Constructing A Dream Lake House, Wilson & Muir Bank Nails It

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When Bob Whitlow and his wife, Jodeen, decided to build a lake house at Nolin Lake they wanted a bank familiar with the issues associated with a project located miles from their home in Louisville.  “Wilson and Muir had a branch in Leitchfield, very near where we were building, and a branch in Louisville, which made it very easy for us to sign paperwork, discuss issues, and have the closing,” said Bob Whitlow.

Allen Ilano

Ryan Bratcher

Lauri Martin, a local developer in the area with Nooonway, referred the Whitlows to Ryan Bratcher, Vice President at Wilson & Muir Bank’s Leitchfield office, and this is where the Whitlow’s longstanding history with Wilson & Muir Bank began.

Bratcher introduced the Whitlows to a local builder and helped throughout the construction process, handling inspections of the property and ensuring that all of the paperwork was done correctly. Before long, the Whitlow’s first lake house was built and the entire team at Wilson & Muir Bank assisted in the process.

Jenean Anderson, from Wilson & Muir Bank’s Big Clifty office, completed the permanent financing on the Whitlow’s first lake house.

“But I attended the closing because they were living in Louisville,” said Allen Ilano, Mortgage Loan Officer at Wilson & Muir Bank’s Louisville office. “This is how I was introduced to the Whitlows,” added Ilano.

Building a house is no small task, but the Whitlows quickly became extremely confident in the Wilson & Muir team. “Wilson & Muir Bank, specifically Allen Ilano and Ryan Bratcher, were familiar with the needs of someone building remotely,” said Bob Whitlow.

Additionally, when new questions or needs arose, Wilson & Muir Bank was ready and able to help. “After the first year, the Whitlows inquired about a lower payment, so I put them in an ARM product that made them very happy,” said Ilano.

During the Whitlow’s second year of ownership, they decided they wanted a better location on the lake, so they sold their first lakefront house and went back to Ryan Bratcher for another construction loan on the second. Ilano did the financing for the buyer on the Whitlow’s original lake house, Bratcher secured the construction loan, and Amy Ballard, from Wilson & Muir Bank’s Louisville office, locked in the permanent financing for the new one.

“Ryan and Allen were very helpful in ensuring the builder’s draws were justified, that progress on the house was meeting expectations, and all documentation was correctly filed,” said Bob Whitlow, adding “We highly recommend Wilson & Muir Bank for anyone interested in building a home.”

When you need a team to make your dreams come true, contact Wilson & Muir Bank with locations in St. Matthews and throughout Nelson, Grayson and Hardin Counties.

What Men Want

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

For the second year in a row, we present to you What Men Want, a Q&A with four local fellas who share what matters to them. Our subjects come from different professional backgrounds and have varying interests, but all of them care deeply about family and community. Here, they share what they hope to accomplish in life, how they’d like to see Louisville transform and a few of their favorite things.

Chris Burns

Profession: Personal Stylist

Business: Rodes for Him

Degree(s): B.A. – History/Political Science

Alma mater: University of Louisville

Boards, volunteer or community work: Rodes works closely with Gilda’s Club to raise money and awareness for cancer survivors, victims and their families. We are proud to partner with them for a number of events, including Wigs on Tap & Gilda’s Night.

What do you want out of life? Wealth, health and happiness for myself, my friends and family.

What would your ideal Louisville look like? The Highlands! Just with more parking. In all seriousness, I would like to see the city continue to grow, particularly west of downtown. There has been so much development in areas like NuLu, Germantown, Butchertown, etc. that it would be great to see similar development occur in areas like Parkland that have so much historical and cultural significance to the city. Having lived and worked here my whole life, it’s been exciting to see all the changes going on throughout the city. I hope we can continue to build upon those and strive to be even better, and more cosmopolitan, than ever before.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A professional basketball player. I played at Ballard High School for three years, and it wasn’t until I played alongside guys like Quentin Snider, Devante Parker, Kelan Martin and Keisten Jones that I realized I probably wasn’t cut out for the league. From then on, I’ve focused on my education and then developing a career in men’s fashion and retail.

What most people may not know about me: I have a deathly fear of heights. It causes me to truly hate getting on planes even though I love to travel. And roller coasters? You can forget all that. I like my feet planted firmly on solid ground, thank you very much.

