BENJAMIN IRVING JOHNS (Age 88)
Died Friday, October 5, 2012 at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He was born in Farmville on February 19, 1924, to Reuben Benjamin and Mary Page Irving Johns. After graduating from Farmville High School, he attended St. Christopher's in Richmond for a PG year. In l944, he graduated from Hampden -Sydney College with a B.S. and served in the Navy with the V-12 program, later achieving a MS in Biology from UVA. Starting his 39 year teaching career at St. Stephens School in Alexandria, Ben subsequently taught at Episcopal High School from 1958 until his retirement in 1989. He was head of the Science department at both schools and was AP Biology reader for ten years. He loved coaching; after football and basketball, he primarily coached Varsity Tennis for over 20 years, and was honored by the IAC by naming the league tournament the Ben Johns Invitational in which two of his grandsons later played. His passion for tennis continued well into his retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth Newell Johns and four children and ten grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in the chapel at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Tuesday, October 9 at 3:30 a.m. followed by a reception with the family.
Family suggest that memorial contributions be made to GoBo Fund, in honor of grandson, Bo Johns, P. O. Box 25685 Washington, DC 20027 or St. George's Independent School, 1880 Wolf River Blvd, Collierville, TN 28018.