Mr. Michael Avery Johnston, 74, of Hickory passed away Saturday, April 8, 2023 at his home, following a period of declining health.

Michael was born April 25, 1948 in Caldwell County, NC to the late Fred Sherman Johnston and Rebecca Peeler Sherrill. He was a member at First Baptist Granite Falls.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pamela Wakefield Johnston, and son, Sean Christian Johnston.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, April Walsh and husband Luke, and Benjamin Johnston and wife Jessica; grandchildren, Tyler Goodwin, Christian Goodwin, Kendall Goodwin, Caitlyn Underwood and husband Roarke, Mattie Walker, Charlie Walsh, and Hadley Walsh; great grandchild, Jane Underwood; sister, Diane Link and husband Glenn; and brother Freddy Johnston and wife Diane.

A funeral service will be held 3:00PM Saturday, April 15, 2023 at First Baptist Granite Falls with the Rev. Jay Worsley officiating.

Interment will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.

The family will receive friends prior to the service on Saturday from 1:00PM to 3:00PM at First Baptist Granite Falls.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amorem Hospice at  or to First Baptist Granite Falls at P.O. Box 507, Granite Falls, NC 28630.

An online guestbook and obituary are available at

Mackie Funeral Service and Cremations is assisting the family.