John Doyle Johnston
John celebrated 90 years in June with a virtual birthday party attended by his children and grandchildren. He was born in Eoline, AL, to James Morgan Johnston and Jennie Wallace Johnston living much of his early years in Marion, AL. John met his wife, Ruth Simmons in West Blockton, AL, and they married on October 23, 1954. John worked very hard all his life, starting off in a sawmill in his younger years. He served in the United States Army like many of his 7 brothers and father. After marrying and looking to find work to support a soon-to-be family, John and Ruth moved to Houston, TX, where he worked the balance of his career for the Borden Milk Company. John typically worked more than one job and when he wasn’t working a second job, he was coaching little league baseball, bowling, or fishing. He was a man of few words unless the topic was on one of those. After retirement, he still maintained side jobs until a series of strokes made it too hard to get around. He enjoyed bowling and walking the neighborhood until his late 80’s. John entered a nursing facility after a fall and lived there the remainder of his life. John is preceded in death by his parents and all his siblings (James M. Johnston Jr., Cecil, Pete, Ural, Rena Mae, Eugene, Earl Lee (Cuck)). John is survived by his wife Ruth and children, Brenda, Danny (Liz), Wayne (Sherry), Shirley (Willie) and Rickey (Sherry), and grandchildren, Brandon (Phyllis), Wayne Jr., Morgan, Chelsea, Travis, Reagan, Wil (Sarah), Matthew, Joseph, Bradley and Kayleigh.
The family would like to thank the staff at Memorial City Nursing Facility for their kindness and care of John over the last two years.
The entire family also offers tremendous love and gratitude to our brother, James D. (Danny, aka Pappy) for his tireless support of our father during the time in the nursing home. He ensured there were sweet snacks each day and that all the clothes were hung with care. Along the way, both the residents and the staff came to love the “Dad and Danny Duo”. The family also offers a special thank you to Brenda for managing all the affairs over the last few years.
The photo here is some 35 years ago. John always had a cap or hat in place and in this photo, he is dressed in his favorite Texan attire with his “Sunday, Go to Heaven” outfit.
John donated his body to medical research for the betterment of society but due to various circumstances, the donor system was not available at the time. John will have a private burial with family on a future date. Contributions in his memory can be sent to Camp Hope (link below) supporting combat veterans and their families dealing with PTSD. We welcome your thoughts and prayers as we grieve this earthly loss and rejoice in knowing he is spending eternity in Heaven having accepted Christ as his savior.
Camp Hope for PTSD Veterans