Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson

Richard Allen Johnson, 59, of Manteo, died Thursday, August 29, 2013 at his home surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with cancer. Richard was born in Manteo on May 10,1954 and was the son of Carolyn Midgett Johnson of Manteo and the late Ivey J. Johnson, Sr and husband of 38 years to Cheryl Lassiter Johnson of the home.
Richard was a member of Manteo Baptist Church and served as a Dare County Commissioner for 17 years and was elected as Vice Chairman of the Board of Commissioners as well as serving on numerous other boards. He loved this area and the people that live here. He always thought of Dare County as “a little piece of paradise”.
Richard was a loving husband and father. His happiest moments were spent with family and friends. Richard enjoyed the simple things in life; gardening, cookouts and artwork. He was a devout Christian who shared his faith by the way he lived his life.
Besides his wife and mother, surviving are two sons, Richard “Rich” Johnson and wife Melanie of Kill Devil Hills and Chad Johnson and wife Becky of Charlottesville, VA; two sisters, Carol J. Reese and husband Tim of Manteo and Frankie J. Barrera and husband Bill of Wanchese; two brothers, Ivey Johnson, Jr and wife Anna of Manteo and George Johnson and wife Debbie of Wanchese and his mother in law Carolyn P. Lassiter of Manteo. In addition to his father, Richard is also predeceased by his sister Annette J. Blowe.
A celebration of life will be in Manteo Baptist Church, Sunday September 1, 2013, at 2 p.m. by Rev. Ken Simpson. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Friends may join the family at Twiford Funeral Home, Saturday from 6p.m. to 8p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Manteo Baptist Church, P.O. Box 670, Manteo, N.C. 27954 or Community Home Care and Hospice, 1601 N. Road St. Elizabeth City, N.C. 27909

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  1. Faye Lewark Daniels on August 30th, 2013 9:22 am

    My thoughts are with you and your family at this time; may your memories bring you comfort.

    “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” ~~ Eskimo Proverb

  2. Donna and William Casper on August 30th, 2013 9:44 am

    Our thoughts are with your family. He will be missed. Hold on to the memories he was a great person and friend.

  3. Carl and Diane Overman on August 30th, 2013 10:15 am

    We are very saddened and so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.
    He will be missed by many, but is in a much better place.

  4. Jean Cobb on August 30th, 2013 10:58 am

    The Johnson Family are in my thoughts and prayers. My late husband Sonny Cobb thought the world of Richard and consider him a dear friend. Daughter Tammy Cobb said Richard was one of the nicest people she had ever met.

  5. George & Linda Pearce (Manteo, NC) on August 30th, 2013 11:07 am

    Our sympathies to his loving family and many friends.

  6. Ephey Priest on August 30th, 2013 11:42 am

    Our thoughts and payers are with the family for strenght at this time.

  7. Kenny Brite (Avon) on August 30th, 2013 12:11 pm

    I am sorry for your loss…

  8. Jim and Bett Beasley on August 30th, 2013 1:40 pm

    When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. May your faith carry you through this sorrowful and difficult time.

  9. Kathy Lewis on August 30th, 2013 2:03 pm

    My deepest condolences to the Johnson family. Richard will be missed by many. Take faith that Richard is with the Lord and is in great healing hands.

  10. Bonnie Bennett on August 30th, 2013 2:25 pm

    Sending my prayers and Deepest Sympathy.

  11. Ted & Wendy Hemilright on August 30th, 2013 2:35 pm

    My condolences to the family.Richard will be ted and wendy

  12. Doug & Gayle Drummond on August 30th, 2013 2:53 pm

    Dare County has lost a true leader and we will greatly miss you. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

  13. grizelle fearing on August 30th, 2013 3:05 pm

    Dare County will not be the same, we have lost a true native that cared about our land and everyone in it. My thoughts are with you….

