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Alta Barbee Garnett, Columbia, KY, (1908-2011)

She was a member of one of Columbia's most distinguished families and one of Columbia's most beloved citizens. She had seen and perfectly remembered more history of the Community than possibly any other Adair Countian, and shared her knowlege freely. Her close friendships transcended a century of generations. She was the oldest member of the Columbia Baptist Church and the oldest alumnus of Lindsey Wilson College. She had been a legal secretary and court reporter during her active working career.
Eulogy for Alta Garnett (1908-2011) delivered by Dr. G. Ted Taylor, April 19, 2011

Alta Garnett, age 102 of Columbia, KY passed away Monday, April 11, 2011 at 2:15amCT, at Summit Manor Center in Columbia, KY.

The funeral service will be Tuesday April 19, 2011 at 11amCT at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY, with Dr. G. Ted Taylor officiating. Interment will be in the Columbia Cemetery, 315 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY. The family request visitation after 4pmCT, on Monday, April 18, 2011, at the funeral home.

Pallbearers: Jason Curry, Robert Flowers, Marshall Loy, Joe Moore, Glynn "Red" Nixon, and Richard Phelps.Alta Barbee Garnett, Columbia, KY, (1908-2011)

She was born Monday, September 28, 1908. She was the daughter of the late J.B. and Ida May Barbee of Columbia, KY. She died Monday, April 11, 2011, in Columbia, Adair Co., KY, at the age of 102 years, 6 months, and 14 days.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Garnett on September 22, 1975.She is survived by the following:
  • One nephew: Joe Russell Barbee and wife Ruby of Columbia, KY

  • One cousin: Robert M. Martin of Lexington, KY

  • Two great nephews: Joe Lynn Barbee of Columbia, KY, and Jim T. Barbee of Alexandria, VAMrs. Garnett was the oldest member of the Columbia Baptist Church and the oldest alumnus of Lindsey Wilson College. She was a career Legal Secretary and Court Reporter.

    Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to Lindsey Wilson College in memory of Alta Garnett and may be left at the funeral home.

    Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Grissom-Martin Funeral Home
Located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia, KY.
To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone (270)-384-2149, or e-mail:
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Established 1922 | 210 Greensburg St., Columbia, KY 42728 | Jeff Jessie, Owner
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