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Ramona Wheeler Barbee, 80, Columbia, KY (1939-2020)

She was one of the most-loved high school teachers in Adair County and impacted so many lives, retiring after 27 years in the Adair County School System.

Ramona Barbee of Columbia passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at her home. She was 80 years old.

The funeral service will be held at 11amCT on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Steve Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Columbia Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4pmCT until 8pmCT, and any time before the service on Wednesday.

Casket bearers will be: William Burton, Tommy Phelps, Tommy Grider, Henry Sandusky, Matt Loy and Chuck Rogers. Honorary casket bearers will be: Larry Legg, Lynn Earl Huddleston, Jack Collins, Dr. Mark Hyatt, Glenn Breeding

She was born April 9, 1939, in Sparksville, Kentucky, to the late Ottie and Maxine Harvey Wheeler.

She was one of the most loved high school teachers in Adair County and impacted so many lives, retiring after 27 years in the Adair County School System, most of those years in the business department. She always rooted for the underprivileged student to excel and become the most they could be. She always brought a smile to whomever she met and welcomed everyone for an amazing country cooked meal. She was a member of Columbia Christian Church.

She married Joe L. Barbee of Columbia, Kentucky and together they had two daughters.

Survivors include:
  • Daughter Susan Barbee-Harvey and husband Terry of Columbia
  • Daughter Sarah Espinosa and husband Victor of Lexington
  • Granddaughter Annelise Kate Espinosa
The family would prefer that a donation to Hosparus be made in place of flowers. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences at

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Ramona Barbee, 80, Columbia, KY (1939-2020)

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