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03 Aug

In Memoriam: Walter "Walt" S. Johnston

Walter "Walt" S. Johnston, Jr., 81, passed away Friday, July 31, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Walt was born in Wilmette, Illinois on January 5, 1934 to the late Walter Scott Johnston, Sr. and Ella Miller Johnston.

Music was at the heart of Walt’s life and career. A graduate of Portland State University, Walt proudly served his country as a Staff Sargent in the Air Force Reserve Command and played flute in the United States Air Force Band. His musical talent also earned him a spot as Principal Flute for the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

Walt went on to become president of Pearl Drums and eventually started his own drum company, WorldMax U.S.A. In addition to music, he loved gardening and woodworking.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Arliss L. Johnston and his son, Scotty Johnston.

Walt is survived by his wife for over six years Liu Chun Johnston; father-in-law, Papason Kuo-Chen; daughters, Bobbi (Kent "Otis") Harris, Joni Johnston, and Mikki Couch; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many more loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, and long-time friends.

A celebration of Walt’s life will be held Saturday, August 15, 2015 at eleven thirty in the morning at Woodlawn’s Dignity Hall. A gathering of family and friends will be held the same day beginning at ten o’clock in the morning.

Memorial donations may be made to the Tennessee Oncology, 300 20th Avenue North, Suite 301, Nashville, TN, 37203.