Johnston, Kerner Ray

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Kerner Ray “Larry” Johnston, age 79, passed away on Friday, October 2, 2020, at the Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg, VA. Born April 1, 1941, in Princeton, WV, he was the son of the late L.K. “Bill” Johnston, Jr. and Roena Frances Cheatwood Johnston.

Larry worked as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace division of Bendix Corporation, which was a subsidiary of NASA Apollo Space Missions. He finished his career at TVA, overseeing the construction of a nuclear power plant in Scottsboro, AL.

Larry’s great love for his family and friends was only surpassed by his love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a beloved father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include one son, Steve Johnston and wife Drema of Ballard, WV; two brothers, Gordon Johnston and wife Tammy of Stuart’s Draft, VA, and Terry Johnston of Chattanooga, TN; three grandchildren, Ashley Hardymon and husband Doug of Parrott, VA, Amy Young and husband Logan of Ballard, WV, and Melissa Mathena and husband Ryan of Bozoo, WV; six great grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

In keeping with Larry’s wishes, he will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.