  14. George Jones on August 30th, 2013 3:13 pm

    Still can’t believe he is gone. He was a special friend to us. I will treasure all the good memories we have of our times together. Such a special person.
    George and Reta Jones

  15. VANESSA WALSTON on August 30th, 2013 3:54 pm


  16. Cara Bratton Basnight on August 30th, 2013 4:00 pm

    Cheryl, Rich, Chad and family, I’m praying for strength, peace and comfort for your family.

  17. VANESSA WALSTON on August 30th, 2013 4:01 pm


  18. Arliss and Eileen Selby on August 30th, 2013 4:15 pm

    You are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a good man and will be missed.

  19. Danny and Sherry Couch and family on August 30th, 2013 4:22 pm

    Deep down I’m sure Richard knew that we as people of Dare County are indebted to his efforts, caring, vision and understanding, and that he is very much appreciated. I will miss him and his great sense of humor. He made time for everyone regardless of opinion, and understood what it was to be a public servant.

  20. Terry Tippette on August 30th, 2013 4:39 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I worked with Richard and he was a great guy who will be missed. He definitely fought a tough battle and didn’t give in easily. My co-workers and I have been reminiscing about some of the things Richard would say. All good memories. It was a pleasure working with him.

  21. Angie Brady-Daniels & Ken Daniels on August 30th, 2013 4:48 pm

    We are sorry for your loss and hope that you feel the warmth of a community hug around you during this time. Richard was an awesome friend to us and to Dare County. He will be remembered always with a smile.

  22. Jane Pernell on August 30th, 2013 4:55 pm

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I was Richard’s Dispatcher for several years and always enjoyed working with him. He will truly be missed.

  23. Frances Turner Braswell on August 30th, 2013 5:45 pm

    Sorry to hear of the passing of Richard. Dare County will miss him alot. May he Rest In Peace.

  24. Peggy Cox on August 30th, 2013 5:47 pm

    Mr. Richard was a nice and very caring man. He will be missed by many. Your family are in our Prayers.

  25. Terry Gray and family on August 30th, 2013 6:03 pm

    One of the “original” Beach Boys I remember growing up with in early Nags Head. Richard was a great guy and will be missed. My prayers go up for comfort for the family.

  26. Sandy Jolly on August 30th, 2013 6:22 pm

    Dear Cheryl: Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending you much love. Sandy

  27. Bill and Laura Dough on August 30th, 2013 6:26 pm

    We are so sorry to to hear of Richard’s passing and our condolences are with the family. I got to know Richard years ago when we painted Christmas scenery at the Assembly of God Church. We painted till 3:00 in the morning one night and Richard loved it. He was very special and this fine man will be missed.

  28. Donna Hoy on August 30th, 2013 6:41 pm

    Dear Cheryl, Rich, and Chad,

    We’ll always remember the good times we had from our many years of coaching and playing ball together. Glad we got to see Richard while he was still in good spirits. Never heard him complain or say why me. With our love and thoughts to you all. Kerwin & Donna Hoy

  29. Arthur and Mary Lou Garza on August 30th, 2013 7:06 pm

    Praying for you all during this time. May you find comfort to know that God will always be with you all. Love you all.

  30. Jeff and Lisa Whitt on August 30th, 2013 7:15 pm

    The Entire Johnson Family,

    Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We know how much he will be dearly missed by everyone!! You all are in our thoughts and prayers and we love you all so much!!

  31. Patricia Nash and family on August 30th, 2013 7:57 pm

    remembering Mr.Johnson was my son’s baseball coach..for may years a caring and patient man..always giving to the community…sending prayers and hugs to his sweet family…he will be missed…

  32. Brenda Harold butler on August 30th, 2013 8:19 pm

    We are truly sorry for your loss he will be missed loved by so many,,,

  33. Dennis and Marcella Jiosne on August 30th, 2013 8:56 pm

    Dear Mrs. Johnson, Rich & Melanie, Chad & Becky,

    Our deepest sympathies to the entire Johnson family. You are in our prayers. Mr. Johnson will be greatly missed. He was a very special person. So full of life and fun. We pray that God gives you strength, peace and comfort.

