Charles Allen “Chuck” Johnston
Charles Allen “Chuck” Johnston, age 62, of Carrollton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 at Akron General Hospital surrounded by his family.
He was born in Canton, Ohio and was a life-long resident of Carrollton. He is survived by his wife Beth with whom he celebrated 40 years of marriage; his daughter Alexis and son-in-law Eric Bachrach; his parents Joseph and Janet Johnston; his brother Joseph C. “Chip” and wife LuAnn Johnston; his sister Anne and husband Simon Lawrence; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Linda and Paul Moore, Peggy and Mark Triplett; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Allen and Wilma Johnston, Roderick and Clara MacDonald and his in-laws, William and Agnes Elliott.
He was a graduate of Carrollton High School in 1969, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1973 from Westminster College, and his Juris Doctorate Degree from Ohio Northern University in 1976. While attending Westminster College, he was the radio station’s program director and received the “Golden Microphone Award”. Returning to Carrollton, he provided law services to the community, and was appointed Carroll County Court Judge in 1985. He was elected and served as judge for twenty-four years. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Ohio Bar Association, and Carroll County Bar Association. He was also an active member of the Association of Municipal and County Judges of Ohio. He won the Superior Judicial Award from the Ohio Supreme Court for his outstanding judicial service.
He has always loved, supported and served his community. Starting early, he was a newspaper boy for the Canton Repository, worked at his family owned City Meat Market passing out many tootsie rolls and bubble gum. He served as Church Elder and Sunday School Teacher, Carrollton High School Band Show announcer, supporter of our local 4-H and did many speaking engagements to support local programs and community growth. Charles chose to join the Ohio Donor Registry giving the gift of life to others.
He lived his ultimate goal: enjoying his work and spending quality time with friends and family. He loved skiing, riding/ showing Tennessee Walking Horses and traveling. His unending devotion to family, tireless work ethic in the community and belief of experiencing life to the fullest are his traits to remember.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Sept. 5, from 2 - 4 and 7-9 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Carrollton, 200 N. Lisbon Street. Please join us in a celebration of his life Friday, Sept. 6, at 11:30 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Roderick MacDonald of Burlington, MA. officiating. Funeral arrangements are provided by Sweeney-Dodds Funeral Home. In memory of Charles, donations may be made to Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry (sponsored by Carroll County Ministerial, Inc.) P.O. Box 551 Carrollton, Ohio 44615 and Carroll County Community R.I.F. (Reading Is Fundamental) in care of Grace Gardner, Carrollton Elementary 252 Third Street N.E. Carrollton, Ohio 44615.