William “Willie” David Johnson, 78, went home to be with his Savior, the Lord, Jesus Christ on Monday, April 26, 2021. His family and friends celebrated his life at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 1, at Rankin Baptist Church in Greensboro. His friend and pastor, Jeff Scronce, officiated the service and interment followed at Lakeview Memorial Park.
He leaves behind his wife of 57 years, Carol Souther Johnson; son, David Michael Johnson (Laura) of Lexington; mother-in-law, Iris Waynick; sister-in-law, Wanda Bost; three sisters, Minnie Sue Canady, Louise Jordan and Arcile Love (Claude); and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Taft (Tom) and Zelma Oakley Johnson; daughter, Kimberly Johnson Wyrick; brothers, Lonnie Ellis Johnson and Berry Lee Johnson; brothers-in-law, Lee Jordan, Henson Canady and Robert Bost, Jr.; and nephews, Keith Johnson, Craig Canady and Mike Underwood.
Since 1964, everyone has called him by the nickname, Willie, bestowed upon him when he joined the Greensboro Fire Department. He retired as captain, from station #7 in 1996 after 32 years of service to the city of Greensboro. Willie loved and served his Lord, church, family, friends and city. After retirement, he enjoyed golfing, traveling and the beach. Willie always found the positive in every situation, had a heart for helping others and a gift for making everyone feel comfortable with good conversation and an accepting attitude. He loved life and is now in the arms of Jesus forever.
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