Obituary: Malvin Donald Johnson

Friday, July 9, 2010

MALVIN DONALD "DON" JOHNSON, of Murfreesboro, died Tuesday, July 6, 2010. Mr. Johnson was a native of Mt. Pleasant, and son of the late John Matt and Maude Trice Johnson. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Mr. Johnson was a graduate of Hay Long High School in Mt. Pleasant and Middle Tennessee State University. He was a veteran, serving in WWII with the Merchant Marines. He was drafted during the Korean Conflict and served with the 1ST Marine Tank division in Korea.

Mr. Johnson was an educator. He was principal and girls basketball coach at Cornersville High School in Marshall County, and served as principal at Cheatham County High School in Ashland City. He retired as principal of McFadden School in Rutherford County in 1991.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Hoover Johnson; daughter, Mary Lavender Money, and son-in-law, Gene Money, of Lynchburg; son, Donald L. Johnson of Rockvale; grandson, John K. Lavender and wife Charly of Winchester; granddaughter, Laura Lavender Hill and husband Justin of Winchester; four great -grandchildren, Taylor Nunley, William Lavender, Makenzie Hill, and Austin Hill, all of Winchester. He is also survived by Jamie McCullough Shelton and Brian E. Davis of Murfreesboro, and nephew Howard Johnson, and wife Jenny, of Franklin.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, June 9, at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Rev. Justin Hill officiating, with a eulogy given by Gene Money. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers are Brian E. Davis, Donald R. Hawk, John R. Hawk, Laura L. Hill, Terry L. Hoover, Thomas F. Hoover, John K. Lavender, Jamie Shelton and Thomas R. Todd.

Honorary pallbearers are Pat Brumsfield, William B. Ezell, Dick Hawk, Howard Johnson, Eric Shelton, Tim Tepper, and Buddy Woodson.