|Harper Johnson, Jr|
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|Birth: ||Jun. 21, 1914|
|Death: ||Jan. 1, 2012|
Harper Johnson, Jr., 96, died Jan. 1, 2012 at Indywood Glen in Greenwood, MS. Funeral services are 2 P.M. Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012 at Wilson & Knight Funeral Home Chapel with interment in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Dr. Rusty Douglas will officiate.
Mr. Johnson was born in Senatobia, MS on June 21, 1914. He attended Senatobia City Schools, Northwest Junior College and the University of MS where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology specializing in electronics design. He was certified by the Ms State Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and licensed to practice as a professional engineer.
During the early part of World War II he received a direct commission as an officer in the Signal Corps and served in the European, South Pacific and Far East Theaters reaching the rank of Captain. He was a member of the American Legion Post 29.
After the war he served as vice-president and member of the Board of Directors of Supreme, Inc. which now operates as Supreme Electronics Corporation, a division of Hickok, Inc. Prior to retirement he was associated with Greenwood Utilities in an administrative and engineering capacity.
He was a member of the MS Engineering Society and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He was active in promoting the national Math-Counts Program for pre-high school students. He served on the Board of Directors of Cottonlandia Museum and Educational Foundation. He was active as a volunteer IRS-VITA program to offer free assistance to individuals with their income tax returns.
He was awarded the Book of Golden Deeds in 2004 by the Greenwood Exchange Club. He was a member of the Greenwood Kiwanis for fifty-nine years.
He and his wife Elsie were big proponents of education. They established the Elsie and Harper Johnson, Jr., Scholarship Endowment to provide full Engineering scholarships to the University of MS with preference to students from Leflore and Tate Counties in MS to encourage students to major in and become Engineers and hopefully return to their home communities to practice and grow their communities. He also contributed to the John Lucas IV Teacher Excellence Education Fund in his and Elsie's name. Pillow Academy has named its Elementary Building, Johnson Hall.
He was a member of the Greenwood First Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon, elder and Sunday school teacher.
He was preceded in death by Elsie Walker Johnson, his wife of sixty years. He is survived by three nieces and six nephews.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.wilsonandknight.com.
Published in Clarion Ledger on January 3, 2012
Odd Fellows East Cemetery
Greenwood (Leflore County)
Created by: Bobby Hobson
Record added: Jan 03, 2012
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