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Phyllis Jean Coleman Johnston

August 29, 1933 - Unknown

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Phyllis Jean Coleman Johnston, 79, beloved wife, mother and mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, entered the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 2, 2012, after a lengthy hospitalization. She was surrounded by family and the compassionate medical staff at Wesley Woods, who cared for her like family. Phyllis was born August 29, 1933, in Matewan, WV, one of 11 children born to Myrtle and Thomas Jefferson Coleman. She graduated from Huntington High School and attended night classes at Marshall University while working. Most of her family relocated to...


Phyllis Jean Coleman Johnston, 79, beloved wife, mother and mother-in-law, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, entered the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 2, 2012, after a lengthy hospitalization. She was surrounded by family and the compassionate medical staff at Wesley Woods, who cared for her like family. Phyllis was born August 29, 1933, in Matewan, WV, one of 11 children born to Myrtle and Thomas Jefferson Coleman. She graduated from Huntington High School and attended night classes at Marshall University while working. Most of her family relocated to California, but she loved the joyous reunions which were unsurpassed in laughter and reminiscing. She spoke often of the hope of unending reunion with her beloved parents, sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews. Her brother, Lester Ray Coleman, is her remaining sibling.Phyllis is survived by her sweetheart and husband of 58 years, John Lowry Johnston, who cared tirelessly for her through many difficult years of illness and surgeries, and who was her great advocate and comforter throughout. After life as an active duty Navy wife, she and John moved to the Atlanta area where they raised daughter Rebecca (of Blacksburg, VA) and son Jeffrey (of Acworth, GA), Phyllis leading Scout troops and being active in PTA, garden and bridge clubs. She had a deep love for and allegiance to her Savior, Jesus Christ, and taught Sunday  School, reclaimed and managed a church library, and hosted and then led an in-depth women's Bible Study for many years. She penned a collection of poems of worship which reveal the caliber of her devotion and faith, and her exemplary suffering through much illness.Perhaps her most profound legacy is the investment of prayer and love for her three grandsons, Christopher and  Matthew Rees, and Elijah Bleu Johnston, and Christopher's wife, Rachel. They were among her greatest joys, and she will be greatly missed by them. She was also well loved by and loved her son-in-law, Loren Paul Rees, and daughter-in-law, Lisa Martin Johnston, who spent many long hours with her at hospitals. Extended family on her husband's side were also very dear to her and offered much support over the past few months, as did many friends and relatives of all the family. Phyllis and John attended First Alliance Church of Atlanta, where they enjoyed many lifelong friends as well as the ministry of their pastor, Dr. Kevin Goins, who will be officiating at the services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Alliance Church, 2512 N. Druid Hills Rd., Atlanta, GA 30329. The family also wishes to thank the medical and support staff at Piedmont and Wesley Woods Hospitals, many of whom cared for Phyllis beyond duty, and offered counsel, hugs, and prayers for all the family when most needed.  Services will be Saturday, October 6th, at H. M. Patterson & Son (Oglethorpe Hill Chapel, 4550 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319) at 1:30 p.m., with visitation beginning at 12 noon. Interment will follow at Arlington Memorial Park, 201 Mt. Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs, GA. "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord."