Dr. Nathan Johnson
Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010 11:36 am
The Messenger, September 2, 2010
Dr. Nathan C. Johnson Jr., 84, of Springhill, La., died Aug. 27, 2010, in Springhill after a brief illness. He was a former resident of the Glass community in Obion County.
Services were held in Springhill Sunday, with Lewis Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
The family requests that memorials be made to Southern Christian Home at 100 West Harding St., Morrilton, AR 72110-2018.
He was born April 20, 1926, in Paducah, Ky., son of the late Dimple (Jones) and Nathan C. Johnson Sr., who lived in Glass. He was married to the former Peggy Fox, also from Glass, for 54 years. She survives.
He enlisted as an underage soldier, without his parents’ knowledge or consent, in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving honorably and in combat in the Pacific Theater in World War II. Following military service, he enrolled in the University of Tennes-see and received his undergraduate degree and then earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University in Alabama.
He was an avid collector of Kentucky long rifles and other muzzle-loading guns and vintage firearms. He also enjoyed motorcycles.
He claimed a lifelong career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in veterinary meat inspection, serving in Virginia and Texas before settling in Springhill in 1962. He remained there the rest of his life.
A member of Church of Christ, Johnson gave liberally of his time, money and talents to Christian organizations, including generous support to orphanages. He was also recognized as a philanthropist to many varied needs and causes. He enjoyed a “pioneer” approach to living and valued and published information about basic survival skills, including knot-tying, firearms, knives and basic mechanics. He was also a voracious reader.
He is also survived by three sons, Justin Morgan Johnson of Benton, La., Martin Lewis Johnson of Texarkana, Texas, and Nathan Hacker “Johnny” Johnson of Tampa, Fla.; his sister, Jane Coates of Abilene, Texas; and nine grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret Katherine “Kate” Johnson; and his sister, Ann Johnson Reeves.