Jack Edward Johnston, age 81, took his last breath on Friday, April 14, 2017 while surrounded by family. He was taken from this earth after a short battle with cancer at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, VA.
Jack was born on April 10, 1936 in Plasterco, VA to Carlisle and Sylvia Johnston. Jack was a lifelong resident of Bristol, VA and a faithful member of State Street United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school for many years. Jack was one of the pioneering coaches for the Western Little League, he also coached pony league baseball, and went on to manage the all-star team among many other extracurricular sports activities with the local youth. He spent many years serving the community in many different capacities, including being an active member of the Lyons Club. He worked with Helms Food Service as a food broker for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1999. Jack spent many of his retirement years running a stained glass business in downtown Bristol with his wife, Nancy and their faithful dog, Tusox. Jack loved watching sports, he especially loved Friday night football games cheering on his Virginia High Bearcats and he was a loyal Atlanta Braves Baseball fan. Jack played a large role in the VHS class of 1955, hosting several reunions at his home.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents Carlisle and Sylvia Johnston, daughter, Melissa Leigh Mullins, grandson, Matthew Logan Clark, and his beloved dog, Tusox.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Nancy Bowen Johnston of Bristol; daughters, Kim Choudhury and husband, Ashok of Mt. Juliet, TN, Jacquie Moore and Marshall Spader of Wilmington, NC; son-in-law, Steve Mullins; grandchildren, Elyse Ball and husband Brad, Marni Rice, Shelley Choudhury, Margo Rice, Bailey Choudhury, and Jack Mullins; great-grandchildren, Jenna Ball, Hunter Ball, and Norah Kate Ball; siblings, Don Johnston and wife, Judy of Bristol, VA, Janice Trower and husband, Al of Bristol, VA, and Ronald Johnston and wife, Donna of Bristol, VA; and special cousin, Shirley Musick and husband Carol of Bristol, VA; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017 at State Street United Methodist Church. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Nicki Crossman, Dr. Lindsay Wilson, and the excellent nursing staff in the ER and on 2100 at Johnston Memorial Hospital for all of your kindness and compassion through this difficult time. In lieu of flowers the family requests for memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children - Greenville, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.