Emily Cashwell Johnson, former Pender Co. speech therapist, chief magistrate

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Emily Cashwell Johnson
Emily Cashwell Johnson

Emily Cashwell Johnson, of Burgaw, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2015.

She was born in Cumberland County, daughter of the late Arthur Dixon and Elizabeth MacDonald Cashwell. Emily was preceded in death by her sister, Frances Kennedy; brothers, Malcolm, Richard and Tom Cashwell; and sister-in-law, Ann Hoover Dees.

Emily is survived by her husband of 59 years, Joab F. Johnson Jr.; son, Joab “Ab” F. Johnson III (Stephanie); daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Johnson Collawn (Jimmy); grandchildren, Emma Ruth Johnson, Joe Johnson, Emily Collawn, Maggie Collawn and Anna Collawn; sisters, Margaret Wood (Worth), Sara Donaldson, Mary Fraschè (Denny), Prudy Bradley (Larry) and Janet Holt (Henry); brothers, Don Cashwell (Hilda) and Angus Cashwell (Belinda); sister-in-law, Susie Johnson; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Emily graduated from Hope Mills High School, attended Montreat College and graduated with a degree in home economics from Flora MacDonald College. Her career began in Pender County as a home demonstration agent overseeing 22 clubs that she dearly loved and enjoyed. In later years, she was a speech therapist for the Pender County School System, an audiologist for Calloway, Jones and Fulk, MDs in Wilmington and served as the chief magistrate in Pender County for 12 years.

A lifelong Presbyterian, Emily served as a youth Sunday school teacher, member of the choir and Bible moderator in Presbyterian Women, receiving the Presbyterian Women’s Honorary Life Membership. She loved the North Carolina mountains, studying the Bible, entertaining family and friends, sharing the love of Christ and praying for all and everything. She was a vibrant Christian example to all who crossed her path.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home in Burgaw. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015, at Burgaw Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Will Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Johnson Family Cemetery.

With love, a special thank-you to caregivers Lou Lanier and Linda Cole. Also appreciated are all the prayers and acts of kindness from Emily’s many friends during her illness and passing. May the Lord bless you all.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home.

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