MORRIS — William T. Johnston Sr., 86, of Morris and formerly of Edmeston, died Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at the Oneonta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oneonta.
He was born Jan. 29, 1915, in Danville, Pa., the son of Samual and Hattie Mae (Davis) Johnston.
He was married to Wanda K. Sobey in 1936, in Jamaica, N.Y. They would have been married 65 years in June.
He served his country during World War II as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy.
Bill and his wife, Wanda, owned and operated the Johnston Funeral Home in Brookfield and then the Houk-Johnston Funeral Home in Edmeston, until their retirement in 1990.
While in Brookfield, he was a member of the Brookfield Fire Department and served as scoutmaster of the Brookfield Boy Scout Troop. He was also a member of the Brookfield Board of Education during the '50s.
During his life in Edmeston, he was a member of the Edmeston Fire Department and was one of the organizers and a charter member of the Edmeston Emergency Squad. He was also a former member of the Edmeston and Morris Rotary Clubs, the American Legion Post of Edmeston, and the Farmers Lodge F.&A.M. of Edmeston. He had also served as supervisor for the town of Brookfield and town of Edmeston.
He was a member and past state director of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, serving the ninth district. Bill was recently recognized by the New York State Funeral Directors Association for 62 years as an active licensed funeral director.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Johnston, of Morris; his daughter, Diane (Binky) Ford, and her husband, Bernie, of Sidney; and his son, William T. (Ted) Johnston Jr., and his wife, Nanette, of Morris. His grandchildren include Jay Phelps, Jason Berger, Ronald Johnston and his wife, Michelle, Megan Allen and her husband, Ron, JoAnn Berger and her fiancee, Brian Krywy, Katy Johnston and one great-granddaughter, Ashley Johnston.
Calling hours will be Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001, at the Johnston Funeral Home in Morris from 6 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be private on Monday with the Rev. Mildred Williams officiating.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to donate to the Resident Council (Cocktail Hour) Fund, c/o Oneonta Nursing Home, 330 Chestnut St., Oneonta, N.Y., or the Edmeston Fire Department in his memory.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.
Published in The Daily Star on Feb. 3, 2001.