Crescent Hill Baptist Church

Deacon Council 1976 - The first women deacons

1976 Deacon Council

Front Row:Jim Radcliffe, Gaga Woodward, Betty Cook, Bill Padon, Ed Tomppert, Sam Weakley, Jane Kent, Ken Hall
Second Row: Charles Hoffman, James M. Heizer, Henry Huff, Ray Schnur Sr., Forest Yocum, Wendell Arnett, Tom Scott, Doug McCall
Third Row: Jim Tate, Bill Galloway, Grady Nutt, Ray Schnur Jr., Charlie Dobbins, John Stevenson

Pastor (not pictured): John Howell

Betty Cook (1918-2000)

bcook.jpg - 3.9 KElizabeth Huey (Taylor) Cook was born 7/18/1918 in Cincinnati, OH. Betty's grandfather's first cousin was Oscar Huey, Crescent Hill's second pastor (1913-18), and she was proud of his legacy as she grew up in Crescent Hill, graduating from Atherton in 1935 and then UofL.
In Dec 30, 1941, she married Cecil V. Cook, Jr. in Charlottesville, VA, and they moved back to Louisville about 1959. Cecil died in 1970.
Betty was one of three women deacons first ordained by Crescent Hill in 1972. She remained one of the spiritual pillars of the church until her death on September 8, 2000. She joins the great cloud of witnesses who encircle us.

Memorial Service: 10 a.m. Saturday, the CHBC sanctuary
Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Friday, the CHBC fellowship hall
Memorial gifts: church memorial fund, Richmond Bapt Seminary Fund (info below), Hospice & Palliative Care of Louisville

Henry and Jean Taylor, Betty's brother-in-law and sister, have established the Elizabeth Taylor Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond. Designated contribitions may be sent to the Development Office, BTSR, 3400 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227.

In July 1997, the church enjoyed celebrating Betty's 79th birthday with her five sons (Bill, Richard, David, CV and Charlie) and families and other sibs, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.

comment distributed at memorial service:

"The coming of our Lord and Savior made the greatest changes in the lives of women. . . Again and again we find Him dealing with women as having worth. He revealed to the woman He met at Jacob's well at high noon, hot and thirsty, the secret of the living water--the secret that God is a spirit and not confined to any one place, to any one people, to any one sex. His was the word and love for all creation."
. . . Betty Cook


(from the Richmond Post-Dispatch, Sept 4, 2002)

William Carter Gaventa, MD, 81, of Midlothian, Va., died September 2, 2002 after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alice; two sons and their families, William C. Jr. and his wife, Beverly and their son, Matthew of Princeton, N.J.; John and his wife, Juliet and their sons, Jacob and Jonathan and daughter, Megan of Brighton, England; two brothers, Lawrence and his wife, Sylvia of Houston, Texas and Harry Reymer and his wife, Betty Ann of Lake Charles, La.; along with five nieces. Dr. Gaventa grew up in Florida, graduated from the University of Tampa, was first in his graduating class at Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, later earned a Master's Degree in Public Health at Tulane University in New Orleans and was a Fellow in the American College of Internal Medicine. For 27 years, he and his wife were medical missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa under the Baptist Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board) in Richmond. He led in founding the Baptist Hospital at Eku. Later, he was Chief of Medical Staff and coordinator of training at the Baptist Medical Center at Ogbomosho. During an extended leave in the United States he served as assistant medical director of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Louisville, Ky [and attended Crescent Hill]. Returning to the U.S. in 1984, he was director of the Mission Board's Medical Services Department until retirement in 1989. Following retirement he was a volunteer physician at Cross-Over Clinic in Richmond. He was an active member of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship from its beginning in 1991. He will be remembered as a man of dignity, humor, intelligence and commitment to his Christian faith. The family will receive friends 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the Huguenot Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road. A memorial service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday at Winfree Memorial Baptist Church in Midlothian, where he was a dedicated member, holding a number of leadership positions. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to contribute to a William C. Gaventa Scholarship Fund established by the two Gaventa sons to be awarded annually to a worthy student at the Baptist Seminary, Ogbomosho, Nigeria, are invited to send such contributions to Winfree Baptist Church, 13617 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, Va. 23113 and designate such gift. Other contributions may be made to the Missions Committee of the same church or to the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, 3400 Brook Road, Richmond, Va. 23227. DIGNITY MEMORIAL WWW.WOODYFUNERALHOME.COM


THURMAN, MARY JANE, 82, formerly of Louisville, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at Tanbark Health Care Center in Lexington, KY, where she had been a resident for the past four years. She was a native of Leitchfield, KY, and a 1941 graduate of Bethel Women's College in Hopkinsville, KY.

A devoted minister's wife, Mary Jane served alongside her husband in pastorates at Evergreen Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY, First Baptist Churches in both Russellville, KY, and Hopkinsville and Belmont Baptist Church in Charlottesville, VA. For 15 years, while Dr. Thurman was the dean of students at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Mrs. Thurman taught classes to minister's wives. She had served the Kentucky Baptist State Board of Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) and was president of the Virginia Baptist State WMU. She was a member of the Louisville Women's Club, Chapter E of PEO and Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. W. Peyton Thurman; her parents, Clay and Mary Cubbage; and by her brothers, Ransom "Bass" Cubbage and George Cubbage.

She is survived by her children, Jane T. Anderson (Douglas) of Nashville, TN, and William P. "Bill" Thurman (Suzy) of Lexington; and her grandchildren, D. Christopher Thurman of Columbia, SC, W. Scott Thurman of Lexington, Rev. Leslie A. Straw (Matthew) of Hopewell, VA, and Barclay P. Anderson of Richmond, VA.

Visitation will be from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, July 31, 2004, at Pearson's, 149 Breckenridge Lane, followed by a graveside service at Cave Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the W. Peyton Thurman Scholarship Fund, c/o Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, 3400 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227 or to the W. Peyton Thurman Meetinghouse Program Fund, c/o Georgetown College, 400 East College Street, Georgetown, KY 40324.

Published in The Courier-Journal from 7/29/2004 - 7/30/2004.

Fred Crismon (1936-2009)

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