The Morehead News


March 4, 2013

Paul Ousley


03/04/13 — Paul Ousley, 78, of Morehead, teacher, coach, businessman, community leader and farmer, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013, at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead.

Born May 22, 1934, at Risner in Floyd County, he was the son of the late Dockie and Thelma Hale Ousley. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Burnis, Willie and Gomer Ousley.

Paul is survived by  his wife of 55 years, Gail Crosthwaite Ousley; three daughters, Jana Goeke (Gerry) of Saint Louis, Mo., Lisa Barrows of Delray Beach, Fla., and Beth Ousley of Morehead; and four grandchildren, Matthew Goeke (Lara),  Kristin Goeke Herman (Yoshua), Madison Barrows and Kyle Barrows.

Also surviving are two brothers, Ed Ousley (Peggy) of Prestonsburg  and Curtis Ousley (Brenda) of Tucson, Ariz.; four sisters, Jean Carr (Charlie) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lilly DeTurk (Lewis) of Peru, Ind., Cassie Shepherd (Oakie) of Maytown and Ruth Harmon (Gary) of Warsaw, Ind.; as well as nieces and nephews, extended family members, and friends.

Paul, a graduate of Prestonsburg High School, played in the 1954 Kentucky vs. Tennessee All-Star Football Game. He attended Morehead State University on a football scholarship and graduated in 1958. He and Gail were married in 1957 and after graduation moved to Bethel, Ohio, where Paul taught and coached football.   They returned to Morehead where Paul taught at Rowan County High School, started the football program in 1962 and later served as athletic director. Paul was recognized as Outstanding Coach of the Year in the EKC Conference following an undefeated season in 1971-72. In 2005, he was honored when the high school football stadium was named the Paul Ousley Stadium. 

In addition to being an educator, Paul was a local business owner and was involved in numerous community activities. He was co-owner and manager of Sinclair Service Station and co-owner of Larry’s Marine Sales for a number of years. A former member of Kiwanis and Jaycees, he was selected the Jaycees’ Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1968. Paul was a former Rowan County magistrate, served on Morehead City Council two terms and was a former member of the Morehead Utility Plant Board and Gateway Area Development District.   

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