Sam "Skip" N. Johnston

It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Sam “Skip” N. Johnston, Jr., 71. 

Born in Memphis, Skip worked for Chrysler and Jeep through parts and service dealerships across West and Middle Tennessee for 55 years. He was recently employed at Helms Motor Company in Lexington. Skip was admired and loved by his automotive community. 


Skip was a resident of the Ponderosa community in Sugar Tree, Tenn. He loved being on the Tennessee River and a part of the Ponderosa. He served on the PPOA board in various capacities. His generous spirit and heart to help others will be remembered by all who had the privilege to know him.


Skip is survived by his wife Susan Johnston, his daughters, Gina (Philip) Payne and J-Rae (David) Dodd; his two sons, Matt (Jade) Johnston and Luke (Piper) Johnston; his son-in-law, David Sharp; and his grandchildren, Robby, Caitlin, Daniel, Logan, Addie, Sam, Austin, Brody, Ty, Claire, Madison, Savanah, Emma, Luke and Miles, along with countless friends and colleagues.


Skip was preceded in death by his parents, Sam N. Johnston and Kathleen Johnston; his step-mother, Mary Jane Johnston; his daughter, Jennifer Sharp; and his sisters, Lynda Harris and Bay Coleman. 


Visitation services are set to be held Saturday, June 27 at Oakdale Funeral Home, 2544 TN-69 Parsons, TN 38363 from 11-12 a.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a limited, private family service will be held following visitation. 


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Skip’s memory to: 


Woodlawn Shores Volunteer Fire Department

256 Clyde Richardson Road

Sugar Tree, TN 38380

(Attention: Peggy Hale)


Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital 

https://www.childrenshospitalvanderbilt.org/information/give-now

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