October 9, 2012
DOBSON — Mr. Billy M. Johnson Sr., 83, of Dobson, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Willowbrook Nursing Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Surry County on Feb. 12, 1929, to the late Willie Franklin and Maude Stone Johnson. Mr. Johnson was a retired farmer and a dedicated member of Copeland Baptist Church, where he served on the Board of Deacons for many years. His life was dedicated to his service of the Lord, his family and community. He was a member of the Copeland Masonic Lodge #390 and was held in high esteem by his fellow Masons. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 59 years, Annie “Reecie” White Johnson; a beloved daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Gregg Swaim of Dobson; three grandchildren, Heather Taylor, Ryan Swaim and Patrick Swaim, all of Dobson; a great-granddaughter, Maddie Taylor, also of Dobson; a sister and brother-in-law, Maudine and Herald York of Mount Airy; two sisters-in-law, Naomi and husband Clinton Watson of Morganton and Gladys White of Dobson; and several special nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents, Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his dear son, Billy M. Johnson Jr..; three sisters, Ada Ellen Money, Margaret Snow and Beatrice Hamlin; and two brothers, Henderson and Hobert Johnson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Copeland Baptist Church by the Rev. Kenny King and the Rev. Joey Jessup with full Masonic Rites by the Copeland Masonic Lodge #390. Burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Moody-Davis Funeral Home, where his body will remain until carried to the church to lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. Flowers will be accepted, or memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon’s International, Dobson Camp, P.O. Box 791, Dobson, NC 27017. Online condolences may be made at wwwmoodyfuneralservices.com.