Former Knox magistrate dies at 77

Pat McDonald
Pat McDonald

Long-time Barbourville resident and former 4th District Magistrate Pat McDonald, 77, passed away Tuesday morning. Friends say he had been in poor health for a long time.

McDonald retired from the Knox County school system as a Director of Pupil Personnel. He began his teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse and continued to teach throughout the Knox County School District, where he also coached several grade school basketball teams over the years.

He served one four-year term as magistrate, easily defeating his opponents in the 2010 election. However, he stepped down from his position and did not run in the 2014 election because of health issues.

He was a deacon at the First Baptist Church in Barbourville where his wife Sharon teaches children’s Sunday School.

Brenda Corey and Pat McDonald have been friends for many years.

“Pat was a hoot,” said Corey. “He was one of the funniest human beings I have ever known. He never failed to put his twist on anything. We worked together for about 18 years, and the days always went by so quickly.

Corey said she and Pat McDonald’s children grew up together, so their families were very close.

“Pat made every day an adventure,” said Corey. “He loved fox hunting. He and my husband hunted together for many years.

“But, most of all, I can tell you, Sharon was the love of his life.”

Pat McDonald leaves behind three daughters, Erin Grubb, Patti McDonald Adams, Shawn White, and their families.

Knox Funeral Home will be in charge of Pat McDonald’s funeral arrangements.