James William "Bill" Johnson, 76, of Hodgenville, passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
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He was born in Hardin County, Sept. 11, 1937. He was a graduate of Hodgenville High School, attended Campbellsville College and was a graduate of Union College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies and Physical Education. He was a member of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association and a lifelong member of National Educators Association. He began his teaching career at Trenton High School in Trenton, Ohio, where he taught for two years before moving back to Hardin County. After teaching at Howevalley for a couple of years, he became head basketball coach at West Hardin and coached there for four years. He spent his last years of teaching in the Elizabethtown City System and was responsible for developing the physical education program for elementary grades. He retired after 30 years of service. He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Evelyn Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Sybil Lamkin Johnson; two step-sons, Chris Hazle and Jeff (Nancy) Hazle both of Elizabethtown; two step-grandchildren, Hunter and Lexy Hazle, whom he adored; also an aunt, Frances Hindman of Springfield.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Brown Funeral Home. Burial will
follow in Hardin Memorial Park
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and continue after 9 a.m.
Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request expressions of sympathy be in the
form of contributions to Our Lady of Mercy Church or American Lung
Condolences may be expressed online at www.brownfuneral.com.
Brown Funeral Home
306 College Street Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Published in The Larue County Herald News on Nov. 19, 2013