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Myrlan Edwin Johnson

Myrlan Edwin Johnson, 84, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, surrounded by family.

Myrlan was born to J. Orie and Anna Curtis Johnson on June 13, 1930. He was raised in Bledsoe County. He served three years for his country in the United States Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean War. Upon receiving Honorable Discharge from Service, he went north for work. The suburbs of Chicago was his home until he retired to Carthage in 1989. Due to illness he chose to live the last three years and nine months in Williamson County to be near his daughter.

He loved laughter and family, and was loved by all. He also enjoyed his grandchildren and his dogs. Some of his favorite pastimes were playing cards, and he enjoyed going to antique and yard sales. He particularly enjoyed the Hwy. 127 Yard Sale. He spent time attending church at his assisted living facility.     

Myrlan was preceded in death by his parents; his son, John Johnson; two brothers, J. Orie Johnson Jr. and Milton Dion Johnson; and sister, Juanita J. Watson.

Survivors include his daughter, Marlene J. Handley of Franklin; grandsons, Louis (Emily) Johnson of Dickson and Johnny Johnson (Mindy Horton, lady friend) of Carthage; granddaughter, Cindy (Robert) Tedrow of Carthage; great-grandchildren, Samantha Williams, Michael Williams, Ryan Williams, Johnny Robert (J.R.) Tedrow, Cody Johnson, and Lily Johnson; his former wife and dear friends, Betty Garrett; Bryan (Sandy) Culpepper, James Culpepper, Stephanie Hughes. Other survivors include two brothers, Alvin Johnson and Wayford (Evelyn) Johnson; three sisters, Shirley (Junior) Hankins, Darlene (Carlos) Smith, all of Pikeville and Rowena (Kenneth) Rhodes of Graysville; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, July 27, in the chapel of Pikeville Funeral Home. The funeral was officiated by Bro. Rudy Oakes and Bro. Johnathan Hankins (great-nephew). Burial was in Blackburn Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to Alive Hospice, 1710 Patterson Street, Nashville TN 37203, 615-332-4000 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital in memory of Myrlan Johnson will be greatly appreciated.

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Arrangements were entrusted to Pikeville Funeral Home in Pikeville.

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