  34. Charles “Chuck” Clark – Manteo, NC on August 30th, 2013 9:04 pm

    My sincere condolences to the Johnson family. I’ve known Richard since I was a kid way back in the Royal Rangers days @ Assembly of God Church in Manteo. I had the privilege of working with Richard for 10 of my 11 years with the phone company. He was a good friend, and he was a great co-worker. Even though we did not work in the same department, he would call me if he finished his work early, to see if I needed a hand before he left. That’s just the kind of guy he was. I am so glad I went to visit him this past Tuesday, he motioned me to hug him before I left, as he had the last few times I saw him, but I never thought it would be the last. RIP my friend, you will be missed.

  35. Guy on August 30th, 2013 9:22 pm

    I am very sad for your loss, Richard was a great friend all the years that I knew him. He will be missed by all who’s lives he touched.

  36. Percy Lyne Malibiran and David Elliott on August 30th, 2013 11:04 pm

    Our sincere condolences to Melanie and Rich and the rest of the family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. We love y’all.

  37. Mary Ellen Riddle on August 30th, 2013 11:04 pm

    Sending caring thoughts and forever grateful to Richard Johnson, a wonderful soccer coach who made a true difference in our lives.

  38. Dolly Tillett on August 30th, 2013 11:21 pm

    My most sincere condolences to the entire family. Richard was a dear friend and co-worker. I remember when Richard and I used to attend the Nags Head Baptist Church when we were just children. His faith has never waivered. I feel proud to have had such a special friend and enjoyed working with him over the years. May God pour out his comfort and peace to you all. With love and prayers, Dolly Tillett

  39. Jackie Ricks-Sample on August 30th, 2013 11:36 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Johnson family at this difficult time. Richard served his family, Dare County and his church with all his heart. I have no doubt that Annette was waiting with open arms to welcome Richard home. May God share his blessing of peace on each of you.

  40. Mary Jolliff Moore on August 31st, 2013 1:47 am

    To Richard’s family: May God keep you in His loving arms. I had no idea he was sick. I pray for a cure for Cancer, so that some day others won’t have to go thru this. Love, Mary

  41. Nancy White and Dennis Saver on August 31st, 2013 7:54 am

    To Richard’s Family: The way Richard led his life is an example for all of us. He was a joy and memories of knowing him will always be an inspiration. Love to you all, Nancy and Dennis

  42. Ephey Priest, Jr on August 31st, 2013 9:42 am

    My condolences to Richards family. May God’s Love give the needed strength

  43. Dick Denton on August 31st, 2013 11:07 am

    Cheryl, our hearts go out to you and the boys. May God strengthen you to bear the loss. He fought the good fight and we know where he is and that he no longer suffers the earthly pains. Know in your faith that you once again will be reunited
    Dick and Jeannette Denton

  44. Raymond & Jean Newsome on August 31st, 2013 11:09 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  45. carter jones on August 31st, 2013 11:14 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Richard passing. He was a great co worker and friend. He will be greatly missed.

  46. David & Kay Daniels on August 31st, 2013 11:20 am

    Thankful to Richard for “keeping the faith” as he served the Lord and this County; faith in God has kept him & now he is receiving his eternal reward.
    Blessings upon each family member.

  47. Chaplain, Francis T. D’Ambra on August 31st, 2013 1:37 pm

    RJ will be missed greatly. As I got to know him better and share with him in prayer during his illness, I know he knew and Loved The Lord and his family very much!

    Well done thy good and faithful servant!

    I will continue to keep the family lifted up in my prayers as they will need the fellowship of Christ’s Body now more than ever. May our God the Giver of all things, grant you His peace and comfort beyond measure.

    Francis D’Ambra
    Lead Chaplain, Dare County Sheriff’s Office

  48. Lucy Halterman on August 31st, 2013 3:29 pm

    I’ll miss Richard’s strength, courage of conviction and faith. He was a loyal friend and I loved him. I am so sorry for Cheryl and Miss Caroline. I hope you know he’s still with you, loving his wonderful family from a better place.

