Local Obituaries

Memorial service Sunday will honor author James Robert Sherburne, 85

A memorial service will be held Sunday for James Robert Sherburne, a historical novelist who set some of his books in Kentucky. Sherburne, 85, died May 7 in Lawrenceburg.

"We're going to play his jazz records and share memories," said his daughter, Nancy Lee Bryant of Charleston, W.Va.

Born in Michigan, Sherburne's family moved to Kentucky in 1941. He graduated from Lafayette High School, attended Berea College and, in 1947, graduated from the University of Kentucky.

Sherburne worked in advertising in Chicago for 20 years but moved his wife and children to Midway in 1968 after he became shocked by the violence at the National Democratic Convention in Chicago.

In Kentucky, Sherburne pursued a career as a novelist. Between 1981 and 1989, Sherburne wrote a series of five mystery novels whose protagonist was a sportswriter in the 1890s. The New York Times in 1982 gave a glowing review to Death's Gray Angel, the second in the series

Sherburne's wife, local actress Nancy Sherburne, died in 1998 at age 74.

A memorial event is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Wallace Station Deli and Bakery, 3854 Old Frankfort Pike, near Midway in Woodford County.