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James Johnson

James "Earl" Johnson, 94, a Purple Heart recipient, passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2018, "Purple Heart Day."
Earl was a member of 20th Street Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the D.A.V. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having entered into the US Army at the age of 17. He served in the South Pacific where in addition to the Purple Heart, he earned Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Service Stars, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, America Theater Ribbon, and World War II Victory Medal.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents William R. Johnson and Lizzie Perry Johnson and siblings Sylvia Harmon and Cova Johnson.
He is survived by his wife Muriel Jones Johnson; four children: Ron Johnson (Carol), Danny Johnson, Teresa Smith (Willie), and Lisa Baxter; his sister Wanda Wooten; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews, family and friends.
He was also preceded in death by his grandparents the Rev. Fred M. and Mollie Jones, and Pleas and Elizabeth Godsey Young; sister, Janice Jones Hacker, and nephew Ricky Hacker.
He is also survived by Muriel's brother Burt Hacker; sister-in-law Barbara Johnson; nephew Burton Hacker; nieces Kristi Hacker and Teresa Haverly Barth; great-nephew Sam Hacker; and two great-nieces Becca and Katey.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Steeley and the Rev. Levi Skeen officiating. Entombment will follow at the Pine Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from noon until 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Messages may be written to the family at vankirkgrisellfuneralhome.co
Published on August 9, 2018
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