Lelia Johnson

BEAN STATION, Tenn. — Lelia Frances Jackson Johnson, age 84 of Bean Station, TN and formerly of Benham and Cumberland, KY, passed away at the Hamblen – Morristown Hospital in Morristown, TN after a short illness.

Lelia, a widow at her passing, was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James "George" Johnson; father, Charlie Jackson; mother, Betty Mae Scalf Jackson; and an infant brother, Raymond B. Jackson.

Lelia is survived by her six children and their spouses, to wit: Ronnie Johnson and wife, Linda Schosser Johnson, of Cumberland, KY; Victoria Johnson Huntley and husband, Roger Wayne Huntley, of Quincy, IL; George Raymond "Rainbo" Johnson and wife, Karen Cope Johnson, of Cumberland, KY; Janice Lynn Johnson Harris and husband, Robert Lawrence Harris, of Athens, TN; Deborah Kay Johnson Miller and husband, Daniel John Miller III, of Davidson, NC; and Gary Johnson of Bean Station, TN.

Lelia also left nine grandchildren and their spouses, to wit: Stephanie "Denise" Huntley Embree and husband, Kent Allan Embree, of Quincy, IL; Amy Ruth Johnson Webb and husband, David Eugene Webb, of Roanoke, VA; Bradley Ryan Harris and wife, Ama Jayne Bryson Harris of Athens, TN; Wesley Alan Harris and wife, Laura Ellen Hamm Harris, of Winchester, KY; Thomas Clark Johnson and wife, Mary Rebecca Wagner Johnson, of Lexington, KY; Kristen Tara Johnson Simpson and husband, John Henry Lee Simpson, of Benham, KY; Robbie Crit Johnson of Benham, KY; Daniel John Miller IV and wife, Alexandra Sitova, of Davidson, NC; and Katherine Frances Miller of Davidson, NC.

Lelia was survived by four step grandchildren and their spouses, to wit: Matthew Cope of Cumberland, KY; Kristen Cope McClain and husband, Gary McClain, of Cumberland, KY; Kevin Cope and wife, Erin Kelly Cope, of Richmond, KY; and Kelsey Cope of Cumberland, KY.

At her death, she also left nine great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren surviving.

Lelia was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Morristown, TN and raised and instructed her children on strong christian principles and with a determined sense of right and wrong. She was fearlessly protective and proud of her children.

Lelia was an accomplished seamstress, a talented crafts person, and a fashion retailer.

The family will receive friends in the Chapel of the Tri City Funeral Home, 506 Holly Street, Benham, KY, on Saturday, May 17, 2014, between 12 – 2 pm. Funeral services will be held in the Chapel on Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 2 pm with the Benham United Methodist Church Pastor, Jody Vansickle, officiating. Interment will follow in the Monte Vista Cemetery in Cumberland, KY with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

You may leave online condolences for the family at www.tricityfuneralhome.com and www.harlanobits.net.

Tri City Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


Funeral Home

Tri City Funeral Home - Benham
506 Holly Street Post Office Box K  Benham, KY 40807
(606) 848-5455

Published in The Harlan Daily Enterprise from May 13 to May 15, 2014