John H. Johnson
July 13, 1950 – March 17, 2021
John Howard Johnson, 70, passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Pine Pointe Hospice in Macon, GA after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. A Funeral Mass will be said on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Scott Winchell officiating. A visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Rosary beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Madison St. entrance. Face mask and social distancing are required. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Mt. De Sales Academy. John was born in Macon, Georgia to the late Howard Huhn and Elizabeth Carpenter Johnson. John graduated from Mark Smith High School and he attended Georgia Tech and graduated from Southern Tech. John spent his entire career at the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Macon, Dublin and Barnesville, Inc., beginning as a delivery driver and retiring as President upon it sale in 2001. The company, founded by his grandfather Howard Maddox Johnson in 1936, proudly served over 19 counties in Middle Georgia. John was also the President of the Board of Directors of Georgia Southeastern Beverage Association (Georgia Beverage), as well as the President of the Board of Directors at Southeast Canners, Columbus, GA. Southeast Canners was a canner, he and his father helped start and build with other independent Pepsi franchise owners in the southeast. John received numerous awards for his integrity and leadership, as well as sales generated by his team. After his retirement, he served as an advisor to Southeast Canners, as well as served as a caregiver to both beloved mother, Elizabeth and his cousin John Winton. John was always available to lend an ear or a hand to everyone he knew. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Macon, GA and was a very active, if not very anonymous, donor and member who found great peace within its wall. John loved the outdoors and his family’s farm, even after traveling around the whole world. He was a dear friend to many, especially the J. Wayne Downs Family. Known for his kind demeanor and his loyal spirit, he spent most nights over the past 40 years with the family grilling out dinner, enjoying each other’s company at local restaurants and going on long runs and eventual walks with Wayne while solving all the world’s problems together. John was infamous for his routine schedule and his generosity to the employees that worked at his favorite establishments, especially at The Waffle House on Riverside Dr. and Jeneane’s Downtown and Michael on Mulberry. He and Wayne were a breakfast fixture at both for years, with many thinking they were brothers, due to their constant “bickering” and insistence on special jelly that was kept in the back for them only. Preceded in death by his parents and his beloved friend, Patricia (Patty) G. Downs, formerly of Macon, GA. He is survived by his sisters; Shirley Ann Krueger (Mike) of St. Simons, GA and Laura Jane Johnson Stephens (John) of Orlando, FL., nieces; DeDee Aiken Nystrom, Ashley Aiken Wiley (Gregg), and Kimberly Roberts (Brian) and great nieces; Jessica Ann Nystrom and Maiah Ann Wiley. Additionally, he is survived by his best friend, J. Wayne Downs of Macon, GA; his surrogate sons; Jason W. Downs of Brunswick, Jared W. (Kathryn) Downs of St. Simons Island, and Justin (Patti) Downs of St. Simons Island, as well as his Godchildren; Emma Downs, Anna Hughes Downs, and Jeffrey Downs, along with a special new addition, Mary Margret Downs all of St. Simons Island. Our love and gratitude goes out to Mattie Jones, Mitz Williams and Van Shivers for the wonderful care given to John. Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences. Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Bass Road has charge of the arrangements.
- He is survived by his sisters; Shirley Ann Krueger (Mike) of St. Simons, GA and Laura Jane Johnson Stephens (John) of Orlando, FL., nieces; DeDee Aiken Nystrom, Ashley Aiken Wiley (Gregg), and Kimberly Roberts (Brian) and great nieces; Jessica Ann Nystrom and Maiah Ann Wiley. Additionally, he is survived by his best friend, J. Wayne Downs of Macon, GA; his surrogate sons; Jason W. Downs of Brunswick, Jared W. (Kathryn) Downs of St. Simons Island, and Justin (Patti) Downs of St. Simons Island, as well as his Godchildren; Emma Downs, Anna Hughes Downs, and Jeffrey Downs, along with a special new addition, Mary Margret Downs all of St. Simons Island.
Mt. De Sales Academy
851 Orange Street, Macon, Georgia 31201
St. Joseph Catholic Church
830 Poplar Street, Macon, Georgia 31201
Monday, March 22, 2021
John H. Johnson
Beverly T Baggarly
March 19, 2021
I'm heartbroken over John's passing but I know in my heart that he is at peace. I first met John in Kindergarten when we were 5. Many years later we reconnected in high-school. He was my high-school sweetheart and dated thru College. We stayed close friends for over 50 years. I will miss him greatly.. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family.
March 19, 2021
Many pleasant memories of times shared...RIP my friend .
March 19, 2021
Sweet peace to you, friend. I have many wonderful memories of fun times with John, Ceil, and Patty, Wayne and their children over the years. Wayne, you and John were such blessings to each other and your affection and care for one another and all those you loved are gifts of grace that I hope will bring you great comfort. Much love to all of you—-Beth Williams
March 19, 2021
Dedee and family and Wayne: John was a significant part of a most rewarding portion of my life, as you were also Dedee. He was a true "one of a kind", and he will be missed. Prayers and consolation to you all; may he rest in peace. Gene and Pat Brannen