John C.
John C. "Buddy" Johnson, Sr

May 8, 1938 - April 11, 2019
Born in Pierce County, Georgia
Resided in Brantley County, Georgia


John C. “Buddy” Johnson, Sr, 80, died Thursday morning (April 11, 2019) at Memorial Satilla Health following a brief illness.

He was a native of Pierce County but had made his home in Brantley County for most of his adult life. He was the son of the late John W. “J.W.” Johnson and Emily Fowler Johnson. He was also preceded in death by a sister Faye Higginbotham and her husband Johnny, brothers Edward Johnson and Leo H. Johnson and his wife Newlene, Junior Johnson, and Russell Bell, a brother in laws Julius Tuten, Kenneth Herrin and his wife Thelma, and Bill Herrin and his wife Margaret.

He was a former heavy equipment operator with St. Regis Paper Company for 20 years and also high line construction with Georgia Power Company for 10 years. He served with the 508th Military Police Division of the United States Army stationed in Germany. He was also known as a jack of all trades and worked for himself in pulpwood, septic tank work, and construction. He especially loved hunting and fishing, his pet dog Little Girl, his cat, Bella and raising his chickens. He was of the Christian Faith.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Carolyn Herrin Johnson of Brantley County, 5 daughters, Ann Harmon (husband Karl) of Howell, MI, Teresa Lewis (husband Danny) of Waycross, Jan Prescott (husband Mike) of Hoboken, Lisa Waters (special friend Mike King) of Homerville, and Ida Thrift (husband Rev. Jimmy) of Blackshear; a son John Johnson, Jr (wife Libby) of Waycross; 17 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, 4 sisters, Louise Rowell (husband Alvin) of Blackshear, Carolyn Tuten of Blackshear, Joy Dixon (husband Eugene) of Waycross, and Merinda Bennett (husband Carl) of Texas, Sisters-In-Laws Melba Bell of Blackshear and Mary Johnson of Monroe, GA numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday (April 14, 2019) at Music Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery of Hoboken. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until the funeral Sunday at the funeral home.

Sympathy can be expressed by signing the online registry at

Music Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Music Funeral Home Chapel
1503 Tebeau St.
Waycross, GA US 31501
Sunday, April 14, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Music Funeral Home Chapel
1503 Tebeau St.
Waycross, GA US 31501
Sunday, April 14, 2019
2:00 PM
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
2738 Mt. Calvary Church Rd.
Hoboken, GA US 31542
Sunday, April 14, 2019