STATESBORO, Ga. -- Mrs. Sybil Jaynet Griner Johnston, age 79, died Thursday, February 13, 2014, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Savannah. She was born in Screven County, the daughter of the late Lonnie Benjamin Griner and Louise Murray Griner. Sybil moved to Statesboro at the age of 3, attending Statesboro Schools and graduating from Statesboro High School in 1953. Following her graduation, Sybil attended Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, for two years, transferring to Georgia Southern College, where she graduated in 1956. In July of 1956, she married Bud Johnston and became an Army wife. While stationed in Fayetteville, N.C., she taught school for two years, then transferring to Germany, where she taught in the American School System for over three years. She attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where she received her master's degree in counsel and guidance in 1973. Returning to Statesboro, Sybil began teaching at Southeast Bulloch Junior High School in 1978, where she remained for eight years, moving to William James Middle School, where she retired in 1992, due to her declining health.
Sybil was a member of the Officers Wives Club, where she had served in several leadership roles.
She was a longtime member of the Statesboro First United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Jennifer Leigh Johnston.
Surviving are her husband of 57 years, James Wilson "Bud" Johnston Jr. of Statesboro; a daughter and son-in-law, Alicia Johnston Trager and Sam of Lawrenceville; a granddaughter, Mellie Trager of Lawrenceville; a sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Fred Turner of Prosper, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Julie Cowart of Statesboro and Anne W. Johnston of Martinez; a niece, Susan Turner of Charlotte, N.C.; three nephews, Kevin Cowart of Canton, Michael Johnston of Martinez and Jeffrey Johnston of Augusta; a great-niece, Karlye Cowart; two great-nephews, Kale Cowart and Lindsey Johnston Jr.; and her miniature dachshund that was a constant companion, Bailey.
Visitation will be Saturday from 4-7 p.m. at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro.
The funeral service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Statesboro First United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Cason officiating.
The body will lie-in-state one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be in the Eastside Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Al Burke, Blair Burke, Bryan Burke, W. Brooks Waters, Lindsey Walker and Fred Turner.
Honorary pallbearers will be Pat and Jim Long, Janet Burke, Devra Walker and members of Helping Hands of the Statesboro First United Methodist Church.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Helping Hands at First United Methodist Church, 101 South Main Street, Statesboro, Georgia, 30458; or a local
Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home of Statesboro is in charge of the arrangements.
Statesboro Herald, February 15, 2014
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