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Henry Orville Johnson

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia for Henry Orville Johnson, 94, of Columbia, who passed away Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at The Grove Nursing Home. Interment will be at Old Brushy Creek Cemetery in Columbia. Father Tommy Conway will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Hathorn Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnson was born on May 31, 1926 in Marion County, Mississippi, the son of the late Harvey S. Johnson and Carzella Breakfield Johnson. After attending Columbia public schools, member of the Class of 1945, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served on several ships in the Pacific during World War II. While onboard USS ATR75 (ocean tug) at Okinawa, he was commended for loyalty, devotion, and extreme courage for saving the ship in a typhoon.

Mr. Johnson resided in Mobile, Alabama from 1950 – 1968, where he worked as a civilian employee for the United States Air Force, Brookley AFB. Due to base closure, he was transferred to McClellan AFB, Sacramento, California in September, 1968. He retired in May 1986 with 37 years of service. Prior to his retirement, he received the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award for outstanding leadership. Mr. Johnson returned to Columbia, Mississippi in March, 2005.

Johnson was preceded in death by Wife of 51 years, Susie M. Malone Johnson; his Daughter, Lisa Foster; two Sisters, Alvie Brown, Donzy Blum; and two Brothers, Joe G. Johnson and James (Man) Johnson,

He is survived by his Daughter, Teresa Barth (John); his two Sons, James Johnson (Tammy), Frank Johnson; seven Grandchildren, Jennifer Barth, Kathryn Barth, Emily Barth, Bryan Foster (Shannon), Eric Johnson, Michael Johnson, Olivia Johnson; one Great Grandchild, Garret Foster; one Sister, Carnell Lingerfelt; one Sister-in-law, Margaret Johnson; and numerous Nieces, Nephews, and their children.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at


Henry Orville Johnson
May 31, 1926 - April 7, 2021





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