Obituaries for March 1

March 01, 2009



Lee Brant 1920-2009

Lee Joseph Brant, 88, husband of Hazel Abbott Brant, died Thursday at Danville Centre for Health and Rehabilitation.

Born April 20, 1920, in Jenkins, he was the son of the late William and Lena Biggiatti Brant. He was a WWII Army Air Corp veteran, a member of the American Legion Boyle Post 46 and SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, a Kentucky Colonel and worked at Corning Glass for 31 years.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, he is survived by a daughter, Deborah Kay Brant (Wally) Williams of Winchester; a half-brother and sister, Bernard Brant and Mary Gosser, both of Danville; a grandson, Joseph Brant (Meg) Williams; and a great-grandson, Davis Brant Williams.


He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Lee Brant, and two brothers, Felix and Lloyd Brant.

The funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Monday at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church with Father Patrick Fitzsimons as celebrant. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Wally and Brant Williams, Bernard Brant, Mike Burnside, Bobby Abbott, Gary Record and Bill Roberts.

Visitation is 2-5 p.m. today at Stith Funeral Home.

The family requests memorial donations to Heritage Hospice.

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Leona Farley 1919-2009

Leona Grigsby Farley, 90, of Danville, died Friday at her residence.

Born Jan. 2, 1919, in Springfield, she was the daughter of Ida Grigsby and the widow of William Goebel Farley Jr. She was a sales clerk at Chinn's Jewelry Store for more than 30 years and a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, where she was a volunteer at the Amen Corner. She was an avid UK sports fan. Her favorite saying was "Silence is golden."

Survivors include her daughters, Linda (Steve) Boyle of Lexington and Bonnie (Carl E.) Ingram of Richmond, Ky.; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Katlin Boyle of Lexington; her sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Gene Farley; a niece, Pat Farley; and a nephew, Joe Galloway, all of Danville.

The funeral mass will be 11 a.m., Tuesday at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with Father Patrick Fitzsimons as celebrant. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Stith Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Carl E. Ingram, Steve Boyle, Kevil Chinn, J. C. Williams, Brian Boyle and David Bugg.

Honorary bearers will be Gene Farley, Thurman Preston, Joe Galloway and Gil Gregory.

Donations are requested to the Boyle County EMS Auxiliary, 1856 S. Danville Bypass, Danville, KY 40422.

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Linda Rhoades 1948-2009

JUNCTION CITY - Linda Faye Walton Rhoades, 61, of Junction City died Friday at the UK Medical Center.

Born Feb. 8, 1948, in Dyersburg, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Bill and Edith Walton. She was a longtime housekeeper at Gwinn Island Resort and a Kentucky Colonel. Linda loved her grandbabies, her flowers and watching the birds and animals around her home.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Rhoades; two sons, Kenny (Alethea) Baldwin and Merl (Christy) Baldwin, both of Junction City; a step-daughter, Patricia Ann (Dennis) Graves of Berea; and two grandchildren, Cody Baldwin and Emily Baldwin.

The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Stith Funeral Home and Family Center in Junction City by Rev. Marty Elliott. Burial will be in Junction City Cemetery. Visitation is after 4 p.m. today.

Pallbearers will be Jamie Alcorn, Shane Fines, Luke Moore, Cody Baldwin, James Anderson and Steve Hamblin.

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Rebecca Strohl 1920-2009

Rebecca "Becky" Kettler Strohl, 89, died Feb. 27, 2009, at her home in Danville, Ky.

Born June 10, 1920 in Wooster, Ohio, to Esther and George Kettler, Mrs. Strohl completed her nurses training at Mercy Hospital in Canton, Ohio. As her husband's career advances required many transfers on the Pennsylvania Railroad, Becky served as a technical nurse in hospitals in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Mrs. Strohl and her husband moved to Danville in 1994.

She was an active volunteer in churches, libraries and hospitals, cherished her friends and loved her God. Becky played a good game of golf, was an excellent weaver and could square dance until the callers called it a night.

In 2004 Mrs. Strohl was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, LeRoy Sterling Strohl Jr. She was the loving mother of two sons, LeRoy and Timothy; and a daughter, Christine.

She is survived by her son, LeRoy (Catherine) S. Strohl III of Fredericksburg, Va; a daughter-in-law, Kay Strohl of Jessamine County; two granddaughters; and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bellevue Cemetery by Dr. Jerry Shepard. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Stith Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Church, 555 East Lexington, Danville, KY 40422; or to Heritage Hospice, Inc.; P.O. Box 1213, Danville, KY 40422.

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Amanda Ruth Weathers 1952-2009

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