William (Willie) David Johnson

20 abril , 194326 abril , 2021

William (Willie) David Johnson went home to be with his Savior, the Lord, Jesus Christ on Monday, April 26, 2021. His life’s celebration will be at 11 AM, Saturday, May 1, at Rankin Baptist Church, officiated by his pastor and friend, Jeff Scronce, followed by interment at Lakeview Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 PM, Friday, April 30 at the church located at 3317 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405. He leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Carol Souther Johnson; son, David Michael Johnson (Laura) of Lexington; mother-in-law, Iris Waynick; sister-in-law, Wanda Bost; three sisters, Minnie Sue Canady, Louise Jordan and Arcile Love (Claude); and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Taft (Tom) and Zelma Oakley Johnson; daughter, Kimberly Johnson Wyrick; brothers, Lonnie Ellis Johnson and Berry Lee Johnson; brothers-in-law, Lee Jordan, Henson Canady and Robert Bost, Jr.; and nephews, Keith Johnson, Craig Canady and Mike Underwood. Since 1964, everyone has called him by the nickname, Willie, bestowed upon him when he joined the Greensboro Fire Department. He retired as Captain, from station #7 in 1996 after 32 years of service to the city of Greensboro. Willie loved and served his Lord, church, family, friends and city. After retirement, he enjoyed golfing, traveling and the beach. Willie always found the positive in every situation, had a heart for helping others and a gift for making everyone feel comfortable with good conversation and an accepting attitude. He loved life and is now in the arms of Jesus forever. Online condolences may be offered at


  • William Taft (Tom) & Zelma Oakley Johnson, Parents (deceased)
  • Carol Souther Johnson, Spouse
  • David Michael Johnson, Son
  • Kimberly Johnson Wyrick, Daughter (deceased)
  • Lonnie Ellis Johnson & Berry Lee Johnson, Brothers (deceased)
  • Minnie Sue Canady, Louise Jordan and Arcile Love (Claude), Sisters
  • Iris Waynick, Mother-in-law
  • Wanda Bost, Sister-in-law
  • Lee Jordan, Henson Canady and Robert Bost, Jr., Brothers-in-law (deceased)
  • Also preceding Mr. Johnson in death are nephews, Keith Johnson, Craig Canady and Mike Underwood. Several nieces, nephews and cousins survive him.

  • Mr. Dave Brame
  • Mr. Tommy Brown
  • Mr. Curtis Canady
  • Mr. Gary Chandler
  • Mr. Jeff Perdue
  • Mr. Howard Staley


  • Visitation

    viernes, 30 abril , 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    sábado, 1 mayo , 2021

    Servicios previos

  • Interment

    sábado, 1 mayo , 2021


William (Willie) David Johnson


Debbie Richert

30 abril , 2021

Willie was truly one of a kind. He worked with my daddy and always had a memory when I needed it most. He was a giving person, coming to me and my my late mother's rescue on many occasions, and bringing us meals from the church. I will miss his quick wit and the infectious smile that he always had. Tho he has passed to Glory I know we will all see each other again. May God wrap his arms around you, Carol and David, as you move forward in these difficult days. Thank you God for sharing your most special son with us. Godspeed Willie. Til we meet again.....

Jeff & Lisa Perdue

30 abril , 2021

Willie was the best of the best with his kind heart, loving and giving personality, never knew a stranger and do anything for you at anytime! We love you dearly Willie! We will miss you at church, lunch after church, social gatherings, gamenight at church and going out to eat! We will forever cherish your love and kindness and friendship in our hearts and know that you are watching us from heaven!!! Love Jeff and Lisa Perdue

Jeff Perdue

30 abril , 2021

Willie was one of the kindest, most unselfish men I have ever known. He was always ready to lend a hand to help anyone without question. I will miss you my friend.

Ron and Chris Roe

30 abril , 2021

Willie was one of a kind. Always helpful
and so caring. Ron will miss the good times cooking with Willie at the Men’s
Prayer Breakfast. Loved our time together on the cruises. Willie will be
DEEPLY missed.

Wayne & Sharon Euliss

29 abril , 2021

Willie was a dear friend with a heart of gold. Whenever the church doors were open, Willie was there. We loved traveling with Willie and Carol. We’ve had wonderful times together. Willie, we will miss you dear friend💙

Tommy Braswell

29 abril , 2021

Never got to work with Willie , but we had many conversations. Got to travel with him and Carol many years ago to Vegas were he was the high winner. He was that person who you were just drawn too when he was around and always had kind words. He will be missed greatly !!!
Prayers to Carol and David.
RIP my freind.......

Paul and Gloria Walker

29 abril , 2021

You were a special friend, Willie and “kindness” was your middle name. You will be greatly missed.

Rick Cross

29 abril , 2021

Carol and David, please know that Willie will always be in our hearts. May he now rest in peace. I always enjoyed working with him at the FD, and seeing you and him out in the community. He has always been one of a kind.
God bless you and your family.
Rick and Debbie Cross

Kenneth Glaspie

28 abril , 2021

Willie was a fine man and good friend. He will be missed by the Monronton Senior golfers.prayers for his wife and family.

Rodney Johnson

28 abril , 2021

Heaven has gained a precious soul , R I P uncle William!! Prayers for Carol & David