IRWA Member Farewell
JAMES “DON” DONALD BRENT
James “Don” Donald Brent passed away on January 10, 2018 in Frankfort, Kentucky at the age of
81. He was born on December 14, 1936 to the late Dewey Floyd and Martha Louise Hardesty Brent
in Campbellsburg, Kentucky. After graduating college, Don served in the United States Air Force.
Beginning in the early 1970s, he began service in the Civil Air Patrol. At the time of his death, he was
For over 38 years, he worked for the Kentucky State Government in the Department of Transportation. After retiring
for a short period of time, he went on to PEH Engineering and served as project manager for several years. Don was
a third partner in the Brentstead Farm, a family-owned farm in Trimble County since the early 1800s. Don was the
IRWA 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and the Region 5 Professional of the Year. He dedicated over 50
years to the IRWA and served as a past President. Among his favorite charities were the American Red Cross, the
Wounded Warriors Program and many more.
He is survived by two daughters, Traci Brent Hayden and her husband Patrick and Laura Barrington Brent; his
brothers and sister, Robert A. Brent, Lucy B. Forbes, and Jerry Brent and his wife Mary Ann; and a host of loving
family and friends.
ROBERT “BOB” H. THORNTON
Bob Thornton passed away peacefully on January 2, 2018. Born in Charleston, South Carolina on
November 24, 1941, Bob lived most of his adult life in the Houston area where he met his wife, Ginger
Bob spent many years traveling the highways and country roads that crisscross America as a highly
skilled right of way agent and manager. Over the years, Bob’s knowledge of right of way, oil & gas,
real estate and construction landed him in management positions for Metropolitan Transit Authority,
Coates Field Services and others. He loved being a right of way agent because he met all kinds of people from farmers
and ranchers to major landowners. He said it was the best job ever.
At the age of 74, Roger F. Webster passed away on March 5, 2017 following a brief battle with brain
cancer. Born on April 5, 1942 to Frank and Margaret Webster, Roger joined the navy in 1961 before
being discharged in 1965.
He began his 53-year telecommunications career as a Lineman for NY Telephone in 1965 and retired
in 1995 from NYNEX as an engineer and right of way agent. He continued his career contracting and
was working for Byers Engineering. He wrote a fiction novel, which is currently housed in the Russell
Collection at Martha Canfield Library.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Wanda Johnston Webster; three children John H. Webster, Tammy W. Collins
and her husband Kevin Collins and Angela S. Webster; eight grandchildren, Zachary Zoufaly, Joel Zoufaly, Alexandra
Webster, Josiah Roger Webster, Hannah Webster, Micah "Sam" Webster, Jeremiah Webster and Maia Webster; great
granddaughter, Journey Jade Garcia; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins; dear friends
William and Phyllis Skidmore; and his beloved cat Sadie.