Ray Mitchell Johns

b. 15 January 1938, d. 18 February 2018
Ray Mitchell Johns
Deceased
Feb. 18, 2018
Ray Mitchell Johns
Deceased
Feb. 18, 2018
     Ray Mitchell Johns was born on 15 January 1938. He married Susan E. Diggins in 2001. He died on 18 February 2018 at age 80;
Ray Mitchell Johns, 80, of Cortland Drive, Hagerstown, Md., died peacefully on Friday, Feb. 18, 2018, at Greenfield Assisted Living of Hagerstown, surrounded by love.

Born Jan. 15, 1938, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Laurence and Freeda (Brandenburg) Johns.

Ray was a graduate of Hagerstown High School, Class of ’55, and received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland (agriculture/economics).

Growing up, he worked on two family farms simultaneously. After graduation, he was primarily a college professor (University of Maryland, Ashland University in Ohio, Hagerstown Community College and Wilson College). In intervening years, he also was employed with the Maryland Department of Agriculture and was county administrator in Calvert County. He owned and operated Antietam Tractor & Equipment Inc. on Leitersburg Pike for 10 years.

He was a two-time Fulbright recipient and lived, worked and taught in Czechoslovakia, Moldova, the Slovak Republic, and Ukraine over a 19-year period.

The associations and clubs Ray was involved in over the years include Civil War Roundtable, Maryland Department of Agriculture, lifetime member of Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co., Leitersburg Ruritan, Fulbright Association, MG Club (Chesapeake Chapter), Model-T Club (Blue and Gray Chapter) and Ashland College Board of Trustees.

Ray was a member of St. James Brethren Church, but was equally at home worshipping with Christians of other denominations which, over the years, included Covenant Presbyterian Church, Hebron Mennonite Church and St. Paul’s Free Lutheran Church.

Ray is survived by his wife, Susan E. Johns (nee Diggins), whom he married in 2001; son, Andrew Johns; grandson, Raymond Johns; and stepson, Abe Shellito.

He is also survived by one brother, Lawrence Johns.

Services and burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.

The family thanks, with very grateful heart, the many caregivers of Hospice of Hagerstown and Greenfield Assisted Living for their tremendously loving care of Ray.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742, or to the AFTD (Association for Frontotemporal Disease), Radnor Station Bldg 2, Suite 320, Radnor, PA 19087.

Arrangements were made by J. L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, Md. Online condolences may be offered at www.jldavisfh.com.