James "Eddie" King

Chairman / CEO

Though born in Kentucky, Eddie and his family moved to Indiana when he was a teenager. Through that time, Kentucky remained in his heart as home and he moved back to attend college at Murray State University where he received a Bachelors degree in Business Administration.

He went into accounting and management in the manufacturing industry straight out of college, eventually working his way up to Vice President of Operations and Finance of a large company on the West Coast. That lead to other opportunities, including being on the Board of Directors, Vice President and General Manager of THOR, a privately held staffing firm that supported the IT industry and companies such as IBM. 

In addition to his work at The Heritage At Marion Country Club, he is the Executive Vice President of Career Strategies Companies as well as serves on the Board of Directors of the four companies. His favorite hobby is business development and mentoring young business people - seeing their objectives be accomplished and exceeded.

Jim King

Eddie grew up caddying and watching golfers play in clubs all around the country. Their commitment to the game, perseverance and spirit of excellence left a big impression on him as a young man. Golf remains one of his biggest passions to this day. His desire in purchasing Marion Country Club was to help recreate the awe and excitement felt when getting ready to tee it up on a well manicured golf course. He loves the full country club feel and the memories created with people of his home town and surrounding areas in Western Kentucky. He intends to make sure his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are given every opportunity to enjoy these very special bonds that he has enjoyed!

david wigginton, board member

David Wigginton

David has been in the Insurance and Financial services industry for forty seven years. He served on Marion Country Club board for two years previously as well as the Pennyrile Industry Board. He currently serves on the Mid-Continent University board.

Ronnie Nix, Board Member

Ronnie Nix

Ronnie Nix has been married for 26 plus years to Deana. He has a daughter, Talley and son, Tanner. They are all avid U of L fans, except his son-in-law Jon Ryan Joyce (UK), who he let marry his daughter anyway. He has been a member of the Marion Country Club for 20 plus years. He enjoys playing golf and the friendships he has acquired over the years through the club.

billy fox, board member

Billy Fox

Billy is a fifth generation memorialist at Henry and Henry Monuments which was founded by his great-great grandfather in 1881. He has served on the Kentucky Association of Memorial Dealers as director and 3 terms as President. Billy also served on the Board of Trustees and as Vice President of Monument Builder of North America, an international association of monument retailers and suppliers. He has served as President of Marion Country Club for 3 terms. Billy is also Past Master and Secretary of Bigham Masonic Lodge in Marion. Billy and his wife Charlotte have two daughters and 4 grandchildren. He enjoys golf, fishing and flying. 

tom shemwell, board member

Tom Shemwell

Thomas Shemwell has been a practicing Veterinarian in Crittenden county for 43 years. His wife Nedra and he have three adult children Andrea, Ashley and Brian, and five grandchildren with another due in October. He's been a golf addict since 2002 and his condition appears to be terminal with no recovery likely.

melissa tabor, board member

Melissa Tabor

Melissa J. Tabor is the principal at Crittenden County Elementary School. She received her Master’s and Rank I degrees in School Administration from Murray State University. She taught 3rd & 4th grades for 14 years and has spent the last 16 years in school administration.  

Prior to attending Murray, Melissa attended Western Kentucky University where she played on the Lady Hilltopper’s Golf Team. During her early years of teaching, Melissa also coached the high school golf team.

Melissa lives in Marion with her husband, Jat. They have 3 children between them and 6 grandchildren. Melissa has never been far from the golf course. She grew up on one side of the course where her father started teaching her to play golf at the age of 5. She now lives on the opposite side of the course where she hopes to carry on the tradition her father started by teaching her grandchildren to play the game that she loves so well. When not at work, Melissa can be found playing golf, attending grandchildrens’ ballgames, working in her yard, or playing with her dog, Rheuben.  

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Sam Smith

Sam and Linda and I have been married almost 55 years, When they married she was working for her parents in the family business, Clark Building Supply Co. Shortly after they married he also joined them working in the family business.  When her parents retired in 1975, they bought the business and ran it until 2005.

Sam & Linda joined Marion Country Club in 1971.  He didn’t swim or play golf and had no interest in learning to swim, but he learned to play golf and still try's to play.  Sam served on the MCC Board of Directors for a number of years and was President for two years.  He served on every committee MCC had and was grounds committee chairman for 14 years.  Sam has always been interested in every aspect of the country club and keeping it operating as it is a great asset to our town and community.