Introduced Version House Resolution 8 History

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(By Delegates Fast, Kessinger, and Staggers on Behalf of All Members of the House)

[Introduced January 28, 2019]


            Memorializing the life of the Honorable Paul W. McKown, veteran, athlete, teacher, coach and public servant.

            Whereas, Paul W. McKown was born on June 18, 1935, in Millstone, Calhoun County, and raised in Lookout, Fayette County, West Virginia, and was one of ten children born to the late Evan McKown and Shirley Powell McKown; and

            Whereas, Paul served in the US Army during the Korean War.  Following his discharge, he returned to school and graduated from Glenville State College, where he was a three-sport letterman, played on one of Glenville State’s undefeated football teams and received the distinction of being named to the all-conference team as a running back; and

            Whereas, In keeping with his sports interests, Paul continued to make sure the rules were followed by being a WVIAC basketball official for more than 20 years; and

            Whereas, From 1959 to 1977, Paul was a teacher and coach at Fayetteville High School.  During this time, he was deeply involved in community and school events and working with the youth was his passion.  Paul moved into an administrative position with Fayette County Schools in 1978 when he became Director of Transportation; and

            Whereas, Paul was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in 1976 representing Fayette County.  He was a member of the Committees on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Banking and Insurance and Government Organization; and

Whereas, Paul’s legislative service instilled in him a new passion for government affairs and for the next 22 years, he was President of the West Virginia Retailers Association.  In this position, he fully enjoyed his continued involvement with the Legislature through his lobbying efforts; and

            Whereas, Paul is survived by the love of his life, Shirley Lambert McKown, whom he married on June 15, 1957.  He is also survived by his four children, Mike, Jody, Stephanie and Julie, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and

            Whereas, Paul was a Methodist and a member of the West Virginia Coaches Association, WVIAC Officials Association, Fayetteville Boosters Club, Fayetteville Little League, International Association of Basketball Officials, and the American Legion; an

            Whereas, Sadly the Honorable Paul W. McKown, also known as Coach and Paps, passed away on August 1, 2018; therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Delegates of the West Virginia Legislature:

            That the House of Delegates hereby memorializes the life of the Honorable Paul W. McKown, veteran, athlete, teacher, coach and public servant; and, be it

            Further Resolved, That the House of Delegates hereby extends its sincere sympathy at the passing of the Honorable Paul W. McKown; and, be it

            Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward a copy of this resolution to the family of the Honorable Paul W. McKown.



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