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