Harry Lionel Johnson

Harry Lionel Johnson

November 16, 2022, 86, Goldsboro –

Harry Lionel Johnson, 86, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at his home. Born in Sampson County on March 3, 1936, he was the son of the late Lewis Austin Johnson and Edna Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife and the mother of his children, Rachel Drew Johnson, and their son, Harry Allen Johnson.

Always hard-working and driven, Harry displayed his skills and abilities as the Owner and Operator of Mechanical Environmental Control, Inc. As hard as he worked, he found time to enjoy the gifts of those around him. He sought to make his family the priority. He wanted them to experience the joys of God’s good creation all around. He had an innate love for the outdoors. It brought him peace to simply observe nature and hear the birds sing their symphony. It was his quiet time and an opportunity to bring him back to his Creator. His favorite way to observe nature and explore all that was around him was on the seat of a motorcycle. This brought freedom he could experience each time he climbed on his bike.

In keeping with his love for nature, the farm was an integral part of his life. It was his opportunity to care for all God had given him. He could watch birth and life happen right before his eyes on the farm. Harry worshiped his Lord and Savior, the Creator of all he adored, at New Hope Baptist Church.

Harry is survived by his wife of 41 years, Darnell Pope Johnson; son, Dave “Jeff” Johnson and wife, Dana; daughter, Jennifer Smith and husband, David; daughter-in-law, Gayla Johnson; grandchildren, Jeff Johnson and wife, Kinsey, Mac Johnson, Amber Johnson-Carter and husband, Eric, Rachel Johnson McLaurin, and Austin Johnson, and wife, Kelli; great-grandchildren, Preston Johnson, Nolan McLaurin, Caden Carter, and Ollie Johnson; and brothers, Durwood Johnson and Jack Johnson.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Seymour Funeral Home followed by a graveside service to celebrate Harry’s life at 1:00 p.m. at the Johnson Family Cemetery with Rev. Danny Johnson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to New Hope Baptist Church, 4246 New Hope Church Road, Turkey, NC 28393.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Seymour Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Online condolences may be expressed at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.