Phillip Gene Woosley (1943 - 2013)

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Phillip Gene Woosley went to be with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 25, 2013.

His wife and daughter were at his side at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville. Phillip was born March 13, 1943 in Caneyville to the late Albert Woosley and Augusta Fraim Woosley Whitehead and stepfather Damon Whitehead. He attended Caneyville High School and played basketball on the Caneyville Purple Flash team, which went to the Kentucky Sweet 16 State Championship in 1962. He attended Western Kentucky University and earned a Rank 1 in education and counseling.

Phillip was a part of the Grayson County school system for more than three decades and especially enjoyed his role as a high school guidance counselor. He also drove a school bus for 33 years and chauffeured school children from Grayson County to various performing arts events throughout Kentucky. In addition to his work at school, he also owned his own business, Woosley's Antenna & Electric. He served Grayson County for over 40 years as a licensed electrician, in which he wired homes, installed satellites and put up antennas. After retiring from the school system, he became maintenance supervisor for Homeland Inc. where he and his crew served more than 4,000 apartments throughout the state.

A man of strong faith from a young age, he was a great example to everyone he met. Phillip was known for his gentle smile, bright, blue eyes, blonde hair and his enthusiasm to lend a helping hand to all who asked.

He was preceded in death by a younger brother, Ralph Woosley, of Caneyville.

Phillip is survived by his college sweetheart and wife of 43 years, Karen Hopper Woosley of Leitchfield; daughter Dr. Lynne Michelle Woosley of Louisville; brothers Wendell (Georgia) Woosley of Louisville, Charles (Linda) Whitehead, Bobby (Patsy) Whitehead, and Roger (Judy) Whitehead, all of Elizabethtown; and two sisters Pat Bratcher and June (Roscoe) Swift of Caneyville.

The memorial service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Potter's Hope Church in Leitchfield, led by Pastor Wayne Clemons. Interment is in Layman Cemetery.

Visitation is from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Dermitt Funeral Home in Leitchfield, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Potter's Hope Church in Leitchfield.

Potter's Hope Church is at 135 Commerce Drive and can be reached at (270) 287-9117. Dermitt Funeral Home is at 306 W Main St. and can be reached at (270) 259-4061.

In lieu of other gifts, the family requests donations to the Potter's Hope Food Bank Ministry.
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Jan. 27, 2013