Master Sergeant Ralph Lee Johnson Sr., 82, of Wilkesboro passed away Sunday, July 28, 2019, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, at Reins-Sturdivant Chapel, with the Rev. Sherrill Wellborn Officiating. Burial, with U.S. Air Force honors, was in Mount Paran Cemetery in Deep Gap. The family received friends from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m., prior to the service at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnson was born Oct. 9, 1936, in Wilkes County to Jessie Fred “Baxter” Johnson and Emma Lou Greene Johnson. He served for 22 years in the Air Force prior to retiring. Ralph owned and operated Johnson Citgo.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Kay Elmore Johnson; a brother, Roy Johnson; and a granddaughter, Kayla Johnson.

He is survived by a daughter, Susan Johnson of Wilkesboro; two sons, Ralph Lee Johnson Jr. of Wilkesboro and Frank Johnson and wife, Sandra, of Traphill; three grandchildren, Samantha Billings and husband, Jeremy, of Wilkesboro, Doug Johnson and wife, Pam, of Millers Creek and Jennifer Teague and husband, Josh, of Boone; two great-grandchildren, Madison Billings and Eli Billings; six sisters, Edna Hamby of Lenoir, Shirley Palmer of Roaring River, Ettie Ferree of Millers Creek, Coleen Kerr and husband, Don, of Flat Rock, Brenda Triplett and husband, Barry, of Wilkesboro and Darlene Dula and husband, Roger, of Lenoir; and one brother, Roger Johnson and wife, Ola, of Moravian Falls.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 1990 Fordham Drive, Suite 100, Fayetteville, N.C. 28304.

Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.

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