Meridian Star


May 1, 2014

Kenneth E. Johnson

MERIDIAN —             Services for Kenneth E. Johnson will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend J.C. Burkes of Tupelo officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

            Mr. Johnson, 71, of Meridian, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at his residence.

            He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He is a past Master of Sts. John Masonic Lodge # 507, and a member of York Rite, Scottish Rite, and Hamasa Shrine. He served as DDGL of District 16 for the past nine years.

            Survivors include his son, James Johnson and wife, June of Niceville, Fla.; daughters, Kathy Gilmore and husband Karl of Pearl, and Karen Pierce and husband, Jason of Meridian; grandchildren, Amber Smith and husband, Larry, Kristin Turnage and husband, Mark, April Price, Adam Johnson, Lindsay, Cari,  and Taylor Gilmore, Jake Harrison, Madalynn and Haylea Johnson, and Eryn Miller; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Wayne Johnson, Johnny Johnson, and Samuel Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

            He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-one years, Layne Johnson; son, John Johnson; parents, M.T. and Lonnie Johnson; sister, Patsy Shelton; and mother and father-in-law, A.L. and Nona Clark.

            Pallbearers will be Karl Gilmore, Jason Pierce, Jake Harrison, Larry Smith, Mark Harrison, and Brad Hodges.

            Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at

            Visitation will be held Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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