J.B. Johnson, 98, of Winter Haven, Florida; formerly of Christian County, Kentucky, died Thursday, May 14, 2015. J.B. was the great grandson of Samuel Johnson; who lived in the Fie House. J.B. was the son of Samuel Winfield Johnson and Naomi Drake Johnson. He was one of four children born to Samuel and Naomi Johnson; Herchel W. (born 1905), Barney B. (born 1907), Mayme F. (born 1912), and J.B. (born 1917). Samuel W. Johnson died in 1934.
On February 1, 1936, J.B. married Mamie A. Wagoner. The following year, Mamie’s family would move to Willits, CA while J.B. and Mamie remained on the Johnson farm with J.B.’s mother; his mother died in 1941.
Following his mother’s death, J.B. and Mamie had an auction sale and sold the livestock, hay, corn and personal items, then moved to South Bend, IN where J.B. worked in an airplane factory. By 1943, they had two children; Russell born in 1937, and Janis born in 1942.
J.B. and Mamie stayed in Indiana only one year before moving back to Kentucky, where J.B. bought another farm. He farmed for two years, then bought two trucks which he used for hauling milk on a rural milk route, and for coal and farm supplies. In 1946 he gave up the truck business and leased a store from J.C. Hardison, and ran that for approximately one year, then sold his inventory of the store to Frank Word and J.B. then went to work for the State Highway Department as a sub-foreman in Christian County.
J.B. stayed with the highway department until June of 1951 when he once again sold everything and with his family, now four children; Russell (born 1938), Janis (born 1942), Judy (born 1946), and Samuel Johnson IV (born 1948) moved to Willits, CA so his wife, Mamie could be close to her family. J.B. soon found work in a lumber mill where he stayed until his retirement in 1982.
J.B.’s wife, Mamie, died June 12, 1977 in Willits, CA; she is buried in the Johnson Cemetery in Christian County, KY. In July of 1979, J.B. married Virginia Sally Johnson in Willits, CA. Virginia died in 1999. He married Evelyn Langley Johnson; Evelyn died in 2011. He was also preceded in death by his grandchildren, Kyle Johnson and Laurice Ann Pelot.
J.B. is survived by four children; Son, Russell Coleman Johnson (Debbie) of Christian County, KY, Daughter, Janis Johnson Russell (Bill) of Winter Haven, FL, Daughter, Judy Claudette Gulley (Bill) of Willits, CA, and Son, Samuel Gene Johnson (Susie) of Willits, CA. Nine grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 22, 2015 at Johnson’s Chapel with Rev. Earl Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Johnson’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be held 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home in Hopkinsville.
Hughart, Beard & Giles in Hopkinsville is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Memorial Fund at Johnson’s Chapel c/o Joette Grace, 114 Mark, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.