The Graves County High School Eagle Foundation was founded in 2010 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to help bridge the gap between a decline in funding from the state of Kentucky and the growing educational and facility needs of our students. Seeing these needs, the founding group of parents, community, business, and educational leaders sought greater ease in providing a private means for contributions, while also exploring better ways to serve our community and growing alumni network.
The Graves County Board of Education endorsed the establishment of the Eagle Foundation and continues to support its efforts which are aligned with the Graves County High School strategic or master plan. As an entity independent from the school and the district, the Foundation is able to bring new financial and in-kind resources and facilitate community and business partnerships that benefit the school and the community as a whole. Sharpening student opportunites and creating a more competitive and physically healthy future workforce will undoubtedly make our community more attractive to business and industry, thus growing jobs and a thriving local economy.
Ricky Binkley has served as Operations and Planning Engineer for West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative for the past 10 years. He is a graduate of Marshall County High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He and his wife, Allyssa, have been married since 2004 and have two daughters, Anna Reese, age 7, and Emerson, age 5. Allyssa holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree and Rank I certification from Murray State University. She teaches at Sedalia Elementary where Anna Reese and Emerson are students. Ricky and his family are active members of Mayfield First United Methodist Church where he serves on the Board of Trustees.
Tommy Dublin, Jr. was raised in the Wingo community and graduated from Graves County High School in 1988. He received a B.S. in Agriculture from Murray State University in 1993 and currently works for Armor Seed Company as a sales agronomist. Tommy was a charter member of the Eagle Foundation and was the first President of the foundation. Very active in his community, Tommy has served on the Leadership Ministry at Farmington Church of Christ, as a board member of West Kentucky Futbol Club, as a board member for Graves County Soccer Association, and as a mentor for LEAD Academy at Graves County High School. Tommy resides in Mayfield and is married to Kimberly Miller Dublin (Wingo High School 1982, Murray State University: Bachelors Education 1986, Masters in Guidance and Counseling 1988, Rank 1 in Administration 2000, Educational Specialists Degree in Superintendency 2007). Kimberly is the current Superintendent of Graves County School District. They have 6 children between them: Andrea Beach Bazzell (GCHS 2007), Beth Beach Dunn (GCHS 2008), Kelsey Beach (GCHS 2012), Macy Dublin (GCHS 9th Grader), Bailey Dublin (GCMS 7th Grader), and Tripp Dublin (Born June 2011). All the girls were Lady Eagles in various sports. Tripp hasn’t narrowed it down yet but likes any sport with a ball.
Khristain Elliott begins the 2014-15 school year as the athletic director at Graves County High School after serving as a social studies teacher and the head baseball coach for the Eagles since 2004. He graduated from Ballard Memorial High School in 1995, prior to attending Shawnee Community College on a baseball scholarship. He finished his undergraduate and masters’ degree from Murray State University, and in 2011 he earned the designation as a National Board Certified Teacher. After graduation from college, Khristain returned to his alma mater, serving as a teacher and head baseball coach at BMHS from 2000-2004, where he won two district titles and coached 8 athletes who signed college scholarships, including one who played in the SEC. As the GCHS baseball coach, he led the Eagles to a 196-121 record, which included 6 district championships and two regional runner-up finishes, while 21 of his former Eagle players have continued their playing careers at the college level.
He and his wife, Marta, have been married for 12 years, and they have two children. Karson, 9, is a 3rd grader at Central Elementary and Klark, 3, is an Eagle in waiting. Coach Elliott is hitting the ground running as athletic director and is looking forward to being an advocate for all sports at GCHS, while developing greater fan support and pride in all of our teams.
Tyler Goodman is a 2002 graduate of Graves County High School and was a proud member of the Eagle football team during his high school experience, and as such is excited to be a
part of the new 12th Man Legacy Club that hopes to build support for that program. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in political science.
Since 2008, he has been employed in operations at Arkema in Calverty City. He is a member of the NEEDLINE food pantry board of directors and in 2012 was elected to the Mayfield City
Council. He will be serving as the District 2 County Commissioner for Graves County beginning in January, 2015. Tyler's family have been enthusiastic supporters of Graves County High School
since its inception, and he is anxious to continue to build that support for his alma mater.
