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Gary Johnson

February 19, 1959 ~ December 30, 2019 (age 60)


Gary Johnson, of Liberty, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2019, at Jean Waddle Care Center in Somerset, Kentucky. He was 60.

Born on February 19, 1959, in Casey County, Kentucky, he is the son of Gene Johnson of Liberty and the late Naomi Helen Derringer Johnson. Gary retired from Green River Gate in Liberty after forty-two years as foreman. He was also former road foreman for Casey County, as well as a Kentucky Colonel. For twelve years, he served as a Casey County Magistrate. Gary was a member and deacon of Pleasant Grove Separate Baptist Church. He was a farmer that enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Carla Wethington Johnson of Liberty, who he wed on April 21, 1979; two sons, Brad (Abbie) Johnson and Brian (Lauren) Johnson, both of Liberty; three grandchildren, Walker, Anna Beth and Clay; a step-grandchild, Clay Brewer; a sister, Rosa (Jim) Merritt of Campbellsville; and a brother in law, Jack Atwood of Liberty.

In addition to his mother, he is predeceased by a grandchild, Carson Lee Johnson; a sister, Norma Jean Atwood; and a brother, Kermit Freddie Johnson.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, January 2, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Richie Smith and Bro. Darrell Burton officiating. Burial will follow in Whited Cemetery.

The family will receive friends after 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions In Memory of Carson Johnson are suggested to Pediatric Advanced Care Team, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Office of Philanthropy, at P.O. Box 34184, Lexington, KY 40588 or In Memory of Gary Johnson to Hospice of Lake Cumberland at 100 Parkway Drive, Somerset, KY 42503.

Gary’s nephews will serve as his pallbearers.

Arrangements for Mr. Gary Johnson are entrusted to McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at

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January 1, 2020

5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
McKinney-Brown Funeral Home & Monuments
752 Campbellsville Street Post Office Box 188
Liberty, KY 42539

Funeral Service
January 2, 2020

11:00 AM
McKinney-Brown Funeral Home & Monuments
752 Campbellsville Street Post Office Box 188
Liberty, KY 42539

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