OBITUARY

Mrs. Judy A Johnston

April 22, 1948October 6, 2018
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Judy Abercrombie Johnston’s fifteen year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease ended on October 6, 2018. Judy did not lose that battle, because now she has moved into the eternal realm that is never ending. She now resides in the presence of King Jesus. Judy was born in Chattanooga, TN where she attended East Ridge High School, Edmundson Business College, and Chattanooga State Community College. She worked for several years with TVA, however for many years she worked alongside her husband, Alan Johnston, in their family business. Judy loved music from many genres, and was an accomplished vocalist. In addition to singing she was also an avid dancer. Her love for music was most visible as a member of the choir and music ministry at Abba’s House in Hixson.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents Kelly and Elzora Abercrombie and her father and mother-in-law Billy and Iva Johnston. Judy was also predeceased by two sisters, Mary Lewis and Helen Hart.

Judy is survived by her husband Alan Johnston; two daughters, Joy (Charles) Clemons and Jennifer (Alfred) Odister; her great joy was the three grandchildren, Katie, Maggie and Alex; and great grandson Benjamin came along when Judy could no longer respond, but we choose to believe that she understood when he would pat her hand and ask, “you okay?” Judy is also survived by brothers David (Mary) Abercrombie, Roy (Geneva) Abercrombie, and sister-in-law Donna (Glen) Dunagan. In addition there are many nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives.

Visitation will be held Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home at 8214 East Brainerd Road and Monday, October 8, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Abba’s House, 5208 Hixson Pike. The Memorial Service will be begin at 1:00 p.m. officiated by Dr. Ron Phillips and Dr. Ronnie Phillips, Jr. Pallbearers will be nephews Steve Abercrombie, Randy Abercrombie, Kelly Abercrombie, Jonathan Dunagan, David Morgan, and Mark Stevens. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Vineyard Lifegroup and members of the Abba’s House Choir.

The family expresses special thanks to her longtime friend and caregiver Charlotte Clark, and the wonderful caregivers at Lifecare of East Ridge.

Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made in Judy’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 7625 Hamilton Park Drive # 22, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerdChapel.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Alan Johnston, Husband
  • Joy (Charles) Clemons, Daughter
  • Jennifer (Alfred) Odister, Daughter
  • Katie, Maggie & Alex, Grandchildren
  • Benjamin (Great-Grandson)
  • David (Mary) Abercrombie, Brother
  • Roy (Geneva Abercrombie, Brother
  • Donna (Glen) Dunagan, Sister-in-law
  • Kelly & Elzora Abercrombie, Parents (deceased)
  • Billy & Iva Johnston, Father & Mother-in-law (deceased)
  • Mary Lewis, Sister (deceased)
  • Helen Hart, Sister (deceased)
  • In addition there are many nephews, nieces, cousins, and other relatives.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Steve Abercrombie, Active Pallbearer
  • Randy Abercrombie, Active Pallbearer
  • Kelly Abercrombie, Active Pallbearer
  • Jonathan Dunagan, Active Pallbearer
  • David Morgan, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Stevens, Active Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Alzheimer's Association

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, October 8, 2018

Memories

Mrs. Judy A Johnston

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Zena Ballard

October 11, 2018

Judy's smile could light up a room, she had special gifts to make you laugh and comfort you when needed, we were friends in High School and after school for many years, I spent a lot of time at her home and she spent a lot of time at my home in Chattanooga and even when I left Chattanooga I would visit her and she would come and visit me, so over the years we shared a friendship more like sisters and I was proud to know her and her family and was happy when she was so excited to meet and marry Alan, and they shared a cherished love and I know she often talked about how God brought them together.
I want to offer my sincere condolences to Alan and the entire Johnston and Abercrombie family, she will live in our hearts forever . MaryZena Baker Ballard

Mike Carter

October 8, 2018

Judy was my friend in the first grade at Spring Creek Elementary, I think in 1954-1955! We sat next to each other. I had lost all contact with her after elementary school. I liked her so much because she was nice and kind to me as a little kid. I hope my note will serve as a reminder that Judy was an outstanding human being and my condolences are given to those who remain. God bless you all during this difficult time. Mike Carter

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Biography

Judy Abercrombie Johnston’s fifteen year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease ended on October 6, 2018. Judy did not lose that battle, because now she has moved into the eternal realm that is never ending. She now resides in the presence of King Jesus. Judy was born in Chattanooga, TN where she attended East Ridge High School, Edmundson Business College, and Chattanooga State Community College. She worked for several years with TVA, however for many years she worked alongside her husband, Alan Johnston, in their family business. Judy loved music from many genres, and was an accomplished vocalist. In addition to singing she was also an avid dancer. Her love for music was most visible as a member of the choir and music ministry at Abba’s House in Hixson.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents Kelly and Elzora Abercrombie and her father and mother-in-law Billy and Iva Johnston. Judy was also predeceased by two sisters, Mary Lewis and Helen Hart.

Judy is survived by her husband Alan Johnston; two daughters, Joy (Charles) Clemons and Jennifer (Alfred) Odister; her great joy was the three grandchildren, Katie, Maggie and Alex; and great grandson Benjamin came along when Judy could no longer respond, but we choose to believe that she understood when he would pat her hand and ask, “you okay?” Judy is also survived by brothers David (Mary) Abercrombie, Roy (Geneva) Abercrombie, and sister-in-law Donna (Glen) Dunagan. In addition there are many nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives.

Visitation will be held Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home at 8214 East Brainerd Road and Monday, October 8, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Abba’s House, 5208 Hixson Pike. The Memorial Service will be begin at 1:00 p.m. officiated by Dr. Ron Phillips and Dr. Ronnie Phillips, Jr. Pallbearers will be nephews Steve Abercrombie, Randy Abercrombie, Kelly Abercrombie, Jonathan Dunagan, David Morgan, and Mark Stevens. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Vineyard Lifegroup and members of the Abba’s House Choir.

The family expresses special thanks to her longtime friend and caregiver Charlotte Clark, and the wonderful caregivers at Lifecare of East Ridge.

Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made in Judy’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 7625 Hamilton Park Drive # 22, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421.
Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerdChapel.com.