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Obituary
Larry Joe Johnson
May 29, 1933 - October 24, 2017
Born in ,
Resided in ,
Visitation
Thursday October 26, 2017, 5-6:45 PM
Long Memorial United Methodist Church
226 N. Main St.
Roxboro, NC 27573
 
Service
Thursday October 26, 2017, 7 PM
Church Service
Long Memorial United Methodist Church
226 N. Main St.
Roxboro, NC 27573
Larry Joe Johnson, 84, of Roxboro, NC passed away on October 24, 2017, while visiting family in Bowling Green, KY. Born May 29, 1933 in Portland, TN, he was the son of the late Guilford and Mildred Wiseman Johnson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Juanita W. Johnson.

Surviving are his wife Janice O. Johnson; his children Lanita Johnson Presson (Steve) of Greensboro, NC, Bill Johnson (Donna) of Burlington, NC, Becky Johnson Link (Jon) of Holly Springs, NC and Bridgit W. Jones (Berk) of Timberlake, NC; his grandchildren Hunter Presson, Holly P. Watkins (JT), Sarah J. Boswell (Kevin), Guil Johnson, Will Johnson, Bricen Jones, Wes Link and Margaret Link; one great-grandchild Asher Boswell. He is also survived by his siblings Jimmy Johnson (Shirley) and Pat Empson (Frank), both of Portland, TN and Jerry Johnson of Bowling Green, KY; sister-in-laws Wanda Collins (Larry) of Portland, TN and Faye Oliver of Roxboro, NC; mother-in-law Mildred Oliver of Timberlake, NC; many special cousins, nieces and nephews; and his loyal friend and caretaker Clarence “Heavy” Blaine.

Larry was a graduate of Sumner County High School in Portland, TN, where he lettered in football and basketball. He attended Tennessee Tech University until he was drafted into the US Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955. Upon returning home, he began his work career with Eaton Corporation in Gallatin, TN. He later served as Plant Manager for Eaton in both Monroe, NC and Roxboro where he retired after 42 years of service. In the course of his career, he graduated from the Executive Program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

During his lifetime, Larry was a member of McKendree Methodist Church in Portland, Central United Methodist Church in Monroe and Long Memorial United Methodist Church in Roxboro. He chaired and served on many committees while attending each of these churches. Larry had a passion for music, whether sharing his smooth bass voice as a soloist or in the church choir. He also lent his talents to theater with his role as the end man, Flippo, in the Gallatin Minstrel and was a cast member of the Roxboro Red Stocking Revue.

Larry sincerely believed in serving his community with the intent of promoting progress and helping others. He served as President of Rolling Hills Country Club in Monroe and chaired the United Way of Union County, NC. He was President of the Chamber of Commerce in both Monroe and Roxboro. Larry also chaired the Board of Trustees at both Union Memorial Hospital in Monroe and Person Memorial Hospital in Roxboro. He was instrumental in the growth and extension of PMH, where he received the prestigious NC Hospital Trustee Service Award.

Larry was an active member of the Board of Trustees at Piedmont Community College from 1998 to 2012. He served as Chairman of the Personnel Committee and was a member of the President’s Club. Larry was also Director of the PCC Foundation Board where he chaired the First Annual Foundation Golf Classic. His passion for golf and success of the college made him an influential figure in making sure this fundraiser became an annual event.

His other involvements included serving as chair, president, or as a club member with the Rotary Club, Lions Club, and Kiwanis International, where he never missed an opportunity to meet and greet or serve up a few pancakes at the annual Kiwanis Pancake breakfast.

When he was not involved in one of the activities above, you could find Larry on the golf course, where before he hung up his clubs he finally got that hole-in-one! (Can he get a witness Bill White?) He enjoyed hunting with family and old friends. And when it was football season, if he wasn’t in Knoxville, he in was in front of the TV watching his beloved UT Volunteers. (Go Big Orange!)

It is impossible to recapture the life of a wonderful man in such a short space and include, much less remember, all that he accomplished in his lifetime. But it is our hope this honors him and all that did to serve his family, work life, church and community. He will be dearly missed.

The family will receive friends Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Long Memorial United Methodist Church in Roxboro, NC from 5:00pm until 6:45pm in the Harris Hall. A memorial service will follow in the sanctuary beginning at 7:00 PM. with the Rev. Jeff Nash and the Rev. Dr. J. DuPre Sanders officiating. A second visitation will be held at Wilkinson & Wiseman Funeral Home in Portland, TN on Saturday, October 28 from 6-8pm. A graveside service will be conducted at Portland Memorial Gardens on Sunday, October 29 at 2pm where he will be laid to rest.

The family is asking in lieu of flowers, please send memorials to: Long Memorial United Methodist Church, McKendree Methodist Church, the PCC Foundation or a charity of your choice.