Like most people this year, Tim and Melissa Johnson of Rogersville have experienced change this year.

Both work for Walmart in the Lakeway Area and usually the Black Friday sales the day after Thanksgiving change how their family’s celebration from the last Thursday in November.

This year will be different with Walmart closed for Thanksgiving. The Johnson’s have very much to be thankful for.

Their oldest daughter and son-in-law, Hope and Josh Brooks, is expecting their third son, Ezra, in February, 2021. They have two other sons, Malachi and Nehemiah. Hope is a bank teller and Josh is an IT tech at Walters State Community College.

Their youngest daughter, Alyson Cole, serves on the front lines of COVID-19, treating patients as a respiratory therapist at Johnson City Medical Center, as well as an instructor in the respiratory therapy program at East Tennessee State University. She is married to Joey Cole and have a son, Aaron. Joey sings with a gospel group and is minister of music at an Elizabethton church.

In addition, Tim is pastor at New Life Baptist Church in Church Hill. Melissa serves as a pastor’s wife and is as active in church life as she can be since her managerial position at Walmart takes up a lot of her time.

This Thanksgiving, the Johnsons will have their Thanksgiving with Hope, Josh and their boys.

“We are planning on having Thanksgiving with Hope and her family,” Melissa said.

Alyson will have to work at her job on Thanksgiving, but working in healthcare is a necessary thing.

“She is in the COVID-19 units,” Melissa said. “But we’ll set a date with all of them.

“This Thanksgiving is more special to us with all this year has brought a lot of stressful events, but we are blessed as a family,” she said.

The Lord has really blessed the Johnsons, Melissa said.

“The Lord has blessed us tremendously He has taken care of us in many ways. We have been all healthy and able to work each day. We are blessed with a new baby coming in this next year,” Melissa said.