BOAHN, WILLIAM CLYDE, "BILL BAILEY" "THE DUKE OF LOUISVILLE," a prominent Louisville radio personality, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital at the age of 81.
He was born December 18, 1930 in New Bern, NC, the son of the late Jesse A. Boahn and Jessie Ketchum Boahn. For nearly 30-plus years Bill ruled the morning airwaves at WAKY radio and other Louisville radio stations before ending his career in broadcasting in 1994 at WVLK in Lexington.
Bill was an accomplished artist and found Peace through his art. At a very young age Bill developed a love for drawing and painting. You could put anything in front of him and he could draw it or paint it. During his time in Alaska in the Air Force he took up portrait painting and was very talented at outdoor scenery.
He was a loving father and grandfather, with a larger than life personality and a one of a kind sense of humor that he kept until the end.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Jessie Faye Skiles.
He is survived by a son, Erick Boahn; his daughters, Shelly Schultz (Steven) of Boca Raton, FL, Faith Chapman (Shane) and Jennifer Boahn of Louisville; nine grandchildren, to include, Ariana Arroyo, Kayla, Kendall and Grant Chapman; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Charles (Joyce) Boahn of North Carolina.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Friendship Manor for the love and care they gave for their father.
Funeral service to honor Bill's life will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Pearson-Ratterman Bros. Funeral Home, 12900 Shelbyville Road, Middletown. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to Kentucky/Southern Indiana Stroke Association, 3425 Stony Springs Circle, Suite #102, Louisville, KY 40220.