Achievement I’m most proud of: My senior year of college, I completed a senior honors thesis for the University of Louisville Honor College centered on the anti-apartheid movement at UofL in the 1980s. Dr. Tyler Fleming of the Pan-African Studies Department and I looked at the student-led sit-in that occurred on the Belknap Campus in April 1985. It was the first historical examination of the event and helped put the University of Louisville squarely within the narrative of the nationwide anti-apartheid movement in the late ’80s and ’90s.

Dream I haven’t achieved yet: One of these days, I will design suits for players participating in the NBA draft. It’s my absolute favorite night in sports fashion. Guys truly go all out, and you can see each stylist’s personal touch and expression in every outfit. It’s like a fashion show for tall, lanky dudes who are 6’6” and over. I’d love to one day be a part of the spectacle.

Favorite milestone: Starting my work at Rodes on Aug. 1, 2017. Rodes is a company that is so esteemed, so renowned in the community, and with a reputation that stretches back over 100 years. There really is no company like it in the city of Louisville. I consider it a true privilege to work for such a well-respected and well-known business that’s family-owned and customer-driven. I’m hoping it’s the start of a long, successful career here.

10-year prediction: In 10 years’ time, I hope to have traveled the world more, spent more time learning and perfecting my craft and hopefully have started to give back to the Louisville community that has provided me with so much.

Favorite Things

Sports team: University of Louisville Cardinals and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Pastime (what you do in your free time): I enjoy playing basketball on my off days or whenever I have the opportunity. Also, any time that I get to spend being active, outside, running around with my little corgi-mix – coincidentally named Rhodes – and my beautiful girlfriend Leah is time well-spent.

Vacation: Estes Park, Colorado. We’ve been going there since I was young to visit my grandparents, and I’ve just fallen in love with it. It has awesome hiking spots, great places to relax and unwind and the weather is always perfect.

Watering hole: Anywhere with good bourbon.

Cocktail: Woodford Reserve on the rocks with a lemon.

Local restaurant: Anoosh Bistro.

Dream car: Red 1985 Lamborghini Countach with tan interior and butterfly doors.

Clothing brand: Isaia. They are the epitome of Italian style and luxury.

TV binge: “The Office” or “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” if I’m feeling extra nostalgic.

Special heirloom piece or accessory: I have a wool, gingham plaid tie that is made with the traditional Burns family pattern from Scotland. Every member of my dad’s side of the family has an article of clothing with that same print; the guys all have ties and the ladies have scarves. It’s a reminder of our roots and also ties – pun intended – us together even though we all live in separate states.

What you splurge on: Clothes, accessories and shoes especially.

Music taste: Hip-hop/rap of all kinds, old R&B/soul and jazz. I enjoy lyricism and songs with meaning to them. Some of my favorite recent artists include Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Louisville’s own Bryson Tiller. However, when it comes to throwback jams, I love listening to old school R&B/soul artists like Boyz II Men; Marvin Gaye; Earth, Wind, and Fire; and the Isley Bros. I enjoy all kinds of music, but those are definitely some of my favorites.

Ryan Olexa

Profession: Marketing & Sales Analyst

Business: Class Act Federal Credit Union

Degree(s): Marketing & Music

Alma mater: University of Louisville

Boards, volunteer and community work: Every 1 Reads through JCPS

What do you want out of life? I don’t want to waste it on things that don’t matter. I want to care more about the people around me than I do about myself.

What would your ideal Louisville look like? It would look like people helping other people – even those they don’t know. Even little things like getting the door for someone or not cutting off the car next to you (in traffic). And people would stop shooting other people, but moreover, people would care for those that are lost enough to want to.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A rock star.

What most people may not know about me: I got attacked by bees when I was a kid. We’ve since come to an understanding.

Achievement I’m most proud of: I made the Indiana All-State band on saxophone my freshman year of high school, and it’s given me confidence in all areas of my life ever since. I guess reaching a goal that seemed almost unattainable makes everything seem possible.

Dream I haven’t achieved yet: Being a rock star.

Favorite milestone: Turning 16 was pretty great. It’s all been downhill from there! No, but I always wanted to drive and I still kind of love it.

10-year prediction: I’ll have a family of my own.

Favorite Things

Pastime (what you do in your free time): I like to write music or even just to play music.

Vacation: The lake with family and/or friends.

Watering hole: Does church count? That’s probably the place that I most consistently hang out at with other people. Otherwise, it’s whatever house, bar or coffee shop people are feeling that day or whatever venue my friends are playing at that weekend. Lately, I’ve been pretty into the Butchertown Social.

