James "Jimmy" Willard Johnson

October 25, 1943November 23, 2015

James “Jimmy” Willard Johnson, 72, of Brown Summit, went home to be with The Lord on November 23, 2015, from his residence. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, November 28, 2015 at New Garden Friends Meeting Cemetery, 801 New Garden Rd., in Greensboro. The family will receive friends on Friday evening November 27, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm St. Chapel. Jimmy was born in Guilford County on October 25, 1943 to the late Almer McKinley and Irma McCollum Johnson. He lived the same area of Monticello most of his life. He attended Monticello School, worked for Cone Mills, was a carpenter, a farmer, a farrier, a hunter, and could fix almost anything. Jimmy loved his family, friends, his farm, and playing Bluegrass and Gospel music with his friends. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Martha Knight Johnson of the home; sister, Geraldine Carter; brothers, Lee and his wife Bobbie, Larry and his wife Joan, and Bobby and his wife Patricia; mother-in-law, Sara M. Knight; and lots of nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the many friends who helped Jimmy over the years during his illness. They would also like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Keith Willis, Dr. Michael Mattlingly, and Deneece Dillard for their care and concern. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405, or to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation

    Friday, November 27, 2015

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 28, 2015


James "Jimmy" Willard Johnson

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Jeff Wiseman

November 27, 2015

Jimmy Johnson was a good man. I remember when I was first learning the banjo and was quite nervous about my skills, I would hover around the fringe of the jam group and Jimmy would always say, "come on in here, boy, where I can hear ya!" Jimmy would always make me feel welcome and he had a way of making you play better than you were. Great guy! I sure will miss him.

David Schickedantz

November 27, 2015

Sincere condolences to the Johnson family. I've only known Jimmy for around five years through picking with him and his friends. The lessons I learned from those Jam sessions has helped me become a better guitar player. He's given me a lot of advice on fixing cars and helped me on one occasion in his shop. I will miss him very much.

Larry and Sue Cuthbertson

November 25, 2015

Lee and family, our thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time of sadness.

Jeff Eubanks

November 25, 2015

I want to express my condolences to the Johnson Family. I did not know Jimmy well, but was fortunate to attend his regular jam sessions on a number of occasions and very much appreciate the opportunity he provided to play music with people. He and his jam session will be missed by many of us.

Pastor Larry Andrews and Deborah

November 25, 2015

Martha, Geraldine and Brothers: Thoughts and prayers go out to each of you in the loss of Jimmy. He was always such a joy to be around; and, was certainly a talented man. May God bless you.

Jennifer Lovelace

November 24, 2015

Will miss you uncle Jimmy. Will miss the music playing. You had a good fight. Jason will miss playing too.

Pam Lowdermilk-Throckmorton

November 24, 2015

My condolences to the Johnson family.
With love & prayers
From a neighbor & friend,

diane harris

November 23, 2015

My thoughts and prayer's to the family