Virginia Burnett Johnston

July 14, 1928January 28, 2020

Virginia Burnett Johnston, 91, of Louisville, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020. She was born July 14, 1928, in Grayson County, Kentucky, to parents, Paul Brown Burnett and Jennie DeWees Burnett.

She was a member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church for 54 years where she served in many elected and volunteer positions. Prior to joining Crescent Hill, she was a charter member of Chapel Park Baptist Church and originally a member of 23rd and Broadway Baptist Church.

She spent most of her professional career working for a law firm, beginning when there were only five attorneys and one staff person and retiring 37 years later as Office Manager of the firm which had increased in size and services.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sister, Rev. Reva Karstens and her husband, Dr. Keith A. Karstens, and a niece, Heather Karstens, dear friends, Gregory Robertson and Brian Williams as well as a number of cousins and many other wonderful friends.

Services to celebrate Virginia’s good life will be held at 3:00 pm Sunday in the sanctuary of Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Avenue, with private interment on Monday at Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be after 1:00 pm Sunday at her church.

Memorial contributions in her memory are requested to the Samuel Clayton Williams Scholarship Fund c/o Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 2800 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206.


  • Samuel Clayton Williams Scholarship Fund


  • Visitation Sunday, February 2, 2020
  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 2, 2020


Virginia Burnett Johnston

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Nancy Wilson

January 31, 2020

Virginia, it hurts so much to hear that you have left us! I'm glad that you are no longer in pain, and glad that you are now with the rest of our departed family. I always enjoyed all the times we got together for lunch, visiting Elsie, and birthday parties; and I especially loved all the family get-togethers! Will miss you for the rest of my days.
Love you, Virginia,
Nancy Wilson

Debbie and Joe Williams

January 30, 2020

Because Greg and Brian are family to us, Virginia also became family. We’ve spent most holiday and birthday meals around our dining room table through the years. This Easter there will be another empty chair, no carrot cake and fewer witty remarks. Virginia was loved and will be missed by so many including us.

Gregory Robertson

January 29, 2020

I don’t remember actually when I met Virginia, but it was at church, and we’re not for certain how our relationship intertwined to be like a mother and son.

But I do know beyond a shadow of a doubt that she and I loved each other as though she was my mother and I was her son.

I will forever be grateful for all the times that she listened as I needed someone to talk to, never trying to offer an answer, but just being there to listen and to reassure me that our conversation would be confidential.

What I would like to say to our church family, is that there are no greater words but to say thank you for all of the ways that you have shown and expressed your love and appreciation of Virginia’s life to her, and to us.

I would like to say to Reva, Keith, and Heather thank you so much for allowing Virginia to spend time with us and be apart of our family here.

Rickey Geary

January 29, 2020

It was an absolute honor to this life... I was loved without condition by Virginia Burnett Johnston. She was one of the 1st church members to welcome me to Crescent Hill Baptist Church. She was a joy to be around. It was amazing to find she was born so close to where I grew up. I will miss folding her walker & giving her a hug on Sunday mornings. I will miss being her stronghold many times as we walked to the front to partake in Communion. I will miss Virginia.

Dickie & Sheila McDonald

January 29, 2020

She was one fine lady. I was talking to someone last night about her and her word's for her and mine....
" SHE'S JUST VIRGINIA " She was always there if you needed her. And she could make a mean acorn pie..
We are going to miss her. Heaven has gained a beautiful lady... Rest in Peace Virginia, We love you.

Mark Bayman

January 29, 2020

A new star has appeared in the Heavenly sky. May it continue to burn as bright as it did on Earth fueled by all the love and compassion we had for this beautiful lady.