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Udell Thomas Shirley, Adair County, KY (1951-2014)

Adair County has lost one of its best. He was a native of Adair County, and a resident of the county at the time of his death. He was a member of a highly respected northwest Adair County, KY family, the son of Maerene Brock Shirley, who survives, and the late Evan Thomas Shirley. His wife, Norma Jean Bledsoe Shirley, also survives. He leaves 4 direct living descendants. He was a business leader, an entrepreneur, and an innovative merchandiser. He was a generous proprietor, who conducted his business with a deep sense of traditional Adair County values. He was dedicated to economic advancement of the community, and was key figure of a small band of young men who led a wave of economic development, progress, and political change in Columbia/Adair County in the 70s and 80s, self-named "The Boys." He and his wife were the founders, owners, and operators of Udell’s Fruit Market, which, from its inception, attracted a large and loyal following. He was also a farmer and had worked at Oshkosh B’Gosh and was a school bus driver for the Adair County Board of Education. He attended the Sparksville Church of the Nazarene. Udell Thomas Shirley had special gift for making everyone he met feel better about themselves, a trait for which he will be long remembered. - CM
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Udell Thomas Shirley, age 63 years of Columbia, KY, died Friday March 21, 2014 at 8:08am, at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, KY

Funeral services will be Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 11amCT, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Lonnie Karnes the officiating clergy. Interment in Haven Hill Cemetery, 1276 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY. Visitation will be after 4pmCT, Monday, March 24, 2014, at the funeral home.


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2014-03-22 21:04:59 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

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Trail Town USA - The adventure is just beginning



2014-03-22 - 102 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Innocent bystander.
Trail Town Map - Charles Grimsley and Ellen Zornes look at a map of Adair County and Columbia that will be utilized in mapping all kinds of trails...walking, biking, horse back riding, kayaking and canoeing and driving. After trails have been found and marked, they will mapped with GPS information. Committees are being formed to work on our Trail Town initiative. Those interested in being part of this adventure may stop by Grimsley's Jewelry, 102 Public Square, Columbia, KY, and tell Charles, by the library and tell Lee Ann Jessee, or call Ellen Zornes at 270-250-3400. The adventure is just beginning!

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Sam Harrison, Taylor County, KY (1934-2014)

He professed faith in Christ and was a member and deacon at Elkhorn Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of Fruit of the Loom. He was the son of the late Otha Harrison and Anna Mae Phillips Harrison. His wife of over 60 years, Phyllus Baker Harrison, survives. He leaves 16 direct living descendants.
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Sam Harrison of Elkhorn, 79, died at 11:30pmET, Friday, March 21, 2014 in Elkhorn, KY.

The funeral service will be at 10amCT/11amET, Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY by Dr. Brian Rafferty, Rev. Haywood Riner and Dr. Wesley Paul. Visitation will be 4pm-7pmCT/5pm-8pmET. Burial will be in Elkhorn Cemetery.


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2014-03-22 18:02:28 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

Mrs. Susie Pearl White Barnett, Green Co., KY (1950-2014)

Susie Pearl had made a profession of faith in Christ at an early age at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She attended the Church of God in Campbellsville. She worked at Jane Todd Crawford Hospital as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She was a CPR instructor, avid reader, loved playing the piano, clogger, pharmacist technician, and nail tech. She leaves 11 directe living descendants.
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Mrs. Susie Pearl White Barnett, 63, departed this life Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville, KY.

The funeral will be at 1:30pmCT, Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Foster-Toler-Curry Funeral Home, 209 W Court Street, Greensburg, KY. The wake or visitation will be 5pm-8pmCT, at the funeral home, with Rev. William Paul Hardin, Eulogist, and Rev. David Mitchell, Master of Ceremony. Interment will be in Old Community Cemetery, Greensburg, KY.


