Lexington businessman and developer Donald Webb dies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Well-known Lexington businessman and developer Donald Webb has died. He was 74.

In 1971, Webb along with his brother Dudley started a law firm and began investing in real estate. From Lexington's tallest skyscraper to the proposed CentrePointe, the Webb Companies is a key player in Lexington development.

"He was a great man and a lifelong inspiration to me," said Woodford Webb, Donald Webb's son and current president of the Webb Companies. "He was self-made, a hard worker and never forgot his
roots in Eastern Kentucky. He also loved Lexington and wanted the best for this community. He was particularly proud of Victorian Square and The Woodlands projects, two of which he was instrumental in bringing to fruition."

Webb died Friday of complications from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis disease. He lived in Vero Beach, Florida.

He was born in Hazard, Kentucky on July 2, 1939.

After graduating from Whitesburg High School in 1956, he attended Virginia Military Institute and graduated from Georgetown College in

He attended the University of Kentucky College of Law earning a JD degree in 1967.

Webb practiced law with the Louisville firm of Handmaker, Weber & Meyer until 1971, when he and his brother, Dudley, formed a law partnership in Lexington. Concurrently, the two brothers began a real estate involvement. In 1979, this firm became The Webb Companies, a consolidation of their real estate development, design, finance, legal, construction, marketing, leasing, brokerage, property management, and ancillary functions.

The Webbs developed nearly 5.5 million square feet of office, warehouse, residential and shopping center buildings in Fayette County with assessed values of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Webb projects literally changed the face of downtown Lexington with their office towers, specialty centers and condominiums. The Webb Companies was recognized as the nation's third largest diversified real estate developer in 1986. It developed real estate projects in more than 20 American cities.

Webb is survived by his wife, a son and daughter-in-law, Donald Woodford Webb, Jr. and Kelli Greer Webb; a grandson, Donald Woodford Webb III; a granddaughter, Greer Gabrielle Webb; his
mother, Elizabeth Combs Webb; a brother, Ralph Dudley Webb (Marla); two sisters Debbie Ann Howard (Danny) of Harlan and Judy W. Lowry of Lexington; seven nieces and nephews, Seth Howard and Whitney Howard; Betsy Lowry and Carwell Gardener, Jr.; and Alex, Will and Ellie Webb.

He was preceded in death by his father, Woodford Webb, formerly of Whitesburg.

Pallbearers will include David Price, Mike Malloy, Ed Nighbert, Bill Warner, Bill Bell, Glenn Hoskins, Frank Sadler and Tim Cone. Honorary bearers include John Rodgers, Joe Hall, Charlie Grote, William B. Stratton, Vergil Kelly, Phil Greer, Leonard Hamilton, Ken Brandenberg, Gene Strong, Ed Houlihan, Bill Combs, Charles Ward, Don Johnson, Elmer Whitaker, L.D. Gorman, Ralph Hacker, and Greg Milward.

Funeral services pending.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Galilean Home Ministries, P.O. Box 880, Liberty, Kentucky 42539.

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