Martha “Jane” Ralston


Ralston, Martha “Jane”,

95, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017.

She was born in New Albany Indiana to George Robert Ralston and Margaret Brown. Jane led an adventurous and full life. She graduated from Presentation Academy in 1940 then went on to Nazareth College where she graduated with a degree in Biology and Chemistry in 1944 on D-Day. Jane then obtained her pilots license in 1945; eventually receiving the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award in 2009. She was the first female pilot instructor in the state of Kentucky. She was a long time member of the Aero Club of Louisville and the Ninety-Nines. Jane was a chemist for Colgate and Seagrams and retired from the Federal Government as a computer programmer in 1983. Jane also found time to become an avid snow skier until she was 79 years old.

Jane is preceded in death by her Parents, George Robert and Margaret Ralston; brothers, Joseph, John E. and David Ralston; sister, Rose Mary Samuels. She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, friends and her beloved dog Lucky.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday, September 28th, at 9:30 a.m., at St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church, 1104 S 6th St, Louisville, KY 40203. Burial will follow at St. Michaels Cemetery. Visitation will be at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd, on Wednesday, September 27th from 2-7pm.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Sept. 26, 2017

Carolyn White Davis


Davis, Carolyn White,

84, of Louisville, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2017.

Carolyn was born October 13, 1932 to the late, David K. and Ocia (Payne) White.

She was in the first graduating class of Southern High School in 1952.

In 1957 she learned to fly and became a member of the Louisville Aero club. She is also a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church.

In addition to her parents, Carolyn is preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Davis; brother, Harry K. White and sister, Norma Jean Johnson.

She is survived by her son, Robert C. Davis, Jr.; daughter, Suzanne Young (Roger); sister, Evelyn Thomas and grandchildren, Isaac and Samuel Davis.

Her funeral Mass will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at St. John Paul II, 3521 Goldsmith Lane with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Rd.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Kentucky Humane Society or Dare to Care.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hosparus of Louisville and Sacred Heart Home for the love and compassion they provided Carolyn.

Thomas R. Fanning Sr.


Fanning, Thomas R. Sr.,

85, of Louisville, Kentucky passed away on August 9, 2017.

He was born on March 4, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Thomas and Anna (Denver) Fanning.

Tom was also preceded in death by his son, Robert John Fanning and sister Virginia Lubey (Walter).

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Maureen (Kennedy) Fanning, sons; Thomas R. Fanning, Jr. (Cindy), Timothy G. Fanning, Michael Peter Fanning (Christina), grandchildren Thomas Neil Fanning (Rachel), Patrick Sean Fanning (Elizabeth), Samuel Joseph Fanning, Logan Blake Sanders, Lucy Elizabeth Sanders, Michael Leo Fanning. He is also survived by his sister Maureen Ann McKenna (James).

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hosparus of Louisville.

To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.NewcomerKentuckiana.com.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Aug. 13, 2017

Congratulations Emma Burnett

Our 2017 Aero Club Scholarship winner is Emma Burnett. Emma is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and has been accepted to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. Emma will also be participating in the ROTC program so that she can reach her goal of becoming a helicopter pilot and serve as an officer in the Army. Emma is following in her father and uncles footsteps by pursuing her career in aviation. Emma has been a softball star for Sacred Heart but turned down a sports scholarship so that she can build her career in aviation and serve her community and country. Some of her achievements include Academic Honor Roll all four years of high school, National Honor Society, Beta Club and was on the Community Service Honor Roll.

Chuck Watkins

Watkins, Sr., Charles A.,

82, passed away peacefully on June 23, 2017. He was a Veteran of War in the US Air Force where he served as a pilot and he was an avid golfer.

Predeceased by his wife, Patricia; and parents, Frederick H Watkins and June A. Watkins.

Survived by his children, Catherine Lee Avant (Michael), Charles A. Watkins II (Angie), Alison A. Leanza (nee Watkins), Joseph F. Watkins and Jeffrey D. Watkins (Kerri); grandchildren, Jeri Lynn Perryman (Lucas), Anthony and Joseph Leanza, Sarah and Joseph Watkins, Moranda, Makayla, Taylor and Kelsey Watkins; great grandchildren, Chase, Elijah and Joslynn Perrymna; brother, Gary P. Watkins (Lucy) of Cleveland, OH; nephew of Nadine A. Barr (nee Arnold) of Houston, TX; loving and caring friend to Audrey Lapp, Cathy and Vincent Woods, children and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on August 12, 2017, from 3pm-5pm at The Aero Club at Bowman Field, 3333 Roger E. Schupp Street, Louisville, KY.

Published in The Courier-Journal on July 2, 2017

Newly Elected Officers

President – Frank Hatfield
Vice President – Bud Morgan
Secretary – Joann Salkeld
Treasurer – Kevin Miles

Directors at Large:
Jimmy Thompson
Rita Heck
Carrie Jones
Austin Berg
Rick Januszewski
Darrell Whittaker