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In Memory of

James Johnson

August 2, 1929 - June 10, 2017

Obituary


Mr. James Johnson, of Gibson Station, VA went home to be with the Lord on June 10th, 2017. He died in his home, surrounded by his family; he was 87 years old.

Jim is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Joyce Johnson (nee Evans) of Gibson Station, VA; his daughter Phyllis Baker and her husband Troy Ronald Baker of Bellbrook, OH; daughter Paula Bigelow and her husband Adam Bigelow of Middlesboro, KY; his brother Jack Johnson and wife Dorothy of Gibson Station, VA; his granddaughter Victoria Bigelow of Columbus, OH; 2...

Mr. James Johnson, of Gibson Station, VA went home to be with the Lord on June 10th, 2017. He died in his home, surrounded by his family; he was 87 years old.

Jim is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Joyce Johnson (nee Evans) of Gibson Station, VA; his daughter Phyllis Baker and her husband Troy Ronald Baker of Bellbrook, OH; daughter Paula Bigelow and her husband Adam Bigelow of Middlesboro, KY; his brother Jack Johnson and wife Dorothy of Gibson Station, VA; his granddaughter Victoria Bigelow of Columbus, OH; 2 step grand-children Mary Beth Fosse of Liberty Township, OH, and Eric Baker of South Bend, IN; 8 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces/nephews, friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Flossie Johnson of Gibson Station, VA; his sister Josephine Widener of Gibson Station, VA; and sister Mabel Cunningham of Gibson Station, VA.

Jim was born on August 2, 1929 in Forge Ridge, TN to Flossie and Herman Johnson along with his twin brother Jack. Growing up, when one of the boys was seen about, folks would say here comes Jim or Jack one. Jim started out driving a truck for delivering ice with his brother Jack. Later, he went to Michigan where he was a welder for the automotive industry. Jim was drafted and served in the Army during 1951 and 1952 and was part of the occupational forces in Germany after World War II. After his return to the States, Jim found work with Delco in Dayton Ohio. He later drove buses for Ohio Bus Lines and St John's Transportation Company. He finished his career driving buses for the Wright State University in Fairborn, OH. A few years after retiring, Jim returned to Gibson Station to live on the family farm where he grew up.

Jim Johnson was a devoted member of Pump Springs Baptist Church in Harrogate, TN. In addition, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge. His hobbies included tinkering with almost anything mechanical, eating, and talking to any critter he could find in the yard. Jim passed away after an 18-month battle with cancer. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather with a keen, dry sense of humor.

Visitation will be at the Coffey Funeral Home in Harrogate, TN on Tuesday evening June 12th from 5-7pm with services immediately following at 7pm. Graveside services will be Wednesday Morning, June 13th at 11am at the Harrogate Cemetery. A procession from the Coffey Funeral will depart for the cemetery at 10:30am. Reverend Gary Miller will officiate the services. All are welcome to attend the services to celebrate Jim's life and his return home to the Lord.


Arrangements under the direction of Coffey Funeral Home, Harrogate, TN.