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James Emmett Johnson

February 3, 1927 ~ April 11, 2018 (age 91)

James Emmett Johnson passed from this world into eternal rest on the 11th of April, 2018 following a brief illness. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing. 

James was born in Toecane, North Carolina on February 3, 1927 to the late Monnie Bailey and Jesse Everett Johnson. James was a Fire Controlman during World War II. He served his country in the U. S. Navy from 1944-46. He was a lifelong studying man whose career was spent educating the children of Yancey and McDowell Counties. He earned degrees in Education from East Tennessee State College and Western Carolina University. He was the Superintendent of McDowell County Schools, and was the visionary who worked to build a consolidated High School from the city and county schools.  In his summers, he served as a Park Ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  As a lover of the outdoors, he cherished the shore all along the Eastern Seaboard.  He was a member of Mystic Tie Lodge #217 AF&AM, the Lions Club, and he sat on the board of First Citizens bank in Marion, North Carolina. He was a master woodworker who carved every Tuesday at the Burke County Senior Center. His great grandson, Eli, joined him there frequently learning the craft. He is known for his bird carvings and dulcimers. These creations are coveted by all who loved him. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife Peggy Lonon Johnson.

James leaves behind, a son, James Edwin Johnson and wife Sheri, a daughter, Dr. and Mrs. John H. (Gina) Lowder Jr, two stepsons, Greg Smith, and Brent Smith (Tammy). His grandchildren who remember him with love are Jennifer Johnson Burleson (Ryan), Joshua Eric Johnson (Brooke), John Henry Lowder III, Andrew Bryce Lowder, and Daniel Brent Lowder (Lindsay), Emma Lonon Smith, Brooke Lonon Smith, and Tailyn Elizabeth Smith. Finally, his great grandchildren had the pleasure of sharing time with their grandfather. They are, Elisah Aidan Burleson, Sylvie Reid Burleson, London Brooke Johnson, Steel McRae Burleson, and London Elizabeth Lowder. James is also survived by his siblings, Kathleen Penland, Lladge Neal, Wanda Hansil, and Thomas Johnson as well as special nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind a dear friend, Carolyn Whitaker.   

The family will celebrate his life in a private service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the The Endowment Fund of the Public Schools of McDowell County. These will be used as scholarship funds. These can be sent c/o McDowell County Schools, 334 S. Main St., Marion, NC 28752, or PO Box 130, Marion, NC 28752. 









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