September 7, 1936 ~ February 23, 2012

Born in: Ashe County, NC,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Edwin R. "Eddie" Johnson, 75, of Lee's Creek Rd., died Thursday, February 23, 2012, at St. Joseph's Hospital. A native of Ashe Co., he was a son of the late Walter and Annie McNeil Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps., and was classified as a sharp shooter. He owned and operated several service stations in West Asheville. He was also a member of the Moose Club. Mr. Johnson is survived by daughters, Jerrie Hightower (Alex), Tracy Johnson (Robert Carroll), and Liz Crowe (Rex); son Terry M. Johnson (Michelle); the mother of his children Mary Johnson Martin; long-time companion Frances Norton and her sons Ervin and Jeremy Moore, and her grandson Isaiah Moore; grandchildren Justin, Christopher, and Stacey Hightower, Jessica and Jake Crowe, and Travis and Candis Carroll; great-grandchildren Madison and Macey Hightower; and brother R. Leslie Johnson (Robin). A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with the Rev. Brent Norris officiating. His family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday at the Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lewis Rathbun Center, 121 Sherwood Rd., Asheville, NC 28803, and/or to the Mission Hospital Vascular CCU Unit, 509 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. So sorry to hear about Mr. Johnson’s passing..he was always a pleasure to serve at the drive through window. May the Lord bless & comfort all of you, his family.

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  2. My deepest love to my dear brother who has been my friend,protector and companion for my entire life.
    I will miss you and our visits.

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  3. Eddie was a good friend to me. He always treated me fair. He will always hold a place in my heart. He will be missed in the Hall family.

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  4. TERRY AND FAMILY, WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. FRIENDS ARE EVERYTHING WE LOVE YOU ALL. IF YOU NEED ANYTHING JUST LET ME KNOW . MIKE AND RITA

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  5. Our thought’s and prayers are with the Johnson family.May god comfort you and Bless you All!!! We Will miss Eddie smiling face Rest In Peace Dear Friend!!!! Paul & Teresa House

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  6. My sincere condolences to the Johnson family. Growing up with Eddie, and Leslie at West Terrace brings back many fond memories. Eddie always treated me like a brother. He will truly be missed.

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  7. TO THE JOHNSON FAMILY,
    I MET EDDIE IN 1968, I WORKED AT HAPPY HILL AS A DISHWASHER..WALKED IN FRONT OF HIS SERVICE STATION 3-4 TIMES A DAY. DIDN’T SPEAK MUCH ENGLISH AND EDDIE FIXED MY 1ST CAR
    AND HE DID’T CHARGE ME ANYTHING, HE TOOK CARE OF ME.
    HE WAS A VERY QUIET , CARING, AN ALL AROUND GOOD MAN TO EVERYONE. I ALWAYS REMEMBER EDDIE.. HE WAS ‘THE REAL THING’ HE WILL TRULY BE MISSED BY ALL THAT MET/KNEW HIM. I ALWAYS LOOKED UP TO HIM..AT 15 YRS OLD HE MADE A GOOD IMPRESSION ON ME; HE WAS LIKE FAMILY TO ME.
    MAY YOU FIND COMFORT IN KNOWING HE IS IN HEAVEN BY GOD’S SIDE..DEFINITELY AN ANGEL.OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY GOES TO ALL OF YOU.
    SINCERELY, JOHN POULOS
    ( APOLLO FLAME )

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  8. Frances,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, I am very sorry for your loss, I pray the Lord embraces you all, during this difficult time, and helps you find strength and peace. Eddie was a good man, he will be missed

    Sincerely, Raina Jones

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  9. To the Johnson Family Iam very sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing away he was a good man and kind to everyone we will truly miss this man as he was a honest man he help alot of folks and we will never forget the kindness he gave all of us .We love you Eddie and will miss you.

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  10. We have so many good memories of the Walter Johnson family. It was our joy to minister to you for many years. Eddie’s smile and true friendship were special to many folks, including us. We shall be praying for all of you in this time of sorrow. We love you.

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  11. We have so many good memories of the Walter Johnson family. It was our joy to minister to you for many years. Eddie’s smile and true friendship were special to many folks, including us. We shall be praying for all of you in this time of sorrow. We love you.

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  12. Leslie,

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Brothers are special and we miss them. Pat remembers Eddie with fond memories.

    Dave & Pat Marshall

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  13. Frances,
    We are so sorry for your loss of Eddie. You two have shared so much together and just think back on all the good times. We love you
    Linda and Butch

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  14. I worked at First Citizens in West Asheville for several years and Mr. Johnson was one of my favorite customers in the drive-thru…he always had a smile and a joke for me. He was a great man and he’ll be missed.

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  15. Dear Liz,
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your father. You are such a special person, and I know your dad had something to do with that. I am here for you all anytime, any day, and anywhere. I love you all so very much. Love, Sally Johnson

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  16. My sweet sweet dad,

    Who would have thought that this day would come. I thought I could help you get better! I’m so sorry ‘dad’ I promise if god would have allowed me to trade places with you I would have! If I let you down I am truly truly sorry. Thanks for showing me how to be real.help me get through this! I will miss you more than I even realized. I love you!

    Rest in peace until I see you again,

    Jerrie

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