Stephen Lee Johnson
L. Harold Poole Funeral Service and Crematory
944 Old Knight Road
Knightdale, NC
Stephen Lee Johnson


On the evening of November 21, 2015, Stephen Lee Johnson stepped into the presence of his Lord and Savior. Nick, Bill and I stood amazed by God's grace as we prayed and gave thanks for the Godly man, husband and father he had grown to be. "All things work for good to those who are called according to His purposes." Hearing Nick's beautiful voice singing praises to his heavenly Father while holding his earthly father's hand is a precious affirmation of the truth of God's promise. I will be forever grateful.

Steve was born March 2, 1959 in Roanoke, Virginia to William Christopher Johnson, Sr. and Beulah Virginia Minton Johnson. His family moved to Raleigh in the mid-sixties, making their home in the Brentwood community. Steve loved his neighborhood and the lifelong friends made there.

A talented athlete at Millbrook High School, Steve received football and baseball scholarship offers. He chose Guilford College, where he played football until a serious injury side lined his sports career. After graduation, Steve joined the City of Raleigh Police Department where he served with distinction for twenty years. He retired August of 2001.

In the early morning hours of September 16, 2001, he surrendered his life to the Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Afterwards, he would proclaim, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20) The apostle Paul spoke these words. Steve Johnson lived them.

Steve graduated from South Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in December, 2006 with a Master of Divinity with Evangelism and Biblical Languages. He shared the Gospel of Christ to all who would listen and some who would rather have not. He served as a lay minister at Hephzibah Baptist Church where he taught youth and adult Sunday School, adult bible study and his favorite "Share Jesus without Fear" evangelism classes. He served his community with Dew4Him Prison Ministry and Hephzibah Baptist Men's Association, stateside in Philadelphia and rural Kentucky and internationally in Honduras, Romania, Ukraine and Moldova.

Steve is survived by his wife of nearly twenty-five years, Lynette Dean Johnson; his sons, Nicholas Alexander Johnson and Matthew Walker Johnson; his sister, Ginny Hughes of Richmond, Virginia and her son Jason and his family; his brother Bill Johnson and his daughters Katrina, Megan and Caitlin and their families; his sisters-in-law: Melissa and her daughter, Taylor and her family, Paula, her husband Patrick and their children: Hope, Logan, Dean.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Christopher Lee Johnson, his nephew Preston Ferguson, his brother-in-law Mike Hughes and his mother and father-in-law, Jeannette Mincey and Richard Paul Dean, Jr.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 2:00pm, Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Hephzibah Baptist Church Family Life Center, 1794 Wendell Blvd., Wendell, North Carolina 27591 with Pastor Aaron Wallace and Pastor Bill Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 809 W. Gannon Avenue, Zebulon, North Carolina 27597. The family will receive relatives and friends from 5:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, November 23, 2015 at L. Harold Poole Funeral Service & Crematory, 944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545 and other times at the home.

The family would suggest memorial contributions be made in Steve's memory to Hephzibah Baptist Church Mission Fund and Dew4Him Women's Prison Ministry.

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L. Harold Poole Funeral Service and Crematory
944 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC
Hephzibah Baptist Church
1794 Wendell Boulevard, Wendell, NC
Gethsemane Memorial Gardens
809 W. Gannon Avenue, Zebulon, NC
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Lynette and family, so very sorry to hear about Stephen. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Vicki Jackson
Past Coworker
November 26, 2015
I was deeply sadden to read about the passing of Steve L. Johnson. As a member of the 1978 Millbrook High Wildcat football team, I have many memories of the days of fall practice and the games. My condolences to the Johnson family and God Bless you Steve!
Marvin David Edwards
Classmate Millbrook High 1978
November 24, 2015
As I think of Nick and his family, I so greatly appreciated Nick's play on the court and the support of his family. Nick showed great character when he played. I will be much in prayer for you Nick and your family in the homegoing of your Dad. May the presence of God be evident during this time. May He place His comfort and assurance upon your life. Remember He is walking every step of the way with you. You are loved by many at NRCA including Dr. Sherrill. You are loved by many!
Dr. S. L. Sherrill
School Superntendent
November 23, 2015
Lynette, Nick & Matt:

I am so sorry for the loss of Steve. He was such a blessing to so many people and will be missed by so many. Praying for you all in the days to come as you continue life. Your church family loves you and him. While we mourn his loss to us, we rejoice that he is with our Savior and the hope that we know we will see him again.
Sarah Beth Gentry
Church Family
November 23, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you Lynette and your family during the loss of your husband Stephen.
Cathy Peebles Brown
November 23, 2015
A great man who was a leader of a great family. You will be truly missed, but the impact you have made will last for years to come.
Avie Lester
Friend And Coach
November 23, 2015
Proud to have been able to call Steve a friend. Whether it was bow hunting together, playing softball with our RPD brothers, or having a cup of coffee at Dunkin Donuts. Go rest high on that mountain brother, your work here is finished. Till we meet again.
Wayne Muller
November 23, 2015
I am so sad for our earthly loss but the Angels are rejoicing with our loving friend. He's dancing, rejoicing and pain free with our Father. We love you all
Shannon Bob & Samantha Hugel
November 22, 2015
I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Love, Carol Burgess Meetze
Carol Burgess Meetze
November 22, 2015
Lynette, our prayers are with you and the boys during this time. He was a wonderful man. May God bless you all.

Jimmy & Diane Daniel
December 1, 2015
Sorry for the loss, have been praying on and off through out the day.
Monica Mcgrath
November 24, 2015
Prayers for the family. Steve I had a lot of fun working with you. You made work fun and at the end of the day you had a great impact on those you work with and the community. RIP
Randy Munn
November 23, 2015
Just wanted to offer my prayers and condolences to Lynnette and the boys. Steve was a big part of my success at RPD and learning of his life starting in 2001 is a true motivation. Bless you all.
JT Anderson
November 23, 2015
Lynette, Nick, and Matthew. I am devastated by this news and hold all of you in my heart during this difficult time. Steve was a dear, brave and unique man among men. I can hear his soft voice and experience his wonderful sense of humor just by thinking about him. I know he will be sorely missed and that somehow you will find the strength and faith to sustain you. Arms around you during this difficult time! Love, Barbara Treadwell
Barbara Treadwell
November 23, 2015
I am truly saddened by this and send my prayers and condolences to the family.
Juanita Jefferson
November 23, 2015
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