Friday, February 17, 2012

Funeral Card Friday - Tom J Johnston Jr.

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.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday -- Tom J. Johnston Jr.

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.

Tom J Johnston Jr.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family