17 April, 1915 – 31 January, 2020
Fred Johnson, Commander, U.S. Navy Retired, of Macon, passed away Friday, January 31, 2020 at his residence at the age of 104. His memorial service will be held at 1 PM Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Christ with Rev. Joe McDaniel officiating. The family will receive friends an hour before the service.
A native of Blue Ridge, GA, he was the son of the late Elisha Edward Johnson and Malissa Jane Stephens Johnson. Mr. Johnson was the youngest of eleven children. He graduated from Berry College in 1939 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Johnson attended officer training school in New York and requested his first duty station to be at Pearl Harbor. He was serving on the battleship USS Maryland on the morning of December 7, 1941. Mr. Johnson was believed to have been the oldest survivor of Pearl Harbor. He served during WWII, Korea Conflict and in the Naval Reserves. Mr. Johnson served a total of 23 years in the Navy. He moved to Macon and began his teaching career in the Bibb County School System. Mr. Johnson taught at Lanier Jr. High and then became a principal at Alexander IV Elementary, Willingham High School and Union Elementary, retiring in 1975. After retiring, he loved working in his vegetable garden with his beloved tomatoes. Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Hunnicutt Johnson; and 10 older brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his two sons: Harold Johnson and Joe Johnson (Mary Jane); two grandchildren; Sara Kingsley (Josh) and Jonathan Johnson (Kathryn).
You may share your own special thoughts and memories with the family by visiting Macon Memorial Parks website at www.maconmp.com. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to First Baptist Church of Christ, 511 High Place, Macon, GA 31201.
- He is survived by his two sons: Harold Johnson and Joe Johnson (Mary Jane); two grandchildren; Sara Kingsley (Josh) and Jonathan Johnson (Kathryn).
- Visitation Wednesday, 5 February , 2020
- A Celebration of Life Wednesday, 5 February , 2020
10 February 2020
I was a student at Alexander IV when Mr. Johnson was the principal. He was a very fine man who cared about his students and teachers. What a long, wonderful life he had. My condolences to Mr. Johnson’s family.
3 February 2020
What a wonderful person was Mr. Fred Johnson. He was my principal at Willingham High School. He always treated his students with respect and loved them all. I can picture him now slowly walking down the hallways. Seemed like he never was in a hurry. But you just knew that he was the principal and the boss around the school.
I salute him as a Navy veteran, his commitment and service to our country. Well done thy good and faithful servant. He will truly be missed.
May God give his family comfort and strength during this time and the days ahead.
Len & Caroline Woodard...Willingham Class of 1965.
2 February 2020
It was a blessing to spend a few moments with Mr. Johnson this recent November at Wesleyan before Jonathan’s concert. A blessing, indeed.
2 February 2020
My deepest sympathies to the family. I cannot make the memorial service, but I do remember Uncle Fred at Pappa John's house the Chastain reunions. I had some good conversations with him. He will be missed.
2 February 2020
Godspeed and Fare Thee Well Mr. Fred Johnson. A true War Hero (not known to all then) who was firm but fair in his administration of Willingham High School. He would do all he could to keep us boys on the straight and narrow and if that didn't work he would dispatch his "Board of Education" either personally or thru Jim Littlefield. We may not have all realized it at the time, but Mr. Fred had the best interest of his students at heart at all times and tried to instil in us what it meant to be a true Patriot. Thank you for the Life Lessons Good Sir.
2 February 2020
Mr. Johnson was a dear friend of our uncle Bill Hill. They had many stories to tell. Our deepest sympathy to your family.
Peggy McCollum Lambert
1 February 2020
What a pleasure to grow up down the street from all the Johnsons. Doris was a dear friend of my mothers. Harold and Joe joined us sometimes in our front yard for late afternoon games, along with many of the kids in our neighborhood. I remember Doris canning tomatoes, and Fred constantly mowing the lawn. That was probably a good stress release after dealing with those Willingham boys like my husband, Ronnie. Joe, you have done such a good job taking care of your dad. That is not an easy job. My love and prayers go out for Harold, Joe, and all their families. No matter how old we are, it still hurts to lose your parent.