A Celebration of Life

This page is dedicated to the memory of our loved ones

– whether family or friends –

who kindled our hearts and our spirits by their love, deeds, or commitment. 
It is an opportunity to pay honor to our loved ones whose existence
brought joy and whose passing has changed our lives forever.


Thus, we sustain their memory by providing a tribute that offers remembrance and celebration of their life.


Please feel free to submit a loved one who has gone on.




Helen "Granny Poo" Stevenson Cobble - Leavell 

Helen Stevenson Cobble - Leavell, 87, of Louisville, was called from her earthly life to her Heavenly home on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 (six days after her beloved brother, Kenneth Stevenson, was called Home). She is survived by 13 children, Dr. Richard Cobble, Flora Bauer (George), Dorothy Ray, Emma McCoomer, Elaine Woods (George), Frances Dillard (John), Carolyn Johnson, David Cobble, Daniel Cobble (Pina) Inez Grevious (Rev. Robert), John Cobble (Rita), Verna Craddock (Ricky) and Reginald Alvis (Rochelle); 36 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and a multitude of great great-grandchildren. 


Legacy of Love

A wife, a mother, a grandma too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you've earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we'll eternally keep.


When We Remember

You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she’s gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she’d want:
open your eyes,
and go on.

The memory of a good person is a blessing.
Proverb 10:7





Shirley Archie
Mother of Stephanie Cobble
(1948 - 2014)
Shirley Archie, 66, traded her earthly home for her heavenly home on January 15, 2014. She was a member of Greater First Peter Baptist Church. She is survived by her children, Maurice, Angelia, Stephanie, Tommy, Anita and Sherry; a sister, Rita Wakefield; 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Husband of Evelyn Stanley
(1936 - 2013)
Charles went home to his Heavenly Father on  March 3, 2013.  He was Clara Cobble Page's Son-in-law. He was a member of Little Flock Missionary Baptist Church and retiree of Ford Motor Company.  He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Y. Stanley; sons, Charles Jr. and Keith Stanley; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Verna Alvis Craddock
Daughter of Helen Stevenson Cobble - Leavell
(1956 - 2012)
Verna traded her chef wings for her angel wings on Wednesday, January 18, 2012.  She was Helen Stevenson Cobble - Leavell's youngest daughter (Child #12). She was a member of St. Stephen Baptist Church, and worked for The Kroger Company for 29 years. She is survived by her husband of 11 years, Ricky Craddock; children, Kevin Alvis (Tressa) and Terlisa Alvis; 14 siblings, Flora Bauer (George), Dorothy Ray, Elaine Woods, Frances Dillard, Carolyn Johnson, Inez Grevious (Robert), Emma McCoomer, Sandra Thigpen, David, Daniel (Pina), John (Rita), and Richard Cobble, Reginald (Denise) and Arthur Neil Alvis; five grandchildren, Devonte, Rodnika, and Kayteeonia Alvis, Taymon James and J'tonice Williams; mother-in-law, Virginia Craddock; brothers-in-law, Carter (Von) and Kenny Craddock; sisters-in-law, Vanessa and Cynthia Craddock and Annette McCray; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.


A Tribute to
Verna Alvis Craddock
Cooking with Love:
From Her Heart to Your Table
Oh, I was the queen of my little kitchen, What a wonderful privilege was mine.
As I reigned in my little queen-dom, Planning a great feast was my lifeline.
You see, I was given a true calling, So great how it captured my heart.
The business of feeding my family, Was a wonderful culinary art.
What a blessing it was to please my family, And cook their favorite food.
While using the resources I was given, To satisfy their appetite with gratitude.
So I chopped and stirred with great fever, As I blended and mixed to their wishes.
Adding herbs and seasonings was important, As I prepared my ‘signature’ dishes.
From Buttered Shrimp to Cajun Pasta Salad, Some people requested them both. 
Basted with a dash of warmth & a cup of love, To place a smile on their face was my oath.
How about some of my homemade Chili, Packed with beans, peppers, onions, and meat.
Sprinkled with much needed spices for flavor, To make this hearty meal complete.
Let us not forget my Mother’s white corn, That I fried with love after she passed away. 
To carry on her legacy and tradition, That will always be remembered today.
It was nice not to be rushed in my cooking, Or in my little kitchen for that matter.
Especially when making Peach Cobbler, With the demand placed on the batter.
I may have been a bit fussy with ‘my passion’, Setting the tone with the words that I said.
But what I want to be remembered for most, Is my family’s heart and cravings I fed.




