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5/21/13

Death of a Classmate - Eugene T. Johnston - 1st Co.

 
Eugene T. Johnston, Sr. died April 15 after a short illness. 
He was born in Selma, AL and was a graduate of Parrish High School and the United States Naval Academy where he served as yearbook editor for both schools. He received his master's degree from the University of Alabama in Industrial Engineering. 
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Mary Lou Off Johnston, his father Ernest B. Johnston Sr., and his mother, Emma Julia Thomas. He is survived by three children Eugene Johnston, Jr. (Emily) of Mobile, AL; Madeleine Pearce (Hubert) of Fosters, AL; and Laurent Cadden (Mike) of Mobile, AL and four grandchildren: Johnston Pearce of Asheville, NC; Julia Pearce of Fosters, AL; Mary Catherine Cadden and David Cadden of Mobile, AL; his brother, Ernest B Johnston, Jr. of Shepherdstown, WV and his sister Carolyn J. Merrill of Loudonville, NY. 
After receiving a medical discharge from the Navy, he embarked on a variety of careers including the fertilizer business and golf course management finally retiring from the Nuclear Power Division of Southern Company.
Eugene spent his life living out his faith in God. He was active in the Episcopal Church serving as a lay reader, chalice bearer, on the vestry and in outreach ministries. He fully participated in the Compass Rose Society and Kanuga Guest Periods every year with his family. Eugene was full of life and fun and loved to hike, snow ski and play golf. His love of travel was evident in the beautiful photography he shared.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Cathedral Church of the Advent Choir Fund, 2017 6th Ave North Birmingham, AL 35203, Compass Rose Society, CRS Treasurer, 1225 Texas Ave Houston, TX 77002 or the charity your choice. 
Eugene's ashes will be interred at the Cathedral Church of the Advent Rector's Garden at 10: 00 am on June 1st followed by a memorial service.
Published in the The Mobile Press-Register from May 20 to May 26, 2013

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