Hal Johnston

HAL JOHNSTON passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at the age of 98, joining

his beloved wife, HELEN JOHNSTON. Born in Carrollton, MS on March 9, 1921, he enjoyed a

successful career in banking working for many years at the Capital Street branch of Sunburst

Bank.

Hal was a steadfast member of St Matthews United Methodist Church in Madison since its

founding and a regular attendee of The Walter Scott Coffee Club, Jackson Central Lions Club,

Mississippi Home Builders Association and the Mississippi Manufacturer’s Association. With his

membership in the Hinds County Soil and Water Conservation District, Hal combined his

enjoyment of the outdoors with community and civil service. He relished free time deer

hunting as a life-long member of the Big Hungry Conservation League, in Carroll County, MS

located in the woods where he spent his childhood.

He served in the US Military as a member of the US Army’s 96th Signal Battalion, serving in

China, Burma and India from 1943 to 1946. Only recently did he share that he was aboard the

HMT Banfora crossing the Mediterranean from Oran, Algeria to Bangladesh at Thanksgiving

1943 when the convoy was attacked by a German radio-controlled aircraft. He and his unit

watched in shock as the HMT Rohna was sunk only 200 yards from his ship, killing more than

1100 soldiers.

He found rewarding connections as a member and volunteer with Mended Hearts, a support

and visitation group for heart surgery patients. Following his own heart surgeries, he gave his

time volunteering and connecting with patients as part of his own recuperation, offering words

of support, compassion and healing.

He found great joy in the time he was able to spend with his grandchildren, Kenneth Ryan

Johnston (and Lexie) of Memphis, TN, Whitney Anne Butler (and Joel) of Arlington, TX, Robert

Tyler Johnston of Chattanooga, TN, Shelby Catherine Hamilton (and Chad) of Chattanooga, TN

and Alexandra Clare Johnston of Santa Clarita, CA. His beloved great-grandchildren are Samuel,

Luke and James Butler and Scarlett Anne and Connett Hamilton.

He is survived by his three sons Kenneth Hal Johnston (and Leigh) of Canton, MS, Robert Wayne

Johnston (and Clare) of Santa Clarita, CA and John Allen Johnston of New Orleans, LA. In

addition to his wife, he is preceded in death by his father, John Curren Johnston, his mother,

Lucretia Evelyn Duke, younger sister, Bettie Lynn Bryant and younger brother, Charles Curren

Johnston, and his great-grandson, Matthew Butler.

Funeral Services will be held at St Matthews United Methodist Church in Madison, MS on

Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 1:00PM. Visitation will be from 12:00PM to 1:00PM and a

graveside service will immediately follow at Lakewood Memorial Park at 6000 Clinton Blvd,

Jackson, MS

Memorial donations may be made in Hal’s name to St Matthews United Methodist Church or to

the American Heart Association/Mended Hearts or to any charity of personal choice.

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