Woody Funeral Home-Parham

1771 North Parham Road, Richmond, VA


William Burton Johnston

February 26, 1925September 6, 2019

Dr. William "Bill" Burton Johnston, 94, joined his Lord on September 6, 2019. Survived by Emily Menefee, the love of his life and wife of 62 years; daughter Anne (Richard); sons Burt, Mark (Tammy) and Rob (Ginny); and seven grandchildren. Pre-deceased by eight siblings. Born January 26, 1925 in Troy, AL to the late Robert Houston & Chloe Johnston. Raised in Columbus, GA, Bill worked in high school before serving in the army air force from 1943-1945; received Purple Heart for wounds sustained during a B-17 bombing mission over Germany in 1944. Post war, Bill graduated from Emory University & The Medical College of Georgia, then did internship and pediatric residency at MCV. He practiced pediatrics in RVA, serving various medical associations throughout his career; including President of Richmond Pediatrics Society which oversaw the launch of “Stop Polio” campaign in the 1960’s. Lifetime Deacon Emeritus of First Baptist Church, founding Board Member of Tuckahoe YMCA, Volunteer Service Board Brookfield, Salvation Army Boys Club, & Meals on Wheels volunteer. Bill loved his Lord, family, friends, all children, fishing, sports events (especially UR) and spending his time helping others. Family expresses gratitude to Brookdale, Commonwealth Senior Living, and HCH Staff for care in his last years. Visitation is Thursday, September 12, 2p-4p & 6p-8p at Woody Funeral Home-Parham. Service at First Baptist Church, Friday, September 13, at 10:30a. Burial to follow at 2p at Westhampton Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, September 13, 2019
  • Committal Service Friday, September 13, 2019


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Louise Johnston

September 13, 2019

We will always remember Bill and all the fun times we had through the years. He will be missed by so many friends and family. I'm so glad I was able to see Bill one more time before he went on to be with His Lord. Praying that God will comfort each one of you in His own special way. With much love and sympathy to your entire family.

William (Bill) Winkler

September 8, 2019

I am so saddened to learn that my friend and former pediatrician is no longer with us. Dr. Johnson was a trusted friend and confidant most of my life and one of only two doctors that I trusted up until my 20’s ~ when I would still drive across the better part of two states for a consultation with him. When this man was made his mold was destroyed as he was truly one of a kind, unique and as good as gold with endless compassion and a bedside manner to match. So many wonderful memories.

Godspeed to you Dr. Johnson and congratulations on a job exceptionally well done and a life well lived as a shining example of what it means to be a truly humble and “good man.”

Emily, Anne, Burt, Mark and Rob my deepest condolences to you and yours on the loss of your husband and father. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers...

Labanuel Guy

September 8, 2019

Want to send my sincerest condolences to the family of Dr. Johnston. Dr. Johnston was my pediatrician growing up in Richmond and made a lasting impression. His manner always kept us calm and relaxed as nervous little guys going to the Doctor. I’ll never forget his deep voice and bellowing laugh. One of my last memories was as a high school student him telling me he wasn’t going to prescribe the bubble gum flavored amoxicillin liquid because I was too old lol. Wishing you all peace and comfort as you move forward.

Greg Klein

September 6, 2019

Burt, Anne, Mark, Rob, and Mrs. Johnston - I want to express my deepest sympathy and support to you all at this sad time. Dr. Johnston was a wonderful father, husband, and doctor, all of us who were honored to know him pray with you and bless his memory. A true patriot and hero from WWII, his service and sacrifice were a blessing to this nation. With love and prayers - Greg Klein.