June 30, 1931 ~ February 19, 2021

Born in: Glasgow, Kentucky
Resided in: Austin, Kentucky

Max Earl Durham, 89, of Austin, KY passed away Friday, February 19, 2021 at his home. Max was born on June 30, 1931 to the late Earl Max Durham and Lela Mae Britt Durham. He was a lifelong member of Concord Baptist Church where he often led singing in past years. Max served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War. After returning home, he married his love, started his family, and began his barbering career. For 50 years he welcomed all walks of life to come in for stories, checkers, knife trading, or a song. No one could put a smile on faces quite like Max. His distinctive voice sang everything from country to his beloved gospel every chance he had. No doubt he sang his way through the pearly gates to meet his dear lord. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his five children whom he loved dearly, Mark Durham, Trisha Rigsby (Harold), Tawnya Lascala, Tim Durham (Kim), and Angie Smith all of Glasgow; grandchildren, Jessica Durham, Ashleigh Durham, Katelyn Bolinger, Anne Claire Saltsman, Madison and Michaela Smith, Shahn Rigsby, Susan Rigsby, and Laura Orsland; several great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Betty Sue Williams Durham; his sisters, Audrey Wyatt, Mabel Eaton, Elsie Wood, and infant sisters, Shirley, and Thelma.

A private family service will be held 12:00pm Thursday, February 25th at the A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home with burial in the Union #1 Cemetery in Fountain Run, KY.

For those not able to attend, the service will be live streamed at 12:00pm Thursday at A. F. Crow & Son Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted in the care of Max Durham. Please share your condolences with the family at

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  1. So sorry for all of you, our loss is heavens gain. No doubt he is singing in Heavens Choir. Great memories we cherish of the many times we shared together in singings even in our home. May God Bless and give you comfort.

  2. Max was a friend to everyone who crossed his path. We will miss his smile, his humor and his voice (singing Merle Haggard!). He was special to our family and we send our sympathies to his.

  3. Angie and I were best friends growing up and I spent many a night at her house. Max and Betty were like my 2nd parents. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was an amazing man that I was so fortunate to know. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  4. So sorry for the loss of a wonderful man and friend and I have know him almost all my life and help take care of Angie when she was born and went to school with his kids so I have a lot of good memories he will be missed buy many so I sending love and prayers for the family and kids 🙏🙏❤️❤️

  5. When I came to visit Max and Mark, I brought Max a blanket from Union Church #1. He was all smiles, as usual. He would visit church and was often asked to lead a song. God gave Max a gift and he used it to glorify his name. I’ve love Max and his whole family He was a wonderful man and he will be missed in the Austin community . May God be with you all Love, Linda Mae.
    P.S. feel blessed to have had Tim and Angie as students at Austin Tracy school.

  6. I am so very sorry your loss, Max was a great man!
    May God wrap his arms around all of you and comfort you during this very difficult time. Much love too all!

  7. Everyone that knew Max Earl, and there are many, knew how wonderful of a person he was. His smile was contagious. I never saw him that he wasn’t smiling. That man loved everyone he came in contact with. He loved his children and family. He had the best sense of humor and loved to sing. We have lost a good one. I know he is now at peace and probably running through the streets of gold hand in hand with his beloved, Betty Sue, and they are singing How Great Tho Are.
    I am blessed to have had Max as a friend.
    I am praying that God will wrap His arms around each and everyone and give you peace and comfort in the days to come.
    Love to you all.

  8. Durham Family, We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep everyone in our prayers.

    Barry and Faye Landrum

  9. So sorry for your loss. Praying that God will wrap His arms of love around you and comfort you as only He can.

  10. So very sorry for the loss of this wonderful, one of a kind man. He always had a smile and a song and he will be missed by all. Love and prayers for the Durham family.

  11. I’m so sorry to all the family. Max was a great man with a voice that you never forgot. I know he is singing in Heavens Choir and Betty right by his side. Prayers to all the children & grandchildren ,great-grandchildren.

  12. Tim and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    If there is anything you need just let us know.

  13. So sorry for your lost. He was a special guy and we all loved him dearly. I know his rejoicing up there in Heaven with Betty . I can see him hugging her and smiling so big. Prayers

  14. We are so sorry for your loss . Max will be greatly missed . Him n Uncle Ray had many a story about the knife auctions they went to . Max was a good one ! Your family will be in our thoughts n prayers through this time !

