Ben Johnson

Born in Nashville, TN on December 8, 1937

Departed on February 1, 2014 and resided in Smyrna, TN

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JOHNSON, Ben F. – Age 76 years, passed away February 1, 2014. Ben was a veteran of the US Army. He began his career in 1966 with the USPS. In 1967, he became the shop steward; from 1973-1978, he was the President of Branch 4 (the first full time president); from 1974-1976, Director of Education for TN State Association of Letter Carriers; from 1976-1979, he was the President of TN State Association of Letter Carriers. In 1979, he became the Regional Administrative Assistant, Region 8; 1990-2002, he was the National Business Agent for Region 8; finally in 1994 Ben retired from the USPS, and continued his position as National Business Agent for NALC. Preceded in death by wife, Charlene Langley Johnson; parents, Ben Johnson and Alta Mae Osborne; brother, Jimmy Cuzzort; sister, Irene Steranka; brother in law, Joseph Steranka; 3 nieces and 3 nephews. He is survived by sisters, Myrtle (Charlie) Burt and Betty (Donald) Hunter, and Ellen Maynard; nephews, Larry (Jan) Steranka, Charlie (Dawn) Burt, Justin R. Langley, Andrew J. Langley, and Alex Moran; nieces, Donna Gail (Joe) Orange, Jackie (Charlie) Adcock, Teresa (Mike) Sisco, Shari (Merle) Storeholder, and Brenda (Alan) Smith; brother and sister in law, Jamie (Charlie) Langley and Denise (Jim) Moran; sister in law, Linda Langley. The funeral service will be on Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at 1pm, at West Harpeth Funeral Home with interment following at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the National Association of Letter Carriers. In lieu of flowers, memorials are encouraged to the American Heart Association. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 1-8pm, and on Wednesday from 10am until the service hour at WEST HARPETH FUNERAL HOME, 6962 Charlotte Pike; 352-9400

6 Comments to Mr. Ben Johnson

  1. Cliff Owens
    February 4, 2014 10:59 am

    A good man who will be long remembered, always willing to help and represent another Letter Carrier, rest in pease Ben.

  2. Sandra Glavin
    February 4, 2014 1:32 pm

    Wonderful man, who’s full of great information. Had a great time getting to know him last July in Minnesota. He will be greatly missed.

  3. Monica Walker
    February 4, 2014 2:09 pm

    NALC has lost a true soldier

  4. Joy I. Johns and Paul Johns
    February 4, 2014 8:35 pm

    To the family of a wonderful friend,
    We were shocked and saddened to hear about Ben`s passing. Paul, my husband and Ben have been friends for 20 years or more, with working at the Post Office and activities in the Town of Smyrna. Ben was one of the nicest men anyone could ever know and we admired and respected him so much! He will be missed greatly in our town.
    We are so sorry we will not be able to attend his service, but want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. We lost a great FRIEND!
    Paul and Joy Johns!

  5. Nathaniel Davis
    February 7, 2014 12:44 am

    Farewell my friend, Ben was truly a friend.

    To the survivors, on January 26, 2014, we had a wonderful time recounting our pass.

    I extend my deepest sympathy, as well as members of Branch 448-NALC who knew him, to the Family.

    A true unionist.

  6. Jamie Langley
    February 13, 2014 12:38 am

    One of the best things about marrying into the Langley family was getting Ben as a brother-in-law. And what a great uncle he was for my boys and their cousin. He was the patriarch of our family, always larger than life. He always had a joke to share and a tale to tell. I cant imagine our family without him. Ben will never be replaced and long be remembered in our hearts.

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