Obituary, Louisville Courier-Journal


STAMPER, ART, 71, of Shepherdsville, was born November 1, 1933, to the late Hiram Sr. and Martha Kelly Stamper in Hindman, KY, in Knott County, KY. He returned to his Heavenly Father on Sunday, January 23, 2005, at Norton Audubon Hospital. Mr. Stamper was an accomplished musician and instructor, which earned him many awards, including the International Bluegrass Distinguished Achievement Award and he was inducted in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. Art used his talents in many bands including Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers, Goins Brothers and Jim and Jesse McReynolds. He also was a retired cosmetologist, a Baptist and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Kay Kawaguchi Stamper; daughter, Jennifer Stone; sons, Blake Stamper (Denise) and Blane Stamper; sisters, Julianne Moore and Sue Yarbrough (Jack); brothers, Charles Stamper (Akiko), Hiram Stamper and Matt Stamper; four grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral for Art Stamper will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks, Preston Hwy at Brooks Rd., where family and friends may kindly visit after 3 p.m. on Wednesday. Another funeral service will be held at noon Saturday at Hindman Funeral Services in Hindman, KY, with visitation from noon-9 p.m. Friday. Interment will be in Stewart-Stamper Family Cemetery in Knott County, KY.

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