I am choosing to walk in honor of my “Papa” James Albert Johnston. I love this man unconditional, there isn’t a thing he wouldn’t help me with or hasn’t helped me with. He has been an amazing role model on how a father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather, cousin, brother, uncle, boss and etc... Should be.
My Papa was born on November 30, 1934, he will be celebrating his “81th” birthday this year. James better known as “Jim” was happily married for 52 years to my grandma Joyce Johnston who he loved to the moon and back. They were blessed with 3 beautiful children one being my mother (Cindy), Cindy Couey, Terri Robinson and Mike Johnston. He has 4 grandchildren, and 4 great grandkids.
Other than being a loyal husband and a devoted father, my Papa was a successfully business man he did what he had to do to provide for his family. In 1969, my Papa was one of the incorporators for the City of Soddy Daisy.
Then, around 1980/1981 my Papa and Grandma backed up and moved to Freeport, Indonesia for 3-4 years so my Papa could help construct roads that lead into the mines for the people that lived there.
Upon their return my Papa was hired by TDOT as their “Professional Engineer Supervisor”. He has designed many highways hear locally in the Chattanooga area. He stayed with TDOT for 30 years. It was definitely sad, the day of his retirement party all memories he had made and friendships gained.
My Papa definitely left an impact on all the people he came across. He is one to remember if not for his jokes, then his outgoing personality.
He has always been a local of the City of Soddy Daisy other than on various work assignments where he moved to Georgia, Freeport, Rockwood, and Martin. He has taken part in many different community activities and volunteering.
He has followed the plan that God had intended for him, being a devoted Christian, raising his family in the Christian household, showing his children leadership, and setting an example of it.
He has been a loyal die hard “VOLUNTEER FAN” for as long as I can remember. He doesn't miss a Braves game a tradition carried on from his mom. My Mammaw!
I am honored to have him in my life. I am honored for my daughter and son to have him in her life. We are definitely blessed to be a part of this family and have him in it.
My papa was diagnosed original in 2009 with Onset Dementia. Then in June 2011 he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. We were shocked when we found out the news. Just the thought of our Papa not even recognizing us scared us to no end. In the beginning it was hard to come to terms, but as every day goes by we are getting used to it. We do notice a small difference in his memory, some days are worse than others. We try to take it day by day and that’s really all you can do. He is currently spending his days picking up sticks in the yard, watching sports, or eating his favorite foods. He no longer can work his crossword puzzles or read the paper due to his mind not keeping up.
My mother, Cindy being his caretaker and my aunt, Terri living right across the street he is always surrounded by family, with grandchildren and great-grandchildren always coming over to visit. We love our Papa to the moon and back again and I cannot imagine knowing another man that is as great as him.
I pray every day for a miracle, for a cure to fight this deadly disease.
By participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer s, I’m committed to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer s research, care and support.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
I need your support. Please make a donation to help the Alzheimer’s Association advance research into methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer. For the millions already affected by the disease, the Association offers care, education, support and resources in communities nationwide.
Or WALK with us "Team Albert"
Thank you for joining the movement! The end of Alzheimer’s disease starts with you
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