Horse Cave – Joe Grauman “Buddy” Stuart II, 83, Louisville, passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday morning, April 29, 2017, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He is survived by his three children, Mary (and Billy) Sanders, Cecilia, Margaret “Jo Jo” Stuart and Michael Stuart, both of Louisville; a sister, Laura Jean Weatherford, Lawrenceburg, and three grandchildren, Maria (and Dan) Hatfield, Springdale, Arkansas, Burke (and Charlene) Sanders, Ruskin, Florida, and Megan (and Ethan) Barker, Elizabethtown.
Born March 3, 1934 in Rowletts, he was the second child of (Joe) Grauman and Marguerite Tharpe Stuart. He was raised in Horse Cave and attended Caverna High School, where he excelled in both football and basketball. Following graduation, he attended the University of Kentucky on a football scholarship and had the opportunity to play under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Afterwards, he served honorably in the United States Navy Seabees. He then settled in Louisville where he worked and raised his family.
He was a devoted father and proud grandfather. Much of his life was spent tirelessly advocating for the special care needs of his two younger children. He was a talented craftsman and freely shared his skills with anyone in need. He was a kind and gracious gentleman and will forever be missed by those who knew and loved him.
A graveside service was held at the Horse Cave Municipal Cemetery Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent, in Joe’s honor, to Kaleidoscope Adult Day Program, 10330 Bunsen Way, Louisville, Kentucky, 40299.
Winn Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.winnfuneralhome.com