James William "Bill" Johnson

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James William "Bill" Johnson, 76, of Hodgenville passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

He was born Sept. 11, 1937, in Hardin County. 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 Independent Schools 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 stepsons, Chris Hazle and Jeff (Nancy) Hazle, all of Elizabethtown; two stepgrandchildren, Hunter and Lexy Hazle, whom he adored; and an aunt, Frances Hindman of Springfield.

The funeral is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. Burial follows in Hardin Memorial Park.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today and continues after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

The family request expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Our Lady of Mercy Church or .
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Nov. 18, 2013
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