Commonwealth Journal

Obituaries

November 28, 2013

Obituaries for Friday, Nov. 29, 2013

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.

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