Brown-Wynne Funeral Home & Crematory

300 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC


R. Horace Johnson Jr.

November 10, 1944October 7, 2019

R. Horace Johnson, Jr., 74, of Raleigh, died Monday, October 7, 2019 after a brief illness. He was born in Roanoke Rapids, NC on November 10, 1944, to the late Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Horace Johnson, Sr. and was raised in Henderson, NC.

Horace attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning a BS in Accounting. He obtained a CPA designation and worked his entire career at Ernst & Young, LLP retiring in 2004 as the Managing Partner of the Triangle office, serving many domestic as well as international clients.

He is survived by his wife, Beckie Johnson; his daughter, Mandy Spears (Lin); grandchildren, Maegan, Lindley and Anna Carlyle Spears; as well as his son, Scott Johnson. Additional survivors are his sisters, Jackie Johnson and Pat Autry (Kent); niece, Alex Keilen (Jeff); and great-nieces, Vivienne and Elise. Also surviving are Beckie’s family, Donnie Jackson (Jennifer), their children, Luke and Wrenn, Amy Clark (Andy), their children, Harrison, Jackson and Riley, and Margaret Hill (Sean) and their children, Brenton, Kendall and Leighton.

He was predeceased by his parents and his first wife, Trudy Johnson.

During his life and career, Horace was active in numerous civic and non-profit organizations and their boards. Professionally, he served on the board of directors of Investor’s Title Co., TrustAtlantic Bank and Wilmington Pharmaceuticals, LLC.

One of his greatest honors was being inducted into The Order of The Long Leaf Pine Society by Governor Easley.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, with visitation immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, 2209 Fairview Rd, Raleigh, NC, 27608.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne, 300 Saint Mary's Street Raleigh, NC.


  • Hayes Barton United Methodist Church


  • A memorial service with a reception to follow Wednesday, October 16, 2019


R. Horace Johnson Jr.

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Bob Fussell

October 16, 2019

I first met Horace maybe 30 years ago when I nervously asked him to come speak at a Chamber of Commerce event. He agreed to periodically meet and share his wisdom both personally and professionally. He was so kind and generous with his time and genuinely interested in others. He was always focused on taking care of those around him--his wife, his children, his clients and his community. His departure came much too soon and he will be missed by many. But I am sure he is being celebrated in heaven!

Tony Callander

October 15, 2019

Horace was such a great man and a dear friend. I shall miss him terribly, as will many others. We were colleagues at EY for more than 30 years, and our respective families were personal friends as well. Personal condolences to the entire family.

Tony Callander

Anne Adams

October 14, 2019

Beckie, so sorry to hear of your loss. Horace will be dearly missed by all who knew him. May God be with you and all of your family.
Anne Adams

Bob Thorburn

October 14, 2019

Horace recruited me to EY and taught me the ropes of the profession....he was the consummate EY professional. He led by example and was a HUGE leader in the community. He was a big reason for the success of this business community as we know it today. He will be sorely missed.

Frank Liggett

October 13, 2019

Horace set the professional and honorable standards for accountants and lawyers working together for mutual business and corporate clients .

Jim Jones

October 11, 2019

I have the deepest sorrow for everyone, Horace was a once-in-a-lifetime man! I am a very proud brother of his through Christ. When I was going through the most difficult period in my life, fighting with cancer, Horace was one of those guys that just cheered you up. He would not allow you to have a bad attitude or to feel sorry for yourself. Several times he asks me, “So what are you gonna do when this is all over?” My response was always the same, and he always laughed. “Why Horace I’m either going to graduate from this earth and celebrate with those that came before me, while I wait for Gena! Or I’m gonna survive and if I do I make a pledge to be a better person than I was before.” Horace was the kind of guy that would help you do that! You remind me of my father, or maybe a better description is I wish he was my father, I just had an immediate bond and I love it! If you’re missing Horace, play “Lord of the Dance”, that’s the song I picture him reveling in as he waits for all of us in heaven.

Trotter Bagley

October 9, 2019

I grew up in Henderson NC with Horace. He was also my neighbor in Morehead City. He was s fine man and we shared a few childhood stories occasionally.
My prayers go out to his family.
Trotter Bagley

Dennis Michels

October 9, 2019

I went thru middle school &
High school with Horace. ...he’s a lifelong friend, a great & successful man. My prayers are with Horace’s family
Dennis Michels

Douglas Boggie

October 8, 2019

I am saddened to hear of the passing of Horace. I knew Horace professionally as well as through our Friday morning Bible Study.
My prayers are with his family.