Commonwealth Journal

November 28, 2013

Obituaries for Friday, Nov. 29, 2013


Commonwealth Journal

Somerset — Philip Johnson

Philip L. Johnson of Alexandria, Ky., went to be with the Lord on Nov. 18, 2013.  

He was born May 7, 1938 in Addyston, Ohio to parents Roderick H. Johnson and Kathryn Wurzelbacher Johnson. Phil was a retiree of General Motors and a member of High Point Baptist Church for 40 years.  

He is survived by his wife, Norma Jean Minton, whom he married in 1968; his sons, Philip Todd (and Heather) and Rodrick H. (and Angela); sisters, Mary Etta Gray and Ida Burford; five grandchildren, Philip Israel, Chloe, Mattiah, Isaiah, and Faith; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Donald and Howard; sisters Norma Bauer and Iola Gudgeon; special friend and brother-in-law Don Burford; and precious grandson, Ty Johnson.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at High Point Baptist Church in Alexandria, Ky.  

A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at the Carter Ridge Cemetery with Bro. Richard Owens officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to High Point Baptist Church or in memory of Phil and Ty Johnson to “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep.”

You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website: www.lakecumberlandfuneralhome.com.

Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the local arrangements for Philip L. Johnson.



 Dr. Christopher McNevin

Dr. Christopher Brian McNevin, “Doc,” age 78, died on Friday, Nov. 22, of pneumonia.

Chris was born in 1935 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He moved to Somerset, Ky. in 1962 to buy a Chiropractic practice and raise a family. For 52 years he provided help and healing to many patients — always leading with his heart and even making house calls. His enthusiasm for life, knowledge of the healing arts, respect and compassion for others, and generosity were a gift to all who knew him. He could often be heard whistling down the hallway of his Chiropractic clinic on College Street.

Chris served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps for 3 years in the Neuro Psychiatric Division in Germany, and received an honorable discharge.

He later attended Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa, graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree in 1961.

Chris was passionate about health, sailing, and preserving the environment. His friendly and charismatic personality inspired others to do their best. He loved nature, swimming, gardening, cooking, reading, and classical music. He took great pride in his family, hard work, and a job well done, snd he will be greatly missed.

A proud and loving father and grandfather, Chris is survived by his six children, Jodyanne Greenlee, Christopher McNevin, Dr. James McNevin, Dr. Michael McNevin, Jennifer McNevin, and Erin McNevin; and 13 grandchildren.

Chris was a member of Somerset First Christian Church.

His family is holding a celebration of his life there on Saturday, March 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, they request memorial contributions be sent to: Finding Freedom through Friendship, 1781 Eastwood Drive, Lexington, Ky., 40502, www.findingfreedomthroughfriendship.org.



Edna Phelps

Edna Pearl Phelps, age 97, of the Barnesburg community, departed this life on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at her residence.

Edna was born in Dahl, Ky. on May 21, 1916 to the late William and Laura Arnold Burdine. She was a self-employed caregiver.

She was united in marriage to Earl Adkins on Dec. 31, 1933. They had three daughters together and were married until the time of his death on June 10, 1941.  

She met Edward Ellis Phelps afterward and on July 17, 1947, they were married. They have three daughters from their union.  

Edna was a loving Christian and faithful mother, grandmother and friend. She taught her daughters to first be friends as well as sisters, to be Christian mothers and be there for people in need.  Her love for the Lord Jesus Christ gave her the wisdom to lead her family through the years.

She is survived by four of her daughters, Wilma Gail (and Ronnie) Hail, of Somerset, Ky., Edwinna Rose (and Maurice) Daulton, of Somerset, Ky., Sara Lynn (and Sonny) Coffey, also of Somerset, Ky., and Susan (and Arnie) Engel, of Fairfield, Ohio; 12 grandsons, Danny Whitaker, Scott Hail, Sammy Hail, Shannon Hail, John Patrick Hail, Greg Hamm, Brian Whitaker, Joshua Engel, Trampas Newberry, Stephen Newberry, Mitchell Coffey and Brandon Coffey; one granddaughter, Jennifer Hamm Trotter; 17 great-grandchildren, Monica Whitaker, Megan Jones, Jason Whitaker, Joshua Whitaker, Christopher Hail, Cameron Hail, Kayleigh Brooks Hail, Ally Jo Hail, Mary Beth Hamm, Hunter Hamm, Anthony Dale Whitaker, Trampas Lee Newberry, Hana Newberry, Robert Newberry, Grace Newberry, Danielle Newberry and Matthew Newberry; and one great-great-grandson, Eric Whitaker.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Earl Adkins; second husband, Edward Ellis Phelps; two daughters, Phyllis Earlene Adkins and Barbara Gay Adkins Gard; three brothers, Lewis Burdine, Burt Norton and James Barnes; her sister, Bonnie Jewel Poynter; and a grandson, Joseph Linville Whitaker.

Visitation for Edna Pearl Phelps will be on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at 5 p.m. at the chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.

Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Hall and Bro. Austin Campbell officiating.

Interment will be in the Barnesburg Cemetery.

Edna's grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to Barnesburg Baptist Church or Hospice of Lake Cumberland.

You are welcome to view the obituary and send condolences to the family at our website: www.lakecumberlandfuneralhome.com.

Lake Cumberland Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements for Edna Pearl Phelps.



David Rader

David Rader, age 68, of Somerset passed away on November 28, 2013 at the Jean Waddle Care Center. A complete obit for Mr. Rader will be in Saturdays Edition of the Commonwealth Journal.



Eddie Whitis

Eddie Whitis, age 77 of Somerset passed away on Thursday November 28, 2013 at the Jean Waddle Care Center. A complete obituary for Mr. Whitis will be in the Saturday November 30, 2013 edition of the Commonwealth Journal. Southern Oaks Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.