  49. Laura Mann on August 31st, 2013 3:44 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for the entire family at this time of great loss. I pray for Gods peace and comfort to bless you all…may the precious memories be with each of you.
    Love & prayers-

  50. Bonnie D. Winslow on August 31st, 2013 3:50 pm

    I was so very sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I worked with him at the telephone company when I first moved here in 1980. He was always so kind and always had a smile on his face. In later years whenever I saw him he would take the time to talk with me. He had a wonderful and kind soul and I know that he is in the loving arms of our dear Lord.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  51. Deborah Keith Todd and family on August 31st, 2013 4:46 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to the family. I only met Richard once at Chad and Becky’s wedding but he was such a warm and friendly person I wish there had been more chances to visit. I know he was welcomed with loving arms in heaven. Our prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  52. Dara and David Stallings on August 31st, 2013 5:03 pm

    Cheryl our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the boy.

  53. Roger and Joan Harris on August 31st, 2013 5:29 pm

    As with all the rest, we are deeply sorrowed with the loss of such a good friend. Over the years we had many conversations and they always ended with a healthy discussion about family. I Know he loved his family above anything else. That told me a lot about the kind of person he was. We are glad to of known Richard. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

  54. Wilton C Wescott on August 31st, 2013 5:49 pm

    Had the pleasure of working with Richard for close to 35 years and have known him even longer. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him

  55. Andrew and Myra Twiddy on August 31st, 2013 5:53 pm

    May the LORD give you strength to carry on as each day passes by.

  56. marilyn midgett on August 31st, 2013 6:38 pm

    my thoughts and prayers to all of you

  57. Michelle Jennette on August 31st, 2013 7:10 pm

    My condolences to your family, I’m so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. I have very fond memories of him from when we were students in High School. God Bless.

  58. Matt & Pam Landrum on August 31st, 2013 7:47 pm

    Praying for the family. May God give you all peace during this difficult time.

  59. Frances Turner Braswell on August 31st, 2013 8:01 pm

    Debbie “Gert” I am sorry to hear that Richard passed. I lost my brother in 2012,, and I think o f hom daily. It has been a long time since we were at ECB in Wanchese together but I think of the people that has left this Earth since I moved away and my thoughts go to each of you and your families. Take care. God Speed

  60. Lorraine Tillett on August 31st, 2013 8:15 pm

    Dear Johnson Family I am so sorry for
    your loss. You are in my prayers and thoughts. Proverbs 10:7 tells us that “The Memory of the just shall be blessed”

    In the days and years to come when you all recall all the memories Richard has given to his beloved family and friends, you will be blessed and smile because of that special something that Richard said or did. May those treasure troves of memories lighten your burden of loss.

  61. Arnold & Linda Baker on August 31st, 2013 11:16 pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We are sending love, thoughts and prayers your way.

  62. Phil and Kathe Zarate on September 1st, 2013 8:34 am

    So sorry to hear of Richards passing. He was a true son of the Outer Banks and everyone will miss him greatly. We have many happy memories when our sons were playing baseball. Our thoughts and prayers to you all.

  63. Martha Cain on September 1st, 2013 8:54 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Praying that God will wrap you all in His loving arms and give you comfort now and in the days ahead.

  64. Richard Lumpkin on September 1st, 2013 9:17 am

    Another great man, father, an husband gone.My cup runneth over.I’m so sorry for your loss.The world will be smaller without him.

  65. Ross S. Riley on September 1st, 2013 11:44 am

    I have known Richard and the whole Johnson family for 49 years. When I went to visit as a kid I always felt welcome and the warmth of a close family. To this day I feel the same way when I run into any of the clan. I will deeply miss Richard.

  66. Linda M Midgett on September 1st, 2013 12:00 pm

    So sorry to hear about Richard. He will be missed by so many people. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless your family.

