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Rev. William Johnson

Rev. William Lennis "Bill" Johnson

Friday, November 27th, 1931 - Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
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Rev. William “Bill” Lennis Johnson, of Chillicothe Ohio, departed this life to begin life in
Heaven with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 8, 2020.

Rev. Johnson was born November 27, 1931 on Bull River, Calhoun County, WV. He attended
Bull River Elementary School, and graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1950, and
then attended Glenville State College, Glenville, WV on a football scholarship.
Married December 23, 1950 to Mary Francis Smith Johnson, Rev. Johnson served in the United
States Air Force (USAF) from March 1952 to June 1972, including overseas assignments in
Morocco (2 years) and Vietnam (1 year). Stateside assignments were in Kansas, New
Hampshire, Texas and Oklahoma. He retired from Vance AFB, Enid, OK as a Senior Master
Sergeant, Superintendent of Aerospace Medicine. After Rev. Johnson’s career in the USAF, he served as Hospital Administrator for Calhoun General Hospital, Grantsville WV from 1973 to 1980, and then was ordained into the gospel ministry in 1981. He served as pastor of 4 churches over the next 25 years, two in West Virginia and two in Ohio. He retired from fulltime gospel ministry in December 2005, due to declining health, but always kept serving his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was a member of
Chillicothe Baptist Church, Chillicothe Ohio.

Rev. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, William Ray Johnson and Venia Vannoy
Johnson Bickerstaff, infant brother Clarence Ray, brothers Franklin D. and Otis Clyde, sister
Emma Irene Price, infant daughter and his first wife, Mary.

Rev. and Mrs. Johnson had 3 sons, William Craig, Thomas A. (Vera) of Bluefield, WV;
and Richard L. of Buckhannon, WV; and daughter Alexandria “Sherri Lynn” Johnson of Apex,
NC, seven grandsons, Chad (Melanie) of Princeton, WV; Scott (Tiffany) of Vienna, WV; Joshua
(Mandi) of Grantsville, WV; William Caleb of Lincoln, NE; Richard Bradley (Melissa) of
Fairmont, WV; Robert Bryan and Wesley Barrett (Kristen) of Buckhannon, WV. Three
granddaughters, Wendy (Michael) Acord of Lester, WV; Grace (Ethen) Shull of Rapid City, SD;
and Jolie Henriquez of Apex, NC and fifteen great grandchildren, step-son Michael A. (Corina) Cline; two step grandsons, Shawn and Jacob; two step-granddaughters, Lilian (Charlie) Cotton and Elisabeth; and step great granddaughter Violet Mae Cook of Mott, ND. Also surviving is his second wife, Norma Jean Pence Cline Johnson.

Stump Funeral Home & Cremation, Inc., Grantsville, WV has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements of Rev. Johnson.
Due to the current social distancing requirements there will be a private graveside service at
Sturm Family Cemetery, Mt. Zion, WV conducted by Dr. Timothy Cline, Chillicothe Baptist
Church. A public memorial service will be planned at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneralhomes.com
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    Sturm Family Cemetery
    South Calhoun Hwy.
    Mt. Zion , WV 26151
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Terry Johnson

Posted at 11:37am
Our deepest sympathy to Norma Jean and family. Uncle Lennis was such a kind and caring person! If you imagine what the "perfect" grandpa would look like - his smiling face always comes to mind! We didn't get to visit that often over the years but he and Norma Jean always tried to visit his brother Frank and Macel whenever they were in town. It was always a pleasant and uplifting experience. Our family will always think of him and our dad Frank , and all his brothers and sister with fond memories. Even now I know he is smiling down upon us! Rest in peace Uncle Lennis. Love, Jeff & Terry Johnson & family

Norma Jean Johnson Posted at 08:17am

Thank you, Terry and Jeff.. Lennis loved his family, and loved visiting, even when we lived apart. Norma Jean

Bob Weaver

Posted at 08:37pm
I met Lennis and his to be wife Mary Smith when I was a small boy in the early 1950s, he being interested in softball that my dad played until he was 40 years old. They were gracious and wonderful people who gave back to the world. God bless. Bob Weaver

Norma Jean Johnson Posted at 08:18am

Thank you, Bob, for your kind comments. Lennis was still pitching slow-pitch softball for church league into his 60s, he definitely loved ball, and played during his USAF career

Beverly J Wright

Posted at 04:07pm
My condolences to the Johnson family on the loss of Rev Johnson. Rev Bill Johnson Thank You so much for your military service, it was greatly appreicated by our generation. As my father also was a minister I know giving your heart to the Lord is the most noble endeavor one can ever make in life. Thank you for all you have done for your communitry. May God send HIs Blessings to this family during this difficult time. God Bless. Beverly

Norma Jean Johnson Posted at 08:19am

Thank you, Beverly, for your kind comments. Lennis was a great man, loved his Lord and loved his country and loved his family

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