Johnston, Barlett F. Jr.

March 18, 2004

On March 15, 2004, BARLETT F. JOHNSTON, age 95. Born at "Burnside", his grandfather Shoemaker's farm in the Green Spring Valley, to Ellen Whitridge Shoemaker and Bartlett Sr., he had five younger siblings. As the eldest, "Bart" stayed home to run the 500 acre farm for the WWII war effort. In 1945 as the city encroached on the farming operation, he moved the fabled dairy herd to Virginia, but not before marrying a beauty from across the Valley, Fanny Pearre. Their five children Bart Johnston, III, Aubrey P. Johnston, Robert E. Johnston, Susan Fielding and Julia Ives survive them. Also, he is survived by one brother, one sister, twelve grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren survive him. As a young boy, Bart held the essential values for his life in place. On his bedroom wall he wrote in huge block crayon letters "Never Worry". His parents left those words on the wall for succeeding generations to ponder and remember. But, in Bart's case, they need not have bothered, as he lived that notion for over nine decades. His spontaneous, raucous laughter at big and little things often surprised any who happened to be within a country mile. For Bart, another rainbow was always in the making, seeing the bright and good side in everyone and everything. Always uppermost in his heart he kept those he loved; all else would take care of itself. That's how he is remembered. In lieu of flowers, please share a little humor with someone you love. The family will receive friends, Thursday, March 18 from 6 to 8 P.M. at Hall Funeral Home of Purcellville, VA. Services will be held Friday, March 19, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Owings Mills, MD at 1 P.M. Interment will follow in St. Thomas Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the Hospices of the National Capital Region, 9300 Lee Highway, Suite 500, Fairfax, VA 22031-1207. Arrangements are by Hall Funeral Home of Purcellville, VA.

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