VERDA —Johnny Roger Blaine, 61, Verda, was found deceased at his home on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. A native and lifelong resident of Harlan county, he served his country in the U.S. Army at the close of the Vietnam War, and was stationed in Germany, where he received recognition as an expert marksman. He also served for over a decade with the Army Reserve. As a young man he worked for the railroad out of Corbin, and was later employed with the Harlan County Board of Education, as well as KCEOC Headstart, as a beloved bus driver. He worked for many years as a coalminer (Jerricol & Manalapan), before a knee injury prevented his further employment.
Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, Beatrice Caldwell Blaine and George Blaine; two brothers, Herman and Clarence Blaine; two nephews, Freddy Blaine and Clarence Blaine II; two nieces, Barbara Blaine and Kay Cottrell; one aunt, Christine Willis; and one uncle, Clarence Willis.
He is survived by five children; John (Sarah) Blaine, Jessica Blaine, Emerald Brown, Autumn Brown and Raven Brown, all of Lexington; three sisters, Mildred Carraker, Columbus, OH; Cathy Blaine and Donna (Herman) Carr, both of Youngstown, OH; six brothers, George (Martha) Blaine II, Cleveland, OH; Robert (Linda) Blaine, Lexington; Robbie (Laura) Blaine, Abilene, TX; Donnie (Lillie) Blaine, Baxter; Jacky (Jewel Smith) Blaine, Evarts; and Larry Blaine, Verda.
Also surviving are six grandchildren all of Lexington, Egypt, Aniyah and Malachi Nance, Josiah Blaine, Jaden Blaine, Rose Sparks and a grandson expected in February; three step children, Michael Brown, Evarts; Kelli Brown, Lexington; and Al-nisaa El-shabazz, Lexington; two close and special friends, Romeo Pascal, Harlan; and Denise Brown, Lexington.
Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM on Saturday, November 9, 2013, and a Memorial Service will follow at 2:00 PM in the chapel of the Evarts Funeral Home.
Family and friends will convene at Evarts Memorial Gardens at 3:00 PM to observe Military Rites.
Online Condolences may be left at www.harlanobits.net.
Evarts Funeral Home is in charge of his arrangements.