Obituaries for Sept. 23

September 23, 2003

Joe Clarke

P. Joseph "Joe" Clarke, 70, of Berwick Drive, died Sunday at his home.

Born March 12, 1933, in Danville, he was the son of the late P. Joseph and Marie Clarke. He was a 1951 graduate of Danville High School, a 1955 graduate of Notre Dame University where he played freshman football and established wrestling as a club sport, and spent summers working for the forest service in the Pacific Northwest.

He was a 1960 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the law review and worked in the U.S. Patent Office.

He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts and was active for many years as a sauce cook for the annual Boy Scout spaghetti dinner. He was a co-founder of the Boyle County Rescue Squad, a Little League football coach, and a political activist beginning in the 1960's.


After college, Clarke returned to Danville to practice law and in 1970 was elected state representative of the 54th District in the Kentucky General Assembly, where he held office for 28 years. He was chairman of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee for 20 years and served as Speaker of the House in 1993 and 1994. He was given the Kentucky Bar Association's Outstanding Lawyer Award.

Clarke served on the boards of the Boyle County Industrial Foundation and Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. He was a member of the Anaconda Club, SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and the Kiwanis Club.

Survivors include four sons, Philip J. "Sam" Clarke III of Morehead City, N.C., John D. Clarke of Nashville, Tenn., Geoffrey N. Clarke of Danville and David R. Clarke of Fairfax, Va.; two sisters, Margaret Knott of Owensboro and Mary F. Toro of Utuado, Puerto Rico; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church by the Rev. Linh Nguyen. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Stith Funeral Home.

Memorials may go to the Millennium Park project.

Maurice R. Louque

Maurice Raymond Louque Jr., 51, of Earl Street, died Sunday at his home.

Born Nov. 14, 1951, in Huntington, W.Va., he was the son of the late Maurice R. and Donnie Jean Tucker Louque. He was a painter and a member of Trinity Tabernacle Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Stacy Reed of New Roads, La.; a son, Maurice R. Louque II of New Roads; a sister, Linda Dawson of Baton Rouge, La.; three grandchildren; and a companion, Eugene Hodge of Danville.

Graveside services were 11 a.m. today at Bellevue Cemetery by Charles White.

Donald G. Davis

LIBERTY - Donald Gregory Davis, 52, of Florence, formerly of Liberty, died Sunday at his home.

Born March 13, 1951, in Boyle County, he was the son of the late Norman and Betty Wethington Davis. He was a technical engineer and a member of Love and Faith Christian Center in Cincinnati.

Survivors include his wife, Elsie Mason Davis; two daughters, Janet Edwards of Lawrenceburg and Devonda Righter of Florence; a son, Richard L. Davis of Dayton, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

Services will be 2:30 p.m., Wednesday at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home by Charles Taylor and Kenny Blevins. Burial will be in Shady George Cemetery.

Visitation is after 6 p.m. today.

Effie E. Mason

STANFORD - Effie E. Mason, 84, of Junction City, widow of Tom Mason, died Monday at Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation. Arrangements are incomplete at Spurlin Funeral Home.

Gay C. Richards

WAYNESBURG - Gay C. Martin Richards, 59, of Eubank, died Monday at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Barnett & Demrow Funeral Home.


Sam Antle

Services for Sam Antle, 90, of Lexington, formerly of Danville, will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Junction City United Methodist Church by the Revs. Charles Cooper and Tom Ditto.

Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

He died Sunday at Lexington Manor Nursing Home.

Born Nov. 13, 1912, in Russell County, he was the son of the late Larue and Olga Blankenship Antle.

He was retired from Southern Railway and was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.

He was the widower of Mary Hope Roberts Antle and Clara Ramsey Antle.

Survivors include four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a stepdaughter, a stepson; five stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Jane Combest.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers are members of Fidelias Sunday School Class, Sammy Combest and Charles N. Combest.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorials may go to Gideon's International Bible Fund or Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obert E. Coffman

PERRYVILLE - Services for Obert Edsel Coffman, 94, of Perryville, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mitchellsburg Church of God by the Rev. Larry Moore.

Burial will be in Parksville Cemetery.

He died Sunday at his home.

Pallbearers will be Larry Moore Jr., David Moore, Ernest, Johnnie and Kenneth Coffman and Shane Shafer.

Visitation is 6-9 p.m. today at the church.

Memorials may go to Mitchellsburg Church of God building fund.

Wilder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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