Cocktail: Woodford Old Fashioned.

Local restaurant: Butchertown Pizza Hall.

Dream car: Jeep Wrangler – I just want a car that I can take camping without blowing a tire.

Clothing brand: I recently learned that H&M isn’t crazy expensive, and I like their clothes.

TV binge: “Stranger Things” – about once a year when they decide to release another season.

What you splurge on: Recently, I got really excited about the prospect of camping and bought a bunch of gear.

Music taste: Anything of quality, really. I tend to bounce around week to week. Certain artists that stand out include Alabama Shakes, Diane Coffee, Cage the Elephant, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Vulfpeck, Panic! at the Disco and Caravan Palace. VT

Brian Bates

Profession: Mortgage Banker

Business: Wilson & Muir Bank & Trust Company

Degree(s): Business-Real Estate & Finance

Alma mater: The University of Texas

What do you want out of life? To live an honest life with no regrets, using each day to be kind, helpful and enriching the lives of those with whom I interact.

What would your ideal Louisville look like? I would love to see Louisville as a hub for rail travel to Nashville, Cincinnati, Indy and Chicago.

What most people may not know about me: I come from a family of aviators and have made many flights in hot air balloons and sailplanes. I was at Dallas Love Field waving to Jackie and JFK moments before his assassination. In college, I won jalapeno eating contests.

Achievement I’m most proud of: I’m fortunate to be married to my best friend and wife, Anna, for almost 33 years. We’ve raised a son and daughter who both have smart, loving spouses.

Dream I haven’t achieved yet: Waiting to hold my first grandchild!

Favorite milestone: Every wedding anniversary is an opportunity to thank God for blessing me with another year with my wife.

10-year prediction: I’ll still be awaiting the (annual) September iPhone event.

Favorite Things

Sports team: Texas Longhorns and Dallas Cowboys.

Vacation: I love the mountains in the summer, beach in the fall and any time in Italy!

Watering hole: Casa Bates, where there’s always a generous pour.

Cocktail: Bourbon neat, a Cabernet Sauvignon or Super Tuscan.

Local restaurant: Growing up in Texas, my go-to was BBQ or Tex Mex. Louisville is blessed to have so many creative chefs and local restaurants. Feast BBQ and bourbon slushies – enough said. El Mundo and Con Huevos for Mexican.

Dream car: Not yet available but coming soon. It is electric, autonomous, self-parking and will arrive when I summon it from my app.

Clothing brand: Patagonia and Hickey Freeman.

TV binge: Most recently, “Jack Ryan” and “Billions.” Awaiting the final “Game of Thrones” and “Top Chef Kentucky.”

Special heirloom piece or accessory: A vintage Steuben bowl that’s beauty is in its clarity and clean simple lines, making it a timeless classic.

Music taste: Willie Nelson’s “Healing Hands of Time.” It’s Willie at his best. I also enjoy Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, Tears for Fears and Tony Bennett.

Brian S. Merkley

Profession: Third-Generation Jeweler

Business: President, Merkley Kendrick Jewelers

Degree(s): Mass Communication – Photojournalism

Alma mater: Loyola University New Orleans & Trinity High School

Boards, volunteer, and community work: Merkley Kendrick Jewelers is involved with many different organizations in our community throughout the year. For the second year in a row, we were a title sponsor for Wine Women & Shoes benefiting Family Scholar House, SpiropaLOUza and CRAFT benefiting Cure CF Louisville and we are a partner of the Speed Art Museum and a sponsor of the upcoming Patron Circle Party in November.

What do you want out of life? I believe like most people, I simply want to make a difference. I hope to make the world a little better place. Starting with my children, I want to be an example and show others that our mental state is a conscious choice; to demonstrate the fortitude and faith it takes to navigate through life’s inevitable circumstances with a perpetual focus on being grateful, kind and understanding.

What would your ideal Louisville look like? It’s an exciting time to be in Louisville. With the growth and development going on around our city and the excitement the bourbon industry has ignited, Louisville is on the map as a destination for visitors and those considering relocating. While this growth is exciting, my ideal Louisville holds true to its history of being a warm place to live, priding ourselves with southern hospitality and considered a top-notch town to raise a family. I am proud to call Louisville my hometown.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? I’ve always been into music. And after a quick – failed – jaunt with a saxophone and discovering I had absolutely no ability to sing, I set out in college to be a disc jockey at a radio station.

