Merchant of Ray City: Joseph Henry Pascal Johnson

Joseph Henry Pascal Johnson was born and raised on the old Johnson farm in Clinch county,  about four miles north of Dupont, GA.  His father, Captain Rowan Burnett Johnson, gave a portion of his land for the site of the primitive baptist Prospect Church,  J.H.P. Johnson lived in DuPont for some years prior to moving to Ray City about 1913.

Joseph Henry Pascal Johnson, of Ray City, GA. Image courtesy of Julie Hutson.

Joseph Henry Pascal Johnson, of Ray City, GA. Image courtesy of Julie Hutson.

In 1900 the newlywed J.H.P.  “Joe” Johnson  supported his bride, Chloe Ann Gardner, as a merchant in the Dupont district of Clinch County, GA. In the Clinch County census of 1910 Johnson reported his occupation as “farming”.  Some time about 1913, the Johnsons moved to Ray City, GA where  Joe served on the board of directors for the Bank of Ray’s Mill , and owned  several retail buildings  prior to the Great Depression.  By 1930 J.H.P.  the census shows he was back in the occupation of farming, but he was always in the retail business.  His death certificate in 1953 gave his usual occupation as “merchant and farmer,”   and his type of  business was  owner of a general merchandise store.

Joseph Henry Pascal Johnson and grandchild. Image courtesy of Julie Hutson.

Joseph Henry Pascal Johnson and grandchild. Image courtesy of Julie Hutson.

The Clinch County News
February 27, 1953

Death Of J.H.P.  Johnson

Aged Clinch County Native Passes at Ray City

    Mr. J. H. P. Johnson, known to his old home-county people as “Joe” Johnson, died in the hospital at Lakeland last Saturday morning, age 83 years following a long illness.  Funeral and burial was had at Ray City last Sunday afternoon, the funeral being in the Ray City Baptist Church and conducted by the pastor, Rev. John W. Harrell, assisted by the Methodist Pastor, Rev. D. R. Dixon.
    Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Chloe Gardner Johnson; three daughters, Mrs. Paul King of Orange Park, Fla., Mrs. R. Lawton LeSueur of Americus, Mrs. W. M. Carlton of Nashville; and six sons, R. G. Johnson of Elberton, J. Wallace Johnson of Valdosta, Floyd V. Johnson of Charlotte, N. C., J. H. Johnson and Maurice Johnson of Ray City, and R. Bruce Johnson of Callahan, Fla.
    Mr. Johnson was the last surviving one of the children of the late Hon. Rowan B. Johnson, 1830-1904, well known Clinch County citizen and legislator of years ago.  The elder Johnson died in June, 1904, while a member of the legislature from Clinch serving his fourth or fifth (though not consecutive terms) from this county. The mother of the deceased was Mrs. Caroline Floyd Johnson, daughter of Jason Floyd of Liberty County.  The deceased was born and reared near Prospect Church, on the old Johnson farm now the plantation of Mr. G. C. Griner; and lived in DuPont for some years prior to moving to Ray City about forty years ago.  He engaged in merchandising in Ray City until forced by ill health a few years ago to retire.
      Mr. Johnson was a very fine, upright man,and had many friends.  He was always genial and friendly, and leaves behind the record of a good, clean life filled with many deeds of kindness exemplifying many fine traits of character.
      Mr. G. A. Gibbs of Homerville, is his nephew.  Mrs. O. C. Dukes of Homerville, and Mrs. M. G. Hughes of DuPont, are second cousins.

Death Certificate of Joseph Henry Pascal Johnson. Courtesy of Julie Hutson.

Death Certificate of Joseph Henry Pascal Johnson. Courtesy of Julie Hutson.

Grave of Joseph Howard Pascal Johnson and Chloe Gardner Johnson, Beaver Dam Cemetery, Ray City, Berrien County, GA

Grave of Joseph Howard Pascal Johnson and Chloe Gardner Johnson, Beaver Dam Cemetery, Ray City, Berrien County, GA

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Marjorie Johnson Nash Widowed in 1962

Marjorie Ruth Johnson, daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Johnson of Ray City, GA, attended  Nashville High School, Nashville, GA. She married high school classmate William E. Nash, on September 9, 1951.  Tragically, their marriage was cut short when Billy Nash died in an automobile accident in 1962.

Nashville Herald
December 6, 1962

Billy Nash Laid To Rest Thursday

    Funeral services were held Saturday, December 1, 1962, for William E. (Billy) Nash, who passed away at the age of 31 on Thursday, November 29, 1962, the victim of a tragic traffic accident.
    He had lived in Berrien County all of his life, having been born on October 29, 1931, a son of Dewey and Louise Cato Nash of Route 2, Nashville.  At the time of his untimely death, he had been engaged in farming. Mr. Nash had been a member of the Community Methodist Church and served on the Board of Stewards of the Church.
    The last sad rites were conducted by Rev. Felton Gaskins and Rev. D.R. Dixon at Long Bridge Church, with interment following in the Long Bridge cemetery.  Appropriate music was furnished by a quartet compose(d) of Roy F. Davis, Herbert Griffin, Owen Griffin and Mrs. Carl Wilkerson, who movingly rendered O Come Angel Band, When They Ring Those Golden Bells, and God Will Take Care of You.
    Active pallbearers were Lewis Fountain, Clyde Moore, Furman Ray, Buren Allen, Ferrell Herring, Charles Moore; those serving as honorary pallbearers were Pete Akins, Alton Akins, C.B. Ray, Harmon Cornelius, Isbon Walker, J.B. Bennett, Roy Allen, W.H. Dix, F.P. Griner, A.D. Osborne, A.C. Kimble, and C.H. Ray.
    The deceased is survived by his wife, the former Marjorie Ruth Johnson, whom he married on September 9, 1951, two sons, Dale and Donnie Nash, one daughter, Sheryl; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Nash; two brothers, Ernie Nash, of Nashville, Kenneth Nash, of Atlanta; one sister, Mrs. Vernice Boggs of Atlanta.

Transcription courtesy of Skeeter Parker.

William Edward Nash, Long Bridge Cemetery, Berrien County, GA

William Edward Nash, Long Bridge Cemetery, Berrien County, GA

Fifty Years of Methodist Ministers ~ Ray City, GA

To go along with the previous post on the history of Ray City Methodist Church, here is a list of the first 50 years of Methodist pastors in Ray City, GA:

W.E. Hightower 1910-11
Rev. Barr  1911-15
John Sharpe 1915-20
Joseph Frank Snell  1921-22
J.J. Sanders 1923-23
J.C. McCord 1925
C.E. Smith 1926-27
J.M. Hancock 1928-30
Unknown  1931-32
A.L. Green 1933
F.A. Ratcliff 1934
Marvin Vincent 1935-36
J.P. Touchton 1937-40
Robert C. Carter 1940-42
J.W. Herndon 1943-44
C.E. Croft  1945
Pledger Parker 1946-47
P.T. Holloway 1948-49
D.R. Dixon 1950-57
Burell Dinkins 1958-59
Carroll Crosby 1960

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