This blog will focus on the life and ancestors of my grandmother, Pansy "Joni" Louise Lancaster as I research her families. Additional ancestral surnames include: Allen, Coor, Cox, Ellis, Hughes, Kethley, Lancaster, Loveless, Martin, Medlock, Neel, Nixon, Perry, Polly, Porter, Ro(d)gers, Singleton, Walker, Welch, Whitfield, Wilkins, & Young.
Funeral Card for Tom J Johnston Jr, Oakmont Memorial Park, Lafayette, Calfornia
Wednesday, I posted a photo of Tom J Johnston's grave site and today I have a photo of his funeral card. I remember it was supposed to be a closed casket but when we got there, it was open. It was my first funeral and the first time I saw someone who was dead. He just looked asleep and very peaceful.
Oakmont Memorial Park, Lafayette, Contra Costa Co, California
This is my grandfather, Tom J Johnston, born 7 Oct 1912 in Comanche County, Texas to Thomas Newton Johnston & Nell Hutson, and died at home on 11 Jul 1973. I was 19 went he died and his was the first funeral I had attended. He was a quiet man and us kids were a bit afraid of him. We called him Tom-Tom instead of grandfather or grandpa. He married Pansy Louise Lancaster 15 Dec 1933 and they had one daughter, Lela Nell, born 21 Aug 1934. He served a short time in the Seebees during World War II until he was medically discharged. He last worked as a carpenter at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.