Johnston, Arlie K.

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1SGT Arlie K. Johnston, age 85, passed away on Monday, April 17, 2023, at his home. 1SGT Johnston was born in Mercer County on March 14, 1938, and lived in Monroe County for over 25 years.

He is survived by his faithful wife of 63 years, Shirley Meadows Johnston of Bozoo, WV. Also surviving is his son, James Arlie Johnston and wife Charmaine; daughter-in-law, Telia Holt Johnston; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one brother, Earnest and wife Bonnie; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Wayne Johnston; his parents, Charles E. and Carrie Jane Clemons Johnston; two sisters, Beulah Jones and June Caldwell; and one brother, Homer.

After graduating from Oakvale High School, 1SGT Johnston served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years, with assignments in Germany, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and several states. He was awarded several medals, most notably the Bronze Star and Air Medal. Later, 1SGT Johnston worked for the U.S. Postal Service for an additional 17 years.

Arlie enjoyed the outdoors as a hunter, fisherman, and gardener. He also enjoyed CB radios and went by the handle “The Fisherman”. He enjoyed college sports, especially basketball, baseball, and football. In his younger days, he was a little league baseball coach to his two sons and many others. He would also serve as an umpire and referee for youth sports.

Arlie was a member of the Peterstown United Methodist Church and devoted a lot of time to the Food Pantry. He was also a member of the American Legion.

The one trait that Arlie had was that he was totally honest with family and friends; he called things as only Arlie could. God, family, values, honor, respect, and doing things for the right reasons were most important to Arlie. He was a truly loved husband and father who loved WV and was proud to serve his country. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM on Friday, April 21, 2023, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown, WV. Burial with military rites will follow at the Sunset View Cemetery in Bozoo, WV. Visitation will be held from 1:00PM until time of services on Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Arlie’s name to the Peterstown United Methodist Church Food Pantry (P.O. Box 423, Peterstown, WV 24963).

Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.