August 12, 1931 ~ April 25, 2018

Born in: Asheville, NC,
Resided in: Candler, North Carolina

Murgil Alton Johnston, Jr., 86, of Candler, died on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at the Charles George VA Medical Center. An Asheville native, Mr. Johnston was a son of the late Murgil Alton, Sr., and Lillian Anthony Johnston. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Paula Fowler. A graduate of Lee H. Edwards High School Class of 1950, Mr. Johnston proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of VFW Post #5198, in Canton. He retired from ABF Freight, where he worked as a diesel mechanic. His hobbies included antique tractors and participating in the Haywood Knife Club. He was also a member of Snow Hill United Methodist Church, where he particularly enjoyed the Abundant Harvest program, giving food to those in need. Surviving are his wife, Naomi M. Johnston; daughters, Loretta "Sam" Crawford (Richard) and Sara Buchanan (Heath); sons, James "J.J." Johnston (Dianne) and Andy Johnston (Amy); grandchildren, Christy Little, Jeffry Johnston, Avery Crawford, Cade Buchanan, Ruthie Buchanan; and great-grandchildren, James, Soloman, and Emery. Funeral services for Mr. Johnston will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 30, at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel in Black Mountain. The Revs. Dianne Johnston and Jackie Collins will officiate. His family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. Mr. Johnston's family would like to thank the staff of the VA Valor Hospice unit and all staff providing support in their Community Living Center. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to the Snow Hill United Methodist Church Abundant Harvest Program, 84 Snow Hill Church Rd., Candler, NC 28715.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with all the family during this difficult time. I ask God to wrap His arms around each and every one of you and comfort you. Know that He is with you all and will guide you through the coming days.

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  2. We are so sorry for your loss. Murgil was usually the first to arrive at Abundant Harvest, and was unfailingly supportive of the program. It won’t be the same without him there. Sending love and prayers to all the family.

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  3. Jeff Hannah and entire family,
    our deepest condolences on the passing of Jeff’s granddaddy.
    All our love and heartfelt sympathies to you and your entire family.
    John and Susan Bowles & Our Entire Family

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  4. We will miss seeing Murgil and listening to his wonderful stories, both at Abundant Harvest and at Snow Hill. Our deepest sympathy to all the family.

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  5. Very sorry for your loss, I know the pain is very hard to loose a parent. I have a lot of fond memories of Murgil as I was growing up he was a good man .Your Family will be in our Prayer’s

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  6. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Johnston family from ours. It was a honor and pleasure to have grown up around and known Murgil and his family.

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  7. Very Sorry for your loss. Our prayers to all of you family. Just found out a bit late to make it to service. We had been to VA to see Martha & Roy.

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  8. Sincerest condolences to the Johnston Family from Murgil’s first cousin Vida Feemster. Vida is suffering from Alzheimer’s and living in Wausau Wi under the care of her son David. She does not remember much these days but remarkably still speaks of memories of her childhood days in Asheville and talks about her family and cousins she grew up with. The memories and love will always be there, just a bit distant. Her prayers are with you all.

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  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Naomi, and the family.
    We will certainly miss Murgil at our office. We always enjoyed the stories and interesting things he had to tell us. May God comfort you during this time.

    Dr. William Newsom and Staff

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