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Ms. Ruby Tupman Barbee, 92, Columbia, KY (1924-2016)

She was a member of a old line Adair County, KY family. She was the daughter of the late James Tyler and Margaret Caldwell Tupman, and the widow of Joe R. Barbee. She was the matriarch of one of Adair County's most distinguished families. She leaves seven direct living descendants. She was a unique Adair County treasure. She possessed an intellectual curiosity which led to a lifetime of learning and travel. She was knowledgeable collector of art and literature, possessed a keen sense of history and was a charming raconteur. She was a member of Columbia Christian Church and was involved in the family business and farm.
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Ruby Barbee, 92, of Columbia, Kentucky, died Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 5:15pmCT, at Signature Health Care at Summit Manor, Columbia, KY.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2pmCT, in the Begley Chapel, 302 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Raymond Martin, Bro. Paul Patton and Bro. William Davenport officiating. The family will receive visitors after 1pmCT, Saturday in the Begley Chapel.

Ms. Ruby Tupman Barbee, 92, Columbia, KY (1924-2016)

She was born July 5, 1924, in Adair County, KY. She was the daughter of the late James Tyler and Margaret Caldwell Tupman. She died Wednesday, January 18, 2017, in Columbia, Adari County, KY, at the age of 92 years, six months, and 13 days.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Russell Barbee; two brothers; J.T. and Billy Joe Tupman; and two sisters; Jessie Shirley and Dorothy McClung.

She was a member of Columbia Christian Church and was involved in the family business and farm.

Survivors include:
  • Two sons: Joe Lynn Barbee of Columbia, KY; and Jim Barbee of Buffalo, NY

  • One brother: Donald Tupman of Louisville, KY

  • One sister: Ina Durham of Greensburg, KY

  • Three grandchildren: Susan Barbee-Harvey, Sarah Espinosa, and Jennifer Earnhart

  • Two great-grandchildren: Annelise Espinosa, Amelia Ruby Earnhart

  • Several nieces, nephews and friends
Ms. Barbee donated her body to the University of Kentucky for medical research

Send condolences to the family of Ruby Tupman Barbee

In lieu of flowers, donations to Hosparus of Green River would be appreciated

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, is in charge of arrangements.

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Ms. Ruby Tupman Barbee, 92, Columbia, KY (1924-2016)

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