O.G. Johnston
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GLADEWATER — Services for O.G. Johnston, 85, of Gladewater, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. B.F. Risinger and the Rev. Bailey Harris officiating. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery.
Born May 30, 1927, in Gladewater, to Charles Bert and Mary Pearle Shirey Johnston, he was a great-great-grandson of John K. Armstrong, who settled in Gladewater in 1844. He died Thursday, November 29, 2012.
A 1944 graduate of Gladewater High School, he was a member of the GHS band under the direction of Alto Tatum and an all-state drummer for four years.
In 1948, he received his bachelor's degree from Baylor University and his master's degree in 1951. He received counselor certification from Stephen F. Austin State University and an administration certificate from East Texas State University.
O.G. began his teaching career at Union Grove, teaching 7th and 8th grade math. In 1956, he began teaching 7th and 8th grade math in the Gladewater Independent School District. His math group won first in state in number sense for two years. He also enjoyed coaching 7th grade football.
After teaching several years, he became a high school counselor. He held this position for several years and was in charge of the National Honor Society. He became principal at Weldon Middle School and then served as assistant superintendent for 16 years and superintendent of the Gladewater Independent School District for five years. In 1991, he retired after 40 years of service.
On June 20, 1953, he married Georgia Ruth White in Clarksville, Arkansas.
He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church and ordained as a deacon in 1956. In 2007, he was given a certificate for 65 plus years of service in the church. In the early 1950s, he began directing the youth choir and also directed the adult choir when needed. He served as chairman of the deacons and on various church committees.
O.G. was a city council member and served as mayor of Gladewater for several years. He was a member of the Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris fellow. He was elected as a board member of Kilgore College. He served as board chairman for several years. Soon after retirement, he and his wife became Master Gardeners. They helped at Texas A&M Plant Research Center in Overton.
He is survived by his wife, Georgia Ruth Johnston of Gladewater; daughter, Carol Ann Johnston of Carlisle, Pennsylvania; daughter and son-in-law, Donna Johnston and Joe Niehus of Sherman; two grandchildren, Katie and Karlie Niehus; sister-in-law, Barbara Johnston of Gladewater; and several nieces and nephews.
If so desired, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1444, Gladewater, TX 75647.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2012, prior to the services, at First Baptist Church.
He will be sorely missed as a former superintendent of schools, an outstanding civic leader, and a member of a pioneer Gladewater family.
Pallbearers will be Wesley Ray, Dennis Moore, Dale Lange, Garth Cockerell, Stephen Best, Shane Best, Larry Mitchell, Mason Williams, Tom Arm­strong, Harry Haggard and Harold Keller.
Honorary pallbearers will be Oliver Sorrells, J.O. Williams, Harold Wells, Jim Thompson and Jimmy Williams. First Baptist Church deacons, Sunday school class members, former students, school personnel and Kilgore College board members who served with him are asked to sit directly behind the honorary pallbearers.
Please leave online condolences at www.croleyfh.net




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Published in Longview News-Journal on Dec. 2, 2012.
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December 4, 2012
My deepest sympathies for your loss. May God comfort you during these difficult times and the days ahead. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Rhonda Bostick, Gladewater, Texas
December 4, 2012
I met O.G. only once, several years ago. I was in Dallas for a job interview, and his daughter, a university friend, had recommended I go out to Gladewater to pay a visit and meet her folks. I was apprehensive, as I didn't know them at all, but he and Georgia Ruth treated me like member of the family. A gracious and kind man, the salt of the earth. I'm sorry for the family's loss.
Robert Aguirre
December 3, 2012
Sorry for your loss. O.G. was my teacher in the 7th grade at Union Grove. That was the first year he taught there and I was the only girl in the class but I survived.
Georgia my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
nellie Ruth Towery Cox
December 2, 2012
Sorry to hear of your loss. Mr Johnston will be missed by many. He made an impression on all who had him as a teacher. One never forgets those Number Sense pages he had all of us work!
Your family will be in our prayers.
Garland and Shirley Willett
Garland and Shirley Willett
December 2, 2012
O.G. was Mayor of Gladewater when I has hired in my first City Manager job in 1972. I lived with him until my family could relocate and he always was a supportive and knowledgable mentor. Thanks O.G. John Marshall
John Marshall
December 2, 2012
So sorry for your loss. OG was a great man to work with and for. Our prayers are with you.
Jeff Humphries
December 2, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.
Patricia (Davidson) Browning
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