Donald E. Johnson

Donald E. Johnson

Donald E. Johnson, 87, of Cairo, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022, at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah.

Mr. Johnson was born on Jan. 25, 1935, in Cairo, the son of Herbert Willis and Alma Williford Clanton Johnson. 

He married Laura Kerley on Aug. 23, 1953, and they shared 68 years of love and memories together.

He was a retired Iron Worker with Local 782 in Paducah. 

Mr. Johnson served for four years in the U.S. Air Force and was an Airman 1st Class. 

He was a lifetime member of Cairo Masonic Lodge and a member and deacon at Mighty Rivers Regional Worship Center. 

He loved fishing, golfing, bowling, but most important was his love for his family and his wife, Laura.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Laura Johnson of Cairo; a daughter, Donna L. (Kenny) White of Corinth, Miss.; a son, Gregory W. Johnson of Paducah; grandchildren Jennifer, Bethany, Bradley, Brian, Heidi and Ben; 12 great-grandchildren; his sister, Catherine Notheis of St. Louis; and  many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five siblings, William Johnson, Charles Johnson, Peggy Keith, Richard Johnson and Roy Johnson.

Funeral services for Donald E. Johnson will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. at Mighty Rivers Regional Worship Center, with the Rev. Larry Potts officiating. 

Masonic rites will be accorded at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, by Cairo Masonic Lodge No. 237.

Interment followed in Spencer Heights Cemetery in Mounds.

Memorials can be made to Mighty Rivers Regional Worship Center.

Crain Funeral Home in Cairo was in charge of arrangements.

To view the full obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit

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