Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home

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Harold Wayne JOHNSON

September 6, 1925July 23, 2020

Harold Wayne (Goose) JOHNSON Colonel USAF Retired , age 94, of Nashville, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020. Harold was born September 6, 1925.

He served as a storekeeper second class US Navy during WWII at Saipan, South Pacific. After being discharged in 1946 he met and married Sara Ruth McMillan RN on May 18, 1947 at Thomasville Ga. Shortly after this marriage Mrs. Johnson transferred with the Veteran Administration to Nashville and Harold joined the TN Air National Guard. He was promoted to first Sergeant. At the beginning of the Korean conflict he was appointed Second Lieutenant Adjutant of the 105th fighter squadron. He was briefly transferred to McGuire AFB, NJ as Adjutant of the fifth fighter squadron. Returning to 105 th fighter squadron which had been transferred to Knoxville, He served there while McGhee - Tyson Air Force Base was under construction and led the parade in dedication of the base. Upon his release in Nov. 1952 he returned to Nashville and assisted in reorganizing the Tennessee Air National Guard after the Korean Conflict. He served in several positions retiring as Deputy Commander for Resources of the 118th Airlift Wing in Nov 1980.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by wife Sara Johnson. Survived by Daughters and sons in law Rita Bohr and Steve Huddleston, Ann and Billy Walker. Six Grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Private services will be held at Middle TN Veterans Cemetery. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.HibbettHaileyFH.com for the JOHNSON family.


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Harold Wayne JOHNSON

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Janice Judd

August 5, 2020

I remember "Goose" fondly. He made several trips with FiftyForward Travel when I was travel coordinator there. It was good to know daughter Rita also.
My condolences to the family.

Marilyn Desmarais

August 1, 2020

I was the Colonel's barber for several years. I looked forward to the visits. I liked to hear his stories of how he grew up and his travels around the world. I asked him to bring me a photo of him in his younger days. He brought me one of him in his military uniform when he was about 45. What a handsome man! I displayed his photo in my shop, and several of my other customers recognized him and knew him back then. One of them told me the story of how he lost his ring finger. Ouch! I always smiled when I saw him come through the door. He lived life to the fullest.

Roy Jones

July 26, 2020

I was at berry feild for many years with Col Johnson,played many games of checkers with him over the years.He was a good friend,as well as a good officer,He will be missed by many

Connie Smith

July 26, 2020

My husband and I knew your Dad and Mom from visits with my Uncle and Aunt, Bob and Mika Sykes. Mr. Wayne and Ms. Ruth were always fun and brightened our day. Very nice, kind people. So glad we had the pleasure of knowing them. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Douglas Radley

July 26, 2020

I have known Mr. Johnson since I was a young boy. I cut his grass as a kid and went to school with Ann and Rita. He was one of the finest men I have ever known. He always encouraged me to do my best and be a good person. His service inspired me to join the Air National Guard after I got out of the Air Force. He and Mrs Johnson were great friends of my parents. I have many fond memories of him and the conversations we had. My sincere condolences to Ann, Rita and all the family.

Dick Townes

July 26, 2020

I knew COL Goose Johnson from my days in the 105th. He was a great person and a fine AF Officer. Prayers for him and his family. He will be missed.

Ann Nunally Gaines

July 26, 2020

My father, MG Nunally, my Mother, my husband, MAJ Gaines and I all knew Col Johnson and held him in the highest regard. He was a solid man, with high standards and a true professional. He also was one of the funniest guys ever! He always remembered every one with a big smile and story. I have such warm memories of him. May he Rest In Peace.

Ann Nunally Gaines