Rev. Dr. William M Johnson, Sr., Pastor Emeritus of Holy Cross Lutheran Church died at his home in the Heather, Weeki Wachee, Florida, Friday, March 2, 2018. He was born in Columbia South Carolina to John Wesley Johnson and Genora Mae Cloninger.
He graduated from Granite Quarry High School, Granite Quarry North Carolina, Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina, and Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary, Columbia, South Carolina.
Besides serving as a Pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church from 1972 to 1995, he served as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Newton, North Carolina, 1964 to 1972, part time Chaplain at the VA Hospital, 1969 to 1972, and as visitation pastor at Nativity Lutheran Church, Weeki Wachee, Florida.
Prior to being ordained into the Christian Ministry, he served four years in the US Air Force. Upon his discharge from the military, he worked for the Atomic Energy Commission, Aiken, South Carolina from 1952 to 1954.
Rev. Johnson is survived by his wife, Madeline Fink Johnson; sons and daughters-in-law: William M. Jr. and Lydia Johnson, Harry and Penny Johnson; daughter and son-in-law Lonora and George Smith; special nephews-brothers and their wives: Andrew and Judy Johnson, Richard and Kela Johnson, Daniel and Connie Johnson; sister-in-law; Ellen Fink; and special friend of 77 years Kenneth Morgan; grandchildren and spouses: Bailee and Ben Weisensel, Kendel and Darren Cozart, William P. Johnson, Tommy Tarulle, Brittany Johnson, Andrew and Callie Smith, David Smith, Sara Smith; and five great grandchildren.
Rev. Johnson was active in both North Carolina and Florida Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and in civic affairs of Spring Hill, Florida. He was vice president of the committee for West Hernando Hospital, Inc. and served on the Board of Directors for HCA Hospital from 1988-1994.
A memorial service for Rev. Johnson will be Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee at 3:00pm. Memorials may be made to Nativity Lutheran Church.
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