Rev. Joe Priest Williams 85, of Louisville, peacefully passed out of this life at Baptist Hospital East on Sunday, October 26, 2008 after a long period of illness and declining health.
He was a Baptist minister, theologian, educator, and advocate for the under privileged in society, born March 10, 1923 on a farm in Henderson County, KY, to Frederick Silas Williams and Dora Priest Williams. He attended Western Kentucky University and Georgetown College, graduating in 1946. He received his bachelor of divinity and master of theology degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Prior to moving to Louisville he served as director of the Baptist Student Union at Murray State University. His 50 years of Christian ministry and involvement in many peace and justice movements included 27 years of service as pastor of Baptist Tabernacle in Louisville's west end. He was called by his commitment to Christ to challenge the injustice of racial inequalities during the tumultuous Civil Rights era, joining with other local clergy and community leaders in support of desegregation and open housing laws. In 1963 he was invited to lead a week of revival services at Mount Lebanon Baptist Church by senior pastor Dr. Frederick G. Sampson II. He served on the Board of Trustees at Georgetown College and at American Baptist Theological Seminary in Nashville, TN. Since 1975 he was a member of the faculty at Boyce Bible School in Louisville for many years, teaching courses on ethics and leading the supervised ministry experience. He faithfully served as assistant secretary to the Kentucky Baptist Convention for 12 years and held a position in the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He received the Victor T. Glass award for Distinguished Service in Racial Reconciliation in 1982. In 1989, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary honored him with the Alumnus of the Year Award. He received the Long Run Baptist Association's Clarence Jordan Award for exemplary application of the Gospel in 1990. In his many years as pastor he officiated at over one thousand funerals, which provided a great ministry to those families in their time of need. He also took pride in performing over 1,000 wedding ceremonies, the very last celebration being that of his middle son. Following his retirement from Baptist Tabernacle in 1988, he and his wife attended Walnut Street Baptist Church, then Crescent Hill Baptist Church, where he became a deacon and served on several committees. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rev. Robert Owen Williams of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Emily Elam Williams; sons Joseph David Williams (Debbie), Mark Elam Williams (Suzanne) and Stephen Frederick Williams (Joy); brother, Fielding Griffin Williams; sister, Laura Delaware Marquess; and grandsons, Joseph Elias Williams, Samuel Clayton Williams, and Payton Silas Williams. Special thanks to the very caring and professional staff at the Palliative Care Unit. Family will receive friends 3-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Arch L. Heady-Cralle Funeral Home, 2428 Frankfort Ave., Louisville. Services will be held at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, 11 a.m. Thursday. Interment will follow at Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville. Expressions of sympathy are requested to Habitat for Humanity, or Crescent Hill Baptist Church Homework Helpers.
January 26, 1899 - March 9, 2002
Elsie Maycock Powell was born in Gering, Nebraska on January 26, 1899. When she was a child, her family traveled to Wyoming by covered wagon and ranched north of Gillette. As a youth she worked on the ranch: branding calves, herding cattle and raking hay. She was one of four graduates from Gillette High School in 1919.
She worked as the only woman teller in the Stockmen's Bank in Gillette for seventeen years and married her fellow-worker, Ben Powell. Her father and uncle had started the bank. Together, she and Ben had two children, Martha and Ben Jr. She and her family moved in 1943 to Sheridan, Wyo., where they were active in First Baptist Church and were founding members of Calvary Baptist Church. She sewed the clothes for her children and embroidered, crocheted, and knitted many items. She pieced together quilt tops. From 1958 to 1965, she and her husband, Ben, served as missionaries to two country churches in Ranchester and Big Goose, Wyo. At both Sunday schools, Elsie taught Bible stories to the children using felt figures on a flannelgraph board. On her 100th birthday Elsie received a birthday card from a second generation Christian from the Big Goose country schoolhouse Sunday school saying: "We have many special memories of the 3B's Sunday school and the Powell's, the people who brought God's Word and salvation through Christ! Thank you! Thank you!" (Judy Workman Hayworth, Colstrip, Montana).
The Ranchester Church is still serving its community forty-six years later (2004) with a full range of activities for youth and adults. The card from a second generation Christian from Ranchester Community Church read: "I have remembered you and your husband from when you went to Ranchester Community Church. I was just a young tyke but God planted your Christian walk in my mind. You were a blessing to us all." (Shirley Baker Allen)
Elsie and Ben were married for 62 years before his death in 1985. That year, she moved to Louisville, Ky. to live with her daughter and was active in Baptist Tabernacle church. In 1992, when she was 93 years old, she completed a 450-page book on her life in Wyoming with genealogies of the Maycock and Powell families. She was known for always wearing a hat with flowers on it; whether she was branding calves or walking downtown or attending church.
