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Josephine Buis, 81, Argyle, KY (1939-2020)

Josephine (Mary) Black Buis of Argyle entered her Heavenly home on Thursday August 6, 2020 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. She was 81 years old.

Funeral Services will be held at 2pmET on Sunday, August 9, 2020, at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel. Bro. David Terwilliger will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Rich Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at 11amET on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Bartle Funeral Home Chapel.

For the health and respect of the family please follow all rules for social distancing. Masks will be required for the funeral and visitation.

She was born in Yosemite, KY on Wednesday February 22nd, 1939 to the late Escar and Bessie (Rayborn) Black. She was the youngest of 10 children, followed only by a baby brother. She attended Pin Grove Elementary until she was sent to Middleburg High School early due to her advanced educational knowledge. She quit school at the age of 15 to marry the love of her life, Tearl Buis on October 21st, 1954 and then later completed her GED.

In March 1956 she gave birth to their first daughter Terry Jo Buis and raised her in a school bus which had been converted into a home. They then moved to the Garner and Louise Brock farm on Poplar Hill, which they tended, along with the Casey Stone farm. During this time they had another daughter Betsy Maria Buis Godbey in April 1962. Only a few years later they bought their current farm, where they raised cattle, hogs, tobacco and peppers. In January 1976 their third and final daughter Tina June Buis was born.

Josephine worked as both a cook and janitor at Garrett Elementary and later at Jones Park. She and her late husband worked side by side both on the farm and in the school system for the majority of their 52-year marriage.

Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Marie Black (Bernal) Phelps, Laura Mable Black (infant) Barbara Jean Black Warren, Junie Lucille Black (Herb) Statham and brothers Roy (Toots) Black, Russell "Dude" (Neva) Black and Franklin Lafon (Freida) Black and sister in law Donna Black.

Survivors include her daughters, Terry Jo (Tony) Buis, Betsy (Butch) Godbey and Tina Buis (Tony Caron), grandchildren, Justin Buis, Ginger (George) Emerson, Jill (RJ) Upton, Greta Godbey (Chris Peoples), Jeanna Godbey (Jordan "Ben" Coggins) Ashley (Russ) Martin and Teia Daniel (Marcus Richards); great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Walker and Winter Emerson, Dallas and Drew Moore and Dyson Upton, Aniya, Aliyah, Ariyana and Axtyn Foster, Jaylah Godbey and Jordan "JoJo" Coggins, and Elianna and Lincoln (coming in November) Martin; sister Ina Faye (Tommy) Watson and brother Robert Raymond Black and brother in law John Warren. A host of nieces and nephews also survive.

Bartle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

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Josephine Buis, 81, Argyle, KY (1939-2020)

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