Vera Edith Johns
March 30, 1934 – March 30, 2018
Vera Edith (Clifton) Johns, 84, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 30, 2018, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Edith was born on March 30, 1934 in Oakland, TN, the youngest of four daughters of Edward William and Jessie Vera (Bishop) Clifton. She attended Central High in Bolivar and graduated from Memphis State College where she was a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and served as the president of the Beta Xi Chapter her senior year. She married her husband, Horry T. Johns in 1959. They lived many places during their life together, including Bermuda; Jacksonville, FL; Merritt Island, FL; Huntsville, AL; Atlanta, GA; Tirrenia, Italy; Winchester, VA; Sebastian, FL and Knoxville, TN. Edith was an elementary school teacher and reading tutor for over 30 years, retiring from Frederick County Public Schools in Winchester, VA. Edith was preceded in death by her parents and sister Betty Nelms of Bolivar, TN. She is survived by husband, Horry; son Alan (Stephanie) of Eldersburg, MD; son Greg (Angie) of Knoxville; grandchildren, Becky, Kevin, Andrew and Perry; and sisters June Roland of Knoxville and Carole Lorick of Atlanta. She was a member of Sebastian United Methodist Church and enjoyed travel, reading, birdwatching and playing bridge. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and doting grandmother, who will be missed greatly. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 3 from 5:00-6:30 PM at Berry Highland Memorial, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville. A Chapel Service will immediately follow the visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Pat Summitt Foundation or Alzheimer's Tennessee. Family and friends can share their condolences online at www.highlandmemorialknoxville.com.
- Visitation Tuesday, April 3, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Vera Edith Johns
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April 9, 2018
Aunt Edith will be sorely missed. I was only able to visit her and uncle just Red a few times in my life - yet each time it seemed that I had known her forever. She was sweet, caring , insightful and a joy to be around. We had some great conversations about life, family and travel. I wish that I could have seen more of her.
I will never forget how much fun that we had when my wife Paula and I visited Aunt Edith and Uncle Red in Florida when our eldest son, Adam, was just three years old. Red and Edith had a wonderful dog, Tom, who was a beautiful and playful Samoyed. He was the perfect match for our young son. The only thing that can keep up with a young boy is a young dog! Soon after arriving, it became apparent that Adam wanted to run from Tom in an effort to get Tom to chase him. Tom was more than happy too oblige. Most people would be hesitant to allow such behavior in their house. Uncle Red didn't want to deny Adam (and Tom) this pleasure. Aunt Edith was able to assess the situation and cleared all obstacles from a hallway, closed all the doors and provided some protective padding in the form of cushions and pillows. A merry time was had by all and it is one of Adam's earliest memories and among my favorites.