Howard Burtis Johnson

December 27, 1938 - May 17, 2020
Howard Burtis Johnson

Howard Burtis Johnson, Jr, 81, died Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Cypress Pointe Rehabilitation Center.

Howard was born on December 27, 1938 in Key West, Florida to the late Howard Burtis Johnson, Sr. and Helena Saunders Johnson.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn Faye Johnson, daughter: Cheryl Johnson Williams (Thomas); son: Danny Johnson (Kim); granddaughter: Morgan Johnson; brother: David Johnson (Susan).

Howard was a proud veteran serving in the United States Marine Corps. where he played the saxophone in the Marine Corps. Band. He worked for many years as a Sr. Right A Way Agent before retiring with Progress Energy. He enjoyed outdoor recreation and loved to hunt and fish. Howard was also a member of All Souls Episcopal Church in Northwest, NC.

Graveside service to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Wounded Warriors Project at

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  • May 21, 2020
    Morgan Johnson says:
    Some of my favorite moments spent with my Granddaddy involved playing the piano. Every time I visited my Grandparents I would beg him to play with me, our favorite duo was, “Heart and Soul.” I was always off key or beat and he would tell me I was wonderful. Another funny memory that comes to mind was when I wanted to use the riding lawnmower to cut the grass. He spent a few hours teaching me every intricate detail about how the lawnmower worked while I sat there waiting patiently. By the end of his tutorial, the sun was setting, I was an expert on Riding Lawnmower’s and the grass still needed to be cut. My Granddaddy had a great sense of humor and had a very big heart, I’m grateful he is at peace smiling down on us.

  • May 21, 2020
    Janeen Padavich says:
    I worked with Howard at Progress Energy. He was a great guy. Enjoyed his humor and wit, always making us smile.

  • May 25, 2020
    John Myers says:
    My thoughts and prayers to Howard's family. Howard brought a smile to everyone he met and his positive outlook and attitude was a gift he shared with us all. I especially enjoyed the cute and clever names he created for his fellow employees at CP&L, He will be missed..