|Birth: ||Mar. 15, 1921|
|Death: ||Oct. 13, 2010|
Henry A. Johnson
WINSTON-SALEM - Henry A. Johnson, 89, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. Funeral will be Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 9:15 a.m. in the Chapel of Graham F . H. in Mocksville.
Henry Arthur Johnson
March 15, 1921 - October 13, 2010
Obituary & Life History
Henry Arthur Johnson, 89, of Winston-Salem, N.C. passed away unexpectedly on October 13, 2010 at his home. He was born in Statesville, NC on March 15, 1921, the eldest child of the late Lee & Mabel Johnson. Henry was preceded in death by his eldest son Lee Johnson, and his brother, Bill Johnson.
When Henry was a teenager, his family moved to New York where he completed his education. He served with courage in the United States Army during World War II. During his military career, he earned several commendations including the American Serviceman's Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Philippian Libertarian Ribbon, and the WWII Victory Medal.
Shortly after he departed the military, he met Lois Porte' whom he married in New York on January 16, 1948. To this union fifteen children were born. Henry and Lois raised their children together with faith, and humility, and taught them the importance of the family unit. Henry was employed by Pan-American and British Airways until he retired at the age of 65. In 2005, he and Lois relocated to Winston-Salem, NC where he continued to enjoy his retirement by spending time with family.
Henry enjoyed what most would consider the ‘simple pleasures' in life. He enjoyed solving jumble puzzles and was a life long lover of jazz music. He loved to sit back and listen to the sounds of great jazz artists, especially Sarah Vaughn, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane and his all time favorite, Billie Holiday. One of his favorite hobbies was working on cars with his sons. He spent many Saturday's with his beloved Uncle Hugh sharing a drink over jazz and blues. Henry also enjoyed hanging out with his best friend Leroy Johnson. He loved all his family and friends, but held a special place in his heart for his cousin, Robie Jr., with whom he and his family spent many summer vacations. Of all things that Henry held dear, nothing could ever compare to the love he had for his family. He had a special love for his brother and sister Bill and Yi and developed close relationships with their children Glen, Judy, Steven and Laura. He loved being surrounded by his children, and his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. The sounds of their voices gave him an indescribable peace that would carry him through his many years. He was not only an honorable husband and father, but also a protector, teacher, motivator, comedian, best friend, and Hero.
All who have been blessed to know Henry, can attest to the fact the he was a noble and humble man. Henry was the foundation of his household and a loving husband and father. He provided guidance to his children using humor and he led by example. He celebrated with his family in good times and was a supporter in times of difficulty. He would drive to any state on a moment's notice if he thought he was needed by his children or his extended family. He was never ever afraid to show his love. What most will remember about Henry was his 100-watt smile. Henry's smile was genuine, warm, and constant. During the last few years Henry spent most of his time hanging out with his youngest grandchild and buddy Chey.
Henry Johnson leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of sixty-two years, Lois, four sons, Derek Johnson (Valarie), Duane Johnson, Terence Johnson, and Paul Johnson; ten daughters, Elvena Johnson, Henrietta Butler (Raymond), Pamela Duncan, Sheila Johnson, Wanda Fowler, Lois Wardlaw, Rhonda Johnson, Donna Johnson, Dora Johnson, Shana Johnson and Karen Laland-Hayden; forty grandchildren, sixty great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren; one sister, Leona Lowe; one sister-in-law, Violet "Mimi" Johnson; two uncles, Leroy Campbell (Lillie), Ernest Campbell (Eva Mae); a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Salisbury National Cemetery Annex
North Carolina, USA
Created by: KATRINA SHEA
Record added: Oct 14, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60113174