Edgar Purdom, civic leader, former commissioner, dies

obituaries for Dec. 7

December 07, 2003

Edgar Purdom

HARRODSBURG —  Local civic leader and former city commissioner Edgar Norvell Purdom, 81, of East Lexington Street, died Friday at the James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.

He retired after 25 years as an agent and staff manager for the National Life and Accident Insurance Co. He was a Harrodsburg city commissioner for three consecutive terms and served as mayor pro-tem. During Purdom’s term on the commission, he was instrumental in the passage of a tax levy to fund the operations of the Mercer County Public Library.

He served as the first co-president of the Harrodsburg City Schools PTA. He also was director on the library and Harrodsburg Historical Society, where he served as its treasurer, was a member and treasurer of the administrative board of the Harrodsburg United Methodist Church. He was past president of the Danville-Harrodsburg Chapter of Toastmasters International and the Bluegrass Chapter of Mensa International.


A graduate of Harrodsburg High School, Purdom attended the University of Louisville until he enlisted in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. He also attended Grinnell College in Iowa and Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas.

Born Aug. 24, 1922, in Harrodsburg, he was the son of the late William Bannister and Nora Myrtle Norvell Purdom. His wife of 58 years, Ben Alice Taylor Purdom, survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Edgar Norvel of Cynthiana and William B. Purdom of Orlando, Fla.; one daughter, Peggy Patterson of Ashland; and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday at the Harrodsburg United Methodist Church by Rev. Jimmy Owens. Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be David M. Patterson, Edgar N. Purdom III, Taylor S. Purdom, Armond Bottoms, William Huff and William H. Conover. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Trisler, Harold Sutherland, Larry Morris, B.M. Royalty and Carlos Lester.

Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. today at the Ransdell Funeral Chapel and after 10 a.m. Monday at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mercer County Public Library, 109 W. Lexington St., Harrodsburg.

Georgia Critchfield

Georgia Critchfield, 79, of Nichols Street, died Friday at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Born April 22, 1924, in Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late William and Viola Rice. She owned Critchfield Grocery for 18 years, as a graduatge of Hustonville High School, and a member of First Church of God.

Survivors include her husband, James Critchfield; two daughters, Debie Langford of Danville and Judy Compton of Lexington; two sons, Jim Critchfield of Danville and Bill Critchfield of Mercer County; one sister, Osa Custer of Cincinnati; one brother, Stanley Rice of Louisville; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Church of God, Harrodsburg Road. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Monday at Stith Funeral Home.

Memorials may go to First Church of God.

Reva H. Smothers

PERRYVILLE - Reva Hardin Smothers, 79, of Needmore Road, died Saturday at the residence of her daughter in Washington County.

Born Aug. 30, 1924, in Nelson County, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Cordie Whitehouse Hardin. She was an antique dealer for many years and owned and operated Reva's Antiques, Danville-Perryville Road. She was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church and widow of Charles Smothers.

Survivors include a daughter, Kay Arnold of Springfield; one son, Steve Smothers of Danville; two sisters, Elizabeth Fischer of Louisville and Louise Hughes of Louisville; one brother, Loran Hardin of Miami, Fla.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Wilder Funeral Home by the Rev. John McDaniel. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery in Washington County.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today.

Bobby C. Sallee

HARRODSBURG- Bobby C. Sallee, 65, of Crestview Drive, Danville, died Friday at Ephriam McDowell Regional Medical Center.

Born April 29, 1938, in Mercer County, he was the son of the late Condit Burton and Mae Roberts Sallee.

He was a retired truck driver. An Army veteran, he was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his companion, Brenda Elliott of Danville; a son, Terry Sallee of Harrodsburg; a step son, Ron Elliott of Stanford; three daughters, Bobbi Tyler of Harrodsburg, Rhonda Coontz of Junction City and Billie Jo Sullivan of Danville; two step daughters, Lisa Clarkson of Springfield and Paula Garris of Stanford; a brother, Stanley Sallee of Harrodsburg; nine grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Alexander & Royalty Funeral Home by James Harley. Burial, with military honors, will be in Berea Christian Church cemetery.

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