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Originally published: 2013-02-06 16:55:25
Last modified: 2013-02-06 16:55:25

Walter Raleigh Johnson, Jr

Walter Raleigh Johnson, Jr., 88, of Lynn Hill Drive, Boone, died Monday morning, Feb. 4, 2013, at Watauga Medical Center.
Mr. Johnson was born June 6, 1924, in Watauga County, a son of the late Walter Raleigh Johnson, Sr. and Clarissa Kate Johnson. He was a graduate of Bethel High School, Appalachian State Teachers College, Emory University and Michigan State University. He was a teacher and principal at Bethel School in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Mr. Johnson was an educator at Wingate University from 1956 through 1989. He served on both the Watauga County Board of Education and the Union County Board of Education. Mr. Johnson served in the United States Army, during World War II.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Edith Parker Johnson, of the home; two sons, Walter Raleigh Johnson, III and wife, Leslie, of Sugar Grove, and John Roby Johnson and wife, Cherry, of Boone; one granddaughter, Lydia Coffman and husband, Jerrod, of Raleigh; four grandsons, Adam Johnson and wife, Jodie Taylor, and Phillip Johnson and his special friend, Ashleigh Bretz, all of Boone, Micah Johnson and wife, Jessica, of Hickory, and Matthew Johnson of Boone; two step-granddaughters, Loren and Sofia Ward, both of Sugar Grove; five great-grandsons, Cody Coffman, Jathan Coffman, Connor Johnson, Parker Johnson, and Jackson Roper, one great-granddaughter, Kara Johnson; and a niece, Rita Faye Warren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Hazel Johnson Roark and Ruth Johnson Eggers; and one brother, Fred Johnson.
Funeral services for Walter Raleigh Johnson, Jr. will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Boone. Officiating will be Dr. Roy Dobyns. Military graveside rites and burial, provided by American Legion Post 130 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 90, will follow in Forest Grove Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Boone.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wingate University Endowed Scholarship Fund or to the Tree Replacement in the Academic Quad Fund, Wingate University, Resource Development Office, Campus Box 3071, PO Box 159, Wingate, North Carolina, 28174-0159.
Online condolences may be sent to the Johnson family at
Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.