Notable residents of Paducah, KY

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Notable residents of Paducah, KY
Paducah was the birthplace or residence of the following notable people:

  • Vice President Alben W. Barkley spent much of his life in Paducah, and has a lake, an airport and other landmarks named after him in the area. His historic home, Angles, is a private residence. One can visit Whitehaven, a mansion-turned-welcome-center off Interstate 24, where some of his memorabilia is displayed.
  • Julian Carroll, Governor of Kentucky from 1974 to 1979
  • Steven Curtis Chapman, contemporary Christian music star
  • Irvin S. Cobb, humorist
  • Russ Cochran, PGA Tour golfer
  • Steve Finley, a longtime (and current) Major League Baseball player, was born in West Tennessee, but grew up in Paducah.
  • Clarence "Big House" Gaines, Hall of Fame basketball coach
  • Dr. Robert H. Grubbs, a 2005 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, grew up in Paducah.
  • Eddie Haas, former Major League Baseball outfielder, coach, manager and scout.
  • Callie Khouri, who won an Oscar for her screenplay to Thelma and Louise, lived in Paducah for most of her childhood.
  • Fate Marable, jazz pianist and bandleader
  • Kenny Perry, PGA Tour golfer, graduated from Lone Oak High School just outside Paducah, although he spent most of his childhood in Franklin, Kentucky.
  • Boots Randolph, saxophonist
  • Phil Roof, a former Major League Baseball player and coach and minor league baseball manager.
  • Actress Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager, Boston Public, Shark) spent her teenage years in Paducah.
  • John Scopes, of Scopes Trial fame, is buried in Paducah
  • Terry Shumpert, a former Major League Baseball player.
  • William Sledd, notable YouTube celebrity
  • Confederate General Lloyd Tilghman lived in Paducah for a number of years. The only public high school in the Paducah Public Schools district, Paducah Tilghman High School, is named in honor of General Tilghman's wife Augusta Tilghman.
  • Marcy Walker, Liza Colby on All My Children
  • Col. JD Wilkes, musician and visual artist, who still lives in Paducah
  • Hoyt Hawkins, a member of the Jordanaires who gained international fame for singing background for Elvis Presley, was born in Paduch in 1927.
  • Vernon Carver Rudolph, the founder of Krispy Kreme, was involved with a Broad Street doughnut shop in Paducah purchased by his uncle. Rudolph turned the company's assets and the rights to a secret yeast-raised doughnut recipe into Krispy Kreme in Winston- Salem, NC. Ironically, Paducah has never had a franchised Krispy Kreme. Local doughnut shops have served similar doughnuts in Paducah since World War II.
  • Charles "Speedy" Atkins, whose mummified body was on display at a local funeral home from 1928 to 1994.

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