Rev. Sherwood V. Durkee

July 14, 1925 ~ February 4, 2014

Rev. Sherwood V. Durkee, 88, finished his journey and went home to be with the Lord on February 4, 2014 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sherwood was born in Brighton, Michigan on July 14, 1925. He was the son of Raymond and Cora Ethel Durkee. After receiving his call to ministry, Sherwood left the farm with his wife, Joyce, and their three daughters. He attended Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. Sherwood served as pastor of the Grace Brethren Church in Vandalia, Ohio, as well as South Bend, Indiana and Johnson City, Tennessee. He finished his career as the administrator of Grace Village in Winona Lake, Indiana. Sherwood is survived by: his wife of 67 years, Joyce; his children Kay and Linn Shorb, Kathy and Mike Parcell, Mark and Karen Durkee, Kris Durkee and Donna Hall; four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Sherwood and Joyce attended Unaka Avenue Baptist Church and ask that donations, in lieu of flowers, be sent to the church at 1213 E. Unaka Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601. The family of Sherwood Durkee will receive friends from 1:30 to 2:30 PM Saturday February 8, 2014, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home. The interment will be at Happy Valley Memorial Park and is private.

Memories Timeline


  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Kay, Kathy, Kris, and Mark, I have nothing but fond and fine remembrances of your dad. I remember visiting you in Winona Lake and Vandalia. We were all rather young cousins at the time. My dad, Maurice, would tell stories of his younger brother, Sherwood. There was the time Sherwood hid out in the rumble seat of Dad’s car when he took his favorite girl out for a date. I don’t know how that all tumbled out but they could laugh heartily at the retelling. Of course, the fact that Dad got the gal (Mom/Norma)for 72 years makes it a sweet family story for me. My sincerest sympathy to you at this time. Cousin Marilyn

  2. Anonymous says:

    Mrs. Durkee, Kay , Kathy, Kris, Mark and families, We have been blessed to be good friends of Kathy and Mike and wish to extend our sincere condolences in the loss of your husband, dad and grandfather. May wonderful memories continues to bring smiles to your faces in the difficult days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bob and Suzanne Hamilton

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dear Durkee family, I am very sorry about your loss. The Bible can bring much comfort when dealing with the death of a loved one. God promises to resurrect all of our dead loved ones. John 5:28,29 speaks of this when it says “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” How wonderful it will be to be reunited with our dead loved ones again!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Durkee or as I like to affectionately call him, Mr. “D” was not only a man who believed in the word of God but he lived it. He was a kind, gentle and welcoming man with a great soul. I never heard him judge people and I never heard him say a mean word about anyone. He was the type of person that all of us should try to be. He was gracious and humble with a gentle spirit. He loved everyone he met and everyone who met him loved him back. God gave him many years and up until his last days he was doing what God had called him to do and that was help others. Rest in peace Mr. “D”. I am truly blessed for having know you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Our prayers go out to the family. Sherwood & Joyce came to our Church & we all Love them. He will be missed.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Joyce, Kay, Kathy, Kris, Mark, and families, Our prayers continue with you on your journey of grief and celebration of Sherwood’s death and life. Thank you for sharing the visitation time on Saturday. As Maurice said yesterday, that was good. Maurice and Sherwood shared a special bond. They both were born near the time of an older brother’s death. They loved music and enjoyed singing together and with their sister Lucille. When Maurice planned to marry Norma he asked Sherwood, a teen, who should he have stand up with him. Sherwood’s offer was accepted. The bond remained strong through the years as Maurice and Norma annually visited Sherwood and Joyce in Johnson City. Recently they were able to visit via Skype. Their next visit will be in heaven. Praise God for his abundant blessings!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I met Pastor and Mrs. Durkee through my former sister-in-law, Susan Ludwig Stephens, who spent some time with them at Winona Lake. She loved them, and I learned to love them, too. He preached her funeral when she passed away at age 41. He was a great comfort to all of us. Pastor Durkee was my pastor at Grace Brethren Church. Through him I learned to love God’s word. He was a man of conviction and compassion. He also had a beautiful singing voice and I remember enjoying songs he sang in church with his daughters. In December, 1997, he and Mrs. Durkee opened their beautiful cabin in Butler to us when he married my husband Lanny and me. They had a beautiful cake for us and gave us a picture he had made of Watauga Lake in autumn.. he said it was to remind us of that day. It still hangs in our kitchen. I have such fond memories of the Durkees. I will miss Pastor Durkee. He was my pastor, my teacher, and my friend. But I know I will see him again someday. May God bless and comfort each of his family, and my love especially to Mrs. Durkee.

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