Ira Eugene Johnson

March 26, 1929January 1, 2013

Ira Eugene Johnson passed away peacefully on January 1, 2013 at Moses Cone Hospital, and went on to his eternal home in Heaven.

Born on March 26, 1929 in Anderson, AL, Ira moved to Indianapolis IN at a young age. He served in the Army during the Korean War as a tank gunner Sergeant with the 89th Tank Regiment. Following his discharge, he returned to his work at L.S. Ayers & Company in Indianapolis where he met the love of his life, Grace Montani.

He became employed by Balkamp, Inc. a supplier to NAPA Auto Parts, and embarked on a 37 year career which took him into the field of sales, perfectly suited to his dynamic personality. He was assigned a territory in the Southeast, and in 1970 moved his family to Greensboro, NC where he made many dear friends. After retiring from Balkamp, Ira continued his enjoyment of sales and customer service work, assisting Richard, his son at Triad Graphic Resources, Inc. in High Point, from 1995-2009.

Gene, as he was known to most of his family, was a devoted husband, loving father, and proud, generous grandfather. The dedication and integrity he put into his work was an example for everyone. He received many honors over the years with Balkamp, the most cherished being the admiration and respect of all who knew him. He loved traveling, gardening, telling jokes, meeting new people, and sharing time with his grandchildren, family and friends. His strong faith in the Lord carried him through many struggles and challenges. Gene was a blessing to everyone he came in contact with, and he will be deeply missed.

Ira Eugene Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Sylvania Johnson along with five brothers and four sisters. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Grace Montani Johnson whom he affectionately called “Doll”. Family survivors also include son Richard, daughter Terri and her husband Mike Edwards of Asheville, four grandchildren, Meghan and Ryan Johnson of Raleigh NC, Aaron Johnson of Greensboro, NC. Sara Edwards of Asheville, NC and two sisters, Birdie Hutter of Sarasota, FL and Imogene Hood of Indianapolis, IN.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home Sedgefield Chapel, burial with Military Honors by the Randolph County Honor Guard will follow in Guilford Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until service time.

Flowers are sincerely appreciated or memorial contributions may also be made to St. Pius the Tenth Catholic Church building fund, 200 State St., Greensboro, NC 27408.



  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, January 5, 2013


  • Interment with Military Honors by the Randolph County Honor Guard

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Phyllis Wall

January 5, 2013

Ira brought lots of laughter & smiles to anyone who knew him. And my life was better for knowing him. Gracie & family my thoughts & prayers are with you as you go thur this difficult time.

Virginia Wilson

January 5, 2013

Ira was my first boss when I started working at Balkamp, and also worked together in Sales.I was sorry to lose such a good friend and proud that he invited me to his luncheon in June 2010. (The last time I saw him) He was kind to keep in touch with Lena and I each month after our retirement.We will miss talking to him. Our sympathy to his family,Virginia Foglesong Wison and Lena Ooley


January 5, 2013

Ira was a gentlemans gentleman and a friend to many.I will always consider him my friend.The [smile] he had it the fist day I met him. thirty five years later he had the same smile. My thoughts and prayers to the family. he will be missed.

Betsy Kessler

January 4, 2013

Richard ~ My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Just remember your dad will always be sitting on your shoulder still guiding through your life as he will forever be in your heart. You to are a great man who had a great teacher. All my love, Betsy

Harvey Covell

January 4, 2013

I always enjoyed working with Ira, a professional in every respect. Was always the first to offer his help and words of encouragement. I will miss his calls, our brief chats and invites to breakfast. God Bless You, Rest in Peace.
Harvey Covell (Kernersville, NC)

Steve Strawder

January 4, 2013

I worked with Ira at NAPA Balkamp in the early 1960's. I admired and respected Ira for his hard work and for his honest approach in dealing with the employees under his charge.
May the good Lord be with his family during these sad times.
Steve Strawder Col AUS (Ret) Bonita Springs Fl

January 4, 2013

May joy soon replace the sorrow that's in your heart, with cherished memories.

Grant Walters

January 4, 2013

Ira was a special individual who touched so many in a positive way. His easy going manner and quick smile made him easy to love. His loyalty to his family, friends and Company truly set an example for everyone he met-myself included. My thoughts and prayers are with Gracie, the kids and grandchildren. The world has truly lost a shining light.

Loyce Borron

January 4, 2013

Gracie, Richard, Terri, and have
my deepest sympathy. Ira has been one of my best
friends for 43 years. Ira and I worked together with NAPA Balkamp
for years. He always had good things to say about everyone
and always talked about his family. He will truly be missed.

January 4, 2013

So sorry to lose such a good friend. Ira called Lena or I at least once a month, Loyce would call us and let us know he heard from Ira. I am so glad I went to his luncheon in June 2010. That was the last time I saw him. Love Virginia and Lena