Jim Tom Johnston, a lifelong Ellis County resident, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at Charlton Methodist Hospital in Dallas.

He was born March 12, 1935, in Waxahachie to J.T. Johnston and Erin (Birch) Johnston. He attended Forreston Public Schools from which he graduated in 1953. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1955, and was honorably discharged in 1956.

He was employed by Larkin Packer Company from 1956-1967, H&H Machine Tools in 1971, and Johnson and Johnson from 1971 until his retirement in 2000. He was a member of the American Legion Post 361 in Ennis and a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans.

He is survived by four children: Tamara Scott of Waxahachie, Todd Johnston and wife, Vicki, of Forreston, special caregiver, Tonya Koopman and husband, Patrick, and Tommy Johnston of Waxahachie; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Tippi Pyle of Tuluca Lake, Calif., and Eva Salisbury of Waxahachie; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son and one daughter.

Services to celebrate his life are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2011, at the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel of Wayne Boze Funeral Home with the Rev. H. Lynn Fontenot officiating. Interment will follow at Forreston Cemetery.

A visitation with the family was held from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Wayne Boze Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Patrick Koopman, Tommy Johnston, Cameron Wardlaw, Robert Cachat, Joel Bruce, Mike Underwood and Eric Scott. Honorary pallbearers will be Leland Calvert, R.C. Hill, Leon Cockerham and Beth Lazaruth.

Arrangement are under the direction of Wayne Boze Funeral Home. www.waynebozefuneralhome.com