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Joe Johnson, Adair County, KY, (1922-2013)

Unforgettable Joe Johnson. He was an Adair County native, member of a highly regarded Adair County family, the son of hte late Morrison Rowe and Ruby Kate Taylor Johnson. His wife Ruth Kelsay Johnson survives. He leaves 12 direct living descendants. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Hadley's Community Church. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and is the recipient a Purple Heart. He was a lifetime member of the Columbia VFW Post 6097. He was a member of the Adair County Fair Board and served as President for several years. He also served as President of the Kentucky State Fair and Horse Show Board. He had a passion for the game of baseball. Joe Johnson was involved in the formation of the Adair County Little League Baseball Program in 1959 and was actively involved in the program for 50 years. He helped oversee the development and construction of a newer baseball facility in the late 1970's that was later named for him: Joe Johnson Little League Park. He served as the Fifth District Little League Baseball Association District Administrator and was a member of the Board of Directors for The Kentucky Little League Baseball Association for several years. He was a Kentucky Colonel, a farmer, and worked with the Kentucky Division of Forestry. His life was the epitome of living for others. He may have been the most unselfish man ever to live in Adair County. He was the inspiration for hundreds of others who carry on his example of service to others, first and foremost.

Joe Johnson age 91 years of Columbia, Ky. passed away Sunday July 21, 2013 at 10:44pmCT, at the Westlake Regional Hospital in Columbia, KY after an illness.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 1pmCT/2pmET at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Elbert Hadley the Clergy officiating. Interment in the Columbia Cemetery, 315 Campbellsville Street, Columbia, KY, with full military honors by VFW Post 6097. Visitation will be after 3:30pmCT/4:30pmCT, on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.


Joe Johnson, Adair County, KY, (1922-2013)


He was born Wednesday, July 12, 1922 in Columbia, KY. He was the son of the late Morrison Rowe and Ruby Kate Taylor Johnson of Adair County, KY. He died Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Columbia, Adair County, KY, at the age of 91 years, 9 days.

Mr. Johnson was a member of the Hadley's Community Church. He was a US Army veteran of World War II and is the recipient a Purple Heart. He was a lifetime member of the Columbia VFW Post 6097. He was a member of the Adair County Fair Board and served as President for several years. He also served as President of the Kentucky State Fair and Horse Show Board.

Joe Johnson was involved in the formation of the Adair County Little League Baseball Program in 1959 and was actively involved for 50 years until declining health prevented his work. He helped oversee the development and construction of a newer baseball facility in the late 1970's that was later named for him the Joe Johnson Little League Park. He served as the Fifth District Little League Baseball Association District Administrator for several years. He also was a member of the Board of Directors for The Kentucky Little League Baseball Association for several years. He was a Kentucky Colonel, a farmer and worked with the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

He is survived by his wife Ruth (Kelsay) Johnson of Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • One son: J. C. Johnson and wife, Vickie of Columbia, KY

  • One daughter: JoAnn Jones and husband Harry of Crestwood, KY

  • Five grandchildren: Kevin (Traci) Jones, Celina Jones, Carl M. (Sherri) Johnson, Leslie Stephens, Angela (Barry) Estes

  • Six great grandchildren: Baylee Johnson, Connor Johnson, Rachel Stephens, Luke Stephens, Zachary Estes, and Kyle Estes
Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY, in charge of funeral arrangements.

Send a condolence to the family of Joe Johnson

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation to the Adair County Little League Baseball Association PO Box 644 Columbia, KY 42728.


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