Ben L. Johnson

January 9, 1933May 8, 2021

BEN LYMAN JOHNSON KNIGHTDALE – Ben Lyman Johnson, age 88, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021 in Zebulon. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Papa, as he was affectionately known by his family, was born on January 9, 1933 in Johnston County to the late Thomas Johnson and the late Mabel Johnson. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict and was a retired painter.

In addition to his parents, Ben was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce B. Johnson, his brothers Thomas G. Johnson (Velma) and Lonnie B. Johnson.

He is survived by his two children, Debra Eatmon (Donnie) and Ben Johnson Jr. (Elizabeth); grandchildren, Shelley Timberlake (Rob), Kim Darr (Justin), Kristi Petit, Thomas Johnson (Jesse); great grandchildren, Carley, Mason, Grayson, Hailey, Avenlei, Breighan, Vivian, Liam, Will; and sister, Sue Narron.

On line condolences may be made to the family at:

McLaurin Funeral Home in Clayton is honored to be assisting the Johnson family.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Ginny Young Kellum

May 16, 2021

Debra - I'm so sad to hear of your dad's passing. Thoughts & prayers for you & the family.

Ginny Young Kellum


May 13, 2021

So sorry to see this notice. Have had Ben on my mind lately and wondering how he was doing since the move. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with the family.