A partial list of notable area citizens who passed away in 2019:


12: Donal W. Jones, 83, of Mayfield. Longtime Mayfield Twin Cinema, Cardinal Drive-In and video store owner.

13: Donald Eugene Forsythe, 82, of Grand Rivers. Longtime plumber, general contractor and co-host (with wife Mary) of a music jam each week at Lake City for 29 years.

14: Scott Michael Howard, 54, of Decatur, Ala., native of Paducah. Subcontractor for NASA in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when his work contributed to the Chandra X-Ray Telescope and International Space Station construction projects.

23: The Rev. Elmer Lewis Crouch, 88, of Paducah. Served as an active pastor for 56 years; former Paducah firefighter.

27: Dr. Danny Ray Hatfield, 69, of Gilbertsville. Served 42 years in medical practice, directly caring for approximately 1 million people.

28: Anna Jane Orr Meier, 94, of Benton. With husband Dick and son Rick, operated what is now known as Big Bear Resorts Inc. until 1985. As the office manager, Anna was known as Mama Bear.

29: Paul F. Leahy, 72, of Mayfield. Teacher and coach at Mayfield High School from 1971-1999. Served as assistant football coach at Mayfield for 22 years and head coach 1993-1998. Teams were state champions in 1993 and 1995 and state runner-up in 1998. In 1974, he started the MHS track and field program and was the head coach for 17 seasons with 13 event state championships won by 19 athletes.


3: Martha Agnes Howle, 87, of Barlow. First woman magistrate in Ballard County. Employed for over 30 years with Geveden Law Office in Wickliffe.

11: Billy Ray Smalley, 87, of Paducah. Former detective with the Paducah City Police Department from 1953 until 1960 and retired as an environmental control supervisor from Air Products. An amateur radio enthusiast.

11: Mary Lou Hogancamp, 88, of Paducah. Founder of Hogancamp Real Estate in Bardwell.

16: Dewayne Redmon, 54, of Fancy Farm. Graves County sheriff from 2011 until his death. Served 12 years as Graves chief deputy.


8: Harold Wilson, 88, of Fancy Farm. Longtime magistrate for the Carlisle County Fiscal Court.

5: Dickie Ray Todd, 64, of Paducah. Owner of Side Pocket Billiards of Paducah.

5: Dr. William Taylor Thistlethwaite, 62, of Mayfield. Physician at Jackson Purchase Medical Center. While on staff, he served as chief of surgery, vice chief of staff, and ultimately chief of staff at Jackson Purchase Medical Center.

31: James E. "Buddy" Ward Jr., 69, of Princeton. Was a member of the Princeton city council from 1979 to 1981. Was chairman of the Caldwell County fair board and a business owner of several local businesses as well as mayor of Princeton from 1982 to 1985.

28: Clyde H. Lawter, Jr., of Paducah, native of Enid, Oklahoma. Art career spanned 60 years, with 45 of those as an art instructor. He and his late wife, Joann, co-founded PAPA (Paducah Area Painters' Alliance). Was a member of the founding committee of the Paducah Summer Festival and was chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Mayor.

29: Mike Falconite, 62, of Paducah. Longtime real estate developer, heavy equipment business owner and head of Falconite Development.


3: Davene Delories (Wilson) Thomas, 77, a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and former resident of Paducah. Piano instructor, career music educator of 37 years, soprano vocalist and organist. While in high school, she became the first African American pianist to win the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's Piano Soloist Competition.

20: Ray Eckstein, 93, of Paducah. Ray and wife, Kay Eckstein, founded the Eckstein Charitable Trust in 2005, which has given generously over the years to several major projects in the community, most notably at Mercy Health-Lourdes Hospital and Baptist Health Paducah. Founded what is now the River Division of Marquette Transportation Company in 1978.

21: Jim Ward, 69, of Spring Hill, Tenn., was publisher of the Marshall County Tribune-Courier from 2001 until mid-2007.

29: Frances Baccus, 93, of Eddyville, formerly of Between the Rivers in Lyon County. She and her husband, Charles L. Baccus, started the Lakeside Ledger and later acquired the Lyon County Herald merging the two newspapers, which they operated for 30 years. She was the first Kentucky woman admitted to the Lions Club International, the first woman to receive the Lions Club Medal of Merit in 1982 and the club's Distinguished Service Award in 1985. In 1984, Gov. Martha Layne Collins named her to the Kentucky Institute on Aging. She served on the Institute for 24 years and chaired it for eight years.


6: Monte Beth DeVillez, 95, of Paducah. Former owner of Groundfloor Shoes.

7: Matthew Stuart Hatfield, 39. He served as staff attorney to Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge David Buckingham for two years, opened his own law practice with his wife, Cirris-Hatfield Law Firm, PLLC. He also served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for nine years.

11: Wayne Potts, 79, of Mayfield. Former Mayfield mayor and police officer.


