March 9, 2023
August 7, 1954 ~ March 6, 2023
Donald Louis Johns, better known as "Johnsy", was born August 7, 1954, in Detroit, Michigan, to Dawna Brindley Johns and Ward Leroy Johns. At the age of 11, he came to Hohenwald to live with his Uncle Thomas "Tom" Johns and his aunt, Wilodean Voorhies Johns. He passed away from this life on March 6, 2023, at the age of 68.
He owned and operated Double D Kennels for many years and is one of a few dog trainers to pass four Labrador Retrievers into the Master National Hall of Fame. At the death of his father-in-law, Larry Hickerson, he became the trademark owner and maker of Johnny Marsh Duck Calls ®. His real passion in life was duck hunting and he could be found in his duck blind from the start to the finish of duck season.
On February 9, 2023, he and his wife, Darlene, celebrated 50 years of marriage.
Johnsy is survived by his wife, Darlene Hickerson Johns; son, Devin (Jennifer) Johns; grandchildren, Addison Johns, Aiden Johns, and Drake Johns; "brother", Thomas "Tooley" Johns; "Bonus Mother", Madelyn Tharp; and "sister", Jill Tharp Selby; as well as his best friends and caretakers, Don Pollock and Lynn Ammons, and Vickie Riggan, along with a large host of other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Larry Johns; his uncle, Tom Johns and wife, Wilodean; his "brothers" Terry and Pat Johns; grandparents, Enoch Henry Johns, and Nancy Pairlee Beatty Johns; grandfather, Delbert Samuel Brindley and wife, Edith Livingston Brindley; as well as his "father in love", Wayne Tharp.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, March 10, at First Baptist Church in Hohenwald. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. and continue until the time of service at 7:00 p.m. with Brother Bert Spann officiating.