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OBITUARY: James Franklin Johnson

OBITUARY: James Franklin Johnson

James Franklin Johnson of Hendersonville, Tennessee, died on July 5, 2018 at the age of 77.

He was born in Nashville, Tennessee, the youngest of 9 children born to Jessie and Della Johnson. On June 10th, 1961 he married Niva Frankie Coleman Johnson and they were blessed with three children, Cass Coleman Johnson, Bryant Keith Johnson, and Chad Everett Johnson. They had 8
grandchildren: Bryant Cheairs Johnson, Charlsie Gabrielle Johnson, Franklin Vincent Johnson,
Thomas Connery Johnson, Conner Everett Johnson, Alesha Inez Johnson, Jennifer LeighAnn
Johnson and Elizabeth Greenlaw Johnson.

Jim loved to fish, hunt, ski, play tennis, travel, and was a fan of all sports, especially tennis. His
talents included photography and several art disciplines. He loved watching his children and grandchildren engage in their various sports and enjoy camping and the lake. Jim’s backyard was home to any kid in the neighborhood, where he would coach and mentor anyone wanting to learn basketball, football, tennis, skiing, archery or any competitive activity. He always showed great joy when someone reached a new goal or believed they could do something they thought at first was not possible. Double J’s (Jim) infamous words were: “get the net,” “what are we doing?” “go hug your mama,” “Hit it (skiing)”, “if you’re waiting on me, your backing up,” “practice like you want to play.”

Jim is survived by his wife Niva, his sons Cass, B.K., and Chad (Kellyn), and his grandchildren Bryant, Charlsie, Vincent, Thomas, Conner, Alesha, Jennifer and Elizabeth.

All are welcome to attend visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, at the Hendersonville
Memory Gardens in Hendersonville, Tennessee. There will also be a short visitation period on Monday from noon to 1 p.m., followed by a service from 1-1:45 p.m. and burial at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations are to be sent to the “Jim Johnson SAR Education Fund” for students of the Real Estate industry by sending checks to 35 Executive Park Drive, Unit B, Hendersonville, TN

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