Obituary: Ben Alice Purdom

August 29, 2012

Ben Alice Purdom


HARRODSBURG — Ben Alice Taylor Purdom of Harrodsburg, Ky., widow of Edgar Norvell Purdom, died Aug. 28, 2012, at Kingsbrook LifeCare Center in Ashland, Ky., after a long illness.

Born June 2, 1924, in Trinity, Texas, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Earl Taylor and Elizabeth Olive Bayne Taylor, of Huntsville, Texas.

She was valedictorian of her class at Huntsville High School and Sam Houston University, where she was president of the student body and received the Pennebaker Award for study at Pueblo University in Pueblo, Mexico. She was active in many Harrodsburg civic organizations and was an active member of the Harrodsburg United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir for more than 50 years, taught a Sunday School class for many years and served on the administrative board.

Following her retirement from the Farmers Home Administration of the United States Department of Agriculture, she worked as a volunteer in the genealogy records library of the Harrodsburg Historical Society, traveled extensively abroad, attended many educational seminars of Elderhostel International Inc., and worked actively to secure passage of legislation for permanent funding of the Mercer County Public Library.


Survivors include two sons, Edgar Norvell (Ann) Purdom Jr., of Louisa, Ky. and William Benjamin Purdom of Apopka, Fla.; a daughter, Peggy Purdom (Charles) Patterson of Bloomfield, Ky.; a brother, Alford Inman (Ivy) Taylor of La Grange, Texas; six grandchildren, Kelley Patterson (Gregory) Woods of Campbellsburg, Ky., David Michael (Ashley) Patterson of Lawrenceburg, Ky., Shelby Anne Patterson of Hermitage, Tenn., Edgar Norvell Purdom III of Lexington, Ky., Taylor Shepherd Purdom of Lexington, and Elizabeth Lauren Purdom of Apopka, Fla.; and four great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Harrodsburg United Methodist Church by the Revs. E. Garland Hawkins and Jimmy Owens. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery, Harrodsburg. 

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg. 

Memorials are suggested to the Mercer County Public Library, 109 W. Lexington St. Harrodsburg, KY 40330; or Harrodsburg United Methodist Church, 120 S. Chiles St., Harrodsburg, KY 40330.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at

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