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Friday December 31st, 2021
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Jeffrey James "JJ" Johnston

Jeffrey James “JJ” Johnston, age 48, of rural Madison, MO, died unexpectedly on December 27, 2021. He is the son of James Lee and Norma (Cochran) Johnston of Madison.

Jeffrey graduated from Madison C-3 High School in 1992. He was active in sports, especially basketball. He grew up working with his parents and sister in the family’s auction business and on the farm.

JJ moved to California in 1999 and continued in his auctioneering; working for Billy Humphries at South Coast Auction in Santa Ana, then REDC and auction.com selling over $1 billion worth of real estate at auctions. He attended the Mendenhall School of Auctioneering for his certification and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” and “Best Chant”. At one time, Jeffrey was licensed in 23 states. His picture was featured in several major newspapers for his auctioneering at the real estate sales. JJ was a very talented auctioneer and bid assistant. In 2016, Jeffrey returned to Missouri and partnered with his parents and sister for Johnston Auction and Real Estate. He had so many talents and knowledge of value that he was considered a top-notch auctioneer by many customers.

JJ was an adventurous person and explored lots of the world, loved to cook, gave generously to people of his time and money, was a jokester, and a hard worker.

Jeffrey is survived by his parents, James and Norma Johnston; niece McKenzie (Devin) Stickney of Huntsville; nephew, Mason Burke of Boonville; aunts and uncles Larry (Betty) Johnston of Creve Coeur and Ed (Joyce) Cochran of Cairo; special friend, Norah Wielath; several loving cousins, and close friends. He was loved by many.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Jill Marlene Johnston Burke and his grandparents Cromeritta and Helen Johnston and Charles Walker and Martha Cochran and other relatives.

Services honoring Jeffery’s life will be held on Saturday, January 1, 2022 at 11:00 am at Pathway Memorial Funeral Home in Moberly, MO. Visitation will be Friday, December 31, 2021 from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Gideon’s International, PO Box 502, Moberly, MO 65270.

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JJ was one of a kind. He lit up a room and could make everyone hold their bellies in laughter. We will miss his great big heart.

Lilie Fine Jan 3 2022 3:43 PM

Very sorry to hear this news James. Jeff was a good guy. My condolences to you and the family. - Rob Fleming

Rob Fleming Jan 2 2022 3:45 PM

JJ was an amazing and loyal friend. He was the star of the show, and yet always considerate of those around him. Generous, kind, and loving. Our conversations had become less frequent, but we always picked right up where we left off. I miss you already brother. My deepest condolences to your family.

Drew Hartgrove Jan 1 2022 2:22 PM

So sorry. We can't be with you. Rosalie has come down with something. We don't want to bring you a bug.

Donald Duvall Dec 31 2021 8:55 PM

I'm so sorry for the loss of Jeff! Praying for God's comfort at this time.

Tracey DeLaPorte Dec 31 2021 2:27 PM

Norma and Jim, words can't express how sorry I am. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Brenda June Dec 31 2021 10:34 AM

Praying that God will comfort your family in this time of sorrow🙏

AnnaJane & Ronnie Gaines Dec 31 2021 10:30 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jeffrey Johnston

Anna Jane & Ronnie Gaines Dec 31 2021 10:26 AM

Sending prayers for your family's peace. Jill loved JJ and she told stories of him often. They are together again in heaven. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Charla Boggs Dec 31 2021 9:37 AM

I am so very sorry for your family's loss. I know Jill was so very proud of her little brother.

Diane Sapp Dec 31 2021 5:36 AM

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