Charles E. JOHNSON Sr.
NEWPORT NEWS - Charles Edwin Johnson Sr., passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.
He was born April 9, 1923, in his grandmother's home in Newport News. He was an only child. He lived most of his life in Newport News and Hampton, and graduated from Newport News High School in 1947, after enlisting in the U.S. Navy.
He was a born-again Christian, who served the Lord at Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, where he taught Sunday school for 18 years and was head usher for six years. He was a musician all his life and leader of the Charlie Johnson Combo. Charles was a Blue Lodge Master Mason, a member of Colonial Chapter #40 OES, and was past president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He graduated from NASA Apprentice School, in 1955, and served as a supervisor, then section head for Materials Processing, which contributed to the Lunar and Viking projects. He retired after 39-1/2 years. He was a Boy Scout leader for 10 years and was co-owner of Pembroke Marine, in Hampton, with his son, Bill.
His family includes his wife of 69 years, Ann Collins Johnson; three children, Charles E. Johnson Jr., deceased (Angela) of Niceville, Fla., Bill Johnson (Frances) of Gloucester, and Belinda Aubuchon (Bill) of Nokomis, Fla; grandchildren, Colette Black (Tony) of Tampa, Fla., Bryce Johnson (Brooke) of Newport News, Mack Kitchel and Chad Johnson of Suwanee, Ga., Amy Wise (Brandon) and Hope Johnson of Niceville, Fla.; and great-grandchildren, Victoria, Gavin, Gabriel, Chloe and Keira.
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Peninsula Memorial Park, 12750 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606.
Altmeyer Funeral Home-Denbigh Chapel, Newport News, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made by visiting View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published by Daily Press from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2011.
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Dear Friends and Family - Charlie Johnson was my dad. He had a wonderful life filled with his faith, friends and family. We all know, this was his time... but I know our mom will miss him and I will miss him too. There was rarely a day that my dad and I did not talk to each other. God bless you, Dad - you were wonderful! Love, Belinda Aubuchon, Nokomis, FL.
Belinda Aubuchon
December 30, 2011
Dear Ann and family,

My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Charlie. You and Charlie were a part of my life as long as I can remember. Mama thought of both of you as her best friends. I remember, into my adult life, her going to sing with Charlie's combo, the many gatherings over the years, the vacations all of you took together, and the friendship that lasted from her childhood until she left us in 2004. Ann, maybe they're playing at a country club dance right now! I'm sorry I wasn't able to attend the service, but I was thinking of all of you and the many sweet memories I have growing up with you and Charlie in my life. I'll never forget those times, and I am blessed to have known you and your family.

All my love,
Suzanne (Susie) Collier McKown
December 29, 2011
December 28, 2011
Dad - had a great life and he loved his family and his friends -- He added and gave joy to all -- He is in Heaven now and will add for our Savior Jesus - We loved him and he loved us -- I know his favorite playing music will be a joy in Heaven - thank you Dad you blessed us and all with Hope and Love -- Bill Johnosn
Bill Johnson
December 28, 2011
Mrs. Johnson and family,
I am sorry to read about your loss. I look at the photo often (you, Mr. Johnson and the Doggie)and think of you all.
He now joins Mr. Lucas and "God's" band.
My deepest sympathy.
Pam Hall (friend from DMV-Hampton)
Pam Hall
December 27, 2011
Mrs. Johnson , Bill , Belinda and family , I have such wonderful memories of Mr. Johnson , he was a GREAT neighbor and true friend to me and my family . May GOD bless everyone of you .
Alan Daugherty
Alan Daugherty
December 27, 2011
Mr. Johnson and Family God bless you during this time...I know you all are staunch believers who glory in the fact that Papa Johnson has been healed and made whole in Heaven!
Tiffany Thomas
December 27, 2011
Dear Belinda, Bill and family,

I am so sorry to learn of your loss. May you be comforted by memories and may God grant you peace and strength. Sincerely,
Terry Picard
December 23, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Lois Pendergast
December 21, 2011
Please know that your family is our thoughts and prayers. May all your fond memories help to ease the loss.
Ben & Phyllis Parker
December 20, 2011
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