Gerald Willis "Gerry" Johnson

Gerald Willis "Gerry" Johnson, age 84, a long time resident of Shelbyville, KY, passed away Tuesday, November 5th late in the evening at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, Tennessee. Gerald was born on August 16, 1929 in Lexington, KY to the late Edgar and Ethel Fain Johnson. Later his father married Ethel Honican Johnson. Gerry graduated from Lafayette High School. After school he would join and be honorably discharged from The United States Army in 1950 after having served with occupational forces In Japan. Later he attended Fugazzi Business College in Lexington, KY. Gerry retired as Regional Sales Manager for Landmark Community Newspaper, Inc. in 1994. Gerry was an active member of First Baptist Church of Shelbyville, KY, where he served as a Moderator, Deacon, a Sunday School teacher, RA leader, Personnel Committee member, and as Training Union Director. Aside from church, Gerry was an active member and officer of Shelbyville Kiwanis Club and served in numerous community organizations. After being diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1997, Gerry was a member of the Shelby County Parkinson's group. He was a proud member of 'Gerry's Girls', an art class at Olive Branch Methodist Church in KY, which provided him with tremendous joy during his battle with Parkinson's disease. Gerry was an avid sports fan, but was mostly a true blue loyal Kentucky wildcat fan. Gerry became a resident of Columbia, TN in June of 2011 and resided with his daughter Lisa Renee and her husband Bob Vassar on Spainwood, St. He was preceded in death by his brother: Edgar Riley Johnson; his sister: Sue Johnson (Bill) Sexton; and his stepmother: Ethel Honican Johnson. Gerry is survived by his loving wife, Mary "Frances" Johnson; one son: Gerry Randall (Deborah Powell) Johnson of Carbondale, IL; one daughter: Lisa Renee (Bob) Vassar of Columbia, TN; one grandson: Jere Logan Johnson; four granddaughters: Margaret Elizabeth Johnson, Mary Elisabeth Vassar (Josh) Taylor, Sara Katherine Vassar and Rachel Lee Vassar; two great grandsons: Jackson Davis Taylor and Austin Robert Taylor; and one brother: Ronald Richard (June) Johnson of Madisonville, KY. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Shannon Funeral Service with the Rev. Bob Vassar officiating. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery. Gifts of honor can be sent to: Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana, 315 Townepark Circle Suite 100, Louisville, KY 40243 (Email: or Southern Illinois Parkinson's group c/o Southern Illinois Healthcare SIH Foundation 1239 East Main Street Carbondale, IL 62901 (Email: or First Baptist Church, 1516 Midland Trail, Shelbyville, KY 40065.

Published in The Sentinel-News from Nov. 7 to Nov. 14, 2013