James Southard, 80

Published 2:45 am Friday, July 21, 2017

James Southard, 80, of Stanford, passed away Monday, July 10, 2017 at home.

Born May 12, 1937, in Pine Hill, Ky., to the late Mitchell Bussell and Martha Southard Smith, he was a Vietnam veteran, a retired member of the U.S. Armed Forces where he served in both the Marines and Air Force, and a retired employee of IBM. He was a member of Caswell Saufley American Legion Post #18 where he served honor guard details on over 800 funerals. He was also a member of Crab Orchard Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 171/2 years, Janice Southard of Stanford; two daughters, Wendy Meinhardt (Matt) of Cincinnati, Ohio and Karen Floyd (David) of Stanford; four grandchildren, Shaun Sibert, Ashley Sibert, Taylor Floyd, and Mattison Meinhardt; one special niece, Donna Wright; and several nieces and nephews.

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In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Bussell, Billy Allen Bussell and Don Southard; and one sister, Nell Coffey.

Funeral services were Monday, July 17, at Spurlin Funeral Home in Stanford. Interment followed at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville, at 2:30 p.m.

Caswell Saufley American Legion Post #18 provided military rites and also served as casket bearers.