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Julie Johnson

July 18, 1947 — May 11, 2023

Julie Sturgill Johnson, age 75, passed away Thursday, May 11, 2023 at her home. Julie was born on July 18, 1947 to her parents the late Ballard Sturgill and Gladys Conn Sturgill. She was the wife of Roger Johnson, over sales and marketing at David Appalachian Craft. When Julie moved to Lincoln Park, Michigan is where she met her husband, Roger. The two had one son, Shawn Kent Johnson, born in 1967. The three then returned to Eastern Kentucky when Roger was offered a position with American Standard Corporation in Paintsville, KY in 1972. Julie was a loving and devoted housewife and mother, spending much of her time sewing and working with arts and crafts. She would eventually use these skills when she was hired to help manage David Appalachian Craft in David, KY, an outreach program that helped promote the heritage of Eastern Ky., and create income for the benefit of local craftspeople. She often traveled around the county to craft shows while with David Appalachian Craft. She greatly enjoyed this time of her life. She would also go on to work locally within the area as an insurance saleswoman, and as a senior technical support advisor for Sykes Brothers servicing Microsoft customers. After her retirement, she and Roger enjoyed traveling to see family in different parts of the United States, especially their son residing n the Boston, Massachusetts area. This allowed Julie and Roger extensive time to explore the coasts and mountains of New England with their son Shawn, which she greatly enjoyed. Julie was also a member of the Boldman Freewill Baptist Church. Along with Julie's parents, she was preceded in death by Douglas Sturgill (infant brother), Elster Tibbs (Brother-in-Law), and Erschel Michaels (Brother-in-Law). Along with her husband, Roger, she is survived by their son, Shawn K. Johnson, three brothers, Herman (Lois) Sturgill, Kenley Sturgill, John Sturgill, and seven sisters, Jetti Tibbs, Rachel (Carmel) Hamilton, Betsy (Larry) Burnette, Teen (Tom) Porter, Edna Michaels, Joanne (James) Marsilette, Debbie (Ricky) Bentley, and a host of loving family and friends. Julie was devoted and beloved by her family. Over the years Julie enjoyed sewing and crafts of all types, reading, games, cooking, spending time with her cats and most of all spending time with her family. Visitation will be Saturday and Sunday at 6p.m. at the Lucas & Son Funeral Home. Church services will be Sunday at 7p.m. The funeral will be Monday, May 15, 2023 at 1 P.M. at the Lucas & Son Funeral Home with Tony Thacker and Belmont Johnson officiating. Entombment will follow in the Annie E. Young Mausoleum.
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