Community organizes funeral for Jessamine County veteran

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JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A final sendoff was held for an Air Force veteran Tuesday morning in central Kentucky.

Johnny Patrick, 68, died at a veterans retirement home last week, but he had no family nearby to give him a funeral, so the community came together to do just that.

Tuesday morning, loved ones and complete strangers gathered at Camp Nelson Cemetery.

Ken Griffith, Patrick's first cousin, is one of his only living relatives. Knowing that, the Thomson Hood Veterans Center, where Patrick was a patient, sent out a post on Facebook asking for anyone who would like to celebrate the life of a veteran to join them at the ceremony and dozens of people responded.

"It was amazing to me today at nine in the morning all the people and staff who came out," said Griffith. "There must have been a dozen, 10 or 12, and they were so appreciative of him and they even brought residents with."

Angie Scanlon, who helped take care of Patrick for over a year said he was a nice and humble man. ""He was never one to say an unkind word to anyone. He was always very pleasant. He was just a very good person."

Scanlon says he also loved to garden, "We'll just do his gardening for him this year I guess, because we had ordered him some tomato plants."

Griffith says he can't thank the staff enough for the care they provided to his loved one, "Rest in Piece John. We're going to miss you and we love you."

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