Obituary for Harlan Johnson

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Harlan Johnson

March 2, 1936 - April 17, 2017

Harlan Johnson, age 81, passed away peacefully Monday evening, April 17, 2017 at the Brown County Health & Living Community in Nashville.  He was a resident of Brown County.

Harlan was born March 2, 1936, in Bell County, Kentucky, to the late Charles and Ethel (Collett) Johnson. He was a 1955 graduate of Bell County High School and went on to marry Laura Ann Brock on July 23, 1955 in Tennessee.  She preceded him in death on January 2, 1995 after 39 loving years of marriage.

Harlan retired as a Tool and Die Maker in 1995 for General Motors Truck and Bus Plant in Indianapolis after 40 years of service. He was a member of the UAW Local in Indianapolis, Nashville Masonic Lodge, as well as, a founding member of the Way of the Holiness Church in Brown County.

Harlan enjoyed playing football and basketball in high school. His love of sports never faded and loved watching college basketball and cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats. Harlan also enjoyed gardening, watching old western movies and reading his bible. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.  

Harlan will be missed by his children, Charles (Carrie) Johnson and Melanie (William) Kershaw both of Brown County, sister: Joy Driggs of Indianapolis; grandchildren: Nathaniel (Sara) True of Brown County, Crystal Johnson of Plainfield, William (Jennifer) Kershaw of Waverly and Charles (Carol) Kershaw of Martinsville; and 11 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Laura, siblings: Lettie Johnson, Cledith Brock, Otis, Freeman, Theodore and Shirl Johnson.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Mill Creek Baptist Church: 4776 KY-221 in Pineville, Kentucky. Friends and family may call from noon until service time on Saturday at the church. Burial will be at the Brock Family Cemetery in Pineville. Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Harlan to the Donor’s choice.      

Condolences may be sent to the Johnson family at

Information:  (812) 597-4670



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Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Mill Creek Baptist Church


4776 KY-221, Pineville, KE, 40977

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Service Information

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm

Mill Creek Baptist Church


4776 KY-221, Pineville, KE, 40977

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Born: March 2, 1936
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Condolences for Harlan Johnson

Joel and Paul Wells family posted on 4/20/17

Nathan, we're sorry for your loss. God bless you.


Bonnie Robison posted on 4/19/17

Melanie, I am so sorry.