Retired EKU employee dies in mowing accident in Lincoln County

A recently retired Eastern Kentucky University employee died Monday in a mowing accident in Lincoln County.

Harold Denham, 63, was mowing on a steep incline at his home in Stanford at about 10:30 a.m. when the mower began to slide on the dewy grass, said Lincoln County Coroner Farris Marcum.

Denham tried to turn the mower to avoid hitting a fence, but it flipped, pinning him against the fence, Marcum said. He was found about 30 minutes later by his wife.

Marcum said Denham died of asphyxiation at the scene.

Denham had been employed at EKU since 1985, said EKU spokesman Marc Whitt. He first retired as office manager in Facilities Services in 2002. He went back to Eastern and retired July 1 as assistant director of administrative support services in Facilities Services, Whitt said.

Spurlin Funeral Home in Stanford is in charge of arrangements.