David Wellsman Johnson Jr.

October 18, 1948October 12, 2021

David Wellsman Johnson, Jr., 72 died following a short illness on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Born in Greenwood, SC, he was a son of the late David Wellsman Johnson and Hibernia Jeanette Lynch Johnson.

David is survived by his loving wife of forty-nine years, Julia Wells Snead Johnson, his three children, Libby Johnson Garlitz (Kyle), Wells Johnson (Addie), and Anna Mobley Johnson Moore (Chris). He was affectionally known as “Hanny” by his seven grandchildren, Jack Garlitz, Wellsman Johnson, Julia Garlitz, Virginia Johnson, Luke Garlitz, Owen Johnson, and Mary Garlitz. He considered them his greatest joy in life and loved to pass along his love of candy, especially circus peanuts and orange slices, ice cream and snacks on a daily basis. David is also survived by his four brothers and sisters, Linn Johnson, Marc Johnson (Sallie), Henry Johnson (Sharon), and Sue Johnson as well as his aunt, Mrs. William Woodard Johnson along with many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and many lifelong friends.

David was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corp having served in the Vietnam War in 1968-1969. He had a long career in the mortgage banking industry having worked at Aiken Spear in Florence, SC, Bankers Mortgage in Columbia, SC, and Bear Stearns in New York and Atlanta, Ga. David co-founded Resource Bancshares Mortgage Group with Ed Sebastian in 1989.

After retiring in 2000, he discovered a love of cars which grew from a hobby to the founding of his current companies, Midlands Auto Sales and Midlands Luxury Cars, Top Notch Automotive, and Augwood, Inc. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Wildewood Country Club and Biltmore Forest Country Club.

The family wishes to thank Dr. J. Frank Martin, Jr., Dr. Steven Minter, Dr. Greg Grabowski and Heart of Hospice for their loving care during David’s brief illness.

A private family service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street is assisting the family. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church and the American Cancer Society.

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Wyndham Manning

October 19, 2021

Around 25 years ago I was fortunate enough to be introduced to David at a time the company I owned was struggling greatly. David took the time to study our situation, after which he gave us financial support and wise advice that helped us dig ourselves out of a deep hole. David was a true gentleman and friend.
Wyndham Manning
Jacksonville, Florida

Brianna and Bruce Lawrence

October 18, 2021

Julie and family,
Our hearts and prayers are with you during this sad time. David was a great person who will be missed by not only his family but so many. Treasure your wonderful memories and the great legacy he leaves to all.
Brianna and Bruce Lawrence
Greenwood, SC

Barbara Ostendorff

October 17, 2021

My friendship with Libby spans many years. When you meet Libby, you immediately know her love for her family. My heart aches. There are no words to express the sincere condolences, love and prayers for this beautiful family. Your faith is evident to those who know you and that faith will comfort and sustain you until the day you are reunited.

Barbara Ostendorff

Bob Magerr

October 16, 2021

I am saddened to hear of David's passing. I never met David, but have been on the phone to talk to him several times about my brother Billy Magerr's tragic death in Vietnam back on August 19, 1969. David's comments were memorable. He was Billy's friend & was at the sickbay site at Marble Mountain Marine Airbase shortly after Billy, two Marines & a corpsman were hit by an enemy rocket. Everyone was immediately killed except my brother. David came to Billy's aid & helped with medevac to a nearby Naval hospital, Billy was mortally wounded & died the next day. David told me Billy was a "Marine's Marine". David helped me pinpoint the sickbay hooch by using Google Earth & an old map of the Marine Airbase. My son & I were able to visit Vietnam in 2020. A Marine there helped me visit the area which is pretty much gone. However, we visited where Billy was hit & the hospital where he died. Thank you David!
RIP & Semper Fi from your Marine brethern.

Lakesha Washington

October 15, 2021

To the family- You all are in my thoughts and prayers and that will always remain. David’s love for all of you was so profound and he always shared stories of his wonderful life with you all. I smile when I think of this. We shared the value of family and the importance of leading a good life. May God continue to keep you and may you be blessed for the rest of your days. Prayers of comfort and understanding as you walk through this time of grief.

My dear friend David, I will always hold you in my heart and mind. You were truly a great friend and mentor to me. I am blessed to have known such a wonderful, kind and exceptional soul. We never shared a dull moment, I’ll miss all of the talks and laughter we shared. May you Rest In Peace. I’ll be seeing you!

Lakesha Washington

Dixie Eubank

October 15, 2021

Julie, I’m so sorry I did not meet David…my loss….I know he was “the love of your life” and that’s enough for me to know that he was a wonderful man… I remember you telling the story of how you and David met and that it was “love at first sight”…
My heartfelt condolences to you and your entire family …prayers and love for you all !

John Marcaccio

October 15, 2021

I will always remember David as the tough and protective Big Brother that he was to his sisters and brothers and how he possessed an inner strength just like his father. I admired him for his service and courage and how he treated us little guys when we were growing up in the neighborhood. I am deeply saddened by his lost, but I will never forget him. John Marcaccio

Nancy Piester

October 15, 2021

David was as good a neighbor as ever there could be. I enjoyed watching him push his mower on his front lawn — a brief fitness experiment for him. More often I enjoyed conversations with him as he sat in his favorite chair. I will miss David.

Denis Magerr

October 15, 2021

Julie, heartfelt prayers for you and your family. Although I never met David in person, only several Phone calls, I could tell that he had a heart of gold. What he did for my Brother Bill so many years ago will never be forgotten. May David Rest In Peace 💔. The Magerr family🙏

Danny Burnstein

October 14, 2021

David was a true Southern Gentleman.
Big heart and always a big smile.
Will miss him greatly.
My deepest sympathy and prayers to the family.