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2014-03-22 17:38:23 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

For those wishing to wish John Walker McCoy a happy birthday

In answer to a reader request, we've obtained permission to use this number, 270-864-5829, for those wishing to call John Walker McCoy a happy 85th birthday or to talk to his bride of 15 years, Mary Frances (Crouch growing up in Forbus, TN). - CM

Comments re photo 54046 A wonderful romance Mary Frances John Walker McCoy



2014-03-22 11:43:35 | Comments | Printable version

Ricky Neal Whitley, Sr., Clinton Co., KY (1976-2014)

He was a native of Clinton County, KY, and a resident of the county at the time of his death. He leaves 5 direct living descendants. He was a member of the Branham Grove Baptist Church and was a truck driver
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Ricky Neal Whitley, Sr., age 37, of Albany, Kentucky passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in the Memory Chapel of Norris-New Funeral Home, 601 N Main Street, Burkesville, KY, with Bro. Jaime McCutchen officiating. Special singing was provided by the Gospel Independent Baptist Church Choir. Special music and singing was provided by Jewell Pyles. Burial was in the Modoc Cemetery in Cumberland County, Kentucky. Casket Bearers were Ricky Whitley, Jr., Todd Huckelby, Tony Whitley, Timmy Gilbert, Kyle Guffey and Kurtis Guffey. Honorary Casket Bearers were Jody Vincent, Randall Vincent, Weldon Key, Stevie Whitley, Hoy Whitley, Melvin Asberry, Donnie Joe Asberry and Dwayne Asberry.


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2014-03-22 10:35:08 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

A wonderful romance - book could be written about John & Mary

'Mary and John (McCoy) are the prime example of what life can be like if you want to remain forever young.' - RICHARD & MARY BIGGS
Comments re photo 54046 A wonderful romance Mary Frances John Walker McCoy

By Richard and Ann Biggs

Happy Birthday John. John and Mary are a unique couple . . . love the energy they have.


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2014-03-22 09:48:37 | Comments | Printable version

Thought government agencies handles problem in education

Charles Marshburn writes:
I was under the impression that we have government agencies to tackle this problem. I do realize the government doesn't handle real problems very well. - Charles Marshburn
Comments re article 66162 Commentary Public education saddled with parenting chores


2014-03-22 08:53:26 | Comments | Printable version

The 7th Annual St. Baldrick's event March 22, 2014 at CU

Starts at 10amCT, today

By Max Wise

The 7th annual St Baldricks, raising funds to fight childhood cancer event is this morning, Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 10amCT/11amET at Campbellsville University's JK Powell Gymnasium, 203 Tiger Way, Campbellsville, KY. (Map it. Tiger Way was formerly Underwood Street). We will have some Adair County folks participating . . . Kayla Garrison, Greg Barden, and his grandson Blaine. Thanks. - Max Wise


2014-03-22 08:37:34 | Comments | Printable version

Donor's Choose project for ACMS still needs $466.00 for iPads

Wouldn't it be nice if the project were complete Monday morning. One person can do it with a $466 donation. Two with $233 donations. $47 with $10 donations. And it would only take 466 people giving $1 to give Adair County kids the slight technology edge which could make all the difference - EW

This weekend everyone can help a great project for Adair County education: You can help get two more iPads into students hands at Adair County Middle School. To donate or to follow the progress: Click to: Adair County Middle School/Donor's Choose/Two iPads for Denise Grant's Classroom

At 8.28amCT, Saturday, March 22, 2014, the project needed just $466.00 more to make two more iPads a reality.


2014-03-22 08:24:04 | Comments | Printable version

John Walker McCoy part of writer's life since childhood

'It does me good to see him so vibrant at such a prime age and I know of no one who enjoys life any more than John. Gives me hope that I may enjoy life just half as much as John in my later years.' - JOE H. CURTIS
Comments re article 66164 A Wonderful Romance Mary Frances John Walker McCoy

By Joe H Curtis

John Walker has been a part of my life ever since my childhood, which dates back to the late 1940's.

He and my brother were close friends and John Walker was around my family quite often.< Our lives were intertwined ever since then.


