The Reverend Dr. George William Johnson
June 29, 1934 - November 19, 2018
Born in Alamance County, NC
Resided in Person County, NC
Tuesday November 27, 2018, Please see obituary
Tuesday November 27, 2018, 2 PM
Long Memorial United Methodist Church
226 N. Main St.
Roxboro, NC 27573
The Reverend Dr. George William Johnson, born on June 29, 1934, passed from the arms of his beloved family and friends into the arms of God on November 19, 2018. He was the third child of five born to Marcia Wood and Jesse Slocum Johnson of Snow Camp, NC. In addition to his parents, George is predeceased by his late wife, Nadine Petrea Johnson, a brother, Raymond Alan Johnson, daughter, Sharon Umstead Jackson, sister- in- law, Peggy Stout Johnson and brother-in-law, Clifton Edward Clapp.
George graduated from Pfeiffer University and Duke University Divinity School; and was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Pfeiffer University. He served in the North Carolina Annual conference for 41 years. He served several UM churches in the Burlington District: Rock Creek, Yanceyville, Prospect, Faith, Webb Ave and Trinity. Because of his unique ability to integrate people and build new facilities, he was asked to lead Webb Ave and Trinity UMC’s into the delicate task of merging the two congregations and build a state of the art facility which became Emmanuel UMC in Burlington. He was named Senior Pastor of Garner UMC and University UMC in Chapel Hill. He was moved to First Wilson UMC to rebuild that facility after a devastating Christmas Eve fire. George then served as the Burlington District Superintendent and retired out of Hayes Barton UMC in Raleigh. After retiring in 1999, he served as Interim Pastor, at Trinity UMC in Jacksonville, NC and Oxford UMC in Oxford, NC.
Throughout his years, he provided the Conference with leadership in numerous areas such as: Associate Dean of NC Conference Summer School NC Conference Coordinator of Disaster Work Trustee Methodist College Board of Directors of the Methodist Home for Children Member of Conference Council on Finance and Administration Bishop’s Task Force on Finance Bishop’s Task Force on Conference and Evaluation Committee.
George also served as a Member of the Board of Directors for Hinton Rural Life Center, in Hayesville, N.C. serving on committees such as their Executive Committee; Long-Range Planning; CEO Search Team and Chair of their Capital Funds Drive.
George was involved in various civic organizations in the communities. Known as a gifted public speaker he was asked to speak before various Washington Congressional and Senate Groups, governing bodies in Raleigh and the Southeastern Bankers Association.
He loved to travel visiting, Great Britain, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Greece. Some of George’s favorite things included teaching, gardening, golf, tennis, water skiing, fishing, boating, and wood crafting, which included building his own home.
George is survived by his wife, Jackie Thigpen Johnson, his children, Mary George Johnson and Eric Vyron Johnson, both of Durham, Kevin Alexander Umstead, and his wife Lynn, of Marietta, Georgia. In addition, he is survived by six grandchildren, Savannah Leigh Johnson and Elizabeth Claire Johnson of Louisburg, Skylar Alexis Umstead, Ava Laura Umstead of Marietta, Georgia; Alex Jackson of Linden and Jenna Marie Jackson of Clinton, N.C. George leaves three siblings: Jesse Conrad Johnson of Burlington, Raymond Douglas Johnson and his wife, Rickie, of Snow Camp and Peggy Denise Johnson Clapp of Liberty, N.C.
Visitation will be at George’s home church, Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church in Graham, NC at 10 a.m. with the burial following at Mt Hermon at 11 o’clock Tuesday, November 27. Funeral service will be at Long Memorial United Methodist Church, in Roxboro, N.C. at 2 p.m. followed by a gathering in the church fellowship hall.
The Rev. Ed Priestaf, the Rev. Keith Porter, the Rev Andy Clapp and the Rev. Tom Loftis will be presiding
Pallbearers will be Mr. Jim Kirst, the Rev. Karl Neuschafer, the Rev. Dr. Roger Elliott, the Rev. Dr. Jim Owen, Mr. Kevin Umpstead and Mr. Jim Mabe. Honorary pallbearers will be the Rev. Caswell Shaw, the Rev. Dr. Reginald Ponder, the Rev. Jeff Kisner, the Rev. Dr. Kermit Braswell, the Rev. Randy Innes, the Rev. Don Johnson and the Rev. Dr. Belton Joyner.
The family would like to express our gratitude to the administration and staff of Providing Loving Care and to the Caregivers who became family to us over these past few weeks. We also thank Amedisys Hospice, not only for their expert care, but for the love and support they gave and continue to give. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Long Memorial United Methodist Church, P. O. 310, Roxboro, NC 27573 or Hinton Rural Life Center, P. O. 27, Hayesville, NC 28904.