EAST PRAIRIE - Carey Griffin Johnson, 73, died at 8:30 a.m. May 28, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn.
Born Oct. 17, 1928, in Cardwell, son of the late William Carey and Mary Amelia Griffin Johnson, he lived in East Prairie most of his life. For more than 30 years, he was a regional director for the Bureau of the Blind with the Division of Aging for the southern half of Missouri. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in East Prairie and longtime member of the East Prairie Lions Club. He served on the East Prairie Planning and Zoning Board and was one of the first to coach Little League teams for the summer baseball program.
On Oct. 31, 1950, at Piggott, Ark., he married Betty Josephine Jones Johnson who preceded him in death on Sept. 19, 2000.
Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, William and Tamela Marie Johnson of Sikeston; three daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Benny Walker of Lake Ozark, Tracy and Wallace Smith of Dexter and Jill and Don Chance of Sikeston; one sister, Amelia Ann Quinn of Memphis, Tenn.; and 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
One brother, Jeryl Johnson, also preceded him in death.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at Shelby Funeral Home, where services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday. George White, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Dogwood Cemetery near East Prairie.