Johnson Funeral Home


Yoneko Mayhugh

7 August, 195415 August, 2020

Mrs. Yoneko Mayhugh, 66 of Jacksonville, NC passed away peacefully August 15, 2020. Mrs. Mayhugh, a native of Okinawa Japan is the daughter of Kisei Higa and Tsuruko Henna Higa. Yoneko was the sweetest and a most gentle saint. She will always be remembered for her silly stories and charming, cheerful laugh, delicious cooking, a delicate touch and her peaceful presence. Yoneko was an avid reader who always loved learning new things. Her family will always recognize her expert nap taking skills and her uncanny ability to look so impossibly comfortable. She could always be found watching any show related to Alaska while pleasantly crocheting colorful slippers or mending all of her husbands ripped clothes. She is survived and forever celebrated by her beloved husband, Paul Mayhugh; daughter Wendi Mayhugh; sons, William and Wayne Mayhugh. Two brothers, Hiroshi Higa, Kishun Higa; two sisters, Junko Isa and Yuriko Higa. Some of her hobbies included knitting, sewing and cooking. She was a doting mother and an active influence in the lives of her three children, William, Wendi and Wayne. She was always described as an adorable role model to her children by friends and acquaintances.


  • Memorial Service

    Friday, 21 August , 2020


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Wayne Mayhugh

August 20, 2020

I am so incredibly grateful for my mother. There is no single favorite memory because every moment with her was more than any one person deserves. My mom spent so much time teaching and helping me to be a good man and I owe it to her to be the best person I can be. Everything my mother did, she did with love, passion, and tenderness. My mother and I used to do these elaborate lunches where we would make ten different dishes. We would sit, talk, eat, and share stories. I loved watching her laugh so hard while telling a story that it made it almost impossible to understand.
I cherish my mother and I will always have her with me as I navigate my way through life.

Jeff Demarest

August 20, 2020

A sad day, the passing of a sweet and great lady. A good friend to myself and others, too. I knew Yoneko thru the long friendship I have with her husband, Paul, and by association, their three awesome children, William, Wendy, and Wayne. All three have turned out to be wholesome people, showing the world the result of the genuine love of their parents. It is my privilege and honor to know them all. Yoneko will now be missed by a lot of people, but remembered by all those people for a long time yet to come. Rest in Peace.

Paul Mayhugh

August 20, 2020

So sweet, so kind and so gentle. Although I have no earthly idea what I did to deserve such a wonderful wife, we definitely were two peas in a pod. She was the perfect complement to my brash military demeanor, the only one who would ever sternly but lovingly keep me "in check". Yonechan leaves us much too early. She was a far better person than I could ever hope to be. I won't ever be the same without you. I love you, sweetie.

Susan Mayhugh

August 18, 2020

Yoneko was a wonderful mother to Wendi, William and Wayne and they each have a gentle spirit just like their Mother. Yoneko was also a wonderful wife to her husband Paul and made him so very happy. She is very loved and will be greatly missed.

Ottis King

August 18, 2020

It was my privilege to be her pastor from 2004 to 2008, at Midville Baptist Church. She was a delight to know, visiting at times in the home. I remember her cleaning the stove at church, saying, "I made a mess." I think she went on a mission trip with others from the church and/or Association. There is a hymn that expresses thoughts of her memory, "Precious Memories." God bless and strengthen you in this experience in your lives.


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