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Bernie Brooks Johnson
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Birth: Aug. 5, 1925
Cheraw
Chesterfield County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 19, 1986
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA

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..Obit:::: The Charlotte Observer - Sunday, December 21, 1986;
-- A red caboose was a home-away-from-home for much of Bernie Brooks Johnson's 27-year railroad career.

Mr. Johnson of 5001 Doris Ave. died Dec. 19, 1986, at Mercy Hospital of congestive heart failure. He was 61.

His wife, Carolyn, recalled Saturday a tale of one of his runs as a freight train conductor: "It was so cold his socks froze to his feet."

"He liked his work and he was a good cook," she said. "He would cook stew beef and spareribs in the caboose."

Mr. Johnson, a Cheraw, S.C., native, retired in 1973. He received several commendations from Seaboard Coastline Railroad for detecting damaged rails. "He could be walking on top of the cars and hear a split rail. I don't know how, but he did it," she said. He also received a 20-year membership pin from the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen.
He was a member of Oakhurst Baptist Church. He was a World War II Navy veteran, serving aboard a ship that his wife described as having been "blown out from under him."
Funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday at McEwen Funeral Home, Charlotte chapel. Burial will be in Charlotte Memorial Gardens.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Bernie Johnson Jr., Joseph Johnson, Andrew Johnson; daughter, Mrs. Mona Freeman; sisters, Mrs. Grace Tadlock of Cheraw, Mrs. Sarah Enter of New Orleans, Mrs. Hazel Johnson of Columbus, Ga.; four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Oakhurst Baptist Church's elevator fund, 5037 Monroe Rd., Charlotte, N.C. 28205. Visitation is 3 to 4:30 p.m. today at McEwen Charlotte chapel.
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Burial:
Charlotte Memorial Gardens
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Rick and Kathy Wright
Record added: Dec 26, 2011
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Bernie Brooks Johnson
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- Rick and Kathy Wright
 Added: Dec. 26, 2011
 
 
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