David Hargrove is a 1977 graduate of Lowes High School. He attended Murray State University, graduating in 1981 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Physics. After working several years in radio, David attended the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky, where he received his juris doctorate in 1987. He began practicing law in Marion, Kentucky before moving back to Graves County in 1990.
David became the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1991 and was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney in 1995, an office in which he continues to serve today. In addition to the Commonwealth Attorney position, he is a partner in the law firm of Hargrove & Foster in Mayfield, Kentucky. He has further served as the Graves County School Board Attorney since 1993.
David has been married to his wife, Tracy, since 1994. They have a daughter, Ashley, 27, and a daughter, Skylar, 16, who attends Graves County High School and is very active in the Lady Eagles soccer program.
Kevin Irions grew up at Caruthersville, Missouri and excelled in football and baseball while in high school. He then attended Lambuth College on a football scholarship and later earned a Workforce Resolutions Certificate in Supervisory Management at WKCTC. He became a Journeyman Wireman and worked for a local contractor before becoming employed at USEC. At USEC for nine years, he was first an electrical mechanic before becoming a Maintenance Front Line Manager. He is currently employed at ICI Mechanical in Paducah, Kentucky.
Irions and his wife, Abi, a dental hygienist, have two daughters in Graves County Schools. Emma Kate is a freshman at Graves County High and Lizzie is in fifth grade at Symsonia Elementary. Their family enjoys boating, vacationing with family, and spending lots of time as traveling soccer parents who also branch out into other youth sports programs as well. They are very active at Pleasant Grove Methodist Church near Benton.
Both Kevin and Abi Irions are strong supporters of their children’s educational and athletic activities. They are involved and frequently volunteer at their daughters’ schools. He is pleased to be associated with The Eagle Foundation and to work to achieve its’ goals.
Dr. Timothy D. Jones, who was raised in Sedalia, is a 1996 graduate of Graves County High School. After completing his Master’s degree at Murray State University, he went on to receive his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 2005. He practiced veterinary medicine at Germantown Animal Hospital in Memphis, TN before returning home to Graves County. Since his return, he has become part owner of Mayfield Vet Clinic, where he primarily practices small animal medicine. Besides his work life, he also has a busy church and home life. Tim is an active member of Lebanon Church of Christ, where he currently serves as a deacon. He and his wife Alison (graduate from GCHS 1998, B.A. MSU 2004, and Master’s degree MSU 2009) have two young children, Luke, who is three, and Clara Beth, who is one.
Matthew Madding graduated from GCHS in 2002 where he was a valedictorian in his class while participating in football throughout his high school experience. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2006 with a degree in mathematics. That fall he began the alternate certification program and began teaching math at GCHS. He taught math and served as assistant football coach at his alma mater for five years before being hired as principal of Farmington Elementary for the 2011-12 school year. He became principal of GCHS that following year and continues to serve in that capacity. He married the former Allison Wesmoland in 2007. She started her service to Graves County Schools in 2006 as well, serving as a special education teacher at GCHS and now at Sedalia Elementary. The Maddings have two children: Nathan, 5, is in kindergarten at Sedalia, and Maci is an active 2 year old. Their family is active in Sedalia Baptist Church, where Matthew serves as a deacon.
Dr. Ronald B. (R.B.) Mays was a junior at Graves County High School when the doors opened in 1985, after attending Wingo for his first 10 years in school, and is a proud member of the graduating class of 1987. He received his B.S. in accounting and math from Bethel College in McKenzie, TN in 1991, and then earned a M.A.T. for teacher certification from there in 1992. He began teaching math and coaching fast pitch softball in 1992 in Big Sandy, TN.
Having answered the call to Christian ministry in 1989, R.B. began serving as a pastor in a small church outside of McKenzie. In order to complete the seminary degree required for ordination, he left teaching, pastored full-time in Campbellsville, KY, and began work at Asbury Theological Seminary in 1993. He earned his M.Div in pastoral ministries in 1995, and a Th.M. in World Mission and Evangelism in 1996. He was ordained by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1995 and has served as pastor or interim pastor of 5 different churches since that time. He has served as youth pastor at his home church, Wingo Old C.P. Church, since 2006.
