Gerald Hugh Johnson
Gerald Hugh Johnson passed away peacefully after an extended battle with cancer.
He was born in San Bernardino, Calif. and moved to Houston, Texas at 16. After attending the University of Houston and graduating with a degree in Accounting, he was employed by Price Waterhouse as a certified public accountant. After several moves during his career, he settled in Georgia, where in 1989, he became chief financial officer at Williams Bros. Lumber Company.
In 1991, Jerry Johnson and his business partner purchased Williams Bros. Lumber Company and expanded the company from four locations to 17 locations in Georgia. In 2005, Williams Bros. Lumber Company was sold to Home Depot and he retired to Cashiers.
He quickly became an asset in the Cashiers community, serving as president and board member of the Country Club of Sapphire Valley, serving on the board of the Golf Club Estates Community, and donating much of his time as the official volunteer accountant and financial advisor for Summit Charter School.
Known as “The Gentle Giant” and a “Self-Made Man,” he will always be remembered as an incredibly proud, humble and private person of few words with a generous heart. He was an extraordinarily loving father, grandfather, brother and husband. His love for his family and friends will forever be insurmountable, as will his deep love for his two ever faithful Labrador retrievers, Lily and Tanner.
He was known as a NASCAR race enthusiast, an avid football fan, and a lover of golf, music and entertaining at home with his many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Bette Sammons Johnson; son, Craig Johnson and daughter-in-law, Heather Holifield Johnson; granddaughters, Anna and Katherine Johnson; daughter, Stacey Johnson Brown (Kevin); and two sisters, Corinne Johnson and Linda Cassetti Davis (Wes), who reside in Arizona.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Summit Charter School at 370 Mitten Lane, Cashiers, NC 28717 or to the American Cancer Society.
A service is planned for noon Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Summit Charter School gymnasium in Cashiers. All are welcome.