Willie "Bump" Johnson, 59, husband of Waunell Smith Johnson, died Saturday, January 16, 2010 at Brian Dorn Veterans Hospital, Columbia.
Born July 1, 1950 in Lee County, he was a son of Corine Myers Johnson and the late Alex Johnson, Sr. He was reared in a Christian home and words can not express the beautiful way he carried himself. He loved life, enjoyed life, and any one that knew him loved and enjoyed being around him. He was always caring and willing to help others. He was dependable, faithful and fun loving. He was the one who kept you laughing and was sure to tell you exactly how he felt.
"Bump", as he was affectionately called, was educated in the public schools of Lee County, and was a 1968 graduate of Dennis High School, Bishopville.
Willie completed a two years tour of duty in the United States Air Force. He retired from the Nabisco of New Jersey after 30 years of employment. He also worked part-time for New Jersey Transit during that time. After returning home to South Carolina, he was employed with the Lee County Correctional Center until his health started to decline.
He met and married the late Lillie Josey Johnson. To this union one son was born. He later met and married Waunell Smith Johnson.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his mother, Corine Myers Johnson; his wife, Waunell Smith Johnson; one son, Alfie (Terry) Johnson, and a step son, Randal (April) Adkins, both of Adel, GA; one brother, Alex (Christine) Johnson of Brooklyn, NY; two sisters, Mary Alice Johnson and Flossie (Eddie) Cooper of Paterson, NJ; two granddaughters, Shaniyah and Zamirah Johnson of Adel, GA; one aunt, Alice Johnson of Dalzell; mother-in-law, Jeallean Smith of Adel, GA; one brother-in-law, Robert Smith of Sparks, GA; four sisters-in-law, Darciel Roberson, Phyllis Smith, Cassandra McDonald, all of Adel, GA and Harriet (Larry) Trapp of Valdosta, GA; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alex Johnson, Sr., and a sister, Ora Lee Davis.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Saturday, January 23, 2010 from the Lee Central High School, 1800 Wysacky Highway, Bishopville with Rev. Julia V. Sanders, officiating, eulogist, assisted by Elder Nathaniel Dixon.
The family will received friends at the home 942 James D. Herriott Road, Dalzell.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 12:00 noon.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 12:15 p. m.
Flowers Bearers will be Class of 1968 and friends.
Pall Bearers will be Class of 1968 and friends.
Interment will follow at 1:00 p. m., Monday, January 25, 2010 in the Florence National Cemetery, 803 East National Cemetery Road, Florence.