The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

October 15, 2010


For The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Deacon Robert Woodrow Johnson, 65, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Kelley Andrews officiating.

Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Cemetery.

The son of the late Pete Johnson and Ernestine Eason Johnson, Deacon Johnson was born on March 16, 1945 in Tarboro.

Deacon Johnson graduated from G.W. Carver High School in the Class of 1963.

Shortly thereafter from 1965-69, he served his county during the Vietnam War in the United States Army.

He was a distinguished graduate of North Carolina Central University and Shaw University with a degree in business administration and Wilson Technical Institute with a degree in electronics.

He retired as a senior network engineer with Sprint Telecommunications after 30 years of service.

He was a member of Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church where he served faithfully under multiple auxiliaries.

He married his childhood sweetheart in 1966 and to this union three sons were born.

He was an awesome man!

Deacon Johnson leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of 44 years, Dr. Evelyn Joyner Johnson of the home; three sons, LeMonte Johnson of Enfield, Rodney Johnson of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Dr. Bryan Johnson of Camden, N.J.; his mother, Ernestine Johnson of Tarboro; 10 sisters, Patricia Savage of Harlem, N.Y., Vernestine Bynum, Betty Johnson, Yvonne Howell and Carolyn Knight, all of Tarboro, Brenda Pierce of Greenville, Constance Powell of Tarboro, Joyce Johnson of Fredericksburg, Va., Selita Brumfield of Harrison, Tenn. and Sherry Johnson of Tarboro; five brothers, Billy Johnson of Pinetops, Pete Johnson of Tarboro, Kelly Johnson, Kenneth Johnson and Derek Johnson, all of Rocky Mount; one grandson, Jaleen Johnson; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A viewing will be from 2-6 p.m. today at Hemby-Willoughby Mortuary with a wake from 7-8:30 p.m. at Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church.

Arrangements are by Hemby-Willoughby Mortuary, Tarboro.