He was born on April 9, 1927, in Riceboro, Liberty County, to Wesley and Malena Johnson. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17 near the end of World War II and saw the world over the next 10 years. He left service briefly, joined the U.S. Army Reserve and then the Georgia Army National Guard, where he served for another 10 years at the Con-Site at Fort Stewart.
After he retired from the service, Carl was a successful small businessman, who also served as a Hinesville City Police Officer, a two-term Liberty County Commissioner, a rural letter carrier and an inspector for the Georgia Department of Labor. He also was active in community service through the Hinesville Lions Club. Carl was very proud to have donated land and raised funds to build the area’s first training center for mentally disabled adults while a member of the Board of Directors of the Liberty County Association for Retarded Citizens. Given his love of politics, he greatly enjoyed his work as a doorkeeper for the Georgia State Senate during his senior years.
In 2004, Carl and his wife, Myrtle, left Liberty County’s sandy soil and salt marshes for Cartersville to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Carl had been active for many years in God’s work through the Hinesville First Baptist Church, but when he moved to Bartow County, he found a wonderful place of service at Rowland Springs Baptist Church.
Carl is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Myrtle; his daughter, Elaine; his son, Walter (Leslie); his grandson, James (Ashley); his granddaughters, Lauren (Drew), Allison (Zach) and Heather; his great-granddaughters, Kyleigh and Kenlie; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Martin, Henry Lee and Phillip; and sisters Mary Alice and Aline.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 27, at 1 p.m. at the Rowland Springs Baptist Church Sanctuary, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m., led by the Rev. Joe Ringwalt. Pallbearers in Cartersville include Jay Dunn, Rich Flournoy, Matt Flournoy, Ernie Thompson, Don Lehman and Jeff Lehman. Owen Funeral Home of Cartersville is in charge of arrangements in north Georgia.
The family will also receive friends on Saturday, March 29, at 10 a.m. at the Elim Baptist Church Social Hall (6650 Elim Church Road, N.E., Ludowici), followed by a graveside service and internment in the Elim Cemetery, led by the Rev. Gene Hiers. Pallbearers in Hinesville include Jon Braddy, Tom Eppley, Wesley Johnson, Bobby Stubbs, Jimmy Stubbs and Lee Thompson. Carter’s Funeral Home of Hinesville is in charge of arrangements in south Georgia. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to Rowland Springs Baptist Church (79 Rowland Springs Road, Cartersville, GA 30121), Hinesville First Baptist Church (220 Memorial Drive, Hinesville, GA 31313), or the Elim Baptist Church.
Owen Funeral Home, 12 Collins Drive, Cartersville, is in charge of the arrangements.