If you knew George N. Busey, maybe lived near him in Bagdad or interacted with him in the myriad ways he affected Shelby County, then you almost assuredly share today in the sense of loss felt by so many.
Busey, a longtime farmer known far and wide for his civic mindedness, his love of his community and his character, died Sunday. He was 88.
Mary Anderson Burks was a woman known for many things, such as being a horticulturist and a businesswoman who was very active in the community, but those who knew her best speak of her devotion to her late husband, Joseph E. Burks.
The Burkses had been married for 66 years when he died last January, having married on Palm Sunday in 1944.
And it was on this past Palm Sunday, at 2:15 p.m., the same time of day they had said their wedding vows in 1944, that Mary Burks passed away, to be reunited with her beloved husband on their anniversary.
Wayne Ward had acquired quite a long list of distinguished accomplishments when he passed away Wednesday at the age of 90 – minister to a president, confidant of the famous – but his most precious legacy is that of encouragement, his friends say.
“What people will remember him best for hands down will be as an encourager,” said Jay Tigner, pastor of Finchville Baptist Church.
Tigner, who calls Ward his greatest mentor, said he always made people feel like what gift they could bring to others really matter, and that meant a lot to people.
From the business arena to the church community and just about every place in between, Martha Donovan touched the lives and hearts of so many in Shelby County before passing away Saturday at the age of 88.
“Most people knew her from the drugstore, and she was such a kind, giving person,” said her nephew, Jerry Donovan.
Martha Elizabeth Donovan, born Feb. 27, 1923 in Shelby County to Jerry Wise and Mary Jetta Pulliam, was a former co-owner of Smith-McKenney Drug Co., along with Bill Borders and William “Shug” Hickman.
The Sentinel-News for three years now has at year’s end honored five Shelby Countians we think made significant impact on the community during the year. Each person named to what we now call Shelby County’s Fabulous 5 has in his or her own way left an indelible legacy that will define our community going forward and inspire those who follow. Their impacts cross the spectrum of society and, we believe, represent some of our most significant and important accomplishments.
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.