Ruby Spencer, 93

first_imgRuby Phyllis (Huttsell) Spencer, 93, of Hicks Ridge passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at her home in Ripley County. She was born near Saluda in Jefferson County on February 22, 1927 the daughter of Bloomfield and Clara Ellen Tafflinger Huttsell. She was married to David Ora Spencer on May 10, 1947 and he preceded her in death on July 5, 2011. Survivors include one son Jerry Spencer of Hicks Ridge; four daughters Karen (Phillip) LeGrand of Mary Esther, Florida, Phyllis Michele Spencer of New York City, Jane (William) Spencer-Pierce of Salem, and Ann Spencer-King of Versailles; 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Walter, Wayne, William, James, and Charles Hutsell, and her sisters Sopha Beck, Bertha Benham, and Hazel Vestal. Ruby was a graduate of Saluda High School. Together, she and David managed their Ripley County farm and Ruby shared his pride in 1966 when he received the Greener Pastures Award through the ASCS. During her child rearing years she served as a 4-H leader with neighbor Audrey Thieman. She spent many summers assisting her children in 4-H projects including forestry, entomology, flowers, food, and clothing. In later years she took special joy in the hummingbirds that returned each year outside her kitchen window. She especially enjoyed quilting and antiques. She was fond of the family’s various pets, and leaves behind her beloved black Labrador Hershey. Ruby was a member of the former Hicks Ridge Baptist Church and attended the Shelby Christian Church. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Benham Bluebells Home Ec club, and the Hicks Ridge Baptist Church Ladies Aide. A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 28th at the Benham Cemetery with Pastor Jeffery Pflug of the Faith Lutheran Church in Madison officiating. Memorials may be given to the Benham Cemetery or the Shelby Christian Church in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles. A public Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at a later date. Friends may call the funeral home at 812-689-1171 to have a Hugs from Home card filled out to convey your condolences to the Spencer family.last_img read more

Back to the 70s as Liverpool face Leeds in PL opener

first_imgBy Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Leeds United have waited 16 long years to return to the Premier League and Marcelo Bielsa’s side will get a very clear reminder of what they are now up against when they face champions Liverpool at Anfield in tomorrow’s season opener.Juergen Klopp’s side dominated the Premier League last season, winning their first domestic league title for 30 years by a massive 18-point margin from Manchester City.Leeds won the second-tier Championship by 10 points to secure their long-awaited promotion and are entering the top flight on a high, though it is a pity that their fans will still not be able to support their team in person.While the Yorkshire club have work to do to reestablish themselves in the Premier League, the fixture brings back memories of great clashes between the clubs in the early 1970s when they were among the top teams in the country.That period included a memorable Charity Shield game in 1974 when Kevin Keegan and Billy Bremner were sent off after punches were thrown at Wembley.Pressing rather than punching is likely to be the order of the day tomorrow and it will be fascinating to see Leeds, with their new Spanish striker Rodrigo, play their high-energy approach against Klopp’s similarly relentlessly attack.Analysis by data company Gracenote reveals that this season’s competition will contain the highest number of former league champions for 51 years.Fifteen clubs in this season’s Premier League have been English top-flight champions in their history. This is the most former winners to compete in an English top-flight season since the same number did so in the 1969-70 campaign.Two of those former champions, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton, meet on Sunday in North London in a match which pits Jose Mourinho against Carlo Ancelotti.Spurs are searching for the consistency they so lacked last season while Everton have strengthened impressively in the transfer market with James Rodriguez, Brazilian Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure transforming their midfield.Chelsea, fourth last season, have been the busiest of all in the transfer market and several of their new faces are set to make their debuts in Monday night’s game at Brighton.Manchester City and Manchester United, second and third last term, both have bye weeks after being involved in European competition in August.last_img read more