Bill, born on
During WWII, Bill
served in the Army/Air Force maintaining the early warning
radar on the
During Bill's life he had several very different careers; starting with running Camp Sequoyah, to building a successful construction company in St. Croix, to his best known role in real estate marketing and development here in WNC. He was a strong supporter of land owners' rights and served with distinction on the Buncombe County Board of Equalization and Review, the Asheville Planning and Zoning Commission, and was recognized by the Council of Independent Business Owners for his work.
Bill enjoyed the companionship of good friends in the wilderness, doing things right the first time and ignoring conventional wisdom when his life's lessons showed the ignorance of following the crowd. Few men understood the pragmatic results of the man's actions applied to real world circumstances better than Bill Johnson. He was generous and forgiving to those that could not help themselves and had little patience for capable people failing to think and provide for themselves.
Bill is survived by his wife, Trula Kirkpatrick Johnson; his children, Lynn Johnson, Attorney at Law and her husband, James Langford of Tacoma, WA, Carey Michael Johnson, Attorney at Law and his wife, Anne Ellington Johnson of Atlanta, GA and Mitchell Edward Johnson, City Manager, City of Greensboro, and his wife Suzanne Collier Johnson of Greensboro, NC; five grandchildren, Jason Mitchell and Sarah Reece Johnson both of Atlanta and Rachel Elizabeth, Natalie Michelle and Mark Patrick Johnson all of Greensboro, NC; his sister, Karen Conway of Gastonia; and his cousin, Sally Ellington Middleton of Asheville.
Friends and associates are invited to join the family for an outdoor celebration of Bill's life, to be held at the home of Dr. Stan E. Willett and his wife, Pattie Claridge, 38 Peach Knob Drive, Mountain Meadows; Saturday, September 8, 2007 from 2:00 until 4:00. Light refreshments will be served.
There will be a
private family service in
Our father's wish is
that his friends and associates might remember a life well
lived and to refrain from sending flowers or donations. The
family would appreciate any notes or remembrances of Bill
They can be sent in care of the Johnson Family,