Vernie Lee “Barnhill” Gehman

Published 10:47 am Tuesday, September 7, 2021

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Vernie Lee “Barnhill” Gehman, 83, of Atmore, went home to be with Jesus early in the morning on Aug. 27, 2021 in the comfort of her home and surrounded by family.

Vernie was born on July 11, 1938 in Atmore and was the daughter of Petro Rosasco “P.R.” Barnhill and Ruby Lee McGhee Barnhill.

She follows three of her siblings to Glory, including James Edward Barnhill, Atmore, Roy Lee Barnhill of Daphne and Wilma Lee Barnhill of Atmore. She is survived by her siblings, Carl Raymond Barnhill, Atmore, Dillard Wayne Barnhill, Atmore and Kenny Ray Barnhill of Phillipsville.

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Vernie was the loving wife and partner in the Gospel mission of Martin E. Gehman for 65 years; they married on her 18th birthday in 1956. She was the devoted mother of the late Randy “Dale” (Darlene) Gehman of Akron, Pa., Martin Gerald “Jerry” (Faith) Gehman of Atmore, David Wayne (Shyrell) Gehman of Atmore, Joe Lynn (Rhonda) Gehman of Pelham and Martha Elaine Gehman (Todd) Gookin of Atmore.

Vernie was a cherished grandmother to 16 grandchildren and the greatest of great grandmothers to 17 great grandchildren, whom she kept daily in her prayers and in her love.

A viewing was held on Sept. 3 at Gospel Light Church.

A funeral service was held on Sept. 4, at Gospel Light Church with Bro. Clarence Rolin and Bro. Troy Shaffer officiating. Interment was held at Serenity Gardens Cemetery located on Highway 31, East of Atmore near the municipal airport.