Mr. Logan Mr. Bo Clayton Bohannon

January 22, 1909November 4, 2010

Logan Clayton Bohannon, 101, of Louisville passed on Thursday, November 4, 2010.

Mr. Bohannon, the son of the late Abraham and Maude Risner Bohannon, was born on January 22, 1909, in Breathitt County, Kentucky. His father, a coal miner, died of black lung in 1923, Mr. Bohannon and his siblings found themselves on the doorstep of Presbyterian Children's Home in Anchorage, now Bellewood Presbyterian Homes for Children. Shortly after high school, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and was assigned to duty in eastern Kentucky. He was soon serving as the Mess Sergeant for the camp. His duties frequently took him to Jackson, Kentucky, to purchase food and supplies. It was on one of those visits he met his future wife, Mary Elizabeth. On February 22, 1935 they were married in Jackson, KY. In 1948 the Bohannon's moved back to Louisville and Logan came to work at Bellewood, as the Farm Manager. In the 32 years that followed, Mr. Bohannon or as he's more commonly known, "Mr. Bo", served as the Director of Activities, Director of Campus Life and as the Executive Director. He was also very proud of his many years of worship and service at Anchorage Presbyterian Church. It has been said that Logan Bohannon has been an inspiration to all those who have been lucky enough to meet him. He is a testament to what is possible when you take the time to make a difference in the lives of children.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Mary Elizabeth Bohannon; his parents; sister, Amy Jenkins, and brothers, Jesse and Burns.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Carolyn Bohannon and Barbara Horner, three grandchildren, Mac Dean, Holly Horner and Vicki Gardner and twin great-grandchildren.

A service to celebrate the life of Logan will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday , November 8, 2010 at Anchorage Presbyterian Church, 11403 Park Road. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. A private family burial will follow at Bach Cemetery in Quicksand, KY.

Arrangements under the direction of Arch L. Heady & Son Funeral Home at Westport Road. In lieu of customary expressions of sympathy the family has requested contibutions to the Bellewood Presbyterian Homes for Children.

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  • Funeral Service Monday, November 8, 2010
  • Graveside Monday, November 8, 2010

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Art Turner

November 9, 2010

Mr. Bo will be missed. He was such a sweet and kind-hearted man.

Natalie Chesser

November 8, 2010

I have had the priviledge to know Mr. Bohannon for such a short time, but he has made a great impact on so many lives at Amber Oaks. He will be greatly missed. All of our prayers are with the family. If there is anything we can do, Please let us know. May God Bless and be with your family.

Pennye Holbrook/Dowdell

November 8, 2010

Mr. Bohannon realized that he was in a unique position to become a role model for all of us that were in the Presbyterian Home for Children, now Bellwood. Having been a "children's home kid" himself, his advice and point of view held more worth. He and Mrs. Bohannon learned the personalities and names of every child in the home. Somehow, they could remember some relevant personal story or event to share with you when we would seek them out as adults. Laughter, being able to laugh at ourselves, and a strong sense of self worth were valuable lessons they both lived and passed on. Carolyn and Barbara were very generous in sharing their parents. We all knew how proud their parents were of them. We can almost see and hear the love and laughter they will share together for eternity.

Tonia Morter

November 7, 2010

Mr.Bo was a great man.He will be greatly missed.I am one of those children that was inspired by Mr. Bo.I had the pleasure seeing him again after many years he remembered me and my two brothers.To me Mr.Bo is a legand,Prayers are with you all...

Vicki King

November 7, 2010

I am privileged to have had the opportunity to know Logan, to converse with him and to hear his wonderful stories. I am sorry that I am not able to attend his services but know that my my thoughts and prayers are with all of his family.

Gary Millwood

November 7, 2010

I pray the love of God enfolds the Bohannon Family and the Bellewood Family during your journey through grief. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal ~~ Love leaves a memory no one can steal. May your memories be cherished all your days and bring you comfort now and in the days ahead. "There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than 10,000 tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love." - Washington Irving

Those of us who knew Logan treasure the memories we shared. I came to Bellewood in '65 left two years later only to return in 1978 and was there through his retirement and later on my own. The memory of those years lives on in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers continue for the Bohannon Family and the Bellewood Community. Peace and blessings, always.

To Those I Love
Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let me go, I have so many things to see and do. You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears. Be happy that we had so many years. I gave you my love, you can only guess How much you gave to me in happiness. I thank you for the love you each have shown. But now it's time I travel on alone. So grieve a while for me if grieve you must. Then let your grief be comforted by trust. It's only for a while that we must part. So bless the memories within your heart. I won't be far away, for life goes on. So if you need me, call me and I will come. Though you can't see me or touch me I'll be near All of my love around you soft and clear. And then, when you must come this way alone I'll greet you with a smile and say "Welcome Home"

William Jones

November 7, 2010

I spent years with Mr and Mrs. Bo at Christmas and Thanksgiving. He will be missed more than words can say. He was a great man and his wife loved him dearly. His daughters Barbara and Carolyn are examples of his great accomplishments. He will be greatly missed and I have a huge hole in my heart for his passing. Mr. Bo. Please say hello to Mrs Bo, mom, dad, and all the great souls you see again as you get to heaven. I hope your infectious smile lights the hearts of the departed as it always did with me. I miss you already and will never forget you.

Jerry Cantrell

November 7, 2010

Logan Bohannon has the longest relationship with Bellewood than any other person. He came to Bellewood in 1923 and retired as Executive Director in 1979. Logan and his Wife Elizabeth had a great love for children and helped change the lives of hundreds of children while working at Bellewood. Logan would say, "I married a girl from Breathitt County with an unusual last name, Smith." Then he would laugh and show that wonderful small just like the one is the picture on this webpage. I will miss visiting with him and hearing about his love for his family and the love he had for Bellewood and the children he met there. I am pleased to have met him and pleased to call him my friend.

Nancy Mitchell Sears

November 6, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Logan and Mary Elizabeth touched the lives of hundreds of children. Walter and I enjoyed working with them at Bellewood for many years.

Charlotte Risner Hunt

November 6, 2010

I was interested to to read the Obituary for Mr. Bohannon. The story is very similar to my grandfather, whose dad died in the early 1920's in Breathitt. His mother turned to Highland Presbyterian home to help with their care. My dad went to Berea College and returned to Highland to teach where he met his wife. My grandfather was William T. Risner and my dad was William Scott Risner. We are eternally thankful for Presbyterian Children's homes.