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Alvin Homer ‘Pappy’ Johnson, 96, Army veteran who served during World War II

Alvin Homer 'Pappy' Johnson
Alvin Homer ‘Pappy’ Johnson

WILMINGTON — Alvin Homer “Pappy” Johnson, 96, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born May 7, 1923, in Wilmington, son of the late Robert Pearly Johnson and Gertrude Viola Potter Johnson.

Mr. Johnson was a World War II combat veteran who served with the 26th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge as well as two Bronze Stars. He was a longtime employee (33 years) of Babcock & Wilcox prior to their closing in Wilmington. Following that, he worked at Porter Nails until retiring at the golden age of 82. He was a longtime member of Winter Park Baptist Church and a Scout Master of Troop 205 at the church. He also enjoyed playing the guitar, camping and dancing with the “76ers” Square Dance Club. Most of all, he is remembered as a loving husband to his late wife, Beatrice Gertrude Fowler Johnson, a loving father to his sons, and a loving grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his four sons, Robert Lewis Johnson, Stephen Homer Johnson, Jeffery Carlton Johnson and Mark Scott Johnson; and 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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