Caroline Deaton Johnston, a resident of Bath, NC and age 75, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, March 28, 2015at Vidant Hospital in Greenville, NC, with her devoted husband David by her side. Caroline fought a long and courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). Although the disease eventually robbed her of the ability to walk and talk, she maintained her sense of humor, concern for others, and most of all, her radiant smile, to the end.
Caroline was the daughter of the late R.L and Fannie Howard (Pearce) Deaton and was born in Pinehurst, NC. She grew up on Cowper Drive in Raleigh, NC and relished summers spent at Kure Beach, NC with her brother, parents and grandparents. Caroline graduated from Broughton High School and Peace College, where she majored in business.
Caroline is survived by her husband of 54 years, David Johnston; son Mark Johnston, partner Makenzie, and grandsons, Mason & Maxof Dallas, TX; daughter Megan Johnston Barnes, husband Robert, and grandchildren, Cameron and Ava Carolineof Surf City, NC; brother Carter Deaton and wife Carole of Bath, NC, sister-in-law Jane Johnston Smith and husband Lynn of Sanford, NC, brother-in-law Al Johnston and wife Adrienne of Bath, NC, and many loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews. Caroline will also be sorely missed by her best "furry" friend Max, and by her compassionate caregivers and friends, Shirley O'Neal and Marian Crenshaw.
A memorial service will be held at 11am Saturday, April 4, at Bath United Methodist Church (BUMC), 206 S. Main Street, Bath, NC 27808. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to BUMC, PO Box 281, Bath, NC 27808.
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