Husband of Elaine Cobble Woods
(1939 - 2011)
George was called from his earthly home to his heavenly home on Saturday, May 7, 2011.  He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law and uncle. George was loved and adored by everyone he came in contact with. He was an active member of Genesis United Methodist Church (Formally Shawnee-Parkland UMC) up until his time of death and a retired counselor from Jefferson Community College.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Langston B. II and Anna Woods; siblings, Langston Woods Jr. and Anna Adkins. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Woods, for 34 years (formerly Elaine Cobble); son, Darren Bland; daughter, April Simpson (DeRon); brother, Paul Woods, of Irvington, KY; and brother-in-law, Arthur Adkins Sr.; grandchildren, Chace and Payton Bland and Jonathan, Jared, and Jeremy Simpson; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
Clara Cobble Page
Daughter of James (Big Jim/Jimbo) Cobble & Velma Clay Cobble
Known for her long flowing locks, Clara, 87, was called to her heavenly home on July 3, 2010.  She is survived by her daughter, Evelyn Y. Stanley (Charles); a granddaughter who lived with her, Latonya Cotton; five other grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Jerome “Bubble Gum” Edwards
Father of Kenyore Edwards
(1950 – 2010)
Jerome traded his harmonious wings for angelic wings on Thursday, May 13, 2010.  He discovered a natural talent, a gift from God that rapidly became his passion – MUSIC.  Little did anyone know that would become his vehicle of self expression, affording him the opportunity to share his soul and vision with the world….From the soothing sounds of his soulful saxophone to the melodious tunes of his vocal chords.   “Hey Music Lover…L-O-V-E all across the nation with a Gdouble OD vibration…that's right, that's right.
He leaves to celebrate his life his wife, Konstance Edwards; daughter, Kinyarta (James) Edwards Williams; son, Kenyore (Tawanna) Edwards; step-sons, Kentrell Edwards, Kendesha Woods, Kenyatta Woods; step-daughter, Kentura Woods; granddaughters, Nakiaya & Ammani Edwards; grandson, Bryson Williams; father, Isadore (Elizabeth) Edwards; brother, Walter (Rhonda) Edwards; sisters, Brenda Edwards and Deborah Dawson; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many special friends.


Velma Abernathy

Mother of Jennifer Walker, family friend

(1915 - 2008)


Velma, a native of Guntown, MS, was called to her eternal home to take her rest from her labors on Monday, November 3, 2008 after several years of declining health. She was a member Hughlett Temple AME Zion Church. Survivors are her daughter, Jennifer Walker (Oscar); sister, Lucille Johnson; goddaughter, Cheryl Watkins (Richard); two grandchildren, Carlos Walker and Nicole Abernathy; and five great-grandchildren.



Kenneth "Clinney" Stevenson

Brother of Helen Stevenson Cobble - Leavell
(1924 - 2008)


Kenneth Stevenson, of Louisville, departed this earthly life for his heavenly life on Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at Norton's Hospital.  He was preceded in death by a son Clinney F. Stevenson Jr. (Fat Boy) and leaves to cherish him in memeory one son Rev. Donald Stevenson; two daughters, both of Indianapolis, Judy Bates and Sharon Gaddie; a sister Helen Leavell; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, niece and nephews, four step-sons, James Jr., Elmore T., Joseph S., and George E. Blincoe.




Effie Gregory-Blount 
Grandmother of Kenyore Edwards

                                   (1920 - 2008)

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge shall give me that day and not to me only but to them also that love his appearing."       II Timothy 4:7-8. 

Effie departed this earthly life for eternal life on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at her home in Pensacola, FL while in the loving care of her daughter, Abrenda Edwards, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.




Louis Cobble
Son of James (Big Jim/Jimbo) and Velma Clay Cobble
(1927 - 2008)
Louis Cobble, 81, of Louisville,  was called from his earthly home to his heavenly home on Wednesday, July 2, 2008. He was the retired Assumption High School maintenance man. Survivors include his three children, Louis V. Jr. (Sherrae), Carol Rodgers (Fred) and Saundra Cobble; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and one sister, Clara Page.
James L. Cobble, Jr.
Son of James (Big Jim/Jimbo) and Velma Clay Cobble
(1930 - 2007)


James L. Cobble, 77, was called from his earthly home to his heavenly home on December 15, 2007 in Louisville, KY.  He is survived by his wife, Margaret, children; a sister Clara Page; and three brothers Rogers Cobble, Louis Cobble of Louisville, KY and Thelbert Cobble of Detroit Michigan. He is also survived by a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.




