Carol Shipman Johnston

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Carol Shipman Johnston, 52, of 335 Midland Drive, Asheville, died at 11:00 pm Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at a local hospital. Mrs. Johnston was born in Buncombe County and was a daughter of the late Herbert A. and Audrey Dent Shipman. She was an honors graduate of Vance Elementary and Hall Fletcher Junior High Schools and a 1967 graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She received a scholarship to Asheville-Biltmore College and graduated Magna Cum Laude from UNC-Asheville. She received her Masters of Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1979 and in 1998 received a B.S. in Computer Science, Cum Laude, with Distinction in Computer Science and as a University Research Scholar from UNC-Asheville. She worked as a Personnel Management Specialist with the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville from 1969 to 1983. After a six month term with the IRS in Columbia, SC, she returned to Asheville to the VA Medical Center and continured until her retirement in 1995. More recently she worked with Community Care Partners(CCP) and then with Mission St. Josephs Hospital designing and implementing a human resources databases. Mrs. Johnston was a member of Groce United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, John M. Johnston; one sister, Norvelle Judd and her husband Dan of Irmo, SC; one brother, Bert Shipman and his wife Ruth of Asheville; four nieces and nephews, Dan, Mary Margaret and Oscar Judd and Chuck Shipman; grand-nieces and nephews, Fran and Mandy Judd, Guy Wood, Judd Wood, and Oscar Judd, Jr.; one step-son, Ken Johnston and his wife Cecelia, and a step-grandson, Michael Johnston. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Dr. Robert M. Blackburn and Carol S. Ploch officiating. Burial will be at Green Hills Cemetery. Her family will receive friends from 7 - 8:30 pm Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Sarah Circle of Groce United Methodist Church, 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805.

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  1. I was a classmate of Carol’s at Lee Edwards and in the same graduating class. You have my prayers & sympathy. God bless you and yours.

  2. Norvelle and other Family Members, Regardless of age, health or any other circumstance we are never ready to lose our loved ones. The only comfort is in a real Faith in the Sovereignty of God and the manifested concern of caring friends. Having started to school at Vance with you, Norvelle in 1932, and then working with Herbert at the bank when Carol was a baby I feel that I can relate to your sorrow. We are thinking of you all and will lift you up in our prayers. May The Lord Our God Hold You Closely In His Arms!

  3. So sorry we can not be with you John for Carol’s service. I (Daren) have fond memories of my time together with Carol in Junior High and High School. She always seemed more like my first cousin than Dad’s. She was two months younger than I. I remember so well spending time with her and her family at my Grandmother Hutchison’s house on Wednesday nights and Sunday nights. Seems like it was a weekly ritual. Unc and Audie (Carol’s Mom and Dad) were very special folks in our family too.

    She was such a nice person, bright, quiet, very private, but at the same time lots of fun to be with. I remember granmother’s nickname for her was Doodle Bug! It stuck and we called her that too from time to time. I spoke with her during the recent Christmas season and she never once complained. That was not her style. It really hits hard when your contemporaries die. It is not supposed to happen to those so young…but, unfortunately, death knows no age limits.

    I cherish the times we shared as students, as classmates, as sunday school class members, but most of all as cousins! I hate that we did not get to see her often, but always looked forward to exchanging cards and letters at Christmas. Please accept out deepest, heartfelt sympathies. Please pass our condolences on to Norvelle, Bert, Mary Margaret, Danny, Oscar, and all of their families.

    We will be thinking of you tomorrow and wishing that we could be with you. We will be making an appropriate memorial contribution in Carol’s name in the near future. Carol truely was a child of God and may that knowledge bring you comfort in the days ahead.

    God bless you.

    Daren & Pris Hutchison

  4. To the family of Carol:
    Although it has been many years since our paths have crossed, I remember Carol so well and with tremendous respect. My family and I send our deepest sympathies to all
    of the her relatives – many of whom we know well and love
    dearly. May God be with you. You will be in our
    prayers .
    MarLisa and Nelle

  5. A lovely, sweet woman, Carole will remain in my memories of Groce Methodist Church, and I will miss her. Deepest sympathy.


  6. You are in our prayers in this loss of your loved one.
    Such intelligence will always
    be remembered. Wish we could
    be there with you. Love
    Louise and Henry May

  7. Dear Grandpa,
    I am thinking of you all the time and remember your Carol as young, pretty Carol with a fun laugh and big smile. I love you verrrrrrrrrrrry much.

    Our hearts are with you as you continue your lifes journey. We love you very much and will always be here for you.
    We remember Carols sweetness, light and especially her laughter. We cherish the times we were able to spend with the two of you.

    God bless you,
    Mikey and Cecelia

  8. To Carol’s family: I worked with Carol in Personnel at the Climatic Center starting in the fall of 1973. I went to the Forest Service in 1983. I was so surprised when someone sent me the notice that Carol had passed away to a better life. I just wanted you to know that I admired Carol and respected her vast knowledge and we tried to keep in touch when our lives went separate ways when Personnel moved to MD. I thought the world of Carol and my thoughts and prayers are with you. My husband, Joe, worked with Carol. He worked in the mailroom of the Center until he came to the Forest Service.

    Carol had a great smile and wonderful personality… she will be sorely missed!

  9. Dear John,
    I surely do have happy memories of Carol, of meeting her when you were
    ‘keeping company,’ and of being so thrilled that you two married and had
    such obvious love between you. Your mutual love and caring filled a room
    with a joyous sense of life, that all was right with the whole world.
    I shall cherish the memories, and I sense that you will also find those
    special memories within your heart and soul.
    May peace rest upon you and all those who are close to you, and who
    likewise were close to Carol.
    Love, Babs

  10. Dear John,
    Sorry I couldn’t be there for the service. Carol was a fine person and always warm and friendly when I visted you there in Asheville. You seemed the ideal couple and she was much too young to leave you.
    Richard L. Carey
    San Diego, CA

  11. Dear family – I was saddened to hear of Carol’s passing. Just want you to know I think of you. Love, Martha

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