Paul W Johnson

December 21, 1941June 9, 2018
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Mr. Paul Johnson, age 76, of Tazewell, TN. was born December 21, 1941 and passed to heavenly peace, joy and happiness on June 9, 2018. Paul was saved as a boy at the Church of God in Middlesboro, Ky. In 1990, he was baptized into Goins Chapel Baptist Church in Tazewell, TN. Paul graduated from Claiborne County High School in 1959. He was an outstanding basketball and baseball player. Paul helped organize and was a lifetime member of the Claiborne County Historical Society. He is the author of Claiborne County Cemeteries, published in 1982. Paul worked for the Big Four Supermarket and the New Tazewell Dry Cleaners. He was employed for more than 40 years at Jeffery Chain of Morristown, TN. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Helen Turner Johnson, an infant brother, Tony and sister, Shirley Snow. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Ruth Day Johnson; son, Steven and Barbara Hall Johnson; grandson, Brenston Johnson; and great grandchildren Ethan, Eli and McKinley. Paul’s sisters are Eleanor Campbell, Peggy and Roy Payne, Teresa and John Lowe, and Vickie and Mark Gibson. Brothers are Earl and Glenda Johnson, Van and Carol Johnson, Roger and Diane Johnson, and Mike and Stella Johnson. Paul leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Paul’s family would like to express much thanks to the Amedisys Hospice Staff: Abby, Martha, Garland and Dr. DeBusk.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Coffey Funeral Home Chapel with funeral service to follow at 7:00PM. Ministers: Rev. Jack Day, Rev. Kenny Clark and Garland Long. Singer will be Jean Roark and the Goins Chapel Church Choir. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Moody Cemetery. Pallbearers: David Snow, Jamie Snow, Jason Campbell, Shane Campbell, Lucas Johnson and Lance Johnson. Honorary pallbearers: Charles Yeary, Warren Kinder, Marty Lamb and Brian Campbell. Coffey Funeral Home in Charge.


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Laura Liford Catalano

June 12, 2018

Condolences to all the family.
Paul had a sense of humor especially with my
Classmate Santa Faye Harmon and me.
Made chemistry more interesting with Ma Brown.
Our 1959 class was very special. Paul was special.
Bless the family.

Edwina Buchanan Booth

June 12, 2018

I only met Paul once briefly at the 50th CCHS reunion. However, I've learned many wonderful things about him and Ruth from many classmates. I admire their devotion to each other. Sincerest condolences.

Mary Clark

June 12, 2018

Love paul and betty ruth.many memories of church services at Goins Chapel.and the annual Christmas party at their home. Paul always had a big smile for everyone. Prayers for peace and comfort.

Don Parker

June 12, 2018

As members of his CCHS graduating class of 1959, we knew Paul as pleasant and friendly and cheered his athletic prowess, particularly on the basketball court. His involvement with the local historical society and publishing the book of Claiborne County cemeteries serve as a meaningful and lasting legacy. It can be easily said that the world is a better place because of him and his family can be justly proud of his contribution to society. Shalom.

David Longmire

June 11, 2018

I worked with Paul at Jeffry Chain. Used to ride to work with him on occasion. I'm so happy to have known Paul and I sure hate to hear of his passing. May God Bless your family . I will see you again one day.

Donna gipfert

June 11, 2018

Thoughts and prayers for all the family. May your faith bring comfort to all. Sympathy to all from Donna, Kent, and Isabelle Gipfert.

Ronnie Sue Hall

June 11, 2018

Paul was such a wonderful person. Both Paul and Ruth have blessed my life beyond what words can describe. I know their remarkable love will forever live in Ruth's heart. May God give Paul's family the strength to cope with their loss and the shared memories gradually help ease the pain. You are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy.