James Herbert Johnson, Jr., age 77, was born in Savannah, GA on September 25, 1943, and passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021, in Pensacola, FL. He graduated from McGill Institute in 1960 and attended Springhill College before accepting an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1963. Upon graduation in 1967 as an ensign, he married Barbara Aurore Nicholas at St. Andrews Chapel at the Navy Chapel in Annapolis, MD. Following tours in Charleston, Newport, Vietnam, Adak, Long Beach, Ft. Meade and Pearl Harbor, he retired to Pensacola as Commander in 1989. While in Vietnam (1972-1973), he served as senior advisor to the harbor defense unit at the port of Vung Tau. During retirement he worked under contract training international students at the Navy Education and Training Command in Pensacola. In addition to his Navy career, Jim worked as a reporter for the Natchez Democrat from (1979-1980). His parents, Marion Partridge Johnson and James Herbert Johnson and his grandparents, Harry Anslem and Grace Druhan Partridge, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Barbara Nicholas Johnson; his three children, James Herbert Johnson, III of Los Angeles, Sarah Johnson Behnke (Matthew) of Pensacola, and Bridget Johnson Sharp (Steve) of Pensacola; as well as his grandchildren he so fondly referred to as, "his precious girls" are Izabel Behnke and Molly Behnke of Pensacola; his siblings, Grace Johnson Allen (Ron), Harry Partridge Johnson, and Anne Johnson (Rodger) of Fairhope, AL. Visitation will be held 9:00am until The Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 9:30am Monday, September 27, 2021, at The Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel in Pensacola, FL, with the Very Reverend Joseph P. Callipare, celebrant. Interment will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Catholic Charities. Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel in Pensacola, FL have been entrusted with the arrangements.
Published by Mobile Register and Baldwin County from Sep. 21 to Sep. 26, 2021.