Hazard native Don McGuire, part of legendary singing group, dies

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Hazard native Don McGuire, who went to Western Kentucky University on a basketball scholarship and ended up touring the world in a popular quartet, died Friday. He was 86.

McGuire was part of "The Hilltoppers" and was the last surviving member.

McGuire traveled back to Hazard often from his home in Lexington, including in January, 2017, when he was the guest speaker at the WYMT Whayne Supply Mountain Baskeball Classic scholarship banquet. He also appeared on "Issues and Answers" with WYMT news director Steve Hensley during that time.

When Steve profiled McGuire in 2005 from his home in Lexington, he told him he wanted to be remembered as someone who loved his friends and his hometown.

"I just want to be remembered as someone who loved his young years in Hazard and somebody who was part of something that was really important," McGuire said.

You can watch the entire 2-part profile from 2005 above.

Visitation for family and friends will take place on Tues, Sept. 11 from 4 - 8 p.m. at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road in Lexington. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 12th at the funeral home. A private family committal service will be held at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Bobby and Don McGuire Scholarship Fund, c/o WKU College Heights Foundation, 1906 College Heights Blvd, Bowling Green, KY, 42101.

Here is a link to his obituary: http://www.kerrbrothersfuneralhome.com/obituaries.php?view=detail&id=13126

The Western Kentucky University Alumni Association posted this tribute Saturday: http://alumni.wku.edu/s/808/index.aspx?sid=808&gid=1&pgid=4354&cid=7214&ecid=7214&crid=0&calpgid=3340&calcid=6969

Courtesy: Western Kentucky University

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