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William Johnson
William Johnson


William "Bill" Arrett Johnson Jr., 94, went to be with his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, July 29, at his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  

Bill was born on January 26, 1923, in Gastonia, North Carolina to the late William A. Johnson Sr. and Corrie Louiza Johnson. The oldest of six children; growing up in North Carolina, where he met and married his wife, Nell Easler. 

He was a World War II veteran serving in the Army Air Corp. He enlisted on October 27, 1942, flying as a B-29 gunner in the Pacific Theater. He spent his career working in Washington, DC for the Navy as a civilian, retiring in January 1980.

Upon retirement, Bill began spending more time in Myrtle Beach, eventually spending most of the year at the North Myrtle Beach Travel Park. His favorite pastime was sitting in his swing and talking to people coming on and off the beach. Generations of Travel Park campers looked forward to visiting with him in his “hot house” during their summer vacations. He was extremely proud of his family, sharing stories of his son, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He also proudly shared his war stories and photo album from World War II. He was a faithful member and former Sunday school superintendent of Aspen Hill Wesleyan Church, Maryland. As he spent more time in Myrtle Beach, he became involved in Faith Wesleyan Church of Little River, South Carolina. Bill proudly honored both God and country in all aspects of his life.

Being the patriarch of the extensive Johnson family, "Uncle Bill" often sat in as the Honorary Grandparent for his many nieces and nephews. Who also spent countless years visiting him at Myrtle Beach.

He is survived by his son, the Honorable Stephen Johnson and his wife Debbie Johnson of Frederick, MD; grandchildren Carrie and Jeremy Jenkins of Waterford, VA, Matthew and Elizabeth Johnson of Washington, DC, and Allison Johnson of Middletown, MD; great-grandchildren Carter, Luke, and Brayden Jenkins, MeKayla and Kaden Wells, and William Johnson; and siblings Lee and Becky Johnson of Cape Coral, FL, Paul and Norma-Jean Johnson of Weaverville, NC, Mary and Robert Mitchell Gastonia, NC, and Frank and Sarah Johnson of Bessemer City, NC.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Easler Johnson; daughter, Jackie Darlene Johnson; great-grandson, James Matthew Johnson; sister, Joanne Mitchell and her husband Franklin.

The funeral will be held on Thursday, August 3 at 10:30 am at Faith Wesleyan Church (10615 Hwy 90, Little River, SC 29566) directed by McMillan Small Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to Faith Wesleyan Church.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, August 4 at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Suitland, MD.

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Betsy & Dean Wilson
Lenoir NC

Dear Frank & Sarah & Family. I went by Bill\'s place this morning and called Myrtle Beach Travel Park office to learn the sad news of his passing. My soul is sad but full of all the memories he left with Dean and me. I cherish the photos he left with me. With the passing of our WWII vets we are witnesses to the end of an honorable era in our country\'s history. Love to your family from Betsy & Dean.

Rick & Linda Blackledge
McAdenville, NC

Myrtle Beach Travel Park will never be the same without Bill! We have enjoyed many celebrations in his and Nell's honor over the years. Love the Johnson family and cherish our friendships with each one. Bill & Nell and my mother and father were great friends in Washington DC after the war and I grew up hearing the stories of their shenanigans. Loved hearing Bill telling his version of those stories to me upon visiting him. He will be missed but we will see him again!

Wayne Williams - USMC
Longs, SC

Thanks for your military service !!!
Wayne Williams
United States Marine Corps

Ann Mudd
Rockville, MD

Steve and family, please accept my deepest sympathy on your dad's passing. Nell and Bill were our wonderful neighbors for twenty years. They were Aunt Nell and Uncle "Bull" to our girls. I know he will be missed by many.

David and Allene Blanchard
Falls Church, VA

Steve, Our fond memories go back for almost 60 years to about 1960. What wonderful memories we have of working together with your dad and mom to start a church, fellowshiping in one another\'s home, pot-luck dinners, Sunday School classes, and on and on. The older we get the more important our dear, long term, and genuine friends become - they become extended family. We send our Love and Prayers for you, Debbie, and the entire family

Jim and Pat Freeman
Jonesborough TN

Frank and Sarah
We met Bill 20 years ago when we camped beside him at MBTP. We loved him and looked forward to every trip down to see him, and you all as well. What a blessing he was to all who knew him. It will not be the same without him but know he is in a better place. We look forward to seeing him again. Heaven just gained another angel. We will see you in the Fall.
Much love
Jim and Pat Freeman

Rev. Joan T Osgood
Stamford, CT

Bill and Nell were dear friends of the Osgoods during the time we were all active at Aspen Wesleyan Church. I have fond memories of the wonderful people they both were, and I extend my sincere condolences to Steve and the rest of the family.
Bill left a legacy of faith that I trust is impacting several generations.

Rebecca Storey
Anderson, IN

Steve and family.
My sincere condolences to you and your family. Both your mother and dad were wonderful to Pastor Storey and me when we were the parsonage family at Aspen Hill.
Your dear dad ran his race well. Bless his dear memory.
May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds at rest tomorrow and the days ahead.
Rebecca Storey 10

Cindy Williams Queener
New York

Mr Johnson was my Sunday School teacher at Aspen Hill Wesleyan church when I was in middle school in the early 70s. I remember his faithfulness each Sunday to lead us in our study of the word. He ran the race well.

Jean Duecker

I have fond memories of Nell and Bill and send my sincere condolences to Steve and all the family.

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