Jerry M. Johnson

July 24, 1943September 27, 2020

Lt. Col. Jerry M. Johnson, USAF, Retired, of Cocoa Beach, FL passed away Sunday, September 27th 2020 at the age of 77.

Jerry was born in Kannapolis, NC in 1943. The US Air Force brought him to Brevard County in 1979. In 1992 after a 25+ year career, Jerry retired from the US Air Force. Over the majority of the next three decades he continued to serve his country in the role of Defense Contractor.

He will be remembered by his family and friends for his caring and giving spirit, his dedication, unconditional love and of course his great smile. He will be dearly missed…

Jerry is survived by his Wife: Bennie Jo Johnson – Children: Eric and Michael Johnson, Howard and Scott Loggins – Grandchildren: Bradley, Nicholas and Charlotte Johnson, Adonis and Celina Wainer, April Sauls, Patrick Loggins, Nichole Loggins Craddock, and Victoria Loggins – Great Grandchildren: Jonas Sauls, Evelyn Grace Craddock, Mason Carter Loggins, and Caiden Muniz – Siblings: John Johnson and Sue Gentry.

A graveside service is scheduled for 10:00 am, Saturday Oct 3rd at Florida Memorial Gardens in Rockledge, Florida. The service will be live streamed for those who cannot attend.

For those who look to attend, please note, this will be a graveside service, outside with no seating, please plan accordingly.

If you wish to make a charitable donation in honor of Jerry, the family has asked that donations be made to the Air Force Space & Missile Museum – Cape Canaveral or to the Civilian Military Community Foundation


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, October 3, 2020



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Catherinen Liller Joblinske

October 11, 2020

I hadn’t seen Jerry or Eric and Michael for years. But they are all part of my childhood memories. I loved traveling to Satellite Beach to stay with them and swim in the pool and go to the beach. I remember it so well. And Jerry, I’ve never known someone to give off such a calm, steady, warm mood. He and my dad were good friends and they shared their families together. Jerry even let me drive Bertha (what I named her) the green VW van for 2 years in college in Miami. I’m grateful for the memories I have with the Johnson family. Even though it was eons ago, I carry them with me. I hope happy memories of Jerry boring Eric and Michael and BJ comfort.
-Chicky Liller.

Chuck Kuhlman

October 7, 2020

Please accept my condolences for the loss my very good friend and US Air Force co worker in the US Space Program. Jerry was Chief of the Launch Vehicle Division in the 6555thAerospace Test Group at Cape Canaveral Air ForceStation. He provided outstanding leadership and results in the processing and launch of Titan Space Booster Rockets that carried high priority National Security and Military Satellites into orbit. Jerry will always be remembered as a true friend and outstanding officer who contributed immensely to the success of the US Space Program. He is a real Pioneer in both the military and civilian Space Enterprises.
Chuck Kuhlman, Colonel, USAF (Retired)
Former Commander
6555th Aerospace Test Group
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida

Robe r and Jeanne Katz

October 3, 2020

Jerry was a great neighbor and friend. Always cheerful, helpful and always smiling. He will be greatly missed.

Our deepest sympathy and sincerest condolences to BJ and the rest of his family. We are here whenever you need anything.

Martin McAlwee

October 2, 2020

My condolences to Jerry's family on his passing. I always looked forward to sharing news and ideas with Jerry at the Friday morning breakfast"graybeard" gatherings over many years and at different venues. His religious faith, love for his family and country inspired his many friends and colleagues during his lifetime and will be a legacy to remember him by in the years ahead. Martin McAlwee

Cathy Farrington

October 1, 2020

How I would love to see that beautiful smile again. Jerry was one of the best caretakers for his younger family members. Many memories were made living on Cub Street in Kannapolis. I will miss you so much. Love to BJ, Michael, Eric and all the family who loved him so much.

Tracy Brooks

October 1, 2020

To the family of Jerry Johnson and especially to my Godmother, my Aunt Sue Johnson Gentry, my mother Linda Goforth, and I are so very sorry for the loss of Jerry. He was so very precious to us. My mom has always had wonderful stories growing up with Aunt Sue and stories about Jerry. From the time I was born I have been in the Johnson family and my mother and Sue have been friends since they were 10 yrs old. (64 years of friendship), And her memories of Jerry are so wonderful. He will be forever in our hearts. You will all be in our thoughts, prayers, and hearts as you go through this trying time with the loss of such a sweet caring man. I will always remember his smile and his kindness. May God bless you, guide you, and be with you all, Amen (Linda Goforth Clayton and Tracy Brooks)