What most people may not know about me: I’ve made a few poor hairstyle choices through the years, including a pretty stellar high school mullet that would have made any NHL player envious. And I attempted dreadlocks during my “dance” phase in college… eyeroll.

Achievement I’m most proud of: Personally, my greatest achievement is my children. They are such a blessing, and I’m more proud of the people they are becoming with every passing day. Professionally, I think my greatest achievement is earning the trust of our clients. We have the distinguished honor to play a role in so many of our client’s milestones, whether it be an engagement or anniversary, a professional achievement or a “just because” gift for the one they love. These special moments are ones we hold close to our heart, and we are forever grateful to be involved.

Dream I haven’t achieved yet: One day I hope to have the patience to learn how to fish and to have the time and calmness to sit for hours on the water.

Favorite milestone: I understand life is full of milestones. We celebrate those with our clients every day, but the first one to come to mind is my father’s retirement. It may seem like an odd choice, but his retirement is when the importance of my family’s legacy dawned on me. As I prepared my speech, I started to realize the importance of generational efforts. I came to know the path to my success and the platform from which I now work was laid by others before me. I’ve since understood the responsibility of ensuring the future success of my loved ones.

10-year prediction: The movement away from big box stores continues as consumers discern the need for service-oriented – not product price-oriented – shopping outlets. Also, mad advances in cryogenics, resulting in my passionate love affair with Amy Winehouse. We would probably meet at the Kentucky Derby and upon getting to know me, she would ultimately remove her emergency protective order and we will live happily ever after.

Favorite Things

Sports team: Sacred Heart Academy Girls Volleyball.

Pastime (what you do in your free time): Family farm, kindergarten soccer coach.

Vacation: Beach, peace, family.

Watering hole: Mr. Lee’s.

Cocktail: Old Forester.

Local restaurant: Cafe Classico.

Dream car: Reconditioning my 1989 Ford Escort – Yeah, you see me!

Clothing brand: Bespoke.

TV binge: “Ozark.”

Special heirloom piece or accessory: While it may not be mine, my father’s yellow gold Day-Date Rolex President. It was a gift to him upon his retirement from Merkley Kendrick Jewelers, where he served for 50 years. That timepiece signifies the jewelry tradition of our family.

What you splurge on: My loved ones. I enjoy gift giving and taking care of those in my life.

Music taste: Hip hop and country – they can coexist!

Louisville’s National Merit Scholars

Congratulations to this year’s group of local students who qualified as semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. The young people featured here have gone above and beyond to achieve this honor.

duPont Manual High School

Left to right, front row: Guidance Counselor Amy Medley, Anjali Chadha, Francisco Mendes, Allison Tu, Audrey Becker, Amogh Bhalerao, Aaron Chong, Jennifer Xu, Neha Anil, Emma Heironimus, Riya Shah.
Row 2 (middle): Guidance Counselor Michelle Leslie, Phoebe Lapinski, Erin Ramsey, Zakariyya Al-Quran, Eli Keisling, Ashlyn Zuberer, Bhargav Ramesh, Agharnan Gandhi, Brooke Bollinger, Aditya Mehta, Catherine Doyle, Marnen Decker, Interim Principal Kirk Lattimore.
Row 3: Srikur Kanuparthy, Luke Morgan, Alan Ziegler, Henry Morgan, Julian Powers, Trevor Clark, Sidharth Sundar, Yash Ghhiya, Mark Raj, Ethan Mills, Cedric Dedina, Guidance Counselor Marti Johnston.

Whitefield Academy

Micah Wright.

Eastern High School

Mariah Ragsdale.

Highlands Latin School

Katherine Burnett.

St. Xavier High School

Front row, left to right: Chas Pemberton and Sam Thompson; Back Row: Daniel Tafel, Andrew Streater and Jacob Bibb.

Assumption High School

Emma Bartley

Kentucky Country Day School

From L-R: Eddy Zhong, Lauren Rawson, Arika Dwivedi, Grace Bagga, Megan Read, Solomon Blinchevsky

Trinity High School

Thomas Kalmer.


Graham Molinari.

Christian Academy of Louisville

Sinclair Ashley.

Marion Moore School

Manuel Zayas.

Louisville Collegiate School

Julia Kim, Nate Schmidt and Ben Johnson.

