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Charles Johnson

Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 8:39 am

Charles Johnson, age 86, of Bowling Green passed away March 8, 2015 at his home in Bowling Green.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the Bibb-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green with Pastor Douglas Storts officiating.  Burial will be at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Bowling Green.  Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Bibb-Veach Funeral Home in Bowling Green.
Charles was born June 10, 1928 the son of Henrietta Ingram Johnson in Pike County.  He married Frances Bowen  September 4, 1955.  To this union was born three daughters Pamela Sue Deters (Danny) of Bowling Green, Vicki Eileen McDonald (Melvin) of Quincy, Ill., and Twila Jayne Johnson (Rick Landers) of Vandalia.  Charles was the proud Poppy of  six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His beloved wife, Frances, passed away February 1997.  He is survived by sisters Lottie Hinten of Curryville and Linda Downing.
He was preceded in death by his mother, sister Helen Gillette, brothers George, Bill, and John Curry, and Rodney Johnson.
Charles was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army.  He worked various jobs mainly in maintenance positions, with his final job being at Louisiana Manufacturing Company, retiring after 30 years at the age of 70.
Charles loved animals.  He was especially proud of his cattle.  His farm through the years included many pets – dogs, cats, hogs, horses, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and even a baby skunk. His constant companion the last nine years was a border collie named Bailey, who is sadly missing his best friend.
Charles always raised a bountiful garden, with sweet potatoes being his prized produce.  One of these potatoes weighed more than 6 pounds.
A highlight of his later years was spending time with his friends (a.k.a. “the old farts club”) at Bud Jones Towing in Bowling Green.
Serving as pallbearers will be grandchildren and their spouses; Patrick and Kathy McDonald, Darin McDonald, Joe and Danielle (Deters) Brown, William and Brandi (Deters) Cole, Jeremy and Andrea (Deters) Baker, and Eric and Ashley Deters.  Acting as honorary pallbearers are great grandchildren; Nathan Brown, Michael Brown, Lizabeth Brown, Ethan Cole, Layne Baker, Tucker Baker, Weston Deters, and Braelon Deters.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Cemetery or Pike County Hospice. On-line condolences may be left at