OBITUARY

Thomas O. Johnson

September 4, 1940July 10, 2018
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Thomas O. Johnson, 77, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Tom was born in Birmingham, AL. He obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Mr. Johnson served in USAF in Vietnam where he received a Bronze Star. He later moved to Louisville, KY where he worked at GE until retiring. He served as Treasurer for St Vincent De Paul at St Gabriel Catholic Church. He enjoyed golf, fishing and cards. He is preceded in death by his parents William E. Johnson and Katherine Marie Hanlon, his brothers William E. Johnson II, Conrad Johnson and his sister Mary Louise Johnson. Left to Cherish his memory is his wife JJ Johnson, his children Kathryn Bratcher (Willard), Wendy Sharp, and Thomas A. Johnson; grandchildren, Mary K. Patterson, Thomas Sharp, David Sharp, Dennis Sharp, Andrea Johnson; great grandchild Charlie Patterson; along with many nieces, nephews and cherished friends. Visitation will be held Friday, July 13, 2018 at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven Funeral Home, 4400 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40218 with a Funeral Mass Saturday July 14, 2018 at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 5505 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40291. Donations can be made to KY Humane Society and St. Vincent De Paul at St. Gabriel.

  • FAMILY

  • Parents William E. Johnson and Katherine Marie Hanlon,
    Brothers William E. Johnson II, Conrad Johnson
    Sister Mary Louise Johnson.
    Wife JJ Johnson,
    Children Kathryn Bratcher (Willard), Wendy Sharp, and Thomas A. Johnson;
    Grandchildren, Mary K. Patterson, Thomas Sharp, David Sharp, Dennis Sharp, Andrea Johnson
    Great grandchild Charlie Patterson;

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Wendy Sharp

July 12, 2018

Like women everywhere, my Dad was the first man I ever loved, and for most of my life it seemed there was nothing he couldn't do. Except maybe get somewhere on time. He was never one to get in a hurry to do much of anything.
I am sitting here thinking about all the times I asked for his help, and I can't recall that he ever told me no. But I guess that is what a good Daddy does...finds a way to help his kids get through the stuff they can't do on their own.
I can say that helping him through the last year of his life was my privilege, and I am grateful for the opportunity to show him how very much I loved him.
This is a place for memories, and since I have a million to choose from, I will just share a fresh one- from the last time he saw his great-granddaughter, this past Sunday. He didn't eat much dinner, and the nurse was trying to tempt him with a treat. I suggested ice cream, a favorite of his. Three of my kids were there, along with my son-in-law and granddaughter. The ice cream arrived in the form of a dipped cone, with nuts on top. She had an extra one for little Charlie, age 3. Dad began to eat his, but Charlie objected to the nuts, so her Daddy, my daughter's husband Jason, began to nibble them off the top of the cone for her. Dad couldn't quite see what was going on so we told him what Jason was doing, saying something like "little kids don't really like nuts on their icecream". And he replied "that's why Daddy's learn to like 'em".
That was Dad: agreeable, charming, funny, good with the turn of a phrase. He taught me how to tell a joke. And how to combine curse words in long and colorful strings. He was no saint. But he was a very good man.
Good bye, Daddy. I love you.

Theresa Gibson

July 12, 2018

I met Cassie, Tom's oldest daughter when I was in 8th grade (about 43 years ago). We became fast friends and I would spend most weekends at the Johnson house to just "get away" from my big family in our small house.
Tom and JJ were always welcoming to me and Tom was like a second father. He was a true southern gentleman always calling me darlin.
Over the years we have remained close and it was a privilege to be a support to my second family while Tom was going thru his physical decline. Even in the face of adversity he remained his happy go lucky self and went with the flow. He was such a sweet and kind soul who showed me that there are some good men still out there. I will always love and miss you sweet Tom. I know you are at peace with your Mom, Dad, sister Mary Lou and your brothers - they were there to show you the way home and that was truly a blessing.

Robin MELLO

July 12, 2018

It was a wonderful day when you and your dad with all your children came and picked out Ringo to be a member of your family. Such a nice day and a great family, your dad was so nice and then he decided that your mom and he needed another dog too. Thus starting a friendship that has lasted. So sorry for your loss, will be thinking of you and all your family.

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Biography

Thomas O. Johnson, 77, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 10, 2018. Tom was born in Birmingham, AL. He obtained a Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Mr. Johnson served in USAF in Vietnam where he received a Bronze Star. He later moved to Louisville, KY where he worked at GE until retiring. He served as Treasurer for St Vincent De Paul at St Gabriel Catholic Church. He enjoyed golf, fishing and cards.
He is preceded in death by his parents William E. Johnson and Katherine Marie Hanlon, his brother William E. Johnson II, Conrad Johnson and his sister Mary Louise Johnson.
Left to Cherish his memory is his wife JJ Johnson, his children Kathryn Bratcher (Willard), Wendy Sharp, and Thomas A. Johnson; grandchildren, Mary K. Patterson, Thomas Sharp, David Sharp, Dennis Sharp, Andrea Johnson; great grandchild Charlie Patterson; along with many nieces, nephews and cherished friends.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 13, 2018 at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven Funeral Home, 4400 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40218 with a Funeral Mass Saturday July 14, 2018 at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 5505 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40291. Donations can be made to KY Humane Society and St. Vincent De Paul at St. Gabriel.