Give For Good Rally

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) hosted a midday celebration at Fourth Street Live during Give For Good on Sept. 13. More than 200 nonprofits set up booths under the atrium to meet with community members and celebrate the day of giving with their staff and volunteers. In 24 hours, CFL reached its goal of raising $5 million dollars for the more than 500 participating nonprofits.

Yum! Center Premium Club Launch

Photos by Tim Valentino

On Sept. 13, the KFC Yum! Center hosted a gathering for 100 of their most high-profile season ticket holders. Guests had the opportunity to sample new menu items from Centerplate while listening to presentations from notable speakers.

Digs Fall Arrival Event

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

Digs Home and Garden welcomed the changing of the seasons with a spectacular sale on the evening of Sept. 13. Shoppers browsed through Digs’ selection of furniture, decor, gifts and accessories throughout their massive showroom.

Dancing with our Southern Indiana Stars

Photos by Tony Bennett

Local celebrities showed off their dance moves at this 12th annual dancing competition held at Huber’s Orchard & Winery on Sept. 11. Dustin Korb, who danced a cha cha number with professional Viktoria Szukk, won the competition and raised more than $90,000. The amount of money raised for for the night totaled more than $300,000, which went directly to Hosparus Health.

Supper Under the Spires

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Churchill Downs hosted an exclusive evening fête on Sep. 13, with proceeds benefiting the Churchill Downs Foundation. Cocktail hour in the Paddock was followed by an elegant dinner on the racetrack.

Social Escapades

Maker’s Mark Distillery COO Rob Samuels (center) introducing the panel of artisans at the Frazier History Museum. L-R: Frazier History Museum President and CEO Penny Peavler, Matthew and Karine Maynard from Maynard Studios, Rob Samuels, Jon Carloftis from Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens, Brook White of Flame Run Glass Studio and Gallery and Chef Newman Miller from Star Hill Provisions.

By Janice Carter Levitch

Janice at the spirits tasting table at Castle & Key Distillery during the opening preview celebrations.

Castle & Key Distillery recently held their official opening, and I had the privilege of being on the guest list.  The place was overflowing with magical, jaw-dropping attention to detail – from the outdoor space revitalized by Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens to the rustic barn interior, where the tour concluded with an enchanting dinner catered by The Apiary. Midday, a tasting was held in the sunken garden that is reminiscent of Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, France. The tables were set with specific glassware filled with spirits on mats, each designed to guide you through the different levels of the tasting. What I walked away with was a true revelation: I love gin, especially the London Dry gin referred to as a Restoration Release that Marianne Eaves (Kentucky’s first female master distiller) has created. I can’t wait to saunter up to a high-class gin joint soon so I can order a martini, shaken not stirred.

Tailgating at Cardinal Stadium with Kelly and Pam Terwilliger and Doug and Julie Dorsey, parents of UofL football player Derek Dorsey.

Speaking of sauntering, that’s what folks did while attending the inaugural Supper Under the Spires, a Churchill Downs Foundation Fête. Everyone enjoyed cocktails in the paddock and dinner on the racetrack. Tonya Ramsey Abeln, community relations director at Churchill Downs, kicked off the evening with a warm welcome and an eloquent homage to our beloved John Asher. There are moments in time when you are fully aware that something extraordinary is happening and that you have the chance to be part of it. This was definitely one of those moments.

Next up during my busy week of social escapades was tailgating for a University of Louisville football game. Doug and Julie Dorsey are the proud parents of Derek Dorsey, a 6-feet-3 defensive lineman for UofL weighing in at 275 pounds (I don’t think they call him their baby boy anymore). Their tailgating tent is rockin’ to say the least. Everyone who joined in the fun brought a favorite dish, and Doug added the finishing touch by setting up a TV so we could watch more football while enjoying the afternoon.

Moremen Gallery opening night. L-R: Director of Great Meadows Foundation Julien Robson, Susan Moremen, Al Shands and featured artist Matthew Metzger.

What else do you do after tailgating but attend an art gallery opening at Moremen Gallery with owner Susan Moremen? Located at 710 W. Main St., opening night included an artist talk by Matthew Metzger regarding the current exhibit. His work is a series of paintings created by mixing his own paint from different organic materials (eggs and limestone) to form abstract images of atmospheric landscape. The exhibit also includes figurative sculptures that are meant to be considered in relation to the paintings.

