PMC board member passes at 86

VIRGIE – The Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) family is mourning the death of Hobart Clay Johnson, 86, of Virgie, who passed away Feb. 1.

Johnson was a member of the PMC board of directors and was an attorney, having assisted the Pike County Attorney’s office. He was also instrumental in the formation of East Kentucky Broadcasting, along with Walter E. May and others.

He served his country in the United States Air Force as an agent in the Office of Strategic Intelligence from 1952-58.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George F. and Vesta Roberts Johnson; his wife, Jean Johnson; brothers, George F., Stanley, Woodrow and Charles Johnson; and sisters, Marie Anderson and Irene Spence.

Survivors include his sister, Ruby Picklesimer of Lexington; daughter, Amy Johnson of Pikeville; son, Benjamin Clay (Jeanie) Johnson of Virgie; stepson, Robert (Vicki) Bell of Robinson; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Feb. 4, at Hall and Jones Funeral Home in Virgie. Burial followed in Johnson Memorial Park Cemetery, Pikeville.