Leighton Revae Johnson Sr., affectionately known by his family and friends as “Johnny,” 77, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at home under the care of Hospice of South Georgia.
A resident of Jesup for over fifty-two years, Johnny was born on August 2, 1943 in Benson, Minnesota to the late Lawrence V. Johnson, Sr. and Myrtle Nelson Johnson. He served his country in the United States Army for several years during the Vietnam Conflict at various appointments including locations in Japan and Fort Stewart. Johnny then began a career with Waynline, and later, Georgia Narrow Fabrics, from which he would retire with more than thirty years of service. He loved Christmas and sharing the Christmas Spirit with others by playing the role of Santa Clause. Children of all ages, too numerous to mention, have gazed into his big blue eyes with wonder as they anxiously awaited the most wonderful night of the year and although he loved these moments, he cherished the time he spent with his family even more than this.
In addition to his parents, his son, Leighton Revae Johnson, Jr. and his brothers and sisters, Lawrence Johnson, Jr. Ardis Neuhaus, Debbie Dingwell, Beverly Richards, Silas Johnson and David Johnson all preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of nearly fifty-five years, Annie Faye Johnson; two children, Mike Carpenter and Kim Carpenter and daughter-in-law, Connie Carpenter all of Jesup and Tiffany Costello; brothers and sisters, Darrell Johnson and wife, Laurel of Twin Valley, Minnesota, Marlow Johnson of Mora, Minnesota and Pam Torgerson of Shakopee, Minnesota; grandchildren, Serenity Carpenter, Brittany Carpenter, Heather Carpenter, Danni-Lynn Carpenter, Abigail Pruin, Chad Wheeler and Michael Wheeler and great grandchildren, Sky Carpenter, Dalton Shaw, Kazlynn Taylor, Wyatt Perkins, Joe Perkins, Cesc Vidal Carpenter, Wesson Vidal Carpenter and Kamil Merritt. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members also survive.
Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home in Jesup.
Funeral services will be at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Howard & Jones Funeral Home with Rev. David Hubbs officiating.
Interment will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Ricky Fulton, James Dorsey, Carl Aspinwall, Wyatt Perkins, Dalton Shaw and Joe Perkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Hires, John Tapley and Shannon Pearson, Brenda Hartley and all past co-workers of Georgia Narrow Fabrics.
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