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Reflections of Life: Rev. Franklin Herman Johnson

Franklin Herman Johnson

On a beautiful day in August, God blessed the union of Fred and Marie Johnson with a healthy baby boy named Franklin Herman. Although joyous, no one could have imagined the positive impact that the child would have on people, not only from his hometown of Sumter, South Carolina, but from all over the United States.

Franklin received his formal education from Lincoln High School in Sumter, South Carolina. He was a U.S., Army veteran with service in the Army Medical Corp.

On December 26, 1956, Franklin married Elizabeth Chandler of Kingstree, South Carolina. To this union was born four beautiful daughters.

As a member of a family that strongly valued education, Franklin went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina in 1966.

He later received his Master’s degree in Theology from Hood Theological Seminary in Saulisbury, North Carolina in 1971. He was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate in Psychology from The College of Divine Metaphysics in Bronx, New York in 1984.

For over 50 years, Rev. Johnson pastored in the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

His dedication and hard work made a difference in the lives of many. In his spare time, he supported community and professional organizations. He was a member of the local chapter of the NAACP, the Democratic National Party, and the Retired United Methodist Ministers’ monthly luncheons.

He was an active member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated where he served as President and Chaplain.

Franklin was a fun loving and social person. Nothing brought him greater joy than spending time with his family. He envisioned the entire Johnson family coming together to celebrate the family heritage. The result of his vision is the bi-annual Johnson Family Reunion.

Franklin Herman Johnson departed this life on December 22, 2015. He was preceded in death by three siblings: Rev. Edward Johnson, Roland Johnson and Elrita Harvin.

He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Elizabeth; loving children: Vanessa Curry (James), Frankye Johnson, Venita Wilson (Bertram), and Rev. Chenita Frierson; Godsons Austin Gibbs and Marvin Lowery; Brother, Charles Johnson (Janie), Sisters, Arnetta Osborne and Janis Harris, Sister in Law, Madlyn Johnson, seven granddaughters, one great grandson, and a host of nieces and nephews.

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