Mr. Billy Joe “Lige” Johnson, age 65, of Summerville, GA departed this life
Friday morning, December 2, 2011.
Joe was famous for his big smile, unique laugh, comedic sense of humor,
and his sharp-as-a-tack fashion sense. Joe was born on February 12, 1946 in
Chattooga County, GA. He was the youngest son to the late Elijah and Annie
Laura Robinson Johnson.
Joe was a student of the A. C. Carter Consolidated School. He was employed at
several local businesses such as Image Carpet, Best Manufacturing, and Mt.
Vernon Mills, where he later retired. Although Joe was employed at various
places, he was a true entrepreneur at heart.
Joe was preceded in death by a companion, Dorothy Ann Stewart. They shared
three children, Laura Johnson, Duncan Eric Johnson, and the late baby, Melissa.
Joe later married Barbara Harris and they shared one son, Dennis Johnson.
Joe left behind several family members to share his precious memories, one
daughter, Laura Johnson (Thomas Mostiller) of Rome, GA, two sons, Duncan
Johnson, Rome, GA. Dennis (Raquel) Johnson, Bremen, GA; brother, Herbert
(Jeneal) Johnson, Rossville, GA; sisters, Dessa Richardson, Rossville, GA, Opal
Moore, Summerville, GA, and Vanessa Fain, Suwanee, GA; 11 Grandchildren;
7 Great-grandchildren; aunt, Sally Morton, Rossville, GA, a dear friend, Lardine
Knowles; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Joe will be missed by everyone that knew him. He always had a joke for every
occasion. Joe loved God, people, his family, golf, fishing, and his Church of
Christ Family. He often participated in leading songs, prayer, and the reading
of the Scriptures during services. Joe truly left his mark in the Earth.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p. m. Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at
the West Fifth Street Church of Christ with Bro. John Lewis officiating. Joe will
be in state at West Fifth Street Church of Christ and the family will receive
friends from 12:00 noon until the service hour on Wednesday.
Mason Funeral Home is directing. For guestbook, please go online to www.