Curtis Avery Johnston, 85, of the Cave Creek community, passed away on April 3, 2014, following a brief illness.
The son of James Clarence and Mary Elizabeth Vann Johnston, he was born on Nov. 22, 1928, and resided in the Cave Creek community throughout his life. A graduate of Roane County High School, Curtis served in the U.S. Navy
as a radar specialist on the USS Mindoro. After fulfilling his military duty, he returned to East Tennessee and embarked on a career that spanned decades, working for Roane Electric then Martin Marietta Energy Systems, from which he retired. Curtis joined Cave Creek Primitive Baptist Church as a teenager and remained a faithful member until his death. Well-respected by all, he will be greatly missed by the members of Cave Creek and its sister churches. Curtis was an avid golfer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas Smith Johnston; and nephew, Robert James Pomfret Jr.
Survivors include his brothers, James Vann Johnston (Pat) and George Zirkle Johnston (Linda); sisters, June Cannon (Wayne) and Janis Pomfret (Bob); and sister-in-law, Betty Johnston. He also leaves behind nieces and nephews, Vann Jr., Steve and Gina, Beth and Neal, Amy and Nick, Theresa, Kathy and Eddie, John Wylie, John and Heather, Robin and Vic, Kristi and Michael, Brad and Susanna, Steve; and 22 great-nieces and great-nephews â€" all love him dearly for the special role he played in their lives and are blessed to have an Uncle Curtis.
The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Click Funeral Home, Lenoir City. Funeral services followed at 7 p.m. with Elder J.B. Huskey officiating. Family and friends will gather at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cave Creek Cemetery for graveside services. Full military honors will be conferred by the Loudon County Veterans
Honor Guard. www.clickfuneralhome.com