Juan Paul Johns, 88, carpenter, union official

February 22, 2005

Juan Paul Johns, a retired carpenter and union official, died of complications from a stroke Feb. 15 at Hammonds Lane Nursing Center in Brooklyn Park. The former Westminster resident was 88.

Mr. Johns was born in Lexington, Va., and raised in Covington, Va., where he attended public schools. During the 1930s, he was a forestry worker for the Works Progress Administration and later took a job as a painter and construction worker at West Virginia Pulp and Paper Co.

In 1943, he came to Baltimore and held jobs at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Fairfield shipyard for several years as a painter, carpenter and construction worker.

He joined Carpenter's Local 101 in the 1940s, and over the years served as its business representative and president. He retired in 1972.

Mr. Johns was a member of the Monacan Indian tribe of Virginia. He enjoyed gardening, raccoon hunting and reading the Western novels of Zane Grey and Louis L'Amour.

Mr. Johns lived in Linthicum until moving to Westminster in 1984.

His wife of 64 years, the former Mary Frances Williams, died in 2000.

Services were Friday.

Survivors include three sons, John Paul Johns of Baltimore, Jack L. Johns of Glen Burnie and Jerome H. Johns of Rising Sun; three daughters, Jane Taylor of Odenton, Janice Wallich of Arbutus and Judy Bailey of Taneytown; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

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