Memphis Funeral Home

5599 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN


Barbara Ward Johnson

January 4, 1939September 2, 2019

Barbara Ward Johnson of Memphis TN, age 80, passed away Monday, September 2, 2019 at home in her sleep. Born in 1939 in Indianapolis, IN. She is survived by her beloved Bruce Johnson, 2 sisters, Jolanda Brown and Deborah (Charlie) Brooks her Children Rebecca L Feinstone, David W Feinstone, Daniel R Feinstone, Suzanne Feinstone (Barry) Cohen and Andrew (Tina Justus) Feinstone and her 9 Grandchildren, Zachary, Sophie, Alec, Jack, Cydney, Laurel, Emma, Cooper and Chloe. When duty called Barbara was room mother, den mother or head of the bake sale with dog in tow. She loved smocking, cooking and traveling, but nothing filled her life more than when she was able to spend time with her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, wife, friend and nurse to many of her patients. A gathering of family and friends for Barbara will be held Friday, September 6, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Christ Church Memphis, 4488 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38117, followed by a celebration of life service from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralPoplar.com for the family.


  • Bruce Johnson, Beloved Husband
  • Jolanda Brown, Sister
  • Deborah Brooks (Charlie), Sister
  • Rebecca L. Feinstone, Daughter
  • David W. Feinstone, Son
  • Daniel R. Feinstone, Son
  • Suzanne Feinstone Cohen (Barry), Daughter
  • Andrew Feinstone (Tina Justus), Son
  • Zachary, Sophie, Alec, Jack, Cydney, Laurel, Emma, Cooper and Chloe, GRandchildren


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, September 6, 2019


Barbara Ward Johnson

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christopher brooks

September 10, 2019

I remember summer trips down from Indiana to Tennessee to see Aunt Barbara and her family. They were exciting times for me to see my family down South, and these trips seemed like such an exotic getaways. Now that I reflect on those times, I believe it was my Aunt Barbara, who carried with her a certain Southern charm and grace, that made those visits magical.

I live on the West Coast, and thus the distance makes it difficult to see a lot of my family back in Indiana and Tennessee. But I do send a lot of photos, and I always made it a point to send photos of my son-who is now a toddler-to Aunt Barbara over the years. She always had a sweet sentiment to share and I loved the connection we had, regardless of the distance.