Celebrating the life of Harry J. Johnson
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Harry was born in Nottoway County to Martha Johnson Hawthorne and the late William R. Meredith on March 22, 1948. He was later fostered by the late Mary and Allen Hardy of Nottoway County. He was joined in Holy Matrimony to Ella M. Bassfield on March 9, 1974. To this union one little bundle of joy was born.
Harry was baptized at Union Baptist Church in 1979 under the pastorship of Reverend S. H. Miller, where he worked faithfully and diligently for many years. Serving as a trustee, a deacon and singing with the male chorus. He also served on the Burkeville Town Council. He was employed by Norfolk-Western, Andritz Sprout Bauer, Tyson and Ellington Energy.
He was prededed in death by many of the above named and his step-mother, Lucy Johnson Meredith; brothers William (Frank) Meredith and Harless Wainwright, Jr.
"Chopper" as he was affectionately called, left a legacy of "Love," displayed in his daily life by nurturing the needs of the elderly sick and shut-ins. He was very fond of children. He will be remembered for maintaining a beautiful lawn adorned with beautiful and varied plants, grass and figurines. He liked fishing. He had a great love for cars, especially antiques and street rods. He found great joy in serving his gas customers; never too busy for a quick chat to cheer someone and make a day brighter. He enjoyed exercising his welding "know how", and used it to great advantage. With all the love he had for family and many material things, it was so evident that he gave God the glory and expressed his joy in knowing God as his deliverer.
He leaves to cherish his fond memories a devoted wife of thirty-six years, Ella M. Johnson and his loving daughter Christy T. Johnson. Mother and step-father Charles and Martha Allen Hawthorne. Eight brothers: Charles Hawthorne (Vickie), John Hawthorne, Scottie Hawthorne (Arlene), Bill Meredith (Clara), James Meredith (Doris), Lloyd Meredith, Melvin Wainwright and Norris Wainwright. Seven sisters: Marie Brown, Penny Capers (Donnell), Dorothy Graves (Tommie), Patricia Hardy, Estelle Johnson (Floyd), Mary Valentine, and Pattie Winn (Lawrence). Father and Mother-in-law: Leslie and Maggie Bassfield; five brothers-in-law: Alphus Bassfield (Helen), Mark Bassfield (Marcia), Warren Bassfield, Carl Bassfield (Renee') and Alvin Bassfield. Three sisters-in-law: Linda Bassfield, Catherine Bassfield and Evelyn Dotson (Leon). Lynell Bassfield whom he loved as a son, a devoted god-mother Bessie S. Ransome, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services Friday, March 4, 2011 at 12:00 noon from Union Baptist Church, Crewe with interment in the Crewe Cemetery.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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