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Sons Visit Emily Hundley President's Home Built by Their Father

Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2014 [10:10 PM]

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The sons of the man who built the Lindsey Wilson College president's home visited their father's work Friday.


Jim and Kentucky state Rep. Jody Richards, both of Bowling Green, Ky., received a tour of the 64-year-old Emily Hundley President's Home from LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. and his wife, Elise.


The Richards' late father, Demaree, was hired by then-LWC President V.P. Henry to build the residence in 1950. It has been home to six LWC presidents and their family members. It was renovated and expanded five years ago, and named in honor of longtime college supporter Emily Hundley of Louisville, Ky.


During the tour, Jim Richards recalled helping his father build the Hundley President's Home, and he also worked on Phillips Hall, a residence hall for female students, and Hundley Hall, the college's dining center until 1993.


The Richards, who grew up in the Adair County community of Garlin and attended Adair County schools, remained connected to the house after it was built -- they mowed the yard for Henry, who paid them 25 cents. The Richards had to provide the lawn mower and gas.


Also on Friday, the Richards donated the diploma and college pin of their late mother, Mary Stevenson Richards.


Their mother -- whose family moved from Russell County to Adair County so that she could attend the school -- was a member of Lindsey Wilson's first junior college graduating class in 1925. Lindsey Wilson was founded in 1903 by the Louisville Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South as a training school to prepare students for Vanderbilt University. It became a junior college in 1923.


After Lindsey Wilson, Richards went on to graduate from Kentucky Wesleyan College, which was then located in Winchester.


Jody Richards followed in his mother's footsteps to Kentucky Wesleyan. He's been a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives since 1976, representing the 20th District of Warren County. Jim Richards -- who was a member of Adair County High School's 1954 state tournament boys' basketball team -- is retired from Western Kentucky University, where he played basketball for Adair County native Ed Diddle, coached the men's basketball team and served as an administrator.

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