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EDITORIAL – In Memory of Paul McRee 

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (03/16/15) – KenCo News staff has worked with a local reporter for several years before we even came into being. That reporter, Paul McRee, has always been a guiding light for his friends, the community and so many others. Paul was laid to rest today, Monday, March 16, 2015.

Paul McRee was likely one of Muhlenberg County’s biggest supporters, from the early days of his life. He has served on radio stations, print news and online news services. Throughout it all, everyone he worked with knew what his true passion was, and that was the art of music. Not just all music, but the musical history and talent of Muhlenberg County.

In his recent weekly column with KenCo News (The Christian View), Pastor Matt Adams brought up a line from an old-school song called, “Who’s gonna fill their shoes,” by George Jones. At Paul’s visitation today at Gary’s funeral, as yours truly, J.L. Graham, stood looking at Paul as he lay in the casket, that song immediately came to my mind.

Who is gonna fill Paul’s shoes? Who in our community will have such a strong passion for our music history and current musical artists and events that will equal the passion that Paul had? Paul went to lengths to promote our local talented musicians. It wasn’t just the famed ones, but any local musician that had that Muhlenberg musical spirit.

I cannot help but think that Paul, at this very moment, is sitting in heaven at this time with some of Muhlenberg County’s most legendary musicians, and playing the guitar.

In memory of Paul McRee, we urge everyone to do two things. First, and foremost, pray for Paul’s wife and children through this time of sadness. Next, don’t suppress your love for local Muhlenberg musical talent. Push it, talk about it, and make it an important aspect in your life, in memory of Paul. We are blessed to have talent in our community. If you know someone with musical talent, let them know how you feel about it. Get your children into music as well.

We, at KenCo News, would like to say that we were honored to know Paul McRee, and he will be missed greatly on a personal and county-wide level.

Rest in peace my friend. You will always have a special place in our hearts.

J.L. Graham
KenCo News