Christopher Ray Johnston

April 17, 1980 - June 24, 2016
Christopher Ray Johnston

Christopher Ray Johnston, 36, of Wilmington, passed away suddenly on Friday, June 24, 2016 in his home. He was the husband of Kristie Smith Johnston.

Born in Atlanta, GA, April 17, 1980, a son of Tommy and Rebecca Jill Bentley of Georgia, he was a Wilmington resident for several years. He was employed by the State of North Carolina Department of Transportation as a land surveyor. An avid powerlifter, he was a member of Hybrid Athlete Mission (HAM) of Wilmington.
Besides his wife Kristie and his parents, he is survived by his sister, Amanda Blanchard; his aunt, Debra Bentley, and his aunt and uncle, Rick and Luann.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Hybrid Athlete Mission (HAM), 6421 Windmill Way, Building “A” in Wilmington.

Christopher and Kristie are expecting their first child, Evie Leeloo in a few weeks, so in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kristie to help with the baby expenses and assist with funeral expenses by visiting

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  • June 30, 2016
    Debra Cleckler says:
    I am so saddened that you have left us at such a young age. You will be missed by many. My memories of you as a child and an adult are all precious, but especially as a child since that is when we were together the most. I loved your sweet smile when you were little. I pray that Kristie and Evie will find strength in your memory.

  • June 30, 2016
    Terry and Ron anderson says:
    I am so very sorry to hear about Chris . My thoughts and prayers are especially with Kristie and my cousin Debra and her family as they try to navigate this tragic journey . May god place his loving arms around you Kristie and may you know that the baby has a Heavenly Father as well !!!

  • July 01, 2016
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  • July 03, 2016
    Chris Sawyer says:
    Chris was a valued co-worker. He made everyone around him better. His intelligence, demeanor, and his sense of caring made ours a better unit. He will be truly missed.