Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Obituaries

February 14, 2014

James Eugene Johnson 1924-2014

ASHLAND — James Eugene Johnson, 89, of Ashland, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.

He was born Dec. 1, 1924, in Orr, the son of the late William Jack and Martha Francis Boggs Johnson. He was also preceded in death by two sons, Donald Gene Johnson and Stanley Dean “Chico” Johnson.

He was a 30-year employee of the Parsons family at the department store, Henry Clay Hotel and manager of the Henry Clay Motel. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater with the 251st Engineer Combat Battalion. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Johnson enjoyed camping, carpentry, singing and playing his guitar to bluegrass and gospel music. He loved his dog, Jack, aka Killer. He loved socializing, and his greatest joy was meeting people and making friends.

Survivors include three daughters, Gloriss Ann Foster of Monterey, Calif., Connie Gail Adams and Tammie Kaye (Jerry) Witzke, both of Ashland; two sons, James Eugene (Jennifer) Johnson Jr. and William Jack Johnson, both of Ashland; 11 grandchildren, Brigette Brown, Amber Ferguson, Adam Cole Johnson, Matthew Cannoy, Marcus Adams, Jessica Powell, James Adams, Randy McWain, Daniel Adams, Jada Johnson and Jenna Johnson; 11 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Ann Paul of Westwood; and caregiver and longtime friend Anna Lou Jordan of Ashland.

Funeral services will be at noon Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland by the Rev. Stan Williams. Burial will be in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 93 of Kenova, W.Va.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101 or to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Condolences may be made at mfhfuneralhome.com.

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