Thomas E. "Tommy" Johnson Sr.

Retired United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, Thomas Earl "Tommy" Johnson Sr., age 73, passed away on Sunday evening, November 25, 2012 in Lake City, FL. He passed peacefully surrounded by a caring family.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28th at the Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma, GA.
Graveside services will be conducted at the Andersonville National Cemetery with full military honors at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 29th with his pastor, Rodney Baker, officiating.
The family requests that any flowers be sent to Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma, GA or donations be made to Hopeful Baptist Church in Lake City, FL in memory of Thomas Johnson.
Dedication to country and his 26 years of service in his beloved Navy were the hallmarks of Tommy's professional career. Tommy retired a Chief Petty Officer having served overseas, in Vietnam and stateside. After retirement from the Navy, he filled his time with a wide variety of interests and endeavors from timber surveyor to counseling professionals wanting to make a career change.
Tommy's other interests and passions included oil painting, videotaping, playing with his grandchildren and studying the Bible. Tommy had a unique and outgoing personality and was a friend to anyone in need. He was a proud and active member of Hopeful Baptist Church in Lake City.
Tommy is survived by his wife, Sheila Johnson, of Lake City, FL; 5 sons; David Johnson and wife Kathy of Jacksonville, FL, Darryl Johnson and wife Laura of Plant City, FL., Thomas Johnson Jr. and wife Carrie of Elizabeth City, NC, Michael Cox and wife Ciji of Pensacola, FL., Christopher Cox and wife Allison of Lake City, FL., and one daughter, Melinda Webb and husband Roy of Lake City, FL, and a brother, Warren Johnson and wife Glenda, Perry, GA as well as 15 grandchildren.
Tommy was preceded in death by his parents Grady and Julia Johnson, a sister Florence J. Moore and a great grandson Clayton Johnson.
Friends may express condolences to the family and view the video tribute at
Watson-Mathews Funeral Home in Montezuma is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Published in Lake City Reporter on Nov. 28, 2012