Gene Burton Johnson
Gene Burton Johnson was born Sept. 23, 1931 in Park City, Kentucky and passed from this life on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 at Christian Health Center in Bowling Green.
He was a member of South Green Street Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lucy B. Johnson, and his beloved grandson, Andrew Clay Johnson.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Martha W. Johnson; sons, Jeff Johnson (Margo) and Kevin Johnson (Susan); grandsons, Matthew Johnson (Kelly), Benjamin Johnson, and Wesley Johnson (Grace); and great-grandchildren, Elijah and Ella Johnson.
He was raised by his mother and grandparents on a farm south of Park City. Gene developed a love for sports excelling at basketball, softball and baseball, track as well as quarterbacking the first six-man football team to play in Barren County.
After graduating from Park City High School in 1949, he attended Georgia Teacher's College (now Georgia Southern) from 1949-50. He joined the Air Force in 1951, which included a two-year stint at Tokyo International Airport. Upon his discharge in 1955, he received an Honorable Discharge, Korean Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.
He then returned home and worked for a short time at General Electric in Louisville as well as selling insurance at Commonwealth Insurance in Barren County. In 1956, Gene married Martha Woodward and then enrolled in David Lipscomb College in 1957 receiving his BA in 1960. He then enrolled in Middle Tennessee State and earned his master's degree in 1961. After beginning his teaching career, he later earned his Rank 1 from Western Kentucky University.
Gene's entire teaching and administrative career was in the Barren County school system. He taught at Hiseville High School from 1961 to 1965 where he also coached basketball and football. Gene then moved to Eastern Elementary as a PE teacher before becoming the principal. He remained at Eastern Elementary until 1977 when he moved into the position of assistant superintendent of Barren County Schools. After retirement in 1986, Gene also worked with the Migrant School Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a food inspector.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at A.F. Crow & Son Funeral Home with burial in Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. until time for services at the funeral home.
A.F. Crow & Son is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Johnson. Share your message of condolence with the family of Gene Johnson at
Published on November 18, 2019


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Kimberly Staples Forbis
Nov 19, 2019
I was a student at Eastern Elementary when Mr Johnson was principal.I always like Mr Johnson,he was a great role model.My sympathy goes out to the family.
Nov 19, 2019
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