In the short time that Jim Reed lived in Shelbyville, he made a huge impact on the community, giving of himself in many ways, his friends say.
“I told his wife [Lisa], ‘Life is about the footprint that you leave,’” said Joe O’Brien, president of O’Brien Ford, where Reed was vice president and general manager. “Jim Reed spent five and a half years of his life in Shelbyville, Kentucky, and has left a footprint that most people couldn’t leave in a lifetime.”
The Sentinel-News, since 2008 has honored at year’s end five Shelby Countians we think have had a significant impact on our community during this year. We sought your nominations on our Facebook page, and we believe each person – or in one case, team – selected for what we call Shelby County’s Fabulous 5 has in his or her own way left an imprint that merits our honoring and emulating, represents a broad spectrum of a diverse society and truly is one of the best of our best.
Two people who left everlasting but vastly different imprints on education in Shelby County passed away in 2013.
They were among a nationally known musician, a state leader in public affairs a former educator and volunteer and a theater performer were among others who left lasting impressions on Shelby Countians.
Margery Pflughaupt so loved the community of Shelbyville that 17 years after moving away, she urged her husband to establish a scholarship fund for Shelby County students that continued for the better part of two decades.
In contrast to the usual holiday crime wave that sweeps the nation each year at this time, many people in Shelbyville have been experiencing the opposite extreme.
You may have come across some quarters taped to a vendor machine or to a coin-operated washer at the laundry mat. Or you may have received an anonymous gift card, given to you by a small child in line at a grocery store.
Chances are, it could be the work of a Shelby County family that has been having the time of their lives doing good deeds for strangers this holiday season.
Walking into the home of Al and Goldie Smith at Christmastime could either be a child’s dream or an adult’s delight, with four large Christmas trees, red and white poinsettias placed throughout the home, and two vases of brilliant green holly with bright red berries on the fireplace mantel.
“Those aren’t fake. We grow them right here,” Smith said, pointing to the holly.
The living room contains two of the trees, one of them a stately Christmas tree at the entrance with a smaller, silver Christmas tree at the other end of the room.
After being without a pastor since September 2012, First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, the county’s largest congregation, is preparing has chosen Maurice Hollingsworth as its new minister.
Hollingsworth comes to Shelbyville from First Baptist Church of Las Cruces, N.M., where he is senior pastor. He replaces Steve Rice, who joined the Kentucky Baptist Convention.
A lot of families in Shelby County will gather today for Thanksgiving, enjoying a meal and fellowship and the festivities and traditions that go along with this special day.
But for one of those families, this will be a lot more than just sitting down to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings.
Kamron and Megan Terry use the day to introduce their two children, Miles, 5, and Scarlett, 7, adopted from the Republic of Congo in Africa, to American customs, especially at Thanksgiving, has been a blessing in itself.
It would be difficult to find someone as devoted to her community as was Rosella Davis, her friends say.
“She was always a part of my life, because I grew up with her daughter,” said Sharon Hackworth. “She was involved with Girl Scouts and 4-H, the historical society, so many things. As a person who has given back to their community, she is definitely a model for us all.”
It might be difficult to find someone with a stronger pedigree as a football fan than Simpsonville resident Shirley Simpson, an 89-year-old who was – quite literally, she said – “born and raised” in the sport and has remained an ardent follower.
“I watch football all the time,” she said. “It doesn’t matter what game is on. I watch football.”