  15. So sorry for the loss of your dad. He was an awesome man. Sending prayers for comfort and strength. Love to you all.

  16. I am so sorry for your loss. Max was loved by everyone who knew him. Such a fine man and member of our community. I love all of you.
    Dorothy Shipley McCubbin

  17. Deepest Condolences to all family & friends. He was such a nice man . He always had a smile and kind word for everyone he met . He sure will be missed in this town .

  18. Max, you are going to be missed by so many. You were always a loyal friend to me and I think you only saw the good in people. Keep the smile going and take your place with Jesus where we will meet again someday.

  19. Max and I traveled many miles together on knife trips.Always looked forward to a knife trip and a good meal. He will be greatly missed!

  20. Max was one of a kind. The sweetest man ever. Always had a big smile and a hug for me. This light will forever burn in our hearts. We have so many wonderful memories. He is a treasure to hold in our hearts.
    Love this family so much. Prayers for comfort.

  21. Sorry for your loss Max danced with me at the place on the hill owned by Peggy & Sammy
    Prayers for the family.
    He joined my brother Wallace & Shirley Devasher in heaven..
    Ms.Wanda Devasher

  22. Max will be dearly missed. I have so many good memories of going out to Max and Betty’s when I was young. They were special.
    My sympathy goes out to you all.

    Steve and Marsha (Tracy) Hanson

  23. So very sorry to learn of Max’s death. I thought the world if him and his family. May God comfort you at this time. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Annetta Norris Cook.

  24. I feel like I have lost a family member. Max, Betty Sue, and their family have been a big part in my life and helped me raise my girls. They were wonderful friends and I will never forget them. God bless their family! I love all of you and feel your pain!

  25. Katelyn & TT I’m so sorry for your loss. Max was such a sweet man. Hold on to all the precious memories. Love you both.

  26. Lawson & Colleen Marhenke
    My favorite memories of Max was getting the pants beat off of me playing pool in the Jones’s basement and the fun we had and singing hymns at the piano at Bruce and Vickie’s home. He will be missed.

  27. Tim
    Max used to cut my hair in high school. Best I ever had. So sorry to read this. Max was a part of Glasgow I always think of when I go around the square.

    Lisa A Lancaster

  28. The 1st time I met Max he greated me with a 44 mag in his hand. The chamber was out. He spun it a couple times and slapped it shut. I had come to pick up Trish. Our 1st date. What a memory. I grew to love the whole family over the years. Max and Betty were alyays good to me and my chrildren. My heart goes out to all of their chrildren. I love you and miss seeing you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  29. Tawnya and family, So sorry to hear of Max’s passing. Max was such a kind man, so full of life. Always greeted me with a big smile and a hug. I would go to his barbershop and buy Paul Mitchell hair products where he would be singing or humming when l entered the shop. He always made me smile. I know he missed Betty Sue so much. Max will be greatly missed. Sending prayers and our thoughts for the family. Love Wanda Williams Smith and Eddie

  30. Max was a one of a kind. He could break out in song and you knew if came from his heart. He will be missed. Prayers for your family at this difficult time. Tambra Cambron

  31. He Cut my hair & traded stories , knives for over 30 years. He will be missed. Every time I seen max he called me guitar man … He was always Laughing and smiling… R.I.P. Max

  32. I have precious memories of Max and Betty of our times at ATHS and through the seasons of life. Blessing in life. Martha Pendleton Mutter Class of 1950

  33. The years of playing the piano for the Austin Aires gospel quartet holds a very special place in my heart. Heaven has another angel and the quartet is rejoicing together again. Max had the unique gift to bring a smile to all. He was a big part of the Jones family and what wonderful memories we have!

    Sending condolences and love to the family.
    Diann and Marc Addis

  34. I am so saddened to hear of Max’s passing, but I am sure of where he’s headed. Straight to HEAVEN to be reunited with Betty Sue. I lived next to them in Austin growing up and I always remember Max herding the cows from his place to Mr. Earls and singing at the top of his lungs. Remember him singing at church, and Betty shouting. I’m sure he’s singing now and she’s shouting! Loved them both so much. Prayers to all you Cuz’s and GOD be with you all.

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