By an Angel’s Kiss, Lt. Wylie P. Johnson (94), U.S. Navy

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                 Wylie Pierson Johnson, 3/28/1919 – 11/2/2013

Born March 28, 1919, at Carol Villa, Montgomery, Alabama, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his home in Vestavia, Alabama, on November 2, 2013.  Mr. Johnson graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in Montgomery and attended Alabama Polytechnic University (Auburn), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1942.  While at Alabama Polytechnic University, Mr. Johnson was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Part of the Greatest Generation, Mr. Johnson was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy serving during World War II and attended Cornell University during his service.   He also attended Georgia Tech while he was working for the Alabama Power Company.  He retired in 1976 after 38 years with Alabama Power Company.  In 2006 he was commissioned Honorary Commodore in the Navy of the Alabama State Navy.

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He was married to the love of his life, Eula Lurene “Dolly” Hall Johnson for 50 years.  They raised three children, Barbara Lurene, Melanie Fay, and Wylie Benjamin.

Mr. Johnson was very active in professional and civic activities and contributed articles to professional journals.  His activities included having been President of the Vestavia Exchange Club; President of the Richard Montgomery Chapter and the Alabama State Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution; a Mason and member of Zamora Shrine Temple; member of the Young Men’s Business Club of Birmingham; member of the Birmingham Engineer’s Club; member of the Tuskegee Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow); and member of the First Baptist Church of Montgomery.  He established the Seth Johnson Endowment for the Economics Department of Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) and received the AUM School of Business 1998-1999 Outstanding Business Leadership Award.

He was an avid Auburn fan and recently enjoyed watching Auburn beat Texas A&M.

Most important, however, was his love of family.  Mr. Johnson organized and attended family reunions throughout the country, spent years compiling genealogical information, and wrote three books on genealogy, Solomon Johnson: 1601-1690 His Descendants & Some Allied Families, Neva Kate Carmichael Johnson: 1880-1952 Her Family and Ancestry, and Eula Lurene Hall Johnson: 1922-1997 Her Family and Ancestry.  Many of his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren have tales of cross-country trips with “Paw” searching through libraries and graveyards and listening to distant relatives tell jocose anecdotes and family tales.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eula Lurene Hall Johnson.  He is survived by three children, Barbara Lurene Hill (James), Melanie Fay Johnson, and Wylie Benjamin Johnson (Jessica), eleven grandchildren and fifteen great-granchildren.

Mr. Johnson will be laid to rest at Leak Memory Chapel in Montgomery, Alabama, on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. His seven grandsons will serve as pallbearers: John Derek Hill, Edward Seth Atkinson, James Daniel Hill, Jeffrey Adam Hill, Wylie Scott Atkinson, Benjamin Seth Johnson, and Spencer Henry Johnson.

May he rest in peace.


One response to By an Angel’s Kiss, Lt. Wylie P. Johnson (94), U.S. Navy

  1. Melody Warbington November 4th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mr. Johnson a couple of times. He was a thoroughly charming man, and I am grateful for his service to his country.

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