John E. Johnston, 60, of Hendersonville, died Sunday, June 19, at his home following an extended illness. A native of Sullivan County, TN, he was the son of Eleanor Johnston Mahaun of Bluff City, TN, and the late William Ryden Johnston.
He was a 1972 graduate of East Tennessee State University, and had lived in Henderson County since 1978. He was a manager for King’s Department Store in Hendersonville, and was later employed by Belk’s Department Store, where he worked for 15 years. He was the former music director of Hendersonville First Wesleyan Church, and had attended Hendersonville Pentecostal Holiness Church. He will be remembered for his quick wit and sharp sense of humor.
A very loving and compassionate husband, father, and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Linda C. Johnston; his son, Jeff L. Clark and wife Kristene of St. Louis, MO; two grandchildren, Erik Johnston Clark and Gabrielle Alexandra Clark; his brother, Steve Johnston and wife Susan of Chilhowie, VA; his sister Cindy Johnston Eichman and husband Kevin of Knoxville, TN, and several loving nieces and nephews.
A private service will be held in Bluff City, TN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels, Henderson County Council on Aging, 105 King Creek Blvd., Hendersonville, NC 28792.