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2014-03-22 08:21:02 | Comments | Printable version

Men for Christ Meeting at Egypt Christian Church

Men For Christ, an organization of men from Christian Churches throughout South Central Kentucky will meet at the Egypt Christian Church, 4855 Knifley Rd., Columbia, KY on Monday, March 24. A meal will be served at 6pmCT and the program will be at 7pmCT. Richard Martin of Glasgow will be the speaker. Paul Patton, host pastor invites all men to attend. - Paul Patton

2014-03-22 08:20:43 | Comments | Printable version

Veteran Farmer's Market on the Square at 1st FM2 planning session

Festival last year produced over $250,000 in additional agricultural/craft/tourism income for Adair County - in only its first year. This year already looks better. Spaces are filling fast. Qualifying vendors can pay $50 season fee - or $15 per session. First FM2 will be Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Just two weeks from today! There are two more planning sessions scheduled. Click on Headline for details, and to see full story with photo(s)

By Barbara Armitage
President, Farmers Market on the Square

The newest members of the Farmer's Market on the Square had an opportunity to chat with many of last year's market veterans at the first FM2 meeting of the 2014 season Thursday, March 20, 2014.

If you missed the first Farmer's Market on the Square vendor meeting on Thursday March 20, 2014 don't fret. You are welcome to join us for either of the next two informational meetings.
  • Thursday March 27, 2014 at 10:00amCT at Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY.
  • Monday March 31, 2014, at 5:30pmCT at Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY
(Reminders of both meetings are on the CM Events Calendar and will be on the Main Page EVENTS all day on March 27 and March 31, 2014)

The Farmer's Market on the Square is a Saturday only market located in the heart of historic Columbia featuring Kentucky grown products as well as handcrafted items.

Membership in the Farmer's Market on the Square Association is a reasonable $50.00 per season OR just $15.00 for a single day set up.

Come and be a part of Columbia's newest shopping experience. The Farmer's Market on the Square is open every Saturday from April 5, 2014, to the end of October.

Contact Barbara Armitage, Farmer's Market on the Square Association at 270-250-2979 or email Tuckers.Station@gmail.com for detailed information on market guidelines and requirements, fees and an application. Reserve your space now - don't delay spaces are limited and are filling fast.

We're on the way to everywhere - stop by and visit with us soon.

From the Farm, Barbara Armitage


2014-03-22 06:53:55 | Comments | Printable version

Sad word of the passing of William Kent Blythe, Burkesville., KY

Mr. William Kent Blythe, age 48, of New Castle, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at the Henry County Hospital in New Castle, Indiana. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be posted later when received from Norris-New Funeral Home in Burkesville, Kentucky.

2014-03-22 05:51:00 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Obituaries

A Wonderful Romance: Mary Frances & John Walker McCoy

John Walker McCoy, Mary Frances McCoy's 'Recycled Teenager' husband, is 85 years young today. John Walker McCoy is enthusiastic about the state of marriage, and proudly tells everyone he's been married all his life, just not to the same woman. This story is about the little girl who was smitten as a little girl, and is so happy that after his marriages in 1949 and 1979, his 1999 marriage was to her. It's been a wonderful romance, she says, with this surprise story for him on his birthday.
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By John Walker McCoy's wife and best friend, Mary Frances McCoy

To my husband, John Walker McCoy. He will be 85 years old today, Saturday, March 22.

I call him my recycled teenager husband.

He has lived in Burkesville all his life - except for when he was in the "Korean Conflict." He was a traveling salesman when he got out of service.


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2014-03-22 04:54:41 | Comments | Printable version

Sen. Gregory comments on proposed school district relief

House Bill 211 seeks to give relief for bad weather problems

From Senator Sara Beth Gregory
KY 16 - Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, McCreary, Russell, Taylor, Wayne Counties

The Senate also worked this week to pass legislation to give relief to school districts who have missed a lot of days this year due to bad weather. The legislation is House Bill 211, but a compromise has not been reached yet on the best way to provide this relief in a manner that ensures sufficient instructional time is maintained for students. A conference committee of House and Senate members will seek to resolve the issue soon to allow districts to make plans for the remainder of the school year. - Senator Sara Beth Gregory


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Commentary: Public education saddled with parenting chores

