Each day – every day for nearly 16 years – Tania Williams awoke in the orphanage in Ukraine. Sixteen – the dreaded age that orphans in this Eastern European country “age out” to the streets, often thrown into a life of prostitution, drugs and crime. For Tania, it was a time of fear and anxiety, faced with no family and no physical or emotional support.
John David and Mary Helen Myles have a 174-year-old baby.
They have restored their 2-story brick Federal-style home they bought in 2002 with such loving care that the structure, known as the Dale Place, received the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Preservation Project Award in 2006.
Myles, a Shelby County Family Court judge, is widely known throughout Shelby County for his love of history, and he went to great lengths to ensure that the house, when restored, should be as much as like the original as possible.
If you’d like to settle down with a good book, chock full of colorful characters, such as moonshiners, long-haired, pot-growing Vietnam veterans, and even a man so scary everybody started locking their doors at night after he moved to town, you might want to check out The Cornbread Mafia, which was published last year.
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.”
Not only Shelby County but also the entire state of Kentucky has lost a passionate advocate for the people with the passing of Laurel True.
“Life with him was a happy, wonderful adventure,” said his wife, Alice True.
True described her husband as an advocate for people everywhere who were in need.
“When people think of him, they will remember his service to the people of Kentucky, for his caring for the unloved, the forgotten, the elderly, the mentally ill, for everyone throughout the state,” she said.
Emma Ellis spent nearly a century devoting herself to serving her community, as a teacher, Red Cross director, scout leader, election poll worker, and raising a large family with her husband, Kennett “Doc” Ellis.
“Everybody knew Ms. Ellis, the ‘Red Cross lady,’” Shelby County Clerk Sue Carole Perry said. “She worked at the polls from the time I started as county clerk until she wasn’t able to anymore. “
Shelby County lost a much-loved adopted son last Friday, when Harold Thom, founder and leader of the folk/Bluegrass group The Cumberlands, passed away at age 78.
Thom, who lost his wife of 55 years, Betty, last year, was semi-retired and owned a horse farm in Simpsonville. After pursuing a brief broadcasting career in radio and television in his hometown of Shreveport, La., in the 1950s, Thom spent 11 years as director and operations manager at KALB-TV in Alexandria, La.
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.
With her death last week from Alzheimer’s disease at her home in Danville at age 83, her legacy will live on with all the young people that were able to better their lives because of the generosity of her and her husband, Eugene.