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Dr. James G. (Jim) Johnston

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Memorial services for Dr. James G. (Jim) Johnston, 71, of Ruston will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 15, 2011, in Burkhalter Chapel at Trinity United Methodist Church with Reverend Brian Mercer officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the service at Trinity United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 15, 2011. Dr. Johnston was born in Toledo, Ohio on June 6, 1939, and passed away on April 7, 2011, after fighting a long and courageous battle against lung cancer. He was predeceased by his father, Grover C. Johnston and mother, Alice Marie Johnston. Jim graduated from the University of Toledo in 1961 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and was employed by the international accounting firm of Ernst & Ernst. In 1962, he joined the U S Air Force and served until 1968, when he was discharged at the rank of Captain. Shortly after entering the service, he met Karolyn Kiernan of Sioux City, Iowa, and they were married on October 12, 1962 at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. In 1969 Jim earned a Masters of Accountancy degree from The Ohio State University, after which he rejoined the staff of Ernst & Ernst in Tampa, Florida, where he earned a CPA designation, and remained there until 1974. He then entered the doctoral degree program in accountancy at the University of Missouri- Columbia, where he also served as an instructor. Jim was awarded a PhD degree in 1982. From 1978-81 he was an accounting professor at the University of South Carolina, and from 1981 until his retirement in 2004, he was an accounting professor at Louisiana Tech University. Jim is survived by his wife, Karolyn, daughter Teri Lazarus (and husband Al) of Arlington, Texas, and daughter Dana Fangue of Fort Worth, Texas. He also has five beloved grandchildren - Katie and Adam Lazarus and Leighton, Turner, and Hadleigh Fangue. He is also survived by his sister Jean Meyers of Charlotte, North Carolina. The family would like to thank Dr. David Osafo, Dr. Tom Morris, Dr. Thomas Smith, and Dr. George Smith at Green Clinic and Agape’ Hospice for the care they provided to Jim. The family would also like give special thanks to the nursing staff of Linda Monroe, Kelly Medaries and Judy Posey at Green Clinic’s chemotherapy unit, and to John Deaton and Kristie Cherry for their extraordinary care. In accordance with Jim’s wishes, his body was donated to the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in Jim’s memory to Trinity United Methodist Church or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

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