Former McCracken Superintendent Underwood Dies
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Former McCracken County Schools Superintendent Tilford Underwood has died at age 83.
Underwood graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, but his plans to be a veterinarian were derailed by glaucoma and partial blindness. In the spring of 1957, he was asked to fill in for a teacher at Puryear High School, fell in love with teaching, and went to the University of Kentucky to complete his student teaching requirements. He taught at Sedalia High School before eventually settling in the McCracken County School System for a career that spanned more than 35 years. He taught agriculture, supervised the FFA, and eventually rose to the title of Superintendent of Schools. Upon retirement, he worked for Murray State University, supervising student teachers.
In his last few years, Tilford spent many hours sharing the stories of his youth and the lessons he learned from life, including his blindness. He often stated that he had a good life and that he appreciated his family and the friendship of those closest to him.
Visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. Monday at the Lone Oak Chapel of Milner & Orr Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 am, with his daughter in law, Andrea Underwood officiating. In recognition of Tilford’s dedication to the Big Blue Nation, attendees are encouraged to wear their University of Kentucky attire. University of Louisville red is discouraged, along with mentioning Christian Laettner or Duke University, or even Rick Pitino.
To see Underwood's very colorful obituary, click the link below.
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