Charles Henry Johnson

Born: Sun., Dec. 12, 1926
Died: Sat., Mar. 2, 2013

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Charles Henry Johnson died at his home on Saturday, March 2, 2013 after an extended illness. Born in Siloam, Georgia, on December 12, 1926, Charlie was a well-known and beloved citizen of Gainesville for over sixty years, having co-founded Riverside Pharmacy in 1954 with Mrs. Jo Ann Adams. He retired from the pharmacy in 1998.

Mr. Johnson served in WWII in the Medical Corps in Okinawa. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy where he also studied piano and organ under Dr. Hugh Hodgson. There he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and has been a long-time member of Gridiron Secret Society and an avid fan of University of Georgia football.

In 1976 the Gainesville Rotary Club named Mr. Johnson Man-of-the-Year, and the City of Gainesville honored him with "Charlie Johnson Day".

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville where he had served as organist from 1953 to 1993. With Choral Director David Johnson he co-founded the Gainesville Chorale and was accompanist for that group for many years. He was a charter member of the Chattahoochee Country Club and also member of the VFW, the Elks Club, and the American Legion. He was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels after retirement.

Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents Mr. and Mrs. George G. Johnson of Siloam, two brothers George G. Johnson, Jr. of Dallas and Carol C. Johnson of Lake Sinclair. He is survived by his sister and brother-in- law Mr. and Mrs. Charles Marsh of Gainesville and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service officiated by the Reverend Dan Hagmeir will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville at ten-thirty am Tuesday, March the fifth to be followed by a reception there. McCommons Funeral Home of Greensboro, Georgia will hold a graveside service at Siloam Cemetery in Siloam, Georgia at 2:00 pm on Monday, March 4, 2013. The family will receive friends Monday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at McCommons Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Charles Johnson Sacred Music Fund at First Presbyterian Church or to the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.

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G. Stewart Rutledge and Mary Ann Lisenbee
   Posted Sun March 03, 2013
Mary Ann and I extend our most sincere condolences for the loss of your brother Charles..His resting place is honored in the heavens.

   Posted Mon March 04, 2013

Hammond Law
   Posted Mon March 04, 2013
Charlie was a great friend to my family as well as a great boss.

Dr. & Mrs. Henry Jennings
   Posted Mon March 04, 2013
Dear Annette, Elizabeth & I were greatly distressed & saddened to learn of the death of Charlie & extend to you & your family our deepest sympathy. We pray that God will surround you with His love & comfort you. May God bless all of you. Elizabeth joins in sending much love, Henry

Keith Brown
   Posted Mon March 04, 2013
My sympathies to Charlie's family. I have many fond memories of working for Charlie at Riverside Pharmacy and was so sorry to hear of his passing. He was such a wonderful person and employer. And what a musician....I know he is treating everyone in heaven to some beautiful music right now.

Helen Law Perry
   Posted Mon March 04, 2013
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. We loved Charlie. We spent many good times with him usually involving UGA football! Some of my fondest memories include Charlie, Ned, and my dad in Athens, Nashville, or Jacksonville watching the dawgs. Laughter would fill the air with those guys! Charlie was such a kind, thoughtful, talented man whom will be greatly missed.

Martha Windscheif
   Posted Tue March 05, 2013
I lived in Gainesville for over four years and played my violin at the church many times with Charlie. I enjoyed working with him. My family and I also patronized the pharmacy. Charlie was a true gentleman and a joy to work with as a music colleague. Please accept my condolences.

Maner and Marjorie Ellenberg
   Posted Wed March 06, 2013
Dear Annette and Family, Maner and I were reminiscing about the happy times many years ago in Siloam and how dear the Johnson Family was to all of us. We remember your beautiful voice and Charles playing the piano and how Dr. Johnson helped all of us. What a talented family! We miss Ms. Pauline and Ms, Myrtice and Ms. Fannie. We did not know about Charles's funeral until after he was buried. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.