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Kay Tilson Johnston

February 10, 1959 — September 7, 2021

Kay Tilson Johnston, age 62, of Damascus, Va., passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at her home.  She was a 1977 graduate of Patrick Henry High School.  Kay was a 21-year employee of the Food Country Corporate Office and was formerly employed at Montgomery Ward and Appalachian Oil Company. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Tilson and Ocie Moore Tilson; two brothers, Kelly Tilson and Paul Moore; two sisters, Lola “Sis” Davenport and Rosaella Barrett; niece, Sherri Stiles; and former spouse, Ronald Johnston.

Kay is survived by her brother, Roger Tilson and wife, Sandy; brother-in-law, Douglas Barrett; nephew, Claude L. Davenport and wife, Almeda; and three nieces:  Dana Barrett; Donna K. Hill and husband, Nathan; Regina Stiles; two great nieces, Alexis and Krystina; four great nephews, John, Adam, Lucas, and Jacob; great-great niece, Gracie Ann; great-great nephew, Brendon; and three pets, Arbs, Callie, and Tigger.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, September 12, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Pastor Dale Myers officiating.  Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic, 16222 Lee Hwy., Bristol, Va. 24202.

Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting and signing the online guestbook.  The family of Kay Tilson Johnston is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 E. Main St., Abingdon, Va. 24210 (276-623-2700).
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Sunday, September 12, 2021

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