Thomas J. Johnson, Sr., Braceville, Ohio – Obituary

James Funeral Home

August 17, 2019

Thomas J. Johnson, Sr., Braceville, Ohio-obit
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BRACEVILLE, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Thomas J. Johnson, Sr. age 67, of Braceville passed away peacefully into eternal rest on Saturday night, August 17, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Eastland Hospital in Warren.

He was born on September 29, 1951 in Warren, Ohio the son of the late Bert P. Johnson and Helen Jean (Steen) Johnson.

Tom married the love of his life, Helen Marie Rutherford, on July 31, 1970 and they have enjoyed the last 49 years of marriage together.

He has lived in Braceville since 1986, formerly of Leavittsburg.

Tom worked at Ohio Corrugating for 16 years, then went to work for the Braceville Township Road Department for three years. He and his wife owned & operated TJ’s Market in Braceville for 21 years and it closed in October 2013.

Tom loved old cars, car shows, driving, collecting coins, listening to bluegrass music and story telling.

He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, David, Kenneth, Darrel and Mike Johnson and one sister, Mary C. Dodrill.

Tom is survived by his wife of 49 years, Helen M. Johnson of Braceville; one daughter, Lori (Sean) Garvey of Braceville; two sons, Thomas (Rhonda) Johnson, Jr. of Newton Falls and Alex (Angela) Johnson of Berea, Ohio; two sisters, Diane (James) Rigsby of Warren and Sue (Darell) Brown of Leavittsburg; two brothers, Bert (Paulette) Johnson of Leavittsburg an Greg Johnson of Niles, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Derick, Desarae, Deanna, Eric, Delanie, Hunter, Carly, Danika and Ethan and two great-grandchildren, Bryce and Brantley.

Funeral services will be at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. John Rutherford officiating the service.

Calling hours will be at the funeral home two hours prior to service time from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 22.

Tom will be laid to rest at Braceville Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad Street, Newton Falls, OH 44444 (330)872-5440.

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A television tribute will air Wednesday, August 21 at the following approximate times: 6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.

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