Scott County (Kentucky) Historical Society Memorial
Scott County Historical Society, Inc.
Georgetown, Kentucky

Founded 1957

In Memoriam

Dr. Horace Thomas Hambrick

Members of the Scott County Historical Society mourn the death of Dr. Horace Thomas Hambrick who left this earth on July 9, 2017. Dr. Hambrick and his wife Maribeth were instrumental in organizing the Scott County Historical Society. He served as the first president from 1957 through 1959 and again in 1997-1998. A member for 60 years, he has left a legacy. The Scott County Historical Society members are now the beneficiaries. He will be missed.

A graduate of Garth High School and a WWII Navy veteran, Dr. Hambrick earned a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He was a Professor of History at Georgetown College for 47 years, starting in 1949, and chairman of the History Department for 26 of those years. He had sabbatical leaves at Oxford University in England in 1982 and 1989. Along with his wife Maribeth, he was inducted into the Georgetown College Hall of Fame, having served the school in many capacities, including faculty representation to the Board of Trustees.

A lifelong member of the Georgetown Baptist Church, Dr. Hambrick served as church moderator, chairman of the deacons, treasurer and Sunday School teacher. Always active in the community, he was a director of Farmerís Bank and Trust Company, served on the board of the Georgetown-Scott County Museum and the Georgetown Cemetery Board.

Dr. Hambrick is survived by his wife, a son Horace P. (Willow) Hambrick, M.D., a daughter Mary Burch (Wes) Ratliff, a sister Mary Hambrick Overall (also a charter member of SCHS), eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is buried in the Georgetown Cemetery.

Dorothy Joy Knox

Georgetown News-Graphic, Saturday, July 10, 2010
Reprinted with permission.

Dorothy Joy Knox, 93, died on Saturday, July 3, 2010 in Cincinnati where she had resided with her daughter for the past 10 years. She was born Sept. 27, 1916 in Huntington, W.Va., the daughter of Coney Kitchen Lewis and Robert Franklin Lewis. She grew up in Grayson in Carter County. She graduated from Transylvania University and received her masterís degree in geography from the University of Kentucky. She retired as a teacher in the Kentucky Education system having taught for many years. She was active in several organizations, and served as president of the Scott County Historical Society. She was a member of First Christian Church in Georgetown. Surviving are two children, Susan Fay Knox of Cincinnati and David Lewis Knox (Barbara) of Georgetown; two grandchildren, Emily Moon of Georgetown and David Bennett Knox (Michelle) of Louisville; great-grandchildren, Anna and Andrew Moon and Aidan and Harper Knox; and several great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Capt. David Bennett Knox; a sister, two brothers, one niece and two nephews. Memorial services will be 6 p.m. July 14, 2010 at First Christian Church, with Dr. Scott Cox officiating. Visitation will be 4:30-6 p.m. at the church before the service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Scott County, 122 B Frazier Court, Georgetown, Ky. 40324. Johnsonís Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Vivian S. Hall

Georgetown News-Graphic, Saturday, June 6, 2009
Reprinted with permission.

Vivian S. Hall, 85, widow of Edwin P. Hall Sr., died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, in Paris, Ky. She was born Sept. 20, 1923, in Newcomb, Tenn., to the late Lon Barney and Epsia Collins Schubert. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Georgetown and worked as the geology librarian for University of Kentucky. She was an active volunteer in the Scott County Literacy Program, was active and held state office in Homemakers, a member of Scott County Historical Society where she was influential in helping establish the old Scott County Post Office into the Georgetown & Scott County Museum, and she was a member of several professional organizations throughout her career. She was a great supporter of reading and education and of life-long learning including the experience of world traveling. Survived include two sons, Edwin P. (Caroline) Hall Jr., of Norcross, Ga., and Robert Ty (Karen) Hall, of Garland, Texas; a daughter, Suzanne (Michael) Conrad, of Lexington; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Vaccaro, Heather Hall, Brian, Allan and Jacob Hall, Lauren Conrad and Joseph Hall Conrad; two great-grandchildren, Dominick Vaccaro and Spencer Hall; a brother, Denver Schubert, of San Francisco, Calif.; and a sister, Phyllis Jamieson, of Cary, N.C. A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 2009, at First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. William R. Jennings officiating, visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. the day of service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Scott County Adult Education Scholarship, P.O. Box 578 Georgetown, KY 40324, or to Hospice of the Bluegrass 1317 US HWY 62E, Cynthiana, KY 41031. Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home are handling arrangements.

John E. Toncray

Toncray leaves legacy

Georgetown News-Graphic, Thursday, March 12, 2009
Reprinted with permission.

Scott County lost a real hero this week. Many people knew John Toncray as the curator of the Georgetown & Scott County Museum. Certainly, the museum is a lasting legacy that John leaves behind, but for decades he worked to make Scott County a special place.

Selling men's clothing at Lair & Oldham, John helped organize the downtown merchants into the Downtowners, a predecessor to the chamber of commerce. This group set up holiday celebrations, managed signage and made sure the downtown streets were free of litter.

John was active in Georgetown Kiwanis Club, and was one of the most visible planners of the annual Scott County Fair among other activities held by the civic organization.

The YMCA was always close to John's heart. The presence of that organization in our community is due in large measure to John's tenacity and devotion.

But John will forever be linked with the museum. For years, he worked developing the museum in the basement of Cardome. But when the U.S. Post Office decided to relocate, John moved quickly to secure a new, most spacious home for the museum in the heart of the place he loved dearly ó downtown Georgetown.

Our museum is an award-winning destination that chronicles our community's history, as well as the history of Central Kentucky. That museum is just one of John's gifts to this community.

John was a critic and an advocate for this newspaper. He challenged the newspaper to work harder and dig deeper. But he was also one of its staunch defenders.

John's personality was upbeat. As the disease that eventually claimed his life, ravaged his body, John was often seen smiling and dismissing concerns about his health. He refused to allow this illness to define him, and so, today, many of his friends are surprised that he is gone. As recently as two weeks ago, he attended his last Kiwanis meeting with little hint that he was uncomfortable or ill.

The dictionary defines 'hero' as someone who fights for a cause.

Georgetown & Scott County Museum is visible evidence that John had a cause and through him our community's history remains vibrant and alive.

But John had another cause. He was a devoted family man, and anyone who knew John knew how much he loved and cherished his family.

John was also devoted to Scott County. While it may not be as obvious as the historic building in downtown Georgetown, John's fingerprints can be found in many places where our community has grown and prospered.

John Toncray was a special kind of hero. The kind that works to make life better, but too often is overlooked and yes, perhaps under appreciated.

Scott County lost a hero this week. But heroes really never die because they live on in the causes they championed and the battles they won.

Today, that is small comfort, but in the days, weeks and years to come, John Toncray's legacy to this community will loom larger than any of us may ever really know.