Charles Edwin Johnson, Sr. passed away Saturday, December 17, 2011. He was born April 9, 1923, in his grandmother’s home in Newport News. He was an only child. He lived most of his life in Newport News and Hampton, He graduated from Newport News High School in 1947, after enlisting in the US Navy.
He was a born-again Christian, who served the Lord at Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, where he taught Sunday school for 18 years and was head usher for six years. He was a musician all his life and leader of the Charlie Johnson Combo.
Charles was a Blue Lodge Master Mason and a member of Colonial Chapter #40 OES and was past president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He graduated from NASA Apprentice School in 1955 and served as a supervisor, then section head for Materials Processing which contributed to the Lunar and Viking projects. He retired after 39-1/2 years.
He was a Boy Scout leader for ten years and was co-owner of Pembroke Marine in Hampton with his son, Bill.
His family includes his wife of 69 years, Ann Collins Johnson; three children, Charles E. Johnson, Jr., deceased Angela of Niceville, Fla., Bill Johnson Frances of Gloucester, and Belinda Aubuchon Bill of Nokomis, Fla; grandchildren, Colette Black Tony of Tampa, Fla., Bryce Johnson Brooke of Newport News, Mack Kitchel and Chad Johnson of Suwanee, Ga., Amy Wise Brandon and Hope Johnson of Niceville, Fla.; and great grandchildren, Victoria, Gavin, Gabriel, Chloe and Keira.
A graveside service will be held in Peninsula Memorial Park, 12750 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, Va. 23606, Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 1 pm.