Kenneth Lafayette Johnson

January 11, 1957November 6, 2019

Kenneth L. Johnson Jr., 62, of Rome., Ga., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6. Born Jan. 11, 1957, he was the son of Myrtis Johnson and the late Kenneth L. Johnson Sr. A 1975 graduate of Cedar Grove High School, he studied at Georgia Southern University. He served with honor as a police officer with the Statesboro Police Department from 1979 to 1982, and as an EMT with Bulloch County EMS Paramedic from 1976 to 1982. A police officer with the Gwinnett County Police Department from 1984 to 2008, he was named Gwinnett County Police Officer of the Year in 1999 for bravely entering a burning home to rescue a victim and extinguish the fire. A dedicated public servant and true family man in every sense of the word, he could always be counted on when someone needed a helping hand. He was an avid fisherman, devoted fan of John Wayne and lover of dogs. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth L. Johnson Sr. He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Cindy Shaw Johnson of Rome; his daughters, Darcie Johnson of Rockmart; and Megan Johnson Wells (Zach Wells, husband) of Gainesville; and son Kristoffer Johnson (Avery, wife) of Dallas; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Daniel's Funeral Home. The memorial service will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Berry College Chapel in Rome. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to


  • Visitation Saturday, November 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, November 10, 2019


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Helen Hodges

November 10, 2019

Cindy, I am so terribly sorry about your husband’s death. I know it was all too soon and that your family is experiencing painful grief. Please know I hold you in my thoughts and prayers and that I am hopeful peace and comfort will come. God bless you and your family. Most sincerely, Helen Hodges

Cindie Lou Roger

November 7, 2019

Cindy, I am so sorry. There are no words that are adequate at times like this. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. As the days pass may your memories provide you comfort and the love that surrounds you give you strength. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Wayne Thaxton

November 7, 2019

Kenny was my partner and my close friend. We met in 1988 and began a partnership in 1995. We were accident reconstruction experts for the Gwinnett County Police. We handled some very serious incidents and meshed into a very dynamic team. We worked together so well that we seldom had to ask each other which steps, we just knew what each other would do. We became lifelong friends. I miss my friend. He was truly one of a kind. He was the epitome of a good person and a professional officer. Rest easy Sergeant Johnson....

Lawana Bryan

November 7, 2019

Cindy, condolences on the loss of your husband. Prayers for you and your family. May God grant you peace and the supporting comfort of friends, family and coworkers.