A Kentucky Basketball legend has experienced a devastating loss.
According to a post sent out by UK Hall of Famer John Pelphrey through Twitter on Wednesday evening, his father, Jack Pelphrey, has passed away.
— John Pelphrey (@johnpelphrey) January 14, 2021
“Today I saw my Dad, Jack Pelphrey, for the last time. Even though I am deeply saddened, I am even more thankful for having him as a father. He was not perfect, but he was perfect for me. A teacher, mentor, role model, coach and yes a friend. It takes a talented guy to wear all those hats. Haha! (he really loved wearing hats!) My childhood consisted of nonstop teaching and training about Faith, Family and Country that has always spilled into Athletics. He loved sports and competition. My gratefulness is so emotionally overwhelming that it hurts. I have never felt this blessed by anything in my life.
“What a final gift from the man who always gave everything to me, our family and his friends. After all, this is the man who told Eddie Sutton, when they were discussing my newly found heart issue the doctors found shortly after I arrived at the University of Kentucky, “Well Coach, if a man has to go, then I cant imagine a better way to go than right in the middle of Rupp Arena.” Yes my Dad really said that, but he did not want me to die…he wanted me to live life and compete like my life was on the line. So that when you get to the end of the road, there will be no regrets. And WE HAVE NONE do we Dad!
“Thanks is not a strong enough word Dad for our love and appreciation for you! We got Mom now, so go Rest in Peace and hug my son John Patrick for me; and tell him we love and miss him every day.
According to his obituary, Jack Pelphrey passed away on Jan. 9 at the age of 87. In his early years, he served two years in the Army before attending Morehead State where he earned a BS in Industrial Arts, an AB in Physical Education, and a Master’s in Education. Jack was a teacher for 28 years in Ohio and Kentucky, often coaching basketball and other sports, as well.
Rest in Peace to Jack and keep your thoughts with the Pelphrey family.