William David “Bill,” “B.J.” Johnson, 70, passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Bill was born in Wilmington on June 18, 1946, the son of the late Francis Gerhardt Johnson and Jeneil Griffith Johnson. A proud graduate of the Class of 1964 at New Hanover High School.
Bill served his country in the U.S. Army, Sergeant 6-84 Artillery stationed in Vietnam. After leaving the U.S. Army with an honorable discharge, Bill pursued the Radio Broadcasting Industry with such drive and passion. He hit the airwaves with energy as B.J. in the Mornings on Stations: WGNI; WHSL; and B-100 Wilmington; WQLM Hagerstown, Md.; WFAI Fayetteville; and WSGL Savannah, Ga.
After leaving the Radio Broadcasting Industry, Bill went on to a career as an automotive salesperson for car dealerships, including D&E Dodge, Bob King and Neuwirth Motors. In an early retirement, he pursued to help others with their insurance needs.
Bill was also very active in the community as an avid volunteer with the Azalea Festival and Parade as well as the NHC Board of Elections.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 34 years, Monica Broverio Johnson; cherished daughters, Natalie Johnson and Deanna Smith; and son-in-law, Brian Smith; precious grandchildren who made his eyes sparkle, Lily Claire Smith and Carter Jamison Smith; as well as countless friends who he loved and cherished.
A man who made everyone smile, laugh, and feel great, every day he woke up, he said “this is going to be a great day.” He loved helping others, and said “that’s what it’s all about.” Being at the water gave Bill so much pleasure and joy, fishing and kayaking.
A special thank you, and with great heartfelt appreciation, to Dr. William McNulty, Beth Burgess of Lower Cape Fear Hospice, and the nurses of New Hanover Regional Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Lifepoint Church, 3534 South College Road, Wilmington. Following the service, it was also his wish for those who can to join in gathering to celebrate his life at Bill’s Front Porch, 4238 Market St., Wilmington.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in his honor to the following non-profit organizations: Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401; Disabled American Veterans Chapter 11 Wilmington, P.O. Box 4046, 4601 Park Ave., Wilmington, NC 28406.