In Memoriam

Cordez Lemar Bacon
March 28, 1980 - January 13, 2010

Henry County High School Band Director Cordez Bacon passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at the Regional Medical Center in Madisonville, KY after a short illness. He was 29 years old. Cordez grew up in Hopkinsville, KY and was a member of the Christian Co. HS Band. He was a graduate of Murray State University, receiving a Bachelor of Music Education. He taught band at Paducah Middle School before beginning his tenure in the Henry Co. School System. Beginning in 2006 he taught band and general music at Lakewood School for 3 years before transferring to become band director at Henry School and assistant director at Henry Co. HS. In July of 2009 he was named director of the Henry Co. High School Patriot Band and had just completed his first semester in this position. 

Cordez was a member of Gracey Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, KY, where he served as pianist, organist, and choir director. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and WTSBOA.

His death came as a shock to all who knew him and he will be missed by those whose lives he touched through his friendship and teaching.

Cordez was laid to rest on Friday, January 22, 2009 in Patterson Cemetery in Trigg Co., KY.


From The Paris Post-Intelligencer:

HCHS band director Bacon dies

Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010  12:27 PM CST

Cordez Bacon, Henry County High School band director, has died.

A spokesman for Regional Medical Center in Madisonville, Ky., where Bacon was raised, confirmed this morning that he had died at the hospital there.

Susan Burton, public relations director for the Henry County School System, said more information would be released as soon as possible.

Lennies McFerren, HCHS principal, spoke to Bacon’s band students at the school this morning. He said grief counseling is being provided for those students through a support system that includes counselors and parents that are involved with the Band Boosters program.

Bacon had missed the last few days of school with an illness, McFerren said, but had been in touch with HCHS officials as recently as Tuesday through text messages.

“He was a fine band director. He was a young man who definitely had the promise to become one of the finest band directors Henry County High School has ever had. He had the tools to become that,” McFerren said. “And he was very popular with his students.”

Bacon was named band director at the high school prior to this school year. He had previously been assistant band director, as well as being band director at Henry and Lakewood schools.