Howard Lee Johnson
March 1, 1955 - July 4, 2022

Howard Lee Johnson, 67, of Wilmington, NC passed away on July 4th, 2022 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center with his loving wife by his side.

He is survived by his wife Susan and his mother Ann C Johnson, as well as his sisters, Gay Ann Johnson and Judy Prince (Tommy); his nephew, Jareal Wells, and niece Sloan Prince. He is also survived by his aunt Idaho Cooper, and his uncle Charles A Cooper.

Howard was born and raised in Wilmington, NC and graduated New Hanover High School. He attended East Carolina and joined the army for 9 years, stationed in Germany. He then continued UNCW and left for South Korea where he taught English for 15 years. Howard returned home and retired.

Arrangements are in the care of Coastal Cremations, 6 Jacksonville Street, Wilmington, NC 28403.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choice. A private family service will be held at a later date.


1 Comment

  • David Colwell Posted July 8, 2022 5:15 pm

    During the mid to late-1960’s in Wilmington, especially in the summer(s), Howard and I would meet at his house early morning on Oleander Drive, walk across the street, and spend every day playing golf at “Muni.” Our goal was to play between 54 and 72 holes a day. All of them walking. One morning we were playing in a foursome against two other guys for a few dollars. Howard and I were not playing particularly well. But when we reached #8, a short par 3 (139 yards), Howard told those guys we were going to press them (double or nothing). I just looked at him. When it was his turn to hit, he slowly retrieved his black fiberglass Gary Player 8-iron, teed the ball up, and announced, “Boys, this one’s going in the hole.” And it did. Hole-in-one. Just like that. He looked at them and said, “See. I told you.” Howard was a very good golfer. And a great friend. He was a huge UCLA college basketball fan, a Cleveland Browns football fan, and a fan of the Boston Red Sox. Those years we spent walking Wilmington Municipal Golf Course were some of the best days of my life. Howard really was a great friend. To Ms. Johnson, Gay and Judy, and Howard’s wife, my sincerest condolences. Thanks for the memories, Howard. RIP. David Colwell


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