Kenneth Wayne Johnston
May 10, 1933 – May 11, 2020
Kenneth W. Johnston was born in Weatherford, Texas on May 10, 1933 to Milton “Pete” Johnston and Audine Porter. He graduated from Brock High School in 1950 where he fell in love with his life partner. Ken married his soulmate Aline Nicholson in 1951. They both attended Weatherford College before transferring to Texas Wesleyan College in Fort Worth. The US Army interrupted the pursuit of his degree and he was eventually sent to Fort Hancock in New Jersey. Gregory Wayne, the first of four boys was born while in the northeast. Upon his separation from the military, Ken and Aline moved back to Fort Worth to finish his degree. Son number two, Douglas Kenneth, came along shortly after. Weatherford beckoned him to return with his family and he was hired to teach and coach at Millsap High School. Ken and Aline made the joint decision while in Weatherford to begin their walk with the Lord, choosing to be baptized on a Sunday. Kenneth was baptized in the morning and Aline made the decision that evening. Aline waited until that evening because Gregory threatened to scream if he and Doug were left alone in the pews… It was a covenant that changed their lives and they never strayed from the path. They were members at Tarrant Road Church of Christ later named Turnpike C of C and now Cross Point C of C for 53 years (serving as a Deacon). The Johnston brood soon grew to five members with the birth of Stephen Ray. The family extended once more a few years later with the birth of their fourth son, Scott Alan.
Kenneth decided to move the family to Grand Prairie in 1968 for greener pastures. He was hired at Adams Junior High School as a science teacher and coach. He taught a few years before becoming an Elementary School Principal, serving at Florence Hill (twice), Sam Houston, and James Bonham. He had several summer jobs that included commercial painting, warehouseman, parks department playground supervisor, and Six Flags cash control. After retirement, he and Aline had a crafting business. She provided the creations and he provided the labor. Ken also worked several seasons at Texas Stadium with his son Scott. He continued serving as an unofficial volunteer coffee taster for Whataburger throughout his retirement years. Kenneth enjoyed good health except for a few bad body joints but that never interfered with his joy of life or his service to the Lord or his family. The last few months were a struggle for all of us as he battled kidney cancer. He never complained once and was always willing to drink a cup of Whataburger coffee or a bowl of ice cream. He truly considered himself the luckiest man on the face of the earth! His last statement on the morning of his passing was to tell Aline “I LOVE YOU!”
Kenneth loved sports! Baseball was his favorite, followed closely by basketball and then football, but really anything competitive. He loved seeing kids’ or grandkids’ activities. He and Aline loved to travel and took many weekend trips to Fredericksburg, Eureka Springs and Branson. They also got to experience trips to Alaska, United Kingdom, and France. He was an avid reader of the Bible as well as many biographies and a few fictional titles.
Survivors Wife: Ethel Aline Johnston Siblings: Bobby Johnston Mary Nell Taylor Nona Poyner Marcy Lowrance Monty Johnston Evelyn Parker Sons: Gregory Wayne Johnston and Mary Joan Douglas Kenneth Johnston and Debbie Stephen Ray Johnston Scott Alan Johnston and Madonna Grandchildren: Christopher Johnston Catherine and Matt Worthy Brian Johnston and Emily Brent Johnston and Christie Jordan Johnston Robby Johnston and Rachel Lauren Johnston Colton Johnston and Emily Aaron Johnston and Alyssa Kristen Johnston 12 great grandchildren and host of nephews and nieces.
Internment: DFW National Cemetery
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.
- Parkinson's Disease Foundation
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Kenneth Wayne Johnston
Patricia Hollas Phipps
May 16, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear about Kenneth’s passing. I knew Aline from our days at Lamar & then worked for Kenneth at Bonham. He was one of the kindest & sweetest men I knew. He was an awesome principal who took great care of his teachers & students. I enjoyed seeing them later at craft shows Prayers for the family & especially sweet Aline.
Kelli (Poynor ) Edwards
May 15, 2020
I am so very thankful that Kenneth is my uncle!! His kindness cannot be measured. He always greeted me with the warmest smile and biggest hugs. His wisdom drew others to him. I will always remember his strong steady voice praying at every Johnston family gathering. I remember telling him all about Tim and that I was getting married. At 30 years old I thought I knew everything. He looked at me in the eye at my parents kitchen table and asked...
“Kelli .. does he love the Lord? Will he be a good father to your future children? “ and I said Yes with my whole heart. Kenneth said , “I’m so happy for you! Marriage is good, always take care of each other, especially on the tough days.” I saw the beautiful way he cared for Aline. I will be praying for her every day! Our precious Kenneth will be missed! I know he’s with Jesus! I know God is pleased with this wonderful soul! To Aline and my cousins and their families.... May The Lord Bless and Keep you!
May 13, 2020
I taught for Mr. Johnston at Bonham Elementary. He was a kind and professional leader. He was also my husband’s science teacher. His family is in our thoughts and prayers. May he Rest In Peace.
Patti and Lee Herring
May 13, 2020
What a genuine and kind gentleman. He was such a joy to work with in GPISD.
May 13, 2020
What a wonderful, decent gentleman. I worked with him on many school committees. He was always levelheaded, kind, considerate, and open to new ideas. In short , he was a tremendous addition to the GP schools. I was blessed to know him.