Carolyn McKinney Johnson, 70, of Elizabethton, passed away at 2 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Hospice House of Bristol, TN, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.
The 11th was also her 50th wedding anniversary.
Carolyn was born November 24, 1943, in the Upper Shell Creek area of Carter County to the late Sanford and Ruth Shell McKinney. She was a 1962 graduate of Cloudland High School.
She worked at various jobs during her working years in addition to being a Homemaker.
She was a member of West Side Christian Church and had recently been attending East River Park Christian Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her one and much loved child, Dr. Michael Albert Johnson; sister Betty McKinney Heaton; and nephew Keith Shelton; grandparents: W.L. & Elvira Knight McKinney, Dan & Mattie Morgan Shell. She was also preceded in death by her dear friend, Bruce.
Carolyn will be deeply missed by her husband of fifty years: Cecil Albert “Dick” Johnson. Others left to cherish her memory are: Sisters, Mae “Ethel” (Darrell) McKinney Tegtmeyer, Jonesborough, Cherylene (RL) McKinney Miller, Elizabethton, TN; and her brothers: William L. (Lucille) McKinney and O Edward McKinney, both of Roan Mountain, TN, and Sanford (Rosemary) McKinney Jr., Kingsport, TN; Brother-in-law: Ed Heaton, of Gray, TN; Sister-In-Law: Jean Johnson Shelton, of Woodbridge, VA. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved. Carolyn is survived by her dear friend and 2nd mother, Sara Shipley.
A special “Thank You” to the following: Dr. Sue Prill and staff at the Bristol Wellmont Hospital, also, Mike, Hope and Heather of Wellmont Hospice House, for their excellent and compassionate care of Carolyn, thank you to all friends and neighbors for all the help and concern during Carolyn’s illness, also my sweet and good General Federation Women’s Club of Elizabethton, my great sisters and Christ Prayer Group, my wonderful High School Classmates, all her church family at East River Park Christian Church, our great traveling friends: Ondrea & Lonnie Clark. Carolyn wanted to express a very special “Thank You” to Dick for taking real good care of me.
A Service to Celebrate the life of Carolyn Johnson will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, 2014, in Memorial Funeral Chapel with Mr. Barry Pettit, Minister, officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Michael Albert Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, ? Northeast Community Credit Union, 980 Jason Witten Way, Elizabethton, Tenn. 37643 (423-547-1200); or Wellmont Hospice House at 280 Steeles Road, Bristol, Tn. 37620. 423-844-5252
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.