Benjamin ‘Tom’ Thomas Johnston

Benjamin ‘Tom’ Thomas Johnston, 45, of Bryan passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at Methodist Hospital in Houston. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 10 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home with interment following at Wheelock Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, November 9 at the funeral home.

To know Tom was to know life and laughter. He brought joy and love to his family and friends. He was a lifelong resident of Bryan and was a son, brother and friend. He was a bricklayer, loved to fish and spent his free time on the river.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Anne Mahaffey.

Survivors include his father, Keith Johnston; sisters and brothers-in-law, Carolyn and Bill Francis of Tabor, Ann Freeman of Greenville, Norma Johnston of Bryan and Linda and Stan Francis of Tabor; twin brother, Jerry Johnston of Bryan; close friend, Carol Manuel of Bryan; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom he loved dearly.
Memorials may be made to Methodist Hospital, 18220 Tomball Pkwy., Houston, Texas 77070.


  1. Carol, My thoughts and prayers are with you and Tom’s family during this most difficult time.

    Let me know if there is anything I can do during this time.

    GOD bless, Carol King

  2. Carol, My thoughts and prayers are with you and Tom’s family during this most difficult time.

    Let me know if there is anything I can do during this time.

    GOD bless, Carol King

  3. A Time A Reason, A Time A Season, Tom was a fine man and he will be missed by all whose lives he touched. May God give you peace that Tom is forever resting. SuEllen

  4. When I first met Tom, I wasn’t quite sure what to think of this hillbilly, country bumpkin I was looking at. After getting to know him, I realized that I had met one of the most kind hearted people that I will ever have the privilege of meeting. The world has lost a great man who will be missed dearly by all that knew him.

  5. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

    You left me your love and memories and I will cherish those gifts for the rest of my life. Everyone ~ please remember my Uncle with a smile ~ that’s how he would want it.

  6. The time I spent with Tom was never boring. We always laugh no matter what the occasion. Tom flew with me to Colorado on a hunting trip. As we cut through the clouds the plane became rough. Tom told the flight attendent if they would sharpen the blades it would smooth it right out. Well Ole buddy rest easy and keep the blades sharp I’ll miss you.

  7. Tom was the life of a party. He would always make us and everyone around him laugh. He would stop by to see Ed – I and just make our day.
    Tom – Carol spent New Years Eve with us and it was pretty dull untill he started with his stories and everyone gathered around just to listen and laugh.
    He was such a special man. I will miss him very much. We love you Tom.

  8. Tom your smiling face will be greatly missed. You were one of the good guys!
    I know that you and Carol made each other happy, and that

  9. Tom will be missed by so many people. He always had a smile on his face and if you didn’t he put one there for you. Carol, my prayers are with you. Jerry, my prayers are with you also, if you need anything, let me know.

  10. Uncle Keith,
    I want to express my personal condolances and let you know that your sister’s family (Thelma) has you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Oh my goodness….where do I start? I have known Tom for many years and I am so saddened to hear of his passing. Tom was definately ‘one of a kind’! He loved life and loved making people laugh. I haven’t seen him much in the past few years, but I will have many memories of him…his jokes…his personality…his laughter. Anyone that met him…had no choice but to like him because he just had that kind of charm. I have some really awesome pictures of Tom at some of the cook-offs where Tom would be doing what he loved to do…be with friends and make people laugh. I will miss him. To his family….I am truly sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy. He will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. May he rest in peace.

  12. To express our deep sympathy to you in your loss.
    The American Legion
    Earl Graham Post 159

  13. Tom was a wonderful and kind hearted man who we spent many weekends hanging with at the river. He always brightened your day with his goofy stories and his beautiful blue eyes. He was a wonderful friend and he will always be in our memories and our hearts. Carol, our deepest sympathy is with you. May the good Lord bring you peace at this time of saddness.

  14. Tom may Gods Light send you on you way and all the angels guide you and e by your side, and we will meet again in
    another place……….
    there is no words that I can find to tell you how much we loved and well miss,
    Our Hearts break for all that have known
    him. may his family be comforted along with Carol, our son Lee be in peace.
    We will all miss you…….

  15. Just wanted to say that I am so so sorry about the loss of Tom.. You all have my deepest heart felt thoughts.. Seriously..


  16. Please know that even though we cannot be with you at this time, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy goes out to each of you.

    Joyce Leistner and Family

  17. It has been some time since I had talked to Tom, but I can remember years of laughter with him and his family. He will be greatly missed.

  18. sparky was what we called Tom because of his blue eyes. He was one very possitive influances any messed up 18yr old kid could hope for.he always had good advice. over the yrs. we grew to be like brothers just like Lee – Sparky told everyone we were BROTHER I will MISS YOU and all the good times we had


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