Tom Johnstone Dies

Prominent local business leader for years, Tom Johnstone, 91 years old, died Thursday morning in a local hospital following an extended illness.

Mr. Johnstone established a dozen local McDonald’s franchises, starting with the one in the 600 block of Harrison Ave, downtown in October of 1962. In fact, that location was the 454th of the McDonalds across the country, which now totals in excess of 20,000.

"Uncle Tom" as he was affectionately known by many, was very active in a number of local civic and charity projects over the years.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the Wilson Funeral Home chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.