Archie B. Johnston, Lt. Col. US Army (Retired)

December 13, 1918December 2, 2013

Archie Breckenridge Johnston (Lt. Col, retired) passed away December 2, 2013. He was born in San Diego, CA on December 13, 1918 to Andrew and Tess Johnston.

Archie entered the Army ROTC at 17 years of age. While enrolled at San Diego State University he was called to active duty and stationed at Pearl Harbor. A Pearl Harbor survivor, he continued his service to our country in combat in the European Theatre and Korea. After a total of 22.5 years, he retired as a Lt. Colonel in the US Army Special Forces. The GI Bill brought him to Tallahassee in 1960 to finish his education at Florida State University, where he obtained his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees in record time. After obtaining his Doctorate he worked for the Florida Department of Education, then became the first Dean of Students at Tallahassee Junior College. This began an 18 year career with TJC (now Tallahassee Community College) where he retired as the Director of Institutional Research & Systems.

His third retirement came after working for 14 years at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital-a career that had its beginning as a Lifeline volunteer and ended with him being hired as the first director of that program. After “retiring” he continued volunteering in the Lifeline program (along with his wife Jan), installing the personal response systems in a 7 county area in N. Florida and S. Georgia until 2010.

Archie was an accomplished athlete, a Golden Gloves boxer and used his scuba diving skills as a volunteer member of the Leon County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team. He served on the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Board of Directors for 9 years. He was an active member of East Hill Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School, was the Sunday School Director and a Treasurer, but most importantly where his people skills were put to good use for decades as the Head Greeter & Usher. He was a member of the local Elks Lodge and the Leon County Westerner’s Club.

Sharing Archie’s life was his wife of 65 years, Janice Pridgen Johnston, his daughters Donna Johnston Bixler (John), and Debra Johnston Arnold (Robert), grandchildren Luke Bixler (Juli), Diana Sheppard (Adam), David Arnold, Radik Arnold, and great-grandchildren Noah Channing Sheppard and Aubree Jane Bixler.

Visitation will be from 6-8pm Thursday, December 5, at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home, 1737 Riggins Rd. A funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Friday, December 6, at East Hill Baptist Church, 912 Miccosukee Road, Tallahassee, FL. Interment will be immediately following the service at Culley’s MeadowWood Memorial Park, 700 Timberlane Road. Memorials in honor of Archie can be made to East Hill Baptist Church or a charity of your choice.


  • Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 6, 2013

Archie B. Johnston, Lt. Col. US Army (Retired)

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December 30, 2014

LT. COL. Archie B. Johnston (Retired) was a tremendously inspiring person who is no doubt a loss to us all in fact we have been enriched and in some degree protected by the many national and even earthly defense measures that this person has participated. May the family have peace we cherish the special memories. “He will render judgment among the nations and set matters straight respecting many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war anymore.” May we all rejoice in this good news of this everlasting peace. (Isaiah 2: 4) Please accept my deepest sympathies.

Gail Seals

January 2, 2014

Dearest Jan, How well I remember both you and Archie during the years that I was employed at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Your service there benefited so many patients and TMH personnel as well. I also recall how my husband enjoyed conversations with Archie as they compared their service in the Army. They served at different times but shared so many similar memories. Archie will be missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

The Cox Family

December 11, 2013

Mrs. Johnston, Donna, Debbie, and all of your family, please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. It was a pleasure and a privilege to have Mr. Johnston, and your family, as our neighbors for so many years. He was such a kind and caring person, and always a gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May he rest in peace.

December 9, 2013

Hello Mrs. Jan Jahnson;

I just learned of Archie's passing on. I know in my heart that Archie touched the lives of many people during His physical walk on this earth. I had the pleasure of knowing you and Archie during our times of installing many of the Lifeline units.

I know your long loving years of marriage will have many cherished
memories to keep in your Heart. I pray
that the Love of our Lord will fill that void in your Lives now, that only His Love can fill.
My love to you and the family,
Max West

Joan, Jeff, Sara, Jon Heggen

December 8, 2013

Miss Jan, Donna, and Debbie, We just found out yesterday of your loss of Mr. Archie. He was to us a most wonderful and kind man, always with a smile, and for me some good advice when I needed it. Mom was upset that we missed saying goodbye, but we talked at lengh about his effect on our lives and how both Miss Jan and Mr. Archie have been helping with our mom when she was in need. Were very sorry for you're loss and please call if we can help in any manner.

December 7, 2013

My deepest condolences to the Johnston family,our prayer are with you.

Cindy Elliott and Heather Grant

December 6, 2013

Dear Debbie & family, I wanted to let you know how much you and yours will be thought of this morning and in the days to come. What an incredible man you are letting go today. Your faith is so strong, you know exactly where he is going and can take comfort in those thoughts. I hope to see you soon for a hug in person. xox

December 6, 2013

Praying for you & your family through this troubled time. May God be with you.

Lila Swartz

December 5, 2013

To the Johnson Family:
Your father was something special to everyone he touched.
His service and belief in the American way was what kept America free in WW 2.
Then he blessed so many growing and developing young people during their educational years and to save them during those stressful years of education.
I knew him while I worked at TMH and he never failed to speak and smile when he saw
me in the hallway. He was the MAN that made the Lifeline program what it is today. He was once again to become the blessing of so many people's lives and allowing them to live free and independent. Once again, he was saving lives as he did in WW 2.
Later, I was blessed again to work with Debbie at Vocational Rehabilitation. The day he walked in again to my life was a blessed day that was lifted by him and his smile.
He was one of those special persons that roam the earth as an unknown angel. He will be missed and now I know another angel that will be at the doors of heaven saying "Welcome home, come on in".
Myself and those other grieving person in which he touched their lives will be praying for your peace and comfort during this most difficult time.

cathy seymoe

December 5, 2013

Donna, my thoughts n prayers are with you and your family. He was so kind.