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Jack Lee Johnson

July 14, 1943 — October 19, 2023

Whittier, NC


Jack Lee Johnson, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on October 19, 2023, at his residence. Born on July 14, 1943, in Indiana, Jack lived a remarkable life that touched the hearts of all who knew him.

After graduating from high school, Jack enlisted in the United States Navy and served with honor and distinction. He dedicated just over 27 years to the military before retiring as a respected veteran. Serving as a Medic/Corpsman while in Vietnam, Jack played a critical role in tending to wounded fellow soldiers. Jack's commitment to his country did not go unnoticed as he was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his bravery and sacrifice.

Beyond his military service, Jack's greatest source of pride and joy was his family. He shared a beautiful 49-year marriage with his beloved wife Mary Johnson from Whittier, NC. Their love stood as a testament to devotion and commitment that inspired those around them.

Jack will be remembered for his love of the beach and his passion for playing golf. Whether he was walking along the sandy shores with his wife Mary or teeing it up with friends and family, Jack found solace in these simple pleasures. His smile would light up any room and his laughter was infectious. He had a kind heart and was always a wonderful friend to those around him.

Jack was a loving father to his son Matthew Johnson and his wife Dr. Allison Johnson of Waynesville, as well as two daughters: Kimberly Fisher and her husband, Shawn, of Myrtle Beach and Kelli Wright and her husband, Todd, of Safety Harbor, FL. A grandfather to six grandchildren — Taylor Fisher, Logan Fisher, T.J. Wright (Brittany), Tanner Wright (Emily), Tristan Johnson, and Sullivan Johnson — Jack showered them with affectionate warmth. His presence in their lives brought immense happiness, and he took great pleasure in witnessing their accomplishments and milestones.  Jack also had the privilege of being a great-grandfather to five little ones. 

In addition to his family, Jack leaves behind a multitude of friends who will always cherish the memories they made together. He had an uncanny ability to make everyone feel like they were part of his extended family. Jack's infectious spirit and positive outlook on life will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.

Today, we mourn the loss of a remarkable man, but we also celebrate his vibrant and rich life. Jack Lee Johnson will forever be remembered as a kind-hearted individual who embodied compassion and selflessness. His legacy will continue to inspire us all to lead lives filled with love, laughter, and cherished connections.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation 2361 Hylan Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10306 @ T2T or to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675 @ Wounded Warrior In Honor Donation

The care of Mr. Johnson has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Waynesville, online memorial register is available at "Obituaries" at


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