Marvin Gene Johnson
April 30, 1929 – November 28, 2019
On Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 2019, Marvin Gene Johnson went Home to be with his Heavenly Father. Born on April 30, 1929, in Knoxville, TN, Marvin’s family loved him for nearly 91 years. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, CJ and Bess Johnson, four brothers, and one sister.
He was a retired Colonel of the US army as well as a retired employee of TVA since 1985. Marvin served joyfully with Gideon’s International for nearly 20 years. He was also a dedicated member and deacon of Meridian Baptist Church since 1953. Marvin never failed to cry during the prayer at any family get together, sneak the kids candy orange slices even when parents had said no, or take a chance to remind you how long it’s been since he last saw you. He loved his family with his whole heart and never missed a chance to tell you what a saint his wife is (and that’s the absolute truth).
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Harris Johnson; his son and three daughters, Renda Accardi, Linda Wilder, Randy Johnson, and Donna Johnson; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends 5:00-7:00pm Monday, December 2, 2019 at Berry Funeral Home. Family and friends will meet for a graveside service 1:00pm Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at Stock Creek Cemetery, 8106 Martin Mill Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920. Military honors will be provided by the Army National Guard. Rev. Dana Fachman officiating.
Condolences may be expressed at www.berryfuneralhome.com
- Visitation Monday, December 2, 2019
- Graveside Service Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Marvin Gene Johnson
December 2, 2019
I am so sorry, Mary, for your loss. I pray the dearLord will give you and your family the peace and comfort you need today and every day. I’m sorry I can’t come tonight, but my thoughts and prayers are with you.
November 30, 2019
My latest memory of Uncle Marvin is the wonderful visit I had with he and Aunt Mary Ruth while home for the Johnson reunion year before last. We poured over our family’s history after stepping off the Mayflower and caught up on what was going on in the lives of our kids and grandchildren. We also talked about God and our beliefs. Uncle Marvin asked Aunt Mary Ruth to whip up one of special tomato pies and we shared a delicious meal together. When it came time to go it wouldn’t do to leave empty handed, Uncle Marvin loaded us up with fresh tomatoes and aunt Mary Ruth gave us jars of her preserves to enjoy. The visit was so precious to me, not only because my spirit and stomach had been fed while being with these two wonderful people, but that l got the opportunity to tell them how much l love them. l know Uncle Marvin always led his life as a Christian and by “The Book”. I’m sure those gates swung wide on his arrival to a greeting of “well done my good and faithful servant”. Aunt Mary Ruth, Renda and Linda, Donna,Randy, your children and grandchildren, my thoughts and prayers are with you