By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Former Pulaski mayor and school principal John A. Johnston died Monday. He was 76. During his years with Pulaski County Schools, Johnston served the school system in multiple capacities. He started out as principal of Newbern and Draper elementary schools simultaneously for a year, then was transferred to Central Elementary, where he lead the staff for 10 years. Johnston was instrumental in the planning process for Critzer Elementary School. Upon its completion, he served as principal from 1974-1989. His final years of employment with the school system were as finance director. He retired in 1991. He also served as state president of Virginia Elementary School Principal’s Association for many years. Johnston served on Pulaski Town Council in the 1980s and 1990s, then as mayor for just over three years. He was the town’s representative on the Public Service Authority Board for many years. He was also active in First Presbyterian Church, serving as Sunday school superintendent, as an elder and on the church’s Board of Deacons. He also was a member of the Jaycees and Pulaski Elks Lodge over the years. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Stevens Funeral Home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation begins at noon Friday. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Pulaski County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1036, Dublin, VA 24084 or to Pulaski Daily Bread, P.O. Box 824, Pulaski, VA 24301.