Obituaries published in The Jessamine Journal 9.13.18

Published 9:35 am Thursday, September 13, 2018

Edna Elizabeth Pain

Jan. 7, 1938 – Sept. 9, 2018

Edna Elizabeth Wellborn Pain, 80, widow of SFC Arthur Pain a retired US Army Veteran, entered into rest on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 at Baptist Health Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Mrs. Pain was born Jan. 7, 1938 in East Prairie, Missouri to the late William Hunt and Willie E. Hinchey Wellborn. She was a dedicated homemaker and loving wife and mother and member of the church of the Savior in Nicholasville. She is survived by her daughter, Jeanie Elizabeth Pain Corley and her husband Rob; stepson, Stephen R. Pain; brother, Bill Wellborn and his wife, Donna, grandchildren, Robbie Barkley Corley and his wife, Britt, Meagen Elizabeth Corley Steward and her husband Travis, nephews, Hunt and Brian Wellborn. She was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Teresa Irene Pain Swanson. A memorial service was held Wednesday, Sept.12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Betts & West Funeral Home with Rev. Rob Corley officiating. Online guestbook at

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Arlene M. Johnson

April 23, 1934 – Sept. 11, 2018

Arlene M. Johnson, 84, of Wilmore, Kentucky entered victoriously into heaven Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Arlene was born in Clyde, Ohio, to John and Bernice (Gemberling) Riegel. She studied music at Fort Wayne Bible College in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated as a piano performance major. Her God-given musical talent blessed many congregations over the span of 72 years in which she served as church pianist.

Though her degree was in music, Arlene was a career social worker. She first worked as a parole officer with juvenile girls in Indiana, and eventually worked for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government in Children’s Protective Services. When she retired in 1996, she was LFUCG’s Director of Adult Services. 

Arlene was predeceased by her husband, Thomas O. Johnson, and her son, Randall Scott Johnson. She is survived by two children, Timothy Johnson (wife, Deborah) and Rhonda Dragomir (husband, Dale), both of Wilmore. Arlene was a loving grandmother to four grandchildren, Chris Johnson (wife, Stacey) of St. Augustine, Florida, Brett Johnson (wife, Rachel) of Wilmore, Brian Johnson (wife, Sophia) of Wilmore, and Jana Dragomir of Lexington, Kentucky. Other survivors include a sister, Thelma Girton, of Brookville, Ohio, and a dear friend of the family, Greg Williams, of Wilmore. She enjoyed her seven great-grandchildren and looked forward with joy to an eighth expected in November.

Arlene’s life and legacy are those of a godly woman: “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children rise up and call her blessed . . .” (Proverbs 31:26-28).

The family will receive visitors at the Clark Legacy Center in Brannon Crossing on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., with a funeral in the chapel there to begin at 1p.m. Following the service, a private graveside ceremony will be held at the Wilmore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to Wilmore Christian Church, Dwelling Ministries, or Evangelism Resources all in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Karen Lynn Young

June 5, 1949 – Sept. 7, 2018

Karen Lynn Young, 69 died Sept. 7, 2018. Services were held Sept. 10, 2018 at Bethel Christian Church.

Ruth Ann Holmes

March 21, 1959 – Sept. 9, 2018

Hager & Cundiff is honored to serve the family of Ruth Ann Holmes of Lancaster. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. today; Service 11 a.m. Friday, Hager & Cundiff.

Eddie Ray Davis

May 5, 1950 – Sept. 9, 2018

Hager & Cundiff was honored to serve the family of Eddie Ray Davis, beloved husband of Donna, loving father of Jason (Shari), grandfather of Nathan.