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WPSD pioneer Alvey, 76, mourned

By Genevieve Postlethwait gpostlethwait@paducahsun.com

Original WPSD-TV director and producer Don Alvey passed away Tuesday, and with him went a wealth of knowledge, kindness and wit.

"Don was probably one of the most loyal, dedicated employees that Paxton Media has ever had," said John Williams. Williams, who was general manager of WPSD for decades and a news anchor before that, worked with Alvey about 35 years before they both retired in 1998.

"He had a great sense of humor, a lot of imagination, and to my knowledge he never missed a day's work in all the days he worked there. He was a rock to the staff."

Alvey was one of the original WPSD crew members, and those who worked with him, for him and above him remember, not only his dedication to and passion for the job, but his dry humor and sharp mind as well.

"The amazing thing about Don, he had a fantastic memory," said Cathy Crecelius, WPSD Local 6 director of promotion and public affairs. "So much of our history is just gone with Don. He remembered every date, every time, every day of the week. Things that people would never believe right now, would never remember, Don remembered. Because Don was there."

When Alvey wasn't perfecting newscasts at WPSD (according to Crecelius he was incredibly particular, but patient about his work), he often traveled with wife Judy and family.

"Every time Don and Judy would go on vacation they would send back these postcards from all over the country, and they were hysterical," Crecelius said. Back at the station they would line up the Alveys' postcards along the walls of the graphic design room.

"It was just so typically Don, to want to share with everybody," she said.

Alvey, 76, died during surgery Tuesday at Baptist Health after suffering a heart attack a few days earlier. Alvey and his wife were traveling in Louisiana when the heart attack struck. He had been fighting leukemia for some time, and had just been in Houston for his yearly appointment with a specialist.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Paducah, and after 11 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church of Paducah. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

 

Contact Genevieve Postlethwait, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8651 or at gpostlethwait@paducahsun.com.

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