Major Harlie B Johnson, USAF Ret
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Harlie Johnson, 92, passed away August 17, 2013 at Harbor Chase Assisted Living and Memory Care located at 100 John Knox Road in Tallahassee, Florida.He was cared for expertly and lovingly by the Harbor Chase staff, Veterans Administration Home Health Care, and Big Bend Hospice.Special thanks to his son-in-law, Eldon Jacobs, for his care and assistance the past several months.
Harlie is survived by his daughters Dr. Harlien M. Johnson and Lee Ann Jacobs (Eldon), and sister-in-law June Beadle (David Williamson) all of Tallahassee, Florida; a brother James (Ralph) Johnson of Troy, Alabama; and sisters Evelyn Holliman and Jonnie Travis both of Elba, Alabama.He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Anna Louise Emerson Johnson (Ann), his parents John Macon and Arkey Johnson, brother Homer Johnson, and sister Shirley Gwendolyn (Gwen) Barr.
Harlie was born September 27,1920 on a farm in Coffee County, Alabama to John Macon and Arkey Johnson and was the third of six children.He was raised in Elba, Alabama and played football and baseball for the Elba High School Tigers. He went on to play semi-pro baseball after high school graduation. Harlie was a member of the Alabama National Guard and entered the Army during World War II.He trained as a pilot on several different aircraft in the Army Air Corp, finally flying Waco CG-4A gliders with the 1st Air Commando Group in the China-Burma-India theater.
Following WWII, on December 15, 1945, he married Anna Louise Emerson, whom he met while stationed in Texas for pilot training prior to going overseas.They continued his 30 year career in the Air Force with assignments at bases too numerous to mention, from Florida to Alaska and Clark AFB in the Philippines. Along the way, he earned an A.A. degree at San Antonio Junior College and a B.S. degree at Texas Tech University, where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity.
Following Harlie's retirement from the Air Force at Shaw AFB, South Carolina, they moved to Tallahassee, Florida where he began a second career with the State of Florida. Harlie worked in personnel management and training/career development with the Florida Department of Administration and the Department of Transportation (FDOT).During this time, he also earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Florida State University. After his retirement from FDOT in 1983, he and Ann built their dream retirement home near Havana, Florida where they lived until her death August 9, 2011. Since then, Harlie lived at Heritage Oaks Assisted Living Community until January, 2013 and then at Harbor Chase.
Harlie was an avid gardener and golfer, and for years was a member of the foursome at Seminole Golf Course known as the "Dew Sweepers" who had a standing 7:00AM Saturday tee time. He was a member of the Tallahassee Retired Officers Association, World War II Glider Pilots Association, 1st Air Commando Group Association, Military Officers Association, American Legion, Masonic Lodge, FSU Alumni Association, Seminole Boosters, FDOT Golf Association, Seminole Seniors Golf Association, and was a charter member of the World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Family will receive friends Thursday, August 22 from 5-7pm at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home,1737 Riggins Road.
Graveside service with full military honors will be held 10 am Friday, August 23rd at Roselawn Cemetery on Piedmont Drive in Tallahassee.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Glider Pilot Museum in Lubbock, Texas or the World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2013