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Rufus F. Hansford, Sr, 79, Taylor County, KY (1939-2019)
Founder of Hansford Auction & Real Estate Company in Taylor County, KY, his father could see his path leading to auctioneering as Rufus was mimicking the auctioneers as early as age five. On Fridays at Jacktown Elementary, he held an auction featuring the lost pens and pencils and his talents grew until he began to win state FFA contests at the state fair as a teenager in 1957. His wife, Doris Jones Hansford, survives.
Rufus F. Hansford, Sr. of Campbellsville, son of the late "W. L." Hansford and Ruby Garrison Hansford, was born October 23, 1939 in Casey County, KY. He died at Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in Campbellsville at age 79.
His funeral service will be at 1pmCT/2pmET Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville with Rev. Jim Collison, III officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery.
He professed faith in Christ and was a member of Robinson Creek Baptist Church.
The son of a farmer and real estate speculator, he had professed early on that he wanted to be a truck driver. His father could see his path leading to auctioneering as Rufus was mimicking the auctioneers as early as age five. On Fridays at Jacktown Elementary, he held an auction featuring the lost pens and pencils and his talents grew until he began to win state FFA contests at the state fair as a teenager in 1957.
Only two weeks into a summer job as the pull boy for American Tobacco Company in South Carolina, Rufus filled in for an ill auctioneer. In 1959, he began employment as an auctioneer with Kessler & Cowherd Auction & Real Estate Company and in 1960, he joined the Kentucky Auctioneers Association, with which he served on many committees, boards and even as president in 1984, he was inducted into the KAA Hall of Fame and was awarded the Champion Bid Caller.
In 1970, he founded the Hansford Auction & Real Estate Company. From 1981-1986, he was a finalist in the World Tobacco Auctioneer Championship and in 1987, he was the second runner up. Rufus' career continued on with many awards, trophies, memorable moments and numerous communities served around Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
He united in marriage to Doris Jones December 29, 1990.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Hansford of Campbellsville; two sons - Frankie Hansford and wife, Connie and Robert "Bam" Hansford and spouse, Angela of Campbellsville; two step-children - Mitchell Jones of Campbellsville and Connie Edelen and husband, Tony of Bardstown; six grandchildren - Cody Gowin, Weston Jones and wife, Hannah, Macaela Roz Hansford and Logan Hansford of Campbellsville, Ryan Shuffett and wife, Lindsey of Greensburg and Raina Brooke Simpson and husband, Dustin of Somerset; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters - Genevieve McKinley of Leitchfield, Shirley Holt of Cox's Creek and Faye Close and husband, Russell of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida; several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends.
He was also preceded in death by one son, William Harold Hansford May 18, 1966; one grandson, Morgan Jones and two brothers and three sisters: Louis Kenneth Hansford, Joseph Russel Hansford, Ida Belle Collins, Geraldine Henshaw and Bobby Jean Glasscock.
Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, 418 Lebanon Avenue, Campbellsville, KY, is in charge of arrangements.
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