Mr. Hugh Wallace Johns, Sr., 80, of Lake City died Saturday, December 01, 2012, at Suwannee Valley Care Center in Lake City following a lengthy illness. Born in Madison County, Florida, Mr. Johns was the son of the late Claude F. Johns, Sr., and Maude E. Skinner Johns, and had lived most of his life in Lake City where he was a graduate of Columbia High School in 1951. Mr. Johns was a Korean War Veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a dispatcher with the Florida Highway Patrol, and also the Columbia County Sheriffs Department where he retired in 1994. He enjoyed fishing with his sons and brothers, and camping with his family. Mr. Johns was a member of Hopeful Baptist Church West in Lake City and was formally a member of Parkview Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon.
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Mr. Johns is survived by his wife of 59 years, Trudie Stewart Johns of Lake City; three sons, Wally Johns (Reba) of Bradenton, FL, Gerald Johns (Charlene) of Alachua, FL, and Scott Johns (Stephanie) of Lake City; two brothers, C.F. Johns, Jr., and his twin brother Ted Johns (Sarah) all of Lake City; two sisters, Celesta Milton (Leo), and Sybil Murray, all of Lake City; grandchildren, Joshua Johns (Cicely) of Jasper, GA, Aaron Johns (Jodi) of Lake City, Rebekah Johns of Bradenton, FL, Candi Craft (Timmy) of Trenton, FL, Christy Pisano of High Springs, FL, Kayla Johns, Emily Johns, Sarah Beth Johns, and Hannah Johns, all of Lake City; 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Mr. Johns will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at the Gateway-Forest Lawn Memorial Chapel with Reverend Doyle Bell and Dr. Rodney Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held from 5:00- 7:00 P.M. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Suwannee Valley Care Center, 6037 US 90 West, Lake City, FL 32055. Arrangements are under the direction of GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 S. HWY 441, Lake City, FL. (386) 752-1954. Please leave words of comfort for the family on the online guest book at www.gatewayforestlawn.com
Published in Lake City Reporter on Dec. 4, 2012