George Earl Johnson
June 1, 1942 – March 22, 2017
George Earl Johnson, age 74, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from complications of Lewy Body Dementia.
A native Delawarean, George was born in Wilmington on June 1, 1942, and was the son of the late George W. and Madge (Cecil) Johnson. He proudly served aboard the USS Randolph in the U.S. Navy during the invasion of the Cuban Bay of Pigs. George made his career with Diamond State/Bell Atlantic/Verizon where he worked until his retirement.
A man of deep faith, he taught Sunday school as a young adult at the Salem United Methodist Church. When his daughter’s were young, George, along with his wife, Lydia, led the Good News Clubs in their neighborhood. He gave of his time and talents throughout his life as a volunteer with a number of organizations including the United Way, as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, as a bowling and track coach for Special Olympics, and by serving as a Scout Master for a Boy Scout Troop for children with disabilities. In his leisure time, George enjoyed annual family vacations in Lewes Beach, singing and playing the guitar. He had a warm and endearing personality and loved nothing more then making people laugh. A beloved husband, father, nephew, grandfather and friend, George will be very dearly missed by all who knew him.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister. George is survived by his wife of 53 years, Lydia Esther (Wilson) Johnson; children, Melissa McVey (R. Scott), Cecily Luevano (Anthony) and Forrest Wilson; aunt, Ida Mae Stidham; granddaughter, Jemma Lynn Luevano; nieces, Wendy W. Kinard and Traci R. Wilson; and brother-in-law, R. Rodney Wilson, Jr.
A visitation for family and friends will be held from 1:30 pm until 2 pm on Monday, April 3, 2017 at the Salem United Methodist Church, 469 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 2 pm. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 248 E. Chestnut Hill Rd., Suite 4, Newark, DE 19713.