H. Jay Johnson Jr.

September 7, 1944January 10, 2013

JOHNSON, H. Jay, Jr., age 68 of Hermitage, TN, passed away Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Jay was born September 7, 1944 in Greencastle, IN, the son of the late Hughie Jay Johnson, Sr. and the late Doris Johnson. He was a proud alumni of the Hoopeston High School Class of 1962 and earned his undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He achieved great success during a long career in industrial engineering management that took him and his family from coast to coast. One of his proudest achevements was his commission into the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels. His final career milestone before retirement was the creation and ownership of Quality Metal Treating, Inc. in Cookeville, TN. Above and beyond his professional successes, Jay was a generous and loving husband and father, will always be remembered by his friends as the life of every party and had a passion for playing card games such as Hearts and Euchre. Survived by his wife, Karen Gail Johnson of Hermitage, TN; children, Jay Alan Johnson, Kristie Cheatum (William) “Bill”), Melissa Francque (Todd), and Scott Aaron Johnson (William Turner); sister, Carol Hicks; brother, Michael Johnson; grandchildren, Christian Jay “CJ” Johnson, Emily Grace Johnson, Samuel Alexander Francque, Lauryn JoElle Francque, Amber Dawn Francque and Kaleb Christian Francque; many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at the American Legion Post No. 384, 502 E. Penn St., Hoopeston, IL 60942, on Saturday, January 19, at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Skaggs Creek Cemetery, Rockcastle County, KY on a date to be determined. In remembrance of Jay’s life, memorial donations can be made to The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation, 310 25th Ave. North, Nashville, TN, 37203, or made online at HERMITAGE FUNERAL HOME & MEMORIAL GARDENS, 535 Shute Lane, Old Hickory, TN 37138. (615) 889-0361


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 19, 2013

H. Jay Johnson Jr.

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Sandy Mannin

January 15, 2013

You will be missed Uncle Shorty!!!

January 14, 2013

Thinking of you Kristie & will always have your memories. Hugs & prayers to your families.

Kelly & Cheryl Smith & family

January 13, 2013

We Love You too Shorty...WE always had great times when We was together...George & I sure will miss talking to You on the phone...I know You are filling Your Parents in on everything and the rest of the family UP there....
Your Cousin...Connie (Johnson) & George Kult (Hoopeston, Il)

Carol Hicks

January 12, 2013

Love you, Shorty. You will be missed. Sis