In the early 1990s, Glenn Johnson worked seven days a week, 12- to 14-hour shifts, setting his standard of “the best” from the very beginning of his business, Johnson Golf Cars, Inc. Mr. Johnson put a lot of pride into his work, and as a result he gained the trust of the community and a reputation for getting things done right the first time.
Mr. Johnson never had to create ads for his business. Word of mouth worked just fine.
Mr. Johnson, of Shallotte, died Sept. 25, 2015, due to complications from lung cancer. He was 62.
“People would wait for him to work on their cars,” according to Mr. Johnson’s wife, Dawn. “He was known as the ‘Golf Car Man.’”
Mrs. Johnson said people often commented that if anyone could fix their problems, it was her husband. It was the reason he never needed to post ads for Johnson Golf Cars. After someone experienced his exemplary service, they’d make sure their friends and family went to see Mr. Johnson for all of their golf car needs, too. To put it simply, Mrs. Johnson said, he exceeded expectations.
In addition to repairing golf cars, he also worked on special orders, Mrs. Johnson said, including paint jobs. Visiting families rented golf cars from Mr. Johnson while they were on vacation, especially those staying in Ocean Isle Beach, and Mr. Johnson supplied cars for the Brunswick Membership Corporation and ATMC meetings to help transport anyone who couldn’t walk.
Mrs. Johnson said her husband befriended everyone he met, always friendly and open, and many older, retired men stopped by the shop to visit with Mr. Johnson. He was at the shop often, Mrs. Johnson said, and made many sacrifices to build Johnson Golf Cars into the trustworthy business it is today.
Mr. Johnson often said his wife was his first love, cars were second.
“I told him ‘You have oil in your veins,’” Mrs. Johnson said, laughing.
Mr. Johnson was a native of Danbury, Connecticut where he was born March 26, 1953, to Adeline (Gray) and Kenneth Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Dawn Johnson, with whom he recently celebrated 30 years of marriage; daughter, Jennifer (Steven) Honeycutt, of Raleigh; grandson, Kai Honeycutt, of Raleigh; sister, Keni Lariviere, of Oak Island; sister, Joyce Lucero, of Shallotte; mother-in-law, Dorothy MacFarquhar, of Shallotte; brother-in-law, Darren (Rae) MacFarquhar, of Newton; brother-in-law, Rod (Ginette) MacFarquhar, of Danbury, Connecticut; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive visitors from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Brunswick Funeral Service. A memorial service will follow at 5 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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