Clifford Eugene Johnston

Clifford Eugene Johnston, 82, of Baytown and formerly of Dayton, Texas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on September 9, 1936, in Monroe, Louisiana to Ernest Guy and Josephine Luton Johnston.

Cliff worked as a millwright for Enterprise Products from 1974 until his retirement in 1992. After retiring, he began working for Miller Transporters as a truck driver. He and his wife Marianne traveled the lower 48 states together while enjoying his new career.

Cliff was a loving, soft-hearted gentle soul. He was social, yet laid back and easy going, someone who never met a stranger. Cliff’s favorite way to greet friends was to say, “Hello Pawtna”. He pursued many interests like collecting trucks and tools from garage sales and flea markets. Cliff liked to tinker with his tools and was overly protective of his garage and tool collection. In his younger years, he really enjoyed participating in the trail rides and sporting his own wagons and gear. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents; and his stepson Benny Lee Fuller, Jr. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 27 years Marianne Johnston; his children Clifford E. Johnston, Jr. and wife Rena of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Rev. Houston G. Johnston and wife Debbie of Vanderbilt, Texas, Chris Johnston and wife Veta of Beach City, Texas, Leslie E. Johnston of Palacios, Texas, Joy Beth Balderama of Houston, Texas and Leann F. McDaniel and husband Troy of Weatherford, Texas; his fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his brothers Frank Johnston and John Johnston; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Honoring the family by serving as pallbearers will be Houston Johnston, II, Jesslie Johnston, Troy McDaniel, Jr., Joshua McDaniel, Tristan Cox, Cameron Cox, and Troy McDaniel, Sr. Honorary pallbearer will be Richard Plasaj.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5pm until 8pm on Friday, March 1, 2019, in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street in Dayton. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the funeral home, with Rev. Houston Johnston officiating. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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