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Obituary: James 'Jim' Edwin Johns

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James “Jim” Edwin Johns, 55, of Franklin, passed away on July 27, 2019 after a courageously fought battle with small cell cancer. He died in the comfort of his home with his family at his side. 

Mr. Johns was born on Sept. 24, 1963 in Dover, Delaware to his mother, Helen Torok, and his father, Reverend Edwin Lee Johns. A professional arborist/tree surgeon, he was the founder and owner of Affordable PRO Tree Service, serving Middle Tennessee since 1993. He was also co-founder/publisher of Vital Force (ASCAP.)  

In 2001, Jim graduated with honors with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in intercultural ministries and world missions from Canadian Bible College, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He graduated in 1981 from Ottowa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and his diploma included a certification in carpentry.  

He met his wife, Karen, in Seattle, Washington in 1989. The couple wrote two songs on their first date and moved to Nashville as newlyweds in 1991. Jim was an accomplished guitarist/musician, songwriter and music producer; an avid downhill skier and mountain climber; a culinary arts trained chef; and a commercial fisherman on the Bering Sea in Alaska from 1990 to 1991. He enjoyed fishing, mountain bike riding, golf and spending time with his family. He was a beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Lee Johns, and brother, Eric Claude Johns.    

He is survived by his loving wife, Karen Louise Houle Johns, of 28 years; sons, Gabriel James Johns and Ezra Emmanuel Johns; mother, Helen Torok; sister, Nicole (Matt) Wyngarden; nieces, Emry and Sylvie Wyngarden; and nephew, Harvey Johns. 

Visitation will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. Jim’s ashes will be laid to rest by his family in the mountains between Yakima, Washington, where he was raised, and Wenatchee, Washington, where his cherished wife was born.  

Memorial donations may be made to World Vision, PO Box 9716, Federal Way, WA  98063; worldvision.org; 1-888-511-6548.