Charles R. Johnson

charles johnson
Charles R. Johnson, 86, of Candler, died Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at St. Joseph's Campus, Mission Hospital. Born July 4, 1927 and raised in Swannanoa, he was a son of the late Jennings and Annie Mae Johnson. He was also preceded in death by his brother, James Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in WWII. He held an undergraduate degree in social studies and physical education, and received a Master's Degree in Education Administration from Western Carolina University. Mr. Johnson coached basketball along with other sports and taught at Enka High School, and was a principal at Emma, Sand Hill, and Candler Elementary Schools. After retirement, Mr. Johnson served on the Buncombe County Board of Education for 8 years and as chairman for 4 of those years. A devoted family man, he was a loving husband, father, and proud grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mollie Hamlin Johnson; daughters Sandra Karen Jaquette (husband Don), and Patricia Lynn Johnson; grandchildren Justin and Nicole Jaquette; sister-in-law Marsha Thomas; sisters Doris Fox and Dorothy Johnson, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Beth Darling officiating. Private interment will be at Green Hills Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. George's Episcopal Church, 1 School Rd., Asheville, NC 28806, and/or to Eblen Charities, 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss I remember Mr. Johnson from Sand Hill and Enka I was a student of his. May God Bless your family during this difficult time.

  2. Dear Mollie and Family,

    Jessie and I are sorry to hear about Charlie’s passing. I remember him coaching at Enka High school and working with him when he was a principal. We went on a lot of trips together and he was always fun to be around.

    May God give you and your family the peace that only He can give in times like these.

    Tommy Koontz

  3. I am remembering my days at Enka High School and playing basketball under Coach Johnson. He shaped the lives of many young men and students throughout his coaching and teaching years. The family should be proud of his accomplishments and know that he touched many lives as a coach, teacher, principal, and member of the School Board. My thoughts are with the family, he will be missed by many in the Enka Community.

  4. Mollie and girls, Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all!! Charlie was a wonderful principal and friend

  5. To Mollie and girls, Charlie was my favorite teacher @ Enka Hi School. He was a great teacher and I loved him very much, and Mollie you taught a lot of my children and they loved you. My girls loved Sandra & Pat. Our deepest sympathy. Loving thoughts and prayers. Pat Mauney Duncan and my family

  6. Coach Johnson is someone who impacted my life greatly..I’m saddened that I moved away and didn’t keep in contact after school. I thought of him often. He taught me how to shoot straight, and not to dribble behind my back..I was not Henry Logan. He had a personality that drew all of us to him, and we all loved him..

  7. Molly, I was so sorry to read of Charlie’s passing. I have lost a good friend and teammate from Western Carolina days. I was unable to come to the funeral and I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Bob Ray

  8. My heartfelt condolences to the Johnson family. The death of a dear loved one is so hard to bear. Knowing this, our loving merciful Father gave his Word to end death, pain and suffering. His love will strengthen you to endure your loss. Revelation 21: 4, 5. Shirley

  9. I enjoyed working with Charles at Candler, he was a great guy with a wonderful family. I’m sorry for your loss.

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