CHARLOTTE - William "Bill" Jennings Johnson, 85, passed away Saturday, Aug.17, 2013, at Stanley Total Living Center.
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A native of Horry County, S.C., he was a son of the late Burroughs J. and Sarah Hucks Johnson.
Bill attended Horry County schools and graduated from Aynor High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Merchant Marines. Bill later joined the U.S. Army and served as a Military Policeman during World War II. He was a Master Mason, Hampton Lodge 204, Florence, S.C., and retired from Armour Food Co. after 38 years of faithful service.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He was a proud member of the American Legion, Patriotic Order Sons of America (P.O.S. of A.) and the Carolinas Aviation Museum.
He is survived by his former wife, Mildred Todd Johnson; daughter, Rosemary J. Ledford and husband Doyt of Mount Holly; son, Ken Johnson and wife Janice of Alexis; son, Ron Johnson of Carmel Valley, Calif.; sister, Jackie Sellers of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; brother, Paul Johnson of Conway, S.C.; brother, David Johnson and wife Barbara of Conway, S.C.; sister-in-law, Erma Johnson of Conway, S.C.; sister, Jean Baxley and husband Doug of Conway, S.C.; grandchildren, Carey (Timothy) Roberts, Katie (Aaron) Goforth, Jill (Jeremy) Sweat; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Henry Roberts, Thomas and Michael Goforth and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Almona Jazewski; and three brothers, Francis Marion Johnson, Palmer "Bud" Johnson, and Tom Johnson.
The family will receive friends from 12 – 1 p.m. Tuesday at McLean Funeral Directors, Belmont.
Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Phillip L. Tillman at 1 p.m. in the Bumgardner Chapel.
Burial will follow at Forest Lawn West Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lincoln County, 107 N. Cedar St., Lincolnton, NC 28092.
McLean Funeral Directors, Belmont is serving the Johnson family.
McLean Funeral Directors
515 North Central Avenue
Belmont, NC 28012
Published in Gaston Gazette on Aug. 19, 2013