Sterling Ross Johnson

February 12, 1929 - April 5, 2015
Sterling Ross Johnson

Sterling Ross Johnson, 86, of Wilmington, NC, passed peacefully at home April 5, 2015 after seeing the sunrise Easter morning.

Sterling, also known as “Dr. Diesel” and “Johnnie”, worked as a marine mechanic at Wrightsville Beach for many years. He was a veteran of the US Army, a member of St. Johns Lodge 1 and a lifelong member of Oleander United Methodist Church where he was a member of the choir.

Sterling is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years Janice Reynolds Johnson; daughters: Ross Johnson Walls and husband Brad; Paula Johnson Paula and husband Henry; Cheryl Johnson; Coley Johnson; and, daughter-in-law Donna Christine Johnson as well as four grandchildren: Kristin Jope (LCDR. Adrian Jope USN); Allison P. Adams (Chris); Katie Walls; and, LCpl. Ryan Johnson USMC. Sterling and Janice also have four great-grandchildren: Jack-Henry, Sterling and Luke Jope and Preston Reynolds Adams.

A celebration of his life will be held Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 2:00 PM at Oleander United Methodist Church 5810 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC.

Memorials can be made to Oleander United Methodist Church or Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation at 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401.

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  • April 07, 2015
    Jaime Zeigler says:
    I have so many great memories of Uncle Sterling! He will be missed. You all are in my prayers.

  • April 07, 2015
    Ted Jope and Family says:
    "Papaw", a true Patriarch in every sense, was a great inspiration to me personally and all my family... he will be dearly missed , but we are grateful to have had the privilege to know him and it is of great relief that he is now at peace, having fought a valiant fight with his health challenges ... We love you !!! ... Godspeed !! Ted and Lisa Jope

  • April 08, 2015
    Janet Jackson says:
    Your family is in my prayers.

  • April 08, 2015
    Cindy Scruggs Sanders says:
    so sorry to hear of your loss. You were always a special family to me

  • April 08, 2015
    Linda Taylor says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of deep loss and grief. All my Love, Linda