Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mr. Lewis V. Johnson Sr., age 92, of Twin City, Ga., who passed onto glory on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at his home surrounded by family.
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The funeral service will be Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the El Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Phil Wilson and the Rev. Rob Gray officiating. Interment will be in the El Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Roger Snyder, Trai Johnson, Troy Johnson, Darrel Sherrod, Ben Lambert, Evan Johnson, Austin Sherrod and Bray Sherrod.
Mr. Johnson was born in Summit, Ga., served in the U.S. Navy during World War II at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked the U.S. on December 7, 1941, and also served as chief torpedo man in the Guadalcanal, earning him several medals during his WWII service that includes WWII Victory, American Defense, American Area Medial, European, African and Mid-East Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Theater, Good Conduct and Presidential Unit Citation.
After service, he earned his four-year college degree from the present Georgia Southern University in 1950, his master's degree in education from Georgia Peabody College in 1953 and completed his specialist degree from the University of Georgia in 1960. Mr. Johnson put his education to great use teaching in Baxley and Toccoa, serving as principal in Summertown, Newington, Millen and Hinesville, where he was also assistant school superintendent.
His extensive community involvement includes: member of El Bethel Baptist Church, also serving as deacon; the Georgia Retired Teachers Association, Lions Club, VOCA Club Board, Southeastern Tech Board and was also the "Voice of the Bulldogs" announcer at the Emanuel County Institute home football games for 20 years.
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Grady Sr. and Mamie Lanier Johnson; his siblings, Wilmeth Parrish, Jack Johnson, Grady Buck Johnson Jr. and Cedric Johnson; his wife of 52 years, Clava Odom Johnson; and son, Lewis V. Johnson Jr.
Survivors include: his wife, Dot Henry Johnson of Twin City, Ga.; one daughter and son-in-law, Alice Lee and Albert Remler of Carrollton, Ga.; one daughter-in-law, Sybil W. Johnson of Twin City, Ga.; two step daughters, Bonnie Savell (Glenn) of Summerdale, Ala., and Terri Byrd of Fairhope, Ala.; six grandchildren, Allison Lambert, Ben Lambert, Trai Johnson (Pam), Troy Johnson (Glenna Henry), Kelly Sherrod (Darrel); three great-grandsons, Evan Johnson, Austin Sherrod and Bray Sherrod; special friend and care giver, Gale Woods.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the El Bethel Baptist Church, 429 Abb Johnson Road, Twin City, GA 30471; or United Hospice, 667 South Main Street, Swainsboro, GA 30401.
Condolences may be submitted online at www.durden-hudsonfuneraldirectors.com.
Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for the funeral of Mr. Lewis V. Johnson Sr. of Twin City, Ga.
Statesboro Herald, April 26, 2014
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Published in Statesboro Herald from Apr. 26 to May 3, 2014