Businessman, city leader PJ Grumley passes away

Longtime Paducah businessman and city leader PJ Grumley passed away at 90 years old on Thursday, April 7.

He opened Paducah’s first fast food franchise restaurant, Burger Chef, located at the corner of Ninth and Kentucky Avenue, in the early 1960’s after moving here with his family. His involvement with the community since that time was extensive.

In 1975, Grumley was elected a Paducah city commissioner. He served until 1998, when he retired. He also acted as mayor pro tem for seven years.

He was a member of the Lions Club of Paducah, serving as club president and chairman of the Lions Club/WPSD Telethon of Stars. Grumley maintained an active membership until his recent death.

His listof achievements is extensive, including serving as president of the Retail Merchant’s Association and chairman of the Paducah Tourist Recreation and Convention Commission. He served as the director of organizations including: the American Red Cross; Salvation Army; Western Kentucky Restaurant Association; Purchase Area Economic and Development Council; Paducah Transit Authority; Purchase Area Housing Corporation; Carson Park Board; Paducah-McCracken County Emergency Communication (911) Board; Paducah Waterworks; Paducah-McCracken County Senior Citizens board. 

To read his full obituary, which includes details on visitation and funeral arrangements, click here.

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