Jeanne (Penn) Lane

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Jeanne Penn Lane, 73, of Penn's Store, passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

She was born Aug. 6, 1944 in Danville, to the late Robert Lucian and Alma "Tincy" Penn Lane Jr.

Jeanne grew up on the family farm in northwestern Casey County in the Forkland community and graduated from Forkland High School. After receiving her degree in art from Eastern Kentucky University, Jeanne started the Title I Art Program in Boyle County and taught art in Boyle and surrounding counties for a number of years. Jeanne was also a poet and lyricist, eventually taking a position as a contract songwriter for 4Star Music in Nashville, Tennessee, and later worked for Jack Clement Studios, also in Nashville. Jeanne had a number of songs on the Billboard Top 40 during her music career. While writing songs, Jeanne continued as a working visual artist, primarily on commission for private clients in the music business. After returning to the central Kentucky family farm, Jeanne became involved in the operation and preservation of the family business, historic Penn's Store. Jeanne's vision spawned events that promoted and brought state and national awareness, not only to Penn's Store, but also to literary and musical talent in Kentucky, such as the Kentucky Writers Day Celebration (sponsored by Penn's Store), and the Great Outhouse Blowout, the annual Penn's Store fundraiser which began in 1992 as a dedication ceremony and concert (headlined by world-renowned guitarist, Chet Atkins and Billy Edd Wheeler) for "Penn's Privy," the first restroom facilities at Penn's Store.

Jeanne is preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and a daughter, Dava JeNean Osborn Jones.

Surviving are a daughter, Dawn Lane Osborn (Bartley) of Penn's Store in Forkland; and a granddaughter, Olivia JeNean Graas of Penn's Store in Forkland.

The funeral is at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, at Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home with Chad Horn, Byron Crawford, and Paul Stansbury officiating. Burial follows in Elder Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Steve Shepperson, Kenneth Mills, Brian Chappel, Gary Gorley, David Tarter, Larry "Red" Terry, Hershell McKinley, Wendell Luckett and Jeff Cain.

Honorary pallbearers are Jamie McDonald, Wayne Westerfield, Billy Edd Wheeler, Theodore H. Lavit, Hugh Coomer, Dewey Pope, Dr. Thomas Jackson, Dr. Daniel J. Moran, Monty Ray Westerman, Dr. H.R. Stoneback and David Wong.

Condolences may be expressed at
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Preston-Pruitt Funeral Home
331 South Fourth Street
Danville, KY 40422
(859) 236-4343
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Published in The Casey County News on Feb. 7, 2018