March 28, 1921 ~ August 6, 2015

Born in: Suffolk Co., VA,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

William Ramon Johnson, Sr., 94, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Mission Hospital. Born in Suffolk Co., VA Mr. Johnson was the last surviving sibling of nine children to the late William L. and Susie Estell Benton Johnson.He retired as a manager from Carolina Tractor Co. and was a member of Central United Methodist Church. He attained the rank of Major in the US Army Air Corps, serving during WWII, completing 107 missions in P47 Thunderbolts over the European Theater from England, France and Belgium and three missions over Kiska, Alaska in A24 Divebomber. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of over 64 years, Agnes Bowen Johnson. Survivors are his sons, Bob Johnson of Asheville and Ray Johnson (Julie) of Charlotte; daughter, Susan J. Blackmon (John) of Atlanta, GA; and grandchildren, Anna and Laura Johnson and Lou Blackmon. A funeral will be held Tuesday, August 11, at 2:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Rob Blackburn officiating. Interment will follow in Green Hills Cemetery including military honors. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Central UMC, 27 Church St., Asheville, NC, 28801. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.

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  1. So long to a dear man who I was very fortunate to know. There are not many left like him and he will always have a place in my heart.


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