Gail Hackney Rich Johnson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 30, 1941

Departed on May 1, 2019 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

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Gail Hackney Rich Johnson, age 77, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at her home. She is preceded in death by her parents Joe and Nancy Hackney, and her husband, Sam Johnson.

She is survived by her brother, Joe (Susan) Hackney; children, Diana (Mark) Duren, Rob (Theresa) Rich; grandchildren, Grace, Griffin, Lily and Jane; several Johnson step-children and step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Gail was a loving mother, wife, sister, aunt and friend. She was loved by many, and enveloped everyone she met in her warmth and kindness. She enjoyed teaching during her younger years, and was grateful for the many friendships she made during her later career as an insurance adjuster. She loved and missed her husband, Sammy, who passed away 5 years ago. She has a passion for art, and enjoyed taking classes and working on her paintings. Mostly, she enjoyed spending time with the people that she loved.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 9 from 10:00-12:30 p.m. at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will immediately follow at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center in Gail Johnson’s name.

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7 Comments to Gail Hackney Rich Johnson

  1. Beverly Roseberry
    May 1, 2019 8:08 pm

    Gail and I were Theta Omega sisters at Hillsboro high. We stayed in touch through the years and I will miss her.

  2. Steve Kinnard
    May 2, 2019 2:08 pm

    Beverly told me of Gail’s health and I prayed for her and her family.
    Gail is now and forever pain free.

  3. Gloria Bennett O'Steen
    May 3, 2019 8:00 pm

    Gail, I miss our FaceBook chats and Messenger “secrets.” You will always be in my heart.

  4. Miranda Noe Brown
    May 5, 2019 1:48 pm

    I am very thankful that Gail and I got in touch again. She went to a Grief Share group with me after Sammy died. What good times we shared ; talking, laughing and praying together. Gail was a beautiful, precious woman who loved her family and her friends. We are better for knowing her.

  5. Claudia Viken
    May 5, 2019 7:11 pm

    I only met Gail a year or so ago but feel like I’ve known her for many years. I”ll remember her wonderful sense of humor, her thoughtfulness, her joy, and that wonderful giggle/laugh. My condolences to her family and many, many friends. I know she’s at peace and in Heaven with Sammy.

  6. Bill Dean
    May 8, 2019 8:53 am

    Joe (Gail’s brother) and myself started 1st grade together but didn’t realize it until we were in high school. I met Gail then. Being high school age, naturally we noticed Gail right away. Always a beautiful girl and woman. I remember Momma Hackney saying she got much better service at the gas station when Gail was driving. You just couldn’t help loving Gail. She will make a wonderful addition to Heaven. Love ya Gail and the whole Hackney clan.

  7. r Imelda Palmore
    May 8, 2019 1:52 pm

    O am so sorry for all our losses of Gail. I missed her so much when she moved from Lakeview D. , she got sick and I was having lots of health problems, but we stayed in touch watched the Titans together. Love d Gayle and will surely miss her Tell Birch hello.

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