B. Morris Johnson, 92, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at The Cove at Brookdale Charlotte East in Charlotte, NC after a brief illness.
Mr. Johnson was a native of Waycross, GA, born on March 7, 1924, to the late W. Ellis Johnson and Fanny Lou Johnson. He retired from the Waycross Journal Herald newspaper in 1989 after over 50 years of employment broken only by his service to his county from 1942 to 1946 when he was enlisted in the Navy during WWII. He began his work at the paper in 1937 by delivering papers and ended his employment as the business manager. He worked for a number of years in the advertising department and his advertisements often won awards for creativity.
Johnson was a member of Waycross First United Methodist Church. He was active in The United Methodist Church at the local, District and Conference levels. He was a member of the Waycross Jaycees, the Salvation Army Board, the local Gideon Camp and the Okefenokee Lions Club where he was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship award. It is the highest form of recognition given through the Lions Club International. Locally he was the winner of the Morris Jacobson Community Service award in 2003. He was known for his fund-raising ability for many local causes.
Mr. Johnson was predeceased by his wife of 69 years Rev. Annie Louise Johnson and his five siblings and their spouses. Survivors include his four children, Lem Johnson (Del) of Milledgeville, GA; David Johnson (Susan) of Mint Hill, NC; Mark Johnson (Amy) of Kissimmee, FL; and Alan Johnson (Trish) of Mooresville, NC; six grandchildren, Beau Johnson (Kristen) of Charleston, SC; Harli Palme (Kevin) of Asheville, NC; Jeremiah Johnson (Allison) of Monroe, NC; Eric Johnson (Terri Lynn) of Atlanta, GA; Alice Williams (Kenny) of Jacksonville, FL; and Andrew Johnson of Asheville, NC; seven great-grandchildren, Mattie Clark Palme, Pearl Palme, Vivian Palme, Parker and Sam Johnson, Brooks Johnson, and Micah Williams; and 16 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Waycross First United Methodist Church with Rev. Barry Giddens and Rev. Bill Dupree officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery. Family visitation was held immediately prior to the service at the church. Pallbearers were his four grandsons and two grandson-in-laws.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Waycross First United Methodist Church, 410 Williams St., Waycross, GA 31501, Epworth By The Sea United Methodist Conference Center, or the United Methodist Committee on Relief.