Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011 10:27 pm
The Messenger, February 10, 2011
Kenneth Donald “Don” McCracken, 80, of Martin died Feb. 7, 2011, at Oakview Rehab and Nursing Center in Calvert City, Ky.
A memorial service and celebration of his life is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday at Martin First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Randy Cooper officiating. Burial will follow there in East Side Cemetery.
Friends may call at Murphy Funeral Home in Martin 5-7 p.m. Friday.
He was born Feb. 18, 1930, in Hiattville, Kan., son of the late Joseph Andrew and Nellie (Peele) McCracken. He was the widower of Jan (Houghton) McCracken and was a retired professor in the School of Education at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He was a graduate of Pittsburg State University in Kansas and the University of Arkansas and was a member of Pawnee (Kan.) United Methodist Church. He was also part of the Martin First United Methodist Church family.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Survivors include two sons, the Rev. Schuyler J. “Sky” McCracken of Paducah, Ky., and Dr. Vance J. McCracken of Edwardsvillle, Ill.; his brother, Edward McCracken of Hiattville; his sister, Dee Burnam of Ft. Scott, Kan.; and four grandchildren, Sarah McCracken, Connor McCracken, Liam McCracken and Rowan McCracken.