May 27, 1960 ~ July 1, 2020

Born in: Decatur, GA
Resided in: Snellville, GA

Denise Barrett Johnston, 60, passed away Wednesday July 1st, 2020.

Denise was born in Decatur, GA on May 27th 1960 to William V. Barrett Jr. and China Ann Barrett. Denise was raised in Decatur and graduated from Shamrock High School in 1978. The following year she married the love of her life, Michael, in July of 1979.

Although Denise worked in the insurance industry for 20 years, she would want to be remembered as a school bus driver who drove for Gwinnett County Public Schools for more than 15 years. She was a dedicated public servant who loved her career almost as much as she enjoyed the children she transported. She loved her bus children like they were here own and it was very apparent that the feelings were reciprocated.

Denise was an immensely caring mother and grandmother to her two children and two grandchildren. She was a devoted daughter and sister. Family was the most important thing to Denise after her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Denise was preceded in death by her mother, China Ann Barrett. Her survivors include her husband, Michael David Johnston, her son, Christopher David Johnston, her daughter, Brittany Ann Johnson, her father William Virgil Barrett Jr. (Honey), her brother, William Virgil Barrett III (Billy), and her two grandchildren Elizabeth Harmony Johnson and Russell William Johnson III


Visitation: July 5, 2020 12:00 pm - July 5, 2020 2:00 pm

Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel
1040 Main Street
Stone Mountain, 30083


Graveside Service: July 5, 2020 2:30 pm - July 5, 2020 3:30 pm

Floral Hills Memory Gardens
3000 Lawrenceville Highway
Tucker, GA 30084


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  1. Thinking of Chris and the rest of the family in this your time of grief. We long for the day when God’s promise recorded at Revelation 21:3 & 4 to remove suffering, sorrow, sickness and death will be fulfilled. Our prayer is that the warm and loving memories of Denise will sustain you during this particularly difficult time.

    With deep and heartfelt sympathy
    Charles & Flora Peters

  2. so shocked and sad to hear about denise. she was such a sweet and loving person. she lovrd her daddy and brother so very much. bill and billy and family our heart goes out to you. let us hear from you. you are important to us. our prayers and love to a lovely family. yours in christ betty jjane and don wilson

  3. CandleImageOn my 5th year at United Family Life, I met Denise. We saw each other everyday for the next 20 yrs face to face. On year 21, we separated from the job but continued our friendship. I’m grateful to have know such a beautiful person and will always cherish the relationship we had. She will be truly missed!!

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