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Posted by: Brittany Sims on May 24, 2013

Attorney William Logan “Dick” Barry died Wednesday in a Lexington nursing home at the age of 89. Barry, who once served as publisher of the Lexington Progress newspaper, was elected to the state House in 1954 and became floor leader in 1958. In 1963, with the support of Gov. Frank Clement, he was elected speaker. He served in that position until 1967, when he joined the Ellington administration and served until  Ellington left office in January 1971, with the inauguration of Republican Gov. Winfield Dunn. In accordance with Barry’s wishes, no formal funeral service is planned and at this point no memorial service has been scheduled.