Raleigh E. Johnson

Published 4:47 pm Friday, August 22, 2014

MURFREESBORO, N.C.—Mr. Raleigh Johnson was spouse of the late Sarah Lucy Britt Johnson and was born and grew up near Newsoms in Southampton County, Virginia. His parents were James Henry Johnson and Nannie Bett Storey Johnson and he had also been predeceased by a sister, Hazel Johnson Fletcher, and brother, Edward James Johnson.

A member of Murfreesboro Baptist Church, Mr. Johnson served in the Merchant Marines during World War II, and was retired from Union Camp Corporation Pipe and Plant Maintenance Systems.

He was a member of the American Checker Federation becoming National Checker Champion after having won numerous state tournaments.

He is survived by daughters, Norma J. Johnson and husband, Charles, and Wendy Johnson Marks, all of Murfreesboro; three grandchildren, Sherry Outland Pridgen and husband Gray, of Beaufort, Kevin Lee Outland and wife, Kathy, of Aulander, and Sarah Brittney Rose of Murfreesboro; five great-granchildren, Kelly Nicole Thagard and Michael Preston Thagard of Beaufort, William Thomas Lewter, Jr. and wife, Emily of Dunnellon, Florida; Kristin Brooke Outland and Katelin Leigh Outland of Aulander; and one great-great granddaughter, Autumn Elyce Lewter of Dunnelan, Fla; three step-grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren.

A visitation was held Friday, Aug. 22, from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Bridgers Funeral Home Inc., 605 W. Main St., Conway, N.C., and the funeral service for Mr. Johnson was held on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m. in Murfreesboro Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, N.C., with the Rev. Lee Canipe presiding. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery, Murfreesboro.

Anyone wishing to share a Memorial Gift, please do so to Hertford/Gates County Relay For Life or Murfreesboro Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be shared with the family a twww.bridgersfuneralhome.com.