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Obituary

Walter Ellington Johnson, 88 of Jacksonville, passed away Wednesday morning at Onslow Memorial Hospital.
A funeral service will be held on Monday afternoon, 8/28/17, at 1 PM at Bethlehem Baptist Church with pastors Damon Lee and Bill Gay officiating. Burial will follow at Onslow Memorial Park with Pastor Daniel Flynn officiating.
He was born in Bladen County, and left after high school to join the United States Air Force and proudly served in the Korean Conflict. After his military service, he returned to NC where he attended East Carolina Teacher’s College and earned his Master’s Degree. He moved to Jacksonville and taught school for 22 years, and during the summer months he worked for ASCS as a surveyor. Afterwards, he went to work for Brown Construction as a carpenter, then retired to spend time with his family.
He was a very active member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, where he proudly served over the years as a deacon, trustee, and Sunday school director.
Walter is survived by his son Daniel Johnson and wife Kathy of Jacksonville, daughter Gayle Gestrich of Jacksonville, son Sam Johnson of Jacksonville, 2 grandchildren James Gestrich and Josh Gestrich and wife Becca, and great granddaughter Isabella Gestrich.
Walter is preceded in death by his loving wife Larren Brisson Johnson, parents Samuel and Rosa Johnson, and 11 siblings.
Visitation will be held from 4 – 6PM on Sunday evening at Jones Funeral Home of Jacksonville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Baptist Children’s Home of NC or the Bethlehem Baptist Church Building Fund.
Arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Jacksonville