REVEREND CARL M. JOHNSON
Reverend Carl M. Johnson, age 78, of 289 Bob Campbell Road, Vilas, entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Wednesday evening, August 13, 2014, at his home.
Preacher Carl, as he was affectionately known, was born December 3, 1935 in Watauga County, a son of the late Charlie and Bessie Brewer Johnson.
Preacher Carl answered the call to preach in 1975. During his ministry he pastored four churches in Tennessee and North Carolina. He served 13 years at Midway Baptist, 24 years at Zionville Baptist and 35 years at Beaver Dam Baptist. He served Mabel Baptist for 36 years until complications from a stroke forced his retirement in December of 2013. During the last 20 years of his ministry, Preacher Carl served three churches simultaneously, preaching and teaching four times a week.
Reverend Johnson is survived by his wife, Wanda Mast Johnson of the home; a daughter, Sherrye Perry and husband Larry of Vilas; five grandsons, Charlie Johnson and wife Rebecca of Millers Creek, Braxton Johnson of Sugar Grove, James Perry and wife Rebekah of Vilas, and their children Cadell, Liam, Nolan, Evangeline and Isabelle of Vilas, Eric Perry and wife Jennifer and their children Cole and Connor of Lenoir, and Jason Perry and wife Deborah and their children Donovan, Hannah and soon to be Emmalynn of Vilas; one step-son, William Mast of Sugar Grove; one step-granddaughter, Madison Mast and her mother Amanda Hardy of Boone; and one brother Lloyd Johnson and wife Glenna of Jefferson, and in-laws Jackie and Marie Mast of Sugar Grove. A number of nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Ward Johnson; one son, Wendell Shawn Johnson; a brother, John Dean Johnson; and two sisters, Alice Johnson Combs and Mildred Johnson Younce.
Funeral services for Reverend Carl M. Johnson were held Saturday afternoon, August 16, at 2:00 oclock, at Mabel Baptist Church. The body lay in state at the church from 1:00 oclock until 2:00 oclock. Officiating were Reverend Ray Greene, Reverend Leonard Fletcher, Reverend Dewey Williams and Pastor Frank Johnson. Military graveside rites and burial, provided by American Legion Post 130 and Disabled Veterans Chapter 90, followed in the Lower Beaver Dam Cemetery.
The family received friends Friday evening from 6:00 oclock until 8:00 oclock at Hampton Funeral Service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lower Beaver Dam Cemetery Fund, in care of David Scott, 3476 Mountain Dale Road, Vilas, North Carolina, 28692 or Medi Home Hospice, Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, North Carolina, 28607.