Gainesville - Christopher Van Johnson, "Chris", a lifetime resident of Gainesville, Florida went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, January 30, 2013. He was born August 26, 1946 to James O. and Mary M. Williams Johnson. A graduate of Gainesville High School Class of 1965, he was captain of the football team and also played baseball. He continued his education and graduated from Santa Fe Community College and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. Mr. Johnson began his career at Gainesville Boys Club on Waldo Road and touched many young lives. He later entered into law enforcement and worked five years for the Alachua County Sheriff's Office and The State Attorney's Office in the 8th Judicial Circuit. After retirement, he served as Director of Safety/ Security for AGH and Manager of Security for Shands Health Care and on April 30, 2010, after seventeen years of service, he retired for the second time.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, James O. Johnson, Jr. and Leonard C. Johnson.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary Ellen Haines Johnson; daughter, Robin Lynn Brown (Jeremy) of High Springs; son, James Marc Johnson of Las Vegas; stepson, Byron Albert Bush of Gainesville; sisters, Sandy Gail Johnson of Flagler Beach and Harriett Elizabeth "Suzie" Pettry of New Port Richie; brother, Wayne C. Johnson of Gainesville; grandsons, Tyler B. Bush, Jarrett D. Brown, Ryan Christopher Brown and Conner R. Brown; and mother of his children, Mary Frances "Fran" Johnson.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Oak Park Baptist Church, 4610 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, with Rev. Dr. Danny Austin and Skip Haymans officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park East, 3700 SE Hawthorne Road. The family will receive friends Sunday, February 3, 2013, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME WESTAREA, 823 NW 143rd Street.
Those who wish may make memorials to Oak Park Baptist Church Building Fund, 4610 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, FL 32608, in his memory.
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