Donald Keith Durden, Sr.
Donald Keith Durden Sr., 79, of Frankfort, Ky., husband of Jeanette Durden, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 in Lexington, Ky.
He was born in Milledgeville and attended Mercer University and Auburn University. He served in the United States National Guard for six years, earning the rank of Sergeant during his term. Durden moved to Washington, Ga. in 1971 to work for Standard-Coosa-Thatcher as superintendent of dyeing. After two years, he was promoted to plant manager. In 1996, he was promoted to vice president, before leaving the company in 2001. There in Washington, he was also a member of Smyrna United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir and wrote the book, History of Smyrna 'UMC Church and Grounds 1786-2001.' In 2002, Durden moved to Shelbyville, Ky. and became a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, were he was the treasurer for 14 years.
He was preceded in death by his second wife of 25 years, Helen J. Durden, his son, Donald Keith Durden Jr., and his brother, Kenneth Durden.
Durden is survived by his wife, Jeanette Durden of Frankfort, Ky.; his children, Kim Tubbs (Wayne) of Cleveland, Tenn., Dee Sutherland of Shelbyville, Ky., Joy Gambrell of Shelbyville, Ky., Gary Whitworth of Shelbyville, Ky. and Sheila Miller (Michael) of Frankfort, Ky.; his sister, Margaret Carden (Bill) of Brentwood, Tenn.; his brother, Richard Durden (Vicki) of Atlanta; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Shelbyville, Ky. Burial will be at Pleasureville Cemetery in Pleasureville, Ky.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Shannon Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Memorial Fund at the Centenary United Methodist Church, 429 Main Street, Shelbyville, KY 40065.
Published on November 4, 2019

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