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Richard B. Johnson

November 30, 1938 — February 19, 2021

Bristol, VA

Mr. Richard B. Johnson, 82, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021, at Ballad Health Hospice House after bravely battling cancer.  He was a native of Lebanon, Virginia, son of the late Porter and Dorothy Johnson.  He attended Fellowship Chapel in Bristol.  R.B. had a passion for playing golf and worked as a starter at Clear Creek Golf Club. That passion also extended to winning at “friendly” betting on the NASCAR races and college bowl games with his son.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Merlie B. “Chubby” Johnson.

He is survived by daughters, Deborah F. Timmons and Tammie K. Johnson; son, Rick Johnson and wife, Robin; sister, Janice Barger and husband, Mack; brother, Donnie Johnson and wife, Susie; four granddaughters, Allyson Harness and husband, Joe, Alexandra Lemieaux and husband, Jon, Lauren Prieto, and Ashley Unger and husband, Justin; grandson, Matt Johnson; and great grandchildren, Adrianna, Jax, and Leo. He is also survived by caring and supportive in-laws Ronnie Hubble and wife Laura and Nancy Bollinger and husband Larry as well as many wonderful neighbors.

R.B.(Dick) reconnected with classmate Evelyn Trinkle after the deaths of their spouses and formed a very loving and supportive companionship for which the family is truly thankful.

The funeral service for Richard B. (R.B.) Johnson will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Pastor Scott Price officiating.  Entombment will follow the service at Ketron Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Lebanon, VA.; family and friend are encouraged to meet at the mausoleum.

Due to Covid restrictions we would ask that the service be family, neighbors, and invited close friends.  The entombment will follow the service where all are welcome.

Those unable to attend in person may join the live-streamed service by copy and pasting the following URL into the navigation bar of your web browser:

A heartfelt thank you to the nurses, physicians and staff who cared for R.B. at Ballad Health Bristol Regional Hospital and Hospice House.  The family thanks you for providing him with compassionate and loving care.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Fellowship Chapel Church at 201 Crockett Street, Bristol, VA 24201.

Mr. Johnson and his family are in the care of Farris Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA  24210 (276-623-2700).

Those wishing to send “Hugs from Home” or express sympathy online may do so by visiting

The family of Richard B. Johnson is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 E. Main St., Abingdon, Va. 24210 (276-623-2700).
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Service Schedule

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Farris Funeral Service, Inc. – Main Street Chapel

427 E Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Starts at 2:30 pm (Eastern time)

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