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George Earl Johnson  

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.

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  1. Shiela, March 28, 2017

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss and wanted to share the bibles hope of a resurrection at John 5:28,29 at a time when there is no more sickness and pain or death anymore according to Revelations 21:3,4.Please read these scriptures and may the God of comfort give you comfort in this time of bereavement.

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  2. Bartolo Manzella, March 28, 2017

    I’m sorry for your loss Melissa. One day there will be a joyous reunion for all as we go home when called.

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  3. Doug Perkins, March 28, 2017

    Our deepest condolences to you…What a remarkable man! Thanks for letting us care for him–& you!

    Prayerfully,
    Pastor Doug Perkins, Chaplain
    Compassionate Care Hospice

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  4. Chuck Dixon, March 28, 2017

    Words are hard to come by. There were three men in my life that were like fathers to me. I’ve now lost a second one. George was a great man. He will be missed by all that had the pleasure of having known him. My heart goes out to the family.

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  5. Ann Marie Godwin, March 29, 2017

    Dear Lydia, Melissa, Cecily and Forrest. I am so sorry . Kasee and myself spent everyday at your home for years. We both have such good memories of George.He made us laugh, he was sooo good to the daycare kids. Many a grown up , grew up at Lydias……and Mr. George , they called him was always there; and smiling. I always want to remember him …….smiling.

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  6. Bob Seidle, March 30, 2017

    Earth’s loss, Heaven’s gain ! R.I.P. George

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  7. Kathy Wilson Mulluns, March 30, 2017

    Lydia, Melissa, Cecily, and Forrest:
    To my family who I was so blessed to spend so much time with growing up – I send you my love and condolences to you with the loss of “Mr. George”. From his infectious smile, his silly jokes, and his love for everyone – I know he will be missed for these and so many more things. May we find comfort in the memories of him and with God. I love and miss you all ((hugs))

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  8. Jasmine Willis, April 1, 2017

    I’m so sorry to hear about Mr. Johnson’s passing. I had the opportunity to work with him during his time at New castle HRC as one of his therapists. He was always a pleasure to work with, and he was such a hard worker! George never complained about a thing, and he was so kind to others. I would try my best to look out for him, made sure he got double portions for his meals and extra snacks (because he could eat!) He was a great person and will surely be missed. May you find comfort from your cherished memories, and indeed from the “God of all comfort” who provides support during these difficult times. -2 Corinthians 1:3

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  9. Jim Mullin, April 10, 2017

    Lydia, Melissa, Cecily and Forrest,
    We are are very sorry to hear about George’s passing. We unfortunately could not make the service but your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We will always be grateful for the care you provided to the kids when they were young. We will miss Mr. George. Hope you are all doing ok.

    Love,
    Maria, Jim, Rob and Laura Mullin

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