Louisville's most known come out to say goodbye to Owsley Brown Frazier


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on August 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 22 at 8:48 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) - -  A who's who of Louisville turned out Wednesday, to say a final farewell to one of Louisville's best known residents.

Owsley Brown Frazier, whose great-grandfather founded Brown Forman and whose philanthropy touched lives across the city, was laid to rest Wednesday. He is known for his contributions to local schools, universities and museums but Wednesday family and friends shed light on the personal side of Owsley Brown Frazier, the man they say encouraged them to do more.

At his funeral Wednesday at St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church, Owsley Brown Frazier was remembered for not only leaving a mark on this community but lifting it up $500 million in contributions to local schools and institutions , the founder of the Frazier Museum. His philanthropic endeavors can be seen in almost every corner of Louisville

"I have witnessed a giant of a playmaker in our community . I have seen a playmaker who has transformed our university and I have been personally blessed to have been mentored and coached by an individual that has taught me the difference between winning and something less, " Dr. James R. Ramsey, U of L president

But for all his work giving back, he was also remembered for his dedication to family. His grandson talked about how he grew up idolizing him and wanting to be just like him.

"As his grandchildren we were lucky to see another side of him . He was strong, also a warm man that would take us fishing, let us know when we made mistakes and would always be there to give us the kind of life advice only he could deliver," says Cordt Huneke, Brown’s Grandson.

And while it was a solemn funeral, there were moments of humor.

"He was also the kind of man that would have missed his own funeral if the cards were playing," says Huneke.

Friend, Bill Stone says he was always taken by the way Owsley treated everyone with love and respect. An honorable man that others wanted to be like.

"If the good Lord had to bestow great resources upon someone roaming this earth to be his agent for good , he picked a perfect person in my buddy Owsley Brown Frazier," says Stone.

The family asked that donations be made to the Frazier History Museum or the charity of your choice.