NEWPORT NEWS - Derward K. "Papaw" Johnson passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. He was born May 22, 1936 in Spruce Pine, NC. Derward was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Annie Johnson. Derward was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked in the parts department at Hutchen's Chevrolet for 20 years and retired from Casey Chevrolet after 35 years of service. Derward was a member of First Baptist Church. In his pastime Derward loved traveling with family and friends. Papaw's grandchildren were the light of his life. Survivors include his loving and caring wife, Frances Johnson; daughter Cheryl Galito and her husband, Chip; grandchildren Chelsea, B.J., and Megumi Galito; cousin Celia Hammond and her husband, Don; and many special nieces, nephews, and friends. Visitation will be from 3 to 4 PM Sunday, November 3, 2013 at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 1 PM Monday, November 4, 2013 at the funeral home with Rev. Dale Seley officiating. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. Condolences may be left at www.wjsmithandsonfh.com. Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.
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Published in Daily Press on Nov. 2, 2013
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