James Leonard Johnson

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James Leonard Johnson

December 05, 1921 - October 02, 2018

James Leonard Johnson James Leonard Johnson, 96, of Glasgow, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Dec. 5, 1921, the son of the late Henry Elmer Johnson and Leona Matthews Johnson.
Leonard is survived by his wife, Bernadene Furlong Johnson, whom he married Nov. 27, 1948. Surviving are children, Gerard (Ruthie Lamb) Johnson of Murray, Kentucky; Teresa Carol Johnson; Gail (Donnie) Bunch, Phillip (Teresa Gail) Johnson and Mark (Karen) Johnson, all of Glasgow. Additionally, he is survived by 10 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one step-great grandchild; a sister-in-law, Louise Furlong; and special caregivers, Virginia Kessinger and Kristy Smith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Leona Renna Johnson Smith; grandson, James "Jimmy" Douglas Gipe; and great-grandson, Henry James Hester. Also preceding Leonard in death were sisters, Beatrice Johnson, Margie Johnson, Jewell Williamson, Mary Lewis Borders and Ruth Johnson; and brothers Elmer Johnson and T.F. Johnson.
Leonard was a WWII veteran having served in the U.S. Army. Stationed in the South Pacific, he was assigned to the New Caledonia unit. He would later become one of the original members of the newly-formed Americal Division, of which he was extremely proud. Staff Sergeant Johnson is well remembered for wearing his army uniform and marching in Glasgow's annual Veteran's Day parade.
After WWII, Leonard returned to Glasgow and joined Joe Trabue in the electrical business. He went on to form a partnership with Charles Hughes known as Hughes and Johnson Electric. Leonard later became the sole owner and renamed it Leonard Johnson Electric Service Inc. and continues in business to date.
After retiring from the electrical business, Leonard spent time on his farm. For many years he raised beef cattle. The last few years of his life, he and Bernadene spent many hours sitting on the porch watching deer and turkeys roam the fields. He also loved to use a slingshot to shoot peanuts to feed the blue-jays. The porch is a favorite gathering place for his family today.
He was a devoted member of First United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Barren River Rod & Gun Club.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at First United Methodist Church with burial in Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday at A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. and continue Saturday at the church from 9-11 a.m.
The family request that in lieu of flowers and gifts, memorial contributions be made to Hosparus Barren River, 101 Riverwood Ave. STE B, Bowling Green, KY 42103; First United Methodist Church, 500 S. Green St., Glasgow or your favorite charity.
Published on October 3, 2018
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