A Memorial Fund in memory of Roger Johnson has been established at Church of the Palms. You may contribute to this fund by using the donate button below.
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Roger Johnson Memorial
% Church of the Palms
PO Box 2807
Bluffton SC 29910
Roger Lowell Johnson (March 26, 1938 – December 3, 2012) was born in Passaic, New Jersey. He is survived by his wife, Gail (Geronimo) Johnson of nearly 40 years; his sister, Joyce (Johnson) Supko; his children, Wayne Johnson and his wife Wendy (Bird), Lora (Johnson) Halpin and her husband Rick, Victor Lyn and his wife Heidi and Kyle Johnson and his wife Jennifer (Hellriegel); as well as 8 grandchildren – Ryan, Melissa, Kelly, Summer, Kyle, Garret, Bella, and Skylar.
Roger enjoyed his childhood in the city of Clifton, New Jersey in the home his father built. As a teenager he worked in the family business, Johnson's Ice Cream Parlor. During his high school years, Roger liked to play basketball. This began a lifelong interest in the sport as a player, referee, and fan. In addition to basketball, Roger enjoyed bowling and dabbled in slot car races - he even partnered with a buddy to open a slot car business. Roger had a healthy and fun competitive spirit.
Roger's career spanned over several decades in the Textiles industry. He was a hard working General Manager of the Edward B. DeLeo Company in Paterson, NJ for many years, followed by Kanter Auto and R.L. Johnson where he partnered with his son, Wayne before he semi-retired to Florida. He worked for Lobel's Auto in Fort Lauderdale for approximately 10 years until he officially retired and moved to Port St. Lucie, FL where he and Gail began to enjoy their free time pursuing their diverse interests and hobbies, volunteering in several different capacities, as well as organizing and participating in many church and neighborhood events.
Roger and Gail were very involved in both their church and community. They wrote newsletters, helped with events and even organized a school program for special needs students to come weekly to play shuffleboard. Roger recruited all the necessary volunteers to make this program a great success and hit with the students. As Roger and Gail travelled their local area and pursued their love of nature, birds and the arts, they discovered a mutual talent for creating their own art. This grew into a very passionate pastime for them.
Being a woodworker, Roger created the framework for their unique artwork. Together they brainstormed and fine-tuned the intricate details of each piece and Gail put on the finishing touches using her excellent painting abilities to produce gallery quality pieces. Their artwork has been entered in Juried art shows, as well as featured in articles and local galleries in Florida and South Carolina. Roger was an honest, hard-working and passionate person who devoted himself to whatever he did. He was greatly respected and appreciated.
Roger's love and devotion to his family was far above any other thing he did. He worked hard to provide a stable and loving environment for his family. He made sure they had what they needed and was willing to sacrifice to give them even more. He was a wonderful husband, a great dad and proud grandpa. Everyone who knew Roger came away with a smile on their face either from a silly joke he told, a puzzling magic trick he performed or just a warm feeling of love he gave to those around him. In recent years, Roger grew in his understanding of God and developed a strong faith that helped him and others.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up to build a basketball court on the grounds at The Church of the Palms in Okatie, SC. This fund is a result of Roger's love of basketball and his desire to inspire and encourage kids to pursue a healthy and active life, including sports and God. Pastor Pete and Roger discussed this as a dream prior to his untimely passing and we would love to make this dream a reality. A donation can be made to the "ROGER JOHNSON MEMORIAL."