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Obituary – J. Fred Johnston

J. Fred Johnston, age 86, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020. He was born September 23, 1933 in Loretto, TN. A native of Lawrence County, he retired from Murray Ohio after 32 years. He served others throughout his life, as a Life Member of Tennessee Walking Horse Association and Racking Horse Breeders Association of America and a member of Pulaski Street Church of Christ, where one of his greatest honors was serving as an Elder for over 30 years. He was a retired referee from TSSAA Basketball Association. He also served his community as County Commissioner and his country honorably in the U.S. Army. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence Johnston and Viola Littrell Johnston, and three sisters: Bernice Johnston Hartsfield, Bertha Mae Johnston, and Martha Ann Johnston. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Barbara Casteel Johnston; two sons, Jeffrey G. Johnston (Sandy) of Ethridge and Gregory W. Johnston (Vickie) of Lawrenceburg; grandchildren Jared Johnston (Martha); Katelyn Johnston Parish (Tyler); Jennie Johnston Sutton (Kelby); and J Zachary Johnston (Allie), all of Lawrenceburg; great grandchildren Jenna Ann Johnston; Edy Quinn Johnston; Riggins Guy Johnston; Adeline Ruth Sutton; Lucie Ann Sutton; Taylor Kate Parish; and Colt Whitaker Parish; one sister Lurene Olive (Killen, AL); brother and sister-in-law Mary and Eddie Casteel of Lawrenceburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are: Olen Springer, Nicky Hartsfield, Johnny McGee, Ronnie Hartsfield, Kelby Sutton, Tyler Parish, and Eddy Casteel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and American Parkinson Disease Association. 

Funeral services are handled by Neal Funeral Home. Graveside service with military honors will be held at Pleasant Grove Cemetery at 1:00PM on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, with Jacob Evans officiating. 

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