Lastly, the Frazier History Museum hosted Crafting the Guest Experience with Maker’s Mark Distillery COO Rob Samuels. He was joined by a panel of designers, blacksmiths, chefs and artists who work at the distillery, resulting in a fun-filled night that celebrated all things handmade. Rob introduced each panel member as they discussed their passion for the craft and the legendary distillery. Full of history, Maker’s Mark Distillery just knows how to do it right: first class all the way. VT


Barfield, Mike

Mike Barfield, 65, passed away Sept. 12, 2018. He was the family grill master, Chevy II lover, a jack of all trades and a friend to everyone.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Paul Barfield, and mother, Louise Barfield.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 33 years, Susan Barfield; children, Bryan Barfield (Mary Kay) and Mike Barfield; grandchildren, Laughlin and Delaney Barfield; siblings, Merle Malluzzo, Paula Bouvier (Wayne) and Pam Barfield; and several nieces, nephews and many friends.

The funeral service was held Sept. 18, 2018, at Evergreen Funeral Home Dignity Chapel with entombment at Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation was held Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mike can be made to the Kentucky Humane Society.

Please visit to share your memories of Mike with the family.

Cole, Halbert “Hal” Nelson

Halbert (Hal) Nelson Cole, 89, passed away on Sept. 11, 2018, at his home in Louisville, surrounded by his family. He was born on Aug. 22, 1929, to Bert LeRoy and Lulu Nelson Cole in Pasco, Washington. He grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1952, receiving a B.S. degree in chemical engineering. He then was commissioned as Ensign, U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War on Destroyer Escort USS LeRay Wilson, USN Pacific Fleet until 1955. From his home port in San Diego, California, he had two overseas tours in the Philippines. He served three two-month tours as “Station Ship Hong Kong” and received the China Service Medal.

Hal held memberships in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Hunting Creek Country Club and Beckham Bird Club. He was also proud to be an Eagle Scout.

Following his military service, he began his career at duPont Chamber Works in Deepwater, New Jersey. In 1966, he was transferred by duPont to Louisville, Kentucky, to work in the Neoprene plant, where he retired in 1987.

Throughout his time in Louisville, Hal was an active member of Springdale Presbyterian Church and Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church, serving as elder and deacon. During retirement, he pursued a variety of hobbies such as golfing, birding, traveling, model airplanes, reading, classical music and opera.

Hal was married to Marjorie Clements from 1953 until her death in 1984. They had two daughters, Mary Lou Cole Hoerster of Fredericksburg, Texas, and Carol Ann Cole of Louisville, Kentucky. He was married to Beverly Oyler from October 1991, until her passing in October 1993.

On Dec. 30, 1995, Hal married his current wife, Barbara Grant Graves, of Prospect, Kentucky. He and Barbara had a wonderful marriage of almost 23 years.

Hal was considered by one of his grandsons to be a “gentleman extraordinaire,” as he had an incredibly friendly and welcoming nature and was deeply loved by all those in his life. He had a remarkable intellect and loved discussions ranging from his experiences in the Navy to antique furniture. He had such a passion in everything he did and it showed in how he related to people.

Hal is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; his sister, Luella Hasbrouck of Fairfax, Virginia; his daughters, Mary Lou Cole Hoerster and Carol Ann Cole; step-son, Stuart Alexander Freeman (Kim) of Birmingham, Alabama; step-daughter, Elizabeth Freeman Daly (Colin) of Columbus, Ohio; grandchildren, Laura Hoerster of Fredericksburg, Texas, Nicole Chausenko of Centennial, Colorado, and Craig Hoerster of Northbrook, Illinois; and step-grandchildren, Will, Maggie, Grant and Sarah Freeman and Patrick and Carolyn Daly.

A service of celebration of Hal’s life will be held at Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church, 311 Browns Lane, Louisville, on Sept. 22, 2018, at 2 p.m. followed by a reception in the church foyer.

Private interment prior to the service will be at the St. Francis in the Fields Memorial Garden.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hosparus of Louisville, who led them through this journey, or to Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Graves, Dennis H.

Dennis Graves, 73, passed away Sept. 15, 2018. He was born in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, on July 20, 1945, to Less and Wilma Bowman Graves. Dennis retired from General Electric in 2000.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Jean; daughter, Lisa Wells (Rob); grandson, Wesley Estep of Florence, Kentucky; and his siblings, Gary Graves of Louisville and Jeannie Saylor-Stoner (Robert) of Alpine, California.

