Carrie Downing “CD” Bell Adams McCord, 56, of Paducah, passed away Tuesday, May 12 at her home.

CD was born on January 16, 1964 in Mount Sterling. She was a former member of Lone Oak First Baptist Church. She graduated from Lone Oak High School, then attended Murray State University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in special education and a Master’s in administration and counseling. She was a dedicated teacher in Crittenden County, Paducah Middle School, and McCracken County High School. CD preferred to stay in the classroom in order to have a close relationship with her students. She not only taught her students, she loved each and every one, just as she loved her family and friends.

CD is survived by her son and best friend, Joseph Roland “JR” Adams of Lovettsville, Virginia; her parents, Roland and Frances (Clarke) Bell of Paducah; one brother, Brian Bell (Paula) of Paducah; and one sister, Margaret Elizabeth “Beth” Smithson of South Fulton, Tennessee.

In compliance with health and public safety directives, the funeral arrangements for CD will be private. Milner & Orr Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made through donations to the CD McCord Special Education Teacher Scholarship, P.O. Box 2550, Paducah, KY 42002-2550.

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