William Jennings “Jen” Johnson, 88, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, passed away on Sunday night, April 6, 2014, in a Chattanooga hospital.
He was born in Bradley County on Nov. 30, 1925, a son of the late Joe and Cecil Johnson.
He was of the Christian faith and a long-time member of the Chestuee United Methodist Church.
He was an honorable discharge veteran of the United States Army after faithfully serving his country during World War II.
He was a founding partner in the Johnson Brothers Cabinet Shop. He was a member of the Bradley County Old Timers Hall of Fame.
Above all though, he will be remembered for being a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 18 siblings and one grandson, Caleb Johnson.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of more than 51 years, Elaine Brewer Johnson, who he affectionately called “his doll”; one daughter and son-in-law, June and Donnie Sullivan; two sons: Kevin Johnson and his wife, Terry and Todd Johnson, all of Cleveland; three grandchildren: Levi Johnson, Lydia Morgan Ledford (Scott) and Travis Morgan; three great-grandchildren: Kyler Moore, Ashlyn Ledford and Jake Ledford; one sister, Mary Ruth Tinsley; one brother, Clint E. “Mickey” Johnson; numerous other extended family members, church family and a host of special friends.
A celebration of his life is planned for tonight, April 8, 2014, at 7 at Clingan Ridge Baptist Church, 2412 Georgetown Road N.W., with the Rev. Betsy Switzer officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church from 4 until the 7 p.m. service time today.
The family will assemble on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the Chilcutt Cemetery for the interment and committal service, which will conclude with full military honors.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made in Jen’s memory to the Chilcutt Cemetery Fund.
You are encouraged to share a memory of Jen and/or your personal condolences with his family by visiting his memorial web page and guestbook at www.companionfunerals.com.
Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist the Johnson family with these arrangements.