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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2002 12:00 am

The Rev. James Ray Johnson, 69, Hopkinsville, died at 3:58 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002, at Jennie Stuart Medical Center of natural causes.

Services were Tuesday at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. George Esters Jr. officiating. Burial was in Cave Spring Cemetery. Gamble Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

A native of Hopkinsville, he was born July 2, 1932, the son of the late Henry C. and Rose Killebrew Johnson. He was a disabled veteran, having served in the Marines during the Korean War and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was associate pastor, member and former deacon of Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Clara E. Johnson; five sons, Jimmy, Richard, James Duerson and Anthony Johnson, all of Hopkinsville, Zachary Johnson, El Paso, Texas; three daughters, Toni Bryant, Hopkinsville, Patricia McFarland, Washington, D.C., Delores Taylor, Fayetteville, N.C.; four stepsons, Aaron Watkins, Isone and Dewan Reeves and Leander Stewart, all of Hopkinsville; two stepdaughters, Gloria Stewart and Tammy Watkins, both of Hopkinsville; a sister, Thelma Buckner, Hopkinsville, 17 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and 10 stepgrandchildren.

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