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Obituary - Benny Johnson

Benny Johnson, age, 73 passed away on March 1, 2017. Mr. Johnson was born on June 1, 1943 to parents Clyde Louis and Flora Althea Johnson. Originally from War, West Virginia, he currently resided in Shelbyville, Tenn.

His family was his world. He was a lifelong trainer of the Tennessee Walking Horse and a charter member of the Walking Horse Trainers Association that was founded in 1968. His passion was promoting the breed and he made The WHTA National Trainers show a success for over 30 years as show manager. He founded the Walking Horse Youth Council in 1995. He was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Tenn.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years; Sherrill Leigh Johnson of Shelbyville, Daughter; Joyce Marie Green (Tony) of Shelbyville, granddaughters; Samantha Joyce and Cora Lee Green both of Shelbyville, Sisters; Margaret Atkinson, Janet Shamblin (Bob) and Betty O’Bey all of Yorktown, VA . Several nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel on Thursday, March 9, 2017 with Dr. Bill Jaber and Brother Steve Murphree officiating. Visitation with the family will be from 4-6 with the memorial immediately following at 6:00 PM

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Great Strides Therapeutic Riding Program, a charity very dear to his heart.

Great Strides Therapeutic Riding Program
PO Box 1666
Shelbyville, TN 37162
Memo – In memory of Benny L Johnson


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