Joan C. Johnston

September 13, 1932May 12, 2019

Joan C. Johnston, 86, passed from this life Sunday, May 12, 2019, at home.

She was born September 13, 1932, in Shaw Mississippi, a daughter of the late Jesse and Alice Chennault. Joan was a member of First Baptist Church in Pearl, and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Survivors include daughters, Pamela Smith and husband David, and Johnnie Maddox and husband Don; son, Hugh Johnston, III and wife Sara; sisters, Nan Harrison and Grace Chennault; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh L. Johnston, Jr.

Visitation will be 9:00-11:00am, Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl. Funeral services will follow at 11:00am in the funeral home chapel with interment in Lakewood Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the ALS Association at or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at


  • Pamela Smith & husband David, Daughter
  • Johnnie Maddox & husband Don, Daughter
  • Hugh Johnston, III & wife Sara, Son
  • Nan Harrison, Sister
  • Grace Chennault, Sister
  • 12 Grandchildren, 18 Great-Grandchildren and 1 Great-Great-Grandchild


  • Visitation Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, May 16, 2019


Joan C. Johnston

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Yana Knight

May 15, 2019

I spent many afternoons sitting in the swing w/Mrs. Johnston. At the corner of our yards, she was so easy to talk to and share with. She laughed at my more outrageous statements, never shaming. I did get a few "now Yana"s tho. I loved her like my 2nd Mama and she loved me back, she made my late pre-teens and early teens much less unsettling I believe. I am sad for our loss but oh what a beautiful smile and tight hug you must've received just inside heaven's gate where Mr Johnston waited.

Kristin Smith

May 14, 2019