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,
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,
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
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
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.