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A.E. Johnson

December 8, 1938 — August 1, 2022

Boonville - He’s not dead, he just changed his place of residence. A.E. Johnson passed away Monday, August 1,2022 from complications of dementia. His heartbreak is now over because he is with his Linda and Jesus. He was born December 8,1938 to Zeb and Ada “Fannye” Gillespie Johnson. He graduated from Boonville High School in 1957 and married his high school sweetheart Linda Stinson in June, 1958. When he was drafted into the US Army in 1961, he thought his life was over, but instead, he and Linda had the greatest adventure of their lives. He was stationed in West Germany where Linda joined him. They were able to take their VW bug, their friends, luggage, and a spare container of gas, and travel through the Alps and Europe. He received the Outstanding Trainee award in basic training and the Academic Award at the 3rd Division NCO Academy. After they came home, A.E. eventually became a full-time farmer specializing in tobacco and grain. He was an avid hunter and especially loved to quail and pheasant hunt. After he retired, he enjoyed playing golf with his friends at Silo Run. He served his community as a Jaycee, twice as president, where in 1973 he was chosen as one of the Five Outstanding Young Men in North Carolina. For 21 years he served on the Farm Credit board of directors, five times as chairman, and 10 years on the local ASCS committee. In later years, he delivered meals- on -wheels and performed numerous flag ceremonies as part of the VFW Post 10346 Honor Guard. When he was 21 years old, Linda led him to the Lord. It was the most important decision of his life. He served his church in various roles throughout the years and went on many mission trips. He gave up everything to take care of Linda when she developed health problems and dementia and was truly heartbroken when, in December 2019, she passed away. In addition to Linda, he is preceded in death by his parents, sisters June Lakey and Sue Brown, and brother Joe Johnson. He is survived by his daughter Hope (Phillip)Hardy; brothers-in-law Ed Lakey and Nolan Brown; nieces Susie Tickle, Heather Hincher; great nieces Keelin McArthur and Adan Lakey; nephew Laddin Lakey; great nephews Nathan Hinshaw, Dean Tickle, and Broze Lakey. The family would like to thank Kenny Crissman who helped make A.E.’s last few months enjoyable while they shot targets and played with ‘their’ puppy Jackson. They would also like to thank Dr. Subbiah and the staff on the 200 hall at Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and the staff at the Woltz Hospice Home for their care. The family will receive friends at Phillip and Hope’s home in Boonville. His funeral service will be held at 6:30 PM Thursday, August 4, 2022 at Boonville Baptist Church by the Rev. John Brown. Burial will follow at Boonville Cemetery with full military honors by the Yadkin VFW Post 10346. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 5:30 to 6:30 PM Thursday at Boonville Baptist. In lieu of flowers, the family request monetary or food donations be made to Yadkin Christian Ministries, 117 Woodlyn Drive, Yadkinville NC 27055. Gentry Family Funeral Service in Yadkinville is serving the Johnson family. Online condolences can be made at www.gentryfuneralservice.com.

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