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Mildred Johnson

Services were set for 4 p.m. today at Edmaiston-Mosley Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jerry Leggett officiating. Burial was to follow in Mount Manuel Cemetery near the Walnut Log community.
Pallbearers were to be Bryan Key, Heath Key, Shad Gregory, Eric Gregory, Josh Gregory, Rance Barnes, Micah Barnes and Dustin Gooch.
Mrs. Johnson was born Aug. 30, 1923, in Arlington, Ky., daughter of the late Leslie Lee and Addie (Elliott) King. She married Bennett “Rass” Johnson March 27, 1939. He died Aug. 28, 1999.
They made their home in the Walnut Log community for many years prior to moving to Union City and were widely known for their handicrafts and regional woodcrafts.
They were invited to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., to display their arts for the state of Tennessee at the 1986 National Arts Festival.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson appeared in numerous publications, brochures and film productions about Reelfoot Lake.
Mrs. Johnson was a member of Union City Second Baptist Church.
Survivors include four daughters and three sons-in-law, Jennifer and Nick Barnes of the Clayton community, Shelvie and Johnny Key and Donna Gregory, all of Union City, and Reta and Terry Gooch of Springfield, Mo.; her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Kathy Johnson of Tiptonville; her brother, Charles “Buddy” King of Union City; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, Billy Johnson and Ronnie Johnson; and her sister, Danthol Gray.
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