Obituaries for Aug. 7

August 07, 2003

Carrie Mosley

Services for Carrie Julia Mosley, 81, who is considered the "mother interpreter of Kentucky," will be 11 a.m. Friday at Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home by the Rev. Ernest Martin. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

Mosley, formerly of High Street, died Tuesday at Stanford House nursing home.

Mosley was held in high esteem by members of the local deaf community, interpreters for the deaf and employees at Kentucky School for the Deaf.

"Carrie was quite simply the mother interpreter of Kentucky," said Dot Stallard, a long-time deaf interpreter herself. "She interpreted for many years for many hundreds of people, long before there was certification and pay for interpreters."


"She was serious-minded in her professionalism and dedication to her work, but she did have an excellent sense of humor," Stallard said. "She was a very special person. I loved her dearly."

Faye Best, who served for many years as a counselor and vocational education coordinator, also thought highly of Mosley, calling her "one of the most incredible women I've ever known."

Best recalled how Mosley and her late husband, Joe Mack, turned their lives around after escaping a life of welfare and poverty in Eastern Kentucky. She became a licensed practical nurse and he became a furniture maker, Best said.

"Joe Mack was deaf and going blind. As he lost his vision, Carrie would help him more and more, setting up his tools, keeping his patterns for beds and dressers and other pieces. They were quite a team. So much in love."

When Mosley wasn't helping her husband, she was holding out a hand to deaf people, especially children, said Best. She would help young deaf couples after they got married with everything from advice about paying bills to furnishing them with dishware, and she took in some KSD students from time to time, including one Italian boy, helping them with developing social skills and acclimating to the hearing world.

"Carrie's skill as an interpeter was unsurpassed. Her compassion as a person, unbelievable," Best said.

Born Oct. 14, 1921, in Akron, Ohio, Mosley was the daughter of the late Samuel Smith and Edna Reese Smith. She was a retired licensed practical nurse with Kentucky State Hospital for 27 years. She was a 1956 graduate of Danville School of Nursing, a certified interpreter, a member of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and received several awards for her services. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was the widow of Joe Mack Mosley.

Survivors include a son, Vola Mosley of Danville; two daughters, Joann Rousey of Danville and Janice Coleman of Louisville; a brother, Seiberling Smith of Lexington; four grandchildren; a step grandchild; two step great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by her stepmother, Eliza Conner Smith.

Pallbearers will be John Warren Jr., David Feltmer, Joe Smith, Donnie Smith, Mike Smith and Barry Bell. Honorary pallbearers are Norman Walker, James Hester, Virgil Mosley, Troy Mosley and Billy Hargis.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today.

Memorials may go to Alzheimer's Association.


Carl Leathers

Services for Carl Leathers Jr., 75, of Stony Point Road will be 1 p.m. Friday at Stith Funeral Home by the Rev. Barry Harmon. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

He died Tuesday at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lexington.

Pallbearers are Hershell Smith, Junie Smith, Carl E. Leathers, George Manning, Terry Owens and Wayne Clements.

Visitation is after 5 p.m. today.

Memorials may go to Gideons International Bible Fund.

Stanley Wilkerson

LIBERTY - Services for William Stanley Wilkerson, 71, of Chelf Ridge Road, Hustonville, will be 1 p.m.. Friday at Bartle Funeral Home by the Rev. Jim Lynn. Burial will be in Poplar Grove Cemetery.

He died Tuesday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Born April 21, 1932, in Casey County, he was the son of the late William S. and Lora Ella Buck Wilkerson. He was a carpenter.

Survivors include two brothers, Walker Wilkerson of Indianapolis, Ind., and James Wilkerson of Cincinnati; a sister, Ruth Frederick of Waynesburg.

Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today.

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