|Birth: ||Dec. 13, 1929|
|Death: ||Nov. 1, 2011|
(December 13, 1929 - November 1, 2011)
R.T. Johnson, age 81, of Alma passed away November 1st at his residence after a short illness. He was a native of Ware County but had lived in Bacon County most of his life.
He was son of the late Loyd Norman Johnson, Sr. and Mattie Odum Johnson and preceded in death by a brother, L.N. Johnson, Jr. and two sisters, Mary Meeks and Bert Jeffers.
R. T. Johnson was a leader in education who served as a teacher, coach, vocational supervisor, principal, superintendent, and chairman of the Bacon County Board of Education. During each facet of his 40-year career, he served every person in the county in some way; however, coaching basketball from 1953 until 1975 earned him the title of "Coach." He began his basketball coaching tenure in Gray, GA, and moved back to Alma in 1957 to coach girls' basketball. Winning a total of 682 games and three State Championship titles during his 22-year coaching career, he had the honor of being the first inductee in the Bacon County Sports Hall of Fame in January 2011. In 1997, he was also inducted into the 600 Win Club as one of the "winningest" coaches in Georgia High School Basketball by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club. In 1998, he was selected as the Alma/Bacon County Citizen of the Year. Of equal importance to Coach Johnson was his service to his community and his love for Bacon County Hospital and Health System. He served the Health System as a member of the Hospital Authority for four years and the Bacon County Health Services Board since 1995. During his service, he served as chairman and vice-chairman of both boards. In 1998, he was appointed CEO of Bacon County Hospital and served for nine months.
R. T. loved God and his church where he served as deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. He was an avid fisherman, gardener, sports enthusiast, and he enjoyed collecting and refinishing antique furniture. With the same spirit, Coach Johnson's generosity to Alma/Bacon County is evidenced by his commitment to making his community a better place to rear a family. The list is endless—he was always willing to help anyone in need without seeking recognition or acknowledgement for his efforts. Coach Johnson's happy smile, warm greeting, and genuine concern for everyone will always be remembered and sadly missed.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-three years, Betty Sue Jackson Johnson of Alma, one daughter, Amy Burkett and husband Vance of Alma, two sisters, Debbie Parker and husband Glynn and Jane Powell and husband Michael of Alma and three grandchildren, Ben Burkett and wife Courtney of Brunswick, Reed Burkett and Clint Burkett of Alma.
Funeral services will be held Friday, November 4th at 3:00 PM at the First Baptist Church with Pastor Johnny Johnson, Pastor Mark Barth and Pastor Richard Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Lawn Cemetery. The body will be carried to the church at 2:00 PM to lie in state.
In lieu of flowers family ask that donations be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Bacon County Hospital Foundation.
Active pallbearers will be; Frank Smith, Tim Sykes, Gary Tyre, Mike & Lorrie Taylor, Ulysses Reynolds and Jerome Linder.
Honorary pallbearers will be; Bacon County Hospital Board, Bacon County Board of Education, Big Brothers Sunday School Class, All former Basketball Players in attendance.
Crosby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Loyd Norman Johnson (1897 - 1948)
Mattie Viola Odom Johnson (1908 - 2001)
Betty Sue Jackson Johnson (1934 - ____)*
Emmy Bert Johnson Jeffers (1926 - 2007)*
Loyd Norman Johnson (1927 - 2010)*
Reuben Thomas Johnson (1929 - 2011)
Mary Ellen Johnson Meeks (1931 - 2003)*
Deborah Ruth Johnson Parker (1939 - ____)*
Pine Lawn Memorial Garden
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Record added: Nov 02, 2011
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