Charles Henry Johnson died at his home on Saturday, March 2, 2013, after an extended illness. Born in Siloam, Ga., on Dec. 12, 1926, Charlie was a well-known and beloved citizen of Gainesville for over 60 years, having co-founded Riverside Pharmacy in 1954 with Mrs. Jo Ann Adams. He retired from the pharmacy in 1998.
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Mr. Johnson served in World War II in the Medical Corps in Okinawa. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy, where he also studied piano and organ under Dr. Hugh Hodgson. There he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and has been a longtime member of Gridiron Secret Society and an avid fan of University of Georgia football.
In 1976, the Gainesville Rotary Club named Mr. Johnson Man-of-the-Year, and the City of Gainesville honored him with "Charlie Johnson Day".
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville, where he had served as organist from 1953 to 1993. With Choral Director David Johnson, he co-founded the Gainesville Chorale, and was accompanist for that group for many years. He was a charter member of the Chattahoochee Country Club, and also member of the VFW, the Elks Club, and the American Legion. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels after retirement.
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George G. Johnson, Siloam; two brothers, George G. Johnson Jr., Dallas; and Carol C. Johnson, Lake Sinclair. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Marsh, Gainesville; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service officiated by the Rev. Dan Hagmaier will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, to be followed by a reception there. McCommons Funeral Home of Greensboro, Ga., will hold a graveside service at Siloam Cemetery in Siloam, Ga., at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 4. The family will receive friends Monday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Charles Johnson Sacred Music Fund at First Presbyterian Church, or to the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, 706-453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.
McCommons Funeral Home, Greensboro
Published in gainesvilletimes.com on Mar. 4, 2013