2016-12-22 / Obituaries


Walter B. “Walt” Johnson, 78, of Grove Hill died Dec. 23, 2016 at Providence Hospital in Mobile.

He was born Dec. 2, 1938 in Excel to Wallace Houston and Daisy Marie Davis Johnson. He served in Texas and Japan in the United States Air Force after which he spent 44 years in the new used car business in Houston, Texas and Grove Hill in positions of sales and management. More recently, he was employed by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office. He also had a gospel music radio program on Bama 106.1. He was a member of Tompkins Baptist Church in Grove Hill. Walt was an avid golfer, winning several PGA Pro-Am tournaments in Houston and a number of tournaments at the Jackson Golf Club.

Survivors include two daughters, Gina Johnson Price of Houston, Texas and Zelia Johnson (Silvio) Castillo of Porter, Texas; one brother, Houston “Lee” Johnson; a sister, Shirley A. Johnson, both of Grove Hill and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Marisa (Jack) Burkhalter; three brothers, James W. “Jim” Johnson, Wallace C. Johnson and Winston Lavelle “Windy” Johnson.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 10 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m. at Tompkins Baptist Church with Bro. Johnny Gillis and Dr. Johnny Kendrick officiating. Burial will be in the Excel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tompkins Baptist Church Building Fund.

Active pallbearers will be Tim Kelly, Steve Baggett, Steve Jenks, Donald Dorman, Phil Kelly and Charles Motes II.

Online condolences may be offered at www.lathanfuneralhomegrovehill.com.

Lathan Funeral Home of Grove Hill will direct.


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