Arthur Johnson Obiturary

April 22nd, 2009

Arthur H. Johnson, 81, of Cumberland passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at his home.

Arthur was a native of Totz and lived in Harlan County most of his life. He attended school in Blair before moving to Lousiville to attend the kentucky School for the Blind where he graduated.  Arthur was a piano tuner, musician, local historian, and columnist. Arthur was very proud of the article he contributed weekly to the Tri City News “From Gap Ridge to Flat Gap”.  He began this tradition on February 2, 1994 and had 791 consecutive articles. He was president of the local chapter of AARP, member of Tri-City Chamber of Commerce, fifty year member and past president of the Lions Club, Master of Ceremonies for the Kingdom come Swappin’ Meetin’ in Cumberland for the past thirty years; and a member of Cumberland Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Henry and Nancy McCreary Johnson and one brother, Robert McCreary Johnson.

Survivors include a brother Claude Johnson and wife Anna Sue of Lynch; a sister, Phena Ruth Fleig and husband, Joseph E., Louisville; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and a host of friends.

Visitation will be held 4-9 pm Friday, April 24, 2009 at Cumberland Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 am Saturday, April 25, 2009 at the Church with Rev. Dennis Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Gilliam Cemetery in Cumberland.

Tracy Turner, Harold Cornett, Bruce Ayers, Roland “Pee Wee” Cornett, Michael Corriston, Joe Carruba, Al Cornett and Herbert Creech will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Cumberland Lions Club and friends.

Tri City Funeral Home in Benham has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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