Elsie's favorite scripture passage was verses 1 and 4 of Psalm 91: He who dwells in the secret place of the most high, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Elsie loved scripture passages with the word "wings" in them. Verse 4 reads: He (God) shall cover you with his feathers and under his wings shall you take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
Elsie Maycock Powell, age 103, died March 9, 2002 at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville, Ky. after living in three centuries. Her survivors include her daughter, Martha, of Louisville; her son, Ben and his wife Kathleen of Los Angeles; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She is buried in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Gillette, Wyo.
Whenever her children left her house after a visit she would say "So long for now." You can almost hear her say "So long for now. I'll see you in heaven someday."
COYLE, DONNA D., 67, died Monday, April 17, 2006
at Floyd Memorial Hospital in New Albany, IN.
She was the former Donna D. Lloyd, and a native of Louisville. She was a retired employee of the Old South Central Bell telephone company, and a member of the Baptist Tabernacle in Louisville.
She is survived by her sons, Steven B. Coyle (Karen) of Pekin, IN, David K. Coyle (Justine) of Plainfield, IN, Jeffrey S. Coyle (Jackline) of Louisville, and Jonathan D. Coyle (Michele) of Corydon, IN; her brother, Allen D. Lloyd of Louisville; sisters, Molly A. Grayson of Fairdale, KY, and Susan M. Roberts of Louisville; and eight grandchildren.
Cremation was chosen. Arrangements were by Kraft Funeral Service, New Albany. Expressions of sympathy may go to the charity of the donor's choice.
A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. Friday, Apr. 21, at Baptist Tabernacle, 2854 W. Market St., Louisville, KY. Hymns were sung by the congregation: "Are You Washed in the Blood?," "Jesus Loves Me," and "He Lives." Loving tributes were paid by family and friends recalling the influence of Donna's life on their own lives. Michael Troy Shell, pastor of Baptist Tabernacle, gave a meditation based on scripture verses cross-stitched by Donna on quilts for her grandchildren. The verses he chose from her quilts were Psalm 145, verse 18 "The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth" and 1st Peter 4, verse 8 "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." In conclusion, two hymns were sung by a vocal trio: Emily Williams and Jerry and Judy Mitchell: "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus."
A luncheon followed in Fellowship Hall where pictures of Donna's life were displayed.
J July 16, 1942 - March 22, 2004
Jerry was born and reared in Louisville, Ky. He was the
son of Helen and LeRoy Johnson and big brother of Linda and Kenny. He was very
proud to be a fourth generation Portlander. He graduated from Male High School
when it was located at Brook And Breckinridge. He receive his military training
at the Red Stone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL where he learned to operate 8 in
Howitzers. Jerry served in the army during the Viet Nam era but the family was
always thankful he served his country in Germany.
With his military obligations behind him and armed with the money from the G.I. bill he decided to continue his education by enrolling at Western Kentucky University, where he graduated in 1981 with a B.A. in Geography and Political Science. One day while lounging in the Downing Student Center an employee asked Jerry if he would help them with something. Shortly after that the manger of the student center asked him if he would like to work at the center. After graduation, Jerry continued working as night operations manager at the student center. Jerry loved working with the students. There are many nurses, teachers, counselors and other successful WKU graduates who credit Jerry for getting them through their college years with happy memories to spare.
In July 1992 Jerry underwent a liver transplant after being diagnosed with an enzyme deficiency. Later, in 2000 he had a kidney transplant. In the summer of 2001 Jerry retired and moved to Louisville to be close to his family. Even though Jerry suffered through many operations and recuperations he was more than his illnesses. Jerry was an avid film buff. Not only did he enjoy going to the movies, he collected films and quite naturally became an expert on old films and film stars, especially the western movie genre. He was keenly interested in politics and ran for state legislator in the 43rd house district. He loved animals and through the years has had a dog named Mickey , a cat named Katie, and a horse named Don, not to mention a stray animal or two that would mysterious come around the back door at suppertime. He loved sports and was a coach/player on the church softball team. He as a fan of Western's Hilltoppers basketball and football teams. He valued his friends and enjoyed many adventures and good times that only friends can appreciate. Although he did not get to spend a lot of time with his two nephews, Adam and Andrew he loved them very much and was proud of their accomplishment.
Kenneth Ray Mollyhorn, 42, of Portland,
died Wednesday, June 23, 2004. He was a retired employee of Nupak, a member of
Baptist Tabernacle Church and active with the youth. He was the husband of 25
years of Rose (Nuckles) Mollyhorn. He was the father of two sons, Kenneth Jr.
and Kevin and his wife, Stacy, and a daughter, Lisa Anspach and her husband,
Steven. He was "Papaw" to Alice Mollyhorn. He is also survived by a brother,
Billy Mollyhorn; three sisters, Louella Tabler, Rosetta O'Brien and Marita
Satterly; and three grandchildren, Branden, Travis and Nancy Rose. He was also
loved by many other family members and friends. "Special thanks go to Hospice of
Louisville for their care and support." His funeral was held at 1 p.m. Monday at
Schoppenhorst & Underwood Funeral Home, 1832 W. Market St., with burial in