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HENDERSONVILLE-Jack D. Johnson, age 80, passed away peacefully Wednesday March 4, 2015 surrounded in love by his family at Memorial Mission Hospital. He was the 13th child born to the late Josiah Johnson and Cora Belle Whitt Johnson. He was preceded in death by 6 brothers, Joe, Mutt, Wade, Pete, Al and Jim and 4 sisters, Ruby Feagan, Louise Faulkner, Catherine Wright and Carolyn Applin.
Jack loved life and all living things. He found humor everywhere. He was born into a produce family and was involved in all aspects of farming throughout his life. At one time he was the largest pole bean grower in the Carolinas. He truly cared for people and their well-being. He took pleasure in visiting the sick and elderly. He never met a stranger.
He was a passionate member of Hendersonville First United Methodist Church. He faithfully attended his Roy Johnson Sunday School Class and visited the children in the Sunday School nurseries.
Jack was deeply devoted to his family and embraced the role of being a father. He taught a strong work ethic and led by example. He gave endlessly and unselfishly and was actively involved in his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren's lives. He was widely known among family and friends as "Papa".
Jack is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Betty Lee Garrett Johnson of Hendersonville; his four children, Kathy J. Griffin, Jack D. Johnson, Jr. and his wife Cindy and Karla Raxter and her husband Greg all of Hendersonville and Jeff Johnson and his wife Deana of Arden. He is also survived by his grandchildren Garrett Griffin and his wife Sadie, Mandi Hester and her husband Jason all of Florida, Amy Beth Martin and her husband Hayes of Asheville, Adam Johnson, Austin Johnson, Megan Raxter, and Erin Raxter all of Hendersonville. He is also survived by 5 great-grandchildren, Tripp Martin, twins, Atlee and Liam Johnson, Eli Hester and Elizabeth Belle Griffin. He is survived by one brother, Whitt Johnson and wife Betty Jo of Fletcher and one sister, Nancy Harrelson of Hendersonville. He will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hendersonville First United Methodist Church Roy Johnson Sunday School Scholarship Fund 204 6th Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28739.
A Funeral Service will be held at 4:00pm Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church with a reception to follow. The family will receive friends one hour before the service. Interment will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 10th at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors are assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on Mar. 7, 2015
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