Doyle F. Johnson, age 78 of Bethlehem, Georgia, formerly of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Kathi Lanphear Johnson, and Children: Wallace W. Johnson and wife Paula, Michael D. Johnson and wife Connie, Kelly K. Johnson and husband David, and brothers and sister: Larry Johnson and wife Phyllis, James Johnson and wife Gloria, and Joyce Warner all from Live Oak, Florida, and Grandchildren: Wesley, Allison, Victoria, Rachel, Ryan, and Riley Johnson. Mr. Johnson grew up in Live Oak, Florida, and moved to Lawrenceville in 1967 where he started Southeast Culvert, Inc. in 1981. He was a loyal and faithful servant of the Wesley Class and Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church serving on many committees. He was a member and past president of the National Corrugated Steel Pipe Association, was a member of the Lawrenceville Lions Club for many years, served on the Board of Directors for United Community Bank, and was an avid golfer. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend leaving a wonderful legacy. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church with the remains placed in state at 12:00 noon, Dr. Bill Burch and Dr. Davis Chappell will officiate. Private interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church, 395 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046, or to Lawrenceville Co-Op Ministry, P.O. Box 1328, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00 until 4:00 and 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA.

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  1. It has just been in the last year that we were building and updating our family tree. I had a brief chance to talk to my cousin Doyle over the phone, but missed having the chance to see him one more time. God Bless Kathi and the family.

  2. I didn’t know Doyle all that well, bit I knew many of those that worked for his company for many years. I did know that he was very active in the industry and will be missed by all. Rest in peace Doyle and may your family be comforted in this time of loss.

  3. My contacts with Doyle and Kathi were through the pipe business. I admired his self-made success and his loyalty to family and friends. May he rest in peace and may the sorrow of his family soon pass.

  4. Aunt Kathi, Wallace, Michael, Kelley and families, All our love and prayers to you. Please lean on Our God in Heaven for strength and peace. Please know that Uncle Doyle is at peace and in the arms of God.
    Much love to you all
    James, Cindy, Jessica, Graham & Dillon

  5. Wallace

    I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was one of my first customers when I started out in the steel business. He was a true Southern Gentleman and gave me great advice in my early years. My prayers go out to you and your family.

  6. What a wonderful picture of Doyle. Kathi, we just wanted you to know you and your family are in our prayers. Cousin Doyle was a wonderful man. He is with Aunt Eunice and Uncle Woody and my Mother, Lois Pitts. We here, in Southwest Georgia want you to know how special our famalies are. May God bless you and give you strength during this time of grief. Love, Sherry Pitts Speirs

  7. Wally and Michael,

    Your father was a fantastic person. The work and success of you both is a wonderful testament to him. I am grateful for the time the three of you spent with us a few years ago. Your dad packed 10 years of advice into two days of time. All of his thoughts and advice helped us.

    I am thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers.

  8. Doyle was such a professional and honest business person, a great mentor and most of all a very good friend. We will miss him. Know that he rests in peace. May God be with Kathi, Wallace, Michael and all of the Johnson family during this time of sorrow.

  9. Dear Kathi and the Johnson Family,

    Words cannot express the sorrow we feel by the loss of Doyle. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful family as neighbors and have always had the highest regard for Doyle. He was such a kind and gentle man ~ we will miss him dearly. May God bless you and keep you in his care, now and in the days to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  10. I only met Doyle once and that was at my first NCSPA meeting. But I have been told many great stories about him from other people in the the industry. With sons like Wallace and Micheal I know he had to be a good man. May God be with you in this time of sorrow.

  11. Kathi and family please know that Jean and I pray that our Lord will comfort you in the difficult days ahead.

  12. It is with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Doyle. I am forever grateful of the time spent together both in business and on the golf course. Our golf outings together with Grey,Don,Ben and myself are lasting memories.He was a man of integrity and great character which he demonstrated in business and especially in his life. Our blessings and prayers are with Kathi and family. God Bless and lasting peace. He will be missed.

  13. We will keep Kathi, Wallace and Michael and the rest of the Johnson family in our thoughts and prayers at this tough time. Let the Lord comfort you in this time of loss.

  14. Mrs. Johnson, Wally, Michael and family,

    Kelly and I are saddened at the news of Doyle’s passing. It was a pleasure to work with him and an honor to have known him personally. He was a true professional and highly respected by his employees, suppliers and competitors. I remember being intimidated when I first met him, as his stature in the business community was renowned. Of course what I found was a gentlemen, willing to share his knowledge and experiences and found him to be a truly great story teller with a quick humor. Wally always joked about reality versus perception, but I am certain the reality is that Doyle was a man of faith and full of integrity. He will for sure be missed, but we will all keep precious memories with us forever. May God bless and console you at this very difficult time.

  15. Doyle was a good man, a good businessman and a good competitor. I spent a lot of time with him during my sixteen years in the Atlanta area. We were competiors but there was mutual respest. We played golf, had many many lunches and discussed business at length. Doyle taught me a great deal about decision making and risk taking. The success he enjoyed was well earned and impressive. He was proud of Kathy and his children and fortunate to have them involved in his career. He will be missed but not forgotten!

  16. Dear Kathi, Wally and Michael

    Robin and I were saddened to hear of Doyle’s passing. He was a great contributor to our industry and left you a great legacy. May he rest in peace!

