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Hilery "Jim Bat" Johnson Jr.

Hilery "Jim Bat" Johnson Jr. age 83 of Morgantown Ky., passed away Friday, June 29, 2012 at his residence in Morgantown, Kentucky. Mr. Johnson was born on December 28, 1928, in Butler County, Ky., to the late Hilery Sr. and Allie Mae Young Johnson. He was a member of Leonard Oak General Baptist Church, Cassia Masonic Lodge #272, Butler County Shrine Club, The Odd Fellows Lodge, and the Butler County Fox Hunters Club. 

Jim Bat was a dedicated public servant for 43 years to the citizens of Morgantown and Butler County serving: the Morgantown City Police Department for 9 years and being the first chief of police for Morgantown Ky. in 1956, as the County Surveyor for 12 years, and being the Butler County Jailer for 22 years in which he retired from, while being Chief of Police, Surveyor, and Jailer he was a active member of The Morgantown Volunteer Fire Dept. Jim Bat also had a great love for being outdoors hunting, fishing, and running his beagle hounds.

He was preceded in death by 3 brothers in- laws, Charles West, Wendell Embry and Ellis McIntosh.

Hilery "Jim Bat" Johnson Jr. is survived by his wife of 66 years Lois Woodcock Johnson of Morgantown; 2 daughters Pat Lawrence and husband Larry of Morgantown, and Susie Williams and husband Spivey of Bowling Green; 1 son Tim Johnson of Scottsville; 5 grandchildren Ricky Romans and wife Kay of Morgantown, Dana Phelps and husband Billy of Morgantown, Kim Otto and husband Kurt of Bowling Green, Stacie Williams of Bowling Green, and Wesley Johnson of Cookville, TN.; 8 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren; 4 sisters Naomi West of Morgantown, Nellie McIntosh of Morgantown, Shirley Embry of Bowling Green, and Doris McPherson and husband Bobby of Morgantown; 3 Brothers Lessie Johnson and wife Jolene of Beaver Dam, Laymon Johnson and wife Gaylene of Morgantown, and Diddle Johnson and wife Sandy of Morgantown.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Jones Funeral Chapel with Bro. Gary Embry officiating. Burial will be in the Hill Haven Memory Gardens at which time last rites will be conducted by the Morgantown City Police Department. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 2, 2012, at the Jones Funeral Chapel from 12:00 pm till 8:00 pm with Masonic Rites being conducted by Cassia Masonic Lodge #272 at 6:30 pm on Monday at  Jones Funeral Chapel. Visitation will also be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 from 8:00 am till funeral time at 2:00 pm at the Jones Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family wish for expression of sympathy be made to Butler Co. EMS P.O. Box 485 Morgantown Ky. 42261 and Butler County Cancer Assistance P.O. Box 98 Aberdeen Ky. 42201. Online condolences may be made at


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