In Memory Of...



 September 11, 2001

 From Suzanne

I would like to express Sympathy to all the families who have lost loved ones in the American Tragedy September 11, 2001. 
God Bless you at this time and please know that you do not grieve alone. The rest of America grieves with you.


 from The Miami Herald
Thu, 13 Sep 2001 08:12:29 -0700

We'll go forward from this moment  by Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald

"It's my job to have something to say. They pay me to provide words that help make sense of that which troubles the American soul.  But in this moment of airless shock when hot tears sting disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can find to say, the only words that seem to fit, must be addressed to the unknown author of this suffering.

"You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard.

"What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward's attack on our World Trade Center, our Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn?

Whatever it was, please know that you failed.

"Did you want us to respect your cause? You just damned your cause.

"Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve.

"Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together.

"Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a family nonetheless. We're frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae -- a singer's revealing dress, a ball team's misfortune, a cartoon mouse. We're wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are fundamentally decent, though -- peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.

"Some people -- you, perhaps -- think that any or all of this makes us weak.

You're mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot be measured by arsenals.

"Yes, we're in pain now. We are in mourning and we are in shock. We're still grappling with the unreality of the awful thing you did, still working to make ourselves understand that this isn't a special effect from some Hollywood blockbuster, isn't the plot development from a Tom Clancy novel. Both in terms of the awful scope of their ambition and the probable final death toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of terrorism in the history of the United States and, probably, the history of the world. You've bloodied us as we have never been bloodied before.

"But there's a gulf of difference between making us bloody and making us fall. This is the lesson Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the last time anyone hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such abrupt and monumental pain. When roused, we are righteous in our outrage, terrible in our force. When provoked by this level of barbarism, we will bear any suffering, pay any cost, go to any length, in the pursuit of justice.

"I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people, as you, I think, do not. What I know reassures me. It also causes me to tremble with dread of the future.

"In the days to come, there will be recrimination and  accusation, fingers pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. There will be heightened security, misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms. We'll go forward from this moment sobered, chastened, sad. But determined, too. Unimaginably determined. 

"You see, the steel in us is not always readily apparent. That aspect of our character is seldom understood by people who don't know us well. On this day, the family's bickering is put on hold.

"As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in defense of all that we cherish.

"So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. If that's the case, consider the message received. And take this message in exchange:

You don't know my people. You don't know what we're capable of. You don't know what you just started.

"But you're about to learn."


In Memory Of : JEFF DONALD MURPHY, 1947 - 2001, of Redmond, Deschutes County, OR, born in Bowling Green, Warren Co., KY, son of Powell Davis Murphy and Marjorie (Morrison) Murphy. Jeff was the founder of the KYGenWeb, USGenWeb, USBIOGRAPHIES and co-founder of KYBIOGRAPHIES. 

Mrs. Randy Flowers

 For those of you who have ancestors in the Adair County area and may have done research, here, her name will be quite familiar. She was a former librarian at both Lindsey Wilson College and at the Adair County Public Library.  She was the compiler and co-writer of several books related to Adair County history. Randy was a wonderful person and a superb genealogist.


Columbia Magazine Obituary posted on 2008-04-22

Randy H. Flowers, 85, of Columbia, died Monday, April 21, 2008, at 10:00pmCT, at Westlake Regional Hospital.

The funeral service will be Thursday, April 24, 2008, at 1:00pmCT, at Columbia Christian Church with Bro. Raymond Martin, Bro. Terry White, and Bro. Gene Grasham officiating. Burial will be in Columbia Cemetery.

She was the daughter of the late Foree Hood and Ruth Sublett Hood Bowen and the step-daughter of the late Walter Bowen.

She was a member of the Columbia Christian Church where she taught Sunday School and was head of the Youth Department for many years. She was a member of the DAR, Adair County Genealogical Society, and Past Worthy Matron of Adair Order of the Eastern Star 435.

She was President of Columbia Cemetery Board for many years, was Assistant Librarian at Lindsey Wilson College for several years, and retired as Assistant Librarian at the Adair County Public Library.

She is survived by her husband, Alfred W. Flowers, Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • Three sons: Jim and his wife Georgann Flowers, Robert and his wife Mikki Flowers, and Joseph Flowers, all of Columbia, KY
  • Three grandchildren: Lynn and her husband Chad Spencer, Ann Leslie Flowers, and Michael and his wife Sarah Flowers
  • Three great grandchildren: Elizabeth Whitfield Spencer, Emily Kate Spencer, and Charles Wesley Spencer
The funeral service will be Thursday, April 24, 2008, at 1:00pmCT, at Columbia Christian Church with Bro. Raymond Martin and Bro. Gene Grasham officiating. Burial will be in Columbia Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 3:00pmCT, Wednesday, April 23, 2008, and after 6:00amCT, Thursday, April 24, 2008, at the Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, and after 12noon, on Thursday at Columbia Christian Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family woul dappreciate a donation in her memory to Columbia Christian Church Building Fund, Adair County Public Library, or the Adair County Genealogical Society and these can be left at the funeral home.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Casket bearers: James Cundiff, Mitchell Cundiff, Charles V. Sparks, Scotty Ferguson, Don Knifley, and Doug Pyles.

This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or E-mail: Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.