This commentary makes valid points and is posted in the hopes it makes the community more aware of the economic, social, and yes, drug problems facing our community. It draws attention to the economic challenges facing parents. CM supports public education. We favor free meals - the best ones any kid gets all day - for all public school students. We favor free admission to school events. We think teachers need to examine fundraising activities which promote bad diet and bad family economics. We think those old fashioned egalitarian principles are just basic Christian democratic truths. But we never forget the need of personal responsibility, either. Bad parenting is a problem. The commentary is posted inviting a civil discourse conversation - but not a piling on of those already down We want it kept in the spirit of working together to finding solutions - the Adair County way. And a heads up: Subsequent commentary must be signed. - Ed Waggener. Click on headline for complete personal commentary
'Sadly, today, the education of children falls to about 3rd or 4th on a list of a teacher's priorities. Anyone who knows anything about children will tell you they can't learn anything on an empty stomach. Children who come to school hungry, cold, scared, and tired are not interested in the mastery of common core standards. They only want their basic needs to be met, and who could blame them?' - WRITER of THIS ARTICLE


From A Concerned Parent/Teacher/Citizen

Personal Commentary from an Adair Countian whose name/contact information is familiar to CM

I wonder if your readers know that schools are parenting many, many children? Does the Mayor know? What about the Governor or the Commissioner of Education? What about our Senators and Representatives, or even the President of the United States? Furthermore, does anyone even care?


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2014-03-22 03:08:14 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Commentary

Adair Hospital BD cancels March 25, meeting, sets April 3, 2013

Agenda not yet received. Special Called meeting can only take up matters on stated agenda, which may not be known until 24 hours - legal requirement - before the Special Called meeting. - CM

Due to the cancellation of the regular scheduled March 25, 2014, Adair County Hospital Board meeting, a special called board meeting will be held on April 3, 2014 at 6:30pm in the Board room at Westlake Regional Hospital, 901 Westlake Drive, Columbia, KY. The meeting is open to the public. Justin Mardis


2014-03-22 02:24:19 | Comments | Printable version

Today, SATURDAY with CM, March 22, 2014

Haiku by Robert Stone for March 22, 2014:
For sly deal makers
carelessness in appearance
is strong temptation.
--Robert Stone, Saturday, 22 March 2014.
-1000 haiku countdown to Chambers Stevens' 50th birthday, Day 921, in progress

Reminders of Great Recent Reads we hope you didn't miss:
Mostly from Sunday with CM, March 16, 2013 and a few others from the past week. Please note date of posting Search Box for to find your family members in Veterans List
The family search for Veterans has been a very popular feature on ColumbiaMagazine.com since it was started. There are more than 600 local families represented on our List of Adair County Veterans. You can find them easily.
Just enter your last name in the box, and press enter.
We'd like to thank everyone, including our sponsors, who help us maintain this list of veterans from Adair County, Kentucky, and we welcome your additions and corrections at webmaster@columbiamagazine.com.



2014-03-22 02:00:36 | Comments | Printable version | See topic Today

Tennis: Lindsey Wilson vs. Campbellsville U. March 22, 2014

LWC Tennis meets Campbellsville University (KY) at 2pmCT/3pmET, Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Kelly Hall Tennis Complex, 315 Meader Street, Campbellsville, KY. (Map it)

2014-03-22 01:30:00 | Comments | Printable version


Birthdays and Anniversaries for March 22
Happy Anniversary, Clayton and Jackie Tucker (1985) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Anniversary, Stephen and Michelle Westmoreland | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Allison Roy and Leslie Roy, sisters | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Audra Campbell | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Cadence Larguero (2007) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Clark Dean (1999) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, John Walker McCoy (1929) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Joyce Ponder | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Leslie Roy (1996) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Lisa Kemp | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Lulu Marcine Bailey (2011) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Michael Schorman (1971) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Misty Dawn VanArsdale | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Sherry Janes Gagne (1961) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Teresa Burton Falauskai | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Tony Houston Derman (1966) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Victoria Thorpe Luttrell (1992) | (Updates/Corrections)
Happy Birthday, Zada Sneed (1918) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memoriam, Jim Hayes (1930-2006) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Dulcie Marie Roberts, Taylor Co., KY (1922) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Eliza F. Copley, Russell Co., KY (1918) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Beatrice Mirl Brock, 86, Adair Co., KY (1924) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Ronnie Rayborn, Casey Co., KY (1957) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, James R. Caldwell, Taylor Co., KY (1922) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mr. Richard Forrest Edwards, Green Co., KY (1935) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, David Greene (D.G.) Elliott, Casey Co., KY (1926) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Annie Roberts, Campbellsville, KY (1918) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mrs. Patsy Ann Dial Posey, Green Co., KY (1950) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Glen DeHart, Casey County, KY (1955-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Glen DeHart, Casey County, KY (1955-2013) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Billie Russell, Campbellsville, KY (1939-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Brenda Henry Thompson, 62, Green Co., KY (1952-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Mary Ella Smith Conner, 81, Russell Co., KY (1933-2014) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Eugene Bell (1935-1970) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Frances Kessler (1924) | (Updates/Corrections)
In Memory Birthday, Troy Stanley Scott | (Updates/Corrections)