Visitation was held Sept. 18 at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven, 4400 Bardstown Road, Louisville. His funeral service was held Sept. 19 at the funeral home.

Clemons, Kathy (Stuckenberg)

Kathy (Stuckenberg) Clemons, 71, of Louisville, passed away on Sept. 12. Kathy was retired from UPS as a package handler and she was a member of St. James Catholic Church. She was an avid UK Wildcat fan and loved sports in general. She loved watching her grandkids play sports, she loved to socialize with her friends, she loved playing cards and gambling and was beloved by many people of all walks of life.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her older brother, George Stuckenberg.

She is survived by her children, Tammy Clegg, Tommy Clemons (Sally) and Shannon Hosey (Keith); five grandchildren, Jessica Clegg, Ella Clemons, Emmet Clemons, Emilia Clemons and Kayla Hosey; and nieces and nephews.

Her memorial visitation was held Sept. 18, 2018 at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road. Her memorial mass was held Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church, 1826 Edenside Ave.

Whobrey Sr., Billy G.

Billy G. Whobrey Sr., 83, passed away peacefully at his home.

He is survived by his living wife of 61 years, Shirley Whobrey; daughter, Gina Helseth (John); son, Bill Whobrey Jr. (Andrea); granddaughter, Brittany Koroly (Joshua); two great-grandchildren, Samuel and Grace; brother, Danny Whobrey (Joyce); sister, Linda Coomer (Ken); and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hayden and Grace Whobrey, and sisters, Louise Vincent (Hack), Nevada Sanders (Paul Henry) and Loden Wilson (Jim)

Billy served in the United States Army Reserves and retired from GE’s Appliance Park.

His funeral service was held Sept. 19, 2018, at Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, with burial following in Louisville Memorial Gardens West. Visitation was held Sept. 18 at the funeral home.

What’s Cooking

The latest in local food news

Tasting and Cooking Demo with Chef Virginia Willis

Chef Virginia Willis. Photo by Dame Angie Mosier.

Les Dames d’Escoffier will host chef and author Virginia Willis on Sept. 24. Willis will demonstrate dishes from her newest cookbook “Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South” starting at 7:30 p.m. at the former Winston’s Restaurant in Sullivan University, 3101 Bardstown Road. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 for VIP, which includes a special pre-event reception with Willet President and Chief Whiskey Officer Dame Britt Kulsveen. Following the main demonstration, all attendees will enjoy a post-event reception with small plates, wine and cocktails featuring products from Willett Distillery. For tickets and more information, visit

Anoosh Bistro Hosts Appalachian Farm-to-Fork Dinner in Support of Gilda’s Club Louisville

Chefs Anoosh Shariat and Mark Ford. Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

Chefs Anoosh Shariat and Mark Ford will welcome James Beard award-winning cookbook author Ronni Lundy to their Anoosh Bistro kitchen on Sept. 27 to present an Appalachian-inspired farm-to-fork five-course dinner. In addition to sharing a love of cooking and produce, Shariat, Ford and Lundy share a passion for helping those with cancer and will be donating $25 from each ticket sold to Gilda’s Club Louisville. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and cost for the five-course meal is $125 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Optional wine pairings are available for an additional $25 per person. For reservations, call 502.690.6585.

Capriole goat cheese will be a featured ingredient with a course prepared by founder Judy Schad’s granddaughter, Piper Schad. The other courses prepared by Shariat and Ford will be inspired by Lundy’s “Victuals” cookbook and highlight the best flavors of the season. “Victuals” is an exploration of the foodways, people and places of Appalachia, and in 2017 received James Beard Foundation book awards for both American Cooking and Cookbook of the Year. Lundy, a native of Corbin, will have her cookbook available for purchase and signing that evening.

This is the second benefit that Anoosh Bistro has hosted for Gilda’s Club Louisville, which offers free programs and priceless support to families and individuals touched by cancer.

Wedding Announcement

Leah Puffer, daughter of William and Susan Puffer, married Andy Sturdevant, son of Steven and Nancy Sturdevant, on Sept. 8, 2018, at the Hennepin County Government Center. The ceremony was officiated by Judge Regina Chu.

Leah, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, studied at the University of Iowa and the University of New Orleans while groom and Louisville native Andy studied at the University of Louisville. The couple currently resides in Minneapolis. William and Susan Puffer reside in Spring Valley, Minnesota, and Steven and Nancy Sturdevant reside in Louisville.