Obituary: Joseph Martin Johnson, 87

Joseph Martin Johnson, age 87, passed away on January 26, 2021.  Joseph was born in Atlanta, GA on July 18, 1933 to parents Thomas Earl Johnson, Sr. and Clara Elizabeth Murphy Johnson. 

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Bonnie V. Johnson, his two daughters, Sherry J. McCulley and Kay J. Smith, son-in-law Gary C. Smith, grandson A.J. Smith, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters, 1 brother, and grandson Kevin C. McCulley. 

“Joe” met his sweetheart, Bonnie, while serving in the Air Force. After his discharge, his occupation was a lithographer in the printing business. He was self-taught in all types of handyman skills, and even took on construction projects as a second source of income. After his retirement from the printing business, he and wife Bonnie were co-directors of Shepherd’s Staff Ministries in Loganville.  He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, playing golf, and traveling. He loved children. He loved to laugh.

In 1958, Joe and Bonnie became charter members of an Advent Christian Church that began in their living room and is known today as Hope Community Fellowship. Joe loved the Lord Jesus Christ.  His greatest desire was for all people – especially friends and family, to come to know the Lord as their Savior.

The family plans to have a Memorial Service in the months to come at Hope Community Fellowship. 

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Joseph, the family has three suggestions that were near and dear to his heart:

Hope Community Fellowship, 4037 Bailey Circle, Loganville, GA 30052

Shepherd’s Staff Ministries, 2240 Commerce Drive, Loganville, GA 30052

St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105

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