Events scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 2014
All events are listed in Central Time. Submit your upcoming event using our Contact Form.
7:00amCTAdair Recycling Center, 32 Service RD, Columbia, KY / 270-378-0782
Open 7am-3pmCT Monday through Friday; 7am-12pm noon CT, Saturdays. | (ID:26984, Comment)
8:30amCTPond management workshops - catfish & shrimp
Grayson County Extension Office, 123 Commerce Drive, Leitchfield, KY | (ID:27221, Comment)
10:00amCTServices, Campbellsville, KY, for Bertha Forest, Taylor County, KY (1926 - 2014) | (ID:27290, Comment)
NoonCTPause for Chimes at Noon, Downtown Columbia. Two selections | (ID:26938, Comment)
Services, Liberty, KY, for Kearney R. (K.R.) Adams, Jr., Mt. Vernon, KY (1954-2014) | (ID:27291, Comment)
The 7th Annual St. Baldrick's event to raise funds to fight childhood cancer
Campbellsville University's JK Powell Gymnasium, 203 Tiger Way, Campbellsville, KY. (Map it. Tiger Way was formerly Underwood Street). - Max Wise | (ID:27313, Comment)
Services, Campbellsville, KY, for Sam Harrison, Taylor County, KY (1934-2014) | (ID:27315, Comment)
1:00pmCTBlue Raider softball hosts Georgetown at LW Park
inside the Lindsey Wilson Sports Park, 828 Russell Road, Columbia, KY | (ID:27282, Comment)
Services, Edmonton, KY, for Kenneth Branstetter, 85, Edmonton, KY, (d. March 16, 2014) | (ID:27244, Comment)
Services, Campbellsville, KY, for Mrs. Rosalie Franklin Faulkner, Taylor Co., KY (1958-2014) | (ID:27250, Comment)
2:00pmCTServices, Russell Springs, KY, for Edna Earle Miller, 100, Russell County, KY (1914-2014) | (ID:27289, Comment)
Services, Greensburg, KY, for Margaret Ellen Price Judd, Green County, KY (1916-2014) | (ID:27292, Comment)
Tennis: Lindsey Wilson vs. Campbellsville U. March 22, 2014
at Kelly Hall Tennis Complex, 315 Meader ST, Campbellsville, KY. (Map it) | (ID:27309, Comment)
3:00pmCTServices, Jamestown, KY, for Randall McQueary, Adair Co., KY (1967-2014) | (ID:27286, Comment)
NAIA Championships Quarterfinals: CU Women's Basketball vs. Oklahoma City U
at the Frankfort Convention Center, 405 Mero St, Frankfort, KY | (ID:27308, Comment)
4:00pmCTGospel singing/Pinto Bean Supper for RFL at Bearwallow UMC
Bearwallow UMC Fellowship Hall 6132 Liberty Road, Columbia, KY | (ID:27241, Comment)
5:00pmCTChimes at the Evening, Downtown Columbia. Two selections | (ID:26971, Comment)
6:30pmCTBro. David Holmes evangelist 2nd night of Flatwoods revival March 21-23, 2014
at Flatwoods Separate Baptist Church, 1025 Wheeler Hill Road, Columbia, KY 42728 | (ID:27173, Comment)
7:00pmCTLes Miserables performance, Barn-Lot 201 S. Main, Edmonton, KY. | (ID:27238, Comment)

 




















 
 
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