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.
Source: Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paducah%2C_Kentucky