Raleigh Luther Norman Johnson II, 72, died Saturday morning, September 20th, at his home in Raleigh following a long battle with heart disease.
He was born June 27, 1942 to the late Luther Norman and Pauline Sloan Johnson of the Meadow Community in Johnston County. He graduated from Meadow High School in 1960 and Davidson College in 1964. He worked as an independent real estate appraiser in Raleigh for 25 years.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sue Marler Johnson, and three sons, Daniel Sloan Johnson, M.D. of Asheville, Marcus Livingston Johnson of Ottawa, Canada, and Andrew Marler Johnson and his wife, Leslie, of Durham. He delighted in his three grandsons, Tyler Michael, Samuel Reid, and James Marler Johnson. In addition, his sisters, Paula J. Eliasek of Port St. Lucie, Florida and Cara J. Hayes and her husband, Gerry, of Fayetteville, occupied a special place in his heart.
One of his sisters said of him this week, “Luther is the most unselfish person I’ve ever known.” Luther valued his time with his family first and foremost. He enjoyed country and bluegrass music, listening to and telling stories, and meeting and learning about people from all walks of life. As a member of White Memorial Presbyterian Church, he looked forward to helping with the nursery during Sunday worship service. The family would like to thank the Rex Home Services and Transitions LifeCare staff members for the excellent care and support they provided for Luther in his final months.
Visitation will be at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1704 Oberlin Road, Raleigh in the Jane Bell Gathering Space from 5-7 PM on Monday, September 22nd.
A graveside service will be held at Hood’s Grove Baptist Church, 677 Hood’s Grove Church Road, Newton Grove on Tuesday, September 23rd at 11:00 AM. Officiating will be Dr. Arthur Ross. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association of North Carolina, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216. Arrangements by Rose & Graham Funeral Home in Benson.
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