Obituary of Leona Pearl (Johnson) Atkins, wife of Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins
Extracted from obituary published by Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Nashville, Georgia (HarpethHills.com)
Name of Deceased: Leona Johnson Atkins
Residence: Nashville, Tennessee
Death: 21 October 2009
Born: 12 September 1924
Birthplace: Williamsburg, Ohio, U.S.
Parents: H.C. and Merle Johnson
Twin Sister: Lois [Johnson]
Occupation: Singer (singing duo with sister)
Group/Band: The Johnson Twins
Media Affiliation: WLW Radio, Cincinnati [Ohio]
Spouse: Chet Atkins
Date of marriage: 1946 (husband preceded her in death)
Preceding relatives: H.C. and Merle Johnson (parents); Walter, Elton, and John Johnson (brothers); Lois Burns, Dorothy Fomorin, Betty Riggs, Evelyn Adamson, Ann Phillips, and Ruth Marie Riggs (sisters).
Surviving sisters: Norma Jean Fox of Dayton, Ohio; Virginia Komo of Milford, Ohio; Catherine Smith of Milford, Ohio; Shirley Kautz of Dayton, Ohio; and Florence Ritchey of Mt. Orab, Ohio.
Other Survivors: Merle Atkins Russell (daughter); Amanda Sawyer Chad (granddaughter); Jonathan Russell Carrie (grandson); Earl Johnson of Hamilton, Ohio (brother); Billie Rose Shockley (sister-in-law). Also surviving: nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren.
Caregiver: Dr. Bruce Richards and others.
Visitation and Memorial Service: Saturday, 24 October (2009).
Location: Harpeth Hills Funeral Home [Nashville, Tennessee].
Interment: [Saturday, 24 October 2009], Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.
Pallbearers: Shannon Bare, David Conrad, Vince Gill, Jonathan Russell, Chad Sawyer, Tim Shockley, Steve Wariner, Harry Warner, William Russell.
Honorary Pallbearers: Gary Atkins, Chris Anderson, Gloria bass, Pat Bergeson, Don and Phil Everly, Garrison Keillor, Kevin King, Nina Sivek, Ray Stevens, Bonnie Taggert, Brandon Taylor, Cindy Taylor, Matthew Taylor, and Paul Yandell.
Charity Organizations: Willowbrook Hospice, Franklin, Tennessee; and Chet Atkins Music Education Fund, Nashville, Tennessee.
Leona Johnson Atkins obituary, Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens Funeral Home & Cremation Center (website), HarpethHills.com. https://www.harpethhills.com/obit/atkins-leona-johnson/. Accessed 04 October 2016.
Also published on FamilySearch.com under Leona Pearl Johnson's biographical data.