Dr. Faurest Coogle, 73, of Frankfort, died at his home on September 7, 2013. He was born in Stephensburg, Kentucky, to Evin H. and Anna Marie Coogle.
He played basketball for Shawnee High School and Florida State University. In 1963, he began a 50-year commitment to the education of Kentucky’s children as a basketball coach and biology teacher at Hickman County High School. He later taught and coached at Iroquois High School in Louisville and earned a Master’s Degree at Murray State University. He earned an Ed.D. at the University of Kentucky and served as Assistant Superintendent of Union County Public Schools.
In 1980, he became Superintendent of Franklin County Public Schools, where he served for a decade. While at Franklin County, he was among the founders of the All-Academics Team, which honored outstanding students and teachers in Franklin County. In 1987, he was awarded the FL Dupree Award recognizing the Outstanding School Superintendent in the State of Kentucky.
He continued his work in education at the Kentucky School Boards Association. At the time of his death, he was employed on the Leadership Staff of the Kentucky State Senate where he assisted in the drafting of education-related legislation, including Kentucky’s Senate Bill No. 1.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Rita Coogle Elzy. He is survived by sons, Matthew Coogle of Louisville and Kent Coogle (Minda) of Winchester, and his nephew, Todd Toles. He loved watching his granddaughter, Sylvia, pick and eat cherry tomatoes from his garden, and enjoyed seeing his grandson, Silas, play baseball in his backyard. Faurest was an avid fan of Bob Dylan and the Louisville Cardinals.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 11, at Harrod Brothers Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Graveside services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. EST at Stephensburg Community Cemetery in Stephensburg, Kentucky, with Dr. Jackson Brewer officiating.
A Celebration of Life Service will begin at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, September 12, in the Senate Chambers of the Kentucky State Capitol also officiated by Dr. Brewer.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either the Stephensburg Community Cemetery, c/o James C. Farver, 130 Wonderland Cavern Rd., Cecilia, KY 42724 or to the Portland Museum, 2308 Portland Avenue, Louisville, KY 40212.
Arrangements are under the direction of Harrod Brothers Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared via the online guestbook at www.harrodbrothersfuneralhome.com.