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Johnnie Janes, 79, Adair Co., KY (1936-2016)

He was well known throughout the area for teaching singing schools and for his singing group, the Johnnie Janes singers. He was a retired farmer and attended Pollard's Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a native of Adair County, KY, a resident of the county at the time of his death, and will be laid to rest in the county of his birth. He was a member of a large, prominent Northwest Adair County family. The son of the late Galon and Salie Keltner Janes. He was the widower of Barbara Keltner Janes. He leaves 36 direct living descendants to carry on his legacy
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Johnnie Janes, 79, of the Milltown/Portland community, Adair County, KY, died Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 3:12amCT, at TJ Health/Columbia.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11amCT, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Herbert Janes and Bro. Larry Wisdom officiating. Burial will be in Tarter's Chapel Cemetery. Visitation after 3pmCT, Monday, February 29, 2016. Grandchildren and great-Grandchildren will serve as Casket Bearers.

Johnnie Janes, 79, Milltown/Portland, Adair Co., KY (1936-2016)

He was born Thursday, October 8, 1936, in Adair County, KY. He was the son of the late Galon and Sallie Keltner Janes. He died Saturday, February 27, 2016, in Columbia, Adair County, KY, at the age of 79 years, four months, and 19 days.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Keltner Janes; two brothers, Lewis and Bill Janes; and one sister, Ruth Burris.

Johnnie was well known throughout the area for teaching singing schools and the Johnnie Janes singers. He was a retired farmer and attended Pollard's Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include:
  • Six children - Sherry (Kenny) Darnell of Greensburg, KY; Eugene (Kathy) Janes of Russell Springs, KY; Charles Janes, Barry (Jenny) Janes, Jeff Janes and Brandon (Lisa) Janes all of Milltown, KY

  • Four brothers - Ollen, Payne & Herbert Janes all of Milltown, KY; and Norman Janes of Campbellsville, KY

  • Five sisters - Frieda Smith of Louisville, KY; Retter Bailey of Campbellsville, KY; Sue Cundiff, Phyllis Stone and Ernestine Kemp all of Columbia, KY

  • Thirteen grandchildren

  • Seventeen great-grandchildren

  • And a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends
Send condolences to the family of Johnnie Janes

Memorials are suggested to the Tarter's Chapel Cemetery Fund and can be left at the funeral home.

Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, is in charge of arrangements

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