RAEFORD - Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson, 29, of Raeford, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, while on patrol in Khost City, Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Johnson was born in Moore County, on May 10, 1983, to Mr. Philas Ray Johnson and Mrs. Sandra Guiton Johnson. Staff Sgt. Johnson was raised in Raeford and joined the North Carolina Army National Guard in 2006. Staff Sgt. Johnson was a member of the 514th Military Police Company based in Winterville, and had previously deployed to Iraq from 2007 to 2008. Staff Sgt. Johnson's awards and decorations included the Bronze Star Medal posthumous, the Purple Heart posthumous, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, 2, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal posthumous, North Carolina Meritorious Service Medal posthumous, 1, Combat Action Badge, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Bar, Driver-W (for wheeled vehicles), Combat and Special Skill Badge Basic Marksmanship Qual Badge, Bar, Weapon: Rifle (Inscription: Rifle), Expert, Overseas Service Bar, 2. Survivors include her spouse, Tracy Joe Dice of Raeford; parents, Mr. Philas Ray Johnson and Mrs. Sandra Guiton Johnson of Raeford; sister, Rene Anne Johnson Albattrawi of Raeford; and godchildren, Jason and Hanna. A visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave. in Raeford. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Raeford Presbyterian Church, 126 West Edinborough Ave. in Raeford, with Chaplain Capt. Kevin Winemiller officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fisher House, 111 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20850; Ronald McDonald House of Durham, 506 Alexander Ave., Durham, NC 27705 or to The USO of North Carolina, P.O. Box 91536, Raleigh, NC 27675. Arrangements for the family are entrusted to Crumpler Funeral Home, 131 Harris Ave., Raeford. Online condolences may be made at crumplerfuneralhome.com
This obituary was originally published in the Fayetteville Observer.
Published by Fayetteville Observer from Oct. 10 to Oct. 11, 2012.