Larry Akey, the Lexington man whose restored mid-century modern home was featured in a March 25 Herald-Leader article, was one of two men killed Wednesday in a three-vehicle wreck.
Akey, 63, was a passenger in his white two-door BMW that was being test-driven by potential buyer Douglas Paul McNally, 64, a Jefferson County man who also was killed.
The wreck, which also involved a blue Kia and a Ford pickup that was pulling a trailer, happened on Bryan Station Road at Johnston Road.
Akey was a former nurse-anesthetist and owner of several Subway restaurants. He also was owner of Atomic Conniption, which was a Meadowthorpe mid-century modern furniture and decor store. The Meadowthorpe store closed, but many of Akey's mid-century finds are online at the Atomic Conniption store at Etsy.com.
Akey said in the March interview that he had loved the north Lexington mid-century house since he was a child, when his family would drive by just to look at it. The angular house near Bryan Station High School includes a triangle jutting up off the long rectangular hall. It was designed by an Ohio architect and then was modified by Lexington electrical contractor C.C. Lee.
It was recently listed for sale. During a March interview, Akey had said he wanted to find another mid-century modern home to restore — this time in Florida.
Kyle McNally, one of McNally's three sons, said his father was test-driving the BMW that Akey had hoped to sell. The elder McNally, from Middletown, was a buyer for Sam Swope Auto Group in Louisville.
Before that, Doug McNally was a longtime manager for Clapp Auto Group in Clarksville, Ind., a car dealership that was purchased by Swope.
"His passion was people," Kyle McNally said of his father. "He would have a conversation with anybody. He was a great listener."
Doug McNally and his wife, Nancy, had just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in April, Kyle McNally said.
A University of Kentucky fan and an avid fisherman, Doug McNally had said that he wanted his ashes to be sprinkled off Bailey's Point, a peninsula that juts into Barren River Lake near Glasgow.
"We're hurting right now, but so many other people are hurting right now because he touched so many people with genuine kindness," Kyle McNally said.