Back in 1976, residents in Knox got to see their first New Orleans style funeral procession. The Jerry Fuller Jazz Band provided music as they carried Glen Kay’s casket from the funeral coach to the burial site at Crown Hill Cemetery. They played a dirge going up the hill, but coming down, they broke into the old New Orleans song, “Eight Men Going To This Funeral, But Only Seven Of Us Coming Back.” The mourners then
reassembled at Glen Kay Clothing and Shoes for a rousing Dixieland concert and refreshments.
The first Mayor of Knox, an enthusiastic store owner, and an avid jazz fan who counted as his acquaintances players like Pete Fountain and Al Hurt. That was Glen Kay, who died at the age of 62 of a heart attack, 35 years ago yesterday. Glen will be featured at 12:20 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. CT today.