John Johnson

John Lewis Johnson

TARBORO — John Lewis (Jack) Johnson, 93, of Tarboro, formerly of Fairmont, died June 14, 2014, after a short illness.

A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church of Fairmont, located at 606 Church St. in Fairmont.

A loving husband of 66 years, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, he was born in Wilmington on Nov. 15, 1920, the ninth of 12 children of the late James Archie and Mary Atkins Johnson. He leaves behind his wife Rose Graham, who was the love of his life and best friend.

Jack was a member and Elder Emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairmont. He was an active member for many years in the Fairmont Civitan Club and the Fairmont Shrine Club.

He graduated from East Carolina Teachers College in 1948 and later received his masters from East Carolina College. He was a member of the ECU Alumni Association and the Pirate Club. He was an avid fan of Pirate football.

Jack retired as principal of Fairmont High School in 1980 and had also served in the school systems of Rock Ridge, Stovall, Garland, Bolivia, and Farmville. He had a positive influence on the lives of many young people throughout North Carolina. Everywhere they lived, he and Rose made lifelong friends. After retiring, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening, traveling, and family. He was very active in church and community affairs and enjoyed being a part of his and Rose's close knit extended families. He believed in the importance of family, good citizenship and had a strong faith in God.

Besides his wife, Jack is survived by his daughters Rose Mary Walter of Virginia Beach, and Joy McHone of Tarboro; his grandsons, Jay Walter of Virginia Beach, and John McHone of Greenville; a granddaughter, Mary McHone of Greenville; a sister, Mary Stewart Gillis of Fayetteville; two brothers, Samuel A. Johnson and wife Willoree, and Benjamin A. Johnson and wife Nancy of Raleigh; his sister-in-law, Alice Johnson of Virginia Beach; a brother-in-law, Neill Graham and wife Betty of Richardson, Texas; as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Vidant Edgecombe Hospital and Golden Living Center of Tarboro for their love and care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals-Greenville, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, S.C., 29605, or to Boys and Girls Home of North Carolina, 400 Flemington Drive, Lake Waccamaw, N.C., 28450, or a .

Published in The Robesonian from June 18 to June 19, 2014