Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather
MAGGIE VALLEY — Earl Johnson, 76, of Maggie Valley, passed away April 29, 2014. He was born in Mills River on June 4, 1937, to the late Hugh and Lovedia Ward Johnson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of Tin Can Sailors, Inc. He retired from Dayco following 32 years of service where he was a devoted member of the USW #277. He was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Sue Johnson; two brothers, Howard and Glenn Johnson; and one sister, Bennie Mae Moore.
Survivors include, his wife, Mildred Setzer Johnson; children, Clifford Dale Johnson and his wife, Patti, Freddy Royster and wife, Donise, Deborah J. Barker, and husband Ricky, Mary J. Bidwell and husband Barry; sister, Hazel Baker; brother, Charles Johnson; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the Chapel of Garrett Funeral Home. The visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the funeral home. Burial will be held at Garrett Hillcrest Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Valor Hospice, Charles George VA Medical Center.