Jimmy G. Layne of Syracuse Ind., formerly of Prestonsburg, passed away Thursday August 15, 2013 at the Indiana University Methodist Hospital, in Indianapolis, following an extended illness. He was born September 29, 1947 in Prestonsburg.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents: Jim Judie Layne of Prestonsburg and two sisters: Juanita Garner, of Prestonsburg and Nell Beagle of Defiance Ohio.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty Jo Fannin Layne, of Syracuse, Ind.; formerly of Prestonsburg; one daughter, Melissa Layne (Daryl) Drongowski, Nashville, Tenn., and one son, James Michael (Jenny) Layne, of Syracuse Ind., and five grandchildren: Alexander Drongowski, Amy Prater, Chris Prater, Emilia Layne and Jason Michael Layne.
He is also survived by one brother: Harold Layne of West Prestonsburg and three sisters: Josephine Kearns, North Webster, Indiana; Ethel (Bill) Miller, Defiance, Ohio; and Virginia (Worth) McGuire of Richmond. He Also leaves many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
Before relocating to Syracuse, Ind., in 1988, he worked in the strip mining industry in Floyd and surrounding counties as a foreman and a heavy equipment operator. He was also a volunteer fireman for the City of Prestonsburg and a member of the Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad. Earlier in life, he had been an Emergency Medical Technician and a licensed pilot. In Syracuse, he was a heavy equipment operator for Beer and Slabaugh excavating. Before moving back to Indiana, Jimmy was also employed for many years at Carter Funeral Home.
Jimmy was also a proud veteran. In 1964, at the age of 17, he enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. When he left the Army in 1969, he had the rank of Sargent E5.
While serving in Vietnam, he was exposed to the exfoliate chemical known as "Agent Orange"; which led to his 100 percent service disability in 2004. The years following his disability, whenever his health permitted, he and his wife enjoyed traveling in their motor home and RV camping. Their most favorite location was the Jenny Wiley Campground enjoying the company of their family and friends from the Prestonsburg area. Jimmy was a Kentucky Colonel and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The Funeral was held Monday August 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel. Ministers, Jim Stephens, Robert Ousley, and Billy Miller officiated. Burial followed at Gethsemane Gardens in Prestonsburg. Full military honors were conducted by Big Sandy Chapter No. 18 DAV.
The family has entrusted arrangements to the Carter Funeral Home.