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Mr. Roy Johnson

Sunset: November 22, 2022

On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, an Angel came to the bedside of Roy Johnson and whispered “Heaven belongs to you, so hold my hand and rest.”

Roy was born April 29, 1928, to the late Reverend Jessie and Mrs. Mattie Bryant Johnson. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Miriam Hartwell Johnson, who transitioned on August 3, 2022, and 12 siblings including his twin brother, Moultrie Johnson. He resided for a shot time at Veteran’s Victory House in Waterboro, SC and most recently, Veteran’s Village in Florence, SC.

Roy was educated in Florence County Schools. He graduated from Carver High School after dropping out when he was 17 years old to enlist in the army after his father died so he could help take care of his mother. He served in the Korean War and after being honorably discharged as a Corporal in 1952, he returned to Carver High and was a member of the first football team. After graduation, he attended Claflin College where he received his B.S. in science education in 1956. He was a visionary who knew that education was important. He received his Master’s Degree from Fisk University and every summer would attend some science institute including St. Augustine College, Martin Community College, Benedict College, and University of Georgia, to name a few. He was a dedicated teacher for more than 36 years who touched the lives of many students. He was a trailblazer in the area of education. He taught science, biology, and chemistry at Carver and Lake City High until retirement. After retirement, he taught in Williamsburg County. He also helped many students fill out their paperwork and forms to pursue a college education.

Roy joined Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church at early age and remained faithful until death and was recently honored as Father of the Church during the 137th Anniversary.

Roy devoted his time to many civic and community organizations such as the NAACP, Chartered member and Lake City Elks Lodge #1680, Claflin College Alumni Association, National Science Teachers Association, and Charted member Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He also worked with the US Census.

Roy received the Lake City High School Class of 1978 Honorary Teacher’s Award, Kappa Alpha Psi 50-year membership Award and the Mayor’s Champion Award.

Roy leaves to cherish his memories his children: Denise J. Anderson (Gary) of Charlotte, NC, Rory Johnson (Sylvia Burgess) of Lake City, SC, and Blancheryl Omoregbee of Columbia, SC; grandchildren: Lionel Omoregbee of Columbia, SC, Tyler Grimes of North Wilksboro, NC, Jamila Anderson Benitez of Charkitte, NC and Destiney Johnson of Winston Salem, NC and one great grandchild, Navid Anderson Benitez of Charlotte, NC and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

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