HARTFORD — Vernon Cecil “Junior” Hohimer Jr., 69, of Hartford, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Junior was born April 12, 1951, in Hartford to the late Essie Allen and Vernon Cecil Hohimer Sr. Vernon was retired from Peabody Coal Company, where he worked his entire adult life as an electrician.
Junior was a tinkerer. There wasn’t a contraption, lawn mower or gadget he couldn’t fix or know how to take apart, just to put back together. Recently, he bought a lawn mower and had to replace the factory tires for chrome. Friends and family always knew they could count on Junior to help them. You could be confident in seeing him riding his Harley around, drinking coffee late at night, going to Taco Bell with his dog, Blackie, in tow, and keeping up with a pristine garden. Vernon was good at most anything.
A lover of guns and shooting, his neighbors and family would often hear the pop of a round, with the response “it’s just Junior.” You felt safe with him. Vernon was a protector and giver of his time and talents, never charging for his services. He loved America and Breyer’s vanilla bean ice cream, but would settle for plain vanilla. He was one to play pranks, recently pulling one over on his sister-in-law with a “winning” lottery ticket. When you needed him, Junior was going to be there, without question or reservation. Whether it was a ride somewhere, or a Burger King cheeseburger, Vernon made certain to show those he loved care and compassion.
Vernon is survived by two children, Shelly Hohimer and her fiancé Kenny Wright, and Brian Hohimer; three grandchildren, Chelsie (Austin) Phillips, Makenzie Coppage and Micah (Damien) Vincent; two great-grandchildren, Emily Paige and Lillith Hope; three sisters, Melinda (Tom) Daily, Patricia Everetts and Cathy (Terry) Carroll ; and two brothers, Terry (Wendy) Hohimer and Jimmy Hohimer; and Jamie Coppage, who was like a son.
Funeral services were held November 14 in the chapel of Miller Schapmire Funeral Home. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to: United Mine Workers of America, 18354 Quantico Gateway Drive, Suite 200, Triangle, VA 22172.
Miller-Schapmire Funeral Home is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Hohimer.
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