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Russell J. Johnson

d. February 11, 2022

Russell Jerry Johnson, 85, of Siler City passed away Friday, February 11, 2022 at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital. Russell was born February 24, 1936, son of the late Edward Lester and Berta Fox Johnson.

Russell was a well known farmer in the Silk Hope Community. He loved bluegrass and gospel music, watching sports, and spending time with his family and his many friends. Mr. Johnson was instrumental in starting the Silk Hope Fire Department where he was an active member and Captain. He was also a member of Sapling Ridge United Methodist Church where he was a faithful member and served on multiple committees.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 59 years, Hannah Scarlette Johnson, 3 sons; Mike Johnson (Eydie) of Gainesville GA, Jerry Johnson (Cindy) of Asheboro, and Randy Johnson (Amy) of Bevard; 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 2 sisters; Judy Johnson, and Rachel Cox (Clinton), both of Siler City.

In addition to his parents, Russell was preceded in death by his brothers, Gene, Robert, and Palmer Johnson, and sister Berta Faye Johnson King.

Russell will lie in repose on Monday, February 14, 2022 from 1:00-5:00 pm at Smith and Buckner Funeral Home. The Funeral Service for Mr. Johnson will be held Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 3:00 pm at Sapling Ridge United Methodist Church (5016 Silk Hope Gum Springs Rd), with Rev. Jason Dickerson and Pastor Jerry Johnson officiating. Internment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Russell's memory to Sapling Ridge UMC or to a charity of choice.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Lie in Repose

Monday, February 14, 2022

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Smith & Buckner Funeral Home

230 N 2nd Ave, Siler City, NC 27344

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Funeral Service

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Starts at 3:00 pm

Sapling Ridge United Methodist Church

5016 Silk Hope Gum Spring Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312

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