Ratterman’s, 3711 Lexington Road with burial in Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation was from 3-7 p.m. Friday.

Memorial contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Robert E. Martin, 78, Mail Sorter For USPS
Robert E. Martin, 78, of Louisville, passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.

He was a member of LaGrange Christian Church, retired corrections officer for the Kentucky State Reformatory and a mail sorter for USPS.

Survivors include his sons, Kerry Martin (Amy) and Kenny Martin; granddaughters, Stephanie, Jessica and Katelyn Martin; and great-grandson, Jaxson Murray.

A funeral service was conducted at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at Heady-Radcliffe Funeral Home with burial to follow in Valley of Rest Cemetery. Visitation was on Saturday 4-8 p.m. and on Sunday after 9 a.m. until service time.

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Grace Marie Cahoe, 90, Retired Sales Clerk
Grace Marie Cahoe, 90, passed Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Baptist East Hospital.

She was the former Grace Heck, a retired sales clerk for Bacons and a member of Highview Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Louis P. Cahoe Jr.; brothers, Charles R. and George J. Heck Jr.; sister, Ethel J. Beatty and an infant daughter, Faith Ann.

She is survived by her sons, Louis “Phil” Cahoe III (Rose) and James R. Cahoe (Sue); daughters, Sharen L. Sorrell (Larry) and Denise M. Carrell (Jim); brother, James L. Heck; sisters, Dorotha M. Doherty, Margret F. Brumleve and Clarice C. Poynter; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Her service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Highlands Family-Owned Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation for Grace was Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. at Highlands.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to American Heart Association.

Mary Jane Smith, 90, Retired Cashier
Mary Jane Smith, formerly of Fern Creek, passed away in Shelbyville, Ky. on July 20, 2012, on the same day as her 90th birthday.
She was born in New Albany, Ind., as the only child of the late James and Mary Ashcraft. She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred Randolph Smith Jr., who had passed away on April 12, of this year.

Mary Jane graduated from New Albany High School in 1940, attended business school, and worked for the DuPont Company in Charlestown, Ind. for two years as their bookkeeper.

In 1943 she married Alfred Randolph Smith Jr. of Ocean City, N.J., and in 1950 they moved to Fern Creek where they raised three children. In 1970, she began a career in banking, as teller for Liberty National Bank (now Chase Bank), and was later awarded the office of cashier. She retired after 27 years.

During retirement, she enjoyed golf, summer excursions to Dale Hollow Lake, and numerous trips to Florida. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchild. For 25 years, she and Al took great pleasure in being members of Southeast Christian Church, taking part in Bible studies, and enjoying the fellowship of so many friends. She will be sorely missed by all.

Survivors include two sons, Alfred Smith III (Andrea), of Jeffersontown, and Dr. James Smith (Sheri), of Shelbyville; a daughter, Sandra Williams (Gary), of Brevard, N.C.; five grandsons, Austin, Alexander, Taylor (Kara), and Reed Smith and Levon Williams; and a great-granddaughter, Elisabeth Murphy Smith.

Her body was donated to research at the Uof L School of Medicine, in honor of their son, Jim. Visitation was at Southeast Christian Church in the Fireside Room from 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2012, and the Memorial Service immediately followed from 7:30-8 p.m.

Condolences may be mailed to Alfred Smith III, 6012 Gellhaus Lane, Louisville, KY 40299. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be directed to Hosparus of Louisville or Southeast Christian Church in memory of Mary Jane.