R.B. moved to Russellville, KY and began teaching math and coaching again from 1998-2004 at Logan County High School, Warren East High School, and Todd Central High School. He was an assistant basketball coach and head baseball coach for three years at Todd Central, leading them to the only district championship the school has won in that sport in the last 45 years in 2004. Between 1998-2004, he completed his Rank I in school administration at Western Kentucky University as well as the doctorate coursework in a joint program with the University of Louisville. He was awarded his PhD in May, 2011.
He is in his 11th year serving the Graves County School District - serving Graves County High School three years as assistant principal/dean of students, then two years as athletic director, and three years as principal, before becoming finance officer for the district in July, 2012.
Michelle Lyles McKee is a member of the second graduating class of Graves County High School after attending Symsonia for the first 10 years of her school career, is a graduate of the University of Memphis, and received her M.B.A. from Murray State University. She is beginning her 13th year at her high school alma mater as a business teacher, where she also serves as DECA sponsor and advisor for the Eagles Unlimited bookstore at GCHS. She was a charter member of the Eagle Foundation and has served as its secretary/treasurer since its inception. Michelle has successfully converted her East Tennessee husband of 23 years, Terry, to being an Eagle. In 1997, they started KeeForce, a computer networking and document management company located in Symsonia. Their children Connor, 17; Carson, 15; and Clint, 11, are involved in a variety of Graves County sports and definitely bleed blue!
Rich Taylor and his wife of 24 years, the former Tracy Burchard, are soccer parents to three Lady Eagles, Haley, 19, a Graves County High School and Commonwealth Middle College graduate, and twins Abby and Ally, 15, Graves County High School sophomores. In addition to being soccer parents, Richie is an alumnus of Wingo High School , class of 1982, and Tracy is an alumnus of Lowes High School, class of 1985. His involvement with Graves County Soccer Association landed him role of coach for various little league soccer teams. In addition to being soccer parents, the Taylors attend Spring Creek Church of Christ. Richie has served on SBDM at Lowes, as well as parent volunteer. Murray State University introduced Richie to the world of business. After working in sales for Southeastern Book Company, he served President and CEO for 11 years. Currently he is self-employed. Richie’s goal is for Graves County Schools is to lead the way!
Darvin D. Towery is a 1978 graduate of Sedalia High School. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Murray State University in 1982, his M.B.A. from Murray State University in 1991, and graduated from graduate school of banking at the University of Colorado, Bolder in 1995. Darvin began his career in banking/financial services in 1983 at Liberty Savings Bank, and has been in his current position of Executive Vice President at First Kentucky Bank since 1999. Darvin and his wife Pam (Lowes class of 1983, B.S. Business from Mid- Continent University) are both pleased to be part of the Eagle tradition at Graves County High School. They have two sons, Eli (G.C.H.S class of 2010, University of The Cumberland’s 2014), and Grant (G.C.H.S class of 2013, student at Murray State University).
Jarrod Thompson graduated from Graves County High School in 2000 and was a member of the Eagle football team throughout his high school career, prompting him to be a part of the
new 12th Man Legacy Club - serving as its vice-president. He has worked in the family business, Gilliam Thompson Furniture, since high school, currently serving as the customer service manager.
He married the former Nicki Treas in 2006, currently a kindergarten teacher at Central Elementary School. They have two children, Jaelyn, 9, a 4th grader at Central, and Brody, a very active 1
year old. Jared looks forward to helping grow alumni involvement and fan support for the Eagles!
Kellie Wilferd was a member of the second graduating class of GCHS in 1987, while her husband, Scott, was a member of the first graduating class in 1986. They reside in the Farmington community where they operate Wilferd Farms, Inc. The Wilferds are active in First United Methodist Church in Mayfield. They have two children: Madison, 19, is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky, while Preston, 16, is a junior at Graves County High School. She is a very active parent volunteer, while also subbing periodically as a teacher's aide. Kelli is a graduate of the Prichard Committee Parent Leadership Training, and she offers her guidance for other high school students as a LEAD Academy mentor.
Trevor Bonnstettor - CEO, West KY & TN Telephone Co-op
Jerald Ellington - Principal, Graves County High School - 1985-1995
Doug Gloyd - Athletic Director, Graves County High School - 2011-2014
Tina Halpain - GCHS Class of 1987 - CEO of ProPlanIt
Lana Jackson - Graves County High School Faculty - 1985-2010
Jim Simmons - Athletic Director, Graves County High School - 2010-2011
John Wiggins - GCHS Class of 1987 - GCHS Asst Football Coach