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10/28/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Bill Johnston

William Coleman Johnston
(d. 24 Oct 2011)

Bassett High School Class of @ 1945 / Newport News High School Class of February 1947

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have a slightly belated sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.
    Bill Johnston, Class of February 1947, passed away at his home in Smithfield on Monday, October 24, 2011, at the age of 83.

    From Dale Parsons ('48) of VA - 10/28/11, 1:09 PM - "Check out    William C. JOHNSTON Obituary":

Bill graduated from NNHS in 1946 or 1947; he was a returning veteran.

   Thank you so much, Dale.  His obituary certainly caught my eye, but I was unaware of his connection.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 10/28/11, 8:30 PM - " William Johnston":

Hello Carol, Fri. 10-28

Searched Anchors Feb. 46, June 46, Feb. 47 and June 47.

A William Johnston appears on p. 34 of the Feb. 47. His caption indicates a transfer from Bassett High School which is in Henry County. That should verify that he is the one mentioned in the obit.

On page 69 appears a photo of the Veterans Club. B. Johnson (note spelling) is identified in the third row.

Fred W. Field
Loma Linda & Fullerton, CA  

   Thank you so much for your diligence, Fred.  We always strive for accuracy and precision, and could not have accomplished this without your help.

From the Daily Press - 10/25/11:

                  William C. Johnston



SMITHFIELD - William Coleman Johnston, 83, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, Oct. 24, 2011.

Bill was born in Henry County, Va., and in a burst of patriotism during World War II, he quit school and joined the Army. After his honorable discharge, he completed high school and worked of the C&O Railroad. He later graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Accounting. He joined the accounting firm of A. Lee Rawlings and later became head of the Smithfield office.


Bill Johnston



During the 37 years he lived in Smithfield, Bill had been an active member of many organizations and had a positive effect on many lives. Bill was a member of Ivy Hill Cemetery, where he served as treasurer. He was also an active part of the Smithfield Masonic Lodge, where he served as Master two times and District Deputy Grand Master of 31st Masonic District. Bill had served the Smithfield Ruritan Club as president three times and was honored as Outstanding President for the year 2008. Bill also served as a past member of the Smithfield Rotary Club, Smithfield Kiwanis Club, Chamber of Commerce, and the Isle of Wight Red Cross. Bill was honored in 2008 as Citizen of the Year. In his spare time, Bill taught Tai Chi classes and also held fly fishing classes.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Z. Johnston and Angie Coleman Johnston; and his sister, Lucille Johnston Blanco.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Margaret Zuidena Johnston; and a host of cousins and friends.

A life celebration service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Colonial Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Donald Rhoton officiating. Burial, with Masonic Rites, will follow at Ivy Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at the funeral home. A reception celebrating Bill's life will be held at the William C. Johnston Social Hall at the Smithfield Lodge following the graveside service.

Memorial donations may be made to Ivy Hill Cemetery, P.O. Box 245, Smithfield, VA 23431.
Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from October 25 to October 26, 2011.
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October 25, 2011

  Please accept my deepest sympathies.

~ Teresa Vreeland, Newport News, Virginia

October 28, 2011
I was deeply saddened to hear of Uncle Bill's passing and especially regret that I could not attend his funeral. There are so many things that I wish that I could put into words, but his family and community have lost a great person.

~ John Rusmiselle, Lebanon, Ohio
October 28, 2011

A very special person who I was blessed to have just recently met.

~ Kathy, Smithfield, Virginia

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October 28, 2011

  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Johnston family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Masonic Emblem courtesy of - 06/15/07

Ruritan Club Logo courtesy of - 02/13/09

Rotary Club Logo courtesy of - 01/16/09

Kiwanis Club Logo courtesy of - 07/17/08

American Red Cross logo courtesy of - 10/18/11

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