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William Gross Magee

March 13, 1957 — August 31, 2022


Wm. Gross Magee, 65, of Mayfield, died August 31, 2022, at Mercy Health, Paducah, following a recent diagnosis of cancer.

Gross was born into a publishing family and grew up in Ballard County. In recent years, most of his free time was spent with his wife  in nature, photographing eagles and other wildlife, or attending concerts and photographing the musicians.

Mr. Magee was a graduate of Murray State University and a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He then became a 25-year faculty member at Murray State University where he taught commercial photography and digital imaging. He was the author of  “Mammoth Cave Photographic Co. Then and Now”. The book takes  readers on a visual tour of the world's longest cave system and recreates the photos of  Charles L. Waldack who was the first to photograph the Caves over 100 years ago.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Rebecca Oliver Magee; a daughter Sarah (Justin Mcfarland) Magee of Murray; a brother, Mike (Linda) Magee of Frankfort; and a sister, Ava (Vic) Siener of Paducah. He also is survived by two foster daughters Ashley Foster and Lizzy Cullen and a foster granddaughter Emily Newberry. He was the son of the late Alfred James (Pat) Magee and M. Juliette (Judy) Magee Stone of Wickliffe.

A memorial Celebration will be held at Grace United Methodist Church Friday, Sept. 9th located at 3725 Paducah Rd. (Hwy 60) LaCenter, KY from 2:00:-4:00 PM, afterwards we will go to spread ashes at Ballard Co. Refuge.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a charitable contribution to Woodlands Nature Station care of Friends of LBL; located at 345 Maintenance Rd. Cadiz KY 42211

Online condolences may be left at

Lindsey Funeral Home of Paducah is in charge of arrangements.

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