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12/27/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Charles Johnson

Charles Edwin Johnson, Sr.
(09 Apr 1923 - 17 Dec 2011)

Newport News High School High School Class of 1947

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   We have another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter this Tuesday morning.
     Charles Johnson passed away in Newport News on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at the age of 88.  A Naval veteran, he returned after WWII to graduate with the Class of 1947.

From the Daily Press - 12/27/11:

               Charles E. Johnson, Sr.



NEWPORT NEWS - Charles Edwin Johnson Sr., passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.

He was born April 9, 1923, in his grandmother's home in Newport News. He was an only child. He lived most of his life in Newport News and Hampton, and graduated from Newport News High School in 1947, after enlisting in the U.S. Navy.

He was a born-again Christian, who served the Lord at Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, where he taught Sunday school for 18 years and was head usher for six years. He was a musician all his life and leader of the Charlie Johnson Combo. Charles was a Blue Lodge Master Mason, a member of Colonial Chapter #40 OES, and was past president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He graduated from NASA Apprentice School, in 1955, and served as a supervisor, then section head for Materials Processing, which contributed to the Lunar and Viking projects. He retired after 39-1/2 years. He was a Boy Scout leader for 10 years and was co-owner of Pembroke Marine, in Hampton, with his son, Bill.


Charles Johnson



His family includes his wife of 69 years, Ann Collins Johnson; three children, Charles E. Johnson Jr., deceased (Angela) of Niceville, Fla., Bill Johnson (Frances) of Gloucester, and Belinda Aubuchon (Bill) of Nokomis, Fla; grandchildren, Colette Black (Tony) of Tampa, Fla., Bryce Johnson (Brooke) of Newport News, Mack Kitchel and Chad Johnson of Suwanee, Ga., Amy Wise (Brandon) and Hope Johnson of Niceville, Fla.; and great-grandchildren, Victoria, Gavin, Gabriel, Chloe and Keira.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Peninsula Memorial Park, 12750 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606.

Altmeyer Funeral Home-Denbigh Chapel, Newport News, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made by visiting View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from December 27 to December 28, 2011.
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ember 20, 2011
Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May all your fond memories help to ease the loss.

~ Ben & Phyllis Parker, Venice, Florida

December 21, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

~ Lois Pendergast, Venice, Florida

December 23, 2011
Dear Belinda, Bill and family,

I am so sorry to learn of your loss. May you be comforted by memories and may God grant you peace and strength. Sincerely,

December 27, 2011
Mr. Johnson and Family, God bless you during this time...I know you all are staunch believers who glory in the fact that Papa Johnson has been healed and made whole in Heaven!

December 27, 2011
Mrs. Johnson, Bill, Belinda and family , I have such wonderful memories of Mr. Johnson; he was a GREAT neighbor and true friend to my family and me. May GOD bless everyone of you.
Alan Daugherty

~ Alan Daugherty, Hampton, Virginia

December 27, 2011
Mrs. Johnson and family,
I am sorry to read about your loss. I look at the photo often (you, Mr. Johnson and the Doggie)and think of you all.
He now joins Mr. Lucas and "God's" band.
My deepest sympathy.
Pam Hall (friend from DMV-Hampton)

28, 2011
Dad - had a great life and he loved his family and his friends -- He added and gave joy to all -- He is in Heaven now and will add for our Savior Jesus - We loved him and he loved us -- I know his favorite playing music will be a joy in Heaven - thank you, Dad, you blessed us and all with Hope and Love -- Bill Johnson

~ Bill Johnson, Gloucester, Virginia

December 28, 2011



December 29, 2011
Dear Ann and family,

My heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Charlie. You and Charlie were a part of my life as long as I can remember. Mama thought of both of you as her best friends. I remember, into my adult life, her going to sing with Charlie's combo, the many gatherings over the years, the vacations all of you took together, and the friendship that lasted from her childhood until she left us in 2004. Ann, maybe they're playing at a country club dance right now! I'm sorry I wasn't able to attend the service, but I was thinking of all of you and the many sweet memories I have growing up with you and Charlie in my life. I'll never forget those times, and I am blessed to have known you and your family.

All my love,

December 30, 2011

December 30, 2011


30, 2011


  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Johnson family and their friends at this difficult time.

   From Fred Field (June '45) of CA - 12/28/11 - "Obit.":

Hello Carol, Wed. Dec. 28

     Charles E. Johnson is in today's DP obits. He is in the list of Service Diplomas (Navy) on page 41 of the Feb. 1947 Anchor.

Happy holidays, Fred
Fred W. Field
Loma Linda & Fullerton, CA

   Thanks so much, Fred! His was the first of the three Memorial Editions I finished Tuesday morning. I recognized the fact that he left school early to join the war effort and then graduated upon his return, but I had no way of knowing they singled out those returning veterans in such a way in the yearbook.

    From Bill Campbell ('54) of VA - 12/31/11, 12:53 AM - "     Charlie Johnson":

Hi Carol, 
I was pleased to see that     Fred Field (June '45 - of CA) remembered Charlie Johnson and that you also gave space to Charlie's obituary. It is very interesting that, even though I played music a few times with Charlie, I never knew that he had graduated from NNHS. Strange things are going on about NNHS. Just today, my wife   Holly (Hill Campbell - Hampton Roads Academy - '72) had lunch with one of her friends, Nannie Wise Milner, or Milliner (not sure how to spell her name) and she learned that Nannie had graduated from NNHS in 1942. Holly has known her for years, but just found out today that Nannie had graduated from NNHS. And, it was the same with me. I knew that Charlie had, as I had, worked at NASA-Langley, and that, in times past, he was one of the best bass players on the Peninsula, but I never knew that he had graduated from NNHS. Seems that all Typhoons DON'T stick together as much as we would should. 
Well, I am attaching a photo of a gig that I played with Charlie and Buck Rodgers (NNHS 1952), and it is so nice, at 75 years of age, to be the youngest dude in ANY photo. Charlie graduated from NNHS at age 24, Buck graduated at age 20, and I guess that I was lucky to be able to get out of there just after I turned 18. In this photo, Charlie is on the left, Buck is in center, I am on the right. Take care, and keep up the good work. 

   Thank you so much, Bill; my condolences on the loss of your friend.

Charlie Johnson ('47), Buck Rodgers ('52),
and Bill Campbell ('54)

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Amazing Grace

Words by John Newton, 1779
(24 July 1725 21 Dec 1807)

 Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.

'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!

Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine.

Bagpipes Version of "Amazing Grace" midi courtesy of - 05/25/08
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/21/08
Thanks, Dave!

"Amazing Grace" lyrics courtesy of - 03/15/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 01/27/05

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

Masonic Emblem courtesy of - 06/15/07

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

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