September 13, 2012

George E. Johnston

Dec. 25, 1934 - Sept. 11, 2012

George E. Johnston

Dec. 25, 1934 - Sept. 11, 2012

George E. Johnston, 77, of Hot Springs, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012.

He was born Dec. 25, 1934 in Vernon, Texas at the home of his parents, Delbert and Toy (Prescott) Johnston. He was a native of Cement.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Loretta M. Johnston of Hot Springs, Ark.; one son, Kurt D. Johnston of Dallas, Texas: sister Lynda Kay Hayes and husband Tom, of Blanchard; aunt Thelma Perritt  of Carlsbad, NM; brother-in-law Jimmie Walker and wife Margaret of Stillwater; five nephews, four great-nieces and numerous cousins and relatives.

George received his bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Oklahoma State University and spent his professional career as a forester for the United States Forest Service, Dierks Lumber Company and Weyerhauser Company.  He was an Arkansas State Registered Forester, a member of the member of the Society of American Foresters, the Oklahoma State University Forestry Alumni Association and the NRA.  He was an avid outdoorsman, wood carver and camper.

Pallbearers are nephews: Jason Reed, Travis Reed, Tracy Walker, Cody Walker, and Dusty Walker.  Also Jimmy Walker, Tom Hayes, Dwain Johnston and Bobby Johnston.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at the same.

Interment will occur at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at Elm Grove Cemetery in Perkins,  with arrangements coordinated by Strode Funeral Home of Stillwater.

Memorials may be made to Hot Springs Baptist Church Building and Grounds Committee or Garland County 4-H Foundation.

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