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In Memory: Elizabeth Davis Johnston, Woodstock Library Founder

Johnston was president of Cherokee County Historical Society and was the director of the Bank of Woodstock.

Credit: Patch
Credit: Patch
The following obituary was submitted by Woodstock Funeral Home: 

Elizabeth Davis Johnston died on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

She was born on July 3, 1919, in Atlanta. Her parents were Stanley Cleveland Davis and Mary Strickland Davis. She graduated from North Fulton High School and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1940 from Agnes Scott College in Decatur.

She married John W. Moore in 1942 and the couple had one son, John W. Moore II, in 1947. Her husband died in 1955. She married Smith L. Johnston, Jr. in 1957 and became mother of Lucy Ann, Janice and Smith III. Another son, Stanley D. Johnston, was born in 1958.

Elizabeth was a prominent leader in civic, cultural, church and educational activities. She served as president of the Young Matrons Circle for Tallulah Falls School. She was instrumental in founding the Woodstock Public Library and served as chairman of its Board of Trustees.

She served on Cherokee County library boards from 1964 until 1991. For most of this time she served concurrently on the Woodstock Public Library Board, R.T. Jones Memorial Library Board and the Sequoyah Regional Library Board. She served as chair, vice chair, corresponding secretary and member of the various boards.

Elizabeth was very involved in the leadership of these boards, serving as chair or vice chair for 23 of those years. She participated in organizing and served with the R.T. Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was its president for two years.

She was one of the founders of the South Cherokee Recreation Association and was its secretary for five years. She was president of the Woodstock Elementary School PTA and was active in the Cherokee High School PTA. She was president for four years of the Cherokee County Historical Society and secretary of the Cherokee County Planning and Building Commission.

Elizabeth taught school in Roswell, GA in 1940-1941 and during World War II worked in the Office of Price Administration. She served as a Director of the Bank of Woodstock from 1974 to 1984. 

Elizabeth was an active member of the Woodstock United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, president of the United Methodist Women and as a lay delegate to the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at Woodstock Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Claude Herbert officiating.

Burial will follow in Enon Cemetery with Woodstock Funeral Home directing. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at Woodstock Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sequoyah Regional Library, the Woodstock United Methodist Church or the Smith and Elizabeth Johnston Scholarship Fund at Reinhardt University in Waleska. 

Mrs. Johnston is survived by her two daughters, Lucy Johnston Blackwell (Joe), and Janice Johnston Kane (Vic) all of Woodstock; three sons, John William Moore, Big Canoe, GA., Smith L. Johnston III (Nina) of Houston, Texas, Stanley Davis Johnston (Beth) of Canton; ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

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