  67. Allison & Joyce Rucker on September 1st, 2013 8:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  68. Brenda Edwards on September 2nd, 2013 6:53 am

    Cheryl and family, Love, sympathy and prayers to you. Today Richard truly is doing “just right.” LB

  69. Vera & Ray Stoutenburg on September 2nd, 2013 9:23 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. He was a great guy and will truly be missed. May God give you comfort.

  70. John and Judi Muir on September 3rd, 2013 12:34 am

    Our prayers and thoughts are with all of your family. Richard was a great guy and will certainly be missed.

  71. Bob & Linda Woodard on September 3rd, 2013 9:39 am

    Cheryl, Rich, Chad and Family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this most difficult time. Please know that Richard was a true friend.We know he is in a better place now and no longer in pain. God rest his soul.
    I will miss your strength, loyalty, dedication,guidance and friendship RJ.

  72. Cheryl Oliver on September 3rd, 2013 10:13 am

    So sorry to hear of Richard’s passing. It was a joy to serve on the CSI Board with him and get to know him over the years. A public servant that cared about the people of the county and doing what was best. He will be missed.

  73. Marsha Reese on September 3rd, 2013 4:03 pm

    Richard was such a great person – I’m so sorry for your loss.

  74. Nathan Cartwright on September 4th, 2013 10:35 am

    Chad and family, Very sorry for your loss.Our prayer are with you.

  75. Sharon Mann Ambrose on September 4th, 2013 2:31 pm

    Cheryl and Family, Please know that you have been on our heart and in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss and we will miss him so much. I know he was a wonderful husband, father and family member. You should also take pride in the love and selfishness he gave for the wonderful county we live in. Roy and I appreciated him so much. May God wrap you all in His Peace and Fill your heart with wonderful memories.

  76. Mike and Maryann Bland on September 4th, 2013 8:55 pm

    Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and family. Richard always had such a wonderful smile and a kind word for everyone. His love for this area touched so many of us. He will surely be missed. God Bless.

  77. John and Judi Muir on September 4th, 2013 11:04 pm

    cheryl sorry for ur loss

  78. Andre Ritchie on September 6th, 2013 2:16 am

    Dear Cheryl, Chad, and Rich,

    My sincere condolences. I will always remember Richard as a great baseball coach (Go Gallup Roofing!). Another fond memory came when an afternoon of batting practice turned into an overnight stay in your home after my dad was struck in the head by a line drive. My thoughts are with you all.

  79. Gayle Ward Rutledge on September 7th, 2013 11:03 pm

    Cheryl, so sorry for your loss. Tried to contact your mom several time and could not. We lost dad(Horace) in Jan. I will try to contact you soon.

  80. Ronnie & Mabel Cooper on September 14th, 2013 8:47 pm

    As a co-worker of Richard’s in in the 1970’s & 80’s, I knew he was headed for a measure of Greatness in his life. There was just something special about Richard.
    Richard always was one of the GOOD GUYS!
    My life was fuller to have known him; and, the world is a little less to have lost him.
    Our sincere condolences.

  81. Connie Brothers on September 17th, 2013 12:02 am

    I just found out quite accidentally of Richard’s death. My heart goes out to Cheryl and his family.

    I worked with Richard for close to seven years on the Dare County Airport Authority and came to appreciate all he did for Dare County. His contributions will be missed.

    Connie Brothers, Scottsdale, AZ

  82. Karla Sawyer on September 20th, 2013 11:54 am

    He will be missed so much. I always enjoys speaking with him. He was alway so happy. I’m so sorry for your loss know God is with you.

  83. Rodney Ballance, Jr. on September 23rd, 2013 8:10 am

    Richard was my brother in law, but he will always be my brother in Christ. I’m really sorry Cheryl. I love you all.

  84. Frank and Lynda Hester on September 23rd, 2013 9:47 pm

    Richard Johnson was a wonderful man and a great public servant. We will miss him so much.

    Our prayers are with the family.

    Frank and Lynda Hester

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