Johnston, Judy Abercrombie

Accomplished Violinist Was Avid Dancer

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Judy Abercrombie Johnston
Judy Abercrombie Johnston

Judy Abercrombie Johnston’s 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease ended on October 6, 2018. Judy did not lose that battle, because now she has moved into the eternal realm that is never ending. She now resides in the presence of King Jesus.  

Judy was born in Chattanooga, where she attended East Ridge High School, Edmundson Business College, and Chattanooga State Community College.  She worked for several years with TVA, however for many years she worked alongside her husband, Alan Johnston, in their family business. Judy loved music from many genres, and was an accomplished vocalist. In addition to singing she was also an avid dancer.  Her love for music was most visible as a member of the choir and music ministry at Abba’s House in Hixson.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Kelly and Elzora Abercrombie and her father and mother-in-law, Billy and Iva Johnston. Judy was also predeceased by two sisters, Mary Lewis and Helen Hart.

Judy is survived by her husband, Alan Johnston; two daughters, Joy (Charles) Clemons and Jennifer (Alfred) Odister; her great joy was the three grandchildren, Katie, Maggie and Alex; and great grandson Benjamin came along when Judy could no longer respond, but we choose to believe that she understood when he would pat her hand and ask, “you okay?”  Judy is also survived by brothers David (Mary) Abercrombie, Roy (Geneva) Abercrombie, and sister-in-law Donna (Glen) Dunagan. In addition there are many nephews, nieces, cousins and other relatives.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7, from 4–8 p.m. at the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home at 8214 East Brainerd Road and Monday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Abba’s House, 5208 Hixson Pike.

The Memorial Service will be begin at 1 p.m. officiated by Dr. Ron Phillips and Dr. Ronnie Phillips, Jr.   Pallbearers will be nephews, Steve Abercrombie, Randy Abercrombie, Kelly Abercrombie, Jonathan Dunagan, David Morgan, and Mark Stevens.  Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Vineyard Lifegroup and members of the Abba’s House Choir.

The family expresses special thanks to her longtime friend and caregiver Charlotte Clark, and the wonderful caregivers at Lifecare of East Ridge. 

Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made in Judy’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 7625 Hamilton Park Drive # 22, Chattanooga, Tn. 37421.

Arrangements are by the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 East Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37421.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastBrainerdChapel.com.


Vandergriff, Wanda Josephine Beason

Clay, Lovette Lewis

King, Robert


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Robert King, 61, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020. Arrangements are by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodd’s Ave., 423 622-9995. (click for more)



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