Thomas Harry Johnson
July 18, 1954 – July 24, 2020
Thomas Harry Johnson, age 66, passed away at his home on July 24, 2020. He is predeceased by his wife Wendy Johnson, his parents Harry and Virda Lee Johnson, and his brothers Bill and Jim Johnson.
Much of his early adult life was defined by his deft musical ability in playing guitar. He spent years working at the Bradley Barn and toured prolifically with many singer-songwriters throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Among the some of the most notable of his musical achievements was his long career with Ed Bruce and Judy Rodman. Always a lover of nature and the outdoors, Tom in later years would put down the guitar and pick up the fishing pole. He became an avid fisherman and displayed the same level of passion and skill in this new chapter of life as he had with his guitar playing. Much of the second half of his life was spent on a bass boat, preferably on Dale Hollow. This passion for nature also led him to keep gardens in his later years. Tom thoroughly enjoyed tending to his tomato plants and giving out the fruits of his labor. His later years would also provide him his proudest accomplishment yet, becoming Paw Paw. His grandchildren became the main focal point of his retirement years and there seemed hardly a thing that could surpass his love for those boys. It was following the birth of his grandchildren that Tom began to play guitar again with the same vigor as he had in his youth. It was his two greatest loves in life, music and his grandchildren, that defined the twilight of his life.
Thomas Harry Johnson is survived by daughter Laura (Andrew) Small, son Andrew (Sara) Schneider, sister Lillian (Joe) Tripp, brother John Johnson, as well as two beautiful grandchildren, Bennet Alan Small and Cooper James Small.
Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, August 1, 2020 10 am till 12 noon at Eastland Funeral Home in Nashville, Tennessee
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made in Tom's honor to Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
Gathering of Family & Friends
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Thomas Harry Johnson
August 1, 2020
Mr. Thomas and Laura performed a duet at a bible function. I asked Mr. Thomas , was it a great blessing to perform with his daughter. He shared with me how performing with his daughter was very valuable and he was very blessed. He also shared how much he loved playing the guitar. We also talked about the Military. I am blessed in meeting Mr Thomas.
Kenny , Beth Small
July 31, 2020
Tom was a unique individual. Definitely his own man. We appreciated how much he enjoyed our family, always with a kind and complimentary word. I’m sure there are many that shared the same experience with him.
He had all the good stuff; motorcycles and guitars and expert at both.
We really enjoyed when he joined us in Bible fellowship and especially when he and Laura teamed together to sing and perform.
We saw that he was a fun grandfather “ Paw Paw” to his boys Bennett and Cooper.
We always wanted to see more of him but are so thankful for the fond memories of him That we’ll carry with us always.
Sue Powell Scott
July 30, 2020
Tom was a very gifted guitar player. My memories of him were a guitar in one hand and a fishing pole in the other. He enjoyed the simple things in life and brought joy to many . . . including me, as we traveled all over the United States together.
He will be greatly missed.
Love, Sue Powell Scott
July 30, 2020
No words can express my loss of a great friend. One wonderful memory was we had planned to ride our motorcycles. I woke up to 27 degrees and looked out to find Tom waiting for me. Shouldnt surprise me, Tom was Mr Dependable.