Obituaries

EARL S. JOHNSON -

Earl S. Johnson, age 82, of Mountain City, Tennessee, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the Watauga Medical Center. He was born on September 29, 1930 to the late Lilly Johnson. In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by sisters and brothers-in-law: Irene and Wade Dunn, Ruth and Clayton Mains and Hettie Chafin, Hattie Johnson and Betty Johnson; brothers and sister-in-law: Oscar and Polly Johnson, Bruce Johnson and Sam Johnson; one granddaughter, Reba Michelle Harper and two great grandchildren, Riley Edmisten and Dominic Johnson.

Earl was a retired farmer and still enjoyed being outdoors, farming, fishing and building bird houses. He had served as Johnson County Constable for 35 years. Earl had also owned and operated Johnson Fence Company for many years.

Earl was a faithful man and had served as Deacon through the years and currently serves as Deacon at New Hope Baptist Church.

Earl loved his family and spending time with him. He will deeply be missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Lucille Lipford Johnson; daughters and sons-in-law: Missy and David Hightower, Angie and Steve Edmisten and Linda and Dean Harper; sons and daughters-in-law: Lee and Janice Johnson, Lloyd Johnson, Anthony Johnson and special friend, Mary Alice Herdman and William and Janet Johnson, Aaron and Mistee Johnson ; sister, Dorothy Miller; brother, Conley Johnson; grandchildren: Bobby Johnson, Susan Johnson, Shannon Harper, Joe Johnson, Rosanna Eggers, Charity Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Gregory Johnson, Michael Price, Reba Blevins, Gloria Newsome, Nikki Edmisten, Crystal Edmisten, David Hightower, Jennifer Hightower, Daniel Hightower, Matthew Hightower, Erica Hightower and Ethan Hightower; twenty-nine great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 6-8:00 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Mountain City Funeral Home.

Funeral service was conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the Mountain City Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Stidham officiating.

Graveside service and burial followed from the Johnson Family Cemetery (beside the Lewis Cemetery). Active Pallbearers were Bobby Johnson, Shannon Harper, Joe Johnson, Christopher Johnson, Michael Price, Dave Hightower, Daniel Hightower, Matthew Hightower, Ethan Hightower and Gregory Jones.

Honorary Pallbearers were Lonnie Baker, Ray Eggers, Michael Blevins, Craine Newsome, Andrew Beam, Dean Harper, Steve Edmisten, David Hightower, Bill Williams, Connely Johnson and Alf Miller.

At other times, the family will receive friends at home, 2436 Fall Branch Road, Mountain City, TN 37683.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mountaincityfh.com .

The family of Earl S. Johnson has entrusted his services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church St., Mountain City, TN 37683.