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The Right Rev. Robert C. Johnson, Jr.

The Right Rev. Robert C. Johnson, Jr., 75, tenth bishop of North Carolina, died on Friday, January 3. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Conee Smith Johnson; son, Robert Kinley Johnson David Oxender; daughter, Julie Johnsoneege Pike; three grandsoneens. Daniel Robert Hege Emily, Adam Bolanos Hege Liliana and Jacob Johnsoneege; two great grandsons, Henry Hege and Lucas Bolanos Hege; sister, Janette St. Vincent; 7 nieces and 5 nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Mille Thomas. Bishop Johnson was born in Columbus, Georgia to Robert C. and Mildred Little Johnson. He graduated from Columbus High School and Mercer Uneersity. He had a master's degrees from Yale Divinity School and NC State, and honorary doctorates from the Uneersity of the South and Berkeley at Yale. Bishop Johnsoneerved the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina for 37 years at St. Peter's Charlotte; St. Paul's, Smithfield; St. Christopher's, Garner; St. Luke's, Durham; and as diocesan bishop until his retirement. He was an outstanding preacher and devoted pastor. Bishop Johnson was a founder of Habitat for Humanity in Durham, a voluneer for the crisis hotline and a member of Tobaccoland Kiwanis Club. A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, January 11 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Rd. in Durham. Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Luke's Memorial Fund.

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