Drum Funeral Home-Hickory

940 29th Avenue NE, Hickory, NC


Max James Johnson

March 24, 1933September 14, 2020

Max James Johnson, 87, of Hickory, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2020 at Carolina Caring of Catawba County. Born March 24, 1933 in Burke County, NC, he grew up in Henry River and was the son of the late Dorse James Johnson and the late Jewell Hallman Johnson.

Max graduated from Hildebran High School in 1951 and attended Lenoir-Rhyne College. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War.

In 1956, he went to work for General Electric Company as an Advanced Systems Analyst in Computer Operations. In 1969, he relocated to Oakland, CA and was promoted to Manager of Business Information Systems, Materials Control, Purchasing and Shop Operations. Max retired from GE in 1989 after 34 years of service. He owned and operated Collector’s Cottage Antiques in Hildebran for 35 years. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of antiques and enjoyed sharing that with his customers. He was proud to count many of his regular customers as friends. His second retirement was in 2008.

Max enjoyed traveling, automobile racing, sports and attending his church, Bethany Lutheran. He served on various church councils for 30 years and as President many of those terms. He was a charter member of East Burke Kiwanis Club for many years, serving as President and in other positions. He read 2 newspapers every morning and kept current on all news. He lived his Christian faith daily and was a true gentleman and a man of his word.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ira Mae Johnson and a nephew, Mike Johnson.

Max is survived by his wife of 23 years, Cindy Seagle Johnson of the home; daughter, Denise Moseley and husband, Alan of Indian Trail; step-daughter, Sonya Houser and husband Kurt of Denver, NC; step-son, Aaron Cantrell and wife Sandy of Sherrills Ford, NC; brother, Marcus Johnson and wife Tommie of Hildebran; and grandchildren, Hayley Smith and husband Wilson Garrett of Lone Tree, Colorado, Devin Houser, Gavin Houser and Sophie Houser of Denver, NC; nephew, Daren Johnson and wife Galina of Huntersville; great-nephew, Travis Johnson of Hildebran; great-niece, Daniella Johnson of Huntersville; Godchildren, Isaac Reid Harrow and Kelly Harrow Tramble; a granddaughter in love and grataitude, Kristen Blair; numerous cousins and many friends.

A covered outdoor Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Drum Funeral Home in Hickory with the Rev. Dr. Pierson Shaw officiating.

The service will follow social distancing guidelines. Masks are required. Attendees may remain in their vehicles if preferred.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church or Carolina Caring of Catawba County.

Condolences may be sent to the Johnson family at www.drumfh-hickory.com.

Drum Funeral Home of Hickory is honored to be assisting the Johnson family.


  • Dorse James Johnson, Father (deceased)
  • Jewell Hallman Johnson, Mother (deceased)
  • Cindy Seagle Johnson, Wife of 23 years
  • Denise Moseley, Daughter
  • Alan Moseley, Son-in-law
  • Aaron Cantrell, Step-son
  • Sandy Cantrell, Step-daughter-in-law
  • Sonya Houser, Step-daughter
  • Kurt Houser, Step-son-in-law
  • Marcus Johnson, Brother
  • Tommie Johnson, Sister-in-law
  • Ira Mae Johnson, Sister (deceased)
  • Hayley Smith and husband Wilson Garrett, Granddaughter and husband
  • Devin Houser, Grandson
  • Gavin Houser, Grandson
  • Sophie Houser, Granddaughter
  • Daren Johnson wnd wife Galina, Nephew and wife
  • Mike Johnson, Nephew (deceased)
  • Travis Johnson, Great-nephew
  • Daniella Johnson, Great-niece
  • Isaac Reid Harrow, Godchild
  • Kelly Harrow Tramble, Godchild
  • Kristen Blair, Granddaughter in love and gratitude
  • Mr. Johnson also leaves numerous cousins and many friends.

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  • Bethany Lutheran Church
  • Carolina Caring of Catawba County


20 September

Celebration of Life w/ Military Rites

2:00 pm

Drum Funeral Home

940 29th Ave NE
Hickory, NC


Max James Johnson

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Jeff & Lisa & J.R. Brittain

September 19, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about Max passing. He was a really good friend and we will miss him dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. God Bless.

Billy,Frances,Steve Brittain

September 19, 2020

We are so sorry to hear about Max passing. He will be greatly missed. He was a Good Friend.

John H. Shell

September 18, 2020

I was saddened to learn of Max's passing. He was a classmate of mine in the class of 1951. We enjoyed basketball and socializing together during those years. He will be missed at our class reunions.

Sandria Stinnett

September 17, 2020

Cindy and family, My heart felt thoughts and prayers for you all during this time of sorrow. May God bless you with peace, love and understanding.

Renae Moser

September 16, 2020

I had the pleasure and honor of meeting Max and Cindy when I joined Unity Lutheran ELCA. He was such a sweet and kind person. He did many wonderful things for his church, I would love to list them but I don't think I have room here😉. May the Peace of God be with his family. 🙏🙏


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