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James Louie Johnson

August 15, 1930 June 2, 2019
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Lt. Colonel Chaplain James Louie Johnson (U.S. Army, Retired) of Atlanta, Georgia passed away on Sunday June 2nd after a long illness. LTC James L. Johnson was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on August 15th 1930 to James Louie Johnson Sr. and Pearl Boyd Johnson. Both parents died when he was a child and he was brought to Augusta, Georgia to be raised by a large extended family. After highschool he joined the military and served in Germany during the Korean War. He then returned to Georgia and attended Georgia Southern University where he met the love of his life, Loretta Roach. Having no immediate family of his own, the Roaches decidedly adopted him as one of their own and the pair married in 1955. They welcomed their first daughter the same year, Nancy Kay Johnson, and their second daughter, April Lynn Johnson, was born in 1964. Jim and Loretta were both teachers in their early years of marriage and he later attended the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He received his Masters of Divinity Degree in 1962 and joined the U.S. Army Chaplain's Corps. James served in Vietnam, at Fort Belvoir (DC), Karlsruhe and Augsburg (Germany), Fort Hamilton (NY), and Fort Campbell (KY). He received three more masters degrees from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA and returned to Augusta to serve at Fort Gordon in 1974. He retired from the military at Fort Gillem, here in Atlanta in 1983. He went on to minister at Dunwoody Methodist, Snellville UMC, Ellenwood UMC, Langston UMC in Statesboro, GA. He also worked as a coordinator for Elderhostel for 10 years. At St. Mark's Episcopal he was the director in charge of all church programs including those for feeding, sheltering, and educating the homeless. Around 2005 he retired from the ministry but continued to be active in church activities like teaching Sunday School classes at Embry Hills Methodist as well as serving as the chaplain in his local VFW. He was preceded in death by his parents, his half sister Nancy Ann Johnson, and his grandson Zebediah Millard. LTC (Ret) Johnson is survived by his wife, Loretta R. Johnson, his daughters Kay J. Edenfield and April (Marshall) Millard; his granddaughters, Whitney (Adam) Scarbrough and Gillian Millard; a great grandson Wylie James Scarbrough; first cousin Martha Holly; a sister-in-law, Carmen Roach Powell; a brother-in-law, Hal (Susan) Roach and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jimmy Johnson was many, many things throughout his life; Son, Brother, Orphan, Scout, Athlete, Soldier, Teacher, Artist, Actor, Director, Man of God. Most important to him though were being a husband, father, and grandfather. He adored his wife of 64 years and the two were rarely apart. They were the ultimate complement to one another and their long years together were filled with traveling, laughter, and a deep, abiding love. The biggest joys of his life were his daughters, grandchildren, and great grandchild; allowing CooCoo, as he was called, to indulge his already often childlike nature. He delighted in playing games, making funny faces and voices, and would do pretty much anything for a laugh. Jimmy was a born entertainer; a natural star who used his talent to bring comfort to the weary and levity to the forlorn. He served both God and his Country, living through war but never firing a shot. His life serves as a shining example of the triumph of kindness, generosity and grace.


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Visitation

Saturday

8

Jun

12:00 PM 6/8/2019 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 6/8/2019 1:00:00 PM
Embry Hills United Methodist Church

3304 Henderson Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30341

Embry Hills United Methodist Church
3304 Henderson Mill Road Atlanta 30341 GA
United States

Church Service

Saturday

8

Jun

1:00 PM 6/8/2019 1:00:00 PM
Embry Hills United Methodist Church

3304 Henderson Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30341

Embry Hills United Methodist Church
3304 Henderson Mill Road Atlanta 30341 GA
United States

Graveside

Thursday

13

Jun

10:00 AM 6/13/2019 10:00:00 AM
Georgia National Cemetery

1080 Scott Hudgens Drive
Canton, GA 30114

Georgia National Cemetery
1080 Scott Hudgens Drive Canton 30114 GA

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Georgia National Cemetery Final Resting Place

1080 Veterans Cemetery Road
Canton, GA 30114

1080 Veterans Cemetery Road Canton 30114 GA
United States
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