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Kermit "Gene" Johnson

April 24, 1927 ~ August 20, 2020 (age 93)


Kermit Eugene “Gene” Johnson, of Liberty, passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at Liberty Care and Rehab. He was 93.

Born on April 24, 1927, in Casey County, Kentucky, he was a son of the late Abner and Louetter Allen Johnson. Gene was a farmer. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Separate Baptist Church. Gene was the co-owner of Johnson’s Grocery for thirty-seven years. He loved fishing, hunting, and spending time at Burton’s Service Station. He also loved playing croquet and was the State Croquet Champion in 1973.

He is survived by a daughter, Rosa (Jim) Merritt of Campbellsville; a daughter-in-law, Carla Johnson of Liberty; a son-in-law, Jack Atwood; and eight grandchildren, Mark (Carrie) Atwood, Marty (Sue) Atwood, Matt (Leah) Atwood, Brad (Abbie) Johnson, Brian (Lauren) Johnson, Melissa (John) Shugars, Mandy (Steven) Wilson, and Misty (Anthony) Benedict. Other survivors include twelve great-grandchildren, Ashley (Adam) Dean, Abby Atwood, Brittany Martin, Anna Beth Johnson, Landon Atwood, Clay Johnson, Riley Benedict, Wade Atwood, Dalton Atwood, Luke Atwood, Jackson Atwood, and Walker Johnson; one great-great-grandchild, Kash Dean; a brother, Amos (Jean) Johnson of Elkhorn; three sisters, Louise Marcum of Jonesville, KY, Dorothy (Kenneth) Rodgers of Liberty, and Elva (Junior) McFarland of Liberty; and two sisters-in-law, Kathy Johnson of Texas and Kelly Johnson of Cadiz, KY.

In addition to his parents, Gene is preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Helen Derringer Johnson, who passed away on March 23, 2004; a daughter, Norma Jean Atwood; two sons, Freddie Johnson and Gary Johnson; two sisters, Vergie Hatfield and Retha McGuire; four brothers, Manuel Johnson, Shellie Johnson, Russell Johnson, and Ricky Johnson; and two great-grandchildren, Olivia Shugars and Carson Johnson.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 23, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Casey Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Whited Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 22, 2020, at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home. Please enter through the front doors (Campbellsville Street side) of the funeral home when you arrive for visitation. Social distancing guidelines must be followed by everyone in attendance. Facial coverings ARE required. 

Memorial contributions may take the form of donations to: Pediatric Advanced Care Team, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Office of Philanthropy, P.O. Box 34184, Lexington, KY 40588.

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


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August 22, 2020

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
McKinney-Brown Funeral Home & Monuments
752 Campbellsville Street Post Office Box 188
Liberty, KY 42539

Funeral Service
August 23, 2020

2:00 PM
McKinney-Brown Funeral Home & Monuments
752 Campbellsville Street Post Office Box 188
Liberty, KY 42539

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