Howard Louis Gant, Sr. 
Father of Karen Gant, family friend

                                          (1942 - 2007)

Howard Gant, Sr.departed this earthly life for his eternal life on December 12, 2007 at University of Louisville Hospital. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He left to cherish his memories his devoted wife, Celestine Gant; 3 daughters, Victoria Goodner, Karen Gant, and Tina Gant; 3 sons, Tommy Cardine, Howard Gant Jr., and David Gant; 9 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Gregory Booker and Gary Alston; 2 sisters, Vanessa Alston and Shadiya Assabah; 2 aunts, Lucy Thomas and Edna Sawyer; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends.



Rogers Cobble, Sr.
Son of James (Big Jim/Jimbo) Cobble & Velma Clay Cobble
Rogers, 75, was called from his earthly home to hs heavenly home on Sunday, June 29, 2008. He was a retired Army veteran. He is survived by his children, Karen and Gloria Cobble, Roger B. Cobble, Rogers Jr. and Anshayla Moore; sister, Claire Page; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.




Our lives are but fine weavings That God and we prepare,
Each life becomes a fabric planned and fashioned in His care.
We may not always see just how the weavings intertwine,
But we must trust the Master's hand and follow His design,
For He can view the pattern upon the upper side,
While we must look from underneath and trust in Him to guide...

Sometimes a strand of sorrow is added to His plan,
And though it's difficult for us, we still must understand
That it's He who fills the shuttle, it's He who knows what's best, 
So we must weave in patience and leave to Him the rest...

Not till the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas and explain the reason why ---
The dark threads are as needed in the Weaver's skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver in the pattern He has planned.




Ella Inez Thomas
Sister of Helen Stevenson Cobble - Leavell 

Ella Thomas was married to the late Charles Thomas. She leaves to mourn a sister, Helen Leavell; brother, Kenneth Stevenson; special nieces, Carolyn Johnson and Dorothy Ray; sister-in-law, Doris Stiger; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and friends.  
The Broken Chain...Little did we know that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same. It broke our hearts to lose you; but you did not go alone. A part of us went with you, the day God called you home. You left us precious memories & your love is still our guide. And although we cannot see you, you are always at our side. Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same. But as God calls us one by one, the Chain will link again.

Henry Austin Cobble

Son of James (Big Jim/Jimbo) and Velma Clay Cobble
(1919 - 2005)


Henry Cobble, 86, was called from his earthly home to his heavenly home on September 1, 2005 in Chicago, IL. He was formerly of Louisville, KY, born May 2, 1919. He is survived by his six children Richard Cobble of Atlanta, GA, Emma McCoomer of Atlanta, GA, Flora Bauer, Dorothy Ray, Elaine Woods, and Frances Dillard of Louisville, KY; a sister Clara Page; and four brothers Roger Cobble, James E. Cobble, Louis Cobble of Louisville, KY and Thelbert Cobble of Detroit Michigan. He is also survived by a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.



Alberta "Mama Gant" Gant
Beloved Mother of Many
 (1931 - 2004)
Alberta Gant was married to the late Henry Earl Gant. She was called to her eternal home to take her rest from her labors on Monday, October 4, 2004.  The Strength of 1 Woman...It started as 1 woman who had 17 siblings. She then opened her heart and home to raise hundreds of children and touched thousands of lives of the many people that she came in contact with. The woman with a million dollar heart always kept God at her side and a Bible in hand and never once complained. She's now in a better place. No more pain and sickness she will no more have to suffer. She is truly missed by many and this is the strength of ALBERTA GANT.

 Richard Leavell, Jr. 

Husband of Helen Leavell


Richard Leavell, Jr. left to cherish his memory, a devoted wife, Helen Stevenson Leavell; daughter, Bridgett Threets; sister, Corine Driggers; stepdaughters, stepsons, a host of grandchildren; great-children, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends will miss him as well.  "When you draw a picture of me, don't draw me as a saint.  I've done some good, I've done some bad; So use up all your paint, not just bright and light tones.  Use some grey and dark, in fact, just paint me in your heart; But also remember the bad, for life is full of many things, some happy and some sad;  Forgive me for the wrongs I've done, and with the love that's left.  Thank God that I am now resting, Thank God that I've been blessed, Thank God for all who love me and Praise God that I did it my way."






"Sir" Charles H. Thomas, Jr. 

Husband of Ella Thomas
(1923 - 2000) 


Charles Thomas, Jr. was married to Ella Inez Thomas. He was an artist whose drawings, paintings, and signs are evident in the church that he attended, Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church. One of his masterpieces is on the interior to welcome you into the church. His work was also apparent on the inside and outside of his Alma Mater, Central High School. His artistic craft was evident on the many lives which he touched through his blessing, never turning anyone down if he could serve you with his talent. We pause to thank God for his life and for the place he filled in our midst.