Angie Newman Johnson|
Williamsburg - Angie Newman Johnson, 70, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013. She was born July 26, 1943 in Newport News. Angie was a resident of Williamsburg at the time of her passing and a member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Angie grew up on Stratford Lane in Hilton Village, Newport News, graduated from Warwick High School and then Stratford College. She married her husband Dr. Wade Lane Johnson on April 15, 1995.
Angie approached her diagnosis and treatments for Lung Cancer with faith, courage, determination, and grace. She remained active in Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center where she served as a volunteer while as a member of the advisory Board, and finally as a member of the Board of Directors at the time of her death. She remained active there until she was no longer physically able to do so. In all of her endeavors, she preferred to work and serve quietly behind the scenes.
Angie was a tireless volunteer for the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, and contributed to the gift shop. At Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, she served as a Deacon. She was a 6-year-member of an independent Bible study group called The Disciples Study Group. Angie spent her summers teaching children at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School.
She volunteered at Dream Catchers as a horse sidewalker until her illness prevented her from doing so.
Angie Johnson was one of two trustees of the Roy R. Charles Charitable Trust, which was established when her uncle, Roy Charles, died in Norfolk in 1999. Reflecting her deep commitment to the education, care and protection of children in her local community, she directed the trust to fund the following non-profit organizations located in Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Newport News. She declined notoriety and did not disclose her role in the following donations, giving credit to the trust.
In Norfolk, she directed funds to: Norfolk Academy Scholarship Fund, Learning Bridge Endowment (a summer program for disadvantaged, academically motivated children) Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters - Norfolk, Make-A-Wish Foundation - Prevent Child Abuse, VA - Richmond / Tidewater, Old Dominion University Golf Team, and Lee's Friends - Tidewater
In Portsmouth, she directed funds to: Children's Museum of Virginia- Portsmouth.
In Newport News, she directed funds to: Preschool Partners of the Virginia Peninsula, City of Newport News Park, Lee Hall Mansion, Peninsula Fine Arts Center - Children's Programs Virginia Living Museum - Newport News, and The Lackey Free Clinic.
In Williamsburg, she directed funds to: Young Life-Capernaum, College of William and Mary Women's golf program, Jamestown - Yorktown Fund, Hospice of Williamsburg, and Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center.
In the greater Virginia areas, she was instrumental in donations to: VSGA Foundation and the creation of Independence Golf Course (a program to bring golf to underprivileged children), Focused Ultrasound Foundation at the University of Virginia School Of Medicine, Cerebral Palsy of Virginia and the Episcopal High School.
Angie is survived by her husband of 18 years Dr. Wade Lane Johnson, her children; Stephanie Slack and Kimberly Cestari, Melinda Deal, Lauren Haium; grandchildren, Walker White, Henry White, Bailey White, Corbett Schmittou, Anna Cestari, Gabrielle Cestari, Addison Deal, Aubrey Deal, Peyton Haium and Parker Haium
The family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 13, 2013 at Peninsula Funeral Home. A memorial service will be conducted 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to The
or Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, 10120 Fire Tower Road, Toano, Virginia 23168.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Sept. 13, 2013