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  17. Doyle was good friend who led by example. I admired and respected him. He was always generous with his time, talent, and resources. I will miss him. I pray that God will comfort those who loved him.

  18. I never got to personally know Mr. Doyle as I should have since he bought the “Cassidy Creek” from me. I would like for all of you to know how honored I am that he took my small farm and made it into a very nice neighborhood and beautiful houses. I am proud to say that he did my farm such justice. Please know that my prayers are with you and if I can help with just a smile, a visit, or doing anything around the house, please let me know. I am just a small neighbor but all of you are more than welcome to come over anytime. God bless and remember you in everyway to help heal.

  19. Kathi, Wally, and Michael
    Deann and I are saddened to hear of Doyle’s untimely death. It’s seems but very few years since Don Bibey phoned to ask me to give Doyle, who was considering joining NCSPA, a call. Don said he was a perfect fit, a self-made success whose life was focused on his business and family. I found, in addition, a gracious and generous gentleman willing to share his experience and ideas. He even sent me his business software at a time when I was updating my own. I know of his love for Kathi and the confidence he had in his sons and in the future of his company. We all share that confidence, as we share in your untimely loss.

  20. Such a fine gentleman to be taken so early in his retirement life. He had a remarkable countenance of wisdom and thoughtfulness. It was a privelege and honor to have known him as a fellow brother in Christ through our Sunday School Class.
    We hope that God’s love will dimish Kathi’s grief in time and that memories and family will enhance her eternal love.
    Love and blessings to his beautiful family.

    Carlton and Nancy

  21. We know that Doyle is with the Father. our hearts and prayers are with you all. I wish I was there to give a hug but know y’all are getting a virtual hug from me. LOVE

  22. Dear Mrs. Johnson, Wallace, Michael and Kelly,
    We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Doyle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times.
    Manfred Lupke, Renate Lupke, Stefan Lupke, Annette Kovalik

  23. Dear Mrs. Johnson, Wallace, Michael and Family
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.
    May you share in the wonderful memories of your family and may God bring you peace and comfort.

    Todd and Julie Sears

  24. Deb and I were saddened to hear of Doyle’s passing. I found Doyle to be an extremely good businessman and a wonderful advocate for the industry. On a personal side, I enjoyed meeting Doyle on several occassions and found him and Kathi to be wonderful people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Johnson family in this time of saddness.

  25. Our deepest love and sympathy to Kathi and all the Johnson family during this time of sorrow. Doyle will be dearly missed by all of us but we hope you have comfort in knowing where he is now, that glorious place we all pray we’ll be someday where we’ll be reunited with all our loved ones that went before us.

    May God hold you in his loving arms and give you peace.

    Norris and Andrea

  26. Kathi, I realize you and Doyle are special, respected by the community and loved by friends and family. God will be your strength during this time . God bless you and the family.

    Kathy Trimble

  27. Dear Family;
    We are saddened to learn of Doyle’s passing. As you know I have known Doyle many many years and considered him a close friend. The Pipe Industry has lost a great contributor. As a self-made business man he was admired by many, many people. Doyle always had time to encourage everyone in the pipe business and offered a helping hand to many. Are thoughts and prayers are with you.

  28. We were so sorry to hear about Doyle. It is a shame that we didn’t see each other after you moved since you were such good neighbors at Old Farm Estates. May the Lord watch over you and your family in these hard times.

  29. Over the past 20 years I have known Doyle he has been a true gentleman in all our dealings and a strong advocate and leader of the industry. He was always been highly respected by those that knew him and very willing to share his ideas and time . My deepest sympathy to Kathi, Wallace , Michael and the rest of his family .

  30. Our love and sympathy go out to Kathi and the family. We are honored and privileged to have known Doyle and have him as our friend. He will be deeply missed. We hope that in time you will be comforted by knowing he rest in God’s loving arms. Our prayers continue to be with you all.
    Janis and Mike Stops

  31. Kathi and children, I was so sorry to hear of your loss,such a pillar in our church. what a legacy he leaves behind for his children and grandchildren. Kathi, I pray for your strength in your days ahead.

  32. In Sympathy and with sadness but joy for the family as they know that Doyle is at peace and that he is leaving many happy memories, think good things. For my dear daughter-in-law, Kelly, her brothers and mom I pray for peace, just know that Jesus loves you and will be with you to give you strength and comfort. Shirley Green

  33. Doyle always reminded me of a eulogy from an old Larry McMurtry novel. “Splendid behavior in all things. Never shirked a task. Cheerful in all weathers.” I didn’t know him well but you knew when he was in the room. Wallace and extended family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jim & Lin Roscoe

  34. Doyle was loved so much; and has gone too soon. Kathi and family please know that we are remembering you and will keep you in thoughts and prayers.. With love and remembrance.
    Judy & L M Clay

  35. Dear Johnson Family,
    I am so saddened to hear of your loss. I will have the family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,.

  36. Kathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a GREAT man and I really enjoyed working for him the many years I did. Praying for you guys, I know God is holding you close to him at this difficult time. Love you guys!!!

    Thinking and praying for you all!!!

  37. Kathi & Family –
    Our deepest sympathy at this most difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers.

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