Mr. Claud Edward Johnson, age 72, of Goshen passed away, Friday, January 8, 2010 at his residence. Funeral services for Mr. Johnson will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 11, 2010 from the chapel of Green Hills Funeral Home, with Reverend W.O. Sanders officiating. Burial will follow at the Providence Cemetery in Glenwood. Family will receive friends Sunday, January 10, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Green Hills Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda “Lynn” Johnson, one son, Mickey (Diane) Johnson of Goshen, AL, two daughters, Marquita (Tim) Franklin of Goshen, AL, Rhonda (Mark) Miley of Goshen, AL and one step daughter Monique (Tom) Crawley of Goshen, AL and Monique’s two children Edward and Audra Shumpert. Eight grandchildren, Kia Jo Holladay, Richard (Kristin) Johnson, Blaine Farr, Rod (Tanya) Villegas, Jason (Alison) Franklin, Chad (Gina) Franklin, Peyton (Dusty) Taylor &Kelly (Rusty) Tomlin. Nine great-grandchildren Brandon Holladay, Chloe Johnson, Reanna and Megan Villegas, Kelsey, Brett, and Abby Franklin, Miley Taylor, Ella~Kate and Ana Jaymes Tomlin. One great-great nephew Triton Whiddon.
He was preceded in death by his parents Milton and Rachel (King) Johnson, brother Clyde Lewis Johnson, niece Kathy Johnson Whiddon, great nephew Marcus Dale Whiddon, and a special aunt Ruth King.
Claud was an avid horse lover and spent his life training, showing, judging and sharing his knowledge of horses with people of all ages. He saw beauty in all horses, but his expertise was working with walking and racking horses. He traveled yearly to the World Racking Horse Celebration to spend a week with the top horses, trainers, and owners.
Claud leaves behind many special friends from the 60 plus years he worked with his much beloved animals.
Honorary pallbearer’s will be the Goshen High School Class of 1955
Green Hills Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Claud Edward Johnson.