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James Edward McGhee, 72, of Louisville died Saturday May 4, 2019 at Baptist Health. Jim McGhee was an assistant athletic director for varsity sports and student life at the University of Louisville. McGhee joined the athletic staff in 1977 as assistant athletic trainer and football equipment manager. He was named the university's equipment and facilities manager in 1986 before he moved into his most recent position, a job he held for 24 years. For 20 years with the athletic department, he operated the NCAA National Youth Sports Program, a summer program for at-risk boys and girls. "Jim was the definition of the true Cardinal Spirit. He was loyal, hardworking and a stickler for detail. One of the most organized and meticulous members of the athletic staff, he was 100 percent reliable, had a true servant's heart and was a gentleman in every sense of the word. He will be sorely missed here at Cardinal Athletics," said Kenny Klein, senior associate athletic director, who worked with Mr. McGhee for 36 years, in a release. He earned his bachelor's degree in physical education and science at Mississippi Valley State in 1969 and a master's degree in human movement and physical education at Boston University in 1975. He was assistant athletic trainer at Harvard from 1973-77 and was head athletic trainer and equipment manager at Texas Southern and Mississippi Valley State from 1971-73 and 1969-71, respectively. He is survived by his wife Linda, son James McGhee Jr., daughter Veronica Garner and six grandchildren. Visitation will be held on May 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the funeral following on May 14 at noon, according to the release. Both will be held at Watson Memorial Baptist at 7217 Nachand Lane, Louisville, Kentucky, 40218.

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  • Sunday, May 12, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ W.T. Shumake & Daughters FH
  • Monday, May 13, 2019
    I remember reaching out to Jim when I had a question about use of vehicles for Football. He was quick with a smile and made you feel so welcome. It seems like yesterday that he and his wife, Linda, were honored for their 40 years at the University of Louisville. I can honestly say that things won't be the same. He was one of the best.
    ~ Vicky Nugent   New Albany, IN
  • Sunday, May 19, 2019
    Just learned today of Mr. McGhee's passing. My heartfelt sympathy to the family during this difficult time. May you find comfort in your loving memories.
    ~ Phyllis Slaughter   Louisville, KY
  • Thursday, June 20, 2019
    To the family and friends: please, accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. You can find comfort in the Bible account found at John 11; Jesus said to her: “Your brother will rise.” Martha said to him: “I know he will rise in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life". Please find more information about this beautiful promise at
    ~ R&R Lopez