July 23, 1930 ~ June 15, 2011
Walter Lewis Johnson Sr. JOHNSON, WALTER LEWIS July 23, 1930 – June 15, 2011 Walter Lewis Johnson, age 80, of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away on June 15th, 2011. Lewis was born on July 23, 1930 in Old Hickory, Tennessee. He moved to Atlanta at age 4. After serving four years in the United States Navy from 1948-1952 on the USS Albany, he attended Georgia State University. He began his 57 year career as an independent insurance agent at Endicott-Johnson Agency in West End Atlanta. A member and past President of the West End Jaycees, he was instrumental in establishing the Empty Stocking Fund which continues its impact today. For the past 40 years, he was President and CEO of All Risk Insurance Agency in Atlanta. In 1970, he was the first Republican candidate for the State of Georgia Insurance Commissioner. A charter member of Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia, he was President of the Church Council and Chairman of the Building Committee. He attended the Men's Lutheran Cursillo in Miami and served as Rector of Atlanta Lutheran Men's Cursillo #23. Lewis was a Mason and member of the Arab Temple. A loving husband and father, he believed that family was his most important focus in life. He took great pride in his children and was also a wonderful grandfather, uncle, brother and son. Lewis was extremely outgoing and never met a stranger. He always made a personal connection with everyone and he was the kind of person you would always remember. New acquaintances became lasting friends. Lewis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bernice Johnson of Lawrenceville, Georgia, four children – Dr. Sherilyn Johnson of Lawrenceville, Georgia, Taralee Johnson Weaver of Columbia, South Carolina, Darlenda Johnson McNaull of Duluth, Georgia and Walter Lewis Johnson, Jr. of Snellville, Georgia, eleven grandchildren – Melissa Bell Wheeler, Brad Bell, Michael Weaver, Brian Weaver, Tommy McNaull, Amber McNaull, Maxwell McNaull, Kelley McNaull, Ansley Johnson, Amy Johnson, Ally Johnson, one great grandson, Clay Johnson, expecting a second great grandson, RJ Wheeler, one sister, Mili Katz, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He leaves behinds his lifetime friend, Ray Coker, who he considered his brother, as well as countless other friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation Open Heart, 1755 North Brown Road, Suite 100, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043. A private graveside military service was held earlier. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 25th at 3:00 at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, 3305 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30044.