Thomas Emory Johnston, age 78 of Lawrenceville, Georgia, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2018.  Thomas was a United States Navy Veteran, and  spent the majority of his career selling commercial restaurant equipment for Garland & Litton Microwave.  Upon retirement in 1991, he took his life-long hobby and turned it into a flourishing business, Top Guns, Inc. established in Lilburn, Georgia and later re-located to Buford, Georgia.  He successfully operated this business until 2017.  Tom was a vivid competitive shooter and loved hunting. Thomas is predeceased in death by his father and mother Darlene Emory and Vernetta May Johnston and sister, Patricia McAfoose.  He is survived by his wife, Judith Kay Johnston; children, Tracy Micheletti and husband Ray of Dacula, GA and Brenda Johnston Walker of Cumming , GA; brother, Robert  Johnston and wife Patricia of Oakland, CA; grandchildren, Megan Micheletti of Chicago, IL and Mackenzie Micheletti of Dacula, GA. The family will receive friends  Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel. Online condolences may be expressed at

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  1. Dear Judy, Tracy, Brenda and your families,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our prayers, thoughts and love go out to all of you.
    We love you,
    Debbie, Chris, West and Josie Matta

  2. Tom was a good friend and will be missed. I will be out of town on the 20th My sincere condolences to the family.

  3. I will miss Tommy’s sense of humor and his keen wit. He had a tremendous sense of fair play in business I bought guns from and sold them to Tommy many times. We traveled to Wyoming and Scotland together, times I will remember fondly for life.

  4. Judy and family:

    My sincere condolences to all of you on Tom’s passing. I worked for him when he had his shop in Lilburn and stayed in touch with him through the years. He was a great guy and I learned a lot from him. He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed being with him. We made a trip out to South Dakota several years back to hunt pheasant and it has been one of my favorite memories. I spoke with him just a few weeks ago and he seemed upbeat and in go0d spirits. He was a good person and I will miss him. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the event on the 20th due to my father’s memorial service; he passed away on September 23. My thoughts will be with all of you on that day. If there is anything I can do for you or your family do not hesitate to reach out to me (404-372-2140).

  5. Dear Judy, Tracy, and Brenda,
    We love the picture of Tom. He looks like he just told a joke or about to gig you about something. Tom was a dear friend of ours for
    many,many years . We will miss him greatly. Our deepest sympathy is with all of you and his well loved granddaughters .
    We are so,so sorry that we want be able to attend the memorial service. I will be in Houston that weekend but would much rather
    be there for the service.I have been reminiscing about the 1st time we met and how we set up together and traveled together for such a long time. This is so sad to me but so glad he is not suffering and in pain anymore.
    Love and sympathy to all of you. Stan and Beth Pullen

  6. Granny & The Micheletti Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss and wish I could be there to hug you guys. I have so many great memories that include The General, and he will forever be loved and missed. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Morgan Peterson & family

  7. My wife and I are so sorry to hear about Tom, he was a wonderful friend of ours. We’re really going to miss him. We’re praying for his family members.

  8. We treasure the times we spent with Tom and always appreciated his sense of humor and that great laugh! I so enjoyed talking to him about the things he was passionate about and his great life experiences. First and foremost was his family and his love for each of you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each one of you.

    Jon and Jill Jackson and family.

  9. Judy, Tracy and Brenda,

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have such fond memories of all of you and I just loved Tom. Know that you are all being thought of fondly! (Your girls, too, Tracy).

    Lots of love,
    Elaine (Cazzolli) & Tom

  10. I am so sorry for your loss and thinking about all of you during this difficult time. We always enjoyed our times with Tom as he had a natural gift of getting Kenneth to engage in any conversation. His sense of humor and life adventures were always entertaining and a joy to hear. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

    Kenneth, Donna, and Amber Clark

  11. Judy, Tracy, Brenda and family,
    Troy and I are so very sorry for your loss. Tom was a great and loyal friend and he will be missed. The guys had a special friendship, the kind that doesn’t come along very often.
    Please know that our hearts hurt for you and pray that the God of peace comfort you now and in the coming days.

    Lendy and Troy

  12. Judy & Family, What a great Family Man, American & Friend…. Always smiling & Laughing, Tom will truly be missed & Brother I Love You !

  13. Judy and Girls
    Lew and I were so heartbroken when we heard the news of your loss.
    We have wonderful memories ofTom and had so many good times and lots of laughs with both of you.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you
    Love Brenda and Lew

  14. Tom was held in the highest regards by his peers. He was a fixture within the firearms community which cannot be replaced and will be missed but never forgotten by his friends. Our deepest sympathies are extended by myself and family in this difficult time of loss.

  15. Tracy I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a true entrepreneurial spirit. My deepest sympathy to your family.

  16. Dad,
    You gave me my 1st set of golf clubs.
    You gave me my 1st shotgun and rifle.
    You gave me your 1st daughter – My most precious gift ever.
    You removed “in-law” from our relationship.
    You were no less a Dad to me then to either one of your daughters.
    You were a terrific role model to me in business and most importantly in family.
    I’m hopeful to become a Dad to one or both of my daughter’s husband’s soon and when I do, should they have even a fraction of the love, appreciation and admiration as I have for you, I’ll be an extremely fortunate man.
    Thank you

  17. Will miss him. You two have been good neighbors all these years. He was interesting to talk to and had a lot of knowledge. Always smiling. We’ll see you at the visitation.

  18. Tom:
    At last you’re at peace and in a far better place. Judy, Tracy, Ray, Brenda, Megan, and Mackenzie weep for you and their loss. I pray they will find peace and comfort soon. I will miss your advice, your laughter and smile. I will always remember the laughs and good times we had at the gun shows and the laughs we had on those road trips to South Carolina and Florida ( when you weren’t sleeping!). The hunts in Wyoming and South Georgia. You will be missed but always remembered by family and friends. Rest In Peace old friend.

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