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Joe Elmer Johnston, Jr.

March 14, 1935 — May 25, 2023

Murfreesboro

Joe E. Johnston, Jr., a loving husband, devoted father, cherished grandfather, and dedicated professional, passed away on May 25, 2023, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, leaving behind a legacy of love, integrity, and hard work. He was 88 years old.

Joe was born on March 14, 1935, in the serene town of Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, in the small community of Mt. Joy, and from a young age, he possessed an innate curiosity and passion for technology. He channeled these interests into a remarkable career at AT&T, where he worked as a technology technician for over 45 years. Joe's commitment and expertise earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and made him a valued asset to the company.

Throughout his life, Joe embarked on numerous journeys across the United States to fulfill his professional obligations. Despite the demands of his work, he never wavered in his dedication to his family. Joe's beloved wife, Eva Rigsby Johnston, stood by his side for 62 incredible years, providing unwavering support and strength. Together, they created a nurturing and loving home for their children, Terry Johnston and Carissa (Steve) Scales.

Joe's children were a constant source of pride and joy. He embraced his role as a father with boundless love, offering guidance, support, and encouragement. His devotion to his family was evident in every aspect of his life, as he made countless sacrifices to ensure their well-being and happiness. Joe's impact extended beyond his immediate family, as he touched the lives of his grandchildren, Matthew and Heather Scales, with his wisdom, kindness, and unconditional love.

While Joe's professional achievements were significant, his true legacy lies in his unwavering faith and strong Christian values. His commitment to his religious beliefs was evident in his daily life, as he demonstrated compassion, forgiveness, and a genuine desire to help others. Joe's spirituality provided him with a deep sense of purpose and guided his interactions with the world around him.

In his free time, Joe enjoyed exploring the wonders of nature, often taking scenic drives with his family to appreciate the beauty of the world. He possessed a remarkable sense of humor, and his infectious laughter brightened the lives of those fortunate enough to know him. Joe's presence will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of sharing in his journey.

Joe E. Johnston, Jr. leaves behind a legacy of love, devotion, and hard work. His memory will be forever cherished by his wife, Eva, his children, Terry and Carissa (Steve), his grandchildren, Matthew and Heather, and the countless friends and loved ones who were touched by his warmth and generosity.

The family will receive friends and visitors at Williams Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, May 27, 2023, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, with a funeral service commencing at 2:00 PM. To follow, Mr. Johnston will be laid to rest at Arlington Cemetery.

The care of Mr. Joe E. Johnston, Jr. and his family has been entrusted to the staff of Williams Funeral Home. To share words of comfort and condolences, please visit www.williamsfh.com.

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Visitation

Saturday, May 27, 2023

12:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

Williams Funeral Home & Crematory - Mt Pleasant

819 N Main St, Mt Pleasant, TN 38474

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Funeral Service

Saturday, May 27, 2023

2:00 - 3:00 pm (Central time)

Williams Funeral Home & Crematory - Mt Pleasant

819 N Main St, Mt Pleasant, TN 38474

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Burial

Saturday, May 27, 2023

3:15 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

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