John Leroy Johnston
February 16, 1924 – October 9, 2018
John Leroy Johnston, 94, formally of Greenville, Ohio, Pekin, IL, Chattanooga, TN and currently Ocala, FL, went home to his Heavenly Father on October 9, 2018.
John was born on February 16, 1924 in Richland, Indiana to Ransom Perry and Mary Etta Yoder Johnston. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Bernice Good, Nellie Orr, Mildred Reigle, and Maxine Johnston, his brother Jack Johnston, and one son-in-law Richard Norman. He married Dorthlyne Morris on December 27, 1947. They were married 34 years until her death on October 8, 1982. Together they had one daughter Jeannene Lynn Johnston. John proudly served in the Army Air Corp during WWII.
He is survived by his daughter, Jeannene (Jerry) Carter. Two granddaughters, Jennifer (David) Edwards of Paris, TN, Erica (Dylan) Roberson of Pikeville, TN and one grandson, John Norman of Houston, TX. Two great-granddaughters, Victoria Edwards and Kimberly Edwards. Three great-grandsons, Ethan Edwards, Ambrin Roberson, and Ransom Roberson. Also three step grandchildren, 6 step great grandchildren, and 1 step great-great-grandchild.
He worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company in East Peoria, IL for 35 years. He was a charter member of Faith Baptist Church in Pekin. He was the Chairman of the Board of Deacons for 20 years and drove bus #12 over 30 years. In Chattanooga, TN he attended Grace Baptist Church for 28 years. He touched many lives during his lifetime. He always had a smile on his face and a strong handshake. He is loved and will be missed by many.
Graveside services will be 11:00 am Thursday, October 18, 2018 at Lakeside Cemetery. Davison-Fulton Woolsey Funeral Home in Pekin is in charge of arrangements.
Please share your memories of John with the family at www.chattanoogaeastbrainerdchapel.com
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October 20, 2018
John was a mentor and a good friend of mine when my family started attending Faith Baptist Church in Pekin, IL back in the early 1970's. He was always involved with the youth and was a very strong influence on my life. I am thankful that the Lord allowed me to know John, and that he allowed John to be such a great influence on my life. He will be greatly missed. Until we meet in Heaven my friend. Anthony J Lanius
Tara Summers Lyles
October 18, 2018
My sister and I were always the first ones to school at 6:45 a.m. in the morning during our elementary years at Grace. Mr Johnston was always there to greet us with a warm smile amd hug. On Fridays, he would give us a cookie ticket to use at lunch time. Sometimes he would also give us $0.50 for a Coke as a treat. He was always so thoughtful, kind, and generous. I have such sweet memories of Mr. Johnston and I'm so thankful that my sister and I got to spend time with him those early mornings.