Thomas L Johnson left this world on October 25, 2016. He left behind a big group of imperfect people that loved him dearly for the man he was. Left behind were his wife, Pam, daughters Miranda (Noel), Liz (Koehler), Nathalie (Johnson), Tammy (Johnson Lloyd), and Kim (Johnson Rhoades), son, Troy (Johnson) and a niece, Tess (Jones) who was like another daughter. Grandchildren included Michael, Amy, Drew, Abby, Chris, Tommy, Gunner, Gage, Derek, and Garrett. In addition, he had 7 great-grandchildren – Dylan, Jack, Sarah, Lorna, Adison, Mason, Caleb. He left many others, including connections from previous marriages, in-laws and out-laws from the various chapters of his full life. For the past 33 years, he was a friend of Bill W and Dr. Bob.
Tom was dedicated to the work he had done for 31 years. As the Executive Director of The Recovery Council since July 1985, he was able to align his passion and his career to live a purpose-driven life. He lived to serve those that society often shuns – people suffering from addiction. He opened the door to treatment and recovery for many and encouraged them along the, oftentimes, difficult path. It is hard to even guess how many people’s lives he touched by the sharing of his own story and his unconditional love and encouragement. He never lost his compassion or the ability to offer hope and opportunity to those in addiction.
Tom was steadfastly committed to accepting life on life’s terms as well as continued self-reflection and improvement. He practiced daily what he preached. He truly set an example of how to live, love and support others for those that were lucky enough to love him, work with him or meet him trudging along the road to happy destiny. He lived his life on his own terms and followed simple rules: 1) Trust God; 2) Clean House; 3) Serve Others; 4) Practice the Art of Loving Unconditionally. It was all done with the spirit of progress over perfection.
Those left behind are heart-broken and feeling lost without him but know he wouldn’t want them to stay in those feelings for very long. He would want people to take one day at a time, practice acceptance, let go and let God. He would want them to get back to the task of living and to find their own passion in life. He would want them to find their own way and place to serve humanity.
In honor of his wishes, a Life and Recovery Carry-In Celebration will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, 104 S. High Street, Waverly, OH at 4 pm on Thursday, November 3, 2016.
In lieu of flowers, please consider bringing a covered dish, a card and a single balloon to the Celebration. For those who can and want to do more, consider donating to any of the following in his name:
The Clubhouse, 301 6th Ave., Huntington, WV 25701
New Beginnings Outreach Ministries, 2266 Wakefield Mound Road, Piketon, OH 45661
The Lighthouse, 291 S. Paint Street, Chillicothe, OH 45601
Arrangements under the direction of Botkin Hornback Funeral Home in Waverly.