Stretch of KY 29 renamed in honor of Jessamine County legend

Published: Jan. 21, 2018 at 3:11 PM EST
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On Sunday, a stretch of highway in Jessamine County was named in honor of a beloved member of the community. KY 29 from Lowry Lane to Handy's Bend Road will now be known as the Bobby L. Dunaway highway.

The unveiling ceremony was attended by Kentucky Senator Tom Buford, Kentucky Representative Russ Meyer, officials from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, along with many family members and friends.

WKYT's Emilie Arroyo spoke with Nicholasville residents before the presentation, who made it clear that in Jessamine County, heroes don't wear capes. They wear smiles.

"Bobby Dunaway... he was Jessamine County," said son-in-law Chuck Evans.

And heroes don't save folks from evil villains. They save their neighbors from a hard day, or a busted pipe.

"He was a plumber. Pretty nasty job, but he really enjoyed it," joked daughter Patricia Bryant.

It's been nearly two years since Bobby Dunaway passed away from a medical emergency, leaving a void in the Nicholasville community, along with many memories, and even more life lessons.

"If it's work done, it's work done right. Don't do anything half way," said Dunaway's son Mike.

On Sunday the local legend was honored at a special ceremony, as a portion of KY 29 was named in his honor.

"I have the vision of when children are driving down the road, and they look at their parents and say who is Bobby Dunaway? That they'll be able to tell them how special he was," said Bryant.

Those who knew him say his life was filled with consistent acts of kindness. No superpower strength, just a super sized heart.

"It was just unreal what he did and what he meant to other people," said brother Gary Dunaway.

"The things he did. He never did for self," explained his son Bobby.

"He always brought that special family love," said daughter Jean Morel with a smile.

Bobby's sister-in-law Nan said, "It wasn't just family that he always extended a hand to. It was anyone."

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