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In Loving Memory of Edward Lee Johnston Edward Lee Johnston, 88, of Pearisburg, passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2008, at his home. Mr. Ed, as he was known by friends, was born on April 25, 1919, in Matewan, WV, a son of the late Miles Lee Johnston and Minnie Stephens Johnston. He was a retired supervisor from Celanese with 41 years of employment. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Pearisburg, and of Giles Masonic Lodge #106 A.F. and A.M. He was also active in the Giles County Historical Society and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. His long years of service at Celanese, his love of horses, farming, and square dancing, and his repairing and selling vacuum cleaners led him to many friendships throughout his life. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Ruby Butts Johnston in 2004 and brother, Donald Scott Johnston in 2003. He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry E. and June Johnston of Lebanon, VA, Michael L. and Carole Johnston of Pearisburg; four grandchildren, Cheryl Ball and husband Jonathan of Knoxville, TN, Adam Johnston of Roanoke, Michele Clarke and husband Grant of Nashville, TN, and Andy Johnston of Roanoke; a sister, Lillian Johnston Pack of Bridgewater, VA; sisters- and brother-in-law, Ruby Davis Johnston of Staffordsville, VA, Nancy Butts Ashworth, Princeton, WV, Louise Butts, Roanoke, and Luther and Estelle Butts, Pearisburg; numerous nieces and nephews, and special friends and neighbors. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, March 2, 2008, at 3 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg with the Rev. Ronnie Mutter, Dr. Fred Austin, and the Rev. Shirley Larson officiating. Entombment with Masonic rites will follow in the Birchlawn Abbey, Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at Givens Funeral Home in Pearisburg on Saturday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm and Saturday evening from 6 to 8 pm. Those wishing to place memorials, please consider the Giles Christian Mission, 766 N Main St, Pearisburg, VA 24134 or the GCCC Bible Bus, PO Box 538, Pembroke, VA 24136. Online condolences can be sent to the family at givensfuneralhome.com. If you would like to send your condolences to the family via Givens Funeral Home, simply sign the Memorial Guestbook by clicking the link. Your condolences will be printed out and given to the family.
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