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Henry Lee Johnson

September 9, 1922 April 6, 2018
Henry Lee Johnson
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A service of worship celebrating the life of Henry Lee Johnson, 95 of Lancaster, will be held at 3:00 o’clock p.m. in the afternoon, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church. Rev. Edgar McCall will officiate.

Inurnment will be in the church columbarium with military honors rendered.
Mr. Johnson, loving husband of Martha Robinson Johnson passed away peacefully at his home, Friday, April 6, 2018. He was born September 9, 1922, in Chesterfield County. Mr. Johnson was a son of the late Elmore Lee Johnson and Mae Sullivan Johnson. He is survived by his wife of 64 years; his daughter, Melinda Johnson Iannuzzi and her husband Peter; his son, Mark Johnson and his wife Beth Parker Johnson; grandchildren, Katherine Lee Iannuzzi and her husband, Matthew Krull, Michael Vincent Iannuzzi, Peter Iannuzzi, Jr., Andrew Johnson and his wife, Sarah Diamond Johnson, Daniel Johnson and his fiancé, Melissa, Benjamin Johnson and Rebecca Johnson; great grandchildren, Eloise Lee Krull and Henry Parker Johnson. He is also survived by brothers, Gerald Johnson, Eddie Johnson; sisters, Jane Burch, Margie Hendrix and many nieces and nephews. Mr. Johnson was preceded in death in addition to his parents by a son, Lee Johnson; sisters, Carolyn Hancock, Sarah Hinson Wise and a brother, Robert Johnson.

Mr. Johnson graduated from high school and joined the Army Air Force in 1943. He flew 10 missions over Germany during the last months of World War II. He attended the University of South Carolina, graduating in 1949. He moved to Lancaster to work as an accountant. He later joined Nationwide Insurance in 1955. A lifelong Presbyterian, he was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon and elder. Mr. Johnson was a Boy Scout leader for nearly 30 years, enjoying camping, traveling and the Jamborees. He was one of the best BBQ fundraisers for the Scouts. He passed on these skills, teaching his grandsons how to cook a pig.

He served as Mayor of Lancaster in the 1970’s. He was active in the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, and other civic organizations. He also maintained active interest in politics, both local and national, till nearly the end of his long and accomplished life. He loved being a grandfather, and recently welcomed his first great-grandchildren. After attending USC football games for 50 years, he was nominated by his grandson, Andrew Johnson to be named a Legendary Gamecock Fan, and was so honored on November 16, 2013.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mr. Johnson may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Post Office Box 990, Lancaster, South Carolina 29721.

The family will greet friends immediately following the memorial service in the church Fellowship Hall and other times at the home.

Baker Funeral Home, Kershaw is serving the Johnson family.
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