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