OBITUARY

William "Bill" D. Johnson

October 29, 1930May 30, 2021
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William D. "Bill" Johnson, 90 of Lake Harding passed away quietly Sunday, May 30th surrounded by his family. He was born October 29, 1930 in New Brockton, Alabama; son of the late Ruby and Ralph Johnson. He was married to his beloved wife, Nadine C. Johnson for over 50 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War. After the war he pursued the trade of carpentry and went own to be a superintendent for Wright & Associates, Inc. and built many of the barricks at Fort Benning. He loved life on the river, his garden and Biloxi. He is survived by his two children, Clint Johnson and Keith Johnson and his two grandchildren, Will Johnson and Keeli Johnson. He is survived by his two sisters, Sylvia Alligood and Patricia Keller (Father Terry Keller). Bill was a hard working man who worked most weeks out of town, but when arriving home for weekends, neighborhood kids scattered and ran, even the dog retreated to the woods, but in the end, he instilled values, work ethics and raised most of them. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Columbus Hospice, 7020 Moon Rd., Columbus GA 31909. The family would like to thank the staff at Columbus Hospice for the wonderful and compassionate care given. Visitation will be held Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Striffler-Hamby, Phenix City from 11:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. and the funeral service will follow.

Services

  • A Visitation for Family and Friends

    Saturday, June 5, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service

    Saturday, June 5, 2021

Memories

William "Bill" D. Johnson

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Glenda Massee

June 3, 2021

I have so many great memories of Bill and also Nadine. I always couldn’t believe how Bill could remember great stories and jokes, enjoyed them all even those I’d heard before. One really great time that I remember was a trip several neighbors including Bill and Nadine took in mine and Hosea’s motor home to Helen ( Octoberfest) and on our return all of us adults stopped In Cleveland Tennessee at the Baby General Hospital, where they birth the original Cabbage Patch Dolls. Bill bought one watched his birth ( we all watched too) he named his baby boy Leroy. It was the funniest best time all these adults acting like kids!!

Philip Culpepper

June 2, 2021

Dear Clint and Keith,

As one of the "neighborhood kids" I was fortunate enough to have learned from the life lessons Billy shared with us all. It never made a difference to him if you were one of his own boys or not. We were all "his boys" and we were all disciplined and loved. I don't remember a time that Billy and Miss Nadine didn't have their doors open for all of us; both at home and the river as well. Perhaps his willingness to devote attention to us all is one of the reasons so many of us are still together as a group. We might have scattered on Friday afternoons when he got home but by Saturday morning we were all right back there. Often there on Sunday afternoons as he pulled out. I remember him barking orders with a list of things to have done before he got back the following weekend. If we listen close enough we can probably hear him tell us what we need to do next. He took the time to run a tight line and make sure we all stayed in our place around him. How can you not respect a man that kept our crowd under control? I am sure he has reunited with Miss Nadine and all is right for them again. Mr. Bill will truly be missed.

Sincerely,

Allen Culpepper

Debra Young

June 2, 2021

The world was a better place with Mr. Bill in it. He was the best friend and neighbor anyone could hope for. He was always there when you needed him. I loved him dearly and enjoyed visiting with him over the years , sharing laughs, memories and “merriment “. I will miss you and your friendship. Rest In Peace my friend. ❤️

Teal Gaultney Rooks

June 2, 2021

Mr. Bill was a great man! I will always remember his smile and laugh! He was always so sweet to me growing up and made sure to happily include me in what the 'river gang' was up to during the summers :) usually hanging around a golf cart with my grandDad.

Sending my sincere condolences to the family. He will be missed.
Teal

Beverly Deems

June 1, 2021

Lots of memories, especially Bill calling me every birthday! May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.

Don & Sue Goodman

June 1, 2021

“If you need anything and I got it, you can have it”
Bill was a good man, unbelievably organized with a journal of his life over the last 70 years.
Sue and I had the utmost respect for Bill
We will surely miss him

(Would like to know what Bill and Mac are building now)

Margie Jackson

June 1, 2021

Clint and Keith, your Dad was a great friend. Always thoughtful and kind. A great neighbor at the lake for many years. Will miss him greatly. With Love and Sympathy.

Dianne Gaultney

June 1, 2021

Clint and Keith,
So sorry for your loss. Mr. Bill will be missed. He always shared his kindness and help in many ways. He was a great friend to my dad, Mac Brown.

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