14: Robert "Doc" McGaughey III, 76, of Murray. Was professor emeritus and retired chair of the Murray State University Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, joining the faculty in 1969 and becoming the department chair in 1974. During his tenure as department chair, the department expanded majors and received accreditation from the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

25: Rick A. Johnson, 65, of Symsonia. Served as judge on the Kentucky Court of Appeals from 1992-2006. Also served on Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission. Was Paducah Lions Club president in 1993-94 and chair of the "Telethon of Stars" in 1992.


1: Paul Edward Dowdy, 78, of Jackson, Missouri, formerly of Wickliffe. Former magistrate for Ballard County.

4: Hardy Gentry, 73, of Paducah. Distinguished Veteran of the Year 2014 and also held many offices at the American Legion including Post 31 Commander for numerous years. Served as Kentucky State Baseball commissioner.

12: Jerry G. English, 76, of Benton. Served many years as Marshall County sheriff and was a former president of the Sheriffs association, and later served as District 3 County Commissioner. Was also founder of the Marshall County Sheriff's Boys and Girls Ranch. Was instrumental in the installment of the veterans memorial located in Mike Miller Park, which is named the Jerry G. English Veteran's Plaza in his honor.

21: Bobby Gene Miller, 80, of Benton. Longtime coach, teacher, principal and school administrator. Was the first principal at Marshall County High School, opening the school in 1975. Became superintendent of Graves County Schools in 1988, where he served until he retired in 2000. In 1994, he was honored as Kentucky's Superintendent of the Year, and he served as the President of the Kentucky Association of School Superintendents from 1995-1997.


1: Simon Jerome Michelson, 78, of Paducah. Served as a partner with his brother, Louis, at Michelson Jewelers for 40 years, helping grow the company into a 13-store chain.

10: William G. McCaslin, 87, of Princeton. Served as city attorney in Princeton and later as Caldwell County attorney. Was the 56th Judicial District judge and senior status judge of Kentucky until retirement. Served on the board of directors for Western Baptist Hospital.

17: David Barnes, 59, of Princeton. Longtime high school football coach who took Caldwell County to the Class 2A state championship game in 2012.

23: Rev. Dr. David Carl Roos, 85, of Murray. Served as pastor of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Murray, from June 1971 through June 1995. Was instrumental in the creation of Needline in Murray, in 1973, and the Murray-Calloway County Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, in 1988. Received the Rotary Club Humanitarian of the year award in 1992.


9: Mary Helen Hocker, 98, of Arlington. Longtime business operator and speech language pathologist with Easter Seals.

29: Jerry L. Hoover, 76, of Paducah. Was city manager of Paducah from 1994 to 1998 and executive director of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce from 1978 to 1982. He also served in state government in Frankfort as executive assistant to state auditor and then Secretary of State Bob Babbage from 1988 to 1994.


11: Clyde Ralph Stevens, 80, of La Center. Owned and operated Stevens Chevrolet Dealership in La Center from 1960 to 2009. He also owned and operated a John Deere dealership in La Center. Served as commissioner for the city of La Center, Ballard County Fair Board and board of directors for Peoples Bank for several years.

17: Jean G. Crawford, 95, of Mayfield. Founder of Crawford Construction. Chairman of the board of the Exchange Bank in Mayfield (now First Kentucky Bank).

17: Corine Elizabeth Harber, 75, of Paducah. Longtime music director at Husband Street Baptist Church (now Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist). In 1965, she became the first African-American employed in state government in Paducah for the Kentucky Department of Child Welfare, where her career in state government spanned for more than 32 years.

19: Warren W. Rosenthal, 96, of Lexington, formerly of Paducah. Businessman and philanthropist, and a longtime supporter of WKCTC, he built the Long John Silver's and Jerry's Restaurant brands and, as president of Jerrico Inc., created the fast Italian food restaurant, Fazoli's.

31: Dr. Clint Hill, 46, of Paducah. Was an orthopaedic spine surgeon at The Orthopaedic Institute in western Kentucky.


3: Dr. Wally Olson Montgomery, 83, of Paducah. Served as medical staff president of Lourdes hospital in 1973, and of Western Baptist Hospital in 1978. He was the first physician in Paducah to perform arterial blood gas determinations peri-operatively and also performed the first carotid endarterectomy in Paducah. Was the first physician to serve on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Hospital Association, a position he held for 14 years. Served as chairman of the Kentucky Medical Association, (KMA) Board of Trustees.


4: William F. "Bill" Buckingham, 89, of Lone Oak. Longtime educator, having served McCracken County Schools as: teacher, basketball coach, assistant superintendent, and elementary principal.

11: James C. "Jimmy" Campbell, 67, of Eddyville. Kuttawa mayor, former Lyon County judge-executive from 2007 to 2011 and 27-plus years before that as circuit clerk for the county.

25: Mary Kathryn Clapp, 89, of Wingo. Longtime co-owner and operator of Wingo Hardware with her husband, Lloyd Clapp.

31: The Rev. Paul Peck, 88, of Paducah. Longtime United Methodist pastor, who served several charges in the Memphis Annual Conference from 1968 until his retirement in 1994, mostly in Kentucky and northwest Tennessee.

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