Carol Black Wilcher

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Carol Black Wilcher

January 17, 1946 - October 01, 2018

Carol Black Wilcher, 72, of Lexington, Kentucky passed away on Monday, October 1, 2018. Carol was born in Yosemite in Casey County, Kentucky on January 17, 1946. She was the daughter of the late Dewey Russell Black and Neva Black Staples. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from the University of Kentucky, and Carol was a Big Blue sports fanatic. She also graduated from the National Graduate Trust School with Distinction. Carol was a Double Commissioned National Bank and Federal Trust Examiner. In getting that job and fighting for the respect that comes with it, Carol embarked on a path of pioneering she never abandoned. She retired as a Director for the Comptroller of the Currency.
She devoted her time to the Lexington Community serving as a director on the board for the Friends of the Kentucky Theatre, a historic theatre in downtown Lexington. Carol was instrumental in fundraising to restore part of the theater and encouraging people to celebrate the Kentucky's history and majesty. She worked tirelessly to support education and was a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club in Lexington which created scholarships for young students at Arlington Elementary School exposing them to the power of education.
Carol was very much involved in the primary election campaign for Lexington mayoral candidate, Linda Gorton - mobilizing teams of people to get involved in the democratic process and making sure all people recognize that importance and have access to participate. Carol believed this participation is at the heart of democracy in America. Carol was not only a patriot who loved her country, but a foot soldier who was charged with protecting the very core of our country's Constitution.
Carol went beyond organized groups to express her passion for people and positive change in her community: Carol took chances many fail to consider. She always had an individual "project:" one by one, helping unemployed people learn to read and fill out job applications so they could gain work; hiring individuals and giving them opportunities to turn helplessness to hope; cajoling anyone to attend seminars or speeches so they could turn knowledge into action.
Survivors include two sisters, Phyllis Black Wesley of Bethelridge, KY and Connie Black Wesley of Science Hill, KY. She is also survived by her three nieces, Susan Wesley McClure (Dr. Thomas McClure) of Madisonville, KY, Sharron Wesley Porter (Joseph H. Porter III) of Lexington, KY; and Courtney Wesley Ikerd (Frank H. Ikerd IV) of Somerset, KY, and five great nieces and nephews, Ashton Ikerd, Emily McClure Miller (Troy), Joe McClure, Will McClure, and Zachary Porter. Other survivors include her step-father, Allen Staples of Jeffersonville, IN, her lifelong friend, Bobbie Lethco of Raleigh, NC, her very dear neighbor friends, Mel Coffee and Paul Minzner of Lexington, and her sweet dog, Issie.
A private memorial service for close friends and relatives will be held at the Lexington Cemetery on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a life celebration at 541 West Short Street, #20. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Rotary Club of Lexington Sunrise (PO Box 102, Lexington, KY 40588) or the Lexington Humane Society (1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40504) in memory of Carol would be appreciated.
www.milwardfuneral.com
Published on October 6, 2018
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