James Ronald Johnson

james johnson

June 7, 1932 ~ October 1, 2012

Born in: Knoxville, Tennessee
Resided in: Duluth, GA

James R. Johnson, 80, of Duluth, GA passed away on October 1, 2012. He was born June 6, 1932 in Knoxville, TN where he graduated from Rule High School. Jim attended Georgia Tech where he earned both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees. While at Georgia Tech, he played football on the 1952 National Championship Team. He also played on the 1955 team and was honored by making the All SEC Conference team for the 1956 season. Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He later worked as a manager for Printpack, Inc. in Atlanta. In 1969, he became an entrepreneur and inventor. He started his own company, initially called Atlanta MESCO, Inc. and later was known as AMI, Inc. The company was formed to design and create machinery for the packaging industry. During his tenure, Jim was awarded 4 U.S. Patents. He also created a company called Recpro, Inc, which designed and manufactured the recloseable plastic zipper. He owned the businesses until his retirement in 1999. Jim is survived by his wife of 59 years, Kathryn Johnson. He was preceded in death by his mother, Blanche Abrams, and his brother, Leslie Johnson. His survivors include his sons, Howie Johnson Allison of Canton, and Jon Johnson Theresa of Duluth, and his sister-in-law, Irma Johnson of Knoxville, TN. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Melissa Johnson Bradshaw Eddie, Lauren Johnson Russell Chris, Kathleen Johnson, Jeffrey Johnson, Connor Johnson, Mary Johnson, and Sydney Johnson. Jim is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 770277-4550 at 10:00am Wednesday, October 10 with a Memorial Service following at 11:00am. After the Memorial Service, there will be a military internment ceremony at the Georgia National Cemetery, 1080 Veterans Cemetery Rd., Canton, GA at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Jim's name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at www.michaeljfox.org

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  1. So Sorry for your loss. So many happy memories with Kathy and Jim in Huntley Hills. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. God Bless from the Bond Family

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this hard time. Jim will be missed by so many. Now he is with the Lord and with no sickness or pain. God Bless

  3. May the light of Jesus’ face shine on your face forever. Rest in peace Mr. Johnson, good and faithful servant!

  4. Howie and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. He is certainly one of God’s angels.

    Bless you family. Betty Warner

  5. Jon and Howie,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you go through this emotional loss. I know that this is a very painful time for both of you. A father is and always will be a very special person in your life. I am here if you need me.

  6. Howie,Jon
    I was very saddened to here of Jims passing. I had a great amount of respect and admiration for your father. I will always be thankful for what I learned and the opportunities I received from your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  7. Dear Howie, Jon and family,

    I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. I always had such a deep respect and admiration for him and will always think of him fondly. I hope you are all holding up well. Jim had a lot to be proud of.

  8. Jon & Howie,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your families.

    Mr. Johnson was one of the most honorable men I’ve ever known and a great man to work for. I’ve never and will never enjoy a job as much as I did working for Mr. Johnson as well as you guys.

    You must be very proud of your father and his character.

    Gob Bless,
    Scott Phillips

  9. Howie and Jon,

    I’m proud to have known your Dad. Working for Jim was very gratifying, He taught me a lot about life. Thanks for the opportunities and memories.

  10. Mr. Johnson is an American Icon and was a personal mentor to me. One of the most significant values that I learned from him is to always ” do the next right thing “, with no thoughts of fear. I and many of my former colleagues live by these words and this simple value gives me fullness and true happiness in this wonderful life. Thank you God for giving me the privilege of being a part of the Johnson family legacy .

  11. So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. He will be missed by so many friends and family, especially Mrs. Kathy . Thinking of you, Becky Kirby Ellis

  12. So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. He will be missed by so many friends and family, especially Mrs. Kathy . Thinking of you, Becky Kirby Ellis

  13. I’m deeply sorry for your loss. Death is never an easy thing to experience. May you find comfort in the words found at Rev.21:3-4

  14. Soon the “God of all comfort” will put an end to sickness and death for all time. Isaiah 33:24 My sincere condolences to the Johnson family.

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