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Josie Mae Lakin April 29, 1924 ~ January 04, 2020


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Josie Mae Lakin, age 95, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2020 at the William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Florida.

Josie was born on April 29, 1924 in Lookout, Kentucky.  She was a long-time resident of Pikeville, Kentucky until she moved to Palm Bay, Florida in 2012 to live with her daughter.

Josie was employed at the old Murphy’s Store on Main Street and May’s Pastry Shop in downtown Pikeville.  She was also employed as a dental assistant for thirty-five years with Dr. William (Bill) Ratliff, Dentist in Pikeville until her retirement.

Josie was a beautiful soul, who had a fun-loving personality.  She loved to cook and was well known for her delicious chicken and dumplings, which were requested at all family reunions and social events.

She was a long-time member of the Amazing Grace Church of Pikeville, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Georgia and Corbin Easterling, one sister, and five brothers.  Also by her loving husband of 70 years, Douglas B. Lakin and her beloved son, Reginald Douglas Lakin, who passed away on November 25, 2019.

Survivors include two daughters Rhonda Linger (Aaron) and Barbara Riggs (Vic) and daughter-in-law, Anna Lakin (Doug); 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren; many extended families who loved her and called her Granny Jo and nieces and nephews who loved their Aunt Jo.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Ammen Funeral Home, 950 Malabar Road SE. Palm Bay, Florida on January 26, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.  Also a memorial service will be held in Pikeville, Kentucky at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Health First Hospice of Brevard County. We would like to thank all of the special angels at the Hospice House who took such great care of our queen.



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Richard Easterling

January 9, 2020, 5:35 pm

A dearly beloved Aunt whose legacy was that of stamping wonderful memories on our hearts. We all are certainly blessed to be a part of her life and will miss her very much much.

James Easterling

January 9, 2020, 5:48 pm

With all the memory that we have of Aunt Jo, She was the sister that mom never had. They were so close. We grew up knowing Jo that would play with us kids and make every thing seem so good. The best cook around, she would take nothing and feed an army. Will love and remember as long as able. Love and Prayer for our family that lost such a great lady and the light for so many.

Katie Hamilton

January 9, 2020, 7:59 pm

Granny Jo was such a beautiful soul that took care of everyone and would give you her last dime. If you went to her home you did not leave hungry she could take nothing and make a spread. This kind soul was one of a kind if you knew her you loved her. She was family I have wonderful memories that I will cherish for every. Prayers and love for everyone ♥️🙏🏻

Crystal ( Hank Stumbo) McArthur

January 11, 2020, 5:16 pm

Jo was such a sweet and loving lady, she will surly be missed by her family. I remember the chicken and dumplings all so well. RIP Jo…hope you see Aunt Claudia up there. 🙏🏻 For all the family❤️

Sandy (Burchett) Wright

January 11, 2020, 7:20 pm

Jo was such a sweet soul. My neighbor while growing up at Mullins. A good friend to my mother. She tried to teach me how to decorate birthday cakes (which she made for everyone). Can’t forget the grape kool-aid with lemon slices and roasting potatoes on the edge of the river bank on summer nights. Wonderful memories of a sweet lady. Prayers for the family.

George Anna Case

January 11, 2020, 9:56 pm

She was a great neighbor. She lived the next street over from me in Mossy Bottom.

George Anna Case

January 11, 2020, 9:58 pm

She was a great neighbor. She lived the next street over from me in Mossy Bottom. So sorry for the family’s loss. Sending prayers.

Dr. Mary Jo Ratliff

January 12, 2020, 1:36 pm

Josie worked for my dad ( Dr. Bill Ratliff ). For 35 years!!! She was family!! She actually carried me in the house when I was born and released from the hospital. My middle name is Jo—. From my Great Uncle Joe and Josie May. Dad continued his friendship with Jo and Doug until they moved to Florida. We are very saddened by her passing, but we know she is in Heaven with her husband and son. You are missed Josie!! Sending our prayers to the entire family!!

Maxine Trainor

January 14, 2020, 4:37 pm

Ronnie, my condolences to all your family. Your mom apparently left her mark on so many hearts and you will have many wonderful memories to re-live. Maybe in time you can remember the good times instead of the bad times leading to her death. Love You, Maxine

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